January 2011

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HOMEMADE PESTO PIZZA

I'm huge pesto lover...could pretty much have it on everything I eat. So I had this idea for a pesto pizza, a rustic pizza without the usual tomato sauce. The dough is based on a recipe from Sweet Pauls Magazine, which will make 4 mini pizzas. I spread the pizza bottom with homemade pesto and as topping I use Italian salami, rocket, cherry tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. This is a great lunch meal. Happy Monday! /Annika
 
 
 

SPRING COLORS

 
 
Visit Fabriken for more great Sunday inspiration. 
Have a great day! Sussi & Annika
 

RAW SIMPLICITY AND ELEGANCE

I have been looking forward to be sharing these pictures with you. As you might have noticed, it's my sister who's the flower master around here...and I'm the lucky one getting to photograph all of her creations. I know a lot of you really like to photograph as well, so you probably know what I'm taking about when I say that; not everything looks as good on camera as it does in real life. The interesting thing is that, what we perceive with our eyes, can be adjusted. We often choose how to see things, leaving out one detail and including something else. But the camera sees everything, nothing can be hidden. This makes certain shapes or objects more fit than others to be photographed. So when my sister came with this beautiful, odd shaped bouquet, I was not only thrilled about her ability to be creative and original, but I knew the photo shoot was going to be such a pleasure. The raw simplicity and elegance of this flower piece was breathtaking. 
 
The decoration is made from anemones and cut of branches(preferably not too crooked) in different sizes. The flowers has uneven lengths to give the piece some layers. Secure everything together with some coarse string. 
 
Happy Saturday! /Annika
 
 

TURNING OLD TO NEW

I like the thought of using found objects when decorating.
It's fun to come up with new ways of using flea marked finds and combining them to make new things for the home.
For this little project I have used a couple of embroidery frames as wall decoration. I have then attached a  cover from an old music sheet and for the other frame I used a small crochet tablecloth. The candle is made from an old oil lamp and a small tray. /Annika
 
 

BOTTLE UP SOME FLOWERS

This is a very quick decorating project and easy to do. You can use any old bottles you might have. These clear blue/green bottles are former white wine bottles and have a great color that gives a bit of airy spring feel. Take any piece of fabric and wrap around the bottles and secure with some string, ribbon or lace. We used a piece of fur, that was found at a flea marked, and some silky looking string to create contrast. Pretty much any cut flower with a long stem will do, but even twigs or branches would look really nice. This is a great "use what you have" project.
 
Have a creative Wednesday! /Annika
 
 

SPRING COLOR INSPIRATION

We felt like creating a bit of spring inspiration today. This is a nice way to create some spring feeling in your home, even though spring is a few months ahead :) A couple of twigs or cut of branches together with a handful of colorful flowers. Make it look a bit casual by not arranging it to perfectly. Have a great Tuesday! /Sussi 
 
 
 

EVER CHANGING SEASONS

I like all the seasons...don't really favor one over the other...but what I think is interesting, is the change, how one season becomes the next. I have always thought that the process is much more beautiful than the end result. How a small seed can become something great, but not without being able to grow. Right now I'm eagerly waiting all the little buds that are soon going to sprout. I think it is such a life confirming feeling, knowing that everything starts over every year. It's like having a never ending palette of inspiration. 
 
I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. /Annika
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more great Sunday images.
 
 
 
 

A PERFECT LOVE FOR IMPERFECTION

I'm crazy about graphic design. I love illustrations, posters, type...and when you combine the three, well...I love it even more. I'm especially fond of things that are a bit quirky or creations with character. Personally I believe it is much harder to create something that is imperfect and more a reflection of your mind, than just creating a pretty picture. I think it takes a lot to express yourself and dare to be imperfect. But I do think that a greater happiness is to be found in the ability to be yourself, how quirky or imperfect that might be, rather than trying to be perfect. /Annika
 
 
 
 
Picture 1: Illustration by Laura Berger. Visit her Etsy store Mary Kate McDewitt. Visit her Etsy store here
Picture 3: Illustration By Nicola Slater. 
Picture 4: Illustration found here.
Picture 5: Illustration By Francesca Ramos. 
Picture 6: Illustration found on Pinterest (couldn't locate creator)

WINTER COZINESS

 Fabrics & textiles are some of my favorite sources of inspiration. 
I have this thing for textures and I love to explore them and combine to make contrasts. Here's a bit of coziness for today. 
Have a fabulous Wednesday! /Annika
 

MY FOUND FLOWER CORNER

My little flower table is pretty much a mix of anything I have found and turned into something useful. The table is an old garden table with a really worn and chipped paint. I have covered it with a piece of left over floor protector from Ikea. This makes it easier to clean and I can still enjoy the old looking garden table. The shelving is made from old wine crates which I have painted. Working as a florist you get access to a lot of things that are reusable as we often get flowers delivered in pots or boxes, but we then replant them and are left with perfectly functioning containers etc. The two little metal baskets are former candle packaging and perfect for storing things. 
 
The sign is a recent project, made from an old shelf and I just love the simple look and feel it gives my little flower corner. My ribbon wall is a very good example of how collecting things can turn into something fun and decorative. I took apart an old wine rack and used all the bars for the ribbons. They have little holes in them from the wooden plugs that held the rack together, perfect for hanging on hooks. /Sussi
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more great recycling projects.
 
 
 
 

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