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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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Dr. Red Riding Hood

I love going to second hand and vintage stores but once there I rarely buy clothing. I usually come home with glass objects, old zippers or bags. During the Easter holidays I visited one of my favourite stores in Vaasa in search of glass plates but I ended up trying on a bunch of spring coats instead. The minute I saw this red hooded one I had to try it on at once! It was such an odd garment with the hood and big pockets, making it look like a cross between a lab coat and Little Red Riding Hood's cape. Also, the coat only had 2 buttons, was quit worn and had a few stains. Despite all this I immediately decided to buy it. This is strange since it's not something I'd typically wear and I've previously found it difficult to combine this shade of red with anything in my wardrobe. But I have to admit that the "made in Finland" label appealed to me as well, it's quit rare with clothes made in Finland these days. But this is maybe an indication that I want to experiment more with my style. In the end the only consistent element…

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On my mind #4

I've been on a sail boat once in my life. It was quit fun and I'd like to do it again. I'm observing sponge-like textures. I should walk around Helsinki and take pictures of beautiful doors. I could have this on my wall. "Fawn" by Ekin Kayis.

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Masking tape magic

What do you do when you realise that you've forgotten to buy a birthday card 2 hours before the birthday party? Well, you make one of course! I could have run to a store nearby but there was dinner to be made and a hair disaster to deal with. My first thought was to make the card with collage numbers but there wasn't enough time. Then I wanted to somehow stamp the number 30 on the card but I didn't have the correct tools. The technique I finally used came to me when I found blank postcards make from watercolour paper.I tore masking tape into smaller pieces and taped them on to the card in the shape of the number 30. I purposely made the number with irregular edges as I wanted it to have a more hand made feel to it. Once I had painted around the masking tape, I let the card dry and then carefully removed the tape.Though this card was made in haste (hence the blurry images), I'm quit happy with the result. I was reminded of my love of working with paper and stationery. I definitely plan on making more cards in the near future!

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Let’s get cultural

Next week sees the second Season Film Festival take place. The great thing about this festival is that it emphasises female voices, something that is definitely needed in the film industry. Happening at the same time and in collaboration with SFF is the Fashion Film Festival, a must for anyone interested in fashion and film. Last year I saw the wonderful Diana Vreeland documentary so this year I might watch the one about another iconic Vogue editor, Carine Roitfeld. Then there's the film Lake Bell directed, Hayao Miyazaki films and the documentary Nana Benz. How on earth will I choose? Well, one thing I'll definitely not miss is the collection of short films that will be shown on Sunday. The ones I saw last year were fascinating and changed the way I see short films. The festivals take place 27-30th of March and tickets are already on sale.  

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