Sunday, 30 October 2016

Sunday again!

On thursday evening it just rained and rained, and according to finnish law, if it rains nonstop a whole day one must make french toast. So we obliged and enjoyed the delight and forgot all about the rain. Hih!
Friday and we headed to Helsinki and Hartwall Arena to see Kent, their farewell tour. Here is my absolute favorite! Utan dina andetag. A song I often perform myself. Yes, I cried when they performed it. It was a good but very very loud evening!

Yesterday I held an origami kusudama flower workshop, at our local community college.
I had my daylight lamp with me, so we all took light therapy whilst folding origami. Drank coffee, and had great discussions about creativity. We all agreed that in most of DIY and crafts programmes showed on tv, you need to invest in many and often expensive tools in order to even get started on the project. My goal at Ninitchi, has been to create projects that need very little or no tools at all. And I also try to recykle as much of the material as possible.
One of the participants made this beautiful kusudama flower ball. It consists of 12 kusudama flowers. Each flower is made of old booksheets. I am so proud. And happy. We had a great few hours together.


In the evening, me and my mister kicked of Lovisa creative. What a fun and inspirational get together and party. Great talks, great performances, great band (The heartbeat band!) and great people. I spoke with so many wonderful souls, and as may others, we also thought we just pop in and stay for an hour or so, but turned out such a great night we stayed late.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Light

On monday I baked a quiche with fungus (trattkanttarell), onion, garlic and parmesan cheese. We drank home brewed porter beer. My friend Bill is a beer-brew-master. What a delicious dinner.
For desert we ate handmade chocolate by Petri's, that I bought at our local deli shop, Nala deli. We used to sell Petri's handmade chocolate at the café, many years ago. We had parisienne coffee, with oatmilk, oh my, I am hooked, try, it's delicious!


Now is the time when evenings are dark. Well, the days are dark too. I have started to use my daylight-lamp, I want to believe it works. It does. My cat loves it too. As soon as I light it, she comes to enjoy daylight-therapy, hih! I light plenty of candles and try to make it cosy, listen to music and snug up on the sofa.

Take care of yourselves, especially when we go into this long dark period. And love.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Kusudama flower with a message

I am holding an origami short-course in the weekend, we are folding kusudama flowers of old books and I wanted to create a few versions to show what you can do with old books. You need of course to know what book you are using, in order to be able to plan.
I used a broken french dictionary and cut out the pages that had words describing my relationship. Hih! This can be done as a gift to your partner, your lover, your friend, your family, well, anyone. Or why not give a kusudama flower as a gift to someone you secretly fancy, see if the receiver can crack the code..
Go through the dictionary and pick out the pages that have words that you are looking for. You need five petals per flower, so you need to pick five words on five pages.
And then remember to keep the word you want to be visible, facing you through all the folding stages.
I picked words like belle, amour, sympathique, sentir and tressaillir, just because our love really makes me go all bananas and I still have butterflies in my tummy and I do shiver of sheer delight!



If you live in Lovisa or nearby, there are still a few places left for the course on saturday. Get in touch with MI and join us, I promise it will be fun and you will come home with a bunch of pretty kusudama flowers. To give away or decorate your table for the upcoming x-mas season...

Monday, 24 October 2016

Weekend

On saturday afternoon I met up with my friend Sanni at our local cinema, but we had mistaken the time, so we drove out to see their (hers and Bill's) new house, what a beautiful old house it was. I also met a lovely dog called Kaneli, who loves attention and sat in my lap whilst I was there. I love animals so I was very very happy.
After plenty doglove and tea we drove back into town and caught the film a few hours later. We saw the hilarious Love and friendship.
After the film I popped into restaurant Sakura, they had a Japanese buffet this saturday evening, but unfortuantely the event had ended by the time the movie was finished. But, I saw there were lots of people still inside and all the lights on and fires burning outdoors, so I thought I pop by. I was greeted with a welcome and enjoy the buffet. So I did! Oh what a lovely treat it was!

Sunday evening turned out a feast aswell, after my danceclass my dear friends Oona and Jarna came to visit. We made tea and french toast, my goodness how delicious it was. We had a lot of french toast!


What a lovely weekend! New week and new adventures awaiting! Have a lovely one, be generous with love! Today is UN day and we can all give a little time to reflect upon the situation in the world. There will be a peacemarch in Helsinki this afternoon at 5p.m.  There will also be a charity-concert. In the link there is more information on how to help.
Syria, Aleppo, we see you! You are not forgotten! #syria #peaceforsyria

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Suddenly...

...whilst listening to an old cd by Anna Järvinen, I travelled back many years in time. The song is called Nattmusik. The title always makes me want to whisper.
I lived in a house where all the rooms had different coloured walls. The kitchen walls I had painted with dots. The bedroom was lavender coloured.
Nattmusik echoed wonderfully on the lavendercoloured walls. I couldn't believe there could be melodies tunes sounds like this. Anna's music was magical for me. It still is. I lay in bed and listened with all my senses. I was happy then.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Oh what a week!

Woke up to a very grey day. Saturday. Realised whist enjoying breakfast that some things have gone missing. I might have to report following things missing: colours, the sky has lost it's colours! Some cheeky person took all the blues away! The sun! I mean really, who steals a sun? That is not fair! Warmth. It is freezing cold and one needs to stay indoors all day loooooong! So please return colours, the sun and warmth back immediately!
I had a crazy week as I told you. On monday, straight after work I met a reporter at home. Afterwards I had a meeting regarding a theatre workshop I am holding later in the year.
On tuesday morning a fun photographer came to take pics of my house and make a video about a few renovayiontips. It was so much fun!


In the afternoon me and L took a long walk and on our way back home, we collected a frame I had ordered.
On wednesday I saw Tyttö nimeltä Varpu at the cinema with our students. Such a touching film. The leading role is played by the daughter of my two friends. Guess how proud we all are!!!! After the film I attened water-aerobics and sauna. And then a certain darling took me out for dinner. What a  great way to start a short autumn brake!
On thursday morning a photographer again came to visit. They made a christmas-delicacies photo shoot. They left all the delicacies as a thank you for borrowing my premises. Great deal!




Then I had a lunchdate with my darling and we headed to see a swedish childrens film, called Siv sover vilse. After the film I tried to beat my mister in badminton. With emphasis on trying. A great hobby. We both enjoy it very much. We endulged in christmas treats and fell asleep confused whether we were on autumn brake or christmas holiday, hih! Still a way to go until christmas though...

Friday came I and had a late and long breakfast. Then I read. In bed. On the sofa. By the kitchen table. I am reading Vi är alla helt utom oss by Karen Joy Fowler. Here is a review in swedish. I ordered it from the library and manged to recieve it just for my autumn brake.

Now I shall read some more, it is very interesting! And maybe go report some things gone missing...

Have a great weekend folks! Love!

Friday, 21 October 2016

A lovely feature

I am trying to be a bit better at letting you guys know when my house has been featured in magazines or papers.
I really am not very good at that, not because of shyness, I just have this idea that I don't want to ramble on about me, myself and I and how MY extremely exceptional house is in this and that very important paper and how extremely important me, myself and I are! And how you must all drool over what an exceptionally PERFECT life me, myself and I lead!

I personally don't like people who only talk about themselves, their jobs, their spouses, their kids, their house...their perrrrrrrfect life. So I try to avoid turning into a cynical person like that.
I surely know how to blow my own horn, when there is reason to. But having been featured in quite many magazines and papers, I sometimes think, you might not be so interested. But since I have now been specifically asked to mention when and where my house is featured, I take the risk I might loose a few readers. Sorry about that!

So here is an exceptioanlly lovely (no irony here, I am serious!) in Kodin Pellervo magazine. I adore the pictures, I drool! And wonder, is that really my house? And the article itself is written in such a nice straight forward way, I drool over that too.

Here's a couple of mobileshots of the feature.




Have a lovely weekend! I've had one of those incredible weeks, well, I'll do a post about it during the weekend.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Ring them bells

Ring them bells ye heathen from the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries cross the valleys and streams
For they're deep and they're wide
And the world is on its side
And time is running backwards
And so is the bride
Ring them bells Saint Peter where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an iron hand
So the people will know
Oh it's rush hour now
On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down upon the sacred cow
Ring them bells Sweet Martha for the poor man's son
Ring them bells so the world will know that God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep
Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled with lost sheep
Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells for the time that flies
For the child that cries
When innocence dies
Ring them bells for Saint Catherine from the top of the room
Ring them bells from the fortress for the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long and the fighting is strong
And they're breaking down the distance between right and wrong


These lyrics are by Bob Dylan.
Mr. Dylan won the Nobel prize in literature during the week.
These lyrics have been on my mind ever since the churches around Finland, and now around the world, started to toll their bells for all the victims, all the innocent people who have been killed in this horrible massacre that takes place in Aleppo.

Here is a wonderful version by Sarah Jarosz. Yes, I have posted it before.

Ring them bells #BellsForAleppo

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Charmed by autumn

I have always loved autumn, not only for the colourfeast we are blessed with, but the preparation it offers, for us to prepare ourselves for winter. I am not filled with as much energy and creativity in winter, as during the other seasons. I think I go into a sort of hibernation. I love to cuddle up at home and enjoy candles and music. I bake more, and read more.

I think it is good to learn to know what sort of person you are. Are you like me, that you are in hibernation or perhaps winter does not affect you in this way at all. If you are more of my sort, it is good to listen to yourself. Do not demand the same effiency of yourself. Be gentle and kind towards yourself if you feel there is a slower, more quiet version of you. This helps you be yourself and enables you to enjoy all the seasons, at the same time respecting your own terms and conditions.




Wishing you all a lovely sunday. Be gentle, be loving. Towards yourself and others. Love.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Happiness is...

... a räppänä. And the worlds kindest brother who found it and bought it for me!
These vents are hard to come by. I found one for my house a few years ago. And have been hunting for one more since...
Well, my brother found this one and now all I need to do is grind the surface of rust and paint. This will be perfect in my house.


Wishing you a lovely thursday! Love. Love. Love.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

I don't know

I felt it since I woke up. That it was inside out, upside down or perhaps just slightly askew. I just never got hold of monday. And I do not know why. I've got nothing against mondays in general. Or any other days for that matter.
I tried to make the best of it, despite the feeling it was inside out, upside down or perhaps just slightly askew.

My neighbour brought apples, so I made lots more applejam. For a certain very dear mister.
Oona and Jarna brought fungus again, so I made a delicious fungus (trattkanttarell) stew, rich with cream. With boiled potatoes and smoked salmon.

The day came to its end. It was easy to let go.

What I know is that after 26 days we change our clocks again. So many people oppose this. I am not affected, but I can very well understand how the change of time can affect your routines and your sleep and your everyday life.
In 91 days we celebrate christmas. I love christmas. I know many who hate it. Once again I can  understand why. Christmas is forced upon us earlier and earlier every year. And the meaning of christmas is long lost. And the expectations are very high and often unrealistic.
In 98 days we welcome a new year. My goodness. 2017.
In 144 days we celebrate valentines day. Also a day filled with contradiction. A day that focuses on perfect love, finding the right one, foreverlasting love, dreams, hopes and expectations.
In 246 days we celebrate the first day of Ramadan.

I personally like to celebrate and prepare for all sorts of celebrations. But I want to do this without forcing everyone else to celebrate the same as I like to. I also wish we would let go of unrealistic expectations.

Take care lovely rainbows. Respect and love.


This acrobat shows her talents...drinking directly from the tap!

Monday, 3 October 2016

Dear Maya and rainbows

I have been painting the shed. Well, not all of it. I painted the doors. Black. The actual shed is traditional red ocher pigment. The list around the roof were natural wood. So after I had painted the doors, the first thing my brother said, when he saw the result was, it looks great, have you thought of painting the lists around the roof black aswell? Hmmmm, to be honest, I had not thought of painting them at all. Later the same day, when L saw the newly painted doors, he said how great they looked and asked, have you thought of painting the lists around the roof black aswell?
Well, on saturday I bought some more black paint and painted the lists. Black. It looks good.

On saturday I also baked. We had huge pieces of feta-spinach quiche, with a a light salad for late dinner.


For desert we had an apple&almond-paste tarte. With coffee. The ony thing missing was a small glass of either sauternes or calvados. We had neither.


On sunday me and my friend Nina travelled to our neighbouring town Borgå, to take part in Porvoo jazz festival.
We had tickets to Viktoria Tolstoys consert. I got chills when she perfomed my favoriteA moment of now.
I asked permission to take this photo when she signed records after the show.



In the evening I ate cake and drank tea at my friends Oona and Jarna. What a wonderful weekend once again!

Here is our dear Maya Angelou, talking about how we should be rainbows in someone else's clouds. This is so powerful, this is so beautiful.
Spread rainbows and love, dear friends.