Orla Kiely's Tripp Travel Bags on sale

Orla Kiely Travel bags on sale
These awesome Orla Kiely travel bags from her Tripp series are on sale at www.orlakiely.com. The laptop bag (upper left) is available for £50.00 - that's more than 50% off!. That is about 55 € and ridiculously inexpensive for a nice laptop bag in gerneral and for an Orla Kiely bag anyway. And it makes a nice christmas present, too :-) I hope my friend M. doesn't read this post...

(The carry-on trolley costs £80.00 and the large tote bag £60.00. All images from orlakiely.com)

Congrats to the winner

Contrats to the winner
...the first comment was from kaylovesvintage.blogspot.com. So contrats to you! The glutenfree assortment will find its way to you, Kay.

I'm sorry that I'm so late with revealing the winner...I had a terrible and very busy week so far...I'm glad that I can hopefully sweeten up yours, Kay :-)

To all the others: Thanks for taking part in my little contest!

One of my favorite cafes in Nürnberg - Hans Sachs 10

After the opening ceremony of the Christkindlesmarkt we went to one of my favorite cafes in Nuremberg - the Hans Sachs 10 (formerly Sachs & Söhne) at Hans-Sachs Platz.

Hans Sachs 10 in Nürnberg

Ceramic objects by Anna-Carin Dahl

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"Anna-Carin Dahl creates lively, light and playful ceramic objects for everday use and joy. Her collections are decorated with animals and plants from the deepest forests, and each carry a little scene or story...Anna-Carin Dahl is a product designer and maker of ceramic objects. She graduated from Danmarks Designskole in 2002. Her studio is placed in design collective Designer Zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her products are made and decorated by hand in the studio, and her inspiration is strongly influenced by her Swedish background." from www.annacarindahl.com

Visiting Designer Zoo in Copenhagen was on top of my to-do list when we've been to Denmark back in 2007. But unfortunately I got sick as soon as we arrived in our vacation home in Denmark and we got to take things slow...we've been to Copenhagen for a day trip and it was a lovely day but unfortunately we didn't make it to Designer Zoo. But well, I will definitely check it out next time. So this is only one more reason to visit Denmark again soon ;-)

Her lovely tealights and vases are available from stillebenshop.com and craft2eu.net.

Happy Thanksgiving-away

I decided it's about time to put up a little giveaway contest on my blog. Actually I already wanted to put it up yesterday and give it away for my birthday but I was busy packaging and sending out orders and didn't want to miss my birthday dinner...
So I decided that Thanksgiving is a good day - if not even the best day - for giving away a little present, too. I'm giving away one of our HONIG & PFEFFER Lebkuchen Assortments. The winner can choose between the Glutenfree Assortment* or the Small Chocolate Assortment**.

Happy Thanksgiving-away
Happy Thanksgiving-away

To enter the giveway contest please leave a comment with your email adress or blog and your preffered assortment and I will draw the winner on December 1st. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving :)



* The Glutenfree Assortment includes one package of Original Elisen-Lebkuchen Gingerbread from Nuremberg, a box of Chocolate covered Hazelnut Macaroons and a large box of Mixed Coconut Macaroons (plain and chocolate covered).

** The Small Chocolate Assortment includes one box of Chocolate covered Coconur Macaroons, one box of Chocolate covered Hazelnut Macaroons, a small box of Original Chocolate Elisen-Lebkuchen Gingerbread from Nuremberg and one package of Dominocubes.

Cute Christmas Pendants from stillebenshop.com

Cute Christmas Pendants from stillebenshop.com
Images from stillebenshop.com
Get these cute and fun Christmas pendants (Kiss and make up, Eat till you drop and It's only once a year) at stillebenshop.com. They are 110 DDK or 14,67 EUR each. And wouldn't these look also lovely as a gift tag?

Lovely pillows and tea towels by Chocolate Creative

Pillows and tea towels by chocolatecreative
Margarita Lorenzo the designer behind Chocolate Creative designs and makes this lovely pillows and tea towels. All products are handmade by her in London - from pattern design to silk screen printing to sewing. Be sure to visit her online store at chocolatecreative.bigcartel.com and her blog.

Irina Graewe for Brigitte

Irina Graewe for Brigitte
Image from irinagraewe.de

Beautiful work from German Stylist Irina Graewe for the current issue of Brigitte. I especially love the the Legendary multicolour pink dots set from qubus design studio which is available as coffe, tea or dinner service.

Happy Halloween

Halloween Buffet
Today I took images of the Halloween party of the day care center where my friend M works. It was fun and scary and they prepared the most disgusting buffet for and with the kids ;-)

Halloween Buffet
Halloween Buffet

Paper Baking Cups from bakeitpretty.com

Paper Bking Cups from bakeitpretty.com

Aren't those the prettiest cupcake liners EVER? Available at www.bakeitpretty.com.

Inspirational Homes: The home of Danish Designer Sonja Wolffbrandt Christensen

Insprational Homes: Sonja Wolffbrandt Christensen
Images from boligliv.dk

I love love love the home of Danish Designer Sonja Wolffbrandt Christensen featured in the Christmas issue of BoligLiv - which I unfortunately do not hold in my hands. But it makes me totally reconsider subscribing to BoligLiv. I first discovered BoligLiv when we spend a week in Tisvildeleje in Denmark back in 2007. And I instantly fell for it. I regulary pull this one issue I own out of my magazine shelves as I never seem to get tired of it. It's contant source of inspiration. So a subscription would surely be a good investment. ;-)

But back to this lovely home. I love how she adds Christmas decorations here and there - tiny accents all over the aparment to create a hyggelige julebolig (hyggelig is one of my favorite words ever!) - a cozy Christmas home. As I am packing Lebkuchen orders since August I can't wait to put up some Christmas decoration and add some hygge to my apartment.

Oh, and have you seen that pink desk? Isn't it to die for?

Inspirational Interiors by Montana

Montana
Images from www.montana.dk

I found some inspirational interiors at www.montana.dk. I'm especially taken with the office environments and wouldn't mind moving into one of the rooms right away. Montana from Denmark offers a shelf system (besides wardrobes, mirros and tables) that can be individually desinged to fit your needs. It comes in tons of sizes, dimensions and colours. And I love the endless possibilities. Oh well, the only drawback is that an indecisive person like me could never ever pick just one of these lovely colors...

Montana color chart

Decisions, decisions

I had the hardest time deciding which Moleskine Journal to get for 2010. The red one for 12 months (I always wanted a red Moleskine) or the black one for 18 months (I start using it on January 1st which gives me 50+ pages for notes and sketches)...

Artist Themes for Google Chrome

Have you seen these awesome new themes for Google Chrome? Just recently Google released 95 new artist themes. Check them all out at https://tools.google.com/chrome/intl/en/themes/index.html. Below you can find some of my favorites.

Artist Themes for Google Chrome
From top to bottom, from left to right: Koji Nishida, Cath Kidston, Yuki Nakano


Artist Themes for Google Chrome
From top to bottom, from left to right: Marlies Dekkers, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc., Henk Schiffmacher, Alice+Olivia, Emma Bridgewater, Jack Spade, Royal Delft, Boa mistura, Jonathan Adler, Nik Daum and Caroline Gardner

Inspirational homes: The home of Ingrid & Remi from BLAFRE DESIGN

It's no secret and it's no news that I am deeply in love with Scandinavian homes. So how could i not love the home of Ingrid & Remi from BLAFRE DESIGN.

BLAFRE DESIGN
All images are taken by Elisabeth Sperre Alnes. Please check out her work at her blog elisabethalnes.blogspot.com.


Check out all images at Ingrid's blog at blafre.blogspot.com. Once again that I wish I would speak Norwegian.

BLAFRE DESIGN

But not only their Norwegian home is to die for also the products they design and sell at BLAFRE DESIGN - their family business - are lovely.

BLAFRE DESIGN
Images from www.blafre.com

Web Design Inspirations: Dolly Parton Music

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One of my favorite websites these days is dollypartonmusic.net - Dolly Parton's official website. I think it's a great source of inspiration. And don't forget to turn up your speakers!

The most perfect garden party

The most perfect garden party
Astrid's friend had the most perfect garden party for her 30th birthday. Please visit her garden party set.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July
These were taken back in 1999 with my boyfriend's Canon EOS SLR on film. We spend 3 weeks in New York City after I finished my A-levels in the summer of 1999. Feels like it was yesterday and yet so long ago...Can't believe this is already 10 years. When we've been to New York City last year we coincidentally discovered our favorite Deli from 1999 again. And they still make the same fantastic tomato salad which we had back then more than once. I hope to visit New York soon again...I'm deeply in love with this city. Happy 4th of July!

Cherry Clafoutis

Some weeks ago I discovered a Clafoutis recipe in a magazine. Never having made a Clafoutis before I was curious about the recipe and how it tastes. And I instantly fell for it. I did several tweaks to the recipe to find out how I liked it best and this is what I came up with. For this recipe I used preserved Morello Cherries (which I always have in my pantry) but I can't wait to try it with fresh cherries. This recipe contains very little flour and I love the fluffy, egg-ish taste of it. If you like it more cake-y and less egg-y just add some more flour. This recipe is really easy and very adjustable to your personal taste. You can use almost any fruit as long as it is a a little bit tartish and juicy. And you can easily turn into a glute-free or nut-free recipe.

Cherry Clafoutis
Recipe

5 Eggs
65g Sugar
200ml Cream (or Heavy Cream)
200ml Milk
1 tbsp Flour
30g pre-ground Almonds
30g melted Butter
200g pitted Cherries or any other fruits

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 180° C (355° Fahrenheit)
  2. Melt butter.
  3. Butter a large (non stick) pie plate with some of the melted butter. (I used a 28cm/ 11 inch pie plate.)
  4. Add rest of the melted butter and all other ingedients in a large bowl or a food processor and mix thoroughly until everything is combined very well. But there is no need to beat the batter fluffy. For best results you may use a immersion blender for some additional seconds.
  5. Place cherries in the buttered pie plate.
  6. Pour batter over the cherries.
  7. Bake for about 50-60 minutes at 180° C (355° F). If you have a hot air circulation oven use it for a fluffier result.

Cherry Clafoutis
Sift some powdered sugar over the warm Clafoutis and eat it still warm with spoon right out of the pie pan. That's how I like it best. And that way you also do not have to worry about how to get it out of the pan in one piece (which is almost impossible anyway).

If you are on a gluten-free diet replace the flour with the same amount of pre-ground almonds. If you do not have pre-ground almonds at hand you may as well use an additional 1,5 tbsp of flour instead.

If you do not like cherries you can replace it with almost any other fruit. I can think of apples, blueberries, mangos,...I tried it with tangerines and it turned out awesome, too.

Cherry Clafoutis
half Tangerine / Half pure Clafoutis

Redesign for my design studio website

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Even though I have been really busy during the last months I managed to get something done I've been working on FOREVER – the redesign of my design studio website. I actually launched the new design several weeks ago but not I haven't gotten around to show it here. I just updated it and added some of our recent work. So – drum roll – here's the new website of my design studio holisticdesign. If you want to see more visit: holisticdesign.de


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Outlook 2007 is messing up HTML newsletter code

Even though coding websites is part of my daily job, coding HTML newsletters is always a challenge. Today optimizing an HTML newsletter for Outlook 2007 made me almost lose it. Nothing seemed to work. And after a while (well, after hours and hours and tons of changes) I did some research about HTML coding for Outlook 2007 and found some helpful information. And even though this may not be great news to most developers I wanted to add some links and the most important functions that Outlook 2007 does no longer support to this post. Actually this is more a note to myself as I always tend to forget these unsupported funstions and get mad each time I develop a HTML newsletter anew.

This post by David Greiner is more than 2 years old I think it is still relevant and I feel exactly the same:
Microsoft takes email design back 5 years...As I type this post I still can't believe it. I'm literally stunned. If you haven't already heard, I'm talking about...Outlook 2007...will stop using Internet Explorer to render HTML emails and instead use the crippled Microsoft Word rendering engine.
...
Microsoft have released a full run down of what is and isn't supported, including a downloadable validator that helps you validate your HTML for their engine. Word of warning though, it only works with Microsoft software and Dreamweaver.

So, for the record. Outlook 2007 will no longer support:
  • background images
  • CSS float, display or position
  • 1px transparent/spacer gifs (Outlook 2007 imposes a 2-pixel height minimum for cells. No idea why...well, having to use spacer gifs AT ALL makes me want to scream but if 99% of all CSS properties do not work anymore?!)
  • animated gifs
  • Flash or other plug-ins
  • forms
  • other HTML elements and commands: button, frame, marginheight, marginwidth, onclick, onfocus, title
  • and the following CSS properties: background-attachment, background-image, background-position, background-repeat, bottom, clear, cursor, display, float, list-style-image, list-style-position, overflow, position, text-transform, word-spacing, z-index

Links:

Outlook 2007 users angry over Office 2007 HTML-e-mail changes: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=200
Are Your Email Messages Designed for Outlook 2007? Handy Tip Sheet of What NOT to Do: http://www.marketingsherpa.com/article.php?ident=29953#
Was man beim Erstellen eines Newsletters alles beachten sollte: http://blog.netformic.de/2009/04/03/was-man-beim-erstellen-eines-newsletter-alles-beachten-soll/
Word 2007 HTML and CSS Rendering Capabilities in Outlook 2007 (Part 1 of 2): http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/aa338201%28en-us%29.aspx#Word2007MailHTMLandCSS_Introduction
Word 2007 HTML and CSS Rendering Capabilities in Outlook 2007 (Part 2 of 2): http://msdn.microsoft.com/de-de/library/aa338200(en-us).aspx

Untold stories

This is my 100th blog entry and I was planning the share something more 'interesting', something more 'beautiful' than just some words. But somehow I have the hardest time incorporate blogging (as well as downloading images from my camera and editing them) into my daily routine. So I have tons of unedited images sitting here on my hard disk and I wonder if they ever find their way into this blog. Stories that I wanted to share but that remain untold. Images from the first Sushi I ever made in my life, from afternoons in the park, cake recipes, images from my new kitchen shelf and table,...

And there has also been a lot of work in the last months that made it hard to find time and inspiration to blog, too. More work than ever before actually. Interesting projects that I love(ed) to be part of. But there is also less money than ever before. I still have to pay taxes back from the last two years. And, well, I also have to prepay this year's taxes. And we needed a new car that has to be paid, too, of course. So as much as I wish that I could just sit back and relax and be happy about the steady work - I can't. I spend way too much time worrying about all the payments that have to be met. If this is all working out. And as much as I try to distract myself from all the worries I can't find distraction while sitting in front of the computer and blogging. I try to spend more days outside with friends. I started painting again. Redecorated the balcony and planted some tomatoes and herbs. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. These are the days when I feel like all the worries are eating me up. And when I feel anything but inspired.

So, well, I guess I just wanted to say I'm still alive but not having the best time of my life. And tell one of those many untold stories I wasn't able to share (yet).

Inspirational homes: Sanne's livingroom

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I'm in love with the livingroom of Nina's (ninainvorm.punt.nl) sister Sanne. Have a closer look at Nina's blog.

fryd+SHOP

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Jeanette from fryd+DESIGN opened her online shop fryd+SHOP. Finally. I've been already waiting for it. And now her goods of nothing but pure awesomeness are available. Have a look at her prints, the beautiful litlle dresses, the baby blankets and the paper goods she makes.

Rifle Design by Anna Melcon Bond

Rifle Design by Anna Melcon Bond

I just have to share some of Anna's amazing work on my blog, too. Anna is specialized in hand painted illustraitons and lettering and makes the most awesome wedding invitations, brochures, stationary and other custom paper goods. And I really adore her style. She draws everything by hand and scans it afterwards. A workflow that I (unfortunately) have never become friends with as the scanner is an electronic device that I really hate to use. But it's so good to see that there are still talented people like Anna out there that draw by hand. I will always heart hand-drawn images over digitally drawn ones. There's nothing more beautiful than some hand-written words and a hand-shaded illustration. It reminds me that I haven't picked up a pencil for way too long.
Oh, and Anna has a lovely home, too (see the last two images). Check out Anna's portfolio, her weddings & events site and her blog with the best blog header ever!

Logo Love: Bonnie Tsang Photography

Can you fall in love with business cards? Yes, you can! At least I can! I love the new business cards of Los Angeles based photographer Bonnie Tsang so much I actually want to frame them and hang them on my wall!
Please check out this gorgeous brandnew logo for Bonnie Tsang Photography by Anna Bond from RIFLE. Btw. if you are not familiar with Bonnie's and Anna's work please visit Bonnie's blog at bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com and Anna's blog at riflemade.squarespace.com

I love the Bonnie's photography. She has a wonderful way of capturing things. And the sweetest daughter, little Miss V. But see for yourself:
Bonnie Tsang Photography

© Bonnie Tsang Photography, All images from bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com

Canada 2008: Pinks at Montréal Botanical Garden

Montréal Botanical Garden
I already posted some impressions fom Montréal Botanical Garden last year. But of course I took tons of images so I thought I'd share some more. More lovely shades fo pink. You can find the entry from last year here. If you ever happen to be in Montréal be sure to visit it and bring plenty of time. It was my most favorite place in Montréal. While it rained most of the three days we've been there this the weather was lovely.
More information can be found on the offical site of the Montréal Botanical Garden / Jardin botanique. (Dear people from the Montréal Botanical Garden, if you think about giving your website a new design drop me a line...it screams 'redesign me'...)

Montréal Botanical Garden

Montréal Botanical Garden

Canada 2008: Montréal Street Art II

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Canada 2008: Montréal Street Art I

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Montreal Street Art

Canada 2008: Rivière-du-Loup - Montréal

May 16th to May 18th: Some impressions from our way from Rivière-du-Loup to Montréal...







We spend one night in the car with our sleeping bag at this lovely parking site (somewhere on Rue Notre Dome, maybe around Champlain) as we couldn't find a nice motel on our way...this was taken the next morning at sunset when we were about to leave...it was a cold but wonderful night...

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