lauantai 24. kesäkuuta 2017

Just for show

I pot my plants on a tarpaulin but it is fun to have a fake potting table in the garden. I had one at the cottage, too. It is a good place to store any surplus pots and vases as they are decorative even when empty.

perjantai 23. kesäkuuta 2017

Kneel down

I love woodland plants. The only trouble with them is that you have to go on to your knees to really appreciate the view.

torstai 22. kesäkuuta 2017

tiistai 20. kesäkuuta 2017

Not for seamstresses

We have a few old singer sewing machine tables in our garden. As my husband is a minimalist at heart, he wanted to take the things apart to make them appear a bit lighter. This means that there are several spear parts that look rather good on their own. The round ones are just perfect as garden stepping stones!

maanantai 19. kesäkuuta 2017

It runs in the family

My mum loved to decorate, both at home and in the garden. I am just like her and all her decorations are in use in my home and garden. A case in point are three metal ampels that mum used to have flowers in. As it is really windy in Vårkulla I decided to decorate the ampels with mum's little metal birds and some of the fake chrystals that used to hang in her living room ceiling light.

sunnuntai 18. kesäkuuta 2017

If you have nothing to do

We happy garden owners always have lots to do. Today we did a general clean up in the garden and everything looks rather great.

And even some of the parts of the yard where we haven't yet done any gardening look great, too.

perjantai 16. kesäkuuta 2017

Busy month

Everything happens at once. First it was really cold and nothing grew. Now it's too hot to be in the garden and everything flowers at the same time. This is the time I worry there will be nothing left in August but there always is, of course.

torstai 15. kesäkuuta 2017

What a difference a little rain makes

In four days our garden has grown into a jungle! I love it but feel that I should have been here to witness every step of the miracle. Now I just see the results. A gardener is never satisfied.

perjantai 9. kesäkuuta 2017

Summer opening

The first poppy started flowering today. For me this means that the summer has (finally) begun. There are (and have been) a lot of other flowers already but for some reason poppies do it for me.

keskiviikko 7. kesäkuuta 2017

It seemed so big

The wintry painting is from my parents. At their house it seemed really big but in our office at home it seems rather small. I already had the colourful vases collected on the side table and I think I should get some more (and bigger) to contrast with all the white of the painting.

maanantai 5. kesäkuuta 2017

sunnuntai 4. kesäkuuta 2017

Seek and you shall find

I found two flowerstands from a fleamarket today. They are perfect for succulents and succulents are perfect for our front garden as it is the driest place in Finland due to wind and sun.

lauantai 3. kesäkuuta 2017

Cold but beautiful

The Finnish spring this year is as the best of movies star blondes: cold but beautiful.

perjantai 2. kesäkuuta 2017

Sweet inspirations

Good things happen to those who patiently wait. We have had a big pile of slate in our front yard for ages (around seven years). Then out of blue my husband decided to start laying them in front of the gazebo and after one weekend we almost have a new patio -  a couple of more days (and an aching back) and it will be all ready for midsummer drinks. No thanks to me as usual..

keskiviikko 31. toukokuuta 2017

Retro heaven

I love 60's teak stuff. This lamp was without a shade but we found a perfect fit from Hemtex. Even my husband liked the pink colour as it goes very well with the brown and bronze.

sunnuntai 28. toukokuuta 2017

Is it time already?

You'll always have a minute to spare if you just choose the right clock to check the time on.

lauantai 27. toukokuuta 2017

Something new for a change

There were new beers by a local brewery in the supermarket and of course we had to buy some- lager for me and stout for my husband.

perjantai 26. toukokuuta 2017

Just what I need

It is a hot day for heavy gardening. If it were the 60's I could take a sip of Sinalco and get on with shoveling refreshed.

torstai 25. toukokuuta 2017

Hot damn?

We are notorious for making things difficult. Case in point, we have been looking for a gas grill for Vårkulla for ages but nothing pleased our eye. Then, Eva Solo saved us with their fireglobe grill.

keskiviikko 24. toukokuuta 2017

At long last

It is spring, almost summer, after a long cold April. The garden is waking up and there is something new to see every day.

sunnuntai 14. toukokuuta 2017

Coldest spring ever

This morning I started to put the new summer flowers in pots. As I started to take them out of the bags, I noticed that almost all flowers had frozen during the night. It seemed that the foliage was mostly still ok, so I potted the plants anyway. Now I hope they have energy to flower again.

maanantai 8. toukokuuta 2017

sunnuntai 7. toukokuuta 2017

All that is left

My godmother had a restaurant Chez Marius in Mikonkatu, Helsinki from the 50´s to around the 90's. She gave a couple of Arabia ashtrays with her restaurant's logos to my parents as a present and now I have them. As my parents dind't use these at all, they are as good as new. I don't collect ashtrays but I love these two. The matchbox we happened to find in a flea market.

lauantai 6. toukokuuta 2017

Hit the nail on the head

It is funny how old things are beautiful even if they are meant for everyday use. My father wasn't much of a carpenter, so this nail box is almost intact - and as it is from my father's father originally, I guess the not-quite-handy-with-the-hammer runs in the family. I must say, I have nothing to brag about myself. I am fifty years old and just nailed my first nail ever this winter..

perjantai 7. huhtikuuta 2017

Hey grandma!

Can't wait for the summer and slow rides with our 65 Opel Kadet - now I have a perfect purse for those leasure days and I can even powder my nose in style. My mother-in-law brought me my husband's grandma's 50's purse and powder case.

maanantai 3. huhtikuuta 2017

Chocolate and soap

I just love old ads. These are the newest additions to our shop museum collection. The left one is an advertisment for Fazer sweets and the right one advertises soap. We have lux soap bars in the museum so this ad will be a nice touch.

sunnuntai 2. huhtikuuta 2017

Just to make sure

If you have problems waking up, just get a couple of alarm clocks and problem is solved! These three are USA made General Electrics clocks from the 60's.

tiistai 28. maaliskuuta 2017

Wall art

We bought quite a bunch of 50's ads that were glued on dark paperboards. A few of them we hang on the living room wall (photo below), the others are in the shop museum.

maanantai 27. maaliskuuta 2017

How would I get better service?

We collect metal trays. Usually the ones we buy feature whiskey, gin or other alcoholic beverages. For some reason we also bought one big tray with colourful flowers. It is a beauty, isn't it? The English really know their trays. I just have to be careful as we don't have much room for the bigger trays and there are a lot more of these flower trays around than there are of alcohol advert trays...

sunnuntai 26. maaliskuuta 2017

Cute as a kitten

It's rather hard to find 50's/60's chocolate boxes that are in a good enough condition for the shop museum (but don't cost too much). This Panda's box from around the 60's was a good catch.

tiistai 21. maaliskuuta 2017

How's the weather?

We don't have to wonder any more whether it's raining or shining as we bought an old weather station (sääasema) from flea market. Does anybody know where this is from or where these were used? We have no idea.

sunnuntai 19. maaliskuuta 2017

Mirror, mirror..

My husband found a Korean 50's record yesterday. The lady sings really well, it didn't even matter  that we didn't understand a word. As a bonus, the cover matches my 50's hand mirror perfectly.

lauantai 18. maaliskuuta 2017

Tin fever

We visited a couple of flea markets today and I am happy to report that we found a lot of beautiful things. Here is a selected few: old cardboard boxes and metal tins:

perjantai 17. maaliskuuta 2017

Just before

We did a big job rearranging the shop museum a couple of weeks ago. And just as everything was in place we found "new" shelves. Now we have three meter wide (and almost as high) shelving and have to move everything once again.

Well, here is how the museum looked before the re-rearrangement:

sunnuntai 12. maaliskuuta 2017

Not a sweatshop any more

I am a big fan of our new fan :) We found a 60's Durch fan that is in a perfect working order and looks great. I am sure the shopkeeper had just one like it in our shop during the 60's!

maanantai 6. maaliskuuta 2017

Too old for the museum

Our shop museum is dedicated to things from the 50's and 60's and maybe even some things from the 70's. Every now and then we find irresistible things that are older than that. As these cannot be stored in the museum, we have to find a place for them in the house. Last weekend I bought a beautiful biscuit tin from the 30's. The oranges and blue-greens of the tin are exactly the same as in our Korento tableware! So it was easy enough to find a place for it in our kitchen.

sunnuntai 5. maaliskuuta 2017

maanantai 27. helmikuuta 2017

Pin it, baby

We found the Batman pin years ago. Then we started to buy old and new pins from here and there. Now we have a start of a collection. Fun old and new pins are welcome, if you happen to find some (cheap) ones, let me know!

sunnuntai 26. helmikuuta 2017

Not quite in season

I love mushrooms and the 50's so of course I just had to buy these paper borders. I don't know yet where to put them but they are pretty as they are, even on a table (or on the floor as they are in the photo).