Sunday, 26 April 2015

Please help Nepal!

Please help Nepal by donating a certain sum to the red cross, here is a link. Thank you for helping!

In Finland: it's easy, I just sent a text SPR to number 16499 and gave 15 euro.

Laitoin juuri 15 euroa tekstarilla SPR:n katastrofirahastoon. Oli helppoa, se menee näin: tekstaa SPR numeroon 16499. Kiitos kun autat!


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bloom

Today I baked apple-roses and planted some violets in my garden. The apple-roses were made using this recipy. Since I do not have a microwave, I squeezed a lemon in water and boiled the apple slices for a few minutes. The only tricky thing was to make sure not to press the apple slices out when rolling the pastry. So I had to re-do my first roses due to the slices falling off, I also made the pastry strips slightly wider, as to make sure the slices would secure better once I started rolling. I do not own a muffin cup but I had some muffin cups in paper in my cupboard. Fun! And delicious. Not too sweet either.

I saw these violets in the grocery store today and I immediately fell for them, now they live in the old basket on the gardenchair.

This year, in Lovisa, we have a small project called doors for the little people (?). Not sure the term is correct, I've only heard the term in finnish pikkuväki and in swedish småfolket. So there will be small doors inside houses and outdoors, in the gardens and on housefacades, on gates and stone bases. My two doors are pictured in this article. The one on the left, well, rumours say it was built the same year my house was built, in the year 1900. Then there was a lot of love in the air and the dearest of all moved in 1934, hence the year on the door. As you can see, mezeron is in bloom, it still grows in the garden. Except the evil Fröken Wiklund who now lives in the house will extirpate the plant in her garden. Because it is so toxic. The berries can easily kill an adult. The blue door again has another story...
My friend Maria who is the lady behind the project, said she was sorry our names were not mentioned in the pictures.
I have a few doors in the making, so not sure which ones will be in the project yet.

Me and L have been working in the garden. Moving old timber, old broken doors, stuff that cannot be saved, into a pile that I shall take the garbage station soon. But I shall not yet work on the garden, it is what it is, but I try to keep it tidy and in control. If I don't cut down some plants, they will take over. I have so many lilacs, I could start exporting and save Finland's economy!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Messages in shopwindows

Today when I walked home, I spotted this sign in a shopwindow.
I say YES to new adventures! I've never been the scared kind, I've been very spontaneous and that's what's brought me here today. I don't want to regret NOT doing something.

Last yoga for this spring. Luckily I'm quite good at doing yoga by myself. I just need to get into the routine.

Slightly askew

Everything is slightly askew.
But that seems to be the way I like it, as almost everything in my home is slightly askew. A wonderful word.

Above is muji cd-player. I've had this for years and I still think it is fab. I bought the Anna Puu cd from a local store for just a few bucks, I enjoy some of her songs, especially this one. The video for it is great, the dance/ acrobatic choreography is beautiful.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Butterflies, butterflies and even more butterflies. And Election day!

It's the Finnish parliament elections today.  I have always voted and hopefully I always will be able to. Something I feel proud to do. As a woman. As a citizen. Not everyone has this right. And it is something my ancestors have fought for. And I always enjoy a cake and coffee afterwards. There was no café open in this small town today, so I had to get the cakes from the shop. There was no other sort. Banana-republic, hih!

After I had voted, me and L took a stroll to see an exhibition he has wanted to see for a long time, me too, for that matter. It is by a photographer called Niclas Warius. He creates stillebens and they are all very beautiful. We enjoyed all the pictures, but we agreed that a coffetable book would be perfect for this sort of art. It was nice to see the sort of stillebens I often create in my own home, pictured. There were dresses hanging, dried flowers, vintage objects...


I don't seem to be able to have a home without my butterflies.
I first had my butterflies here. And then here. Then in the lovely shoebox. And now here in my house as seen above.

 I also made a butterfly "wallpaper" for my friend Malin. Here I used many butterflies as I happened to have many at the time. Usually I only use half the amount to create the Ninitchi butterfly "wallpaper". The idea came from a comment I heard that if you rent an apartment you cannot make anything nice or put your own touch to it. So I created something that doesn't ruin a plain painted wall, once you want to remove the butterflies you just wet them and after a few minutes you can remove them and there's no mark or stains left on the wall. The Ninitchi butterfly "wallpaper" butterflies are made of old booksheets. Very easy.

Friday, 17 April 2015

During the week


On wednesday L and I were invited to our friend Maria. Oh my. We were all spoiled by wonderful tales, Maria is such a wonderful storyteller. Right now she is writing a book, and we were spoiled by fantastic details of the stories and enjoyed wonderful chocolate cakes and sparkling wine. It was delicious and dangerous. The chocolate cakes served were out of this world. The most dangerous cake was called a "chocolate bomb". It had a chocolate cover, inside chocolate mousse and the base was meringue. Once you took a bite it melted...oh my! I secretly dream of that chocolate bomb! Some of the guests serenaded our hostess with beautiful songs. We cykled home feeling spoiled when we recalled the evening,  all the guests and that we have such wonderful friends.

Last night we attended a small venue, at an old estate called Rutumin kartano. Our friends Rita and Denise performed with their duo Agricolas döttrar. After the performance the hostess of the estate introduced the main building and it's wonderful history going back to year 1700. We were then served coffe and tea, small pastries and cakes. The guests were mainly locals from this small village and it was so sweet when they asked how far we had come and who we were. A small elderly lady sat next to L and told him she had lived across the road to the estate her whole life, and that she had played with the children of the estate and even learned swedish due to this friendship.

Later we sat in my kitchen, lit the candles in the chandelier and drank some more tea. That is when I took the picture seen above. The candlelight reflecting in my etched window.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Waffles under the chandelier


Today I brought this baby home. An antique french church chandelier. This is not the final place for it, this is above my stove in the kitchen. But there happened to be a hook in the ceiling, so I hung it there. Of course I had to try it! It gives such a wonderful light.

My parents paid a visit. We made waffles, with whipped cream and raspberry jam and drank coffee.  So delicious!

Today was a wondeful day. I predict that a certain someone falls asleep happy.

I think Sia sings about another sort of chandelier, but I have been humming to this... hih!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Saturday

Just in for a short brake, to sit down for a moment, drink a glass of juice.
Then I shall change clothes, I shall take my two wiener chairs outdoors, give them a slight rub with sandpaper and add some dark stain and finish off with wax. At the moment they are too light for my taste. I believe them to be from the 90's. They are of good quality so hence I want to give them new life. It's perfect weather to work outdoors. I'll show you the outcome once they are ready.

Above is a framed card of a Modigliani painting. Many years ago I was teareyed at a small museum in London when I suddenly stood in front of a real Modigliani painting. It was smaller than I had expected, so warm and beautiful. I posted this same image on fb and haf a short dialogue with a friend, also told about my meeting with the painting in the museum. She posted this link: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal_syndrome HIH!

Friday, 10 April 2015

The weekend is here


 Last night we saw Viirus theatre perform a political satire I valet och kvalet at the Lovisa gymnasium. I laughed so much I once again almost fell of the chair...I wasn't the only one!
And I won at the lottery! L bought some lotterytickets, and a few in my name, sweet. I won a smoke-detector. How handy is that. Lucky me!

We decided to have some sushi today, so lovely to end a busy day and week with delicious food.
The week has indeed been busy and intense, so I wanted to stay at home tonight, decided to stretch and do some light yoga poses and relax. This asana is Viparita Karani. It is easy and so relaxing.



Wishimg you a relaxing weekend!




Monday, 6 April 2015

Still Alice

We saw it tonight. I cried. So did L. And he held my hand. And he put his arm around me when I felt it was really hard. There is so much that resembles my mother.
She wrote a few books, she often held lectures, she was very active withing the arts, she was a social person, had many friends. She loved to cook and entertain guests, she read so much, she was involved in politics, she traveled. She dressed very well, people always complimented her on her choice of clothing, she always had the same colour handbag as shoes, she was very kind. A wife. A mother.
She is still a very kind and warm elderly lady. With alzheimer's disease.

Here is the trailer.




Sunday, 5 April 2015

Ready!





I found the perfect frame at the fleamarket and had some black spraypaint at home, so it only took me a while to paint and cut the picture to fit the frame.


Earlier today we enjoyed brunch at restaurant Bella today and then cykled about and paid a visit to my dear friend Kaisa, whom I lived next to when I rented a house by the shore. She is a potter and she has her studio open during the easterholidays. She makes the most wonderful ceramics. I have lots of her work.



Easter

It has been lovely to have a little holiday.
Yesterday and the day before, we cykled about, watching the nature waking up to spring,

Yesterday we rambled through two flea-markets. I found an old photograph, I think it might be from the 70's. The size is a little larger than an A4, por slightly smaller than an A3, hih!
It was (in my opinion) over-exposed, so I tinted it. The building I tinted is the Pilasters mansion in Lovisa. The building to the right no longer exists. I shall find a black frame for it. I think it turned out just perfect - as I think the original was just perfect too.

BEFORE

AFTER

In the evening we visited our friend Rita. She also renovates an old house, she is wonderful, she has saved an old house again! We drank strong coffee, ate cheeses and crackers and fudge and she sang for us by her piano and we sat by the candlelight and had goosebumps as it was all so wonderful, what a wonderful life!

Even later in the evening we decided to meet up with some friends in a bar and listen to our friend Kalle perform. We had a couple of beers and rode home in springrain.

I fell asleep happy.

Now I cannot stop listening to Norah Jones. I love this song. 


Friday, 3 April 2015

Friends and food

Last night me and my friends Maria and Mayank made rawfood "lasagna". I love rawfood! It is very easy to make and if any of you want to try it, here is the recipe.
We had raw chocolate for desert, and drank ginger tea and talked for hours and hours. I am blessed with wonderful friends.

Now it's time to start preparing easter-food. I am making a feta-spinach-quiche, yes I know it is very last season - so 80's! But, I had a piece last week and it was flavoured with nutmeg, which is perfect with spinach, I use it when making spinach sauce or as a sidedish. So of course it makes a difference when used in a quiche! I was planning to add a green salad with vinegrette sauce. For lunch.

For dinner I'm making lentilsoup with both dried and fresh coriander, cumin and coconutmilk. And bread with butter.

We shall also enjoy our traditional delights as mämmi and pasha.


Above is my easter-bouquet. Red tulips with branches of lilacs I cut last weekend. As a vase I have a jug my parents once brought as a gift from france. An iranian potter named H. Vahdat, whom made the most wonderful pottery. I also have a few other pieces.

Time to invite wonderful Billie Holiday to sing in my kitchen, cook, lit some candles and love love love. What more can one wish for! Happy easter to my christian friends! Happy long holiday to my non-christian friends!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter





Wishing you all a happy easter!


Eat plenty chocolate eggs, but please, try to look for the certified easter-eggs. Let us together make sure that we do not support trafikking.

Here is a link for more information, and also links for the UK and Australia. Here is a link for finnish readers.

Above is a lovely Easter-card I received from a dear student.