Woodland Magic

Parties, Gifts & Crafts, He and I, Adventures

My best friend’s getting married soon, and the location is out of this world, it is a walk through woodlands to somewhere exhilarating. Just wait till you see where it is, mind you though, it will be a long wait (the wedding is next year, and I am not sharing pictures until then, it’s also probably a secret and she hasn’t told others yet).

So, there I was, on Pinterest, browsing through Woodland weddings. A picture leads me to a post, and then onto something else, after a chain of following one image link to another, I came upon this glorious art installation on this page http://www.runeguneriussen.no/ Seriously, check it out for yourself. This made me want to throw my own woodland party. Isn’t it brilliant?

Maybe for my 30th? A wild woodland, wilderness party, wouldn’t that be lovely?  Lots and lots of lampshades hanging from tree tops. Lights in the dense forest leading the way.  Deeper and deeper you walk, until finally you come to a big plain. Away from all the chaos and racket of the world. Under the cover of the twinkling sky. You will find people sitting cosily wrapped up in blankets. Some are standing, drinking, chatting. Children dancing around the fire with fun adults alike (and hopefully some responsible adults minding the children of course).  Perhaps we will be visited by elves, fairies and gnomes. Goblins, imps and trolls. Perhaps even a unicorn. (Costume party, perhaps?)

It will be magical. We shall be singing, dancing, storytelling.

Celebrating.

[Image from http://www.runeguneriussen.no/]

This is a picture of us at one such magical place a few years ago.

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Cosy Japanese Night

Adventures, He and I

My trip to Japan inspired me to have my own little Japanese themed dinner at home. We invited the sister in law and family and such fun we had.

Hubby made sushi and sashimi. Some plain moulded rice into various shapes. Fish, teddy, cars, stars. I chopped fresh veggies ready for the hotpot. Camping stove on the floor. Plates and dishes laid out. Cushions and sheets. Candles and dimmed lights. Cosiness. Conversations, funny stories. Quality family time.

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Gruntled

He and I

There was this one time a while ago, when I discovered that the opposite of disgruntled is gruntled. How amazing is that? I don’t know about you, but, I sure am pleased by the fact. Ha! Gruntled.

Why don’t we use this word more often?

Hello, I am gruntled to meet you.

I am gruntled with life at present.

I am gruntled to learn that the opposite of disgruntled is gruntled.

Are you as gruntled as I am about gruntled?

First day of Autumn

Adventures, He and I

Today is the first day of autumn.  It doesn’t really feel like it, the days are starting to get colder, but I guess everything else will start kicking in a bit mid season.  Do you know that, autumn is my favourite season? I love hot chocolates, thick, woolly socks, creamy pastas, mulled rum (yes, rum, I will share my recipe with you in another post), and cosy sweaters. I also like to wear hubby’s oversized hoodies, even though he did buy me two of my very own. It’s just that something about it being his, which I love so much. They always smell like fresh spices. I love the smell of fresh spices. I think it makes it all the more ‘autumn-ey’.

I like the sound, the smell, and the colours of wood fires in the dark. I like to light up our fireplace and just stare at the gorgeous colours of the flame. I love to gaze out the window, especially in the mornings, and glimpse the beautiful orange-ness of nature. I love how all the leaves from gigantic trees, fall at our feet, and I love the ‘crunch’ they make as we walk over them.  I like to have candlelit dinners. I like to make casseroles and have live cooking dinners (my ever famous Miso Soup) with friends and family alike.

I like seeing acorns and pine cones on the ground. I love roasting marshmallow, I might even make s’mores this year. Did you know, hubby has never made s’mores before? It could be our first together.  I love baking and cooking and most importantly eating things with apples in them. I love the smell of freshly baked bread, which luckily for me, hubby loves doing. I love pumpkins. We did so well with Pumpkins this year, but alas, none grew to be massive and ripe and ready for Halloween. There is still time, I suppose, we will see how it fares. I love Halloween, and the mass of kids with their ‘Trick or Treat’.

I cannot wait to go walking around local parks and in parks in the middle of the city. They always look so splendid in autumn. I have seen mushrooms grow everywhere these days, and this year hopefully I will see the real red mushrooms with white dots on them. You know the ones, which you see in cartoons and children’s books. Did you know they were real? It blew my mind when I learnt that these pretty things were real and not just imagined up for children.

I may also start to keep a little journal about gardening, but I won’t make any promises. I would mostly do this for hubby, as he loves to garden and I love gardens. Hopefully it will inspire and motivate me to get the same level of energy and passion for gardening as he does, and most importantly, to have a beautifully planned out garden next year.  But like I said, don’t hold me to this one!

Wish you all a splendid Autumn!

Celebrations

Parties, Gifts & Crafts

Hubby and I have just finished celebrating, six years of us, and also his birthday. Last year, I organised a Postcard Project for him. This year, well, this year:

I wrote him a love note.

I bought him a ticket to this.

I mailed them to him like this.

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I bought him a bottle of his favourite rum.

I wrote him a note to go along.

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It was a quiet, simple celebration. And then, my parents threw him a dinner party; and we lit all 36 candles on the cake!

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I will write you a letter

Parties, Gifts & Crafts

IMG_1805IMG_1811IMG_1824IMG_1838IMG_1852I came across happy mail a while ago, on one of my favourite blog ohhappyday.com. It has the cutest ideas from parties to general everyday stuff that basically makes me want to celebrate every little thing about life, every single day! I decided to have a go at writing my own happy mail recently. So far, I have written and posted three, and you see, I got really sucked into this whole new world of mail art. I love writing and it was so delightful to come across a whole group of an online community who actually do this. So browsing through the net I came upon an Instagram page of Naomi Bulger. She specialises in happy mail and mail art stuff and lots of other amazing things, go on follow her and find out. While reading through her blog, I stumbled upon one of her projects, called a thousand postcards, and got really inspired to do the same. However instead of using postcards I thought I would use some of her mail art templates and ideas to write letters and start a project of my own. Surely a thousand was too ambitious for me. I don’t even know a thousand people. I decided I would be less ambitious and start off with 100.
I am picking people at random, my selection process will probably include but I won’t limit it to these ; people who would absolutely be grateful for this, people who would least expect it; and people who think letter writing is soppy and wouldn’t have a care for it. Do I really want to write to the last kind? I did mull over this, but then I decided I am going to do this out of generosity and kindness and do it nonetheless.
Writing is such an amazing thing. For me personally, it helps me communicate much better. It helps me let it all out, it makes my mind wander, and though it sounds bizarre, it makes me feel all tingly. Taking time out of my day to pen a note to someone, I would be a liar to say I would not care for gratitude and acknowledgement. I am after all human, but, I have decided I am doing this and once I have written and posted the mail that’s it, no chase ups, no follow ups, and no questions.
Hopefully, I will have made someone’s day brighter, or maybe inspired someone else to do the same thing, or just generally put a small smile upon their faces, even if it is a little one.
I don’t know what I will write about. The letters I have already written included small gifts, poetry and random facts about me. But I see now, that there are so many ideas and information available on the World Wide Web and so I am not too concerned about what to write.
I may put up some of them on my blog. It would depend on a lot of things I suppose, but, I would definitely like to share some.
So here I go, starting off with a new project.

Certainly keeping myself busy!