Dreaming of the Riviera

"Snorkmaiden, what are you doing?"

"Oh, just trying on these beautiful pearls I got on Riviera, do you still remember our trip?"

"Sure. I think that lovely lady Tove made a scrap-book* or something from our travels... Here it is!"

"We had fantastic time, do you remember that bikini you bought, and there are those pearls too... What? Mamma, did you say something?"

"Oh yes, dear! There is a moving coming out soon of our time on Riviera. Sniff saw the ad on someone's instagram while searching this autumn's latest bling-trends, and I just read about in this newspaper too!"

"A movie? Whaaat? Our travels? Starring us? Snorkmaiden, did you hear that? Snorkmaiden...?!"



Moomins on the Riviera-movie opening on theaters here in Finland 10.10.2014 - see all the lovely details (and maybe your hometown too?) here - and here is the official trailer! Check it out, smiles guaranteed!

Sweet dreams, everyone!


*Images from the story Moomins on the Riviera, from the comic book Muumipeikko/Mumintrollet 2 by Tove Jansson. WSOY, Juva 2004.

The very first mittens

Hip-hooray, snow is gone and pretty autumn colors are back! And ready are the very first mittens for season 2014-2015:

There are happy cats with their new heart-collars (these boys are twins and always wear same things)

...some pretty flowers

...and some pretty birdies with flowers

All in my shop now.

Happy last weekend of September soon!


Alive and kicking

Hello everyone! I am still here, even it seems that blogging is on the bottom of the arm-long list this month. Oh my, what a busy month this has been, but luckily October (starting next week btw, how did this happen?) should be a bit easier. I am not moaning here though, I have gathered all these things to do for myself, and I am getting it all done one thing at the time.

We have had such a lovely autumn weather, warm and sunny but yesterday we hit by a snow storm. You read it right, s-n-o-w. It started on the previous night already, and lasted all day. The snow was so heavy (wet) it cut trees and/to power lines, and our whole city was out of electricity for hours. There were many car accidents too as everyone still has their summer tires on (well obviously as it has been almost +20C and sunny for past weeks). Today has been windy and rainy (some snow, mostly sleet) and there is still a lot of snow on the ground. I refuse to show you any pictures*, as I simply can't believe we had almost 20cm/7.8" snow on September 23rd. Maybe if I do not think it, it goes away. 

A lovely, sweet girl turned one recently, and we had such a wonderful family occasion. No bouncy castle quite yet, but other happy things pink (please notice her vehicle on one photo), and one smiling birthday-girl. She has a blast celebrating, went for a nap (almost two hours) and continued partying. What a lovely little lady!

It seems that my next thing to do (decorate mittens) is more than appropriate for the weather around here *ahem* and I have been busily knitting some more too when ever I have had a minute to spare. They should start appearing in my shop during this weekend, I hope. In the meanwhile I wish you the most wonderful last days of September, and wish to see you much more often here come October!


*Well there are some to see on my Instagram as I couldn't believe my eyes yesterday. Today I am just annoyed that the snow is still there.

Quarter report

Lovely September, everyone! We have still beautiful, sunny and warm weather, not too bad at all. This month will be quite busy due to all different things happening almost at the same time, but I really wish this autumn will then continue happy and more relaxed than last year when I ended up having a long blog-break.

Autumn has always been a new start for me, sort of second New Year really, as holidays are over, and work and schools start. It is time for a new calendar, planning future and taking a little look back too. I am playing with new ideas for the months to come, and even it should not be said out loud yet: In the online selling-world Christmas seems to be just around the corner... I am not that organized, yet, but getting there.

But here we go, here comes the unofficial HandmadebyMia Quarter Report 2014 starting with some earthly-toned birdies

and following with some more colored birds

and then there are some happy cats

and some Moomins too

Looking pretty me, don't you think? A tad more color to brighten the gray and rainy autumn and winter days and we are all done, right? And believe it or not, I am pretty well prepared for the upcoming season:

Happy first week of September!



It is that special time of the year again, when we all see elephants around here... 

... and that happy birthday-boy enjoys it full! But when did he get this big... see the previous years:




He really is getting big - 6 already! And how about next years... There is someone else also getting big and ready for her turn:

Happy Sunday, everyone!


Inspiration board

I just updated my inspiration board a little, somehow felt that the most summery things should go, and look: autumn has arrived into my creative place too. 

You can *click* the images larger too see things a bit more close

There are more darker colors, and it seems that I am getting more and more exited by all sort of finer crafts, cross stitch and fair isle knitting. Too bad I am not mastering either, but for inspiration they work wonderfully. And before you ask, no, the handicraft sampler is not my doing but my moms. If you ask her it was a very long time ago but if I had to guess, I would date that to somewhere in the end of 50s. The other make-me-smile piece there is a hemp pouch done with my dear friend, very whimsical and quite me. And you know, colors always work for me.

The other thing I am always pinning to my board are the cards and notes from my dear friends. At the moment there are a few I really like, the thank you-card from Jane(more of that later) and one from Anne and then there is a fox-beauty from my dear friend M - and that one really got me going:

A fox-bag was born! A little, carry-just-your-essentials-one with a bright, adjustable trap. Definitely a bit autumn-ish yet still with a glimpse of sun and feel of summer there. A happy little bag!

And speaking of the inspiration I still once would love to get back to this happy blog hop, and gather here all the wonderful posts my dear nominees wrote. They really did a wonderful job, and if you are looking for some inspiration to your Thursday, please head to: Nova's, Vivienne's, Anne's and Teje's and you'll be smiling in no time. Thank you still once ladies!

Happy Thursday, everyone!


P.S. I just started to wander in Instagram wonderland the other day, and I am there instagram.com/handmadebymia and even there is not that much to see yet, I am sure many things will appear there soon. Are you there?  If so, please let me know and we can meet there too!

Tea is served

Hello friends!

Time flies, and we have passed mid-August already! We still have sunny days and quite warm weather, but if you take a deep breath you can smell autumn. Not my favorite subject, so less of that now, and more about the last weekend's giveaway! Thank you all who participated, there we 20 of you, and I used a random generator to pick up the winner between 1-20, and: 

11! Congratulations Michelle T, who wrote: 

Could there be any more sweetness here?!?! I am not familiar with Moomin but have to say they are adorable!! Thanks for the chance, I would love this!! 

I am e-mailing you in a minute, and Moomins tea-set will be coming your way soon! 

Thank you all still once, and happy new week soon!