Monday, June 13, 2016

STILL LIFE SERIES 2

GARDEN FLOWERS IN JUNE

still life series 2 photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I'm totally in love with these beauties. The scents, the way they look, how they show their nature. I planted a lot of anemones in spring and finally I have one blooming and you can find it from this arrangement. So happy about it. This is second post of my summer still life series. I will make flower arrangements from the flowers and plants in our garden. 

still life series 2 photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

On Wednesday I will travel to Gotland. My dream comes true and I will take part in Dietlind Wolf's workshop. I love her work. She is THE stylist I've been following and I just can't wait to meet her and be her student. This is something I have waited for so long. If you don't know her work, please go and see it - right now ;) 

I will be posting IG pics from the workshop. You will find me @kreettakreetta

Have a lovely week! 

xoxo 
Kreetta

Saturday, June 4, 2016

MY DIY FROM A BOOK by Laura Iisalo and Melanie Dower

HELSINKI - PEOPLE MAKE THE CITY

a book photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

A very new book of the local life in Helsinki. There are lot of interesting places, people and their stories. I was interviewed in January among other makers and doers.

diy photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Laura asked me to make a DIY for the book and so I did this: a keep-safe for small metal things - that are always lost like scissors, needles, vintage wine bottle opener ( surely you have one) pins and what ever you can imagine - the keep-safe made from a traditional wooden distaff.

When people got married around 200 hundered years ago, grooms had to carve this kind of wooden precious item to demonstrate their skills to girl they wanted to marry. Well nowadays the meaning is purely decorational. But I guess they aren't so hip at all. That's why I got the idea. They look beautiful but still would you hang it on your wall? I thought these handmade beauties needed a second chance - or life. So I made my magnetic keep-safe DIY.

orange tree photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Before I go to the DIY I want to tell you a bit of the pic above and my January. There you can see a huge plant and it is from my mom's home. It just arrived few weeks ago to our workspace Työhuone ovi 10.  It's an orange tree she planted in the 1965. She had bought an orange from a grocery shop and thought why not to try to grow an orange tree from its seed and well, here it is - still after almost 50 years. It has always been at our childhood's home and now it will be with me. It's over 2 meters high and I hope I don't kill it. It's my mom's legacy and I really hope I can keep it alive at least another 50 years.

But why I have it?

My mom died suddenly in the beginning of the year and I'm still having a hard time but January was the hardest time ever for me. Unreal, sad, unbalanced and hopeless. So it was wonderful to have a short joyful photography moment with Laura. Most of these photos in this blog post are photographed by her (...and yes I've cropped them, sorry Laura ;) But you have to go and see the whole book - maybe even buy one! It's just lovely combination of interesting stories, places in Helsinki and great photography and it is in English! You can find it here. I can notice I've missed writing - so much to say ;) but now let's go to the DIY.

MAGNETIC KEEP-SAFE DIY

You need: 

a wooden distaff or other beautiful wooden item
a drill - a bit with the flat head with same diameter as your magnet
epoxy glue
piece of leather or thick fabric
something for hanging like metal hanger, hanger made of the leather - use your imagination

photo by Laura Iisalo

First drill the holes. Be careful - measure how deep you can drill without going through the wood. Holes should be quite close to each other.

photo by Laura Iisalo

Mix your epoxy glue.

photo by Laura Iisalo

Put some glue in the hole and put the magnet in it. It doesn't matter which side is up or down - negative or positive. They will try to stick together so take a piece of cardboard or something else to cover those that are drying in place. You have to be quite quick because epoxy is ready in five minutes. So plan first - then do.

Kreetta photo by Laura Iisalo

After magnets are dried in their places glue a piece of leather or fabric on them because small magnets are dangerous for animals and small kids. Magnets stays under the leather if any of those magnets got loose.

Then the last task is to make hanger for your keep-safe. You can make one from metal wire, leather, strong cord or just buy one. Use epoxy to glue that also and after that keep-safe is ready. Time to have a good cup of coffee and let the piece of art dry.

coffee at työhuone ovi 10 photo by Laura Iisalo

I wanted to make this magnetic keep-safe for my favorite scissors because they are always lost. 

DIY photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

I hope you got a very good creative ideas from this. I love to see if you make one. You can find me in Instagram @kreettakreetta so it's easy to just tag me when you do this.

Let's enjoy the moments we have now. Have a creative weekend!

xoxo
Kreetta

Sunday, May 29, 2016

STILL LIFE SERIES 1

GARDEN FLOWERS IN MAY

garden flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

Flowers are in my heart more deeply. 

I love all the things they are and what they give to us. Yesterday when I walked in our garden and smelled the scent of lilacs I felt I need to photograph all these beauties before they are gone. This is how I decided to make my summer series: still life series. 

Have a lovely beginning of the week!

xo
Kreetta

Sunday, May 15, 2016

HANAMI HOT DOG

WELCOME TO OUR GARDEN

hanami hot dog photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I love this our tradition. Hanami Hot Dogs. We started 2014 so it's not so old tradition at all but I can already see how we will make these hot dogs year after year every spring when cherry and plum trees are blooming. My husband made them today - that makes it perfect :) Maybe it's my turn next year. We had gluten free bread, tasty wiener, chili mayonnaise, fresh cucumber salad and coriander, red onion, salad from our own garden, mustard and coleslaw to go with hot dogs. 

hanami hot dog photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
It's now. Important thing to remember. All the beutiful spring flowers are around us and I already miss them. I know, I should not think so but still can't avoid it. But year after year I enjoy them even more. I'm happy with the day we are living - not the day we are waiting to come.

hanami hot dog photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
I will save some flowers for later use. I will freeze some of these beauties in ice cubes. They will be waiting for a hot sunny summer day and then we will use them in cooling drinks. 

Have a lovely week, I hope the sun and warmth will stay with us! 

xo
Kreetta 

ps. Here you can find our Hanami Hot Dog from the year 2014.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

SPRING FLOWERS

COLORING YOUR WEEKEND


spring flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

How are you? I have been away from here for a one month. I have had a bit challenging winter and spring so all the energy levels have been a bit low. But luckily now we are living very wishful time of the year. Everything is starting to grow, small little green signs everywhere. Birds are singing beautifully - expecially in the morning. The light is finally back with us. Oh, I've missed it. You have more time to make things in the evenings.

spring flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
One thing is for sure - garden is waiting for its gardener :) This weekend I'm going to soak my anemone bulps and put them into soil and wish fingers crossed that they grow and we can enjoy beauty of them. Have you ever grown anemones? I've understood that they aren't so easy to grow and they don't survive through winter expecially here in the north where I live. You have to bring them in after summer.

spring flowers photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com
Like garden our home needs to be taken care of. When the first sunny days come in spring you see how dusty and dirty windows you have. The light reveals so many things at your home that something have to be done. So this weekend we must clean the house. I don't like so much cleaning so I need extra boost to begin it. Good music is the answer, I think. A good thing is that after you have made all the things you have to, you can enjoy of clean home and sun. Maybe even have a good cup of coffee in the chilly garden (not to be bothered about that) and listen to beautiful bird song.

Have a beautiful weekend my friend!

xoxo
Kreetta

Sunday, March 13, 2016

NATURAL DYE EASTER EGGS WITH RED CABBAGE

EASY EASTER DIY - BLUE EGGS

Natural dye Easter egg photo by Kreetta Järvenpää www.gretchengretchen.com

How are you? I hope you have had a very pleasent weekend and energy for coming week.  

I've spent my day making things I haven't had time or things I've been too lazy to do before...I read a book. Made finally a bird house from recycled wood. It's very bohemian looking, I have to say ;) Played with red cabbage and eggs because during this weekend I found a very beautiful pic of blue colored eggs in Instagram @minorgoods. They had made many shades of blue but me - usually I go with the flow and want to have things ready - so mine are just same blue. Although I left two of these eggs still in colored water. I will see how they look tomorrow. 

But this is the blue you get when you natural dye your white eggs with red cabbage. Isn't it amazing?


HOW TO 

You need white eggs, red cabbage, water, salt and white wine vinegar. 

First cook the eggs. I made 4 eggs 

Then I make the color water. I used 1 litre pot and used a bit less water and filled the pot with red cabbage, 1-2 tbsp white wine vinegar and one tsp salt. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes and after that let it be for awhile like 10 minutes.

Meanwhile decorate your eggs. I used candle wax to make the pattern. I used those small birthday cake candles, they are great to draw. I also used lace. I wrapped it around the egg and sew it enough tight that the water can't get under it and one without masking.

I put the eggs in colored water (it looked strong purple) for few hours and look - they are all blue. 
Take them away when you are happy with the color. Deeper color needs more time. 

That's about it. You can eat the eggs even though the color is maybe reached the inside. All is natural. 

What do you think? Are you making these for your Easter dinner table?

xoxo
Kreetta

Sunday, March 6, 2016

HOW TO MAKE A BEAUTIFUL FLORAL PARTY DECORATION

FLOWERS IN THE JAR

How to make a beautiful flower arrangement? photo by Kreetta Järvenpää
Phew, this week has been so busy with 4 photoshooting days. We used flowers with all those  cookies, desserts, chocolate. I decided to make a blog post about one flower decoration we used. Actually this idea was born a bit before Christmas with my sister Kristiina at their beautiful Ryti-talo. There were Christmas handmade market and I needed decoration for my table and then she brought a very big class jar. I had been making flower frogs during the autumn and we got an idea to use them in the glass jar and I really have to say that way you can make magic with flowers and glass jar. 

How to make a beautiful flower arrangement? photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

It's very simple. You need a big glass jar. Mine were at least 20cm high but still I think that was too small. The other one - you can see above - is 30cm high. That was ok but I love to use bigger one! It's a lot of easier to put your arrangement in the jar if you have a bigger one or very small hands. I bet we all have a lot of glass jars and I'm quite sure that some might be quite big like those very old ones you've got from your mom, grandma, bought from antique shop or flea market. 

How to make a beautiful flower arrangement? photo by Kreetta Järvenpää
You need a flower frog. There are many kind of flower frogs but for example I have made mine from ceramics. You don't have to make, you can buy one. I have some vintage flower frogs too but this time I used my own design. You can find frogs from Etsy, vintage shops, flower shop or you can also use metal ikebana flower frog if you don't mind the look. Then you need flowers and water of course. My flower frog is open underneath so the flowers get the water.

How to make a beautiful flower arrangement? photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

This flower frog is my raku ceramics. The holes are too big for one thin waxflower  (it's one of my favorites!) but you can put several different kind of flowers in one hole. If you like my design, please don't hesitate to ask me if you want have a unique handmade ceramic frog. Usually I make normal ceramic - not raku. But this one I made last autumn in raku course. 

How to make a beautiful flower arrangement? photo by Kreetta Järvenpää
It's all about imagination. You might have plenty of ideas but you can also go through Pinterest and look for arrangements that inspires you or you can go and see beautiful floral feeds in Instagram like The_Greengallery, Joflowers, Hattieflower, Stilzitat, Flowerona, li.sense.a and many more. I had a lot of pink ranunculus so my arrangements are very romantic and a bit slavic this time.

How to make a beautiful flower arrangement? photo by Kreetta Järvenpää

When you get your arrangement ready you can put it carefully into the jar. But remember to put enough water. Or if you want them as wilted and enjoy of dried flowers  - forget the water.

How to make a beautiful flower arrangement? photo by Kreetta Järvenpää
These flowers are a promise of a spring. Hooray! Light you are so welcome! If you make a flower arrangement in the jar, love to see it! You will find me in Instagram @kreettakreetta just tag me and I'll come to see  your flower jar :)

Have a lovely Sunday!

xo
Kreetta 

ps. Happy Interior blog by Igor Josif made wonderful post about my ceramic flower frogs. 
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