October 06, 2014

August 18, 2014

Out and About

Dear internet,

Don’t be sad please, but I decided I will be out for a while. I know, I know, we have had good times together; I do know how much you make me laugh (and cry) and how you fuel me with new ideas and thoughts every day. Over the last years, you brought me so many great words from adorable people, showed me countless gorgeous pictures on instagram and made my belly hurt from laughter with all your funny videos and “wise words” you put out on youtube and facebook.
But, you see, it’s time to leave the safe harbour of your inspiration for a while. It all feels a bit same-same at the moment.

No offense, I know your wings spread wide, but I need to spread mine wider. With the last summer days rushing by, I need to get outside your web and explore more of the world. I need to travel and smell and touch and feel.

I need to try and fail and fall and get back on my feed again. I need to eat new food and ache from walking unknown land. I need to meet people, I need to listen to them with my ears not my eyes and tell my stories with my lips not my fingers.

I simply have to put myself out there, to be ready to throw myself back into you. ‘kay?!

I promise it won’t be long. 31 days to be exact. And big pinky promise: Whatever I will see and hear and experience, I will take plenty of notes and photos and I will tell you all about it when I am back.

But for now, I am out and about.
Have a lovely end of summer. See you soon.

xo, Nadine

August 15, 2014

My Cup Of Tea // August

My cup of tea coll.
1. Something or someone that one finds pleasing.
2. Synonym for acceptability in early 20th century.
3. The new format of “My simple things” here on IaK

August 13, 2014

Currently Behind The Hedges // August

Building... a path and steps.

Burning... nasty weeds.

Collecting... more windows and ideas for our shed/greenhouse.

Discovering... a fun watering frog.

Enjoying... warm summer evenings.

Harvesting... a giant turnip, the first cucumber and the last garlic and salad, the remaining strawberries, currants and raspberries, our first carrot and peas and a box full of potatoes.

Planting... more potatoes for Christmas and more carrots (we just couldn’t give up on them).

Re-inventing... ways to keep the slugs away.

Watching grow... beans, peas, cucumber, cabbage, kale, strawberries, raspberries and apples.

Watching flower... radish (I’m waiting for seeds), squash, pumpkin, tomatoes and peppers and this beautiful dill.

August 11, 2014

Holiday Landscape Gallery

Although I am a vivid photographer who often watches her adventures through the lens of her dslr, most of the memories I gather mainly collect dust on my hard drive instead of being displayed to the world (do I hear an outcry of sympathy here?).

I can’t even say exactly why there are no albums or photo collages in our house, but I knew instantly this was about to change when I spotted this gallery. I loved the nature feel the photos gave away and thought I could easily recreate that vibe with my many travel pictures (and those of my fav Englishman as he is always moaning that nothing in this house is about or from him).

I scanned threw thousands of pictures, looking mostly for landscapes photos and skylines. I managed to get a photo from almost every place we visited. To give all the pictures a cohesive look I ran them through picmonkey and edited them with one of their effects (dusk is what I believe I used). Then I got them printed in various sizes(Tesco online), framed (mainly IKEA NYTTJA, spray painted) and hung (check out this video for the how-to) within, well a couple of month, because I am a bit slow at decorating.

Last week I finally put up the last pieces and ever since I am marvelling at our new gallery. I love the feel it gives to the living room and all the stories it makes me remember. Now I am off to new adventures, extending the collection by taking more pictures – for my hard drive and maybe even for our holiday gallery wall.

PS: A tiny bit of me wishes our walls are as white as the ones that got me inspired, but I decided to embrace our yellow walls (we rent and can't change them at the moment). Doesn't have to be perfect to be good enough, ey.