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Monday, November 09, 2009

Special delivery

Very special indeed. We won't be spending Christmas in Denmark this year, although we were supposed to - we alternate between here and there. So, to ensure some semblance of a Proper Christmas, I ordered a few key Danish ingredients. I was actually supposed to go to a shop/cafe in London which sells some Danish foods, but I couldn't be sure that they would have what I needed, especially now, getting so close to Christmas. And the delivery cost was about the same as a return ticket to London, so why not have it delivered? :-)

Especially, Kirsebær sauce. It is a cherry sauce which you have with risalamande, the traditional Danish Christmas dessert, it's a rice pudding sort of thing, but you eat it cold and it also has whipped cream and chopped almonds in it. It is VERY yummy! But of course you can't buy the cherry sauce overhere, I have tried improvising with some tinned cherries in a 'sauce', but it's just not the same. At all.

I also bought some 'kransekagemasse', which is a marzipan mix you use for baking a special kind of cake, kransekage. A lot of Danish families have it with champagne on New Year's Eve and since Tony really likes kransekage, I thought he should have some for New Year's. But without the champagne, because neither of us likes it. And to be perfectly honest, I don't think that champagne and kransekage go very well together, because kransekage is VERY sweet. But maybe that's just me...

And then I also got some sweeties. 'Tyrkisk peber' which is a hard liquorice candy with a hot, salty liquorice powder inside them. You just can't get proper salty liquorice overhere! Plus some Danish sweeties that Tony likes. Sweeties for my sweet. :-)

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dracula sweets

Maybe I should have waited to post this in 3 weeks or so... No idea what they actually have to do with Dracula.

Nevermind. These are some of my favourite Danish sweets. Salty liquorice hard candy. Salty powder over a hard sweet inner. Yummy. Funny how tastes are different from country to country; I think not many people outside of Denmark/Scandinavia would find this salty liquorice taste appealing.

Also, isn't the packaging pretty awesome? I don't think it has changed in all the time I remember it (except that I am pretty darn sure that there's less in the bag these days than when I was little!). Totally old skool. :-)

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fabric + happy beginning

I was going to end this post by saying something along the lines of "well, this is all nice and stuff, but since I haven't got a working sewing machine, all this lovely fabric will just sit there for goodness knows how long."

BUT! I don't have to end this post like that. No! Because the sewing machine is fixed. I fixed it! Me! I had a theory on what was wrong with it, so I took the mechanics, surounding the bobbin, apart to see if my theory was right: that when the needle came loose and fell down there, it somehow nicked into the metal.

That theory was wrong, because there was no damage to be seen on any of the parts. But after I put everything back together the machine is working again! So maybe the parts were just knocked slightly out of alignment and that is why the needle kept catching on something. In any case, it's working now. I fixed it! I am soooo happy! Not least because it saved a visit with the sewing machine doctor!

Anyway, after this happy news, let's look at some happy fabric!

I bought these (and a couple of solids, but no picture of them because that's not as interesting) in Denmark. In Stof & Stil, for anyone who is interested. I am wondering if I should get my mum to get some more of the black one because I think it might be cute as a skirt. What do you reckon? A bit over the top?

The other one is pretty cute, I think. For a bit of Christmas sewing. Not sure what, though. But I am sure some kind of inspiration will hit me at some point. And it was just too cute to not take home a little bit of it. :-)

These are from another Danish shop, called Malika & Rosa. I needed some cute fabric for my mum's birthday present. Actually, the fabric is the present, she will make it into an apron, pot holders and other kitchen-y textile items. So she got something pretty that also provides an excuse for doing some sewing. Not that she needs one! ;-)

Anyway, my mum got some of the teal coloured one on the left - I ordered a little bit extra so I could have some too. And the other two somehow fell into my virtual shopping basket as well. Strange how that happens, eh? ;-)

These two were also waiting for me in Denmark - a complete surprise from my sweet mum. She totally spoils me. Aren't they fun? They are also from Stof & Stil.

So. Now that my sewing machine is working again and I have all this lovely fabric to play with - where do I start?! ;-)

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Where the view takes you

This is the view from my uncle's summer house. It is also his home when he is in Denmark. He lives most of the year in Greenland. The house is very close to where my mum's dad lives and I've spent a lot of time in this place. It is kind of boring, to be honest. But in a nice way. Because sometimes it is nice to get away from everything. And you definitely do when you are there. You have to make, or bring, your own entertainment. Or you can just sit and look at the view. Looking at the view is always good. Let time flow with the waves, taking your imagination with you...

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Friday, September 18, 2009

A room for living

Just thought I'd show you a few pictures from of my parents' home. Their living room, to be more precise.

It's a nice, homey mix of 'old' furniture from my grandparents' home and newer ones. I am just realising that there's quite a lot of brown there, but it doesn't feel dark. I guess because the walls, floor and ceiling are all light coloured. And the big south facing windows probably help too!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Language is quirky

Translated literally from, English to Danish, butterfly is 'smørflue'. The actual Danish word is sommerfugl which literally is 'summerbird'. Funny, huh? :-)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The big purge - take one

Look at all this stuff. It's my stuff. It's been in my parents' loft for the past 4 years. This is just some of it, actually. But sorting through it, we're taking baby steps. Well, I am. Not letting anyone else sort it, because how will they know what is treasure and what is kind of treasure? ;-)

Most of it is books. I love books and it is really difficult for me to get rid of books. But looking at all the books I in these boxes and considering that I haven't missed (most of) them in the past fours without them... well, I guess it is time to let go of some of them. Even some that I really love. Because you can't keep everything forever. Can you?

So the books have been sorted: books to keep - including my collection of very old books, most of which are over 100 years old! books to try and sell and books that my parents can dispose off how they see fit.

Why is it difficult to let go off things? Is it the thought of all the money 'wasted'? Why do we get emotionally attached to Stuff? I have moved home many times and everytime there's all this stuff that i have to move around too. Some of it I can definitely (proven fact!) live without. I find it kind of difficult to deal with my two conflicting feelings about stuff: I want stuff: pretty things and books and maybe a few cds; and how about some pretty bowls or cushion covers. Etc. And I also know that I don't need most of that and I really like my surroundings to be as calm and simple as possible...

How about you? How do you deal with Stuff?

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The place I love...

Has separate traffic lights for cyclists. And cycle lanes are a natural element of urban (and rural) planning.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Electric with anticipation

As you maybe know, I buy the yarn I use in Denmark. We are going there tomorrow (yay!) and I'll be stocking up on yarn (more yay!). Now, occasionally, some have expressed an interest in yarn to make the Electric Rainbow blanket.

I'd be happy to bring some over for, say, 2-3 people. So if anyone is still interested please email me over the weekend (by Tuesday at the very latest). Price for yarn + pattern and postage is below. The yarn is enough to make a blanket with 5 repeats of the colours, so it's a bit bigger than the one in these pictures.

£16 for pattern + yarn (pattern on its own, by email, £2.50)

Postage
UK: 2nd class recorded: £3.00
EU countries: regular airmail: £4.00, international signed for: £7.00
Rest of world: regular airmail: £6.00, international signed for: £10

Right-o, I better go do some packing! :-)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Stitch memory

This is a shot from my parents' living that I took when we were last in Denmark. Flowers from their garden. I made the cushion covers. I only just noticed how well they go with that vase.. :-)

The embroideries on the cushions are made from a couple of my sketches from Rome. I can only recommend embellishing cushions (or other things) in this way. You don't even have to use drawings. You could just use a picture from a holiday. It will give you enjoyment twice: while working on the embroidery you'll be taken back to that time and place and afterwards you get to live with your memories in a tactile form. Not buried in a photo album. ;-)

Eventually I will get similar ones made for us as well. One day. For now I'll enjoy seeing these when we visit my parents. Which isn't that far away now, less than 7 weeks. I can live with that.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Pretty in pink and more

I thought I'd just show you a couple (or three) of my birthday presents. These are all from H&M Home! From my parents, naturally, 'cause you can only buy that stuff in Scandinavia (as far as I know).

In the picture above is a socalled hamam towel. It has a lovely texture to it, but I don't think I would use it as a towel. Instead I am going to use it as a (wide!) table runner. Very sophisticated with the gray and white stripes, no? :-)

Then, this fab bag. I am just in love with that image. So happy and busy and colourful. And so very 70s!

The bag didn't come alone, it came in a set with this huge piece of fabric. It is hemmed and everything. But there is no indication as to what it is for in the catalogue, it's just called 'fabric'. Very puzzling. But hey, I don't mind a large piece of fab fabric! Just haven't quite decided what to use it for. Unfortunately, I don't think my dear husband would like it as a bed spread - he's so boring! ;-)

And then there is this actual table runner. I really like this sort of drawings. A bit difficult to see it in this photo, pre-ironing. Still not been ironed, but what can ya do, eh?

Here you can see the drawings a lot better. Aren't they pretty? And, only when I was taking these pictures, did I notice that there are actually stitches here and there on the drawing! I know, it is made in Malaysia or something so it's not like it is 'handmade', if you know what I mean! But I still think it is a nice design touch. Gives it more dimension if you will.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

In bloom

Goodmorning! Er, maybe a slightly less enthusiastic goodmorning is more appropriate, it is kinda gray and drizzly here... Ah well, makes a good excuse for looking through some of my photos from Denmark.

Like these of my dad's apple tree. The one above (notice that little red guy?) and the following 3 were taken on my birthday - before the sun started shining properly.

You can almost feel the tension in the buds - ripe and ready to burst into bloom.



And a little over a week later, they certainly had.

I love apple blossoms. Well, pretty much any spring blossom is great in my book. But there's just something about apple blossoms... do you know what it is?


I wish I had an apple tree. Or an orchard of apple trees. You only need 5 for that. It's true, I saw it on TV.

Oh and look, there's another little guy that wanted to be photographed. Hadn't even noticed him until after I took the picture.

I hope we can go back next year for the apple blossoming....

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Raspberry in the sun

We're back from Denmark, but it may be a couple of days before things are up to their normal speed (or normal lack of it, heh). After two weeks of mostly being in Denmark there is a bit of tidying and washing and other stuff to do.

Pictures are coming of recent granny squares, apple blossoms, yarn, a day out with my parents and some of my birthday presents! But first, I have to take a shower, then call the doctor to get an appointment so I can get my thumb looked at that has been acting a bit silly the last few weeks. Such fun.

That bottle up there, by the way, is from that day out with my parents. I came across it left on a table. I wanted to take it with me (in Denmark you also pay a small amount for the bottle when you buy soft drinks or beer or whatever, but you get the money back when you return it to a bottle recycling machine thingy. Meaning that most bottles get recycled in Denmark, hurrah!), but Tony wouldn't let me. So I took a picture instead. It is quite pretty too, isn't it?

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Headed for Denmark again

My mum made pizza on the BBQ for dinner on my birthday. It was very yummy - except she forgot that very essential thing for a pizza: the oregano! But we added that and then it was pretty darn awesome!

Well, we're off to Denmark tomorrow, for the funeral on Thursday. Strange to be going back there so soon! Only wish it was for a cheerier reason. But such is life and life moves on.

I have a load of pictures from last week, I'll show you next week. Among others a whole bunch of vintage cars. Because, you know, who doesn't like vintage cars?!

Right, adios - until next week!

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Home and back again

Hey, we're back from Denmark. We had a nice time, celebrating my birthday with friends and my parents. Went on an outing with my parents and my dad bought a bright green old car. Craziness! And I got a crazy amount of yarn. But more about all that later - haven't got any pictures of the yarn!

We are (unfortunately) going back to Denmark on Wednesday to take part in my grandad's funeral. He passed away last night, with the family around him. He had his 91th birthday in early April and was doing fairly well, apart from going through dialysis treatment a few times a week (for the past 11 years), until he had a fall about a week ago. I am glad that we were in Denmark so I could say goodbye to him - although he wasn't able to respond and probably wasn't too aware what was going on around him. But he is at peace now, and we are thankful for that and for the fact that it was not a long drawn-out period of time for him. Rest in peace, farfar.

I will try and get through some of my emails before Wednesday, but I think you will understand if replies are a bit slow. :-)

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Off to Denmark

This is one of my favourite photos from Rome. This is the Trevi Fountain -in case you didn't know. The photo was taken on a rainy day -stating the obvious- we had walked from our hotel to the Fountain and on the way there black clouds gathered and by the time we got there, it was raining - we didn't have umbrellas, but we'd brought rain ponchos. Which are a very good thing, except that they get wet and when it gets time to take them off again, where do you put it?

But nevermind that. Because it was raining I put my camera under tha poncho and then I thought, well hey, I am going to take pictures like this. I like how it makes the picture seem slightly out of focus. And I also like how it reminds me that being on holiday isn't always ice cream and sunny skies. Holidays are like life in that way.. ;-)

Anyway, why am I posting this now? I have no idea - I guess I just needed a picture for this post. ;-)

However, it does sorta tie in with the fact that we are going on holiday tomorrow - a week in Denmark! Yay! I am so happy. I get to celebrate my birthday (on Sunday) with my parents and my friends. I can't think of a better way to spend my birthday.

I don't know if I'll be posting while we're away, but I have prepared a few posts that will appear as if by magic through the week, so you won't be completely deprived. ;-)

To celebrate my birthday, there's 33% off all items in my shops with a price tag over $10 until Saturday May 2. All you have to do is write 'CAKE' in the message to seller and I'll refund you the 33%. This only applies to the actual item, postage is not included in the reduction. So if you want one of the crochet blankets, now's the time to strike! Artfire shop & Etsy shop.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crochet cycle chic

Hey, I just stumbled upon these over on the Copenhagen Cycle Chic blog. Crochet bicycle seat covers!! They are from Danish women's magazine Hendes Verden. It is in Danish, but should anyone want a translation, I'd be happy to do one for you.

I miss Denmark, I really do. Big sigh.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

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One of our lomo pictures from Rome. Tony was in charge of the lomo, so this is actually his picture. I really rather like it!

We're off to Denmark tomorrow. I can't wait. It is going to be sooo nice to get away from everything here. The last couple of months have not exactly been Happy. Need a break to charge the creative, and other, batteries.

And I'm taking the lomo so I can take some pictures with that of my home town. Of favourite places, like streets and shops.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Seriously, I NEED all of the following

Glass for growing hyacinth. It is GREEN, need I say more?

A FAKE deer trophy. Cute. So cute.

A porcelain grater. For garlic, yes. Would be so much easier to clean than one of those garlic presses. Which I haven't got. Exactly because it is such a bore to clean.
A mug which you can write on with chalk. SE-RI-OUS-LY. I could make Tony a cup of tea and write on it: I *heart* you.

Ohhhh dear, this cake stand is so simple and pretty and elegant. Of course, at chez moi it would be used to hold some of the delicious cakes my dear husband makes.

All these lovely things, and more, are available from the Danish shop called Tiger. Pronounced 'teeer', not how you think you should pronounce it. If you are very lucky (you live in Denmark) you can go to a Tiger shop right in your own country too: England, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands. PS: what does "Lekker surfen in het donker" mean?

I guess it is a dead give away whenever a trip to Denmark draws near. I get to thinking about things I want/need to do while there, places I'd like to go, food I'd like to eat and little things I want to take home with me. And it is always silly things I take home. Like, bordering on ridiculous: washing up brushes! But, you see, the English do their dishes with a cloth, or sometimes a sponge. Bizarre. Which of course is the reason why they don't know how to make a proper washing up brush. ;-)

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Know Swedish? I need your help!

I'm going to crochet a shawl for the wedding, and I have found the perfect pattern (it has a leaf like motif!) But it is in Swedish! Oh dear! I can read and understand Swedish pretty well, but I'm incapable of deciphering the pattern instructions. Could you have a look and tell me what the abbreviations mean?

Yikes! I just had a closer look on Ravelry (where I found the pattern) and it's a knitting pattern! A bloody knitting pattern! What the frell am I going to do now? Oh dear, oh dear. Ermm. Does any of you know of a similar pattern for crochet? Or, are you a genius who can turn it into a crochet pattern? Man, I really need to start reading things and not just looking at the pretty pictures.

My mum made waffles yesterday. They are thin and light, very unlike Belgian waffles. And yummier. Mmm, yum!

And, er, sorry I lied, here's another peek at the dress. It's VERY red. Wasn't supposed to be quite this red, but they didn't have any more of the bolt we had originally seen, so the colour is a little bit different. Never mind.

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Mum's Monday surprise

Hello, hello, I can finally reveal that Tony and I are in Denmark right now! Woohoo! I couldn't say it before, for fear that my mum might see it on my blog. Because it is her birthday on Thursday so we wanted to surprise her! Although, we won't actually be here on Thursday (going back Wednesday), but that's almost as good, no? And she certainly was surprised!

My dad, who has been in on this the whole time, picked us up at the airport and then we went to Århus to try and find my mum. You see, she had gone there to do some dress related shopping (which we hadn't exactly planned on!), but my dad couldn't ask her too many questions about where she was or where she was going, lest she figure out that something was going on! But he managed to get her to go to this craft/paper shop and there we were, hiding behind a van! I jumped out from behind it and said "mum!", but at first it didn't register that it was me, because how could it be? He he, the look on her face when she realised that we were actually there! Hooray for surprises!

The (new type of) Happyscape up there is my mum's present. Well, we are her present too. I think she liked that!

Of course, we are also here so I can try on my dress. Which she has only just started making today! The last couple of weeks I've been bugging here slightly "sooo, have you started my dress yet?" The answer being no, because she was waiting for the fabric! Which she got on Friday - and I almost spilled the beans then so she could get a head start on the dress. But I didn't! I managed to keep my mouth shut. Ha!

These little Hapyscapes are also a birthday present, for one of my friends. I've made them on pages from the small watercolour Moleskine I've got. Heh, finally found a use for it. And rounding all the corners makes them look really rather sweet. :-)

Phew! I'm sorry to be so wordy... I'm really tired, got up at 3:45 this morning! And when I'm really, really tired my brain tends to overload!

Hope you're all having a fab Monday too!

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scribbled by Carina 7/07/2008 03:10:00 PM


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Thursday, June 05, 2008

Lies + glass

My friends have lied to me. And they made my mum lie to me! But it's all good. You see, in Denmark the hen night (polterabend in Danish - although that's originally a German word...) is supposed to be a surprise and the bride will be 'kidnapped' by her friends.

And this is exactly what happened on Saturday. My mum told me that we were going to the hotel to sort out the menu for the wedding, but when we got there, there were my friends shouting "SURPISE!" At first I didn't even realise that it was anything to do with me. I was REALLY surprised! And I looked at Tony and said "did you know about this??!!" He didn't. He was just as surprised.

Well, off we went to a little village close to where my parents live and first we sat outside and had cake and fruit in the sunshine.

Then we went to the studio of a glass artist and we were going to make a large glass bowl! First she explained about different techniques and I was really itching to have a go! They let me pick the colours for the bowl and make a design (I'm glad about this, because I have seen other similar bowls and they are not always terribly pleasing to the eye. But I digress.)

Up there is my friend Solveig, she's writing her name on the middle tile of the bowl. Of course, I do have better pictures of my friends from that day, but I wouldn't feel comfortable about any of them randomly posting pictures of me on the interwebs, so I won't do that to them. Maybe I should have taken pictures of their shoes...

Here is the glass artist putting the pieces together on top of a large sheet of glass, which forms the base of the bowl. The whole thing melts together into one solid piece of glass when it goes in the kiln. It was quite interesting making this. You work with glass powders in different colours and you can make many different effects in it. There's also a tube with paint that you can use like a pen and write or draw on the glass. I think that's the bit I liked the best.

This is a view of the courtyard outside the studio. It was very nice.

And a really bad photo showing some things in the studio.

Here's the finished bowl (before firing in the kiln). It will be placed over a form and will then take the shape of that. The colours look quite pale, but that will all change once it's been fired. It's kinda like glazes for ceramics, they're not always the real colour before firing. I really love it already, and I can't wait to see the finished bowl!

I'm really happy that my friends picked this 'activity' for my polterabend. I do not take kindly to the kind of public humiliation that can sometimes be a part of a polterabend in Denmark, and I don't really drink, so a night on the town would have been a total waste!

Of course, that's not to say that I didn't have any alcohol - there was a couple of glasses of wine. In the sunshine, on the patio of my friends' new house. And I mean new, there's not even a lawn yet!

A lovely, lovely house. Look, even the shadows in the evening are lovely. I could do with a house in Denmark. But you knew that, didn't you? ;-)

Here's my friend's hubby doing the bbq version of a mushroom cloud. I hope he doesn't mind me posting this picture, but I figure, you can barely see him behind all that smoke!

And then there was dessert. Ice cream in the flavours of Danish sweets and chocolate milk. Friggin' amazing! I especially liked the liquorice one. Yummy!

I had a GREAT time. It was such a surprise and I really, really appreciate it. It is sometimes very difficult to be away from the people I know in Denmark. I know, there's email and stuff, but it just isn't the same I tells ya. And now that picture of the ice cream is making me long for some chocolate milk....

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scribbled by Carina 6/05/2008 06:03:00 PM


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