Friday, 15 December 2017

It is beautiful

This time, when it is very hectic, it is vital to stop for a while. On wednesday we celebrated Lucia, the bearer of light. This year our local Lucia is my dear student, the kindest and sweetes Ina.
Lovisanejdens Lucia 2017 Ina Nygrén.  The picture is borrowed from Nya Östis, a local paper.

 We attended the crowning and the event at the church afterwards. I cried. Because I was proud and because I think it is a truly fine tradition.
Wishing you a lovely weekend! Take care!
For the ones that like to read my columns, here is my latest.  

Love as usual. Love. Love. Love.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


Yesterday we celebrated Finland 100 years of independence.
There has been both small and big festivities and happenings during the year.
Me and my mister made dinner and waffles, later we took a closer look at our town hall, it was lit for the occasion.

Then we decided to create more hooks of old cutlery. We made many for the upcoming weekend. My house is part of an open house event, Lovisa jul. The event took place last weekend too, I had over 500 guests and sold out all hooks I had made, so we decided to make more.

I have a bell jar, and decided to make it part of a christmas decoration. I bought this delicate decoration in glass. I made a small cast in concrete to place a little branch for the x-mas decoration. And then one night I was lurking around in the park and looked for fallen branches, I found a few and stripped them of bark and moss. This is the outcome:

I have a christmas tree, obviously, as the event is to inspire and share the christmas spirit with the  guests. A tree is essential!

On saturday evening we attended a dinnerparty at our friends Nina and Peiks house. They have a lovely house with a huge verandah, perfect for dinners. Me and my mister, Thomas, Maria, Kristina, Aarne and Mats. Delicious food, great discussions. What a fantastic evening. When we walked home we both agreed we could have stayed longer, but due to the event the following day, we needed to get enough rest. I love it when my friends organize dinnerparties. Tack finisar för en underbar kväll!

Wishing you all a lovely end of week. Take care friends. Love, plenty of love!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Nightly adventures and tiffany

So last night I received a text from my friend and colleague asking if I wanted to join him and climb an attic and search for treasures. Did I want to? It is my true passion! So, I got dressed (I was in my pyjamas already!) and cykled away. We climbed some fabulous narrow wooden stairs and found an attic room filled with trash, meaning stuff I think is treasure. My friend played old tubas and trombones, in the middle of the night in a small atticroom. I was happy! No pictures to prove this place actually exists, but believe me, there was a wonderful little attic window, I could look out into an empty street, only the streetlights shimmering. Old furniture and old instruments, some dusty old clothing hanging along the walls, boxes and bags filled with secrets.The perfect hiding place!
I am spoiled to have friends who invite me to such adventures!

My tiffany project has just one more piece to go!

All the small windows are different in size, so it was impossible for me to make each piece fit exactly. Well, had I worked on it from home, with the exact measures for each window, then maybe it would have been possible. Still, I am well pleased with the outcome.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Take care dear friends! Love! Much love!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Dinner for one

I received a question on facebook, if I also cook for myself when I am alone. Yes I do!
Tonight I made a tomatosoup. Very easy. I first roasted cherry tomatoes in the oven, with a large onion and garlic with some olive oil, salt and sugar, balsamic vinegar and tarragon. Whilst the tomatoes were roasting, I let a can of ecological tomatoes and ½liter water boil lightly with vegetable broth in a saucepan. Once the cherry tomatoes were ready (approx 25 minutes) I added them to the saucepan and mixed with my stick blender. I added good buffala mozzarella (the ordinary mozzarella has no taste) on my plate and added the soup and basiloil. The basiloil is also easy. I ran a pot of fresh basil, 1 dl olive oil, salt and garlic through my mixer, and voilá!

Indeed a very delicious soup. I love warm soups during this season. I find it rather ridiculous to only cook for guests and not use serviettes and set the table when I dine myself. It would be a very poor everyday life if I chose that path.

For the ones that like to read my columns, here is a link to my latest.

On a sadder note. Yesterday I received the saddest news that my dear friend and colleague Rikard has passed away. Tack kära fina Rikard för allt. Det sitter en pojke på månen, han sjunger stilla sin sång, älska, älska för kärlek, älska en endaste gång!

Let us take care of each other, love and respect each other. And spread love and compassion.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Kitchen updates with a great plan

I have a plan. That is to open up for a backdoor, to be able to enjoy the backgarden. Now it is never in use as it is complicated, well, not extremely, but enough to make me never use it. Even though I have afternoon and evening sun. On one side of the house, there is an old Laburnum tree and a large stone that makes the side very very narrow, and once the Laburnum is in bloom, the branches fall down due to heavy flowers and blocks the path. On the other side again, there are lilacs in the way and a very narrow corner. I do not want to cut the Laburnum, and the lilacs have been cut but they are there as a fence and partly on my neighbour's side. So very complicated to fix. That is why I have planned to build a terrace and have a door, directly from the kitchen. I just need to wait for spring. No use in opening up for the door now that winter is coming. But I am preparing.

On friday I started building a small wall that will be between the oven and the door.

When I had covered all sides I decided it was time to go to bed and continue the next day:

On saturday I covered the lot with wallpaper. It is only missing window lists of some sort. I shall buy that on monday.
This is the utcome now with wallpaper. I found a suitable strip of an old Designers Guild wallpaper I had many many years ago in my home.

 Yesterday I attended the local scout's annual fishlucnh at a school nearby. They serve the most delicious fishdishes and soup. We were stuffed. This adorable sign greeted us when we came.

The ones who know swedish can perhaps spot there is a letter m missing. So cute.

Wishing you a lovely sunday!
Love as usual!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Bathroom updates

I am so pleased with my bathroom.
I have made a collaboration with Svedbergs. Which I am very happy about. I chose the Classic bathtub, it is a suitable size and style. I have a large bathroom, and I wish to keep it spacious. I also have my toilet seat from the same company, the washbasin was found in my garden. It is old and the washbasin cabinet is in fact a drawer I found in the attic.

May I present my bathroom:

The only thing missing is mosaic on the surface of the washbasin cabinet. But that is a work in process...

We have beautiful sunshine, the weather is just perfect! Beautiful autumn.

Take care. Love.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Theatre, preparations and support

On friday I saw the wonderful play called Suomi 100 000 by Juha Hurme, the ensemble consists of students from the Theatre Academy and Juha himself.
The play was in Isnäs, at a community house in the village. It was absolutely wonderful! A car full of my friends, Kaisa, Ilona, Arto and Hanna, we were all charmed and happy!

Today I had lunch with my dear brother and, well, hold on to your hats as this will surprise you:
I started preparations for  Yes. You see, my house is part of the open x-mas houses in my town, and I need to have all sorted by the first weekend in december. So if I want to be sane, I need to start preparing. No need to worry, I shall not bore you yet with my preparations, but I could not resist showing you one picture.

I baked big gingerbread hearts and decorated them. The scent in my house is divine. So I sent a pic to my darling as he is on tour with a friend to see a game, I received a wonderful reply: Helt enkelt fantastiskt vackert hjärta. It makes creating easy when one has such wonderful support.


Thursday, 26 October 2017

I'm excited!

My second tiffanyglass for my verandah is ready!

And we have received out first snow! It is winter! Unfortunately it is of a more wet sort and will melt away. But snow is snow even if it's wet!
Ok folks, it's thursday, time to beat my mister in badminton!

Take care, love to you all.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

I found something...

...I have been dreaming of for a long time. A sundial for my garden. At a fleamarket in Helsinki!
We travelled on a tram, we dined at a thai-restaurant and we saw Loving Vincent at the movies. We got a lift home in a car. I picked up some funny comments on the way, one in particular made me smile. This guy says, hey, do you know there are lighter and smaller watches available, look... (shows me his wristwatch!) Hih!

It is missing the top of the arrow. I made it of ceramics yesterday when I spent the afetrnoon with my friend Kaisa in her studio. She is a potter and we sometimes work together. I am planning a tiling project for my house and so does Kaisa, so we work on our project together. It is so much fun!

I am planning to cast a stand for it of concrete. But that is next summers project.

I received a letter in the post. From a person who knew my mother a long time ago. She had read my column and I was very touched to read her response to it. I feel so touched that she took time to write to me, it was so beautiful. I am very blessed.

Take care dear friends. Love. Love.
Here is a song from the film Loving Vincent. A cover by Lianne La Havas. Starry Starry night.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Spoiled moviegoer

We have a short autumn leave from work and I have been spoiled rotten (again!).

My darling knows I love a certain kind of aroma-candles, hence I received this beautiful candle as a gift. My darling also knows I am running out of perfume, only a little left. And then I receive this! I have used the same perfume for so long I would not know what to do if Kenzo decided not to produce flower anymore... tack älskade.
I ordered Ane Brun's latest cd, it arrived just in time for the short holiday. My favorite right now is this, a beautiful cover of Tom Petty's song, enjoy.

On wednesday I saw Sameblod. What an important film. I wish everyone could see this. It is vital that we see our history from all angles.

Yesterday I also saw a wonderful film, Victoria & Abdul. A warm film. I do recommend it aswell.

Someone commented on my facebook post, when I checked in to our local movietheatre on fb, (I do it everytime I see a film, to help make the movietheatre appear on facebook - and that is about once a week, sometimes many times a week or sometimes just once a month!) that how do you have time to see so many films and how can you afford it and bla-bla. Well, I am a moviegoer. Thesaurus describes a moviegoer as: Noun 1. moviegoer - someone who goes to see movies
Simple as that. It is my hobby, a dear interest. I have been a moviegoer all my life. I lived next door to a movietheatre as a child. I got to see all Disney's classics and other children's movies. I have always loved seeing film on big screen. I never get tired of it.  I used to be a frequent film festival goer too, but I don't attend as much as before. It was easy when living in the capital. I also do not own a tv. Have not for many years. To go see a film in a movietheatre is something I get pleasure from. I have managed to infect my partner. So we often see films together. But not all the time. It is no big deal for either of us to go see a film without the other. I love to see a film together and afterwards talk about it.

I shall see many more films this week, so my acquaintance who commented on my check-in will be mighty surprised. And for the question on how I can afford it. Well, it is all about priorities. I never hang out in bars, so there for ex.

I have a bathtub. It arrived during the week. Oh yes. Update on this coming your way soon. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017


I've cast some things previously in concrete and always thought it so darn wonderful. So I stumbled upon a wonderful Instagram account called houseofstrand and she has cast wonderful things using lace. I was so inspired, the next day I just had to try it out. So I paid a visit to the fleamarket to try find lace tablecloths. I found two. I started the project, this is what it looked like:

After about 24hrs it had burned enough to feel quite dry, so I took a chance and turned the lot and removed the lace. It was very fascinating to remove the lace and see the pattern revealed.

I let it burn for another day to dry completely. I am so very pleased. It has been so much fun to do.

This is the outcome and I am sure you can see why I am so very pleased, isn't it wonderful?

If you are interested in trying out something similar, visit houseofstrand, and take a look at the videos, it is in fact quite easy.

Take care dear friends! Love! Love!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Tiffany glass for my verandah

So the first tiffany glass for my verandah is ready, hooray!
It has been ever so fun to make, but not the easiest thing for me (personally) as I am the daughter of a tiffany-artist. I also had some slight difficulties finding the design. I received the solution to the design in a dream, just made a few alterations later to it, using the golden ratio I altered the size of the middle pieces.
Here is the solution to the design I wrote about a while back.
The outcome (the colour is unfortuantely not correct in the picture):

I did not attach it in place, as I did not want to open the window as I have just isolated with wollen yarn, and it is quite time consuming to do. So I wait until I have a few more.

Thursday. Again time to beat my mister in badminton. Hih!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


Autumn is a wonderful season. All the colours and the air, I feel the air is perfect.
Yesterday I stood for a while and looked at the birchtrees by the shore, they looked golden. The wind made the leaves fall, it looked like it was raining gold! I walked in golden rain. So so beautiful! My soul is fed well with all this beauty!

I found some crazy huge vintage fabric flowers at the fleamarket. Look how well they go with my cushions!

In the evening we had a parental evening at the school. We had a lecture by Micaela Romantschuk-Pietilä, she is the executive at an organisation called Hem och skola. The lecture was very inspiring, out of the box -thinking. I love beeing surprised like this, I like beeing challenged to think out of the box. It is so easy to get stuck in old routines, great to sometimes get woken up by inspiring people. 

I am so happy, so much in love. I feel at ease on so many levels. I am very privileged and grateful.
Love. Love. Love.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Weekends filled with bliss

Weekends like these are worth so much, I feel so happy!
On saturday I first had a small performance at an art-opening, I was honored to perform with Kalle Katz.
After the performance I met up with my darling, we bought groceries at the market and made a delicious dinner.
I also started working  on a project. On thursday I received the material for my chimney-project, it weighs 599kg! And yes I carried it all once by myself, I had to as it was going to rain and I was hysterical it would get wet.

Ok, so I do not want to look at a pile of construction material, so I had planned to proceed with a project called "The screen". I thought a screen would be perfect, it would be easy to move, but I also wanted it to be pretty too.
On saturday I started piling old fabric, old sheets, an old tablecloth and lots of lace.
This is how far I gor on saturday evening:

On sunday I continued working on my screen. And I was well pleased when it was finished. It poured down with rain most of the day, so it was the perfect thing to do on a rainy sunday. I also used some buttons I found.

Now I do not feel stressed about the chimney-project. It will proceed when my builder has time, he is very busy.

A new week. I wish us all a very good one. Take care friends, plenty of love!

Friday, 6 October 2017


It has been a great week!

On monday we kicked off a new sewing circle. We were so many!!!! And not everyone who had planned to participate could join! Fantastic! I learned how to crochet an african flower. So next time I shall do a few more, to really get a hang of it.

This week is a theme week for seniors in my town. I by no means identify as a senior, but there was a consert I attended. By Dallapé-orchestra. The vocalist and conductor is my former colleague Juha Hostikka. I have always adored his voice. I had goosebumps now. It was great to enjoy the concert and I even got to talk for a short while, oh my how I laughed! We share some great memories. Juha performed at my wedding, many many years ago.

Yesterday I received the material for my new chimney. Things are happening now. A new chimney, finishing touches to the new electricity and some changes to the bathroom. Slowly, slowly my renovation is getting ready.

Here is my latest column if you care to have a read.

Below is a sunray I caught. A sunray from the kitchenwindow, via a mirror in the bedroom and onto the wall where the wedding picture of my grandparents hang. My beautiful lovely grandmother Vieno. She passed away when I was 11years old. She was very dear to us all. The frame was in an awful condition, so I changed it a few years ago.

Weekend just around the corner, wishing you a lovely one! Lots of love to you all!

Monday, 2 October 2017

The outcome was...

... a wonderful weekend.
On saturday we hiked for many hours in autumn weather, the air was moist and the light was very special. It was wonderful. The archipelago, the sea, the weather and the bestest company of my darling.

In the evening we had dinner at L's parents. They had lit many fires in their garden, we felt so welcome. After a delicious dinner we cykled home in a mild evening.

On sunday my brother came to visit and we dined at our local nepalese restaurant, again a delicious meal. The rest of the day I spent isolating my windows. It is october and I wanted to turn the heating system on, but  no point in heating without proper isolation. I use 100% wool yarn.
But before I started my isolation-project, me and L installed a firewall in my kitchen. It's a firewall between the wooden stove and my kitchen unit. I have a building-permit and due to that I need to add certain things according to the fire safety requirements . So it is not pretty, but I tried to at least make it a little special. I cut short supports from an old copper water pipe. Looks a wee bit nicer than just ordinary screws.

Ok so new week, new month. Have a good one friends. Take care and love.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Muru, the media cat

Hih, Muru is famous. Locally famous, as this interview is in a local paper called Itäväylä. The article is about microchips for pets. Highly recommended.
My darling Muru, microchipped and loved media cat.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Almost exactly two years ago...

...we hiked in Repovesi nationalpark.
And on saturday we hiked there again! We had wonderful weather, sunny and warm. This we will keep in our hearts and recall when the dark winter feels overwhelming. I took no photographs at all, I keep all the beauty in my heart.

What a nice surprise to find a great interview with dear Tiia, my ex-sister-in-law, in the sunday paper. I could almost hear her say some of the answers out loud. That is when you have known someone for so many years.

Autumn has been gentle, but now I can feel it is time to isolate my windows and start heating. Time to cuddle up and burn candles, listen to soft music and sip favorite teas. Time for autumn.

 Stay warm dear friends.


Monday, 18 September 2017

There's beauty everywhere

The light this morning was just so beautiful. I sat drinking my coffee, just enjoying the beauty and feeling so blessed and so thankful for all that I have been given.

There is beauty everywhere. Remember that you are worthy of all the good that comes your way, open up to it, and it will find it's way to you. Make good your master, make good your way of life, make good your norm.

 Above is my comfort angel Rosa, under an antique chandelier and limetree branch.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Solution in a dream

I have wonderful windows on my verandah, each window has one large window/ glass and four small windows. I've always loved lead glass and tiffany glass. So I've decided to attach tiffany glass to the small windows. My only problem has been the design. I want something simple. For some reason this task has become a rather difficult one. I suppose simple isn't my thing. But I definitely want simple for my verandah.
Last night I saw it ready in my dream. All I had to do was draw the design today and I love it:

These are NOT the colours I am going to use. It is only to indicate the different pieces.
I have signed up for a course in order to get them done. Funny isn't it, I just happen to have so much in life, I need to enroll in a course in order to actually get things done!
I have been thinking about this design quite  a lot, because I think it would be good to have a ready idea once the course starts, so I need not use time there to plan and think of what to do. I can just start producing. I have over 30 small windows...

I cykled past our gardencentre today, they sell out plants and stuff. I picked up two hydrangeas and planted them today. I hope they will like it in my garden.

Wonderful Ane Brun is releasing a new album this autumn. A cover album. This is a first release. I love it.

Last week we saw Sofia Coppolas new film The Beguilded. It turned out quite different than what I had thought  when I saw the trailer. I really enjoyed it.

It has been so wonderful and warm, the autumn is just treating us so nicely.

Take care dear friends. Love. Much love.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Puppet Theatre and sunrays

Last week me and my friends Ilona and Kaisa, attended a wonderful and touching theatre play, with puppets and actors.
The play was called Kohtauspaikkoja kadonneille. My friend Iida Vanttaja has co-written and directed the play, and of course, made the puppets.

On tuesday a sunray found it's way to the bedroom. The sunray came through the kitchen window, via a mirror in the bedroom and onto a wall and tickled my grandmother, in her weddingphoto.

My dear grandmother Vieno. I loved her so much, still do.
Today I shall do something I haven't done in years. The ones who now me, know that I always cut my own hair. But now I have decided to give it a try, to go the hairdresser, hih!

Monday, 4 September 2017

We need love and a pun!

No, I am not preaching we forget and turn a blind eye to what is going on in the world.
But in order to be able to cope with the unfair world, we need love and a pun.
I think we all need a little tjo, hopp och kärlek. It is a pun of Tro, hopp och kärlek. Faith, hope and love. Faith is now a tjo, that is what we shout, tjo hopp, when we dance, when we have fun.
The pun is by my friend Haje. And I immediately wanted to embroider the words, but suddenly old wallpaper found in my house and some cut out letters made magic and tadaa, this is the outcome:

This is what I wish you all!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

When much is going on

Last week was rather hectic.
I spent thursday and friday out on an island called Svartholm, a former fortress. Tents and fires and spending all day with outdoor activities.
Came saturday and sunday, it was the annual open door event, Loviisan wanhat talot/ Lovisa historiska hus.
My house, Lilla Ljuva, was also open for the public.
So many wonderful guests, again the walls in my house echo of kind lovely words. I feel so grateful!

This picture is from friday evening, when I had received lots of sunflowers from my colleague.

I'm off to the theatre tonight with my friends. Take care dear ones. Love and love!

Monday, 21 August 2017

Cobblestone project update

During the weekend I continued working on my cobblestone -project.

Here I am working hard...I had sand in my hair, in my underwear, between my toes...

Wishing you a wonderful week. Be safe, be blessed, spread love.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A magical august night

Last night, me and my darling, drove to the neighbouring town, but in the countryside, along smaller roads and ended up walking a wooden path for 1km in a magical forest. We ended up at a wooden hut called Kannonnokka, had some tapas and sat on woolen blankets and enjoyed an intimate gig by Ninni Poijärvi and Mika Kuokkanen. Then Joshua James and Evan Coulombe took stage. What a gig. Beautiful, with the sun setting behind their backs, a beautiful night. August nights and beautiful music, my god, I cannot for the life of me describe the event.

Well, I first saw Joshua perform in Helsinki, soon five years ago. Or maybe longer. I loose track of time these days. And I was immediately charmed. His music resonates in me. 

I am obviously happy to have been able to introduce Joshua for my darling. It is never the same on record, so happy we took time to attend this special intimate gig. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to experience this.

Here is Feel the same.    

We drove home in the dark night. 

Love my dear friends. Love.

Sunday, 13 August 2017


For over two years I've thought of building a roof for my "heat source" in the back garden. With a little help from my darling this is the outcome:

I am very pleased! It is supposed to keep snow away from piling on top.

Last night we had a storm. Thunder and lightning and I don't think I've ever seen it rain like this before. It left households without electricity for hours! Trees have fallen and cut of roads and fallen on top of cars! My household was not affected by the storm at all. My darling made a delicious fishsoup, we ate in candlelight and had a cozy night.

Last thursday we attended Robbie Williams concert at Ratina stadion in Tampere. What a show! I cried when he sang I love my life. We had organized a bus transportation, so it was luxury to have a bus waiting for us after the show. I have honestly never been a person for big stadium concerts, they are usually too big for me, I don't feel they touch me. But for some reason I really enjoyed this concert, I danced and was happy! It also matters to see my darling so happy.

Work has started, I am so ready to get back to everyday routines. I enjoy my work so it is really a privilege to be able to say I am happy and rested after my loooooong holiday.

Wishing you all a lovely mid-august. I love this month!
Love and more love!

Monday, 7 August 2017

August, my love

I love the month of august, the velvet nights, the starlit skies, it's still summer but we are heading towards autumn. Slowly.

Last night we attended Lovisa Peaceforum's last event, there was discussion about Nonviolent peaceforce, and how it is possible and the actual fieldwork. I do admire people who do this, it is when a violent conflict starts that these brave people stay and do not withdraw.
The evening ended in a Hiroshima memorial where we lay lanterns in the water, while wonderful Lauri Wuolio played handpan.

On friday we were in other moods. We attended Borgå popfest to listen to Bo Kaspers orkester. And it was great!!! My darling has not seen them live before, this was my third time. In the end there was a surprise-guest, they have collaborated with finnish singer Frida Andersson, they performed their hit Paradiset. They also did my favorite Håll ut.
We left after Bo Kasper's, there was a gig by finnish singer Kaija Koo after, but neither of us enjoy her music, so it was easy to take a walk along the beautiful river and take the bus home. 

On saturday I met up with 10 person whom have been so important in my life, my fellow companions from the Theatre academy. It is 20yrs since we became Masters of Arts. Four years we studied togetehr. Four very intense years.
We met at the peak of Observatorieparken and drank champagne in the sun and it felt just all natural to see everyone. Blimey, 20 yrs since graduation!
We walked to our eventplace that was a small theatre. On stage there was a table set for 11 persons and we had a lovely dinner. I cannot remember when I last laughed so much. We watched old photographs and a few films. Oh my, we were so young then. So innocent.
It was a great evening and we danced and until morning hours. I walked to Kronohagen as I stayed with my ex-husband for the night.
Below is a picture of me and Max. We shared a flat, me, Max and Carl-Gustaf. The best memories. They have both become such great friends, and what great flat mates they were. This picture is taken after a very very long weekend. We were dead tired. And the quality of the picture isn't exactly great, but I think it sort of goes well with how we felt.

Below is a picture taken 24 yrs later! Max and me!

So happy and proud how well we all have succeeded in life. They are all very dear to me.

Take care friends. Enjoy august and love!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Friends, family and Saya

We've had friends and family visiting, oh what joy.

L's sweet son asked if he could take a look at my sconces that I had purchaised in Berlin four years ago. L had complained about me not finding anyone who could fix new wire to them. L's son happens to know this he asked if he could fix them for me. Well, I have told you I am spoiled haven't I? Look at the fantastic outcome:

I really enjoy how my bedroom turned out. The light, the curtains, the cushions. The wallpaper, I am in love!

I hand-dyed my cushions, as I really like the feel and form of them, the colour was just not right any longer. I used two Dylon colour-buttons and then washed the cushions in the washingmachine after the colouring process.
They also turned out just great, take a look:

They also go well with my patchwork quilt. I made it many, many years ago. From my husband's worn out shirts. I also used pieces from a scarf and a vintage flower fabric.

There has been quite a wee bit going on, I performed at Liljevisan, a lovely event in a nearby village. I am so happy I got the honor to perform there. I am a huge fan of the event myself, it is very warm event, great performers and musicians and I love the music.
My dear brother came to help me with my garden-project, he helped me place the huge tiles. I told you I am spoiled! So grateful!

Plan is to clean up the garden this week... so it is a work in process. Still, it has taken huge leaps! This is what it looked like a few months ago.

I made bruschetta the other day, it is my favorite this time of year, as the tomatoes in Finland are actually ripe now in the summer. I hate raw, faded tomatoes. So, in the summer I like to eat tomatoes and bruschetta is a favorite. I always peel the tomatoes, and that is very easy to do if you make a small cut in a cross pattern on top of the tomato and place the tomatoes in hot (boiling) water for a minute. Then peel off the tomatoe skin once they have cooled enough to handle. Chop (I always cut of the stem base) and add plenty of chopped basil, some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
I buy fresh bread from a local bakery based in a foodmarket, slice and brush one side with olive oil, I place the olive-oil side down when I roast the bread slices in the oven and once they have roasted for 5 minutes, I add bruschetta on to the olive-oil side, it creates a barrier so the juices don't make the bread soggy.

Here is my latest column if you care to read.

On friday I had my friends Kaisa and Ilona over, we had som sparkling wine and some tapas. We had planned to see a funny band we accidentally saw last year and then Kaisa saw an ad that they are back in town in july! We had a blast and danced and I was home in the morning hours...

What else can I say, I have had a wonderful summer. there is plenty left of it, so much going on, so I send you love and warm thoughts. Enjoy the season and love! Here is a wonderful song for you to breathe in, move to, or do like me, just start your day with this and the day will get a great feel, a wonderful flow and all will be fine my dear, just fine.

Lovely talented Sona Jobarteh and beautiful Saya.