Saturday, October 30, 2010

Not a halloween post

It's been a while since i had a wardrobe post here, and since it's Saturday night and my man is out, and i have nothing better to do, i might as well post one.

For some reason i always feel i have to dress up more, and wear more make up, when my hair is really short.
Like i feel under dressed without it.
So i wore heels on Friday.
Even though it makes Eckel complain about my height.

(Long sleeved t-shirt: Uniqlo, Cardigan: w closet in Tokyo, Pants: WoodWood, Boots: Bianco)


I have absolutely no plans, halloween related or otherwise, but right now i'm feeling very ok with spending a quiet evening home alone.
Being bored is a luxury, you know.
We've only had one visit from local trick or treaters, and although i was totally unprepared for it, i did manage to find some Hello Kitty candy from Japan that impressed the hell out of them.
Lucky break, but if more of them come around i'll have nothing to give.
Maybe i'll give them cash, or maybe i'll just pretend not to be home.

Friday, October 29, 2010

LLAP

I've had a good couple of days.
Both my doctor and hair appointments went well, and i haven't been stressing too much about our upcoming Japan trip.
I'd planned to use October to get in shape and study Japanese, but (to no ones surprise) i've only had time to really study once, and besides a few Pilates classes i haven't moved my ass any more than i normally do.*
Having the sale of the old apartment, and the shop kitchen situation, to deal with didn't leave us with much spare time, so i'm guessing Japan will be all nice and relaxing compared to our situation in Copenhagen at the moment.

I can't pack until the last minute, because it freaks out my sensitive dog, but the presents for people and things i need to bring for Rei and Hata are already taken care of, so all that's left is to buy rail-passes and mentally prepare for my two sessions at Yellow Blaze.
That last part is not going so well, by the way, but i'm sure i'll survive.

Yesterday i had two nice little moments. You know the ones that aren't really special or monumental, they just for some reason make you feel good?
The first one was while i was walking back to the shop from the printer-cartridge refill store with Lucifer, and we passed the cutest little mobile sound system.
A couple of dudes where walking with a bike loaded with a stereo and speakers, and in front of them, a girl was walking and singing into a mic connected to the setup on the bike.
As we passed each other she smiled at me.
The other was on the way home. I was riding my bike along the lakes in almost total darkness, when i spotted a small black cat sitting high up on a gatepost, looking down on people.
It was so dark and well camouflaged that i shouldn't have seen it, yet i did. I don't know why, but it made me feel great.

This morning i took pictures of my new haircut... it's still a nightmare to outgrow the undercut, but at least i look kinda Vulcan Romulan again!
Really short bangs in different forms have been my go-to haircut since i was about 17, and for some reason it still works
Last nights attempt at a healthy dinner: salad with avocado, tomatoes, feta cheese, basil and hard boiled egg

*It does not help that people keep bringing me cake, but that's another story.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Finally!

My Buffy season 8, episode 37 arrived, so i'm gonna be in good company tonight.
Now, if only i could make it last longer than 10 minutes...

Revisiting old foes, it would seem...

If you're a Buffy nerd, you have to get into this.
Seriously.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 27th

I am so tired these days, much too tired to blog.
When i come home from work i just wanna curl up on the couch and watch 17 Big Bang Theory episodes in a row on Allan's computer.
It really is winter already.

We're also busy preparing for Japan.
Oh, and we still have the sale of our old apartment to finalize before we go.
Yeah, lots of stuff to deal with and, as usual, not that much time to do it in.

At least i managed to finish this top secret cross-stitching project i've been working on for a few weeks.
I can't show you yet, but dudes, it came out awesome!

Done!


Japan is next week.
It always sneaks up on me, and even though i'm excited to go, it always feels like i'm leaving behind too many loose ends.
Whatever, it's only a month, i guess those ends can stay loose a little longer.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Slow Sunday

It feels odd having a Sunday with nothing planned when i just had an action packed (not counting the one hour nap) Saturday, and yet, here i am.
The weather is gray and (i assume, as i haven't actually been outside yet, cold) so i won't be doing anything too outdoorsy, but i have to do something, as the weekend guilt is creeping up on me already.
The only things i can think of are cleaning the apartment (which i hate) and learning to thread my Serger (which i honestly just don't really wanna do).

I guess i could real a book or something?

I'm gonna think about this some more while posting these pictures from the grand fiasco called a flea market we attended yesterday.
It sounded so good; "The Royal Theater's prop and costume division is having a large sale".
And it was right by our usual market, so how could that be a bad thing?
I don't know, but it was.
We stood in line in the freezing cold for about 40 minutes, paid 20 kr. each to get in and inside was... junk. Nothing better than we could have found in a mid-sized charity shop in the suburbs, and since some of the things were props, it wasn't even real junk!
I thought i found some flowers for hats, but they were all plastic and gross.
Allan found some old bottles (cute, but not rare) and i found some very cheap, unused cigar boxes, but had i known this would be the catch of the day, there's no way Jean Luc would have ever left his cozy parking spot on Vesterbro.

After the fiasco market we went over to our regular flea market, but apparently everyone else had gotten the same idea.
The whole place was packed with this non-flea-marked-crowd and it was awful.
They were sitting in the furniture eating hot dogs, asking the vendors stupid questions, and, according to a guy we do business with regularly, stealing shit too!
Not cool.
We were out of there in about 10 minutes without having made a single purchase, a new record for us.

While Allan was holding our spot in line, me and Lucifer went out to explore the area
Regnfang
We found an abandoned ferry
This old... whatever you call this
A gloomy, but nice view, of Copenhagen
And an amazing light ship, that i would totally move into if i was a squatter who didn't mind the cold
I could have easily jumped over there to explore some more, but Lucifer was against that plan
The line when we returned... what a colossal waste of time

After a stop at Eckel's to move some stuff from his place to the shop, and the before mentioned nap, we met up with some friends for Japanese food, which is always nice, so at least the dinner part of our day was a success.
I actually have some concerns about our next trip to Japan, and the food i'm gonna eat while i'm there, but that's a topic for another post.

Have a lovely and productive Sunday y'all, or a lazy one, if that's what you're going for!

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Hejremanden"

There are a lot of things i loathe about Copenhagen, but there are also a few things i love, and one of them is the bird life by the lakes.
Surprise, right?
One of my favorite birds is, another surprise, the Great Blue Heron, and today was a good day for Amalie the Heron lover.
"Hejremanden", The Heron Man, was hanging out by my side of the lake as i came to work, and after dropping off Lucifer at the shop, i hurried back to take some pictures of him and his posse.
The Heron man is, as the name may suggest, this dude who can talk to the herons.
He feeds them, talks to them, and it's obvious that they know him.
I haven't actually seen him by this lake before, but maybe the swan-switcharoo (which, after careful observation, has recently gone from "theory" to "fact") has affected his homies as well?
Whatever the reason, i was stoked to find him there.

The Heron man and two of his feathered friends
He had stopped feeding them when i got there, they were just hanging
And then this guy stuck his tongue out at me
Such a beautiful day...

And for your viewing pleasure, here's the Heron Man in action.
When i shot this he had just called the herons back over after some joggers and a dog chased them away.

I would love to talk to him and ask him some questions about the bird situation in our lakes, but somehow i sense that he doesn't like talking to humans much.


You can't hear it, but he said "go on, jump up on the trashcan"
video

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Strolling with the homies

Today we had a day off and we chose to spend some of it with my grandpa.
We don't see him nearly enough, which he never fails to remind me, so it was good to spend a little quality time together.
We brought cake that we had with the tea we bought for him in London, and both tea and cake was delicious.
After the cake we even persuaded him to take a little walk with us in the fine fall weather.
He complained the whole time, but i could tell he had a good day.

The sun was shining and it wasn't too cold
Grandpa enjoys the view
Three gentlemen (Lucifer is there too somewhere) taking a stroll
Allan took this and sent it to me while we were still out walking... damn technology

This is what we've been doing lately; watching various TV shows on Allan's computer in the workroom, sometimes with movie theater popcorn!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wild animals

So, i finally finished my not-a-hat project and i got Allan to take some pictures for me.
Actually, the ones from the fancy camera didn't turn out super fancy at all, so i included a few close ups i took with my own camera.
They're all taken without the glass in the frame, cause that looked weird, but there is glass in it, in case you were wondering (which i'm sure you weren't, but now you know).

Anyway, it's been a while since i've made any diorama-type projects, the last one i made was this one, and stuff like this usually takes me forever to finish, so i'm happy it got done so fast.
And i'm kinda happy with the result too, i guess!
While the other diorama was a mix of handmade and found objects, this one is all handmade apart from the frame*, and the tree which is a customized version of a tree from a hobby shop.
It's mostly done with air drying hobby clay and acrylic paint, if anyone should be interested in those kinds of things.


Deep in the woods
The majestic Mister (or Mrs?) Fox
A tree with tiny pine cones
Something bad happened here...
Cheese moon

I was hoping to jump straight into some serious hat making as soon as this was done, but instead i started an embroidery project.
Doh.
But since Allan took the final pictures we needed of my last collection on Sunday, i will be listing some hats on etsy as soon as i've finished editing the last of them.
So hopefully this weekend.
I'm excited, it's been too long!

*It's pretty tiny, maybe like 15 cm high... i should have just held it up for reference!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Forum flea market

Too much, too pricey
I bought frames and gifts for Allan, i did not buy these

We actually had dinner plans, but they got canceled and now we're having (yet another) quiet night in.
Home made pizza, new episodes of HIMYM, and a nap on the couch with my boys.
Nope, can't complain.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blegh

My mind is completely blank today.
For this reason i haven't really been able to get much work done.
I even closed the shop and took a nap and one point.
I was up early for a doctors appointment and i had to be at least partially awake for that, but since then my day has been a blur.
So all the things i wanted to blog about today (my week in general, the progress on the shop kitchen and the sale of our old apartment, this super interesting 9/11 lecture we attended on Wednesday, the little art project i finally finished and... just stuff) will have to wait until i can form a proper sentence again.

All i wanna do right now is kill time looking at apartments i can't afford until Allan gets home, so we can eat some food and watch a couple of episodes of something that requires little to no attention and effort.

Nap time at the office (Lucifer is down there too somewhere)

The only barely creative thing i did today, after finishing my art project, was add a bird to an older head band
Putting birds on things makes them nicer, and that's a fact!
Here's a pictures of Lucifer from the other day, engaging in one of his favorite activities: tearing into some cardboard wrapping

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Excuses, excuses...

In spite of a pretty mellow Monday, this week is looking pretty packed.
In a good way, though.
It's a very odd feeling for me since i don't like planning ahead and rarely have any plans besides work (something i just recently found out i got from my mother) but maybe it'll be good for me.

First order of planned-ahead-business was a Pilates class i had booked before i knew i was getting tattooed.
It's so embarrassing, but i actually haven't been since that first class i went to almost exactly a year ago.*
I don't wanna make too many excuses, but we have been traveling a lot, from January till April we were very busy with the new shop, and for at least 4 months after my surgery in February, i wasn't able to turn my head very far to either side.
Hey, look at me, i am making excuses, but at least they're not super crappy ones, right?
Anyway, since i can now look to both sides, and the shop is almost done, it seemed like a good idea to get started again.
Seemed like it.
The class was today at 7.15 pm and my newly tattooed leg had been hurting all day.
And just the thought of being in a class with people was giving me anxiety.
But those weren't good excuses.
Not even Nick, the Supreme Master of Excuses, could give me a reason to bail, and so i went.
And it was fine, of course.
It was a lot harder than the intro, brutal at times even, but it also felt quite rewarding.
And there were only four of us in the class, so that helped with the antisocialness.
I have no idea how i'm gonna feel tomorrow, but since every part of my body already ache so bad i can barely lift a glass of water, i'm thinking it's not gonna be good.

Tomorrows plans include having a few special visitors at the shop, and at night we're going to a lecture with Martin.
That's all i'm gonna say about that for now, but i can reveal that we'll be making the Conspiracy name proud!
I also have dentist and doctors appointments this week, as well as flea market and dinner plans for the weekend.
Weird, but i do have a lot of stuff i need to get done before Japan, so maybe planning isn't the worst idea ever.

Today at work i dedicated most of my day to my secret not-a-hat project, since i was too busy to work on it yesterday.
It's really close to being done, and i think i can post a few teaser shots now, without revealing what it actually is.

Messy table, acrylics... and lunch
What i will return to tomorrow

*I love how that post says i'm gonna go once a week! Ha!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Making it so

I'm not really in a blogging mood right now, but i wanted to post a few pictures of what we've been up to during our awesome weekend.
Yup, it's been good to relax, and for once i feel ready for Monday.
Tuesday is another matter, because i signed up for Pilates for the first time in months, but hopefully i'll survive!

Yesterday we had dinner like real grownups, with wine and everything

Dinner was awesome, i just ate the leftovers now, and it was just as good today

Today we took Jean-Luc to the flea market to meet our homie Judd and get a few things we needed for the shop

The market wasn't super awesome today, but we managed to find some shelves and decorative items for the shop, so all in all, it was a success

After the flea market we went to the shop to unload our crap, and to finally do this tattoo Allan promised me a while back
Loves it!


Oh, and happy 10. 10. 10, everybody, whatever the hell that means!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hierarchy

I was walking the dog a few weeks ago, when i noticed something different about the lake.
At first i couldn't put my finger on it, but then i realized what had changed.
It was full of swans.
Now, i know i'm always taking swan pictures by the lakes, and maybe you're wondering why day this was so different, but the thing is that for a long time (i can't say exactly how long), only two swans have been living in this lake.
According to a man i often talk to while we walk our dogs together, the male swan in this couple have been doing a good job at being an alpha bird and keeping all the other swans confined to their own lakes, but no more.
He even speculated that the grumpy, old bird had perhaps passed away, but i don't believe that to be the case.
For the past week i've been observing both lakes as i ride my bike to work, and get this; the lake where all the other swans used to live now has (you probably guessed it): two swans in it!
They must have pulled a swan-switcharoo!
I wish i knew an ornithologist who could explain this situation to me, but for now i'm sticking to my own hypothesis; the King has been dethroned.

The king and his queen?
The victors

Another pretty common bird in Copenhagen is the Great Blue Heron.
I have always loved these, and whenever they stand close to populated areas, i always have to stop for a moment to appreciate them.
They look so beautiful and out of place in a city, and that just makes me love them more.
For a long time, before i finally decided to go with the fox idea, i wanted Shige to do a Heron on me, and i still want a Heron tattoo at some point.

I saw this guy on the way to work today
I felt like embracing fall today!
(Cape: Vintage bought from a client, Shoes: Office, Tights: WoodWood, Skirt: Vintage from etsy, Hat: handmade from eBay, Cardigan: Acne, Gloves: Muji)


We were supposed to go out tonight, but because we still can't seem to get rid of our colds, we stayed in with some pizza and a movie.
Come to think of it, that's pretty much how we spend every Friday!
But at least we had a wonderful day at work.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The 300 mark

To those who still come by here on a regular basis: i am sorry i haven't been spending much quality time here lately.
I've been really caught up in improving the shop blog and making the new shop twitter account, and while it's been a little too time consuming at times, it does seem to have paid off already.
The stats show a pretty dramatic increase in visitors over the past few days, and although i haven't had that much client feedback yet, i think it's way more user friendly, so i'm pretty pleased.

And it's not like that much is going on with me anyway, not stuff you can blog about anyway.

I'm spending a lot of time just thinking, trying to plan and work shit out for myself.
I am working a lot, and if you look past the ongoing disaster that is the shop kitchen, i am so happy with the shop, and all that we've accomplished in a fairly short period of time.
And i am happy being surrounded by awesome people every day, it more than makes up for my lack of friends and a social life!
I am also preparing for Japan (mentally and practically), and i am trying to get my health under control (as always).
I am still in a creative slump, one that i'm hoping to snap out of soon, before my lack of an outlet drives me completely insane.
I'm even thinking of taking a brief hat making break just to work on something else, and get inspired again.
If i don't, i'm afraid you'll be seeing more projects like this one:


What started out as a promising new hat, ended up as a tabletop bin (i was able to save the more expensive materials without too much damage done)
Who's That Girl, taken late, late last night...
Something to be truly stoked about: hitting 300 followers*!
Thanks guys, that's about 270 more than i ever dared to hope for when i started this blog!

*I'm sure it's gonna say 298 when i check back tomorrow, that kind of shit always happens!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

All is love

Weird day today.
Weird, but not bad, like most Mondays.
We went to bed late, so i've been like a zombie all day (which was quite fitting considering what was going on in the work room) but a productive zombie nonetheless.
In addition to my usual chores and tasks, i gave my sterilization room a makeover, and put up some shelves and stuff up in the front room.
I feel good about that.
I also had some nice talks with the guys, and went for a coffee-and-lunch-run with Allan and Lucifer.

Another good thing about today was the weather.
It was mild and for once i enjoyed riding to work.
I only wish i'd taken Lucifer for a longer walk.

Today i wore an 80's leopard print shirt that i found in my fabric box yesterday
I think it may have come from my Allan's mom, but i'm not sure
This is a hat i've been working on while i'm waiting for a really good idea... i still feel oddly uninspired, so i'm not sure about this one yet