First flowers

It was warm enough last week to finally get my first flowers of 2011 out. Pansies are always my flower of choice for the beginning of the season. They can take even a bit of cold without needing a lot of work since I know I will not keep covering them every night. (Tried one year and I lasted 5 days with the plan…)

If I buy a bigger amount for many boxes I drive to my favorite flower grower’s garden but this time I got just the first hanging version from up town to make our front door entrance more appealing. I chose this variety since I adore multicolored ones.

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Palm Sunday

As is proper with a blog taking inspiration from Xmas inspired joyful feelings, I truly love traditions. In our household anything can become “we have always done this” after just one go. If not traditionalized by me then Jr. or Ms. Teen can always be counted on to remember even miniscule things as “always been, always will be”. To this effect I was so joyful this Palm Sunday when we had the biggest number of kids coming around to “virpomaan” in recent years. Last year we had so few come around I was worried this tradition is not going to last.

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How to make ice lanterns

OK, spring might be here but I am going to share with you one of my happy thoughts from winter. Yep, suprises me too to find so many of them after all but denouncing winter.

Ice lanterns were my favorite outdoors decorations Xmas 2010. They are so lovely and really easy to do! I had totally 14 in my front yard and garden – could not be happier with the views. It was very cold in December, so making the ice lanterns was actually surprisingly fast also.

 To start off, these are the things you will need:

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Hunting for crafts material from a Finntastic woods

My woods on HalloweenI love doing crafts. It is a good opposite to my work and gives me a possibility to relax. In the fall I do wreaths and all the year long, I love sowing. I started doing wreaths several years back by attending a class for one night in the local community center. That was the first year I found there is something to look forward to between the summer when the woods are lovely green and the spring when everything comes back up again.

Like most Finns I am fortunate to live very near woods. The city owns a lot of woods and has created recreational paths into them. In the summer time these offer a track for walking and running and in the winter time these form the basis for the cross country skiing tracks which the city keeps up. My woods start at just a 2 minute walk from our house.

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