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Another Phone Pouch

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Hi everyone!!
I did it! I left the house this afternoon :) hihi, not so weird you may think... BUT! I have spent the last several days inside, eating and watching tv and just enjoying the fact that I dont HAVE to do anything (well, the usual laundry and cooking but on the whole that is really minimal). I really wanted to sew or bake or something but I really didnt know which project to sew first and I figured my waistline is not going to be happy if I bake much more, especially that cinnamon bread. That was just to die for!

So today I dropped some stuff off at the charity shop (really, I cant recycle/re-use everything!) and I just happened to catch the tube in time for the hobby shop. Oops... *angelic smile while polishing halo*. Strangely enough I hardly found anything for myself. Really, the items on sale just didnt appeal to me at all. But then I literally bumped into a shelf full of discounted Warhammer paints! And a ton of the colours the bf needs to his Warhammer projects. And all…

Our Christmas 2011 + Recipes

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Hello again everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with friends and/or family and lots of food :) As for me, it was quiet but relaxed and nice. Well, I didnt have to cook so it was definitely relaxed, hihi...

Because I HATE travelling around this time of year (really, someone is always on strike, flights are packed or delayed, luggage gets lost, and my present never fits into my suitcase), the bf and I just stayed home and had some nice food, some presents under the tree, and a LOT of television for the last few days. I had honestly forgotten what it was like to just sit around and don't do much at all! Slowly but surely the work-stress is leaving me and I seem to find myself baking a lot. Joy for my creativity, not so much for my waist line ;)

At the moment it is 1am and I can't sleep. Luckily I dont have to work tomorrow (am off for nearly another week, whoohoo!) but it might have something to do with a coffee I had at 1pm today... and of course I only just realised th…

Christmassing - 2011 Preparations

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Heyhey everyone!
OMG it has been so long! So sorry for not being online more, but work has been insane these past few weeks. BUT today my holidays have started and I can finally relaaaaxxx... well, after cleaning the entire house but maybe I'll start that tomorrow ;) As you have realised, I havent really been sitting still and Christmas preparations are well underway. Christmas Eve is tomorrow, oh my! So let me show you what I've been up to:

I put up the Christmas tree

Used some of my collected jars to make new Christmas lights for in the stairs (still prefer the Halloween ones though!)

Made 19 (!) Christmas crackers

Made cookies in a jar as a present for the girls at work

And upcycled jar lids to make some Christmas tree decorations for some people at work also.

See, some projects were still done ;) I will share the how-tos and links later, need some nice sleep now where I know I dont have to get up for work in the morning. Whoohoo!

Homemade Pepernoten

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Heyhey everyone!
Wow it has been a while... We went on holidays a couple of weeks ago and even though I had pre-blogged to keep all of you entertained while I was away (does that sound very bad?), I didnt actually manage to blog since we returned as I caught a really bad cold on the way back and was out of the running for a couple of weeks. Now that I am a little better I'm busy buying Christmas presents and trying to find time between work and social life to make some as well for friends and family who have been promised some handmade gifts. Aaarghhhh! So busy!

In the meantime, tomorrow it's Sinterklaas. To be fair, I dont really have the energy for it right now, but I do want to celebrate at least a little bit. So why not celebrate on Sunday when we have the whole day for it? Because I just spent the entire day trying to buy presents before the major rush starts... So tomorrow morning I have to decorate the house before I leave for work and then in the evening we do the presen…

Tooth Felties

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Hi again!
Something more cheerful today than the graveyard ;) Although I do find visits (in daylight) very relaxing. Anyway... remember the Halloween felties I made from the tutorial on Paper and String?

Yes these :)

My friend at work said that the ghost looks like a tooth! Something I completely disagree with but it surely could be turned into one with a few minor adjustments... Her sister is a dentist and she asked me to make some tooth felties for her as a keyring. She wanted a good tooth and a bad tooth. Dentists... *shiver*

This is what I came up with! I used the original pattern from Paper and String as shown in the original felties post, and changed it a tad. I made a good tooth with white felt, black eyes, blue cheeks (they have to be squeeky clean after all), a smiling face, and a white ribbon with black dots. The bad tooth is made with light yellow felt, grey eyes, green cheeks, a sad face, and a black ribbon with white dots. I even has a hole in it!! I tried making the hole wit…

Visit to Highgate Cemetary London

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Heyhey!
During the visit of my friend from Berlin, he had a schedule as usual of things to see and do (I do the same when we visit him hihi) and another item on his list was to visit Highgate Cemetary. Highgate Cemetary is one of the Magnificent Seven cemetaries in London and so far I have seen 4 out of 7. I cant remember if I already had this blog when I last visited one of them though.

This was all in the Halloween spirit so it totally worked. My colleagues thought it was a little weird (but they think I can be weird anyway haha), but there is so much history there! We were just in time for the tour of the western cemetary which could only enter at specific times. Lots of interesting graves there, including the one of that Russian guy who was poisoned a few years back.

We didnt find the entrance right away so we took some pics through the gates here and there as we tried to locate the way in.

Gorgeous scroll stone

Just after the entrance of the western part of the cemetary with the tour.


Goth Walk 25 - The Cock Lane Ghost

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Hi everyone!
As you may remember me mentioning before (dont worry if you dont, I'm told I talk to much all the time), my friend Thorleif came over from Berlin the other day, just a week before Halloween. It just so happens to be the same weekend as another goth walk was scheduled. Such a coincidence! LOL. So naturally we joined in.

The bf stayed home due to his shoulder and the area we would go to would be super crowded, but he did join us for a lovely hearty breakfast.

It was a lovely sunny day and the theme of this walk was most excellent: The Cock Lane Ghost. With our regular priest as our tour guide, we set off. (I wont copy/paste the whole story here, but if you click the link above you can find out all about it)

The walk took us through Smithfield, which is always a lovely area and great for pics. One day I must do this in a costume...

Past various churches...

...and to the front door of Dr. Samuel Johnson who seems to turn up in a lot of 18th century London history. In this s…

Christmassing - Harrods Christmas Display 2011

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Hi all!
Ooooh my very first 2011 Christmas post, how exciting! You are not going to believe this but I am totally in the Christmas spirit right now :) Starbucks has their Christmas coffees (toffee nut latte, yumm!) which are amazing and immediately make my day :) Though maybe not so much when drunk after lunch, I tried that and went to bed at 4am LOL. Good thing it was a weekend! But having learnt this, I now get one before work and my day cannot be ruined :)

It was my friend's Jose's birthday a while ago and of course as per tradition I totally forgot about it. Oops... but I invited him for coffee and cake (his favourite) in Knightsbridge and we checked out the Harrod's Christmas display afterwards. It was lovely and very Christmassy which was perfect after the Christmass coffee :) Want to join me on a little tour?

This year the theme is 'Crystal Christmas' and really, they mean crystals!

Lots of mannequins in sparkly dresses in a sparkly forest. I posted this one on …