Friday, December 21, 2012

Star Wreath

Do you want to see something that looks nice in reality and really depressing in pictures?
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Might just be my pictures. The daylight is non-existent at the moment.
Everyone in our building has an elaborate Christmas wreath on their door (I think most people here are retired) and I felt left out and wanted something, too. Frilliness isn’t really my style and I just wasn’t warming up to most wreaths I’d seen, until I came across this one.

So pretty! Mine isn’t that pretty.
It was really easy to do, though. I just took some wire and pushed paper mache balls through it (they didn’t have holes, so I really did have to push) and then twisted it into a star shape. Then, I twisted the ends into loops to hang it from. Now that I’m looking at that picture, I'm starting to think it might need something on the top to hide those loops. A pink knitted bow maybe. I feel frilliness approaching.
It was night and when I went to hang it, I discovered the door didn’t have a nail for it. I could have sworn it did. Someone stole our nail!Craziness aside, I then tried to nail it there as quietly as possible as not wake all the old people up.
There.
And it does look prettier in person.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Way to Use an Old Thing

I bought this from the thrift store ages ago, for maybe 4 euros. I thought it was really fun thing to store fruits and vegetables in the fridge, but my boyfriend thought it was butt ugly.

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Well, a friend of ours bought a board game called Arkham Horror, and the other night he came over with it so we could try it out. This game has gazillion different pieces. And it didn’t come with anything to organize them with. You know where this is going.

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I just gave the dish a quick wash and dried it thoroughly and it was perfect. Every piece nice and neat and we didn’t loose a single one.

The game is awesome by the way, I highly recommend it. It does take a lot of room, our dining room table was barely enough to contain it all. In the above picture we haven’t even laid out the character info sheets and pieces yet. There are also several expansions for it. We might need a bigger table!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Flower Blanket

Going with the blanket theme, this is what I’ve been working on lately.

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Pattern from Coco Rose Diaries (scroll down).

This is the third blanket I’ve started this year. Here are the first

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and second.

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I’ve noticed I much prefer making household items (like blankets) to making something to wear, just as I prefer thrifting household items to thrifting clothes. Not sure why, but I’m just going to roll with it.

This project is much like the granny square blanket: made in small instalments and then sewn together. I love it for the reasons I told then, but on the flip side there is also about a million ends to finish.

As for the colour choices, I love colourful things – just not on me or in my home. So while I loved the pretty pink and orange original, I tried to stay true to my nature and went with white and grey.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Chevron Blanket

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I really loved the granny square blanket I made, but my boyfriend keeps hogging it. The chevron seems to be really in right now, and after seeing several patterns for knit blankets I decided to make one for myself.

Black and white FTW!

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The pattern I used is from here (in Finnish), but there are several similar patterns around there. This for example. I loved this pattern because it’s so easy. It might not look easy, but it is. Just knit stitches all around with decrease or increase every tenth stitch on the right side. This was so much faster to make than the granny square one, just a few weeks.

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My knitting was much tighter in the beginning and then became looser. Also the blanket is quite heavy and it also started to stretch a bit towards the end. So, one end ended up being a bit wider. A bit annoying. Still, it’s very soft and perfect for watching TV on the sofa and maybe it’ll shrink if i wash it? Maybe.

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Speaking of TV, we just started watching Once upon a time. I like the fairy tales, the bf likes Robert Carlyle, perfect for both.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Laine Blogger Award

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Second-Hand Finds 3

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I’ve been looking for a wire fruit bowl for sometime. This was stuffed full of some other things at the thrift store, but I was all eagle-eyed and dug it out. It’s a reddish orange that isn’t really my style, so I might paint it later. But it’s kind of growing on me. 1,5 €.

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A rattan bin. I though the pattern was so pretty. It’s airy and perfect for paper rubbish. 1 €.

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A Chinese porcelain jar. I put sugar in this. So simple and pretty. 1 €.

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Two tiny flower shaped bowls. Cute and I have no idea what to do with these. 0.50 € each.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Grey and Pink and White Bunting

After making the bit anaemic “Onnea” –banner, I decided to try to make a more colourful celebratory bunting. And by colourful I mean colourful for me. And by colourful for me I mean not colourful at all.

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Yeah.

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Still, I’m pretty happy with it. I didn’t take a picture of this and the other banner together, but they look pretty cute. Somehow… quietly happy.

I think I’ll do one more. This time I’m thinking black.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Second-Hand Finds 2

This segment is basically to show (my mother) what I’ve bought lately.

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I’m sure my boyfriend thinks I’m insane when I come home with stuff like this, but isn’t this bottle opener cute or what? 2 €.

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A side table for bedroom. The surface is a bit broken back there, but it should be fixable. I love this style. A little bit of care and it’ll be like new. And yes, I lifted it on the dining room table for this picture.10 €.

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Tiny, tiny frames. I’m thinking of collecting different kinds of frames and making a gallery wall. Some day. When I have white walls. 2 € each.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Happy Birthday!

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It’s my boyfriend’s birthday!

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I made him a felt banner. It says “congratulations” in Finnish.

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He said it looks like a “forever alone” –banner. Hah, I love it.

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Inspiration from here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Painting the Kitchen

We moved into this rental apartment in June. The owners told us we could do anything except to a one bright green wall! The very wall we really wanted to change. Ah well. Other than that, the apartment has very neutral colouring, and there was nothing I wanted to change, with the exception of the kitchen. It was painted this brownish orange and had a white flower ornament painted on top of the door, neither was really my style.

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Excuse the mess, we had just moved in.

Last month I saw on Pinterest (where else?) instructions how to make chalkboard paint by mixing 2 tbsp. of tile grout with a cup of any paint. Chalkboard paint is so expensive and I liked the idea of being able to choose the colour myself. I have only seen it in black and green. I picked the cheapest paint I could find and got into mixing.

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After one coat. Already so much better.

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And the finished product.

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I’ve never painted anything, so I was so scared to start. But it was worth it. I think the kitchen looks cleaner, brighter and bigger. I’m so very happy with the result.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Crochet Bedspread

I have previously shared with you a bedspread my grandmother made. But since I now have a bigger bed, my mother decided to make me a new one. This one is even prettier than the previous one.

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I think the clean pattern and light colour make it look quite modern, yet totally sweet and cosy. I love it! Thanks mum!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Granny Square Blanket

I saw this blanket on Muita ihania. And just fell in love.

I loved the cross pattern of it, and what a clever use of the old granny square it was. I bought yarn right a way determined to make one just like it, only in different shades of grey.

Then I saw this. Uh. Oh.

Long story short.
 

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It hasn’t been blocked and my skills as a photographer are somewhat lacking, but I really, really love it.

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It took me the whole summer to finish it. Just finishing all the ends took two weeks! But it was so worth it. And I liked how before I started to sew all the squares together it was a very portable. i could just take a bit of yarn and a hook with me, oh anywhere, and do a square or two.

There were moments I thought I’d never see the end of this project. I sewed all the squares together without finishing any ends and the wrong side was just so hairy! Tiina from Muita ihania said on her blog post that on her blanket the wrong side looked nice also, and for a long time i couldn’t believe mine would. But it does. Sigh of relief.

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During the whole project I thought I’d do a thin white edging for it to make it neater, but now I kind of prefer it this way.
The yarn I used is 75% wool so it is really warm, just in time for autumn!

EDIT: You can find the pattern here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lace Jar Lantern

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Sticking with the lace theme, I saw these doily covered jars, at Pinterest I think, but can’t find the source anymore. Anyway, the idea is just to cover a glass jar in glue, stick a doily on it and light a votive inside, ta-dah, a lantern.

Easy enough. The jar used to hold jalapenos and the lace is a tablecloth or possibly a curtain from the thrift store. I only used a small corner of it for this. I’m thinking maybe I’ll use the rest for a cushion, or twenty more lanterns… I like how the lace isn’t overly romantic, but a bit more angular, while still being totally cosy.

This was such a one minute project. I didn’t even wait for the glue to dry before lighting it.  So easy and fast. And cute. Cute is important.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Doily Lamp (in progress)

Everyone has probably seen this doily lamp from Dos Family. It’s so lovely. I really want one. The trouble is, doilies are so hard to find around here. And when I do find them, they cost a lot, and I’d like a white lamp and the doilies I’ve run across at thrift stores are usually in colours. Mainly green for some reason.

But hey, I can crochet!

There are so many lovely doily patterns floating around in the internet. I just threw “doily” in Google and picked the ones I liked. Especially the Japanese patterns are so pretty! I bought some white yarn (from thrift store, of course) and crocheted away. This is my progress so far. Not enough for a lamp, yet, but getting there.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Beet Blusher

I got my allergy patch test results recently and turns out I’m strongly allergic to Kathon CG. And it’s in everything. Shampoos, soaps, creams, make-up… It seems a bit daunting to buy all new products, not to mention expensive! Also, it has about dozen names that are used in cosmetics, so spotting it requires loads of research. So, for now my make-up consists of one Ben Nye eye-liner pencil. Yay. If anyone is, or knows someone who’s, allergic to it and knows of any products without it, please let me know!

Luckily, I run across this tutorial on the Velvet Bird, via Pinterest, of course. She makes a very simple liquid blusher from beets and glycerol. That’s all. There’s certainly no Kathon CG in that, so I jumped to it. And it is super easy. Only mistake I made was thinking “Oh, there’s 3 tbsp. glycerol that must mean there’s going to be 3 tbsp. blusher”, but of course the beets also extract juice. And now I have a cute little 3 tbsp. jar with blusher and another randomly grabbed big jar where I poured the rest. Well. At least I’m not going to run out, but the next time I think I’ll halve the recipe.

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The blusher it’s very nice sheer natural purplish pink. Like a beet, I suppose… It’s easy to use, although I live in horror of pouring it all over my shirt, since it’s very liquid-y. And I’m messy like that. But now I have two make-up products, yay! It’s a start.

Bonus: Here’s a nice YouTube tutorial by Lisa Eldridge on applying liquid blusher. I couldn’t use any make-up for months prior to my patch test and seem to have forgotten all about it.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cloth Napkins- Third Take

I’ve written about cloth napkins here and here. I liked the colourful ones – in theory. However, I'm not a very colourful person. That’s just not me. I like things simple and practical and minimalistic. This is a bit of a problem because I also like to craft. That’s why all my lovely amigurumi is stored away in the closet. Any ideas on how to display them tastefully?

Anyway, onto the napkins. I like black and white and grey, as colours go, but white gets dirty so quickly and black can be a bit depressing. So, I bought a plain grey sheet. And made 34 cloth napkins. Thirty-four.

I’m not going to run out anytime soon.

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There are a couple of white ones there and they are already a bit stained, lesson learned, and a few black ones for pizza nights.

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This is not all of them, some are in the wash.They are pretty unceremoniously piled on the shelf, but it’s practical and easy. Just the way I like it.

Bonus: Are Paper Napkins More Environmentally Friendly?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Second-Hand Finds 1

Today I was supposed to be writing my thesis (I’m a grad student), so I went to the the flea market instead. Oh, logic.
Here’s what I found.
An awesome metal sewing-box. My old one was ugly and unpractical and didn’t close properly anymore.
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Two glass bottles. For some reason, one was 1,50 and the other 3 euros, even though they are both the same brand and from the same table. Oh, well, I wanted both. I’m going to use them for my vanilla essence, which currently is in a very ugly plastic vodka bottle.
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A china cup that looks like a crumpled plastic cup, I thought it was funny. And 30 cents.
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A leather bag. I liked the corner decals.
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I think this is a some sort of wall hanging, or maybe a table runner. But for me it’s going to be a bag! If my camera hadn’t killed it, you could see it’s actually green.
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There. Now some thesis.
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