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…

Even better Nudge in Helsinki

I was happy to visit Nudge (link in FIN) yesterday for an opening event in the early afternoon. Nudge is a cooperative of five entrepreneurs, all of whom have their own approach to sustainable living. Nudge opened originally in 2010, and re-opened now in 2012 with a polished concept and a renovated store. The shop covers…

September sadness

Well now, it’s been a very quiet September for me. I’ve been taking a small break from writing and online activities, and focusing more on enjoying the colourful new season in the nearby forest, picking mushrooms and smelling the crispy air. Somehow the autumn always creeps up on me, and suddenly, the mornings start to have…

Go to Florence, become entrepreneur in Finnish design

How does one end up an entrepreneur? The owner of lifestyle store Televisio Marjaana Lehtonen has a great story to tell. Working in digital marketing, she always dreamt of a company of her own. One day, she simply quit her job and left to Florence for three months thinking this is it: a decision must be made.…

Old sheets into crochet doily rugs, part II

Some days ago I started working on a new crocheted doily rug. The work started with cutting an old duvet cover into yarn, then crocheting a bit, then cutting some more yarn. Crocheting is easy and fast, it’s the other stuff that’s taking a lot of time. Or maybe my scissors are just too small.…

Old sheets into crochet doily rugs

Step one: Old sheets, cut into yarn. I chose my white 100% linen ones. They’ve served me well for the last ten years. Choose a movie to keep you entertained, this part is going to take a while. Step two: After three(!) painful hours of using scissors, here’s the result. One duvet cover cut and…

Green for the spring

As I showed my true colors in an earlier posting, red for solidarity, maybe now would be a good time to show some green for the spring. These green wrist warmers are great when you want to wear a lighter jacket, maybe with some 3/4 sleeves. Ruffles included for the happiness effect. This green belt…

Not only granny squares

It’s very humbling to realize you’ve made a mistake in crocheting a pattern, and then just pull the string. And pull. And pull. I just had to destroy one evening’s work from a pullover I’m making. I’d added way too many stitches and the pullover was starting to grow very large. This is slow fashion…

Slaughtering fast fashion

I’ve been thinking about the concept of slow fashion lately. Slow food is cooked without haste, enjoying the effort, preferably shared with friends and loved ones. It seems quite straightforward. Sadly I often don’t have the chance to do this, dinner needs to be ready as family is hungry! Slow living, yeah, I can understand…