Month: June 2016

Balcony vol. 2

  I think nowadays my every post starts with “it’s been so hectic lately…”. Running your own business is hectic. But I’m really enjoying it, it’s exciting, it’s stressful in a good way (in a way that you drive yourself into levels that you didn’t even know you could achieve). And then you can go home and take care of your own garden. Which is like zen meditation. So here’s a few pics what is happening this year at my balcony garden. After last year I decided to go more minimal, only growing the ones that I enjoy eating and using while cooking. And add just a few plants for the looks. Bush tomatoes, black kale (palm kale), komatsuna and herbs like parsley, dill, basil and rosemary are the chosen ones. Then there’s pelargoniums and hay. And a strawberry! I’m really loving how lush the balcony looks again, even more now that it’s warm enough for the more tropical plants like cardamom and others to go out, too. Loving it!   Musta tuntuu, että nykyään jokainen …

The rope, the sea and Matti

I realized that I never posted about a place where I went when I was in Kotka at the beginning of May. I visited Matti, a craftsman who knows how to do products with rope, with really old techniques. He has a little workshop by the sea at Sapokka, Kotka where he sells his products in the summertime. I talked with him about the techniques and life, I really appreciate his work! I bought this awesome table brush/trivet made of rope. So beautiful and I bet it will last almost forever.   Tajusin just, että en ikinä postannut mitään juttua paikasta, jossa kävin kun olin Kotkassa visiitillä toukokuun alussa. Kävin nimittäin Matin luona. Matti on käsityöläinen, joka osaa tehdä oikeasta köydestä mitä mahtavimpia töitä vanhoilla tekniikoilla. Hänellä on pieni työhuone meren rannalla Sapokassa, Kotkassa. Kesäisin hän myy työhuoneeltaan tuotteitaan, kuten pannunalusia, eteisen mattoja ja muita ihania juttuja. Juttelin hänen kanssaan vanhoista tekniikoista ja elämästä, arvostan hänen taitoaan todella paljon! Ja ostin tällaisen ihan huipun pöytäharja/pannunalusen, jonka malli on 1600-luvun purjelaivoista. Niin kaunis ja kestää mitä …