söndag 27 februari 2011

New jewellry

These ones I got from Riikka, when she hosted the craft night. Just thought I should share, since I really liked the design of these pieces.

The earrings look heavy, because of the porcelain bead, but they actually feel quite light when you have them on. The bracelet again feels really soft against your skin, since the felt pieces (yes - it's craft polyester felt!) is wider than the beads between them. It also makes it completely silent since it doesn't clink when you move your hand, or clonk when you put your hand down on a hard surface.

Functional design, to say the least. I'm envious that I haven't thought of making anything similar myself :)
Yet. But I think I'll try, now that I've seen a bit of what you can do with the technique. And I haven't even brought up the topic of Riikka's marble necklace...

Mixed findings earrings.
Felt bracelet.
Since it was so sunny outside today,
I asked Micke to take a photo of me with them on.

cont. Craft night

To briefly comment, since I just have to, about the crafting that went down yesterday.

I thought I would come last (I arrived at 14:30ish), but I was first. If Maija doesn't count, because she was gonna stay the night at Riikka's. And I left last (at 01:00ish. And I created most stuff. And I was the one who spread out  and took up most space.

In retrospect, I'm not really surprised, but I'm still slightly embarrassed about it.

...but on the other hand, I feed the happy hippo Beethoven fund with 20 euros, so maybe Riikka doesn't hate me too much.

The happy hippo Beethoven fund.
Along with everyone's empty tea cups.
And I really do appreciate the fact that Riikka and Maija both helped me with the bag project. I had it with me today to the Sunday Nekku meeting :)


... but without the cabbage. It's oh so much better without it.

Borstj, with loooots of smetana.
And the heart candle.

fredag 25 februari 2011

Saturday night's arts and craft party

This Saturday, one of the girls in Nekku is gonna host a sort of "arts and crafts"-party at her apartment. Excluding the obvious fact that it will be fun - hey! what could be better than a crafting party! - she's doing it because she'd like to empty her crafting stashes a bit before she's moving to Helsinki. Apparently, her stash is several boxes worth of 'crafting stuff'.

So, the deal here is that you go to the party, you get inspired to do some small/medium projects, you have fun with the participants, and by the end of the evening you pay her a symbolic sum for the materials you've used. Smart, efficient, and fun. At least, I think so.

She took a few photos of all the stuff she'd like to "get rid of", and ... well, that was 40 pictures worth of stuff. Now, before you wonder and exclaim "wtf?", I must say that she didn't put up any pictures of her jewelry-crafting things, and that she apparently has at least one more box with just fabrics. And I already was terrible enough and asked if I could reserve some of the things... just in case someone else gets inspired by the same things and I don't get to do what I would like to craft...

How... addicted that must seem. Certainly to you, and a bit also to me. Just a tiny bit, mind you.

So now, I'm just gonna cite Craftaholics.com and end this entry.

"Crafter or Hoarder - it's a fine line".

*please, Goddess, let me still be on the crafter side of the line, pretty please?*

torsdag 24 februari 2011

Tulle and schottische

I was a little late for today's dance practice, but I couldn't be helped. I volunteered to help Mimi with making a tulle skirt. Which she needed for Friday. Making it took a few hours (4 h...) of experimentation, and I had to run for practice and leave Mimi to finish it.

I'll post a picture of it here, as soon as I'll get one. If it's done. Oh, I so hope it looks good.

There's a first time for everything, right? Likewise, we had schottische-practice today. Sofi taught/repeated with us the basic moves and some variations. After 2 h of jumping (schottishe is quite jumpy) I was a all hypoglycemic, and so was probably everyone else, too. So the last variation - "Stockholm shottis" - was skipped. But, no worries, I actually found a clip of it on You Tube :)

Sometimes, you really have to like the internet. Especially when it brings you videos of people (who're older/more experienced than you) dancing *grins*

måndag 21 februari 2011

Lace in arts and crafts (MaMa haaste 4)

Oh dear, oh dear.... She's chosen lace for the next project. And I'm so not a lace-using-kind-of-person.

How am I gonna come up with something for this challenge? Let's see... when I think of lace, I see:
  • gothic black lace on a corset
  • lace on undergarments
  • Marie Antoinette-like grand ball gowns
  • Queen Elisabeth-type collars
  • Hand-held fans, painted in gaudy colors
  • 17th and 18th century clothes
... is it just me, or do I seem to just associate lace with clothes? Let's try a bit more:
  • pillow covers with lace on the sides
  • parasols with lace around the brim
  • table cloths
  • old granny bedclothes
... this is getting nowhere. Let's see what inspiration Google can bring me.

Lots of interesting stuff, I think I like these shoes and this bag with lace decor, and the wedding cake with a lace pattern the best. Then on the other hand, this dress in kinda nice too. And I didn't know there's a flower named Queen Anne's lace, either.

Or how about this: a genuine lace fence!

They call it "industry meets kindness". Wow.
I wonder if I could just decorate one of my pieces of clothes with some lace. Maybe the gray skirt with some black, or my white shirt with some white?

söndag 20 februari 2011

Candle with hearts

For the Mama-haaste nr 3, I came up with the idea of making a heart-themed candle. The things I used I listed previously.

Now, I've never done any sort of candles before, but I've saved a lot of 'stumps' from old candles. Why? Well... because some craft techniques use paraffin, and because I'm a slight craft hoarder. Ask anyone, they'll tell you the same. (Oh! Here's another one, too.)

Anyway, I started with melting the old stumps to get rid of the impurities and the wicks. This was done with a water bath (big glass jar in a pot with hot/boiling water). Since some of the candles were red left-over ones from our Valentine's Day dinner last Monday, the result was... pink :)

Next, I made I wick out of cotton thread, put it in the cleaned jar, and poured in the liquid candle-soup. I let it set (good thing it was cold outside!), and then painted the lid white. For decoration, I used red window-paint and drew hearts and lines on both the lid and the jar.

I think the result was pretty cute :) And, the allegory of how both love and friendship makes your heart warmer is all present in this one, too!

Little candle jar.

Hearts (MaMa haaste 3)

A change! This challange wasn't about using a specific material, instead it's a theme. Looking at the title, I'm sure you were able to figure out that the theme is "hearts".

So... this time, I just ransacked my arts and crafts stash, and found
  • an old mustard jar with screw on lid
  • some stumps from old candles
  • some cotton thread
  • white acrylic paint
  • red window paint

Now, you'll get too see what I did with them in the next post :)

fredag 18 februari 2011

I've been sewing...

... and for some strange reason, it's mainly been purses and bags. Main reason: I got to borrow Sally's sewing machine. One of these days I'll take mine to be repaired, but for now Sally's is more than adequate (it's divine, actually!) for me to occasionally borrow.

Pins! A world filled with pins - and small pains,
because I just keep on pinning and pricking myself...
Since I'm definitely the wrong person to ask for a sewing tutorial, I'll just be kind and post some photos and comments regarding this. A picture does say more than just just words, and if you're interested, then the girls at the purl bee and  Rebeka at artsy crafty babe have brilliant tutorials :)

One pattern I'll readily admit to have used is the Derek bag pattern. Another is the Back-to-school lunch bag.

Otherwise, the deal is pretty simple. All it takes is:
  • a (working...) sewing machine
  • scrap cotton fabrics, bought cheaply, from IKEA
    • I've been using 1 (Elisabet) and 2 (Ditte; white and yellow) for the outer layers and 3 (Bomull) for the lining
  • coffee packages (thick, printed aluminum foil that doesn't tear easily)
  • ribbons, zippers, other embellishments....

Purse with granny square on.
Purse with tiny granny squares.
The fabric is a rest fabric I inherited from my paternal grandmother Laura's stash.
Inspired by the Derek bag, this one has a logo from one of my old T-shirts.
One I printed on it myself, and couldn't bear to throw away
when the T-shirt was turned into scrap cloth.
Again, the Derek bag pattern.

I actually made two of these.

This one is teeny tiny, and it still needs to get some buttons.
A large one, made especially for summer picnics!
You know, when you need to have a bag for all the food
and still have room for a huge blanket.
It has a pocket, because a pocket is never wrong.
Mom, do you remember this button?
It was on my favorite sweater back in elementary school....

This one, a small bag I no use for my dancing shoes, was done like the Back to school lunch bag.

Organza gift bags in various sizes.
Totes for half-done knitting projects.
The 'bike thingies' are iron-on applique logos I'd gotten in
a bought "surprise"-bag from a textile store.
Well, that was it. More sewing to come in the following weeks - promise!

måndag 14 februari 2011

V-Day dinner

Since Sunday's knitting event I've been like a bumblebee on sugar. No concentration, and just buzz buzz n' buzz. So annoying. It might be because of all the sugar I stuffed myself with during the weekend and on Monday though. Maybe I'm having the sugar-DTs? Not likely though, that would be awful.

I'd asked (read: begged) Micke not to play any of his silly games on Monday, because I wanted us to celebrate Valentine with a romantic dinner and some quiet. Oh, we had dinner, a really good dinner. So good in fact, that we both had to lie down for a while afterwards. Maybe a huge sallad, oven-baked salmon and potatoes (yes, potatoes...) and the panna cotta for desert was a liiiiittle too much. At least my stomach felt like a bar on Friday: too much happening in a too small space.

Floating red and heart-shaped candles.
Mmm... dessert with pink/lilac heart-shaped gumdrops.
Salad, salmon and oven-baked potatoes. Served with chilled sparkling wine.

söndag 13 februari 2011

I'm so clumsy

Since I went dancing yesterday, and then stayed up until 4 a.m. after that ... drinking tea and talking crap with the girls :) ... on Sunday morning, needless to say I've been all butterfingers today.

Today has been such an extravaganza in being clumsy, it's almost embarrassingly funny. I've managed, in no particular order, since the dance event, to:

  • spill tea on myself about four times, mostly on my right pant leg
  • dip the yarn I was knitting with into my tea cup
  • tea undrinkable after that, the acid color in the yarn hadn't bonded that well (apparently)
  • giggle stupidly at everything that went wrong today
  • comment on the fact that it's the third time I've eaten cake in three days
    • get the comment "you had your birthday, it's allowed"
  • sew a bag, but leave a pin inside. I had to cut a little hole to get it out.
  • get thrown out of a restaurant/bar
  • leave my debit card at home (makes for a cheap evening out)
  • open up my purse while it being upside down, and have all my crafting belongings fall all over a museum floor.
  • then wait until the girls stopped laughing, rise from my chair, only to have the things I had in my lap fall on the floor too
  • sew, only managing to break the thread about 5 cm from the finish. Then accidentally manage to throw the needle on the floor.
  • dip the thread in tea
  • paint my crafts' toolbox. And myself, and the desk.
Today has, so far, been interesting. A lot of the action has involved tea, so people: tread lightly around this brew today!

fredag 11 februari 2011


Today, I'm officially turning 28 years old.

*hooray! singing and dancing in the streets!*

We're gonna have my birthday party at this café I like, it's called Bossaliina. And I'm so happy that I'll be able to have cake and tea and don't have to do the dishes afterwards. And I hope that people will have a wonderful time with me there - it might get a liiiiiittle crowded, but where there's love, there's also room.

I haven't asked people for any presents, mainly just that they attend and have a coffee or two, but since I'm trying to save up for a dishwasher, I'm collecting cents/buttons/wallet lint for my "Dishwasher fund" (it's a little pink piggybank with the word Diskmaskinsfonden on the side).

I'll post some pictures here after the party :)

later edit:

I think my party was a success! The cake was very sunny (lemon cheesecake with yellow topping), and I got candles on it, too. I asked people to take a few pictures, since I was having too much fun to remember to take any good ones. Still, down below are some good ones I managed to take during the day. I asked Petter if I could have the good one he managed to take during the evening :)

On a different note, I'm still in a bit of chock that people were so hugely generous. Okay, "a bit of shock" is to tone it down, because when I think about I feel slightly dazed:

120 euro!

Little piggy bank, all decked out and ready to head out to party.
This is so cool! Someone had made the HUGE snow pile
outside the cathedral into a giant snow fort :)
Lunch at Tintå with Mom and Dad. Sallad buffée, nom!
Presents! New buttons for my button collection :)
Maria gave me the wooden ones in the upper left corner
(along with the cute little note :P) and Mimi the rest.

onsdag 9 februari 2011

Today, Nekku was in the paper

I know you all know about the concept 15 minutes of fame, but I'm still proud and very glad that the small knitting circle Nekku (which I'm a member of) is in today's paper. Local Turku free press paper, Aamuset, but still. I'm in the paper! On a picture! Quoted!

*takes a deep breath*

Inari (co-founder of Nekku) wrote about the article on both Nekku's Facebook wall, and on Nekku's blog. I found it hilarious that she'd written, and I quote (translated):

Now I can officially (really!) quote myself, and with references:
"Kakut ovat iloinen asia."
- Inari (Aamuset 9.2.2010.)

(cakes are a happy thing)

Now I can, too, quote myself from the paper. I find it really funny that I can do that now, in FINNISH. :) It's good that the journalist wrote that I'm knitting with the girls also to improve my Finnish language fluency. It's still true, so why not comment on it?

If you want to, you can find the whole paper online at Aamuset's homepage. Just click on the tab "Näköislehti", and you'll be taken to their archive. I just printed the article in question here under.

I'm so glad the "headline cake" is bigger than the picture of us girls.
Cakes are way much more mouthwatering than happy girls knitting/crocheting.
Even though we all are really lovely :P

tisdag 8 februari 2011

More snow

Last night, the sky suddenly decided to give us a huge gift of water. In the form of snow. It looked so pretty while it was still fresh, and it feels so fluffy under your boots. This snow is the perfect snow for making snow castles and snow men.

Welcome to Turku, we got snow :)

Vårdberget, with the Observatory in the middle.


King of all that he sees: Per Brahe and the cathedral.

Snow on the cathedral steps.

Hello, huge elm by the cathedral.

More cathedral. Feels like they're looking down on me,

söndag 6 februari 2011

Using wool in arts and crafts (MaMa haaste 2)

For this challenge, the theme was "wool". And I was at first at a TOTAL loss. I simply had no frigging clue as to what I was going to craft. My whole creativity went *poof* and flew out the window.

I mean, there's just so much you can do with wool. Wool, as an animal fiber, is extremely versatile. But, for once, I didn't want to knit or crochet something.

Maybe because that would have been... too easy?  Too simple? Perhaps?

Oh, later on I had all these thoughts about making:
  • a companion cube (tunisian crochet + felting) door stopper
  • a chess board (knitting + felting) with felted chesspieces
  • a brooch (again, felt), typically a sunflower
    • or then sunflowers needle felted onto something
  • decor on a wooden photo holder from IKEA
  • turn a little IKEA-lion into a yellow dragon (again, needle felting...)
  • something for jewelry, but felt or wool is not so nice against your skin, so...
And somehow, I still couldn't come up with something smart/funny/nice to create. Because I wanted something... that was really me, and not just I've seen that on another web page, let's try and make one of those. Oh dear...

But, one thing did stick with me from the list... the crazy idea of turning the little IKEA-lion into a dragon.

I had seen the IKEA hack of the "Barnslig" crocodile where it got a USB, and this crocodile is also from the 'old' soft toy line. What do you know, my soon-to-be-dragon is a vintage IKEA toy... holey moley!
This is the new IKEA "Barnslig" soft toy line.

Oh, I  did some research for this one. Because I really didn't want to find out that someone else had had the same idea and written about it online. So far, I haven't found anything, so I guess the idea is unique.

onsdag 2 februari 2011

Bad links on the Internet

The following is not a true hobby of mine, but it's starting to become one.
You know that if you press a 'bad link' on a web page, and it doesn't take you anywhere, you get an error message. Sometimes it's just plain regular "Error 104 (connection failed)". And sometimes, your browser just inexplicably crashes. But at other times...

You might get:

When your feeds in Google Reader don't have anything new for you.

When Zynga's Farmville crashes.
This is an old pic I took while I still played that game.

On Ravelry ('the' site for knitters and crocheters) it appears as if
a sheep has something to do with it.
Oh, and you just have to lurv the "Well, this is embarrassing..." message you get when Firefox crashes.

So... what types of error messages have you come across?


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