Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The year is soon coming to its end...


...and I want to thank you all.

It has been a good year, with its ups and downs, the way it is supposed to be I suppose.
I am not giving any new years resolutions, I like myself the way I am and I'm definitely not going to jump on the self-hatred wagon...I hope all of you can resist it too! Lets try loving ourselves instead.
Here is a very good read about how self-hatred is at its most just after new year, it is good for the cosmetics and dieting industry, but hey, life is far too short to be wasted on feeding your low self-esteem.

So, Happy New Year 2016! Spread good and spread love!

Added later. I read this maybe a year ago and even posted it here on the blog. Worth a repeat!!!! Words by Anne Lamott: 
"Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen."

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Christmas and renovation memories

I've had the most wonderful Christmas! For me Christmas is the whole procedure of preparing it and sharing and enjoying it. I am lucky to have a partner who feels the same and who also enjoys the same. We share the same idea, it should not create stress, we should enjoy preparing. And so we did. And what could be more enjoyable than doing it together!
We enjoyed plenty of food that darling L and I had prepared. We even printed out a menu, it was L's great idea.

Our guests enjoyed it all tremendously and we felt very happy and pleased!

As this now was the second Christmas spent in this lovely house, I started to look back at what it all looked like when I bought this house and started the renovation. I connected the house to the municipal-services, water, drain and electricity. As soon as the frost was out of the ground, we started to dig the garden and placed waterpipes and drain and electricitylines.
And we could start building a bathroom to this house. It is built as a separate building, only attached with boards to the mainbuilding.

Bathroom before.

Bathroom after.

This is what the kitchen looked like. Here I sat on a pile of rubbish, immediately after I had bought the house. It was dark, cold and damp. It was winter. There were floors missing...and I thought to myself, what on earth did you just do and what do you think you can do here. It is an ugly, cold and damp house. And I cried.
But I had a vision and a deep respect for this house. And here I am today. The house is not ready, but I have come a long long way.
I feel at home. And I have grown to love this house. I am living my dream.
During the Christmas homes -event, I came to realize this is a dream for many. To renovate and live in an old house. I also have to cherish and enjoy this house. Because I have the chance, I have this. I have worked hard for it obviously, but I also feel I need to cherish and take care of this. Of my dream.

 Kitchen before.

Kitchen before.

Kitchen on Christmas eve, before our guests arrived.

Kitchen before. Another wall and window.

And the same spot after. Took the picture last night, hence the cold light.


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The day before Christmas eve, we saw Star Wars, The Force awakens, at the cinema. Hilarious to watch in 3D. We both enjoyed it, though L was unfamiliar with Star Wars, but I gave him a short update on what I thought could be of use to know. I am not a fan by no means, but  I have always liked Star Wars. 

Last night we saw Macbeth. I thought it a beautiful film, even though it is very raw and violent. I so enjoy the work of Paddy Considine, his spoken Shakespearean english, is so natural and comprehensible. I have appreciated his previous work and was happy to see him deliver yet another fine performance. And a wonderful Marion Cotillard, she was very strong and her language performance was stunning, she is french and I cannot believe how well she has managed to conquer the Shakespearean language. 
I love film. And my darling boyfriend is as eager to see film as me, so plenty more coming up during the holidays. And Father Christmas brought a giftcard to the cinema, I wonder how he guessed it would be a very appreciated gift. Tack älskling!

I shall continue to enjoy the holidays! I hope you do too!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Merry Christmas

It is time for me to wish you all a wonderful Christmastime!
Thank you for all you wonderful and kind comments and messages, thank you for your friendship.
See you after Christmas again, as now it's the time to not be online.






God Jul!
Hyvää joulua!
Merry Christmas!
Joyeux Nöel!


Sunday, 20 December 2015

Holidays always starts with a statevisit

The holidays have started, hooooray!
Yesterday I jumped on the bus to Helsinki. L jokingly called my tightly scheduled visit a a statevisit, hih!
I started my statevisit by having the most delicious peruvian brunch at Onda with my dear friend Manuel. I then walked a few blocks to my friend Paavo, his son is my godson. And we celebrated his 8th birthday. What a charming bunch of dear friends. I felt so warm and happy sitting there, enjoying the laughter and song and wonderful cake and a happy 8 year old.

From there I moved onto my following scheduled statevisit meeting...a bunch of old friends met up at café Engel. A charming café. The outdoor cinema in the lovely backyard, well, need I say more, it is one of my absolute favorite spots. To watch a film there, warpped in a blanket, sipping a tea, holding hands...Café Engel is located opposite the Helsinki Cathedral. I had booked a table for us, and we sat by the window, looking out at the square, and this was our view:





We enjoyed mulled wine and cakes. When they were closing (at 9p.m.), we moved to a bar and I left my friends like Cinderella, at midnight, to catch the last bus home. What a wonderful night it was. We haven't met in such a long time! I laughed so much I again almost fell of the bench! I love these people so much.

Kiitos ihanat rakkaat ystäväni! Thank you my dear lovely friends!

On another note, my dear friend Ninni is perfoming on upcoming compilation record, Saman taivaan alla, the profits go to ther Finnish red cross. Here is Ninni's song Valoa päin, enjoy!

Happy sunday, dear friends!



Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Kiitos! Tack! Thank you!

My inbox on facebook is filled with wondeful messages, there is a new feature, that you receive a notification that there is a message that needs to be accepted. Previously messages from people that you didn't know could end up in a folder called "other".
Little did I know that I would even receive thanks in the post. I can't believe how kind and generous people are! As I have told you, the walls in my house echo of kind and friendly words and I look back at all the kind, friendly and warm people I met during the two past weekends when my home was open for the Traditional Christmas Homes -event.

I am blessed. Thank you! Kiitos! Tack!



On an other note, me and L had a date last night. We haven't had too much time to spend just the two of us, so we headed to Helsinki, walked along the Töölö bay, stopped and drank a glass of sparkling wine by the shore and looked at the old lace-villas reflecting their lights in the sea. It was so beautiful. We then headed to the Finlandia house to see lovely Melody Gardot in consert. Here is Our love is easy, oh lala! We had a lovely romantic night. We almost fell asleep on the bus home. More dates coming up during this week...can't wait to spend more quality-time with this handsome and lovely man I am so very much in love with!

Take care dear friends!


Monday, 14 December 2015

Traditional Christmas Homes and Lucia



This weekend was the last Traditional Christmas Homes -event weekend. I had so many guests. All so wonderfully kind and respectful and just simply wonderful!


Yesterday three old friends arrived, I had not expected them to turn up, so I burst out in tears, so happy was I! Kiitos Anna, Anna ja Anu! Olette rakkaita ja ihania ystäviä!

I have received messages over facebook, from people who visited, who felt they wanted to thank me once more for opening the doors to my home.

One message in particukar, made me feel very humble. A woman I told that I am aware I am living my dream, and many others too. And I shall treasure that! Sorry for blowing my own trumpet, I just thought I have to share these wonderful words, just imagine how it makes me feel when I receive such praise and thanks. I have said it before, I say it again, I am blessed. And yes, I am living my dream.

"Tack för besöket idag! Jag är helt i ett lyckorus! Jag gillade ditt fina, mysiga hem med fantastiska detaljer! Sitter och njuter av bilderna jag knäppte. Min dröm är också ett litet hus med vedspis -ger inte upp, vet dock inte hur och när det ska bli... Rosendörren min absoluta favorit! Tänker bara vilken känsla att få öppna den varje morgon!! Du gav mig så mycket inspiration, glädje, lycka, hopp, tro! All lycka och glädje i ditt drömhus!"

My fast translatiton:
"Thank you for the visit today! I am in total bliss! I liked your nice, cozy home with fabulous details! Now I sit and enjoy the photos I snapped. My dream is also a small house with a wood stove - I shall not give up, I don't know how nor when it will be ... The rosedoor is my absolute favorite! I just imagine what a feelingit is must be to open it every morning !! You gave me so much inspiration, joy, happiness, hope, faith! I wish you all the happiness and joy in your dream home!




Later in the evening, we enjoyed the crowning of our local Lucia. Pardon my extremely bad photos. My mobile is really not very good...

This years's Lucia is in fact a former student of mine, and I was so proud. She is a wonderful soul, a perfect Lucia. 
After the crowning we all gathered in our church and enjoyed a beautiful Lucia procession with plenty of beautiful song.

And we finished the wonderful evening by enjoying a delicious meal.

Be happy happy, feel joy joy!


Friday, 11 December 2015

Spoiled human here!


I collect old dresses. I place them around in my house. One of the guests during the weekend, decided she wanted to give one of hers to me! Seriously! It is a 50's dress. Velvet. It has such beautiful details.
I can't believe how kind and generous people are!  Tusen tack snällaste Kristina!

In the beginning of the week I also received a special delivery. I was handed a larger box. Inside of it was the most beautiful himmeli (I don't know the name for this traditional decoration made of straw in english). It´s a three layer pyramid with diamond pendants made by himmeli-queen Brita Brunberg from Borgå. Kiitos Tuuti!



I am so grateful! And I am so spoiled! Tack! Kiitos! Thank you!


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Idea

... I try to find cheap, but still fun ideas to share, when people get stuck when planning christmas-presents.
Not everyone has a large budget to use, and not everyone has the time to make gifts themselves.

So this years sweet christmas-present idea is here, if you live in Finland you can just purchaise this little treat.There's a bunch of options to choose from, to my friend, to my darling, to the lovely one...

The ones not living in Finland can make this themselves. Buy (or make) a chocolate bar. The decide what you want to write to your friend. Then print or write it in a fine font. Paint or cut pictures from magazines. Attach to the chocolate bar.
Simple! It's the thought that counts isn't it? And chocolate is always right...

I gave one of these to my darling L last night, I hid it among his things. And he was happily surprised.



PS. This is not a sponsored post, nor do I work for this company.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Traditional Christmas homes -weekend




Oh what a weekend!

My walls echo of kind words and the ah's and oh's. I will cherish all the kindness and love we received during the weekend.
I also sold out most of the products from Ninitchi-shop. I need to try make more during the week.

Here are a few blogposts shared with me, plenty of lovely photos from the other Christmas homes:

This is blog Koti kolmelle. The blog is in finnish, but plenty pics: The six first pics are from Vackerbacka, our friends Tina and Juha live in this fabulous house. The following six pics are from Ajurintalo, the neighbouring house to Vackerbacka. Then the two following pics are from my lovely neighbours, the lovely sisters Sini and Heini, in their twinhouse Helgas. The four last pics are from my home, Lilla Ljuva.

Here is Marjon matkassa. The blog is also in finnish, the names of the houses are mentioned before the pics.

Here is Villipiha. The first picture is of Vackerbacka. The following two are from Villa Aaltonen. The fourth picture is from my dear friends Kaisa and Tuomo's home Pitkänpöydäntalo. Pictures 5,6,7 and 8 again are from Vackerbacka. The nineth picture is from Kunikaanlampi. And the last one is of a certain someone's bedroom...

I know many of these homes so well, I have spent plenty of time there as they are the homes of my dear friends.

Tusen tack all ni fina som besökte Lilla Ljuva! Tack för era vackra vänliga ord! Tack för de fina gåvorna! Jag är en bortskämd människa! 
Tuhat kiitosta kaikille jotka kävitte kylässä Lilla Ljuvassa! Kiitos kauniista ystävällisistä sanoistanne! Kiitos hienosita lahjoistanne! Olen hemmoteltu ihminen!
Thank you so much for visiting Lilla Ljuva, thank you for your kind words and thank you for the gifts! I am a spoilt human beeing!

Pictures above from the Koti kolmelle blog, from my home.

 


Friday, 4 December 2015

Hih...

...I placed my shoes randomly on the floor when I emptied my bag after a party at the school today. Later when I walked back into the bedroom it looked so funny with my dress -wallpaper.





Wishing you a lovely weekend !

Traditional Christmas Homes

My house has been invited to participate in the Traditional Christmas Homes -event held in my hometown Lovisa, two following weekends.

Darling L has been a wonderful companion in building Christmas for the fourth time!!!! We've had plenty of fun. He decorated the Christmas tree, and did it turn out wonderful! I am so pleased. May I present, Christmas tree year 2015:


When we had lit the candles and finished of some other work, we enjoyed some glögg, (it's mulled wine, bit we had non alcoholic glögg) on the veranda and enjoyed the beautiful Christmas tree. It was very cozy.

I have a small Ninitchi-shop open during the event. I sell yellow beewax candles, Kusudama origami flowers, paperheart-decorations, herbsigns, cutlery-hooks and of course, Ninitchi-brooches!


Lilla Ljuva, is ready to welcome guests to The Traditional Christmas Homes!