Friday, 3 July 2015

Summer peaks


We've had a wonderful change in weather, it is sunny and warm.
Lots of socializing going on, going out, dining out, barbeque...we haven't had a night on our own with L for ages. So tonight we are having a date! Can't wait!
But before that, guess what I am up to? Starts with a c? Yes, yes, cobblestone-ptoject still continues.

Going to be a warm sunny day and I need to cover up, I burn easily in the sun. Redheads have definitely more fun, but we burn;)

Above is a sculpture on a thick book.


Saturday, 27 June 2015

A bargain





I found this lovely chair at the fleamarket. A real bargain for 20 euros. The back was upholstered, but I prefer it without. The seat has too much stuffing, so I shall take care of that too...but still perfect for Muru to sit on, hih!


It is raining again. So my cobblestone-project has to wait. Surely one can work when it is raining but I am not that eager...

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Cobblestone project

So that is all I can think of and talk about and plan and do and dream and write about... Well luckily it hasn't gone that far. Yet.
This is how far I got yesterday. Today L helped me get some more stones. He is the kindest. So tomorrow I can continue...


I am very pleased with the outcome. It is all natural stone, so the sizes vary, some are rather big and quite deep in the soil. I think this sort of cobblestone suits my garden better than the new cobblestones that are often very similar in size.

One small step towards one of my dreams...I have always been weak for small gardens with cobblestone and lilacs. When in Gothenburg, I had to stop at every gate and sigh and fill my heart and soul with all the beautiful inner gardens, all covered in, yes, cobblestone and with lilacs. Those images never left me. And here I am, many years later, my garden is surrounded with lilacs and now there shall be cobblestone too. I want to sit on a bench with my darling, hold his hand and hum to any of his favorite songs and look at him closing his eyes as he listens to my humming...

But first I need to finish the project!


Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Dancing





I used to do a lot of dancing before, now for ther past few years, it is only occasional. Simply as I haven't had time, due to I am renovating a house!


But yesterday I attended a course in Helsinki. We did the basic waltz, oh, how I enjoy those long slides on the floor and the turns, yes, let's do more turns! We also did a really showy cha cha, I smiled all the way home as I was a happy gal'! To wear dancing shoes, they have a t-strap and heels and a skirt, oh happy joy-joy! I am by no means a ballroom type of dancer, but I do enjoy some ballroom dances, but not the competing styles. They are no longer natural in my opinion.

The music was wonderful, we waltzed to Charles Aznavour! My goodness, I loved his music as a child! Here is one of my favorites, Non, je n'ai rien oublié.

Time to continue with the cobblestone -project...

Above are my veggies on the kitchen counter. I keep salt in a shell. It is handy when cooking.

Be well my friends!

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Midsummer, mittumaari

So now we have celebrated midsummer.
The weather made a sudden change, from lousy grey and rainy, it suddenly became warm and the clouds started to form in the sky and the sun decided to show up! I had rhubarb-juice and a slice of bun at L's lovely kiosk in the afternoon.


Later we made dinner, a salad to start with and toast Skagen for main course, for desert we had coffee and cake. I decorated the cake with violets, slightly visible in the picture. The cake was delicious. And baked by my friend Anci, as a payment for a job. We enjoyed some ecological sparkling wine.

Later in the evening we cykled about, bumped into some friends, chatted with them and headed down to the seaside and had a few drinks.

We had a lovely midsummer, I wore a flower wreath and flower dress and topped it off with socks in my sandals, very chic, hih!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Summer?

I have been busy with fun projects.
Darling L opened his summer café and kiosk. He wanted me, or infact Ninitchi,  to make a few interior changes. So I made a flagbanner, and cleaned the facade from too much clutter, added a few details, and voilá , he is very pleased with the outcome. I even made a few changes inside the kiosk, as that is the place he is mainly, it has to be cosy and convenient. It is now. I got him a coffeemachine, a double Moccamaster, with a little help from my ex-mother-in-law, kiitos Tuuti!


We, L and me, made a little trip to our nearby town Borgå. We walked in the oldtown, popped into antiqueshops and toyshops and had lunch (and held the rain) in a restaurant, had coffee in the backyard of a café. When we had strolled for almost five hours we both felt it was time to head home.

I have been working in my garden also. Started a "small" project, laying cobblestone.


Here is a closeup.

I also made rhubarb-juice. It is the best drink in the summer!

...and more is coming! Just received many kilos of rhubarb from my friend Benita! Made some more juice, and making rhubarb and strawberry desert for tonight. With some whipped cream.

Tomorrow is midsummer eve. We have really sad weather here. It rains and is chilly. Just around ten degrees! I am serious! Still going to wear a flower dress.
This year I am not baking a cake. As I received two cakes as payment for a job, and got to pick the dates for when I wish to have the cakes delivered, hih! So this is the first one. A blueberrycake.

Wishing you wonderful midsummer! Stay warm dear friends!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Summertime


Luxury is when your love arrives home from Wienna with a real Sacher-cake!

 
Luxury is sundaybreakfast outdoors with a clearbue sky. The blue chairs, we have two, are purchaised from a local shop called Karamaloo. Their products are from Gambia, Senegal and Ghana. They are so comfy to sit in! 
 
Have a wonderful  sunday!


Friday, 5 June 2015

Ready!





Now my bathroom door is ready. A crazy overdose of flowers. A door in bloom.

Now I'm off to meet my love, he is home from Wienna in less than an hour! I cannot wait to have my darling home again.

Happy weekend lovely friends!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

A door in bloom

When renovating, I try to use things that I have found in the house that can be used, if it is in working order, like my stove and the basin in the bathroom. Most doors. This door was in the attic, a boooring and ugly 80's wooden door. But I needed a door for my bathroom, so I used this one and thought, I'll do something to it one day. This is the outcome. The surroundings are still in process,  slowly slowly.

I started by covering the door with old booksheets.
I then started to add flowers.

Ended up with a door in bloom..


Hair and Suffragette trailer

I was a child during the 70's, the trendy hairstyle then was the potty-style, you know, shortish round. I never had long hair. I've secretly envied people with long hair, but never managed to grow it long as I really liked having short hair. For the past, I don't know how many years, I've had a page. I've let my hair grow now and recently learned how to do different hairdos.
So on saturday I sported with one hairdo. It was soooo difficult to capture on photo...here is how I tried, either too close, too far aside, past my head...hih! The last picture finally captured my hairdo!







Oh, I cannot wait for the Suffragettes to premier! Here's the trailer.
”We're in every house, we're half the human race you cannot stop us all...”

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

When I am...

...working on a fun project I loose time. Right now I am working on my house and I have a few really fun and time consuming projects on the go, so it is a good thing I enjoy it! And loose time!

... in love. I just want to post silly things about me and L.  And how happy I am. How much in love I am. And how my whole life is a love song.


Found some old photos at the flea market. This one just charmed me. The words are not mine. But the internet gives me hundreds of options to who might have written them...so, for now I'll just tell they are not mine.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Blessed is sunday

Today has been wonderful, filled with love, food and a little fun work.


I made a finnish version of galettes for dinner, well, it is not galettes at all as I didn't fry galettes, I used a flatbread! But the topping is something I usually top galettes with...I topped it with spinach, slices of apple, fried mushrooms and fried tomatoes, grilled chevré and roasted pumpkin seeds, fresh coriander and balsamico. Sooooo delicious!


Here is my row of adorable dogs made by my friend Kaisa. They hang in my kitchen.

Time to take farewell of may and welcome june!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Summer reading


Hooooray, my summer-reading arrived today!This is what I shall start my holiday with. The top one, by Liv Strömquist and Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli, I ordered because I simply adore all that Liv does. I have also read many of Nina Åkestams chronicles and her blog, so looking forward to reading her book.

Ok. Soon it's time to take farewell of may. I've said it before - I'll say it again, where oh where does time fly?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Light and happiness





Oh the light.
The light is so wonderful.

All colours are different in this light and I love all the shades.

My friend Johanna arrives today. She stays for the weekend. How I have missed her and waited! We last met in Berlin almost exactly a year ago! We rented an apartment through airbnb, a really wonderful apartment and we enjoyed looooong breakfasts and late nights in jazzclubs. It's her first visit to my house, so I cannot wait to show her all that I have done.

Life is soooo good. And I have the world's absolute best people in my life!  Hashtag feelinggrateful, hih!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The chair project...

Well,  the chair project...it wasn't really possible to make it "sittable". The wood was far too weatherworn. So, it became a flower table instead.
I wrote about the chair project first here.  

Monday, 18 May 2015

Welding and casting


I was given a church candelabra without a foot. I received a note saying "maybe you can figure out how to save this candelabra and make it stand". So I looked at it for about a month and then one day I knew what to do. I wanted something rough so I casted the foot in concrete. I first added a screw (there was a hole) and welded a metal cross to the screw to make it more stable inside the concrete.

It turned out just fine. And as I love burning candles - this is just perfect in my home!


Sunday, 17 May 2015

Terrace

What have I done for the past three days? Drilling mostly! With the kind help of my darling L and my dad. We work so well together, and my parents are so charmed and love L!

It all started with this drawing by L and me. 

Then I bought all material that I needed from a local hardware store and had it all shipped to my garden, just in time for us to start.


Now the groundwork was ready and we built the steps. This is were we ended after the second day, friday. And I attended a 50th birthday in Helsinki. What a wonderful party it was, so many old friends, wonderful touching performances. Fell asleep a very happy human beeing!


We continued work on saturday and finished the terrace. Voilá! There are few small details we shall work on today with L. But first we shall attend a dance-performace by my students.

First breakfast on the terrace!!!

Next year I shall paint the terrace with Roslags-mahogny, I love the warm shade, it will be a good contrast to the grey facade. I have black details, the outdoor lantern/ light is black, above my door there will be a black canopy, the letterbox is black...so I need a warm shade.
Have you read this?  Inhabitants in a small german town asked to be allowed to welcome asylum-seekers as they no longer could stand the horrible news! We need more of these kind of news. Because not all Europeans are anti-immigrants! Love!!!!

I am so compeletely charmed by Yonas new album. I listen to it nonstop! Here is wonderful Uusi taivas. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful sunday dear friends!


Sunday, 10 May 2015

Mothersday

Today we celebrate all mothers. It is a beautiful sunny day! Above is a little vintage weatherworn lampshade hanging from a tree in my garden, it is fun to sit under the tree and look at it swing softly in the wind, with the prisms. 

During the week I painted rugs on the pavement with my students. I shall upload pics of the ready rugs, once it is done. It has been such a fun project to take part in, we have received such nice comments and praise for our work. The students feel they are part of something special and that is what counts.

Yesterday me and L traveled to Helsinki, and took a ferry over to the Sveaborg fortress. We attended a guided tour of parts of the fortress and dined at café Chapman. We were treated to great food and the staff were so kind, we spoke to one of the waiters, he came up to us and asked were we came from and he told about himself, how he works as a gardener on the island and during the high peaks, he steps in and helps out waitering. Such a sweet soul.

Above is the floor inside one of the "caves" in the fort. It  probablyhas been added later. So beautiful. I took the picture to add to my file of pics to use when I design my patio or greenhouse, this sort of floor would be perfect.

We later attended a UIT show at the Peacock-theatre at the Borgbacken amusementpark. Two of my friends are performing in this years show called Kivaa ja korkealta. Even though shows aren't really my cup of tea, to be honest, I really enjoyed the few hours at the theatre. Kiitos Timo ja Puntti!

When we came home in the early evening we took a little cykleride, payed a visit to our friend Taika and ended up having a few beers in a local pub with friends. What a day! What a wonderful day!

Today I made asparagus with a little salad and waffles as desert. I think me and L are eligible for the Epicurean of the year -award, hih!

Have a wonderful sunday-evening! 

 


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Yet another day in may

I have been unpacking some boxes, packed over a year ago. I was looking for a certain thing, and stumbled upon my collection of french cards, you know I have a vast collection. I have collected French cards since my early twenties, when I lived in Paris...
I decided to unpack a few.

Earlier this week I stumbled upon these images, by artist Puuung. Well, I think these lovely images of what real love looks like are so charming. I believe this is what real love looks like. The best sort, the everyday love. I hope we never forget to dance the way we do, at home, just the two of us. Or how I love to put my arms around L when he is making the dishes. Makes me happy as there is a cat that looks like my Muru.  Enjoy!

So many wonderful things taking  place this week, so wishing you a wonderful week, all you wonderful people.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Valborg, long weekend, buns and necklaces

We celebrated Valborg with our friends Ruth, Marko, Paula and Timo and their adorable children at Café Saltbodan. Obviously many of our other friends were there, as it was the seasonal-opening for our favorite local summer restaurant. Many glasses of Cava was raised and we were happy. Ruth and Marko invited us to their home to continue the evening, but we decided to cykle home as L was due to fly to Sweden in the morning. I miss him. I have been humming to this, but cannot sing it out loud as my tears start to fall...hih, I'm in love...

I worked most of yesterday, with some fun and interestng projects I'm involved in. So me and Kaisa worked in her lovely studio during the day. On my way home I cykled to the shore and sat for a while on a bench and looked out at the sea and felt this is where I belong. My favorite café, Tuhannen tuskan kahvila, opened yesterday. The café is only open during the summer. So I popped by and sat in the garden enjoying some applejuice and a lovey bun.



Today it is grey and it's raining, so a perfect day to continue work.

THIS is a very good social experiment. People do care when they know. I have often wondered who these people are who buy their clothes from cheap markets and  never question the origin of their cheap garments. Do they not know? Or do they not care? I am involved in the Fashion revolution, please join in as we can make a difference and we can afford to buy clothes that are not made by slaves or under awful conditions.

Why do we need a fashion revolution? Because, on 24 April 2013, 1133 people died in the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A further 2500 were injured. They were killed while working for familiar fashion brands in one of the many ‘accidents’ that plague the garment industry.

Be curious, find out, do something.


I had lost one of my favorite necklaces by Pilgrim, I seldom loose things, but for some reason this necklace has gone missing. So guess how happy I was when I stumbled upon the exact same necklace at the local fleamarket the other day. It only cost a few euros (I think I payed something closer to 40 when I bought it years ago) so I decided to buy it and here it is, around my neck.



Sunday, 26 April 2015

Please help Nepal!

Please help Nepal by donating a certain sum to the red cross, here is a link. Thank you for helping!

In Finland: it's easy, I just sent a text SPR to number 16499 and gave 15 euro.

Laitoin juuri 15 euroa tekstarilla SPR:n katastrofirahastoon. Oli helppoa, se menee näin: tekstaa SPR numeroon 16499. Kiitos kun autat!


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bloom

Today I baked apple-roses and planted some violets in my garden. The apple-roses were made using this recipy. Since I do not have a microwave, I squeezed a lemon in water and boiled the apple slices for a few minutes. The only tricky thing was to make sure not to press the apple slices out when rolling the pastry. So I had to re-do my first roses due to the slices falling off, I also made the pastry strips slightly wider, as to make sure the slices would secure better once I started rolling. I do not own a muffin cup but I had some muffin cups in paper in my cupboard. Fun! And delicious. Not too sweet either.

I saw these violets in the grocery store today and I immediately fell for them, now they live in the old basket on the gardenchair.

This year, in Lovisa, we have a small project called doors for the little people (?). Not sure the term is correct, I've only heard the term in finnish pikkuväki and in swedish småfolket. So there will be small doors inside houses and outdoors, in the gardens and on housefacades, on gates and stone bases. My two doors are pictured in this article. The one on the left, well, rumours say it was built the same year my house was built, in the year 1900. Then there was a lot of love in the air and the dearest of all moved in 1934, hence the year on the door. As you can see, mezeron is in bloom, it still grows in the garden. Except the evil Fröken Wiklund who now lives in the house will extirpate the plant in her garden. Because it is so toxic. The berries can easily kill an adult. The blue door again has another story...
My friend Maria who is the lady behind the project, said she was sorry our names were not mentioned in the pictures.
I have a few doors in the making, so not sure which ones will be in the project yet.

Me and L have been working in the garden. Moving old timber, old broken doors, stuff that cannot be saved, into a pile that I shall take the garbage station soon. But I shall not yet work on the garden, it is what it is, but I try to keep it tidy and in control. If I don't cut down some plants, they will take over. I have so many lilacs, I could start exporting and save Finland's economy!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Messages in shopwindows

Today when I walked home, I spotted this sign in a shopwindow.
I say YES to new adventures! I've never been the scared kind, I've been very spontaneous and that's what's brought me here today. I don't want to regret NOT doing something.

Last yoga for this spring. Luckily I'm quite good at doing yoga by myself. I just need to get into the routine.

Slightly askew

Everything is slightly askew.
But that seems to be the way I like it, as almost everything in my home is slightly askew. A wonderful word.

Above is muji cd-player. I've had this for years and I still think it is fab. I bought the Anna Puu cd from a local store for just a few bucks, I enjoy some of her songs, especially this one. The video for it is great, the dance/ acrobatic choreography is beautiful.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Butterflies, butterflies and even more butterflies. And Election day!

It's the Finnish parliament elections today.  I have always voted and hopefully I always will be able to. Something I feel proud to do. As a woman. As a citizen. Not everyone has this right. And it is something my ancestors have fought for. And I always enjoy a cake and coffee afterwards. There was no café open in this small town today, so I had to get the cakes from the shop. There was no other sort. Banana-republic, hih!

After I had voted, me and L took a stroll to see an exhibition he has wanted to see for a long time, me too, for that matter. It is by a photographer called Niclas Warius. He creates stillebens and they are all very beautiful. We enjoyed all the pictures, but we agreed that a coffetable book would be perfect for this sort of art. It was nice to see the sort of stillebens I often create in my own home, pictured. There were dresses hanging, dried flowers, vintage objects...


I don't seem to be able to have a home without my butterflies.
I first had my butterflies here. And then here. Then in the lovely shoebox. And now here in my house as seen above.

 I also made a butterfly "wallpaper" for my friend Malin. Here I used many butterflies as I happened to have many at the time. Usually I only use half the amount to create the Ninitchi butterfly "wallpaper". The idea came from a comment I heard that if you rent an apartment you cannot make anything nice or put your own touch to it. So I created something that doesn't ruin a plain painted wall, once you want to remove the butterflies you just wet them and after a few minutes you can remove them and there's no mark or stains left on the wall. The Ninitchi butterfly "wallpaper" butterflies are made of old booksheets. Very easy.

Friday, 17 April 2015

During the week


On wednesday L and I were invited to our friend Maria. Oh my. We were all spoiled by wonderful tales, Maria is such a wonderful storyteller. Right now she is writing a book, and we were spoiled by fantastic details of the stories and enjoyed wonderful chocolate cakes and sparkling wine. It was delicious and dangerous. The chocolate cakes served were out of this world. The most dangerous cake was called a "chocolate bomb". It had a chocolate cover, inside chocolate mousse and the base was meringue. Once you took a bite it melted...oh my! I secretly dream of that chocolate bomb! Some of the guests serenaded our hostess with beautiful songs. We cykled home feeling spoiled when we recalled the evening,  all the guests and that we have such wonderful friends.

Last night we attended a small venue, at an old estate called Rutumin kartano. Our friends Rita and Denise performed with their duo Agricolas döttrar. After the performance the hostess of the estate introduced the main building and it's wonderful history going back to year 1700. We were then served coffe and tea, small pastries and cakes. The guests were mainly locals from this small village and it was so sweet when they asked how far we had come and who we were. A small elderly lady sat next to L and told him she had lived across the road to the estate her whole life, and that she had played with the children of the estate and even learned swedish due to this friendship.

Later we sat in my kitchen, lit the candles in the chandelier and drank some more tea. That is when I took the picture seen above. The candlelight reflecting in my etched window.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Waffles under the chandelier


Today I brought this baby home. An antique french church chandelier. This is not the final place for it, this is above my stove in the kitchen. But there happened to be a hook in the ceiling, so I hung it there. Of course I had to try it! It gives such a wonderful light.

My parents paid a visit. We made waffles, with whipped cream and raspberry jam and drank coffee.  So delicious!

Today was a wondeful day. I predict that a certain someone falls asleep happy.

I think Sia sings about another sort of chandelier, but I have been humming to this... hih!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Saturday

Just in for a short brake, to sit down for a moment, drink a glass of juice.
Then I shall change clothes, I shall take my two wiener chairs outdoors, give them a slight rub with sandpaper and add some dark stain and finish off with wax. At the moment they are too light for my taste. I believe them to be from the 90's. They are of good quality so hence I want to give them new life. It's perfect weather to work outdoors. I'll show you the outcome once they are ready.

Above is a framed card of a Modigliani painting. Many years ago I was teareyed at a small museum in London when I suddenly stood in front of a real Modigliani painting. It was smaller than I had expected, so warm and beautiful. I posted this same image on fb and haf a short dialogue with a friend, also told about my meeting with the painting in the museum. She posted this link: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stendhal_syndrome HIH!