21 Mar 2012

Girl Gone Wild - Dita is back

Back to the 90s. 
Madonna is Dita.
 Girl gone wild indeed.

The second single and second video of Madonna's upcoming album MDNA. Girl Gone Wild. After the first single Give Me All Your Luvin (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) I wasn't really sure what to expect of Madonna this time. But I guess that is exactly what I should have expected: the unexpected. Hello Madonna!

13 Mar 2012

Sweet feathery fluffy dreams lamp

The world is filled with people who are amazingly creative and have the greatest ideas. I am not very good at coming up with these unique ideas myself but luckily there is this thing called the internet where people share their projects and work.

Some time ago I found this blog called Ikea Hackers, a site where people share their personalised Ikea products. One Ikea product that many have made their own versions of is the Regolit lamp shade (the round paper shade, I'm sure you have seen it).

There are some pretty impressive creations made with this lamp shade. The one I fell for the most (in terms of perhaps-it's-actually-possible-for-me-to-do and that it looked beautiful) was one I didn't actually find on that blog. It might be there though since there are so many hacks for Regolit, but I saw it through Pinterest and it led me to the original blog post. I changed it a little bit. I didn't have wax paper (not even sure I know what it exactly is?) so used ordinary baking paper on a roll instead. And put on more and I think smaller paper "petals" to give the shade an even fluffier look. So I just cut pieces of the baking paper and taped them on with clear tape. Took me about four hours or so.

Now this creation is hanging over our bed. And I must say I think it looks pretty cool if you ask me!


Before (picture from Ikea.com)

Lights off

8 Mar 2012

So much cake.

Today there was cake on the menu. Lots of it. I feel like I never want to have cake again (ask me again tomorrow though, just to be sure. I might be able to squeeze in a slice or two). My boyfriend's birthday was yesterday and today we had guests over for some birthday celebrations so I made a cake (or three).

Three cakes. Sounds like a lot? Sure, but we were four people eating them after all. So there really should've been (at least) four cakes, right? Maybe I am thinking of cupcakes...

Two of the cakes were so called sandwich cakes (smörgåstårta in Swedish, voileipäkakku in Finnish). I doubt these cakes are made in many other countries but they are layered cakes with sandwich fillings/spreads. I made one with tuna filling and one with ham. The recipes came from lots of improvising and tasting. I have never made a smörgåstårta before and after trying to find a recipe I wanted to try I realised it was probably easiest just to improvise because there were as many recipes as cooks it seemed.

The third was a sweet cake which I found the recipe for in a Finnish cake blog (Kinuskikissa). She covered the cake in marzipan but it seemed a bit too elaborate for a baking beginner like me so I just made a more basic icing.

All three cakes seemed to be very much appreciated and I will surely make them again. The sandwich cakes will probably not taste the same next time since I don't remember the "recipe" but the orange cake will be as yummy I'm sure. And I'm already thinking about making orange cupcakes at some point. I'm sure the recipe could be converted to a cupcake recipe quite easily.    

4 Mar 2012

Let's follow the tracks - my first nail art contest entry

First time for everything. And this is my first nail art contest entry. Ever. Well, it's not a huge surprise since my nail art is on a pretty basic level after all. And to be honest I haven't even kept my eyes open for any contests. But when I saw this contest and that the theme was the dotting tool I thought I might as well try to do something. I've done a couple of nail art designs with the dotting tool before, this was probably something like my fifth time using the tools. So I'm not exactly a pro, but still know a bit about how they work. Well it's not complicated, you make dots! So then for the idea. I pretty much combined some of the earlier designs I've done. The flying bee and the paw prints and then I remember my friend once suggesting I make a bear design (actually that was panda bears, but a bear is a bear...).

Let's follow the tracks and see where they leads us. Or who they lead us to.

(Hmm... Should I perhaps explain what it's supposed to be? Hope you can have a wild guess if it's not obvious)

The nail polishes I used were OPI Stranger Tides, Zoya Raven, E.L.F. Chocolate, Leighton Denny Supermodel, E.L.F. Innocent and Mavala White. Base coat NailTek Foundation II. Top coat Seche Vite dry fast top coat. The tools used were basic dotting tools in a couple of different sizes bought on eBay.

The contest is hosted by Chalkboard Nails. Go and check out all the other amazing entries here.
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