Monday, August 28, 2017

BERRY SEASON

Oh August, my favorite month. The days are still warm, but the night are cool, and most importantly dark. I'm not a white nights person, we have blackout curtains on every window.

August means also that the berry season is here, and I love berries.

At this time last year I was heavily pregnant and couldn't go, so this year I made sure to get some berry picking in my life.
First, I went picking wild blueberries with a neighbor. Wild berries are abundant and free here in Finland. You just tramp into a forest and pick away.
This is the cleaning operation. Worst part are the spiders you accidentally pick up along the berries. I froze most of these for the winter.
We have a huge red currant bush on the yard and I've been collecting and freezing those too. Then a neighbor offered that I could pick their bushes as well, since they don't eat them. So, now we have a ton of red currants.
We planted a raspberry bush on the yard two years ago, last year it made about six berries, but this year we've gotten several dozen. I have high hopes for next year! Raspberries are my favorite.
The neighbor I went with to pick blueberries, went again and because I couldn't go, had picked me all these blueberries and raspberries!

So, now we're pretty much set for berries! At least, our freezer can't take anymore. And yes, I'm thinking about getting a bigger freezer.
With those left over, I've made two of these berry quark pies. So yummy.
And juice! I'd never before made juice. Made me feel like a real homesteader! Maybe next year I'll try my hand in making jam.

I might still go pick lingonberries once their season starts and try making lingonberry juice, but we'll see. Pretty happy with this so far!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

STAHM/BREASTFEEDING CAPSULE WARDROBE - SUMMER 2017

I thought I'd quickly post my summer capsule wardrobe, before the summer is over. And yes, this is my summer capsule. Yay, Finland!

Yes, it's all black and grey (and one green thing). I like not having to do any extra thinking #breastfeedingbrain.

And yep, this is planned with breastfeeding in mind. All the tops are loose and easy to pull up to feed my baby (I were a breastfeeding top underneath).

And yes, this isn't many clothes. My life is mostly spend at home with my baby, going for a walk with the stroller, going to the grocery store or thrift stores with the baby. Simple, casual stuff.

So for this season in my life a simple, casual wardrobe is perfect.

TOPS:
Khaki green oversize jacket/shirt, grey 3/4 sleeve thin knit, grey wool sweater.
Grey hoodie with a zipper, black and white tribal cardigan, grey oversize hoodie.
Four dark grey and four light grey maternity tank tops with built in bra (which I wear non-stop, day and night), grey non-maternity tank top, black oversize dress.

BOTTOMS:
Black skinny jeans, black skinny jeggings, four pairs of black leggings.

ACCESSORIES:
Black moccasins (my left leg is a bit shorter than the right, in case you were wondering), black leather handbag (although I prefer to stuff everything in my pockets), black wool hat.

And that's it! I love having just a few things that work.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CRAFT HAUL


It's kind of weird that I have a craft blog, yet have never done a craft haul.

I mainly just buy yarn here and there, and maybe needles or a hook in a new size as needed, but I don't really buy things in bulk.

Well, now I did.

An online shop I buy books from, Adlibris, was having a sale on their craft products and that was the first I realized they had craft products. 


I think I went slightly insane with the amount of yarn. But hey, it was 40% off. Also, for some reason, cotton yard is really hard to find around here. I guess with the weather being what it is, Finland is all about wool. This was really nice thick cotton yarn, perfect for amigurumis. Look at those colors! I'm just dying to make some play food for the Kiddo.
Look at that. That's box with 86 different colors of wool for needle felting. Eighty-six. I got really into needle felting after Christmas last year. So far I've just made a few white stars with the help of a cookie cutter, but I have plans for more.
And then some random stuff. I've always just used hairpins as round markers, and just lamented when stitches have slid off the end of a needle, but thought maybe it was time to invest in some actual tools. Maybe. So I got a row counter, a bag of stitch markers, needle stoppers, and a 40 cm and a 60 cm cables, you can supposedly use to convert any size needles into a circular needle. These weren't even expensive, just a few Euros. 

I hope these will make knitting and crocheting even more enjoyable!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MY CURRENT NATURAL SKINCARE REGIMEN

I've shared about my skincare in detail here and here. You can read there, if you wish to, more about my skin type (The short version is that I have a sensitive, very dry, aging (gasp!) skin with a side of atopic eczema), and about the reasons why I prefer to use natural products. 

I recently joined a facebook group about natural skincare and have found several new products through that. Also a dear friend of mine visited a few weeks back and introduced me to a few more. And I've been so excited to have products that actually work! But instead of just telling about new products I've tried, I thought it'd be more illustrative to just show everything I'm currently using. I should point out that Tata Harper products are a bit over-presented here, since Jake bought me a pack of travel size products. I'm absolutely adoring them, but probably wont repurchase anytime soon, since they are really expensive.

So these are all the natural products I'm currently using and nearly all the products I'm using with the exception of toothpaste and soap, I just haven't found the right ones of those.

I underlined the ones that work so well for me, I think I'll use them for the rest of my life.

  1. Now Foods, Solutions Castor Oil + Now Foods Solutions, Apricot Oil as a facial cleanser. One part castor oil, about 9 parts of apricot oil works well for my sensitive dry skin.
  2. Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence I've written before of my love for spray toners. They are just so refreshing and when you apply serum or moisturizer on a wet skin it's a lot less irritating. 
  3. Tata Harper Rejuvenating Serum This has a texture like a moisturizer, it's not gel like other serums I've used. Feels very moisturizing.
  4. Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer Very moisturizing without being oily.
  5. Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex This is an oil serum you apply with a roller-ball, I just rub it on my crows feet and I feel like it's working.
  6. Muhle R89 Safety Razor I was terrified to use this in the beginning, but it works great and I haven't nicked myself once.
  7. Uoga Uoga brush + eyliner I use this to line my eyes and define my eyebrows. Sometimes. My make-up is very minimal (non- existent) these days. I like this because it's grey toned, not red like most eyebrow products seem to be for some reason.
  8. Avril Volume mascara Hey, I love this! I feel like natural deodorant and mascara that work are two of the hardest things to find. It's dry (in a very good way), doesn't clump, smear, or irritate my eyes. I've actually been wearing mascara on occasion since buying this.
  9. Organic Shop lychee & 5 oils body cream. I go through body cream more than any other product, because if I don't moisturize I start to itch like crazy. This is very moisturizing, non-irritating, smells great and is so cheap. Like 4€. I apply it on a wet skin after showering and a little goes a long way.
  10. Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream I'd never tried anything from this brand before, but really liked the look of it and I like the product too. It's a big pot for an eye cream and will last for a while.
  11. Antipodes Divine Face Oil Avocado Oil and Rosehip I also got a set of too travel sized Antipodes products. I didn't use to put on any products at night, but with my age (and sleepless nights with the baby) creeping up on me, I've started to apply this at night. It says "not greasy", but it definitely is greasy. I wouldn't use this in the morning, but it does soak up by morning and makes my skin feel great.
  12. Dry shampoo (in the small metal pot) I make this myself. It's one tbs potato flour, one tbs baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Works great.
  13. Less is More Mascobadogel. My hair is fine, limp and stick straight (aka Finnish). I rub this in my roots after washing my hair and sleep my hair on a top knot and in the morning my hair has volume and texture. It's a great minimalist product for a busy (or lazy) person.
  14. Schmidt's Sensitive Skin Deodorant Stick Tea Tree It's taken me forever to find a natural deodorant that works, so I can't tell how exited I am about this one. I used to use the Lovefresh Eucalyptus/Spearmint and it worked great while I was pregnant, but I don't know if they changed the formula or if my hormones just changed, but it very abruptly stopped working after I gave birth. Luckily, I found this one. It has no baking soda. like a lot of natural deodorants do, so it's not irritating. Smells nice and fresh too, but there are other scents and a non-scented one as well.
  15. Lavera Deep Care & Repair Organic Shampoo and Conditioner I just started using this at my friends recommendation, so can't say much yet. But so far, so good. I use it after conditioner (yep, I condition first and shampoo second) and since this has a conditioner in it too, it's good for my very dry hair, and yet it doesn't make my hair limp.
  16. Sante Brilliant Care Hair Conditioner Conditioner is another natural product that is so hard to find. Most of them do nothing for my hair. This, however, is better than any conditioner I've tried, even the non-natural ones. Brilliant, indeed.
So that's what I'm using right now. It doesn't look like that many products in the picture, but it took ages to write! Once the Tata Harper travel-sizes run out, I'll have to try something else. Any recommendations?
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