Dags att börja tänka på lökplantering!

 

Tänk att det ska vara så svårt att finna kraft så här på hösten
för lite trädgårdsarbete inför kommande vår.
Precis samma visa höst efter höst …
Jag vet ju ändå hur mycket glädje de allra första lökarna ger oss
efter en lång mörk vinter, men ändå känns det otroligt arbetsamt att
ge sig ut & gräva i rabatter.

tulpanlökar

tulpanlökar

Några tulpanlökar fick jag åtminstone ned i jorden idag.

Queen of Night
Queen of Night

flamingo flag

Flaming Flag

pink impression
Pink Impression

Sapporo
Sapporo

Solros

jordgubbar

 

Lyckades hitta några -växthusodlade- svenska jordgubbar i butiken i går,
gör det hela en aning lättare att försöka få in en kommande vårkänsla

Höststämning

precis när höststämningen är som störst i trädgården.
Ska verkligen försöka få ner några fler vårblommande lökar nu under september månad när vädret är så fantastiskt
… finns ingen ursäkt denna höst liksom!

 

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Vardagsrummet badar i ljus

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Hahaha, kolla opiffade kuddarna till höger 🙂

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Hela det här huset är ett ljust hus, och vi älskar våra vita väggar. Sjukt snyggt med de grå väggarna hos alla andra, och det skulle säkert göra sig väldigt bra här också, men jag är nördigt förälskad i de vita väggarna vi har överallt.

Det känns lätt att andas och smilbanden drar uppåt när jag vistas i såhär ljusa miljöer. Jag har ändrat mig förr, så inget är hugget i sten, men som det känns nu kommer det vita förbli vitt. Jag har nog snarare ångrat lite att vi inte målade paneler, lister, socklar och trappa ljusgrå. Ni vet sådär herrgårds/1700-tals tjusigt. Det skulle vara något det…

Vi kör kalashelg on mass detta veckoslut. Snart ska vi dra iväg på kalas nr 2 av 4 totalt, ska bara klara av 3 fotbollsmatcher med flickor -08 i Irsta först… så jag måste kila!

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Ha en fin dag!

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Kram kram

Helena

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Betongbänken i vardagsrummet

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Jag flyttade ju svanen ut till hallen och passade samtidigt på att flytta betongbänken till vardagsrummet. Det har jag föreslagit för M huuur länge som helst, men det örat har han inte velat lyssna på. Betongbänken har nämligen agerat ”klädhängare” för alla jackor som familjens medlemmar inte orkat hänga upp. Min tanke har alltså varit – ingen bänk – ingenstans att slänga jacka, väska, vantar, mössa etc. Det enda stället kvar är då g a r d e r o b e n där de här prylarna ska vara. Fiffigt va? Fiffigt fram till att jag upptäcker att allt istället hamnar på golvet…

Well, nu står den där i vardagsrummet i alla fall, och jag tycker att det blev bra. Nu syns inte det på bilden, men matsalsmöblerna, med det bruna bordet, är ju i andra änden av rummet, och med denna mörka möbel i det här hörnet, blev det mycket bättre balans i rummet. Den här delen av rummet har liksom svävat utan någon tyngd alls gentemot den mycket ”tyngre” andra delen av rummet.

Dessutom har jag länge velat ha något i det här hörnet som jag kan ställa en lampa på.

Så summa summarum, bättre balans och någonstans att ställa nya lampan som är på väg till Villa Skogsbrynet.

 

Ha en fab kväll!

 

Kram kram

Helena

 

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Concepts We Wish Were Real

Join The Dieline and venture into the innovative world of concepts we wish were real this beautiful Friday morning.


CAROLINA VICTORY BREWING SUPER BOWL 50

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It’s time to open a can of whoop-ass. Matt Stevens, Joey Ellis, J. Fletcher, Zach Shuta, and Ryan Simpson designed the cans for a design brawl focused around the Super Bowl. They created Carolina Victory Brewing, inspired by the team and a bit of friendly rivalry. Obviously the team colors make them easily identifiable, but each one takes a different approach. One uses cartoon images while another relies heavily on bold text to make a statement. These unique designs speak to the different varieties of beer and also reflect the individuals that make up a team.

“In honor of SuperBowl 50, amazing craft beer illustrator and designer Josh Emrich, invited me to a design challenge. The plan was simple. Each of us would draft a team of 6 from our home cities competing (Panthers v. Broncos) in the SuperBowl and each team would design a custom 6 pack. both Charlotte and Denver are huge Craft Beer markets and I was proud to draft some of my most talented friends from the Carolinas. Joey Ellis, J.Fletcher, Zach Shuta, and Ryan Simpson joined myself in the challenge.). So proud of what these guys came up with. UPDATE: we won! YAY! Panthers lost…BOO!”

Designed by Matt Stevens, Joey Ellis, J. Fletcher, Zach Shuta, Ryan Simpson

Country: United States

 

AMAZE BOOK TRIO

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Be amazed. For a Visual Metaphor class at Parsons, Pedro Veneziano was tasked with creating a book that explored a single word as a concept, language, and content. His project, Amaze, examined the word “maze,” playing with an outer sleeve, an unexpected folding technique, and small mazes to work on. The combination of different options makes it a unique experience for each consumer, allowing it to be an interesting exploration of each book.

“The state of being lost was used as a starting point for the material structure: it consists of three different books, in which the main one is folded in a non-linear way instead of binded. This way, the user can go through the whole material however he or she wants to, or even get lost in it. The maze was also explored as a visual queue for the sleeve and the books and as a theme for the main piece, which goes through a personal curation of texts and images that dialogue about being lost in our own lives.”

“The content is divided into three different print pieces, one of them being a folder that introduces the book and lists all the content. The main book (gray) contains all the imagery and texts in one side and a giant maze on the opposite side. The last piece, entitled ‘Bmaze‘, is a perfect-bind puzzle book full of small mazes that could be detached once you go through them.”

Designed by Pedro Veneziano

Country: Brazil

 

PANTONE-CONDOME CONDOMS

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Pantone Condome is where color swatches, design, sexual health intersect. DarkDesignGroup has developed a concept for flavored condoms designers will love, that use Pantone colors and fresh fruit flavors.

“In each designer’s pocket…The symbiosis of love and creativity, and a deep respect for PANTONE fans helped to create the palette of condom’s packaging. The concept of the package can complement the existing range of promotional products from Pantone. Also the package has a certain aesthetic impact. It makes the product attractive to buy, especially among creative professionals.”

The concept takes the familiar appearance of Pantone color swatches and turns it into something equally fun and practical. A pack of them comes in a color swatch format, following through with the design inspiration. Illustrations of the fruits wrapped in condoms offers a humorous representation of the product (especially oddly shaped ones like the watermelon). In doing so, it takes an approach that can remove the uncomfortable nature out of discussing sexual health or buying condoms, in turn encouraging condom use.

“Everyone to his own taste. It is wonderful! Everyone will be able to find the their color in the palette, and maybe even collect the whole collection. PANTONE-CONDOME is formula of love for the brightest moments!”

Designed by DarkDesignGroup

Creative Director, Author, Designer: Igor Palichev

Designer: Sergey Dmitriev

Country: Russia

 

FRUIT MACHINE ENERGY BAR

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Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies isn’t exactly simple. Pulsin’ Kids’ hopes to make it a little easier with their Fruit Machine energy bars, made with actual fruit and not a bunch of artificial ingredients. Drew Hughes Ltd developed this concept to give kids natural energy in a way that they’ll love.

“Pulsin’ have been producing healthy raw pressed fruit and nut products for almost twenty years. The current health drive in the UK for less or no added sugar in children’s food products concreted the idea for Pulsin’ to move out of the Pure Protein market and diversify into the mass FMCG arena. This opportunity also gave them the perfect excuse for knocking on the multi-nationals’ doors to get Pulsin’ products out of the gym and into the supermarkets. I was asked to produce concepts for a range of Kids focussed raw fruit bars. They did go with one of my designs, which has been very successful and given them in-roads into the USA market, but I really felt that this one had great potential for its appeal directly to the kids. The building block nature of wallpapering the packs was something that had always appealed to me as an eight year old; I loved packaging that could be stacked and repeated whichever way it was placed—no doubt my mother must have thought ‘Oh God, he’s going to be a graphic designer.’”

Fruit Machine appeals to both the parent and the child. The parent will be tempted to purchase it because it clearly is made with real fruit and pure ingredients—the image of the actual fruit on the fruit indicates this. Kids will love the playful, almost interactive packaging with bright colors.

“The three variants—two of which were multi-flavoured—added more opportunity for colour and interest. Yes the designs are busy but I drew inspiration from Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World, and indeed showed his work to my clients. Children in the target age group of 8 to 11 love to ‘explore’ images and find hidden depths in the work.”

Designed by Drew Hughes Ltd

Designer: Drew Hughes

Country: United Kingdom

 

ROCK ALE CRAFT BEER

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Enjoy refreshing beer that comes right from the mountains of Austria. Rock Ale Craft Beer offers a Vienna Lager, India Pale Ale, and Imperial Stout, andJackdaw Design has developed this conceptual identity and packaging design to give it a dynamic look and feel.

The author of the concept, Creative Director Amanda Jackson, stated, “Young creative brewers and radical flavours have made people excited about beer again. We took inspiration from the principles of craft beer: experimentation, character, flavour, depth and designed an intriguing set of labels each with an element of discovery. And we coupled this with a bold and progressive logotype to create standout in bar environments. The oversized ‘A’ amplifies the name Rock Ale and communicates it’s brewing origins in the mountains of Austria.”

With more craft beer options on the market every day, the large, bold “A” helps Rock Ale Craft Beer to jump off the shelf. It appears confident and modern, appealing to those who are adventurous in their beer choices. A traditional amber bottle speaks to the actual act of brewing and situates the brand as one that respects the craft. Each beer has its own background design, although the appearance remains consistent and makes it instantly recognizable.

Designed by Jackdaw Design

Country: United Kingdom

 

Tony Bones

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“Inspired by Fire. Forged by flavour.” This is barbecue sauce that doesn’t mess around. US-based chef Tony Bones needed a new identity and packaging for his premium range of barbecue condiments, and bigdog delivered. The concept (which is going into production) for their line of three products includes Bone Krust, Bone Kandy, and Bone Fire, and they’re intended for those who want big time flavor.

“The packaging was then given a real sense of attitude and drama, while still keeping a premium-quality feel. Old school blacked out bottles and fiery red tones bring the BBQ experience to life through the packaging.”

“The hand-drawn skull logo adds personality, something used to great effect in the Bone Krust packaging (tube shaker) and bottle seals. We really wanted to make the packaging something you’d want to keep and not just throw away after use, even if it’s just for display.”

A dark, moody color palette expresses a strength and bold attitude, and the unique bottle shapes make them a step above regular barbecue sauce offerings. The logo looks like a flaming skull, almost as if it’s daring the consumer to try the spicy condiments. Small details, like the skull on the bottom of the tube or a thin sticker to seal the cap, help to make Tony Bones stand out even more.

Designed by bigdog

Designers: Veej and Stu Perry

Country: United Kingdom

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Superenkel fredagskyckling med saffranstwist

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Det är den 23 september idag, 3 månader kvar till kvällen innan julaftonen alltså. Jösses, bara 3 månader kvar och folk spatserar ledigt omkring i linne och shorts fortfarande!

Om det är 3 månader kvar till jul, är det alltså 2 månader kavar till advent och saffransbullar och pepparkakor. Jag gillar saffran. Gillar det både som saffransbullar och fisksoppa och numer också som suveränt god sås till kyckling.

Toklätt att laga, som den är, passar den alldeles excellent till fredagmiddag tycker jag. En liten lätt handpåläggning så är det klart och fredagslugnet infinner sig. Inte sant 😉

Köp hem:

Kycklingfiléer
1 burk creme fraiche med torkad tomat och saffran
1 dl grädde
1 kycklingbuljongtärning
Ris
Grönsaker

 

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Gör såhär:

1 Skär kycklingen i bitar (rakt över filéerna), stek i smör tills de är genomstekta (10 min max).

2 Koka ris, gör en sallad.

3 Blanda creme fraiche, grädde och kycklingbuljong, låt koka upp.

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KLART!

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Tips:

1 Kyckling som är lite halvtinad går bra att skära och blir snabbt genomstekt i de mindre bitarna.

2 Börja med att koka riset om du har extra bråttom, eller är supersnabb i köket, resten av maten blir färdig innan riset kokat klart.

3. Om du har lite längre tid på dig blir såsen extra god om du gör den själv på hackade torkade tomater (i olja) saffran, buljong och vanlig naturell creme fraiche.

 

Så lätt var det, smaklig måltid och ha nu en riktigt skön fredag!

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Kram kram

Helena

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Cauliflower & Chickpea Vege Balls with Parsley & Coriander Pesto plus Jambalaya Chicken & Pork Balls with Spicy Sauce & Prawns

Helloooo – I just wanted to share two of my favourite pics and recipes featured in the latest issue of Dish magazine. The vege balls are my sister’s favourite recipe that I have ever made, and the jambalaya prawns can have as little or as much chilli kick as you like. Dish is available to buy in New Zealand and Australia, and via subscription here.

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Svanen har flyttat till hallen och nått sin slutdestination

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Det var någonting som inte blev bra när svanen stod i vardagsrummet. Ni vet som en nagel i ögat. Kanske var det grejerna runtom som gjorde att den blev en främmande fågel (hehehe, roligt va?) där den stod.

Nu har den flyttat igen, och den här gången blev det mycket bättre. Ute i hallen vid entrén gör den sig på ett annat sätt. Hallen blev mer som ett möblerat rum, lite som en lounge kan man säga.

 

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Som vanligt när man flyttar på något eller köper något nytt, kommer man genast på 10 andra nya saker som ska till innan det blir precis sådär som man tänker sig att det ska se ut.

Här snackar vi golvet och mattan. Golvet har vi aldrig tagit tag i ordentligt sedan vi flyttade in. Först målade vi det vitt, då såg det ut som en sommarstuga. Sedan fick jag för mig att vi skulle måla det svart. Högblankt svart skulle det vara, men det blev det aldrig… Det blev bara lite dassigt mattsvart. Tror det var tänkt att vi skulle lägga på klarlack uppepå, men det blev aldrig gjort, och jag kände mig ändå lite osäker på det hela så ag brydde mig aldrig i att ta tag i det.

Nu funderar vi på att lägga klinker, om de det går utan att lägga om brädgolvet tänker vi. Vi ska kolla med plattsättarna som gör badrummet, om de kan titta på det.

Så länge kör vi med ikeamattan i hampa. Slitstark är den och inte syns lera och annat man drar in speciellt nu till hösten.

 

Ja ja, som sagt, vi får se hur det blir med det.

Kram kram

Helena

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Target’s Archer Farms Redesign

Hold on tight to your mugs, Target will be releasing their new assortment of Archer Farms coffee come August 7th. After gathering the opinions of target guests and team members alike, coffee flavors have been perfected and expanded to feature organic and natural flavor options.

Not only has each blend been elevated to taste, but the packaging has also been brought up a few notches to really give that “wow” factor. More than 50 unique pieces of art grace Archer Farms’ bags and boxes–each telling the story of how and where the coffee was grown. “The new designs help present product names, flavors, and key product attributes more clearly than ever before so you’ll know if it’s direct or fair trade, naturally flavored, light, medium or dark roast.”

“We know that our guests are paying more attention to where their food and products come from and the impact they have on the environment,” said Amanda Irish, vice president, Owned Brands. “As we evaluated the Archer Farms coffee assortment last year, we thought it could be even better, so we decided to overhaul the assortment from farm to cup.” 

From now on, Archer Farms coffee will stand for three things we know are important to our guests:

Stronger focus on fair and direct trade: Our assortment went from four to 32 fair or direct trade options (meaning Target is directly connected to a specific farm or network of farms). Fun Fact: Target was the first mass retailer to offer direct and fair trade coffee.

Deeper commitment to the environment: Single-serve coffee pods have been redesigned using Real Cup technology to include BPA-free translucent packaging—the first of its kind at mass in the US! And all of our single-serve pods benefit Waterwise, a clean water non-profit organization committed to cleaning the water supply in Ethiopia through creating sustainable and innovative wet mills.

Better taste: Thanks to our focus on fair and direct trade, we’ve improved the bean quality and will now offer 12 coffees with all-natural flavoring—something that isn’t widely available in today’s market. And the assortment features ground, bagged coffee and single-serve pods.


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“Speaking of taste, we now have a total of 100 Archer Farms coffee items that’ll help you get your daily fix, sourced from the world’s four major coffee bean growing regions: Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and Central America.”

Which brew are you buying?

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Illustrators: Adrian Johnson, Tom Haugomat, & Lan Truong

Designed by Target Creative Team & Collins

Country: United States

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