9.9.08

Another inspiring trip

I have been away again. We have visited Äppelviken (The Apple Bay), the place where we are going to spend our future Summers. It is also dad's hobby and passion. This is Villa Agnes, built by him on a big stone. The Swiss flag was hanged to greet my sister and her boyfriend when they came over from Switzerland this Summer :) The plan for next Summer is to move an old log house there, which will become our Summer house. My dad bought this piece of land two years ago (or is it three already) and he and mum have worked really hard to make it an oasis for the whole family. They were planning to build a new house, but got the offer to save an old house instead, which thrills the Ethnologist in me, of course :)
This is little e tasting the harvest. The sweetest carrots ever! Which reminded me of a carrot pouch I made a long time ago.
Sunday was spent at the Autumn fair at the outdoor museum Stundars. On the picture I'm posing with Ms Hedgehog, an American quilt blogger who happens to live in Vaasa (the town where my parents live). I was so happy when she showed up, I have been waiting for one of my blog contacts to turn up, we had a very nice chat!

We had the best sunny weather so I very much enjoyed myself chatting away with happy people. I particularly remember a lady in her 60's who stopped at my stand and looked at everything and said that " I wouldn't know what to do with all this stuff, but this is CREATIVITY".
Talking about creativity - on the way home we stopped at Malakta, an amazing place in the countryside some 40 km from the nearest town. A young couple, Maja and Jukka, has created a creative oasis in what used to be a dairy. We arrived in the middle of a cake party (I regret that I didn't take any photos inside), everything looked delicious! There also was an exhibition space and a little shop with new crafts and thrifted goods. I am very happy to announce that my cards are now for sale in this shop!

I was talking about a give away in my last post- here it comes to celebrate post 166, or was 167! Just leave a comment on this post and you will be in the draw for a little something made by me!

79 comments:

Ali said...

That shop sounds fantastic - anywhere that celebrates creativity and cakes is a sure fire winner!

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Oooh tree houses and garden houses and dens of any kind are just so great. I wish our garden was big enough to take even the tiniest little outdoor retreat.
Spotted your photos of the fair on Flickr. Your things always look so bright and fresh and gorgeous. I hope I manage to win a little example for myself :o) xx

agnès said...

I love the idea of a summer house where all the family can meet. Your children will have wonderful memories of their summers there...

Your table at the fair looks great. I hope you had a good time, and sold lots of lovely pouches !

Dawn Newsome said...

Love the summer house and would love to win ANYTHING of yours, Syko.
Dawn
dawnnewsome@yahoo.com

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Your future holiday location sounds fantastic! And even if the 60 yr old lady couldn't think what she would do with your things it is still great that she recognised your amazing creativity!

Lucy x

Glaucia said...

Saving an old house... wow, I really understand your "ethnologistics feelings" about it!I´d love to have a summer place to meet all the family, specially a beautiful place like yours :)

Selina said...

Look at your fantastic stall! It rocks!!

Lesley said...

Your parents' garden looks wonderful and I love that tree house. How great that they are going to rescue an old house too! You are going to have some very special summers there :)

Your stall looks gorgeous and it sounds like a lovely day. Great news on getting your cards into that fab shop too!!

xxx

Karol-Ann said...

It is so nice to meet fellow bloggers. I have had the fortune to meet 2 this year and they are as nice in person as they are on their blogs.

What a special summer place! Your children will have wonderful memories from such a place.
Well done on getting the cards in that great looking shop.

Kaja said...

I would love to win anything from you!

And, I am desperately thinking of an excuse to convince my husband go to finland to visit that shop...

KristenMary said...

Looks like you had a wonderful fall adventure!

painted fish studio said...

what a wonderful trip! and i'm very jealous of your summer home! my dad has spoken of buying land that we can all enjoy, but he hasn't done it yet. sigh.

mmsmith said...

I would love to be entered!

Helen Sh said...

OOh what a lucky person to be able to win something made by you, would love to be in the drawing. Keep up the beautiful feast for crafters eyes please we love your blog here in wet and very rainy england :)

Outi said...

I'm in! (outikone@welho.com)

Katy said...

I looked at Hedgehog's post, and I LOVE the tablecloth with "Syko" in embroidery and buttons!

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Jill said...

How great to have a place for the whole family to gather! I hope its a happy place for all of you.

Neža said...

I wish I had a big rock to build a house on top!

Frogdancer said...

I too couldn't believe that the house was perched on top of a rock! I've never seen that before.
(And by the way, what a good idea to celebrate a random numbered post. It made me smile.)
I've just discovered your blog, so I'm off to do a little exploring!
From Frogdancer in Australia.

Sequana said...

What an uplifting post! It all looks like such fun.

Wish I had a bite of that carrot about now.....

Helen said...

How cool you got to met Hedgehodge! Happy 167th post! :)

Tiny House said...

This sounds like a fun place to visit! And I love to visit your shop--it's one of the few I check out a few times a week. :O)

sewsydney said...

I just discovered your site a few weeks ago and I love your work. You are amazing!

Jilly said...

Your creativity is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing some of the places and things that inspire you! I wish I knew of somewhere I could drop in and they would just happen to be having a cake party. How great is that?

Chakra Pennywhistle said...

Your get-away looks like it was lovely. The pic of the little one snacking on the carot is the cutest!

Creativity it is! I would also add inspirational:):)

mary said...

What a wonderful summer getaway place that will be! Reminds me of the summer house of my brother's Danish in-laws that I visited many years ago.

nicolette said...

A Summerhouse in a Finnish wood... what else do you need?

Your table at the market looks as happy as your designs!
Wonderful you got to meet Ms. Hedgehog!

Tee said...

Your family is so lucky to have a summer place to visit. I have fond memories of my grandmother's home, which in a previous life had been a small country church, there were great hiding places! Glad you were able to meet a blog friend, truly a small world.

Marcia said...

I just found your blog-
I love your Etsy shop!
The summer is such a wonder time to relax with family- thank you for sharing your photos and stories.

lucykate crafts... said...

the tree house looks fantastic, we used to have one but left it behind when we moved house. i don't know who misses it more, me or the kids!

PetraO said...

Nice to find your blog! I like your birds a lot!

jacquie said...

what a wonderful trip...it's so much fun to meet bloggers in person! you know i would love to win a little piece of your work. i'm crossing my fingers and toes!

Aly The Red-Bliss Monkey Studio said...

Summer house is so wonderful!!!! I had a look and instantly sighed..... mmmmmmmmm...... sweet.

How did this last sale go?

xo
Aly

Swirlyarts said...

The little house looks perfect! And a shop that serves cake is great in my book.

Om Oktava design said...

Hei,

Jeg er virkelig imponert over det du lager! Og vil selvsagt gjerne være den lykkelige vinner...

Tone

Cheryl A said...

Congratulations on the new sales location!

thefrontroom said...

Looks like a fun trip!! Love your site and your work is so amazing. THanks for sharing it with us!

periwinkle said...

Your place in Apple Bay looks gorgeous and the thoughts of spending summers in a log cabin makes me so envious. Thats a lovely comment from the lady too
lisa x

belhjo said...

Another inspiring trip to your blog!Thank you for sharing all your 167 thoughts with us and inspiring us to do more!

Christie said...

yum, home grown carrots are the best...Mmmmmm.....

amy said...

it looks like a lovely place. i love the treehouse!

Sonia said...

Hi Kajsa !
Thanks for reminding about the giveaway in your last post ... of course I'd love to join the fun if possible ! :) I stop by your Flickr but always to leave a comment here, silly me. I'll stop more regularly now ! :) Thanks for hosting this great giveaway !
I love the last cushion, I commented about it at your Flickr. Simply perfect combination ! :) Best wishes, have a happy day ! :)

Kali said...

lovely blog and your goodies are all so sweet :)

anna said...

Your summer retreat sounds lovely.

sugarcreekstuff said...

I love your space at the Autum Fair. Is that your tent? I am trying to figure out a way to give my generic tent some personality.

trashalou said...

Oooo! Am excited to think I didn't miss out an a chance to win some syko magic!

stephanie said...

i recently found your blog and it's a new favorite, for sure :) i especially love your textile work.

Katy said...

oh no...I almost missed out!! Count me in for the giveaway. And how beautiful is that house on a rock? Oh wow!!!!

The Halyburtons said...

I have been secretly reading and LOVING your blog. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

upstateLisa said...

Your posts are always inspiring!!!!

Apryl said...

I love your blog and all your beautiful creations.. any chance to win a small piece of your art I'm in on!

hope you have a lovely weekend!

Doris said...

I love your work, and what a lovely family!

rino said...

a little something sounds exciting:-)

sweetjane said...

Your work is so inspiring! I'm very excited, staring frantically at the mail box, waiting for my tree!
Best wishes.

sweetjane.nu(at)gmail.com

Botilda said...

Jag missade utställningen på Åland, som jag sett fram emot, på grund av en sjuk svärmor. Men nu tar jag chansen att få se något annat lajv!

monda-loves said...

wow, apple bay looks and sounds like a fab place - I especially like the little house on the stone. I wish I was having my summer holidays there.

Monda
x

mag said...

What a gorgeus treehouse! So sweet!
I hope you did sell a lot of your nice products at the markets!

Jennifer Yellow-Hat said...

What a wonderful place to retreat to in the summer!

kirsten said...

can't pass up a chance to win something made by you, kajsa!

Lisa Boyer said...

Love your blog! Especially love your new cushion on tomorrow's post. Thanks for the give-away!

fairychildheirlooms said...

What a fun blog! please enter me in your drawing!
Missy

Chickpea said...

OK! you said you want some participation, so I will leave a comment:
It is my life long dream to build a summer family house, because I left so much behind when I moved here to the US from France. So GOOD for you!

Laurraine Yuyama said...

Oh YES! Count me in for the draw!!! I just LOVE everything you make! Hugs.

Ana Salomé said...

I just want to say that I admire your creativity & work. It's so inspiring...I would love to win something made by you :)

Cele said...

Those carrots look fantastic. We've just started to harvest our carrots as well. They are always so much sweeter than shop bought.

Laura said...

I love your crafty things: they are just amazing. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

Laura (Italy)

Andrea Wilson said...

What a lovely spot. I love your work too!

Jenn said...

hello sweet Kajsa!! I've been catching up on your blog and I adore all your new pieces!! The little houses are TOO cute:) And of course I am always drooling over your magnificent quilts!!

Congrats on so many posts!
Your blog and lovely work always
brings a big smile to my face:)

xoxo...jenn

amandasasikirana said...

I would love to win something you made!

Ashley Ann said...

Congrats on all the posting! You've brightened my day on many occasions. :)

Venetian Blue said...

I have always wanted a summer house - my cousins had one and I loved to play in it when I visited. Now I would paint in it if I had one. Congratulations on your cards going in the shop
Jacqui

smoothpebble said...

Well of course I would love to be in a drawing for something made by you. It looks like you have been so busy and traveling and sightseeing too. such great pictures!

KnitOneQuiltTooKristin said...

I would love to win something made by you! I've followed your blog for quite a while now and I'm always amazed at your creativity. How neat that you met Hedgehog too! I wish you all the best as you take your creations out into the world!

Chocolate Cat said...

Oh please count me in. I love reading all about your happenings and creativity.

Gina said...

That looks like such a wonderful place to visit. What a fabulous tree house. Your stall at the fair looked great.

lattermild said...

That stall looks so great :)

Andrea said...

Hi! Just found your blog...thought I'd throw my name in for your give-away if it is still on...and I'll be back! i love your "come what may" quilt!

Pina said...

I am not sure if the giveaway is still on... but I really love the things you make, things that brighten the day!