Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mail came

Only one piece came in today's regular mail and guess what? It was for me. A Christmas card all the way from Satu in Finland. It seems she has been busy making a few hand made Christmas cards and I was one of the lucky (actually, special) recipients.

A truly beautiful work of art and it will become one after the holidays. My daughter Maili told me that I should frame it and I told her I had already thought of it. Satu wrote that she imagined the trees in Canada when she sewed the card. There are pockets of Finns in various parts of Canada and especially here in Ontario, they are up north where there is mining and logging. When I was growing up I had heard that the Finns settled up north because the landscape reminded them so much of their homeland (trees and lakes). Lyn Cook wrote a children's book called "Bells on Finland Street" which takes place in Sudbury. A wonderful book. Thunder Bay is another northern city that has a lot of Finns. There is a famous restaurant called "Hoito" (which means care or caring.) The building is a heritage site and here's a little background info:

"Located at 314 Bay Street in Thunder Bay, Ontario, it is home to the world famous "Hoito Restaurant" as well as a dance hall, the offices of a national Finnish language newspaper, and The Finnish Museum on the upper floors. The building has been designated a Heritage Building due to its architectural and historic significance."

I have had the pleasure of eating there about three times so far. The portions are substantial and the price very reasonable.

This is my icicle doll from another swap that I was involved in. She came in the afternoon and delivered by a Canada Post truck. She is special. I love the colours of her. Black and grey/silver. She has pigtails in burgundy. Thank you Therese, she is now on my special tree - in the kitchen. I love her face and hope to get into making clay faces in the near future.

And here's Maili modelling one of her creations. It's a Christmas present. She made four aprons - two waist length and two full aprons. This one is a total Maili design. They are all for her boyfriend's family and I shipped them off to California today. I do hope they get them in time for Christmas. She spent a lot of time on the aprons. I was just the go-to person when there were questions. All the fabrics came from my stash so she helped me lower the volume.

That's it for today. I did no sewing at all today. The time went by with trying to mail packages to England and California (one place is no longer a post office I found out), dentist appointment (just a thorough cleaning), then mailing the packages at a real post office outlet (they are now privatized), and then going to the Christmas party at my mom's nursing home. After that, I wrapped gifts to pack in yet another package so that it could get shipped to BC tomorrow where my eldest daughter and her husband live.

I'm off to bed.


  1. Looks like you got great mail! The postcard is great and will look perfect framed. And how cute are pigtails on an icicle doll!! Aprons are a great gift too - practical and not too expensive to make.

  2. you always receive the most wonderful things in the mail!! your card is indeed very special and i think it will look great in a frame!! and your daughter looks so cute modeling her sweet of her to sew all of those up and give them as gifts!! :))

  3. A great mailbox of goodies Dolores! Wow! Love that card!
    Very interesting Icicle doll!!!
    Cute apron and model! 8-)
    Hope you are staying warm down your way...

  4. Oh, what wonderful goodies you received and shared with us today!! I love the Christmas card and the icicle doll! Wonderful! And Maili's aprons look fantastic!! Hugs, Silke

  5. Hi Dolores. I love Maili's apron.She is a clever girl and I am sure the recipients will love handmade Christmas presents. I am very interested in Finnish culture too. I find it fascinating, especially their beautiful designs and textiles. I love the icicle doll and the twig tree too. Both really unusual. It is snowing here today so we are getting a bit of your weather although I think it is actually coming from Lapland.

  6. And you still made a posting after all that. Love the info about Finland. The Christmas card really would look beautiful in a frame. Love the aprons, and if it helps reduce your stash (ready for more) then that is an extra!
    Doll is so different..
    x x x

  7. Beautiful card - it will certainly look great framed! I enjoyed reading about where Finns settled in Canada. And fun apron!

  8. Hi Dolores,

    Love the card you received and it will look great framed.
    Maili looks great modeling the apron.
    I hope that you are staying warm and preparations are going well for the holidays.


  9. Thank you for your Christmas wishes, Dolores! I wish the same for you and your family!! Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!! Hugs, Silke

  10. Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones.

    Hugs, Gaby

  11. That homemade card is indeed very beautiful! Yes, there certainly are a lot of Finnish descendants here in Sudbury and one place I love to visit is the Anderson Farm Museum which is a depiction of a Finnish farm.

    Love the aprons Maili made, they're lovely and no doubt her bf's family will be very pleased with them:-)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Dolores and may all your wishes come true during this magical season. xoxo

  12. Beautiful card!

    I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

  13. Satu is so very talented and her work is devine!
    Mali looks very proud with her own designed apron.
    Here in Holland post offices aren't scattered around all over anymore either. I have to drive to one now. Therefore it always takes me ages to send something ...


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