21 May 2016

Hanami - the first Spring Time Party in the Garden

After the long, dark and freezing winter it always seems like a little miracle that
so much life comes out when the sun starts shining and the weather gets warmer.
In Finland this is the time when the garden blooms in white: apple trees, plum 
trees - and cherries. It is also the time when evenings are so warm that it is
a pleasure to sit outside and get together to celebrate the spring!

Although it´s not a Finnish tradition we decided to celebrate Hanami in the garden.
Chairs, table and a soft carpet to the pergola, sushi, bubbling wine - and of
course - good friends. That´s all you need for a perfect Hanami.



The wooden tray is a product of Iittala. It´s shape is the same than the shape of
the Savoy vase designed by Alvar Aalto. Usually Finnish (and Japanese) people 
prefare more rectangular design, but this organic design has got plenty of fans in 
Finland and all over the world. You can find that vase in many, many Finnish homes.


The cherries are still to wait, but in the garden you find the sour, magnificent
plant - rhubarb. With plenty of brown sugar you can make a wonderful cake with it.
And vanilla sauce all over... Irresistible! And yet to come - apple blossoms!


Enjoy the spring time! If you have no cherry trees in your garden,
celebrate apple trees. They are at least as beautiful.



"Hanami (花見?, lit. "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. The blossom forecast (桜前線 sakura-zensen) is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two."  -Wikipedia- 


19 May 2016

The Second Best Thing about nannasalmi Horsehair Jewellery

We all know what the best thing is: it is the fact that with this jewellery
you can have your horse with you - all the time, forever.

We think that the second best thing is that these designs are so timeless,
classic and sophisticated that you can wear them in all occasions. Whether
you wear jeans or an evening gown, this collection goes with your outfit.


Bracelets Mistral and Scirocco, ring Andrea - perfect
with your black cocktail dress!


Bracelet Naomi - a night at the opera?


Bracelets Puella and Puella Star - day in the office...


...day out.


Bracelets Armana and Noora - jeans, diamonds and horse hair,
 just perfect! What else would a girl need?

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3 May 2016

Horses and Dreams 2016 Hagen a.T.W.


Of course if you are working in the horse show you don´t get
to see much yourself. But while having a break it was quite nice
to stand in sunshine under the trees and watch the riders and
horses warming up.
  


At the dressage area not too many red bows was seen on the tails,
at jumping arena they were not that rare...



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There were riders from all over the world, also junior riders.


It is not a phone!

 

A horse show can be also a little garden show...


Our "almost next door neighbours" from Finland,
House of Akoya. It was nice meeting you!


For children or just decoration?

Traditional Dubarry stand. Literally.
  

He didn´t have to stand in the bugget all the time...


Playground for children: hay, sand and a ceiling!




Our youngest customer. See you next year, Horses and Dreams!