Wednesday, December 31, 2014

September–December Books

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And here are all the rest of the books I’ve read this year lumped in together. By my account I’ve read 55 books this year. That’s not bad. It’s been fun keeping tract of these. If I hadn’t, I’d probably think, oh, I guess I read a couple of books. I’m thinking of adding a few words of review to these, but only if I have something to say. Let's test this out.

Amy Poehler: Yes Please I’ve read a few books by comedians and this was one of the few I actually liked. This and the one by Jim Gaffigan.

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Re-reading is the best reading.

Bruce Feiler: The Secrets of Happy Families

J. R. R. Tolkien: Silmarillion I think i should get a medal for reading through this. I can’t understand how something so interesting can be so boring. Also, I never knew Lúthien was so badass. Riding around on her giant wolf, beating everyone up.

Tieman Robert: The Disney Treasures

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban The thing about re-reading.

Robert Calbraith: Silkworm I kind of like these. I guess it’s the private eye aspect. I love Sherlock Holmes and Pushing Daisies.

Terry Pratchett: Unseen Academicals I actually listened to this, and I did not care for the way the reader was doing the voices at all. I kept thinking I might like the book better, if I weren’t so annoyed with the way the characters were talking.

Heli Lahdenranta, Ulla-Maija Lähteenmäki: K niin kuin koti – 10 kotia, tyyliä ja näkökulmaa Decorating books are weird, because they are lovely to look at, but still I never seem to get anything out of them.

Brigid Schulte: Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

Terry Pratchett: Raising Steam Terry Pratchett’s was the first book I read in English, back when I was a teenager. I’ll always think of them fondly. This was good, but I like his mid career stuff better. And I hope he’ll still write one about the witches. They’ll always be my favorite.

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I love Harry Potter.

Monday, December 22, 2014

We’ve moved!

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I haven’t been updating lately because… We bought a house in November! Well, one end of a row house, but it is all ours! It’s been pretty great to fix your own home after living in rentals all my adult life. But it’s also been pretty hectic! I’ll try to post more pictures after Christmas, but here’s a sneak peek at our wintery back yard.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cushion Cover from a Flannel Shirt

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Here’s an easy autumn decor idea: flannel cushion covers from old button-up shirts. All you need is an old shirt, scissors, and a sewing machine (or thread and a needle).

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Firstly,you will need a men's flannel shirt. Men's, because they are usually larger (the larger the better) and won’t have those dart things to shape them. Mine is from the thrift store. There was an offer for 3 shirts for 1€.

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Take it apart along the side and shoulder seams, remove the pocket, and the arms and the collar. You are left with the front piece with the buttons (button them up) and the back piece.

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Place an old cushion cover (for the cushion you want to cover) on top of the front piece, pin it in place and cut along the edges leaving a small allowance all around. The allowance will depend on how much space you have along the sides, mine was only about 0,5 cm, but if you have more space you can have a bigger allowance. Repeat with the other piece. If you have wiggle room, you can try to match up the pattern, but mine was a pretty tight fit, so I decided not to worry about it.

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Place the pieces against each other right sides facing, pin together and sew along the edges. Don’t leave any openings.

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Finish the edges with a zigzag stitch to keep them from fraying. Unbutton the buttons and turn the cover right side out.

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Insert your pillow through the button up part, close the buttons and voila! you are done!

Cosy flannel cushions.

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This was such an easy and cheap project. One cover cost about 33 cents. And I really like the result. I think I’ll keep my eyes open for more plaid shirts!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pattern for a Granny Square Blanket

I’ve made two granny square blankets

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an ombre grey one

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and a black one.

For those who asked, here’s a pattern. Each square represents one granny square. The black one is the same, except all grey squares are done on black.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Easy Cream Salmon Recipe

There was super cheap salmon on offer at the grocery store yesterday. Since the Norwegians can’t take their salmon to Russia anymore, apparently we get them! 2,99€/kg, can’t beat that. We got the biggest one we could find, almost 3kg.

Dead fish alert.

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It’s my job to take the fish apart, a job which I find revolting, and it’s not helped by the fact that Jake insists on naming every fish we buy. This one was called Raju-Reijo.

This recipe is super easy, but I thought I’d take pictures anyway.

EASY CREAM SALMON

Heat up the oven to 200°.

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Filet your salmon and place it in an oven proof dish. This dish was a bit too small for a fish this size, but it was the biggest one we had.

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Sprinkle with salt and a lot of lemon pepper. Put in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Take the fish out of the oven and add 4dl of onion flavoured cream. Other flavours might work.

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Also, add some butter. Put back in to the oven for another 20 minutes.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

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We usually eat this with mashed potatoes, but neither of us felt like peeling potatoes. Still, it was good!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Quick Spray Paint Makeover

I bought these two lamps from the thrift store. They were only 2,50€ each, and I really liked the pattern on them. They were kind of an ugly color, but I thought, hey, that’s nothing a little spray paint wont fix!

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And here’s the after!

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I love them! The look so clean. Now, I just have to find some shades for them!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

July and August Reads

A bit late and two months combined, but here they are!

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  • Bruce Campbell: If Chins Could Kill : Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull : The Art of the Hobbit
  • AJ Jacobs : The Year of Living Biblically
  • AJ Jacobs : The Know-It-All
  • AJ Jacobs : Drop Dead Healthy
  • Sam Sommers : Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World
  • Pimsleur French 2, 3 and plus
  • Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein : Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
  • J.K. Rowling : Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
  • Paul Tough : How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Feel free to recommend me books!

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.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

This Week

This Week

1. It was hot. HOT. Almost 30 degrees. That’s the melting point for arctic people. But the trees have full leaves now.

2. I didn’t feel like going outside much, so instead I cleaned like crazy. I don’t think our home has ever been this clean. I also made a new cover for my extremely ratty chair. So much better.

3. I did venture outside to see if I could find something to wear in the heat and manage to score this dress for 4€. It’s black with white polka dots and is both light and cute ( I think).

4. I also bought this curtain for 1,20 and promptly made it into a few summery pillows.

5. I also bought these candle holders. I think they are handmade. They were an odd blue green color, but only cost 1€ each. Few coats of paint and some beads later, they are looking much fresher. And my Yankee Candles fit perfectly in them.

6. We didn’t have any food and didn’t feel like going to the store. Hot, I tell you. So, Jake made spaghetti with minced meat sauce, and I ate it. I’ve been vegetarian since I was sixteen, but I guess not anymore. I feel like I should apologize to someone. So. Sorry!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Small Thrift Haul

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I thought I’d share a few things I’ve bought lately from the thrift store. Sometimes you find stuff, sometimes you don’t. I really like the Red Cross second hand shop, because everything is neatly organized by category, clean and they test all the electronics, so you know they’ll work.

1. Patterned porcelain cups. I was already leaving when they brought in more mugs. Mmm, mugs. 40 cents each, and super cute.

2. Fabrics. I don’t know what I will do with these, but I’ll figure something out. The polka dot one was 1,90€, the floral 2,90, the striped one 0,80 and the plaid 1,80.

3. A big glass jar for 1,50.

4. A Christmas mug for 0,10. Jake insists that I must not buy anymore mugs. Mmm, mugs.

5. A basket for 0,40. I think it’s meant for a plant since it’s lined with plastic. For now I keep my crochet hooks and knitting needles in it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This Week

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1. It’s actually hot and all the trees have pushed out tiny leaves. I should mention that if the temperature get’s above 20 degrees in Finland, its tabloid news. So “hot” might be a relative term.

2. I’ve been sitting on a gift card since last autumn. I really wanted to spend it on something meaningful and finally decided that I needed new trainers. I went for these Merrell Pace Glove ones. They are one of those “barefoot” type of trainers, that are supposed to be more natural. I don’t know. They do feel a bit funny when you are standing, like your heel is sinking in to the ground, but when walking they feel completely normal to me. Maybe the difference is more noticeable if you run?

3. The second purchase of the month was… Intuos Pen & Touch! I’ve wanted a drawing tablet for so long, and finally decided that if I want it, why not save for a few months and buy one? So, I did. I absolutely love it. I think once I learn to use it, I might like it better than pen and paper.

4. Jake’s cousin lend us a puzzle, and I happily spent a few days doing that. I love puzzles.

5. The craft project of the week were these hand bowls. Tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. I didn’t paint them yet, and they look kind of nice in white. The left one is moulded after my hand and the right one after Jake's. I think they might look nice on our night stands.

6. And Jake bought me flowers! (for the first time ever) They are so pretty, and I love potted plants. It looks a bit heart shaped in the picture, too, hah.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This Week - On Organizing Kick

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A little different kinds of pictures this week. I’ve been organizing a lot lately. It all started when I found a metallic plate organizer at the flea market for 80 cents (you might be able to see it in the second picture).

1. My kitchen cupboard before organizing, everything was thrown in every which way. It was a pain to try find anything.

2. So different. I moved some rarely used stuff away, like the big thermos. I put the plate organizer on the second self to organize the frying pans. Teflon on top and cast iron below. Kettles are behind them. I put colanders on the top shelf, with some baking stuff behind those. Oven dishes are on the third shelf and all appliances, that we don’t have out, on the bottom shelf.  I also added the hanging basket for lids and a basket on the bottom self for all the small parts. Both I already had, so organizing this cabinet cost pretty much 80 cents. It’s so much nicer to look at and easier to get things.

3. and 4. A new shop called Hong Kong opened here a few weeks back, and they have super cheap containers. The small ones cost only 25 cents! I just love opening my desk drawers now. It’s somehow very calming to have everything on exact places.

5. And lastly, I organized my bookshelf. It used to host a lot of binders and sketch books and random stuff and looked messy and depressing. I was just going to organise this bookshelf, but ended up pulling pretty much everything from our closet/storage room on the floor too. The mess was a bit overwhelming, but I’m glad I did it, because now that it is more or less organized, too. (Though, there still are several boxes I didn’t have energy to look into) I moved everything I don’t use every week to the closet and moved most of my craft supplies here, where they are actually easy to grab. My craft room/office is now much more neater and lighter, with the white baskets and neat lines. The white baskets hold yarns, sorted by type. One basket holds projects I’m currently doing, another one some fabrics etc. Knowing where everything is really makes all the difference.

Sorry, about the pictures being so dark, it’s been unbelievably foggy for a few days.

Monday, May 5, 2014

This Week

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1. Nothing much to report this week, except the bruise on my foot is almost gone, so I decided I could start taking walks again. It’s been great! Mmm, fresh air! There’s some really nice paths in the near by woods, which during the winter are reserved for skiers only, but now that the snow is gone are free for pedestrians too. I’m terrified of snakes, but Jake claims there are none here, because the hedgehogs have eaten them all.

2. While indoors, I’ve been playing Super Mario 3D World. It’s so fun! I love the cat suit. I want the cat suit.

3. I didn’t have any other pictures so I thought I’d talk about a few products I’ve been loving recently. I started to use conditioner first and shampoo last, because apparently that’s supposed to be good? I don’t know, but I’m testing. I’ve been using XZ chocolate vanilla mask as a conditioner. I have a very dry, extremely tangly hair and this has smoothed out all the tangles and left it soft.

4. For shampoo I’ve been using this deep cleansing shampoo by Herbina  and it’s so good. It leaves my hair very clean, but not dry. I’ve been loving in especially after sauna. If you buy one beauty product in Finland, this should be it.

5. And last, but not least! I’ve been absolutely loving this Greek salad dressing by Felix! I think I should clarify after mentioning a few hair products that I’ve been using this on my salad. It’s delicious, and pretty much the only one I eat. There was a small moment of sadness yesterday when our grocery store was all out, and I had to take a garlic one instead.

That’s me, how about you?

Friday, May 2, 2014

April Reads

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Mindy Kaling: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Charles Duhigg: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Gary Taubes: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Jim Gaffigan: Dad Is Fat

Monday, April 28, 2014

This Week

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1. We got a new TV. It’s huge. Two men carried it in, and the packet was almost as tall as me. Can I also mention that Jake updated his Facebook before telling me that he had bough a TV. Nice to learn little things like this from the Internet.

2. (The big picture). Here’s the TV on the TV stand I assembled last week. It’s just so freaking big. We had to move the couch back, too, as far as it would go. Nature documentaries do look amazing, I must say.

3. We still had the Christmas wreath on the door, so I thought I’d make a new spring one. I crocheted different sized daisies and some random leaves and tied them around a wire. It looked very fresh and delicate against the white wall, but against our old wooden door, it just looked old-fashioned. I’ll have to make something else.

4. I’ve been really loving this Moomin coffee jar Jake’s parents gave us. My old one didn’t fit a whole bag of coffee at once, which was getting on my nerves, but this one is bigger and much more practical. And awesome looking, too!

5. This new rug for the kitchen was on clearance for 10 €. The picture doesn’t really show it, but it’s a blue and white chevron pattern and is really nice and fresh.

6. And most importantly, for me at least! I got a tablet! It came free with the TV. I love it. I’ve wanted one for so long. Mmm, Candy Crush. But it’s also great for reading books, and I think it’ll be great for travelling. I wont have to lug my laptop with me anymore.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Around Here

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I’ve felt kind of uninspired to write, but I know I’ll be happy to look back on these, so I’ll try!

1. I bought these awesome planters on sale at Kodin terra. They are quite big and I might end up using them for something else.

2. I’m not quite sure what happened to my foot. It just went crunch and there was a sharp pain and then i couldn’t walk for the night. I guess a blood vessel just burst? It was painful for a week and there’s still a bruise there.

3. We finally bought a TV-stand after living here for nearly two years! I spent several hours putting it together. Luckily, I love puzzles, it was great fun!

4. I’ve made several craft projects, including this container for the remote controls. We lovingly named it “lörpäke”. I’ve tried not to buy any new materials, and this was made using yarn Jake's mother gave me and some left over cotton yarn.

5. We watched through the first season of True Detective and it was sooo good. I also watched through 3 seasons of Veronica Mars, after I found out that it wasn’t sci-fi. Mars, Neptune, it sounds like sci-fi, right? But I love everything with private detectives.

6. I think I shared about this a few weeks back, but here are the cork pot holders, spray painted and mounted on the kitchen wall. I use them to keep coupons and the shopping list and they are working great.

7. I got in my head a while back that salmiakki would be a good sauna fragrance, and then found out it exists! The winning combo turned out to be a mixture of tar and salmiakki, smells just like Terva Leijona. Eucalyptus still rules, but this is a good second.

8. I made a pom pom bouquet! I love it. The colours are so happy and spring-like.

9. I also made these sofa pillows. I bought a pillow case from the flea market for 40 cents, took it a part and cut it into 4 equal pieces. Then I trimmed it with some pom pom trim a bought ages ago for a project I never did. They look so nice. A bit of white makes everything look fresh.

Monday, March 24, 2014

This Week

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1. Jake bought some candy. 26 bags of Lions and 8 bars of Nougat.

2. Some fast “art”. We took a side picture of each other, I then transferred them onto my computer and then traced them through the screen to a piece of paper. Coloured them in. Easy. Frames from the flea market.

3. Since it’s been plus degrees outside, I’ve done some spray painting on the balcony. Neighbours must love me.

4. I also did this wall hanging, directions from here. P.S. I so hate that wall paper.

5. And on non craft front, I discovered they sell chicken kebab at Prisma. My life is complete.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This Week

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1. It’s been something like the warmest spring for 50 years. It’s been around 7 degrees and there hasn’t been any snow on the ground for about a month. Until yesterday. Meh. Go away, winter.

2. Here’s where I go for my ballet lessons. It’s old and crumbling, but I like it’s derelict charm.

3. Because of little snow we didn’t feel like going out to get pizza, so Jake made spaghetti and meat sauce, and I had a frozen tuna pizza. Hah. As you can see, we very rarely eat the same food.

4. I’ve been trying to use up my stash of yarn and decorate at the same time. First thing I did was this crochet owl basket. I was inspired by the pictures here, but didn't actually buy the pattern.

5. speaking of crocheting, here’s a quick tip for you: if you need a round marker, a hair pin is perfect. Easily movable, stays in place, and lies flat. Also, dirt cheap and easily available.

6. I also made this chalkboard antler “painting”, instructions here. I already had a magnetic notice board from IKEA I had painted with chalkboard ages ago, so this project took maybe 5 minutes. Love it. And if I get bored I can just wipe it clean.

7. I've been obsessed with this sandwich. Two pieces of bread, with cheese, avocado and a fried egg. Put it on a pan and place a kettle or another heat proof heavy object on top and fry for a bit until the cheese melts. So good.

8. I also tried making those two ingredient banana pancakes ( two eggs, one banana), and they were ok. I could only taste banana, but they did look like actual pancakes! I topped them with peanut butter, more banana, and a bucket off cream. Haha, were these supposed to be healthy?

9. And the game of the moment has been Dark Souls 2. It’s very good, everyone go play.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

February Reads

These are the books I read in February.

February Reads

Dan Brown: Inferno
Antony Beevor: The Second World War
Guy Delisle: Shenzhen, Pyongyang, Jerusalem, Burma Chronicles
Satu Rämö and Katja Lahti: Vuoden mutsi
Kelly McGonigal: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It
Joshua Foer: Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Lucy Maud Montgomery: Rilla of Ingleside

Sunday, March 2, 2014

This Week

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1. I decided to make liquid hand soap myself. I have found pretty much one soap I’m not allergic to and a half a litre bottle of it costs almost 5 euro's, while a bar of the stuff is about 1 euro. I prefer liquid, it just feels more hygienic to me. Jake joked once that I’m the kind of person who washes the soap before washing their hands with it and I looked at him like he was crazy. Of course, I’d wash the soap first. Anyway, I used this recipe. It called for 1 cup of water per every ounce of soap. My bar was little under 4 ounces, so I went with 4 cups of water, and worried it might be too much. Nope. I could have lifted it out of the kettle with a fork. I reheated and added water, several times, and in the end I finally managed to make it actually liquid after using a total of 10 cups of water. I don’t know if that bar was some kind of super soap, but it sure made a lot of soap. I added a few drops of grapefruit essential oil to make it smell nice.

2. Jake got the new Castlevania game and we spent most of the time on the couch, he playing and I crocheting.

3. Some healthy foods again this week: two pizzas, a whole cake, chocolate, hotdogs, pastries and such. Good thing I’m flossing or I’d die from cavities! Now, I’ll only die from obesity and heart decease.

4. So, this probably doesn’t make sense unless you are Finnish, but I’m going to tell it anyway. I’m from central Finland and Jake is from the northern coast. This results in some differences on dialect, most notable of which (for us) is that when something is for example “really good”, I say “sika hyvä” “pig good” and Jake says “yli hyvä” “over good”. Jake thinks I should leave pigs out of things, and I feel “yli hyvä” sounds like something is too good or overly good, in a sense of “too much of a good thing”. Anyway, Jake was watching a documentary about Teemu Selänne, probably the most famous Finnish hockey player of all time, and in it Teemu said “sika hyvää kahvia” “pig good coffee”! So thank you, Teemu Selänne, for making my boyfriend admit that “sika hyvä” might be a valid expression!

Monday, February 24, 2014

This Week

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There are weeks when I take a lot of pictures. And then there are weeks when I’ve taken exactly …two. Ah, well.

1. We might be going to Florence next autumn! So I got myself Pimsleur’s Italian language course. Maybe I can learn a few words before the trip! I’d absolutely love to go to Florence. I studied art history at Uni and Florence is just full of art and history.

2. We made salmon again this week and despite buying an actual filleting  knife, I still pretty much butchered the poor fish. I think we wont be buying a whole fish again, as I just can’t seem to get enough meat out of it. Still, it was good!

3. And, on the craft front, I’ve been obsessed with an idea to make a pom pom flower bouquet, with pom poms that actually look like flowers. A lot of yarn wasted on practicing as seen above, but I’ll get there! And if I don’t it’s been fun anyway.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Link Friday – DIY Pom Pom Accessories

This weeks links are all about pom poms, again, but I thought I’d concentrate on accessories this time! If you want to see all previous pom pom projects, click here.

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1. Pom pom hair clips. Lovely, I especially love the pastel colours.

2. Crocheted pom pom hair ties. I think I’ll try this in white.

3. Pom pom keychain. Fun and colourful and easy to see where you last left your keys!

4. Pom pom bracelet. Chic isn’t the first word I’d use to describe pom poms, but this bracelet certainly is.

5. Pom pom statement necklace. You’d definitely make a statement with this necklace!

6. Pompom shoe clip. So cute. I’ve made something like this with tulle, but I think I’ll try again with yarn.

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