December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays

I baked gingerbread cookies last night
this time from a store bought dough
tiny elephants [looking like mini mammoths to me]
and cute penguins
these cookie cutters I found in Japan,
who else would come up with tiny cookie cutters like these!
Aalto vase cookie cutter is from Iittala store
it looked quite inspiring to me

Wishing a happy and peaceful holiday to you!

I'm now off to bake a date-carrot cake...
What's your favorite cake this season?

December 16, 2010

Bambi Pouches & Holiday Market

What's the best part of creating something new?
For me (besides seeing the end product) it is choosing the materials.
I made new bambi pouches for the craft market last weekend and I'll bring
these bambis to WeGotBeef's Holiday Market too.
New necklaces, bracelets and earrings will travel to Helsinki as well.
The market is open Fri-Sun from 1 to 7 pm. Warm & cold drinks available.
If you are in town, come to say hello!

I'm already wishing you a lovely weekend!

December 06, 2010

Happy Independence Day

It is our Independence Day today DEC 6
Cooking, baking, lightning candles, watching the ball on tv
I wish a peaceful day to everyone

Kiitos Suomi ♥

carrot lingonberry cake

4 organic eggs
150 g butter
300 g organic grated carrots
2 dl lingonberries
2 dl organic dark sugar
1 dl white sugar
4 dl organic white flour
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons cardamom
1 teaspoons cinnamon

2 dl drained plain yoghurt [or cream cheese]
3 dl powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 175 celsius
Grease and flour a pan 24-26 cm in dia
Beat eggs with sugar, mix in flour, baking powder and spices
Add grated carrots and lingonberries
Pour into pan
Bake about 50 minutes, let cool the pan
Combine drained yoghurt or cream cheese with powdered sugar
Frost the cooled cake, top with lingonberries

December 02, 2010

My Creative Space

How this week is flying by again!
I started playing with vintage ties [thanks aunt Maija for a donation!]
They will turn into headbands soon
I might not list them on my etsy
but bring them to my next fair in turku

More creative spaces on Kootoyoo's site... the last one for this year.

What are you working on right now?

November 29, 2010

Monday Moodboard

mobile by babongohome
home decor by lapomme
scarf by manonknits
earrings by huismus

This new week started with freezing cold temperature (-20 c last night and -12 c this afternoon) and sunshine. I will make sure to have enough wood logs by the fireplace for sure.

The weekend was full of work as I attended a holiday craft market on Sat & Sun. Thanks everyone who stopped by at WeeGee and liked Karuski's table! Now I will start preparing for designmyyjäiset taking place in less than two weeks in Turku.

More moodboards on fleurfatale's blog...

Have a wonderful week!

November 26, 2010

My Creative Space

Craft fair preps are going on here
So many things I need to finish for the holiday market
Sat + Sun this weekend, oy it comes soon!

Here are pricetags for my table
I made them by recycling kraft cardboard packages
Round stickers can be removed so these tags can be used again and again

A few samples of gifttags I made. They are also of recycled cardboards
Paper scraps, die cuts & paper doilies make the vintage feel I like

What are you doing this weekend?

More creative spaces on Kootoyoo's blog... stop by, play along!

November 24, 2010

Shop Update + Celebration

Happy News: I'm updating Karuski's Etsy with new things
I'm also pretty busy with the holiday craft markets
first one takes place this weekend at WeeGee in Espoo.
Please stop by and visit if you are in the area!

Did you know Etsy supports now coupon codes?
It is quite great so I wanted to give a try too.
Visit Karuski's Facebook page &
grab a discount code for yourself if you like.

I just noticed I am 2 sales away from 200!
Next three Karuski customers will get $20 gift certificate each [sale #199, #200 and #201] from me!

Thank you everyone for being such lovely customers!
More surprises coming up soon...

I have lucky gift voucher winners now. Just got sale #199, #200 and #201 right today, Thursday!


November 17, 2010

Christmas Wreaths

It's been a long silence here on Karuski's blog.
Yesterday I finally delivered the laptop sleeves to Nudge.
I posted a few pictures of them on Karuski's Facebook page.

I'm now trying to get myself slowly into holiday mood.
It would be nice to have a door wreath soon!
Here are some lovely choices I found on Etsy.
[links on pictures take you to the origin]

Do you tend to purchase a wreath or make one by yourself?

Oh, and let's lighten lots of candles to make this dark season enjoyable!


November 04, 2010

My Creative Space

this project started a while back
now i am in the midst of it
cutting and sewing and fitting
karuski laptop sleeves will soon find their way to nudge
it is a lovely eco-conscious life style shop downtown helsinki
i went to see myself last week and liked a lot
it is not only about scratching the surface or greenwashing
they genuinely work in eco-friendly ways on daily basis
even the shop furniture was made of reclaimed materials
and of course, no sweat-shop produced stuff in this store
no rainforests cut down, either

more creative spaces on kootoyoo's blog
wishing you a creative day, everyone!

ps. i had to remove the email subscription button, if you like to receive my blog updates please subscribe to my posts [button on the right side panel] thanks!

November 02, 2010

Woodland Love

between cutting and sewing laptop skins
there was an urge to create something new for my shoppe
so here is what was born last night
three new pouches with bambi appliques
earrings are new too
funny how new ideas can sprout under a little stress

part of these are already in karuski's etsy
hopefully more will follow soon

enjoy the week!

ps. did you meet minicyn yet? i ♥ her story + photos
ps2. some exciting news on blog front coming up soon!

October 27, 2010

Berlin Finds

here are a few of my favorite finds i discovered in berlin
it is a bit funny i shopped quite a bit
i guess i gave myself a permission as i normally almost never go shopping
[except every now and then i do explore flea markets]
so have a look and check the links if you like to find out more

vintage little black/tunic by chloe, purchased from GOO

lovely pleats, ruffles and fabric buttons on the front

vintage hugo boss high heels from the same sweet boutique

well draped tunic by indie designer nadine holtzhauer
i visited her little shop on falckensteinstraße, kreuzberg

loving these large bat sleeves a lot

adorable handpainted enamel locket pendant by villa sorgenfrei
purchased from a small sunday market in friedrichshain
vintage bracelet with matching colors from the same seller

if you love exploring flea markets i definitely recommend this small one on revaler straße [i think that was the name!] in friedrichshain i mentioned above. another one in the area is on on boxhagener platz. there it is worth bargaining, that's the name of the game. still the prices are very reasonable. oh, and one large sunday market i went to was located in mauer park, prenzlauer berg. they offered both vintage and new items, as well as baked goods. there was also a super popular outdoor karaoke, fun!

you should be able to find these on berlin map.
or email me for more info!

October 25, 2010

Berlin Pictures II

i was thinking, as berlin is a city full of [street] art
it would be right to post a few graffiti pictures
it is quite amazing how you find them everywhere in berlin
and how they seem to evolve all the time
one paints something but it might not look the same next week
it is about the freedom of expression, individuals and sub-groups
i find it radical how the society has changed within a short period

if you are interested in what i purchased from berlin
come back in a few days as i plan to post about my finds
art, craft and indie fashion

my other berlin posts:
from the holocaust memorial
michelberger hotel in friedrichshain

have a great new week!

October 22, 2010

Berlin Pictures

while in berlin we went to see the holocaust memorial
it was large and impressive and i found it very poetic
i could feel the isolation when walking through it
rain drops on walls were like tears
but there was the sky above the walls
and there one could see the light

berlin had so much to offer
besides the holocaust memorial i went to the museum of technology,
several indie shops and flea markets too
i'll post more pictures and personal favorites in a day or two

have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
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