Tuesday, 29 November 2016

This!

This beautiful advert, or shortfilm, tells a wider and deeper story than one would think could possibly fit within these seconds.


Oh what fun...

... it is to bake together!
I had planned to bake my gingerbread cottage last night, just to make sure I don't leave too many preparations for friday evening or saturday morning! So I have planned to make something every day. I love to prepare christmas, so I don't feel stressed to have something that "should be done" every day on a list...
So, last night my darling spontaneously asked if there was something he could help out with (I have planned the "to do" -list with only myself in mind, of course, since he has a life of his own!). We ended up baking the entire gingerbread cottage together. And what fun we had! We listened to christmas songs and ate traditional christmas-star pastries that I nearly burned!
The outcome is a small cottage with a huuuuge chimney :D
The house is filled with a lovely scent of gingerbread and there is something magical in that scent.



 This gingerbread cottage symbolizes fun, preparing for christmas should be fun! I hope you can lower your own expectations, no point in stressing out for a few holiday days.
I know it may be easier said that done, but try to have at least a little fun when preparing! I shall!
Take care of yourselves.  Love and love even a little bit more.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

If only...

... there were more hours to the day!

I have held the second part of the theatre workshop this weekend. I have had the honour and pleasure to work with brave and fun people, they just threw themselves into each improvisation with open minds and hearts. I am very happy and proud of each and every one participant.

Due to my house beeing part of the traditional christmas homes open for the public, two weekends in december, I've had requests to do a few more interviews. I have turned down both requests. I just think I haven't got anything new to say. And blimey, my house has been featured in many papers and magazines, and just recently it has been featured in two magazines. I have no desire to become known nor to figure in every possible media, please do not think I have become proud, I just feel, well, there has been quit enough writings about my lovely house and the ones interested will have read all there is to know. In fact, I think people will grow tired of seeing the same face, the same house, reading the same story. I've had a lovely warm respons from unknown readers, I've received mail in the post and messages on fb and even a text and a phonecall one early morning! I am grateful for all the kind comments, all the shown interest and praise! Thank you!
Luckily I know some of the houseowners for the new traditional christmas homes, I could warmly recommend!

Preparations for the upcoming two weekends are on the go! There's plenty to be done - luckily I love preparing for christmas! And we get to really enjoy all the preparations, all the decorations, all the flowers and the christmas tree. We have planned to decorate the tree together, like we've done before, it's our tradition. To drink mulled wine, listen to christmas songs, sing along and decorate our tree.

A week is coming to it's end. A month is coming to its' end, and soon this year is coming to its' end. I am blessed and privileged. I am grateful and hope you are too. I send you love. Take care. And thank you november.


Above is one of my spoonfairies that hang in my kitchen and puts a smile on my face every single day. I certainly am easily pleased!


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Inspired by a picture

A friend of mine posted a picture on fb, a cozy picture of Iittala's Kastehelmi tealight holders in many colours. I thought it looked wonderful. On monday I walked past Iittala shop's window and saw the same tealight holders in their window. I simply could not resist buying a few.
I bought them in the same sea blue colour as I have plenty of Iittala's Kivi -tealight holders and three Marimekko bowls.
I think they are lovely!


Thursday. How time flies. And again time to beat a certain mister in badminton...hih!
Love and spread love, that is what we need to do in november.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Intense





I've held a theatre workshop during the weekend, a lot of fun! What wonderful creative energy I get to surround myself with!The participants were of all age, which was also fun. We have played plenty of games.We then explored and improvised characters using lots of different hats and shoes and different tensions. Oh my, I feel so privileged to work within this field.

On saturday I threw the first real party in my house. I had invited twelve guests, ten of them could attend. I made plenty of food to eat. The menu consisted of a salad as a base, shredded crisp ice-sallad with fresh herbs (basil, coriander, parsley) flavored with a hint of white balsamico.
I had made an omelette with cheddar cheese that was served cold. I served trout,  and tofu for the vegan guests. I had marinated black and green olives with garlic, sundried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, small organic crisps filled with tapenade and shrimps in aioli, bred with hummus and an 80´s classic, fruit skewers with watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi and pear.
For desert I had baked a blueberry tarte, with cream filling and chocolate truffles. Together with my darling L, we managed to get all sorted just before the guests arived.

I had bought eight bottles of sparkling wine, one was left unopened!
I have the world's kindest boyfriend. During the day, when I was away on my theatre workshop, he had done all the dishes, taken care of the empty bottles and I came home to a house with absolutely no signs of a party!

I am so pleased. Happy to have such wonderful people in my life! And a house that now can host small parties. And happy to have a partner to co-host with.

I took no pictures. I just never had the time!

Now sunday is coming to a close. Time to cuddle up in bed, maybe read for a short while.
And remember to love and believe you are worthy of all good that comes your way. Wish and strive for peace. Take care!

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Sunday

Yesterday me and L cooked together and the outcome was a super-delicious fishsoup! With traditional skärgårdslimpa -bread and home made farmers cheese (not by me, our friend Benita is the farmers cheese -queen!). It is nice to cook together.

I went through some old papers and such and stumbled upon this picture, taken tweleve years ago. The funny thing with this picture is that I can recall the exact moment this picture was taken. I can even recall what we said to each other, me and the person who took the picture. I have in fact. just before the picture was taken, laughed so much I almost fell off a chair. I am trying to hold a straight face her! I never seem to be able to laugh, so that I would not be in danger of falling of chairs! The person behind the camera is all responsible for my laughter, a very funny and dear person!


Today is father's day. My dad is soon on his way and we shall meet for lunch. Happy father's day to all! Love to you all.

Friday, 11 November 2016

There is a crack in everything. That´s how the light gets in.

A beautiful morning. To wake up to an orange sun rising. The warm light it spread.

Followed by the news of our dear Leonard Cohen.
I saw him in consert in september 2012. It was a magical night. I have loved his words and his melodies for decades. There is a crack in everything. That´s how the light gets in.

On tuesday me and my darling saw wonderful Weeping Willows at Tavastia. What a fantastic night! Their music resonates good vibes in me. Fills me with good. I was happy, I still am.
There was a fine moment when singer Magnus Carlson made a dream come true! He invited guitarhero Esa Pulliainen on stage and performed an old Agents song. In finnish!!!! I found a clip from youtube, wonderful!!!!! Surujen kitara!

We have been blessed with plenty of wonderful snow! Winter is here. There is a cloud though, they have promised a drastic change in weather next week, according to the weatherforecast there will be rain next week. Rain!!! Why oh why. Still, it might not happen. It is still only a forecast!



Wishing you a wonderful weekend, dear dear friends. Love!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Article in Helsingin Sanomat

Some weeks ago a reporter and later a photographer from Helsingin Sanomat newspaper made a visit to my house and the outcome is this article. There is a funny video too, hih...

 Photo by Sami Kero/ HS

Happy sunday folks!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

This makes me ah, so so happy!



This is Alberta Vaughn in Picking Peaches. Oh la la! Love love and love even more!

Comprehending time

I have been renovating a house since beginning of year 2014.
This summer I completed one of the bigger tasks, the livingroom. It had been used as storage for my belongings and furniture. Storage for tools. Storage for building material. It was also a room in the making. Or work in progress.
I stumbled upon this picture from the summer, when I was in the middle of renovation. It honestly feels like a lifetime ago. And it is only four months ago! Sometimes it is really difficult comprehending time. Something that happened many many years ago, can feel as if it only happened recently and like my renovation last summer, it feels as if it is a very long time ago!


Winter has arrived. On monday I cleared the last bits and pieces in my garden and on tuesday my dearest L helped me empty the water barrel and we carried some larger stuff to storage.
We are ready! Ice bug shoes in use (No, I don't get commission for this, I just believe in sharing good advice!).
Take care! Love and love even more!