Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rain rain go away part 2


I am recycling an illustration I made back in 2013 to illustrate mid July summer weather 2015... It is pretty grey and miserable weather. Lets put it this way I still have heating on inside... Come on now please rain rain go away!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rain rain go away!


We keep singing rain rain go away.. But it seems to have no effect here in Sweden. After a record cold, rainy and windy May and June I guess we were all hoping for some nice warm sunny weather. We northern people need to charge our batteries with some nice weather before the dark comes again. I can already notice that the dark is falling at night after some weeks of light nights around Midsummer. I guess still some time to hope for this amazing Swedish summer days though, don't think I have given up on you! So I continue singing rain rain go away!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Back to 1994

Sommartider hej hej sommartider!
Sometimes but only sometimes I wish it was 1994 again, I made a couple of illustrations on this topic sometime ago.
It was a warm and sunny summer
Me and my best friend was playing cards on the beach all day
Sweden playing good football and ending up third in the world cup and we were all signing "Digging for gold in the USA" and dreaming about football players



I was laying in the grass with my best friend dreaming about the future and making rather weird foretelling lists ( hundreds of them) and then in the evening we were doing the same but inside a small playhouse where we slept all summer


In the field I had a bunch of grass fat ponies to enjoy an evening canter with in the lush nature


Going to riding camp with other horse crazy girls is their anything better then that?

All good memories although I am not sure that I would want to be 14 for more then for one or two days again.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Second floor welcome to the family!

And so finally the building project came to an end!
One morning while me and Mila were having breakfast she looked at me and asked "mamma WHERE is the builders?" Yes I have to admit it was kind of nice to have them around making the quietness out here in the forest a little less too quiet. BUT my god it is also very very nice to finally be done!

When I started a couple of months ago with our building project the second floor of the house was a skeleton. A wooden skeleton very drafty and far far away from being called a room. Both short-sides of the facade of the second floor was still to be closed to stop wind, rain and birds from coming in. This is where we started and then continued to divide this humongous second floor with a wall to start to utilize one part as a good beginning. This room nearly 70 square meter got isolated and plaster walls put up and finally the big rounded wooden ceiling created of wood panels that has been laying there for ages. The wooden floor was already there although very dirty and a bit miss-colored from the rain that has come in over the years. The electricity was a mess and a big job of making it secure and safe as well as making the new installation has been done. First I was planning to paint and put up wallpapers by myself, but got help from family to point out that I have my hands full as it is with two kids and to run everything else (also that it will never be as well done as when professionals are doing it) that I don't need the stress of all the paint job.

And so finally came the day when we could move up! It is a great big open space room with big windows letting in great light and I also had great lamps installed in the ceiling to help create an even better light in the whole room. The room will be utilized for bedroom and work-space to start with.  I am still playing with what should be where so this will be contentiously changing to feel in the room and to set it up in the best way. My granddad is helping to make a better railing for the stairs ( I created a if you ask me pretty nice and creative railing but maybe not the safest...) apart from that I consider mission complete and feel very happy with the this transformation.

This is how it looks at the moment..


Bedroom corner, drawers for clothes & my old kids table in the middle ( yes I know I need to repaint it when I have chance) The door leads to the rest of the second floor which is still just a skeleton 




Stripy wallpapers from Borås to make the walls look taller here my beloved armchair and very temporary side table facing the big windows. 


Big work table on one side of the room. Cat Levis has taken a part of the table for his bed I guess he also likes the view


The two big windows creating great light

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Midsummer update & illustration

First of all I do miss my scanner! The illustrations doesn't really come up that well with the camera on the phone and I also don't really have the time at the moment to work on them in the computer. However here is the annual Midsummer illustration. Great memory to capture this very Swedish celebration in an illustration.

As the previous three years Team Nikolovski celebrated at Lugnet, my mother and her husband's very nice summer house by the lake. The traditional herring & snaps lunch was planned to start at two o clock and the we got order to be there well in advanced. To follow this order we decided to get ready and leave the house straight away after breakfast (late breakfast but not that late...) My God it takes time to get a two and a half year old ( refused to change from pj to something more decent), a small baby (little cranky because of some tummy issue specially for this day) and a husband ready to go. To pack for this crew only to stay for a couple of days is a whole operation alone. Finally all set in the car, we didn't get very far before we had to make our first stop because of a upset little boy. All in all I think we stopped 4-5 times for feeding & diaper change, which doesn't normally happen typical it would happen when we had a scheduled celebration to attend. Eventually we got there well after two o'clock though.

Nice to meet the midsummer gang, family from both my mothers side and her husbands side. The youngsters had dropped off from last year I guess hanging with their mum & dad and small kids is not really a teenage dream for midsummer. The lunch was great. The rain was hanging in the air as it should on a traditional Swedish Midsummer. It was pretty cold ( read f**cking freezing..) but a must for Midsummer is to sit outside so everyone was kitted with blankets, woolen shirts & the infrared + the gasol warmer was on full speed. The annual competition kicked off after lunch and a lot of passion was put into talking about who would win this year & detail measuring. Mr Nikolovski was in the end the proud winner this year again!! BBQ dinner and a lot of nice discussions for the rest if the evening and night. I managed to put my team members to sleep and stayed up waaay too late.

Thanks all for great Midsummer again this year!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Midsummer

Happy Midsummer !!
Team Nikolovski has had a great midsummer celebration at Lugnet as previous years
Illustration and details from this years midsummer's celebration is coming shortly, for now enjoy this cake and a little collage of Team Nikolovski.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Building project coming to an end

The building project we decided to start this spring is slowly but surely coming to an end. The second floor on our house has been a project for the future an empty sheet to create a light and spacious area on. I never thought I would mange to get it done by this year but it seems like we can move up in a few weeks. It has as always taken longer then expected but it will be well worth it when I see the result, it will be great. We are super excited and I am spending a lot of time thinking how I best can use the space. It is one big open space room of 70 square meters. We want to have bedroom at the back of the room and sofa & big work space close to the window. Also need to get wardrobes up. I will keep making drawings and plans and when Loren comes this weekend we will start to play with furniture's to see how it will look in real life.  I will keep you posted how it will look. For now here is some pictures of the development. 



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Illustration Friday - Airborne


This weeks topic on the illustration site "Illustration Friday" is airborne
Here is my contribution
Me and Mila last year when we traveled a lot here and there

Monday, June 8, 2015

The faces of motherhood

To be a mother brings out a wide range of emotions. So much love & proudness in over load. The most fulfilling role you can have.  At the same time it is hard at times. A feeling of not being enough and add a spice of tiredness on top if it at and your mood has been better.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Small feet memories

It is so hard to remember how small babies are. When Filip arrived and I got him in my arms I was chocked just how tiny a newborn really is. And it is even more chocking how fast babies and kids grow and grow up ( a statement which I didn't believe when Mila was just born but proven to be right..) Filip has already grown 3 cm & like 0,5 kg. Like I did with Mila I have now made prints of his small little cute feet. Instead of adding color to the feet I put oil on and then use watercolor over the oily print to make the footprint to show up. Great memory indeed.


Here he is enjoying mormor Mi's view from their summerhouse

Me and Mila also likes to make prints of our hands and fingers. Here is a bunch of cute finger figures in different moods. We make little stories about them as we go along. 




Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summary of May with an illustration

If I don't get a chance to draw, paint, sew or illustrate I will become crazy. But I am mean like crazy crazy and not very nice crazy.  So I am happy and the rest of my team probably even more happy that even our newest little member gives me some time ( not a lot but at least a little time here and there) 
Here is a memory of May illustration I have made lately
The illustration started like this  



And with some more color like this..
I will go through the memories


1 ) Mila started sometime ago to ask me like a billion times a day about all sorts of objects " What does this sound like?" Not a problem when she ask about sounds of cat, dog, horse, car etc even though sometimes she doesn't agree of the sound that I make ( she is asking me even though she knows and will correct me like she is checking me on my sound intelligence...) The problem is that she also ask about noises of very quiet objects like a sandwich, a cucumber, a leaf, a tree etc. Sometimes I am creative and make up sounds for these very quiet objects but most times (like 150 000 times a day) I say "no it doesn't make a sound!" or "I don't know" and if I ask what she thinks it sounds like she looks at me like I am stupid saying "hey hey" Strange I have never had a apple, cucumber or flower saying hey hey to me but what do I know.. 


2) End of April beginning of May was a lot of pre-thoughts about the coming baby and new family member. I had hard to picture how it would be to have another baby in the team and so I can imagine Mila had even harder to picture it. She has been very aware of that the growing bump was containing a baby and because she loves babies she was looking forward but of course very abstract to take in what it will be like to have a baby at home without right to return or exchange. She was trying hard to negotiate that instead of baby Filip (a boy..) she wanted baby Sarah (her friend Lisas little-baby-sister ) She was really persistent and I was getting pretty nervous that she really would want to trade her coming brother for another baby.



3) BUT when her little brother baby Filip finally arrived she was very proud and told (read screamed) to everyone in the hospital "don't touch, that is My baby!!" and she is nothing but sweet to her little brother and wants to help to hold and change diaper. I am happy that she no longer wants to exchange him but I am sure it will come when he wants to play with her toys...


4) Here is an updated family portrait of Team Nikolovski (yes maybe slightly slimmer then IRL..)
Baby Filip joined us on the 6th of May at 22.36,  50 cm & 3,7 kg with lots of dark hair and just perfect.
Welcome to the team little man!!




Update from the baby bubble

Here is a sign that I am still around even though very much in the baby bubble combined with entertaining a 2,5 year old, a building project and million other things that needs to be done. Busy indeed but not complaining and so far things is really working better then expected. Baby Filip is a sweet baby and as baby number two he has to come along on different activities from day one or at least from day five. Loren has been back in Moscow working but are here this week which is great that we are all together. Today I am home alone with baby Filip who currently is sleeping and when he is not sleeping he is eating and/or farting. Mila & Loren are having a daughter-father date day at IKEA Örebro buying a bed for Mila, a PINK bed she has ordered ( I am keeping fingers crossed that they won't find a pink but a white...) 



Mila is sharing my drawing & painting interest and it is amazing to follow her development and techniques. Here is a self-portrait combined with one of my portraits of her. 


Monday, May 18, 2015

New member

Team Nikolovski's forth member is here! We are very happy that little baby Filip join us on 6 May. Proud parents and one very proud big sister.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Valborg

Last day of April, an old Swedish celebration called Valborgsmässoafton. Witch craft, fire and a lot of drunk people if I would make a very short summary of what this tradition represent.

This year it was very windy and pretty cold so we decided to give the big public outdoor fire and fireworks a miss and instead enjoyed a nice warm fire inside at my mothers summerhouse. Loren tried to recovery from a nasty cold with a good book, honey, lemon and paracetamol. I tried to sit and do as little as possible hoping the baby would want to enter the world. And Mila enjoyed hanging out with mormor and Sofie at a horse show. Also we took the opportunity to take our pony Spot for some nice hacks in the forrest. Spot is 35 years young and still full of energy and happy to have a new little rider ( normal ponies are lucky if they make it to 25...) Mila was super excited and managed very well on this crazy old pony and I managed to walk in his power speed to make sure little rider would be safe and sound. Even pappa Loren enjoyed the pony experience. Good slow weekend but disappointing no sign of the baby wanting to come out and join us!



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend creativity

I got into a sewing flow this weekend. I have prepared for the coming baby with a cute babynest and a cute little madras for the stroller ( I will show when I manage to take a good picture..) But on top of this I also finished my pink ECO elephant hats that I cut a while back and was just waiting to be put together. 
I have never made baby baby hats before but found on Pintrest some cute styles that I thought I would try. I now need a baby to try if the sizes are ok and if they sit good on the little once heads. I finally used a little piece of my very nice blue with colorful flowers Lillestoff ECO fabric which I have not found the perfect project for before now.

But of all what I created I am the most excited over a new colorful and funky cotton dress for Mila. I drew a template a while back for a little dress in pretty classical cut. I made it pretty short as dresses can most of the time be a pain in the ass if you want to play and have fun so I think for kids it is important to keep them nice and usable to go with tights. 





Swedish spring

Yes spring is here and the green explosion has started
It is a special season after a long dark and cold winter here up north and especially for Team Nikolovski who experienced a long cold Russian winter for the first time
We have had great sunny weather this last few days and it feels great apart from that 2/3 of Team Nikolovski is full of a cold and I am feeling pretty heavy with this big baby bump. Here is some of our pictures from last weekend when we went out enjoying Sweden's most important spring sign the white flowers, vitsippor, I think anemones in English.




Friday, April 24, 2015

Recycling cats

As you might know I love to reuse materials and products. It is a great feeling to make something old into something new and fun. We live in such consumer society were everything should be cheap instead of long lasting quality made by people who got fair payment in good work conditions. Hallelujah! No I am not a saint just as bad as everybody else consuming too much. But trying to at least pretend that I am trying to make semi good choices and also reusing materials for my projects.. I think I have shown my husbands well worn t-shirts in new format before.. I use textile paint which can be washed in washing machine to create my figures ( recently mainly cats) the paint is not that easy to paint details with so sometimes I also use textile pens. I use these small pattern patches to stich on as decoration on clothing or in this case small handbag for cat crazy 2 year old.