Sunday, October 19, 2014

MABON FASHION: SCOTTISH PLAIDS

  Alike all of my outfits, this one also comes from my imagination. It is an image that has formed in my head over the years as a result of all the things I´ve seen so far.

  Why I associate green plaids with the Scots, I do not know, but this style suits Mabon so well, that I need the look in my collection:

A dark green kilt-like mini-skirt with a tweed top.

I was sooo tempted to make a miniature beret of the skirt fabric, and attach it to a headband or something, but it would have made the look too costume-like. So instead I opted for a regular woolen dark brown beret, which repeats the color of the pants nicely binding the whole together.

The outfit consists of several smallish pieces, the shirt, mini-skirt, and pants, so I added only earrings as accessory. And remotely imitating a kilt, it is also somewhat masculine, so loads of jewelry did not seem appropriate.

Makeup is surprisingly colorful (which once again does not show properly in the pic, but take my word for it =) to balance the muted brown in the tweed-like jersey top. I added bright light green on the inner 2/3 of the moving lid to repeat the green of the skirt. It is of different hue, but green nonetheless. Then the rest of the face is accentuated with different types of brown. Medium brown on the outer 1/3 of the moving lid, beige blush on the cheeks, and beige lipgloss. The earrings are, naturally, my own aromatherapy ones made of coppery metal and white wool.
  This outfit replaces the kilt one I made a couple of years ago. The skirt back then ended up twisting around me as I moved, being a drag to wear. What I´ve done different this time is sewn the skirt straight on to the waist of the pants, so it is impossible for it to twist and move around.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOVING IT

  As much as I resent exercise, I have stuck with my workout plan. But since the weather got cold again, I did some changes to it. No longer do I only go jogging and walking, I added a trampoline to the schedule too.

  Cold weather makes my lungs hurt when breathing heavily, so jogging outside does not feel good anymore. Instead, I walk briskly (and still jog down the hills to keep the heart rate up) to achieve that same approx. 130 kcal I did when jogging. This I try to do three times a week.

The weather outside these days rather draws energy than gives it to me. Not tempting at all.
   In place of jogging I now jump on my mini trampoline. It really saves me. Now I can still get a good workout, but in warm air, and I don´t even have to get a babysitter to do it!
  What I like to do is get up an hour before my daughter wakes up, jump up and down like crazy for half an hour, take a shower and get the whole biz of exercise out of the way before the day actually begins.

I set up the trampoline in our bathroom along with a laptop and get going. I enjoy watching clips on YouTube, which is something I otherwise never have time for.


  Up and down, up and down! This is more fun than running in the cold, dark rain. I have picked up some moves online to keep the half an hour more interesting.



  Three times a week is what I try to do with this one too. I can mostly get there.



  For someone who has never exercised in her life I consider this a major change in lifestyle. From zero to six times a week, plus Pilates once. Well enough for me!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW EARRINGS FOR FALL

  This is my latest creation, a pair of delicate aromatherapy earrings perfect for all fall looks (especially for redheads):

Made of copper-colored, allergy-tested and nickle-free jewelry metal, red wool, and glass, these beauties will cheer up any gloomy and rainy fall day. I enjoy rosemary essential oil with them to make every day the best day ever. 
  The earrings are now available on Nelland Boutique (and make an excellent X-mas gift idea too!).


Monday, October 6, 2014

UNISEX OUTFIT FOR KIDS

  Most of the clothes I have made for my girl lately have been quite girly. So now for a change I wanted to dress her in unisex, all around cool and classically stylish, clothes. But as always, comfort and coziness first.

A pair of soft & stretchy corduroy pants coupled with off-white and light grey jersey shirts. A true staple in anyone´s wardrobe.

This fabric was found in my old stash.
The sleeves bear a small detail so it´s not all that boring. =) But in a unisex outfit you have to be careful with details anyway, so that it still suits boys too.

Pants are made of a leftover piece from these leggings.
A wide zig zag works lots better than a twin-needle in my sewing machine, giving a more stretchy result.

This fabric is another leftover piece, but from my mom. Now I realize that this whole outfit is made of recycled material, so I can proudly call it a piece of "ragshion" (a term I discovered in all my cleverness =) some time ago). The sleeves are slightly cropped.
I turned the sleeve pieces inside out, so the reverse side of fabric is shown on the outside. The color is the same, but texture is super-soft and somewhat fuzzy. It creates a subtle change in the otherwise plain look.




  Lately I have sewn so much for my kids, that I´m running late on my own Mabon Collection. Better hurry up before the wheel turns again...!

Friday, October 3, 2014

WILDERNESS FOOD

  It´s all out there, just go grab it - for free. Forests are full of wild, natural, food at this time of year.

Mushrooms for lunch.

And lingonberries for dessert.

  More specific how-to on my column Nelland Living. Check it out and get out there!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

VEGAN BIRTHDAY PIE (SO UNHEALTHY =)

  For my own birthday I wanted to make something I would like, instead of the usual birthday cake everyone expects. I made this raspberry-chocolate chip-dream brownie/pie.

Although all vegan, this treat is far from healthy!

Loaded with sugar and fat, you will know you´ve had dessert long after enjoying about 1/3rd a piece of the pie.
The recipe:

8.1 oz (230 g) vegan margarine in room temperature
a snug 1/2 cup (1 dl) sugar
a generous 1/2 cup (1 1/2 dl) brown natural cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
a snug 2 cups (4,5 dl) white flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
a generous cup (3 dl) vegan dark chocolate chips
a snug 1/2 cup (1 dl) raspberry jam

+ Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Line a 8 x 12 inch (20 x 30 cm) baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  Whip up the margarine and sugars in a big bowl until fluffy.
  Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Pour into the margarine mixture, mix carefully. Add the chocolate chips.
  Spread 2/3 of the dough into the baking pan, set the rest aside. Even out the surface, and spread the jam on it, but not into the very edges. Drop the rest of the dough on the pie in small pieces.
  Bake for 30-35 min, until the top has browned beautifully.
  Let cool and cut into pieces. Store airtight.
  (To the above dough recipe I added about 1/2 cup (1dl) soy milk to get it together faster. The baked result is therefore more fluffy than with the original recipe.)

  Usually I don´t much care for home baked sweet products because they simply are not sweet enough to satisfy my needs. There is one exception to the rule: Ms. Raisa Kettunen. I have two of her cookbooks, and she shares my kinda taste when it comes to desserts. Not sweet, not sweeter, but yes the sweetest. I see no point in having dessert if it does not satisfy me. Her recipes do! The above raspberry-chocolate chip-dream is from her book, and once again she did not let me down. Go Raisa! Thanks for making my birthday so sweet!


SO THIS IS 37

  Happy 37th birthday to me!

  They say that a maiden is at her most beautiful at age 17. When I was 17 I was sure I would look my best in my thirties. Can´t say I was wrong... =) 

  Now that I´ve lived a good while in my thirties, I think my prime time will last still for the next twenty years to come. There are so many super-gorgeous women out there in their forties and fifties, who prove my point. Obvious examples like Cate Blanchett, Mimi Kirk, Madonna, and Meryl Streep. Why should I be any different?!

How awesome is it to live in a time when they say that forty is the new twenty, and fifty the new thirty?!




  My husband likes to joke about my looks, saying that now at 37 I don´t look a day older than 73. Ha-ha, funny...

  I have never had an age crisis, not even now, when pushing forty. I welcome every upcoming year with joy. Hopefully there´ll be many!

P.S. If you think this picture is daring, think again after seeing selfies celebs post of themselves.