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I was thinking to myself the other day, what it would be like, if you could write a letter to Heaven, ask questions that you were never capable of understanding and receive good fulfilling answers? As I browsed through memories full of people and more or less special events, I realized how many of them were to this day unclear. Getting that one true answer perhaps might have solved the “forgive and forget” puzzle that keeps haunting me for years.

What:

Jeans: Zara.

Shoes:  my mom’s treasure.

Sweater: Cholckhouse .

Bracelet: e-shop www.eleja.lt

Omg item: “Jeans by Zara. When everyting’s dull, grey and wet I miss colours the most. During the cold season, streets are crowded with black coated people. Exactly at that time, we miss the sun and the colours the most! So I have decided to break the ice and bring colors back to the dayligt, despite the cold. And I love the intensity of this blue – not a ababy blue and not a navy blue – the golden middle”

Who: Pictures taken by Aurelija Apulskienė

And as miracles occure, I have stumbled upon this delightful letter shared on Facebook. This is by no means written by me neither I am claiming any copy rights over it. I would simply like to share it as I found it, totally unedited.

“Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

When: 24t of February, 2012

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith” in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.

Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God”

Where: Countryside of Antalgė village, Utena, Lithuania.

I was so touched by this story! I loved the post officer who made time and effort to send a reply to this little girl. I am sure it brought a great amount of joy, faith and love into her life.  This made me think about how wonderful would it be to have an actual and real mail line with God?

What would you tell him if you could? What questions would you ask him? Would you bare to open the answering letter?…

Yours truly,

Vaiva K.

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Valentines is one of the many occasions when I am undecided and I am able to support both parties: the ones that cover themselves in hearts from head to toe and also those, who do nothing and hate even calling Valentines day a special occasion. And so every year I act depending whether I miss romance or not. Valentines day was a big deal in my life when I was a child and a teenager: sending post cards via ‘Cupids’ Post Office’ at school; exchanging secret angels’ gifts… Years of experience in this field now allows me to share the most intriguing items from my secret box under the label “LOVE”. 🙂

What:

Jeans: Zara.

Shoes: QQQ.

Blouse: H&M.

Scarf: Seppala.

Earings: Marks& Spenser.

Ring: Seppala.

OMG Item: “This time I’d definitely go for the ring . I find it so wonderfully made : it’s a very cute statement piece and together with it you have a very little need or none at all to accessories anything else. Although it’s quiet a big item, it doesn’t have any sharp unfinished edges that could break materials, for example catch tights or get stuck into knitted materials. Also, irrelevant to its size, the ring is very light and comfortable to wear. When I saw it in Seppala (which lately has gotten my full attention – really improved the quality and the service) I felt as if I was tickled! Could this get any cutter?? ;)”

A written love letter or at least a love post card is something very special, to which every detail becomes important: the selection of words, the size and the shrift of the letters as well as your hand-writing manner. The days come and go, years rush by so fast and later  for me there is no greater joy that browsing through my letter box and reading the cute lovely Valentines wishes that my classmates and friends once send me.

Where: “Coffee Inn”, Gediminas avenue, Vilnius.

Not yet written to me but have impressed me a lot as a very touching, very smart and loving expression of feelings. Here is my favorite love letter:

To : Antonie Brentano

 “Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, now and then joyfully, then sadly, waiting to learn whether or not fate will hear us – I can live only wholly with you or not at all.

– Yes, I am resolved to wander so long away from you until I can fly to your arms and say that I am really at home with you, and can send my soul enwrapped in you into the land of spirits

– Yes, unhappily it must be so – You will be the more contained since you know my fidelity to you. No one else can ever possess my heart – never – never – Oh God, why must one be parted from one whom one so loves. And yet my life in V is now a wretched life – Your love makes me at once the happiest and the unhappiest of men – At my age I need a steady, quiet life – can that be so in our connection? My angel, I have just been told that the mail-coach goes every day – therefore I must close at once so that you may receive the letter at once – Be calm, only by a calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together – Be calm – love me – today – yesterday – what tearful longings for you – you – you – my life – my all – farewell.

Oh continue to love me – never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
Ever thine
Ever mine
Ever ours.”  

~Ludwig van Beethoven~

A fantastic Valentines hair tutorial!

In this video a woman will explain how to make a very uncomplicated and yet very cute and original heart-shaped hairstyle. With a bit of imagination, you would be able to make it yourself,e.g. instead of sawing the ribbon, you could add it to the braid at the time when you braid it or wrap around when you finish. And bobby pin it to create the shape of a heart. Really lovely, isn’t it?

Heart-shaped Valentines Braid Tutorial

Ideas for hand-made Valentine cards.

Please refer to the fact that your date is not the only person who may get one. A close friend or a lonely person that you know is also among the list of people who are in need of a little reminder of all that love in the world. Making a card is not as hard as it may seem. Give it a try and you will discover the joy of creativity plus there will be more of your heart in it.  The most simple way is to glue a pretty red ribbon on the cover and clue some multi layered hearts in the center. Drawing and hand-writing is making a huge come-back!

(illustration found at a website which belongs to ‘graf_zahl’)

An idea for a gift box project.

A fun project of a Valentines gift box, for something small like candy. Quick, easy and budget-friendly.

I have made many of these boxes in silver and red for Christmas and I can tell you, that one box fits about 3-4 ‘Raffaello’ or a small soap or a tiny package of Skittles. But I would recommend adding less candy/items and instead forming a ‘nest’ on which the candy is going to lie on. This way, it looks neater when you open it. I made that “nest” out of glitter paper, ribbon or tiny piece of velvet.

 Who: Pictures taken by Dovydas Toleikis.

 

When: 13th of February, 2012.

Love yourself first and most. 

Despite the fuss and rush about finding the perfect partner, organizing a perfect date, preparing the perfect outfit, creating a perfect atmosphere, there are things that in my opinion, are mistakenly overseen. Those things include caring for yourself just as much as for others.

I do not ,by any means, intend to sound like a yoga or self-help instructor. But in my sports activities and elsewhere I often hear people talking about happiness. And followers of a music and dance therapy believe that it is closely related to finding our center. The ‘center’, as I found out, is a psychological and also a physical term to describe a place in your body as well as the a state of mind from where your feelings evolve, grow and come out. Music and dance therapists claim that persons psychological health is directly connected to the physical condition of the body and vice-versa.

You can easily find out more by reading some relevant literature. But my point here is that we should not only care about others and spoil them but also spoil ourselves and love ourselves how we really are. Taking care of yourself may mean living a more active, healthy lifestyle, taking a foam bath just for fun, spending more time by yourself to concentrate on things that are important to you.

So happy Valentines to ourselves! Kisses on the cheeks to everyone! 😉 ❤

Yours truly,

Vaiva K.

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