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RETRO KITCHEN SCALE

I have had these pictures laying around for a while now. It was a small "restoring/getting it to match my stuff" project I did a couple of months ago. It all started with one of those frequent visits to the local thrift store, where I had seen this little kitchen scale quite a few times.

I was so loving the shape, but not the color and there for I just kept putting it back on the shelf. Then one day, we met again...and I knew exactly what I had to do, to make the scale fit my kitchen. 

So I brought the little thing home, disassembled him and spray painted all the parts in a nice cream color. I taped the front of the scale, so I didn't get any paint on the dial.

I think it turned out really well and he fits so perfectly with my kitchen colors, but the really cool thing is, he actually works. 

This has been one of my favorite "old treasure find" projects.

Have a great day.

NEW SHADE OF LIGHT

For a long time I have been looking for a new lamp for our bedroom, and I wanted to find something that I could give a touch of my own. (Almost never buy something bright new).
 
 
And then one day, it was right there in front of me, in a charity shop, looking all brown and sad, just begging to get a makeover. So I bought the poor thing, payed like nothing (3EUR) - just love a good bargain:-)
 
 
Back home I went through my fabric and ribbons, came up with this combination and started to create a new life for this lamp. A life that he'd probably never would have imagined. :-)
 
 
It only took me a couple of hours to finish this project "new shade of light" and I´m very happy about the result.
 
 
Have a wonderful Thursday.
 
/Sussi & Annika
 
 
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MY LITTLE "HELPER"

Hi, hope you have had a wonderful weekend.
I(Sussi) have been cleaning up my workspace all weekend, reorganising and getting rid of lots of stuff. To be honest, not a lot, because I'm terrible at throwing out stuff....what if I need exactly that piece for my next project? But I don't think(hope) I´m the only one ;-)
 
 
In return I really need everything to be organised, to be able to feel inspired and to be creative. What's also important to me, is having propper tools and equipment to create a good work flow. And I don´t mind it being eyecandy at the same time, like this gorgeous little pincushion I found at a flea-market some months ago. 
 
 
Can anyone blame me for falling in love at first sight ;-)
Have a wonderful and creative week.
 
/Sussi & Annika
 

CHOCOLATE FACTORY

This year I bought a small Christmas present for myself, that I had been dreaming of for a while. Some of you might know that I(Annika) have a weak spot for homemade chocolate. I have a few recipes I like to use around Easter and Christmas, and I give these as presents or treats, all nicely wrapped, looking fiercely delicious :) 
 
 
Up until now, I have been quite satisfied with a more simple chocolate making approach, one where I could shape the chocolate pieces with a spoon. But this year I was craving a bit more. 
 
 
I got this idea of a chocolate with caramel filling into my head and it just wouldn't go away again. A while ago I stumbled across this delicious caramel recipe, that I was using for a cake, and I thought it would be perfect for the chocolate filling.
 
 
So for this little experiment of mine, I realized I needed to upgrade my chocolate making tools and I immediately thought of those beautiful old metal molds, you sometimes find in vintage shops. These are not necessarily easy or cheap to come by, but I was pretty lucky. I found 

 
So the week before Christmas I turned my kitchen into a small chocolate factory, testing and experimenting and it turned out beautifully. I even tested a couple of silicon molds, or actually they were ice cube trays from Ikea, and they worked very well too. 
 
 
They were pretty easy to just turn upside down and the chocolate pieces would more or less pop out. The metal molds can be a bit harder to work with, but it looks so delicious, when you get it right. 
 
 
I'm very much looking forward to be making more filled chocolate...actually thinking of permanently turning the kitchen into a chocolate factory. I mean, what else do you need besides homemade caramel filled chocolate :)
 
Have a great day!
/Annika & Sussi
 

PONCHO LAMP

This lamp is a small project I finished a couple of weeks ago and now it's finally hanging above the coffee table. It's a project inspired by a great idea we came across a while back, when reading one of our favorite blogs...Under Mammas Vingar. It's the blog of Smulan, a very talented blogger and photographer and I do encourage you all to visit her beautiful and inspiring site.
The lamp is made of flea market finds, an old lampshade and a great, fluffy, white poncho. It was like a match made in heaven. Didn't even have to cut of the fabric, except for some minor adjustments at the bottom. The poncho has been attached by folding the edge around the lampshade and then stitched with a sewing-machine.
 
Have a great Monday! /Sussi
 
 

IF ONLY THESE PAGES COULD SPEAK

I love old books. Not so much because I like to read them all, but I feel that the book itself carry these stories of a more and more lost age. There are so much detail in the way it has been made and how they represent an non digitalized era. Some of the books uses fonts I can barely read, but they look so elegant and they make promises of a story worth reading. A torn binding can reveal a beautiful, old piece of paper, like it was a little hidden secret. They bear marks of all the people who have read and enjoyed the book and I wonder what stories it would tell, if only its pages could speak.
 
Have a beautiful day! /Annika
 
 

COLOR INSPIRATION

We are still busy organizing the new office, but when you are going through things, you always find inspiration and stuff you had forgotten about. Today I found this little pile of things I made into a color palette. These are some of my favorite colors and materials(twine, suede, mother of pearl, wood and vintage illustrations) at the moment. 
 
Hope you have a wonderful Sunday! /Annika
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more Sunday inspiration.
 
 
 

CUP OF FLOWERS

Since the post last Sunday, I have been wanting to use these little teacups as flowerpots. They are tiny, so I had only room for a couple of muscari. But they turned out really fun and they made for a great photo sessions as well. Wish you all a happy Saturday! /Annika
 
 

TEA CUPS & SCRUFFY KITTENS

This collage is featuring some of my favorite objects, both to photograph and to collect. I have a thing for tea cups and mugs and I enjoy the feeling of having a cup in my hands, how it's shaped, and how it feels to drink from it.
A while back I did a lot of ceramics and I was crazy about making mugs. It was almost a contest with myself to make one cup better than the other. It seemed like the possibilities were endless.
I wouldn't say that I have a huge collection of teacups, it is more one of those objects I feel drawn to when visiting flea markets. That, along with things like little salt and pepper shakers, old illustrated books, beautiful old type & vintage posters.
I'm not really good at buying expensive finds, just because it has become popular. I like to look for odd little things that has no real value, except for its peculiar beauty. Like the scruffy kitten no one wants.
What are your favorite objects to collect?
 
Have an inspiring day! /Annika
 
 

FINDING BEAUTY IN WHAT YOU HAVE

I think you all know the feeling when you look in your overly filled closet, thinking that you have nothing to wear and that you need something new.
Or you got tired of your china collection and don't feel you could stand eating from it ever again. That if you just bought something new....well, you would feel renewed.
 I think that sometimes it's too easy to get rid of what you have and just buy something new. And I'm not just talking about wanting new stuff, but always wanting more, not enjoying what you already have. I know a lot of you really enjoy flea markets and buying old stuff, but I bet you also have a lot of that laying around already, things that are not being used, not being appreciated. 
It does take a bit of effort to always appreciate and use what you have, but I like to think that there is beauty and potential in everything, it just depends on how you look at it. Maybe those old clothes needs a scissor or maybe you could paint you old china? It's all about that particular light you choose to shine on things. Even a grey day can be beautiful...if you want it to be.
 
Have a great Sunday! /Annika
 
 
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more great Sunday Inspiration.

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