My lovely, colorful lanterns

Last Sunday was Father’s Day here in some of the Nordic countries, and we took the opportunity to invite my parents for dinner.

I decorated with the fuse beads-lanterns that I made.

They go along with almost all of our decorations!

I used battery-driven tealights in the lanterns, so they can stand pretty much anywhere without being a fire hazard.

They glow so nicely when it gets dark.

My kids helped me decorate – they love putting flowers on the glasses. I think it looks lovely!

We used some of the old thrift shop-china that we’ve collected during the years.

The napkins were from Indiska’s Christmas collection – they are perfect for our house just about all year round!

I made lanterns in varying sizes. The big ones took forever to make! These smaller ones were quick.

It was so much fun making all the different patterns, and fun to see how different they look with lights inside them.

It was a really nice dinner, and I love decorating with all these colors – I need colors this time of year, when it’s so dark outside and before Christmas has occupied our home. Which is soon!


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Ute är det ruskigt och kallt idag, men för bara någon vecka sen gick jag i skogen och njöt av alla gula färger. Gult och svart i stark kontrast, och ibland vissa dagar en alldeles klarblå himmel och klarblåa vatten.

Det börjar vankas jul så småningom, men vilken ynnest att först få ha en sån här gyllene höst! Vi har njutit av promenader och ätit äpplen varje dag och kaninerna har blivit bortskämda med ett och annat från trädgården.

Det är nästan så att jag har fått mitt mått mättat med höst nu och är beredd för julsäsongen. Nästan! Gluttar lite grann på julen i form av pepparkakshusplaner, för snart är det dags för det också!

Ha en skön måndag!


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Fuse bead heaven at our home – DIY fuse bead lanterns & crown

(Okay, so that last post was supposed to be called ”Fused bead lamps”, because this one is about the fused bead lanterns! But I’ve corrected it now)

I don’t know how many hours I spent sorting the fuse beads according to color, but it was so worth it!

And I actually think it can be sort of relaxing to sort the beads, so win-win all around?

Once the beads were sorted, I made strips of fused beads about 7 beads wide and different lengths. I made six pieces for each lantern.

I glued together all six pieces using a hot glue gun.

The lanterns are perfect for this season! They’re colorful and pretty in the evenings, and bring both light and color to our home before the big Christmas ornament explosion. This picture is during daytime, when I hadn’t yet ”lit” the lights (I forgot to say – I use battery driven tealights inside these, so they’re really safe and you can place them almost anywhere in your home) – hopefully I’ll get around to taking pictures of them during the dark hours too, because they are just so lovely!

I also made a crown that I used for Halloween, using the same method. I made the parts of the crown separately and glued them together using a hot glue gun. So easy, and so much fun to do! And it’s always fun to wear crowns!


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DIY Fuse beads lamps

My craft room/study is my place for tranquility, my type of tranquility, and now I finally have lamps to match my mood and the mood of the room!

I used to have white lamps, but they don’t give the right king of ambient mood in the evenings. They’re alright, but I wanted something a bit more cozy, so I thought for a long while and came up with an idea to make lamps out of fuse beads.

I made modules out of strips of fused together beads (7×21 beads) and glued them together into pentagons using a glue gun. Then I ordered and re-ordered them until I got four color combinations that I wanted (for 4 lamps).

I glued the pentagons together one on top of another. I made sure to use lots of glue on the inside of the pentagons, so that the plates of fuse beads won’t get unstuck.

Finally I glued a piece of cardboard on top of the lamp with a slit to the middle of the pentagon. I left one corner of it unglued to the lamp, so that I could thread the lamp bulb through it. 

The new lamps are just perfect for my little corner of the world! And they give such a lovely, warm light in the evenings!


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My new sleep tracker – the one ring to rule them all? (fitness trackers, that is!)


It’s finally here – my Oura ring! I first heard about it through Chris Kresser, and since I’ve had severe sleep problems for the last ten years, I immediately thought this would be something for me.

The Oura ring is not a fitness tracker – it’s a sleep tracker. The difference is, although it tracks your fitness and how much you move – it also tracks your sleep in detail. (This is not a sponsored post by the way, although I wouldn’t mind being sponsored regarding this! Sleep is just that important, and this is a product I believe in).

Above all, it tracks your Heart Rate Variability (HRV) which most gadgets don’t track. Your HRV is an indicator for how much you recuperate after something like illnesses, eating certain foods, exercise etc. It also tracks your sleep stages and then takes all the variables into account and gives you suggestions for your day.

The tracker needs about two weeks tracking to be completely accurate, but already after 5 nights of sleep, I can see that my deep sleep is just rubbish! My resting heart rate is too high on nights when I’ve been stressed out during the day, and my HRV is also not that great. I have the mind of a much older person, in other words, and I need to do something about it. But one stress factor – how much I should move about during the day, and if all the wakings I have during the night make me ineffective – has completely disappeared! Now I have clear data that shows that although on some nights I don’t sleep as much, it doesn’t matter if the quality of the sleep was better.

My ring still doesn’t know me, so it tells me to get moving every day, as if I need to push myself! But in reality I’ve had to cut back on the amount of exercise I get. If my ring tells me I need to walk 7k, I usually get that just by being at home. We have a upper floor, and I move around a lot, all the time placing things in their order, fetching things or sometimes doing yoga.

At most my ring has told me to walk 10 km, and that is just the ordinary amount of walking I do! I haven’t so far had any day being completely optimal, especially since my deep sleep is so bad (about 20 minutes a night – you need at least 1,5 hours) and because I tend to walk too much, but now I at least have something to track progress with.

And it feels so good!

You can find the Oura ring here – I waited more than 9 months for mine. My dad got his a month earlier, so he’s had more time to track his sleep and his activity and his ring is definitely giving him results he can use. Since we preordered we got a nice sum off the final prize, but you can still get discount codes all over the internet if you are eager to have a sleep tracker too.

Here’s an interview with the Oura CEO with one of the persons in the Functional Medicine community:

Harpreet Rai on Bulletproof Radio:

(and fun fact: Prince Harry also has one! He got his after my dad got his, so my dad was ahead of Prince Harry and the trend!)

Some sleep tips I’ve picked up recently:

  • 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey before sleep can really help you sleep better, especially if you’re female (it has to be raw honey, and you can’t put it in hot water)
  • I want a weighted blanket for adults
  • True Dark glasses are now on my wish list
  • I tend to forget to take my magnesium – but it also affects sleep
  • you can’t fall asleep with cold feet or hands. You just can’t. Socks are a must if you have cold feet like I tend to have when I go to sleep.


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The Halloween-party

Halloween came and went, but before I go all Christmassy on this blog, I’ll post some of the pictures from our Halloween party.

I was an evil tooth fairy, and I made a large staff with a huge tooth out of papier maché that I dipped in beeswax and then painted red in places. It turned out real creepy and went perfect with my outfit!

I also made a necklace with large pulled out teeth mixed with black ribbons. It took a while for the guests to see what the necklace really was, but it was all the more gruesome when they did!

I wore a crown that I made from Hama-beads. I’ve been on a hama-bead bend recently, but now I think I’m cured (because now gingerbread season is beckoning!). But there’ll be some hama-related blogposts in the near future, if I can only find the time to photograph (NanoWriMo, folks!)

I made the bathroom into my laboratory, where I pulled teeth of people who didn’t comply. This tooth fairy wants your money, or else…!

Supereasy to make some fake blood, and so effectful! 

I mixed some golden syrup and some water with a bit of red food coloring, and sprinkled it on the bathtub. Easy fun decoration, and easy to remove as well!

This year we remembered to bring out the skull shaped soap dispenser that we bought last year and completely forgot.  

The scary candles were perfect! Their core is either orange or black, which made for a nice effect when they were lit and the candle wax started dripping.

We had such a nice time, big ones and smaller ones, and it’s so much fun with a party where the whole family can participate!

The kids had been waiting for the party for ages. They had planned lots of funny games to play, and really enjoyed themselves. 

We had Niklas’ brain for dessert! 😀 (just kidding! Not!)


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DIY delicious devil horns

We’re huge fans of Christine McConnell in this house, so when it was time for our Halloween-party (a late party, Halloween has really already come and gone, but we live in Finland where it’s not that ingrained in the culture yet, so we just ignore it!) we wanted to make ALL of her projects!

That was just not humanly possible – the house she makes in episode 1 has just so many amazing details that it would take me at least a year to make. But I love looking at it! There were some more easy projects that I tried, like the scary candles.

And the devil horns.

These are superdelicious made out of candy canes and really expensive white chocolate that I dyed pink.

I really hope there’ll be a season 2 of Christine McConnel’s show, with more funny, scary stories and lots of inspiration!



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Insynsskydd av hamapärlor

Vårt övre badrum är ett riktigt beställningsarbete – knappt en rak vinkel någonstans, och vi har utnyttjat precis varenda kvadratcentimeter! Vi har också ett litet fönster så att vi får in lite naturligt ljus, men det behövdes ett insynsskydd så jag fixade ett av hamapärlor.

Planen var att använda upp alla hamapärlor som jag hade liggande hemma, för ungarna börjar bli för stora för dom (trodde jag! när jag väl gick igång satt dom med och gjorde pärlplatta efter pärlplatta!). Jag började med att sortera de flesta, och sen göra ett mönster som jag gillade.

Jag hade mätt upp fönstret så att insynsskyddet skulle ha rätt mått. Först gjorde jag en svart-vit ”ram” i hörnen, och diamanter i mitten.

Lite vitt runt diamanterna och så blåa diamanter på sidan. Sen bara fortsatte jag och gick på känn enligt vad jag ville ha.

Det blev en enda stor pärlplatta som var ett himla sjå att stryka! Men den blev fin och är värd precis allt arbete.

Det lyser fint igenom pärlorna nu när den sitter fast på fönstret (med hjälp av lite lim)

Passar perfekt hemma hos oss!

Några av pärlorna jag använde är självlysande, så de lyser på natten när man går på toa.

Det här är minsann ett knepigt rum att inreda och att fotografera! Dagsljus gör så mycket, så rummet känns genast mycket större tack vare det här lilla fönstret.

Ser fint ut från andra sidan också!


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Where I find my peace


”Carpe Diem” said my dad’s sleep app today, and when you really want to carpe the diem – this is the place to do it!

There is something so soothing in nature. Peace and quiet seeps into you whether you want it or not – you can’t just not relax when surrounded by so much beauty.

I go on my walks and enjoy seeing the way nature changes during the year.

Right now there is so much yellow everywhere, but in just a few days time that will change to brown.

I found an abandoned swan egg the other day – a pair of swans have their nest nearby, so this is probably one of theirs that didn’t make it.

It was just so beautiful though. I love seeing little things like this, seeing squirrels chase each other or swans nesting or even bird carcasses – there are traces of the life cycle everywhere.

We are so fortunate to live so near nature. Spending time in the garden is great – spending time in the woods is even greater.

The tranquility seeps in, and I need that so much.

I’m also looking forward to using my new Oura-ring that I finally, finally got today! (after 9 months!) It’s a sleep tracker that hopefully will help me get better sleep, and I look forward to seeing what my daily walks are doing to my all around health.


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