Nov 27, 2011

How Will You Carry Yourself Today?

My elffriend visited his family in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks and came back home last night. He brought with him some books. I woke up early this morning and started reading The Book of Awakening. It's written by Mark Nepo who is also a poet and a cancer survivor. It has 365 little chapters, each about one page long, dedicated for each day of the year. Already what I read in January 1st touched me a lot :)

"There is a Buddhist precept that asks us to be mindful of how rare it is to find ourselves in human form on Earth. It is really a beautiful view of life that offers us the chance to feel enormous appreciation for the fact that we are here as individual spirits filled with consciousness, drinking water and chopping wood.

...It asks us to understand that no other life form has the consciousness of being that we are privilege to. It asks us to recognize that of all the endless species of plants and animals and minerals that make up the Earth, a very small portion of life has the wakefulness of spirit that we call "being human".

That I rise from some depth of awareness to express this to you and that you can receive me in this instant is part of our precious human birth. ...

So what will you do today, knowing that you are one of the rarest forms of life to ever walk the Earth? How will you carry yourself? What will you do with your hands? What will you ask and of whom?

Tomorrow you could die and become an ant, and someone will be setting traps for you. But today you are precious and rare and awake. It ushers us into grateful living. It makes hesitation useless. Grateful and awake, ask what you need to know now. Say what you feel now. Love what you love now."

Nov 19, 2011

Meanwhile in the USA...

There's an extremely upsetting video of the above here.

“Police used batons to try to push the students apart. Those they could separate, they arrested, kneeling on their bodies and pushing their heads into the ground. Those they could not separate, they pepper-sprayed directly in the face, holding these students as they did so. When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats. Several of these students were hospitalized. Others are seriously injured. One of them, forty-five minutes after being pepper-sprayed down his throat, was still coughing up blood.” Nathan Brown, Assistant Professor University of California at Davis

Nov 13, 2011

Dreamcatcher Drama

Remember a while back when I posted the instructions on how to make a dreamcatcher? My sister Kaisu wrote it as she's expert at all fabulous nature things. Here's a reminder of a snowy catcher she made:

I wanted to make one too and followed Kaisu's instructions, step by step. Somehow I just couldn't figure it out:

I posted this pic on my Facebook and inspired my other sister Minna to make her first dreamcatcher:

As you can see, her catcher is quite multisupernovadimensional, and has a dried flower on it. Here's Minna's story:

Here's my first dreamcatcher. I walked in the forest next to our house with the flute ready in my mouth, to play a little thank you song for the tree. As soon as I step in the forest, even before I played anything, I found a perfect bending branch in the ground, so I didn't even have to cut it from a living tree. I continued walking in the forest a little bit, playing the flute, trying few sticks from the ground, they all broke when bending them. Then I saw a tin box in the ground, took it to the trash and decided my exchange with the forest wouldn't end more perfectly ♥
Seeing all this dreamcatching going down, our mom Heini got inspired as well and made her first one:

That's a cute little bird bead in the middle. That bird punatulkku is very common in Finland, bullfinch in English.

Mom made another one with moss from the forest:

Craftically speaking, I have decided to move on and leave dreamcatchers to those who have what it takes. This is my new project that's spread out all over the living room floor:

Tomorrow my friend Danielle will borrow me her sewing machine and I'll be able to really get cracking. I'll let you know if anything comes out of this. I'm very excited though. Do you have any crafts or arts projects/ideas you've been planning or working on lately?

Nov 8, 2011

Ewa i Walla :: pleasant peasant fairy clothing

Ewa i Walla is a Swedish designer lady and her clothes are Fun or jätte kul should I rather say. They're not for sale anywhere in the US though. But what I do is I just look at these pics and get inspiration to dress in similar style using whatever clothes I find in my closet. Today I was inspired by this photo:

And wore this:

Here's more Ewa i Walla stylez:

Nov 7, 2011

Fairies Need a Break Too

Nice wallpaper [pardon the language]

I had a day off from anything and everything :) Actually, two days. Except for the past couple of hours, I cheated and worked on a website. But during these two days I
❤ made a song with my finger piano
❤ explored the neighborhood I live in
❤ stumbled on a block party with a DJ stage, lights, balloons and hipster party people 
❤ hooped in a nearby park in early morning sunshine
❤ found the above band Mother Mother (check out this song too)
❤ cleaned the house like it's never been cleaned before (because I made an unprecedented mess first)
❤ gawked on three kitties that live in an abandoned house next door (they come out to the roof during the day through a glassless window and their mommy feeds and babysits them)
❤ however one of the kitties fell off the roof today and me and Daniel climbed on this big fence to see how the little one is doing, it's fine but, unable to jump very high, stuck in the alley way below the others but mommy goes there to feed too so no probs) 

And I put in motion a project to fill this frame that Carole so gracefully gave me. I guess I'm not doing too well on not doing anything. But it's a good break for the brain to do random seemingly unvital things that just happen.

Kitties and mom. I don't know how this place looks so ghetto, the building I live in is actually very nice. I think I'll name these cuties very soon.

Nov 1, 2011

Generous Vegan Neighbors :: Informative Catholic Neighbors

I took these pics with my phone while walking back home from the gym in the morning. Isn't this one of the coolest things ever?!

Their window was conveniently on the street level. I might go back and get some soon :) 

This cathedral is right opposite to where I live.