Grow with Appreciation, Heal with Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Even though you do not have a valentine, and let this day be a day to celebrate the love in our lives.

Oyku and I did something crazy and sang a song on our Youtube Channel! It is an old Turkish song, which is normally more upbeat but we wanted to sing it slow, since we like this song more when it is slow.

And I have a couple of things to say about the today.

It is so easy to overlook family, friends, nature and so many other things we love. It is so easy to take them for granted.

We grow with appreciation, heal with love.

Let’s appreciate the people we love, cats and dogs we adore and nature.

We all know that days like this are primarily good for the economy. Cakes, candies and flowers are sold and of course the businesses enjoy the seasonal revenue boost. Today so many sweet things are taken in and sweet things are spoken out. So let’s say nice things today.

Yes, these are words of a romantic girl, but wouldn’t it be nice to be more optimistic and wear our pink shades for a day and see through rose-colored glasses?

By the way, if you forgot to click on the one above and kept on reading (thanks) here it is again.

Love,

Ovgu

Yellow Houseplant Mushroom – Little Surprise Near Our Cactus

If you want to read this in Turkish: click here.

Two days ago I realized something curious at the bottom of the cactus in our living room. There were two little yellow mushrooms! As much as they look like toys or from Smurfs, they are real! They appear to have yellow pollen-like powder – which is probably the mushroom spores – and have painted the end of spikes of the five cacti in the same pot to yellow.

After some research and friends’ help through Instagram (of course we shared the pictures on Instagram Stories) we learned that it is not as poisonous as we think – as long as you don’t eat it. But still we put the pot in the balcony, just to make sure that it doesn’t have any bad effects through the air we breath indoors.

The scientific name of Yellow Houseplant Mushroom is Leucocoprinus Birnbaumii and it is very common for the potted plants. Apparently the spores come with the soil package or through air and when the conditions like humidity and warmth are good enough, a mushroom just pops out next to various house plants.

Now the pot is resting in the balcony and the two little mushrooms are still there, although they are wilted. It looks like the mushrooms don’t like the cold balcony. We hope that they don’t affect the growth of our beautiful cacti. We will update you 🙂

Love, Öykü

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Instagram NAMETAG * AD ETİKETİ

Turkish version is below

Instagram instroduced a new feature: Nametag. The purpose of nametag is to scan the tag and go to the account and follow it. It kind of reminded us the Snapchat feature. You can also customize your nametag with emojis, colors or even a selfie! We wonder how creative people will get, but it seems like there is not much room to make crazy changes.

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Ours is a hand writing emoji, we think it suits the blog very well and tells so much about our passion. We love writing (which obvious by now due to this blog), we also love drawing. We used to draw and paint more often when we were at school, but Continue reading

A Link to Happiness: Self Respect

Self respect is the key to make right decisions. We need to respect our own thoughts, feelings, confusions, wishes and dreams. No one can really know what our dream is or what we are actually thinking and feeling.

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Isn’t it difficult to express the real ‘me’? Isn’t it sad that we often choose what is offered and do not share our actual abilities?

Most of us don’t know Continue reading

How We Met Khaled Hosseini – New Youtube Video

Check out our latest video on Youtube! We talked about how we met the famous author Khaled Hosseini. We were at Skidmore College doing our Citizenship Project for our Honors Forum Minor. In Saratoga Springs we led a book discussion at a nursing home and it was a wonderful experience!

We have the Turkish version of this video too. You can find it in our Youtube Channel!

An Autodidact Freedom Searcher – Gorky

For the last couple of years, whenever I gazed over the shelves of the bookcase, this book attracted my attention. Finally I had a chance to read it: True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

Some books are fun and easy to read, while some give a different kind of literary satisfaction. Gorky’s stories are not difficult to read, but they also have that sweet taste of literature. It has been a long time since I read such a literary work and it felt good.

I just finished the book and I wanted to write a post about it. Characters are described quite well, I felt like I already know these people who lived more than a century ago. Some of the stories tell folk stories, some have epic sounds, but all have realistic approach to character descriptions, and they all tell the search for freedom. Many parts have long philosophical parts about freedom, meaning of life, and change in life styles as people move towards cities.

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In this image, two grass-heads accompany the book, True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

One of the parts that loved about this book is the beautiful imagery! Many of the stories have impressive descriptions of sea, wind and the appearance of the characters. Continue reading

“But we didn’t change places!” A vlog

We posted a new video, which actually not really new. It took a long time to edit this one, because, you know, summer…

Video editting takes time and energy. We have been postponing it. But why let them get old without being watched? 

So we are back to vlogging friends! 

Here is the video:

Tears of Love

The title sounds lame but wait until you read this post.

A few weeks ago we went to a florist.  The owner has turned his large backyard of his little house to a plant storage, almost a plant-house and now he cultivates seedlings of citrus, jasmine and bougainvilleas. He also sells pots of flowers, mostly to be planted, and a very small collection of succulents. Oyku and I love succulents and when we went near them we saw a different looking plant. We had seen that plant for the first time in our lives and before we could ask about it the owner told the name: ‘Tears of Love’. It seemed as if this was one of his favorites. He explained that the plant doesn’t have flowers, but when a little bud drops on the soil, a new plant grows from there.


We think this plant is a succulent or a type of cactus (forgive our lack of knowledge about succulents and cacti; we may not know much, but we are admirers) and propogation is possible with the small buds. We wonder Continue reading

Design is in love with emotions

Design is a good friend of technology. Computer brings them together and we see their collaboration in various forms, like web-design, architecture, fashion, visuals… However, design is in love with emotions; therefore, trends rise from the human effects like passion, love, envy, inadequacy and longing.

That is why there are two ends of development for design. As we move to a modern and space-like design trends with the help of technology, we also move towards the ethnic and rarest bits of culture that make us feel unique and safe, in a way. We want oriental elements with modern details.

These photos are from Elmaci Pazari in Gaziantep, Turkey. Since we were born in there, we always found the ethnic elements as the typical details of life. However, as we traveled outside this city for our education, first to Istanbul then to the US, we started to grasp the meaning of culture, and the depth of past. We realized that Continue reading

Örgülü Saç Modeli Challenge – Örgülü Taç ve Balıksırtı Örgü Nasıl Yapılır?

Yeni videomuzda örgülü saç modelleri deniyoruz. Öykü örgülü taç, Övgü balıksırtı ikili örgü modelini yaptı. Hangimizin daha güzel yaptığına bakmak isterseniz:

We did two braid hairstyles in our latest YouTube video. Öykü tried braided hairband, and Övgü tried the Frenchbraid. If you want to see whose is the best you can watch above. Thank you 😊 

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Övgü ve Öykü