Sunshine stay with me


Hello dear friends!

After a bad relapse (snow, wind, cold weather) spring is really here! Sun shines and skies are blue, and little green is peaking here and there, more by the day. Lovely, and not a minute too soon! May 1st, which is a big spring celebration here (and actually opens summer-season but that might bee too much to ask this year) is just a few days away. We have cleaned and raked the yard and hb has pimped the BBQ (new wheels and overall scrub) and we are crossing our fingers to get some action to it on May Day. The weatherguys here have been pretty shy to say anything certain about May weather, but some snow is coming still (can you believe it?) but it seems that eastern parts of Finland will be safe this time, phew.


Spring gear is out (Thank you M for the cutest ever ladybug coinpurse!), and all things wintery have been stuffed away for good a several months at least. House still needs some decluttering (when not?) and windows scream washing, and my shop also could do some shelf emptying, so I made a SPRING-SALE -section there, and items there are -30% - -40% (prices reduced already, no need for coupon codes), and you are all so welcome to take a look.

I wish you all happy last days of April, and wonderful May soon too! Sunshine to your days!

Yours,
Mia

Lovely times

We have the very first sunny day for a week today. I grabbed my camera and started shooting; Easter-things have been out for a while but pictures of them have been gray and gloomy. Not today - I wish you get the sunshine through your screen from these:

 

Lot's of flowers, tulips and hopefully soon-opening-daffodils in a vase, happy egg-hunt treasuries, Beth Foster's fantastic bunnies, mice and chicken and my treasured bunny-purse by her, and like last years minions, some toilet-roll figurines this year too, Maisy&Charlie (Maisa&Keke for us) for my little niece to find tomorrow (and a Super Mario and Yoshi to be made for my nephew still), these are the key ingredients for our Easter this year. How about you?

Lovely Easter-time to you all, enjoy!

Yours,
Mia

Baby stuff

It is funny how sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the greatest, but you just need to get the idea first. This time all it took was a question from a beloved friend "How about...?" and my answer was "Let me think, I have never done one before" followed by a big WHY? Oh my, I am sure at this point you all are more likely to ask WHAT? so let's get to the point: Bibs. Baby bibs with happy Moomins:


Baby-models can cost a pretty penny so my beloved teddy Jaques aka Jaska (just turned 38yrs) did the job, and quite well I must add. Above he is starring a yellow bias binded number with winter/summer theme.


Since there are no babies living at my house currently (one little princess visits quite often but she has just decided that age 1,5yrs is the right to loose the bibs for good) there was no any ready made bibs to find a pattern-ideas so a little googleing for the approximate measurements was in order. Then a newspaper and a plate were taken into action and a template was created. I have heard some real designers use computers and such to create their masterpieces but here we trust the old ways. Seems to work pretty well still.


After the basic design for the bib was done it was just matter of choosing the prettiest fabrics and refreshing memories from 25 some years back from school "How to use bias binding" and getting the very same heureka-moment than back then: the other side really is a tad wider and when you place that right (down), the sewing really is much, much easier. Big moments, friends...


And ta-dah! Happy bibs for pretty spring babies! 


These are such fun to make, so if any babies around yours are in need of pretty bibs, just let me know and I will sew some more (a lot more, I think, as the baby-news keep coming from all over the world), materials I definitely have enough *ahem* 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Yours,
Mia

Welcoming March with flowers


Welcome March! Welcome sunshine, colors and flowers! Welcome yet an another year under my belt soon *ahem*, welcome lighter days and melting snow! Thank you dear Jane from that fantastic piece-of-art flowers-card, and thanks mom for those striking tulips. I simply need to have a daily fix of flowers, and have been buying a happy bunch weekly since beginning of February. Talk about a cheap addiction!


Flower-y details have found their way to my handmades too, lately, and somehow they seem to make those woolen items much more springlier (I know, a word handmadebyMia), or what do you think? These colors can be found in my shop here, and for the first week of March there will be a sale on too, with code

  FLOWERS

(hah, you just did not see that coming?) you will get -20% of your order (excluding shipping fees). Here is info how to use the coupon code in Etsy. Happy browsing, Etsy is a treasury box full of handmade goodies to be found!

Happy March-days everyone!

Yours,
Mia

Hello

Hello all lovely people! It has been such sunny and bright past a few weeks it feels spring is at least a month ahead the usual! It feels like Easter would be just around the corner (even it is not quite yet) - we have the singing birds, plus degrees during the days, melting snow... A bliss.


Some spring-inspired crafts have seen the light of day, like the happy birdie-wreaths above. Somehow this is just the time of the year that I am struggling to find the right material, wool starts to feel a bit winter-y, but summer bags and pouches need to wait still a little. I am alright with this as I have seen it before, and usually I get over it by playing my stash a while (and end up using the wool after all). I have made a little spring clean both in house and in studio, and wow do I have stuff. Huh.


Speaking of spring clean we had fun *ahem* for whole family and for whole weekend with my new shelves. I am a big fan of Scandinavian-wood-meets-white sort of home decor, and I have collected pieces for a vintage Lundia over two years (a BIG thank you for my hb, he has driven me all over this county to pick up this and that and still some), and this weekend we finally had enough pieces to put them all together. Most of my books have been in boxes still (and we moved in...a while ago) and now I got them all out. Huh what a job, took almost two days to get it all right (and I am not absolutely sure if it still needs something but please do not tell my hb, I think I cannot ask him anything for at least a week a month a year), and it feels great to have something completed.


That is all I am going to blog about our home decor this time except saying that it feels light, happy and home. I am next off to my stash-sorting, and that feels more like heavy-duty, but someone needs to tackle it. OR I could snuggle in sofa, watch Oscars I recorded last nigh and spend next four hours with Barney Neil Patrick Harris. Decisions, decisions...

Happy Monday, everyone!

Yours,
Mia

A missed month

Huh, the very last day of January already? I have missed an entirely month of blogging, and I apologize. My days have been so so so busy, and somehow it has just have been easy to push starting a little further - and then it suddenly is too dark for pictures again. Oh my, but here we are now. Days are a little longer and lighter, and birds are singing like crazy. January has been a very mild compared to past years so no complaints there. But still I am welcoming February with opens arms, spring will be a tad closer. On crafty-zone things started quite slow 2015 - until I found the fabric that has been inspiring me this whole month.


It is a happy animals-print with little foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and pretty trees with birds plus some flowers and toadstools. Such a pretty find! And it has been used this month to create a 


happy squirrel phone-pouch! And then there was a cute fox-bag


and then an another bag followed...


... filled with happy animals inside too! And you know me, once I get it going, there is no way stopping. A smiling fox/suspicious mushroom-inspecting bird-pouch was born, and it was


followed by a happy hedgehog


and finally I made a teeny-weeny coin purse

Phew!


I think I am turning my attention next to a bunch of bunny-babies that were born last weekend; there are some skeins of springly-colored smohair in my stash waiting for dress-knitting. But before that I just might need to make a few happy-animals keyfobs. I know, it is a condition.

What have you been obsessed interested in this month?

Lovely last day of January, all!

Yours,
Mia