Sunday, 1 September 2013

Movie review

The summer holiday is coming to an end and reality will soon set in. Tuesday I will begin my year long exchange at University of Copenhagen. It's gonna be a busy year, and hopefully a great one.
With all the flying about this past holiday I have had the chance to watch lots of films, there are however two that I particularly liked. I hope you will enjoy reading my short summaries of why I think they are worth watching, and hopefully you will be inspired to watch them :)

42
Photo from the movie's official website
42 is a film about the baseball player Jackie Robinson. Personally I have never watched a baseball match, and I don't have the rules down. I'm from Denmark, baseball isn't big around here - but don't let the theme of baseball fool you. It is a touching and amazing film.
It features amazing acting from the likes of Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford's portrail of Branch Rickey is oddly endearing, however I would say it takes a little time getting used to him. T.R. Knight's portrail of Harold Parrott often times stole the screen in the most subtle of ways, with what, at least to me, seemed like camera shyness Knight manages to tell a story of a man very much appreciative of Branch Rickey. Mentioning these three actors does not do the film credit, there are many amazing performances by the whole cast. I take my hat off to the cast - what an amazing job.
My initial thought after watching the film was WOW. I loved how the movie manages to balance the at times subtle reference to the racism surrounding Jackie Robinson's debuting on the Brooklyn Dodgers team and at others full blown display. Overall I would very much encourage anyone to go watch the movie, it has something for everyone - even those who don't understand baseball.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Photo from the movie's official website
You have probably heard about this great british comedy directed by swedish Lasse Hallström starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas to name a few. It is a delightful story of an attempt to introduce salmon fishing to the Yemen.
We are first introduced to the characters through an e-mail exchange between Emily Blunt's character, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, and Ewan McGregor's character, Dr. Alfred Jones. Ms Chetwode-Talbot represents the visionary Sheik Muhammed who wants to introduce salmon fishing to the dessert in Yemen.Sheik Muhammed is played by Amr Waked a relatively new actor on the international scene. Dr. Jones is initially very much against the idea as he does not see it as plausible and potentially very dangerous, from the perspective of the fish, due to climate, transport etc. However through the course of the film Dr. Jones grow with the task and the trio embark on an amazing journey of fish and faith. The process is by no mean straight forward, there are several things working against them. Kristin Scott Thomas makes a delightful appearance as the prime minister's press secretary, she has some of the best one liners in the film, and is splendidly inappropriate.
Overall this film is amazing, so if you are in the mood for a film with a little more to say than a sappy chick-flick this is the film for you.

That was it for now, I hope you enjoyed it - now go watch them :)
Have a great day :)

Monday, 8 July 2013

Quick and easy: Making gift decorations from recycled notebooks

This post has been planned for way too long, in fact I took the pictures in the beginning of this year. I have for the last couple of months postponed the process of adding watermarks and writing up tutorials, but I thought that while watermarking pictures of the garden I would get this post done too. I hope you will enjoy it :) Pictures of the blossoms will be up tomorrow :)

My mum preaches recycling and all that jazz, so despite fighting it in my earlier years I have now succumb to the joys of DIY and recycling. In fact I have another DIY in the works for you guys when I come home from Peru :) Lets begin. 
The different stages of the flower
Supplies: 4 paper strips left over when all the pages are ripped out of a perforated notebook, a stapler and a string.

Time: Each flower takes about 10 minutes top.

Process:
1. Find four strips of paper
2. Create a loop letting the paper overlap so one hole is double as shown above. Staple either on the one side of the hole as shown or on both sides.
ALTERNATIVE/ I did not any flowers using this method, but the flower would look quite different using this. This is one strand bend around, staple it in place either side of where I have my finger. I would suggest only using two strands for this flower as it is a bit wider.
3. Find the middle of the circle opposite where you have stapled, making it into the shape shown above.  
4. Once you have created four loops lay them on top of each other with their central hole over one another, pull a string through tying knots either side to hold the flower in place. Make sure the knots are as close to one another as possible as otherwise the flower will look floppy, and well not much like a flower.

Now all that's left is to enjoy your creation, whether it is by hanging it up like I've done or by adding it as a decoration to a present. I love the minimalistic qualities it posses and love the idea of adding it to a present either wrapped in white, grey or black paper.

I hope you liked this DIY, I just happened to have quite a few notebooks laying around and got frustrated looking at all this paper I was throwing away. If you have other suggestions for how you can use this paper I would love to hear them. :)

Painting the garden with flowers

I thought I would just share the latest changes I have done in the garden. I have for a long time wanted to make a flowerbed at the back of the garden to break up the cement flagstones and the grey palet the garden has going on. I have some way to go... (read: need to dig up a LOT of sand and replace it with garden soil.)






I'm off to Peru tomorrow, but hopefully I will be able to finish processing some pictures of all the lovely  blossoms in my garden tonight, so check back tomorrow :) Have a great day :)

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

IKEA hack... Sort of.

As promised here's an IKEA hack I did recently. I have to confess that it is not the one I initially planned to post today, but as I am still not fully done setting cleaning up after the other one I have no pictures yet. So I'm afraid that one won't be up till after I come back from Peru. In the meantime there will be a few posts coming the coming days.

This hack came about when I was wondering what to do with the side of my IKEA PAX closet. I had initially stuck Slätthult stickers on the side, but grew a little tired of them and needed something else. I remembered I had these picture ledges, so as soon as I could get them from my mum I drilled holes in the side of the PAX unit and I was away.


I unfortunately forgot to take pictures (read: too excited to do this hack), but the same idea applies as hanging the shelf on walls: hold it up at the desired hight, use a spiritlevel to make sure it is level, mark the holes and drill.
I had played around with the screws that is used to attatch two PAX units for my other IKEA hack, that I will share in August, and thought they ought to be able to be used in this hack too. I ordered 4 from IKEA, unfortunately I found out the screws were too long, and I didn't have the tools to cut them shorter.
Instead I used metal washers to make up for it (check pictures below).

All in all I'm very pleased with the result, and I think it is perfect for anyone renting not wanting to hammer nails in the wall. I love that I can change what I display as it is very close to my bed and I wake up to it every morning.




I will share some snazzier after-pictures as soon as I get the rest of the room in order ;) Oh the joy of living in a flat with very little storage :)

Have a great day :) 


Monday, 24 June 2013

Room After

Here it is, the more or less final result. The room is now grey.
As you can see in the picture above there is a problem with the edge visible to the left of the bed, I have a wooden piece that goes there. I need to paint it and then it will look a lot more done.

The bed is Hemnes from IKEA. The poster above the bed is one that was made when Designmuseum Denmark had the exhibition Northern Women in CHANEL.



I love lanterns, so when I had the chance to incorporate them in my room I jumped at the chance. Again from IKEA I can't remember the name of the top of my head, will update it as soon as I have checked, ROTERA in white, black and metal.
I choose three different colours, I'm really happy with this as it adds some dept to them. Because the slanted wall is wood I just screwed some good straight into it, in some cases you might need to add anchors or similar.

I had bought the big lantern (similar here) with the small lanterns, my intention was to leave it standing on the floor. However as I decided I wanted a different lampshade I thought it would fit perfectly in the corner where the hook is. It is quite close to he wall, so many lampshades don't fit. All I did to turn the lantern into a lamp was to pull a chord through the lantern's holes in the top and add a light fixture inside. I'm quite pleased with it. I will post close ups next time I visit my mum.
Sorry about the bad angle of this shot. My room is really narrow, and I couldn't get a good angle for this side of the room. I will try again next time I'm visiting my mum.

Have a great day :)

Room before/initial progress

Okay, finally I got some internet to upload the pictures of my room at my mother's.
Sorry about the bad lighting, this was taken at night.

First order of business was to paint the window white. The windowsill had some patches caused by water, and painting it white would reflect more light into the room.




The pictures above show how the room in places had different small "issues". For instance a long time ago my mum had removed some curtain rods. 




I started off washing down all the walls. Spotify was a very good friend while I worked. Washing and prepping takes ages longer than the actual painting.





The room next turned into a white spotted room. There were so many old holes that needed sparteling, but it was totally worth it.

This hole was the largest problem. It was enormous and took quite a while to fill in.



Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Mood board

Pictures used in the mood board are from IKEA's website and Koldinghus' website. I am not sponsored to use IKEA furniture and accessories.
Mood board for my room at my mother's.
Links to the features in the mood board:
Rotera small lanterns in metal, white and black301.229.86 (White)264.722.00 (Metal)101.229.87 (Black)
Purple fabric covered wire and electric fixture
PH poster - old exhibition poster from Koldinghus museum.

I hope to be able to share the final product with you all next week.

Have a great day :)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Quick and easy: String edged glass containers


Yesterday I suggested using glass containers for sorting and organising. There are many options for personalising glass containers, but I thought I would share one that I made using only twine and a hot glue-gun.

Supplies: Glass containers, string, glue-gun, and as always patience :)

Time: Depending on how much string you want to attach it can take anytime from 15 min. The two I made took about 15 min including prep-work.



Process:
  1. Test wrap your string of choice around the container. When you have figured out the length you want it you cut it.
  2. Next step is to dab a little bit of glue on the ends to make sure they don’t fray too much. I will suggest that you while it is still soft, but not straight out the glue-gun (CAUTION! Pay attention to what you are doing as the glue can be VERY HOT!), twirl it between your fingers to make sure that the ends are properly covered.
  3. Starting from the top of where you want to attach the string. Put a small bead of glue on the glass container and press the string into it. Now add 2 cm or so of glue running around the container attaching the string as you go. Just before coming full circle the first time, make sure to overlap the end a little bit so that it is hidden under the string.


If you try this DIY I would love to see what you came up with.

Until next time, have a great day :)  

Sunday, 5 May 2013

University life: Mood board / Colourful


This post is the fourth in a series where I write about living in university accommodation, and give suggestions to DIY's and decor options which you can do to make your dorm room more you.

Mood board: Colourful

Procrastination can really get the better of you, I am currently between exams, and hope that I between readings will find some time to finish of a few more mood boards. I'm sorry about all the waiting, but things are really crazy at the moment. Lots of planning for many different things - I will post all about it as soon as it is all finalized. Anyway, without further ado I would like to present to you my rendition of a colourful room decor.

All product photos used in this mood board are the property of IKEA, copied from their website. The Mumble-Jumble logo is the property of this blog.
Personalization is key with all my mood boards. For this look you can add for instance designate a whole or part of a wall to a collage of pictures, postcards, etc. that have special meaning to you. Use blue-tag, it makes it easy to move everything around till you find the perfect collage for you. The glass vases can be any vases, they can be used to display objects, but are also useful for organising your room. If you are a girl you know how annoying it is to NEVER be able to find your hairbands: designate one glas container as your hairband glass and it is much easier when you need that hairband just as you have to leave your room. Have fun with them, play around till you find what suits you. I have included the 'rast' bedside table as it is DIY able, you can paint it, stick wall stickers to it or decorate it otherwise. You can for instance buy two, and decorate it with your best friend before going to Uni. That way you will both have something with you that remind you of good times back home - trust me, sometimes it is nice to be reminded of back home :)

In order to cater to as many people as possible I have decided to only use IKEA products. This and coming mood board posts are not sponsored. I do not have experience with all the products, however I have added an asterisk (*) where I have tried and approve of the product.

From top left (name - description - article nr.):


If you do not live in the United Kingdom, by entering the article nr. on the IKEA website for your country you should be lead to the product if it is available.

Until next time, have a great day :)










Friday, 12 April 2013

University life: Mood board / Minimalist

This post is the third in a series where I write about living in university accommodation, and give suggestions to DIY's and decor options which you can do to make your dorm room more you.

Mood board: Minimalist

I have finally found some time to sit down and work on the mood boards I have promised. I will hopefully be posting them over the coming days. I however have a bit much on my plate at the moment with revision and application for ERASMUS exchange, so bear with me.

All product photos used in this mood board are the property of IKEA, copied from their website. The Mumble-Jumble logo is the property of this blog.
In order to cater to as many people as possible I have decided to only use IKEA products. This and coming mood board posts are not sponsored. I do not have experience with all the products, however I have added an asterisk (*) where I have tried and approve of the product.

From top left (name - description - article nr.):

If you do not live in the United Kingdom, by entering the article nr. on the IKEA website for your country you should be lead to the product if it is available.

Until next time, have a great day :)

Sunday, 6 January 2013

The beauty of dried flowers

I thought you might like these close-up pictures of the Carnations I used in the wreath I posted earlier, here is a link to it.









Best Wishes Sasha :)
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