I fattigstugan i Mariannelund mår vi prima

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Så var vi då på plats vid nästa anhalt på den här semestern. Halva styrkan har åkt hem, eller vidare åt annat håll, så det är bara mamma, Lillan och jag som checkat in här på pensionatet i Mariannelund.

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Det känns som att vi hamnat mitt i en Astrid Lindgrensaga, vilket vi faktiskt också mer eller mindre gjort. Imorgon väntar Astrid Lindgrens värld och allt vad som finns där.

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Pensionatet Rokulla, där vi sover i natt, är Mariannelunds gamla fattigstuga. Här är hur fint som helst och jag kan verkligen rekommendera det för den som letar boende i trakterna av Vimmerby.

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Rummen är enkla och utan egen toalett och dusch, men det är  så rent och fint här att det inte känns som att det spelar någon roll. Det ryktas också att frukosten här ska vara toppen. Det återstår att se imorgon.

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Stort gilla på att de verkligen anstränger sig för att det ska vara trevligt att vistas här. En bukett färska blommor från trädgården kostar inget, men gör det så fint och välkomnande!

En natt blir vi här, och efter Astrid Lindgrens värld imorgon, far vi vidare österut.

Nu måste jag hoppa i säng, natti natti!

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Kram kram

Helena

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Mot nya äventyr

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By by Åstol, tack för den här veckan, hoppas att vi ses igen!

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Nu lämnar vi västkusten bakom oss och styr kosan mot Småland. Det har varit en fantastisk vecka här, och trots att vartenda väderinstitut hade förutspått mulet och regn, så har har vi haft strålande solsken och riktigt härligt sommarväder varenda dag. Lite blåsigt, men med ett perfekt soldäck i bästa sortens lä, har det inte besvärat oss.

Vi har badat och solat och ätit skaldjur och bara ”göttat oss”! Nu blir det annan miljö och helt andra strapatser som väntar oss.

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Ses snart igen!

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Kram kram

Helena

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Tips på enkel blomkruka uppåt väggarna av lastpall och skoförvaring från Ikea

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På en husvägg utanför en butik i Göteborg hittade jag denna fiffiga fina lösning för vertikala blomsterarrangemang.

Jag kan tänka mig att exempelvis ett trist plank, eller en intetsägande vägg på ett uthus vid sommarstugan, skulle kunna vara perfekta ställen att piffa med den här typen av väggdekoration.

Antingen gör man en, eller så kan man sätta flera på rad eller som här, 4 tillsammans i grupp. Eller varför inte – täck ett helt plank!

 

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En lastpall, en skoförvaring ”Skubb” från Ikea, och en häftpistol (eller hammare och spik) är allt som behövs och så blomjord och växter förstås.

Klipp till skoförvaringen och fäst den med häftpistolen på baksidan av plankorna på lastpallen.

 

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Ett tips!

”Fodra” fickorna med hundbajspåsar om du tänker dig att plantera växter som är känsliga för torka.

För den lite mer händiga hemmafixaren har min ”superkollega” Monica Karlstein med Hemmafixbloggen det här aningen mer avancerade tipset.

Lycka till!

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Helena

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Concepts We Wish Were Real

Let’s have a toast to the weekend with our Concepts We Wish Were Real!


Tasty Beet

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If you think that healthy food has to taste bland and boring, then think again. Tasty Beet is a small restaurant that wants to prove that healthy doesn’t have to mean tasteless. Folklore. developed a concept identity design and brand communication for the juice bar and restaurant that sells health food with crazy good flavor.

Tasty Beet provides fresh and clean food, and the packaging reflects this. Crisp white cups and packets emphasize the healthy ingredients, and the pink beet illustration and writing indicate that healthy eating can be fun and delicious. Cardboard boxes give a bit of a local feel and remind buyers that the food is made carefully and cooked to order.

Designed by Folklore.

Country: Mexico

 

Lapin Blanc Absinthe

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Don’t let this rabbit fool you—Lapin Blanc Absinthe is an intense liquor. Made from local wormwood, anise, fennel, and selected herbs according to the best distillation tradition in Val de Travers, Switzerland. SUGAR FOR ALL developed this concept for this top class Blanche absinthe made with the care of Swiss distillers. A tall, clear bottle shows the impeccable quality of the absinthe, and the logo is a nod to the name (“Lapin” is “rabbit” in French). Absinthe is said to have hallucinogenic properties, so the logo is representative of a rabbit but could be interpreted in many ways once the libation is consumed.

“Lapin Blanc Absinthe is a collaboration with Daniel Werle the owner of ‘Dr. Seltsam’s Absinth-Kontor.’ Our aim was to create a new identity for a new customer base in the absinthe market. The task was to develop the white rabbit, a well-known symbol of fantasy, into a contemporary and minimalistic design. The sleek design of the bottle promises as much mystery as one of the overloaded, classic absinthe labels.”

Designed by Funs Kurstjens / SUGAR FOR ALL

Manufacturer: Collectif de l’absinthe

Country: Germany

 

Oruga

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Oruka means ring in Yoruba, a Nigerian and West African language. This was the leading inspiration for Digital Fish’s concept for Oruka gin and rum, representing wholeness with a unique bottle shape.

“This conceptual design moves away from what is conventionally a bottle, both in appearance and innovation. Aesthetically modern and elegant, hides a dosing system of 12 individual shots, which works by rotating the glass ring. In the proposal of dry gin, the blue liquid allows to display the full chambers from the empty ones. Their materials are black tungsten, glass and stainless steel. In the case of the aged rum bottle, their materials are ebony wood (one of the highest quality woods) for the cap, rose gold finishing for the metal part.”

Of course, the idea for a circular bottle is certainly novel, but it also needs practicality. Oruka features lines to show consumers the measured out shots, and because of its shape the bottle is actually incredibly easy to hold and pour. The silver and rose gold are luxurious, and the brand name appears in sleek, almost futuristic letters. While Oruka was designed using rum and gin, it can actually be suitable for other spirits or perfumes.

“The logo was designed in accordance with the aesthetics of the bottle and is colored brown in the case of rum and turquoise for the gin. Along with the logo and in low relief, this has the words ‘Transcendent Dry Gin’ or ‘Transcendent Aged Rum,’ which according to the dictionary means something so excellent that it’s beyond the range of human understanding.”

Designed by Gonzalo Jaen Muñoz, Digital Fish

3D Visualization: Marco Silva

Country: Spain

 

PRIME

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Prime allows consumers to enjoy the delectable flavors of ingredients and foods derived from Greece without having to book a flight overseas. AJI & LIMON STUDIO developed the naming, logo and packaging for Prime’s supermarket brand, intended to be a premium line of fine cooking oils, jams, wines, pastas, and more.

The black packaging gives Prime a confident and sophisticated feel while also allowing any of the vibrant colors in the images or even of the product itself to stand out. Matte black bottles are incredibly elegant, and without any unnecessary graphics and text it makes a statement without trying too hard. A basic and traditional serif font in white gives Prime a more elegant appearance, and simple icons help to describe the product in an understated, minimal way.

Designed by Maria Andrea Galindo, AJI & LIMON STUDIO

Country: Colombia

 

BEFIT

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With all the sports drinks and protein powders out there, it’s easy to forget that the best source of energy is all natural. Students Claudia Lepesqueur,Maria Elipe, and Cristian Varela developed the concept for Befit, a sports beverage that is derived from fruit.

“The main objective of this project was to develop and design a structural packaging, naming and visual identity for a premium sports juices based on fruits. Befit combines strength, energy and the vibrant color of each juice’s flavor, striving to link a gym aesthetic with natural fruits.”

Befit has a sleek appearance that clearly sets it in the energy drinks and workout sector. Bright colors are indicative of the flavors, while the black communicates strength. The font is a bold san serif that looks modern and appealing to both males and females. Befit doesn’t include any unnecessary graphics or text, communicating to consumers that it simply gets the job done and provides drinkers with the energy they need.

Designed by Claudia Lepesqueur, Maria Elipe, Cristian Varela

Country: Spain

 

Parrot Home: A Brand Extension

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The line between beautiful home goods and useful technology is blurring, and Parrot Home is a perfect example. A concept from student Rasmus Nilsson, the task was to take a brand (in this case, Parrot) and introduce a new line of products, develop a brand strategy, and create new packaging design. 

“Already successful in the field of high end electronic products used on the go, the task at hand was to create a strategy and graphic identity enabling Parrot to come inside to become permanent installations in the home. To introduce the new products, the line is anchored in the story of the Parrot Research & Development team and their process. Each object has its own story told through photographic layouts in the format of packaging design. Each package carries it own custom numeral living within the R&D seal ensuring its quality.”

Parrot Home’s product line includes streamlined and simple items like speakers, clocks, charging blocks, and more. The appearance is minimal and clean, allowing consumers of all lifestyles to easily picture the products in their own home. Black, gray, and white keep the packaging elegant and emphasize the high quality and innovation that Parrot Home products offer.

Designed by Rasmus Nilsson

School: Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Country: United States

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Min favoritfrukost i växthuset, recept på aningen lyxigare bananpannkaka!

Det här med pannkakor & då framförallt bananpannkakor är något jag aldrig kommer att tröttna på.   Har man dessutom semester passar det ju
perfekt att starta dagen men te & pannkisar i växthuset.

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Jag har dessutom hittat ett recept som är det bästa jag har testat hittills:
ca: 10 pannkakor
2 ägg
2 små mogna/övermogna bananer
85 g smält smör, plus lite extra till stekningen
2,4 dl mjölk
0,5 tsk vaniljextrakt
2 msk socker
3 tsk bakpulver
3,3 dl vetemjöl
olivolja till stekningen

Knäck äggen i en bunke & mosa ner bananerna. med en gaffel.
Rör ner smält smör, mjölk & vaniljextrakt.
Tillsätt resten av ingredienserna, vispa ordentligt.
-Om man vill göra i ordning smeten i förväg utesluter man bakpulvret & låter smeten stå i kylskåpet.
Tillsätt bakpulvret strax innan du ska steka pannkakorna.-

Smält en klick smör tillsammans med en skvätt olivolja i en stekpanna på medelvärme till hög värme.
Pannkakorna ska vara lite större än plättar & ganska tjocka, häll ca 4 msk smet i den heta stekpannan. Stek i 2–3 minuter tills bubblor bildas på ytan. Vänd pannkakan & stek på andra sidan i upp till en minut tills den har blivit gyllenbrun.
Beroende på stekpannans storlek steker du pannkakorna i omgångar.
De är allra godast om man äter dem så fort som möjligt!

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Detta är ju inte den klassisk bananpannkaka med bara ägg & banan, utan en lyxigare variant. De här pannkakorna går kvickt att steka & smakar fantastiskt gott.  Här äter vi dem enbart med jordgubbar & lite florsocker.  Ibland serverar jag dem med lönnsirap & bacon för att få till den där saltsöta brytningen som är så galet gott.
Banapannkaka passar att äta till frukost, mellanmål eller bjuda på som dessert!

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Ser ni här ovan, -mellan fikonträdet & ananasmyntan – växten med de superstora bladen, det är en Tamarillo/ Trädtomat,  jag fått av sonen.
Tänk va coolt om det kan bli ett helt träd fyllt med tomater,
det skulle jag verkligen gilla …
Tamarillon hör hemma i Anderna i Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia
& Bolivia. Den är släkt med tomaten & potatisen.
Växten är ett snabbväxande träd som i sin naturliga
miljö kan bli 5 meter hög.
Trädet har en upprättväxande stam med stora gröna hjärtformade blad & kan bli ca 12 år gammalt.
Blommorna är vit-rosa, växer i klungor om 10-50 stycken, varje klunga blommor kan ge 1-6 frukter.

Nu är bara frågan hur man får det att överleva under vintern…är det någon av er som har testat att odla en trädtomat & som dessutom fått den att överleva???

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Så firas en liten stjärna

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Vår lilla och jag!

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Tänk den där lilla snorpan, som tittade ut för ganska precis 8 år sedan, vilken liten solstråle och glädjespridare.

Igår kväll var vi på Rökeriet och firade Lillans födelsedag. Vi hade en helt super kväll. Irländsk afton med räkfrossa och ett helt galet bra band som spelade Irländsk musik.

Personalen på Rökeriet är bara de gulligaste som gått i ett par skor. De ordnade med flagga på bordet till den lilla jubilaren och bjöd henne på dessert. Inte minst ordnade de så att bandet sjöng ”Ja må hon leva” för henne, och hela restaurangen stämde in i sången och reste sig upp. Sååå roligt för vår lilla stjärna som njöt i fulla drag. Tyvärr hade jag ingen kamera med mig.

I morse var det paketöppning och i eftermiddag vankas det havskräftor som är hennes absoluta favoriträtt. Helt ok på västkusten kan man säga!

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Kram kram

Helena

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Enklaste sommarmiddagen

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Har ni tänkt på vad matsuget förändras under sommarmånaderna? Eller det kanske bara är jag som blir sugen på kalla såser, lättlagad fisk i ugn, kokt potatis och solmogna tomater 😉

Hahaha, nej då, det är klart att jag inte är något unikum, ni är nog många som håller med mig där.

 

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Jag älskar att laga mat, men jag älskar också att göra det lätt för mig, speciellt på vardagar, men också under semestern!

Här om kvällen gjorde jag en enkel favorit som jag tänkte dela med mig av.

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Ugnsbakad dill-lax med färdig romsås, färskpotatis och solmogna tomater

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4 laxfiléer
1 knippa färsk dill
smör
1 citron
salt peppar

Serveras med:

Färskpotatis, tomat och färdig romsås från affären.

Gör såhär:

  1. Lägg fisken i en smörsmord ugnsfast form.
  2. Blanda hackad dill, citronsaft, salt och peppar med en stor klick smör.
  3. Bred dillblandningen över fisken och ställ in i ugnen på 170 graders värme i ca 20 – 30 min. Fisken är klar när den enkelt skivar sig. Testa med en gaffel.
  4. Koka potatis i rejält saltat vatten med en dillkvist och klyfta en citron.

Färdigt!

Smaklig måltid gjord på en halvtimma från start till mål.

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Helena

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Sushi Loofah Towel

Yes, sushi-inspired towels exist, and if seeing these doesn’t make things a little bit better in your world then perhaps nothing will. You can now get a cute exfoliating towel wrapped up and packaged like a tasty piece of sushi. This adorable packaging comes from Goodeed Design, rolling up practical and fun into one.

“FINDAY (Find A Fine Day) is a brand that produces daily supplies. We aim for designing high-quality and eco-friendly products. We think good life is inseparable from good products. We develop our products by using healthy and pollution-free materials. We also like to interact with our customers about how best we can enhance our daily life. We invite you to think together and have fun.”

“Sushi Loofah towel is inspired by the Sushi. The spirit of Sushi represents the art of the food and its purity, just like our brand image (Find a fine day) hope to show, both prove that the practice of life can be simple and flexible. The package design of sushi bathing towel is unique and eye-catching. It’s our first product of re-imagining our daily life. It will take us into our future.”

The individual sushi pieces come in a few different varieties, making it even easier for the consumer to make the sushi association. Each towel is placed in a perfect rectangular box with exact lines and angles, adding to the comical, almost cartoon-like effect of the packaging. The Sushi Loofah Towel isn’t just for kicks, though—each towel is rolled up carefully and there is even a small opening in the packaging to feel the texture before buying it.

 


Designed by Goodeed Design

Country: Taiwan

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Nudellini

Ready for a fresh take on pasta? Nudellini forgoes the traditional Italian design to bring you something ideal for the modern kitchen. These two lines, designed by Ewelina Gąska, use vivid and intense colors and striking yet minimal graphics to appeal to those who want simply delicious pasta.


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The two L’s in the Nudellini brand name are squiggly noodles, adding just the right amount of play into mealtime. Bold colors set it apart from a lot of other pasta choices on the shelf, making the process of choosing something great for dinner much easier for consumers. Graphics, including lines, ovals, dots, and other 3D shapes, are somewhat indicative of the variety of pasta, and also give the packaging energy. The bags are resealable, letting buyers have fresh and delicious pasta whenever they want.

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Designed by Ewelina Gąska

Country: Poland

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Bensons – The Juicers

Bensons is a farm in the UK that produces several ranges of fruit juices and a family of pure fruit popsicles. They turned to Great Depths to launch a new visual identity and label redesign that would emphasize their wholesome ingredients and mouthwatering flavors.

“As the only Red Tractor accredited juice manufacturer in the UK, Bensons tasked the Great Depths team with refreshing and re-aligning their brand to reflect the quality and honesty of their ingredients as well as their expertise and family values.”

Creative Director, Neil Pinkawa, says, “Through the use of much looser, hand-drawn typography, we were able to give the Bensons brand mark an honest and naturally crafted look—reflective of their values and offering. The addition of the intentionally simple secondary line of ‘The Juicers’ makes a further statement of confidence and expertise.”

Bensons’ redesign allows the freshly picked and squeezed hues of the fruit to shine while emphasizing the local, farm-to-bottle aspect of their production. The brand name looks handwritten, further indicating the individual care that goes into each bottle of juice they make. On the front of the label, a large wooden box contains an oversized fruit, letting consumers know that the beverage is packed full of flavor.

“Following the rebrand, the Great Depths team tackled the refresh of the Totally Fruity range, taking visual cues from the British orchards and farmland that play such a pivotal role in the Benson’s family story. The team created flavour specific illustrations for each of the eight labels, referencing countryside scenery and farming paraphernalia with playfully oversized fruit at the fore of each product.”

 


Designed by Great Depths

Client: Bensons – The Juicers

Country: United Kingdom

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Palo Santo

Design agency Pulsum Brands took a trip to the Ecuadorian hacienda Palo Santo to discover what the secret behind the fabulous production of cacao, moringa and barley was. Asked to design the packaging of their products, the team at Pulsum Brands had the chance to see “the way the founders look at nature, how they protect it and how deep in love they are with it. Every product had to be representing those ideals.”

One of the necessities was to design all the products as one visual system but without given up their individuality. Talking about their strategy, the team at Pulsum Brands say: “Make a tasting of the products to find the tones and flavors that define each one, with this we can create collages of native leaves that identify each flavor behind the coffee, beer, chocolate, etc.”

“In the specific case of the coffee, we found flavors like dark chocolate, nuts and obviously coffee, so the leaves in the packaging of that specific coffee were taken from the surroundings and manually printed on a paper for later to be photographed and create the collage for that product.”

This helps in identifying each product by their flavors and also to be part of a whole products family.

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Designed by Pulsum Brands

Client: Palo Santo  

Country: Ecuador 

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George Dickel 17-Year Tennessee Whisky

Good things take time, and George Dickel 17-Year Tennessee Whisky is proof. This powerful limited release is the first in hopefully many special edition releases under the Dickel name brand. David Cole Creative developed the packaging for the spirit, creating something that emphasizes the scope of the brand as well as the great care with which the whiskey is distilled.

“A special package design for this special edition, 17-year old Tennessee Whisky. The label & closure designs are intended to relate strongly to the existing everyday Dickel family lineup, while conveying the premium, not-so-everyday nature of this rare, extra-aged (and extra-expensive), limited release. The age statement features prominently so there’s no mistaking what makes it unique, followed in prominence by the important, location-specific ‘Cascade Hollow message,’ which indicates that this limited edition whisky is made on-site the only place the public will encounter it: in the tasting room at the distillery Tullahoma, Tennessee. In addition to the package design, the ‘Distillery Reserve Collection’ identity lockup is a new design and we can look forward to additional special edition releases under this promising sub-brand, available for sale only at the distillery in Cascade Hollow, Tennessee.”


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Gold foil and embossed details indicate a high-end whiskey, but rough kraft paper speaks to the hands-on, handmade nature of the spirit. It’s a traditional small batch Tennessee whiskey with humble roots, and the label takes on a bit of an old-fashioned appearance, nodding to its roots. A rough border is finished with foil, allowing the label to stand out against the amber hue of the whiskey. The mix of fonts further emphasizes the traditional, old-timey nature of making the liquor.

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Designed by David Cole Creative

Country: United States

City: Seattle

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