Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong and Macau

We always thought we’d visit Hong Kong on a stopover to somewhere else and spend couple of days there. But the more we looked into Hong Kong as a destination, it became clear to us that this city was no stopover place. Hong Kong has so much to see and do that it totally deserves a trip of its own!

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DIY budget friendly Halloween decorations

DIY budget friendly Halloween decorations

Here in UK Halloween is not that big of a holiday in the sense it is in the US, though it seems to gain popularity each year. I really want to embrace this silly event as there is really not much going on in the autumn side of the year otherwise. It’s perfect to break up the end-of-summer-but-not-yet-Christmas vibe.

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Making a DIY live edge coffee table

Making a DIY live edge coffee table

Ok, confession time. We have lived in our flat for 7 years (whaaa – where does the time go?!) and never had a coffee table. Why not? Dunno, never found something we liked. I then finally wanted one and really like the live edge look. We know this timber place  in Surrey and was hoping they would have some cross cut pieces.

I love going there – It’s like a fantastical warehouse in the middle of country side full of unusual and exotic woods in all shapes and sizes. And lo and behold they had a full stack of cross cuts of yew tree in perfect size! £100? You good sir have yourself a steal deal.

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Making a monogrammed purse

Making a monogrammed purse

I wanted to make a purse as a little birthday present for a friend. I like giving personalised gifts, so I thought of doing a monogram on the purse with split stitch. It’s really easy to do and once you learn it you’ll want to monogram and embroider everything!

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Making a simple waffle fabric towel

Making a simple waffle fabric towel

Pretty much every kid in Finland makes waffle fabric embroidery at some point at school. I remember loving this simple and effective project, where your imagination is the only limit for the pattern.

Whilst on holiday in Finland last week I was browsing in a fabric store (as you do on your holiday – doesn’t everyone?! Ha!) I saw some in a roll, felt nostalgic and picked some up to make couple of tea towels. If you fancy an easy project then look into this one. They are so simple to do – even a kid can make one! 🙂

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13 Tips for renting a car abroad

13 Tips for renting a car abroad

Many years ago me and Mr Harlow discovered the joy of rented wheels whilst on holiday. What hooked us is the sense of freedom you get, when you can point the car to any direction at any time and just go. Over the years we have learned a few things about renting a car abroad and thought to pass these 13 tips to you. Here’s the punchline – to get that sense of freedom, it’s good to have done your homework first!

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Making vintage pin maps

Making vintage pin maps

I’m a great believer in having little mementos and photos around the home to remind you of places you’ve been, things you have done and people you were with. Experiences are the salt of life right? We love travelling and I wanted to have a map to pin all our trips together. I also hoard little mementos like tickets and receipts from these trips and wanted to find a way of displaying them to remind us of all the awesome times we have had. I wanted to do some real life pinning! Continue reading “Making vintage pin maps”

Painting an ombre wall

Painting an ombre wall

Our main bedroom is fairly small and I had grown tired of the busyish pattern we had on a wall paper. I also became convinced it was making the room look smaller. I considered a different wall paper, painting the whole bedroom just white or another colour, but nothing seemed right..

Then I stumbled across in Pinterest to a picture of an ombre wall and BAM! That was it. My next few weeks were occupied thinking which colours to choose, researching the technique and convincing Mr Harlow on this important obsession mission of course. I mean we had to remove the wall paper first and he naturally needed to help me with the painting process..

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Making mounts for frames

Making mounts for frames

It’s so nice to display photos and art in frames around your home, it really makes the space so much more personalised! I also like the finished look a good mount gives, but getting it done professionally can be a bit pricey. Especially for a gal like me who likes to switch things up on regular basis.. In fact we got it done for half the price for this project.

Before Mr Harlow came along I used do a quick ‘n’ dirty job of just cutting thick card with scissors, but as Mr Harlow has learnt the skill of mounting I have gotten a nice upgrade on displaying photos, prints and his original artwork. I asked if he could share his secrets so you can upgrade yours too with a little time and investment.

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Liquorice Muffins

Liquorice Muffins

So this is where my Scandi roots really show.. Liquorice is having a major moment in my native Finland with famous chefs creating exciting new flavours and production being more artisan and small scale.

I have been brought up to love all things liquorice and we even take a step further to add salt to it to make something called “salmiakki”. Generally when I introduce any of my English friends to the salty variety it doesn’t seem to impress them.. I guess you have to get the taste for it from young age! These muffins however are not salty, but chocolatey and sweet with a hint of liquorice that you can add to your taste. Continue reading “Liquorice Muffins”

Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

This trip was one of our specialties “Let’s book something week before we fly”. Italian lakes have been on the ol’ shortlist many times, but as they are so accessible (lots and lots of cheap flights with less than 2hr flight time) we always kept saving them for a rainy day when we can’t find a good deal. So week before flying and at the start of the school holidays we cashed in our saved trip. Good news is that it’s so heart achingly beautiful I would go to this area many more times over especially as there is so much to see and do so it’s still actually in the bank!

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