We should do something about Vårkulla's windows. They hardly manage to stay put. I love the design and the old glass that makes all kinds of weird reflections but I don't love the fact that you almost can't touch the frames...
lauantai 31. toukokuuta 2014
perjantai 30. toukokuuta 2014
torstai 29. toukokuuta 2014
keskiviikko 28. toukokuuta 2014
tiistai 27. toukokuuta 2014
The japanese quince (Japaninruusukvitteni) is a great bush for spring - it has bright orange flowers that light up the garden.These also make fruits but you'll need two bushes.The only trouble with quinces is that the hares love them. For some reason they left my quince alone this year and I got to enjoy the fabulous flowers.
maanantai 26. toukokuuta 2014
sunnuntai 25. toukokuuta 2014
We went to the cottage yesterday to cut the grass - a jungle waited for us! Despite not getting much care this spring, the garden looked great. The rhododendrons are just starting to flower and everything else was freshly green.
lauantai 24. toukokuuta 2014
perjantai 23. toukokuuta 2014
torstai 22. toukokuuta 2014
I paid 20 euros for this old potato measure and I think it was cheap! I salivated over these at my cousin's on the weekend as she had several in her cowshed. Now I have two...but would need many more to make me really happy :) The owner of the measure lives her summers at an allotment garden area in Ruskeasuo. I have never visited there before, it is a wonderful place! The funny thing was that the old lady was originally from Lapinjärvi which is Vårkulla's neighbouring commune. As the measure used to belong to his father (born in Lapinjärvi), the lady was very happy that the old measure (from 1929) returned almost to home at last.
keskiviikko 21. toukokuuta 2014
tiistai 20. toukokuuta 2014
maanantai 19. toukokuuta 2014
I've said it before and I am saying it again: everything looked better in the golden olden days, here is an example:
We found this in our shop's storage. It was very dirty but after cleaning it up the beautiful colours pop out. They don't make herring tins like this any more!
sunnuntai 18. toukokuuta 2014
lauantai 17. toukokuuta 2014
When you start obsessing about how things look, your life gets difficult very easily. As the 80's steel is so over, there was a void on the coffee table: how to keep coffee warm without ruining the table setting. Well, thank you Stelton for the beautiful Emma thermos and thank you Stockmann for this weekend's 20 % price cut of all household items.
perjantai 16. toukokuuta 2014
torstai 15. toukokuuta 2014
keskiviikko 14. toukokuuta 2014
I have no luck with sedums. I have managed to kill almost all of them at the cottage and the future doesn't seem to be very bright for these poor ones at Vårkulla. They love dry earth and sunshine - just maybe it is not my fault they die, last autumn and winter were very wet!
tiistai 13. toukokuuta 2014
maanantai 12. toukokuuta 2014
I ordered two plant stands from www.fermliving.com. We are going to try these as stands for loudspeakers. If this works, I'll be exultant as I have never (before) seen any nice stands for loudspeakers. And, well, if this doesn't work, I'll still be a happy camper as I'll have two brand new plant stands. A win-win situation, if there ever was one!
Picture by Ferm Living.
sunnuntai 11. toukokuuta 2014
lauantai 10. toukokuuta 2014
perjantai 9. toukokuuta 2014
torstai 8. toukokuuta 2014
keskiviikko 7. toukokuuta 2014
The dark frame of this painting makes the clours to pop out. In kitchen I have another dark frame, its almost black and the turqoise painting looks really good. The more usual golden frames don't have this effect.
tiistai 6. toukokuuta 2014
maanantai 5. toukokuuta 2014
Our shop's floor is painted green and all old wall boards are taken off. Now we can start furnishing and soon we can organize a flea market weekend! (Who cares that the windows are almost dropping off and the door lets the sunshine in from all the wrong places).
sunnuntai 4. toukokuuta 2014
We found this bird postcard from Ikea (the frame is from Ikea, too). The colours match our still-not-repainted attic door perfectly. I bought the frame for its yellow accent as this would suit the planned greenish colours of the hall, but it seems to work before the renovation, too.
lauantai 3. toukokuuta 2014
We found the rack at our shop and after cleaning it up we filled it with these old chocolate bars. Or they are not really chocolate, they are filled with cardboard and meant to be used as marketing material. My brother found them at flea market and bought them for us.