Mittwoch, 25. Januar 2012

Plum-Pie

Haven´t been baking for weeks. And I realized that is a sign for not being well. I don´t know if it helped a bit that I got today notice that I am through with all my really important exams at uni and that we are done with some imigration-bureaucracy-stuff too. Anyway. I enjoyed baking after a long break. Found some frozen plums from the summer in our freezer and converted a blueberry-recipe into a plum one. I am too lazy to translate the whole recipe now into English, but if you should want it, I might concider to post it here :)

Have a relaxing Wednesday evening and do something you enjoy!










Dienstag, 24. Januar 2012

Butlers

Last week I walked into one of my favourite shops here in Vienna: BUTLERS. And there it was. Right in front of me. The funniest card I had seen in months. It just describes to me how life sometimes really sucks. And there isn´t really anything you can do about it except for finding a new beach. Sometimes in life we gotta find those new beaches and places as well. Even if we don´t want to.




I also found this beautiful wooden chocolate box. Haven´t decided yet whether to keep it or to give it as a birthday-gift. The duck below was just funny. It really makes a duck´s noise and you can use it to clip your papers together.




I wouldn´t mind getting one or the other thing some day later in my life from that shop. Here a few samples from their webshop: www.butlers.de



Sonntag, 22. Januar 2012

Cups


 Currently I am unpacking. Unpacking the boxes that I packed half a year ago in Dhaka/Bangladesh. So many memories. Like these lovely cups from Wik & Walsøe. Norwegian design made in Bangladesh. These are definitely the nicest cups I have owned so far. And with many friends and guest we have had quite good talks about life while slurpping tea or coffee from these cups. These conversations have had a huge impact on my life so far. And I hope to to have many more of these moments.

 If you are intrested in more Wik & Walsøe, you can visit their website by clicking here. And here two pictures taken from their website:




 

The Office

Latley I have been spending really much time in one room in our little house: The Office. I have been studying for hours and hours for big exams. I never thought so, but one of my favourite rooms in the house has become The Office. Maybe because of the beautiful green sofa from the 60/70's that we saved from being dumped is there. Or maybe it´s the globe that I wished for a long time for when I was about 11 years old and then finally got it as a Christmas present. The good feeling might also come from the huge map we found at a road-side fleemarket years ago. It might also be the pictures hanging on the wall reminding me of good times abroad. It could also be that the postcards on the pinboard remind me of wonderful friends. The matruska-mouse-pad reminds me of the huge shopping malls in Bangkok. And the Dagobert Duck-piggy-bank that it´s always good to value what you have. Point being: It´s the small, precious things that you surround yourself with that make you feel home and good.

Enjoy your weekend. And surround yourself with nice memories.









Samstag, 7. Januar 2012

A little sewing corner

Dear readers,

About 5 months ago we moved into a small house close to Vienna. The house is far away from being a perfect house. In fact it has so many corners that should be fixed that I have started doubting that we will ever finish everything before we move out again. We have cruket walls, floors in at least 4 different colours,.... and I could just write you a loooong list here. But because this is not really OUR house, there is a limit how much you want to invest in permanent fixing. Point being: I am far away from having this place ready but last week I finished one tiny,small corner that I have been dreaming of a long time: The sewing corner :) Maybe the funny thing is that I absolutly can´t sew, but luckily I have a daughter who LOVES all kind of handicraft stuff. Also I have talented, gifted friends visiting at times who (hopefully) will/can teach her. Anyway. I have now a sewing corner. Naomi and I both love it. It reminds us of Bangladesh where we started a handicraftproject for woman in need. I bought one of the same machines they use in the projects. The girls have been sewing on our machine and I think it´s a great piece to remember the woman there... And who knows, maybe one day I learn how to use the machine as well.












 I know. Almost too many pictures. But here a few more ;) The first one is the pattern of the carpet of the corner. Handmade by my very own Grandmother. The next too pics are close-ups from the cool pearl-classes we made with Naomi. Last but not least, the SEWING SUPPLIES-bag made by the ladies in Bangladesh designed by Sister Susan and me.




Freitag, 6. Januar 2012

Great Blogs from Finland

You know what I miss from Finland while living abroad? (Besides liqurice, candy and rye-bread) Good interior magazines. For some reason I have not found equaly high quality magazines in the German speaking world until now. But luckily we have the internet these days. From time to time I find myself surfing around beautiful and inspiring blogs. There is plenty really nice ones in finnish language (many do it english/finnish) and today I just wanna share a few links with you. You don´t need to understand a language in order to just adore and get inspired. Lean back, take your time and start surfing online...

All the pictures below are from my (currently) favourite one:




Here some more links:

http://parolanasema.blogspot.com/
http://www.timeoftheaquarius.com/
http://kalastajanvaimo.indiedays.com/
http://jotainsinista.blogspot.com/
http://kaksihuonettajakeittio.com/