9 Nov 2014

Top 10 things I did not see in New York

Last spring I finally managed to cross off New York from my list of Things do to before I turn 30.
I know that technically I was already 30 but who cares,  I'm still 25 in my head you know.

Anyway, the trip was super awesome. I was going to write about what people should see when they go to New York but then I realized that I suck at being a tourist (I only saw 3 out of the top 10 must-see New York attractions according to this article). So, instead I will just list few highlights from the trip if that is ok with everybody:
  • Brooklyn flea market
  • Ribs at Brisket Town
  • Shopping in Williamsburg
  • Polish bakeries in Greenpoint
  • Kitchen supply stores 
  • West Elm Market in Dumbo
  • The cold brew from Black Brick coffee
  • Sneaker stores
  • Chelsea Market
  • Brooklyn Pale Ale
  • The views from Grand Ferry Park
  • Old-school dinners
  • Earl Grey Ice-cream from Van Leeuwen
  • The Brooklyn bridge
  • Waffles, bagels, pancakes and nearly every single food truck.

Also, here you have a bunch of pics for your amusement.

Dinosaur talking to a Monkey at the Brooklyn flea market
Lovely store in Bedford Ave

New York wisdom

Heaven on a plate

New York street with a tree and a red car
Cherry blossom trees
Short-sighted cat with a beard
Best chocolate ever
High Line love
Horse shit
Obligatory pic from Central Park
Calling at West Elm Market
Brooklyn bridge photo bomb
Mandatory super heroes
Street chess (yeah, that is me on the right with my friend Lucia the Rottweiler)
Williamsburg at sunset
He makes the best Earl Grey ice-cream ever, I could marry that guy.
Felt pigeons eating pizza
THE bagel

sweet notes for drug dealers
Sunset photo one minute before I was hit by a mighty wave

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, Haru the happy bear and Peppi the pretty panda.


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.


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.