Category Archives: Inspiration

Kierrätystehdas, or Recycling Factory, 2012

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As I’ve already mentioned in my last post, Sunday was a delightful day for me mainly for the reason of having visited the Recycling Factory event for the first time.

A lovely display by Florencia

So here’s the report about some of my moments there, as promised 🙂

Kierrätystehdas, or Recycling Factory, here in Helsinki is the largest sustainable lifestyle event of Finland. This year it was organized for the fifth time and I had the pleasure to visit it – together with some 10 000 other people. My friend and I spent the most part of our time in the Sales market – the part of Recycling Factory that united craftspeople, who use mainly recycled materials for the products they produce and sell. But there were also other parts of the event that we just didn’t have enough time to visit (us both having slipped away from our families for just a few hours): the Ilmaistori (or “Free of Charge” market) where visitors could bring items they didn’t need anymore and take whatever they needed, the panel discussions, runway shows and quite a few workshops (I brought home my “masterpiece” from a mosaic workshop 🙂 ).

EcoDesign: Oskari Nukarinen’s bedside table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time this year there was an EcoDesign competition. Unfortunately, I somehow didn’t stumble upon the winner design while I was there, but just look at this ingenious bedside table designed by Oskari Nukarinen for OplusMonG Design Ltd! It is very simple and minimalist but really so great. No more bedside lamps falling off bedside tables, right?

Pencil-clock by Design Airo

 

 

 

 

Ok, but here’s what I did stumble upon that really made my eyebrows arch and would have made me whistle if I knew how to do that: the pencil-clock by Design Airo…

Organizing board by a crafty girl from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

 

 

 

 

…and this amazing organizing board presented by a crafty girl from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. You know how you never can find pens or rulers when you really need them? Well, no more! And this would be useful for so many more things! You could even hang it in the kitchen and use it to store tableware. Should look fun!

Colorful lamp from Mum’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Recycling factory we met the warm and friendly women from Mum’s. We started talking as I asked permission to take a picture of the colorful lamp. They told us about their project: Mum’s products are designed in Finland and manufactured in South Africa, thus providing work for people there. It’s a really socially responsible idea, don’t you think? And their designs are real cute too 🙂

Bag by Globe Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing about good designs and sustainable products: what do you think about this bag by Globe Hope? Guess what it’s made of. I myself would never have even dreamed: it’s made of the hood that protected the Olympic Stadium’s tower during its renovation! This thing has such great history!

Soap dish by Think Today

Wristlets by Think Today

 

 

 

More recycling? Here are the wonderful little things made by Think Today out of left-over flooring materials. I fell in love with the soap dish.

It’s such a great design: you can open the snaps and the whole dish becomes completely flat, thus it’s very easy to store or to send to someone as a gift, for example 🙂 And the colours of this particular one!

Chalkboard-frames by Kimara Crafts

Postcards by Kimara Crafts

Magnets by Kimara Crafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really liked magnets by Kimara Crafts. The words on them are in Finnish and mean “remember” or “from the shop” or “when you have time” 🙂 There were also the beautiful and handy chalkboard-frames and these cute postcards in their stand. And lots of other great stuff (here’s their homepage).

Spoon necklaces by AddDrama!

Engraved spoon necklace by AddDrama!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the real sophisticated things: what do you think about these spoon necklaces by AddDrama!, huh? I loved them. Especially the ones with embedded crystals and the most delicate engravings. Who could have thought that spoons can be so charmingly beautiful!

Delicate little aluminium plates and spoons by Latimeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just look at the designs by Latimeria! Those delicate little plates with tiny spoons – they’re made from aluminium! And the bigger spoon is from steel. I don’t know if you’re able to see that not only one part of it has this beautiful purple colour to it but there’s also a soft light blue strip on the handle as well (argh, I so need to learn to use my cumbersome but real good camera!..). The lady at the Latimeria stand told us these wonderful colours appear when processing steel with different temperatures. Interesting!

Steel teespoon by Latimeria

And, of course, all this are only teeny-tiny grains of all the things that we saw – and didn’t have time to see – at the Recycling Factory. But I’ve already loaded you with more photos than is reasonable, havent’ I? So… enjoy them for now, explore the homepages of the crafty companies and people to find even more great designs. And I’ll be back next time with a short post on the workshops that took place at the Recycling Factory.

Have a great day/night (depending on what part of the world you’re in 🙂 )!

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More than winning

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“There’s more to racing than just winning,” said Lightning McQueen in “Cars”. He meant to boast, of course (that was in the first part of the movie while he was still the “cool racing car” without friends; I watch this movie at least 5 times a week – I have kids, remember? – so don’t laugh, ok? 😀 ), but this week I really was struck by the realisation that there IS more to racing a.k.a knitting than just winning (read: end-result). I was so absorbed in my “business plan” of making wristers as fast as I can and setting up my shop and getting to sell them as fast as I can, but… life’s not just about speed, right?

This week I made a great progress in knitting – I finished the first wrister of my first “pair for grown-ups” and I was so happy about it. It seemed that everything was finally coming together. But then I really looked at what I did and decided that… I can do better! The knitting is good, the process seems to be working well for me, but I’m not entirely happy with the design and I’m more than a little unhappy with the beads I used – they’re of different sizes which, I thought, would give more interesting texture to the knit, but I now think I’d be more happy if they were the same. Here’s how it looks in the present state.

And why did I start with talking about the process? Because I decided to spare enough time and improve the design until I really like it (it just needs a little tweaking but those little tweaks mean that I’ll have to recount all the beads and rewrite my sequence for stringing them) and use a bit different beads for the second wrister. If it comes out just as I want it, then I’ll remake this first one as well. Because I understood that there is no such thing as hurrying this all up so I can start selling fast. If I want to offer a really really good product and get a price that my time creating it was worth, I need it to be PERFECT. So, basically, back to square one and let’s start the process from the beginning with all the lessons that it already tought me firmly in mind 🙂

And in the mean time… I’ve finally found time to look through some of this year’s designers’ Pre-Fall collections. And they are great! And I’m not talking here only about the fact that there are tons of things that are absolutely gorgeous for me personally, but there are tons of things that indicate I’m not completely off with all this wrister business! I understand that it is very very bold of me to put my humble starting creations next to such design giants as Chanel or Oscar de la Renta, but… We need to dream BIG, don’t we? Sooo… Here are some pictures I really liked (there are only a few because I haven’t had time to look though all the collections and, of course, I cannot put here everything that caught my fancy – there would be tens or even hundreds of pictures 🙂 ) It’s just a very small selection but I was thrilled to see that Chanel, for example, had beads all over their designs – not only clothes but bags and gloves as well, Oscar de la Renta, Versace and lots of other designers had lots and lots of 3/4 sleeves that are perfect for wearing wristers with, and there’s also the trend of looong gloves and even kinds of “wrist warmers” (well, they at least look like ones) though in fancy materials such as leather.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect anyone who’s wearing Chanel to buy my wristers to go with the costume 😀 But the fact is, that the fashion – and all the “more wearable” things in more affordable stores that will follow the fashion trends – is indeed advantageous to what I’m starting to do here. And I am really glad! So I wanted to share my joy, maybe give you some ideas, and again… to be continued with better designs 🙂

 

Positivity

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I suppose there are very few people who haven’t heard about the power of positive thought until now. Maybe there are more, who don’t really believe in it, but that’s their problem. I do believe. And one of the things I was planning to do as one of the first steps in making my dreams reality was creating an inspiration board for myself. There I would put all the things that are beautiful, cute, attractive, thought-provoking, imagination-stimulating, and butt-kicking; and all my plans, designs, ideas and dreams as well.

Of course, I always notice all the beautiful things in magazines, blogs and books I read, streets I walk though (and drive by), so why don’t I have the inspiration board already? First, because I wasn’t serious about my dreams until now, second… oh, don’t laugh, but I didn’t know where to put that board at home 😀 I’m not sure even now, so I guess I’ll have to experiment and see where it fits best, but I just couldn’t pass by this wonderful poster I stumbled upon in Family Style blog and followed to a seedtosprout Etsy shop.

This is the first item that will go onto my inspiration board, the very center of it 🙂

P.S. The first pair of wristers is coming soon as promised! I encountered a few “production problems” on my way but the full account will be presented to you together with the photos of the final result. Stay tuned!