29 Dec 2015

Europa from Brazil

Hi Nanna,

On November 29 we held a retirement ceremony for Europa. She will now be retired at our small farm where she will enjoy a stress-free life!

For the past 23 years she has won more state and national titles than we can remeber and is, until today, the horse who has won most titles in Brazil! I couldn't help but wear my treasured ring as another way of honoring her today and forever....

So here is a photograph for you - thank you for being a part of our story!


We would like to thank Adriana for choosing nannasalmi ring and wish
many happy years for Europa!

23 Dec 2015

Gingerbread House and Stable

Baking and making a gingerbread house is most fun!

White snow, full moon...

One outside, one in the stable.

Hyvää Joulua!
Felices Pasquas!
Merry Christmas!
Boas Festas!
God Jul!
Glædelig Jul!
Vrolijk Kerstfeest!
Joyeux Noel!
Froehliche Weihnachten!
Buone Feste Natalizie!
Nollaig chridheil huibh!
Kala Christouyenna!
Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket!
Gledileg Jol!
Nollaig Shona Dhuit!
Feliz Navidad!
Boas Festas!
Buorrit Juovllat!

17 Dec 2015

Gingerbread, Horses and Birch Branches

There are certain smells that belong to Christmas like cinnamon, cloves and ginger. In the old
days the exotic spices were status symbols and only the rich people could afford them.
Some spices were as expensive as gold and they were brought from the distant countries. 
Christmas time was time when people wanted to put best on the table 
and in gingerbread these valuable ingredients were used generously.

Baking gingerbread is a lot of fun and with the shapes your imagination is the only
limitation. Children love making them - just take care that they don´t eat
all the dough before the cookies are baked...

Horses, dogs and hearts, of course!

We have some puppies in the house for the Christmas Eve and this year we
have "Christmas Birch" instead of  the actual Christmas tree.


(makes about 200)
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 5-7 minutes per batch
Oven temperature: 200 °C (400°F)

1 1/4 cups (300 g) butter
1 1/4 cups (300 g) sugar
3 eggs
1 cup (2 1/2 dl) dark syrup
2 ts ground cloves
2 ts ground cinnamon
2 ts ground ginger
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
about 7 cups (1 kg) white flour
3 ts baking soda

1. Boil the syrup and spices, add the butter and beat until the mixture is cool.

2. Beat the sugar and eggs.

3. Mix the soda in with part of the flour and then combine with the syrup-margarine mixture.

4. Add the whipped eggs and the rest of the flour. (Do not knead the final mixture)

5. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and leave overnight in a cool place.

6. Roll out the dough, cut up into shapes and bake the cookies in the oven until golden brown, 5-7 mins.

Only one week...

24 Nov 2015

Waiting for Christmas

If you are in Finland before Christmas you must visit one of the most beutiful 
- and eldest - Finnish towns, Porvoo. Or what do you think?

Photo www.VisitPorvoo.fi
Porvoo is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Helsinki. Porvoo is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from 14th century. The town received its name from a Swedish earth fortress near the river Porvoonjoki which flows through the town. The name Porvoo is the Fennicised version of the Swedish name (Borgå) and its parts of borg meaning "castle" and å "river".

Every year before Christmas we go to Porvoo and visit the old part of the town. Without
this visit it does not feel like Christmas. It does not even matter wether there is snow or not - 
the shop keepers, restaurant and coffee shop keepers take care of the atmosphere.

There is very little traffic on the streets.

Olive trees don´t actually survive the Finnish winter...

Riimikko toy shop sells old fashioned toys, mechanical toys, dollhouse miniatures etc.
and  have a Moomin house at the window! 

This part of the city is like a living museum. The best thing is that people also live there.

Small shops full of arts and crafts, souvenirs, antiques, fashion, design...

...good food in great restaurants, delicious pastry in ambient cafés, small museums...

...plenty of Finnish history, beautiful, narrow alleys, old architecture,
idyllic back yards and the Porvoo Cathedral up on the hill.

photo viherpiha.fi
Porvoo is worth visiting every time of the year. If you have only one
day, it is enough for this compact, little town. If you have to, it´s even better.

photos, text: mm


11 Nov 2015

FAQ: Why are the Originals more expensive than the Copies?

In one sentence:
It does not make any sense to sell copies that cost the same, or more, than the original ones.

When somebody creates something new, good, meaningful and special it is only 
a matter of time when somebody comes, copies the idea and product and starts to sell it. 
A designer handbag copies are a good example of the whole industry based on 
taking advantage on somebody else´s work.

How is it possible to sell similar kind of products so much cheaper?
There are many things that make it possible:

To create something new, special and unique you need creativity, new kind of thinking, initiativity, courage and belief on your product or idea. The creator has usually worked for a long time with something similar that has sustained the new ideas.  Read More here: What does it take to create something special?

Copycats don´t need these qualities or experience: using somebody else´s idea does not take creativity - it takes something else, you name it...

An idea is not a ready product yet. It takes time and effort to refine it, it might be a process of years. Many things have to be considered and thought about, problems solved, techniques tried. Other people´s skills and know-how might also be needed. Sometimes it takes a while to find the right cooperators and  they get paid for their work and knowledge. Usually making prototypes is necessary. That is rather expensive because the prototypes are often made by hand or with techniques that are far more expensive than the final producing process.

Copycats don´t have to worry or spend their money and time on these kind of things. That work and investment is already done by somebody else. Their "prototype" is a ready product made by somebody else.

After having a final product there is marketing to do. Nobody knows the product yet, it´s something new. Branding takes time - and yes - money. A brand is a combination of name (trademark), conspicuousness and reputation. A brand is not created over night, it´s not created only with money, and a reputation is something that only customers can give to you.

Copycats have a ready market and demand. A copycat often chooses a brand name similar to the original one and gets the benefits of a good reputation for free, without own achievements or effort. The saddest part of this is, that a copycat can ruin the reputation of the original ones.

Also to consider:
-Copies are often made by cheaper labor.
-Materials are usually not equal comparing to original ones. Have you ever seen a copy with better quality than the original one?
-Many of these copying companies are rather young and short-lived.
-You don´t get to see faces behind products. Sometimes it is even impossible to contact the company especially when it comes to a reclamation.

When you buy a product - a handbag, sunglasses, a scarf, furniture - what ever - 
you always have a chance to think about the ethics of your choice. 

FAQ: Why the nannasalmi jewelries are more expensive than other woven horsehair jewelries?

There are many kinds of horsehair jewelries on a market. nannasalmi horsehair jewelries are woven, not braided or pleated. The technique takes much longer time but the result is more durable and it has a special look. Horsehair is not an easy material, there are different qualities of woven
ribbons on a market.

In this picture you can see the quality of  a weave made by Nanna Salmi
Bracelet Scirocco

In nannasalmi jewelries only the best materials are used. Metals and stones are first class quality.

tailhair horsehair diamonds
Ring Cassiopeia has got 54 first class stones on it

Our cooperators are highly respected professionals and they get paid like the high professionals should be paid. We can trust their own standards and quality. Each piece of nannasalmi horsehair jewelry is both hallmarked and labeled with Nanna Salmi's personal mark NSD.

You can see our cooperators  HERE

the original collection by nanna salmi
When you wear a golden ring Carus, you wear ca. 13 g of gold 

After having a great idea and a ready product comes the tough part: you have to find your clients and sell the product. We are fortunate to have reliable, respected and reputable agents. They make it possible the collection to be seen in equestrian events and they help us to serve our customers better. 
Sales persons are the key persons for the company and they deserve to be rewarded, too.
You find our agents here: Authorized agents

nannasalmi horsehair jewelries have been on the market for fifteen years.
We know we have happy customers all over the world. 

See some of our customers in FB album

Nanna Salmi is the woman behind this wonderful, unique collection. 
It all started from a genuine love for horses.

nanna salmi riding

We want to thank you for choosing the original product.
We know how much these items mean to their owners and we have a great respect for that.

If you have any questions about Nanna Salmi, the brand, the products or
anything else related to this subject, please, leave a comment.

You might be interested in this, too:
From betrayed Clients of House of Salmi

Auf Deutsch:
Von betrogenen House of Salmi / Haus von Salmi Kunden

9 Nov 2015

Why not to get married in Winter?

You need less planning time
Many venues and vendors have greater availability during slower months, you can get 
married also on a short notice!

Invitation from Etsy

Your guests will definitely wait for the wedding
In summer the social calendars are filled with parties and happenings - in winter
there is much less going on and your wedding would be a highlight
of the quiet season.

equestrian wedding

You can be unique with your dress
What would be a better excuse for these DeNiro -boots than winter wedding?
You’re able to think about long-sleeve gowns, deeper shades, heavier fabrics and 
glamorous  accessories. And you, the groom or the guests don´t have to
worry about sweating.

It´s easier to decorate spectacularly!
All you need is lights and candles. They will be absolutely beautiful and glorious
in the dark winter night and you don´t need so many flowers to compete 
with the nature´s green.

horsehair wedding bands

Snow is a beautiful background
You will get very unique wedding photos - no matter if it´s snowing or shining

You don´t have to choose a "theme colour"
It´s quite obviously white!

It costs less
You will get services way cheaper. Most vendors are desperate for business between
December and March - you have more room to negotiate.
You can use your money on more important things:
good champagne and wedding bands of your dreams!

(You don´t need a fridge to keep drinks cold...)

equestrian wedding

Ring Cassiopeia in gold and white gold with 54 diamonds

Ring Carus Star in gold and white gold with 14 diamonds

In nannasalmi collection you find many options for equestrian
bride and groom. 
Wedding bands  made with your own horse´s hair.
See all the rings HERE
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6 Nov 2015

Christmas Season is about to begin

Yes, we know: it seems like a long time till Christmas.
There´s not even first snow fallen down here in Finland, just a little frost in the morning.

Have you given a thought to Christmas presents? If not, do it now!

What would be a better gift for your horse loving friend or beloved one
than nannasalmi horsehair jewelry?

Earrings and broochees are easy, you don´t have to know the actual size.

earrings horsehair tailhair

Earrings Ibere ribbon 3 mm 
in silver 410 €, gold 860 € and in white gold 910 €

Earrings Cali ribbon 3 mm 
in silver 390 €. gold 850 € and in white gold 910 €

Brooche Cassandra ribbon 6 mm
in silver 420 €, gold 960 € and in white gold 1050 €

At the moment the delivery time is six weeks. If you hurry we can get the
custom made items to you in time for Christmas. 

original collection nannasalmi

Cufflinks Polo ribbon 3 mm
silver 580€, gold 1600€ and in white gold 1950€ 

Tiebar Poco Loco ribbon 3 mm
in silver 560€, gold 1240€ and in white gold 1320€

nannasalmi collection is custom made of customer´s own horse´s tailhair
but also available made of stock hair.

If you  want to give a custom made jewelry but don´t know the size or 
harvesting certain hair in time to ship to us is too challenging,
give a gift voucher!

Any sum of money or any name of jewelry can be written on it and it defenately
will be there for Christmas and for sure it will be appreciated.

You can order the voucher by sending us an email:

See the whole collection in www.nannasalmi.com

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jonka kautta voit tehdä myös tilauksen.

We wish you all a very merry November!

P.S. Send this blog link as a little hint to your husband or boyfriend -
they always struggle with gift ideas before Christmas, anniversaries
and birthdays...

30 Oct 2015

Did you know this about Halloween?

Halloween, (All Hallows' Eve, All Saints' Eve) is a yearly celebration on 31 October. 

Today's Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic harvest festivals, which have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain. Although some folklorists have detected its origins in the 
Roman Feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is still more typically linked to this Celtic festival which comes from the old Irish for "summer's end".

Roman Feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds
Vertumnus and Pomona by Peter Paul Rubens, 1617-1619
The Parentalia is the Roman festival for honoring one's dead parents.
Samhain was the first and most important of the four quarter days in the medieval 
Gaelic calendar and was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. 
It was held on about 31 October – 1 November.

Samhain marked the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter, the 'darker half' of the year. 
It was seen as a liminal time, when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld thinned. This meant the 
Aos Sí and the 'spirits' or 'fairies', could more easily come into our world and were particularly active. 

Riders of the Sidhe by John Duncan - The kings and queens of the fairies

At Samhain, it was believed that the Aos Sí had to be propitiated to ensure that the people and their livestock 
survived the winter. Offerings of food and drink, or portions of the crops, were left outside for the Aos Sí. 

Photo Amanda Cutler, see more  HERE
The souls of the dead were also said to revisit their homes seeking hospitality. Places were set at the dinner table and by the fire to welcome them. The belief that the souls of the dead return home on one night of the year seems to have ancient origins and is found in many cultures throughout the world.

Special bonfires were lit and there were rituals involving them. Their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective and cleansing powers, and were also used for divination. It is suggested that the fires were a kind of imitative or sympathetic magic – they mimicked the Sun, helping the "powers of growth" and holding back the decay and darkness of winter.

From at least the 16th century, the festival included mumming and guising in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Wales.This involved people going house-to-house in costume (or in disguise), usually reciting verses or songs in exchange for food. It may have originally been a tradition whereby people impersonated the Aos Sí, 
or the souls of the dead, and received offerings on their behalf. Impersonating these beings, or wearing a disguise, was also believed to protect oneself from them.

 The "traditional illumination for guisers or pranksters abroad on the night in some places was provided by turnips or mangel wurzels, hollowed out to act as lanterns and often carved with grotesque faces". By those who made them, the lanterns were variously said to represent the spirits, or were used to ward off evil spirits.

In the 20th century they spread to other parts of England and became generally 
known as jack-o'-lanterns.

On All Hallows' Eve, Christians in some parts of the world visit graveyards to pray and 
place flowers and candles on the graves of their loved ones.

What ever the Halloween means to you have a happy one!
Happy Samhain!

Text source Wikipedia, shortened by mm