Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Yesterday I got some great fineliner pens at a sale. In 25 different colours! Those pens were really popular when I was at school and somehow I was feeling a school-like vibe when I created some postcards with them.

I don't know if I am alone with this, but I really like this "classroom aesthetics" of naïve drawings on lined paper! Sorry I couldn't get a better picture in this light! But maybe some of you will recieve an original, soon! ;-) :-)

unfinished, still

This sampler quilt is still waiting to be finished. I mean to handquilt it and have just started in the centre. This will still take quite some time. I guess I will just have to make more of a commitment to it and not let all the other things like knitting and drawing get in the way too much. May be one evening of the week could be quilt evening! But considering that I started this quilt nearly 9 years ago, one more or less will probably not make such a big difference! Fortunately, I'm not the only one having decade-projects like this hanging around somewhere! By the way, everything I needed to know for making this quilt, I got from this great book. It guides you from fabric choice through patterns and techniques to quilting and finishing. On top of it all it provides great inspiration in the pictures. I think, if someone considers taking up patchwork this is the beginner's book. In my book, at least. ;-)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Flowers on concrete

Above is another thing that makes me feel like spring, and has done so for some time already.

If possible, this was even more beautiful during the colder and darker part of this year.

It is an installation called Eeden II by Kaisa Salmi. In the middle of the city centre in between the shopping centres and surrounded by concrete it puts a smile on your face, especially on rainy days. :-) Here is a great picture of it from further away.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

A sunny Sunday

Today, the weather was really beautiful. Sunny, quite warm and everything just felt like spring. Beginning with these beautiful flowers I got last week to hurry the spring along.

Seems as if it worked! ;-) We went on a really nice walk today. The ice on the sea is nearly gone.

Our destination was the Sibelius monument.

Believe it or not, in all this time I hadn't been there before! I was a bit surprised, I didn't know how big it was. I really liked it and the fact that you can walk around and underneath it and thus experiencing it in a very "interactive" way.

Have a nice and sunny evening! :-)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Friendship Market

Yesterday I went to the Marimekko outlet store for their "ystävyysmarkkinat" (~ "Friendship Market"), which is just another word for warehouse sale. I was expecting all kinds of craziness and bruises, but was pleasantly surprised. The store was big and the sale very well organized. There were plenty of changing rooms, security guys and shop assistants keeping the chaos under control and the panic at bay. There were many things on offer and quite a lot of gems to be found.

I got these small napkins to go with a spring surprise package for my grandma and some other little things I'll gradually post to my Flickr page. Apart from the small journey I had to make to get to the store, it was all a stunningly relaxed experience (and the journey really is not that far, either). The sale is still going on till tomorrow in the outlet as well as the other Marimekko stores. I'll let you know if I will have been tempted to sneak another peek. ;-)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bauhaus exercise

Years ago I read a book that described an exercise one of the Bauhaus teachers (was it Oskar Schlemmer?) developed for his students. They were to draw a grid containing 25 squares and then to fill in the squares with watercolours. There, as far as I remember, the guidelines stopped. They could use as many or few different colours as they wanted and fill out any big or small number of squares, thus creating their own individual palette. Somehow I think of it as a mood board for colours.

Today after all these years, I had my second go at this exercise. Why did I wait so long? It is fun, it is somehow meditative, it is quick, if you want it to be. And it can be altered and changed to your momentary needs in so many ways! This time I didn't use watercolours but these Oil pastels my boyfriend's sister gave me for my birthday.

She really is one of the people actively encouraging me to draw/paint more, for Christmas she gave me this.

Of course, using these oil pastels changes the nature of the exercise a bit. With the watercolours you are meant to mix your own custom colours, with the oil pastels it's more of a pick and mix situation (while of course they can be custom-mixed if you want to). Here is today's result:

A sampler of colours you can use to deliberate the colours of your new project, for example. It may not be spectacular, but for me it is just exciting that such a simple exercise includes and opens up so many possibilities. You can take as much time to deliberate as you want, you can let it sit there being perfected for days or do the kind of "go with the flow" exercise I did today. You could also use different media, or mixed media even, while you're at it. I think for next time I would like to incorporate collage. I'll let you know how it turns out! You could also easily use photographs, like Tricia Royal does at bits and bobbins! Inspiring indeed! :-)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


This is my first ever piece of knitting!!! I'm really proud and happy to have started this amazing craft. I used Dominitrix's free Berry Parfait pattern. My version is probably a bit broader, and as you can see, I only used 3 colours. It was fun and simple making the pattern and I think the stripes are very effective. Anyway, I love stripes. :-)

Monday, March 19, 2007


Nighttime, one of my favourite times of the day. (Couldn't resist the pun ... ;-)). Have a good night!