I’m currently spending my summer holidays in the country and despite the +30 degrees in the shade I’ve managed to conjure up some new pieces. This is just a sneak peek though. I’m going to Helsinki for a few days next week and I’ll take some “official” photos there, so I’m hoping to display those soonish. In the meantime, I’m just sending some warm greetings from my summer studio :).
It has been a challenge getting the ball rolling again after such a long break from jewellery making. I haven’t been in my greatest of moods as of late, partly out of the fear of having “lost it” and of “never coming up with another creative idea ever again”. I’ve decided to keep my studio space though. I’m so at ease there that it would be madness and a step backwards to let it go. So maybe there’s hope. As I’m writing this I do have some new pieces coming up… But when it comes to jewellery, this past summer was quite different from the one before. Last year I was very productive in my “country studio” and still enjoyed a relaxing, full length holiday. And I did pack most of my materials in a suitcase and dragged them to North Carelia this July as well, but it soon became evident that the weather was just too hot for working. Even at night I could hardly hold a book in that heat, not to mention a pair of pliers! So I gave up. This summer was not about jewellery, it was about pure and simple summer fun i.e. the holy trinity of Swim, Sauna and Good Food.
I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to abandon our home and the city as badly as this year and it’s all because of the cursed renovation of the façade and windows of our building. It really has been quite an ordeal. The Spring went rather easily but once the temperatures started rising after Midsummer, our home-life became almost unbearable. With the whole house wrapped in plastic and windows sealed, the living conditions felt at times almost inhuman. Everything became about not spending time at home, and for weeks I couldn’t say I had slept well. After a while you’re very fed up, tired and… whatever. I couldn’t wait for our vacation to start so that we could just get up and leave that simmering hell-hole! Just to make things as clear as possible, at its worst, the “view” from our windows looked like this. Nowadays it looks more like this. Nowhere near ready and it’s already been six months…
The only camera that I carried around during the holidays was my newly aquired iPhone (finally!) so perhaps the photos aren’t super sharp etc but they serve as excellent therapy for the soul now that the temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter and the leaves are turning yellow… Not that I don’t like that as well because I love Autumn, but the Summer in the country… I do miss it.
After one weekend trip to Pori Jazz festival and another to our friends’ blissfull cottage in Kemiönsaari and still some more birch therapy, it was time to return to Helsinki. By that time our apartment really felt tike a turkish bath. Now, sitting here, writing this with my warm cardigan and wool socks it feels surreal to imagine how hot it was. Luckily we had a really fun weekend over at Flow Festival but the downside was that I really could not sleep. By the time my holiday was over I was sick.
The Summer is gone. September is gone. The Autumn in Helsinki is very beautiful and sunny and I have returned to my studio. See you soon.
When our summer holiday started in mid-July, the first thing we did was pack our bags and head west to our friends’ summer cottage in Kemiönsaari. In many ways it was a bit like going abroad. Neither of us had ever visited the archipelago before so we didn’t quite know what to expect. Also, in those parts you’re much more likely to hear people speaking Swedish than Finnish :).
Windmill at Söderlångvik estate in Dragsfjärd
Those three days spent in Kemiönsaari were a fabulous start to our long holiday. The change of scenery brought us in instant vacation-mode (much needed and well deserved) and what’s best, we got to spend time with some dear friends we hadn’t seen for a while. We drove around the island, did some delightful sightseeing, were inspired by the beautiful countryside and had excellent food.
Path to the cottage. Full set of photos here.
Our friends are currently spending almost all their spare time in Kemiönsaari since they’re renovating a house and a small cottage there in the tiny village of Kulla. When our friends bought the place three years ago, both buildings were in a state of utter despair with leaking roofs, collapsed floors, you name it. The estate agent had actually said that the cottage was hopelessly beyond repair.
Well, people who are passionate and dedicated to their cause can work wonders. The little cottage is now almost finished from the inside and it has been cared for and decorated with the utmost respect to its long history. The bigger house is also in the stage where paints and wallpapers are being chosen and next Christmas will most likely be spent there.
I adore my friends’ taste. Their choice of colours, wallpapers, furniture, little lamps, pots and cups. So relaxed and inviting. I immediately felt like home there, it was as if I had stepped inside my own mind.
After visiting such an adorable place I was in a very flowery state of mind. This inspired the sweet and simple Delish series, one that’s most likely to be continued at some point as well…
It’ s been a while, I know. Sorry for the long silence! But I have a good excuse. I’ve been on holiday for the last five weeks during which I seriously haven’t cared less about the internet. I haven’t been reading blogs or browsing websites and I’ve hardly even kept up with the news. I’ve just lazily checked my e-mail and Facebook every other day and I must say that this break was more than welcome.
I am well and truly relaxed. I actually feel a bit younger :)! I’ve been outdoors as much as possible, swimming, sunbathing, having saunas every evening, running, eating fresh food, watching late night movies, admiring the full moon… It’s been the perfect summer-mix! And I’ve slept so, so well! We got back to Helsinki last Thursday, spent the weekend partying at Flow09 and today is my last day off until I return to work. And as always, I couldn’t be happier and more relieved that it’s just a part-time thing!
Since most of our holiday was spent in my childhood home in North Carelia, it’s only fitting that this post should be called Edition Carelius, a title that I spotted in one of my latest vintage sheet music finds. I’ve been making quite a bit of jewellery during the last few weeks as the working conditions in my country hideaway were absolutely fantastic. I’m already missing the freedom so much! Being able to work until the small hours, listening to music as loud as I wanted while at it, with no neighbours hearing or getting disturbed… It was sooo great!
The next few posts will be about digging into what I’ve come up with jewellery-wise, plus bits and pieces of some favourite holiday memories. In jewellery I’ve been mixing colours quite shamelessly. These are just the type of combinations that will bring out that sunny glow on your skin a couple of months before we dwellers of the north become all white-washed ghosts again. I’m working on wearables for that season too, but for now we’ll continue to enjoy what’s left of summer…
The Bahia series consists of a bracelet, a pair of earrings and two different necklaces.
They can all be worn together for a truly maximum bohemian effect, or individually for more toned down elegance. 🙂
So, here’s a start and I promise to be back very soon!