Once upon a December

I’ve been wanting to record the song “Once upon a December” for a while now but I didn’t have any free time or good disposition (the lack of sun here in Finland makes me really tired sometimes).

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But yesterday I finished everything: from recording to filming and some extra photos in my “home studio” 😀 So everything is done by me!

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The voice might sound like it’s coming out of a jar because I’m still learning my recording software but I’ll get there! Appreciate the effort, please! 😛

So, here you have my cover of “Once upon a December”. The movie has a special meaning to me and each time I watch it, my thoughts fly to my grandmother who is waiting for me home in Romania so I dedicate this to her with all my heart ❤

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Welcome December!

*this post was supposed to be here on 1st of December but…I fell asleep 😀

The long-awaited month and my most favorite one has finally arrived! It’s here and it came together with the snow! It couldn’t be more perfect and more beautiful than this!

December caught me painting.

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I’m not a professional painter or anything like that, just a simple amateur. And I’ve decided to paint a winter cardinal to be in tune with the weather. Plus I want to give it as a Christmas present to my beloved grandmother because she will adore it and will always cherish it. She loves birds and nature and this will make the perfect Christmas present for her! I must say that handmade presents are the best! Although Christmas is about enjoying each other and being grateful that we have reached another wonderful celebration, I always give presents to everyone as a sign of gratitude because I want to make people happy plus I’m a generous person. So yeah, that moment when your make-up table becomes an art workspace 😀

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I only need to find a frame for the little canvas, I’m gonna wrap it nicely and send it to Santa 😉

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The weather, the Christmas music in the background, the fairylights and the smell of vanilla coming out of the oven make such a great atmosphere! Are you wondering what am I baking? Well, I made a sponge cake. I haven’t made one for more than a year and it was about time. And in case you want a little personal update, I’m trying to cut out sweets and I’m doing quite well by now but today I had cravings for something sweet so baking was the solution. Easy to bake, simple and nourishing.

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Have a wonderful December and hopefully I’ll be more active on my blog these days!

Cheerio!

Only winter can bring you home

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“Nordic blue” – as I like to call, has rushed over Finland quite early compared to last year but I won’t complain because I will enjoy it for a longer time. Lots of inspiration, windows decorated with fairylights, candles and lanterns hung on the porch of every house, the scent of mulled wine with cinammon (plus maybe a bit of vodka or a cold lonkero 😛 ) and of course, the “always present” on a Finnish table, the cinnamon buns. This might be the best description of winter in Finland!

“Only winter can bring you home” – as you can see, winter is my main source of inspiration when it comes to my music. I remember working on the track and adding all sorts of effects on my keyboard (no, I don’t compose music with any software. I prefer the classical way plus I wish that I could be able to learn the basics of each and every possible instrument in this world but I feel that one life is not enough for my plans but hmm…we’re trying to make it happen.) Everything is….handmade, so to say. And after a while, I took my laptop, connected the keyboard to it and started recording. Meanwhile, ideas kept on coming. I felt like my heart was releasing notes, harmonies slowly flowing through my veins, going straight to my keyboard and later on, to your ears.

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I think for about a week I felt drained, I felt like I gave everything of myself and I managed to create something more…complex. I also wrote lyrics for the song, the melody line for the chorus with two voices, but I felt that I had to leave it as it is because every instruments is telling its own story or, even YOU can imagine the story behind my song.

So, you have a winter soundtrack waiting for you on my YouTube channel! Warmest hugs to y’all!

Cheerio!

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“Albastrul nordic”  – așa cum îmi place mie să îi spun, s-a năpustit deasupra Finlandei destul de devreme în comparație cu anul trecut și bucuria-i și mai mare pentru că mă pot desfăta pe termen îndelungat 😉 Inspirație din plin, beculețe pe la geamuri, lumânări și lanterne pe la casele oamenilor, miros de vin cu scorțișoară (hai, și poate puțină vodcă sau un lonkero mai rece) și mai ales, nelipsitele plăcinte cu scorțișoară care au o denumire foarte comică în limba finlandeză și nu mă risc să o scriu aici pentru că are o altă conotație la noi, românii :))

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“Only winter can bring you home” – după cum vedeți, iarna e sursa mea de inspirație în ceea ce privește muzica pe care o compun. Îmi amintesc că lucram la piesă și făceam tot felul de efecte și instrumente la orgă (nu, nu compun piese cu programe sau ce nebunii mai sunt acum în vogă. Îmi place metoda clasică și îmi doresc nespus de mult să fiu capabilă să învăț baza fiecărui instrument din lumea asta. Mda, nu-mi ajunge o viață să fac ceea ce îmi propun, dar încercăm).Totul e…handmade ca să spun așa. Și după ceva timp mi-am luat laptop-ul lângă mie și am început să înregistrez. Între timp, îmi tot veneau idei. Simțeam cum din inimă ies tot felul de note, de armonii, de nebunii, scurgându-se încet prin venele mâinilor și ajungând direct pe clape și mai târziu, la urechile voastre. Cred că aproximativ o săptămână m-am simțit ca și cum am dat totul din mine și eram foarte încântată că am reușit să fac ceva mai…complex.

Scrisesem și versuri pentru piesă, refrenul pe două voci, etc. dar simțeam că trebuie să o las așa pentru că fiecare instrument îsi spune povestea sau chiar voi vă puteți imagina cam ce ar spune. Așa că, aveți un soundtrack de iarnă care așteaptă să fie ascultat pe canalul meu de YouTube. Vă îmbrățișez!

*…pfiuuuu…după un an și jumătate de vorbit numai engleza și o finlandeză mai stricată, mi-a fost destul de greu să reîncep să scriu un text mai amplu în limba română. I did it! 

My Halloween 2016

You may wonder how has my Halloween been? Well, all I can say is it was peaceful. I haven’t been anywhere but I made my house look a bit (more) creepier and I surprised my beloved one because I love to surprise him each and every single day with anything that pops up in my mind.

I also made a video for you to see the decorating process so check it out!

’till next time! ❤

Some other kind of Morticia

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I might bring a smile on your face when I’m around you and I might make you laugh, I might wear colorful clothes and be very childish sometimes but in reality, I am different. Whereas people criticise what seems to not be normal or not ok for the society nowaydays, I will stay in my bench and continue admiring all those negative things that you are trying hardly to keep your kids away from, I will still admire those “Satanic” people dressed up all black, those rockers with chains hanging down from the back pockets of their leather pants and the girls with dark lipstick and creepers as their everyday shoes. So yeah, my inclination to the “dark side” is terribly strong but incredibly beautiful!

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While doing my “Morticia” make-up this evening, I realized that all those creepy things, the Halloween preparations, the gross looking but delicious candies, etc. make me really really happy! 😀

But don’t worry, I don’t worship anyone or do voodoo or witchcraft of any kind or God knows what’s in your mind at this moment. It’s just something that I lived with all my life, although in real life I spend my days in cozy pajamas or in normal clothes like everybody else 😀 Just wanted to share these thoughts with you and of course, my Morticia look photos!

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The last warm days

I know it’s been a few weeks since I didn’t write here but I’m back!

Suomenlinna – is the place where I always like to go whenever I’m in Helsinki. I got a ticket from the ticket machine at the Market Square and I jumped in the ferry. The journey to the sea fortress takes around 10 minutes but I never count how long it takes because it feels amazing to be on top of the water and to have the wind playing with your hair and seagulls flying above at the same pace with the ferry. It feels like you are one of them. One with the nature!

This time I explored the island a bit more and I have discovered places where I could hide and be alone. Places where I can have the Baltic Sea at the bottom of my feet and then rest in a coffee shop with a hot chocolate and an original Fazer chocolate candy. All these things you can see yourself below. Enjoy!DSC_0109.jpgdsc_0144


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And as a blog post ending “delight”, here is a mini travel vlog 🙂 See you next time!

Cheerio, darlings!