Thank you!

Have a very Happy, and Merry ..., you know!
And stay warm and safe and have a lot of fun!

Can't wait to visit you all again soon.
Lots of Love!

Photos: 1st: Martina Voigt-Schmid, 2nd: Corrie Bond photography, 3rd: Good Life Eats, via Tumblr

Christmas decoration: 5 easy last minute ideas

5 ideas on a budget

for people who like it light and easy when it comes to Christmas - like me this year. Maybe because the days before Christmas for me, always seem to short to get everything done in them. Not just the decorations, but everything. So many things want attention. And because of this "hype", that doesn't really ad to the feeling of peace and harmony  i'd like to have, easy decoration seems to have what i need. 

Neat little trees and apples in a bowl, doves of peace made from white paper, pinecones stacked up in a tree shape or a plain tree adorned with vintage photos that brings remembrance of family members and times past. I feel very drawn to this "Memory-tree". All these ideas are charming, and you don't need to buy a lot of things to make them. How's your decoration-scheme this year?

Photos: 1-4 Country Living, last picture: Sweet Paul

Friday Pretties: Deer oh deer!

Deer presents for someone de(e)ar!

Some cute Etsy-finds from todays elongated tea-break (white tea!). OK, they ARE a bit kitschy. But a little bit of kitsch should be allowed now and then, especially round christmas. Have you got your ducks in line friends? Ha ha, mine are running wild in the snow while i try to catch them and make them behave like good ducks. But they are running after that deer, the pink one, which is so sweet! I'm counting on this weekends good fortune to get most of the things done. And will be visiting you to see what you've been up to!

Lovely things & photos from: kitschygalore, the storybook rabbit, zeng, japonicas and in blue

Join the party and look at some more pretties here!

Red Meditation

I'm seeing red
Red is a very strong, outgoing colour, normally associated with action, love or aggression. This painting however, shows the meditative side of it, a warm, vibrant, nourishing glow. I read that in Tibet, red is the color that symbolizes our connectedness with the whole. And that reminds me, to look for the quiet place inside, right in the midst of the pre-christmas buzz.

Painting: Martina Voigt Schmid

Friday Pretties: A present from Santa

Look what i found ...

i guess it was him.  A little present on my terrasse. Does that mean i have been good?
And another present is the lovely presentation for our magazine KidsLife in Loretas gorgeous blog. She is such a talented photographer, and i am so honored to work with her and show her beautiful work in KidsLife. Making these layouts was pure bliss, and our readers love it!

Have a warm and wonderful weekend, and look at some more pretties here!
Photos: 1st: Martina Voigt-Schmid
2nd & 3rd: Loreta Jasukeliene

Monday Love: espresso shortbread

Some experimental cookies

for this recipe sounded interesting to me -  and yesterday evening, i felt so cold that i had this urge to stay near the oven and preapare something more to eat (right after dinner) instad of spending time with my paintings. I love simple cookies and i love espresso - and this is a combination of both, cookies with ground espresso worked into the dough. They look, like everything i bake, quite "homemade", but i wasn't that easy to get them in shape because please note: this dough is crumbly. But it's worth a try. The kids don't like them, so me and my hubby have them all for ourselves, Yay!

Photo: Martina Voigt-Schmid

Friday Pretties: My paintings in new rooms

4 Colorful rooms
 by Toronto interior decorator Holly Dyment, virtually updated with some of my art. Her site is worth exploring, if you're on the hunt for some dashing ideas on how to ad color to your rooms.

. Have a look: in the first picture you see the painting i've posted some time ago, the yellow and black lady, now with the mysterious silver layer, added by my friend Andrea König. In the last picture you see one of the wild girls from beginning of this week. Ah, i had so much fun doing this! A few dashes of color so brighten my mood while winter spreads out it's beautiful but cold sheets everywhere!

Have some creative fun this weekend, and look at some more pretties here!