Togetherness

I was recently invited to a blog event at Tikau, where I got to meet other Swedish speaking bloggers. It was nice to talk to other bloggers about blogging, I haven't done that before. The evening was also a great opportunity for me to practice my mingling skills and learn about the company. The Tikau store sells ethically manufactured products from different brands like  Hyvä Teko and Mifuko as well as Tikau's own products. The brands have been carefully selected, the design is just as important as the sustainability. The Tikau products are manufactured by artisans in rural India using sustainable and locally sourced materials. I really admire Taina Snellman, the founder of Tikau for her drive and patience. With production being done by families instead of a single factory, the logistics can be quit challenging. But she believes that employment is the best way to help and I couldn't agree more!So if you're looking for items for your home or a gift for someone, go check out the store!Below is a chronicle of the evening in pictures. Thanks again to Nora for inviting me! Our hosts, Nora and Johanna. An example of the impressive craftsmanship. This felted piece is…

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Button up

The Helsinki City theatre had a flea market recently where they sold costumes they didn't need any more. The theatre is going to be renovated next year so I guess a thorough spring cleaning was needed. A friend of mine told me about the event and we decided to go check it out. Pure curiosity was what dragged us out of bed that Saturday morning! The first thing that surprised us was the long queue outside the theatre. Then we saw people coming out with big black plastic bags full of stuff! What on earth are they buying we wondered. Once inside though, we could understand the hysteria. There were a lot of items being sold for 2-10€. Though I had decided not to buy anything, I came home with a silk blouse and two wool scarves for the total sum of 1,20€ ! I thought I'd change the buttons and resew the sleeve hems and the blouse would be as good an new. But when I got home I noticed that the sleeves were more damaged than I had initially noticed. So, note to self always double check the quality of the garment before a purchase! The damage on…

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A different kind of D.I.Y. inspiration

I'm planing some more D.I.Y. projects and while working, I'm listening to Grimes, a true do it yourself woman. I saw her perform at last year's Flow Festival and I was impressed by how she did everything herself! I was expecting her to have some kind of band and a few back up singers but it was just her, her equipment and two back up dancers she apparently met for the first time just before the show!

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