Wednesday, May 4, 2016


So my birthday was quite recently. I had an adorable little birthday party that involved pastries, rose lemonade and a wonderful card game. And through the magic of snail mailed gifts I also celebrated with a dear friend from overseas.

Let's start with cake! Since I had a little party I decided to go with fancy pastries... One of the best decisions I've ever made. I got these adorable pastries with red fruit and chocolate mousse. They were as divine as they were adorable!

But my day started with opening some amazing birthday mail that was beautiful inside and out, so let's take a peek.

I received these amazing animal hair pins and brooches. The three cats I've had in my life so far have been black, grey and kind of white, so it seems this set was pretty much made for me! I also adore the wooden bobby pins.

This amazing owl package held an Alice in Wonderland coloring book! I already did one page, which I posted here.

I also received a gorgeous monogrammed journal I'd been eyeing. And some pencils that are a perfect match for it!

This golden package held a stunning book called the Vintage Tea Party Treasury; which I'm sure I'll show you soon.

One of the friends at my party gave me these adorable stamps. There's an owl, a penguin and a cute little heart. I also received an ink pad in one of my favorite colors, so I'm good to go and can start stamping whenever I want.

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of my birthday! There are actually still a few more things I hope to show you later...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Owl Things Considered

There are plenty of fake deer available for your walls, but I love it when people do a little something different. And of course I also love owls, so I immediately took a liking to this wonderful owl from Macheanimal on Etsy. 

And the shop carries plenty of other creatures. Mostly animals that actually exist (and lots of different cat and dog breeds), but there are also a few jackalopes. And I love the touch of glitter on the antlers of the one in the collage below!

There are over a hundred beautiful items in the shop, so follow this link to check out the rest of them!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mood & Music Mosaic #12

Never Be That Tough - Simone White

It's a pretty crazy time here and I'm doing my best not to get too overwhelmed, so I very intentionally try to relax whenever I can. And I thought these soothing items fit that very well. I love the serene colors and subtle patterns.

What do you do to keep your cool during stressful times?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Plans & Goals: May

April was over so soon! I had a great time, but I also don't mind being one step closer to summer. In fact, I'd be quite happy to say goodbye to the crazy hailstorms we've had this past month. Bring on the sunshine! And I'd also love to:

  • Post pictures of my birthday and some of the lovely gifts I received.
  • Go see Monsieur Chocolat in the cinema.
  • Make some sort of collage.
  • Organize the closet in my bedroom.
  • Go to Lush and exchange 5 empties for a free face mask.
  • Start reading the 2nd KonMari book.
  • Work on my handwriting/lettering skills.
  • Finish or cast on a knitting project.
  • Have another coloring/audio book session.

What are you up to? Anything exciting planned for May?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Lovely Movies: Big Eyes

I'd been looking forward to this movie for ages, yet still managed to miss my chance of seeing it on the big screen. However, I recently made up for it by watching the dvd, which was perhaps better, as it included a "making of".

Big Eyes was directed by Tim Burton. He really appreciates the quirky and otherworldly and, though this film is quite different from most of his other ones, that still shines through. Anyway, he did a great job, as did the actors.

Amy Adams was fantastic, as always. The guy playing her husband was amazing too. He goes from friendly to a despicable tyrant, yet it's all believable. Also, the casting of the daughter -at two different ages- was very well done.

Anyway, this is a true story not just about art, but also about the struggle of women to be acknowledged and praised for their work, as well the bond between a mother and her daughter... I already can't wait to watch it again!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Owl Things Considered

A while ago I ordered a very cool owl shirt from Society6. And as it turns out Camille Chew, the artist who designed it, is also active as an artist on Etsy. Not with the same prints or apparel, but with amazing handmade jewelry!

A lot of the items feature owls, and most of them are patterned or marked with all sorts of symbols. A theme that shows up even more in the items from her Society6. So if that sounds interesting, definitely check that shop out too.

Many of the little owls above are already sold, but there are still a few available. As are the amazing earrings below.

There is plenty of non-owl-related jewelry in the shop too, including this awesome necklace and ones similar it.

All of these would be perfect to wear with colorful summer outfits! Anyway, you can find the rest in the shop. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Mood & Music Mosaic #11

King of Anything - Sara Bareilles

It's King's Day this Wednesday. Everyone dresses up in orange (although I might cheat and go red, white, blue again…) and sells or buys old stuff on the street. So far the weather forecast isn't great, but I'm pretty sure I'll go out for my yearly tradition of hunting cheap Disney movies (and picking up a few other treasures as well)… even if it's just for a little while.

Do you have anything exciting planned this week? Or did you maybe thrift anything cool recently?


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