Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I have a new blog and website! (and the new contest in my new blog!)

Welcome to my world!

And if you want to go straight to the new blog and the When My Baby Dreams - Calendar 2013 competition, click here!    (this time you don't have to do photos, just write down your dream!)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Origami Heart Advent Calendar

I wanted to make a simple home-made calendar for Mila.
Since I had some left over origami papers from my wreath,
I googled "Origami Heart Envelope" and found these
folding instructions.

I tried to put mine in a shape of a christmas tree...
bigger heart would be nice too.  Or star?

I'm pretty sure that Mila is not one of my readers yet, so I can
reveal some of the little surprises I put in those envelopes:
Cute stickers and organic, fair trade chocolate chips. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Things I love in Finland: Maternity Package

The New Finnish Maternity Package has a new design called "Sukupuu" = "Family Tree".
obviously you can fill your own there.

The box itself is very handy - you can use
it as a baby crib or as an extention to your
family bed, since you can fold one side down.

This year it has a lot of turqoise color, which is nice! One of my favorite colors.  

And how did they knew I love owls?
And when your child grows out from the box bed and the tiny newborn clothes,
 you can restore it in your closet. It looks nice there and you don't have to hide it in the attic.
 Although, then your husband might get suspicious, and ask if you are planning to get pregnant again.
 Then you can roll your eyes and scream, "no!" "No"! (And do lot of denying and head shaking)
 It's just because it's so pretty here! Look at it. Looook at it. Pretty box full of tiny baby stuff, we're never going to use again. Ever.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Aloha, it's going to be a merry Christmas! DIY wreath


I found a bunch of these origami-papers from my deskdraw and decided to make my first christmas decorations this year, welcoming wreath to our door. Since it's the darkest time in Finland, I wanted to have a little bit sunshine and hawaii-wibes in it. Who said all the things in christmas should be red, gold, silver, white and dark green?

This year I'm planning to do all the decorations and food by myself, I'm so excited! What is your favourite thing in christmas? What would you like to see in my blog?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Big In Japan, SINCE 2010: The Original Nezo Art

Are you going to eat me?
 I haven't done this kind of daydream photos with Vincent since he's not as sound sleeper as Mila was, and as you can see, he has some skin problems too. His well-being is of course my priority. I'm having other creative things going around now, just wait for it ;)

( And of course I still have my new Fairy Tales -inspired When My Baby Dreams -book coming 2013!)

Today I found out about this new Nezo Art craze over Japan.
I gave first interviews to Japan in 2010, and here you can see Mila's daydreams featured in Japanese VOGUE 2011. So may I call myself creator of this new art scene?

Mila reading about her illustrated dreams. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

How to (try) stay creative with never sleeping kids...

1. Don't try to stay in your own, tiny working space.  2. Put your needy newborn in a sling. 3. Prime your huge canvas in the living room while.... 4. ...your terrible two is getting closer to edge of the paper with pencils.

5. And pray that those tiny hands stay away from the wet paint, while you cook lunch/answer to the phone/breastfeed/look the other way. 

Repeat until your painting is ready. Mine is not. Maybe in a few years...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Look What I Got!

The postman brought me the brand new when my baby dreams calendar!

And I heard good news,  it's finally for sale in the US!
Of course you can find it from Online stores too.
At my desk. As you can see, I'm anxiously waiting for the year 2013. 

PS since my sweet little prince is not ready to sleep anywhere else than in my arms, and he prefers eating, not sleeping, I haven't been able to create his daydreams yet. Well, I'm pretty sure he is dreaming about eating anyway... 

Meet our new baby boy: Vincent.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Congratulations Shutterfly winners!

See this lovely book of all the winners:

The winners will get their printed limited edition copies of this photo book in mail over the next 3 - 4 weeks. 

And thank you all who have sent these awesome pictures!  Bravo!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NEW COMPETITION: Dreamy PHOTO BOOK from Shutterfly

Hello friends!
Since the “Great Fan Art Competition” was such a success—I received hundreds of creative and lovely When My Baby Dreams fan pictures!—I'd love to give everyone another opportunity to take more photos and win something totally cool…

…a special, limited edition, custom-made photo book from Shutterfly, starring YOUR pictures!
So go on, make something crazy, beautiful, and funny!

Each contestant can submit up to 5 When My Baby Dreams fan photos (though each contestant can win only once!) to whenmybabydreams(@)gmail.com   (Don’t forget to remove the parentheses from around the @ and to include your contact details for the prize!)

The deadline for submissions is April 3rd, 2012—that afternoon, I'll pick the 15 winning photos, and only a week after that, Shutterfly will create and post a digital version of the When My Baby Dreams photo book including ALL of the winners’ photos, for everyone to see! And on top of that, the 15 lucky winners will receive a special printed edition of the custom photo book! 
Best of luck!

With love,

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tips for photographing a sleeping baby on Shutterfly!


I thought I might point you guys towards these few photo tips I shared with Shutterfly few weeks ago, since I'm going to have another special photography competition that I will announce on March!

And there's going to be a totally cool prize that Shutterfly will be custom-making! Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fan Art Competition — THE WINNER(s)

♡Congratulations QUEENIE LIAO, and Happy Valentine's day to all♡

You will get this perfect bedtime stories basket,
I hope you enjoy it!


And four other winners, who will get the When My Baby Dreams -book: 

Melanie Carlton, Kristin Rothang, 
Carlos Cuervo and Monique Landry

Please, if you haven't send me your address details before, 
send another message with those, so I can send you the book!

With Love, Adele & Mila

PS If you are making these Fan Art pictures, don't stop! There's going to be another cool competition soon...stay tuned!

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Great FAN ART Competition — The last Finalist!

Congratulations Sarah Jordan!

                               Oh,  I love this one too! Lovely colors and harmonic composition, good job! 
There's never too many heart shaped balloons, if you ask from me. 

Thank you all who have sent these truly amazing pictures! 

I'm going to pick the winner of this fan art competition from the finalists 
and four other WMBD-book winners from all who took part.
at Valentines day, 14.2.2012!  

BTW, Which one of the finalist is your favourite?


Friday, February 3, 2012

The Great FAN ART Competition — The 7th Finalist!

Congratulations Queenie Liao!

                                Oh my...this is so cute! Very nice composition and I actually like that little 
photoshopping with carpet colors. ♡

Hey, you can still send me your fan pictures, 
Competition is on until the Valentines day, 14.2.2012!
whenmybabydreams (@) gmail.com

PSssst! Now we may take a little false start to a Valentines day and here's one gift...

Bookperk.com has a great offer:

Last time I checked there was ONLY 9 left, hurry!

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Great FAN ART Competition — The 6th Finalist!

Congratulations Kirsi Vuomajoki!

                                 I love your Winter Wonderland picture! Beautiful background and harmonic colors.
 Good Job! 

Hey, you can still send me your fan pictures, 
Competition is on until the Valentines day, 14.2.2012!
whenmybabydreams (@) gmail.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How did it start? Read it from the ETSY blog!

I just wanted to show you the pictures where I got the idea. 
One day Mila fell asleep on a blanket and looked like a little fencer.

 Next day, when I was looking that picture, I thought it could be funnier if 
there was something else happening on a background. They could be her dreams illustrated!

So I waited until she was sleeping again and 
built this little forest from a pillows and blankets...

Read more from the Etsy Blog

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Great FAN ART Competition — 5th Finalist!

Congratulations Tearson Morrison & Mom, Jason and Easton!

                                   Such a cute chef and elegant implementation. He just might be the future Top Chef!

I've received so much these great and funny pictures, thank you so much, so don't worry if I didn't pick yours yet. 
I might do it later. And of course you can still send me your fan pictures. 
whenmybabydreams (@) gmail.com
Competition is on until the Valentines day, 14.2.2012!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Our 15 minutes in fame - Today Show

I was so nervous but I survived, mostly because all hosts were so warm and lovely in person,

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
With Kathie Lee and Hoda

With Ann Curry

Thank you Kathie Lee, Hoda, Ann Curry and all the others, who I had pleasure to meet during my short stay in NY.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Great FAN ART Competition — 4th Finalist!

Congratulations Kylee Leonetti!

                                   Oh my god, this is so gorgeous and soothing image!
 I like the way there's movement in this pic, she really looks like she's walking through the snow blizzard. Love it!

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

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Great FAN ART Competition — 3rd FINALIST!

Congratulations Caitlin Carson!

                                   This aeroplane picture made me smile, I love the baby's expression and it reminds me of  

Snoopy playing The Red Baron in the Peanuts. Only thing missing is tiny pilot's cap and goggles, haha. 
 Great job!

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The book — It is OUT THERE!

Today is the day! Yay! I can't believe my book baby is out there somewhere.

Have you seen it yet? If you see it, please take a picture and send it to me.
I want to see with my own eyes that it's really out there and it's not alone :)

"Please, take a good care of my book baby. With love, Adele"