Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year!

Don't forget the sparkling and New Year's donuts!
Best wishes for 2013!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

dress in progress

I have shown you before the december dress, today I was sewing the lace part of it. It is a beautiful fabric in brown and copper with small sequins in matt brown and dark pink.

It's not yet ready, but I think I have deserved a little break for today... I also have to find a fitting name for this beauty in progress... ah well, Diana of course!

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

season's greetings

Merry christmas from the North !

I hope everyone is having a wonderful christmas time with the loved ones!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

christmas turkey

This year for christmas there will be turkey. My Dad has this funny "tradition" to name the  birds he gets with very old-fashioned German names like Erna, Kunigunde, Frieda. My mom always just rolls her eyes, but it reminded me of this scene out of the movie "Giants" with Liz Taylor and James Dean.

But a christmas turkey is a serious business, so let's get back to the preparation. I found this tempting recipe which we will try out.

3 onions
6 cloves garlic
100g smoked beacon
100g pork belly
400g pork neck
200g veal
1 turkey
150g boiled chestnuts
200ml cream
50g pistachios
50ml Armagnac
100ml white port wine
olive oil
salt & pepper

1. Cut onions and garlic into small pieces and fry them slightly in olive oil. 
2. Cut all the meat except for the turkey into small pieces. You can also use a kitchen machine.
3. Mash the chestnuts together with the cream, pistachios, Armagnac and port wine. Add the garlic and onions.
4. Mix it together with the meat and season with salt and pepper.
5. Stuff the turkey with the farce. Keep it closed with a kitchen thread.
6. Rub the turkey from the outside with oil, salt and pepper.
7. Let it roast for approximately 3 hours in the oven at 120°C. Keep it humid by basting the turkey with its own liquid from time to time.

Enjoy & a merry christmas!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

christmas is coming

Are you already in christmas mood, or are you still chasing for presents, baking huge amounts of cookies or simply just trying to get the work organized before you can enjoy the holidays?
I am in the middle of all of this, except maybe for the cookies as I am waiting for the package my mom has send me... but now it's time for a cup of tea and watching the blizzard outside here. Just couple of days to go!


Friday, 7 December 2012

Finnish Independence - a reason to celebrate Finnish Design

I couldn't resist and were watching yesterday the first time in my life the president's reception. But you need to know that there is quite a hype about who is designing whose dress for this very special occasion. 
I was especially interested in Teemu Muurimäki's design for the sailor Mikaela Wulff as the first pictures and sketches were quite promising. And indeed it turned out to be my evening's favorite.

Another dream, this time in red was worn by the actress Mari Ylipää. The dress is designed by Hanna Sarén. The complete look is very stylish, with the hair laid in vintage waves and the simple red satin with stunning details.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

my december dress

December is probably the most festive month of the year in the Finnish calendar. And today is the Finnish Independence Day, which means that probably ninety percent of the population is sitting in front of the TV to watch the Reception at the President's Palace and to praise and curse the dresses and outfits of the invited. 

I got also in a more festive mood and started to experiment with different materials.

The pattern is based on a show dress worn by Diana Ross and I am working on the underdress right now, made of chocolate brown silk. The main fabric will be a lace fabric with brown and pink sequins as you can guess from the picture.

I will show you more later, but for now: 
Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää!