August 31, 2010

Season Delights

If you are an avid mushroom hunter like me and if you are lucky to find loads of wild mushrooms in the forest here is a tip: preserve them by drying. Can you believe this 1/2 liter glass jar contains 4-5 large boletus mushrooms? These will make several delicious soups this fall and upcoming winter!

By slicing them thin + drying mushrooms turn really tiny. You save a lot of space and their flavour gets even better and more intense by this preserving method. I kept them in the oven at 45 celsius for approximately 5 hours but the time varies and if you use air drying the time naturally gets longer. The most important thing is to dry them at a low heat [max. 50 celsius] until they are crispy so that there is no moisture left.

Always make sure you know which mushrooms are edible and which ones are hazarous. Learn about different preserving methods on different specimens. Consult a wild mushroom book or someone who is an expert on this field.

Enjoy the mushroom season!

August 30, 2010

Monday Moodboard

basket purse
by starbags
miniature cupcakes by petitplat
photograph by matkirschphoto
necklace by ioulia

I think many of you know by now autumn is my favorite season. Especially sunny days with a modest temperature make me want to have a walk in the woods. On a rainy day I love to stay indoors and enjoy a cup of tea with home baked cupcakes or berry pie. The best thing is to see the nature turning its coat into beautiful shades of brown, red and yellow.

Last week I mentioned about a new project I started to work with. Now, I have finished two laptop sleeve prototypes and will show them to my wholesale customer this week. Perhaps I can share pictures with you soon.

Have a wonderful week!
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August 26, 2010

My Creative Space

I got started with a new wholesale project. It is about making custom laptop sleeves. Here are fabrics I have picked to start with: recycled canvases in lovely teal, mustard and mossy green. Still haven't quite decided about the lining but one choice is white towelling [I know, sounds strange yet exciting!]. I'm going to give a try. I am in the middle of sketching and experimenting so stay tuned for updates.

More creative spaces on Kootoyoo's blog... go check them out.
See you soon again!

August 23, 2010

Monday Moodboard

crochet scarf by varm
blossom pin by roroism
studs by mistyaurora
handbag by zerva

Hello Monday!
Although we are still enjoying warm and [partly] sunny days there is definitely autumn in the air. You know how it feels and smells; something little crispier and fresher than in the midst of the summer. I must say autumn is my favorite season of all four. I feel lucky to have all four seasons here in Finland.

Yesterday we went for mushroom hunting. We found lots of chanterelles and other delicious fungi. It would be lovely to pay a visit to a forest every weekend. I love those mossy places!

Have a great week everyone!
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August 19, 2010

My Creative Space

Finishing up my wholesale order
for KUIdesign shoppe
here is a little glimpse
from my desk today
tomorrow I'll be wrapping & packing

10 stud earrings
10 dangling earrings
10 brooches

Another wholesale project will start right next week. Good times.

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August 15, 2010

Sweet Sunday

Gooseberries from the garden
+coconut flakes
+crushed almonds
+icing sugar
=lovely pie, perfect for this Sunday

Recipe via Kodinkuvalehti
Contact me if you need the translation!

August 12, 2010

My Creative Space

little vintage buttons
tiny vintage glass cabochons
looking like pastilles
or cupcakes
and soon
they will turn into post earrings

Soon, but not quite yet in Karuski's shoppe.
More creative spaces on Kootoyoo's blog... play along!

August 08, 2010

Photoshoot Fun

I went to see a good old friend of mine this weekend. We had a fun time catching up with each other + we got creative and productive with a photoshoot. Here are just a few pictures she took and hey look, one of her cats is there too.

I haven't been using much of my Flickr account lately but I just added few more photos from this weekend there now. Have a look if you like!

How was your weekend, did you do anything special?

August 05, 2010

My Creative Space

It's been a while since I posted about my creative space. Feels great to say something is happening in my studio again!

Last weekend I picked fabrics for five new clutches and they are finished now. Now I got started with photoediting and even made a couple of new listings for my Etsy shoppe. More to come soon.

Those sweet little flower props I'm using in these pictures arrived in mail just this week. It was a surprise gift from a friend who was cleaning her studio and decided to do some recycling. And these are just a small part I discovered from her envelope. Thank you Eva!

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August 02, 2010

Monday Moodboard

crocheted beads
by threebluebee
ttv print by lilydove
roses by seragun
ring by momochas

Welcome Monday!
I haven't felt this good about Monday for a long time, I mean it. On Saturday I got started with new work and I'm happy to keep on working on those now.

Are your roses still blooming, did you see wildflowers in a meadow? My flowers in the garden are getting a few but our berry bushes are doing great. Gooseberries, black and red currants, I can go and pick them any day now. Bake a pie or two, make some jam too.

Have a lovely new week, see you soon again!
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