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I love that Finnish apartments come with multiple walls of built-in floor-to-ceiling customizable shelving, really, but what I hate is that the standard size is way too deep for storing clothes on the shelves. So in practical terms there's really no difference from storing our clothes in a series of piles on the floor/couch - tshirt pile, jeans pile, sweaters pile, etc - except that the piles are on shelves. Which just means it's harder to see when you're hunting through them. )
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  • After a year of procrastination, I still haven't gotten our paperwork in order to have our Iowa marriage recognized in Finland. This was actually the whole reason we got married in Iowa - because Finland has registered partnership, but not marriage, and this pisses us off because 1. separate but equal is not equal and 2. they're not equal anyway; it doesn't come with quite all the legal benefits. The point of the whole exercise is that after doing it elsewhere, we get to petition to be legally recognized as married to a Finnish judge of some sort and make our voice heard. Given past precedent, they probably aren't going to recognize it as a marriage (Wax looked at some forums, and Vermont marriages have historical precedent of being declared to be legally only a registered partnership under Finnish law - assholes).

    The main reason for the procrastination, though, is that the process is both expensive and fiddly. You need an Apostille form PAY ATTENTION TO THIS IF YOU ARE AN EXPATRIATE GETTING MARRIED ON A FLYING VISIT BACK TO YOUR NATIVE LAND OKAY THIS IS IMPORTANT! I wish someone had told me this. )


  • Our pet shampoo is malodorous! I've been bathing my dog in it because it's supposed to help with dandruff and dry skin, which he occasionally seems to have a mild case of, but it's really not a pleasant smell. More of a stench. Even though I have taken to putting my own berry-scented conditioner on him afterwards, the smell is penetrating. Any suggestions?

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    Do you have any suggestions for what I could wash my dry-skinned dog in that doesn't stink?



  • While vacuuming yesterday I found a lollipop under the couch with a wrapper that says "BON BON BUM junior". Which begs the question: is this lollipop intended for people with bums as delicious as bon bons, or for people who have bums whose size is attributed to bon bon consumption? Or both? We may never know, especially because neither one of us is brave enough to actually eat an under-couch lollipop of unknown provenance, even though it's still in the wrapper.


  • Wax and I have given up our yearning for the now-discontinued Marimekko pink cheetah wall panel and our new ambition is to adorn the area above our couch with panels of each of these, Marimekko "Karkuteillä" in orange and blue:



cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (i'd hit it with a stick maybe)
There I was, innocently watching ten-year-old television last night, when this UNSPEAKABLE HORROR assaulted my eyes: a side table made out of a mannequin! An honest-to-Gaga, bewigged, creepy-greyish-makeup-painted mannequin set at blowjob height, so presumably bits of its plastic anatomy have been removed which just makes it worse. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, show? WHY?

 







You know what else I hate? NINJA MANNEQUINS. Of course, I've been to stores all my life, and was quite used to the traditional Mannequin Display, where a little cluster of mannequins would stand posed together in a special stage area, usually on top of a platform or something. But in the past few years in Finland, it's become edgy or in vogue to stick some mannequins in naturalistic poses, bring them down to floor level, and position them, often isolated, right in among the clothes, so that you typically don't notice right away that they aren't real people. AUUUGHH. WHY. Why do you need your mannequins to infiltrate? What's wrong with everyone knowing that the mannequin is a mannequin and people are people and never the twain shall meet?

And while I'm at it, Stockmann, why would you cover your male mannequins' lower faces AND CHESTS with spray glue and then dust them with little bits of chopped up nylon "hair"? IT'S GROSS AND IT LOOKS WAY LESS REALISTIC THAN PLAIN PLASTIC. Actually, it looks like he's just been to the barber and had an epic haircut while not wearing a bib. Although I can't really think of any explanation for why his face is covered with fuzz. Maybe he rubbed his face with a balloon and then rolled on one of those synthetic carpets that's always shedding.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (tea cup)


Wax's favorite aunt visited for coffee (by which I mean Darjeeling brewed with leaves in a pot, which is the only time we don't use teabags, but obviously, we are a tea-household only and don't serve coffee, although we keep some around for [personal profile] morningfine; she has to make her own, though, we don't even know how). She brought a wedding present with her, two gorgeous pieces of sky-blue pottery. She bought them because she's seen pictures of Wax's blue crackle-glaze teacup on Facebook, but they accidentally are our main kitchen/dining color, and they are beautiful, really and truly beautiful. They are so beautiful they could easily have come from my mom's house!

Obviously, I'd prefer to have photographed them in natural light, but believe it or not, this was taken around noon in full light from the knee-to-6-feet-high livingroom-wide window: if I wanted to wait for the sun to come out again, I'd be waiting till probably March.
cimorene: (is this thing on?)
I took the graphics card out of Leia. It's the newest and most gratuitously expensive piece of hardware we owned, with its own mini-fan and everything, so that is extremely annoying that it broke (or possibly it was the motherboard slot, we didn't check - Darth is actually fine and still functioning at high-res without the card, just nowhere near as beautifully crisp).

On the minus side, I need to salvage a few weeks' worth of incidental saves from Six, the WinBorg machine I've been camped out on... and she's not showing up on the LAN. Gonna need to borrow Wax's monitor to hook her back up and send all that shit back over.

Meanwhile, Wax has installed the new Kubuntu Karmic Koala on her computer and this makes the third OS where she hasn't had functioning LAN. We can't, at this point, fileshare between her computer and the other two at all, so all the shows she's been downloading for me while I was on Windows (thus not safe to download anything, at least, not without going to a lot of trouble) are stuck on her harddrive. She also may or may not have a functioning CD drive. (LinuxMint works out of box! LinuxMint works out of box!)


Have a picture. This is Satumetsä by Iittala (http://www.finnishdesignshop.com/), Finnish glass and tableware design giant, and I waaaant it (just the two plates for fun, not to, like, make a whole table setting with):

cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (strike a pose!)
It's not that I often serve cookies or small cakes, but this particular cake tray has inspired me with a strong and focused cake-tray lust.

And you probably can't tell from this picture that that tea cup is actually a coffee cup and the size of a single-serving soup bowl, holding half a liter. Just kind of cuter than the crackle-glazed half-liter teacups Wax usually buys.


cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (she's so refined)
Wax and I just bought her a new iPod nano (yellow) and named it just now (following the theme of green Omena, may she RIP, and purple Viol) Gylling:



We also bought:

√ new red shearling slippers for me (I threw the last pair away in July. Shearling slippers, people: om nom nom. So delicious-feeling, it's like a chocolate truffle for your feet!)

√ the purple Tornado Alley hoodie

√ $£$€¥!!1!- worth of stylish Finnish housewares as wedding present for the wedding we're leaving for in 11 days

√ five cheese slicers, the Norwegian invention (in Swedish it's osthyvel, "cheese plane", which conveys its origin as a miniature version of a carpenter's tool) which no Nordic household could do without and which is for some reason unknown in the US: one for each of my aunts, one for the bride-to-be

√ two more turquoise Iittala Teema bowls for us (we only have two, even though we have six plates), because they happened to be on sale for €8 @ Anttila

√ a new tea mug for me (white with two skeletal trees in winter on one side, done in sketchy black ink-drawing style)

√ every magazine at Anttila that had Muse on the cover because Wax is cheating on MCR atm

√ lunch


We always feel queasy after spending large sums of money. But at least this way we only had to go through it once, instead of twice if we'd waited and bought the iPod later?

WANT

6 Aug 2009 02:23 pm
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Bemz.com, makers of the higher-quality-than-IKEA's-own slipcover in actually awesome fabric, have a new line of Marimekko fabrics including this one, "Spinning".

Offhand the only fabric I can think of that I might rather have on a couch is "Gepardi", the cheetah print from the past spring line.

cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
Lantliv


I've been told the main difference between Swedish and Finnish farm cottage style is the colours. Swedish cottage style is bright-coloured and the default wood and wall colour is white; for Finns, it's natural wood and dark brown, and in the case of Wax's mom's cottage at Ängisbacka for example, if they don't have natural dark wood, sometimes they'll just paint perfectly good surfaces glossy dark brown. (Seriously, it's so gross.) Most of the rustic decor seen in this magazine and others like it is more colourful than this - one of the feature houses in the Jan issue, and with some of the nicest pictures!, belongs to a woman who's nutty about white decorating. There are several more pages of her all-white craziness, but the diningroom here, I think, is especially beautiful.

Does it mean I'm middle aged (for the record, I'm just 26) that I prefer interior design magazines to fashion magazines? Although actually, it's more that the internet is a more forward-thinking venue for fashion news perhaps. Anyway: Lantliv is my favourite magazine (although in some senses I prefer the urban modernist bright coloured Finnish aesthetic of Deko, Lantliv has a lot more pictures and uh, I can actually read the articles).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (peaceful)
August 2007 visit, front entryway


My favourite thing about this antique mirror (restored by my mother, hanging in the front entry hall of my parents' house, a hand-built wooden farmhouse more than 100 years old) are the scratches and warps, which make the image a little surreal from time to time.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (shoes)
le creuset caribbean blue le creuset caribbean


OMG, LE CREUSET COMES IN ROBIN'S EGG BLUE! It's actually called "caribbean". *tiny high-pitched squeak-whines of lust*

fåtölj

30 Dec 2008 08:30 pm
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Wax lied to me about which chair cover she ordered and the actual one is a hundred times more awesome:



Bemz's Stockholm Stripe in teal and "daiquiri", aka chartreuse, on Ikea Ektorp Jennylund.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (bend it like beckham)
dec 08 - Marre & Leena's Christmas present cim & wax klättrar i trädet


Our Pulp Fiction Uma was temporarily keeping the place warm above the couch despite clashing with the décor because... she couldn't be hung up yet in the other room. But for Christmas we got this poster-sized photo that Brother Linux took a few years ago and it harmonizes beautifully with our sofa! So we are now the sort of people that hang a giant Stupid Couple Picture up as their livingroom art. Look, it's ironic, okay?
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (^_^)


This is Wax's Christmas present - an Ikea Ektorp Jennylund armchair with a cover from Bemz. We went to get the innards (ie the actual chair) today at Ikea Reso because Ikea only delivers Jennylund with a slipcover, and we didn't want none of their stinkin' slipcovers. The cover hasn't quite arrived yet, but we were fully expecting it today - maybe tomorrow.

And we also got a CAKE SERVER!!!! Never again to serve cake with a regular knife and fork, or a spatula. Unless we lose it again, like we did with the corkscrew last night.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (curious)
jamie oliver for tefal


Has anyone else noticed these pale [it's more of a] robin's-egg blue enamelled cooking pots by Jamie Oliver for Tefal all over the place lately? We're not just talking the department stores, here; even the corner store has a display of them. They're so sweet-looking, and the colour - to die for! WANT.

(I don't think I need a special tag for kitchenware, so I'll stick this under interior design for now - I can always change my mind later...)
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
Those little handfuls have gotten so demanding that the last three times I saw them in a row I was too busy the entire time to remember my camera! If you want to take pictures of the little ones, you need more than two pairs of adult hands to handle all four of them. And they were actually fairly well-behaved, on the whole. There was hardly any screaming! I have no baby pictures, though, so here is a picture of my new armchair.

newly-dyed green armchair


It's the Ikea Jennylund, from the heavenly Ektorp line (the full-sized Ektorp armchair is nearly as big as our couch, but I covet it as well as the couch and the giant footrest and the chaise, because they're comfortable and overstuffed and just so pleasing). Most smaller Ikea armchairs, like the ones in the Karlstad line, are uncomfortable, but despite its firmness, this one is pretty much a delight. It's also, in stark contrast to the full-size Ektorp furniture, pretty affordable. Wax can have one soon, but we only bought one on our last trip. Unfortunately, we bought a white slipcover because none of the colours could possibly have gone in our livingroom, and I had to dye it. The colour turned out lovely, but as you can see, our washing machine wasn't big enough to allow the fabric to move in it freely, and the dye collected in the folds. It now looks like a marble-pattern from the 80s or else permanently wrinkled, take your pick.

Wax's chair is going to be bought coverless and covered with one of these cotton covers from Bemz. Bemz is a Swedish company that makes covers for a huge range of Ikea sofas and armchairs as well as throw cushions in a range of fabulous fabrics.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (inanimate things)
  • One of my favourite wall coverings that we own is this Pulp Fiction poster.

    Pulp Fiction poster


    It features the beautiful Uma Thurman and hangs centred above the headboard of our bed. The other day I was thinking I wanted to make an icon of it and discovered... that I couldn't find it anywhere online (If you know where I could look, please tell me!). It's kind of rare, apparently. That means that we also can't replace it if we break it, or get a bigger version. So I guess it's time to get it framed, because I love that poster. And then it will be time to borrow someone's cement drill bit so we can hang it in the cinderblock wall in the same place...



  • We bought the original Star Wars trilogy - the un-retouched version - and also the Resident Evil trilogy last week and they both arrived within the last two days. Also we've bought about a shelf's worth of paperbacks in the last two months and the combined effect of paperbacks and the half-shelf of dvds we've purchased since last summer is that we're almost out of bookshelf space again. There's one shelf left, specifically, and then it's time for some more Ivar from Ikea. I think the half-height ones, because it's gonna seem a little crowded if we get more of the 6' variety. The apartment is small. Also, I want a washable sheepskin rug and some teaspoons and upholstery fabric.
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Because we haven't had enough of our orgy of consumer spending, we just ordered this to put above the couch, in the 102x76cm size:

Prunus (Ornamental Cherry), Close-up of Leaves by Steven Knights
Prunus (Ornamental Cherry), Close-up of Leaves
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (shoes)
Dude. The Crazy barfed in the shoe... storage place! >| This cannot continue. We must obtain that little wooden chest of drawers for a shoe cabinet from Ikea.

Also: I need primer and polyurethane. I still can never remember to go to a paint store - there's none in easy walking distance, I think. We should steal Brother Windows's spare car or something for the trip to Ikea and keep it for a short extra time. (This isn't a plan for the immediate future. Wax doesn't have any free tiemz for a while.)

Alsoalso: last night [livejournal.com profile] bluesbell was guest dj at the Cosmic Comic Cafe's Goth Night! [livejournal.com profile] shiroi_chi told us that we didn't have to dress goth because at least half the people there would be dressed as normal people, so after lending my favourite black skirt to Wax and having her veto the Little Black Dress Lacy Slip o' Sex, I put on a red miniskirt and a blue top and my Cobra hoodie and one green thigh-high striped sock. LIAR. LIARRR. Everyone there was basically wearing black. The majority of the colour in the room was on ME. But [livejournal.com profile] bluesbell's djing was great, even if the bar was experiencing a lack of pastries (peanuts just aren't a substitute).

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