Monday, January 31, 2011

But...but...but...

I hate February. Why? Because the longer into the second month of the year we move, the more inappropriate it is considered to leave your Christmas decorations up. I hate to see the holiday go...

That is why I have a bag of Christmas chocolates (you know, the kind that resemble Christmas baubles, that you can hang into your tree) in the far back of my cupboards, that I am desperately clinging on to. 

I keep reaching for a piece of bauble chocolate, but my hand pauses and quickly pulls back: I can't destroy Christmas! I have to wait! I have to take pictures of the Santa Clause chocolate statue on adventures!


Tonight I caved in and had an orange miniature Santa with my Baileys and milk! I prefer my Baileys + Milk combination in a 20/80 ratio as I find Baileys to be a tad strong on its own. 

What do you think of Baileys?

Mondays are Great for Channeling Pippi Longstocking

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Don't Shooooowt Me!!


Sometimes I get down, as we all do from time to time. I can especially feel a bit sad when I think about how I'm not sure what I want to do with my life. I have a miracle cure that always helps me whenever I feel sad like this:

Our three cats, especially Scallywag. Is she simply not the cutest little thing in the whole wide world? I mean, truly??

As you can see from the picture, Scallywag was blessed with extra "toes", and has two extra "toes" on her front paws and one extra on her back paws. The same goes for her sister Ripsi (ok, ok... we only recently found out they are males, but I am continuing in calling them as they were females, it just feels right). It makes them a lot more adorable, as it looks as if they are wearing mittens when they walk.

Come on, let's all join in:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwww!!!

I wish I was an Artist

I haven't really shared too much of my "artistic background" on this blog. I guess part of it is because some of my hobbies have become a bit neglected lately. When I came to Ireland 3 years ago I decided I would not spend as much time drawing and designing clothing, as I wanted to spend more time on developing my ability to play the guitar, but as it is I haven't really done that either.

I'm actually not sure what I want to do in the future. I used to have a great big burning passion for fashion as well as for music, but people around me haven't really been supportive and I have been told that it is unwise to go after dreams and careers where a big part of being able to do it depends on the fact that you have to "make it", and make it big time. 

I think and feel, and hope that my future has something artistic for me. I would hate to do an office job for the rest of my life, and at the moment I feel like I am suffering, because I'm stuck in doing something that I don't want to do. I should be studying something that I want to do in the future: fashion design, music, singing, photography. I should be saving money so that it is possible for me to study, but I haven't. I think partly because I'm a bit confused at the moment and feel a bit insecure.

I have always been artistic and I have always been one of those few people that stood out with my (perhaps run and untaimed, but still present) talent in school. I was always good at drawing, and I seemed to make people happy with my singing in school. 

When I was nine I remember watching a fashion show. I thought the clothes were horrendous but I felt this fire ligth inside of me and I got a huge fascination for what I saw. There and then I went and drew two models wearing two different outfits. I tried my hardest to draw the ugliest clothes that I could, as I thought that this was the way they were supposed to be dressed. Mind you, haute couture in the early 90's might give this impression for a small child!

Ever since then I have been drawing, particularly clothes. I have folders upon folders, and notebooks in a multitude back home in Finland, and they all contain thousands, if not tens of thousands, or even millions of small drawings and designs. 

When I was in my mid teens I  went to vocational school and studied to become a seamstress. I know my way around with a sewing machine, and I have the talent. The next step for me would be to apply to Beckmans in Sweden and the goal after that would be to apply for St Martin's in England. 

I don't know what will happen, which form of art I chose to follow, and how soon (please dear God, let it be soon!) but I hope that I'll regain some courage and get my shit together!

In the meantime, here are some of my drawings and doodles. My designs have been very cute, sweet and 50's inspired for the last year or two, as you can see. I hope you like my work!


P.S. Part of the reason why I haven't shared my designs on my blog is, well...

You know how people get overprotective of their work and feel that it will get copied and ripped off?

P.P.S. If any generous millionaires come across this posting, feel free to fund my studies at above mentioned schools so that I can start ASAP!

Other people Got to Dance!

I've been watching Got to Dance lately and enjoyed some of the performances on the show. It has quite frankly been a welcomed change to see something else than singing on TV, as I'm a bit bored of American Idol and their likes. Don't get me wrong: the auditions are great and can be quite entertaining, but after the initial auditions are over, personally I couldn't care less.

As I have no talent in dancing and it is a whole different world to me, it is very enjoyable to see the talent that some of the contestants have.

Got to Dance held their auditions not only in England but also in Ireland. This means that for the first time..... I am able to vote!! Usually the reality shows that get aired in Ireland are from the England and voting has never been open for Irish residents.

The first part of the semi final was on this evening, and while I was not able to find any clips of the three contestants for which I each voted twice for, I did find their initial auditions:



Luke: This little guy was AMAZING! He was able to portray so much emotion in his dancing and I was very moved by every single performance he did. He unfortunately didn't get through to the final.



Chris and Wes: While I was not particularly impressed by this performance, their semi final performance was truly mind blowingly amazing. I'm happy they went through and I'm looking forward to see their next performance in the show.



Alleviate: While I was yet again not too impressed by this performance, they did incredibly well in the semi final and went through to the next stage.

If you happened to catch the show, what did you think?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stuck in a Rut: Perm or Change of Colour?


My roots are starting to slightly show and it's time for me to start thinking about colouring it again. I'm not quite sure what to do though. I feel as if I'd like to try something new with my hair, but I'm quite happy with the length and don't think I want to cut it. I think I hide behind my hair and I would feel insecure and naked without my "mane". 

I have thought about perming it, like this or this, but it's supposedly very bad for your hair and as I have rather thin hair I'm not sure whether it would turn my hair into straw (i.e lifeless and brittle) or not. 

I have been dying it black for quite a while now and only ventured into colouring it red once. My hair was too dark for the end result to look good as only my roots looked the shade of red I wanted, and for it to look good I would have to bleach it first. I have been thinking about dying it chocolate brown but I think that my base colour would still be too dark, after all my black dyes. 

I haven't gone to the hairdressers for.... 10 years? I cut my own bangs and try to cut split ends as well. It's really coward of me, and a bit boring, but I think that in the end I will just go with continuing to colour it black...

Simply wonderful

I came across the work of an amazing photographer called Brooke Shaden today. Below are some images which I find breathtakingly stunning!



You can find her Flickr Here and her blog Here.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Embrace the Weekend

The weekend is finally here!!! 

Let me share some weekend pictures with you:


I have been wearing a blue bow in my hair today. 


I have tried to resist the temptation, but have succumbed to the temptation and have bid, won and received a few items from eBay: WHEEEEE!!! 


I hung up a new painting in our living room.


I marveled at my new clogs and silver heels.


We had mushroom lasagna for dinner.


The rest of the weekend will be spent in much the same manner that our cats are; relaxed...

Complicated



I can't seem to stop listening to this song...

"Why is everything with you so complicated?
Why do you make it hard to love you - while I hate it?
'Cause if you really wanna be alone, I
Would throw my hands up 'cause baby I tried.
Everything with you is so complicated..."

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

What does chocolate, Whiskey, Baileys and Guinness mean to you? It probably doesn't = cupcakes!

Yesterday Karl made cupcakes to bring in to work for the Tasty Friday on his desk. Tasty Friday is basically a number of people bringing food to work. 

The cupcakes he chose to make were Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. 


I didn't get a picture of the end result as I went to bed while he was finishing up, but the holes are filled up with a chocolate mix and a topped with a frosting which is flavoured with Baileys.

You can find the recipe Here if you would like to try your hand at these alcoholic cupcakes.