November 2010

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flower frenzy

So my sister went flower decoration crazy this week. She has been bombarding me with beautiful pictures of her latest arrangements. I know hyacinths are some of her favorites, because you can let part of the root show and that way you get to be a bit more creative when you arrange them.

Anyways...I will post more flower pictures later.
We should soon be starting our Christmas decoration frenzy.  
 
Hope you're all gonna stay tuned. / Annika
 
 

the go nuts box

One of those things I really like about this season is the foods and smells it brings. I love when the first clementines/satsumas are in store. They have this lemon like sourness, but they are the ones I like the most.  And when you start to find those big piles of walnuts and hazelnuts... you're really starting to feel the season. I like to take all of that with me home. 
When you buy clementines, you sometimes get them in a 'not so nice looking' wooden box and even I like to keep stuff (have this idea of turning anything into something usable) most times I just get rid of it. But this year I had THE idea. I wanted to turn it into a usable, but pretty wooden box. 

I call it "the go nuts" box. 

 
 
 
This was a fairly simple project but I will write a more detailed instruction pdf with pictures later and post here as well. If you have any questions about this project, just ask in the comments for this posts. Happy project! /Annika 

Contrast

I have had this wreath in mind for a quite a while now and since the exciting Tuesdays theme at Fabriken is contrasts, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally make it.
I do think the contrasts in life are what makes us think, feel and force us to make decisions...and from a creative perspective, thinking in contrast is what makes us use materials and colors differently and use combination that originally might not have suited each other. Without contrast the word challenge wouldn’t exist – We love contrasts (and challenges)...thank you, Fabriken for a great Tuesday theme. /Sussi

 

leaves of green

I have always thought that the beauty of a material is in its structure rather than the color. Any color is pretty much attainable in any material, but what gives it origin and history is the structure. The structure will tell you about the process it has gone through to attain its appearance.

Combining different material can have a gorgeous effect when decorating your home. One color that is easily accepted in most materials is green, probably because green gives us a feeling of growth and life. It is also a color that never seems to go out of style, maybe just because we are always surrounded by it through nature and therefore see it as a very natural element in our lives. /Annika

 
 

In our store you'll find the green retro collection. The coffee and tea tin can be bought as a set or separately. This makes perfect for a Christmas present or as a hostess gift.

tea for two

 As my sister mentioned in a previous post, I like to store dried flowers. It is fascinating to experience a flower take on a new life, when it is actually suppose to be buried in the compost. The color scale of the hydrangeas in these pictures is beyond comparison. Here paired with the latest of my sister’s flea marked finds, a set of teacups, they are the perfect match.
A nice little idea for setting the table when having people over for tea/coffee is using an old note sheet as table mat. These can also be found at flea markets. It adds to the charm when using vintage china.

Later I will show you how I also use my dried hydrangeas....which are one of my favorite flowers. You’ll soon learn that I have quite a few favorites. Maybe an occupational hazard of being a florist /Sussi

This is our sunday picture for fabriken.
 
 

 

vintage type and turquoise colors

Recently I started collecting retro/vintage typewriters. Maybe it's not so much a collection but more a collection to be...since I only have two of them. Then again...since it's all about collecting you would actually have to start out with only one and work your way up. So I'll call mine a collection...i like the sound of it. The thing about being a collector is that you apply rules to the way you collect your objects. In this case I'm not interested in just any typewriter, nor does it have to be expensive. It simply has to speak to me. The first typewriter I found was turquoise and I payed 0,5 euro for it. It had my name typed all over it.
 
 
 
So today I urge you all to start collecting something that speaks to you. Whether it may be old books with great vintage type or as my sister does so well...she stores dried flowers for decoration and color inspirations. /Annika
 

inspiration from all corners of the world.

It is easy to get caught up in the blogosphere. Even more easy to loose track of time when searching for inspiration and the way that one post will send you around the world to another great piece of inspiration...hours will fly by.
Today I went by the blog Helt Enkelt (beautiful blog) by Anna-Malin and she had a post on some great posters she bought from Canada, by Eva Juliet. Of couse I then had to check out Eva Juliet's amazing graphic art, just to realise I'd already been there. My eye had caught her vintage poster collection earlier this week in the Gifted Magazine by Creature Comforts. And as I have a weak spot for graphic art, especially when its this beautiful, I just have to share it with you. Here are some of my faves:
 
Image from Eva Juliet
 
Image from Eva Juliet 
 
 
 
Gifted Magazine is the only holiday magazine and gift guide you'll need. You'll find anything from wrapping tips and ideas to great gift suggestion. You might not be able to get all of it here in Scandinavia, but it will definitly spark your list of gift ideas. /Annika

feeling blue in the kitchen?

I think you all have a favorite color in your kitchen. I know I have... and its a color that makes me happy and inspires me to be creative. And I love to feel that way...being surrounded by things that inspire me. I like retro charm and things that have a worn look. Things like an old tin makes for a great utensil holder. It adds charm and personality to your kitchen and it is fun to come up with new ways of using old stuff. I think my next project will be about turning old finds into christmas decorations that'll match the kitchen.
 
 
 

 

earthy tones

You know that feeling when you're complety relaxed, everything is in its right place and a calmness spreads through you? That's the way I feel about earthy tones. Its the base for everything else and it will match any other color you combine it with.
It is strange the effect colors has on your mood and surroundings. It does provoke spontaneous feelings or urges, like me sitting here writing this post, not being able to shake the thought of a hot cup of cocoa.... I'm gonna go make one. /Annika
 
 
 
 

the treasures of a drawer

When I was a kid I loved to go through my grandmother's drawers. They where filled with ribbons, beads and buttons and it was like finding a treasure. I remember that I always liked to group everything into colors and piles. Today I still go through drawers and cabinets, but they are my sisters. She has most of our grandmothers old collection of sewing accessories and she has through the years made quite a collection of her own as well. I always bring my camera and drag everything out on a table and start matching things together to create little settings. Here I will spend hours trying to capture the treasures of a sisters creativity. /Annika
 
 
 

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