Sunday, 29 November 2015

Fairies and angels




Finished off my spoon-angels and spoon-fairies today. I highlighted a few details, they cannot really be seen in these blurry images, but mainly lips and small other details.
These I haven't made for sale, as they are not my own design. These are for my own pleasure and I made a few as gifts...they truly are charming and put a smile on my face when I see them.
But if you care to have one of your own, please check out the link I posted in my previous post.

Happy crafting;) And happy first advent!

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Crafting and love

I have been crafting a lot, so much fun! Making things for my label Ninitchi.

Yesterday I stumbled upon this really fun crafting idea, I was in fact looking for a guide on how to make a bench out of two chairs. I know how to, but I sometimes check guides as to see if there is something I need to take into consideration...so I found my way into Strömsö's page, what a fantastic treasure-page filled with plenty of fun crafting. Strömsö is a lifestyle tv-series, has been running for years. I don't have a tv, so I don't follow any series - even though most programmes can be seen on the web-tv. I just forget there are programmes that are fun and definitely worth seeing. Here is the link to the spoon-angels that I am crafting for my own wall. Even if you may not be able to see the actual clip, there's a pictured guide on how to make these charming angels.

Stay tuned for my angels...



I found a star-lantern at the fleamarket. I made a little tealight-holder for it. It gives a really beautiful reflection on the ceiling and walls.






I have a date tonight. With the one and only darling L.
Soooo looking forward to some quality-time with the most handsome and charming man I know. First I need to finish my crafting and then make myself ready, so much fun to have romantic dates - even though we have been a couple for a long while. We both believe it keeps the relationship healthy and sparkling. I still get butterflies in my tummy when I see him. And I go all spaghetti when he looks at me. I am so much in love!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Gingerbread-cottage

I am again building christmas, as I have a photo shoot on monday. But this time I can leave whatever chrismassy I produce, as my house is part of the traditional Christmas houses that welcome visitors two weekends in december.

Today I made a gingerbread house, or rather a cottage. I drew the parts myself as I didn't want a palace, or I don't think I could manage a palace (!). So a cottage was what I planned, and I am pleased with the outcome. I decorated with anise and left it slightly rustic.

My house smells heavenly...I think part of my Christmas spirit comes from the scent of gingerbread.



So, here we go. Christmas has arrived in my house.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A grateful pediment

I think it is so important to occasionally stop and look at what we have, we who live in a world of abundance. I do not want to take things for granted, especially not the love and friendship I am so generously blessed with. I want to enjoy it, feel I am worthy of it all.

A few days ago my darling L surprised me with the most beautiful bouquet of red roses.

Tack min älskade!

The light is so odd I haven't been able to take a decent picture, so instead here are a few parts of a pictureseries (of five pictures), playing the somewhat cruel he loves me - he loves me not, on my kitchenwall. These ones are "beacoup" and "passionnément".



And my cornercabinet now has a pediment. It needed something on the top, as it was very "squarish", due to the restrictions regarding my heatingsystem. So, I had this wooden scruffy and broken pediment found a few years ago in the trash. It was broken. I first found the larger part and later the same day, I found the missing bit! Oh my, I am such a waste-collector and container-rat at heart, but occasioanlly these finds come in handy. So did this pediment. It was broken, but my woodwork crafting skills do not extend to this sort of fine woodcrafting, so I haven't been able to mend it properly, but maybe that is part of the charm, that I in fact do not mind having slightly broken items in my home. The one funny thing is the size of it...it fits perfectly on top. The cabinet was built according to the existing door and the heating-system.
It was very scruffy, but it has been cleaned and I painted it the same white as the cabinet itself. I was a bit scared it would turn out "shabby-chic", a trend I am not at all fond of. The trend is to paint everything white and then make it look worn and old. It has left plenty fine furniture painted white and nobody wants to purchaise them...just look at online markets, lots of whitepainted antiques up for sale!

The sun is out, and it even played with the pediment.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Birch tree

I attended a workshop this weekend, where we crafted of brushwood (of birch tree).

I have previously made birds, this time I made flowers and leaves.


Sunday.
I have no words for what has happened. I have been informed all my dear ones in Paris are safe.
We must not give in for hatred, nor fear. We must work and strive for peace.
Please take care. Love.

Friday, 13 November 2015

As if time stood still

Last night, the clock to the left was ticking along (I had moved it slightly, and due to that it started ticking - I do not wind it as the ticking is so loud!) but when the ticking suddenly stopped, it was a moment that both me and Muru (my cat) noticed, as if time suddenly stood still.



Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Remember to give yourself gentle thoughts, especially now when it is grey and dark, true November, light- and weatherwise.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A painted rug

Last spring, me and my colleague Kaisa and our students, painted rugs on the pavement along a street called Alexandersgatan, in our town. A really fun and appreciated project, the passersby stopped and talked to the students when they painted. And we were greeted with such warm and kind words. Our students felt they were part of something special.

I was so inspired by the project I then decided to paint a rug in my home. So I painted it a few days ago and here it is:






I have round rugs in my kitchen. I had already decided I wanted to paint a round rug on the wooden floor. I used acrylic paint, as I didn't need a lot of paint for this project, I didn't want to buy a lot of expensive paints. I topped it off with two layers of varnish. And yes, I am fully aware that it will be well worn, but that is part of the charm, that it will be worn.

Oh, that reminds me of a story I heard on the radio many years ago. About the Unesco World Heritage Site, The Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.
There was a woman called Maria Mattson who worked at the mill, her job was to sort and weigh paper and she worked in the same spot for more than half a century. Her step pattern being almost the same the entire time, there is a trail in the wooden floor of her walk, two steps to the right, place the paper on the scale, two steps to the left, place the paper in a pile. Apparently she was almost blind by the time she ended her long career at the mill, but she managed to continue her work as she knew her way. Little did she know, Maria Mattson, that her footsteps made history.
If you are curious to see what she looked like, click on this link, there is a photograph of Maria Mattson. Wearing the traditional headscarf of working women of her era.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Autumn with Melody

It sure has been a very mild autumn, blimey, at times it has been as warm as in june...

But now it has rained for a few days, most leaves have fallen from the trees and it gets dark really early. Time to lit lots of candles. This is a favorite of mine, the cast iron pipe, by finnish Samuji.


Time to wear wollen socks, drink tea and listen to Melody Gardot.
 



Sunday, 8 November 2015

Well what a weekend!

Yesterday my dear friends Jossu and Jaska arrived and after a few hours on our own, we joined our other friends Kaisa and Tuomo at their wonderful home, and had a sort of before-party, we then headed to a bar called Ölvin to see a band called Antero Raimo & ovet, a really lovely crazy band. Their music is a combination of old and new, some clezmer and gypsy sounds. But what charms me is the lyrics.
What a fun night, with lots of dancing and laughter.

Today I travelled to Helsinki to meet up with my friend Tiia, we had lunch and then saw Tabu at the National theatre. I loved it. What an experince! Tero Jartti and Seela Sella on stage and Jaakko Kuusisto as musician. I cried at times as it was so beautiful.


Fathers day and my gifts were well appreciated. So there, if you want to treat your loved ones for christmas with a gift that really matters, remember the charity-shops.

Wishing you all a wonderful end of week! Remember to love!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Fathers day

This sunday it is Father's day.

I give both my own dad and my darling L, a swarm of bees. From Refugee aid. According to the site, beekeeping gives refugees in Uganda the opportunity to earn a living, ranging from the purchase and care of bees to the collection and sale of honey. Gift covers a hive, a swarm of bees and glass jars for the sale of honey. The management of its own beekeeping strengthens confidence and brings the whole family economic stability. Sounds great doesn' it?

There are similar aid-shop in most countries, give a present that matters. I have previously given school-uniforms for girls (enables them to attend school), goats, adopted wild animals, planted trees, bought rainforest...



  Above are my herbsigns. Time to pack away summer for this year. These are my own, but I sell similar at Ninitchi. I also take orders. 

Wishing you a happy weekend! Have you seen this? It is so beautiful.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

I simply love this melody

And because of that, I'll send it to you on this wednesday afternoon. My dears, may I present Arvo Pärt Spiegel Im Spiegel.



Sunday, 1 November 2015

Well hello November

This autumn has been so mild, so beautiful in colours and rich in light.
I took this photo during the week. I love the light.



We had a date with L yesterday. I got to suggest what to do. So I baked a lemon and poppyseedcake. It is sooooo delicious, and if you want to try it out, here is a recipy. It takes about one and half hours to bake and cool it enough before you can eat it, so plan in advance. But it is a very special and delicious cake, so if you want to make any occasion a little special, this is one way to create it...

I packed cups, milk, honey, Earl grey tea, a lantern, the cake and dressed warm and we cykled out to the shore. It sure was appreciated. And I enjoyed it tremendously too. I love this man so much! Luckily he is as romantic as I. He enjoys these small outings, sitting in candle-light, wrapped up in blankets, looking out at the sea - watching the world turn off the lights, while drinking hot tea and eating delicious cake.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, life is good. Thank you universe, I like you!

Take care you wonderful beautiful people out there. Spread love!