It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… & Pom Pom Tutorial for rainy days!

Planning of the upcoming event Saaristojoulu-Skärgårdsjul (Archipelago Christmas) is at large and I even went shopping for Christmas props (for my use) – only to come back home empty handed… You might not agree with me, when I say that they’re putting out the Christmas decorations in the shops way too late…  :-DD  But when Christmas is a part of your work it ought to start so much earlier… I have some candle making classes coming up and need to stock up with candle making materials very soon…

Hand made candles coming soon...

It means also that I have on my agenda making my own Christmassy candles for the Christmas market… Plenty of work, up ahead, the floors need to be covered (protected), making space for all the candles to cool etc… Messy but  a lot of fun too!

The weather has still been astoundingly beautiful, and every day I just stand with my mouth open admiring all the incredible colours the nature can produce…

Green House..?

The hunting season is going on, which means that it’s quite an cheap life insurance to wear something red or even better: NEON!

Bruno Posing with "The Hunters Beanie"

I discovered a yarn so bright and inspiring I just had to get it… Neon Pink & Orange is the new Black! ;-D My sweet Office Assistant Bruno helped posing with my prototype, with the mighty power of rice crackers… Otherwise these office assistants ofmine are way too busy to wear any hats, and they would if nnot bribed with treats, end up tearnig them apart… They have little orange vests on our forest walks instead, so they don’t get mistaken for the hunters prey if they get lost…

Once in a while I check out different crafting stores & recently I’ve been overwhelmed (in a non-positive way) by the increasing amount of plastic paraphernalia avalaible for making anything possible and impossible! It sort of makes me sick, thinking of the amount of plastic items surrounding us, that at some point end up in the garbage, and it’s not biodegradable… It’s not only the paraphernalias, it’s also the packaging that annoy me. Plastic only… To my surprise I notice that they even sell paraphernalia’s for making Pom Poms (as seen on Bruno’s beanie) – when all you need is two circular pieces of cardboard (cut from a cereal box or similar, just check out the kitchen!) with a larger hole in the middle, a darning needle and some yarn… So, here’s a little D.I.Y. for those rainy and stormy days: Pom Pom Tutorial by Anjie’s blog with some Halloween ideas as well. If many pom poms are stringed together you get quite an eyecatcher for a scarf..!
My  free picture tutorial enclosed – ENJOY & have fun!

Pom Pom Turorial


As The Leaves Turn…The last day of indian summer

Autumn foilage it is, as it’s best.  A beautiful explosion of colours, and I’m annoyed every time I go outside & forget to bring the camera…
I want to collect all the leaves, acorns e.t.c. and make something of them, as if I could stop time by just collecting and looking at them, but no, it doesn’t work that way… So I stick to taking pictures instead. They provide me with a great deal of inspiration for my products.

My favourite scenery

The turning of the leaves means that my Studio outdoors isn’t really available anymore…  Today, Friday, Sept 30th we had +20Celcius degrees, something quite unusual. It was the most beautiful day ever, including the sunset that turned everything purple…

I managed to take some photos of my products

A photo session in the magnificent weather

& finish another work project of mine, a felted bag

Felted bag, "Forget Me Not"

Since Autumn is here, it means that my teaching job has started again, I teach mostly felting, but also embroidery and candle making (up ahead). One of the places I work at used to be a school until the 1950’s, the cutest little cottage in a very bucolic environment!

Not a bad place to work at!

Selma, the last known teacher

For now I’ll just have to get used to the indoors when it comes to making my creations and enjoy candle light and the crackling fire place…Not a too bad option either! And once in awhile I’ll just enjoy the stormy weathers, they make me feel so – ALIVE!

Workwise I still have some custom ordered things to produce, once I’m done with them I shall dig in to the Christmassy items…

Those of you living in or visiting Helsinki in the near future, I recommend to go and see Per-Olov Jansson’s exhibition at Hanasaari until Oct 9,2011,  “Arkipelag”, photos from the area of my studio, the archipleago of Pellinge. By the way, he’s the brother of  Tove Jansson, and the Gallery is named after her…
I will try and make it to the exhibition too, I really,really want to see it…

The summer of ’11

The Folk Dance Ladies by my "Superstore" at the local market, with the coolest basket-handbag!

The market season is finally over. It lasted from june to end of september, every Saturday, and in July wednesday evenings. Some customers wished there would be a market day more often, but I don’t think I, or anybody else selling there would survive a more intense market life than it already is… And the peak season is very short – July only. After that the visitors decrease radically.

At the local market people meet, shop and exchange news

It’s been a wonderful summer, it was always fair weather more or less and wonderful people to collaborate with. We even managed to arrange two fashion shows of which you can find some more info about here and here  (sorry, in Swedish only, but the pics are international!), by one of my collaborators at the market. The fashion shows were arranged in July and September.

I’m also involved as a guide at the local museum “Hörbergsgården” as guide which require some guiding ofcourse…

Hörbergsgården Museum, the museum shop & gallery

And there was the little tiny event called “Vintage marknad-markkinat” that was supposed to be a very small scaled event but ended up with so many visitors we almost fainted! We’ll be arranging this event again next summer, but bigger and better. And plenty more sellers!

The Vintage market at Hörbergsgården, featuring my Grandmother's old crank phonograph

This summer season was packed with stuff on my to do-list, plenty are left for later, but I’m happy that I managed to wash a whole sack of local wool before it got too rainy & humid outside. The thing is-the wool needs a lot of space to dry, and indoors is NOT an option… Now I shall only wait for more wool, ordered from a sheep I call “Socks”, du to the white socks (quelle surprise…) on its hind legs… The shearing of the sheep is up next!

washed wool fleece drying by the sauna, and yes, tilted horizons are a part of my trademark! 😉

But now there will be a little less comotion for a few weeks, until I roll up my sleeves for the upcoming challenge – Looking for Santa! 😉 Yes, the Christmas season is closer than you might think!

Rudolph The Rednosed Housemouse