Sunday, January 31, 2016

A month in photos {January 2016}

The end of January. Everyone is quite tired. Life has been a fast paced sprint for the past three weeks after slow Christmas and we could all do with a moment or two to catch up with ourselves. I’m planning a slow February; simpler, light, controlled... Looking forward to days getting longer, Valentines and perhaps a few days off from work. And tulips... must get tulips!

January favorite...

What was your month like? Join me and link up your month in photos below!
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Sunday, January 24, 2016


It's Sunday and we are buried under snow. We have shoveled our way out of house to enjoy fresh air and temperature of -5 degrees that feels warm and welcome after recent great frost. Today everything I do seems like slow-motion and I honor Sunday like that. A cup of coffee, hot chocolate for kids, braiding, books and thinking. That's it. Tomorrow it's Monday again so let's catch breath.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday afternoon

That was a perfect winter afternoon to take a decent walk. Temperature just below minus ten, sunshine, me and my eight years old. She keeps up with me quite well but after an hour her cheeks are already red enough, legs are getting heavy and sun is about to set. We walk towards home hand in hand, quietly.

You say so much 
in silence,
that I dare not
forget to listen.

Sunday, January 10, 2016


The cold has broken down and since fifteen below zero is now considered easy weather we've spend our days outside playing with snow, admiring and enjoying it. The world is beautiful and serene.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Freaking Frost and Textured Portraits

Winter is really here. The frost is so hard it's almost freaking me out! Holidays are over and we go to work and kids to school and daycare. I worry that their little cheeks will freeze but we have survived and now when weekend arrives, we will hide ourselves in quilts and spend the days in the corner of our sofa huddling close and watching TV.

I've seen some gorgeous frosty pictures but I refuse to go outside to capture it.
If you wish to see what it looks like here, see this video! (I'm sorry it has an ad in the beginning - wait and it starts).

"I wonder if snow loves trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?
And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; 
and perhaps it says, go to sleep darlings, till the summer comes again"
- Lewis Carrol

So, I've stayed inside. Creating portraits. Playing with textures. And I've managed to inspire myself! How did I stop using textures for so long?! Glad to have them back.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Memories, Dreams and Reflections 2015

It’s time to look back and reflect on the images from the past 12 months. Each one brings back sweet memories: changing seasons, girls growing up and life moving on.

I'm playing along at Ramblings and Photos as I did in the beginning of 2014. I was surprised to see that this year there are quite many pictures that I haven't posted before, some of them I didn't remember at all. Looking back was an emotional memory lane. I'm all tears now ;)

1. Me: Photos of me aren't many. But there are some where I'm with my girls. This was my last year goal - go get in the pictures. This is one of my favorites.

2. I love you: no words needed.

3. Still laughing: After a surgery she was supposed to take it easy. After few days at home we headed for a little peaceful walk. It took her five minutes to climb to a tree... I rest my case.

4. Winter Wonderland: This one is from the very beginning of  2015. There hasn't been any snow this winter yet...

5. Birthday: Strawberries for daddy's birthday on 19th June.

6. Friends: Minea's eight year birthday party was in July and she celebrated it with her best friends at the beach.

7. I was inspired: by these.

8. Spring fever: the first tulips in March.

9. Travel/vacation: We spend ten dayss of our summer vacation in Sopot, Poland seashore. This is one lovely snapshot which I happen to love...

And another of girls at the beach...

10. Summer days: flower picking and evening walks 

11.  A day in my life: Well, meet Rape, the one euro Ikea mouse. Much loved family member.

12. All smiles; Her sixth birthday in early September.

13. Autumn harvest: Apples!

14. Family: This is probably the only picture with our whole family. Have to take more of these this year.

15. Celebrate: Mothers's day in May 

16. Let's do it again: a moment in the woods (with a tripod!)

17. I miss you: Right now I'm missing summer. Badly. The light, scent and colors.

18. Beautiful: Late autumn leaves. In it's simplicity and muted tones.

19. Dress up: Princess 

20. Macro: Should do these more since I love them so much!

21. Holidays: Christmas 2015. Obvious choice.

22. My favorite: This one ended up being the favorite of the year. It's got everything right. I love it.

23. Don't ever change: My very first sweet spot - children in sleep...

24. Just because. This beauty gets her picture taken way too rarely.

25. Hopes and dreams: Big things often have small beginnings!

Thanks for reading!