Thursday, 28 February 2013
I've been so busy with practically everything during the past year and also concentrating on the fix-ups in the country house so much I tend to forget my actual home in the city is pretty damn nice too. (At least under the mess of papers and clothing that is covering most of it...)
It's easy to think anyting custom made is much more expensive than store-ordered but that is not always the case; I was inspired by the similar cabinet shelf from Kvänum but that would have been two or three times as expensive as this turned out... Pretty much everything we are doing in the farm house is being built on place too. Which we will get back to later.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Les Trois Inventeurs -The Three Inventors- is a cake paper, lace- and paper cut (you know I love aper cuts too, like the works of Rob Ryan for example!) stop motion animation by Michel Ocelot from three decades back. It's incredibly detailed and beautiful and also the kind of work that makes me anxious trying to imagine myself doing it. So I try my best not to :)
You can watch the little sad story here:
Sunday, 24 February 2013
After browsing all kinds of lamps in all price ranges from lots and I mean lots of different places for months, we decided on something similar to the one we have in our city apartment; the vintage one I found left behind in one of the rental flats I lived in over a decade ago. Which in the end quite easily could be picked up from best store in the world, ikea*, with the idea to paint it white. (The lamp is actually in a steel colored shade.)
Otherwise, the kitchen is in use, but everything is not ready yet. Obviously anything made in an old house takes a lot longer to do than anything you want done in an apartment, old or new. I had ha-ha thought the kitchen would be ready by Christmas. Once we were at it we also started fixing up the hall in front of the kitchen and turning the space behind it into a bathroom. So everything is still in a renovation-sort-of-mode. And then when all that is done there will be PICTURES!
*) along with Clas Ohlson and Tiger. Applies to most situations in life. Sort of.
Friday, 22 February 2013
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Well the point here being that if I tuck away clothes somewhere to wait for their right season to come I most likely will never see them again. Unless I stumble upon them by chance. And so I did with this pleated wool skirt, which I had put in a storage coffin sometime last summer or when I was pregnant. It is the second time I discover it already; as it as part of a suit that I had forgotten I had (which jacket I use all the time during the other seasons) and discovered a couple of years back... Good for me, this was put into action instantly.
The skirt is vintage; my grandmother's old, the rest is old stuff, high street.
Wednesday, 20 February 2013
I have been sparkling up a pair of dance shoes for an upcoming burlesque number, and as always with burlesque more is more is more -there can never be too much bling and sparkle- so also in this case. Instead of gluing hundreds of crystals one by one I cut apart a couple of earrings and a bracelet. And added some swarowskis and pearls string too, once I was at it. (You may recall me saying I don't like crafting all that much as it is messy and the result not always perfect but sometimes I just don't have a choice. And glittery stuff like this can almost be fun.)
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Friday, 15 February 2013
You may remember my pinafore skirt from Vivien of Holloway?
It's a piece of clothing I love; it's comfy and sits well, but I haven't really gotten around wearing it that much. And I know the reason: it is too red, which makes it hard to wear together with most other stuff you need to wear over here the biggest part of the year.
Instead of letting it go I decided to color it - a risk, especially if the label says hand wash, but if the result turns out good (which is kind of 50/50) it can save the item. I decided to go for dark brown which should work on red (as in opposite of blue for example, resulting in violet, etc). And brown goes well with everything, even better than black! Dark brown even goes better with black than black goes with brown, sort of.
The fabric took on a sort of vintage texture which looks very nice. And it did turn out more wearable!
Then I noticed suspenders like this are not the most practical in mom-baby world, easily grabbable and pullable and so on, but that's another story.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Had a late breakfast; a blueberry smoothie, some red orange, home made hazelnut-date bars and the morning paper.
And let's not forget what day it is! Time for my annual heartly greeting:
Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!
(We had two hearts to start with but Dag drooled and ate and choked upon his. Of course.)
Monday, 11 February 2013
But -no more than a mere three months and the apple trees will be in bloom again, with summer around the corner!
(Screenshot from Yle today.)
Sunday, 10 February 2013
Saturday, 9 February 2013
How much I do and how much I like to do in the kitchen varies - enthusiasm comes and goes. I have always been the kind of person to go between having all my meals preferably out, or aiming for the title of domestic godess. Or going experimental vegan home chef. Either way and nonetheless, I love food. Man, food is great! Not to mention carbs! (Here's where I'd add a bit heart emoticon if I'd be into that and they'd be easily available here in blogger. Carbs! Pasta and bread and cakes! Plus wine. Once we're at it with the I heart-stuff.)
Since Dag was born I have been home in a different manner than before; I have been spending more time at the house (uuumm yes, duh!), as in opposite from working strange shifts. Or well, strange shifts away from home, away from the kitchen. The "working hours" with a small baby at home being rather strange too. But this means I have been cooking more again. Partly because I have been at home, partly because I have been able to concentrate on what I eat, and partly because it is not only more sustainable but also more affordable with more home cooking.
Home made bread has always been a special luxury for me, and it is one of the things I rather seldom put myself up to. But as I discovered the un-kneaded pot baked version I have been making weekly batches! It is so amazingly easy to make and turns out super pro! Win-win-win all the way!
There are may recipies out there, this one HERE is a good one for example. Just remember that if you like me bake with other flours (as in not with wheat) you might need a little more water for the dough, and let it set long enough.
The bread I've baked here is on rye and spelt with linen seeds from the farm, and dried cranberries.
Thursday, 7 February 2013
I did some material for with Eddi last summer.
It airs on Teema on Mondays.
Monday, 4 February 2013
healthy things I baked some Runeberg's cakes. They are moist cakes with almond (and some cardamom) with jam in the middle, named after our national herald Johan Ludvig Runeberg (or, actually, after his wife Fredrika). The real shape of the pastry is high and cylindar but I don't have molds for that so I made them in cupcake molds, works just as well.
You only get these -or make them- around this time of the year, as the Runeberg day is February 5th. Which is insane as they taste so good. I always try to eat trough all bakeries variations, hehe, although this year I only went for the home made ones.
There's actually a bunch of food and baking you "may" only have once a year. While enjoying gingerbreads in June for example would feel a bit off but I think I am going to break the etiquette and make more of these just whenever. Or if not then a raw-verision, which recipe I have been playing with in my head.