Creating your own Wood Photography Board

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Ahhhh! I finally have my own wood photography board that I can use as a nice background or board for my little photoshoots – especially when taking shots of my foods for you guys! Best thing about this board: I made it myself! I have always been a huge fan of DIY projects. Yet, I have not done much in this regard lately and thus wanted to start again. Since I’ve been looking for a nice wood board for a long time (and I know exactly what I want) and because I did not want to spend too much money ($$$!), I decided to make my own. I searched the WWW quite a bit – mostly pinterest – and found my inspiration from the lovely Liz on her Love Grows Wild blog. I’ll be honest: I was a bit scared of ruining this project and failing at making my own wood board. Yet, I can say: it is SO easy!

I won’t go into all too much details, as you can find a great instruction of how to build your own board on her blog – but here are the steps very simplified. For my board (50x120cm) I used the following materials:

  • 4 wood boards; each 1m in length and 15cm wide
  • 2 wood boards; each 1m in length and roughly 5cm wide (all bought at the local Migros Do it + Garden)
  • an electric saw (can be manual, too) – I used this one from Bosch
  • sandpaper
  • natural wood stain – use the color of your choice
  • white mat paint
  • drilling machine & screws
1) I first cut the wood boards in half, used the sand paper on all edges, front and back, used the drilling machine and screws to put it together and colored both sides with the natural wood stain
2) I added the vaseline on all places where I wanted to scrape off the white paint in the next step. Mostly, I added the vaseline to the edges on each board as well as on some random spots on the boards themselves.
3) I painted the wood board with the white mat paint I had bought. As you can see, the paint did not hold well where the vaseline was applied before.
4) Here comes the fun part – using the back of a knife or a spatula, scrape off the paint on all areas where the vaseline is!
And here is the finished piece! So proud!

So here you (above) you can see some photos I took straight after finishing my board. Nothing all too special – but I made a great salad for us and a friend of ours that was over, as well as photographed the cakes we had (I made an apple cake and our friend brought a lactose-free cheese cake)!

Vegan Breakfasts with MOMA Foods

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I don’t often eat breakfasts – but when I do, I make sure to fuel my body from the get-go; especially if I don’t have a lot of time! Recently, I had the pleasure of receiving two full boxes of MOMA Porridge. I left one of each flavour at home (for when I decide to eat breakfast one day) and immediately took the rest to the office – which is where I tend to eat breakfast a little more often. My expectations weren’t all too high – in the end, I prefer cooking everything up myself if possible and eating as less packaged foods as possible. To my surprise, it tasted much better than expected. The tastes available are as follows: Almond & Caramel, Apple & Cinnamon, and Coconut-Chia! I wanted to try each and every one more than once before writing a small review.

Again, they tasted unexpectedly… well, tasty. I especially like the fact that none of them taste all too sweet – rather, I could imagine that some would want to add some sweetening to it; such as honey. A second point I much appreciate is the good-sized portions of porridge. As mentioned earlier, I don’t really eat breakfast. The times that I did make my own porridge at the office (usually in winter when I need to warm up), however, I usually ended up making much too large portions that either I never finished – or worse, I did finish and felt super full from afterwards. Both wasn’t ideal. I admit that the first time I actually thought the portion was way too small for my hunger (I don’t eat often, but I can eat pretty large portions when I eat!). Yet, I quickly figured that the amount was perfectly portioned and did fill me up. My favourite one is surely the Almond & Caramel, even though it is closely followed by the Apple & Cinnamon one. How about you – any breakfast eaters out there or likewise often starting with lunch? Oh – and last but not least – I actually stopped eating these for breakfast but instead decided it was the perfect afternoon snack for me (usually topped off with some fresh fruit such as different types of berries)!

Home Inspo

I’ve been off guard for a while now and I guess I should apologise. It probably also doesn’t help to complain or list the things that are going on right now that are keeping me busy. Yet, I have not forgotten about my readers, nor do I have the intention of stopping any updates anytime soon. Do forgive me though, please, if my updates are not as regular at the moment. Once I have finished my larger projects, and most importantly, finished my masters in a couple of months, I am hoping to dedicate much more of my free time here again.

On another note – I was skimming over Pinterest the other day and fell in love with some of the interior inspired pictures I found. I thought I’d share a few of those with you today to show a sign of life. A combination of these and my own little touch to everything – that would be my dream apartment/home one day. I love pairing the old with the new, having an apartment with that “old” vibe (“Altbauwohnung”), adding new pieces into it, and having a hint of that Scandinavian and Soho Design Interior flowing into the whole thing.

I just absolutely love looking at lifestyle photos and especially at interior stuff. I am even thinking of making my little hobby more realistic and looking into learning more about design on a professional level for the future. Not to stop what I am doing right now; instead – to potentially being able to use my hobby and love for interior (and food – oh jee, now I am starting to get indecisive again) more frequently in the future! What do you think of the inspo photos from Pinterest, any favorites? xo

Must-Have CTBs

C O F F E E. It wakes you up, it keeps you warm and cozy, gives you energy. You’ve got to love coffee. So much for the drink. Even more enjoyable is a cup of coffee (or tea) with the right book on your hands. With Christmas coming around the corner faster than I expected it, I am in need of getting some presents for the family and close friends. Personally, I love gifting what I love myself. This may sound egoistic, but I can’t really give when I am not convinced of it myself. Of course, everyone has their own taste. And most obviously, I will not try and push what I think is best onto other people. Yet, it helps to love the presents, too. The worst, however, is when shopping and suddenly finding a million things that would perfectly work for my own home. Does that ever happen to anyone else? I’ve been looking at a few coffee table books (hence, CTBs) recently and almost ended up shopping for myself again – rather than for others. Anyhow. Here are some coffee table book ideas if you are still looking for a small something to brighten up a loved ones’ face over the holiday season.

coffee-table-books

Find book 1 here, book 2 here, book 3 here, book 4 here, and book 5 here.

I already have books 2 and 3 – though surely am looking at getting my hands on the other three, too. I am especially interested in number 5, though also love the photography of Peter Lindbergh. Likewise, Kelly Hoppen has an amazing eye for interior and I understand she gives amazing insights into the industry and how to achieve and make the house of your dreams. Do you have a CTB that you can’t live without?

Fresh Whites

 

Hey lovelies,

I thought I’d share a few inspirational photos I found on Pinterest (here). I absolutely love relaxing in the evening and looking through inspo-photos – at basically everything from food, to design, fashion and interior. I love getting my inspirations from there – could I call myself a Pinterest junkie? Probably. I am also really into everything white, light grey, natural browns: basically, everything that makes the apartment look fresh (!) and C O Z Y. My apartment is (of course) far from looking like the inspo-pictures I keep on drewling about. Yet, I am always on the look at what the market has to offer and what apartments are free at the moment. Let me tell you – its a bitch trying to find an apartment that has a scandinavian flair – or really, any apartment that is affordable. I am not unhappy with my apartment – really – I’ve learnt to like it alot. There are certain things though, that I would immediately change. I hate not having an open kitchen. In general, kitchens cannot be big enough. And I would love myself a white or light grey floor. Is it just me or is that only existant in Scandinavian countries? If so, I might need to move at some point in my life.

So for all of you out there, specifially those in the Zurich area, please do write me if you know of any place that is available that has a rather old, inviting charme! In general though, I am always interested at looking at places – and styling them. I am in the midst of cleaning out my apartment. Step by step. And I might buy a new sofa soon, in white. What do you think? My ultimate dream would be to buy an old apartment or house and completely renovate it one day. Clearly a dream yet, but surely, one day, I’ll get there.