Earrings in lottery

Our local entrepreneur association is organizing a lottery before Christmas in a local shopping centre. Thought that giving a few earrings as lottery prices would be a nice way to contribute.

Wanted to give something in sterling silver, because when won in lottery, I’d hate that the recipient’s ears were too sensitive for other metals. Unfortunately I had no small, simple earrings ready in the stock – had to come up with something.

And here’s what I came up with: very simple, very basic.

earrings for entrepreneur lottery

Lottery tickets available on December 4th and 5th in Töysän Matkailuinfo at Keskinen, Tuuri.

Fabric, yarn, beads and sequins

I have been into handicraft of all sorts since my childhood. As a kid knitting and crochet became familiar, as well as embroidery and cross-stitching. Later on I took up sewing, and at some point I sewed a huge portion of my clothes.

In university, oriental dance entered my life, and along with it came the sequins. Oriental dance costumes are decorated with sequins, and I found sewing them by hand both fairly fast and rewarding. (Yes, I know that most of the people wouldn’t describe sewing sequins as ‘fast’, but it is fast compared to embroidery, for instance.)

A few years back, somewhere around the end of year 2004, I finally realized that one can make jewellery herself. Within a couple of years I was totally hooked with beads, chrystals, semi-precious stones and silver.


So what to expect from this blog?

The plan is to introduce handicraft both from my personal and business fields. There will be

  • sewing – most of them for myself and kids, but occasionally there will be some garments and accessories for sale, too
  • knitting – there are always a few UFOs
  • dance costumes – either folk-style or fancier costumes decoreated with beads and sequins
  • jewellery – some made for me, most made for sale
  • and other FOs and UFOs which somehow relate to handicraft

The plan is to present both newly made items as well as favourites (and disasters?) from previous years. Hopefully over the years this will become an archive of handicraft items I’ve made.


I have a few blogs to start with. What’s with having yet one more?

My first blog, Sormiharjoituksia, is a personal blog in Finnish, covering all aspects of life.

Mood Crimson is it’s counterpart, in English. Yet it’s not the same blog in a different language.

Out of my own website, I also have a blog of oriental dance. Ishtar (in Finnish only) is found within the website of national oriental dance association, Seitsemän Hunnun Tanssi (‘Dance of the Seven Veils’), informally known as 7HT.


So what’s with having yet another blog? There seems to be enough going on in my part of blogosphere already.

This blog is dedicated to handicraft, and excluding a few exceptions, the primary language here will be English. I every now and then again write about handicraft in my two personal blogs, too, but I seldom include photos there.

This blog, according to my plans anyway, will be a “proper” handicraft blog, introducing the items with photos. As a result, there will not be regular updates – taking photos, photoshopping them and loading them into internet are more of a serious project than part-time hobby for me.

So I officially declare Cranberries and Cattleyas opened.