Baby stuff

It is funny how sometimes the simplest ideas turn out to be the greatest, but you just need to get the idea first. This time all it took was a question from a beloved friend "How about...?" and my answer was "Let me think, I have never done one before" followed by a big WHY? Oh my, I am sure at this point you all are more likely to ask WHAT? so let's get to the point: Bibs. Baby bibs with happy Moomins:

Baby-models can cost a pretty penny so my beloved teddy Jaques aka Jaska (just turned 38yrs) did the job, and quite well I must add. Above he is starring a yellow bias binded number with winter/summer theme.

Since there are no babies living at my house currently (one little princess visits quite often but she has just decided that age 1,5yrs is the right to loose the bibs for good) there was no any ready made bibs to find a pattern-ideas so a little googleing for the approximate measurements was in order. Then a newspaper and a plate were taken into action and a template was created. I have heard some real designers use computers and such to create their masterpieces but here we trust the old ways. Seems to work pretty well still.

After the basic design for the bib was done it was just matter of choosing the prettiest fabrics and refreshing memories from 25 some years back from school "How to use bias binding" and getting the very same heureka-moment than back then: the other side really is a tad wider and when you place that right (down), the sewing really is much, much easier. Big moments, friends...

And ta-dah! Happy bibs for pretty spring babies! 

These are such fun to make, so if any babies around yours are in need of pretty bibs, just let me know and I will sew some more (a lot more, I think, as the baby-news keep coming from all over the world), materials I definitely have enough *ahem* 

Happy Sunday, everyone!


Welcoming March with flowers

Welcome March! Welcome sunshine, colors and flowers! Welcome yet an another year under my belt soon *ahem*, welcome lighter days and melting snow! Thank you dear Jane from that fantastic piece-of-art flowers-card, and thanks mom for those striking tulips. I simply need to have a daily fix of flowers, and have been buying a happy bunch weekly since beginning of February. Talk about a cheap addiction!

Flower-y details have found their way to my handmades too, lately, and somehow they seem to make those woolen items much more springlier (I know, a word handmadebyMia), or what do you think? These colors can be found in my shop here, and for the first week of March there will be a sale on too, with code


(hah, you just did not see that coming?) you will get -20% of your order (excluding shipping fees). Here is info how to use the coupon code in Etsy. Happy browsing, Etsy is a treasury box full of handmade goodies to be found!

Happy March-days everyone!



Hello all lovely people! It has been such sunny and bright past a few weeks it feels spring is at least a month ahead the usual! It feels like Easter would be just around the corner (even it is not quite yet) - we have the singing birds, plus degrees during the days, melting snow... A bliss.

Some spring-inspired crafts have seen the light of day, like the happy birdie-wreaths above. Somehow this is just the time of the year that I am struggling to find the right material, wool starts to feel a bit winter-y, but summer bags and pouches need to wait still a little. I am alright with this as I have seen it before, and usually I get over it by playing my stash a while (and end up using the wool after all). I have made a little spring clean both in house and in studio, and wow do I have stuff. Huh.

Speaking of spring clean we had fun *ahem* for whole family and for whole weekend with my new shelves. I am a big fan of Scandinavian-wood-meets-white sort of home decor, and I have collected pieces for a vintage Lundia over two years (a BIG thank you for my hb, he has driven me all over this county to pick up this and that and still some), and this weekend we finally had enough pieces to put them all together. Most of my books have been in boxes still (and we moved in...a while ago) and now I got them all out. Huh what a job, took almost two days to get it all right (and I am not absolutely sure if it still needs something but please do not tell my hb, I think I cannot ask him anything for at least a week a month a year), and it feels great to have something completed.

That is all I am going to blog about our home decor this time except saying that it feels light, happy and home. I am next off to my stash-sorting, and that feels more like heavy-duty, but someone needs to tackle it. OR I could snuggle in sofa, watch Oscars I recorded last nigh and spend next four hours with Barney Neil Patrick Harris. Decisions, decisions...

Happy Monday, everyone!


A missed month

Huh, the very last day of January already? I have missed an entirely month of blogging, and I apologize. My days have been so so so busy, and somehow it has just have been easy to push starting a little further - and then it suddenly is too dark for pictures again. Oh my, but here we are now. Days are a little longer and lighter, and birds are singing like crazy. January has been a very mild compared to past years so no complaints there. But still I am welcoming February with opens arms, spring will be a tad closer. On crafty-zone things started quite slow 2015 - until I found the fabric that has been inspiring me this whole month.

It is a happy animals-print with little foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and pretty trees with birds plus some flowers and toadstools. Such a pretty find! And it has been used this month to create a 

happy squirrel phone-pouch! And then there was a cute fox-bag

and then an another bag followed...

... filled with happy animals inside too! And you know me, once I get it going, there is no way stopping. A smiling fox/suspicious mushroom-inspecting bird-pouch was born, and it was

followed by a happy hedgehog

and finally I made a teeny-weeny coin purse


I think I am turning my attention next to a bunch of bunny-babies that were born last weekend; there are some skeins of springly-colored smohair in my stash waiting for dress-knitting. But before that I just might need to make a few happy-animals keyfobs. I know, it is a condition.

What have you been obsessed interested in this month?

Lovely last day of January, all!


Here's to new

Happy New Year soon, dear friends! This year has 2014 passed pretty quickly, it feels that it was summer just last week or so, and now we are heading to in 2015 already, wow! This blogging year has not been the greatest, but I have enjoyed so much reading the posts from my fellow bloggers, and I try not to feel too guilty about my slow pace, life happens at the times as we all well know (and it just happened after I started this post, can you possibly tell that the paragraph above was written in 2014 already?). It has been sort of tradition to take a look back when a New Year starts, and here, here and here are some previous posts about that. And here is a brief glance for 2014:


Beginning of the 2014 was cold and snowy after a very mild autumn, and as the images suggest, sun wasn't too regular visitor around here. Some little people visited more often, and auntie just loved that. We all had a sort of difficult autumn, and to start a happy and more healthy year was just joyful. Work-wise I tried to take it slow still, and not to make that big changes, and started the year with some happy mittens and other felted creations. And some Moomins - they ended being quite a hit on 2014 too!


April and May were pretty and sunny here, but June... Huh. It was cold, rainy, COLD, dark (did I say COLD already?) and miserably - in Midsummer Eve we ate outside (with Finnish sisu), and then run inside to put some logs into fireplace. Huh. But other than weather it was great, we got the new deck and house got first lick of paint too.


We had most wonderful, hot, sunny and beautiful July-August, and it made up for the miserably June mentioned earlier. We spent a lot of time outside (hello new deck!), many BBQ's and a few Birthdays were also celebrated out in sunshine, and a certain little boy got a lightsaber for his 6th... And I was ever so lucky to be a winner in Jane's wonderful giveaway, thank you still once dear! Then came September, and you can see on the last images how the weather turned - in a day! We had lovely adventures with my sweet little niece still in September. An another great story to tell&remember later is how we had our first snowstorm around 23rd and we were stuck in a market when the power went off...


In October we (me&Sis) finally got ourselves to cinema to see Moomins on the Riviera! It was such a sweet and lovely movie, so if you have a change to go and see it, please do, it makes you smile for a long time afterwards, I promise. We also had a little guy for a sleepover(s), I spent some special time with my niece too still, and we had some wonderful adventures in woods with mushroom-finds. On the darker side of the life was present too as I lost my uncle suddenly, but thankfully his funeral day was sunny, dry and beautiful. HandmadebyMia-wise I think the happy felted wreaths and pretty bunny-sisters were the most important creations - and I wish to continue making both in the future. Christmas-time was magical, happy and relaxing, and the New Year was welcomed with some fireworks and very cold weather. Now it is January 5th already, and I have had almost two weeks more or less off from everything, time well spent and much needed.

Now it is time to slooooowly start thinking of 2015 and all new things it will bring. I have some new plans for the first three months of this year, and all that should keep me quite busy, but I wish to keep popping in here every now and then too. I think instagram will show my whereabouts much more regularly, please feel most welcome to come and say hi there too! And oh how I am waiting for the spring already, light and sunshine and flowers and green outside... With the picture above (from Midsummer 2014) I am turning on the Pre-Spring (see the official GRD-calendar here) mode just this very minute!

Happy, healthy, sunny and bright New Year 2015 to you all, thank you all for 2014!