Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Oh! Ah! Oh!

I have planned to build more storage, well, with the confidence from building the corner cabinet in the kitchen. So now I purchased the door. It's an antique window. The lace I bought about a year ago, for this purpose, to find the perfect window to use as a door for storage...


I bought it at Strömfors, from a fantastic store called Roseborg, for antique windows, doors, floor boards...They even stock paint and other useful bits and pieces for old houses. And the location, well, it's worth a visit just for the location.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Kätilö, Ingrid Bergman, Hanna B.

Last week we saw a finnish film called Kätilö. A warflm. Gooooood I am soooooo tired of finnish films about the war. But, this was different. First of all, even though there were war sequences, they were short and the film wasn't based on them. And secondly, the story was told from a different perspective. And also, little did I know about the war in Lapland. We, L and me, both thought it was worth seeing.
We also saw the film about Ingrid Bergman. I was slightly bored and a bit dissapointed as it was mainly a lovesong for her. Yes, she was wonderful, but what she did in her life, those were not easy matters back then. She chose to follow her heart. She divorced her first husband and left her daughter, when she fell in love with Mr. Rosselini and moved to Italy and had a new family. She was hated in the american media for what she did. It cannot have been easy to leave your own child. Then she left Mr. Rosselini and her children in Italy and moved to live in Paris with her third husband, Lars. All her children spoke of her in almost a glorifying way, and it was repeated several times how they adored their mother. Even though at times her eldest daughter Pia, said things like "Why didn't she want to live with us?" and she even wrote about these matters in her letters, but the documentary never grasped these issues, they were merely mentioned. But also, we learned that Mr. Rosselini threatened her with killing himself if she took a filmjob in america. It cannot have been easy to live with a person who controlled her in that way. It was also just merely mentioned. I am not interested in seeing only the smiling faces of pretty people, I want to see the hurting, the hard work, the hidden bits.

Then I saw a dance perfomance at the National theatre, my colleague Hanna Brotherus and her soloperfomance Hanna B. There was bread and red shoes. And words. And happened to be at the same performance as my dear friend Kristjana, she comes from a country were they speak a language I adooooore. Icelandic. I saw a theatre perfomance years ago, an icelandic group, called Vesturport perfomed Romeo and Juliet. It was sold out in London (I worked there at the time) and then the following summer it came for the Tampere theatre festival and I managed to get tickets for it. Oh my. I wanted to lick all the actors mouths as what they spoke, how they spoke, when they switched to english, then back to icelandic, oooooh, it was soooooo wonderful! Here is a link to see pictures and some videos. If you don't know what I mean, listen to Björk.

I think this is soooo lovely. Drama-helmi. Ihana.

 It is raining and feels like after I blinked, the seasons changed. It is autumn now.

The weekend

Ah bless. So many lovely people I've spent my weekend with.
On saturday there was an event for all the house-people who took part in the open house event, Lovisa Historiska Hus, in the end of august. We don't have time to visit each others houses during the event, so it's a nice chance to meet up, dine and exchange thoughts.
This year we travelled to Strömfors bruk (Stromfors iron mill). 
 What a lovely evening it was! 

On sunday we enjoyed a crawfish-party! We had hats, we sang and enjoyed snaps (I hardly ever do!!!) and wonderful crawfish. Two very pleased and happy persons cykled home in the mild september evening. Life is good!

Friday, 18 September 2015

Whom should I thank?

Yesterday when I came home, a lovely bouquet of flowers were placed on my stairs. But there was no note nor a card. I do not know whom I shall thank.
So I thank the universe until I find whoever is guilty. Love!

Have a wonderful weekend dear friends!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Lucky lucky me!

I've said it before, I'll say it again. I am born under lucky stars!
I seldom take part in competitions. Now I did, as the prices were so wonderful and something I have wanted! Lovely Anna Malmberg at Norhern delight-blog had a competiton and you could win wallpaper from Mr Perswall. I won third price!!!! Can you believe how lucky and happy I am!!!!

Tusen tack finaste Anna och Mr Perswall!

  A detail of the wonderful wallpaper I won.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

...now it's almost ready!

A little hook for the lock on the door is missing, but it's on the way!

But now the rest is ready and things are moving in.

And as L said, in a week we will have forgotten the times when there was not a corner cabinet. One gets used to the changes so quickly!

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Almost ready!

My cabinet is almost ready, just need paint. I am going to paint it the same colour as the walls. I am not going to paint the door, I scraped it off paint during the weekend. Many of you might go, well daaah, of course you're not going to paint the door as it is perfect the way it is! But a few of my fb-friends were worried last night, hih!

Here is a picture of the door pre-scraping.

And now, dear friends, hold on to your hats, here is the cabinet pre-paint:

And look inside!

I am sooooo proud and sooooo happy! It turned out just the way I had pictured it in my mind and wished for. JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Monday, 7 September 2015

Spoiled rotten?

YES I AM!!!!!

Look what my darling surprised me with!
A RED toolbox. It´s perfect!!!! I even dreamed about a similar one, a few nights before. Odd isn't it?

Lucky, lucky me!
Tack älskade!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

How to help

My friends have asked me to write this post, as to give ideas and useful tips on how to help with the refugee crisis.

I am by no means an expert, I have been actively involved since my childhood. My parents have been active in the matter since the early 70's. We have had refugees staying with us, sometimes illegally. I can write about it now as these people are now safe and it is many years ago.
My family has been a "host" family for refugees and immigrants for many years, now there are short-courses available, if you are interested. What you do is, you introduce a newcomer to the "system", the culture and to get started, become a friend, someone they can rely on for advice and help. And do ordinary things, go to the grocery store, the library, cook, dine, go for walks, pick berries, lend your sowing machine,  play football, invite along when you do things with your friends. And if you choose, you can also help with bureaucratic nonsense. A jungle not easy to get through!

It is vital to choose a way to help that suits you. I am socially gifted, so I have chosen to use that skill. I have hosted numerous finnish-language "clubs" for immigrants, to be able to communicate is vital. I have also hosted kniting groups for immigrants.  And since early childhood, regularly given of the things I can spare. And helped others find a way to help. As a child I felt happy when every year, me and my brother, were asked to choose from our toys, something to give to a child who has very little or nothing at all. To clean the toys and wrap them as gifts were also fun. I think that procedure has meant a lot for me, as I think one does not have to be rich to be able to help, you can share what you have.

If you choose to help financially, here are a few links in Finland that my finnish friends can use:
Katastrofirahaston lahjoitusnumerot, puhelinsoitto:
0600 12220 (20,28 € /puh. + pvm/mpm)
0600 12210 (10,01 e + pvm/mpm)
Katastrofirahaston lahjoitusnumero, tekstiviesti:
Lähetä tekstiviesti SPR numeroon 16499 (15 € / tekstiviesti)


Other similar help-organizations can be found globally.

If you want to help in other ways, use facebook. Be bold and ask. There are numerous fb-groups that are active near you. Don't feel let down if someone already has started a project you had in mind, remember, it is better to use energy and resources  together and no point in doing it all by yourself. So let down your pride, this is not a project to get involved in to boost your ego or to make others see what a helpful kind soul you are. Most people want to help out, so don't seek your halo here. I write this, as there are people who feel they never get thanked enough for their input and work. The thanks comes in other forms, believe me.

Try think about the people who come. There are teenagers, interested in similar things as teenagers are globally. We are more alike than different!

And, you can always become a voluntary worker, there is always something or someone who needs your help. The best way is to contact a local centre for refugees, and just ask "how can I help?". There is urgent need of help in sorting clothing and toys. But please do not contact the centres for information you can find elsewhere. All the workers at the centres are BUSY with their work trying to find and organize shelter.
This is a good link, though it needs to be updated (!), for information (in finnish):

It is good to remember, if you would like to organize an activity, nothing can be organized at a centre for refugees, as there simply isn't space for it. So any activity should be organized in other premises. Ask your local church, local sportsclub...

In Helsinki and many other cities in Finland you can get involved in for ex. teaching women to ride a bicykle. It makes life so much easier. Here is a link to how and where:

It is also good to intervene when bullshit or rumours are spread, trolls and racists like to spread negative rumours about refugees, and they spread them as facts. And it is also good to know what to say when people start wabbling on about how we first should take care of our own. Or how we should help people in their own countries. Send them or hand them the number to sms to the red cross, that should shut them up. And intervene when people make jokes about immigrants, when people make racist remarks. INTERVENE!!!!

But, the most important way to help is to be a good friend, say hello and make someone feel welcome.

Let's do this together. And remember, on the 12 of September, Europe says welcome: European day of action for refugees. More information on how to get involved check Facebook. If you want to get involved in Finland, please get in touch with me per e-mail.

Another project

I have a sort of "dead-corner" in my kitchen and have planned to build a corner cabinet. I even have a vintage door for it ready, waiting.
During the week I drew the cabinet and on thursday, me and L carried home the timber needed for it, I have some leftover timber that I can use, so I didn't have to buy all.
We started building the frame on thursday and continued on friday.

It's drawn according to the door and I also had to take into consideration that nearby is my heating system, so I could not make the cabinet any bigger, it might have blocked parts of the circulation route...and the heating system cannot be moved.

Work shall continue today. 

It is so much fun to work together with L. It is also so much easier, to be able to talk through the idea, to reflect over difficult parts. The corner bits and the front bit of the shelves were tricky, I am happy I managed to solve them. L says my thinking is logic, so obviously when you have such support you feel confident. 
I know I can draw and build things, it is just not every day that I do. But now I feel we could start a corner-cabinet company, L & me.

On another note, HERE is a lovely blog with absolutely stunning images and the kindest words of praise for my home, Lilla Ljuva. Kiitos ihana kauniista sanoistasi, pistän talteen sydämeen, kiitos kun vierailit ja tervetuloa toiste!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Wallpaper workshop

With the kind permission of my students I have the honour to present this years wallpaper-workshop. I have previously been asked to make a post about the process, well, here is a short version of the process. I am very excited about printing, and I seem to have managed to get all my students feel as excited, the atmosphere is wonderful!

Some participants have started to print on the final paper, when some are still doing their test-printing.

We start off with the design. Everyone draws or paints a small version of their design on paper. Then it is time to enlarge the design and transfer each part to a stamp.
First we make a test-print, sometimes we make two, depending on the need. The reason for the test-print is that when transfering a design onto a larger surface, the design might need altering.

Here is a variety of designs. Wonderful creative students. I am sooooo proud. I could easily use any of these handprinted wallpapers in my own home.

Here is a testprint of a watermelon. She uses three stamps. And that is three stages. I simply love this!!!!

Following is another testprint, cherries s'il vous plait! .

 Making of the stamps. Cannot wait to see this design in print.

Another testprint, flowers.

And here is final printing going on.

I am so proud of all my students. They are all so motivated, inspiring, creative and talented! Tack finisar!

PLEASE respect copyrights to the designs. Obviously, all things designed can be used as inspiration, but please do not copy.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Work in progress

Found lots of feathers on the way to work. So I picked them and washed them, they were all wet (it's raining) and covered in soil. Now they dry. I shall use them in some project. Or just place them above my front door.
 ...to be continued.