Cupcake Kits. 


I adore these cupcake kits by Meri Meri. If it wasn´t completely ridiculous to send a cupcake kit on a travel around the world, I would totally order one or two. So cute.

(Pictures by Meri Meri).


Where I Live. 


I met my lovely elderly neighbor today and she told me she had just been on a long walk around the settlement in which we live. We had a wonderful warm spring day so she enjoyed her walk a lot. "Aren´t we so lucky to live here", she said. And yes we truly are.

We live in a settlement from the 1950ies in the outskirts of Vienna. This area used to be wood and is basically protected from new developments, but they made an exception after the second world war due to the housing shortage. They sold only rather small lots of land - each about 500 sq. meters and the people built all sorts of houses on them: Big ones and small ones, ugly and nice ones, whatever they could afford at that time. Nowadays these houses are *old* so a good percentage has been demolished and we have some modern houses in the mix, too. As a result this is a rather funny looking place especially if you´re used to the quite similar looking houses in German settlements (they have stricter building regulations there).

The people who live here are a good mix, too. There are some old inhabitants left who live in the houses they´ve built in the 50ies here. But there are also lots of families and increasingly young people, especially environmentally aware ones. We even have a transvestite! And we´re lucky to have extra lovely neighbors - some old, some young - with whom we get along very well. They take care of your cats when we´re away and give garden harvest to us over the fence. We even made friends with some of them.

But what makes the living here so good is actually the location. Our settlement is completely surrounded by wood. From our house you can see it from every window and I walk about 3 mins to get there. This is something I really love. In summer, I go for a short walk after work almost every day  even if it´s almost dark. It´s magical and smells so so good. When you exit the bus from the city, it´s a different air really, pure and full of flavors. And it´s quiet, oh so quiet. Sometimes I ask myself whether I´m growing old since I enjoy these things so much. But then, I like to think I only grow wiser. Because it´s a pretty good place to live.


Sarah Ahearn. 

On a not-yet-spring-day like today, I´m loving Sarah Ahearns whimsical mixed media pieces even more. All the pieces you can see here are available via the Enourmous Tiny Art Show - which, by the way, features many more great artists. They ship to Europe (though one piece I bought last year ended up in Australia, not in Austria which wasn´t their fault, but I thought it was hilarious). You can learn more about Sarah on her blog, or visit her etsy shop and her Flickr account.

(All pictures by Sarah Ahearn/Enourmous Tiny Art Show).


Five Senses.

Seeing: Plenty of sun. Heaven!

Hearing: This everywhere since this musical is now being performed in Vienna. Drives me nuts.

Tasting: Homemade pesto. It´s a staple around here.

Touching: The first small tomato seedlings.

Smelling: The woods again (I can tell the soil de-frosts right now...)

Happy Friday, folks!

(Picture by queencashmere on Flickr.)


Tales of the City. 

I looked at the weather application of my iPhone today on the bus and it said 20 degrees Celsius and sun today in San Francisco. This had me weeping all my way to the office (and I exaggerate only a little bit here). I want to go back. I want to live there. Bummer! However, I thought I´d tell you some stories about our honeymoon to San Francisco and Seattle in the next few days/weeks. Deal? Deal.

Let´s start with someting cheesy, shall we. Do you know the houses above? No? Think twice... Ok here we go: The one on the left side is the house from the TV series Party of Five (which is one of my all time favorites). The other one is from Tales of the City - the fictional "Barbary Lane" house owned by landlady Anna Madrigal. If you don´t know Tales of the City, go ahead and read the books, you won´t regret it. It´s partly because of them that I want to live in SF.

Now to set the record straight, I´m not typically someone who goes on the hunt for famous houses first thing in a strange city. But, as we only had two days in SF and wanted to make the most of it, we went on a fantastic guided tour on the first day. It was only the two of us on that day so we could pretty much do whatever we wanted, and since we were in the respective neighborhoods anyway, I asked whether we could take a look a the houses. We could. And it was fun! I got to see Barbary Lane! It totally made my day.

PS: Part 2 of the "Big Dream" post coming up tomorrow.