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Beautiful art

November 20, 2017 — 8 Comments

I recently purchased an art print from fellow blogger Alifya, and I’m so happy with it! I had been wanting to purchase one of her prints for a long time and I finally found a bit of extra money so I could treat myself to one. She used to sell digital prints that you could download and print yourself, but recently she changed so that she ships a physical print to you instead. I love this because my printer isn’t great and it doesn’t like heavier paper than standard ones. So yeah, now was the perfect time. I decided on a Christmas-y print, both because I love winter, and also because I don’t care about having a seasonal picture on my wall even during summer. I have framed the print and hung it up on my wall and it looks so good there. If you want to see what Alifya has to offer, you can check out her blog and her etsy shop. It’s definitely worth it! And she ships internationally. It took about a week for it to arrive to me here in Norway.

Also look at how cute the packaging is! It arrived in a solid, cardboard envelope and it was backed by a cardboard piece to make sure it wouldn’t bend. I love it. (This is absolutely not sponsored, I’m just sharing something I’m very happy with).

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What is on my vanity?

July 24, 2017 — 18 Comments

I have always been fascinated with how others do things, and I always love reading posts about storage and whatnot. I did one of these posts back in December, you can click here for the link to that. A lot has changed since then, I used up most of my Lush products, decided it was too expensive to repurchase any of them and ended up finding a lot of affordable skin care. Now my mission is to find cruelty free replacements for a lot of it so I can stop feeling bad about using the products that I do. ( I also keep a lot of stuff in the bathroom, I just prefer to keep my make up here since the lighting is better).

Top shelf: My Lush scents, the Smuggler’s Soul body spray and the 10ml perfume dropper bottle. Also contains two decorative gold bottles and a silver buddha figurine.

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Main space: Going from left to right there is a flower crown, my hair brush, a pair of scissors, a headband sort of thing to keep my hair out of my face, my mirror with my choker necklaces draped over it, paper tissues, a box with cotton pads, a toner spray, dry shampoo, hair gel, a victoria’s secret body spray, the makeup revolution storage chest, a deodorant, a body lotion, a night cream from Korres, the L’Oreal Hydra Genius Aloe Water, Simple micellar water, L’Oreal age perfect toner and a Garnier micellar water.

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The storage chest: I used to keep my make up in other containers but this storage chest is perfect. The labels are a bit hard to read but I have basically been able to fit everything into most of these drawers. A few are still empty but that doesn’t matter, I’ll find something to fill them up with eventually.

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Junk drawer: Not really junk, but that’s usually what people call their miscellaneous drawer. Whenever there’s a sale I tend to buy a lot of skincare and keep it in my stash for later use. I also stock up on cotton pads, q-tips, toothpaste, conditioners, make up bags and whatnot. I currently have three make up bags in my drawer and I haven’t even used two of them yet.

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So that is what I currently keep on my vanity! I could probably have reorganized it all but I think it works out fine the way it is. If I moved the storage chest to the left, I couldn’t keep anything on top of it because the mirror gets moved around a lot and that would suck. What do you keep on your vanity? (If you have one, of course).

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As 21st Century humans we can hardly take care of ourselves, never mind plants. What with the internet and trying to take the perfect selfie, our beloved greenery can often become neglected. Left on a windowsill to succumb to a slow death screaming ‘Feed me, Seymour!’

Luckily, these adorable Peropon Drinking Animal Planters need next to no attention whatsoever. You can reap the benefits of oxygen-giving, sweet smelling miniature plants without lifting a single digit. All it takes is a sip of their tongue and the plants on their backs fill with delicious nourishment. They’re completely self-sufficient, unlike those other pesky house plants…so needy.

Choose from four different ceramic critters, each with their own type of plant perched atop their sweet little heads. These stubby-legged pets are ready to brighten up your desk or window sill. Their chirpy faces seem to say everything is going to be alright.

(Product information taken from Firebox, as their description was the most entertaining)

As I was trawling through listings on Ebay quite a while ago, as I usually do when I have some time to kill, I stumbled upon these absolutely adorable Peropon drinking animal planters! I found a set of 4, they come with soil, a water bowl and seeds, and they water themselves by using a piece of felt. The seeds that they came with will grow wild strawberries, basil, peppermint and clover. I’m mostly looking forward to the wild strawberries and the peppermint, I think it will end up smelling so lovely! The planters come in 4 different animal shapes, a frog, a panda, a cat and a dog. They’re really easy to take care of since they’re pretty much self sufficient, all you have to do is just refill the water bowl now and then to make sure they won’t dry out. ( I almost wrote water bowel, wouldn’t have been quite the same!)

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I have had mine for a week by the time this is posted, this progress picture above was taken after four days, so they do start growing fairly quickly. I kind of got the packets of seeds mixed up when I was planting them so I honestly have no idea which ones these were, they just might have been the wild strawberries! I could be wrong though, but I wouldn’t mind if this was the mint either, I love using dried mint and peppermint for teas and whatnot!

I think these would be great for anyone who wants to cultivate herbs but doesn’t have the garden for it, or just for those who would want a really cute decoration sitting in their window sill. If these grow well I would definitely consider purchasing duplicates just so I could have my own little herb animal army! (Plus it would mean that I would end up with even more wild strawberries! I have some in the garden but I don’t trust them to not have been soiled by slugs or free roaming animals.. The only downside of living in the countryside, really.)

Have you seen anything like these before? Alternatively, do you have these cute planters too? What do you think of them? 

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A new garden plot

June 16, 2017 — 9 Comments

Like ten years ago, my mother used to have flower beds pretty much everywhere in our small garden, but she eventually just stopped tending to them and let nature take over. The stones around it broke down, the shrubbery grew as tall as our fence and it didn’t look good at all. So one day I told her that she couldn’t just let her garden grow out of control and I helped her getting rid of the weeds and other plants that had taken over. Since the stone edges she used were broken, I had to improvise and found some treated planks that I could use as a border instead. I went to a garden center place to purchase some new plants for her, some nutrient treated soil and compost and helped her put it all together.

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As one of my succulents had gotten too big to fit in a pot that could be in my window sill, I decided to donate it to the garden, letting it have a home in the corner. Hopefully the rain won’t drown it.. I’m really happy with the result though! That spot looked like a total mess and we spent around three hours picking weeds and digging up the dirt to make it good enough for a flower bed. All I have to do now is to make the plank border look a bit better, maybe nail together the corners and find a longer plank so it wont be separated like how it is now.  It’s nice to see how different it can become with just a few hours of work though, I just wish I had taken a photo before so you could see just how bad it was.

I feel like an old woman whenever I talk about gardening, but I guess that’s just how it is, I’m from the countryside after all so it’s probably in my blood, or something like that. Do you enjoy gardening? I really want to get myself a small vegetable garden but I don’t think I could while still having my cats because they eat just about anything..

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Sometime last year I decided to re-paint my dresser, which was just a dull wooden dresser with nothing particularly interesting about it. I settled on going for black and a bronze-y gold kind of metallic paint but the end result was so incredibly streaky and not what I had in mind at all. However, procrastination won and I never got around to try to fix that problem at all, even if I see it every day.

I have re-painted the bottom drawer now and as you can see, it already looks a whole lot better and a whole lot more opaque. I just hope my motivation sticks with me to finish the other three because it’s not even a difficult task. The downside about using a metallic paint like this is that it isn’t really safe to touch or anything until after a whole 24 hours, and I can’t have my floor full of drawers for that long! This might not apply to every single metallic paint that is out there, but this was the only brand that the hardware store carried and I was not really wanting to drive for hours to the next city just to try to find a different brand.

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When I was still in college I was studying interior design and things like this was my favorite thing in the world, so it is weird how our interests change over the years. I wish I still had a passion for it because I love DIY projects and I love upcycling and reusing older furniture. I have taken upon myself to convert old t-shirts into fabric totes that I can use for groceries and fruits and all that when I’m at the store so that I can try to cut down on plastic waste. Maybe I’ll make a post about it when they’re done, showing the process and all that!

I have been trying to be more kind to the environment in general lately, so I’m always looking into more ways to choose more environmentally safe alternatives. — Anyways, this post was about painting, not about being natures super hero!

Have you done any up-cycling or DIY projects lately? I’m excited to hear about it. 

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