Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cottage weekend

Finally back blogging. I tried yesterday, but when my post was almost done, it disappeared, and I couldn't bear the thought of doing everything all over again, instead I went mad, wanting to trash and kick something lol. I was exhausted from monday, having worked with my hockey team till 23.30 in the evening. This week is filled with that work, but tomorrow I have a day off. It's good to get some finances for the new hockey season, but it wears me out... so if the worlds against me these days....I'm not able to take it;) 

Now I'm relaxing outside in my Happycat beanbag, posting photos from the most lovely weekend. Cottage holiday, swimming all the time (even diving, I'm practicing!), sleeping outside, then in the tent, back to the cottage, lots of cosy meals, watermelon, waffles and berries. Could it be better? 

Our camping spot was perfect, I even managed to find 20 centimeters of sandy beach. The rest was more like mud, but still a beach. We also dived and jumped from the cliffs later, and I didn't injure myself until I was getting back up, and didn't take it slow enough. Just bruises, nothing serious, I actually like being a little  beaten up during summer, then you really had fun. 

Next week I'm back to work for real, but it's still hot, we still have raspberries in the garden, and I'm planning to stay outside as long as possible. Have a really, really good day, will be back tomorrow! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Felix - the bald headed lion

A little weekend inspiration with a vintage children's book. (I know it's only thursday, but we're off to the cottage by the seaside now, won't be back till monday, so maybe just occasional blogging from my phone/tablet). 

I'm practicing my Adobe Illustrator skills, and are really inspired by vintage illustration and especially those for children, who are really colorful. I did share a post about it earlier, will post some more soon, but here is at least Felix, who is made fun of by the other animals, since he is bald. What can a poor lion do? Steal a hat! But the owners of the various hats doesn't approve (of course). But then Felix meets just the right woman... 
Will reveal the end of this Kenneth Townsend book (1968) later, I promise!

Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oslo summer back then

Since this really has been the best summer in a very, very long time, I thought I'd share some back-in-the-days summer photos from Oslo - the great summer city! Trym and I haven't for one second regretted that we didn't travel anywhere this year. Sun, sea, swimming, ice cream....some things never change. Enjoy a little nostalgia trip!  (source:

                                                                  Crowing of Miss Oslofjord 1958

Løkenes, Asker (actually outside Oslo) ca.1890 

 Paradisbukta, Bygdøy ca.1930

 Swimming fashion ca.1930

Must have ice cream! Ca. 1940

 Uranienborgparken 1939

The photos below are from newspaper "Dagbladet" in a series called "Summerfaces" 1958:

More summer people:

Esso, Drammensveien 1960 

Frida Andersen posing on Abelhaugen, 1910. What a hat!

Enerhaugen June 1959

 cTwo photos from outdoor restaurant Pernille next to the National theater. 1961

 More swimming: Frognerbadet July 1956

Totally in fashion 1962


Karl Johans gate 1970

Oslo - the summer city, promotion poster drawn by Niels Røhder. 

I can never get enough of photos like these. How about you?
xoxo Have a lovely evening!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Smoothie and potato summer

Yes, still summer, though I'm back to work. It's so hot, I'm rushing home to embrace garden life again. Apples are on their way. Potatoes too. And I'm totally lousy at posing. 

I'm not in the running towards becoming some next top model! But I really wanted to show off the dress. I bought it second hand in Stockholm for 70 sek, it's originally H&M. I was tired and didn't feel like trying it on, neither the yellow dress that hung next to it, but the were both so cheap I was willing to take the risk. Both fit perfectly. So happy! 


No more posing. We gave in and did a photo strip instead! Boyfriend happy not having to photograph me any longer, ha! How is your summer? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stockholm part II Gamla Stan

Finally it's time for part II of my humble Stockholm guide. As I said earlier, this is all my personal favorites, I have no clue about restaurants and night life and I despise shopping centers. Thankfully, in Stockholm's old town, there is none. Gamla Stan is something really special, it offers a possibility to experience what a city could be like in the 300 years ago. Most houses are from the 1700 and 1800th century and are very well preserved. Streets still covered with paving, narrow alleys with the cutest names, old shops...and of course lots of tourists. Västerlånggatan is the worst, it's always crowded, and the tourist shops  flourishes, trying to convince you that you really need a towel with the swedish flag on, a t-shirt with the same flag, slippers - with flag, lots of flags, even more flags, some more stuff that is blue and yellow, and of course, the swedish moose, in all shapes and sizes. 

But, tourists or not, you still don't want to miss Västerlånggatan. The little shop on the right, just after you left Slottskajen is a treasure, with old postcards, flower posters, wood puzzles and whatever your vintage heart requires. A little further on, on the corner to the right, is Apoteket Korpan/Pharmacy Raven, one of Stockholms three historic pharmacies, where very little has happened since the establishment opened. Västerlånggatan also holds some very nice signs, like this one: 

When you're tourist-tired, take one of the tiny, tiny alleys down to the right, and you'll end up in Stora Nygatan. In my opinion, the best shopping street in Gamla Stan. Of course, start by renting a bike. Gamla Stans cykel (Stora Nygatan 44) has been located at the same street for more than a hundred years! Totally atmospheric, they rent and sell bikes, repair them too, and you can get lots of nice biking accessories, or old parts maybe? 

I could write down lots of addresses for you, but it's not necessary, the street isn't that long. Walk it up and down, you'll find so many cute stores - two lovely toy shops, Krabat and Kalejdoskop, old stamps, memorabilia, the best lamp shop in the world, where they sell candy glowing balls as pick-and-mix. Don't miss the Tintin-shop, who also stocks the best stationary books I know. If you're looking for a place to rest and eat, there's also cafés everywhere, pretty and cosy, just pick one. 

 Lamp candy heaven! When I realized this shop excited, I bought way to many.... 

Ok, had to post this photo one more time. It's Ingrid Bergman, where do you spot her in a shop window nowadays? 

But Gamla Stan is not just shopping, it's a very special part of Stockholm. If you get off the main streets, you'll realize this immediately. Go see the churches, the small squares, and just walk around, remember this is actually a very vivid part of Sweden's capital - about 3000 people live here, The children go to school here, the metro stops here. On your way to the metro, you might spot this sign below. Gamla Stan even had several cinemas, but that's a long time ago. Today, as before, the royal palace is the areas most famous feature. Of course, you shouldn't miss that, but the architecture of everyday life is just as fascinating. 

I couldn't resist some historic photos. On you can search for historic photos, videos and documents from the archives. Gamla Stan hasn't changed much from these pictures. It's a must see, going to Stockholm, summer or winter, equally beautiful. And if you don't feel like leaving, of course it has hotels too!