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Friday, November 27, 2009

I like...

...to wrap presents in a simple and kind-of messy way... using my new Japanese masking tape and a paper 'doily'...

...the brown paper is from IKEA - quite cheap and fairly sturdy... must remember to get some more....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Someone's been busy!

Look at these, aren't they gorgeous? Fabric designed by the very talented Susie of the FlowerPress. It is called Rick Rack and comes in these 2 fab colours (Strawberry and Aqua - delicious!). Both are beautiful, but I do think that the Aqua one is just that little bit beautiful-ler. But the red one is perfect for Christmas sewing, don't you think?

I think you should run over to her wee shop and get yourself some! And while you're there, pick up some fab tea towels - that filigree one is my favourite. Nice!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mmmm.. sticky!

He he he. I am right giddy, I am. Over something as silly as tape. Japanese washi masking tape. I've been wanting (no 'need' involved whatsoever, oh the frivolousness of it!) some of it for ages, but I was (im)patiently waiting for the right combination of spare cash, the best price and an occasion to use the tape. Well, I found the right price and I fancy using the tape on Sunday, so 2 out of 3 ain't so bad, huh?

I got it from the UGUiSU shop on Etsy, but there are LOADS of shops that sell this sort of thing. Just do a search for 'japanese masking tape' and be prepared to be overwhelmed!

The little package was rather pretty too, just look at those beautiful stamps. Why don't Royal Mail use nice ones like that? Usually, all you see are those boring solid coloured ones with the Queen...
Love the minicard as well, isn't it lovely?

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Herb jars

Herb jars

Herb jars from Tesco. I really like the label. The line drawing is ace, but even acer is the large 'O' and 'B'. It's nice when supermarkets make an effort with the look of their wares. Even something as mundane as a jar of herbs. :-)

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Perfect imperfection

You could say that, technically, this is a terrible photo. You could also say that technicalities don't always matter.

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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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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fortune in Chocolate

Deary me, I have such a crush on this 'Fortune' fabric of the Good Folks' line from Anna Maria Horner. So pretty. Must. Resist. Temptation.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Beautiful in red

I keep meaning to show off this beautiful brooch. It is a wee beautiful present from Jesse (thank you!). How lucky am I?! I love it to bits. And I am so afraid to loose (lose??!) it that I have yet to wear it outside the house. Instead it sits on my keyboard looking pretty.

Y'all must definitely check out Jesse's beautiful shop. Not least the brooches!


...I wonder if I've gone over the quota for using the word 'beautiful' in one post? Well, it's the only word that fits, so there! ;-)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

H&M Home

Because you can only buy H&M Home stuff in Scandinavia (and only online), I had a catalogue sent to my parents' house so I could have a wee browse. You can see most of the pictures online, but sometimes it is nice to be able to turn physical pages, right? Plus, the H&M site is mostly Flash and that slows down my browser (= major annoyance!).

I thought maybe you'd like a peek at the catalogue too? I've taken some quick shots (so they are not top quality pics, sorry) of some of the pages I like the most. I made a set on Flickr with more pictures for your drooling-over-lovely-design pleasure. Needless to say, I wouldn't mind having most of these things in my home! ;-)




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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Pins'n'Roses

I was playing around with my camera this afternoon. Took looots of pictures for no reason. I'm startin' to think that's the best reason. Practicing composition. Good stuff. More on Flickr.

Last night I dreamt that I bit my tongue somethin' awful. However, the pain in my tongue would suggest that it wasn't a dream after all. Hate it when that happens.

Lighthouses, oldfashioned birdcages and sailing ships are on my mind lately... Embroidery pattern?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Friends in a poster

This poster is Amazing! I have been eyeing it for ages. It is in the Studio Violet shop. It's on sale.. but it finishes today. Oh dear! Oh well. Moving on.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy first day of spring!

Isn't Google looking all pretty like for the occasion?

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lavande in French

What do you do when you have a supply of dried lavender? Why, of course you make lavender sachets!

And with a lavender stamp for decoration, well, you'd be excused for thinking you were in the south of France.

They are so simple to make it is almost embarrassing! But I think sometimes the simple, instant gratification, projects are the best.

And it makes me happy that these are now in my fabric drawers so my fabric will smell lovely.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Pretty way to start the day!


Did you know that Cath Kidston has got some of the classic patterns available (absolutely free!) as computer desktop wallpapers? Go on, you know you want 'em!

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Delicate blues + popping orange

1. nama rococo, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. golden, 6. filling up the dark spaces in my mind, 7. Untitled, 8. a wall, 9. back cover, 10. just a few hours..., 11. gocco, 12. Untitled, 13. IMG_7112, 14. 3., 15. In use., 16. Stuart Carvalhais, Corridinho do Algarve, 1921

Exploring my Flickr contacts' favourites. Not a bad way to spend 10 minutes on an early Saturday afternoon...

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Shadow play

One of the best things about the yellow and white mobile I made in August last year is the shadows cast from it. I can sit and look at them for ages. Without being bored. Better than most of what's on telly.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Some of my favourite bracelets

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Saturday Phaves

1. letterfest 2. paintedfishstudio 3. dazeychic 4. lurearts 5. oneblackbird 6. ChristinaRomeo 7. groundwork 8. lorenabarrezueta 9. jezze

Hey, it's Saturday and these are of my current favourites from Etsy. Aren't they lovely?

Tony is making another cake test for the wedding (in 3 weeks we'll be married folks!). Got any lovely plans for the weekend? We're doing mostly nothing today and tomorrow I'm working. As usual. Bloody Sundays...

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Phursday Phaves

1. susanestellekwas 2. luludee 3. belleandboo 4. yumiyumi 5. sugarloop 6. thepeachpit 7. ArtOfAndrewDaniel 8. budanART 9. allthingsgrow

Some of my current favourites from Etsy. Prettilicious artwork.

Where we live, a lot of people seem unable to pronounce Thursday properly. It sounds more like Fursday. Or Phursday. It's an example of the Estuary dialect. It is a very interesting phenomenon. Especially for someone who has learnt English as a second language. Proper English, mind. Sometimes I haven't got a clue what people are talking about because of this silly dialect. 'fankew', for example, can you guess what that means? ;-)

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tea towel favourites


I've been looking at tea towels on Etsy and these are some of my favourites. Most of them, actually. There just aren't a lot which have that modern and clean that doesn't feel cold and sterile. There does seem to be a lot of horrible ones... or maybe that's just me... If I had a screen print set-up I think I'd have a go at making my own. For now I shall just covet these pretties (unfortunately, I'm not in a position to justify buying them!)

Green is my preferred colour for things for the kitchen, but I think I might just sneak a couple of pretty blues in there too. ;-) Do you have a favourite colour for kitchen stuff?

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Can you believe it's August already?

But July certainly went out in style*, don't you think!

*Last night's sunset...

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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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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Blurry substance

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Pears

Finally! Something I made! It's my very first ATC. Lots of stitching and I guess you could call it a quilt because there is a piece of felt in between the front and back. It was fun to make and I think I'll make more. It's a very portable format! Although, of course I sat in front of the telly while making this. ;-)

Last night we went to IKEA and do you think I could go home without these beautiful bags? Nope. It's a whole box full of bags in two sizes (25 of each). The red one is about twice as big as the green one. That design on the front is just awesome!

Edit: The bags are called Istad and they come in an almost completely plain white box. I can't remember which department we found them in. :-)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

rice vase love

I've been slightly obsessed with this vase for a little while now. And of course my obsession does not decrease by the fact that I don't know who makes it or where I can slap my hands on it. It really is just about the prettiest vase I have ever seen. The shape, the colour... amazing. This picture I've taken from a Danish magazine, and I suspect that it might be from a Danish company. Do you know where it is from?

Nevermind! I just found out that it's from rice, one of my favourite decor type companies ever. Should have known. I know what I'll be looking out for when we go to Denmark next! And they have it in several pretty colours; how will I be able to choose?

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Gorgeous gradients

So, there was a little bit of juice left in my camera batteries. Enough to capture the sky last night. Certainly, one to be immortalised!

Now, time for work. Adios!

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Friday, May 16, 2008

I'm spoiled

This is what was the box from my sister. Just look at those pretty colours!

Rip paper, rip paper and what do you see? An issue of Cloth Paper Scissor, some foam stamp thingies which look very interesting (it's a bit hard to take a picture of, sorry), some pretty fabric, which I would never have picked, but absolutely love (this is what sister are for, right? knowing what we like even when we don't ourselves), some crochet hooks and a very short jacket type garment (that's the red, white and gold thing on the right). There was also 3 issues of Adorn in the parcel, but I actually paid for those myself, so that's not really a present, heh.

And then there was this beauty. I also bought this myself, but had it sent to my sister because having it sent to England would have cost me a fortune. Those are Star Wars stamps in case you hadn't guessed. I bought them last year; they celebrate 30 years of SW. Weeee!

Won't be getting to those emails tonight either. I'm going to have an early night, because today at work I was completely in a world of my own because I was so tired! Pathetic. ;-)

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Love yellow?!

A little while ago I ordered some more gocco supplies and today they arrived. Yay! They are not that interesting in themselves, but just look at these little extras that Leslie (from a little goodness on Etsy) sent along too. Japanese sweets! And I'm not completely sure, but I think the card might be gocco'ed...

But these little paper bags. They are just killing me, so so pretty. And it's weird, because I'm not really a yellow lover. What gives!? Preeeetty!

And speaking of that gocco, when am I ever going to actually use it?! I don't know. I really, really want to, but I think I'm scared that I'll mess it up and waste the bulbs (which you can only use once)! I don't like this kind of... fear. And I don't like being precious with my materials. They can't possibly be worth more unused than whatever work I do with them and the experience I gain from it. Even if I 'fail'. Maybe I just need to Get Over It and Give It A Go! Oi.

I told Tony that I HAVE TO use it before we go to Denmark at the end of this month. After all, it was a birthday present from my parents and I want to give them something I made with it. Feel free to bug me about it too. ;-)

Anyway, I love postal ephemera. Stamps of course, but not just. It's the whole thing, air mail stickers, customs declarations and what not.

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