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Field Trip: Iceland

Iceland 2K13, it happened. It was magic and now I want to move there. I have an extremely serious crush on Iceland.

 We managed to coincide our trip with Iceland Airwaves which meant seeing Reykjavik in a particularly glorious state.  There was live music in every corner of Reykjavik even bookshops and hairdressers. If you were lucky you might have even stumbled across John Grant performing in a stairwell! (See!? Magic!)  I fear I can’t do it justice with words, but I am going to give it a go… and then they say a picture’s worth a thousand.

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Iceland, the land of heartbreaking natural beauty, vikings, folklore, invisible people, music, beautiful water, volcanos, coffee, puffins, whales and arctic turns.

We had roast lamb and sweet potato, Christmas drinks in November.

We smoked pipes and cigars on the balcony.

We  chased the Northern Lights to the beach in pyjamas.

There were old friends and new friends, hilarity and conversations peppered with nostalgia, life, love and other difficulties.

 Did I mention the Northern Lights? Yep. Saw them. Again, magic.

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Oh… there’s also a penis museum!

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unnamed-11A little bookshop gig.

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Plenty of Sarah Lund’s jumpers to go around.

unnamed-8Nearing the Blue Lagoon.

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This is it. I warn you, for a good forty-five minutes following prolonged exposure, you could’ve used my bright red face as a beacon to guide you in the night.

unnamed-13Delicious coffee.

unnamed-10 Even their lighting is beautiful.

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Even their fire hydrants are friendly.

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It was so lovely to be reunited with Hanna, the beautiful and friendly Icelandic!

That’s enough of my gushing. You have probably realised that you should go. So just go.

x

Celeste

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A little Icelandic jaunt!

For the last little while I have had more than a little obsession with Scandinavia. In part to do with some particularly beautiful music (The Tallest Man on Earth, Mew, Olafur Arnalds), Nordic Noir and more than a healthy amount of Scandinavian chums.

All this to say, after being on my ‘wishful thinking’ list for last 5 years, I actually get to make a little trip to ‘the land of Ice that’s very nice’! (A little Mighty Ducks quote there for ya!)

One of my favourite regular coffee drinkers is a little bit of an expert on Iceland and when I asked him for tips this brilliant itinerary is what he came up with. This actually made my day! It’s too good not to share.

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And now to the Northern Lights, the elusive Celestial treat, I know I’m not meant to get my heart set on seeing them but I can’t help it. I’ve wanted to see the Northern Lights ever since Joey and Dawson watched them in Season 3. (Don’t judge me.)

Until after Iceland!

Xxx
Celeste

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Found: Terry’s Harmonica.

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I have a real fondness for old things. Old films, books, crockery, clothing and people. Why? I think it’s because of the stories. I love being reminded of the people that have gone before and survived this thing called life. I love the thought that the dress I’m wearing has been a part of someone other ladies story and memories and now is part of my own. Romantic and cheesy? Oh yes!

All that is to offer some form of prelude to one of my favourite birthday presents.

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Last year, for my birthday, I was given this Hohner Chromatic Harmonica.  Beautiful and old. I love it, not because I have managed to master the art of the lovely mouth organ, sadly, but because of the original gift tags.

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Here’s to you Terry and Jill, I hope your lives were full of love and the harmonica.

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xxx

Celeste

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Make, Do, Mend: Sweet little presents for the wee ones…

We have some pretty special little people in our lives. And there is nothing more fun than finding little presents to give them. Once again Pinterest is our best friend (surprise)!

Here’s few fun little pressie ideas that I crafted to our sweet little friends. Also because they are not wallet busting it doesn’t matter if these little people decide to enjoy them for 5 minutes before they move on to the next thing! :)

Mouse in a tin (I’ve lost the link to the original if someone knows it please let me know and I’ll link up!)

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Lolly Dollies (+in the name of fairness I had to add a few boy dollies too)

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These are both such easy ideas and require very little materials. Top tip for finding nice coloured masking tapes is Ikea – their papery goods department is off the charts :)

Hope you’ve had a good long weekend! (The biggest mistake I made was to start watching the Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon – so hooked now!!)

- Hanna xx

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Make, Do, Mend: DIY Moving Cards

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We moved house nearly a month ago now and because of my mammoth summer holiday I actually had time to rustle up a card to let our friends know our new address.

All it took was a little staging of old suitcases, camera on timer and us (or our legs) in the frame and there we have it. I added “we’ve moved” text on the front and arranged the back in a postcard style in Photoshop. If Photoshop isn’t your cup of tea then it could easily be done in Word or have you checked out A Beautiful Mess app where you can add text over photos? Easy peasy.

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It feels almost old school to send a change of address cards rather than an email but it’s always fun to receive things in the post, right?! Bring back good old snail mail.

Hope your week’s off to a good start!

- Hanna x

 

 

 

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Make, Do, Mend: Loose Tea Jars

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We love a good cuppa over here. Boxes of loose tea are filling our cupboard shelves and trailing tea leaves are all over the place. In my post-move huff I decided to put a stop to it.

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We had some jam jars left from all sorts of preserving so I washed and scrubbed off any sticky labels, dried and spray painted the lids black (I had chalkboard spray handy so that did the trick).

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Now I had an excuse to get my beloved Dymo out and start making labels.

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It’s so much easier to get the tea out of the jam jars rather than messing around with the boxes and bags. And maybe it’ll make me reach out for the green tea more often! ;)

-Hanna 

Ps. This project was inspired by a brief stop in a shop called Granit in Stockholm where glass jars were labelled with dymo tags. Check them out!

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Come home to me: leads, leads, leads.

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At one point, back in the day when I was sharing a house with my girls, we had a TV that if you wanted the picture to come on you had to give the TV two really good solid thumps on the side. And like magic the picture came on.

Long gone are those days. After joining forces with the man I call my husband along came endless amounts of gadgets, speakers, routers etc. Now while I appreciate these gadgets, what I hate (no exaggeration) is the leads and cables that come with them. And as we’re renting we haven’t had the luxury of hiding leads inside walls and floors. It is no joke when I say that there are 7 different boxes in our TV unit and each of them have 4-5 leads coming or going from them.. if you bothered to do the maths you know there is a cable hell behind our unit.

But we have, finally, found a good solution for this (I don’t really know why it’s taken us so long) that pleases both of us: A metal cabinet (Ikea’s old stock, that we managed to score for £15 in a local second hand shop) that hides all our gadgety boxes and most cables inside it. It actually makes me happy just looking at it (even if the blasted router didn’t work inside its metal cage and has to be on the top). Completely shallow but still.

I’m glad the hunt for a TV unit is over. I’ll be okay with this one that hides my tangly nemesis inside it.

-Hanna

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