Happy New Year!

I hope you and your families have a happy and prosperous 2006.


x x x

Saturday, December 31, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 7:29 PM




Pretty paper


Wrapped
Originally uploaded by wardi.
T got a present in my family's annual Christmas raffle game and it was wrapped in this paper.

I almost think I like the paper is a nicer than the actual thing inside it.

Friday, December 30, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:16 PM




Good things


Christmas tree 2005
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I hope you all had a jolly peaceful Christmas. We sure did and we even got some snow on Boxing Day!

Here's a (slightly blurry) picture of my parents' Christmas tree; the candles are lit and we're just about to dance/walk around it while singing Christmas songs.

A real tree, with proper candles, none of that fake business!

As I've grown older it seems I've been getting fewer and fewer presents each year, but this year was different. And a lot of it arty stuff, and I'm really happy about that!

The Creative License (a book), some watercolours, 9 small canvases (can't wait to paint on them!), a book by David Hockney.

And T's parents gave me a really, really great easel. Which I've been missing since moving to England, cause my old one was too big to move with me.

I hope you all got the things you wished for.

posted by Wardi @ 8:16 PM




Season's Greetings!

Sunday, December 25, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 12:33 PM




Happy Christmas

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

Happy Christmas
Originally uploaded by KudosGlory.
Hello Blogland.

I just wanted to say Happy Christmas to you all, i hope every one of you has a fantastic day tomorrow, and all the best for the coming year.

P.S. Happy Christmas Boss :)

XXXX

Saturday, December 24, 2005 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 6:36 PM




Pleated hearts


Pleated hearts
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I think I've posted something like these before, but these are very special ones.

I made them for my mum-in-law; I hope she likes them!! ;-)

Supposedly only us Danes make this kind of Christmas ornaments. Allegedly Hans Christian Andersen invented them. I'll believe that.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 6:52 PM




Darkness

Today is the shortest day of the year.

To celebrate that we are now going towards the light, as it were, here's our new dog.


Pardon the poor sound quality, it was recorded with my digital camera.

posted by Wardi @ 1:47 PM




Dress code??

Some guys at the gym wear shorts that are just too short.

If they were any shorter, you'd be able to see their...private bits! :-o

Tuesday, December 20, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:13 PM




Eclectica vinculorum

Into the Wardrobe: a CS Lewis website.

Windows wants to be like Google.

DropSend. If you want to email large files.

Zubbles. Coloured bubbles. I want some of this!! It took 11 years to develop them.

A collection of flipbooks. I love flipbooks.

Wafer-Thin Color Displays for Packaging. Imagine that on the cover of dvds!

Cooking by Numbers. Click on what you've got in your fridge etc and it'll give you a recipe based on that.

Bar Code Clock
.

Treeshark. Some cool art.

Depth of Field Generator. Click on the different chess pieces and the focus changes to that piece. It's like magic!

Karma Ghost. A funny, yet strange, little animation.

I look Like My Dog. The winners. Did they enter the contest themselves..??

A bit of Lord of the Rings. The voices seems different..somehow...

Japanese condom advertising/packaging (whatever). Even this kind of packaging is "cute". ;-)

Somewhat related to the one above (or maybe not): Banana Guard. It's in different colours, even a glow-in-the-dark version!

Who is that with Jeremy? This little guy has had his picture taken with loads of celebs.

How much is inside??



posted by Wardi @ 8:11 AM




Illustration Friday Imagine


imagine
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Continuing with the Christmas spirit.

I like to imagine spending Christmas in a place like this.

Lots of snow and a fireplace to warm yourself by after going for a walk in the snow.

Of course the house would be full of happy people celebrating the holiday and being together.

Drawing done in freehand in Illustrator and various 'effects' are added in Photoshop.


Previous Illustration Friday illustrations.

Monday, December 19, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 2:15 PM




10 K

It's not significant in the great scheme of things, but this wee site has now had over 10,000 individuals visits.

Thank you for stopping by! :-)

posted by Wardi @ 1:10 PM




How we spent this Sunday afternoon

We spent it grouting tiles in the bathroom.

Yes, we are indeed home owners, we do DIY on the weekends!

T and his dad put up the tiles yesterday. Little did we know how time consuming grouting is; tiling is the smallest part of the job!!

We needed the tiles because the people who built these flats apparently think that people only do baths, and no showers. So they had only put up two rows of tiles around the bath tub. Consequently the paint had started peeling off!!

Why they had used paint that isn't water resistant is beyond me!!

Sunday, December 18, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:20 PM




5 a day

How do you get yours??

I'm really bad at getting mine. Although I like vegetables (not so partial to fruits, though), I rarely seem to get enough.

I have fresh (frozen, but still) fruit with yoghurt in the morning, and orange juice. But that's about it, on most days...

posted by Wardi @ 6:58 PM




Shameless plug!!


Illustration Friday Small
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Yes, I posted this image before, but!

I liked it so much that I decided to make it into cards. So now it's for sale on Cafepress.

Go buy some!

Friday, December 16, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 12:17 PM




Lots of lovely presents, tiny little pile.

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

Hello again.

Yesterday(i had been avoiding it all last week) i spent nearly three hours wrapping Christmas gift, writing tags for them and writing out cards to send to people...

After all that work imagine my despair at the size of the pile all these things made, all the effort i put into finding them all, (well. all that mouse dragging and the constant clciking to the next page) all the wrapping and writing and all piled up there as my big Christmas effort they look quite shameful, now, i'm no cheapskate, i spent money here, these are some damn good gifts, but all wrapped and tagged they just don't look as impressive as they did in the assorted bags and boxes they were in before i started!

It gives me the urge to go out and buy everyone another gift, just a small one, to make the Christmas pile look better...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 10:31 PM




Back!

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

Howdy, sorry i've neglected to be here supporting the boss, you know how life just gets in the way sometimes..

Well, i'm back now, how are you all??

posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 10:30 PM




Illustration Friday Small


Illustration Friday Small
Originally uploaded by wardi.
A couple of weeks ago the Illustration Friday topic was "Small", but I didn't get round to making it. Although I even had a sketch for it!

But now it's finally done and I wanted to share it!

I'm really, really happy about how it's turned out. I wanted it to have a retro 50's feel, and I think it has that.

It looks exactly like it did in my head!

Small, because there are so many presents that the tree looks smaaaaall.

My previous illustrations can be found here.

posted by Wardi @ 8:02 PM




Stamp from FI1485


Stamp from FI1485
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I may have posted this before, but it's so nice I can be excused to do it again.

It's from one of the Postcrossing postcards I've received.

For some reason I've received more postcards from Finland than anywhere else. I wonder if the Finnish people have nothing else to do!?

My postcards are here.

posted by Wardi @ 9:03 AM




Christmas stamp


Christmas stamp
Originally uploaded by wardi.
We used these for some of our (many!) Christmas cards.

I think it's very pretty.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:30 PM




Turn it off, bitches!!

Dammit!!

Why do people have to have music playing on their websites/blogs?? And why must it be the most obnoxious music in the whole world??

Do you want people to leave instantly???

And why, for the love of all holy toast, do you not give people the opportunity to turn off the music??

Gawd!!

posted by Wardi @ 5:19 PM




Living with the English (part six)

Today I posted 18 Christmas cards. We have another 10 to give to T's family + he had some to give to people at work.

In England that appears to be on the low side; some people send/give around 50 or more!! It is absolutely crazy how many Christmas cards these people send! But, considering that they send them to virtually anyone they know, it's bound to be a lot! A lot being 1.7 billion Christmas cards each year. That's the equivalent of 200,000 trees. {source}

For example, we're giving one to T's sister and her hubby. But we're also giving one to the nephew, who, being 2 years old, barely knows what a Christmas card is, and cares even less! On asking T why we must give him one, and not just include him on the one to his parents, he replied that "well, it's not really for him, it's for his parents".

Ho hum. Ok. So we're giving him one, but it's actually for his parents, who we're already giving one??

Also, it seems to be costumary that we give each other one. This also puzzles me. T explained it; it is to show that we care and think about each other. Which, since we live together, apparently is not already obvious.

So, you see, you must send/give many Christmas cards to do right by everyone. Even to people you rarely see, and have little in common with. It's a bit excessive, IMHO.

In Denmark, usually you send Christmas cards to people that you are close to, or atleast have some kind of regular interaction with.

Of course, it's nice to get Christmas cards and all that, but it seems that here it's some kind of weird status symbol, to be shown off on the mantle piece (above your focal point fireplace, but that's another matter altoghether!).


PS. Email me if you think we should exchange Christmas cards! ;-)

posted by Wardi @ 2:14 PM




Rear view

I was reading back on the old blog. Wow. It's kinda weird to go back down memory lane like that.

Transports me to a different time entirely. It seems so long ago.

I used the old blog between April and November 2003. My life was certainly different back then. And I'm pretty sure I don't want to be back there.

I wonder, do we change because life changes, or is it we that change and then life keeps up with those changes??

posted by Wardi @ 1:04 PM




Lesson of the day

Toasted = good.

Burnt to a crisp = bad.

posted by Wardi @ 12:35 PM




Double your efforts?? Ha!

Kalos, I just found this. It made me laugh. ;-)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:42 PM




Finial

A new favourite word.

Meaning of finial.

posted by Wardi @ 9:07 PM




Know me better??

You Belong in Paris

Stylish and a little sassy, you were meant for Paris.
The art, the fashion, the wine, the men!
Whether you're enjoying the cafe life or a beautiful park...
You'll love living in the most chic place on earth.


You Are Mexican Food

Spicy yet dependable.
You pull punches, but people still love you.


Your World View

You are a happy, well-balanced person who likes people and is liked by others.
You question whether many conventional views on morality are valid under all circumstances.
You are essentially a content person.

Sometimes, you consider yourself a little superior.
You are moral by your own standards.
You believe that morality is what best suits the occasion.


Your Birthdate: April 26

You lucked out the the skills to succeed in almost any arena.
Put you in almost any business or classroom, and you'll rise to the top.
You're driven and intense, but you also know when to kick back and cooperate.
Your ability to adapt to almost any situation is part of what's going to make you a success.

Your strength: Your attention to detail

Your weakness: You can be a little too proud of your successes

Your power color: Turquoise

Your power symbol: Arrow pointing up

Your power month: August


You Were a Whale

You see the unseen and connect on the deepest level.
You help others find their soul's song.


Arty Kid

Whether you were a drama freak or an emo poet, you definitely were expressive and unique.

You're probably a little less weird these days - but even more talented!


Your IQ Is 110

Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average

Your Verbal Intelligence is Above Average

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Above Average

Your General Knowledge is Genius


You Are 80% Weird

You're more than quirky, you're downright strange.
But you're also strangely compelling, like a cult leader.


Your Inner Child Is Sad

You're a very sensitive soul.
You haven't grown that thick skin that most adults have.
Easily hurt, you tend to retreat to your comfort zone.
You don't let many people in - unless you've trusted them for a long time.

posted by Wardi @ 9:33 AM




How you know that you should watch the news more often

Earlier this evening my mum emailed me and asked me if we could see the big fire north of London??

I turned to T and asked him what fire that might be??!

Turns out that yesterday there were explosions at an oil depot, and apparently they haven't put the fire out yet!! That's bloody scary! I'm glad it's not happened around here. Especially considering the environmental mess that'll likely follow.

And look at that big black cloud over London!

Monday, December 12, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:44 PM




Illustration Friday Surprise


Illustration Friday Surprise
Originally uploaded by wardi.
I haven't been doing the Illustration Friday thing for a couple of weeks, because my parents were here.

Blame it on the parents!

To be frank, I'm not entirely sure what is the element of surprise in this.

Perhaps it's that I'm actually in it! That is indeed a surprise to me, cause I am not terribly fond of having my picture taken. And even less fond of letting other people see those pictures!

Surprise me with an interpretation - I dare you!

As usual, my previous Illustration Friday entries are here.

posted by Wardi @ 11:20 PM




What I have learnt today

If somebody throws a chocolate bar at you, be sure to catch it. Or suffer the consequences.

Sunday, December 11, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 2:23 PM




Why do men put wallets in back pockets?

Why, I don't know, but apparently someone thought I might.

I don't. Didn't then, don't now, probably never will.

Saturday, December 10, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:21 PM




Space Cadets

There's a thing on Channel4 called Space Cadets. Basically it's 9 people who think that they are taking part in the selection process to be the first British space tourist. They think they are at a Russian base, but in reality they are on a disused army base in Suffolk, England.

Or so they programme claims.

Some of T's colleagues (and probably other people as well, people are like that) think that they really are in Russia, and that the joke is actually on the viewers who think the joke is on the contestants.

I think that sounds kinda silly. Especially since some of the things the would-be astronauts (though they won't actually experience weightlessness) are told, are complete and utter bollocks! Like that there's a city in Russia named after the monkey in space, Minski.

In all appearances, Channel4 has spent a lot of money on this, and it's on EVERY NIGHT!, but it's actually not very interesting. Not a lot happens, and i think they could easily have chopped air time down to 30 minutes in stead of the whole hour it is on for...

posted by Wardi @ 11:58 AM




Christmas card


Christmas card
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Been making more Christmas cards today. That's 12 so far. This one, and one more, are on Flickr. There's a third one, but that's for little sister and I don't want to spoil the surprise... ;-)

I think I may have persuaded T to make one or two as well. Though he did say that he doesn't know how.

But it really isn't difficult. You just grab some shiny paper and glue it on card along with some glitter.

Friday, December 09, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 3:46 PM




Yummyness

I've added another recipe to the Xmas page. Go forth and drool all over your keyboard.

posted by Wardi @ 2:22 PM




Human focus

Since photographing has become a semi-obsession for me, I've noticed soemthing very fascinating.

I see things more clearly and with more detail than the camera does. Even when the object is far away, my eyes can see a tiny little thing far better than the camera can. And when using the zoom on the camera, it still doesn't seem to be able to catch details in the same way.

Now, I'm no expert photographer by far, but I suspect that it's something to do with focus. What the camera can focus on and what the human eye can. I reckon the human eye is subjective, the camera isn't and that makes anything in the lense of equal value.

Anyway, this realisation is important for me in regards to my drawing and such. Because I can look at something at quite some distance, and draw minute details, details that the camera might not pick up.

Drawing is good.

Thursday, December 08, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 8:12 PM




Don't do as I do, do as I say

I know this person who professes to be ever so openminded and broadminded.

Yet...when it comes down to it, she is just as arrogantly prejudiced towards people, who are different from her, as everyone else.

There seems to be a long list of behaviours that she deems to be un-enlightened, and thus it is perfectly justifiable for her to take a dogmatic stance towards them.

I suppose she doesn't see the bias in her behaviour...

posted by Wardi @ 4:16 PM




Hung Up

Madonna's new song. Yeah. It's playing over and over in my head.

I don't know if it's good or bad.

If it's good, it must be entirely because of the ABBA sample.

ABBA rule!

posted by Wardi @ 2:42 PM




Security alert

This morning T's mum called to warn us to stay away from Lakeside (the big shopping area close to here) for the next few days as there is some kind of security alert there.

Apparently, some (Muslim) man had dropped his wallet and then a woman had picked it up and given it to him. To thank her, he is supposed to have said something like this: "kindness should be returned in kind; stay away from lakeside on December 8".

WTF??

posted by Wardi @ 2:31 PM




Harrods Store Guide


Harrods Store Guide
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Ever been to Harrods in London?? It's very posh and very, very big!

As for the poshness, some of the toilets aren't just mere toilets. No, they are "ladies'/gentlemen's luxury washrooms".

And boy are they luxury! Besides the actual toilets, there are little stalls with mirrors where you can sit down (on an upholstered seat!) and touch up your make-up. And there are carpets on the floor (though not in the actual toilets, that would be gross, non?).

As for the size of Harrods, that should be clear from the very fact that they have a Store Guide to help people find their way round the shop!

And it is needed! There are seven floors and you can find virtually anything you could possibly need. If you have the money, that is.

There are antiques, a Champagne & Oyster Bar, fitted carpets, cigars, a travel agent, prams, jewelry, tapestries, theatre tickets, riding equipment and anything else you could possibly desire.

Harrods also sports a Lost & Found, a bank, a safe deposit and of course there's the Memorial to Dodi and Diana...

Here are some pictures of our sightseeing in London with my parents.

And here you can also see some pictures of the Harrods Christmas decoration department and other London details.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 11:38 AM




Brunkager English recipe

There seems to be quite a few people ending up here looking for an English recipe for Brunkager, the Christmas cookies I mentioned recently.

Well, I'm always happy to oblige, and since I've already put it only, here's a handy link to the English recipe for Brunkager.

Maybe you'd like to see pictures of my brunkager, they can be found here.

If you used the recipe, why not tell me how they turned out??

Saturday, December 03, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 9:47 PM




Julehjerte


Julehjerte
Originally uploaded by wardi.
Christmas heart. I made that. They are traditional Danish Christmas decorations.

I like making my own decorations. I like buying pretty decorations as well, or to be given them as gifts!

But what I like the most is decorations that are special to me and tell a story. So that when I look at my Chrismas tree, I can look at each decoration and think back and remember times and people.

posted by Wardi @ 9:40 PM




Prepared

I wrote this a wee while ago, but didn't get round to post it. But I have to now, as my lowly assistant is showing off how he's bought all those Christmas presents...

The first of the four Sundays before Christmas has come and gone and in two days it'll be December 1st. In my family we've always decorated the house on that first Sunday, or atleast just in time for the beginning of December.

The funny thing is that you (when I say you, obviously I mean me, I can't possibly begin to generalise about all of y'all) tend to think of there being a month to Christmas, when in fact there are only 24 days.

And for us Danes it's only 23 as we celebrate and get presents on Christmas Eve. But I digress.

So you always seem to run out of time, don't you?? There's always something; presents still to be bought, Christmas tree to be decorated, or Christmas cards that quite possibly will never be sent!!

But this year I'm feeling rather good about my Christmas preparations. We already got the tree (though only partially decorated, I need to make some more decorations, it could pass for decorated in a pinch!).

Except for a few things that we've ordered online, we've got the presents for EVERYONE; there'll be no rush to get that last thing this year!

I guess I owe it to T that I'm this organized this year.

posted by Wardi @ 9:25 PM




Christmas shopping.

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

Hello Blogworld.

Still no sign of the boss, so it's me again:)
She must still be showing her parents around, a cover story for yet another part of the Denmarkian Invasion Plan if you ask me!

Anyhow, i'm here to brag about all the Christmas shopping i got done while i've been sick, God bless the internet, shopping on a wet Friday afternoon from the warmth of my house i get to avoid all the wandering around, the madness of the shops, uncontrolled children, and the crappy weather. Wonderful. I highly recommend it.

Roll on Christmas, i'm ready for you!

posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 8:20 PM




December again?

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

By the way, can you believe it's December again?? How quickly did this year go??
Soon be buying Easter Eggs... ;)

Thursday, December 01, 2005 posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 8:22 PM




Rings revisited.

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

Hello you lovely people.

I have been ill for most of this week, (still not 100%)and with the staying in bed a lot and sleeping throught the day, i have found myself awake at odd hours...

To pass the time i decided to rewatch the Lord of the Ring trilogy, not the theatrical released versions, oh no, they're for wimps! I watched the all-singing-all-dancing-special-magic-really, really hours and hours-extended-versions (that may not be their actual name)

Anyhow, the point of this is i hadn't watched these DVDs since they first came out which is quite a while and i'd forgotten just how damn good they are, dramatic exciting with some amazing action sequences,(and not a few confusing names) so i reckon you should all go watch them now, or if you don't have them put 'em on your Christmas list, i've seen them selling quite cheap here and there, and these three films are really worth the money.

Tell 'em Glory sent you ;)

posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 7:59 PM




Stephen, Steven, Steve and Ste...


The boys at the bar.
Originally uploaded by KudosGlory.

Wardi presents guestblogger/chief tickler

Howdy BlogWorlders of the world.

Just to clear up a question asked of me by the Boss about my holiday pictures.
Of the four of us who went away three of us are named Steven, both the other two Stephen Higgs and Stephen MacAnulty spell their names with the "PH", whereas, I on the other hand, have the more straight forward "V".

Here, look at the picture...

On the left we have Mr Stephen MacAnulty, (who we all call Macca) next to him is Mr Stephen Higgs, the Welsh git (who we all call the Welsh Git!) (only joking) and to the far right we have me: Steven, i hope this clears up any confusion over the descriptions of any future photos you may look at boss :)

By the way the other bloke in the pic is called Jamie, so no confusion there!

posted by Ysblander/Glory/Kudos @ 7:28 PM