Brown paper packages tied up with string

I love presents. I love giving presents, and I think I’m pretty good at presents. I don’t give presents and expect reciprocation, I do it because I get a kick out of it. I love shopping and wrapping and seeing peoples’ faces when they open them. I give presents all year round, so Christmas is like, well, Christmas for a giver like me. To quote from an article in issue 33 of Mollie Makes “Present-giving is an ancient way to show affection via the medium of… stuff.”

However, while shopping for other people, one can’t help but find things that one would really not mind receiving oneself. Etsy is especially dangerous for this sort of thing…

Love Birds Amongst The Orchids with Sterling Silver Chain and Initial Leaves by tinycottagetreasures on Etsy

Kooky Forest in Pearl & Charcoal Cushion Cover by TigerandHare

Handmade Fiery Goblin Doll by The Curious Panther

Friends of the Forest print by evajuliet

Handmade Long Wallet BiFold Clutch -Woodland Nutty Squirrels by faithonearth

Dinosaur planter by crazycouture

Fox Laser Cut Brooch by the Owl & Otter

I’ve been a very good girl this year 🙂

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Berlin

We just spent 5 days in Berlin. We bloody loved Berlin.

We stayed at The Circus Hotel which was just awesome AND there were no clowns (our room’s actually the one on the website with the pink walls. It also had a wall covered in cat wallpaper!). It’s really central to pretty much everything. In fact we were amazed at how close everything was to us, a really good little base. We quickly discovered that the Television Tower would be our compass – all roads/trains/trams/paths lead to Alex 🙂DSC01959

This is the view from the top of Potsdamer Platz 1. Nice.

Before arriving I asked Twitter to give us some top tips and must-sees. One of these was The Bird where we were told that we would find the best burgers ever. That advice was not wrong. OH MY GOD THE BURGERS! I had one called The Birdhouse (it basically had all of the burger things on it) and it was truly the best burger I’ve ever had. DSC_2089They make a point of cooking the patties medium, indeed the menu suggests that they’ll laugh at you if you ask for anything well-done. Also, the skin-on chips (or “f*ck off fries” I believe they’re known as) were AMAZING. I even ate the pickles in the burger. That’s how good it was. We met some nice people at The Bird who then took us to a strange little bar called Bad Fish. There was hardly anyone there but they had a lot of whisky (and “angry hour”, which is confusing) and they played hip hop. LOUD hip hop. Random. Tiffany, Morgan and Fronz gave us some more places to visit and they just backed up the fact that everyone was really really nice in Berlin.

DSC01792DSC01770 DSC_2108 DSC_2110 DSC01826 DSC_2160 DSC01917 DSC01965 That’s right – a proper photobooth that does 4 different pictures!! Seriously, if these were still around in the UK they’d make a killing. If I had money to invest in old school photobooths then I would totally do it. DSC_2216 DSC01980We wish we didn’t have to go home. Berlin – we love you!

(there’s also a load of Zingy pictures to be found on Twitter – #adventureswithZingy – if you like that sort of thing. People seem to like it. I like it.)

New Year

Happy New Year plus a week!

Apologies, I’ve been very busy eating cheese which is why there were no December updates. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

So this was Christmas…

12-2012Lots of owls, and dinosaurs, and a squirrel lamp 🙂

 

2013 then, eh? Well it’s been… interesting so far. I’ve been ill since the 27th – some sort of glandular thing that turned into a cold on New Year’s Day – and Ant got attacked on the way home on the 2nd (he’s ok, a bit bruised and more angry than anything else) so we’ve had a lot of late nights and police visits. They caught the swines so we can be thankful for that I guess. I’d rather it not have happened at all.

However, we like to think that we’ve got the worst of the year out of the way right at the start of it, and so I’ve set myself some goals for this year (these are on top of the “before my next birthday” lists, there’ll be some cross-overs. It’s all good.notepad2013I will also continue to use the Lobster font because I like it!!

I’ve made a start on the 365 project – they’re on my Jux site – and baked some blondies this evening from this recipe. I think I need to make them again, not sure my oven temperature is what it says on the dial (note to self – buy oven thermometer) but Simon Rimmer tweeted me to say that the white chocolate makes them greasy but it settles. Yay!