Saturday, 19 April 2014

polished

today's nails!




Friday, 18 April 2014

my first DIY-dress project

OK, so that heading is actually a lie. I did try to sew a dress in fifth grade, but I never finished it... I still have it somewhere, actually.. I didn't really like the sewing classes we had in school ( except for when we got to make rag rugs - that was fun!) everything had to be done so carefully and well planned, with patterns and stuff... Honestly I'm still not very much for the planning part of sewing, if you don't count that I think about it a lot. It's the preparation part I usually just skip. You know, measuring and such. Which usually isn't really a problem because so far my only venture in to sewing have been mending things, altering stuff and shorting curtains. Let's just say the scissors and straight seam is my friend, but I prefer my textile project being no-sew. Until now...

 I've been wanting to make a dress for myself for a while, plus I've been wanting to learn how to sew in a zipper, so I decided to make a test-dress so I could learn a bit and figure out the easiest way. The goal wasn't the perfect dress, but to learn a bit, and maybe come up with a plan for my next dress, the real thing (see how I already try to lower your expectation of the finished result?) Luckily I hoard fabric and other materials just in case I want to get creative, so I actually had both fabric and a zipper. I used an old curtain I bought on sale years ago because I thought the colors where so fun and happy.


I didn't have a pattern, so I used one of my dresses to get the shape and then pretty much just sew the back and front piece together.




Just to give an example pf how little planning went into this project... I didn't decide until after I actually had sewn the two pieces together on how or where i was going to attach the zipper... But I did! And now, after some googling, I know how! The result wasn't in any way perfect, but next time...


One of the hardest part of making this dress was actually keeping the cats away from the project. I had to shut them out of the room for most of the time, they are just too nosy and I'm too scared they will eat needles. 





After I had the whole dress in one piece I tried it on and yes, it fit. Not perfectly, but OK, I still feel pretty proud I have actually created a garment that I can wear, maybe not to work or so, but you know, in the garden? And I did all this in one day, I only hurt myself once and I only managed to sew two pieces that didn't belong together once too. 


In the end I added pockets and a little belt as well, just to break the pattern up up a bit. I still look like I should work at a carnival, but I'm fine with that. Next time I'll do the skirt part in another way, just to get a better shape, and I'll make the armholes and neckline bigger/deeper, so lessons learned. And now I can check that off my list.


Oh, by the way, if you're interested in dress-making check out this blog. Anna Neah is amazingly talented!

Copenhagen: Exhibitions and Museums

This past weekend we got pretty busy visiting a bunch of museums and exhibitions. here's a short summary of what I liked the most!

The Collection of (mostly) Islamic art at Davids Samiling was very extensive, and very hard to photograph, due to the lighting in there. This place is huge, the house itself beautiful, and definitely worth a visit!



At Dansk designmuseum we saw this extensive (and awesome!!!) exhibition with furniture from danish designer Hans J Wegener. I run across his designs all the time at work, but this is the first time I really comprehended how many fabulous chairs (and other pices of furniture) he's responsible for. this is heaven for a Scandinavian retro fan like me...




Our visit to Arken was planned long before this weekend but we hadn't really checked what exhibitions were going to be. We were pleasantly surpiced to see some of Damien Hirst artwork on display. I'm not a huge fan (killing animals for the sake of art, eeee no, thank you) but it was interesting to have seen. 

Hirst
Then I was way more happy to see another of Arkens current exhibition: the artwork and - above all - the architectural models of Austrian artist and eco-activist Hundterwasser. So inspiring!



This colorful piece by Freddie A Lerche occupied a whole room. Cool.


And I really liked the Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei.



And there I am, reflecting.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hugo and his peculiarities


He falls asleep on remotes. 
He barks at birds through the window.
He hides under the bed if we vacuum or if he sees us carry big bags.
He likes to sleep on his back, with his mouth slightly open.
He plays football with his food.
He scratches on doors. When they are open.

houses for my feet

Spring is here and I have officially exchanged my wardrobe from winter to spring. And while doing so I purged my shoe-collection a bit and also bought a couple of new ones... I realized I needed a pair of comfortable shoes to wear to work and ended up buying these from Asos. They are just a little bit warm, but comfortable and pretty with their graphic print. I think we will see many happy spring-days together.




And, did you know: spring means run! in Swedish, isn't that very suitable?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Easter Holliday

Starting tomorrow I have 5 (yes five!) whole days off from work. This Easter my beloved A will go away on a cross-country ski trip with some friends and even though I'm going to miss him I'm happy he's going to spend some time doing what he likes. And that means that I can spend these five day doing exactly what I want, too! The only risk is that I'll start feeling lonely and just hang out in the couch all Easter, so I made this list, as an inspiration:

Want-to-do list for Easter 2014
  • Do some sewing, mainly mending and altering but I also want to learn how to change a zipper and I want to have a go at sewing a dress...
  • Watch these two movies: The Great Gatsby, and the intouchables
  • Lounge around in the garden and watch things grow, maybe plant something, have a glass of wine on the bench
  • Treat myself to a "home-spa", face-mask, pedicure, the whole shebang 
  • Paint the shelf I've thrifted for the garden and maybe even mount it
  • Sort some photos and blog about all the nice things things I do
  • Paint my nails in funny patterns
  • Play around with some of my new clothes and see if I can put together some inspiring outfits for spring
  • Start on at least two paintings, one portrait and one abstract, both things I want to learn more about 
  • Sleep late and stay up late
  • Go our running, and do some at home yoga.
  • Kiss, cuddle and play with the cats
  • Cook some good food and maybe bake something!

Simple, yet perfect

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

OOTD - spring flower

Today was sunny, but still very cold, so hat, scarves and gloves were a must. I did spend some time in the garden after work though, and realized that this corner looks very bare... Need to think of something to put here...

Dress: MQ (gift from Mom)
Cardigan and hat: H&M
Shoes: Converse (gift from M)
Scarf and tights: no idea...
House: our garden-shed, super cute


Tuesday: the 15th of April

Remember this post, where I decided that my habitual Monday Top Three post wasn't needed since I don't really dislike Mondays anymore? Well... Tuesdays aren't really all that fun, are they? So...

Tuesday Top Three

  1. Plans: Me and A are going to Paris in May! We have never been to this the capital of romance together before, so it's high time, I think.
  2. Wednesday: There's only one more day before my Easter holiday.
  3. Magazine: Mom brought the latest issue of Elle Decoration when we met this weekend, so I'm going to snuggle up with that and the cats in bed right now!


Weekend in Copenhagen

So I spent this weekend in the Danish capital, with my mom and brother. We all live pretty far away from each-other (I live in another country then they do) so since we have to travel to meet sometimes we travel somewhere else than any of our homes. It's nice!
This is what spring in Copenhagen looks like, if you didn't already know:

Magnolia! And a beautiful old house!
I love all of the brick facades in Copenhagen. And look at that window detail...
Another oldie. Architecture here definitely has something over on Stavanger...
And then over to something modern - Danish design at Illums Bolighus
And  then we found a Lego-store, and enjoyed another example of Danish creativity
we build ourselves. I also built A, we're in the middle. 
We had a cofee break close to more blooming trees and a very stern man in Kongens Have
I wanted every bike
We walk by this Happy wall
And then there were more magnolias!
 Besides walking around, a lot, we visited several exhibitions and museums, but I'll come back to that in a separate post.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Osiris

Today I got some really sad news from Sweden. My moms cat (originally my cat, but I couldn't take him with me when I moved away from home) died last night. He was 15 years old and hadn't been eating well for a couple of weeks so it didn't come as a huge shock, but still. I'm so very, very sad. I will miss him so much.
Cats should live forever.