Saturday, March 8, 2014

Flowers & handmade silver jewelry

Helsinki, 4 degrees


A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.

First of all, I want to thank you for all of your wonderful birthday wishes that I have received this week! This 28-year-old is very grateful for all the support you've given me! Yet another year older, but hopefully also wiser. I hope you feel that also my blog has taken a step forward during the last year. I'm proud of the direction and the steps I've taken to improve the content of this blog. However, you are always welcome to give me hints and tips about what you would like to read about.

Aivan aluksi haluan kiittää teitä lukijoita niistä kaikista syntymäpäiväonnitteluista, jotka olen teiltä saanut tämän viikon aikana! Tämä 28-vuotias on todella kiitollinen teidän tuesta! Taas hiukan vanhempi, mutta toivottavasti myös viisaampi.

Some of you readers were asking about my birthday splendor: how I celebrated it and so on and I thought I would give you a little sneak peek into it in this blog post. More blog posts about it might come later on. As it's a tradition in my family to celebrate each family member's birthday with song, I started my celebrations at my mom's place last weekend, and was greeted with song, glorious food, gifts and the company of my wonderful family. I celebrated my actual birthday with my boyfriend, the one's of you who follow me on Instagram already saw some of it. The celebration with dear friends has already started but will continue still next week so I'll fill you in on those later on.

Jotkut teistä lukijoista kyseli syntymäpäiväloistostani: eli miten juhlin syntymäpäivääni. Ajattelin siksi tässä kirjoituksessa kertoa hieman siitä, miten olen päivää juhlinut. Meidän perheessä juhlitaan aina syntymäpäiviä laululla, joten viime viikonloppuna kävin äidin luona juhlimassa ns. variskuoron, hyvän ruoan, lahjojen ja rakkaan perheeni parissa. Itse syntymäpäivän juhlin kahdestaan poikaystäväni kanssa, kuten huomasitte Instagramista. Juhlinta kavereiden kanssa alkoi tällä viikolla, ja jatkuu ensi viikolla. Siitä sitten enemmän tulevissa blogikirjoituksissa. 

One of the best birthday presents has by far been this week's weather. I'm childfully superstitious in some things, and birthday weather is one thing I take seriously. When I mentioned in my earlier blog post that I think March should stand for the first month of spring, well, I haven't been wrong so far - this week has been beautifully sunny here up in the North, in Helsinki! The light we've received in our home sure has lifted my spirit! It's been beautiful to watch how my birthday flowers have had different shades in different light settings during this week.

Yksi parhaimmista syntymäpäivälahjoistani on ehdottomasti ollut tämän viikon sää. Olen lapsellisen taikauskoinen, ja hyvä sää syntymäpäivänäni on minulle tärkeä asia. Valo on ihmeellinen energialähde! On ollut ihanaa seurata viikon aikana miten syntymäpäiväkukkani värit ovat vaihdelleet riippuen valosta.


Another lovely surprise this week has been the two beautiful silver bracelets I received from Finnish Ideakoru. Ideakoru's story began in 2004, inspired by the words by Finnish sculptor Emil Cedercreutz: Memento vivere - remember to live! Finnish sculptor Emil Cedercreutz (1879-1949) nailed these words of Goethe on his front door in Harjavalta, Finland to remind us about the value of life. Life is not vain, and it should not be wasted. Ideakoru's pieces of jewellery are very simple, just letters beaten into silver - pure and simple. Maarit Naakka, the designer behind Ideakoru, has tried to show the beauty in small things and illustrate the fact that humans are intrinsically connected to nature. "Every moment counts, memento vivere!"

Toinen ihana piristys tällä viikolla on ollut Ideakorulta saamani kaksi hopeista rannekorua. Ideakorun tarina alkoi melkein sattumalta. Monen monta vuotta Maarit Naakka, joka on Ideakorun takana, tiesti tekstistä, jonka kuvanveistäjä Emil Cedercreutz on naulannut Harjavallan taiteilijakotinsa ulko-oveen. Lause puhutteli häntä aina, kun hän kävi paikan päällä. Kymmenen vuotta sitten Naakka tuli ajatelleeksi, että teksti voisi kulkea koruissa. Tuo Emilin oveen kirjoittama teksti on Goethen lausahdus "Memento Vivere" - Muista elää! Se muistuttaa meitä elämään tässä ja nyt, ei huomenna eikä sitten joskus. Vuosien myötä lause on säilynyt tärkeimpänä Naakan suunnittelemissa koruissa, mutta Naakalta voi myös toivoa omia henkilökohtaisia lauseita, lasten nimiä ja aforismeja koruihin.


I could choose the jewelry I wanted from Ideakoru and I chose two beautiful bracelets! One bears the text Memento vivere on it, the other one is a chic bracelet with a lock. According to me these two pieces cheer me up and remind me to live to the fullest. As you know, I get energy from my jewelry. When I'm nervous, I tend to touch e.g. my bracelets because they comfort me.

Sain itse valita haluamani korut Ideakorulta ja valitsin rannerenkaan ja ranneketjun. Mielestäni nämä klassiset korut ovat arjen helmiä, jotka piristävät minua joka päivä ja muistuttavat minua elämään täysillä! Voi kuulostaa hassulta, mutta saan energiaa koruistani. Kun olen hermostunut, huomaan myös koskettelevani näitä esimerkiksi rannekoruja koska ne tuovat lohtua.


What kind of silver jewelry do you like?

Millaisista hopeakoruista te tykkäätte?

I also wanted to wish all my female readers Happy International Women's Day!

Samalla halusin toivottaa kaikille naislukijoilleni Hyvää naistenpäivää!


26 comments:

  1. beautiful pics,love that bracelet
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  2. Beautiful! thanks for you follow, I'm following you on GFC and Fb :)
    keep in touch!

    J'aime les feuilles rouges

    xoxo Marta

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  3. Your birthday celebrations sound wonderful dear, I like the idea of celebrating with song and the bracelets are beautifully modern and chic.

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    1. Thank you Sam, I'm glad you liked the bracelets!

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  4. Aww that sounds like it was such a lovely day! The flowers are beautiful and so is your bracelet. That last picture of you is absolutely stunning - you look so happy!
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    1. Thanks Shannon for your kind words!

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  5. Hienot korut. Hyvää naistenpäivää

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  6. I'm really really late, but I would like to send you my best birthday greetings, as well as a happy International Women's Day! The quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover you chose as the title for the post is more than appropriate.
    This week has indeed been filled with a lot of light and flowers here as well, and that can totally make a big difference in how we live things.

    I like the simple but 'meaningful' design (the quintessence of Finnish design indeed!) of your new bracelets. I also like the sparkling shirt you're wearing, I'm still looking for something similar that may fit with me :)

    Have a good start of the week!

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    1. Thank you for the wishes, don't worry, better late than never :) Thank you also for the kind compliment! The sequin sweater is from H&M.

      xxx
      E

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  7. oh I like those bracelets very very much! they're pretty much perfect :) and go so well with your light glittery sweater. when it comes to silver jewellery overall then I like everything silver - earrings, necklaces, bracelets... though daily I wear only my engagement ring (white gold) and a silver bracelet with a tiny pink heart (again from my fiance). oh and at least one pair of silver earrings too!
    by the way, your birthday flowers are beautiful! very springlike and happy.

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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    1. I'm happy that you like them too! Thank you for all your kind support!

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      E

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  8. Nice bracelets! and I also hope you will be right about the March being the spring's opening!
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  9. Such a cute bracelet! Happy Bday!
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  10. What beautiful bracelets, what beautiful flowers--- what a fantastic birthday! I am glad you had such a lovely time celebrating!!!

    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, yes, I was very lucky to have such a great birthday!

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  11. that sounds wonderful! you look so pretty! and i'm in love with your bracelets!
    happy day!

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