Merry meet my fairy-souls! As some of you might know I am a fan of all animals great and small and I love to paint and draw animals (which usually is easier than painting f.e people..especially babies lol!). These holiday cards and many more are available in my zazzle-store. You can get to the invidual product pages by clicking the images.
Oh Christmas and cats...don´t even get me started. Many years ago when my cat Noki boy was just a kitten he used to chase his reflections in the mirror. But unlike December kitty Noki hated going outside.
Birds of Winter
You know how in every country certain animals are connected to winter time. Well in Finland little birds and especially bullfinches are connected to winter and Christmas. Back in the days people used to leave bundles of grain for them to eat. They are adorable creatures.
This is actually one of my oldest animal paintings... maybe from 2008.
Reindeers in the Night
More than any other of these card designs, this one was mostly inspired by fairytales. Especially Hans Christian Andersen´s Snow Queen and Sampo Lappalainen by Zachris Topelius. Both fairytales describe the northern nature with magic and beauty.
Field of Frost
Back to the little birds! Original was painted with acrylics and I sold it for a Finnish collector couple years ago (love when that happens). Design itself is one of the most popular ones. I tend to be often quite self-critical what it comes to my artworks but with this one I was especially pleased with the magical "misty" feeling it has.
That´s all for today :) For those of you in the northern hemisphere I hope you are having great time enjoying the winter nature.
One of my most popular tea time videos! Chatting about languages. Especially on how I learned English (and other languages lol) Enjoy )O(
What´s up friends! if this post doesn´t put you into holiday mood you have only yourself to blame.
Tree and all the accessories can be purchased from my etsy-shop.
Scale is 1:12.
Wouldn´t you enjoy a cup of cocoa and some petting time with Crookshanks.
Who is going to get a crystal ball as a Christmas gift?
Tree is entirely made of pipe cleaners and many of the ornaments are pearls.
Books for Hermione.
Someone has visited Weasley´s Wizarding Wheezels.
Of course there must be a picture of the golden trio.
I wish you very magical holiday season!
Merry meet my fairy souls! For those of you who enjoy my paintings and illustrations here are some of my winter fairy greeting card- designs. You can find these and other Christmas/Seasonal Greeting cards from my zazzle store.
Winter Bringer - Fairy
This was loosely inspired by the Germanic legend of Frau Holle. She was a winter goddess who was told to create snowflakes by shaking sheets/apron. I turned the idea a bit so that the winter bringer fairy would create snow by flipping her wings (you´ll get straight to the product pages by clicking the images).
The Ice Fairy
Idea of the ice fairy was more straight forward. I was thinking all the colors in an icicle. How it reflects all the color spectrum. The ice fairy must have all those colours as well.
Aurora, Fairy of the Northern Lights
The only acrylic painting of the bunch. Aurora is the joyous fairy of the northern lights. To me this painting reminds me of my childhood. We used to spent Christmas at my grandparents who lived in the border of Lapland and northern lights were in the night sky every night.
In pre-Christian Finland pagan celebrations were connected to the land and the wheel of the year was filled with celebrational days to honor spirits of the earth and the land. In the Middle Ages these spirits were re-named after Catholic saints but in many cases the ritual worship remained similar. Winter was the time of inner reflection. The term "pagan holiday" in this case refers to nature based spirituality which was something very common in a culture that had such tight relationship to the surrounding nature.
Marraskuu - November
Derived from old Finnish ”marras” meaning death (dying earth).
Jako-aika – Dividing-time 30.10 – 10.11
Sacred time between the old year and the new year. Time of the spirits. Time of the first snow.
Martin päivä – day of Martti (day of St.Martin) 10.11
Last of the autumn festivals. Dinner included seasonal foods.
Liisan päivä – day of Liisa 19.11
Roads start to get covered with ice.
Litvetin päivä – day of Litvetti 23.11
Beginning of Christmas preparations.
Kaisan päivä -day of Kaisa 25.11
Festival of Kaisa, the protector spirits of sheeps and cows. Wool of the sheeps is sheared.
Antin päivä -day of Antti 30.11
People start to prepare Christmas dishes. Weather gets colder.
(Joulu = Christmas)
Old name of the month was talvikuu the winter month.
Annan päivä – Day of Anna 15.12
Baking for Christmas begins. Giving bakings for neigbours was believed to bring good luck for the farm and the house. Holiday has pagan origins in the worship of Annikki, spirit of the forest, faith and the protector of animals. During Catholic times holiday was turned into St.Anne´s day.
Tuomaan päivä ja pesäpäivät – Day of Tuomas and the nesting 21.12
Longest night and shortest day of the year. Time of rest.
Joulu – Christmas 25.12 – 13.1
Time to remember loved ones and family members. Many pagan customs that were part of Kekri celebrations later on became part of Joulu.
Tapanin päivä – day of Tapani (St.Stefan) 26.12
Day of the horses. Time to visit neighbours and friends.
Tammikuu - January
Name of the month comes from the word tammi meaning oak. Refers to the heart (middle) of winter, which symbol was a big oak tree.
Nuutinpäivä – day of Nuutti 13.1
End of Christmas. Nuutti was a joyful festival. Group of mummers called nuuttipukit visited from house to house singing and performing.
Selkäviikot (back weeks) from Nuutti to the end of February
Time period of hard forest work
Heikinpäivä – day of Heikki 19.1
”Back of winter” snaps. The darkest time of theyear is over and spring is on it´s way.
Paavon päivä – day of Paavo 25.1
Days become more light. Traditional food of the day was peasoup.
Helmikuu - February
Sometimes known as ”pikkutammi” the little oak. Name of the month is derived from the word helmi meaning pearl, refering to the glittering snow. Coldest time of the year.
Kynttilänpäivä/kyntteli – Candlemass 2.2
First day of spring. Time to divinate weather for the coming year.
Sipin päivä – day of Sipri 15.2
Pigs and hens were let outside to eat. Several spells were made using eggs.
Kevät-Matti – Spring Matti 24.2
Nature comes alive. Spirits throw hot stones into water areas melting the ice away.
images: unsplash & pixabay
What You´ll Need
1. Paint The Bottle
Cover the whole bottle with black acrylic paint and a sponge. You can add multiple layers of paint to ensure the surface of the bottle stays smooth.
2. Add The Bead
You can get more creative with the bead you choose, as it will act as your bottle stopper. The one I used is a broken Christmas light, and I thought it was perfect. Glue the bead to the top of the bottle with adhesive glue.
For the "always" quote, you can either write it yourself or print it online like I did. You can find many printables on Pinterest. Glue the label on the bottle.
4. Add The Final Touches
To give the bottle that magical touch, I melted some black beeswax to the top of the bottle. Don´t do this without parental supervision if you are a minor! When you melt the wax, protect your work surface because the process can get messy! You don´t need to use lots of the candle wax. Just drop a little bit on top of the bottle. Many times, letting it fall naturally will create most wonderful results.
Your Severus Snape bottle is ready! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to try new things.
Sharing my thoughts about Calan Gaeaf, also known as Nos Calan Gaeaf the night of the spirits )O( I bet non of you are surprised from the fact that it is one of my favorites what it comes to Welsh pagan holidays.
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