Friday, December 1, 2017


I'm so exited for Christmas and the whole December!

I got this cool wooden train toy advent calendar for the Kiddo from Lidl. Lidl has the best stuff for cheap. They are very good quality too. 

I scored a huge box of Brio toy train set parts over the summer from a thrift store and these should be compatible with them. We opened the first one today and I mean the Kiddo just turned one and I was definitely the more exited, but she seemed to get the idea. At least, once I'd opened the flap for her and she could see the toy. Which I promptl took away from her, it was kind of small... Hah!

I haven't had an advent calendar for years, but for the kiddo I had to get one. I'm really looking forward to making some other traditions for us. And yes, I mean making traditions as we have pretty much none.

So far I have (not in order):

  • having an advent calendar
  • decorating the tree
  • and getting one or two new ornaments each year
  • and collecting a new one for the Kiddo too
  • making paper snowflakes for the windows
  • making a gingerbread house
  • having rice porridge (more like a pudding) for breakfast on Christmas Eve
  • visiting the graveyard on Christmas Eve (makes sense if you are Finnish)
  • celebrating the Independence Day
  • new pajamas for Christmas
  • a family puzzle for Christmas (once she is older)
I'm sure i'll come up with other ideas. But I really like the idea of doing things rather than Christmas just being about stuffing yourself and getting a pile of junk, I mean, gifts.

Speaking of gifts, not sure what to do about them yet. I don't want to get her an overwhelming amount. We'll have to see.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Having a kid really puts an rather abrupt stop to any crafting plans. When she was a baby I could still do a bit here and there, but now that she is walking and very curious about everything, messing with pins and needles is down right dangerous.

But I really love crafting and doing something to do with my hands. My saving grace has been my new standing desk, because the kiddo can't reach. That's the only place where I can drink coffee too now.

I really wanted a sort of accent pillow for our bed, because frankly our bedroom is a bit blah. (I'd also like a rattan headboard, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.) But I could not find a pillow I liked. Well, I found one that I did like, a rya pillow that cost 120€... Yeah. No.

But I came across this rya base fabric for 1€ at the thrift store and thought I might as well try to make one of the scrap yarn I have. I'll try any (craft) once.

Here's what I have so far.

You can see on the bottom how the previous owner had started to make something, which is good because I just copied what she had done! Hah! I really have no idea what I am doing, but it's so much fun to make something!

Saturday, October 14, 2017


I was reading the news the other morning and came across a piece about this Kalevala blanket designed as part of the Finland 100, that is one of the projects honoring Finland's 100th year of independence this year.

How gorgeous are these promotional pictures?
The pattern is completely free. It's made of separate squares, that you can mix and match as you please. They release a new square twice a week I think, until independence day in December. There's a Facebook group, where you can post your square or you can tag them at Instagram with #kalevalacal. So, it's meant to be a  sort of crochet-along, but you can also do it at your own pace since the patterns will be available at the website later on, too.The patterns are available in English and in several other languages too. 

My favorite square so far is this one called Ahto

The blanket is named Kalevala after the Finnish national epic of the same name, and each square is presenting some piece of it. They include a bit of the text, too, with the pattern.

I really like the natural linen color in these picture, but on Facebook someone was making a totally black one, and that looked amazing too.
I'm really itching to make one, but I'm currently a bit overwhelmed with life. But I'm totally bookmarking this for later use.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Finland is all about Moomins and the Moomin mug is a kind of institution here. The company that makes them, Arabia, comes out with several new designs each year. And some people collect all of them. 

I do have several I've gotten as gifts, you can see them here. But myself, I just collect the winter ones. They come out with just one new design each year, so it stays manageable. 

I got into collecting them quite accidentally, I got one as a gift, then bought  the next one myself and then thought, hmm it might be a fun tradition to have a special set of mugs for Christmas time. To drink glögg out of (my favorite Christmas time drink). I now have five mugs, including this new one and I don't think I'll go on with this habit forever. I might stop after six, that seems like a good amount. Or maybe I'll just buy the prettiest ones from then on. We'll see. But having dozens of mugs just doesn't appeal to me.

Anyway, above is the mug for 2017. It isn't very Christmasy in the traditional sense, but I like the clean white and blue based design. And the Moomins make them a bit whimsical.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I've had my Fitbit Flex for over two years now, and I love it still. 

It's an activity tracker that you wear on your wrist, though I mostly wear it on my ankle, and it counts (somewhat accurately) the steps you take. The aim is to take 10 000 steps a day, or you can set any other step goal you want. I've heard 10k for health, 15k for weight loss.

Since getting pregnant I stopped doing pretty much all other exercise except walking. I know it would be good to do some weight lighting too, buuuuuut... For now, I just walk. I really feel that my Fitbit combined with breastfeeding made all the pregnancy weight just slide off without any dieting.

The beauty of Fitbit is that it counts the steps you take and you can take the steps any time that suits you. You don't have to walk for an hour at a time, just pay attention and get the steps in during the day and you are golden.  It's a great way to increase your activity level without having to exercise per se. So if you have a few minutes here and there during the day that's enough! Great when you have a kid. 

Just wearing the Fitbit pushes me to get more steps. I wear it all the time and am kind of bummed when I have to take it off for charging or showering. I mean, is there any point in even moving if I'm not wearing my Fitbit?

Sunday, September 17, 2017


For now these cabinets hold a random collection of things, but maybe someday they'll be filled with books!

I love reading. It's my absolutely favorite past time. I like it more than even crafting!

I used to do "what I read this month", but they sort of petered out. I never finish a book I don't like, but a lot of books are kind of just OK. I'm a bit picky when it comes to books. My definition of a good book (for me) is a book that I want re-read (again and again). So, while I finished the books, I never felt I had that much to say about most of them.

Also, a few years ago I Konmaried most of my books. I had several hundred that I'd collected over the years that, that I didn't want to re-read, so I got rid of them. And when I got new books I got them for my e-reader.

Then I got a baby (yes, everything revolves around the baby now), and I heard a lot about how important it is to have books at home and to see your parents reading, not just scrolling. So I've decided to buy physical copies of all the books I love, so that the Kiddo can see them and eventually read them. (This sounds a bit like brainwashing, but that's what parents are for, right?) 

And, of course, so I can read them, too! I've always secretly dreamed of a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast... But a small library of books I love would be fabulous.

Sunday, September 10, 2017


Some background: I love thrifting. Hah! 

try to just buy things we'll use. Sometimes I fail. 

And, as you are about to see, I love neutrals and natural materials.
Stokke Tripp Trapp cushion 3€. Jake wanted the best possible high chair for the Kiddo, which according to Google was the Tripp Trapp. It cost an arm and a leg and you had to buy the baby set separately, that was another arm. We decided to forgo the cushions to save at least some money, but a few days later I run into this perfect natural linen cushion set for a few euros!
Two small woven baskets 1,60€ and 1,40€. I keep buying these little baskets, and they are all empty. Maybe someday I'll put something in them, but for now they are just for decoration. #failing
Owl basket/wall hanging 0,50€. We don't actually have any art or anything really hanging on our walls, but we do now! I hung this by my bed. I think it's so cool in a very simple way.
 Small woven basket 2€. Yup. Empty.
Soda can holder 1,80€. These are actually really hard to find where I live and Jake drinks way too much soda, so we always have several cans floating around the fridge. I thought this might keep them somewhat corralled.
A rattan kids chair, 8€. I think i might have paid too much for this, but it was so cute! The Kiddo isn't at a stage where she can sit on a chair unattended yet, but I think when she does, it'll be fun to have one in her size.
Rattan fruit bowl, 1,80€. We didn't have a fruit bowl. This had a nice shape to it.
Two waste baskets, 2€ each. I can't decide which one I love more.

Over all, pretty useful things, right?

Sunday, September 3, 2017


I really love the Konmari method (life-changing magic indeed), but while I could sing it's praises all day, I don't feel I have anything to say that hasn't been said a billion times already. So I thought, why not just share a few things that spark joy for me? 

So here are my favorite mugs. They are Emma Bridgewater owl mugs I bought in England and (obviously) I love them. No one else is allowed to use them and I always drink from one of these, resorting to other mugs only when these are in the wash. Another quirk is that I only drink coffee from them (a bit weird since they are English?), if I have tea I'll use something else. They are sturdy, the perfect size and cuuuute.

How about you, any favorite mugs?

Monday, August 28, 2017


Oh August, my favorite month. The days are still warm, but the night are cool, and most importantly dark. I'm not a white nights person, we have blackout curtains on every window.

August means also that the berry season is here, and I love berries.

At this time last year I was heavily pregnant and couldn't go, so this year I made sure to get some berry picking in my life.
First, I went picking wild blueberries with a neighbor. Wild berries are abundant and free here in Finland. You just tramp into a forest and pick away.
This is the cleaning operation. Worst part are the spiders you accidentally pick up along the berries. I froze most of these for the winter.
We have a huge red currant bush on the yard and I've been collecting and freezing those too. Then a neighbor offered that I could pick their bushes as well, since they don't eat them. So, now we have a ton of red currants.
We planted a raspberry bush on the yard two years ago, last year it made about six berries, but this year we've gotten several dozen. I have high hopes for next year! Raspberries are my favorite.
The neighbor I went with to pick blueberries, went again and because I couldn't go, had picked me all these blueberries and raspberries!

So, now we're pretty much set for berries! At least, our freezer can't take anymore. And yes, I'm thinking about getting a bigger freezer.
With those left over, I've made two of these berry quark pies. So yummy.
And juice! I'd never before made juice. Made me feel like a real homesteader! Maybe next year I'll try my hand in making jam.

I might still go pick lingonberries once their season starts and try making lingonberry juice, but we'll see. Pretty happy with this so far!

Sunday, August 13, 2017


I thought I'd quickly post my summer capsule wardrobe, before the summer is over. And yes, this is my summer capsule. Yay, Finland!

Yes, it's all black and grey (and one green thing). I like not having to do any extra thinking #breastfeedingbrain.

And yep, this is planned with breastfeeding in mind. All the tops are loose and easy to pull up to feed my baby (I were a breastfeeding top underneath).

And yes, this isn't many clothes. My life is mostly spend at home with my baby, going for a walk with the stroller, going to the grocery store or thrift stores with the baby. Simple, casual stuff.

So for this season in my life a simple, casual wardrobe is perfect.

Khaki green oversize jacket/shirt, grey 3/4 sleeve thin knit, grey wool sweater.
Grey hoodie with a zipper, black and white tribal cardigan, grey oversize hoodie.
Four dark grey and four light grey maternity tank tops with built in bra (which I wear non-stop, day and night), grey non-maternity tank top, black oversize dress.

Black skinny jeans, black skinny jeggings, four pairs of black leggings.

Black moccasins (my left leg is a bit shorter than the right, in case you were wondering), black leather handbag (although I prefer to stuff everything in my pockets), black wool hat.

And that's it! I love having just a few things that work.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


It's kind of weird that I have a craft blog, yet have never done a craft haul.

I mainly just buy yarn here and there, and maybe needles or a hook in a new size as needed, but I don't really buy things in bulk.

Well, now I did.

An online shop I buy books from, Adlibris, was having a sale on their craft products and that was the first I realized they had craft products. 

I think I went slightly insane with the amount of yarn. But hey, it was 40% off. Also, for some reason, cotton yard is really hard to find around here. I guess with the weather being what it is, Finland is all about wool. This was really nice thick cotton yarn, perfect for amigurumis. Look at those colors! I'm just dying to make some play food for the Kiddo.
Look at that. That's box with 86 different colors of wool for needle felting. Eighty-six. I got really into needle felting after Christmas last year. So far I've just made a few white stars with the help of a cookie cutter, but I have plans for more.
And then some random stuff. I've always just used hairpins as round markers, and just lamented when stitches have slid off the end of a needle, but thought maybe it was time to invest in some actual tools. Maybe. So I got a row counter, a bag of stitch markers, needle stoppers, and a 40 cm and a 60 cm cables, you can supposedly use to convert any size needles into a circular needle. These weren't even expensive, just a few Euros. 

I hope these will make knitting and crocheting even more enjoyable!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


I've shared about my skincare in detail here and here. You can read there, if you wish to, more about my skin type (The short version is that I have a sensitive, very dry, aging (gasp!) skin with a side of atopic eczema), and about the reasons why I prefer to use natural products. 

I recently joined a facebook group about natural skincare and have found several new products through that. Also a dear friend of mine visited a few weeks back and introduced me to a few more. And I've been so excited to have products that actually work! But instead of just telling about new products I've tried, I thought it'd be more illustrative to just show everything I'm currently using. I should point out that Tata Harper products are a bit over-presented here, since Jake bought me a pack of travel size products. I'm absolutely adoring them, but probably wont repurchase anytime soon, since they are really expensive.

So these are all the natural products I'm currently using and nearly all the products I'm using with the exception of toothpaste and soap, I just haven't found the right ones of those.

I underlined the ones that work so well for me, I think I'll use them for the rest of my life.

  1. Now Foods, Solutions Castor Oil + Now Foods Solutions, Apricot Oil as a facial cleanser. One part castor oil, about 9 parts of apricot oil works well for my sensitive dry skin.
  2. Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence I've written before of my love for spray toners. They are just so refreshing and when you apply serum or moisturizer on a wet skin it's a lot less irritating. 
  3. Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum This has a texture like a moisturizer, it's not gel like other serums I've used. Feels very moisturizing.
  4. Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer Very moisturizing without being oily.
  5. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex This is an oil serum you apply with a roller-ball, I just rub it on my crows feet and I feel like it's working.
  6. Muhle R89 Safety Razor I was terrified to use this in the beginning, but it works great and I haven't nicked myself once.
  7. Uoga Uoga brush + eyliner I use this to line my eyes and define my eyebrows. Sometimes. My make-up is very minimal (non- existent) these days. I like this because it's grey toned, not red like most eyebrow products seem to be for some reason.
  8. Avril Volume mascara Hey, I love this! I feel like natural deodorant and mascara that work are two of the hardest things to find. It's dry (in a very good way), doesn't clump, smear, or irritate my eyes. I've actually been wearing mascara on occasion since buying this.
  9. Organic Shop lychee & 5 oils body cream. I go through body cream more than any other product, because if I don't moisturize I start to itch like crazy. This is very moisturizing, non-irritating, smells great and is so cheap. Like 4€. I apply it on a wet skin after showering and a little goes a long way.
  10. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream I'd never tried anything from this brand before, but really liked the look of it and I like the product too. It's a big pot for an eye cream and will last for a while.
  11. Antipodes Divine Face Oil Avocado Oil and Rosehip I also got a set of too travel sized Antipodes products. I didn't use to put on any products at night, but with my age (and sleepless nights with the baby) creeping up on me, I've started to apply this at night. It says "not greasy", but it definitely is greasy. I wouldn't use this in the morning, but it does soak up by morning and makes my skin feel great.
  12. Dry shampoo (in the small metal pot) I make this myself. It's one tbs potato flour, one tbs baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Works great.
  13. Less is More Mascobadogel. My hair is fine, limp and stick straight (aka Finnish). I rub this in my roots after washing my hair and sleep my hair on a top knot and in the morning my hair has volume and texture. It's a great minimalist product for a busy (or lazy) person.
  14. Schmidt's Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick Tea Tree It's taken me forever to find a natural deodorant that works, so I can't tell how exited I am about this one. I used to use the Lovefresh Eucalyptus/Spearmint and it worked great while I was pregnant, but I don't know if they changed the formula or if my hormones just changed, but it very abruptly stopped working after I gave birth. Luckily, I found this one. It has no baking soda. like a lot of natural deodorants do, so it's not irritating. Smells nice and fresh too, but there are other scents and a non-scented one as well.
  15. Lavera Deep Care & Repair Organic Shampoo and Conditioner I just started using this at my friends recommendation, so can't say much yet. But so far, so good. I use it after conditioner (yep, I condition first and shampoo second) and since this has a conditioner in it too, it's good for my very dry hair, and yet it doesn't make my hair limp.
  16. Sante Brilliant Care Hair Conditioner Conditioner is another natural product that is so hard to find. Most of them do nothing for my hair. This, however, is better than any conditioner I've tried, even the non-natural ones. Brilliant, indeed.
So that's what I'm using right now. It doesn't look like that many products in the picture, but it took ages to write! Once the Tata Harper travel-sizes run out, I'll have to try something else. Any recommendations?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Crocheted Camp Fire

Look at this crocheted camp fire! Isn't it cool?!

You can find the pattern HERE, buuuuuuuuuut it's in Dutch. So, er, anyone know anything about Dutch crochet terms? I tried Google Translate, but just can't figure it out.

I'd appreciate help so much! I desperately want to make this for my baby.

EDIT: I found another pattern that's in English! HERE

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Amigurumi Cloud Troubleshooting

Hands down the most popular pattern on my blog is the pattern for the amigurumi cloud. It has probably more hits than the rest combined. It's also the pattern people seem to have most trouble with. And I get that. I wrote it the best I could, and couldn't really figure out how better to explain it. But I think I finally figured out a way to help! If you follow this guide, you'll just need to know the number of increases and decreases as marked at the beginning of each row of the pattern and you don't need to count the sc in between.

So here is a step by step guide to crocheting my amigurumi cloud pattern

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How to Make a Stroller Mobile

I made this simple stroller mobile and thought I'd share the process in case you (like me) have a stash of amigurumis lying around. If you don't, never fear! I have patterns for those linked as well.
Here's the mobile spread out. You could use any amigurumis for this, this is just what to my eye looked cute.
You'll need some amigurumis (I used cloudsbirds and a rainbow, click for the patterns), some sturdy cotton yarn (I don't recommend wool for this, because sometimes it can thin out and break, if you have elastic yarn, you could use that too), and two clips (mine are from an old pair of suspenders I got at second hand for 50 cents).
  1. Measure your stroller where you want to hang the mobile, your amigurumis will need to fill this space.
  2. Then the fun part, making amigurumis! I made cloudsbirds and a rainbow, but there are tons more free patterns on my blog and around the internet. I have links to some of my favorites on my amigurumi Pinterest board. Or use what you already have.
  3. Plan how you want to arrange your amigurumis, and measure them so that you have the right length for your stroller.
  4. Thread through the amigurumis. If your needle isn't crazy long you'll need to "come up for air", just push the needle out from the side, then push it back in at the exact same spot and thread on (the two upper pictures). When you reach the end just pull the yarn tight and it'll settle nicely inside the amigurumi. You'll also have to pay attention where you place the thread, too low and the amigurumis will flip over. Cut the yarn and leave a long tail.
  5. Take your clips and single crochet over the loop like you would in a magic ring. How many sc you crochet will depend on your clip.
  6. Take the yarn with the amigurumis and sew each end firmly into the middle stitches of the clips. Knot the yarn firmly and hide the ends on the backside.
  7. Clip on to your stroller out of the baby's reach.

Here's a close up of one end. As you see, you'll probably need to thread the yarn a lot higher across the amigurumi than you'd think.
I'm not an baby safety expert, I used mine as just a mobile to be looked at. But if you do hang this so that the baby can play with it, please don't leave your kid unattended with it.
 And here it is hanging in our stroller.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

How to Crochet an Amigurumi Tooth Fairy Pillow

So, my baby just cut her first two teeth, so she isn't going to be loosing any anytime soon. (At least, I hope not.) And we don't really have a concept of a tooth fairy in Finland. But you see this cute stuff from other cultures (on Pinterest, mostly) and I'm a sucker for cute stuff. And you know I love amigurumi.
I started this blog to have a place to post my amigurumi patterns to, then my interest sort of waned. And how many stuffed animals can a person make and never use? The answer is of course as many as she likes. But, yeah,  I was trying to be an adult and I stopped.

Cue baby, and I'm like bring all the amigurumi!
So, here's a pattern for an amigurumi tooth, which can be used as a tooth fairy pillow (i.e. put a tooth in the pocket in the back, and see it magically turn into money during the night. Only works for children, I've heard.)
I used wool/polyamide mix yarn called 7veljestä, and an EU size 1,75 hook, but I crochet loosely, so if you crochet tightly, maybe use a bigger hook.
Amigurumi Tooth Pattern

Make a magic ring
  1. Sc 6 times in the magic ring (6).
  2. Sc inc around (12).
  3. Sc in the next 5, sc inc twice, sc in the next 5 (14).
  4. Sc around (14).
  5. Sc in the next 6, sc inc twice, sc in the next 6 (16).
  6. Sc around (16).
  7. Sc in the next 7, sc inc twice, sc in the next 7 (18).
  8. Sc around.
  9. Sc in the next 8, sc inc twice, sc in the next 8 (20).
  10. Sc around.
  11. Sc in the next 9, sc inc twice, sc in the next 9 (22).
  12. Sc around.
  13. Sc in the next 10, sc inc twice, sc in the next 10 (24).
  14. Sc around. 
  15. Sc in the next 11, sc inc twice, sc in the next 11 (26).
  16. Sc around.
  17. Sc in the next 12, sc inc twice, sc in the next 12 (28).
Finish off leaving a long tail (this is for sewing "the crotch" i.e. where the roots meet, shut later). Stuff.

Make another root the same way, but don't finish off. Mark this spot, from now on this will be the beginning and ending of the rounds. Join the two roots by crocheting where you left of on the first root.

18. Sc around (56).
19. Sc around (56). Around here is a good place to sew shut the small hole where you joined the roots together, later on it'll be more difficult.
20. Sc around (56).
21. Sc around (56).
22. Sc around (56).
23. Sc in the next 7 stitches in the back loop only, sc in the next 42, sc in the next 7 stitches in the back loop only (56).
24. Sc around (56).
25. Sc around (56).
26. Sc around (56).
27. Sc around (56).
28. Sc around (56).
29. Sc around (56).
30. Sc around (56).
31. Sc around (56).
32. Sc around (56). I recommend you start stuffing now, because as you decrease the hole will get smaller and stuffing more difficult.
33. Sc in the next 10, sc dec three times, sc in the next 24, sc dec three times, sc in the next 10 (50).
34. Sc in the next 9, sc dec three times, sc in the next 20, sc dec three times, sc in the next 9 (44).
35. Sc dec around (22).
36. Sc dec around (11).
37. Keep sc dec until you have a very small hole, then sew the hole shut and finish off leaving a long tail.

Thread the yarn on a sturdy needle and push it through the top of the tooth in to "the crotch" and back again, molding the top of the tooth as you like. Knot between the roots and hide the yarn inside the tooth.

Flip the tooth over. On the back where you on round 23 crocheted in the back loops only there are the front loops visible.
Sc across (14), turn. Repeat for 9 rows. Finish off. Sew to sides of the flap onto the tooth.
Embroider on a face. I went with blue eyes because black felt too much like cavities, but you can embroider on any face you like, of course!

You are done!

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