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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My way to see September off..


Hello.

I'm sentimental when it's comes to September. It was, is and always will be that time of the year when I feelI must sharpen my pencils.

To see t off, I took a long(ish) ride, and stopped for a moment. Why? So that you can see what I saw few hours ago. Here it is: our September's last day:

 ..oh, yes: and my bicycle s here!

 That line of trees is 10 kilometers away.  

 Glowing rays of Sun.

The reason to love life:
the soil under my feet, the sun on my face and 
the wast sky above me.

Goodbye September! Goodbye!
Marija

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Love Story: What Price Love


Hello

It's late, and I know you're used to seeing this in the morning.. but, better late than never, right?

It just happens to be one of the busiest Sundays I've had in ages! As soon as I got up (and I am an early riser, so my getting up, on weened is around 7:30), I saw that it'll be a gorgeous day. And, since Saturday was a "red letter in a calendar"-day (meaning: it was a day dedicated to a saint, and we are no supposed to do any domestic work), I shifted my duties for today.
First off - I went to farmers market. Fresh produce, a chance to pick your favorite.. all those smells - not something I like missing out on.
Then, I decided to make a little cleaning experiment, and I'll write about that one, since t was so successful, I still can't believe it.
Sun was amazing, it was warm, and there was no wind. Naturally, we went cycling. On weekdays I cycle alone, but on weekend I am fortunate to be accompanied by my brother.
Lastly, just before the sun has set, I was invited on a little event. Do you know what Oriflame is? It's Swedish cosmetics company, and they are quite similar to world famous Avon - but we prefer it better over here. (If you would like to know more, click HERE for their global site.) I had my skin analyzed, we were shown some amazing product, sniffed all their perfumes.. we had a girly tea-time fun.

...And that s why this love story comes so late.











Enjoy your evening, my dear friends!
Marija

Friday, 26 September 2014

House is a home


Happy Friday!


While I was taking a long walk today (no cycling on a strong wind and a weak stomach - my advice to you, my dear friends), I gazed at other people's yards. I can do that, since it's harvesting seasons, and most of the house gates are wide open, expecting a tractor, a combine.. or a truckload of soybeans.
I've seen some amazing gnomes placed all over the wast lawn. I've seen full array of roses giving their last bloom. I've seen an elderly woman gently sweeping her front yard, making sure she does not disturb the playful puppies. And, then I thought of the "What a wonderful world" song.. and I whistled it up until this moment..

Allow me to show you another house plan. Today, it's

Hillcrest


The Hillcrest is a side-gabled vernacular cottage that is tidy and charming with absolutely no wasted space. The two bedrooms open onto the living room and dining room and share a Jack and Jill bathroom, a configuration common twenty years previously, but less common in kit home plans during the 1920s.

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I would like to share another beautiful sight with you. I was fortunate enough to be able to catch a magnificent moment of sun slowly coming down, as I was cyclng on Wednesday.

No special filters were used for this.
There was no touch-ups done.
It was as you see it.

I always said that "I wish you could have seen it" - now you can. And I'm more than happy to share it with all of you out there.
Marija

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

BURDA Wednesday


Hey there!

In case you're wondering where's your Burda, and why it's late today.. it's because I'm bad at juggling tasks, and I can't do many things at a time. I do praise Napoleon, but he's one of a kind. Yes, surely, there are a lot of folks out there claiming they can do "multitasking", but I'm not one that belongs to that clique. I like to do one thing at a time, at my own pace - to make sure every single thing I do has got my maximum attention.

Without further ado, there it is, the second part of December 1955:















 Unfortunately: NO, there is no pattern for the penguin.






There we have it - half a decade of fashion, done.
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In case you haven't heard of it - I do have another little blog of mine. You can hop over there, by clicking HERE 
and enjoy your heart's delight in 1930's era.. Hollywood style!
Marija

Monday, 22 September 2014

Cycling for skirt-wearer


Hey there!

It's raining outside. Unfortunately, I am not equipped for cycling n the rain, so I opted for walking under my red umbrella. As I was hopping over the ponds (and stepping in some mud, but that's the joy of it), I felt strong surge of feeling free. Almost as free as I know many ladies back in the day felt the first time they were allowed to cycle.
I am cycling for fitness, sightseeing and sheer amount of fun it provides.
While each individual is motivated to ride for different reasons, including reducing emissions, staying fit, or the adrenaline of competition, it’s hard to deny the historical link between cycling and women’s liberation.

I have found one amazing image that tells it all.

"Sew on your own buttons,
I'm going for a ride"

The right to define her own style of dress was not the only right that female cyclists demanded. Bicycles allowed women to travel by their own strength and volition, negating the need for chaperones. Long confined to the domestic sphere of the family home, women were finally free to explore their communities in which they resided.

I, for one, am eternaly grateful to those pioneers!
Marija

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Love Story: The life of the party



Hello.

It's gloomy and grey outside, and I think rain will start any moment now. Luckily, I have a way to put a smile on my (and your) face - and keep it there. Since it's Sunday, and I do like romance, I will not leave you without a healthy dose of Love Stories.








In case you were looking for some proper tunes to fit your vintage mood, here are some good songs listed above. Have a great day!
Marija

Friday, 19 September 2014

House is a home


Hello.

What does it mean to you, to be "house proud"?
According to online Cambrige dictionary, it's being "very worried about your house being completely clean and tidy, and spending a lot of time making it so"


It has been quite some time since I've seen an inspiring home in person. I was fortunate to be able to take a better look at a home that is truly lovely. I was in a backyard of a wonderful little home, and reassured myself that size truly does not matter. 
The house is small, and the yard is not taking a wast space, but it was decorated with so much taste, the flower garden looked magnificent (despite the horrible summer we've had this year). This proves that, with some love and care we can all transofrm out living spaces into a work of art.

Today, we are checking out another one of 1930's house plans. On our menu today is:

Hamlin


From the clustered pillars on the broad front porch to the shed dormer that allows for generous upstairs bedrooms, the Hamlin is a nice plan with a good room flow. The stairs are centrally located for housekeeping convenience, which is further facilitated by a laundry chute to the basement wash room.

How much time do you take to make your home look the way you want it to? Do you have any advice?
Marija

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

BURDA Wednesday


Hello there!

Have you noticed the autumn, as it's slowly finding it's way into our lives? One great thing about cycling is that: I can see the seasons slowly melt from one to another. I can sense the heavier air, the moist in the wind and the colors on the vegetation.. 

And, now, dear ladies (and gents), let's head back to December 1955, and enjoy yet another issue of our darling Burda magazine.





















I hope you have found some inspiration here.
Until next time - an awesome pre-autumn hug from me!
Marija