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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Great Fan Art Competition — Second FINALIST!

  Congratulations Iris and little baby Ava Gillian!

                                   Ava Diva - Live in Concert is funny and lovely photo with such a cute star! 

I like the way you used fabric patterns to create this picture. Well done!

Pssst! You can still send me your fan pictures. 
whenmybabydreams (@)
Competition is on until the Valentines day, 14.2.2012!

Friday, December 23, 2011

The Great Fan Art Competition — The First FINALIST!

       Congratulations Farrah Beller!

                                   Amazing composition and peaceful picture with the lovely colors! I love it!

There was plenty of other great pictures too, so don't worry if I didn't pick you right now,
 I might do it later. And remember you can still send me your fan pictures. 
whenmybabydreams (@)
Competition is on until the Valentines day, 14.2.2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ciao my friends!

A while ago I gave an interview to one italian magazine called DLa repubblica delle Donne (Magazine No.770, pages 128-129 and 130-131, article by Valentina Pigmei) and I liked that article a lot, well I can't speak italian, but I translated it with google translator, so I believe I understood the most of it. Grazie mille!

PS I've received a lot of lovely fan art photos, thank you so much for you all! You can still send me your photos, I'll pick the first finalist at friday!

Screenshot from magazine, unreadible.
 If you want to read this article,
go to this link (pages 128 - 131

Quando la mia bimba sogna! (by Sperling & Kupfer)
My book sounds so lovely in italian! Don't you think?

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Great FAN ART Competition!

I have noticed from Mila's Daydreams Facebook page that many of you guys are inspired to make your own dream pictures with your family. (See the photo gallery) That's so cool!

So I have decided to create a competition for you.  You can send your own dream picture to whenmybabydreams(@)   (Remove parentheses from @. Only one picture per person. Add your contact details for the prize.)

I will pick the best picture of the every Friday and publish it here in my blog with your name (or preferred nickname.) Between all the best pictures of the week I will choose the winner at Valentine's Day, 14th Feb 2012!

And the prize is…. *drumming*

A lovely basket of gift books, including: GOODNIGHT MOON,  RUNAWAY BUNNY, And of course, WHEN MY BABY DREAMS!

And of course we are going to pick randomly four other winners between all who take part in this competition by sending their pictures before 10th of february 2012. They are going to get When My Baby Dreams -book! 

So now, send your best dream picture to whenmybabydreams (at) and you are in the competition!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

3 weeks and it is HERE!

...and it's a BOOK! 
Can't believe it, only 3 weeks left until When My Baby Dreams* is here! 
I hope my stork will bring it to you too. 

(*From this book link you find list of retailers and can pre-order When My Baby Dreams in a click!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Where do dream ideas come from?

BEFORE                                                                                         AFTER

From her real dreams, don't you think? 

Coming soon: More making of dream pictures and some funny before and after scenes. 
                              Also "When My Baby Dreams" -competition for YOU. Stay tuned!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Paintings and drawings

This autumn my favourite thing was to paint or draw meanwhile I listen audio books from my Kindle. Well, until I got so nauseous that I couldn't draw a line without feeling sick. My morning sickness has been quite unpredictable and abstract. I guess now I know how my hubby felt two years ago, when I got nauseous from his composed music and threw up after we saw movies like Avatar and Up! 

It's totally unfair to feel sick from the things you normally love, luckily this state will pass. 
I can't wait to be able to paint something again! 
(I absolutely love sight hounds)

(as a teenager I realized that
 I'm not going to be ballet dancer, ever.)

Look who's drawing too!

She's into abstract expressionism.

I tried to draw Croquis from a cornish rex cat photo,
but I got carried away and coloured it a bit. 

Siamese. Meow!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sorry for the radio silence - I've been...

...oh, how to put this nicely? Well, I've been a bit nauseous lately.

"Morning sickness", who ever come up with that term is a very lucky woman or man, who has seen his wife only at the morning time, since the feeling is definitely 24/7 sickness. At least for me.

But Yay! I'm pregnant! Mila is going to have a sibling next spring!

And I promise I try to update this blog more often now that I have likely survived from the first trimester. ;)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Art course - Autumn

After a long break I decided to continue my painting and drawing hobby. I think I have nowadays more patience  for that, being a mom has changed me for good. Mila sleeps now two naps per day, and I try to write during the morning naps and draw or paint on the afternoon. But sometimes I do a little sketches at the morning before I write. It helps me clear my mind and concentrate.

So here's something I've done lately about autumn colors.

(Acrylics on oil color paper)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mommy's summer job: Music Video

Artist: Emmi Salo
Director/Writer/Make-up/Wardrobe: Adele Enersen
Producer/Assistant Editor/Lighting Assistant/Playback: Lasse Enersen
Cinematography: Juge Heikkilä
Camera Assistant: Heikki Slåen
Color Grading: Timo Luomanen/Post Control

Last summer I had an opportunity to direct a music video. We had very tiny budget and only one day to shoot, but we had a great time and all the people were so great to work with. I would love to do little projects like this in the future too. 

The video was shot by my Canon 5D Mark ii camera with Technicolor Cinestyle color profile. And all the locations are all within three kilometers from our own home in Helsinki.

Since I couldn't find the perfect "Umbrellas of Cherbourg " -style umbrella as a pink, I coloured white one with the acrylic paint. It's kind of unique now, and guess what, after drying it appears to be waterproof! 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rainy Day Fun

I love autumn and rain...especially 'cause it's perfect reason to stay home and do something funny.
So we built a indoor "swimming pool" to Mila, and meanwhile she was playing with her best friends (Cat theCat & Tigger) a draw some comics etc with my new markers.

1) First you need lot of pillows, 2) put a bedspread or comforter on top of that, 3) swim with the friends in a puddle of fabric!

When I was a kid, sitting in a backseat was the most boring thing ever.
 Except when it rained.
 I used to watch moving drops on window, wonder which drops 

"fall in love" as a giant drop, and fall faster together. 
I guess falling down from the window is a good thing, if you are a drop?

 I got so inspired about drops that when Mila fall in sleep, I stayed up and made this little Stop Motion animation:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Laundry Day Monsters!

... and how to avoid household chores.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Project Nursery - Coraline inspired painting

I just wanted to paint something cute to Mila's new room. I got my inspiration from Coraline book/movie. This is my cutie pie version of those characters. The clue of this painting is real sewed buttons as a eyes.  

These are our snap photos from
Universal Studios ...
...of real Coraline  stop motion
characters, props and sets. Cool!
If you didn't know,
I'm a HUGE Stop Motion
fan! Someday I'll do this too,
I swear!

On the wall of the nursery. 

The man behind my favourite stop motion, Nightmare before the christmas, is Henry Selick. He's also behind this Coraline movie. (the book was by Neil Gaiman, adore that too!) I love the cat character in both movies, and I found this youtube video where you can see them both.:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

When My Baby Dreams of reading her books...

Oh here it is! Our first book cover ♡ When My Baby Dreams (HarperCollins, Balzer + Bray )

This book is highly tested with the target audience. Here you can see the test group in action. ;)

The Project Nursery: The reading corner is still middle of progress,
I'd like to make some kind of babyproof divan there,
where we could read or play with Mila.
 Before I figure out how to make that,
there's just blankets and pillows to make it more comfortable.

 Mila's favourite books so far: 

1. Cat the Cat, Who Is That? by Mo Willems
2. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
3. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
4. Who Will Comfort Toffle? by Tove Jansson 
(Ok, this one is actually MY favourite, but I love to read this one for her. The author was a Finn and incredibly talented woman!)
5. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Hey, what are your favourite books? I'd love to hear...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pssst...wanna see something?

Go to !
(She said mystically and winked to all her blog-friends)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Nursery - Cherry Blossom Chandelier

We went to New York too. This is from Central Park.
What a lovely place.
 I loved all the museums and walking around the city. 

And I absolutely fall in love with the Cherry trees.
They gave me an idea...

I bought some water based and non-toxic Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and lamp shades....

...and this basic "Kronetorp" chandelier.
 I also bought some silk cherry blossom -flowers.

I coloured lamp shades with different colors.
Blue grey as a sky,
pink and darker pink as a cherry blossoms
and light yellow as some buildings and sun.
When they were dry, I took some thin black wire and twisted cherry branches to lamp.
There's also pink silk ribbons tied to loop.

Here it is, piece of New York in Mila's new nursery!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Project Nursery - Before and the floor

Yes, my hubby used to have his playroom studio at our home.
And it was the only place where I didn't even try to put decorations,
pillows and nice new curtains. His sacred man cave.
Now all these fancy equipments and huge bunch of electric wires
 are at his new studio, and I deserve a medal for my patience.
Don't you think? Now it's going to be Mila's nursery.
makeover starts! 
Floor sanding. Oh my how I hate those cabin doors. I bet they are built from the ugly stick tree.

Finally...NEW White floor! So much better already.
 I crochet bigger pillow from cotton yarn.
 Old violin we found from our attic, too bad it wasn't the Stradivarius. ;)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Mila!

Mila is celebrating her very first birthday this week.
I took the "official" 1 year old picture of her in a same dress I was wearing in my picture in 1979.
Past is reaching to future. 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cardigan dress with a button embroidery

             My mom just crochet this little cardigan dress for Mila, and I thought it needed something extra...

Since I've been buying stuff for nursery decorations,
 I've found also other cute things,
 like rosy pink, lila and greenish brown buttons.

Hum... I see an owl! 

Here it is!

This amazing transformer owl was my "model".
(english text:,
picture source:

Happy happy, joy joy!

PS  In case you haven't seen this hilarious Transformer Owl video before, see it! I can't stop laughing at the owls "evil face". It's just so...cute. And these "Hungover Owls" -pictures are so funny too.