25 Jul 2014

If I cannot have a cat, I want... a vinyl cat!

I just designed myself a vinyl cat (since I cannot have a real one) and we called her Sisi, the Smug Cat. Works pretty well on our door, it is cute and does not leave any hair.


It actually makes me smile every day when I get home, no matter how bad my day has been; so, all of you out there that for one reason or another cannot have a real cat, just get a vinyl one!

If you fancy other animals, check Sisi's self-adhesive best friends at Made of Sundays:
Simon the sunny dog and Haru the happy bear.


Wish you all a lovely weekend!!

20 Feb 2014

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! I'm almost 30!

I have exactly 2 hours left to become 30 years old... and I'm staring at the list I made one year ago, a list that contains everything I wanted to do before becoming 30.

I was perhaps too optimistic back then, however I still managed to do 7/15 things. Not bad. Specially after thinking about all the things I did this year that where not included in the list.


Anyway, let's take a look:
  1. Learn Finnish
    No way, I'm sorry.
  2. Travel to India
    Check! Here you have a summary of the trip
  3. See the Aurora Borealis
    Nop. I was too busy being in India.
  4. Go to a cooking school
    I cooked a lot this year! Does it count?
  5. Buy a longboard and skate to work everyday Check! Except for the part about skating to work everyday... what was I thinking...
  6. Get over my fear of driving
    Check! More or less

  7. Go to the Gelato University 
    Nop! I ate (and made) a lot of gelato though

  8. Participate in some volunteer program
    Check! I was in a Primate Rescue Center in Goa taking care of a baby monkey!

  9. Eat at a Michelin star restaurant 
    Nop! However, I ate extremely well this year! India, Italy, Spain, Helsinki...
  10. Visit Southern Italy
    Check! And it was so beautiful I may add it again to the list of things to do before I turn 31! Here you have some pics.

  11. Stand up on a surf board for more than 10 seconds
    Does 5 seconds count? Yeah, I think so.
  12. Finish my last painting
    Mmmm...I don't even know where I have it.
  13. Take a sommelier course
    I had amazing wines this year, but no courses :-(
  14. Travel to Japan and/or New York
    Nop! India and Italy where probably enough for one year. But this goes to the top of my next list!

  15. Ride a pink bike
    Check! A legendary Pink Jopo bike from my friend Laura.

I know I still have 2 hours left, but it might be a bit tight for a trip to Japan... so I may as well move the undone items to the list of things to do before I'm 31 (I'm working on it), pour myself a glass of wine and go and watch Totoro, which is the closest to Japan I can get right now :-)

Happy Birthday to me!

17 Feb 2014

Best winter escape ever: Italy!


It's been a long, tough and wet winter here in Finland. We hardly got any snow compared with previous years... one day is below zero and snowing, the next day is gray, rainy and slushy.
I know there are still few months left, but I'm officially done with winter - unless he brings us some snow. Snow is pretty.

After 6 years of living in Finland, I soon realized that it is absolutely necessary for your psychological well being to break up the winter into manageable chunks of time. That is why I try to organize at least one escape during the winter.

This year I managed to go to Italy with my friends... just to full myself that winter is over, at least for a week. It was fantastic!!

We went to Rome, Naples and Procida and here you have a sneaky peak from the trip!

Villa Borghese in Rome
Villa Borghese in Rome

Sicilian Cannolo

Trastevere, Rome

Roman Artichoke at Ditta Trinchetti Restaurant in Trastevere

Mozzarella road, Naples

Street art, Naples

Naples street market

Sfogliatelle, Naples

Taking sun in Procida Island

Procida Island

Procida Island

Procida Island

Naples and the Vesuvio

Naples from our balcony

Praying for the summer at the Vatican

Best spagetthi in Rome

Last Pizza (& beer) at Formula Uno, Rome

I hope this winter escape gave me enough energy to survive until summer... at least we got plenty of calories to fight the cold.

P.S. Oh! I just realized this is my post number 100!!! Kudos to me :-) 


Cheat the season and escape the cold weather for a little while and go on a winter warmer holiday to Tenerife. - See more at: http://worldtravelbuzz.com/travel-escape-cold-winter/#sthash.d1Pvrhtw.dpuf
Cheat the season and escape the cold weather for a little while and go on a winter warmer holiday to Tenerife. - See more at: http://worldtravelbuzz.com/travel-escape-cold-winter/#sthash.d1Pvrhtw.dpuf

21 Jan 2014

Say hello to our new decal collection!

I have worked hard during the Christmas so that Made of Sundays could start the year with a new collection!
It is full of inspirational quotes, ribbons and smells like freshly made coffee.

I hope you like it!!!



Remember you can also buy them directly from our cute little web store.


2 Jan 2014

We are looking for charities!!

I guess many of you already know my little wall decoration project called Made of Sundays (if not, check here).

Today I'm excited to tell you about our Made of Sundays new year’s resolution: This year we are going to donate 1 euro of each and every wall decal we sell to charity.
Read on, because now we need your help!



Do you have a great charity in mind?

Tell us at Made of Sundays Facebook page (and feel free to share!). We will reward the best proposal with a Eco-friendly sticker of your choice. Possible charities related to children education or health would be specially welcome, because we feel that proper education goes a long way to save the world.

Thank yooouuu!!!!

1 Jan 2014

Hey 2014, may you be welcome here!

Let's take a minute to give a big farewell hug to 2013!! 
I thought that the great 2012 would be impossible to beat, but dear 2013: you totally nailed it. 


A year full of changes, achievements, lots of laughs and tears, curry, monkeys and wall decals. It's been pretty tough but somehow - almost simultaneously- it's been awesome too. 

A bunch of longtime dreams came true this year. 

I spent 2 months traveling in India, felt in love with the country and its people. 
As if that weren't cool enough, I became a baby monkey mom; one of the nicest things that ever happened to me. 


I was also brave (and crazy) enough to quit my job and adventure into the freelance world.

Since then we have been working our entrepreneurial ass off with all kinds of cool projects; Made of Sundays and Taste of Sundays are good examples of what happens when you have the power to choose what you want to do with your time.

It hasn't exactly been a bed of roses, but for the first time in my life I feel like I'm doing what I was meant to do... and it feels wonderful.


To all these great adventures, I have to add a bit more of traveling, skating, surfing, hiking and some serious eating (and drinking). 


Thanks 2013 for give me the strength to follow my dreams.

Thanks to everybody who supported me... family, friends and one crazy Finnish guy... Thanks to all of you who stayed by my side (literally or in heart) even when I seemed to be totally nuts.


Thanks for your patience and help; thanks for your nice words, laughs, gossips, morning coffees; thanks for the long distance calls, whatsapps, dinners, saunas, Skypes, tequilas and dances until dawn. No matter if you are here or far away, may you all have a wonderful 2014!!!!!

(Dear new year; you are going to have a hard time to level up everything that happened in 2013) 


P.S. New year resolutions? yes. Stop biting my nails and learn Finnish... I still haven't decided which one is going to be more difficult to achieve, probably the combination of both. 


22 Nov 2013

If I cannot have a cat, I want to design Eco-friendly stickers!

My lovely readers, I haven't been writing very much lately and I'm soooooo sorry about that.

I have a great excuse though, it is called Made of Sundays and smells like marshmallows and rainbows! Tadaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

www.madeofsundays.com
www.madeofsundays.com

Excuse me, what?

Yes, I have become a sticker-maker :-) and today I'm supper happy to launch our brand new online store where we will be selling Eco-friendly reusable fabric stickers! 

So, if you are looking for an instant makeover, today is your lucky day! Our stickers are super easy to apply and move around, you can quickly create wall murals or use them to tell interactive stories to your little ones. They can also be reused and moved around without damaging your walls. Cool, huh?

I had so much fun designing them as well as creating little stories for each sticker. You will find for example a bunch of birds that will teach you some ninja tricks or cute little monsters that will share with you all their secrets about mustache growing and many other useful tips.

(Ah! have I mentioned that we ship worldwide? yes we do!) 


Why, oh why? 

Well, we have changed apartment about 5 times in the last 6 years and wall decals have always helped us to quickly give a personal touch to a home. However, we didn’t like the fact that common vinyls contain nasty PVC and other toxic stuff. We were also really sad every time we had to move to another home because we couldn’t take the stickers with us (as they are not usually reusable).

While planing our last home makeover, we did some research to find alternatives to common wall decals and soon realized that this kind of stickers didn’t exist in Finland… so we got all brave and decided do it ourselves, just for fun. The result was so cool that we thought it would be unfair not to share it with the rest of the world, you are welcome!

Well, I hope you find in the store at least one thing that makes you smile!

I love you all! 


You can check more info about this little project at Madeofsundays.com!

7 Oct 2013

I would kill for a neighbor like Totoro

It took some time (OMG, a year!) for me to move out of my lovely tent in the middle of Moonrise Kingdom. I really enjoyed dancing on the beach and wearing beetle earrings, but it was about time to pick another movie I would like to live in.

After some serious thinking I figured that it would be nice to live in a house for a change, specially after a year living on a summer camp, that is why I choose Satsuki and Mei's house from 'My Neighbor Totoro', a movie I have seen at least 5 times.

from here
I'm not so much into Japanese manga, but Hayao Miyazaki films are special. Asides from being beautifully animated, all his movies have a magic touch that make me feel like a little girl every time I see them. I can even promise that 'My Neighbor Totoro' will make you smile at least once.

The main character, Totoro, is cuter than a bunch of sleepy kittens; he is huge, fluffy and has the cutest friends ever, like the miniature Totoros or the Cat bus.
Unlike other (Disney-style) kids movies, this one has a very simple and realistic story with the perfect amount of fantasy; there are no fights, no love affairs, punishments, scary monsters nor dark evil characters.

from here
By living in this movie, you could just spend the day listening the sounds of nature, admiring the watercolor lanscapes or simply taking a nap curled on Totoro's furry tummy.

A truly splendid movie that everybody, no matter their age, should watch.
You can start with the trailer: 



Btw, I strongly recommend seeing this movie in Japanese (with whatever subtitles you like), English dubs suck and totally ruin the atmosphere of the movie. 

18 Sep 2013

10 reasons to love Finnish summer

First of all, forgive me for not being much around this summer.
I have been very busy writing Helsinki travel guides, trying new restaurants, drinking gin & tonics and starting my new adventure as a freelancer.

Today I finally managed to take a long coffee break to tell you how awesome this summer was up here in lovely Helsinki. I honestly thought it would suck to come back home after being two months in India. But the warm weather, the midnight sun and Helsinki's urban life didn't leave me a second to feel sad. 
Believe it or not, I even went to the beach (in Finland!). What a summer.

I especially want to dedicate this post to all of you who think that it is better to escape to South for the summer. Guys, you totally should wait until November to get out of here.

Not convinced yet? Don't worry.
You will have about 7 months of winter & winter-winter to think about it. Here is some food for thought:

10 reasons to stay in Finland (at least) in July

1. Finnish berries

You will not know how a proper strawberry should taste like, until you get to try Finnish ones. Specially when they are on top of a lettu (pancake) and accompanied by freshly picked blueberries. I'm gonna miss you girls!

2. Outdoor kirppis 

Nothing makes me more happy than go treasure hunting in a Finnish flea market or kirppis on a sunny day. Kallio-liike organized quite a few this summer. There is also Siivouspäivä ('cleaning day' in Finnish), an event that happens every last Saturday of August and turns Helsinki's neighborhoods into giant kirppis. There is also one in May, to get rid of all those ugly winter clothes you don't want to see anymore. 

3. Midnight sun

It will probably keep you awake but sure is a beautiful thing to see.
Do not try to fight it, put a good amount of mosquito repellent and go to chill out in a park until the sun goes down (after 12:00).

4. Block parties

The coolests Helsinki's neighborhoods organize block parties during summer. You will get a day full of free concerts, performances, delicious street food, activities for kids... and even rollerskating! 

6. Summer terraces

You don't have many chances to sit on a terrace in Finland without dying of hypothermia. So, whenever you see a free spot in a terrace during summer do not hesitate to sit and and enjoy a beer. Never ever waste such an opportunity. You may need to wait many months until you can do it again and Finns know that very well, that is why terraces are packed during summer days.  

5. The mökki

Summer is the best time of the year for enjoying the mökki (summer cottage).
Basic mökki activities include blueberry picking, sailing, going to the sauna, swimming in the sea/lake, eating & drinking, reading decoration magazines and playing the ultimate Finnish summer game: mölkky.   

7. The parks

If the terraces are full (which happens 8 out of 10 times), the city parks become a totally valid plan B for the evenings. Less glamorous, yet nice and cheap, is to get a drink/snacks from the store and head to the closest park to have an improvised summer picnic.

8. Teurastamo

The guys at Teurastamo have been pretty active this summer. They built a "beach" with hammocks and barbecue in the yard and organized concerts and events almost every week.
They also had a Solar Kitchen during August, (which I proudly helped to build), where you could eat solar-cooked lunch. Definitely a nice spot to relax on a Sunday afternoon.  

9. Linnanmäki at sunset

Linnanmäki, Helsinki's amusement park, is a cool plan for summer evenings.
No need to go on a ride if you don't want, it is enough just go there an hour or two before the closing time and walk around the park. I love the old school charm and the nostalgic atmosphere of some areas. Go up the Panoraama (free of charge) to get a 360º view of Helsinki's skyline or ride the old-fashioned carousel, both are a must.

10. Festivals and random events

What in all countries happens throughout the year, in Finland needs to be squeezed within the summer months (unless it is the winter swimming world championships). That means that there is always a festival or event waiting for you out there: Midsummer, Helsinki week, Samba Carnival, Flow festival, Helsinki juhlavikkot... you name it!

Ah! If you want to find more about Helsinki, take a look at the guide I made about Summer in Helsinki, walking Helsinki in one day and Epic list of restaurants in Helsinki.