Saturday, April 10, 2010

Holiday Shopping Candy Dec 09

Well while I was away, partly hence to the message of time out on this blog last year, a had a well earned holiday with a group of friends. Here are some of the items I've brought back with me, of course in the great tradition of impulse purchases! (I hate pictures, so this is a bit of a read and I decided to put everything else after the jump)

A book on learning the Finnish language my friend had accidentally come across while we roamed a second hand store. I am actually quite keen on things related to Finland. On reading parts of the book I learnt the amusing rules attached to the enchanting language. What amused me most was the fact that technically Finnish does not inherit any
in its alphabet (as well as b and some others). I had to laugh at that, really because I didn't get where 'Finnish' or 'Finland' came from and I suppose it came from foreign languages that named the country as such. So if anyone can tell me what Finnish people call their country or their people please enlighten me. I have yet to find that in my book on the Finnish language! (wait, I think that's where Suomi comes in...and I wish I bought the Icelandic one)

A crafting store had me in awe at all the things they had in stock. I began going through the things saying 'Have That!', 'Don't Have That!' since I have a bit of an accumulation of crafty supplies. But glancing at the price tags became quite painful as all the specialist items had hefty prices attached and I had to think carefully of my own budget. I ended up with two packets of silver bead findings.

We came across a cafe that was famous in particular for its fudge. I think I might of come across something like 20 flavours and would dearly love to have them all but settled with two types that I thought my mother would enjoy when I got back: Passionfruit and White Choc Macadamia. They were totally sickening sweet but irresistible. I later found out my group of friends went and bought a whole selection which when I got back to the holiday house had a taste testing of all the flavours. Unfortunately the ones I chose did not have a prominence of the flavours they were based on.

And I just couldn't help myself when it came to crafty beading. It was a cute beading shop that had a lot of lampwork beads, which is using melted glass in different colours to form shapes and forms, as well as unusual and you could say 'hippie'/'arty' style beads. I chose to get two bracelet sets, one a wire weave and the other chain maille, and a few animal beads of a hen, rooster and pig (I guess I was going on a bit of a beading binge).

The most interesting of shops would have to be the lolly shop. It was so brightly painted, a kid at heart would never be able to resist while a parent might be seeing dollar signs flow out of their pockets. The rails each had a different colour in a sequence. When I entered, the store was not only filled with sweets but cheeky and smart signs that you could buy. It wasn't the first time I had come across these signs but the selection available was mind-boggling. I mean who had the wit to come up with the phrases? I went twice, first to look and second to buy, and purchased boiled sweets and nougat (one of my favourites).

There we're plenty of other shops that we went to. Even though the street was short, all of the boutiques were wonderful and varied. Not many were alike and made for a very interesting day full of eye candy!

Prices =S:
  • Book on Finnish: $5
  • Fudge: something like $8 or $9 for a small block each of two flavours
  • Chandelier finding: $2
  • Second beading supply: $2.50
  • Two kits of wire weaving and chain maille: $15 each
  • Hen, rooster, pig: $3?
  • Lollies. Heaps: $10?

Love Porcelaine.


  1. Finland is called "Suomi" in Finnish. We also speak Swedish in Finland though, and it's called "Finland" in Swedish. Sweden and Finland were one country for 600 years.

    Regards, Linda (from Finland :)

  2. @ Linda: ooo, thanks for this. i actually found out later. you remind me to read this book when i have time!

  3. I think Finnish and Estonian are two of the most devious languages to learn. Grammar is so bad even natives make mistakes. But at least pronunciation is easy - you read exactly as it's written.


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