Letting go

I keep wondering why we (and I definitely mean me here) do keep things in our (my) closets when we do not have use for them? Or marinade crafting supplies if we clearly have no time to use them? I have so many "when I retire" projects in my to-do list that I should leave my job tomorrow to be able to make them all in my lifetime. So it's definitely time to share.

I love knitting but I just do not have time to make it for "me", I do it daily for my work. So I chose the mittens-socks-scarfs-yarns, put them into a bag and gave them to my friend. Who I know for sure will make many pairs during this autumn. And what did my friend do? She packed up two huge boxes and a large plastic bag full of fabrics for me! She's changing a career and said that she definitely does not need all of these. And truth to be said there were still a few yards left on her closets - but look at my lot here!





I have just started to sort them by color, and it'll soon be followed by pink-flowered-big, yellow-with-birds-small-piles. This makes me so happy, and grateful too. My friend decided to give, even I know how much she loves these fabrics. I am definitely starting to sort out my closets again, there are so many clothes, crafting supplies, yarns and magazines that would make someone else happy (and I would gain some needed space!), and I definitely am calling this month The Sharing-September and it'll be followed by the Owning-it-all-does-not-make-me-happy-October and Not-for-me-November! Anyone else doing the same?

Happy Sunday!

Yours,
Mia

Sweet September

Oh my, I must apologize dearly my absence here in blogland. It's been almost two weeks since I last posted and a lot has happened in the meanwhile. Mostly work-wise, as I have been quite busy. But the most dramatic change has been around us. It's been raining almost constantly so no changes there. But the nature...



Leaves are turning yellow-orange-red everywhere...



...and falling already also...




...and roses are red again!



Autumn colors have inspired my work too, there's still a lot of green but oranges and reds are coming along, and also blending beautifully. Leaves and even pumpkins are jumping in too...



Can he really drag that pumpkin he chose home I wonder...



Colorful week!

Yours,
Mia

Back vol.2

So we did our little trip to Helsinki. It's not abroad or that far away really (from my doorstep approximately 439kilometres) but the difference is... just huge. My hometown is small, and compared to Helsinki, countryside. But do not take me wrong, I have lived in Helsinki and wouldn't want to move back, I like it here. But it's a city.




We traveled by train, and arrived to Central railway station seen above. It's a beautiful building, designed by one of our biggest, Eliel Saarinen, at the beginning of 1900s. When you're in Helsinki, almost all the trains and buses leave and return there, and it's also easy to make a date under those stony-guys (there are four of them altogether, two standing in both sides of the main entrance), you'll never miss the place!



Our hotel was almost next to central railway station, we just needed to walk past The Finnish National Theatre and the Ateneum Art Museum. Both are the most well-known (and loved) landmarks in the heart of Helsinki. In National Theatre they will have Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (which I have seen in English in Scotland in oops...last century, and would love to see again in Finnish) but it only opens next week. Maybe later?



Skies were blue 99,9% of the time (even when lying in bed, the ceiling was most unusual), and the hotel was good. Walking distance from everything, great breakfast and happy 90s-migraine-is-close covered armchairs. In a minute our room was filled with bags, clothes, shoes (how many pairs of shoes does a sister-duo need for three days? We ended up having seven - some were bought during the trip, though) and giggles. Oh yes, we giggled like teenagers three days in a row, which should tell everybody just how needed this trip was.


And we walked...and walked...and took the tram/bus/train/metro and walked some more. And saw some buildings not that up to our taste. Like Kiasma above, the Museum of contemporary art (can you spot us there being really touristic taking pictures?). One ugly building almost next to central railway station. Some love it though, as they do love...



The new heavily debated (the location mainly and the need of it in general were the issues) Helsinki Music Centre. It was opened just recently (the first concerts were last week) after a long wait for those who love music. I do not like the look of it, to be honest, I am more fan of...



Our Parliament house, just across the street to that Music Centre. And the views to city...




Lovely.

We also did some shopping, thrifting in fleamarket(s), ate greatly and one of my sister's friend celebrated her doctoral thesis. Not bad for three days, huh?



Except for those wonderful memories I also brought some home some things to enjoy later. Those should get me through September and October - there's a new trip in planning for November. Hooray!

Happy Thursday everyone!

Yours,
Mia

Back

We are back and we had FANTASTIC time! I have other, maybe a little more clear/bright/focused pictures to show you later, but these just sum it all.

I love you, Sis!




Happy week!

Yours,
Mia