No matter how long I have been awake today it seems like I am destined to feel utterly tired with eyes that want to close and yawning every 5 minutes. Maybe coffee will help? I felt like I had to be super productive this morning and started the day making cookies (grain free and no processed sugar) and since then....not much has happened. I also forgot about the cookies and managed to burn a fair few before I ran into the kitchen to rescue them from the oven. And now, there is work to be done, laundry waiting, dishes calling, and eventually the gym deserves a bit of attention too. I think I have to reward myself with a mindless movie tonight, as motivation to get through the day.
What better way to spend a Monday night than learning a new skill and making something a bit different to take home? There is no better way! I had such a great time last night with my friend Millie while we learned the very basics of screen printing at Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross.
We drew our designs on paper, cut them out with scissors (that was a bit of a challenge) and then waited our turn to try out the silk screen which was handled with instructions from the person who led the wrokshop. Although our skills are very basic, I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty happy with the tea towel I got out of it. And Millie's cat tote is adorable. I very much recommend going next time (they do monthly courses) if you ever thought screen printing sounded interesting, I'm thinking about going again.
Hello Monday, let's do this! I am up very early (for me) and just having a smoothie (might be time to rediscover smoothies) and mentally preparing for the gym. Yep, starting the week right. Let's forget that I slept really badly and have bags under my eyes (this never happens and on the rare occasions it does I get very put off, what do you do with puffy eyes?!?) and really don't want to go to the gym. It will happen. And then it's on to working for the rest of the day and tonight I am doing something creative and fun! I'll do my best to take pictures and show you tomorrow. Have a good week!
Ehhh, so I love making stuff myself. But as I am a bit impatient, I have to choose projects that might not take that much time. Which brings us to these photo coasters. Super easy to make, the materials are dirt cheap, and can be found in more normal stores and you don't have to trek to the hobby store all the time (you can order felt, Mod Podge and sponge applicators on Amazon for example, easy! And the tiles can be bought at the nearest DIY/home improvement store). Although that place is like heaven and I want to go as often as possible.
Start by cutting your pictures to size, you can make them cover the whole surface but it is best if you have a little bit of the tile showing so that the picture can be properly glued on to the tile with the decoupage glue. Apply a thin layer of glue to the back of the picture with the sponge applicator. Place the picture on your tile how you want it to be positioned. Let it dry for a couple of minutes and carefully apply the glue on top of the picture, make sure to glue the edge to the tile before it dries so you have a flat surface.
Let the tiles dry overnight and apply another thin layer of glue on the tile. Leave to dry another 24-48 hours. Once the picture is fully dry you can cut to size a piece of felt and apply this to the back of the tile. Use the decoupage glue on the tile and place the felt on top of this. Let it dry for another 24-48 hours to make sure it is fully dry. Then your tiles are are ready to be used as coasters! Although, you might want to spray paint them with a clear spray paint as this will make them even more durable.
I was thinking, you could probably buy bigger tiles and make something amazing to put hot pots on. What do you think?
Hello, eh... Thursday? What happened to the other 3 days we have had this week? Flew by for sure! And today, well today I have very little willpower, motivation and self control. And I could do with a nap and it's not even midday. Oh well, it's such lovely weather here in London lately, and although my Scandinavian body prefers to be a bit too cold over being a bit too warm, I can't do anything but praise the weather. Yep, the sun is shining, there is a slight breeze (very necessary), and our apartment is only livable if the windows are kept open all day. We could host a Bikram yoga workshop in our living room with this weather, but then we would get tons of sweat on our carpet so I better not. Last night we went out for dinner (might have managed a picture or two) and tonight I am also going out for dinner. What a social butterfly. But before that can happen I have several hours of work ahead of me, then a trip to the gym to be beaten, a cold shower (ahhhh) and then getting sweaty again on the tube. Well well, life.
Happy Sunday! We were woken up by the neighbors blasting Miley Cyrus at 8am. A bit too early for Miley for my liking, but freedom of speech and all that. I am just getting ready to go to work and the husband is watching something political on TV. Look at u being serious even during the weekend. It's promising to be another crazy hot day today so I am a bit worried my head will take a break and start banging soon. Humidity and heat are my two worst enemies unfortunately, along with empty calories and my own willpower.
Yesterday was incredibly humid over here in London, anyone else feel a bit like they were transported to a different country? We came back from Oslo on Thursday night and supposedly missed a really hot day, I am not the best in the heat so I was very happy we missed it, but yesterday happened and I am now thinking about getting an ice bath so I can cool down when needed. Oslo was really nice though, and we did actually do something besides just eating and reading or books.
A short and sweet sum up of the few days we spent in Oslo. I finally made it to the Opera house, have wanted to go ever since they opened years back and it's pretty impressive. And just walking around Oslo is really nice, showing the husband the city I grew up in.
Right now I am actually in Oslo, Norway, but we arrived yesterday early afternoon and did nothing but sit around and read books, take a little nap, bake cake, eat cake and watch TV. Not much fun to blog about from here. Yet. So I wanted to share these two pictures from a place I think I will grow to like a lot, possibly even love. Drink Shop Do is around Kings Cross and it is one of those creative places that run courses for stuff (I have a workshop booked that I am so excited to go to!). I love a good place to go and craft things, it makes for great evenings with friends. I went with Millie, one of my old colleagues from this place, and she has a passion for making things (she made this with me, ahhhhh, good times!) and eating good food. Just my kinda gal, am I right? We had a really late afternoon tea which quickly became my dinner, and although food wise I have had both better and worse, I will be coming back. Not least for that workshop I have booked!
Image from here
If you have read a couple of my posts here on this blog you probably think I eat all the time and don't do much else. Sometimes it also feels like that is my life. But I do occasionally do other things like work, hang out with friends, DIY, go shopping, read books and go to the gym. Yep, the gym. I actually love the gym. I don't love getting up and mentally preparing to go to the gym. I don't love thinking about the fact that I should really go. I don't love walking there (it's only 5 minutes, don't feel bad for me). I don't love getting in and getting on that first machine or walking into a gym class. But it's that feeling after that makes it all worth it. You feel like you can do anything after a serious gym session. So yesterday I did something I have done 3 times now. I ran the British 10K in London. I know this isn't big to most people, it's only 10K right? But for me, it's a big deal and I am so happy I have done it 3 times now. The feeling after running 10K beats a normal gym visit any day!
Ever since they started building The Shard my husband has been pretty excited by it. He worked for Shangri-La at one point and really loves the chain, and they just happen to be the hotel that were setting up shop in The Shard. Needless to say, he went to the hotel pretty soon after they opened and he could not stop telling me how amazing his lunch was. I got a bit jealous, why don't I get to lunch with a view? I am his wife now, after all, so he promised to take me to experience the view. Who doesn't love a good sky bar or restaurant?
They do a great menu with 2 courses for £27 and the view is free! The menu changes fairly often, so it's not the same old same old all the time (not that we are planning on going once a month, but it's good to know that we COULD if we so wished) and the dishes are beautifully presented. They tasted good too, always a plus.
I really enjoyed the time we had there, lunch didn't feel rushed and we had plenty of time in-between courses, our waiter was also really nice and friendly. After 2 courses I couldn't manage dessert, but I did manage a coffee, just. We continued the afternoon in the bar at Oblix (also in The Shard) with bellinis and then staggered home and skipped dinner completely. A very good day.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x