Friday, December 1, 2017


I'm so exited for Christmas and the whole December!

I got this cool wooden train toy advent calendar for the Kiddo from Lidl. Lidl has the best stuff for cheap. They are very good quality too. 

I scored a huge box of Brio toy train set parts over the summer from a thrift store and these should be compatible with them. We opened the first one today and I mean the Kiddo just turned one and I was definitely the more exited, but she seemed to get the idea. At least, once I'd opened the flap for her and she could see the toy. Which I promptl took away from her, it was kind of small... Hah!

I haven't had an advent calendar for years, but for the kiddo I had to get one. I'm really looking forward to making some other traditions for us. And yes, I mean making traditions as we have pretty much none.

So far I have (not in order):

  • having an advent calendar
  • decorating the tree
  • and getting one or two new ornaments each year
  • and collecting a new one for the Kiddo too
  • making paper snowflakes for the windows
  • making a gingerbread house
  • having rice porridge (more like a pudding) for breakfast on Christmas Eve
  • visiting the graveyard on Christmas Eve (makes sense if you are Finnish)
  • celebrating the Independence Day
  • new pajamas for Christmas
  • a family puzzle for Christmas (once she is older)
I'm sure i'll come up with other ideas. But I really like the idea of doing things rather than Christmas just being about stuffing yourself and getting a pile of junk, I mean, gifts.

Speaking of gifts, not sure what to do about them yet. I don't want to get her an overwhelming amount. We'll have to see.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Having a kid really puts an rather abrupt stop to any crafting plans. When she was a baby I could still do a bit here and there, but now that she is walking and very curious about everything, messing with pins and needles is down right dangerous.

But I really love crafting and doing something to do with my hands. My saving grace has been my new standing desk, because the kiddo can't reach. That's the only place where I can drink coffee too now.

I really wanted a sort of accent pillow for our bed, because frankly our bedroom is a bit blah. (I'd also like a rattan headboard, but that's not going to happen anytime soon.) But I could not find a pillow I liked. Well, I found one that I did like, a rya pillow that cost 120€... Yeah. No.

But I came across this rya base fabric for 1€ at the thrift store and thought I might as well try to make one of the scrap yarn I have. I'll try any (craft) once.

Here's what I have so far.

You can see on the bottom how the previous owner had started to make something, which is good because I just copied what she had done! Hah! I really have no idea what I am doing, but it's so much fun to make something!

Saturday, October 14, 2017


I was reading the news the other morning and came across a piece about this Kalevala blanket designed as part of the Finland 100, that is one of the projects honoring Finland's 100th year of independence this year.

How gorgeous are these promotional pictures?
The pattern is completely free. It's made of separate squares, that you can mix and match as you please. They release a new square twice a week I think, until independence day in December. There's a Facebook group, where you can post your square or you can tag them at Instagram with #kalevalacal. So, it's meant to be a  sort of crochet-along, but you can also do it at your own pace since the patterns will be available at the website later on, too.The patterns are available in English and in several other languages too. 

My favorite square so far is this one called Ahto

The blanket is named Kalevala after the Finnish national epic of the same name, and each square is presenting some piece of it. They include a bit of the text, too, with the pattern.

I really like the natural linen color in these picture, but on Facebook someone was making a totally black one, and that looked amazing too.
I'm really itching to make one, but I'm currently a bit overwhelmed with life. But I'm totally bookmarking this for later use.

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