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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Fake grass and city lights

Some pictures from when we were in London to watch QI. Aren't these fake grass oversize chairs awesome? I saw them last year too, so I'd wager a guess it's something they put out every summer at the National Theatre.

Ice cream van. Sure haven't got anything like that in Denmark. Well, we do, but you have to buy a whole box of ice cream at a time. No singles like here.

Southbank at night. Pretty, huh?

London Eye. With Big Ben waaay in he distance.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Granny A Day 35

35 granny squares... And that's only about half of what I've made. Because, you know, I got a little bit obsessed with making them. I am debating whether or not to block the squares. Yes, that would open them up, but I am wondering if that won't happen automatically with use..?

At the moment, though, still no crocheting for me. It's been a week since I saw the doctor who told me "take these tablets 3 times a day for ten days". She didn't say what to do if the tablets didn't work... and to be honest, I do not feel that there's been any difference. So, that sucks. No crochet, man.

Instead I have been doing a bit of painting. I got some acrylic paints for my birthday and now I'm putting those to good use. It's been a looong time since I used acrylics. Takes a bit of getting used to how quick it dries. I'll show you what I'm working on very soon. :-)

On Friday we're going to London to see the filming of an episode of QI (well, hopefully, we've got tickets, but apparently they don't let everybody in!), which is sure to be a hoot. Certainly was last year!
We're going right after lunch to maybe go see a free exhibit or so I can do some drawing. Anyone who can point me in the direction of a cool place to draw that's not too far from the Southbank Centre?

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Along Brompton Road

Coming from Sloane Street, this is the back of Harrod's. I love those columns. Sorry about the low detail visibility, this picture (and the following) was taken with my mobile...

Can anyone tell me why the world needs THAT?!

A sneaky shot inside Divertimenti in Brompton Road. They have pretty much everything you could want for your cooking. I bought some bits for my baker husband.

If you have ever been to the Natural History Museum in London you have (hopefully!!) noticed all the details on the walls. And the floor and the ceiling. It really is one of the kick-ass beautifullest (erm, is that even a word) building in all of London.

Some pink blossoms outside the NHM. So pretty. But is pink ever NOT pretty?

Still the NHM, seen from Brompton Road. The picture does not do it justice. It is so beautiful. The contrast between the grey and the "yellow" stone is stunning.

This poster always makes me smile. It reminds me of Doozers. :-)

I didn't get a lot of drawing done, but I am happy with the few I did do. All at the V&A. My goal was to draw at the NHM, but there aren't really anywhere you can sit down and draw the dino bones plus it was absolutely teeming with kiddies. So I gave up on that.

...I feel like I should be quite excited about going to London. It is one of the top want-to-visit cities in the world, after all. But it just leaves me absolutely exhausted whenever I go there. Tony's theory is that it's the train ride there that knocks me out. Maybe that is part of it. But it's just so huge. And there are soooo many people everywhere, and the noise.

Am I the only one who feels overwhelmed by the Big City?


PS: I am terribly behind on email replies. I apologise. I shall get on it as soon as possible. :-)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

And now I can make some rugbrød!

Yesterday in London we went to Scandinavian Kitchen, a restaurant which, yes, you probably guessed it, serves Scandinavian food. We didn't eat there, though, we went so I could buy some Danish food stuff. Like this big box of flødeboller. I don't even know how to describe what they are. They have a thin waffle like bottom, the white is a puffy, creamy sweet thing made from beaten eggs and covered with thin dark chocolate.

They are yummy! Unfortunately, a few hours being banged about on the Tube and in the streets, made some of them break. But they are still yummy! And the worst of them I put in the freezer because broken, frozen flødeboller are also very, very nice! They are not a Christmas speciality, by the way. I just fancied some, seeing as they had them. Ha!

We went to Liberty and then down to Carnaby Street where the All Saints shop had loads of old Singer sewing machines in the window. How cool is that? Not terribly photogenic, but you get the idea, right?

And how about this cool Christmas tree in Levi's, or whereveer it was...? I think I'm going to make a 'tree' like that next year. Ok, maybe not. ;-)

And these giant snowmen were floating graciously above the street. What with there rarely being any snow for Christmas, sometimes it's difficult to get into the right mood. But somehow these guys made me think, hell yeah, it IS almost Christmas, wahey!!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Why are titles so hard to think of?

I had to go to London today. Tony got a new bike and it was delivered to a shop by Fenchurch St Station, but since he already had his other bike, he needed someone to get the new one home. Very exciting for you to know, right?

I had every intention of going to the Royal Academy of Art to see the Hammershøi exhibition, but then I didn't. I got, er, sidetracked by the several stories of books and magazines in Borders in Oxford Street! But I did spot this bit of street art in Tottenham Court Road. It looked familiar somehow, and so it is; a similar one was posted over on the Wooster Collective blog. But no other information 'bout it. But... I think that is the intriguing thing about street art.

I've still not got round to looking through my Stonehenge etc pictures, but I did manage to do a quick drawing of it. I wish I could have had more time to draw it. It was quite lovely in the morning sun...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Girly Orla

This is probably about as far as I'll get to owning an Orla Kiely original. I got these badges at Tate Modern yesterday. I couldn't decide which colour to get, so I though, what the heck, I'll just get all three. And really, they do look better together. In my opinion anyway. They had several things designed by her, for the Tate. But tempting as it was, I ain't paying £20 for an umbrella!

I have a bunch of pictures from London from yesterday, but I just can't be bothered to go through them and adjust them, so that'll have to wait.

Orla is a funny name. In Denmark it's a guy's name. And a pretty old fashioned one as well.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sore feet

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Mosaic Monday, June 9

1. Medium Zip pouches, 2. Twinkle mini quilt, 3. ...cushion for pins..., 4. Great Aunt Irma mini quilt detail, 5. Dots, 6. Godisgrytlapp!, 7. Flower purse, 8. coeur_escargot_, 9. Próximo a ir à tesoura, 10. Peony, 11. small leaves, 12. WIP: Pink Poppy Sunrise, 13. garden.craft, 14. Happy Tuesday, 15. More Doodle Fun, 16. Little Italy

Nice and summer-y, eh? And speaking of which, I think I probably won't go to the Big Smoke tomorrow. I like London in theory, but I don't care much for the dust, noise and throngs of people, add to that warm weather and I wouldn't be a happy camper. Although, of course, I could change my mind, but that I won't know until I suddenly find myself on a smelly tube train wedged between a German tourist in orthopaedic sandals and a business man in a fancy suit. Oh wells. I'm woman, it's my prerogative to change my mind, right?

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

You think of a title

Ack. Not much crafting is going on here. Well, there is, but I haven't got any pictures of it. That is a combination of the camera batteries needing charging and me being to lazy to put them in the charger. So in stead here's a picture from last year. English peeps can probably guess what shops those bags are from. ;-)

Yesterday we tried watching two films: Blood Diamond and Michael Clayton. About 25 minutes into Blood Diamond I had to ask Tony to turn it off; it was just too much. The scene where they are 'training' the kids to be soldiers had me in tears. I do not cope well with cruelty. Michael Clayton was just boring. Maybe I would have turned out okay, but if you're almost nodding off, it doesn't bode well, now, does it?

So I had this crazy idea: how about a meet-up? With very short notice: on Tuesday! I'm going to London (if it's not too swelteringly hot!) to see this Street Art exhibition at Tate Modern, do a bit of drawing somewhere and finishing off with a visit to the opening of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at the Hayward. You may know that Helle of Gooseflesh has made part of this - from plastic bags (among them, those in the picture up there!) - and she will be there for the opening.

Whaddya say? Email me if you're up for it. :-)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Pharaohs let us down

So, this afternoon we went to see the Tutankhamun exhibition at the O2. A bit underwhelming, to be honest. Not sure what we were expecting exactly, but it didn't quite live up to it. Photography wasn't allowed, so you'll have to make do with this sketch I made. I could have spent a lot more time sketching, of course, but someone was impatient. ;-) There were some interesting artefacts there. And, something I often find, the humblest things are usually the most interesting.

It's just a real shame that the exhibition didn't have more of a WOW factor. I think unless you're a major Egypt buff, or someone gives you the ticket to see it, it's not worth a day trip to go see.

Anyway, it did give us a chance to have a closer look at the O2, previously known as the Millennium Dome. It's not really what I'd call a beauty, but it does have its charm. The sheer size is certainly impressive. It took us 5-10 minutes to walk from the main entrance to the entrance of the exhibit. More photos from the O2 in this Flickr set.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Detour + London

We picked my mum up from Stansted airport on Friday and were supposed to have dinner in a restaurant close to where we live. But there was a lot of traffic on the motorway and we decided to take another way. Which we kind of knew, but had never driven before on our own. So it ended up involving a bit of a scenic detour and we decided to eat in a Harvester we came upon along the way. I had to take a couple of pictures because of the building it was in, so lovely with the old wood beams and stuff.

And how cosy is this little nook? The food wasn't that great (at least mine wasn't), but the place itself was really nice.

My mum and I went to London on Saturday and went to the V&A for a quick visit. Then afterwards we got on the wrong tube line, but it all worked out in the end because we got off at the next stop and we saw this guy! Why would there be a giant panda head in a tube station?

Once we got on the right tube we went to Paradise. Or it would be to anyone even remotely interested in fabrics and fashion and that sort of thing. We went to Joel and Son in Church Street. It is AMAZING! Floor to ceiling with bolts and bolts of fabric and lace in any pattern and colour you could possibly imagine. Let me just say this again: it is AMAZING! If you go to London you must go there. Even if you can't afford to buy anything; some of it is pretty pricey, but it is haute couture fabrics after all - and Supplier of Fabrics to the Queen. I could go on and on about this (did I mention it?) AMAZING place, but I'll stop myself so I don't bore you to death.

I can't possibly imagine why they would have this pipe smoking chap on the wall at Baker Street station. Any ideas? ;-)

In Oxford Street we had a slice of pizza each and I liked the bag they were in.

A shop window in Carnaby Street. Everyone's heard of Carnaby Street, haven't they? I never realised where it was before. I didn't miss anything, this was the high light...

In the windows at Liberty they had a teaser for the current exhibition at the V&A, China Design Now (which I really want to see). Several windows with plastic toys. All made in China.

Sooo many toys.

Even Jar Jar is made in China.

And a pretty neon sign.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Supernatural Superserious

You may or may not know this, but I LOOOVE REM! On Monday their new album 'Accelerate' is out and I'm so excited! Especially because I've already heard the whole album; they released it on iLike.com yesterday (go check it out) and I must say iLike it! ;-) If you like REM too, you might also want to go check out the concert they played at Royal Albert Hall yesterday, which was sent live on BBC's Radio 2. Later this year we're going to see them play at Twickenham and I just can't wait!

As you know, my mum is coming over on Friday and Saturday the two of us are going to London to look at dresses and dress related things (if I don't find a dress and we stick with the DIY dress plan). But other than that it'd be nice to check out some... crafty/arty/inspiring places/shops, so if you know about something like that that you think I'd like to check out, please let me know!

There are more things to be excited about this week, but I won't say another word about that yet. I don't want to ruin in my excitement until I have the object of my desire in my grubby little hands. ;-)

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The sky was grey in the morning

Just a few pictures from my day trip to London. I like these gas 'towers'. I've never seen them anywhere else but here in England.

I like this building. There's a yellow one next to it.

I don't care much for this building, but for some reason the contrast between the blue and the white caught my eye today.

Lovely blue detail on steps. Leading down to the Oxford Circus Tube station, in case you're curious.

And a girl with very long legs in a very short skirt. She must have been freezing! Or just plain mad!

It was cold (but sunny) today and I still feel like I haven't warmed through yet, so I think I'm gonna go curl up under a blanket in front of the telly and -oh, I don't know- maybe do some crochet.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

Lemon-y heart morsel

As you might have realised by now, Tony is quite the cake baker (and yes, I did actually look up those links!) and yesterday he made Lemon Drizzle cake. Oh. My. God. That is one yummy cake! But then, I am a sucker for lemon-y, lime-y tasting treats.

And speaking of lemon treats, I've got some pancakes to make for tomorrow - I won't have time to do it tomorrow because I may go on a small adventure to London to a) do some drawing, b) possibly look for a dress, and c) go check out this exhibit at the V&A: Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft. I love the V&A, it's so amazing, but one thing I really dislike is entering it through the underground entrance. They've got some guard type people there, to search people's bags, but it isn't exactly clear if everyone has to be searched or what. So I always walk straight past them, pretending they're not there, because if everybody is supposed to have their bag searched, then they should bloody well make that known to people. But because I try to avoid eye contact with them, I feel like they think I'm some kind of criminal with intentions of running off with the entire silverware collection! Of which I have no intentions; polishing silver is a bloody nuisance! ;-)

Anyway, back to those pancakes. And I'm sorry if this post has been a waste of time for you, it does seem rather pointless, so maybe I should just delete it already. But then, that would make it even MORE pointless, so there we are.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

So, London...

This is the National Gallery. We didn't go there. We went to the National Portrait Gallery, which is just around the corner.

I was a bit early, so I sat on a bench in Trafalgar Square. Some people were rehearsing an Indian dance or something.

It was nice, sitting in the sun, listening to the music.

And doing a drawing of one of the sculptures in the fountain.

That's the sculpture. No idea who it is, but it's some kind of man with fishtail. Merman?

After eating our lunch in Trafalgar Square, we walked to Covent Garden. I like the architecture. And the stalls with different arty and crafty things. Some more interesting than others.

Like these fun t-shirts. How cute is that hamster?!!

An interesting walkway by the ballet (I think...).

Cute vintage dresses outside a shop with a cool sign!

Pretty green glass detail on a green door. I like green, remember?

I left a crochet tag (croffiti!) in the toilets at Liberty! I think if anyone, they would appreciate it, eh? I mean, people there knit or crochet while they are working!

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