Here's to new

Happy New Year soon, dear friends! This year has 2014 passed pretty quickly, it feels that it was summer just last week or so, and now we are heading to in 2015 already, wow! This blogging year has not been the greatest, but I have enjoyed so much reading the posts from my fellow bloggers, and I try not to feel too guilty about my slow pace, life happens at the times as we all well know (and it just happened after I started this post, can you possibly tell that the paragraph above was written in 2014 already?). It has been sort of tradition to take a look back when a New Year starts, and here, here and here are some previous posts about that. And here is a brief glance for 2014:

January-February-March


Beginning of the 2014 was cold and snowy after a very mild autumn, and as the images suggest, sun wasn't too regular visitor around here. Some little people visited more often, and auntie just loved that. We all had a sort of difficult autumn, and to start a happy and more healthy year was just joyful. Work-wise I tried to take it slow still, and not to make that big changes, and started the year with some happy mittens and other felted creations. And some Moomins - they ended being quite a hit on 2014 too!

April-May-June


April and May were pretty and sunny here, but June... Huh. It was cold, rainy, COLD, dark (did I say COLD already?) and miserably - in Midsummer Eve we ate outside (with Finnish sisu), and then run inside to put some logs into fireplace. Huh. But other than weather it was great, we got the new deck and house got first lick of paint too.

July-August-September


We had most wonderful, hot, sunny and beautiful July-August, and it made up for the miserably June mentioned earlier. We spent a lot of time outside (hello new deck!), many BBQ's and a few Birthdays were also celebrated out in sunshine, and a certain little boy got a lightsaber for his 6th... And I was ever so lucky to be a winner in Jane's wonderful giveaway, thank you still once dear! Then came September, and you can see on the last images how the weather turned - in a day! We had lovely adventures with my sweet little niece still in September. An another great story to tell&remember later is how we had our first snowstorm around 23rd and we were stuck in a market when the power went off...

October-November-December


In October we (me&Sis) finally got ourselves to cinema to see Moomins on the Riviera! It was such a sweet and lovely movie, so if you have a change to go and see it, please do, it makes you smile for a long time afterwards, I promise. We also had a little guy for a sleepover(s), I spent some special time with my niece too still, and we had some wonderful adventures in woods with mushroom-finds. On the darker side of the life was present too as I lost my uncle suddenly, but thankfully his funeral day was sunny, dry and beautiful. HandmadebyMia-wise I think the happy felted wreaths and pretty bunny-sisters were the most important creations - and I wish to continue making both in the future. Christmas-time was magical, happy and relaxing, and the New Year was welcomed with some fireworks and very cold weather. Now it is January 5th already, and I have had almost two weeks more or less off from everything, time well spent and much needed.


Now it is time to slooooowly start thinking of 2015 and all new things it will bring. I have some new plans for the first three months of this year, and all that should keep me quite busy, but I wish to keep popping in here every now and then too. I think instagram will show my whereabouts much more regularly, please feel most welcome to come and say hi there too! And oh how I am waiting for the spring already, light and sunshine and flowers and green outside... With the picture above (from Midsummer 2014) I am turning on the Pre-Spring (see the official GRD-calendar here) mode just this very minute!

Happy, healthy, sunny and bright New Year 2015 to you all, thank you all for 2014!

Yours,
Mia

Merry all around


It has been merry, bright, happy, eventful, surprising, tasty, noisy, cold, sunny, loved ones all around = just perfect Holidays here. I wish you and yours have enjoyed everything to the fullest! The house is getting silent now, I am sauna-clean and wearing the pretty new woolen socks made for me by my dear, dear friend, and it simply does not get better than this. I am now off under the tree with a box of something good and a great book - it is still time to be merry for a few days. Enjoy!

With love,
Mia

Days around here

Oh my, it seems that December posting is not that intense this year. Days fly by, and it is almost third Advent already, only a week and some to go until the big day! Here are some pictures from the past week:


We had the first hyacinths (LOVE the scent, simply divine), celebrated Finland's 97th Independence Day, baked the first cookies (Hattifatteners are the traditional ones), and two candles were lid on the second Advent...


... first pretty cards arrived, and the first present too! I must not open it yet, I simply must not...

*click to enlarge and to see a bit closer*


...and my Christmas Village Everwood* is up! It has a new tree (with a music box) for its central square, and the happy snowman ice-skating (also with music) I got last year from my hb's sister. Everwood is pretty large already, but I am just off to Christmas Fair and there might be a little something to add still - villages keep growing, right?

Wonderful weekend to you all!

Yours,
Mia

*Oh yes, named after one of my ultimate favorite TV-series