Archive | September 7, 2011

We went to the farmers market

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Every Saturday morning you can buy local vegetables, bread and meat in downtown Lincoln. I went there last weekend to check it out with my nieces.  I brought my camera along to show you what it looks like. It is a bit like the Swedish “torghandel” but with more going on. First of all they block off the roads from car traffic so it´s in a big area to walk around on. The only vehicals there are pickups loaded with watermelons and corn and of course food trucks selling bison burgers, eggrolls and vegan cupcakes.  In the picture above two chefs have stocked up on goodies for their restaurant on the other side of the street.

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My niece Hanna and I

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Green onion, radish, beet, carrot and cilantro

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Loving this hot pink plywood sign that a family of farmes had at their stand.

 

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I´ll make it happy again

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I´ll make it happy for you again”  that´s what the lady at the Family Dollar told me as she filled this balloon up on helium. When I found it in the store it was a bit low on helium and looked sad.

We only have one more week left here in Nebraska. When I´m back in Sweden I´ll be blogging more frequently again.

 

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Out driving with Bruce

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Nebraska is full of cornfields and fleamarkets. Today we visited some of both. (If you´re following me on the Instagram you already know this. If not- how rude! No just kidding. But for real you should @jennyfromdosfamily )
Another thing that this state has plenty off is radiostations. There are so many good songs playing I want to spend all my time in the car. (To help you visualize it- we´re driving an old maroon Cadillac while we ´re here).

Whenever you jump into the car and start zapping the channels you´ll find at least one Bruce Springsteen song playing, There is a lot of pop and country of course and a ton of channels that only play old classics like Tears for Fears, Peter Gabriel, Steely Dan, Kiss and Eric Clapton to name a few.

I especially enjoy listening to Bruce when I´m here. Because that´s what I imagin Nebraska sounded like , back in the 80´s when my siblings first moved here. I can see them: Anna with her big hair and stone washed  jeans and Sven in his Chevy Monte Carlo that he sawed the top off to turn it into a convertible.

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Anyway this is what I thrifted today.

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And this is what Viola found. Yikes!

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Getting our hair done for the wedding

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Last Saturday my niece Samantha and her Ross´tied the knot. They were , as you can see, adorable and so was Viola who got her hair all dolled up for that very special occasion. 8B7B1200-3

All the girls who where in the wedding met up at a hotel in the morning of the wedding and got their hair and makeup done together. It was nice, like a scene from Toddlers and Tiaras but with champagne.8B7B1695-5

Here are all the girls
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First hair…

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then makeup.
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On the way to the ceremony

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Happy tears.
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This picture is from the party bus. I´ll tell you more about  that next time.

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The reason we are in Nebraska…

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We flew to Nebraska to attend the wedding of these two lovely people. My niece Samantha Rose and Ross her boyfriend since 8 years. It was all so much fun. I´ll tell you more about it later. Now we are going to eat pancakes on the porch and watch the rain.

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Bye Bye Birdy

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Hey!

We are on our way to the USA for a wedding.
See you over there.

(Follow us on instagram if you like @jennyfromdosfamily and Jens is on there too @breakfastdesign )

 

PS: The picture has nothing to do with the post really, but it´s nice. It´s Viola with a bird and a Shampoodle outfit.

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Keeping it nice and simple with gifs

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In every situation I prefer expressing my mood with a gif rather then with words.
The honey boo boo gif above is me reacting to the new feature in the Facebook Messenger app allowing me to send gifs.

Have you seen it? It is so great. While typing in the app on you phone you can access a big library of gifs by pressing the magnifying glass.
I´m hooked and have stopped using letters all together. Here are a few examples of my communicating:

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This one is soooooooo useful.

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This is the answer to:
“Hey Jenny! How did it go at the hairdresser?”

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When my PMS is over I send this to Jens saying “hmm so… you know I love you… I was just being… you know… we can laugh about it now, right?.”

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This one is also for Jens saying:
I picked up everything on the grocery list. This is what you can expect of me when I come home”  giphy4

This is the same as above but on a different day…

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This is: “I´m up, I´m up!”
After several texs from Jens saying “Hey Jenny! you really need to get up now”

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When Viola and I sold a bunch of stuff at the local fleamarket and mom asked:
“How did it go?

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This is what I want to tell my phone when it reminds me of an old voicemail.

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When Jens texts me:
“Did you watch all the seasons of (enter any random show here) already!? How is that possible, when did you find the time?”

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I send this to Jens when we´ve been invited to some “thing”

 

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This is what I send to Jens when he says he might have to work and I have to take the kids to IKEA by myself.

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and then this…

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Photographing Vikings fight

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This is what work has been like lately for me.

 

PS. It´s a battle of Vikings at the Trelleborgen.

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Roses growing tall

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My roses are so tall this year I don´t even have to go outside to pick them.
Nice!

 

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Our unmade bed

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Just look at this pretty mess. I think I´ll climb back down in it.

Here are some other unmade beds I´ve photographed.

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One week in Landskrona

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This week we are in Landskrona, a town by the coast in Skåne, Sweden.
We are borrowing an apartment, close to the kids cousins, who live here. Frank wants to play with them 24/7 so it´s very nice being so close to them for once. Our plan is to hang out, go to the beach and visit a carnival in town.

PS. On our way here we thrifted a Playmobile ship for Frank, he´s been wanting one for a long time.

 

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@jennyfromdosfamily

 

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My Instagram game has been pretty decent lately. You are following me right? @jennyfromdosfamily

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1. Viola rollerblading in our studio.
2. Farmers here are using pink plastic this year , supporting the fight against breast cancer.
3. Frank watching Sofia the First. Over and over and over again.
4. I bought some old TV-set and this one works. We are going to use it for our old Nintendo console.
5. It ain´t warm but still pretty nice.

 

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Roses in July

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There are so many roses in our garden this time of year. They look good with pretty much anyting: a pink wall, a brown glas vase, an old TV or a small skeleton boy. You name it.

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PS. You tend to ask so… the wall shade is “Puderrosa” from Beckers and the cabinate is painted in “Ballerina” also from Beckers. And the bear side-table is from Urban Outfitters.

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Flying around

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I´ve photographed vikings , zombies and a few kids this week.
Catch you later alligator.

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Hot summer days

This weekend´s been so warm. We´ve been at the pool and at the beach.
Follow us on intagram for some random updates. @breakfastdesign and me at @jennyfromdosfamily

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Rent our house this summer

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While we are in the USA we will be putting our house up for rent.
Read more about it, in Swedish, here!
And on Airbnb here!

It´s 9000 SEK per week. (Fully booked in July)
You can easily fit two families that are traveling together and don´t mind sharing bathrooms and kitchen.

Here are some of the perks with our cozy house:
Pink kitchen!
Big purple table with room for 10 people.
Very good WiFi
Nice seating outside.
A garden in full bloom.
There is a zoo in our village, with a pool.
If you´re into curches there is one right next door. (super old and cool)
There are lots of vinyls, a washer and dryer.
Lots of TVchannels and chromecast.
Close to Ystad (10KM), the beach in Svarte (6KM) and trainstation that can take you to Copenhagen in less then an hour.

 

plan

 

Floorplan above:
First floor:
Kitchen
Dining room
Tv roomBathrom

Studio (connected to the hose with a sliding door.
We can make room for 1 family here  (4-5 beds)

Second floor: (Not in the floorplan-picture)
Bathroom, with bathtub.
I dubble bedroom, with room for a crib.
2 kids room (4beds)

 

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Studio.

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Dos Visits Hej-Regina in Malmö, Sweden

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I´ve been wanting to photograph this home for a long time. And this week it finally happend. Agnes, or you might know her by her blog alias “Hej Regina“, sent me a mail saying that they are moving and asked if I could take the pictures for the upcoming sale. A gladly excepted.

The sun was shining upon the city of Malmö that day, the birds were chirping and people moved slowly on the sidewalk were I parked. A couple stopped for a kiss right beside me as I called Agnes to buzz me up. Agnes let me in and then continued to work on her macbook in the kitchen as I walked around clicking my camera at everything that caught my eye.
Agnes has so many thrifty and creative solutions in her home and I´m def. stealing a few of them. Like the cloud carpet by the door, the empty globe decorated with triangles and I need to get a indoor hammock asap.

Have a look I think you´ll like this home!

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One loveseat and one IKEA Karlstad sofa. Notice how she´s raised two of the bookshelfs from the floor with a base and left one on the floor.

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…here is a closer look.

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Cabinet marked by old stickers.
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DIY decor behing the headboard.

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DIY cloud carpet and vinyl triangles on the tile.

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Love the masking she´s done here. And see more of the board here!

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Kitchen facing the backyard.

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I forgot to ask Agnes what song this is.

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Thank you for having me over.
Good luck with the new house.

You can see a few more pictures on the brokers ad, click here!

And follow Agnes blog here!

Photos By me, Jenny Brandt

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Life in Jenny´s garden

jennyfromdosfamily2-5374We are keeping it real in the garden these days. It´s so pretty and nice here right now, and warm, finally.

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Some are alive and kickin, others are slowly but surley moving towards the grave.

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On top of the burger place.

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The door to our studio is getting darker.

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Wednesday Morning – and some Justin

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It is so warm and nice today. We need to go to the beach as soon as we are done working.

But first let´s watch the “Where Are U Now” video (that FINALLY came out yesterday) 30 times together.
Such a great freaking song.

 

Now all I need is for the Feeling myself video to get on Youtbe and then I´m all good.

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Monday Morning

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Good morning.
This weekend was spent sorting, selling and getting rid of stuff.

I went through our house like a tornado, looking for things to sell, leaving nothing untouched. I sorted books, toys, clothes and various boxes with random things. (Since Frank has seen Toy Story 2 he is terrified for his toys at this very moment). Viola and I sold some things at a local fleamarket, you know the kind where you set up your own table. We made 1000 sek (about 100 dollars). That really whet my appetite and encouraged me to continue. Back home I started listing things online, and one thing after another got sold.

Such a satisfying feeling. I´ve been putting this off for years.

(S I D E T R A C K)
WOW! Do you know what just happend?! As I´ve told you before I´m currently listening to . Erkin Koray – Türkü while I work. This has become quite a routine for me and now I really crave that Turkish melody as I´m working. And you know how Youtube randomly chooses videos for you that resembles what you´ve searched for, right? well now youtube played me this tune Mazhar Ve Fuat, that I´ve never heard before but I sure as hell have heard it sampled, in Action Bronson´s marvellous Easy Rider. (That I wrote about here)
(I know a little googling could have told me about this sampling, but it was a nice surprise to have it just turn up on me like this)

Sorry about the sidetrack from my original post but blogging is just like life, it can throw you in an unexpected direction.
So here you go: Action Bronson´s Easy Rider, a treat for the ear and the eye.

 

 

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Picking up some TVs

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Viola and I took a little roadtrip today. I had “won” 3 old TV-sets on an online aution and I had to pick them up in Sjöbo. It´s about 30 minutes ride from our house. I brought my camera along and we stopped here ant there and posed for pictures in the summer sceanary. jennyfromdosfamily2-5349

It was so worth it. Just look at them- so cute. They can´t pick up any of our modern channels but we are going to hook them up with some old console, like the Nintendo NES.

PS. This week I´m playing this song a lot. Erkin Koray – Türkü

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Our next door beekeeper

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Workers and drones.

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The buzzing from the bees makes a pretty soundtrack to our landscape.

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Honey in the basement. Sweet

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Space saver – combine a wardrobe and a staircase leading up to a ceiling hammock

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Today I want to show you the makeover we did when we turned our office into Viola´s room. The room has a high ceiling with visable beams. In other words perfect for a hammock-like nest. Or as Isabelle would say: “It would be a crime NOT putting a net up there”
The room is very small and the only place we could fit a wardrobe was on this very wall, so I decided to combine a staircase with the wardrobe, built from left-over kitchen cabinets, ikea dressers and MDF boards.

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This is the before picture: Our office. (such a mess)

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We emptied the room and gathered all the furniture from the basement that we could use. (The 3 white cabinets used to be a part of our old kitchen in our old apartment, and the 2 small dressers are ikea Malm bedside-tables)

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Then we built the wardrobe/staircase around them. We bought 3 cabinet doors from Ikea (it was cheaper than MDF board) for 3 units. At the end we made a small stepping stool also out of MDF. Lastly we added steps on top. jennyfromdosfamily2-3333-3

Viola and I decorated the inside of the wardrobe with a cute role of wallpaper that we found at a fleamarket.jennyfromdosfamily2-3337-3 jennyfromdosfamily2-3339-3jennyfromdosfamily-08

My dad, the car-painter painted all the fronts for us in the color Lindblomma from Beckers. And we painted the steps with Körsbärsblom from Beckers. (they work so well together)
The wallpaper did not last all the way so one cabinet got a splash of watermelon pink inside. Color Vattenmelon from Beckers.

The net is from ScanCord and the soft wall to wall carpet is from Mässinteriör and the wall is painted with chalckboard paint.

PS: Viola´s room was featured in our (mine and Iabelle´s) book Room for Kids.
PS2: Want more kid room inspo? Check out Isabelle´s show here !

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What about the garden?

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Well let me tell you. It´s been pouring down the last month here in Sweden and everything is soaked and pretty depressing in the garden.
And sure, flowers need water to grow but hey, they need some freaking sun as well. Anyway here are some old, but sunnier posts from my garden:
Garden stuff easy as 1-2-3
Garden stuff easy as 4-5-6

PS: Viola, above, is wearing a headpiece from her grandmother Christin´s garden (that somehow always look great, just like Viola.)

 

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