One Soul

August 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today I finished and added four Art cards with prints of my One Soul watercolours to my shop. It´s been a fantastic process and I´m very happy with the outcome. I´m working on various ideas for more items for the shop but for now I have four different One Soul Art cards. You can check them out in my Etsy shop Tea with a view.

Here are a few pictures.

One Soul

“We are one soul. One people. One thought. One feeling. One love. One body. One soul.”

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One Soul by Stine Maria – Tea with a view

Tea with a view

August 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have a shop. I call it Tea with a view.

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Tea with a view – webshop

I never made room for my true self in my life. I was so busy living up to other peoples needs and running as fast and as far away from my own as possible. It was of course unconscious and it made me very unhappy. Being so busy with everyone else there was no room for creativity in my life, no way of connecting with my soul and expressing it.

Four years ago I had a huge crisis in my life that forced me to stop and reexamine everything. It´s an ongoing process. In this process I have reconnected with my creativity. Discovered my creativity. It has changed my life and it has changed me.

At some point I decided to make a shop where I could share my view with the world and maybe sell the things I made. In the beginning I sold my own handblended organic teas. Hence the name. But it was actually about so much more than just tea. I wanted to convey a message of love.  The kind of love that connects people and creates peace. This was an overwhelming thought and I doubted whether I was even capable of such a task.

The shop has been changing and evolving with me. After realising that selling teablends was a bit complicated especially while travelling, I started selling my photographs and thereafter my lovely handmade notebooks. But I still felt that I wasn´t quite there yet. The meaning of my shop, the meaning of my life was something more. And slowly everything just kind of stopped. I stopped creating anything and the shop was just there … nothing happened. And the unhappiness returned.

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A few weeks ago I just knew that I had to do something. Find the thing I was missing. And suddenly I remembered. Something that came to me maybe 7 or 8 years ago. I´ve thought about it now and then but never really recognised its importance. But I know that it is … important. A year ago I started working on it again but it´s taken me till now to be really ready for it. And I am. It is how I feel deep inside, my view on what life is. So while drinking tea and looking out over the flowing cornfields this is what I see … my tea with a view.

ONESOUL by Stine Maria – Tea with a view

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A little help from a friend

August 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

I´ve been trying really hard to hold on to my new mantra “change is a good thing” and I still believe in those words. But when I woke up this morning, I looked out the window to discover yet another cloudy and rainy day. And for some reason I couldn´t help feeling sad and for a while I totally forgot my mantra.

But somehow I ended up making banana pancakes for breakfast with a friend. And with some wise words and moral support from her I found my way back from tears to smiles.

I spent the day in Elsinore, visiting Kronborg Castle and I have to say … I had a wonderful day and I have a good feeling about my next step:-)

Mantras can be very helpful but sometimes all you need is a little help from a friend. Thank you!

Oh … and by the way, it stopped raining;-)

Kronborg, Elsinore

 

Kronborg Castle

 

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The ferry for Helsingborg

 

Kulturværftet, the culture yard

 

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Kronborg Castle

The Culture Yard

The positive approach

August 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Summer may be drawing to an end and yes I can no longer eat anything containing gluten. But since my new mantra is “Change is a good thing“, I´m endeavouring to take the positive approach and meet it all with a smile. So on this windy day I´ve taken the opportunity to stay in and bake lovely, Gluten-free and moist coconut macaroons for afternoon tea – something less suitable for a hot summers day but perfect for a day like this.

Scroll down for the recipe.

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COCONUT MACAROONS

2 eggs

160 g honey

250 g shredded coconut

3 tbsp coconut flour

3 tbsp coconut oil

60 g dark chocolate

Whip eggs and honey till fluffy, white and creamy. Mix in the shredded coconut and the coconut flour and finally add the melted coconut oil. Place 12 dollops on baking paper and shape the top to make it slightly pointy like in picture. Heat the oven to 175 C / 350 F and bake the macaroons for 12-15 minutes till they have a nice golden colour. Leave to cool. When completely cooled, coat the bottom in melted dark chocolate and leave to dry on some parchment paper or, like I did, upside down in an egg cup:-)

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Make a nice cup of tea and share these moist and tasty macaroons with a loved one.

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When harvest comes

August 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Summer in Denmark always seems so short. And though harvest is a wonderful time, and actually not the end of summer yet, I get that slightly sad feeling knowing that before long it will be over and days of sun and bare feet will be exchanged for the cold and rainy days of winter.

I honestly love all seasons and how they each have their own special feeling but in Denmark winter tends to be just a little too long and dark and summer equally short. bale of hay

But however quickly winter arrives and however long and dark it will be, this is the time of harvest. One flowing cornfield after the other is left bare and dotted with round bales of hay. The scenery changes and grants us different but still absolutely breathtaking views.Billede0229

I hope that it means that I too will finally be able to benefit from all the work I´ve done and harvest my fields of love, peace and gold:-)

And after all, I´m still practicing my new mantra: “Change is a good Thing”.

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Change is a good thing

August 4, 2013 § 2 Comments

I´ve always found change difficult. It scared me and sometimes still does. For some reason, even if the current situation was bad, changing it seemed worse. Because of that I´ve often let things escalate and not taken steps toward change before it was a matter of “life and death”. The “funny” thing is that at the same time, I wanted change so much it hurt. Something inside me knew that things were wrong or bad but my fear made sure I was unable to take the necessary steps to make a change. And when something finally happened and forced me to act, I was surprised at the positive outcome and it puzzled me that I could have been so afraid of something that was clearly so right.

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Years ago I had to change my diet for a while because of a health problem. I was told I couldn´t eat gluten, dairy products, sugar and only very little fruit. I was devastated. I had to make huge changes to all my meals. All the things I normally ate and loved were banned from this new diet. I cried and felt (I´m ashamed to admit) that it was the most horrible thing that ever happened to me. But my mum was optimistic and together we came up with new dishes, different from what I was used to but lovely and tasty none the less. The change of diet was temporary and after three months I could return to my former way of eating. And I was relieved and happy. But I learned a lot during that time, and I implemented many of these new recipes in my regular diet.

Again because of my health I recently learned that a gluten-free diet could help me. And again my immediate reaction was negative. I love baking and I felt deprived of that joy thinking about a step like that. But then I decided to change my approach and feel happy about doing something good for me and my health. I researched the internet and found lots of delicious recipes for gluten-free bread.

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Today I baked these beauties and they´re fabulous both in texture and taste. The recipe is from upstairs atelier.

I feel very happy and optimistic about this change in my diet. My new mantra is – Change is a good thing:-)

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A peaceful interlude

August 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Lately we’ve had very warm and beach-friendly weather. All beaches have been brimming with tourists and locals swimming, sunbathing, eating icecream and stocking up on much needed vitamin D. It´s so lovely to finally breathe that sea air and feel the breeze on our skin and sand between our toes.

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But for me it can get a little overwhelming being surrounded by so many others and it kind of takes a little away from that wonderful feeling it is to go to the beach for a swim. But yesterday was cloudy and light drizzles of rain came and went leaving the beaches empty and peaceful. Only the lifeguard was still there in her little shelter. I arrived as yet another drizzle decided to pass by but I didn´t care. The water was lovely and floating on my back, peace suffused my entire being. Afterwards I dried up and got dressed and while tiny raindrops made patterns on the sand and a few local children went swimming I just stood there breathing it all in. The smell, the air, the peace.

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Today is another sunny day and the beach will be overflowing once more with people wanting to enjoy the wonderful weather … and rightly so. I just treasure those peaceful interludes that I so love and need.

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