Monday, February 25, 2008

What My Mom Got

One of my toughest yearly "obligations" is picking up a present for my mom's birthday. It's so hard to give something to a person that actually has everything already. Their house is full of potted flowers, so that's out of the question. Clothes are out of the question, too. Accessories... well, maybe, but used too often. Home decorations... nah, they have too many. Last year my brother and I gave her a painting she wanted for some time. A year before coupons for beauty treatments in a saloon. This year I was not running around the stores like I usually do every year. I bought tickets for opera (which were later sold out, so it turned out to be a really good gift) and we went to see Carmen together. Nina, mom and me. She loved it and she loved the fact that we went together. I also made a small scrapbook album with Nina's pics and I am not sure what she was more happy to get, the ticket or the booklet. Since taking pictures in the opera house is not allowed, I can't show you pics from there. So here are few pics of my little album. The tittle is: My Nina.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Message in a bottle

Lunes tagged me for the Mimi's Message In a Bottle Meme. Since I don't want to end up in a virtual dungeon I better pass this on.

But first a short story about messages in the bottle. When I was younger, about 14 or 15 (Omg!! That was almost 25 years ago!!!) I thought it would be a great thing to throw few bottles to the ocean. Before we went to our summer vacation to Croatia I prepared 3 bottles and 3 messages in few different languages. Message contained explanation why I am doing this and my address and date so that the finder could let me know when and where the bottle was found. My dad was quite enthusiastic about this idea so we went to the open sea with our little boat and I threw the bottles to the water, but not all in the same place. I was hoping bottles would travel a long way and end up on the other side of the world or something like that :). When we got home after 3 weeks, there was already a postcard waiting for me from Slovenian couple who found my bottle near the place where we were staying. They said it was amazing to found a bottle and that it was the greatest thing for them that summer. Cool. One was saved. About a year later I got another note, from Venice, Italy. That means that bottle traveled about 200 km. Even better. The second one was saved, too. The third one... well, I don't know if it was ever found. I like to think it is still floating somewhere in the oceans, traveling around the world, or waiting on some nice sandy beach on some exotic island for someone to pick it up :).

So, here is my today's message in the bottle:

Here are the rules:

You are about to send a virtual Message In a Bottle across the Blog Ocean. Leave a message in the sand or on the bottle. Write anything you wish. Be a pirate or a poet. Serious or silly. Anonymous or not.

What message would you like to send out to the universe?

Message In A Bottle Meme

1. Compose a message to place in your virtual bottle.
2. Right click and SAVE the blank graphic below.

Message In A Bottle - Empty
3. Use a graphics program of your choice to place the message on the picture.
4. Post the Message In a Bottle meme and your creation on your blog along with these rules.
5. Tag a minimum of 5 bloggers - or your entire blogroll - to do the same. Notify them of the tag.

Your virtual bottle will remain afloat in the blogosphere ocean for all blogernity (That’s a Mimism for blog + eternity.)

So, if you are tagged by me, go over to Mimi’s and ADD your site to her Mr. Linky list and place your blog’s name and url in a comment HERE TO LET MIMI KNOW YOU’VE COMPLETED THE MEME. Mimi will add it to the master list of message bottles. Email mimiwrites2005 at if you have questions. Participation is optional. Just remember she has a dungeon….and some of you are STILL there from the Band Meme. Have fun!

Since I am not really sure I know someone that would play this and pass it on, I am tagging all of you readers. If you like it, make your message and pass it on. Thanks, it was fun!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

It's funny...

... how some things are synchronized. Let me explain. For the past few months I have not been in the mood to do anything. I haven't made one single thing since the end of last year. My computer was (and still is) turning off all the time because one of the fans stopped working. That didn't bother me, I thought it was actually good to spend less time in front of the computer and have more time for creating and doing other things. Now I keep asking myself how it is possible that two months passed by and I didn't even notice that... with nothing to show, nothing to boast off with, and not much to write about.

Anyway, Nina went to skiing vacation with her father on Friday. I did some cleaning and some repairing that needed to be done. Then I got together all the things for claying and started to play. I'm still warming up and still waiting for the ideas to fill my mind again and force my fingers to crave for forming clay or cutting and gluing paper. I checked my neglected blog and noticed that it had hundreds of visits in last two days. Strange. No posts in last two months and so many visits? I thought that must have been some kind of mistake in my counter. I clicked the first link in my link bar, Polymerclaydaily, which I just love as there are always pics and links of the most amazing polymer clay works. And there it is, my bead and my hand making a bead! Woo hoo! I'm honored. And thrilled, in a really good way. Thanks Cynthia! That will keep me going.

It's time for me to wake up from my winter sleep. Sometimes it's hard to do so, but in my case few of the events that happened at almost the same time are making it much easier. Thanks to all of you who were visiting my blog during the time of my absence and special thanks to all of you who keep reminding me that crafting is what I just have to do.

Best regards to you all and keep checking in here, I'll be around more often! :)