lördagen den 19:e april 2014

A Gothic Easter

Oh I guess some of you have seen these easter decorations before but this cabinet in the photo below is new in our kitchen. Its a lavoar/potty cabinet. There is a lid on top were you can put a washing bowl and a cabinet for your water or potty. I will paint it on the inside before I put something in it I can assure you. I got it from free from a friend that bought an old farm. The cabinet was so filthy (found in one of the separate buildings) with some brown red splatter over it, EWW!! Common scrubbing didn't work but Svinto (soaped steelwool).
As my beloved is allergic to anything that sprouts has fur or feathers these twigs will do fine as easter sticks. The twigs were once used for spanking each other as a reminder of Jesus sufferings, weird tradition...But during the 17 hundreds the twigs were decorated, better tradition. These eggs are painted by me and Oskar long ago.

A little close up of the shabby shit cabinet and easter eggs.

So were do the Gothic comes in... Well here! Our black livingroom will have the gloomier decorations. Mossy twigs, gothic crosses and victorian styled eggs. 

These decorations are made by me years ago. I store the eggs securely in boxes during rest of the year. 

The decorations has an old Catolic style because I like that aestetic.

A mix of real and paper eggs under a glass dome with a two different crosses. Barely visible a crucifix at the tray and a vikin cross on the table.

I made this decoration long ago with scraps. The backround are a scrap piece from the wall paper in my former house. The little text means pastime.

Happy Gothic Easter!!

torsdagen den 17:e april 2014

Coffe break at university

Regarding my last post. I hope you didn't think Im ridiculous, I only relate to myself. I have aged these last years visibly (and on the inside) and I have wrinkles that force me to change how I do my makeup. Make up can infact make you look much older if you do it wrong.

I made a post about old buildings in Falun a few weeks ago. This time I would like to show you our newest.  We got a new library at the University.  I'm usually not fond of modern things and I think the building is hideous on the outside, a yellow box wrapped in a steel fence. But the inside is wonderful. The main hall is built like a swirl down to the center bottom, all the shelves/walls,  floors and stairs turns in a downward spiral. White walls and ceiling windows make it so light it almost hurt the eyes (Swedes are very fond of white interiors). It was nice to sit by the bookshelves and having a coffee and an easter cupcake.

We will stay at home this weekend and I will take care of my seedlings and the garden. What are you up to this weekend? I Wishing you all a nice easter.

tisdagen den 15:e april 2014

Make up on wrinkles

Those wrinkles refuse to stay away. Lots of moisturizer will not make them vanish from my dry skin and it's a hell to try to do a makeup. I rarely use makeup because I'm very lazy and I use to prickle myself in the eyes unaware of looking like a panda afterwards.

I tried to do a soft smokey makeup for a night in town. I didn't use eyeliner because it tends to get smudgy and only paint cat eyes if there is no wind outside. You can see on the photo below that I didn't use any highligher under the eyebrows. With age comes wrinkles and it's better to avoid glittery eyeshadows, they will only make you look even older ;). I also avoid using too much concealer (or none at all) under the eyes or dry powder wich only makes the skin even dryer.
 Here's the palette I used. Smoky eyeshadows from H&M. 
Ready for a movie night. We saw Captain America the Winter soldier. I loved it. Well I'm a big Marvel Movie fan and especially of the Captain. It had an interesting message, a vague critic against the mapping of peoples behaviour on the internet (helloo Google), wich of course Captain America disagree to "What happened to freedom?"

fredagen den 11:e april 2014

Bat fit and garden update + a cake and nailpolish

Bat fit update. So my weight raised a little during the autumn because of much sitting, both at work and studying at home. Even if I used calorie tracker I didn’t lost any weight. My metabolism must be very very low. So instead of counting calories I will try exercise a lot more than I have done the last years. If I do work out and gain muscles then the metabolism should become better. We have a gym at work and at the gym there is a cross trainer that I have been thinking of trying. So last week I started, first 15 minutes one lunch and then 20 minutes the others at least 3 days a week. I haven’t lost a single pound but I feel much more alert. The cross trainer is like a combination of bicycling, cross country skiing and running. It is very kind to the body but my broken knee was a bit swollen today. My goal is to be able to run again, because running was the recipe for staying in shape and keeping my mood up.
 Other things that has been going on lately is sawing down the trees on the backyard. Fir spikes and shadow has been ruin part of my vegetable beds. All those twigs must be stacked in piles for transportation to a bonfire (will be lit on last night of April). This is also exersize J.
 My mori fairy boy had his 10th birthday last week. He ordered a piñjata with candy and a fish cake for the birthday party. Johan also made magical tricks for him and the guests. This is how the fish cake turned out. The boys helped me to do marcipan figures to decorate it.
 I coloured some marcipan blu and made the cover of the cake, well done to be the first time I think.
You know the flaky nailpolish I reviewed? They have a lovely nail polish line called Velvet goth. How awesome isn't that?? Here's the link to the site Models Own. The colours are told to be matte but with sparkly flakes in the colours, Obsidian, Amethyst, Valerian, Sardonyx and Absinthe. I was supposed to order a couple but when I came to the cashout the delivery fees were more expensive than the purchase. So you guys who live in UK are lucky, those colours looks definitely something I would like to paint my nails in.

fredagen den 4:e april 2014

Pointy toes

I put on a green skirt today, it's actually a sundress that is folded down to a skirt. I feel like the Wicked witch of the west with the green and the pointy toes. The shoes are a recent second hand bargain.

Have a nice weekend!!

söndagen den 30:e mars 2014

My trick for long nails and a nail polish review

After many years of rectangular nails, I filed them pointy and discovered that I could grow them longer. They are so long now that there is a problem typing this down. The problem with the rectangular nails was that they got a notch in the outer corner and then broke. Sometimes they broke under the nail line and that was painful. By filing the weak part down and making them pointy, the nail got stronger.
The tube I'm holding in the photo above is a product we are making at the factory were I work. It's a baby bum salve containing vaseline (usually avoid that), peanut oil, citrus oil, and zink oxide. I discovered that this salve is making the nails very strong, hard but still a bit flexible. You can try any fat cream or salve if you can't find this one.

I can only paint my nails in the weekends, because of hygiene instructions at work. But to get a polish that lasts longer than a weekend you can follow a few simple steps. 
Always start with a protecting basecoat. Glitter nail polish directly on to your nails aren't very good.
Then nailpolish in the amount you need.

This polish came with my monthly Glossybox. The brand is Models Own and sells many different colours. This one wasn't anything I would recommend though the quality of the polish itself is good. Those aluminium foil looking chips were few and had to be fished after in the bottle. To get a decent spread of flakes, I had to paint the nails 3 times. This polish can maybe be used over a warm toned nailpolish for funky effects.
Another item that came in the Glossybox was a sample and a deo spray of a new perfume line. Panos Emporio is a Swedish swimsuit designer that tries a new concept with perfumes. The sample (forgot the name) was a light perfume nothing extraordinary. But the Goldflower deo spray was a nice surprise. It's a powerful vanilla, orange, heavy flowery fragrance. As a typical Swede I'm usually not fond of the heavier perfumes, but this was really nice. Johan loved it as well, so I will definitely buy the eau de toilette. 

I think the Glossybox is a great way to try new beauty stuff that one never would try. 
During saturdays Earth hour we shared a bottle of Prosecco, an extra dry sparkling Italian wine. It tasted nice, dry but although nice. What we were celebrating? Our 5 year anniversary, my math exam and a few more private things :)
 I think Earth hour can be a good event for those who need to be enlightened (yeah funny) by how we influence our environment. All these latest abnormal weather fenomena is actually caused by us humans. The best you can do is to try to lower you electrical consumption and try avoid taking the car. 

torsdagen den 27:e mars 2014

Falu Skyline

I rarely visit our city, maybe because it's always a boring errand to run. But on some occasions I visit a café with one of the kids, to sit down and chat while eating some pastry and drinking a latte. Alfons is such a pleasant company and he is a big gourmet, he had to go to the counter and buy another black berry macaron.

Outside the cafe I was strucked by the beautiful eveninglight and the towers in the skyline. We actually have lots of towers pointing at the sky in this town. You can see 4 towers on this photo. 
From left to right:
1. Västra Skolan (The Western School), this is were my oldest son studies, it was built 1915 and is 4 levels high, it's kind of a landmark in this town (except the churches). It is built like a castle with thick stone walls and high windows.
2. Gamla gamla brandstationen. The oldest old Firestation. Thats the red brick hous behind Alfons. The water hoses had to dry in a straight hanging line, therefore the tower, it was built 1884. 
3. Medborgarhuset. Community house. It's not that small, almost hidden behind the red brick firestation. This is were our local County radiostation resides. It was built as school for technical engineers in the 18 hundreds.
4. The old firestation was built in 1911 and is now a big atelier for photographers.
These buildings are not so old, comparing to others but they give the town a dignified look. I promise that when the weather is warmer, I will take a walk with my camera and take photos of my hometown. It's very beautiful and has lots of history.

The black building to the right, is quite a sad story. It's the police station built in 1968, black and dull looking.  The black facade is made of slag stone from the copper mine. It has the shape of a half circle because it was built around the towns bathing house. It was a castle like building with 5 large towers. You had several choises of taking baths, showers and swim and of course there was a sauna. It was torn down 1972 because it stood in the way and was not a modern facility. There were many manifestations against the demolition.