…when the tulips and hyacinths are in full bloom in the Netherlands! Looove.
Have a good day!
– S & R –
Does anyone else feel like 2016 was the fastest year in history? How is it already May 2017?
Last April-May we spent a few weeks honeymooning in southern Italy, so we thought it’s a good time to look back at those pictures now and dream back a little bit.
We started our tour in Martina Franca in Puglia at the most lovely old masseria (Masseria Iazzo Scagno, cannot recommend it enough!) and then continued with rental car visiting interesting places in Puglia, Basilicata and over to Campania, ending our tour on the Amafli coast and in Naples. The only hotel we booked beforehand was the masseria, all the other ones we booked on the way – a little stress moment at times, but leaving us a lot of flexibility and surprises along the way. : )
The pictures are almost in the order they’re shot, so you can follow our tour to some of the places we visited.
Poppies outside Locorotondo
Olive gardens somewhere on the way…
Alberobello and the famous trulli
Ostuni, the white city
Night time in Matera
Matera was absolutely stunning – and the guides and signs kept telling that this is the place they filmed Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, easy to understand why.
Castelmezzano up in the mountains
Neighbouring village Pietrapertosa. A.m.a.z.i.n.g. views!
But how do they transport furniture up there? That was what was keeping our minds busy during our visit there…
Postcard view in Positano
Tourists like us on the Amalfi coast ; )
Beautiful Capri – a day visit was enough though to this touristic place.
Grotta Azzurra in Capri – everyone got to spend like two minutes in here. ; )
The last picture is from the roof top pool in our hotel in Sorrento. Naples, where we ended our tour, was so hectic and busy so we probably forgot to snap pictures there. ; )
Spring! Best time in Brussels.
Is it just me or has there been exceptionally much of blossoms in the cherry and magnolia trees this year? The whole city seems to be blooming.
Now if only we could get some warmer weather as well…
PS. For those of you who have been waiting patiently for the rest of our winter pictures from Finland (hi, mum), they’re coming up! ; )
New week, new print. : ) I hand carved a few different stamps – three circles and a square motif – to combine in a single pattern. Usually I like to decide beforehand what the final print is going to look like, but this time I just started printing randomly, just to try something different. Just placed the stamp wherever I felt like on the fabric and went on printing without a specific plan and just seeing what came out of it.
I did some testing with the stamp I used for my last project as well, but it didn’t work super well on fabric.
It took some time to decide what to do with the fabric I printed, but I finally decided to sew a fabric storage basket, always handy to have. Although this one is maybe a bit too pink for our home… It might find its way somewhere else instead. : )
– Sandra –
So the project continues – project number 4 I think this is? This time I printed on paper instead of on fabric, actually just because this particular stamp worked better on paper. I found a new kind of carving block (well new for me, I don’t know how new it actually is) – Essdee SoftCut – so I wanted to try it out. It’s a rubber carving block mounted on wood, which maybe makes it easy for printing on paper but for fabric it was not ideal. It’s quite easy to carve – a bit softer than lino – but I still prefer the soft and thick rubber carving blocks like Moo carve (that I used here for example).
Here you see what the block looks like, probably won’t use this kind of block again but at least now I tried it – and I have a bunch of cards for all the next birthdays and celebrations coming up. ; )
Have a good evening!
– Sandra –
A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to spend a few days in Copenhagen, and, as can be expected, came back with hundreds of pictures.
Be prepared for a looong post. ; ) But don’t expect travel tips or recommendations – we’re all about pictures (oh wait, we do have to mention one recommendation: Café Norden. Ah, the brunch was amazing. And the lunch. And dinner. Hm.) Copenhagen is a nice city, we loved the atmosphere, the colors, architecture, design… Perfect for a weekend getaway.
One thing we love about the city is the diversity – it has a lot of history but is also very forward thinking when it comes to design and architecture.
So – from old and colorful to modern and minimal, here’s what you find:
But to not end with things too black and white – let’s add some green and some colors of the spring!
The first four pictures are from Karen Blixen’s home north of Copenhagen, lovely surroundings and an interesting place to visit if your an “Out of Africa” fan. ; )
So, there you go. Copenhagen as we experienced it. : )
Back home in Finland people have been celebrating midsummer this weekend, the longest day of the year. Here the days are not as long as up there in the North, and there are no celebrations either (aside from the Polish and Portuguese football fans I could hear outside all afternoon and evening celebrating their victory in last night’s games…), but we made our own midsummer in the city… Friday strawberries with whipped cream (instead of the traditional strawberry cake) and Saturday flowers from the market (instead of a flower crown or even picking seven different kinds of flowers and putting them under the pillow – and waking up in the morning with the bed crawling with insects, yes, been there). And for the rest of the time, chilling, meeting friends, enjoying free time.
Happy midsummer to all of you!
We know, cherry blossom season is already over! But no harm sharing these cute ones that we shot a while ago? And hi, we’re back!
Do you also take tons of pictures that just stay on your computer? This blog is one way for us to do something with all the pictures we take and to feed our creativity, but we also finally decided to have a few pictures printed out in big format. It’s so nice to see your own work printed out and framed, do give it a try. ; ) The biggest picture we printed out was 60×90 cm, and then you really have to make sure your picture is sharp enough and that your resolution is at least 300 dpi. Some print shops will want your color range to be CMYK, but for example Laboriver in the centre of Brussels, where we had these printed, ask for RGB.
These gorgeous cotton candy stairs we found in Sweden on our summer vacation. One of our goals when we visited Stockholm for a couple of days during summer was actually to find these stairs that we had seen on a picture once… So what can you do, we drove through the whole city of Stockholm with a mobile home (not the easiest task, I’ll tell you) to find them.
So it made our day when we finally did find them – look at that perfect pink, those perfect lines – perfect for pictures. ; ) I mean, who cares about shopping or all the other stuff you can do in a city when you have the chance of finding some pink stairs. Haha, luckily we both think the same.
Anyway, we got excited about having our pics printed out on paper now and are definitely gonna keep on doing it. It feels a shame to just have them hidden in the computer doesn’t it.
(For those wondering; we ARE gonna start posting more often – as soon as things slow down and we get more time for this.) : )
I just wanted to post these pictures from an impromptu photo shoot that Ruben and I did one day after I bought some pretty flowers from the market. You know, just because it’s Friday and because a busy week is over, my Dutch exams done and the weekend is about to start! Have a lovely weekend everyone!
– Sandra –
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