Monday, August 22, 2016

Back to school

So my new carrier and job path has started. I am back at school and still very excited after my first week. Great introduction days. Tired and little stressed to get all planning done before the students starts. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sketchbook Journal " Lets go swimming in Tolstoy park"

This is a couple of illustrations from my sketchbook journal I made while we were in Moscow from our local park Tolstoy Park in Khimki. The park is great and has all sorts of fun entertainment for kids and adults. Playground, mini zoo, carousels, dance stage, restaurants, cafés, selling corn on the cob in every corner and a sandy beach. Team Nikolovski headed there on a very warm July day. It was very warm and sticky. Me and Mila went for a walk while we left Loren and Filip in the playground. Our plan was to check the beach out. Both me and Mila got super excited that people were in the water so we run back to tell the rest of the team to hurry up and lets go in the water a bit. I was like "we are going to beach hurry up and bring the swim-wear" and Loren replied "Are you insane!!! Who would consider going in the water in a river in MOSCOW??" and I was like "yeah but there is lots of people in the water..." and Loren started to wave hands and speak very loud the balkan way "ARE YOU CRAZY!!! OF COURSE IT IS DIRTY AND IT IS EVEN SAYING ON THIS BIG BOARD STAY OUT OF WATER etc etc etc" Yeah you can understand how stupid I felt of course I understand that brownish river water in Moscow is not for swimming but I was warm and just kind of lost my mind for a second and in that moment promised Mila a swim in there. I had to calm upset Mila down and offer her to go and pat the rabbits and camels in the mini zoo instead. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Prague map

While I was going throw my Moscow studio and arranging for moving everything end of the summer I found this map of Prague which I started but never finished when we moved from there. It was indeed a very emotional move leaving a place that we all loved and with great friends around us to the unknown life of Moscow. This map illustration I was planning to have on the wall as a memory of Prague and our cool group of friends. But because of all the emotions I think I never managed to get it done back then. It is on A3 so pretty big and I will try to get it finished and framed when it will get here in Sweden.

Sketchbook journal "Where did the summer go?"

Not that I am extra keen on super hot summer weather or that I am complaining because we have had nice warm days. BUT come on it is only first few days into August and it autumn kind of fresh crisp air ( read I don't want to admit it but I have put on heating in the house during the nights...)
This illustration from my sketchbook is inspired of what summer is for me and also from one of Mila's favorite book and film character Stella. I colored the sketch while I was in Moscow with my Russian made aquarell set and the colors are very intense and strong base colors and it will take some getting use to but gives a good deep layer. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Moscow stable life

"Mamma you and me we are horse girls" 
Mila is playing with plastic horses, soft toy horses, barbie horses, riding on her stick horses or running around being a horse most of the time. While we are here in Khimki, Moscow we have a stable 10 min walk from us. The stable is cute and the lady who runs it nice but not really the same standard as I am use. It is fun to have chance to let Mila ride the little pony Marta and to hang in a well known environment but still so different. For example look at the tiniest stable aisle how the manage to get big horses in and out is for me a mystery.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Back in Gorky Park

We drove down town Moscow today ( no traffic so it only took us 20 min... Amazing) Parked in our old neighborhood at Shabolovka and walk to Gorky Park. Gorky Park is my favorite place in Moscow. A park full of life and always somethig cool going on. A modern and artistic park with great food places, Garage Contemporary art museum, play ground and view over Moscow River. Today it was boiling hot sunny weather and we had a great time. It was fun to see Garage museum new building impressive and funky. The Urs Fischer clay YES project outside was super cool. 200 ton clay used for the project. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Back in Moscow

We are back in Moscow and will be here for a few weeks. Great to be full team all together and to hang in our second home for the last time before we move from here. It feels like home vacation, home but at the same time far away. Crazy how much stuff we have with having furniture's and equipment for two homes and now we will soon have to store everything from here in Lundsätter.

 The flight over went well but it is certainly no walk in the park travelling by myself with 1 year old and 3,5 year even it only takes 2 hours ( thank God!) I have a lot of experience travelling with and without children and here is my best advice:
  1. Plan your hand luggage well with snacks, toys and more snacks
  2. Trunki bag is the best invention ever (expensive hard plastic bag for kids with wheels that the kids can ride on) I don't know what I would do without Trunki with a tired 3,5 year old and hundred kilometers to passport control. With Trunki she can just hop on and ride and me easily pull and have Filip strapped in Baby Björn ( very unhappy as he would love to walk and in a zigzagging way dictate where we should go) 
  3. Go to the toilet before entering the airplane and force (or bribe) the kids to do the same 
  4. Breath, have fun and drink water ( but not too much water so you need toilet...) 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Lundsätter garden 2016 so far

Garden status 2016
In my new garden beds three different types of sallad is growing and we are eating from it every day. Peas are coming along and radish also. The potatoes are close to blooming so when we get back from our Moscow trip we will try it out. Tomatoes of course. Doing good progess so far. I Think I found great sunny spot for them so lets hope we will get some nice once.

Strawberries yes. My dad and Filip loves these colorful wind turning things and great seems to keep birds away. BUT still strawberries are going missing. Not stolen by birds but Three very cute strawberry loving dogs... I even have picture evidence..

We are heading to Moscow tomorrow and staying for a couple of weeks. Very excited to be full team together and to enjoy Moscow summer we have only seen all the cold,wet, snowy winter months two year now so we are very much ready to see the prettier side of this big city.

Sketchbook journal one muddy day

I never managed to finish this illustration... It was a very rainy day. But I mean rainy like no joke rainy day. My dad had rented a digger for a project in the garden. Rain and digging machine in the garden = MUDD. 3 dogs and 2 kids = too many muddy dogs and kids. At what age does mudd start to become a pain in the ass and not a lot of muddy fun? For kids I mean I guess for dogs it is a lifelong passion. However one by one I had to lift them in straight to the shower removing mudd and sand. But of course it was boring waiting outside so the whole muddy gang ended up inside on a 3,5 year olds initiative. GREAT more mudd to clean up in every little corner of the house.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

What I wanted and how it turned out

I am starting a completely new chapter of my work life this autumn. A couple of weeks ago I signed a contract to start working as a teacher teaching Business, management and economics at a high school. Very exciting. I have been thinking that a teaching job would be fun and this is a chance for me to really try if this is a job for me before I add pedagogic to my MBA. This job kind of came to me and I grabbed the opportunity and are very much looking forward to start this new chapter in my life. Here is a reflection of my childhood dreams of jobs and how it corresponds with what I have done so far..

My childhood dreams about job and carrier path
Riding instructor - I have spent many of my childhood days making lists of horses and riders and teaching them how to ride. But I mean MANY hours. Running around pretending to be a horse, pretending that I am riding a horse and screaming to pretend students what to do with their horses.
School teacher
- I guess is was inspired by my great teacher in primary school but also as my mother is a teacher I used to pretend to be a school teacher a lot. Teaching my teddy bears how to read and write dreaming of my own black-board and making little red marks in their books
Radio host - I don't know at what age I got my own first recorder but I still remember how much I loved it or actually I think I still love it. I loved recording my own radio shows talking and singing. I also involved my best friend and together we made a lot of interesting shows. Later I also advanced and got a very cool big recorder with double microphones.
Working in an office - I used to sit in my mothers office room writing and stamping things. Calculating and using the fax machine. I still remember the smell of the stamp and the sound of the fax.

I also made a lot of books writing and illustrating but I guess I didn't understand that that could actually be a job so I guess that doesn't count.

What I thought I would become as a teenagerNot an easy question to reply I don't remember having a clear idea of what I wanted to do ( and I still don't really...) I think I was thinking of journalism & psychology. I loved school maybe mainly the routines and subjects such as Swedish, religion, psychology, drawing & illustrating. I loved to follow schedule and the variations of things. I hated mathematics, Chemistry & Physics. I was not an A student and never really had that ambition. I was perfectly happy having grades good enough in the middle. I also had 1 sometimes 2,3 of my own horses training and competing since the age of 8 which of course took a lot of my time so I had split focus growing up between school-work and my sport. I did have strict orders from my parents to keep my grades on the upper level otherwise my horses would be sold. And some how I did manage without too much effort to manage school, stable and fun.
Finishing high school I had no clear picture of what I wanted to do more a very lost feeling and I don't even think I was particular happy that the school was over and that I from that day had to make my own decisions.

My early work experience
My first job ( a part from garden and lawn mowing work home) was at a 4H camp where kids could come and hang out with animals I was 14-15 years old I think.

When I was 17 years old I started working in the local cinema. I was responsible for selling tickets, popcorn, sweets and summing up & doing the financial report after each job day. I worked every second week including weekends after school and stable and yes it was pretty challenging. One summer I even cleaned the cinema after the last movie, it was pretty creepy being by myself nighttime in the dark cinema. AND my god how much popcorn you find on the floor and chewing gums. Even today (not that I go to cinema very often...) I always look for the popcorn amount on the floor and cursing people to myself who leaves trash when they leave.. That same summer I also started working in our local super market Konsum. Me and my best friend worked most shifts together we had fun and was saving money to go on a inter-rail trip around Europe in the end of the summer.

I moved to Holland when I was 19 to a show-jumping competing yard belonging to Dutch Olympic winner Barcelona -92, Jan Tops. To get a job at Stal Tops a big deal for a horse girl like me. A professional stable is something different then stables I was used to back home in Sweden. More hierarchy, impressive and different caliber of horses and hard work from early morning to late evening 7 days a week. As a new groom I was at the bottom of the hierarchy to put it mild it was hell and the nastiness is nothing I had ever experiences before nor after. I wanted to go home after only a week but somehow it changed for better and I got great horses to ride, got picked to go with Swedish Olympic rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and 6 horses to sunshine tour in Spain to groom and ride. When I got back I got offered the job as stable manager with responsibility of the veterinary clinic and the dealing barn with around 25-30 horses and 10 staff. Big responsibility for a 20 year old indeed. I could write a book of my experiences personally, professionally and from the insight from the top sport from my time in Holland and on the highest level of European show jumping circuit.

After Holland I moved to the country-side outside Manchester in England working in a tack-shop ( a shop that sells everything you need for horses) and also working in a show-jumping yard riding and competing young horses and teaching students. Managing still to travel a lot to horse shows around England and rest of Europe. It was great combination of work and I loved the customer contact, the students, the new knowledge of horse and animal feed and supplements but especially that I really got to learn to understand and to speak English English pretty ok. Farmers with thick variations of Manchester/Stockport accents and British sense of humor was a challenge at first I can tell you but the best teachers I have ever had.

After these years I was ready to head back to school and University.

I started studying Medie Technology in Södertörn College ( In Stockholm) but then moved to Örebro University where I took my Master in Business & Administration (MBA) with focus on organization and management 2010

More work experience

One summer I had the chance to have the best summer job one can have. I flew to Boston USA and worked at a girl's summer camp in state of Maine. I worked with teaching the girls to horse back ride on different levels but also to ride the camp owners private horses. Great american summer I gained so many fun experiences and friends at Camp Fernwood.

While I was studying at University I worked every third weekend with people with mental disorders. Not in a hospital they lived and had treatment at a farm under strict restrictions and regulations with animals as part of their therapy. A new field for me and I was worried if this was a job for me but it turned out that I liked it and learned a lot from these years.

During my last year of studying I got a chance to do my master thesis for Swedish industrial company Atlas Copco and that was my way in to the company. After finishing my MBA I got offered a job in the quality department making processes in the internal management system. Quit a change from working with horses now in the business of big yellow mining machines. Within Atlas Copco I have worked at the production unit in Örebro for the division of Mining and rock excavation. I worked in quality department, logistics and as a regional business support in the marketing team before moving to customer center of East Europe based in Czech republic Prague. In Prague office I worked as project coordinator for a fleet management and spare part potential project and quality management support.

Creative explosion 
When Mila came along and I went on maternity leave I all of a sudden had so much time especially in the beginning sitting in the sofa breast feeding and when small babies are not eating they are sleeping so first couple of months I spent hours and hours drawing, reading and watching TV shows. As Mila grew older I got more and more inspirations from her and parenthood for my illustrations and to write my blog. I had a great gang of international friends with kids in the same age that I was hanging a lot with and having play dates with which also inspired me in my creative development leap. And the beauty of Prague of course. I do think my illustrations developed a lot during this period and I really enjoyed having all this time to focus on my creative side. I also got inspired and started to sew. At first I was really hopeless but practice makes perfect. Made hats, dresses, shirts etc and got better and better. I bought cool eco fabrics and made functional stuff which I was missing on the market. I managed with help to put together my webpage where I can show my work and what I do. I made illustrations for an international magazine in Prague,The Bridge, and also for a Swedish web-magazine as well as getting orders of family portraits. I also started to produced more hats and bibs and was selling them in an international bookstore in Prague. I have continue illustrating and sewing as much as I can but with two kids and house the time which I had in Prague is not the same. When we moved to Moscow I was planning to focus more on my business but it was hard as we had hard to adjust to this huge city and I lost a little bit of the pace for a while.

Well what to say. That I like variation in my work life. Life is to short to do only one thing. Is it my generation that we are not marathon runners when it comes to one profession or maybe it is just me. I like so many things and like to try things and to master things pretty ok before heading towards next challenge. I guess you can call me restless. That I have been able to work and live in so many different countries and cultures ( The Netherlands, UK, USA, Czech Republic & Russia) has made the world smaller and my horizons wider. Just the thought of settling down in one place is scaring me but at the same time more then ever tempting now with kids.

I have not climbed a carrier ladder, broken any glass ceilings, earned a lot of money or been very successful in one field. But what is success I keep asking myself. I am not a very material driven person so lots of money wouldn't really make me happier. I am grateful that I have done things which has really meant something to me, seen and tasted places and experiences from many different fields. So I guess that is what I will keep doing. Do things which makes me feel good and that gives me satisfaction.

I feel happy that I have had time to be home with the kids longer then today's norm and that I during that time could develop my creative small business and that it has given me a push that this is really something I want to do more with in the future. The combination of teaching, illustrating, sewing and spending as much time with the kids as I can I think will be a great recipe to try for the autumn. And dreaming that one day I will make that children's book I am dreaming about and to produce and sell more funky eco friendly cloths for kids.

So To wrap my job thoughts up, from my childhood dream jobs I have so far done all of it now when I am heading into the school world. Only one remaining and that is radio host... So when I get bored of being a teacher watch the space I need to get my own radio show organized. Well today that is not that crazy actually with all the podcasts around.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Giraff from my sketchbook

I have been good continuing same speed drawing small illustrations in my sketchbook journal, but I am crap in taking photos of them and getting them here in the blog. Bad internet connection and life is just simply getting in my way which is totally ok.
Here is any way an illustration of a giraffe from Kålmården ( although according to my mother it looks like a moose..) Mila was asking to see the giraffes as soon as we entered the park and didn't stop asking every two minutes before we finally found them. At the same time my sister was telling us about twenty times that when she was younger and visited the park she pet the giraffes.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


On Monday me, kids, my sister and her boyfriend headed to Kålmården. Kålmården is a wildlife park covering 1,5 square km and home to over 600 animals from all over the world. The park has something for the whole family dolphin show, carousel and theater in Bamse world, cable car safari and much more. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Scandinavia. Thats why we decided to go now before the big summer holiday weeks start and t will be to crowded. The entrance fee is pretty steep but to be fair we spend 6 hours and didn't manage to see everything. It is a well put together park and worth a visit.

We decided the evening before to bring pack lunch. I mean we are anyways spending lots of money on tickets so no way are they this time  overcharging me for food also ( adults points to me...). Taco pie and sallad and cinnamon buns and home made chocolate balls. My sister was worried that it might not be allowed to bring picnic and as she is a very much of a following rules kind of person it was fun to make jokes about how they will have special forces controlling no picnic. We made a lot of these kind of jokes.

We started the day with visiting and saying hi normal not very exotic farm animals such as sheep and goats. And summing up the day in the end Mila put this as one on her top experiences of the day. Filip also enjoyed trying to walk into the goats and pulling their long ears.

In Bamse world we saw a theater,  did a couple of carousel rides and Mila was brave enough to hug Bamse after Jacob hugged him and also threatening Bamse that he better be nice to Mila. The sun came out and all dark clouds just disapear which would have been great news if it wasn't for the fact that I decided to change shorts for long dark pants and rain jacket and left sun screen in the car.

I was already thinking about our delicious picnic pie after half an hour in the park. I did get reminded of it as the red union in my back-pack was smelling strong every movement I did.

Such great mood on all of us upon till a point when Filip got too tired but of course didn't want to miss the fun. As happy he is as unhappy he can become when too tired. Over all we had fantastic day all of us.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Falling out with a wardrobe

We had this big wardrobe for all our cloths... This wardrobe pissed me off for the last time last week. Me and my dad tried to fix the problem with the doors once and for all. We spent 40 min trying to figure out the issue and then we lost it. Looked at each other and unison said "let's get rid of it!!" With screwdriver, crowbar and hard work we dismantled and carried the wardrobe out in pieces. Yes it felt good until I realized what a mess we had created. Cloths EVERYWHERE and nowhere to place them now... So we started next project to make shelves in the sauna which is a small room with a lot of cloths more then a sauna.. Squeeze in closet and It is as pretty as it sounds.. At the same time I also started project to build shelves in the kids corner down stairs and to reorganize the small room where the wardrobe got pulled out from. Can you imagine the mess... I was cursing myself why do I always start big moving around projects like this and how the hell will I manage to get things back in order.. Luckily the kids cooperated pretty well and let me work to get the chaos under control. I will not show chaos picture as it only makes me feel stressed again I think better to show part of the result. My sewing room does now also serve as a guestroom with nice bed I will show that side of the room when I have managed to get shelves and bedside table in place. Kids corner is easier to organize with the new shelves which I decorated with a nice wallpaper and painted the edges white I am happy with the result. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

From my sketchbook an early morning water war

I continue my sketchbook journal with an illustration from yesterday morning. I was in the bathroom getting ready to head in to town when the war out on our patio kicked off. My dad had just woken up came over to say good morning and I handed him Filip to look after while I got ready. They were sitting together when Mila came and attacked them with her water gun. To attack granddad and little brother before granddad even had had his breakfast is not a good idea.... He took the water gun from Mila and sprayed her back. AND the war had broken out.. I have never seen Mila so angry.. She came in and screamed "I am gonna hit granddad!!!" "Mamma give the fly flapper I gonna hit granddad with it!!" She was so angry and I know very irritating with a mother who laughs in these situations but it was all just sounding too funny.  After a few minutes all sides calmed down and Mila apologized and granddad apologized and the peace agreement got signed with a hug.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New sketchbook

I have bought a new sketch book. I love buying pens, pencils, papers and sketchbooks. This sketchbook is going to be my new illustration journal where the plan is to draw thoughts, adventures or everyday happenings here and there. I would love to say and to commit to do an illustration a day but that is just not realistic with everything else that needs to get done in life with two kids, two dogs, house and garden.. 

My first drawing is from what I do at the moment all day from morning to evening at least if I want to keep Filip happy... Filip is 1 year and is practicing to walk and need me as support. Great for my back and already bad posture... NOT... Mila is riding around the garden on her horse "Hello Kitty" we have buildt a jumping course and I am appointed judge.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Zita & Bozze the introduction

Zita and Bozze the dogs in the Team
 Born 22 January 2016
The exotic breed Puder Puff = Chinese crested dog but with fur.
My dad was talking about getting a dog as company. I did some research to make sure he picked a good dog. Found a kennel and sent my dad and uncle to take a look mid March and they came home with TWO. What we are gonna do with TWO dogs and how we are gonna cope with TWO dogs was the initial question. But in matter of fact as time is passing I realize that two is easier then one (apart from the obvious fact that two cost more then one in running cost) They are very happy having each other. They play, chill, hang out and are great together.
Zita is the black and white dog. She is the cocky one of them always on alert. She is busy keeping track of what is going on and making sure things is in order. She is Mila's favorite as she likes to participate in most of Mila's games. Zita as from day one loved our cat Levis and are trying very hard to make Levis to love her back. They are cute together and Levis bless him he is such good cat having no problem with two puppies enetring his life,
Bozze is Mr soft guy. Very cuddly and much more layed-back. He is bigger then Zita but also a big chicken runs and hide even from my mothers wild but younger puppy. Although he is not chicken when it comes to bringing in the cats hunting trophies half a rat, mouse and two squirrels. Bozze learned fast that it is great to stay close to Filip during meals. Not only does he get all food Filip drops on the floor Filip also loves to share food with Bozze leaning down and handing him things. The more I say no the better they seem to think so nowadays Bozze and Zita is sent out to wait while Filip eats. I think it is the love for food and to be mr nice guy Bozze has already learn to sit and wait and wait for commando before he is allowed to eat.

They are great dogs. Better then I expected I have to say. Very faithful friends. I can let them out in the garden and they are not even considering leaving. Keeping great track where I am but also totally fine being with my dad or whoever is home. Sweet with the kids. Not biting like most puppies. Easy to teach things. Couldn't ask for better dogs really.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

First week of June

Last week was such nice week. Loren had a week off from work. Summer sun and and very pleasant temperatures. Saturday I went off for my best friends hen do with excising, riding, eating, spa and more eating from early morning to the evening. It was a lot of organisation behind the day and I am happy it ended up even better then expected.
Sunday tired and stiff from all the activities the day before. Linnea my "co bridesmaid" for the wedding in August stayed with us and we were trying to make a few adjustments to our dresses. The rest of the day a nice relaxing family day before Loren picked up his dad from the airport. I did write about his stay in the last post did I not?!
Tuesday we went to check out an English day care. The plan is that the kids will start here this autumn three days a week. "Do you like the place? " We asked Mila "Yes" she said but when we asked her if she want to come back and go here this autumn she said "NO Thank YOU" It will be as hard for me to leave her a few days but she will find it great fun as soon as she gets into it I am sure and hope. Unexpectedly I got a fun job offer that I feel very excited about. I wasn't really looking for something right now but this kind of came to me. Nothing is signed yet but we have a verbal agreement so I think very soon it will be on paper also. I think it will be a great new start to work Monday to Wednesday and rest of the days with kids and projects at home. 
Wednesday after a day down to the lake we dropped Loren's dad off at the airport and picked Mila's Godfather Bojan up.
Thursday we finally got around to paint the backside of the house. Fantastic to have it done even if I will continue to add paint here and there but at least the main part of what needed to be done this year is done. Friday we headed to Örebro to show Bojan around and to search for shoes for Mila. She has grown like crazy lately and has no shoes that fits her.
Saturday assembly of new bbq that Loren got for his birthday and later we made burgers to test the new tool out.
Sunday we had a day at home and I managed to get Loren and Bojan to build two new planting boxes. Our Mr Sunshine was transformed to Mr Needy with a terrible delicate mood and only wanted to walk holding two hands round and round the garden. In the afternoon Loren head to Moscow and Bojan back to Skopje. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Granddad from Skopje

Loren's dad and the kids granddad farfar Dragan came to visit us from Skopje. Big deal to have him coming over. First time in Sweden. First time he is meeting Filip. And hundred years ago nearly or at least somewhere in the 90's he last flew an airplane. Him and his best friend both in their 80 was like two excited kids coming over. It was great to have them here with us for a few days. Filip utilized farfar fully taking him for walks around and around the garden. Mila was shy.
One day they took a walk without telling where, knowing the area or having a phone with them. After 3 and a half hour we were sure they were lost somewhere in the forest and getting ready to start the search. As we were jumping in the car they came walking down our road. One said they got lost the other one said that he knew all along where they were.
I hope they are soon coming over again so the kids can hang with their granddad and Loren with his dad. 

Also in this collage you can see that we finally managed to paint the back of the house. Great job done. High five to us!!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer heat and Hat production

Summer heat here in Sweden at the moment. Its great and at the same time little stressful already June and actually the summer is here. SUMMER IS HERE and it is so short it is making me a little stressed to enjoy it as much as I possibly can. All the dark months up north we have been longing for light and nice temperatures that comes with these three magic months June, July and August. Or actually maybe not that tragic I do like May and most of all I love September and October. But still summer is short so we better enjoy it fully. Our new patio is helping us to make the enjoyment even higher as outdoor is now only a step away without hassle of shoes or too much organization involved. Just simply open the door and their it is the SUMMER and a lot of pollen and 4-5 small bikes for one little girl and toys that the dogs has stolen from the kids and now and then a half eaten mouse or a very cute and very dead squirrel.

Funny enough I have got orders of hats from friends and friends friends in Prague. I am creating hats every spare minute if I am not in the garden or just collapsing somewhere after busy days here with lots of visitors and things going on.

Here is some of them and also my fabric collection they are picking hats from.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stockholm and how to become Swedish

It feels like ages ago last time I went up to Stockholm and so I decided it was time to get out of the forrest and head to the city. I love the energy from city and need a good combination of city and country yes I do think I have written about that before. However as much as I need that combination I also get use to country life and kind of forget I really need the other source of energy. And when I get a dose of city I go "ahhhh yes this is just what I needed" and then I will be extra happy to go home to my garden and continue to sow seeds and plant flowers.
I went up with my dad who anyways was going up to work and didn't mind to fill up his car with a cookie monster  ( great with crumbs in the seats...) 3,5 year old who used up all her mammas surf on the phone watching Youtube. A 1 year old who was complaining (read screaming) refused to fall asleep for about 1 hour of the journey which feels like hundred years and I was even considering jumping off anywhere and walking back home... Me I  was driving, trying to keep the peace in the car and drinking coffee. We managed 2/3 of the trip in good atmosphere and so that is classed as a success.  But we did end up a little later then planned so my dad droped us and continued to his job and my mother came to pick us up.

Mila has been longing for her grandmother asking for "when are we going to see my little mormor?!" Since we got here they have been hanging out in the garden, playing with Molly the crazy puppy, taking a bath in the hot tub, eating a ton of strawberries with whipped cream, going on a sky-bar attraction, riding escalators and playing memory game. And yes of course Mila has taken good care of aunty Sofies barbie horses, I think it is around 65 barbie horses saved in boxes here and every single one of them has a name AND Sofie still remember all the names.

Surprise was that Loren managed to find a good ticket for Friday evening to join us here in Stockholm. And that gave me a chance to fix a surprise for him a couple of days before his birthday. Mormor offered to take care of the kids and I found I perfect Comedy show "How to become Swedish in 60 minutes" who had premier Yesterday. We headed down-town and walked through a  busy Stockholm hand in hand (no stroller, no kid on the shoulders...) . We had dinner and beer at the Theatre bar before the show. The show was great and well worth to see and the Islandic comedian had really managed to capture some significat signs for Swedishness and Swedish behaviour. After we enjoyed another drink before heading back to the kids who had had just as great evening as us with mormor and Göran.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Science fiction by Mila

I loved to write and illustrate books when I was a child or actually I still love it and dream of making childrens books. Mila has already started to follow my footstep but in a slightly different genre then myself. Mila is more into science-fiction//horror.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Illustration world with inspiration from books

I have started on an illustration some weeks ago. I still have to go over it with second layer of colors to make it more rich and alive. If  I will get around to it. I have got inspiration from different books and characters. I love children books and I read for Mila and Filip every night without a fail. I buy a lots of books both new and second hand. I have been able to read a different story every night until now when Mila only wants to read one particular book "Märtar galloperar". It is about a girl called Märta who is learning how to canter on a pony.... I have now read this book every evening for over 2 weeks.. Sometimes even two times per night. I wonder what will happen if "Märta galloperar" goes missing for a while!? I might try that very soon if I only can remember to make it go missing before I am already trapped in the sweetest way. Laying there in the bed with one kid on each arm and gets this very loved book handed over to me and with a very sweet voice Mila asks " mamma can we please read Märta galopperar tonight!?" like she havn't heard it in ages. First I am trying "but why don't we read xxx or xxx or maybe xxx" but at this point she is not ready to negotiate it is "Märta galopperar" or no sleeping...