Saturday, January 24, 2015

My life shines like a diamond



Some people want me to write more about "real life". They think I show to much of a "shiny side of life". And maybe it is shining to bright for some... I guess it depends on where you are at in life, and for me I see it differently.

Blogging has helped me to see and notice all the small things, the invisible everyday stuff, the ignored and simple things in life. The beautiful, graceful, delicate, amazing, loving, wonderful moments of living. Because life is here and now. Sitting in traffic sucks, but if your favorite tune is playing it can become a great moment anyway. Turn it up and sing along. Traffic won't move anyway.

It is like chasing affirmations for me, to share my moments of happiness. May it be a bunch of tulips, a sun set, my children, reflections about life, pretty leaves, yarn balls, warm and cozy messy beds, simmering pots of good food, happy coffee breaks and crochet moments... When chasing these moments I see them with open eyes, happiness is highlighted throughout my days and is suddenly placed at the front of the stage. To be seen. To be cherished. To be lived. To be felt.

It all becomes interesting. At times it is like a sensation of opening my eyes for the first time to really see life as it is. Having a muffin while helping Luca Bo with homework can be a treasured moment... Something to remember - him and me, together, working AND enjoying. Does that sound to shiny to you?

Because even though life is full of dull moments, duties and chores, tears, yelling, squabbles, worries and a million more hard things, we can make it shine through all that if we just "see" the moments of good. And suddenly hanging laundry becomes a lovely and happy moment in the day instead of boring and dreading chore... Because laundry is incredibly beautiful, flapping in the wind. And the air is so refreshing to breath in. And stretching my arms up feels so good. Do you get it?

Dare to feel happiness. Dare to see the beauty. Dare to create a life full of happy small moments. My blog is a real life story because I have chosen to see and cherish the moments of good to create a life that shines like a diamond - with faults and all. And I will continue to share the "shiny side of life" because it makes me feel good.

Kärlek
Annette




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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A matching hat

The snow came and I needed a matching hat for Wilma's Cable Scarf. Said and done... Pattern will come for the set. My scarf patterns is just a proof reading away to be listed in my Etsy shop and soon after Wilma's Cable Hat will be listed too. Happy Wednesday fellow bloggers and lovely readers.

Kärlek
Annette




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Monday, January 19, 2015

French course...







Bonjour! French course is a tough business... I'm exhausted. Shot! Slammed? Wiped out. But the good thing is I woke up the other day thinking in French. That is a good sign.

The home is falling apart with no order what so ever. We barely survive at this point. My Mom is here to help with school departs in the mornings as I have to leave home before 7am... The mountains and Lausanne is a pretty view as  I walk to school from the train station... Jay is on a business trip to New Zealand... We do what we have to do and slowly we are finding a new routine.

We snuggle up, watch TV (Once upon the time... ) and surf the Internet. We go to bed early, make stews and soups that we eat for multiple days in a row. We let things be. Including half eaten apples left on the living room table together with the latest Lego engineering's by Luca... Charlie the cat seem to enjoy sleeping on tables pretty much everywhere in the house. now when no one tells him to get down.

There is not much time for blogging. Not much time for anything. But I'm getting there. Little by little. I finished the pattern for the new scarf. IT will be listed this week. Yes!

Bare with me on these busy days. I will soon get back to normal blog routines. And maybe, just maybe, I will throw out that half eaten apple in the compost today.

Kärlek
Annette





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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Behind the scenes



Hi. My name is Annette. I am a blogger, writer, crochet artist, designer, photographer, model, marketing manager, art director, stylist, customer service agent, business owner, book keeper, shop owner...

Not really but when being a blogger you actually are all this. At least if your blog is a small business to run, like mine. I model my own creations. My adorable daughters help me during the photo shoot. We goof around and happy me get the chance to catch some really nice pictures of my girls as well. It is good fun being a blogger/everything else included. Stressful at times. It is hard to do it all. But it is also very rewarding to be in charge. To do it my way.

We made this photo shoot a couple of days ago. It was for my latest design, a cozy and chunky scarf. I call it Wilma's Scarf. The pictures turned out great I have to say.

She is a real talent behind the lens, my dear Nelly Bo. Me, I'm not the most confident model but with help from a silly and funny Emmy Bo, I tend to relax and things turn out okay. We are a good team and I'm blessed to have my little helpers in my business. Pattern for this scarf will be released any day now.

Kärlek
Annette

PS 1:Thank you a million for all your sweet words on my last post. I read every single word and it makes me so strong to receive such great encouragement and to hear your own stories. The love from you sent to me in your words is bouncing right back to you all.

PS 2: Face The Fear - Showing myself on the blog and not apologize for wrinkles and imperfections but embrace and be proud as these pictures are awesome. :)



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