Category Archives: travel

Reused plastic bag mats, I want to make them too

Went up north to visit my grandmother. Even if she will be 90 years old any minute now, this house is still filled with craft projects. As long as I can remember her hands has been occupied with brushes, textiles and those re-used plastic bags she used as material to mats. She crocheting them in different sizes, all perfect.

How to Prepare Plastic Bags for Knitting or Crochet.

If you are not familiar with them and looking for inspirational weavings, textiles and housewares New Friends.

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Wild style weaving

The respect and admiration you feel towards someone who literally built a house with his/her hands.

A couple of days ago we took a boat out to a little island to meet a family and a lady who makes cinnamon oils, spices and and practicing the ancient craft of weaving palm leaves. She was generous enough to show us how to braid palm leaves. The palm as weaving material is just great. Beautiful and firm. Even for clumsy hands like mine.

Accordning to the lady a palm leaf huts is really durable. Water-resistant at the same time as it allows ventilation and air circulation.

Palm leaf art at Flickr.

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Definitely a love song

According to Lonely Planet‘s team of travel experts, Sri Lanka is on the top of the list of contries you can’t afford to miss 2013.

“Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, killer surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea, flavourful food – need we go on?”

Couldn’t agree more. Sri Lanka suits us well.
Below the back of the floor mats we found at the local market today. Such a great way to reuse textile. See the fronts here.

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The best ice cream sign

We like Hikkaduwa, Galle and the Sri Lanka we’ve seen so far. Can that be some kind of Norfolk Island Pine, above? My plants at Pinterest.

And the hair color. A bit sun bleached now, but still green.

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And palms

This place. Even better than expected. Friendly folks, the food, palms and surreal beaches.

Ok I’m fully aware of the disturbing, perfect postcard feeling in these photos, but I couldn’t help myself. Might have shown you my disfigured, patchy tan instead. Don’t get it, I did use sunscreen..

Palms by Fredrich Kuhn

Venice Beach Palms

Palms kids clothes

Palm necklace

Favorite mug with palms, and camels

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We are in Sri Lanka

Dear diary. We are in Sri Lanka in a town called Hikkaduwa. Today we saw several gigant turtles and jumping dolphins. Everything is fine, we have blue sky, sun and Wi-Fi.

Support illustrator Andrew Groves’ Miscellaneous Adventures Woodland Wood Carving Workshops on Kickstarter.

Alex Palenski’s mobiles again.

And a short interview with me over at Frankie.

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Colorful winter Oslo

Walking for hours. In Oslo. Me and my sister.

Knit this graphic poncho, shaped like a sweater. From Norwegian Pickles. (Thanks Jane).

Illustrator Katharine McEwen’s pots.

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Going to Tokyo? Check out this guide

Ebony Bizys is an Australian graphic designer, artist, crafter and zine maker living in Tokyo. Before moving to Tokyo, Bizys worked at VOGUE magazines for 11 years. Now days, Bizys spends her days freelance designing, making zines, learning Japanese, and riding her cute tiffany blue mamachari bike around Tokyo taking photos.

A couple of days ago Ebony launched Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide for you who (like me) dreaming of going to Tokyo.

The guide includes Ebony’s favourite Tokyo suburbs including Shimokitazawa, Harajuku, Shibuya, Kichijoji, Nakameguro, Daikanyama and Shinjuku.

Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide is a guide for people who like travelling like a local and visiting hidden places off the beaten track. There are tips on where to rent a bike, the best bike path, the best coffee, the best craft shops, the coolest shops, the cheapest drinks, the most delicious pizza, the best izakaya, the cutest cafes, the best rooftop bar, the coolest hotels (and the cheap and cheerful hotels), the loveliest parks and even details for a girl who rides a courier bike to a local park to sell her hand-baked goods… It’s a list of all of the places I frequent, making it a local insiders guide to Tokyo. Also included in the Hello Sandwich Tokyo Guide are language essentials and travel tips. It’s the bloggers guide to Tokyo and if you’d like to visit the places seen on Hello Sandwich, then this guide is the zine for you.”

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Brass details and art in Stockholm

The weekend was good. A lot thanks to the nice weather, smooth arrangements, dear friends and the hotel I had the luxury to stay at (through Blogger’s Inn). Scandic Grand Hotel is a new hotel but the house dating back to the 1800s. The interior – urban industrial lifestyle style. Eclectic, arty, wood, tiles, a lot of brass details. Everything very well thought through, but in a laid back sense. The concept also flirts with the theatre neighbourhood. As said, I got seduced.

Also fell for Andreas Braun’s art which hanged in the cafe’ part. Andreas actually hold his first vernissage ever this weekend. And I bought a painting.

No webpage yet for Andreas. But soon?

Yes Stockholm treated me well. The Moderna Museet, Fotografiska, Konst-ig, Deborah and more.

Looking for a good guide to Stockholm? Check out Emma’s.

Nice Darling Clementine’s news.

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Getting seduced

So. I’m in Stockholm. It’s not often. I don’t find my way here. But I don’t find my why anywhere on the other hand. One can say that I have a poor sense of direction. I am not exaggerating. Actually I’m constant disoriented. I’m a dyscalculian. As I told Franscesca in this interview. Diagnosed.

But I’m doing better these days. The GPS in the phone helps a lot. Helped me find my way here for example. I’m staying at Scandic Hotel, Grand Central. Via Blogger’s Inn.

What a neat hotel. Look at the wall art above for example. Made by Andreas Braun. Hoping to get a glimpse of him tomorrow (he is having a vernissage at the hotel). I’ll tell if I find out if he has a web page.

(Frida at Trendeser is one of the brains behind the “blogg room” I’m staying at here.)

Visited Fotografiska today. I always enjoy Christer Strömholm‘s photos. But the most remarkable part was Sally Mann‘s project What remains of course. Very scary. Beautiful and strong.

Sally Mann: The naked and the dead

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