Thursday, August 6, 2009

For those rainy summer days

Welcome to summer session part two. In this issue we look at oldies-but-goodies, do rainy day activities and let them eat cake, or plum preserves, rather.

First off, I would like to share some of my all-time-favorite Hel-looks summer looks. Some of them maybe from way back when, but none are so-last-season. That's the beauty of individual dressing: real style never gets old.

Andreas and Tanja summer 2006

Jenni (the summer of 2007) (so Scandahuvian!)
Wigolf and Karin (summer 2006)

Annette (summer 2007)

Sara (summer 2008)

Julia (summer 2008)

Kiira (Summer 2009)

Looking for something (other than tie-dye, obviously) to do on rainy summer afternoon?
Check out Amy Karol's wicked awesome website for easy sewing projects, such as this 5 minute skirt. If I can do it, you can too (even if it takes you 27 minutes instead of 5, like it done for me)

Or why not make plum preserves?

Making Jams and Jellies

Plum Preserves

  • 5 Cups pitted, tart plums (about 2½ pounds)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water

Yield: About 5 half-pint jars

Please read Using Boiling Water Canners before beginning. If this is your first time canning, it is recommended that you read Principles of Home Canning.

Procedure: Sterilize canning jars. Combine all ingredients. Bring slowly to boiling, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil rapidly over high heat, about 15 minutes, almost to the jellying point (which is 8°F above the boiling point of water, or 220°F at sea level). Stir frequently to prevent sticking or burning. Pour hot preserves into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened clean paper towel; adjust two-piece metal canning lids. (recipe from here)

All-time-favorite rainy day activity is obviously curling up with a good book. Like this one for instance.

This Morning I Watched the Deer

This morning I watched the deer
with beautiful lips touching the tips
of the cranberries, setting their hooves down
in the dampness carelessly, isn't it after all
the carpet of their house, their home, whose roof
is the sky?

Why, then, was I suddenly miserable?

Well, this is nothing much.
This is the heaviness of the body watching the
gliding just under that roof.

-Mary Oliver-

Inspirational image of the the week:
Who doesn't love Siri of Ringo, Have a Banana!, who is a Bust writer, 70s girl and a former/future Island dweller? (by love I mean, of course, practise dark magic rites to become her, even if it in exchange means the loss of a limb, ear, or one's wits entirely)


  1. Bwaaahaha, well I guess if I see any extra me's running around (hopping around?) minus a leg (or two?) I'll know why!

  2. saving a couple of these looks. :-)

  3. These posts you are doing are so much fun! I just read Mary Oliver's poetry handbook actually - lot's of great advice in there!

  4. Oh, I'm so smitten with that girl's outfit in the first photo! Another wonderful and inspiring post Milla :)

    Love the final image too, quite a charmed life indeed!

    We've been planning our trip, yipee, more on that soon!

  5. Love this post! Specially Sara outfit!

  6. That inspirational picture is crazy! I only dream of having a room like that!!

  7. How did Andreas get into those jeans?

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