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Thursday
Apr082010

Green and Blue.

I thought I´d tell you the story behind this picture as it got so much love over on Flickr (thank you!). The chairs you see here have moved with us three times now and are still going strong. I saved them from the garbage truck seven years ago (picked them up from the street). They were dirty yellow and at one point I decided to paint them in vibrant aqua and green. Later they got a little companion aka a cheap table from Ikea which I painted a bright blue.

The tiles on this side of the house are a love/hate thing of mine. I used to hate how they look when we moved in, besides they contain asbestos. We begged our landlord to get them removed but no such luck. Enter the chairs and table! A perfect match. What was once a rather dull space turned out to be one of the prettiest area outdoors. It´s the only place in the garden that gets evening sun so this is where I sit when I return from work to catch the last sun rays of the day.

A funny side story: When we had the Ikea Family Live team over for the shoot, they took loads of pictures of this area. With us, without us, with candles and plants and drinks and son on. And then, at the end of the second day, they desparately needed a possible cover shot and wanted to use this area but with a little more action. So they made me jump from the chairs, again and again and again. Jumping from a chair and smiling in the camera at the same time is not an easy task, I tell you. I felt like one of the aspiring supermodels on TV. I´m not a supermodel at all though so it´s no surprise that these pictures did not end up in the feature...

Tuesday
Apr062010

Emersonmade.

I´m currently obsessed with all things Emersonmade. This is one stylish lady! And I love the flowers she makes. I really need to buy some as soon as I´m not so broke anymore. Take a look at her recent house tour on d*s, too. I´m green with envy. Everything looks so perfect. Perfect looks, perfect house, perfect flowers, sigh. I need more perfection in my life for sure.

(Pictures by Emersonmade.)

Monday
Apr052010

Eggs. 

I hope you all had a very nice Easter holiday! I did. We had friends over for an extended brunch yesterday and the weather actually cooperated and we got to sit on on the patio for the first time this year. Oh the glory. I´m sunburnt now, but it was totally worth it. We ate lots of good food, among other things (like my famous Easter bread) these eggs.

They are dyed naturally with onion skin (ironically, red onions make brown eggs and brown onions make red eggs) and curcuma (yellow). I much prefer the colors over the chemical dye you can get in the supermarkets and I also like the process of it. You can read how to dye eggs with onion skin here. For the curcuma version, just mix plenty of curcuma with hot water and some vinegar. Let cool and place this mix and the boiled eggs in the fridge until the color of the eggs is pretty. I actually tried green eggs this year, too, with a dye of green tea. Not good. Not green. Will try spinach next year.

Speaking of eggs I need to get something off my chest. Please people, don´t buy the cheapest ones where the hens live under terrible conditions. If you could see those animals and how they live you would never ever eat something they actually produce, trust me. Please buy organic or at least free range eggs. You will do yourself a favor.

So, have a happy week! And if you could send some good vibes my way tomorrow around noon that would be super (more on that later).

Friday
Apr022010

Tired.

It´s been a bit silent around here due to a rather strange and busy week. I don´t feel right either - maybe it´s still that stomach bug or just this very long winter taking its toll. Whatever it is, I´m so tired. So, so tired. I feel I could sleep all day long but there´s so much to do, even and especially on the weekends, and I just never seem to get it all done. On top of all this - or maybe as a result of all this - I look just awful. And you can never be happy if you feel ugly, can you? Gah.

However, enough whining on the internets. It´s Easter, my favorite holiday, and I plan to have fun. FUN. I dyed some Easter eggs today (all with natural colors, more on this later) and let´s just say my kitchen got its fair share of color, too. But the eggs turned out just fine (except, green tea does NOT make green eggs, trust me) and this is a good start, right? Tomorrow will be a busy day preparing but we´ll have friends over on Sunday for a big easter brunch. And Monday, well on Monday you can find me sleeping on my sofa.

I´ll be back with the egg story soon and next week I hope things will be in full swing again. Happy Easter!

PS: Thank you for all your recommendations on Paris. We found a lovely apartment and I can´t wait to go!

Monday
Mar292010

Highs and Lows.

Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was great. Mine actually was. We had an anniversary to celebrate on Saturday, M. and I are seven years together now. Seven years, can you believe? Time is flying. We had a fancy dinner on Friday night already as we had other plans for Saturday and it was lovely. So here´s to another 7 years with my big love!

As a surprise gift M. gave me plane tickets to Paris. Yay! I´m so so excited! I haven´t been to Paris for about 10 years and it´s time to go back. I´m on the hunt for a nice apartment or hotel which is reasonably priced. And ideas?

On another note, I have been struggling hard with this decision lately. I guess you could also say I´m in full blown panic mode. I know it´s the right decision to leave this particular job, it´s just that I´m so unsure of what comes after. Plus, all of my friends seem to leave Vienna all of a sudden and I´m a bit overwhelmed. We were supposed to be in San Francisco by now, you know? And now we´re kind of stuck here without a clue what to do next.

But there will be better days, right? Like the holiday in Paris I´m sure. We´re going in early September for three days. Please share any recommendations you have, will you?