Sunday, July 15, 2018

What should I post?

Hey! It's been awhile! Things have been very quiet on the crafting front (I've started and unraveled the same sweater several times, as you do, and haven't actually finished anything) and that always results in a dead silence on the blog. That's the trouble with having a craft blog: no crafts, no blog posts.

I'd still really like to post. I'm home with a toddler and while that IS amazing, but I also crave to actually express my self in complete sentences. And I have a blog, and that's what blogs are for, right? To express yourself. But, I'm not sure what to post if not crafts. I have bought a few things at the thrift store, which is something else I've posted here occasionally, but that's been petering out with my Konmari project. So, what else?

I could talk about general life stuff, the kind I'd talk about if I had some adult contact. But I don't have a very interesting life. I'll just list some things here, stop me if you'd like to know more about something. Prepare for a wall of text.

Hi! My name is Riikka. I'm Finnish. I do crafts (that one you know) and thrift (a bit). I read (I've posted about that). I love fantasy and self-help. I have a kid (for privacy "the Kiddo"). I'm married (to Jake, he doesn't care about privacy). I live in a row house with a small yard. I've tried a tiny bit of gardening this summer (mostly berries, some salad). I'm into natural cosmetics and natural products in general (I recently bought a wool duster, it's great!). I randomly get very obsessed with weird things like a wool duster, and there's also this great nettle tea I've been loving and have you seen Vaiana??, (see?). I'd like to be a minimalist, but am not (I feel like no matter how much stuff I throw away there's more underneath, but I'm trying). I like organizing and hate cleaning (everything in it's dusty place is my motto). I'm obsessed with the Konmari method, but since having a child it's been on a standstill (you just can't pull everything out, I've tried, it's a catastrophe). I'd like to be able to decorate my home, but don't have the energy or the money to have it the way I'd like. On that vein I'm obsessed with Pinterest. I wish I did Instagram, but feel like I have nothing to post about (a bit like with this blog). I dislike both winter (too cold) and summer (too hot). Autumn is where it's at.  I'd like to develop a capsule wardrobe and have been trying, but am not sure why it's not really working. I used to be fat and now I'm not (I tried for years to loose weight and couldn't, then gave up and just lost it, I have no idea how it works). I love my Fitbit (it's the only exercise I get with a kid, baby steps ;)). I like to think I do yoga, but really do it once a week and only during the winter (it's now the summer break and my mat is by the door where I dropped it after the last lesson). I also like to think I do hooping, but maybe hoop for 5 minutes a week. I eat a very average diet, except I've been sugar free since the beginning of the year (the best decision!). I must get some fresh air everyday and love wandering in the nearby forest with the Kiddo, but otherwise I'm a huge homebody and we very rarely venture anywhere (I mean we go to the movies maybe twice a year and when we get takeaway, it's almost always from the same few places, we very rarely actually go out to eat. I know that sounds sad, don't judge!). Speaking of sad, news make me sad, especially after having a child, I have to limit my intake). And after having a kid I had to start donating to Save the children, just to be able to sleep.  And I could talk endlessly about baby gear (I'm a pretty mild person, but it turns I have a lot of opinions on that, want to know which socks are the best? I'll tell you).

There's probably something else I can't think right of now, but was any of that interesting? I know this is my blog and technically I can post whatever I like, I just feel really awkward. Is it weird to suddenly pop random stuff in here?

Monday, April 16, 2018


I bought this book called "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" at a thrift store for one Euro, and the Kiddo LOVES it. It's not a book I grew up with, but I've been enjoying it too. The caterpillar eats it way through various items of food and the book has holes in it for little fingers to poke through. Although, the Finnish version is for some reason translated from German (it's an American book I believe) and it's a bit weird at points (that's clearly a muffin, not cake).
But anyway! I thought the Kiddo might get a kick out of a very hungry caterpillar ornament. Ornament since these needle felting projects are really too fragile to play with.
 You take close ups and realize how fuzzy everything is. Yikes. 
Those tiny feet were a pain to make.
And if you have never read the book, this is what it's supposed to look. I think it's a pretty good likeness?

Monday, April 9, 2018


Long time no thrift haul! 

Firstly, I haven't gone thrifting as much now that the Kiddo is mobile and will want destroy touch everything and secondly, I buy much less. But yesterday I went to a huge second hand kids clothes event (by myself, such a treat!) and found several pieces, so I thought i'd share them!

I was looking for summer clothes and knits for the kiddo. Luckily many sellers had marked their tables with signs such as "girl 68-74", so I could beeline straight to the right size, which currently is 92-98! How did my baby get so big?

There were tons of people and about hundred tables and I admittedly went a little crazy as I did not intend to spend quite so much. I ended spending 51€ and was a bit horrified when I counted it afterward. But between 14 pieces of clothing it comes to about 3,6€ per item which I think is OK. And obviously a lot cheaper than buying things new. I only bought things in good condition and with used clothing if it's still good after being used and washed it will probably hold. Also I still need to get her some pieces, kids go through so many clothes in a week! 

 Here's everything laid on the floor, as you do.
These two are probably my favorites, I love rompers on babies. And toddlers. The pink one on the left was 6€, and the blue striped one was 4€.
Two pairs of shorts, which I don't know how practical they will be? I've never had a baby toddler this age, so I just don't know if they are good for playing, going down the slides etc. Should I just go for leggings? Anyway, white ones were 3€, brownish ones 5€. The patterned pants were 2€.
 Three tops, the sleeveless ones were 3€ each and the green one in the middle 5€.
 A sweet patterned button up (buttons on the back) 2,50€ and a bear dress 2€ (I love anything with bears on it).
Three cute cardigans: 5€, 3€ and 5€. A sweater with hearts on it 2,50€. You can't have too many knits I think, in fact before this we had too few.

And here's everything again, just because they look so sweet together! Aww.
I can't wait for the summer, our backyard still looks like this:
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