Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2016 § Leave a comment

Here’s our pumpkin for this year, carved:

Jack-o-Lantern 2016

Mr. E’s best work so far, I think. 🙂

Happy Halloween!

Fire Starters with Wax and Fir

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Amanda at House Revivals shared this lovely crafts project:

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Amanda at House Revivals.

Such cute – and fragrant, I bet – fire starters! Visit her site for more photos and full instructions. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

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Independence Day 2015

December 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Instead of placing them on the window, I hung my two Independence Day candles this year:

Independence Day 2015

(Finland turned 98 yesterday. Two more for a big celebration!)

Christmas Pretties Around the Internet

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

This (long!) post is for some of my favorites for the holiday season 2014.

Lovely red sitting room with a tree, candles and hanging stars by Susanna at Susannan työhuone:

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Susanna at Susannan työhuone.

These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:

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Amanda at House Revivals.

Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry:

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Victoria at A Subtle Revelry.

I really appreciate the combination of non-traditional but coordinating colors. Victoria’s choice of graphic wrapping paper to cover her stars is inspiring!

Beautiful, non-traditional Christmas colors with minimal frou-frou by Jeannette Seymour. Photo by Donna Griffith, via Style at Home:

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Jeannette Seymour; photo by Donna Griffith / Style at Home.

Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:

Urban Outfitters Plum Bow Painted Mirror

Urban Outfitters.

Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!

And speaking of Scandinavian… Räven raskar över isen! (Yes, there is an actual Swedish Christmas song involving foxes.) Fox ornaments from Ikea:

Fox Ornaments from Ikea

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

And lest it not be forgotten that monochromatic can also be beautiful: smaller star ornaments in white & gold plus white hyacinths in a white room by Ann Helen, found via Norske interiørblogger:

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Ann Helen; via Norske interiørblogger.

I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:

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By Rachel at Mod Podge Rocks.

Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!

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Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

Getting close now!

Independence Day Activities

December 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

Saturday was the Finnish Independence Day. We spent it in the kitchen – after a relaxing sauna bath – streaming a tv broadcast of the celebrations in Finland and making these Christmas yummies, among other things:

Baking Finnish Xmas Tarts

Here are my two Independence candles. (Traditionally, we display two candles in each window, or at least in one window, typically facing the street.) These windows face the back yard, but I wanted them where we could see them.

Independence Day Candles

Happy 97th! Only three years to go for the big 100.

Special Dinner: November 2014

December 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

For the 2014 special dinners, Mr. E suggested we should look at some of the less often used cookbooks in our household for inspiration. For November, Mr. E picked the Best-Ever Curry Cookbook: Over 150 Great Curries from India and Asia by Mridula Baljekar.

Since we were also preparing to host Thanksgiving, we kept this special dinner very, very simple. Mr. E cooked rice and three curries for us to sample. There was chicken in cashew nut sauce, kidney bean curry, and fish in a rich tomato and onion sauce. The fish came from our local fish share and was delicious, as it always is.

Nov 2014 Special Dinner

For the table, I used saturated colors – green, blue and red – and a no-nonsense setting with lots of candles. Since we were sampling and wanted unrestricted access to the dishes, we just put the cooking vessels down in the middle of the table. This was a very pragmatic special dinner. 🙂

Nov 2014 Table

I think the chicken cashew was my favorite – it was so creamy without any added dairy. Yum!

Special Dinner: December 2013

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Mr. E decided on doing special dinners with a color theme for 2013. When Mr. E was little, he associated months with a combination of two colors (much like his colors for weekdays). His aim is to make dinner with ingredients that are naturally as close to each month’s colors as possible; food dyes are right out for this project. December colors are red and green.

We ended up very busy in December, so we decided to push the month’s special dinner to January. We started with a green and red salad: green leaves, tomatoes, cucumber and red and green pepper.

Dec 2013 Special Dinner

For the main course, Mr. E cooked salmon with green beans. He also made a red and green veggie relish to go on the fish. We drank local cranberry wine. For dessert, we had strawberry soup. The strawberries came from a local pick-your-own farm.

I selected one on the quilts Mr. E made as the table covering, put down green placemats and red coasters on that and added a container of partridge berries plus some warm-toned dishes.

Dec 2013 Table

It was a very, very satisfying dinner and a nice way to wrap up Mr. E’s color dinner year.

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