27 March 2011

Sunday walk

Summertime has now officially begun in Finland.

It's been a windy week. 
The ground is covered in branches and needles.

Someone's carved a heart in the tree.

Mirja is posing for the camera.

The snow is slowly melting.

View over Lake Pitkäjärvi.

I've had enough. Are you coming?

24 March 2011

Butterfly necklace

This butterfly pendant in sponge coral and sterling silver is similar to 
the dragonfly pendant I used in a necklace some weeks ago.

I also used jasper in different shapes and sponge coral rounds, 
pewter fairy beads from Green Girl Studios,
silver plated rounds, pewter bead caps and a metal toggle.

These books are all by my absolute favorite authors at the moment!
Fantasy, magic, mystery, action and romance -
mix it all up and enjoy!

Shalador's Lady is a Black Jewels novel about a kind Queen who is trying to find 
the strength and courage within herself  to restore a land and a people who's
suffered greatly under cruel and corrupt Queens.

River Marked is a Mercy Thompson novel. Mercy is a coyote shifter going on her
honeymoon with her werewolf husband Adam. They're going camping but nothing 
goes according to plan. People are disappearing and it becomes clear that 
something ancient evil is lurking in the river.

Mercy Blade is a novel about Jane Yellowrock. She's a shape-shifting skinwalker and
a vampire killer and now she is working with security for the vampires.
Her life gets more complicated than usual when a pack of werewolves comes
into town.

Exit Strategy and Made to be Broken are both about Nadia. She is an ex-cop
nature lodge owner as well as a hitwoman with a conscience. She has to deal
with a serial killer and baby sellers and her own painful past. 

Anne Bishop: Shalador's Lady
Patricia Briggs: River Marked
Faith Hunter: Mercy Blade
Kelley Armstrong: Exit Strategy
Kelley Armstrong: Made to be Broken

20 March 2011

Weekend in Porvoo

Hubby and Ronja left early Saturday morning for football camp. 
Mirja had swimming and after that we went to visit with my parents. 
These two pics are of my mom's orchids.

These two pics are of Aunt Rakel's birthday flowers. She's really my mom's aunt, 
but I've always called her Aunt Rakel. 

We got more snow on Saturday.
These pics were taken at Aunt Rakel's.

Here are some of my mom's dolls.

Today we had coffee at Granny's. We watched skiing from Falun on tv. 
I've read a lot. I finished my knitting project, but I don't have any pics yet.
Mirja started knitting too. She's making a scarf for her bear.

14 March 2011

Dahlia set

Pendant by Lillypilly Designs, fire agate, striped onyx,
crystals and copper.

Pendants by Lillypilly Designs, lampwork by Sue Beads, 
crystals and copper.

13 March 2011

Picnic and skating

Mirja made these in school.

Mirja is teaching Ronja to make cords too.

Today Mirja's class had a family meeting: picnic and skating.
The purpose was to get to know one another better
and do something fun together.

Not very many showed up, but those of us who did had a wonderful time.
The ice was in pretty bad shape, but that didn't slow down the smaller skaters.

My girls.

Ronja, 11 years old.

Mirja, 8 years old.

Alde was definitely the star of the show!
Everyone enjoyed playing with her.