Optical crochet purse – ready

You remember the optical crochet purse from some weeks back? The fab pattern by Molla Mills, from the book Virkkuri II? I was so eager to share pictures of the crochet pattern that I just blogged away even though I hadn’t really finished making the actual purse. Well, I was happy to finish all the…

Upgrade old glass jars with electrical tape

I’ve wanted to combine electrical tape and DIY projects for a long time. Yes, may sound a little funny, but ever since I saw this fabulous wall decoration by Molla Mills, I’ve wanted to see what I could do with the tape. Of course, my plan was to start with something slightly less ambitious than an entire…

Flea-market frenzy in Helsinki

Cleaning Day took over Helsinki again today. Actually, the event took over the entire country – there were more than a hundred towns and three thousand sales areas all over Finland. I only managed to visit one park in downtown Helsinki, and just walking through the small park took more than an hour from me.…

DIY: black and white storage boxes

I’ve been very crafty this weekend. If I’ve not been in the garden digging and moving plants, I’ve been crocheting a rug, barbecuing, or embarking on new DIY areas of crafting. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I saw some beautiful boxes made of leftover plastic floor at the Recycling Factory. The boxes are made…

Recycling factory in Helsinki

The 6th Recycling Factory took over Helsinki last weekend. Organised again at the old Cable Factory, this year the event brought together more than 10 000 recycling enthusiasts, which is pretty impressive on Finnish scale. Workshops, free services, ecological products, programme for kids, and of course, a chance to bring stuff for recycling. A great…

Triforce crochet purse

I could not help myself. As this project is so small, I had to finish it right away. The more I look at the triangles, trifoce they seem to call it, the more I like it. No matter what colours. So here’s my purse step by step, except that there will be no stitch count, as I never…

World Environment Day blogging competition, part II

Pheew! The past two days have been intense with the online voting starting for the World Environment Day blogging competition by UNEP & Treehugger. In case you missed my last post, here’s a link to my final blog text Diamonds are not forever, the one that’s actually being voted on. In case you want to…

World Environment Day blogging competition

I made it to the top 10 in the blog competition organised by UNEP and TreeHugger. Exciting times! The first round of blogging was pretty clear-cut: we all got to write about food waste from whatever angle we chose. I wrote about Leftover love and enjoyed every minute of writing the post. After writing Leftover love, I bumped…

Exploring my Finnish identity

Cross-country skiing seems to be one of our national sports. It’s one of those things you’re expected to know. The expectation somehow comes with being Finnish: just like knowing how to light a fire under the sauna stones, how to manage walking or driving on slippery roads, or how to keep the heat in the…