Friday, 24 October 2014

Sustainable fashion

"Efficient mass manufacturing in lower cost countries has brought about low end-prices of garments, cheap product prices lead consumers to impulse purchases and unsustainable consumption behaviour: overconsumption, very short use time of products and premature disposal of the product."     Niinimäki 2011

It is a very simple pattern. And inevitably, one thing leads to another.

Yesterday there was a very good column in the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper. Tavara ei ole liikaa by Roosa Murto. It is in finnish. So happy that someone has written what I have for a very long time been thinking.

The idea in the article is to question our ability to justify consumption by recykling or giving away things. Oh, even I do that. I am happy that I only do that occasionally. For ex. I and L have also decided to challenge ourselves - if we need to buy clothing during the following year, it shall only be second-hand. Except shoes and underwear and socks. But this is also adding to the consuming trend.

In the article Roosa wonders how so many people proudly declare how they dumped ten garbage bags full of clothes to charity. And how getting rid of unnecessary things makes us feel liberated. It does. But why do we need to hoard things and clothes in the first place. Even people who recykle and are against wasting goods, do this. 

I think it is very good to stop and think. Because if the world continues to consume the way we do, we will go under and drown in waste and pollution, even faster than we think.

I get that a lot. Now when I renovate the house. The, why don't you buy it new instead.  Or questions on why I want to use some of the stuff I found on the premises. Yes obviously I could have bought a new sink to my bathroom, but there was a perfectly working sink that I found in the garden. Why not clean and use it. Or the stove. It is not the most modern stove, it works perfectly, it fits my needs. I love to cook. I don't need a contemporary restaurant-like kitchen. It will look great in my kitchen. The persons I bought the house from had found it. It has hardly been used. 
Obviously it is easy to declare opinions like these, from where I stand. I have a chance to choose. And the examples above, where, items that I thought fitted my plans on how I want to renovate my house and what pleases my eye. Had the sink not been white, and the size and model it is, maybe I would have chosen to buy a new one instead. 
And the same goes with the stove. 

Roosa continues by opening up the idea, that we first need to give up on old things, in order to allow us to buy new. The statement is so usual, no one really stops to think, when did it become normal and usual, to have bags filled with unnecessary clothes waiting to be carried to the fleamarket or charity. The easier it is to get rid of unwanted and unnecessary things, the easier it is to get more. As if, by giving away things you've bought, would be the same, as if you would never have bought it in the first place.

The idea is by all means insane. But very common.

Roosa is very clear in asking for an attitude change, to stop hoarding and instead value the things we have.

If you are interested, there is a book that you can download from Aalto university, about sustainable fashion. It can be found here.  


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Feathers and delicacies

Found this photo today, taken this summer. I took it on the pier where I spent many afternoons. Me and L often met up for picnic here. L crowned me queen of picnics, well, I do enjoy making luxury-picnics. Handmade chocolate and other delicacies are things I like to add when planning picnics.

Saturday, 18 October 2014


...I just sit and watch the window above. Sometimes I enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, and watch. I really do enjoy my etched windows. I have two. This one is in my kitchen. The other one is in my living room-to-be.

During the week, me and L, saw a play at the Teater Viirus, Gräset är mörkare på andra sidan. We both enjoyed the play tremendously. We talked about the play and the fantastic scenography on the way home. All the way! It took us over an hour to get home;)
Before the play we enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate at a lovely restaurant with authentic vintage interior called Kolme Kruunua. Unfortunately we didn't have time to dine. But we will be back.

For the past two days I have been working on my renovation, full time. I have a short autumn-brake from work.  How wonderful! I have plans to do other things too, but, time just seems to fly by!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Roses are red and Malala

Read an article a while ago, that next year you can study Skolt sami (koltansaami) at University of Oulu. A small step towards helping some of our minority languages live on...this is not in skolt sami, the singer Mari Boine is sami and she sings in another sami language. 

On friday I tried disc-golf (frisbeegolf) for the first time. It sure was tricky, but oh so much fun. Then sauna and pizza and a couple of beers and once my head hit the pillow I was fast asleep! 

Today I have spent time up in the attic. I'm placing a sort of windshield-paper on the floor, so that I can isolate the ceiling in the kitchen. Right now there's no point in heating the kitchen as all the heat goes up in thin air...I am crawling on all four on the beams and I can tell you, it starts to hurt on your knees after some hrs...I think a pair of knee pads would be great. I shall still continue, just having a short brake and blog, hih!

I really enjoyed these illustrations by brasilian illustrator Carol Rossetti, especially liked the loving and gentle approach. 

Sunday again. Have a good one! Roses from darling L. Yes, a very spoiled human beeing here, I know! I dedicate these roses to wonderful Malala.

Monday, 6 October 2014


This evening when I cykled home from pilates training, it was very cold. It is autumn or almost winter.

Light in front of mirrors give very cosy light. I do love antique mirrors...ah!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Socks and climbing underneath a house...

Today I climbed underneath my house. Several times. I have partly a new building, as the former veranda had to be re-built as it was too rotten to keep. And due to this newly built part, I was also able to build a bathroom, as there was no such space in the former floor planning. And this part needs all sorts of finishing touches. I have a ventilated base floor. That was common in old wooden houses and has proved very good, as these houses (with a ventilated base floor) are healthy and strong. But, one of the ventilation holes is located below ground, and most part of the surrounding ground is rock, so I cannot level it according to the base or ventilation hole. There I had a little nut to crack. How can I avoid flooding of the base in the spring when snow melts. I talked to several people and they all agreed upon my idea. The idea was to shut the ventilation hole with tin, that has a large hole for a tube. Then attach a 90degree piece that is attached to a pipe and then another 90degree piece as a sort of hat. And to keep the tube straight, there should be a tin on the inside, at the same level as the one on the outside. I had to glue the inside-piece of tin from the inside, even though I had calculated the Pythagorean theorem and cut the inside-piece accordingly. You see, inside there was a piece of wood in the ceiling, that came too close to the hole, so it was unfortunately not possible to slide the tin inside from the outside. So one (meaning me!) had to climb inside. It's a a bit tricky to get inside. One of the ventialtion holes is a larger hole, so that one can climb inside. But it is located behind an old flowerbed, so we first had to dig out a larger landing in front of the hole, because it was only 40cm wide, and  a grownup would not fit. We dig and eventually managed to get the sort of landing ground, so that I could first slide myself into sitting position with legs inside, then turn around and face the ground, and then slide inside and land on my knees. And then crawl, as it is only 70cm high down there. But I found my way in  and out of underneath my house several times, and now my friends, I can tell you, it is done. I have worked on leveling the ground in front of the building, to find the correct slope, so that water runs away from the building. L has been extremely generous and so very kind in helping me. Obviously it is also so much nicer to have a friend to work with.

And guess what? On friday I found a little parcel waiting for me when I got home. It contained my woolen knee-socks. I am very pleased! Lucky me, I shall be very warm this winter.They are even prettier in real. And they fit me perfectly. I already placed another order, in another colour comination, hih!

Sunday it is. Have a good one!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Fly by

Well, that is what my days and weeks seem to do!

On thursday I saw a performance at Kapsäkki, by two of my colleagues, Vuokko and Taisto. called Pietari19142014. A poetic travelogue to St Petersburg, back in 1914 and today, 2014. A lovely performance. Here is a lovely song by Vuokko (it is not from the performance).
Whilst in Helsinki, I also ate at my favorite fast food restaurant. Yes. I know. Many of you raise your eyebrows now and wonder how this combo is possible. Well it is. I enjoy a certain kind of fast food. When it's made with love and care. At Fafa's. The Kallio branch is like an american diner. They play great music in the "back", the staff sing along, they dance, so did I! I love how the staff always greet you welcome with a smile, they call out your firstname when your food is ready, and the food is delicious. Pitabread from their own bakery. Falafels with feta cheese, fried eggplant, olive paste, vegetables and tzatziki. And a ginger beer. What more could you ask for?
And whilst in Helsinki. I saw a man dance with a huge metal circle. He was accompanied by guitar. It was magical.
And whilst in Helsinki. I bought a pair of vintage shoes. Please let me be invited to a party soon. Please. Oh, how convenient then that I in fact have an invitation for a party next weekend. Hih! Maybe baby I shall wear my vintage shoes then.

Today I have worked in my garden. Put away chairs and tables and pots and cans. Winter may come, I am ready. I hung my new outdoor lights. These are from Granit. And placed fairylights inside the little lantern. Now it looks like a little carnival when I come home, hih!

Took a run in the early evening, came home to churchbells ringing, helgmålsringning
 is what it is called in swedish. The evening was warm, a little rain, my carnival-lights greeting me when I came home. Felt so good!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!