Tuesday, 30 June 2015
One of my favourite clothing revamps is to turn sleeves into pockets!
If there's a piece of clothing in your closet that you for one reason or another have not worn in some time there comes a moment when you need to take it out and decide if you should do something about it or pass it on.
dress originally from Shabby Apple that I have not worn for almost three years (since Dag was a baby, oh man, how was he ever that tiny!!), although I like it.
It used to have long sleeves, but I always found that a bit hard to use, so I eventually chopped them off into short sleeves to solve the problem. I did not sew the edges of the new sleeves but folded them up and over with curtain tape for a seamless, folded finish. However, the sleeve was rather puffy and puffy sleeves make my arms look huge, so I did not end up wearing the dress any more than before anyway.
(If you wonder why I keep going on about pockets this and pockets that it is for practical reasons - phone and car keys when out with a toddler and moving around in and out of the big house on the farm. Nothing beats clothing with pockets when you tend to wear mainly skirts or dresses)
Fix the edges around the sleeve holes.
Sew them in place and voila! An almost new wonderful summer dress!
However, although I can be rather sciccors-happy my advice before revamping or cutting in any clothing you have is to think twice about it; I have sometimes made quick choices on what I wanted for the moment without thinking what was best for the garment itself, and then later regretted it. Obviously you can't always win as fashion and your own preferences change with time, but you can give everything a good though first.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
I took some behind-the-scenes photos during the day.
Walking among some 300 balloons. They started moving, wandering, by themselves at some point. Freaky (and also totally explainable).
It was a rather long but hilariously silly day.
You can see the result here - this will most likely open up more for those born in the 70's and 80's that attended school discos in their pre-teens. And have video footage on VHS of that...
(The disco-sign on the door was suitably there when we arrived already, as a remnance from the last party of the year.)
Friday, 26 June 2015
Although rhubarb actually is a vegetable, it is pretty much solely used for sweet dishes over here.
But it makes a great chutney for salty treats as well! It's a perfect addition to the bbq dinner. It's really good.
It should be really good with meat; I've had mine with tofu and grilled halloumi for example, but also as an addition to nachos and salsa.
You will need:
1 (yellow) onion
2 big cloves of garlic
1 chili fruit
about 0,75 dl honey
2 tbs red wine vinegar
a pinch of salt
1-2 tsp fresh ginger
a little turmeric
Clean and peel the rhubarb, chop that with the onion, garlic and chili into pieces. Put in a pot together with the honey and vinegar and salt and let it boil together for about 20 minutes into a thick chutney.
I want to fill more jars so I double the recipe. I can also recommend to chop some rhubarb and put in your freezer, take it out and make this in winter to spice your dinner up on cold days! Because most likely your summer batch will be finished before the leaves fall off.
(This is tagged vegan because it goes well with vegan dishes. But then you would need to switch the honey for a couple of spoons of brown sugar for example, or some maple syrup!)
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
The sauna is among the most Finnish things there are. The word sauna itself is a Finnish word. You have the midsummer sauna, Christmas sauna, bridal sauna, the Saturday evenig sauna and the regular everyday sauna as well... Most Finnish summer cottages and cabins will have a separate sauna, and many old apartment buildings has a mutual one, while new apartments tend to have their own small saunas next to the bathroom. I've never been that much of a sauna goer at home really, the sauna at my parents' house was mainly used for drying clothes in . We have a weekly sauna hour in our building that we sometimes manage to make it to. I mostly just go to the sauna when at the gym.
But being in a wooden sauna on an island or by the lake, being able to jump right into the water straight from the heat, is a different thing. This midsummer when out in the archipelago we heated the sauna, which I haven't actually bathed in for a few years, in spite of sleeping in the sauna chamber every time we are over at the island.
The sauna window view.
When we were small gathering pine cones was one of our "duties". It works as a spark together with the wood when you heat the sauna (or any other fire; we mainly collected these for heating the house.)
(There used to be sauna championships where the contestants tried to out-sit each other in the heat, with very high temperatures. Some years ago one finalist died, while the other got really sick and was in a coma for a long time. That's insane.)
Southern Carelia at my grandmothers cabin the water is often around +25C.)
Where the harbour opposite of us is, there used to be an island, just in front of the mainland. They blew it away.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
Friday, 19 June 2015
I got this dress from vintage shop Hoochie Mama Jane some time back, late in spring.
Thursday, 18 June 2015
I'm not sure if there is a more official name for it but 'pointy french' is the one I go with.
Or you can draw the lines more round, to get heart shaped tips (there's a lot more going on with my nails here in this pic but ignore that).
If you want to fancy it up, make small dots in a metallic shade along the line.
Use a thick varnish with good coverage that is not too runn. Make the small dots with a toothpick, hairpin or needle for application.
The deluxe version would be small rhinestones, but I leave it to the salon for that.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
(It also turned out to be the first June in over 50 years when the temperature two weeks in had still not reached over +20 (and even sadly stayed way under), so it has been more jackets and less sumer sandals still..)
Made, among other things, rhubarb punch. When you make it by soaking and not by cooking you end upwith a beautiful strong pink liquid. I just let unpeeled bits of rhubarbs soak for three days with lemon and a little sugar, then strain and heat up the juice with some more sugar and bring it to a boil (so that the recently added sugar dissolves) and then bottle it.
And here are some more pictures of the now already faded apple blossom just because.
And an apple tree cat to end this one: