NYE

5 January 2013 · 0 comments in Life in General

NYE

NYE

NYE

James and I are just back from an amazing two weeks in Thailand, where we spent Christmas and New Years with my birthday. NYE was my 27th birthday and I had a great day, with breakfast in bed, a mani-pedi, an amazing three-course dinner, fireworks and Thai lanterns. I always treasure the time I get with my family since I see them so rarely.

2012 was a good year for me (I got married!) but I’m excited for 2013 as well. I always go back and forth on whether to do resolutions, but I think this year, I’m going to try to do more. Stop sitting at home on the couch with my laptop and go out. Take walks, go to the beach, visit museums and see movies. I always enjoy getting out once I’m there, but I’m lazy (and a real homebody!) and often resort to yet another night on the couch. Let’s try to break that habit this year!

Happy 2013!

Wedding crafts

10 November 2012 · 1 comment in Life in General

Wedding invites

I always meant to blog a bit about the wedding preparations, but I never got around to it. But now is as good a time as any, right? At least I can share some of the stuff we DIYed. Like any crafter, I love DIY, but planning the wedding from overseas meant that we limited it to a only a few things to avoid filling our suitcases with decorations and/or stressing out about crafts in our limited time in Sweden. Our wedding might not have been as pinterest-ready as some of the other weddings floating around the blogosphere, but I think we struck a good balance and the things we did do reflected our personalities really well.

Wedding invites

Our main DIY efforts were focused on the stationery. As much as I would have loved custom-designed letterpress invitations, that wasn’t in the budget, so we compromised and combined our own designs with super-budget home printing and internet printing companies. We started with the invitations, which I designed with lots of input from James. I immediately knew that I wanted to use yellow for our wedding (it’s the happiest colour), and I came across several invitations using chevron while browsing for inspiration. We settled on a simple modern design with a yellow-gold and white chevron back. We were planning a casual wedding, so decided to forgo the usual formal invitation wording for something much more us.

Wedding invites

We also made simple RSVP postcards. Although we splurged on spot-colour printing for the invites (they looked fantastic!),  we went with much cheaper CMYK for the postcards. It shows, but I decided to let my perfectionist side go and figured nobody else would care. We also screwed up the pantone-to-CMYK conversion so the colours don’t match, but most people just assumed we went with a tone-on-tone look on purpose. Not worth worrying about! We finished everything off with kraft-paper envelopes and stamped our return address on the back with a cheap stamp kit from Officeworks.

Programs & Menus

The menus and programs were printed on my parents’ home printer. We figured we’d save some money and if we got good quaity paper and printed only in black, nobody would realise. We picked up some kraft-paper cardboard before flying to Sweden and printed everything out the night before the wedding. The programs were double-sided with a brief order of service on the back.

Wedding Crafts

I also made birdseed pouches, heavily inspired by this tutorial that I bookmarked three years ago, long before we were even engaged. This was actually one of my favourite projects – easy, fun and fairly cheap! The bags were adorable and it was even worth picking birdseed out of my hair for the rest of the night. Our place settings at the reception were simple paper tags tied around the restaurants’ white linen napkins. I stamped the names using individual letter stamps from a set I found in a local stationery shop.

Thank You Cards

And the final piece of stationery: our Thank You cards. These weren’t so much DIY, just modern photo cards from Pinhole Press. We thought our guests from around the world would enjoy seeing our wedding photos. Hopefully we were right!

Plants

20 October 2012 · 2 comments in Home

Ever since we got back from our honeymoon, I’ve been in serious nesting mode. We’re saving for a house deposit, so we don’t really want to spend lots of money or buy big pieces of furniture. We’re not ready for kids yet and despite my longing for a pet, that’s not in the cards right now either. So what’s a girl to do? Well, buy plants, name them and talk to them.

I’ve always had a talent for killing plants, but now that I’m all grown up (married even!) I figured it was time to try again.

Air plant

Terrariums and air plants are pretty trendy right now, but when James and I came across a make-your-own kit, we couldn’t resist it. I thought an air plant would be pretty easy to take care of, and so far I’ve been right. The plastic dinosaur has been hanging around our house for a few months after it arrived tucked into some kind of online order. Now he’s got a home.

Planty

And here’s Planty, our first real plant. I’m really paranoid about killing him, but so far he seems to be doing alright. So far, I’ve managed to keep him alive for six weeks.

And those are the most recent additions to the family, which are probably not that impressive to most people. I’m excited though and I’m already planning our next purchase. I do love the thought of bringing some more greenery into our home.

14/7/2012

14 October 2012 · 6 comments in Life in General

I haven’t blogged in six months, but when my hosting invoice popped up in my inbox a coupe of weeks ago, I couldn’t bear not to renew it. That means that I’m going to try to blog more regularly. And what better way to start than our wedding.

James and I got married three months ago today in Sweden. It was just about perfect. So far, married life has been pretty great too.

{Photo by our amazing photographer, Carl Bengtsson}

Creating

3 March 2012 · 3 comments in Knitting,Weaving

Knitting projects

Weaving projects

Gramps

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I promised myself I’d create more. I started this blog to document my knitting, but it’s been very quiet the last couple of years, mostly because I haven’t been knitting much. This year, I want to put a change to that, but I also want to do other crafts. So far, I’ve done pretty well. I’ve made progress on multiple sweaters and socks for myself, woven a few scarves for gifts and knit this adorable baby cardigan for a friend’s baby (it even has elbow patches!) I’m hoping to add some sewing to the list soon. Here’s to a creative 2012!

Vancouver

18 February 2012 · 0 comments in Life in General

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

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Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Here are some really overdue pictures from our September trip. While we were in Seattle, we took took the train up to Vancouver for a quick 24-hour visit (and another stamp in our passports). We didn’t have much time, so we mostly walked around the city and then got really sore feet in Stanley Park. It would have been great to have some more time there, but at least we got a little peek  at Canada. It all feels so long ago now though!

Autumn Leaves

14 January 2012 · 5 comments in Knitting

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves by Jared Flood, knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Embers

When we were in Seattle, my friends took us to Bainbridge Island where we visited Churchmouse Yarns. I fell in love with the sample for Jared Flood’s Autumn Leaves even though it’s not exactly the most appropriate accessory for Melbourne’s mild winters. I debated knitting it in one of the other colours, but in the end I couldn’t resist that gorgeous orange.

Twenty-six

6 January 2012 · 2 comments in Life in General

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

On New Year’s Eve, I turned twenty-six. James and I celebrated with a quiet night. I got dolled up in my new Wiksten Dress and we went out for Japanese food, then came home for cake. The theme of my (generous) gifts this year was apparently tan leathergoods: Uniform Wares watch from James, Rachel Comey boots purchased with birthday money from my parents and Saltwater sandals and a Country Road wallet from James’s sisters and parents.

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

Christmas in Geelong

James and I spent Christmas with his family in Geelong this year. Not only was this the first Christmas without my family, but it was also my first Christmas stocking, my first time opening presents on Christmas Day, my first turkey Christmas dinner and my first Christmas pudding. I drank fancy Champagne and painted my nails with glittery polish for the occasion. I also managed to  put a Swedish spin on things, with plenty of Swedish Christmas food though, including the salmon, homemade bread, Swedish meatballs and ribs, most of which we ate for lunch for Christmas Day. And I watched Kalle Anka all by myself. It wasn’t a bad experience by any means, but I hope I can do it the “normal” way next year. Next up: planning for New Years (and my birthday!)

Gravad lax

22 December 2011 · 2 comments in Food

Gravad lax

Gravad lax

Gravad lax

Gravad lax

Gravad lax

My favourite thing about Christmas, apart from family, is food. And my favourite Christmas food is gravad lax (or ‘gravlax’ as it’s usually known in English). My mum has made it every Christmas, and on a few other occasions, for as long as I can remember. Once you’ve had homemade salmon, you just can’t go back to the vacuum-packed stuff, and since I won’t get to eat my mum’s salmon this year, I had to make my own. It’s really easy to make as long as you have time (it needs a few days to cure in the fridge) and good quality ingredients. Here’s my recipe, which is easily scaled up or down. I’ve made it with only a couple of portion-sized pieces before, and this year I made it with just over 2kg salmon. Yum!

Gravad lax
Adapted from Härliga Helger by Charlotta Malhotra and Jessica Staël von Holstein

1kg fresh salmon fillets
50 ml sugar
50 ml salt
1 tbs crushed (not ground) white peppercorns
1 bunch dill

Cut the salmon into two equal pieces and remove any bones. Rinse and dry with paper towels. Mix the white peppercorns with the salt and the sugar, then rub all over the fish, including the skin. Place the fillets against each other with the dill in between them, skin sides out. Place in a dish or plastic bag (make sure to seal it properly!) in the fridge with something heavy on top of it. Let it cure for at least two days (the longer you leave it, the more flavour it gets), turning once or twice a day. Cut into thin slices (as thin as possible) and garnish with fresh dill. Traditionally served with Hovmästarsås (which I don’t personally like). You can make your own or just buy it from Ikea.

Since my batch is still curing in the fridge, I’ll have to show you pictures after Christmas. I can’t wait to dig in!