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Iceland – here we come!

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DIY: Midsummer Night atmosphere makers

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If there was a creativity scale, let’s say from 1 to 10, I could easily sit on some distant minus-seventeenth-place! I have no clue why I didn’t come up with placing LED lights in Mason jars before! Especially since I have both at home – in dozens! I think it’s a perfect atmosphere-maker for tonight’s Midsummer Night. I’d just recommend to attach battery box under the lid, so it’s less visible. Have fun!

And for those who decided to spend their Midsummer Night on pedalling 100 km to see the sunrise at the seaside in far Italy – good luck!

Fireflies in a Mason Jar and LED lights

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Gdyby istniała skala kreatywności, powiedzmy 1-10, ja swobodnie mogłabym się uplasować na minus-siedemnastym-miejscu! Nie wiem jak mogłam wcześniej nie wpaść na zamykanie LEDowych światełek w słoikach i używania ich do robienia klimatu świąteczno-weselno-świętojańskiego. Zwłasza, że i światełka, i słoiki mam w domu w tuzinach.

Także uważam, że pomysł jest idealny na dzisiejszą Noc Świętojańską.

Mnie podobają się dość małe słoiczki z dość długimi kabelkami światełek. Sugeruję również przypięcie pudełeczka z bateriami pod spodem wieczka – w ten sposób są mniej widoczne. Miłej zabawy!

 

The day when I discovered Present Time and Polyvore = Nesting

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Thank God I have no idea where to buy it.
Na szczęście nie wiem gdzie to wszystko kupić. W Polsce produkty Present Time sprzedawane są między innymi przez Westwing.

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Look Up

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Podczas naszych krótkich wakacji, jedna z moich koleżanek – ta nie posiadająca smartphone’a, zwróciła uwagę jak staję się odizolowana w momencie kiedy zdajemy sobie sprawę z darmowego połączenia internetowego. Poniższy film opisuje problem z jej perspektywy.

During our recent holiday, one of my friend – the one with no smart phone, expressed her concerns regarding her being isolated in the group once we get free wifi access on our phones. This film describes the situation from her very own perspective. Watch it.

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We are getting there

Easter 2014 prepPlan był taki, że jedziemy na Wielkanoc do Polski – wyszło jak zwykle. Liczę, że w przyszłym roku to marzenie będzie bardziej realne do spełnienia. Tymczasem brakuje mi polskiej przedświątecznej zawieruchy, pośpiechu (a i tak widomo, że dojechalibyśmy jako ostatni) i wspólnego malowania pisanek. Jak tak słucham świątecznych opowieści znajomych, to wydaje mi się nieskromnie, że moje są zdecydowanie bardziej barwne, zabawne i wzruszające. Moja Rodzina zdecydowanie dostarczała najwięcej atrakcji w czasie Świąt. Fajnie było. Brakuje mi tego.

 

The plan was that we were going for Easter to Poland. It ended up as usual. I hope that next year it will be more realistic dream to fulfil. Meanwhile, I miss Polish pre-Easter turmoil, hurry (even it’s sure we would have arrived as the last ones) and eggs painting together. When I listen to Easter stories of my friends, it seems to me immodestly that mine Easter has always been much more colourful, funny and much more touching. My family definitely has provided the most entertainment during Easter. It was fun. I miss that.

 

 

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10 days until Christmas

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The good news is: I found my perfect home Christmas decorations at Dunelm.

The bad news is: the closest store is million miles away from me, they wouldn’t have my items in stock even if I had travelled those extra miles and even though the delivery is guaranteed in time for Christmas, Christmas decorations are excluded from home delivery.

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I find these decoration simply beautiful and reasonably cheap and the Nordic Collection is my absolute winner this year.

So if you like these… may the Dunelm store be enough close to you.

Enjoy:

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1. Christmas Tree, £3.99

2. Wooden Xmas Letter Blocks, £4.99

3. Set of 3 Red Frosted Cranberry Votive Candles, £2.99

4. Glass Bottle with White Knitted Wrap, £2.49

5. Mini Tree Decoration, £3.99

6. Christmas Tree Cushion, now £2.49

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I would love them all please. In time for Christmas 2013. Thank you in advance.

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Christmas Market in Bath

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I’ve never been to Bath before, so when I heard about Bath Christmas Market, I booked tickets straight away. It was absolutely marvellous, at least for me. We arrived before many of 150 traditional wooden chalets were even opened, so I had to wait. Can you imagine a kid waiting to be able to open presents? That was me! I felt like a kid having to sit and wait while there is a Christmas world being opened. The longest half an hour in my life, I’m telling you!

Have a look at the video below. You won’t smell mulled wine or you will not hear Christmas carols being sang by Christmas shoppers in front of Bath Abbey, but the video shows exactly what it looked like.

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Bath is incredible itself. Stunning architecture, great shopping and all nourished by natural hot springs. Wonderful! I keep on thinking that Britain has so much more to show apart from London. So if you are near by, it is a definitely a must-see! I would even say it’s one of world’s most beautiful cities.

 

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The one about being a total Christmas fan

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My colleague asked me today if we are planning to dress up for Halloween and it hit me: if Halloween is so soon, Christmas time starts the day after. At least in London.

I’m tempted to check it out as soon as possible. It’s October, the 6th and there is no way that anybody even thinks about Christmas. And because I’ve got plenty of more important things to do, I decide to spend my afternoon hunting Christmas in central London. Soon I realise, I am the only one who is not ready… Both John Lewis and M&S have their Christmas departments ready and tempting with Christmas colours and fragrances. Boots’s Christmas Gift Guide to be launched any day now and most big brands on line shops have their Christmas tab ready (yes, I’ve checked!)

But that’s not all, glorious Third Floor at Harrods with over 185m² of Christmas stuff was launched on 29th of July.      J U L Y !!!

Almost in panic I check my Christmas stock. With relief, I realise I do have most of things ready and packed in special Christmas-stuff-boxes and I do have to control myself. That’s why I promised myself to buy only one Christmas tree decoration per year. As you can presume, this does not include any non-christmas-tree-decorations like candles, table cloths, cookie cutters, wooden reindeers, led lights (love them!) artificial snow, door wreaths, napkins, mistletoe and so on and so on.

Absolutely the best for Christmas tree decorations is The Christmas Shop at Hay’s Galleria (55A Tooley Street, London  SE1 2QN) I was taken there by my dear friend nearly five years ago and since then, it’s been my must-do every year. They also have Christmas countdown and even though the shop is not big at all, I can spend there hours (I could also live there)

Some dates to remember:

9th Nov – Regent Street Christmas Lights (this year it will be themed around DreamWorks’ new time-travelling comedy adventure “Mr Peabody and Sherman”)

12th Nov – Oxford Street Christmas Lights

22nd November  – the gates to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park open (at 5pm)

9th Dec Christmas Tree will be lit at Trafalgar Square at 6.30pm (Since 1947, Trafalgar Square receives a majestic Norwegian Christmas Tree as an annual gift from the people of Oslo, thanking Britain for its support and friendship during World War Two)

There are also lovely Christmas markets to see all over Britain with Bath Christmas Market (28th Nov – 15th Dec 2013) on my wish list this year.

So if you are planning your London trip, make sure it’s after 2nd Nov as London in that time is truly magical.

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Ebay just told me that 12 people bought Personalised Funky Christmas Stockings in the past twenty four hours… Yes, that makes me feel much better.

 

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