Monday, April 21, 2014

Swedish Easter

Easter traditions vary quit a bit depending where in the world you come from. Team Nikolovski experienced a very nice Easter brunch at friends yesterday with a great mix of traditions, cultures and nationalities. Great tastes from South Africa, Romania, France, Japan, Czech, Macedonia & Sweden. A wild mix of many different flavors that normally wouldn't be combined and everything tasted divine. Swedish Janssons frestelser without company of sill and eggs but in new exciting company of a spring chicken stew, tuna cakes and sushi mix.  Thanks family Murer for arranging this great great Easter brunch ( your nice brunches by the way should change name as they tend to last way longer then for brunch, more like a lunch, snack and dinner all in one..) lets make it a tradition.

I like getting an insight of other traditions and it also gets me to think more about our Swedish traditions and what part I want Mila to inherit. Swedish Easter as Easter in many other countries focus less and less of Jesus and more of the commercial parts and eating huge amounts of sweets. Here comes a short introduction of Swedish Easter

Easter eggs & Sweets

Recent statistic show that average Swedish family eat 1,2 kilos of sweets every week and during Easter it increases with 1 kilo per person. Pick and mix sweets are not only super cheap these days it also has the top position in all super markets. So Swedes buy colorful Easter eggs made in paper in different sizes and fill them full of sweets. It is the Easter rabbit who comes with the eggs. Hides the eggs in the garden so the kids (and adults) can go for a treasure hunt to find them, great fun but far to much sweets.
My grandmother Maja always used to put socks in my Easter eggs, super boring but the older I get I realize that it is not a bad idea and so I guess that it is what Mila can expect in her future eggs. My mother also informed me that I am not longer entitled for Easter egg now when Mila is here and will be prioritized by the Easter rabbit ( I am not sure what I think of this... Unfair.. I love treasure hunts and Easter eggs..)

Påskkärringar// Easter witches

Easter witches are an old tradition in Sweden and comes from the believe that witches are flying on a broom to "Blåkulla" (Blue hill) the night between Wednesday and Thursday Easter week. This tradition is inspired by the extensive witch hunt that took place in 1660-1670 and since beginning of the 19th century kids get dressed up as Easter witches. Dressed in discarded clothing, gaily colored headscarves, red painted cheeks and lips and freckles, they walk from door to door in the neighborhood and hand out hand-made Happy Easter cards and hope for sweets in return. Great fun to get dressed up as a witch and I remember cursing the neighbors that only gave us boring oranges and not sweets.


As all other Swedish traditions the food is a traditional Swedish smorgasbord (buffé) here you find for example: meatballs, small sausages, eggs, salmon, herring, potatoes, omelet and Jansson´s Temptations (potatoes, onions and anchovy) the dish I made for our brunch yesterday. The food is accompanied with nubbe ( schnaps) påskmust ( alcohol free Easter soda sweet like a coca cola but with a very special taste) and Easter beer.

If you want to read more I found this site about Swedish traditions 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

More creative dots

More colorful jersey dots with black and purple background. Yes I have been rather productive lately but I can't resist to try new combinations of all my cool fabrics. Here comes a nice mix of creations.


Mormor ordered a going-out-with-the-dog-hat/gardening hat. Thin nice jersey hat in a baggy model. She picked her own combination of black giraffes and dots. I also made one for Mila so they can be matching. 


Below purpule/pink hat was made late night to go with Loren to Turkey as a welcome to the world gift to one of our Turkish colleague´s little girl.

I also made one for Mila and this is how the hat looks on in action. Mila discovering her first puddle. 

Funky jersey dress in size 68 as an Easter present to our little friend Jade who turned 5 months the other day.

Red dots in the house

I have bought some great new fabrics from a shop here in Prague and also some nice cool Eco jersey cotton from a German company Lillestoff. It is a lot of red and dots in different sizes in my newest collection. Here comes some pictures of my latest creations.

I have made a few thinner spring hats

Also a cool combination of red/orange dots and black giraffes. My own design and it turned out to be far too big for Mila this year.

Here Mila is posing on the floor in more colorful dots.. Made with Love tunic with cats and black jersey fabric with colorful dots from Jonic and red/orange dots tights all homemade.

I made myself a matching hairband also

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter / Glad Påsk / Veselé Velikonce

Happy Easter / Glad Påsk / Veselé Velikonce ( If you ask me how you pronounce Czech Veselé Velikonce I would tell you "your guess is as good as mine!!")

I think that Easter is one of the best holidays for the simple reason that all the decoration is colorful in a nice pastel way. I have decorated the balcony with colorful eggs. In Sweden the tradition is to decorate branches with colorful feathers but I couldn't find it here in Prague and maybe better as who knows where the feathers come from and how much the poor chicken has suffered. So styrofoam eggs in different colors are perfect. I have also painted a whole bunch of ceramic eggs with focus on pastel blue, pastel green, turcois and white. I can't stop buying more and more eggs and love to try different combinations. I Send one tray as Easter present with my mother who was here last week. 

In my new favorite shop, a shop full of cheap less necessary things with potential to make it cute with a lot of creativity and colors, I found gypsum rabbits that me and Mila has had a lot of fun with. Mila has played intensively with her two rabbits so one ear fell of and the other one snapped in half. I instead decided to paint mine very kitschy and with a lot of  pastel, super cute and so far still out of reach for Mila. 

Mila has also been dressed out as påskkärring " Easter witch " a Swedish tradition that I will explain more in my next post. But I can tell you as much that she loved it as it as it includes heavy make-up and lipstick..

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My waffles in media


I while back I had a journalist and photographer here from They wanted to make an article about Swedish Easter breakfast. After a lot of thinking I decided to prepare waffles with different Swedish toppings. Salmon, egg, creme fraiche, red unions as nice foodie waffles and cloud-berry jam and whipped cream as nice sweety once. It was a lot of fun. Flour and all sorts of food everywhere as Mila got a little restless and also wanted to help. The article ended up very nice and very well written. The article will be published on in a little while, but it has already been published in a Czech food magazine called Chefparade, see below.

Here is some of the pictures taken by: Daniel Zahradníček



Monday, April 7, 2014

International Creativity in Prague

A couple of weeks ago I was meeting up with other creative international mothers living here in Prague. Great inspiration and we decided to create a group to meet up and get inspired by even more creativity. International Creativity in Prague is the name and the aim is to make it a great platform to share events, creativity in different shape and form, inspiration and also a topic is posted monthly with a theme which all members freely can interpret in whatever media. We will also arrange meet ups and hopefully a shared exhibitions in the future.

Early Spring

Spring in Prague has come early. In fact we have not really had winter winter more then one week of snow. It has been warm and sunny, like living in California Loren keep saying. Prague is already blooming and has turned light light green. It is amazing how the nature comes to life again after it's winter hibernation. And it is amazing to be able to enjoy this very nice warm weather. Mila has taken her premier trip on the back of mammas mountain-bike, she loved it and we all loved being back on two wheels. It all run so smooth and easy until we turned home and meet the up hill all the way home. We enjoyed a nice walk in a park today with all beautiful blossoming apple-trees. Great that we are back on track after a hell week with nasty nasty stomach flu.

I have also been painting and sewing. I have new cute fabrics in eco cotton from Lillestoff. I have updated Milas wardrobe with a practical and funky cat tunic and also a new thinner spring hat. A lot more on going which I will present as soon as I can.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Illustration Friday: Red

This week topic on Illustration Friday is RED
 Here is my contribution on the topic 

Endless coffees

During the past year we ( a great gang of mothers with funky little kids) have been taking turns hosting lunch/playdates on regular basis. We have been asked what we do on these playdates and got suggested that we meet and just simply have endless coffees.

The reality is maybe not endless coffees. But we are having a very good time.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Animal inspiration

In my sketch book you can find these little animal friends.
It is a lot of animal noises in Team Nikolovski household. Mila is mainly barking like a dog and mjauwing like a cat, but also a lot of other animals is her repertoire such as elephant, monkey, pigeon, frog, small birds, mice, pig, cow, horse and many more. It is not always easy to make the correct sounds when she points and wants to learn new once or just checking my knowledge, for example she has a book about a reindeer... What does the reindeer sound like???

Apart from all the animals sounds her cutest word is by far NALLE ( teddy-bear ) and she is using it frequently. The other day she finally got a big nalle which she is carrying around although it is nearly bigger then herself. Another nalle has to take a bath with her every night, I said no in the beginning as in our boring grown-up world nalle should not have baths on regular basis, but why not?

New eco tunic

I have bought a lot of new cute fabrics lately. I will take a picture and show my nice new pile and color explosion as soon as I get a chance. For now let me introduce this nice Lillestoff ecological jersey fabric "Retroflower" which I made a little tunic of for Mila. The design of the tunic is simple and my own design with inspiration from Ottobre magazine. Useful for playing as it is not to long and also not too long sleeves.

The shorter tunic with the circus theme is also new but the fabric I bought last year and arms made of pappa Loren's old T-shirts.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Walking in my sketchbook

I found this in my sketchbook, illustrations of Mila when she started to take her first shaky promenades. It is not that long ago but it feels like she has always been walking. Funny how quickly you forget the different development steps, good job that I have at least one million photos of all the stages.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Team Nikolovski In the parenthood jungle part 1

I have managed my first year in the parenthood jungle full of do's and dont's, hard times as well as fun and happy times. All in a great big confusing mix. From one day to another ( kind of besides 9 months of growing bump and hemorrhoids) I got a new title and function in life – Mamma. The most important and best title I could ever ask for. But also a lot to learn and to Google. All the googling and discussions in parenthood forums and blogs have been great help but also a giggle and great inspiration to fun illustrations. 

Here is some of my collection of Hot Topics from the parenthood jungle ( and more to come) enjoy my top five list below.

1.Bottle v/s Breast
Sensitive topic indeed not to mention how sensitive nipples become after experiencing a small baby's powerful suction in combination of their lack of technique. Endless questions, discussions and research what to do and what not to do and what really makes your baby the most clever ?

2. Home-made food v/s Supermaket jars
Where do you find the most nutrition's and the least pesticides for your little sweet heart?
What will they accept to put in their mouth? What to do and what to make ? And most frequent asked question how do you get the time? And how bad are you if feeding your baby jar food straight from the supermarket?

3. Working mum v/s Staying at home mum 
Hot topic indeed at least out of Sweden ( In Sweden the kindergartens are affordable from young age and more or less the only way to do things to fit into the society) There is a little rivalry tone between the two types which is very easy to detect in most forums. Guilt, pride, priorities, carrier and home-made buns in a great big mix of feelings.

4.Sleeping or not sleeping and how they are sleeping
The topic of all topics!! Sleeping, sleeping patterns, sleeping methods, sleeping hours and not sleeping hours. 

5. Pink Princesses
Even out of Sweden it is terrible to dress girls in pink. Pink princesses is like cursing and soooo past decades. To be right in todays climate dress you boy in pink and you girl in blue, black, red, orange and yes whatever color you like but pink.
Today I found great illustration from a Swedish illustrationblog, hejhejvardag, on the same topic.

Watch the space soon more reconnaissances to come from the parenthood jungle !!

Semla season is now over

I love these traditional Swedish buns (Semlor) filled with marzipan and cream. They are part of surviving the dark, cold and rather boring winter month of February. They even have a special day in Sweden (and Finland not sure about the other Scandinavian countries) this day was last week but as I missed it I decided to make them one last Tuesday before finishing the season. Thank you for this year and see you next year!
(Milica I will write the recipe in Swedish for me to remember a good recipe for next seaon and not for you to Google translate and make them off season ;)
  • 1/2 paket jäst (à 50 g)
  • 100 g smör eller margarin
  • 2 1/2 dl mjölk
  • 1 ägg
  • 1 dl socker
  • 2 krm salt
  • 2 krm hjorthornssalt
  • 6 - 7 dl vetemjöl

Monday, March 10, 2014

Flying adventures

Last weekend, me and my little globetrotter headed out on adventures to Skåne ( southern part of Sweden) Pappa Loren was suppose to be on business in Mongolia but that trip was postponed and so he went on other adventures, a road-trip to Berlin. Me and Mila has flown quit a lot ( she will soon have a frequent traveler card) and she likes to the airport environment and airplane with all the people and things going on. New for this time was the walking-by-myself-thing. Warm, flushed and super sweaty after a long cue through security I realized how easy it was to travel with company that fits in a Babybjörn...Stroller, heavy bag, backpack, big sized handbag, passports, boarding cards and a one year old running around is rather challenging. But also amazing to see this happy girl running around in the airport waving to people, understanding what is going on, experiencing the belts that moves you without having to walk and flirting with the passengers in the row behind.

We flow to Copenhagen a nice and short flight of one hour and fifteen minutes. Basically we managed to read our tractor book, take off, drink a beer, snack a very sweet Czech airline muesli bar, offer my very precious bracelet to the people behind us and land safely. From Copenhagen airport we took the train over to Skåne and Sweden. One very tired girl when we finally reached Helsingborg. We stayed three nights with godmother Titti and Henrik in their beautiful apartment. We got spoiled with nice freshly baked sandwiches and all my favorite toppings, sushi, Helsingborg brewed beer, homemade stone-baked pizza and a whole load of other stuff which I try not to remember (read shit loads of ice-cream, chips and karamell kungen) Special treat was that Tess made it all the way down south to hang with us one night.We also had the chance to see my brother and Milas uncle Pontus for a lunch. Mila likes him a lot and they are so cute together, one nearly two meters and one 80 cm showing clearly what she wants her uncle to do.

On the Sunday me and Mila packed our bag (my God why did I pack so much clothes so I could hardly close the bags after some shopping!?) and took the train to Lund. Another childhood and great friend is nowadays also located in Skåne. Family Deverdier/Fayyazi in their new cute blue house welcomed us with play, cheese doodles and red wine. Fantastic to see our sweet sweet kids play so nicely together, Mila was extra super excited. I wish we could have playdates much more often.

Do I have state the obvious that we had a super duper great weekend in Skåne. We also managed to get home safe and sound.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bag lady

Mila 14 month is showing strong interest for handbags. I hardly have any handbags but more practical sack kind of looking bags. But I do have one silver colored cute handbag which I have inherited from my grandmother. And this handbag she is putting on her arm and walking around with looking very important. How she knows how to carry a handbag in this ladylike way I have not a clue, certainly not from me.. Yesterday when we were out she borrowed a friends little bag and I decided that she needed a bag of her own that she can fill with whatever she fancy and that she can take out with her. And so I made her one.
Black and white cotton fabric from IKEA, a black and white fabric tape I have saved for special occasion ( I think I got it around a present years and years ago) and a pink fabric flower that I bought on a Christmas market in Dresden handmade of Jana Gebhardt. Velcro fastening.