Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year 2010!


I have been listening to Vivaldi lately. I enjoy the oboe consertos especially. Well, oboe is a fantastic instrument. I have found a lovely version of RV 548 Largo, by Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble. The video I found is on the other hand not so good and makes me feel as if I´m into some sort of new-age-stuff;)

Today it´s New Year´s Eve. I´m going to welcome the new year with my husband at our friend´s home. I don´t make New Year´s resolutions, I make wishes and give thanks instead.
Next year I hope to finally complete a few tasks that for many or no reasons at all are (still) unfinished. I also hope to start running again. I hope not to be so sensitive. To gain a little more teflon (PTFE) onto my skin.
I´m thankful for my health. For all the love I receive. That I have a certain someone, who stands by me and loves me, even though I have a mosquitos patience and at times can be a bit of a challenge.

Thank you for all your kind comments, they truly make me happy and surprised. It has been a pleasure to follow your blogs and I look forward to reading more!

Above is a small door (from a broken cupboard) with an antique-glass bird made by my father. The flowers are from a french ornamental chandelier I have standing on the windowsill.


See you next year!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Slow


What I enjoy most when on holiday, is taking it slow and easy. Have breakfast for an hour. Make porridge, add blueberries, prepare coffee, heat milk, sqeeze oranges-juice, light candles, eat and enjoy. Then climb back to bed!

I´m listening to this song. It is terribly slow. I think it´s essential to change our tempo at times. I´m defenately no master of beeing slow. Nor am I famous for it. My husband sometimes calls me mosquito, as I have very short patience. And my inner tempo is very fast. But I´m learning. And the older I get, the more experience I get, the more I enjoy slow. As a child, the most common words from my parents was to slow down, think first, then do!
Because of my spontaneous behaviour, I have experienced much. Most of it good;)

Above are small lanterns in an old appletree.

Monday, 28 December 2009

I´m back but I´m still on holiday!

My christmas was scrabble, food (lots of it!), chocolate (lots!), book (McCall Smith´s The Good Husband of Zebra Drive - I so enjoy Mma Ramotswes adventures), tea (because of the book I had a constant craving for Rooibos), films (Ensemble, c´est tout and Juno), snow, love, dogs, music, sauna, late mornings, kisses, pastelcoloured flannel-pyjamas, wollen socks and even more scrabble ♥

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

N for Nina. N for Noël! N for Neige!

It´s soon time to leave, my father-in-law is coming to pick me and my sister-in-law up, and then we´ll drive for 1½hrs until we reach a wooden house in the countryside, where my husband, my mother-in-law and three funny loving dogs are waiting for us.
I already miss my husband. He´s been away since saturday, so it´s a bit silly really.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Take care of yourselves.
Nina

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Hidingplace

I´ve just made the bed with fresh bedlinen. Placed handmade candles in the black tole candlesticks I´ve purchaised from Butik Sophie.
I´m going to hide here under the covers and quilts and read read read until I´m travelling to my parents-in-law for the christmas festivities. I might get up for some food and drink, maybe for a little daily wash, but otherwise, this is where you´ll find me;)

Snow

When I woke up this morning, the air outside was filled with snow. It was snowing heavily and it looked like a snowstorm. After I had read the paper, I looked outside again, to find a perfect beautiful winterwonderland. The sun was out, all was white and fluffy. All seemed so quiet and peaceful.

Above is a nightgown that belonged to my grandmother. She never wore it. You can still see the foldings clearly. I believe it might have been a bit too revealing for her taste. The material is very flattering for a womans body, but it is very revealing also. I have it hanging on the wardrobe door.

Now I shall enjoy a large bowl of sallad. Then go for a walk in the beautiful landscape.

Ladies on tins



Ah, for once I´ve had plenty of time on my hands.

My sister-in-law came by this evening and I prepared dinner for us. We sat chatting on the sofa and suddenly realised time has flown by, she just caught the last bus home! We´ll meet in a few days again. I´m looking forward to that!

Above are my two ladies from the kitchen. Two old tins with fantastic images. The colours are beautiful.

Outside we have a beautiful winterwonderland with fluffy white snow. I hope it will last. From today on, the days are longer than the nights.

Good night!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

These are a few of my favorite things




Candles!!!! I love candlelight.
I so enjoy late mornings in the weekend. To have breakfast, read the paper, then climb back under the covers to cuddle up next to a warm husband.

Above is my Astier de Villatte bowl with gingerbread. I also have a large jug by them. It´s a french company and had I "the money", I would probably have most of their stuff;) What I appreciate in their design is the playfullness, the rustic and delicate combined, the beautiful white finish.

The flowers I bought yesterday are fine. None of them have decided to give up and move to flower-heaven...so I´m still enjoying my huge bouquet.

Today I´m attending my godsons second birthday. Later in the evening it´s time to party. My dear friend N is turning 40 and they are throwing a huuuuge party for her at their home with lots of guests, food, drink, song and dance. It will be fun!

Friday, 18 December 2009

Less than a week...

...until christmas!

I have had a hectic week. Now I´m looking forward to sauna and dinner, some wine.

We had a couch-surfer staying on wednesday. It was very much fun. My husband prepared dinner, we drank lots of tea and had a few very interesting conversations. It was easy to be with him, easy to like him, there was no effort needed. In fact, I hope he will return. Välkommen åter Thomas!

Above is a large bunch of flowers I bought today on my way home, they were on sale, the lot cost me 1€! I´m not sure if they are frozen perhaps, or why they were on sale. They look fine to me. Curious to see how long they will last. I will be slightly dissapointed to find them dead by tomorrow:(

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Butterflies

Previously in the autumn, I won a competition at Cafe Cartolina. THE blog I read daily. I won lots and lots of fantastic beautiful cards.
One of them I placed on my fridge. Along with my butterly magnets. Makes me smile everytime I see this collage. And I see it many times a day;)
It reads "You make my world a beautiful place" on the card. I believe it good to read words like that too.

And yes, I do have a thing for butterflies...

Weekend

Ah, wonderful saturday morning. Slept late, read the paper and climbed back to bed after breakfast.
I´ve had a fairly hectic week filled with meetings and parties and work and I saw a fantastic theatre play, John Irwing´s Kaikki isäni hotellit (The Hotel New Hampshire) at Kom-teatteri. I really enjoyed that piece. I enjoyed the book, well, John Irwing is a favorite author. Not THE favorite, but defenately a favorite.

On todays agenda there is cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, baking gingercakes, origami...

Above is my hyacinth. I bought it under fairly funny conditions. I was inside a shop, looking for thread when I was suddenly hit by a very strong scent of hyacinth. But I could not see any flowers next to me, nor close to me. So there I was sniffing the air as I bumped into a saleswoman who also started sniffing the air. We spoke of how it in fact, at this particular spot, there is a very very strong scent of hyacinth - but where a hyacinth cannot be found! We laughed and then she took me to the flowerdepartment, as her guess was that my nose had made a decision that it was time to welcome a hyacinth into my home. So I purchaised a white hyacinth. Later I found red tulips and placed them all in an old french brioche form.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Royal recipes

Whilst in Gothenburg I stumbled upon this cookbook, The princesses cookbook from 1936! I´ve never been particularly interested in royalty, but thought this a fun slightly odd book...you see, I always thought princesses never had to cook;)

Hmmm, come to think of it, it´s not entirely true that I haven´t been interested in royalty. I saw a fantastic tv-series about the grand duchesses (the daughters) of Nicholas II of Russia, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. The series consisted of the family´s private films (Ah! Some of them handtinted) and letters they had written to each other. According to the letters, the daughters were witty and had sharp tongues. I especially fell for Olga´s witty comments. I loved the handtinted material. They all wore white fluffy dresses, large hats covered in flowers, they had tinted the flowers in their hats.
I was intrigued by the letters and my curiosity made me look for material to read. But all I found was fairly boring material. I know the history and the extremely tragic outcome for the tsar family. But I wasn´t looking for cold facts. I think I would like to read the letters in bookform.
Here is a picture of the pretty daughters.



This is a formal portrait of (from left to right): Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia Nikolaevna, 1906.

Need to dash again.
X

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Windows





I have always loved windows. I am one of those who walk the streets looking up!
I remember as a child that I used to look up at windows, I especially recall the reflecting lights. Some windows had cold lights, some warm and inviting.
My grandmother used to say "If you ever need to ask for help, knock on the door of a house that have flowers in their windows. Those tend to be good people."
I had a wonderful long weekend in Gothenburg. Me and H enjoyed looooong breakfasts, looooong walks in Slottsskogen (the castleforest). We saw penguins (!) beeing fed, a burping seal and lots of greedy seagulls. I also saw a wonderful theatreplay called Ett guds barn at Masthuggsteatern. We walked along the beautiful streets, the houses and the facades, the windows, all very appealing.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Gothenburg

Tomorrow I´m leaving for Gothenburg. I´m visiting my friend H, who lives there. I am sooooo looking forward to this weekend.
I am fairly busy before my short holiday, so I thought I take the opportunity now, to wish you a nice enjoyable weekend.
This song brings a smile to my face and funny memories as me and H used to make the silliest choreography to this tune on the dance-floor.
Above is a classic acorn-vase from Svenskt tenn. I know, that is not acorn I have in my vase;)
I once saw a picture where they had several of these acorn-vases in a row on a windowshelf. it was so beautiful, so simple.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

December



I am glad we have managed to leave November behind, it was a long and dark month. I believe the migratory birds have more sense than the rest of us - it would be wise to move south when winter comes!
But as I cannot escape darkness to a southern location, I better try make everyday life enjoyable, despite darkness;) Listen to good music, lit candles, eat lots of vegetables and fruit.
Right now I´m listening to Sade.

Above are pics from our hall/ entrence. A little drama.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Wallpaper


I have finally managed to complete my wallpaper-project. And above is proof. I also hang an old french window on the wall. In fact I really enjoy wallpapering. Put on some good music, sing along whilst working. Maybe I need to consider a change of career...hmmm...

I have been listening to a swedish singer Lisa Ekdahl, to her first record, that was relesed in the 90´s and the music brought me (once again!) back in time. To when I lived in Stockholm, when me and my husband where early lovebirds, and when he came to visit me. Such lovely fantastic romantic memories. This is one of her hits from that record.

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

November skies

It is strange how the winter did not start after all. It´s quite mild out there, the sun has been out. It is dark though, I do feel it has defenately taken me under its spell. I feel it takes hrs to wake up. And m not as energetic as before.
I´m dreaming of the spring. Dreaming.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Festivities


We´ve celebrated our first anniversary at the café this week, Juanma performed and we drank champagne after closing, we sat among friends and looked back at a year filled with fantastic memories. And we also celebrated my colleague S´s birthday. On thursday we all went to see Pink Noise by A capella group Fork. And on friday we had the opening of my colleagues exhebition. And, the annual Kallio Kipinöi -festival kicked off with two performances at our café. A clown called Hannibal (from the RedNoseClub) visited the café for almost an hour! And we were all charmed and hope she will be back again soon! Later we had live-music with Tissit.

Today I have been painting walls in the livingroom. Green. One wall will be covered with Designers Guild wallpaper.
I feel quite tired now, well, it has been a hectic week. It´s time to enjoy a warm shower and then perhaps climb under the covers to read.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Mango groove


Today was a very grey foggy day. Fairly warm. Met my dear friend T. He makes me feel so happy, happy that I know him. I am blessed with few very close friends. He is one of them. We also celebrated our friends birthday today and drank champagne. Ah!
Above is one of the scales I have in the kitchen, and the lace-curtain in the window. I have pinned a piece of lace to the windowframe.
Great song, Special star by Mango Groove, a south african band. I made one of my first choreographies to this song. Happy funny memories. This song is defenately not a night-time song, as it makes me want to dance!!!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Shadows and everydaylife at it´s best


I am very fond of shadows. I like to watch shadows in films, sometimes there´s shadows where there´s not supposed to be any, or the microphone shadow can be seen...
Above is a shadow of a dishbrush against the tiles in the kitchen. Amazing how sharp the brush is. The shadow of the lacecurtain from the window in the background. This I suppose is everydaylife at it´s best.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Happiness

Im happy that my husband has left these musical notes hanging on the chair, he plays the guitar again! Oh, have I missed his playing!
It was only about a year ago that I suddenly noticed that he no longer plays the guitar. I was so used to it, he played all the time (well not all the time!) it took some time for me to realize that the guitar is in it´s box and he hasn´t touched it for a long time. It made me sad. Made me think about how fast time flies, how every day life suddenly becomes routine and we forget what we enjoyed and wanted.
So, smart as I am (heh!) I bought a small cd player that I hang on the kitchen wall. So now my husband can listen to music in the kitchen when he cooks (he cooks daily) and he has also recently purchaised a few new cd´s. Then I got ourselves a guitarstand, so the guitar is no longer stored in a box, it´s right there with us in the living room. My smart plan has worked! My husband listens to music and he plays the guitar again! I couldn´t be happier!!!!

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Hommage

I want to pay hommage to a fantastic artist. Here is a link to a page with his beautiful paintings. I love watercolours. I have a few of this artist´s paintings on my own walls. They are hard to come by, as he seldom has exhebitions. Enjoy!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Thank you

A while ago I won a giveaway at Cafe Cartolina, a blog I read daily. I was thrilled! And now I have received an enormous lot of fantastic, beautiful cards. Fiona, thank you so very much!!!

Today has been a very busy day. When I evetually got home, I lay on the sofa for a while listening to this beautiful song. It really worked, I relaxed and now I feel, well, content. It´s time to go to bed. Good night!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Butterfly


I have an old plate on the wall, it has a little butterfly in the middle. The plate I believe is heritage from my grandmother. I purchaised a lot of paper butterflies from The Porkchop Show on Etsy. And above is what I´ve done with the lot! Transformed the room into summer!

Night




I´ve seen in a film in town. The city was empty and silent after the film. The air was cold.

Above is a painted bench outside the Ateneum artmuseum, there was a row of them. I liked them all, but there was something special about the hands.

It´s time to go to bed. Good night. Sweet dreams. Sleep with angels, as my friend H always says.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Edith

I long for the land that is not,
for everything that is I am weary of craving

~ Edith Södergran ~

Above is a bookend I purchaised at the Helsinki book fair. May I present you, Edith Södergran, Finnish-Swedish poetess.

Saturday, a very grey day here in Helsinki. Slept fairly late, had breakfast and climbed back under the covers and listened to Ottilie and decided to forget the greyness...

Now it´s time for a walk and then get ready for tonight, we´re performing at a 50th birthday party. And it´s quite fancy so I need to dress up;)

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Wednesday with Ottilie

Winter has arrived. It is very cold and I have to wear long-johns when I cykle to work!

Today in the afternoon we had charming Ottilie performing at our cafe. Ah, I enjoyed it tremendesly. Did wonders to the soul on a dark fairly grey ordinary wednesday.

I received a parcel filled with treasures I had purchaised from dear Rebekah at Little byrd vintage. Or from her Etsy shop. She is so sweet, she has sent me a beautiful pair of fingerless mittens, thank you sooooo much. I really need fingerless mittens as it has become so cold. In fact, I´m wearing them right now as I speak, no write. It is nice, every time I wear them I will think of you Rebekah;)

Monday, 2 November 2009

Honest Scrap Award



I have been awarded the Honest Scrap Award from Fiona at Cafe Cartolina. Thank you Fiona!

Apparently I have to follow these rules:


1) Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.

Thank you Fiona. I´m sooooo happy to have found you. Your blog is a treasure, a place where I find inspiration. I´ve honestly read all your posts!


2) Share 10 honest things about yourself.

1. I stopped eating meat when I was 7 yrs old, as I realized what it actually was. There was no drama about it and my parents accepted my choice. I still don´t eat meat, but that is because I´m not used to it, my husband cooks meat when I´m away. I eat fish.

2. I honestly think fishfingers are great. (It is slightly embarrassing to admit).

3. I cry easily. Sometimes it is a problem.

4. I used to smoke cigarettes. I stopped years and years aand years go. Often when I smoked people (often unknown people) used to comment and say "Do you smoke? You don´t look like a smoker."

5. My first love was a french boy called Jean-Luc. He was 14, I was 13. He had a scar on his cheek, close to his mouth. It moved up when he smiled. And he smiled a lot. We listened and sang along to this silly song.

6. I have a tattoo
on my shoulder. I´d like to have it removed but it is a very costly operation, so I have my doubts. I had it done as an adventurous 16yrs old. I also had my nose pearced at that time;)

7. I have a lot of scars and broken bones. Some of them has to do with my previous profession. I have been on stage performing with bleeding broken fingers and broken toes. I was given local injections of painkillers and managed to perform almost without pain...

8. I love to climb. On people. On chairs. On sofas. On mountains. On ladders. On rooftops.

9. I don´t like to speak on the phone.

10. I am very easily fooled and I believe almost anything I´m told.


3. Present this award to seven others whos blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged me.

1.
Rebekah at Little Byrd. Simply, I consider her my friend. I find her lifestyle very inspiring, aswell as her blog.
2. Moa at Moa og kaffekoppen because she can see the very small details in life.

3.
Kitty at Return to Bohemia because it is always such a pleasure to read her posts. She is a very talented writer. And her sense of humour. Ah bless!
4. Agneta at Wabi & Sabi. She has such a wonderful inspiring blog. And she is an inspiration as a person.
5. Riikka at Valkoista pellavaa. Such a talented and creative soul.
6. Vibeke at Erteblomsten. Such lovely ideas.
7. Mandarine. I love the images, the feeling.



4. Tell those seven they have been awarded and inform them of these guidelines in receiving.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Sunday

Cykled into town, met up with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law at a cafe and enjoyed breakfast together. We sat for hrs and chatted away. Then took a quick swirl at a gallery, but the artwork didn´t appeal to any of us so we left.
Then cykled home in beautiful sunshine. Now I´m listening to my husband playing the guitar and I´m brewing coffee. A good sunday.
Above a picture from last night, love the shadows on the walls. I have left the dry flowers in the vase, they look nice. Slightly sad somehow.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Helsinki









On a cold october morning, on my way to work.
I so love these houses buildings rooftops streets colours. The little creature keeping watch on the stone, wonder if he counts all the visitors to the bakery...