Big Magic

As someone who usually describes herself as a slow reader, I'm really glad I've picked up a reading habit again. I've decided to stop beating myself down for being the person who never knows who's written the latest it thriller and can only list Jane Austen, when asked about my favourite author (so far the only author that I've read more than one book). I've discovered that I like reading about people figuring stuff out with a lot of honesty and humour. I really loved Shonda Rhimes' book Year of Yes and I've just finished another great one, Big Magic - Creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book gave me a lot to think about and I think I need to buy it (I usually borrow my books from the city library) so I can go back to certain chapters when that crippling self doubt starts bubbling up. Writing book reports was never something I excelled at  but here are a few things that I thought were great about this book. Firstly I love the way it's written, it feels like you're talking to a really good friend and she's sharing stories and lessons learned over the years.…

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I should change my mind more often

Up until last winter I only wore skirts and dresses during the summer. I used to joke that my pants are not going anywhere until it's at least 20 degrees celsius. It probably stems from all those new year's celebrations in my youth where i was often freezing my ass off. Even though I now live in Southern Finland where it's not as cold as in Ostrobothnia and the winters in general seem to be getting warmer (ehum, climate change!), that no skirts in winter rule stayed with me. That is until I was confronted with the fact that I was down to three decent pairs of pants I could wear to work and two of them were on the worn and kind of torn side. I didn't have any money to invest in proper pair of jeans (you know, the well-fitting-thick-denim-fairly-produced kind of jeans) and I rarely find pants second hand, no matter how many pairs I try on. So I was left with the option to forget my "rule" and give winter skirts a go! I bought a purple knitted one and then a blue pencil skirt, two skirt types I had sworn to stay away from because…

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Hello Munich

In January I visited Munich for a few days. Despite getting a migraine the day before the trip and having to get up at 3AM it was nice to take a break from the hectic school life and get to wander around a new city. I was mainly there for the Ispo fair but I have to admit it was all the Bavarian castles that got me to book the trip in the first place. The fair was really overwhelming so I spent most of my time wandering around the city and in historical buildings. I even made to the most visited castle in Europe (probably in the world) but more on that later. If you've been here before you know I have a thing for museums, even when they're considered to be  huge tourist traps. I really enjoyed walking through the Munich Residence, talking a gazillion pictures of all the chandeliers ( I think I've always liked them but the Hermitage took it to a new level) and silly mirror selfies (when you're travelling alone and don't have a selfie stick). Another favourite was the Nymphenburg Palace. Even though it was grey and chilly, it was nice to walk…

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Knitted updates

I'm trying to post more often than I have in the past few months. That means also updating my WORKS page. The reason for the scarce posts recently is simply school, school, school! The amount of school work hasn't decreased, I just decided that I need to squeeze in some time for my little space here on the interwebs in my hectic schedule. These are some of the samples from a knitting course I took before the holidays. It was a short and very hectic course but I learned a lot.  

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Green and Peculiar

I was going to call this post green goblin and then I remembered that he's a villain and that stopped in my tracks. Interesting how there's many "green" superheroes though. Green Lantern, Green Arrow and not to forget The Hulk! Enough about superheroes and my weird ideas for blog titles. I found this odd green coat a while back at second hand store when I was actually looking for skirts. I call it odd because the fabric is basically as thin as a shirt fabric yet it has a hood, buttons and pockets like any other coat. It was again one of those garments that was somehow just a bit off that I just had to try it on. Since it's a garment that was made in Finland the original price was around 35€ but I think I got it for 10€. Now, who doesn't love a bargain? Weeks later I found the turquoise fabric I got at a clothing swap at school and got the idea for this almost tone on tone photoshoot. The only problem? It was constantly dark outside and fabric was not really big enough to cover the background. I kept postponing the shoot until one…

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Lichen me like

In the past few years, my new year's resolution has simply been "get shit done!". I've said it to myself as a reminder to not wait around for things to happen but to actively go after and do the things I want whether life altering big or everyday small. One thing I need to get "done" more this year is get outdoors more often. In the past I would have said it's in my nature to be a homebody but now I wonder if it's more of a habit than a trait. Either way I need to be outdoors more because it's simply good for me. I always feel better after a long walk or a trip to park or forest. These pictures were taken last November when I accompanied a classmate on a lichen gathering trip in Nuuksio National Park. She was working on a really interesting textile project about plant based dyeing. The weather was horrible but it really didn't matter. It was calming to be outdoors and yet another reminder of marvellous mother nature and the endless magnificent things you can find in the forest, like a variety of lichen and other growing things.

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2018 – The year of Gratitude

I was at first thinking about doing a regular recap of the past year and maybe even mention my new year's resolutions but I felt I wanted to do things a bit different this time. I need to embrace more change in my life so why not start with my blog posts? Instead I want to say what I'll be focusing on in 2018, gratitude. I know it might sound a little bit cheesy but I've noticed how much my perspective on things changes when I remind myself of all the things I'm grateful for. Looking at things differently is key to changing one's mindset. 2017 was an exciting and scary year full of changes. I maybe didn't get to travel as much as I would have wanted and some periods of the year were very stressful but looking back I'm reminded how incredibly fortunate I am. Cultivating gratitude is not always easy. There are so many injustices in the world that just make me so angry! I easily get lost in bad thought cycles when I'm stressed and fall deep in the rabbit hole of self doubt. But I think it's exactly in those moments I need to remember…

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YouTube faves right now

Up until recently YouTube was the place where I watched music videos, stand up clips and movies trailers. I thought all the YouTube stars I was hearing about were teenagers creating entertaining content for other teenagers. Then one by one I started finding (mostly by accident or probably sophisticated algorithms) these awesome channels with great content. I found myself spending Saturday mornings watching several videos by one person. So I thought I'd share a few channels I've found really inspiring, entertaining or both. Lavendaire Sometimes when people are giving life advice they can come across as smug and just annoying but when Aileen says the same things it sounds much friendlier and actually doable. I have yet to figure out what her secret is. She's the one who inspired me to start writing a gratitude journal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0rPcpvTygw Yagazie Emezi This woman is my hero! I love how she's fiercely pursuing her passion and how honest and open she is about her journey. She's also really really funny! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffaKvZnN-QU Evelyn from the internets Evelyn is just hilarious! I can watch her videos for hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ0zXl0sSEw&t=2s Kicki Yang Zhang Kicki posts a wide variety of content but I have to admit it's…

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The wool conundrum

Veganism, now that's a word that can get some people really worked up. I wasn't really sure whether to post this or not but even sensitive matters need to be discussed. But let's not get too serious, this post is more about asking questions and finding options. I became a vegan earlier this year and so far I've approached the eating with a child like curiosity and relaxed experimentation. I do have those moments when I feel that there's nothing to eat but it's usually when I'm feeling really lazy and the grocery store has run out of that one frozen pizza I can eat. Let's just say I don't have the food prep routine down yet. The biggest challenge during my few months as a vegan has been the constant paranoia that I'm alienating my friends with this lifestyle choice. Then I remind myself that I was probably annoying as a meat eater too and hope that they will tell me if I'm becoming irritating. In defence of "annoying" vegans I'll say this, when you make a major life choice/lifestyle change you're often very excited about it and naturally want to share that with people. So what some might…

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It’s time for something new (and happy anniversary!)

I started writing this post wanting to share what's been going on lately but then an invoice from my web hosting company reminded me of something. I've been so busy lately that I almost forgot that my fourth blogging anniversary was coming up. When I started this website I was struggling to find work in design and started the blog as a way to creatively keep me occupied. I had this irrational fear that I would forget most of what I had learned in design school while doing those other jobs we all have to do in order to get by. It's been a few years now and even though I've at times felt like my life is uneventful, looking back to those first posts I can see how much I've changed as a person but also as a creator. During these few years I've changed jobs, traveled and moved a couple of times. I'm glad I've kept creating and posting, even when I was feeling very insecure about my skills. It's now again time for another chapter, challenge and adventure. I'm going back to school to get my masters and I've moved again and I now have not one…

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The Gilded Wonderland

Before we even arrived to the Hermitage Museum I was told of one (of many) theories the locals have, that in order to see all the contents of the museum, you would need to visit the museum five days a week for seven years! That still didn't prepare me for the overwhelming grand golden overdose that was to come. I don't think I've ever seen so many chandeliers in my life! I don't really know how to describe it, hopefully the images give you just a hint of the extravagance of the place. At some point I couldn't even look at the paintings anymore because there was so much else to see within the rooms themselves. When I visit grand and heavily adorned castles like this, I at some point think about how wealth was so unevenly distributed back then (some would argue that things haven't changed that much). I can only imagine how the poor lived if this is what the rich and privileged enjoyed. At the end of the day it's the craftsmanship and history that draws me to places like this. I'm not saying we should go back to this way of building and decorating, I'm just appreciative…

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Breathtaking Blooms

If you've been on this site before, you know I have a thing for flowers. I've sometimes gone as far as to call it an obsession. When I was at the botanical garden in Lund, I took a lot of pictures of pretty flowers but there was one that was so striking I thought it deserved special attention. The flower in question is the oriental poppy (Papaver Orientale) and I think this is the one called Turkish delight. What is it about this particular flower you might wonder? The colours! Especially the combination of the salmon pink of the petals and the dark plum of the inside. There was something about the light and crimped petals that also spoke to me. Maybe I was a florist in a previous life?

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