Month: September 2015

Jamming

I think one sign of getting old is when you start to preserve everything in the autumn time. Doing different kinds of jams, jellies, pickles, juices… And I love it! By now I’ve made red currant juice, gooseberry chutney and red currant and coconut jam, delicious. And of course every jar and bottle has to look beautiful, too. Why not do all this? There’s a long long winter coming and I’m loving the thought of having lovely summery jam on top of my yogurt breakfast in January. RECIPE FOR THE MOST PERFECT RED CURRANT AND COCONUT JAM 3 litres of fresh red currants, cleaned 2 dl of coconut milk 3 dl (or to your taste) jam sugar Add your red currants and coconut milk into a kettle and bring it boil. Boil in lower heat for 10-15 minutes until the red currants are soft. Then strain the mixture or if you want more texture just blend it roughly in blender. You should have that smooth jam base and then put it back into the kettle. …

sheep skin

DIY: Multicolored sheep skin

Natural materials are the greatest just because they usually work the best whatever use you have for them. Like the fur: the real sheep fur/skin/wool is so warm that nothing really beats it. So when I got the chance to buy the unused little pieces of sheep skin (40€/kg) from the local sheep farm, I was delighted and saw the wonderful opportunity to make a bigger multicolored sheep skin, perfect butt warmer for the cold autumn and winter pique-niques or just a nice interior element for our home. I chose three different sized, brown pieces. They actually fit together perfectly which was nice surprise. I had strong cotton thread to sew the pieces together. I was really pleased with myself because I got beautiful sheep skin really cheap and I know that it will be in good use for the rest of my life. Luonnonmateriaalit ovat kyllä mahtavinta ikinä, koska yleensä ne ovat edelleen käyttötarkoituksesta riippumatta paras valinta. Kuten turkis: oikea lampaas turkki/talja/villa on niin lämmin, että mikään ei kyllä voita sitä. Joten kun eteeni …

heather calluna vulgaris

Heather weather

The autumn is here! I’ve been cleaning our balcony garden like maniac in various occasions, throwing away all the bad-looking plants and it the space started to look so empty. So it was definitely the time to add some new seasonal flowers. The traditional red heather (Calluna vulgaris) is not something I like (except in nature) but I really like the white and green ones. So this little and more modern autumn basket was perfect choice for our balcony! I added some candles and other decorations and voilá – we’re ready for the crisp and mystical autumn nights!   Syksy on täällä! Oon siivonnut parvekepuutarhaamme monena eri kertana, heittänyt pois pahannäköisiä ja kaikkensa antaneita kasveja ja nyt tila alkoi näyttämään jo aika tyhjältä. Joten oli ehdottomasti aika lisätä uusia kausikukkia. Se perinteinen punainen kanerva (Calluna vulgaris) ei ole ihan mun maun mukainen (paitsi luonnossa), mutta tykkään todella paljon noista valkoisista ja vihreistä versioista. Istutinkin tällaisen pienen modernimman kanervakorin, josta tuli juuri täydellinen meidän parvekkeelle! Lisäsin sitten vielä vähän kynttilöitä ja muita koristuksia ja voilá – …

designers on holiday

Designers on holiday

How cool is this idea hosted by London creative studio Featuring Featuring: they brought together 18 designers from different fields and let them create their dream camp site in the island of Gotland, Sweden. For two weeks the Designers On Holiday camped and collaborated, building shelters, a sauna, a bath, a distillery (!), wood oven and other wonderful stuff. I love the simplicity of their designs and, of course, their use of natural materials. And distillery, wow!!! If it would be possible in any way, I would love to get all my designer friends together for something like this. How awesome and fun would it be!!!   Kuin siisti on tämä lontoolaisen luovan studion (jonka nimi on Featuring Featuring) idea: he lähettivät 18 eri alojen suunnittelijaa luomaan unelmiensa kesäleiriä Gotlannin saarelle, Ruotsiin. Kahden viikon ajan Designers On Holiday -projektilaiset majailivat saarella ja suunnittelivat ja rakensivat yhteistyössä mm. telttoja, saunan, kylvyn, tislaamon (!), puu-uunin ja kaikkea muuta mahtavaa. Miä tietenkin rakastan tuota yksinkertaista fiilistä ja, tottakai, luonnonmateriaalien käyttöä. Ja tislaamo, vau!!! Jos se olisi mitenkään mahdollista, niin …

End of summer at Huruksela

My camera is full with photos that I want to share with you but somehow I haven’t had much time lately to actually posting them here. I hate when life is too busy but I guess it’s my own fault. But although these pictures happened over a month ago I still want to show them. I spent one day in my childhood home, a little village called Huruksela, in Southern Finland. And it was like nature explosion. I picked so many different berries (blueberries, cherries, red and black currants, gooseberries…), wandered around in the garden and went to the nearest forest with my brothers where I almost sank into the swamp. So very exciting day, indeed. I also love the time of the year when the grain fields are golden and dancing in the warm late summer wind. So so beautiful! I’m definitely a country girl. Mun kamera on koko ajan täynnä kuvia, jotka haluan jakaa teidän kanssa, mutta jotenkin mulla ei ole ollut viime viikkoina aikaa käydä niitä läpi ja postata tänne. Vihaan, kun …

edyn

Edyn Smart Garden System

Take a look at your gardening future! Edyn Smart Garden System is actually quite cool. I’ve been waiting for some kind of modern technology system or app for gardening and maybe this is it. The whole Edyn project started on Kickstarter one year ago. And now it’s ready for us regular users. The yellow solar-powered sensor is planted in your soil where the sensor monitors your garden’s environmental conditions like humidity, air temperature and sunlight. Then you get guidance to your Edyn app and it’s easier for you to know how much to water your plants or what’s wrong with them. I don’t know if the sensor checks also the soil’s pH (acidity) but that would be an awesome thing, too. Apps for easy gardening are still hard to find (because I think no one makes them) so it’s so nice to see Edyn blossom. Tsekatkaapas puutarhan hoidon tulevaisuuteen! Edyn Smart Garden System on oikeastaan aika cool! Oonkin odottanut jotain modernia ja helppoa teknologiaa puutarhan hoidon avuksi ja ehkä tämä on se. Koko Edyn projekti sai alkunsa Kickstarterissa …

kukat teille flower shop

Self-service flower shop

A while ago I visited Tampere to see my lovely garden girls and we bumped into this self-service flower shop. We had to check it out, of course, with our critical florist eyes. (I took few pics with phone so the quality isn’t that great but you get the point.) The ‘Kukat teille’ flower shop had incredibly colourful exterior, painted by kids from Tampere schools. The interior was full of light with huge windows and wooden staircase and white walls. The cost of the flower arrangements and plants was lower than in a normal flower shop. I think the word for what we felt was confusion. At the same time I liked the idea and then I didn’t. Outside it felt too hippy, inside it was so nice, so Scandinavian. The prices were great, but you might want to have some customer service and someone to give some advice. But what I really liked is how the little shop got us all thinking about new ways to sell flowers. Shaking us a bit… Jokunen aika sitten käväisin …