Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Slow Living - Natural Dye vol. 4 - Tansies

tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com

I have had natural dye in my mind so many times but I have to admit I haven't had a time or I've been just too lazy, haha. But yesterday evening I had this big obsession of making some testing with tansies.

tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
Because my test is ongoing, I don't tell you how to do it but you can follow my pics of making it and get some kind of understanding what is happening. When I have made my testing ready and I'm happy with it - I will give you DIY advices but not before. And where I have heard about this? Of course from master natural dyer - India Flint. She has done so amazing work that you can't talk about it on the same day when I'm testing my natural dye with tansies, haha.

tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com

tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com


tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
tansies photo by Kreetta Järvenpää blog:www.gretchengretchen.com
But I wanted to show you this because I'm soo excited about it and I want to learn this and maybe you too! But now the only thing what we can do is - wait. Colors will get stronger day by day. So let's say one week...I like to open them now! No - one week.

xo
Kreetta

Friday, August 15, 2014

Workspace - My Very First One

workspace photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Have you dreamt of your own workspace? I have. So many times. 

workspace photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Finally I can make my dream come true - this is it. My workspace. It's so amazing feeling. It's almost so wonderful feeling that you want to hide it...because somehow it's so hard to believe it's true. You know the weird thought that if you are too happy things might go wrong...yes very weird. But the thing is you just have to have enough courage to make your move to make a change to get what you really want. That's not easy, I know. Took many years to do mine. Maybe it's just about right timing.

workspace photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I love that natural light that comes in from beautiful windows. I hope I can photograph a lot with it. I want to photograph food, still life, lifestyle and people. 

I also want to bring a lot of plants to my workspace. If you want to see what I've been pinning on my workspace board you can find it here. I've been painting the walls and actually yesterday I thought it would be ready. But no, I was too lazy. We have had thunder and rain in the nights and I haven't slept that well...so it didn't happen yesterday. I got also one new idea how to paint one part of the walls. I will continue painting today and next week and I promise to show workspace to you when I get it ready - enough.  
 

Have a lovely Saturday! 

xo 
Kreetta 

ps. Are you in IG? You can find me here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Flower Garland Workshop


Flower garland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

In our daily life it is very fashionable to say that I've been soooo busy. I don't want to say it but this time - I have to say it. So many things have been going on lately and so many wonderful things!

Flower garland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I decided to have garden party this summer because I wanted to celebrate my birthday. It is in January but you don't want to have garden party then...haha.

Flower garland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I invited my family, friends and we spent a lovely evening in our garden. I expecially invited my family before the party that we had time to play a little bit with flowers and sausages...I'm not going to tell you about sausages but about flowers yes.

Flower garland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I was too excited about being a hostess so I could not concentrate making garland - instead I took photos. But couldn't concentrate that either, haha.

Flower garland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
So we made it! It was so beautiful and look at those colors! Our lovely flower workshop teacher was Ingela from Flora Varia.

Flower garland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
We had so many flowers that Ingela also made a decoration for the table. Here are three very different jugs and vase. They were perfect compination. I got the glass jug from my dear friends for my birthday present.
 
Flower garland photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I didn't have time to photograph the flower garland more carefully because as I told you, I had very busy day - lovely day. I was surrounded by very lovely and special people and I have to say that I'm so lucky to have them in my world. 

Have a lovely weekend my friend! 

xo
Kreetta

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In The Beautiful Garden

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Hello hello! How are you? We made a one week trip to our relatives and friends and we had so much fun. Weather has also been very warm - this doesn't happen so often in our country. Most of the summer it has been too cold and now some say it's been too warm, haha. 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I would say the last week has been perfect. Our friends have moved to house where they have absolutely gorgeous garden. We were lucky to spend time there and of course we grilled and sat in the garden enjoying of our short summer and cooling summer night.

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's so comfortable to photograph in the garden that I would do it a lot if I could choose! 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

We have also garden and we came back yesterday and I have to say it needs a little bit work at the moment. In 7 days we are going to have a garden party so so many things to do but it's great! 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Oh, yes I did it again! Strawberry cake with some cherries too. This time only with merinque. Who can resist this?

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Spending time with your beloved ones is the best way to spend your life but I guess you know it. It's a bit sad that most of us are usually so busy with work and family life that many times the summer vacation is only the time when you really have time to see people or at least then people is really relaxed and you can sit late in the garden wondering - whatever - things and drinking cooling drinks. 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I think every garden has a gem. This garden has some things that aren't very typical Finnish one. You can find a grapevine growing beautifully there...ah, we are so jealous! (with heart of course, haha!) I also found another gem hidden in the wooden house. 

Friend's garden photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's this wall of pics - cut of the magazines, commercials etc. This reminds me of my grandpa's and mom's home. They lived in the countryside and had cows and didn't have a toilet inside the house. Toilet was next to cow stable. I remember there were pics of famous people like Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and many more...ah, those childhood memories are the best.

Thank you for our friends and relatives for having us!

xo
Kreetta

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gluten Free Strawberry Cake

gluten free strawberry cake photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Who wouldn't love strawberries? 

I totally do and I'm so happy I had time to make this cake today full of strawberries. Once again I find myself baking on the day when I should be packing for summer trip and planning my business...

Well, we already got some strawberries in freezer - hooray for that! Blueberries are next on the list...

One thing more, this cake is gluten free and dairy free. I used potato starch in baking and used soya cream in filling and of course made some meringue with almond and pecan topping. Voilà...now we can eat it, yay! 

Tomorrow we are going to celebrate our dear lovely friend by going to Pori Jazz together to see Pet Shop Boys and it's not a sin to eat a half of the cake tonight, nope sure not...Have a lovely summer weekend!

xo
Kreetta

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Precious Wild Flowers

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Today I have time to make my precious wild flower post as I promised you. I have to say that we collected them in the last minute because next day they were gone from the field. They were cut down - like every year.

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Our evenings are light so you get extra time for your photography. I think evening light is also beautiful. Oh, yes morning light is too...but somehow I just can't get up enough early. Because of the evening light, haha. 

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's so amazing what the nature gives us. Beautiful colors, delicate shapes, scents - I guess I'm coming old because I just can't get enough of those precious flowers.  

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
We are also in the middle of our summer and I have to say it hasn't been the greatest summer in the garden, nope. It's been too cold. But luckily the last week has been quite lovely, so those plants what I have like tomatoes, herbs, beans - they have been enjoying of the warmth of the sun and they have been growing quite nicely. I'm happy about it.

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I love to spend my time in the garden and I love to spend my time with beautiful things like wild flowers. It's like being in the candy shop - they are so pretty that it is hard to take a bad picture of them, haha. Of course you can but as I said - it's hard. 

wild flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I like to save the scent of these lovely flowers somehow? But how can you - I wonder?

xo
Kreetta

ps. ...and about my post before this - yes, the film American Hustle was worth to see. Quite well done I would say. So if you have time - go for it!

pps. ...I will continue my Iceland posts next week, so stay tuned ;) I wish you wonderful Sunday!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Dinner in the Garden

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Today we decided to go with mexican food. In the summer the best thing at home is to have a dinner in the garden. You get an extra room for whole summer. Of course we wanted to have an extra cool dinner because we have a guest - our godchild.

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Nothing wins homemade salsa. 

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Something from the shop too...

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Coriander makes a very good twist to guacamole, have you tried?
 
mexican garden dinner photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Dinner was lovely. It's a good start to fine weekend. Now we are listening Thriller and buying tickets to movie called American Hustle. I hope it's good. Have you seen it? Did you like it?

Have a lovely weekend!

xo
Kreetta
 
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