Thursday, September 29, 2016

late summer feeling

There's not really any point with this post other than that I want to share some photos from my instagram that I like. Like Sissas lil' kitty paws on a pillow I made almost 10 years ago, for example.

I haven't been knitting or crocheting in ages!!! I'm starting to miss it a lot so I'm thinking about starting a new project now in autumn - probably something simple but let's pretend that we all can do awesome stuff like this!

My collection of vintage sewing patterns have grown a lot over summer. I don't even need sewing patterns because I can make my own but they're so pretty to look at?! And has inspiring outfits of course.

I haven't done much sewing either since I started working full time but I finally finished this pyjamas I started doing earlier this year - it's finally cold enough to actually use it! It's very, very cozy.

Hello September in my bullet journal. I'm really
happy I started bullet journaling!

My baby Sissa. My other cat friend Daisy had to move out. We rescued her
at work so she's more wild than domestic (?) so she didn't fit living in a small
apartment and she's still very scared even after a whole year with me. So it's
better she stays at my parents house at the moment. Kinda sad because
she is lovely but she's feeling better at their house and also
Sissa is actually loving being alone!?

My breakfast aesthetic ha ha.

Aaand a selfie before going dancing a few weeks ago!
The "not wearing make up"-look but actually "I spent at least
half an hour on this and have 3 eyeshadows on me"-look.

It's October very, very soon & tonight I bought lots of autumn/halloween
washi tapes etc. online, oooh! Soon... Hugs, Matilda.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

summer days are over

Hey! This blog has been neglected for the past month as I have been trying to focus more on my job and being productive, creative and using my time more wisely. Not that blogging is a waste of time, I've just forgotten about it. I'm kind of happy about summer ending, because that means more holidays to celebrate and less hard work at my job (ha ha)!

I had a mental breakdown after an incident with work-related stuff and I spent a lot of time worrying and thinking about what I want to do with my life. I feel an inner pressure from myself to be productive all the time and also a pressure to figure out what I want to do if I wasn't working where I work at the moment (working at a recycle center is not really my dream job - sorry boss). What do I want to study? What do I want to become?! Worrying about these things are not necessary, especially since they never lead anywhere, it just make me feel more stressed out.

I'm always so stressed and restless at the same time, mentally or physically. I just got to enjoy my free time more so that work won't feel like such a huge thing and then daily life gets easier, right? Got to stop that work-sleep-eat-feeling. I have started using my journal/calendar more because that really helps. Planning my days more, getting stuff done, doing more exercise and so on (I also have to accept the fact that sometimes I won't get shit done, because I don't have time or the energy for it). I feel like I have to treat myself like I child, with the regular food, exercise and sleep schedule but it is so worth it and important for me.

Also the lindy hop dance semester started again so now I'll finally be dancing at least once a week for several months and it's so fun!!! Halloween month, *cough* I mean October, is coming soon too and I love keeping my mind busy with planning for things like that. And also! Since I had a few holiday-days left to take off work I got some extra days off so now every single 3 day weekend I have left (which is every 3rd week) has suddenly turned into 4 day weekends! Yay! It's worth it not being free during summer so I can do this.

Even though my summer has as usual been mostly filled with work I still
enjoyed it. It's been a really good summer with hard work. Bye-bye summer!!!

Hugs, Matilda

Sunday, August 14, 2016

cute art from Natali Koromoto

Today I'd like to show a few pictures of some stuff I got from Natali Koromoto, a New York City based illustrator and designer. She's one of my favourite artists and I'm so happy to have a few of her pieces in my home!
I ordered the stuff from her when she had a little sale recently. The package arrived within a week after purchase and all the items are great quality. Also, I got a free print & postcard as an extra treat.

If you like her stuff then check out her social media, shops & whatnot here:

I'm so in love with her Simpsons inspired pieces and I now got
2 prints to hang on my wall to celebrate halloween all year around.

I have a thing for tote bags so I had to get this one! Also to the left is the cute print I got for free, which is also a little Simpsons themed like the 2 other prints. Natali, I totally understand your obsession over the Simpsons.

I couldn't be more satisfied with everything! I will certainly
buy stuff from you again. Thank you so much! xo

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

learning to feel content with life

Lovely rose hip.

I feel like I always start a post with saying something like "I have been working a lot lately" but that is because that's just what I do. It's been crazy at work lately - these last few weeks are the most intense period during the whole year and I've had a lot more responsibility and things to think about than before + no vacation, since I started working full-time right before summer, so it's no wonder I feel tired!

Apricot jam.

It's calming down, though, and I feel like I'm getting used to the craziness and the loss of free time when working hard full-time. I used to feel stressed out by the feeling and thought of not having time to be creative or do whatever I want, but as my father who is the same (completely full of ideas and creative) says that you just have to get used to the fact that you don't have time for all your ideas. Or sometimes no fun at all. Which is tough, but it comes. I feel like my paycheck makes it a lot easier ha ha...

"Home is where I put my stuff"

I'm having almost half this week off work, so it'll feel like a short vacation which is very much needed. I'm saving the rest of my vacation days for October when I'm hopefully going to London with a friend (yay!!!) and cold days in autumn + winter (remember I work outside all year around...) and also I'm longing for a long Christmas vacation this year.

I miss wearing normal clothes.

My pals.

I hope you have a great summer / Matilda.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

snail mail - what the heck is that?

A letter made by me for my Japanese penpal.

Snail mail is the new pen pal revolution! Since communicating through electronic devices has become the regular thing, communicating through pen & paper is a rare thing these days. I think it's a shame because it's a very personal and beautiful thing to send a letter, and of course it's fun to receive! Imagine that getting a new letter feeling... iiih!

I remember having pen pals when I was a kid, but it fizzled out. Now when I'm a keen user of Instagram I found out that people of all ages send these really creative and fun letters to each other! I wanted so bad to be a part of this fun thing and now I am!

Such a great creative outlet to make letters. It's very fun to see the different styles people have. I do have a few people I follow on Instagram that are very inspirational. Other than my penpal @liddycampanella from Japan you should also really check out @sarahwindy! She is a very inspiring person in general. She also has a blog @ One of my fave blogs.

After getting my first pen pal I wanted more asap because I wanted to make more letters and get to know more people! So I got 2 in California, 1 in UK and 1 in Japan. Some of them are pretty inactive or never really responded to my letters even though they were the ones who wanted to be pen pals(!!!) and that is really disappointing so I'm thinking about getting new pen pals who are more loyal. I'm quite picky about who I write to, though. I like to find all my penpals through Instagram because I like to see what kind of person they are and what kind of letters they make before I befriend them. It is a friend, after all! & I don't want to become like those people who have like 25 penpals... that doesn't feel personal... also, how does one have time for all of them?

My first pen pal was a girl from California. This is the first letter she sent to me in late 2014. I was sooo exited to receive this!!! I love the letter, a very creative & colourful style.

This is the first letter I sent to her. It was around Christmas 2014, hence the Christmas theme. I'm still really happy with this letter! I think I did a great job for being my first snail mail letter. She never responded to this letter though, seems like she didn't actually have time to be my pen pal & was totally inactive on all social media and snail mail. Hm.

A letter made by me for my UK pen pal. Alice in Wonderland theme.

My pen pal from Japan makes really beautiful letters and gives me the cutest gifts! The ones above and under here are both from her.

That stationary though... oh my god!

A letter made by me for my Japanese pen pal.

I hope you enjoy this post and that it inspires you to make snail mail pen pals yourself! Best wishes, Matilda.