Sunday, 26 February 2012

It's just another lonely Sunday

I visited Inka's blog Minä itte! with a jewellery DIY. Check out her blog, she has wonderful, colourful projects and fantastic pics (and the resent post about Handmade Ryan Gosling made me laugh like a drain).


Hurts - Sunday

This is just a picture post for Sunday, since I haven't been able to finish that much lately. So while I punish myself with these extremely long and tedious knitting projects, let me introduce you two things I resort to when it's cold/dark/stressful/lonely etc. or just otherwise a crappy day going on.


Tea:

During the winter I usually go for the spicy, strong teas, like chai or chilli teas.Though one of my constant favourites is Reilu Luomunen, which is just ordinary organic black tea. These babies in the picture are my new flavours, organic sweet chai by Higher Living and organic mint and chilli by Make Us a Brew. Make Us a Brew is a hilarious brand as they have comic strips on the carton and add explanations to how they came up with the flavour combos.



Desserts:

I like cooking, I grant you that. But I just simply LOVE baking and desserts, especially the spicy ones with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and syrups. This one is my easy peasy lemon squeezy bravura for those days that you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen because you'd rather sit on your round rozy arse: bananas roasted in cinnamon, cardamom, syrup and an eff-load of melted margarine with vanilla soyce or oats cream and whipped soycreme. Takes about 5 mins to make, after which you can continue with something extra important like watching Bones, Game of Thrones etc. or skimming crafts magazines.





That's about it. That's my cup I drink from when I do crafts at home. Not always, but very often, as it is quite spacious and one of these cups can actually max out one's daily intake for caffeine. Perfect for sitting around and pretending to be productive. The curtain in the lower pic is my only resent accomplishment. I've been eyeing on Marimekko's Ruusupuu for quite some time now, but this week I got sick and tired of all the peeping toms and tildas in the neighbourhood who feel obliged to stare into our apartment as they pass our kitchen window. Yep, I know, I can't complain, since we chose this ground floor apartment, but gsus.... Anyways, I like the curtain, the pink goes together with rest of the details in our kitchen and livingroom, but it's not too dainty with all that black to suit my man's taste.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Blogs

Lately I've been thinking about writing a short introduction to some awesome blogs I read (in a nutshell, those awesomenesses are readable through my blog link list on your right hand side). To solve my problem of how to introduce this subject, one of my favourite blogs called Missä neuloimme kerran rewarded me with a nice award (aww, thanks guys) and slapped me with the impossible task of eliminating my faves down to 4 to 5 cool blogs with less than 200 readers. So here I go:

As Missä neuloimme kerran already gave the award to a fantastic blog Purnauskis, I expect you can find that through the former's blog. Definately worth checking out, Purnauskis knits, sews, makes prints, not to mention million other cool things. But now to the 4 or 5 others (see what I did there? Was able to introduce one blog without even using my quota... Gsus, sometimes I surprise even myself)



JenniKe

JenniKe knits and does graphic art and animations. My favourite part is definately her illustrations, especially for cards (which, by chance, I have ordered from her, but more about that later)

nurinpäin

Mostly knitting and fluffy pics of animal babies, nurinpäin is an exquisite blog with beautiful pictures and great texts.

Butterflies instead

I don't usually like make-up blogs, but Butterflies instead is sincerely a great one. She writes honestly, without sugarcoating, about the things she tries, makes really handy swatches of most cosmetic products she has and does magnificent nails that resemble art and handicrafts.

The Comet

A new find for me, The Comet is an awesome knitting blog, ranging from quirky, cool pacman ties to a dainty lavender pullover.

Nina With Freckles

Nina With Freckles is my weekly colour pill, the blog is filled with vivid colours and sweet fabrics in the form of quilting.

So that's that. Thank you once again, Missä neuloimme kerran! With this post, Happy Valentine's to my virtual and IRL mates near and far!



Thursday, 9 February 2012

Ireland


pattern: Drops 113-17
yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Ireland Heather
needles: 4mm

I've seen a couple renditions of this jacket in Ravelry and since I don't like flappy sleeves I didn't pay much attention to the pattern. But then I saw the pattern in the blog nurinpäin and thought that heikku did just a fantastic job with it and it began to allure me more. A week later I bought yarns for it and started knitting like crazy (mostly because the recent weather in Finland freezes the knickers off of me).


The lacey yoke is absolutely lovely... and entirely too small for me. Rest of the cardigan fits like a glove except the upper torso and the fault is not my lady assets, that's for sure. So it should be stated that size S is great for people sized S-M AS LONG AS the shoulders are not of the wrestler model like me. Otherwise, an amazing pattern that originally has shorter and looser sleeves.

Since the lovely Cascade 220 yarn I chose is called Ireland Heather, I finish off with a fantastic Irishy song I heard in O'Connell's Pub in Tampere a few years back during the St. Patrick's celebrations.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Vintage Garden/Super Mukava

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
- Sydney Eddison -

I haven't done a review on a vintage shop in a while and last week I thought it would be topical to post about one of my favourite vintage shops, Vintage Garden. Vintage Garden is situated in Ojakatu, near my all time favourite café, Runo.




Vintage Garden/Super Mukava is a small but extremely cozy shop that sells vintage clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery in addition some vintage bric-a-brac as well as new Finnish design clothes. Even though the number of articles is immense, the shop feels spacious and as if full of light.

The shop has lovely, minute details, which I love more than anything in places like these. For example, some shoes are carefully placed by the entrance steps which I think is a nice welcoming touch to the atmosphere.

There's so much to see that sometimes I lose the sense of what is there on the sale and what is there for the looks - naturally most of the articles are on sale, but the decor looks more like some vintage fan's dressing table or foyer instead of a shop.








This last picture is of the best thing in the shop: it's chocablock with vintage jewellery in gorgeous colours and shapes. The middle table is filled with these earrings, hatpins and bracelets, whereas brooches are pinned innovatively on an old lampshade and necklaces are hung by the window or the by the dresser.

All in all, I've always received more than cordial service in Vintage Garden/Super Mukava and despite I've never tried on anything by Super Mukava, I've seen several people do; I must say, as not a friend of modern clothes, Super Mukava look simple yet stylish and the clothes have a certain thing about them, be it form or fabric.

Vintage Garden

Super Mukava

Ojakatu 1
33100 TAMPERE