Life in General

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!

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}

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!

Twenty-six

6 January 2012 · 3 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!)

Jul

17 December 2011 · 2 comments in Life in General,Photography

Jul

Jul

Jul

Jul

Jul

I’m trying my best to get into the holiday spirit, but I find in hard in the middle of summer, even after seven years in Australia. This year is the first year I won’t be seeing my family over Christmas, so I’ve been trying extra hard to get the house decorated. James and I got a Christmas tree (a small, cheap plastic one, but a Christmas tree nonetheless) for the first time and I started knitting a mitten garland to hang over it, only to get bored after two mittens. The house is looking more Scandinavian than ever given all of my Swedish Christmas decorations. My favourite thing, however, has to be the little tomtar (elves) that I’ve scatted among Muji’s New York in a bag, one of our souvenirs from the US trip. And the Christmas baking starts tonight. Maybe that’ll help?

Wish list 2011

26 November 2011 · 1 comment in Life in General

I can’t quite believe it’s less than a month until Christmas. It’s really snuck up on me this year, but thankfully I love gift-shopping and I’ve just about finished all of mine. Of course, that just means I’ve moved on to lusting after things for myself. If I was buying myself presents, here’s what I’d get.

Clockwise from top left: Kikki K Vasastan walletOdette Klaia ringOdette Arrow bracelets, Brooklyn Tweed Loft yarnEmily Eibel + Ilana Kohn marbled scarf, Baggu leather bag, Diana Mini cameraUniform Wares watch, Frankie subscriptionDesign*Sponge at Home, The Horse Ida shoesMCMC Love perfume, CatBird Campfire candleSteven Alan Sydney top

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

Seattle

After San Francisco, we headed to Seattle, which was a nice and relaxing break after our busy days in San Francisco. I liked Seattle a lot, but it wasn’t as flashy as the other cities we saw; it seemed like a great place to live but not as exciting a place to visit. During our time in Seattle, we went out to Bainbridge Island, took the underground tour (very cool!) and saw the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But the best part was probably getting to meet my friends Sarah and Ceylan for the first time. I loved meeting all my online friends, but these two are my closest and oldest friends. I’ve known Ceylan for almost five years and she came all the way from Texas! I also became fast friends with Ashley, Sarah and her husband Jay’s beautiful golden retriever.

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

We got back from our US trip a few weeks ago, but I have only just had time to go through my photos until now. We visited four cities and had a fantastic time. As a bonus, I got to meet a bunch of friends I’d previously only  talked to online. Thankfully, they’re just as great in person as on the internet. Our first stop was San Francisco. We spent hours walking up and down the hills, visited Alcatraz, Fishermans Wharf and all the other touristy places, and ate some great food.