Friday, February 22, 2019

Spring in February

Wow for second weekend of February here in Düsseldorf
Sunny and 15 degrees
Birds singing
Spring flowers
Beer garten opening ( although I didn't visit one but nice just to see)
Outside without jacket
Biking along the river
All the kids from the neighborhood came out to play in the park across from us
(Loren was their too although not in these photos)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Düsseldorf tips: Pottery painting

As we are moving from places to places, from country to country it is great with all these forums and groups which is now available on Facebook. And it is one of the things I do before moving to the new place is to scan the selections of groups which fits me. For example expats in Düsseldorf, Swedes in Düsseldorf, internationals in Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf toddlers play group ( although realized that I don't have toddlers anymore..), Life in Düsseldorf etc. Some groups are more active then others, some groups you realize is good for nothing and some groups are gold worth with great information about your new destination and tips of what could be cool to do in the new city and surrounding area. Also meet-ups is a great way to meet new people who are also international and looking to find friends. I have made great friendships that way and most of them I am still in touch and we are visiting each other.

Last Sunday I went to a fun meet-up doing pottery painting at a very cute place here in Düsseldorf called Eigenlob - ceramic selbst bemalen.
We were 8 girls from all over the world - Taiwan, Canada, USA, Greece, France and more. At first we were so concentrated what we were painting but after a while we could paint and socialize at the same time. Great place with such wide selections of pottery, colors to pick from and also ideas and instructions of different techniques. Clean and organized.
So how it works. Well you pick a piece of pottery which ever you fancy painting. A cup, a plate, a figurin or a vase maybe. Then get creative. Endless of different techniques, patterns, colors and ideas. For me even a little overwhelming and hard to pick and decide what to paint, what to paint on etc etc.
But eventually I painted a plate and also a small bowl and I paid 25 Euro - only paying for the pieces you pick to paint and no tuition fee. After you are done painting you leave the piece in the store and they will burn and glace the pottery before you can see the finish result and pick it up. Mine is ready but I havn't yet managed to pick it up. Looking forward to see the result as it will differ a lot from before been in the owen.
After finishing painting we went to a restaurant nextdoor for some late lunch and a beer. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Surviving February and tips from Düsseldorf

It was a very grey and rainy second weekend of February. I know it is not only me feeling February is a little hard work some days when it is grey, cold, muddy or slippery outside and you feel tired, bored of winter, bored of nearly everything actually and it feels like spring will never come. Having said that I should really not complain that much as here in Düsseldorf the Winters are not that bad especially not as dark as up in Sweden and we can already feel spring is coming very soon. It helps thinking that is a little worst somewhere else ;) Doesn't matter where you are. If in Sweden I would say at least we have snow which is prettier then rain. And now living here I think we fortunate having longer days and more green and only snow for three days so far. I am kind of trying not to fall into the hating February trap or maybe I should do as Economy Professor Micael Dahlén embrace the fact that February is the worst month of the year - FY FAN FÖR FEBRUARI ( translated FUCK YOU FEBRUARY) is the name of his podcast. A new pod everyday during February with facts about February and ideas how to survive this dark and miserable month. But February is also a month when we can allow ourselves to calm down in the sofa, catch up on some series, read a book, wear a big woolen jumper and dream about up coming garden projects and beer garden season to open.. The podcast is called: fy fan för februari and is worth listening to if you speak Swedish...

How we are surviving February...
I had a great date with Filip 3,5 down town Düsseldorf on Saturday. We took the car, no traffic really on weekend = it only takes 15 minutes from home and we parked centrally.
We had lunch at What´s Pizza on Immermannstrasse 18. Great stone baked pizza and fresh lemonade in this nice modern restaurant. 

After lunch we had a walk around the city but the weather was pretty miserable, so we cheered ourselves up in Sostrene Grene. I bought some new notebooks as I am starting school this week and Filip found a bag of colorful plastic balls which he insisted on having ( the balls which I would never in a million year buy...)

After that we ha great coffee and a cinnamon bun at Copenhagen Coffee Lab a great cafe I got recommended by a friend here in Düsseldorf. Apart from good coffee and cool Scandinavian touch on the interior they also had tap water and glasses - other places here you always have to buy super expensive bottled water which is hurting me when the tap water is perfectly ok to drink. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Boxes of illustrations

During our Christmas break in Sweden I was going through my studio at Lundsätter.  There I have all my arts and crafts supply, paintings I have made, notebooks with stories and diaries, all my calenders saved, Illustrations I have drawn, photos I have taken and all sorts of stuff I have sewn.
We were sick most of our stay in Sweden so that gave me a chance to go through things ( not that I can trow things even if it might be needed no I like to reorganize my stuff and I am a true hoarder)  Also decide what I should bring to Germany as Loren was driving the car up and down this time.
I have boxes and boxes of illustrations I have made mainly used here in the blog 2012-2014 and I want to go through the pictures and maybe do something more with them.

Can I create a story from the pictures I already have is one thought also maybe make small prints and of course sort them and put them in Mila and Filip albums now when I have time. It so much fun to go through it all and I found the prints I made long time ago as postcards, so cute and and that was so much fun although I still haven't manage to create a little web shop to maybe sell on or two of them instead of collecting..