Friday, August 8, 2014

I Need Advice!

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I bought this ceramic owl from the thrift store for 4 euros. Hanging here with my Harry Potter books (of course). I thought I’d spray paint it white like this:

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One of it’s ears is a bit cracked, but I thought you could hardly notice it once I paint it over. Not that you can really see it now, because that’s the side against the books.

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Here’s my problem: I thought that Jake would hate the owl for sure (he disapproves a lot of things I bring home), but he actually likes it! Cool, right? Except he thinks I’ll ruin it by painting it. And then he’ll hate it. Gah!

So please, give me some advice! To paint or not to paint?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2 Step Spice Rack

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My spice cabinet has been a mess. It’s above the stove so it’s quite high, and I can only reach the first few shelves without a stepladder. It’s also quite deep and stuff tends to get lost behind other stuff.

I asked my father if a step rack was something he could do and a few hours later it was ready! My mother painted it white and I think it looks like a build in. I love it! Now I can actually see and reach everything! (Well, some rarely used stuff I placed on the top two shelves.)

I realized I actually forgot to take any pictures of the finished rack. I was in such a hurry to get this cabinet organized! But here are a few pictures of dad making it.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

June Reads

 

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Austin Kleon: Steal Like an Artist

Carol S. Dweck: Mindset

Leonard Sax: Boys Adrift

Bee Wilson: Consider the Fork

Sunday, June 15, 2014

This Week

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1. The weather was very hot on Thursday and cold on the other days. We even had sub-zero weather last night.

2. Pretty flowers.

3. This is pretty much the epitome of summer for me: wild flowers in a glass jar.

4. A friend came to stay with us for a few days, and we had so much fun! I’m so sad she lives far away.

5. We played Arkham Horror and lost. Mainly because no one was reading the cards properly.

6. Jake was playing a game, where he was asked to draw a kangaroo.

7. And I’ve been obsessed with The Bridge. I watched the first two seasons and can’t wait for the third. It’s so good. I think this describes why I love it: one of the characters was making a phone call, and the screen of the phone was full of fingerprints. Nothing is polished, all the characters look tired, with tangled hair and unmemorable clothes And the plot is gripping. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

This Week

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1. It’s summer!

2. My cousin mentioned to me about Project 333. The aim is to use 33 pieces of clothing for 3 moths. At first I was all nah, but then I thought why not? This is my pared down closet. I excluded underwear, sleepwear and sportswear from my 33 pieces. It was actually kind of fun to choose the clothes!

3. And this is what Jake’s been doing: Mario Kart.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

May Reads

 

May Reads

Gary Taubes: Good Calories, Bad Calories

Mark Sisson: The Primal Blueprint

Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Michael Moss: Salt Sugar Fat

Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project

Mason Currey: Daily Rituals

Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice

Sunday, June 1, 2014

This Week

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It’s been a grey, rainy week, and I’ve been loving it.

1. We bought a Crock Pot! It’s great. I think cooking it’s just another chore, just like vacuuming or dusting, but this thing has made it almost enjoyable. It’s so easy to use. You just put all the ingredients in and 6 hours later you have a meal. And it makes everything so tasty. Healthy, too. I think Jake has eaten this past week more vegetables than during the whole year. I’ll have to look for more recipes.

2. I put a clothes line on the balcony. Such an innovation. But it is working very well to dry bedding. I line dry all our laundry and my drying rack is quite small.

3. I don’t watch much TV. In fact, the only show I regularly watch is Avara luonto, which is a nature documentary every Saturday at 18.45. I love it. I have an alarm set on my phone so I don’t forget.This week’s episode was about white lions. I might have cried a bit. But not as much as during that damn mongoose episode. Don’t die, Ernesto!

4. I made these cushion covers from that thrift store fabric I mentioned last week. Very summery.

5. And this key chain.

6. I felt like baking something tonight. I suggested cookies, but Jake didn’t want any (!) and asked for coffee cake instead. So I made that. Jake is allergic to eggs, so I looked for an eggless recipe. This one had lot’s of spices, cacao and coffee in it, and it’s actually pretty good, but very rich, maybe more of a winter cake. Recipe in Finnish, here.

Oh, and i played through the new Van Helsing game. Not as good as the first one IMO.