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Birthday Sale – Hello, 30s!!!

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My dear friends, I am turning 30 today!!! I am grateful and happy to arrive to such an important life milestone in good health, with beautiful people in my life, with this digital crafty place created from scratch one day, with my job and with love, oh so much love in my heart that I hope I will learn how to share more… I am promising myself that I am going to make my 30s better than 20s – love more, share more, work more, be more grateful and savour each moment of this amazing, unpredictable, sometimes hard and challenging, but always beautiful, LIFE!!

As you can’t share my birthday cake I wanted to share with you my birthday sweater cake and run the BIGGEST SALE of the year in my Ravelry store!

To welcome my 30s I am offering 3 for 10 promotion – 3 any patterns of your choice for $10!!! Just add any three patterns to your cart and use the promotion code HELLO30.

To say goodbye to my 29, I offering 2 for 9 promotion – 2 any patterns of your choice for $9!!! Just add any two patterns to your cart and use the promotion code BYE29.

It is up to you which promotion you would like to choose (or use both of them!) and you can use each one an unlimited amount of times!

Thank you SO much for your support, it means a lot to me!

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By |2019-01-17T06:47:46-07:00January 17th, 2019|Gifts Of Life|5 Comments

Gifts Of Life. Honey Light.

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Happy Sunday! After some gloomy and chilly January days, I was lucky to catch one of the most amazing, how I call it, honey sunsets. It is my very own place of power, after being there, even for just 10 minutes, I feel like my body relaxes and my head clears up and my heart is filled with gratitude. Cold waters breaking against the majestic rock formations, this roaring sound and the smell of the ocean. It is truly amazing how my body feels like it belongs here, I did not grow up anywhere near the water, but after living on the California coast for 5 years, I physically feel the need to be touch the ocean at least once a week. I would like to take you on a visual walk with me today, hope you will enjoy!

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Have a beautiful day today!


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By |2019-01-13T09:23:54-07:00January 13th, 2019|Gifts Of Life|6 Comments

New Day

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Happy Sunday! I am sorry for disappearing for two weeks, the truth is this time seemed more like months to me, so many changes in my life that I am still not sure what to do with, so much has to be done and so little time. But it is also time for my growth and a new phase in my life that I believe will never be the way it used to be. I am discovering a new me, who turns out to be much stronger than I ever thought. And I am proud of that, proud that no matter how lost I am, I find the strength to keep going and be grateful. Grateful for just being here, grateful for soft morning light getting through the window, grateful for my busy and often exhausting schedule, grateful for inner peace, and of course for people in my life – I am the luckiest girl in the world to have so many friends who love me and carry for me! I didn’t knit for two weeks and physically feel the lack of it, like my hands are missing something, but in these moments I realize how deep my attachment to knitting and this community is and how fortunate I am to have something that I always want to come back to!

Thank you for being here, I just want to say once again how important it is for me!

Have a wonderful Sunday with your loved ones!

By |2018-10-21T08:00:27-07:00October 21st, 2018|Gifts Of Life|12 Comments

Wind of Changes

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

Happy Wednesday! Today I have two projects to tell you about that touched my heart. Both of these projects are built on the faith and hope for the better world and finding place for all people in it.

Several weeks ago Marianne from Frisenvang yarns contacted me with the request to tell about her project she is planning to bring to life. Marianne is a part of a small company that is specializing in high quality sustainable alpaca yarn. I carefully read about what they do and what they aspire to do and I thought that their mission is amazing and something that you will be interested to find about too!

Frisenvang yarns are working with a group of local alpaca producers in the region Marcapata in the Peruvian Andes mountains. Instead of selling the raw wool to the companies, these alpaca breeders take part in every step of the yarn production process – carding, dying and handspinning. This way they are able to support themselves on much better terms.

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns

Right now Frisenvang yarns managed to give a better life to 265 people that are able to support themselves with their craft and create a unique high quality product that supports not only people, but also environment with its eco-friendly production process. Marianne and her partners aspire to bring in more people into the cooperative by educating them each step of the yarn production process and providing as many job places as possible.

Alpaca Documentary

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To make it happen it is important that more people find out about Frisenvang yarns project. Marianne and her partners are planning to make a documentary about the community, alpacas and life in the high Andes. The documentary is scheduled to go live in 2019 and the main goal is to give a raw and honest look at the lives of people and animals in this picturesque scenery. I personally think it is a wonderful project, as we know so little about the yarn production process at the very root of it and people who make it happen.

You can read more about the project and support it here – “Documentary – Unique sustainable yarn and a better world”

Alpaca Documentary

photo: Frisenvang yarns


Veter Magazine

The second project I wanted to tell you about is one very special magazine that is being published in Russia. I have been following its founder and editor in chief, Vera Pochueva, for years now and when I booked my trip to Russia, I knew I wanted to visit Veter’s office. “Veter” means “wind” in Russian and as the cover says – Wind is a symbol of changes and power, bringing new ides, inspiration, freedom and passion. 

Veter Magazine

The magazine tells about small businesses started by all kinds of people driven by inspiration and infinite love for what they do. Each story is inspiring and I love how it touches upon not only the creative side of each project, but also the practical one – how much money was invested, how sustainable the project is, how much time and effort it took to see the first results. It is a very raw conversation of how dreams are being brought to life, not always bright and shiny, but with everyday mundane tasks performed consistently, with diligence and faith in yourself and your work.

Veter supports a charitable fund that I also donate to, “Enjoyable Aging”, the fund provides nurses, supplies and takes care of the old half destroyed nursing homes where lonely old people live.

Veter Magazine

I hope you enjoyed reading about these projects that touched my heart. It is amazing how much we can do together and bring the wind of changes…

Have a wonderful day today!


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By |2018-09-05T07:05:07-07:00September 5th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|7 Comments

St Petersburg. City’s Diary

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My trip to the favorite city didn’t go exactly as planned, but these 3 short days were filled with dear friends, magical places and good food. This post is a collection of random moments caught here and there, each of them holding a beautiful memory about this place that will always stay in my heart.

I hope you will feel, through these simple phone photos shot on the go, the atmosphere of this unique city – magnificent buildings that make you stop and stare; cozy little cafes filled with smell of freshly baked bread and deserts and book stores hidden behind city’s doors; that distinct city’s voice made of traffic, announcements of the current exhibitions and excursions, street musicians and the mix of languages on the streets; the “texture” of the city made of colors, buildings, canals and people.

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By |2018-08-08T06:51:06-07:00August 8th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|6 Comments

Gifts Of Life – Marina Walk

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At sea I learned how little a person needs, not how much” – Robin Lee Graham

 

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When I need to think and get out of my routine a little bit, I get into the car and drive to the nearest place where you can hear the sound of waves crushing and the air is filled with salty drops. It brings me back to myself, to life and lifts me up no matter what.

In this post I would like to share a special to my heart place – a marina, found a little bit outside of town. There is something soothing about walking in the sunset light, listening to seagulls, looking at boats and wondering where they have been and what they’ve seen. I bet each of them has a nice story to tell.

Please, join me for this little walk. I hope you will enjoy.

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I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Love, Alina


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By |2018-05-24T11:03:51-07:00May 24th, 2018|Gifts Of Life|3 Comments
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