Friday, April 18

Living Room Makeover

After one year in our new apartment in which we moved furniture around a lot, installed new shelves, hung pictures, removed pictures, hung new ones, and where basically trying to figure out how two sets of furniture would fit together in just one apartment – I had the feeling it was time to change things again.
The living room was always one of the more difficult rooms as it functions as my boyfriend’s workspace, my “creative zone” and living room all in one. When we first moved here we decided we’d work with a bolder wall color in the living room area to get a more or less clear separation from the work spaces. We opted for a dark red and painted  1½ walls. The only problem with bold colors is that you can easily get bored as they leave you with fewer options to switch your color scheme or decorations from time to time compared to muted colors or a timeless black/white/grey-ish option. And after one year of a bold dark red we got bored and started looking for new ideas. We kinda liked the effect of the painted wall in separating the living and working areas in that room and chose to stay on the bold color track: Bold blue. I wanted it to be a really dark shade of blue but the boyfriend vetoed and we ended up with a medium blue instead. Painted only ½ wall and put our green sofa in front of it. Boom! Color explosion!
There are still picture frames and stuff missing, I’m also planning to sew or buy a few pillow covers to match the new color scheme but up to now I’m hopeful that we’ll be happy with the new arrangements. At least for like another year.
Preparations. You can see bits of the old color down there. The white color we used was very well covering and we ended up with A LOT of leftover paint.
This ladder was almost too small to reach the top of the walls.
Over the boyfriends workspace where the blue paint ends. Normally there are boxes and folders piled up on those shelves.

Thursday, March 20

Busy Bee

It seems about time that I show you some of my cross stitch projects for my DaWanda Shop. Recently, there have been more requests for custom cross stitch portraits than during Christmas season, or at least it feels that way. In other words: I’m extremely busy to keep up with the incoming orders! Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy my little business works out so well. It’s not enough to pay the rent, at least not yet, but I really love what I do and that’s worth something! Nice side effect: Cross stitching is immensely relaxing and while I’m at it I can let my mind wander or listen to the Harry Potter audio books for the 17425th time (Yep, still not over Harry Potter.) or watch every TV series there is (works only for series that don’t need too much looking). It’s work and fun at the same time! Jackpot!
The pictures show two of my most recent projects, my collection of embroidery threads (You can see I’m still not through with the skein-to-bobbin-transfer-situation), and me working on a cross stitch portrait.

I hope you have a happy busy week so we can have a happy busy week together!

Wednesday, March 5

Weekend Adventures: The Zoo

The Zoo has been on our list for months. Warmer and sunnier days were eagerly awaited, but not only for that reason, of course. And then there was that day last weekend  that shouted "Go outside!"  in our faces when we first opened our eyes in the morning - and to the zoo it was. Zoos always remind me of childhood family outings with my dad reading every single sign there was. Every. Single. One. Needless to say we used to make very slow progress and kids just looove slow progress. I find visits to the zoo much more enjoyable now that I can set the pace. By the way, my favorite zoo animal is a capibara. What's yours?

Friday, February 28

March Wish List

It's time for a new wish list! I know, I know, it's nothing near a regular thing on this blog but I really enjoy sharing some of my favorite findings with you now and then. Nice side effect: I get to play around with the product images in one or a few image editing programs. This time I also tried to make the pictures look like cut out paper pieces. Fun! Although there's room for improvement, I think the result is pretty nice for a first attempt. Oh yes. Wish list. I'm in the mood for soft mint and orange mixed with bold black and white. It's somewhat cool but sweet and goes well with the end-of-winter weather outside. And how cute are those mugs!? I'm IN LOVE! And the whale pillow ... sigh ... I'm not really sure what the boyfriend would say if I came home with that one. On the other hand he's quite used to "unusual" additions to our home. What do you think? Whale with bowler hat on the sofa? Awesome.

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