Friday, 6 May 2016

Some people...

... like to build cupboards on days off.
I have a corner on my veranda, where the electical centre is located, and the electrical work is still in progress. I have planned to build a cupboard for the electical centre and all sorts, you know, shoepolish, tools, shoppingbags, some recykling bins, the hoover...
I even bought an antique window to use as a door.

Here is the corner waiting for someone to please get on with it!


Then it was time to actually start. The base. It looks very small.


Then the frame took shape and we managed to get the hinges right. We called it a day once we hung the door in place.


Today we built the shelves and painted the inside of the cupboard.



Tomorrow we add walls and then wallpaper the lot. I have an old lacecurtain that seems to be almost perfect for the door, I just need to make a few small adjustments to the size.

I cannot wait for it to be ready and hide plenty of stuff!

It has been lovely and sunny the past days, as if summer suddenly started. Oh my, have we waited! This sort of weather transforms people to the better.

Enjoy! Take care and love!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Win win situations

I made a small shelf of old books. I've done a few previously, but some of you are guilty of saying how you wish you had one, I end up giving them away, which is great, I don't feel a need to keep things I make and I feel honored and flattered that my friends like stuff I make. But now I needed to brush up the knot-technique as I thought this could be a nice project for my students now we are away from our own school and I want to keep them going with fun stuff. They all loved the idea.
I also needed a small shelf myself. So a perfect win win situation. Except that now my darling has expressed his wishes to have this one...ah bless, makes me ever so happy that he likes the stuff I make.
No probs I say, as I have now a load of books arriving later this week, friends who empty their bookshelves at home and at work are ever so happy they need not throw books away as we shall recykle them. So a perfect win win situation again.



Sunday, 1 May 2016

Finally!

On friday me and my mister flew to Stockholm for the weekend. It was time for my mister to claim his Christmas present. Finally! And have we waited? YES!

We walked to our hotel from the Centralstationen. We had booked two nights at the ever so cozy and charming Victory hotel in Gamla stan. We were both pleased with our stay. It was the perfect location for all our activities.
We enjoyed pancakes for breakfast, with fresh berry shots, smoothies and fruit juices. Perfect café au lait and such friendly staff. The rooms are really comfy and quiet, with spacious bathrooms and wonderful beds. All the rooms also have that little extra, some antiques and antique rugs. What I loved most in our room was this fab chandelier!


As we stayed in lovely Gamla stan (the old town), the streetview from our room was also wonderful, just look at this street lantern.



On friday evening we found our way to the Tele2 Arena, to see Adele in consert. Over 30 000 people in the audience. I have never been to such a massive venue. I somehow managed to purchase tickets to her concert! And bought our flight tickets almost immediately after. And that is how the idea of a luxury-weekend in Stockholm came about, and I manged to keep it a secret from my mister, until he opened his present on Christmas eve.

The concert was just magic. Here is one of my absolute favorites, Set fire to the Rain. I can't believe we even got to enjoy it live. Here I have just arrived...





On saturday it was such a beautiful day, we walked about and in the afternoon met my misters family. We had trad. shrimp on toast and coffee at a lovely café, or rather a taditional patisserie, called Vetekatten. We then strolled towards Gamla stan and took farewell and see you soon!

In the evening we walked to Söder, to Krukmakaregatan. I had booked a table at the ever so lovely Delicatessen bistro. We both decided to skip starters and had delicious pollock-fish for main course. I enjoyed sparkling wine and my mister had a beer. For desert L had french toast, which he absolutely loved and I chose chocolate with a sweet dessert wine, that I cannot remember the name of, hih!
So many times I have walked past the bistro and thought, oh my, it sure looks inviting, but have not dined there previously. So now I also got to make a dream come true, and in the company of my darling!
The music is wonderful, the air and the interior of the old fire station, well, I was sooooo happy I got to enjoy it! 
Please google Delicatessen bistro bar for pictures, it is a real treat. What we noticed, or actually my mister pointed it out, that the staff really seem to enjoy their jobs there, you can sense it. The guys in the bar for ex. seemed so happy!


This charmer looked after our coats.
And in the background the sweetest ever waiter.

We then walked along the beautiful streets of Söder, looked at the lovely old houses and the sea.
We are privileged to enjoy such a good life. I know I can speak for the both of us.

Stockholm is a wonderful destination for a weekend get-away or luxury-weekend. I have lived in Stockholm in the 90´s, I still love going back to visit.

Tack Stockholm! Tack älskade för ett underbart veckoslut! God Jul!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Copycat

My friends Nina and Peik live in an old house like me, and in their kitchen they have an old stove. All the dampers are market clearly, so I thought I'll just copy that. I did tell them I shall steal this idea! I was told it was not theirs either, hih!

So, in order for me to remember what damper to use, when one has two, I just need to be clear of what season it is. Not always so easy when living in Finland, where our spring right now seems to be at a loss too, not knowing whether it should be spring or autumn. An identity crisis, perhaps.
In the summer I use the one marked for summer and when it is winter, I shall use the one marked for winter. I do not have an autumn nor spring damper...oh what to do, what to do...

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Complete collection

I have collected a certain kind of antique chairs for my kitchen table. I inherited a few and wanted the same style and now after many years, the collection is complete. I think it looks wonderful. I have plans on updating my kitchen table, I wish for a table with the legs in the corners, as this table is in fact a four persons table with an extension piece in the middle. The legs of the table are in the way. But, it is minor problem. This table is very good. I bought it soon 1½years ago for 20 euros at our local fleamarket, for christmas. I needed a bigger table as we had guest for christmas and this 40's table was perfect. It still is. But, once I find a table suitable for my kitchen and my collection of chairs and suitable for my economy, then maybe...


Monday, 25 April 2016

Another perspective speeding towards may


I took this photograph through an antique mirror I had placed on the kitchen table, you can see the ceiling and the kitchen lamp and dried flowers.

Looks wonderful. Looking at things through another perspective, a good reminder at times, to look at things that happen in our lives through another perspective.

On saturday we attended a local choirs 10th anniversary consert at Grand in Borgå. Three of our friends sing in the choir Cawiar. It was great fun to see our friends in glitter and high heals rocking away!! And did they rock! YES!!!!!

Have a great week, we are speeding towards may and plenty of fun! Time, how it flies! Enjoy and love, love and love even more!

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Time flies!

Blimey! My brother sent this photograph yesterday, taken over 25years ago!

During the week

I had a visit from the chimney sweeper, he is a very nice lad and this is what he and his trainee found. The nest of a jackdew.
Last year he placed a net above the chimney to stop the birds from nesting in my chimney.  We were supposed to continue to clear out all the stuff that is not supposed to be in there, and also to coat the inside of the chimney last year, but we never found a suitable date. I almost felt guilty for interrupting their big project, but then again, there are plenty other places they can build their nests, not necessarily in my chimney. So now the birdnest is out and the chimney has a new coat inside (the birds have managed to create damage to the mortar and a few bricks were coming loose) , it is all safe to burn in my stoves again.


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Last night I attended a wonderful performance by Maria Laura Baccarini, so strong, so tense, so touching.
If you have a chance to see it somewhere in Europe, please do, I warmly recommend.
Here is a some small bits and pieces to enjoy, GABER, IO E LE COSE.

I think there are many of us who are absolutely charmed by this image of the Queen. And yes, I do mean the lovely Mia Tindall carrying the handbag. Once again a supershot by Annie Leibovitz.

Have a lovely weekend!


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Ah, what a weekend!

Yesterday, the sun was out, the weather was just wonderful. We started off with delicious lunch, smoked salmon, boiled eggs, boiled potatoes and homemade tzatziki.
We then worked in the garden, we raked the leaves as the blackbird kept singing his beautiful song.
We laid a huge stone beneath my first step to raise the ground. The first step has been a fair bit high, especially for older people, like my mum, she finds it difficult when stepping down. It turned out great and looks like it has always been there. I am planning to have a handrail fixed for the steps too.

When we had finished our work outdoors we had afternoon coffee and both felt the need to take an afternoon nap, what luxury!

We woke up to the blackbird serenading outside the window.

This morning I noticed my adopted Streptocarpus is indeed in bloom, oh what joy. Apparently they are very thankful for almost any care. Some of her leaves are in a poor state, I just do not want to cut them off yet, as she has only recently moved in with us. She is from a home where cats have been a bit rough with the plants. But later in the spring, I shall give her a proper makeover, new pot, more soil and a trim. I find it easier for plants to adept to new surroundings if one just leaves them, in their old pots and soil, and then once they have attuned to their new home, they can be trimmed and given new pots. That is how I have previously succeeded with my plant adoptions.



My new lamp is finally home, I have wanted to purchase the Work Lamp de Lux in brass for a while, but it has not been in stock. So now when they stocked it again, I was fast as lightning and bought two, one for my bedroom and one for the living room. I even got a warm goldline lamp, oh, the warm glow it gives, so cozy. Just the way it should be.



Today sunday, it is raining. A perfect day for relaxing, reading books, listening to the radio...I usually listen to swedish P2, this is a link where you can find many morning programmes, classic music in the mornings, can a day start better?

Have a great sunday friends, take care, and remember to love!

Friday, 15 April 2016

Easy!

How my route to work has changed since I opened up about how hard and heavy it was yesterday! And all because I let a petty line get to me.

Today I cykled an easy uphill, enjoyed the beautiful landscape and listened to birdsong, saw all the pretty houses, the sea, the sandroad.
I was happy. I am happy!

Wishing you all a happy weekend! 


Thursday, 14 April 2016

Just another thursday...

I cykled to work by the harbour in beautiful but crisp weather.
And when I cykled back into town, I met a colleague just when I was about to leave, the only thing she said was "You'll have terrible headwind!".
I didn't know what to reply. Hmmm, would I be very put off to cykle to and from work had I known there would be headwind, hellooooo, we are located by the sea, our workplace is by the harbour, there's bound to be a fair bit of headwind.
So to show you all what a petty little human beeing I am, I can tell you, the headwind was terrible, it was very heavy to cykle and all I could think of was the TERRIBLE HEADWIND!
So, makes you think what sort of things one should tell colleagues and friends and family. Why not say something uplifting instead, like, "oh, you're cykling, have a good ride, enjoy!"

But then god must have seen it all and thought, let's give her something nice. So I walked past a shop and saw that the jacket I had tried on and thought would be good for when I cykle to and from work, was down -50%, so I got that for myself, here's to all that headwind I shall conquer with my new jacket.

Then I decided to have lunch at Sakura, and met my friend Max and a few minutes later Päivi walks in, we have a spontaneous and fun lunch together until they both needed to rush. A minute or two later my friends Peik and Nina walk in and ask if they can join me. We ended up having such a good time I was almost late for class...and now we are talking I sat in the restaurant for 1hrs 40 minutes!!!!

Then my students finished some of their work, unfortunately I am not allowed to publish all pics of their work, as I always ask permission, but usually they are too shy and just go, naaaah, it's not good enough. My students make fantastic work and had I permission, believe me, this space would be filled with goodies to drool over. But I want to show them respect, so only a few pieces are allowed.

This is one fabulous knitted throw:



Ok, it's soon time to beat a certain goodlooking mister in badminton, hih!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Smiling




It was fantastic to look at the audience last night at a sold out concert of J. Karjalainen at Tavastia.

I was not the only one smiling the whole concert through.
It hits me everytime I see them live. And I've been to quite a few concerts...As if thee was a special sort of happiness pheromone floating in the air at their concerts. What a fantastic night! And I got to share it with my darling.

Here is Meripihkahuone, enjoy!

Friday, 8 April 2016

Dear blog


There's so much you don't know.


How a visit from my brother changed the kitchen door. Previously I used to have to push gently with my bum when opening the door, now I just use the handle, like normal people.

How the rain makes wonders to the garden. I spy with my little eye, something beginning with s.
There's small green sprouts everywhere! And today when we had afternoon coffee on the terrace, I spotted something blue next to the green. I love this time of the year. I love the spring rains. I love the sun, how it makes everything come a little more awake, a little more open.

How alive I felt this morning when I cykled to work, by the harbour.  When I had to climb a long uphill, cykling in standing position, my thighs felt the heavy climb. We took another route home, a sandroad along the shore. We passed a small village, and had to climb many small uphills again. In standing position. Almost getting out of breath at the top! We cykle a lot together, my mister and I.

How I have waited for a film to premiere. Finally tonight we saw Sufragette. Please see it. I think it is the least we can do, to remember all the people, all the women and all the men, who fought for equality. For us to have a different life than theirs. We have come a long way, but there is still plenty to do, to make this world equal for all. Not just for us white middleclass women.

How I am seldom private, but at times personal on the blog. Well, this is a seldom time...
I came across a list of 13 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married. I  read through the topics and didn't think more of it. Until earlier in the week when I mentioned it during a conversation we had about divorce. I remembered how I had a very interesting (and warm!) talk with the judge that sentenced my divorce. How she told me that she no longer had respect for marriage, as she had seen far too many nasty divorces. And that couples do not know what marriage de facto is. That it is more than just a fancy wedding, a status and a ring to symbolize that sought after status. And how so many couples divorced for economical reasons, that it was a surprise for the spouses that they were in fact obliged to provide for their spouses in case of unemployment or illness.
So, we talked about how it could be wise to talk through many or at least certain issues before tying the knot. So I looked up the 13 questions. And very spontaneously,  as we were about to sit down to talk about our day, we started to go through each question. We talked and we cried and we laughed and we held hands, we looked into each others' eyes, we sighed and we listened and talked even more. And by the time we had finished the last question, afternoon had turned into night and we had drunk many many cups of tea.

We are not planning to tie the knot, but we are very committed to this relationship and to each other. I do recommend reading the article, and if you are up for the challenge, take a question or two, and feel for yourself  how much closer you grow when you listen and talk to each other. Remember to respectfully listen to what your partner is saying.  


How happy this makes me, I made crochetflowers to my crochetcovered hangers. I love hanging my garments on pretty hangers.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Today was the day...

...when we, my mister and I, bought each other flowers on the same day! What a lovely coincident! There we stood and decided to exchange bouquets, hih!



I received lots of beautiful tulips! Tack älskade!


And my mister received red roses because I love him so so much!

Take care dear friends!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Shadowplay

I have always loved shadows.
I used to photograph shadows, many years ago I often posted pictures of shadowplay in my home.
Here is my favorite shadowphotograph, of scissors and lace.
Here is one I still like very much, back in 2009, I took a picture of a disherbrush and lacecurtain.
Some weeks earlier I took a picture of dried flowers and their shadow.
And a month earlier I took a fun picture of a shadow of my chandelier.

Today I was waiting for a colleague by the church and I spotted the most charming shadow of the churchlamp with its' decorations:



 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Spoiled happy souls



That is what me and my mister are!


Last night we saw Lisa Nilsson in consert at the Finlandia house in Helsinki. And did she deliver!!! What a fantastic night!!!

This is a new-ish song, it's an Ace of base-cover. From a tv-series called Så mycket bättre, where a bunch of artists cover each others' songs and open up about other issues.

Happy sunday friends! Soon time for some nepalese treats! Pahuna, here we come!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Well, as apparently so many people resign from church...

...I joined. Today! I joined The Evangelic Lutheran Church of Finland.
The reason is that I love what archbishop Kari Mäkinen says about helping refugees, that the church will protect asylum seekers. At the moment the church represents a clear public position standing up for the ones in need. This is what my religion is all about. It has always meant only two words for me, love and forgivness.
Here are some very accurate views by Kari Mäkinen, a man I have come to respect of late.

I resigned some years ago, as I strongly felt the church did not represent my view of loving, respecting and caring for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. A lot has changed within the church since and I feel this is a good and right decision. So thank you Kari Mäkinen for beeing a human and leading the way in showing what love and respect and humanity is.
 



Projects

I have a habit of buying vintage frames if I find them nice and they are cheap. I have a nice collection and these shall be hung. I'll show you the outcome another day. They look nice just piled like this too. But unfortunately they are in the way...


Have a lovely wednesday friends!
Love!


Monday, 28 March 2016

And some more easter

It has been a bliss having a short holiday, the weather has treated us very well. The birdsong wake us up early in the morning, the way it has always been. The snow has almost melted away. Chairs and tables have been placed on the terrace. Spring is finally here.

Today I cykled in warm sunshine and later we had dinner at our new local restaurant, Pahuna, with nepalese cuisine. We both enjoyed a delicious Palak paneer. We were not the only ones feeling munchy at the exact same time, there was even a little queue just after we arrived. What joy the restaurant has been so well welcomed. 

Yesterday we traveled to our capital to meet up with guests from Sweden. We dined at Salve. Based in Hietalahti/ Kamppi area. It has been there for over 100 years, apparently it started as a small kiosk that served the sailors food and tobacco. The interior is a combination of all sorts related to ships and the sea. The menu is very traditional and  we had herring. Fried in butter, with mashed potatoes and beer. We had a lovely evening and had to end it far too early as we had to rush to catch the last bus home!

Now our easterholiday has come to a close. I am so happy and feel so rested and have managed to get plenty things done too.


I love the shadow from a bell in my friend Kaisa's garden.

Love!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter

I made traditional pasha and on saturday morning I woke early to bake kulitsa, that is like bun or sweet bread, that we eat with pasha. All very appreciated and I am happy!

Happy easter friends!


Friday, 25 March 2016

Almost ready!

I've sealed the paint and cleaned, now it only remains to scrape the bottom lid off paint, but there is a day tomorrow...

I am so pleased.


Time to continue cooking...guests arriving tomorrow...

Take care! Much love!

Wishing you all a happy easter!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016






Saddened by the awful news.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Some people like to spend their weekends doing this...


This is where we started saturday morning. I started the scraping of the stove already last summer, but then other renovation projects in the house needed to be done. So on friday we emptied the room and started work on scraping the stove and removing plaster from the brickwall.
My mister is a weird person who likes to get involved in his girlfriends renovation. I think most people would be very busy with other fun things...but my mister is not like that. He told me he was even looking forward to working on the renovation again. I must say it is much more fun to work together. I haven't done much during the winter, due to it not being very suitable as I live here and some work need re-arranging living facilities, and it's winter so one cannot do the dusty work outdoors...

So my mister tackled the wall and I scraped the stove with a bendable iron scraper.

The outcome is perfect:


This sort of work is extremely dusty. We wore a combination of hats, breathing masks, protective glasses and hearing protection...all at once!

Now I shall paint the stove. It looks good like this aswell, but in my little bedroom it doesn't go with the rest of the interior, so I shall paint it off-white with black lids. Time to start! My plan is to be back to normal at Easter, so I have some serious work to tackle before that, hih!

Have a fun sunday folks! Love, love and love even more!

Tack älskade för all din hjälp!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Accessories

I've always had a thing for accessories. Brooches, scarves, watches, jewellery....

So of course I fell for this charming print by the ever so lovely and talented Jo Waterhouse. Check out her fab blog at Toot.

It now hangs in my kitchen. And it is signed, hih, I made a small extra request upon ordering mine. (Thank's Jo!)





I got another one, because obviously one has to cut out and dress up as well. So this spring I can be spotted wearing fancy accessories. I am quite sure I will be the fashion-talk of the town, oh look at HER, she is sooooo stylish! I shall be asked, who are you wearing and the answer shall be, Jo Waterhouse! Of course!

Spring, I am so ready for you! Are you?

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Re-cykling a broken tapestry bag

This is a piece of fabric, tapestry-styled, savaged from a broken bag my colleague was about to throw away, she asked if perhaps I had any use of it. I cut out the bambi and made a pretty canvas to hang on the wall. There were two bambis, one on each side of the bag, so I made one for me and one for my sweet colleague. Tack finaste Angelina.
I used oval shaped flexi hoops as frames. The easiest way to make something new out of something broken but not really worth mending anymore.



Sunday, 13 March 2016

Food for our souls

I have to admit, I am a moneyspender when it comes to the arts.
I visit the cinema quite often and I often go to concerts, the theatre and danceperfomances.

During the week we saw the Coen brothers latest film, Hail, Caesar! Here is the trailer if you want to have a look. I enjoyed it!

Last night me and my mister jumped on the bus and traveled to our capital. We dined and later enjoyed a concert. The concert started with a fella, called Fredrik Furu. In my (humble?) opinion, he is perhaps a good songwriter, but as a solo performer, it didn't really bring out the best in him. I think it might be because his recorded songs are filled with background and him going solo with (just) a guitar, well, it simply made the sound pale. I also didn't really enjoy his inbetweenthesongstalk, it isn't relevant to know what the songs are about, I would as a listener prefer to make my own interpretation if needed. 
BUT. After a short brake, Jack Vreeswijk took the stage. It was worth all the waiting and the frustration from my part. Here is Sjuttonde balladen, enjoy!

Both me and my mister have grown up listening to Cornelis Vreeswijk.
I really love his music. His son Jack has been touring and performing songs by his father. It was such a warm and fun night. He told us small fun anecdotes about some of the songs and about his father.

Two very happy, well fed souls traveled back home on the bus.

Sunday evening, time to gather thoughts and experiences and give thanks for all the good we are given. I am truly blessed!

Below is also something I am very happy and grateful for, my darling Muru-cat! She brings me such joy and so much love every single day.


Thursday, 10 March 2016

You start dying slowly

A few friends posted this poem on facebook a few days ago, I remember having read it before, and I find it very very accurate. There are various facts about who initially wrote this poem, it has been attributed Pablo Neruda, but according to THIS article, it is not Neruda's poem but brasilian poet Martha Medeiros'. Nevertheless, it is wonderful! Enjoy!

You start dying slowly
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

International women's day

So happy my mister did not bring me flowers today. Nor did he congratulate me on this day. He brings me flowers often, I love that. I also bring him flowers and he loves that. But today is not the day to bring flowers and gifts. Today is a day to try focus on how we can work, all together, for an equal world. An equal society.


This picture is part of a series that Finnish-Swedish radio channel Radio X3M posted on facebook. Brilliant! It says: Say it with a flower on women's day...

The Rose

Thank you for allowing us to use your genitals as a swearword.
(in finnish it is a very commonly used swearword)



Sunday, 6 March 2016

Flapbook fun!

I have always been fascinated by flapbooks. And thought they are so fun. I have a few.
This one called 'Spicing things up' by Katja Ronkanen is so funny. Just look at those boobies flying that way and then this way and then...
I gave it as a pressie to my mister and it put a smile on his face, hih!

Enjoy! And why not go ahead and order your own copy and support a small independent business. Here.

Happy loving sunday folks!
This is for you. Wonderful you! Don't you forget that. You are enough, you are beautiful, you are worthy.