crafts with trash

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Been off to holidays, scuba diving near Trondheim in Norway. Mmm, the seafood is incredible! But before I brag more (or get my photos from the trip sorted), here’s a little craft project. I’m taking a trash design course at the Aalto University, super fun! 🙂

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Oon lomaillut Trondheimin lĂ€hellĂ€ Norjassa sukellusreissulla. Meren evĂ€itĂ€ on pistelty sitĂ€ tahtia ettĂ€ heikompia hirvittÀÀ! Mutta ennen kun keulin enempi (tai saan kuvat ladattua kamerasta), tĂ€ssĂ€pĂ€ yks projekti jonka tein Aalto Yliopiston roskasta designiksi -kurssilla. Hauskaa miettiĂ€, mitĂ€ kaikkea roskaksi pÀÀtyvistĂ€ materiaaleista voisi askarrella! 🙂

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TÀllaisiksi joku aika sitten löytÀmÀni raastimet pÀÀtyivÀt. TykkÀÀn ettÀ ne nÀyttÀÀ hyvÀltÀ kynttilÀlyhtyinÀ!

Arabia porcelain factory visit

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It was “Open House Helsinki” last weekend, offering tours to see places normally closed for public. One of these was the Arabia porcelain factory in the “Arabia district” near downtown Helsinki. The area got the name because the city was much smaller and the area used to be very far from downtown, much like the Arabic countries are from Finland. The porcelain factory, in turn, was named after the area. The streets in the district are also named after exotic and faraway places, like Damascus, India and Berlin. Well, this was all back in the day when travel to Berlin meant something quite more than catching the evening flight! 🙂

Well, nowadays all three “big” porcelain names in the Nordic countries; Arabia, Rörstrand and Royal Copenhagen are all owned by the Fiskars Group, which got famous for the orange scissors (in the MOMA permanent collection, btw!). Fiskars also owns Iittala, Gerber and a few other brands. We got to see both the factory and a display of ceramics and the other stuff, and the tour was pretty interesting!

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Viime viikonloppuna oli Avoimet Ovet Helsinki -tapahtuma, joka tarjosi kierroksia tavallisesti yleisöltĂ€ suljettuihin paikkoihin, kuten Arabian tehtaille Arabianrantaan. Alue nimettiin Arabianrannaksi, koska se sijaitsi kaukana keskustasta. Tehdas puolestaan sai nimensĂ€ alueelta. Kadunnimetkin heijastelevat eksoottisia kaukomaita, kuten Damaskuksentie, Intiankatu ja Berliinintie! KyllĂ€, Berliini oli eksoottinen ja kaukana, silloin joskus! 🙂

NykyÀÀn kaikki kolme Pohjoismaisen posliinin “isoa nimeĂ€”; Arabia, Rörstrand ja Royal Copenhagen ovat Fiskarsin omistuksessa. Fiskarsilla on portfoliossaan muitakin brĂ€ndejĂ€, mm. Iittala, Hackman ja Gerber. Kierroksella nĂ€htiin sekĂ€ tehdas ettĂ€ paljon posliinia ja muita tuotteita ja se oli varsin kiintoisa!

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The factory has a gallery space up on the top floor next to the porcelain museum, and there was an exhibition of 4 young Finnish ceramic artists. So much cute stuff, but these pieces were my absolute favorites! Let me tell you, the photos do them no justice… Up top, the little ceramic mountains were made of an amazingly fine porcelain, the kind that has an almost translucent feel to it, and the electrical insulators and other pieces were painted in the most darling colors and patterns! 🙂

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Tehtaalla on galleriatila posliinimuseon vieressĂ€, ja siinĂ€ pidettiin neljĂ€n nuoren suomalaisen keraamikon nĂ€yttelyĂ€. Niin paljon söpöjĂ€ juttuja, mutta nÀÀ jĂ€i kyllĂ€ suosikeiks! EihĂ€n sitĂ€ ihanuutta saanut taaskaan kameralla kiinni… YlĂ€kuvan keraamiset vuoret oli semmoista ihanaa superohutta posliinia, joka nĂ€yttÀÀ melkein lĂ€pikuultavalta kun valo osuu hyvin, ja alakuvan sĂ€hköeristeet ja muut osaset oli maalattu mitĂ€ söpöimmillĂ€ vĂ€reillĂ€! 🙂

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Oh, the skill! How very lifelike, I was awestruck! 🙂

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Voi mikĂ€ taito, aivan elĂ€vĂ€n oloinen! Olin ihan pöllĂ€mystynyt ihastuksesta! 🙂

Sinebrychoff Art Museum

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Lately I’ve had to think about where I’d like to live, and it’s become clear to me I love this city! There’s so many cool places in Helsinki! Take the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, for example. It used to be the home of a wealthy Finnish family, the Sinebrychoffs, and the upstairs portrays their furniture and art collections, organized much as it was when they lived here. This small, nifty museum actually has the air of a private home, as you often get the whole room just for yourself – very unlike some more touristy attractions. It’s easy to imagine walking inside Downton Abbey or the likes!

But the museum is not just about the Sinebrychoff period – there’s also the downstairs with different exhibitions. Right now they’re showing “Trees are poems”, and I rather enjoyed it! I might even have to go see the beautiful photographs and paintings again… Do check it out, if you’re visiting Helsinki for any reason! 🙂

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Olen viime aikoina joutunut miettimÀÀn, missÀ haluaisin asua, ja se nyvvaan on niin ettÀ tÀÀllÀ mÀ viihdyn! HelsingissÀ on uskomattoman paljon hienoja paikkoja! Niinkun nyt Sinebrychoffin taidemuseo, joka oli aiemmin Sinebrychoffien koti. YlÀkerrassa on heidÀn huonekalunsa ja taidekokoelmansa esillÀ, ja huoneet on jÀrjestetty pitkÀlti niin kuin ne olivat heidÀn aikanaan. Melkein kuin kÀvelisi Downton Abbeyn tai muun pukudraaman mestoissa!

Museossa on muutakin kuin Sinebrychoffien historiaa. Alakerran vaihtuvana nĂ€yttelynĂ€ oli tĂ€llĂ€ kertaa “Puut ovat runoja”, ja tykkĂ€sin siitĂ€ aika lailla! Saattaa jopa olla, ettĂ€ meen ihastelemaan eteerisen kauniita valokuvia ja maalauksia uudestaankin… KĂ€y ihmeessĂ€ tsekkaamassa, jos satut olemaan hoodeilla! 🙂

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Also, it was a gorgeous day – I wish your weekend is just as great! 🙂

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Olipa hieno pĂ€ivĂ€, toivottavasti sun viikonloppu on yhtĂ€ onnistunut! 🙂

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fall “garden”

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The weather’s been great during the days, but in the nights the temperatures already plunge over here. To prepare for fall, mom and I got some cold-resistant flowers and greenery for my little patio! Lacking a big enough planter, we took stock of what we had on hand and used a big wicker basket.

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SÀÀ on ollut ihana viime pÀivinÀ, mutta iltaisin lÀmpötila painuu jo aika alas. Syksyn varalle haettiin Àidin kanssa kylmÀÀ kestÀvÀÀ nÀttiÀ pihalle! Kun ei ollut tarpeeksi isoa ruukkua, kÀytettiin sitten rottinkikoria.

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The herbs haven’t really grown too much, but they’re super tasty! I wonder if I should start using the plant light again… being so high up north, I suspect the sun might not be enough by itself anymore. Apparently I should also wash those windows! 🙂

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Yrtit ei oo kasvaneet kovin paljon, mutta maku on voimakas ja hyvĂ€! Pohdiskelin, pitĂ€isikö alkaa taas kĂ€yttÀÀ tuota kasvivaloa… EpĂ€ilen ettei pelkkĂ€ aurinko nĂ€illĂ€ leveysasteilla enÀÀ oikein riitĂ€ kasveille. Ja ikkunatkin pitĂ€s nĂ€köjÀÀn taas pestĂ€! 🙂

something new, something old

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New to me, but old in the sense that it was made in the late 50s or early 60s. A glass cabinet by a company from my former home town, Lahti – the company is no more, but I’m glad the cabinet is here and mine! And my, there’s barely enough room to get a decent pic of it!

I just threw in the first stuff I could find, not really taking time to organize them properly or pleasingly, but for now I’m reasonably happy with how they look. Actually I’m more than reasonably happy – I’m elated at having a display for my stuff! Now I can have tea and admire the pretty things, formerly stuffed into a closed cupboard… Oh, the small pleasures in life! 🙂

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Uusi mulle, mutta silti vanha, tehty 50-luvun lopulla tai 60-luvun alussa. Vitriinin takana on Lahden Puutyö Oy:n leima. Asuin Lahdessa ylĂ€koulusta lukioon, hassu sattuma! Firmaa sellaisenaan ei enÀÀ ole, internetin mukaan Isku osti sen 80-luvun puolivĂ€lissĂ€. Kiva ettĂ€ vitriini on kuitenkin jĂ€ljellĂ€! Tila vaan ei tahdo riittÀÀ sen kuvaamiseen…

Kasasin sen tietenkin ensi töikseni tĂ€yteen kaikkea kivaa, mitĂ€ kaapeista löytyi. EihĂ€n siinĂ€ hötĂ€kĂ€ssĂ€ ehtinyt asettelua miettiĂ€, mutta oon silti aika tyytyvĂ€inen siihen miltĂ€ ne nĂ€yttÀÀ. Itseasiassa tosi tyytyvĂ€inen – onhan nyt aika kiva pÀÀstĂ€ istuksimaan ja ihastelemaan kaikkia ihanuuksiani, niitĂ€ jotka aiemmin lojuivat suurimman osan aikaa hylĂ€ttyinĂ€ kaapinovien taakse! ElĂ€mĂ€n pieniĂ€ iloja! 🙂

Tellus

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Some new finds (the yellow glass bottle is “Tellus” by Erkkitapio Siiroinen, it has the world map on the surface) and plants, but otherwise nothing much is new. Stuff has kept me busy! Hopefully things will start to get organized soon, so I’ll have more time for hobbies… 🙂

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Joitakin uusia löytöjĂ€ (keltainen pullo on Erkkitapio Siiroisen Tellus, jossa on maailmankartta pinnalla) ja kasveja, mutta muuten ei paljon erityistĂ€ olekaan tapahtunut, paitsi ettĂ€ on ollut tuhoton kiire! Toivottavasti hommat alkaa pian sutviintua, jotta olis taas aikaa harrastaa… 🙂

sweet pastels

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Oh my, but I do love this table runner! It feels very silky, but it has no label and I’m not sure of the material. The colors and composition feel like the 40s to me, but honestly I have no idea of that either. But the best thing about it? It doubles as a scarf! 🙂

Everything on the table is thrifted, apart from the postcard which I bought from EMMA and the card holders which I found in a dumpster of a restaurant during an interior remodel.

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Hupsis vaan, ihastuin kaitaliinaan! Tuntuu silkkiseltĂ€, mutta mitÀÀn lappuja tuossa ei ole enkĂ€ ole materiaalista ollenkaan varma. VĂ€rit ja malli tuntuvat jotenkin 40-lukuisilta mielestĂ€ni, mutta mistĂ€s minĂ€ tiedĂ€n. Parasta liinassa on, ettĂ€ sen voi halutessaan kÀÀrĂ€istĂ€ kaulaansa huiviksi! 🙂

Kaikki pöydÀllÀ on kirppareilta, paitsi postikortti jonka ostin EMMAsta ja kortinpidikkeet, jotka löysin remontoitavan ravintolan roskalavalta.

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Incredibly hard to photo, but the flask has an etching for “100 cc 15°C” and a volumatic line on the neck for the 100 cubic centimeters. So tiny and cute, but I wonder why the 15°C?

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Uskomattoman vaikeaa kuvata toi kaiverrus, mutta pullossa siis lukee “100 cc 15°C”. Kaulassa on raja tuolle 100:lle millilitralle, mutta en ymmĂ€rrĂ€ miksi pulloon on kaiverrettu lĂ€mpötilalukema. Söötti on jokatapauksessa!

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The recycling center had nice stuff this time: Siri Hustvedt’s What I Loved and a Finnish author Laura Honkasalo’s novel Tyttökerho. The vase was an impulse buy, but I ended up liking it a lot. The grater will get a tea light inside and look super cute…

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KierrĂ€tyskeskuksesta löytyi lisÀÀ hienouksia: Siri Hustvedtin Kaikki mitĂ€ rakastin ja Laura Honkasalon Tyttökerho! Maljakko oli impulssiostos, mutta tykkÀÀnkin siitĂ€ aika paljon. Raastimet taas on kivoja tuikkulyhtyjĂ€…

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Yeah, brass is in! 200 gram weight and a swan figurine…

KyllĂ€ tÀÀ messinki nyt on alkanut aika paljon kiinnostaa! 200 gramman punnus ja kiuru-silmĂ€inen joutsen…

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The pale pink linen towel was the cherry on top of a very good thrifting trip! I wonder what’s happened to me, I didn’t use to like granny stuff and pale pink! 🙂

Sokerina pohjalla vielĂ€ pellavainen astiapyyhe, jonka nappasin mukaani Lönkan Fidasta. MitĂ€hĂ€n mulle on tapahtunut, kun mummojuttujen lisĂ€ksi vaaleanpunainenkin sopii silmiin?! 🙂

IltakÀvelyllÀ

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My mom loaned me a pedometer, you know one of those little things that measure how many steps you’ve taken in a day. Then we went for a little tour, but it turned out to be pretty long: almost 15 000 steps! We went to see an open air flea market and then the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, which is one of my favorite places in Helsinki. Especially the historic greenhouse that was built in 1889 is a treat to visit!

Of course I forgot to take any pics, so here’s a couple pics from the yard of the Espoo Museum of Modern Art. The pedometer thing is addictive, by the way: today I got off the bus a couple stops too early just to walk some more.. 😀

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Mamma lainasi mulle toisen pedometrinsĂ€, sellaisen vĂ€rkin siis joka mittaa kuinka monta askelta sitĂ€ tuleekaan otettua pĂ€ivĂ€ssĂ€. Sitten mentiin pikkuisen kiertelemÀÀn, mutta lenkistĂ€ tulikin mittava: melkein 15 000 askelta! KĂ€ytiin Vermon parkkiskirppiksellĂ€ ja sitten Kaisaniemen KasvitieteellisessĂ€ puutarhassa. Se on kyllĂ€ niin lemppari, erityisesti 1800-luvun lopulla rakennettu kasvihuone. KesĂ€llĂ€ nyt on nĂ€ttiĂ€ melkein missĂ€ vaan, mutta talvella on ihana paeta pakkasta palmujen keskelle…

Tietenkin unohdin ottaa kuvia, joten tĂ€ssĂ€ on pari EMMAn pihalta. Se pedometrikapistus on muuten koukuttava: tĂ€nÀÀnkin jĂ€in bussista pois pari pysĂ€kkiĂ€ ennen jotta saisin lisÀÀ askelia… 😀

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grannyware

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Interestingly, I find my thrifting-eyes gravitating towards stuff I would’ve categorized as grannyware only a while ago! Gold-rimmed or even overtly gold-decorated dishes, hand-woven linen tablecloths and intricate ornaments are all the rage over here! 🙂

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Kummasti on kirpparisilmĂ€t viime aikoina osuneet juttuihin, joita muistan pitĂ€neeni ihan mummokamana vielĂ€ vĂ€hĂ€n aikaa sitten! Kultareunaiset tai jopa reippaamminkin kullatut astiat, kĂ€sinkudotut pellavapöytĂ€liinat ja mutkikkaat kuvioinnit viehĂ€ttĂ€vĂ€t tĂ€ysillĂ€! 🙂

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The shiny curves and steel wire of this bowl were irresistible! It’s German stainless steel judging from the markings, and probably from the 50’s or 60’s. Baskets like this must have inspired the Alessi pieces!

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NÀÀ kiiltÀvÀt kaaret ja terÀslanka oli vastustamaton yhdistelmÀ. Merkintöjen perusteella kyseessÀ on saksalaista ruostumatonta terÀstÀ, veikkaisin 50-60-lukua. TÀllaiset korit on tainneet inspiroida Alessiakin!

super-simple parsley and lemon pasta

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Sometimes a girl just wants to eat something simple and fast. Less can be more, and this simple pasta with a couple ingredients is super fast and super delicious!

Since the recipe is in Finnish, I’ll translate it here. Serves 2. 🙂

150 g linguine or spaghetti

1 pot of parsley (or about 2 fistfuls or parsley)

2 cloves garlic

2-3 tbs butter

1/2 ts grated lemon zest

handful of freshly grated parmesan

1/2 lemon’s juice

Cook the pasta and prepare sauce while it boils. Mince the parsley and slice the garlic cloves. Heat butter on a pan and sauté parsley and garlic on it for a minute or so. Add lemon zest and sauté for half a minute more. Remove from heat.

Add the cooked, hot pasta (minus the cooking water, d’oh) to the butter-parsley mix on the pan, add parmesan and mix. Add the lemon juice, mix, serve and enjoy! 🙂

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Joskus sitĂ€ tahtoo syödĂ€ vaan jotain yksinkertaista ja nopeaa. TykkÀÀn tĂ€stĂ€ simppelistĂ€ persilja-sitruunapastasta, valmistuu yhdessĂ€ hujauksessa ja maistuu tosi hyvĂ€ltĂ€! Resepti löytyy tÀÀltĂ€, en nyt kirjoita sitĂ€ suomenkielisille uudestaan. Kauhaa ja rakkautta -blogissa on muuten paljon muitakin hyviĂ€ reseptejĂ€! 🙂