anna brones

writer + artist + producer

Posts Tagged ‘winter

Welcoming the Darkness

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It’s so easy to complain about the lack of light this time of year, particularly after we have set our clocks back and the afternoon succumbs to darkness even earlier. Yet with that darkness comes a beautiful quietness and stillness that’s hard to find at other times of year.

The Scandinavian way to enjoy this is to bring in lots of candlelight. I’ve been lighting candles both in the morning and the afternoon, a way to welcome the darkness instead of falling prey to it. In Finnish, “kaamos” is the world that refers to the time of year when the sun doesn’t even rise, yet there is still a magical lightness that covers the winter landscape. It doesn’t matter if you live in a place of pure winter darkness or not, candles and a pot of tea or a cup of coffee always help.

So in the coming weeks, invite a friend over and have fika by candlelight. (Here’s a recipe for sourdough cardamom buns, if you are in the mood for a little baking)


A couple of Scandinavian classics featured in the papercut above: the Kivi candleholders from Iittala¬†and a teapot and mug in the Unikko design from Marimekko. Kivi means “stone” in Finnish, and the candleholder is a gentle nod to the fact that so much of Scandinavian design is influenced by nature. The Marimekko Unniko design dates back all the way to 1964, when the company’s founder¬†Armi Ratia declared that the company would never print a flower pattern again. Designer Maija Isola thought otherwise, and came up with this iconic poppy print that is still used today, over half a century later.


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November 9, 2017 at 10:44

Friday Photo: The Good Life

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Sometimes cold mountain air does more for a creative work brainstorm than a desk could ever do. Well, all of the time actually.

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January 4, 2013 at 16:28

Friday Photo: Winter Sky

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Taken: Vaughn, Washington.

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February 10, 2012 at 12:59

That Kind of Weekend

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The beauty of Oregon is salt air one day and snowflakes on a cross country ski trail the next.

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January 24, 2012 at 06:39

Friday Photo: Snowshoeing Galore

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Trekked up to Twin Lakes last weekend. An excellent loop that on a nice day features gorgeous views of Mt. Hood. But of course, the Northwest being the Northwest, the day was cloudy and cold.

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December 10, 2010 at 10:16

Friday Photo: Portland In the Tetons

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I love this photo for a lot of reasons:

  • The Innate thermos has hot cider in it.
  • That’s my favorite PDX bike sticker.
  • This hike was fantastic.

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December 3, 2010 at 17:12

Yurt Life

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This week’s office looks a little something like this…

Plenty of good stuff going on right now. Em and I are officially on board at BETA, finalizing 2011 contracts at Under Solen, getting to work with cool groups like 5 Gyres and iLCP, and as usual, lots of coffee.

All in all lots of things to be thankful for this week.

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November 23, 2010 at 08:56