The struggle of night time.

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I used to be so in love with night time. I used to find it magical. I could spend hours listening to music, watching a film, reading, writing, dreaming, staying awake during night time. It was the time of the day I enjoyed the most.

The past few years though, I find it terribly difficult to make my nights at least bearable. The moment it starts getting dark here and that is around 5pm, I find myself feeling helpless, miserable, struggling to get it through. Such a strange transition, right? Not that I was a night owl and now suddenly I became an early bird. I am not an early bird either. I like my day to start around 9am. But lately, nights.. are so tough. I just try to get through the goddamn night.

So these days, I am looking for ways to make my nights easier until bed time. Looking for activities to calm my anxiety and loneliness, try to make friends with books, maybe listen to audiobooks, put some fairy lights in the room to create a cozy and welcome atmosphere, essential oils burning, knitting podcasts, maybe a film streaming, or a cinema visit or even a visit to the gym!

If I have to stay inside, I try to make it as easy as it gets. Spending time doing favorite activities, listening to records or podcasts and find courage in other human beings. When I have to be outside it’s certainly easier on its own. Interaction, late evening coffee, visits to friends or even alone city walks. It doesn’t matter. It’s easier outside nevertheless.

So, how do you deal with night time?

I bet that for many people it’s the perfect time to sit down, breathe and relax after a day full of errands and life tasks. The perfect time to do things for ourselves; a relaxing shower, a nice dinner, knitting on the couch, reading a book or something..

But, are there any soulmates out there, feeling the same about night time as me? Struggling when it’s getting dark? Dealing with personal “monsters”?

Well,

if so, please share!

To live simple and to interact.

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Sometimes, there is this urgent need to sit down and write about something personal.

And share it.

But I really don’t know if there is anyone out there reading or even scrolling down this personal digital space of mine..  It feels as if I am totally alone in my own sea.

However, this urgent need to share is there alive and kicking, you know? Sharing and interacting. So much in need of this lately.

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Anyway, the reason behind this post was a song, like the ones I hear suddenly on the radio and make me remember who I am and what I love. What makes my heart sing.

It’s a complicated feeling, not very clear in my head right now.

Briefly, I can say that I am a person who looooves nature, gets inspired by the simplicity in life and firmly dreams of an impossible world where people exist in the way they were born to. Happily, peacefully, embracing nature, embracing each other, respecting, feeling happy when the sun is shining, when it’s raining and the ground smells so amazingly great, creating, producing, loving. The simple things. You know?

I might sound silly.. But this is what I dream of.

I dream of a small place to call home in an island. I need to wake up and look at the sea each day. The grey sea before a storm or a blue calm sea and the sun rays flickering. Living simple, enjoying the simplicity in the little precious moments of life. When making some coffee, when cooking dinner, when reading a book, knitting a warm blanket, watching a film, staring out of the window, spending time with loved-ones, having a walk in the mountains, collecting flowers. Whatever.

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The essence is in the little things. In the simplicity of life.

 

This is what I stand for and what I need in my life. And I try to make it visible here, or on any social media network I use in order to interact with people. This is me and to be honest, this is what I need.

So, I try to make my life like this everyday, to communicate it with others, to share, to search for people who also adore this and try to get inspired by the simplicity and in my turn, I try to get inspired by them or even better, talk with them!

 

It’s all about interacting, sharing and living simple.

What do you think?

I would love to hear from you and share ideas.

Love, Pandora-Lotte ~

 

Basketweave Project Bag

It’s been a lot of months since I started crocheting this beauty.

I was wandering around town, visiting yarn shops when I reached a small one and saw many yummy colors in an “offer stand”. So I grabbed about 8 skeins, 50gr each, in different colors! And then I had to decide what to do with them. So one evening I thought it might be a good idea to try the basketweave stitch out. And here it is! The basketweave project bag (or pouch! whatever you like)!

It was a really enjoyable summer project. Mornings with crochet, coffee and all these bright colors and the bag was slowly taking shape! I finally added a lining, a zipper and voila! A new, cute, handmade, rainbow project bag!

It can fit a tablet, a book, my notes, keys and other necessary personal stuff or even my knitting project! And I can take them everywhere, neat and safely with me! It’s 15cm x 25cm, all made with cotton yarn and a linen lining in a dark blue shade!

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I love it! ❤  Can’t stop staring at it and touching it! It’s so soft and squishy, great for fragile things or devices you want to take outside safely!

What do you think?

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Bisous friends ~ Wishing you a lovely week ahead!

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Moralzarzal – Madrid – Spain

Hola friends!

How are you?

I just came back home from a trip to Spain where I had a lovely lovely time!

In fact, I was going to fly back on the 19th of November, but decided to change my ticket and stay there for 4 more days!

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I was staying at Moralzarzal, a really beautiful village in the mountains and almost every morning I was visiting Madrid! I loved the city. The streets, the Malasana district, the museums, the coffee shops with the delicious cakes, the record stores, the bookshops, the nature and the parks, the monuments, the everyday life.

If you are visiting Madrid, I would totally recommend going to the Malasana district and explore the beautiful bars and restaurants there, the cloth stores and almost every corner! Fuencarral and De la Palma streets.. They are all so beautiful, the small streets, the buildings, the mural art, the small balconies. You are going to take a lot of pictures there, I assure you.

I also visited the Prado museum and the Reina Sofia. These two should not be missed. The most amazing art displays and paintings are there. Picasso, Miro and Dali in Reina Sofia and Velasquez, Goya and El Bosco in Prado, among others. I was stunned by looking at those paintings from that close. A part of the world’s art history. So so beautiful **

The nature and the parks there are really stunning too. El Retiro park is like a place where you can just sit on a bench or get lost among the huge trees and the amazing scenery and forget you are actually in a large city like Madrid. It’s like a break from the busy world!

I also devoured all the traditional plates, paella, tapas, their Mahou beer and many many more yummy things! Could not resist..

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Soooo… I am sharing photos below from my trip. Hope you like them!

You ‘ve got to visit Spain if you haven’t already! 😉

Enjoy!

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a great record store in Malasana district!

beer with tapas!

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a beautiful bookstore! I spent 2hours inside, searching for books and poetry and then -finally- I left with some spanish poetry, a fanzine and two beautiful cards with small stories on them ❤

a nice record store on Gran Via street!

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a treasure I found after spending 2hrs in a record store in Madrid. I adore this record!

inside Reina Sofia museum

rainy mornings

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beautiful nature..

and of course a yarn shop, where yarn is sold by weight!

green murals and autumnal floors ❤

yummy hot chocolate with churros!

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That’s all!

Wishing you a lovely Sunday friends*

Bisous~

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November

Hello friends!

Long time no see!

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But it’s been a busy summer. Mostly spent in the city working with some daily excursions to the sea side.

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November found me knitting, filling the room with dried flowers, pebbles, driftwood and lavender, listening to records and reading poetry again. Being in love.

I don’t know what this month and generally winter has to offer. I am hoping that is going to be gentle on me. Calm, peaceful, with lots of grey skies and cold crisp air. With lots of productivity, peace of mind, creativity, optimism, good vibes and coziness. Help me reboot and go on.

It was an intense summer I must say. But a beautiful one. Now, off to new adventures with the world and myself. Hope for the best for everyone.

Well, I hope you are all fine, spending your days happily and productively!

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Sharing below some photos from the months that passed! Hope you ‘ll enjoy ****

The Sea

beautiful leaves

and flowers

and autumn

and knitting projects with coffee and lavender

and rice puddings with dark chocolate and cinnamon!

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grey skies

and bright skies

film festivals

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cat naps

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and knitting again

Wishing you a lovely November and an even lovelier winter time!

Bisous bisous *******

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Food around here / pt. 4

Hello friends!  How are you doing?

Life here is okay. It’s mostly about dealing with personal issues, meeting some friends, working, a little crocheting and a looooot of dreaming. The weather is getting warmer here and I am getting really excited! I am already dreaming of sandy beaches, afternoon cocktails, sun basking, barefoot dancing, having joy with friends, eating lots of ice cream, living simple you know? This summer though, I’ll be in the city working, so my few days-off will be much needed and probably spent road tripping to the sea side. So for the time being, I ‘ll be mostly dreaming of all those beach moments!

Anyway, lately I realized that food, coffee dates and crochet moments are the most favorite daily things to photograph. So, there you go! Enjoy!

Breakfast with oats, hippophae, shredded coconut, spirulina and dried fruits! You know, an effort to reduce my daily sugar intake and eat healthier 😉

 

Quinoa with avocado, peppers, lemon juice and sweet potatoes. Salad with lettuce, cucumber and strawberries. A-m-a-z-i-n-g combination. Great blending flavors and the quinoa is so so so yummy.. You guys, I am droooooling..

 

Fava (yellow split peas puree) with caramelized onions and capers

 

simple boiled potatoes with olive oils, capers and cheese

 

really yummy risotto with sweet potatoes and feta cheese

 

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We visited a Syrian restaurant the other day. Look at this plate!

 

top: beef with boiled rice and wheat | bottom: green salad with pomegranate Yum Yum Yum

 

left: dessert! fruits, panna cotta and kunefe | right: turkish coffee with cardamom

 

pink spring!

 

Easter table

 

my crochet blanket. not finished yet, but already deeply in love with it!!

 

breakfast with oats, dark chocolate, dried pineapple, flax seed and coconut cubes ❤

 

a delicious banana cake I bought from a lovely cafe – shoe shop with beautiful decoration 🙂

 

❤ popsicle dates with popsicles especially made for me! ❤

 

summer prints!

 

I ordered a pair of shoes last week from a company that supports fair trade. The pattern is so beautiful, the colors so bright and they are handmade in Peru by local artisans. The package was really beautiful too!! Support fair trade! 🙂

 

crocheting in my little spare time!

 

Did I tell you how obsessed I am with dried pineapple and coconut? I can eat a handful of these every day. No. I can eat a handful every 30 minutes. No no. I can empty a 500gr vase of these in 30 minutes.. *coconut obsession*

 

Wishing you a nice week friends! With lots of walks, smiles, sunshine and coconut!!

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~Bisous~

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web wandering and coffee sipping / pt.10

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Web wandering and coffee sipping!! Again!! Oh it’s a crazy month with work and all the things that fill my personal time and this lovely wandering has become a luxury now!

I keep crocheting my two current projects right now and don’t have much time for anything else, despite all the ideas that pop in my mind, but there are so many lovely handmade things out there. Our hands can make the best!

Clockwise: Vegan Lotion Bars · Garden Starter Kit · Floral Backdrop · Mandala Pin Cushion · 9 Mistakes Creatives Make · Cross-Stitch on metal

Beautiful vegan lotion bars from Three Hazels. I follow her through Instagram and really enjoy her simple and harmonic photos of all the things she makes. A garden starter kit. Such a nice gift, right? I would like one, please! 😉 Flowers again and always and in the background! Color splash and color inspiration and a nice pin cushion! Nine mistakes we all makers do and so fabulously create extraordinary obstacles for ourselves! How do we do that anyway?? I know you make all 9, okay at least 8 of them! Aaaand amazing cross-stitching on the most unbelievable objects. Our hands can make the best things. Did I tell you that?

Okay! Now I am off to crochet a bit! Little personal time so I try to fill it with crocheting, walking around the city, meeting friends and eating ice-cream!

Happy day you all!

***Bisous***

Blog Anniversary!

My blog today turns TWO!

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HOORAAA!!!

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Hahaha! Oh boy, it’s been quite a journey! So many changes took place, but that’s something normal when you keep a personal journal, right? You put yourself out there, so your personal progress has an immediate impact on your web space too.

Okayyy… enough with this!

I am really excited with this anniversary! Because I was able to keep this space for two years and not procrastinate (at least not much… 😛 )!

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Well, this blog started for a  specific reason but like any other aspect of life, this reason changed a bit, some other interests came up, some thoughts gave me a different perspective and generally life itself changed the route of the blog. I am totally okay with this and I feel more relieved I must say. I began the blog thinking I am going to keep a program with it, a schedule or something and upload as soon as I can and have it as a priority. But that’s not me. So letting myself free, letting myself unfold and create a space that can reflect my personality and not be an obligation at the same time, helped me keep it alive for two years! And I hope we can make it to three!!

So, the first motive of this blog was to share my knit and crochet creations and all the DIYs I was interested in. But, after deciding to have no boundaries and just be.. me, it’s more of a place where you can scroll through many other interesting, daily, common-people things too!

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I am a person who loves nature, adores the sea, feels comfortable in simple cozy nests, appreciates simplicity, gets obsessed with colors and e-v-e-r-y kind of fabric, feels warm and happy when my hands make their things, dreams of a place to call home in an island with a view to the sea and some vegetables and fruits on the kitchen table grown in a little garden of mine.

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So among knitting and crochet adventures, you can also see me dreaming, obsessing, being excited with all of the above and generally… be me!!

If you find this interesting, please stay and share your thoughts, your smile, your love, your disagreement or just say ‘hey’!

Being a maker

The other day, I read an Instagram post by Mirta from Modern Botanics sharing some personal thoughts, worries and feelings we do not usually see on carefully curated Instagram photos. This post started a really interesting conversation which led to 2 other blog posts by 2 lovely girls, Kathy and Tempy sharing their struggle, thoughts and concerns on being a maker. You can read Kathy here and Tempy here.

I read all the three posts and I felt I could relate to them. I share the same thoughts, concerns and doubts since I make a lot of stuff with my hands despite the fact that I do not own a shop. At least, not yet! My thoughts focus on the pre-opening of a shop stage.

To tell you the truth I have mostly questions and fears in my head concerning the opening of an online shop, rather than facts or beliefs. Despite the fact that opening a shop is an idea that popped in my head 2-3 years ago, I haven’t opened one yet because I am not sure, I doubt, I am afraid.

I am not sure that there might be people out there to find interest in what I make. And that is why I always seem to postpone it. I fear that I will not always have the inspiration to make something truly beautiful, honest, something from the heart, something that people would want to give money for. I fear that I will not be able to improve myself, to go further or even escape all of my fears about “making” and end up abandoning the effort soon. I am afraid that there are oh-so-many brilliant makers out there, so why would someone choose me?

Making for me is like a physical need. Through the years this need developed to a more conscious practice that also helps me feel self-sufficient, dreaming of a homestead living. Nature is my biggest inspiration and also a haven. I really admire the simplicity, elegance and wisdom of nature. Besides, a walk by the seaside or in the woods has always a calming effect when the doubts get really deep and painful!

So, what is the solution to all of this?

Believe in yourself. Believe in what you make. Believe that you, as a customer, would buy the things you make. Meaning that you make things you love and not just produce like a machine. Find your path, find your voice.

But, anyhow all these need time and constant effort. Right? Maybe it’s a process in which you get improved and learn through experience. I suppose that the answers come slowly while you keep making and keep living. You live and learn and change. Maybe we have to admit and accept that there will be ups and downs, self-doubts, comparisons etc. and maybe in this whirlwind we have to try to see the things more positively and instead of comparing ourselves to others, start getting inspired by others! Maybe we have to free ourselves from the “have-tos” and just make. Let it unfold. Let it be and let it lead us wherever! That’s probably the best way to explore ourselves and the making process. Maybe there are no “have-tos”. Maybe it’s just “what I do by instinct, by love, by need” and realize “who I really am, what I really care about”. And so I make. And that’s the source. And of course, it’s not easy at all.

Like Tempy beautifully said, put one foot in front of the other. And keep going.

So, what do you struggle with? Did you ever had difficulties in deciding what to make, how to make it, what your target group might like to see from you? How did you find your way in the making world? What worked for you? What were your priorities? How did you find your voice? And how can you be consistent towards your making and the people who follow and buy your work? How can you be out there regularly and make new things regularly?

Please feel free to take part in the discussion and share your thoughts, your questions, your way, your point of view! It would be great to take this dialogue a step further!

~Thank you~

Life around here / pt. 3

It’s actually, “food around here”! Hahaha! With some flowers, and more food! And my beloved port!

Well, this was an amazing stormy day, like a break from sunshine. That morning I ran some errands and then headed to the port, sat down and enjoyed the salty sea water that wind brought on my face. It was nice.

pasta with tomato, mushrooms and… vodka! Gooood

coffee with flowers. pressed and fresh ones!

a Sunday morning with some traditional cream pie with sugar and cinnamon on top. I can sell my soul for that ❤ mmm..

a nice rice and lentils salad I made that same Sunday. So yummy and so easy! With many many more things in like scallion, olives, carrots, tuna, lemon juice and tahini. You have to make it!

Falafel. This was the first time we made it. Not on the pan but in the oven. It was totally better this way! We are definitely going to make it again! I think I need to make it NOW!

A cute cozy mug I made for a friend along with some other b-day gifts 🙂

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an evening salad! remember I told you about salads? 😉

some tea bags I hand stitched lately to send away in a nice package**

Sorry for the food overload, but apparently things were mostly about food lately over here. (I am so hungry right now!) It’s interesting what makes you grab your phone and just  *click*! I am also waiting for some yarn to arrive since I ran out again and my fingers are already itchy!

So what are you up to? Hope you friends are good, eating well, drinking well, sleeping well, because these are the most important daily things, right?

 

~Bye, bye ~ Bisous, bisous!