Thursday, June 25, 2009

In our kitchen

Because the lack of proper working place for me at the moment, I am doing my work on our kitchen's a good thing that the weather is so good, we can enjoy our meals in garden :) Between packing orders and designing new chrismas cards I did a whole lot of wall stareing :D
And this is how they look:
The numbers are a fleamarket find. Great find, I payed only 2€ for all of them!!(thats about $2.80) They have been up there a few years now. In the old window frame is a picture of Finnish old time movie stars: Eino Kaipainen and Ansa Ikonen, clipped from an old magazine cover. I loved old Finnish black and white -movies when I was a little girl, oh so romantic :)

This is our medicine cabinet, old one that my father-in-law has done, and I renewed it a little :) On top of it are also some fleamarket finds.

On top here is my first attempt with a latch hook, some rags and burlap...I made it about 10 years ago, and it was great fun! Underneath it an other fleamarket find. Well these were the nice parts :), now I have to get back to work, see you!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First one, Yay!!

Jippii!! So glad that the first new christmas card original is out of the oven :) Now I'm not that stressed out anymore, blank canvas syndrome is defeated, and the next ones will come easily (It's good to live in hope :)

There is this couple..the "work name" is 'Exciting Surprises'...I think that they have been together for fifty years or so, and for the last 30 years she has always got a new nightgown and he has always got a new pair of long underpants :D But they LOVE each other so it always feels like a exciting surprise, because that's what christmas is about, isn't it? Love and exciting surprises, and most of all LOVE.

I sort of like this :), hope that you like it too!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cooking up colors

I love using tea in my works, the color goes great with everything. And extremly well with deep cadmium red and white, witch makes it perfect for christmas cards. And of course tea brings the vintage feeling too. Good way to add vintage is a wash of tea over too bight colors :)

There will also be polka dots, in my new christmas cards...yes stil :) ..I am not able to let them go..and wallpaper pattern too.. a good reason for that wallpaper pattern I use over and over again: It brings animals instantly to human enviroment, and adds whimsy :)

The summer has come also in Finland, really hot day today. But it felt surprisingly good to be working with new collages today. When the flow comes, everything else seems to disappear, even a hot summer day :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Who are you little bug?

I really like bugs of all kinds, caterpillars and beetles are my favourites. I even used to have a caterpillar as a pet when I was a little girl :) I can even live with spiders. I think that every single living thing should be appriciated as they are, as wonders. So who are you gorgeous little one?I looked him up on a book of mine and I think that he is Miris striatus "Dandy bug" Keikarilude in Finnish (I also love their names! :) He lives on trees, like in our apple tree here :), and is rare in southern Finland. Yay, I spotted a rarity!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Midsummer fun

We celebrated midsummer quite in the traditional Finnish way: at a summer cottage, in freezing and rainy weather :). It included going to sauna, swimming (too cold for me though :) and eating grilled food. And of course playing outdoor games, like 'Mölkky' (in the pic) Rules are that you throw a wooden block and try to hit these with numbers and you aim to get 50 points (okay that was the short version... :) I am really bad at this, as in all outdoor games that require some motoric skills :) I am really not a outdoor type of person at all! But my husband is, and he would like to go hiking and stuff like that...he has trained me a little bit over the years, and last summer I slept 3 weeks IN A TENT! Can hardly believe it myself :) Actually it WAS fun, and maybe we are going camping this year also :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

All back together again

My husband and our two daughters were visiting grandparents for a couple of days, but now they are back home again, yay! I enjoy very much being alone too, but being alone TOO long don't suit me, infact it brings out the worst in me :) I eat too much chocolate, stay up too late, get way too emotional and worried about everything, and spend way too much time just day dreaming. I need to have someone to kick my but from time to time! :)

So to celebrate this happy home coming I decided to introduce them to you
Here we are in co-ordinated colors :D This is SUCH a rare occasion that the pic dates back to 2005...usually we run around in T-shirts that have been washed way too many times :D

My husband (Juha) is holding our younger daughter ( Temppu from now on, her nickname :) born 2004 and on my left our older daughter (Raksu, her nickname, born 2000)

And here we are again, last in co-ordinated facial expressions, sort of... :D

We visit this amusement park every year, and have decided to take this same kind of picture every time :) Fun way to see how we have changed, children keep growing up but me and Juha just stay as childish, I hope :D

We are celebrating midsummer tomorrow, I will spend my time away from the computer, but I'll be back soon enough, see you then!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Plans and peonies

I have been planning and sketching christmas cards today, and thinking so hard that my brains where coming out of my ears :) so I stepped outside to take a deep breath and a picture of these peonies

Peonies are my all time favourites. My grandmother used to have them in her garden, and I have loved them since. It's amazing that such beautiful plants need so little, they are so good of taking care of themselves! Maybe it's the clayish ground around here that they prefere.

But now I have to get back to work! See you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This is my work :)

I have been calling my retail customers, signing prints, packing orders...

and gessoing plywood panels, that I use as backround for my collages...

This is what I love about my work! I can do so many things that I like: connecting with people, selling and creating. Downsides are that I'm doing it all by myself (and on my kitchen table) :D Luckily I have a darling husband that supports me always and helps where ever he can.

I hope that you have/had a great working day today (or holiday-day, if you are so lucky :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Switching to Christmas mode

I am hoping that these fabulous ornaments are helping to get me in christmas mood. Dear Sandy sent them to me with my order, and I love them! Sorry about my awful pic that doesn't do them justice! Sandy is such a talented artist, you should take a look at her shop

So, I should be making christmas cards...they are a little challenging you know, there should be something familiar and traditional christmas thing in the picture, but with a fresh approach..hmm :) I have some ideas, but I would love to hear from you, what would you love to see in a christmas card?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Book-keeping..blaah :)

I have done some book-keeping today. Unfortunately me and calculating just don't belong together :) But I do enjoy making notes. When I was a little girl I used to watch ski jumping with my father, and I made notes of everybodies scores :) Feels so good to see something marked on paper..neatly in rows..maybe there lives a little book keeper inside me anyway! :) And these folders make calculating almost art related :)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

This is the door in to my new studio/shop to be! I will be moving there as soon as I can, and I can hardly wait, but first there is a lot to do, like new christmas cards :) And then I might even have time for a little summer holiday. But then..time to move in, YIPPEE!! We have just cleaned the space up and bought some shelves and tables. And there will be LOTS of tables: one for "The office" one for packing things, and three (yes 3 :) for creating. We found some good ones from the recycling center :) I will show you some inside pictures when I have decent ones :)

Here we go :)

My very first post, scary and fun :) little bit like whispering to the dark: waiting for someone to answer and scared that someone would! I have wanted to start a blog for a long time, and now I have so exciting news, that I felt that this is the time to do it, so...


This is so great! I have had my workroom/stock/office at our home, and it was driving everybody grazy :) cardboard boxes, cards,paints and papers all over the place, and me "working" and "doing homework" at the same time. It is going to be so nice to have a actual working place where you can go to, and leave too (hopefully)

I am so excited!!