Saturday, May 30, 2015

Summary of May with an illustration

If I don't get a chance to draw, paint, sew or illustrate I will become crazy. But I am mean like crazy crazy and not very nice crazy.  So I am happy and the rest of my team probably even more happy that even our newest little member gives me some time ( not a lot but at least a little time here and there) 
Here is a memory of May illustration I have made lately
The illustration started like this  

And with some more color like this..
I will go through the memories

1 ) Mila started sometime ago to ask me like a billion times a day about all sorts of objects " What does this sound like?" Not a problem when she ask about sounds of cat, dog, horse, car etc even though sometimes she doesn't agree of the sound that I make ( she is asking me even though she knows and will correct me like she is checking me on my sound intelligence...) The problem is that she also ask about noises of very quiet objects like a sandwich, a cucumber, a leaf, a tree etc. Sometimes I am creative and make up sounds for these very quiet objects but most times (like 150 000 times a day) I say "no it doesn't make a sound!" or "I don't know" and if I ask what she thinks it sounds like she looks at me like I am stupid saying "hey hey" Strange I have never had a apple, cucumber or flower saying hey hey to me but what do I know.. 

2) End of April beginning of May was a lot of pre-thoughts about the coming baby and new family member. I had hard to picture how it would be to have another baby in the team and so I can imagine Mila had even harder to picture it. She has been very aware of that the growing bump was containing a baby and because she loves babies she was looking forward but of course very abstract to take in what it will be like to have a baby at home without right to return or exchange. She was trying hard to negotiate that instead of baby Filip (a boy..) she wanted baby Sarah (her friend Lisas little-baby-sister ) She was really persistent and I was getting pretty nervous that she really would want to trade her coming brother for another baby.

3) BUT when her little brother baby Filip finally arrived she was very proud and told (read screamed) to everyone in the hospital "don't touch, that is My baby!!" and she is nothing but sweet to her little brother and wants to help to hold and change diaper. I am happy that she no longer wants to exchange him but I am sure it will come when he wants to play with her toys...

4) Here is an updated family portrait of Team Nikolovski (yes maybe slightly slimmer then IRL..)
Baby Filip joined us on the 6th of May at 22.36,  50 cm & 3,7 kg with lots of dark hair and just perfect.
Welcome to the team little man!!

Update from the baby bubble

Here is a sign that I am still around even though very much in the baby bubble combined with entertaining a 2,5 year old, a building project and million other things that needs to be done. Busy indeed but not complaining and so far things is really working better then expected. Baby Filip is a sweet baby and as baby number two he has to come along on different activities from day one or at least from day five. Loren has been back in Moscow working but are here this week which is great that we are all together. Today I am home alone with baby Filip who currently is sleeping and when he is not sleeping he is eating and/or farting. Mila & Loren are having a daughter-father date day at IKEA Örebro buying a bed for Mila, a PINK bed she has ordered ( I am keeping fingers crossed that they won't find a pink but a white...) 

Mila is sharing my drawing & painting interest and it is amazing to follow her development and techniques. Here is a self-portrait combined with one of my portraits of her. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

New member

Team Nikolovski's forth member is here! We are very happy that little baby Filip join us on 6 May. Proud parents and one very proud big sister.

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Last day of April, an old Swedish celebration called Valborgsmässoafton. Witch craft, fire and a lot of drunk people if I would make a very short summary of what this tradition represent.

This year it was very windy and pretty cold so we decided to give the big public outdoor fire and fireworks a miss and instead enjoyed a nice warm fire inside at my mothers summerhouse. Loren tried to recovery from a nasty cold with a good book, honey, lemon and paracetamol. I tried to sit and do as little as possible hoping the baby would want to enter the world. And Mila enjoyed hanging out with mormor and Sofie at a horse show. Also we took the opportunity to take our pony Spot for some nice hacks in the forrest. Spot is 35 years young and still full of energy and happy to have a new little rider ( normal ponies are lucky if they make it to 25...) Mila was super excited and managed very well on this crazy old pony and I managed to walk in his power speed to make sure little rider would be safe and sound. Even pappa Loren enjoyed the pony experience. Good slow weekend but disappointing no sign of the baby wanting to come out and join us!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekend creativity

I got into a sewing flow this weekend. I have prepared for the coming baby with a cute babynest and a cute little madras for the stroller ( I will show when I manage to take a good picture..) But on top of this I also finished my pink ECO elephant hats that I cut a while back and was just waiting to be put together. 
I have never made baby baby hats before but found on Pintrest some cute styles that I thought I would try. I now need a baby to try if the sizes are ok and if they sit good on the little once heads. I finally used a little piece of my very nice blue with colorful flowers Lillestoff ECO fabric which I have not found the perfect project for before now.

But of all what I created I am the most excited over a new colorful and funky cotton dress for Mila. I drew a template a while back for a little dress in pretty classical cut. I made it pretty short as dresses can most of the time be a pain in the ass if you want to play and have fun so I think for kids it is important to keep them nice and usable to go with tights. 

Swedish spring

Yes spring is here and the green explosion has started
It is a special season after a long dark and cold winter here up north and especially for Team Nikolovski who experienced a long cold Russian winter for the first time
We have had great sunny weather this last few days and it feels great apart from that 2/3 of Team Nikolovski is full of a cold and I am feeling pretty heavy with this big baby bump. Here is some of our pictures from last weekend when we went out enjoying Sweden's most important spring sign the white flowers, vitsippor, I think anemones in English.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recycling cats

As you might know I love to reuse materials and products. It is a great feeling to make something old into something new and fun. We live in such consumer society were everything should be cheap instead of long lasting quality made by people who got fair payment in good work conditions. Hallelujah! No I am not a saint just as bad as everybody else consuming too much. But trying to at least pretend that I am trying to make semi good choices and also reusing materials for my projects.. I think I have shown my husbands well worn t-shirts in new format before.. I use textile paint which can be washed in washing machine to create my figures ( recently mainly cats) the paint is not that easy to paint details with so sometimes I also use textile pens. I use these small pattern patches to stich on as decoration on clothing or in this case small handbag for cat crazy 2 year old.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bump update

Team Nikolovski is waiting for new member and we are ready! 
Please come along soonest!

Monday, April 20, 2015


Sometimes when I am in an active sewing phase I do not only create hats but also dresses, tunics and a shorts. Here is some of my creations created this year. It is fun to match colors and patterns and the dresses are very useful for small active kids. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dagis vs Förskola a lesson in Swedish political correctness

I have been thinking to write this post since I arrived to Sweden and Mila started at daycare here. This is a post about marketing, linguistic development, Swedish political correctness and whether or not we have to change. And what this got to do with daycare you might wonder..

When I was a kid ( 30 years ago) I went to daycare and we all called it dagis in swedish (cute short easy to say term that everyone used for daycare/kindergarten) I loved my dagis and my dagis teacher and I have a lot of great memories from this time.

I am not sure about exactly when but a few years ago it became big no no to call dagis dagis. This super important role that all the people have taking care of kids is (or was?) a low paid job as it is dominated by women. And I guess as a strategy trying to higher the status and the salaries was to start to use the name förskola //preschool//  ( which previously was mainly used for the year just before you actually start school at 7) and a higher criteria to mainly employ university educated preschool teachers a movement pushed from the government ( a 4 year long education including work practice) I am not sure how much this development has higher their salaries or the status but I do hope that the levels are more acceptable for the very hard and important job that they are doing. I really do think that they are doing a great job taking such good care of other peoples kids and actually the modern Swedish society depends on this workforce as the norm and economy is to be home for a year on parental leave before going back to work. But is really the name that important for the status?

For me who has lived in and out of Sweden since 2001 and no kids until recently was a little chocked about this for me sudden super ultra incorrectness of using the term dagis. To say dagis is like cursing in church (but really!!) I know political correctness is one of the most important cornerstones in "Swedishness" but really you should see peoples reactions when you say dagis! And me and many with me don't mean anything bad it is just much cuter and easier to marketing the concept for a 2 year old. And also really when kids are 1,2 & 3 they don't need a teacher or preparation for school they need comfort and support from a grown up who are great with kids and listen to kids needs if parents decide to go back and work (don't mean anything bad with this either)

So listen to this dagis is now called förskola but it is ok to shorten it and call it föris !?  Really föris but not dagis?!

I am not sure if I can call it a cultural chock moving back to Sweden or if Sweden has taken political correctness too far or if this really is important for equality and higher their status ?

It is not only me using the dagis term still.. Shame on you Google translate!!

And shame on you mormor Mi who was proud to join Mila at her dagis last week ( when stomach flu was running wild) and called dagis dagis and not föris in your Facebook post. Little did you know that you were stepping on one or two sensitive toes and that you Facebook post would be commented like never before.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My creative paradise

 Lundsätter ( our country-house) is my creative paradise. Not only do I feel extra creative here in the forest I also have the space and the freedom to experiment as much as I want. I can experiment and express in so many different materials, colors, techniques, indoor as well as outdoor. Everything in this house is far from mainstream, normal or lagom (moderate). Not following trends and not following that things has to match or that less is more. Things at Lundsätter is colorful, fun and creative just like I want it and how I want it. I am changing and try new things when I feel like it. New projects are constantly started here some more successful then others and some gets finalized and some just half made for future continuation. 

y passion for the great vibrant color turquoise/aqua is visible here and there. It started with a little stool and has expanded to be the main color on the kitchen island. This morning me and Mila was going crazy with the paint brush doing the second layer. I know crazy and little brave to let a 2 year old go loose with a paint brush but she is mamma's great helper in everything. Mila also loves turquoise and as I couldn't pronounce this color until I was 20 I am very impressed that she can say it perfectly at the age of 2. She most have inherited all the linguistic and advanced speech skills from her dad and then maybe her interest of paint and painting from me.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter in pictures

Team Nikolovski had a great Easter weekend together at Lundsätter.
Felt so good to be all together after a few weeks a part.

Mila was painting some eggs for breakfast

and of course dressed as a very cute Easter witch 

In the forest Easter rabbit had left nice Easter eggs and the sun was shining on us 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Dagis// Daycare germs in the house

We decided to enroll Mila to dagis/daycare here in Sweden. She was excited to start. I had explained what you do at dagis so she could prepare for the big new step in her life. First day was great everything I had promised was fulfilled. Dolls, singing, swing-set and eating fruit. For me it was harder, am I really ready to leave her ( I know only 3 hours a day but she is my great sweet companion and baby..) Also scared of all the snotty noses and germs flying around. First introduction week was great she was so excited to go and by the end of the week she even forgot about me for a minute or two. 

But of course I managed to catch all the nasty germs during our first dagis week... God damn it for these nasty kids germs. I can't remember last time I was ill and now pregnant in week 36 I had to get this coughing like I thought I would cough up the baby.. Yes I have been feeling very sorry for myself but now lets look forward and hope April will treat us well and no more dagis germs please.. At least started nice with great Easter weekend and now sunny and warm.