fredag 30 september 2011

Flavors from the Past

I think that we all have at least one recipe that reminds us our childhood. Maybe it is your grandma's meatballs, or pancakes with home made raspberry jam or your father's autumn mushroom soup that makes all the memories come back. 

For me, It just might be this Apple Cake with Cinnamon that my mother used to bake when me and my brothers were small. The best thing about this cake is that it gets even better if you choose not to eat it directly. Since you bake it in a roasting pan it's the perfect party cake! There'll be enough yummy cake for everyone, believe me!

So tomorrow I'm going to share my past with my new won friends who are coming to celebrate my birthday together with me. I hope they will like the cake as much as I do!

Do you have childhood reminder recipe?

Love Ek

torsdag 29 september 2011

Lantliv - inredning, möbler & tyg

Den här veckan har vi dekoratörer på Leksands folkhögskola varit ute på vår första skyltning inne på Noret. Jag och en härlig tjej vid namn Ellinor blev tilldelande Leksand Garnaffär som ligger mitt i mot Lantliv - en butik med inredning, tyg och kläder i lantlig stil. Dagens bloginlägg handlar just den här affären. Det är en ljus och harmonisk butikslokal. Ofta brinner tända ljus runt om i affären när man går runt och låter sig inspireras i den härliga miljön. Det är en sådan butik som man inte går ut ur utan att ha köpt med sig något!

På önskelistan från Lantliv står de fina franska frukostskålarna från GreenGate, kuddar i massor och en 
söt ny sminkväska med paljetter. 

Butiken ligger på Hantverksgatan 4 E i Leksand, Dalarna. 
Ta en titt på deras hemsida:



söndag 25 september 2011

Sonnet 43 - How do I love him

                  " How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
                                     I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
                                     My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
                                     For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
                                     I love thee to the level of everyday's
                                     Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
                                     I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
                                     I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
                                     I love thee with the passion put to use
                                     In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
                                     I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
                                     With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath,
                                     Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose,
                                     I shall but love thee better after death.                       
                                                                                  Elizabeth Barret Browling "


fredag 23 september 2011

A way of Grace

 I have been thinking a lot about these words lately. What did Terrence Malick think when he wrote them down? What did they mean to him? And more important what do they mean to myself?
I didn't really know until I looked through a file of pictures from last year's family trip to Asia.

   It was my first time in Thailand. I had recently bought my first camera and I was looking forward to photograph the ocean, the beaches. I wanted to take family portraits, and maybe even catch one or to wild animals with my new bought canon. 

On our way to the hotel in Khao Lak the arriving day we drove pass a huge army boat lying in the grass on the right side of the road. The strange thing was that we were far away from water, so it seemed as if it had been dropped from the sky. 
This was the first real proof and evidence, I was about to see, from the tsunami disaster the 26th of december 2004. 
-A terrifying way of nature.

Even though the cities, and almost all the hotels and beaches had been restored we were often reminded of the catastrophe when we walked around and talked to thai people. They never brought up the subject themselves of course but just by looking into their eyes it felt as if they were telling me their whole story over and over again. 
But despite all this sorrow nature had brought upon them, they still seemed to have a graceful eagerness to continue their lives. Honoring those who passed away that Christmas day seven years ago, by living even more. Wanting more for themselves and for there families. 
The children that I met made the biggest impression on me. Many of them had all ready start working, some of them were very young. "And I thought to myself that maybe nature took away their childhood and their right to be only children with imagination and without responsibility. When I worked with these pictures I tried to imagine what they'd might be dreaming about. Things every child dream about.
Riding elephants, having a pet, a flower garden, fishing on the sea."

I try to remember their faces when I'm struggling in my own life. Sometimes our lives don't turn out they way we've planned or maybe something happens that changes our entire way of living it. 
Life is not always easy but first when I accept my situation I can also start doing something about it. Only I can decide when I'm ready to leave the past behind and start taking paths forward. This doesn't mean you have to forget, but maybe learn to live with it. The past might even make you stronger.

I didn't take as much photos of my family as I had wanted, nor of the beach or from our hotel - even though we had the most wonderful vacation. 
I took photographs of inspiring people struck by nature and touched by grace.

fredag 16 september 2011

THIS WEEK PASSED BY AS THE AUTUMN WIND. But I guess that's because it is so fun to be in school. Before starting I couldn't imagine myself saying that but everyday feels so meaning- and useful. I feel lucky! voilà point. 
Yesterday we went horseback riding with school and today I can barely move one muscle BUT it felt so good to be back on a horse after all these years. Everyone did great, and we even got to ride in the forest after the lesson. I felt like a little girl again. 

Today I'm posting the last pictures from last week-end and from the vintage shop ANDERSSONSKANS KALLE. I went back to buy the beautiful grey coat I had falling in love with, and some other lovely things. I'll be back with photos.

Tomorrow me and some dear friends from school are going to take the train to Borlänge for a shopping saturday. I will be looking for  high waisted, black pants, that shouldn't be to hard, should it?

I also got an e-mail today telling me that one of my photos was nominated for a photo challenge applied for. So exciting!!

Måste sova
men mitt i allt
viskar mina läppar
du är nog ett under

tisdag 13 september 2011

Rêve Générale

TODAY I'VE BEEN ELSEWHERE IN MIND. To be specific I've been thinking about about Paris all day long. I can't believe that i'm going back a month. I could not be happier.
Yesterday me and Hanna, Sara and Jenny went seeing Midnight in Paris at the local cinema club and offcourse it made me long even more. It's such a great movie!

I'm posting these three pictures tonight. I found the door with "rêve générale" written on it when I was out walking in Paris, and the two others were taken at a photoshoot me and Hanna did on a field not far from the house where Hanna grew up. She is the best. She is my RÊVE GÉNÉRAL.

Anderssonskans Kalle

I HELGEN FICK JAG DET STORA PRIVILIEGET att agera levande skyltdocka för vintagebutiken ANDERSSONSKANS KALLE tillsammans med Emma Hagman. Det var premiär för kulturnatta här i Leksand och det var liv och rörelse runt hela "Noret". Våran dekoratörklass bidrag med skyltdocker som vi hade klätt i egnagjorda cocktailklänningar av återbruksmaterial. Allt ifrån Tidningspapper till spelkort och boksidor. Jag tror jag talar för hela Leksand när jag säger att det blev en otroligt lyckad dag. 

Lördagen började klockan 11.00 då jag i solskenet cyklade med nyrullat hår in till ANDERSSONSKANS KALLE. Där var Jenny, som är ägaren till butiken och min skyltdockekollega Emma redan var i full fart med att förbereda för dagen.
Under dagens gång skyltade vi fem olika uppsättningar kläder; Både uppklätt och lättklätt, i skyltfönsterna och ute på gatan. 
   Plisserade kjolar, vinröda blusar, strumpebandhållare, morgonrock, korsett, femtio-tals solbrillor klippsörhängen och ja, gud vet allt. 

Om jag inte redan tidigare älskade vintage så gör jag det snäppet mer efter den här helgen. Är du som jag så tycker jag du ska ta dig en sväng till ANDERSSONSKANS KALLE I LEKSAND och fynda dig höstens snyggaste höstkappa! 

Kika gärna på bilderna från lördagens kulturnatta!
Kram Emma-Klara 


                                   "While I'm alone and blue as can be
                                                                       Dream a little dream of me"

                                                   Pouring Champagne



fredag 2 september 2011


Ett av de stora samtalsämnen i klassen är alla Leksands loppisar. Det känns som att det finns loppisar gömda i varje gathörn. Jag älskar att gå runt och kika, jag behöver inte ens köpa något (!) även om det också händer - Jag går gärna bara och fantiserar och skapar inne i huvudet. Jag försöker hitta lösningar för hur man kan ge gamla saker ett nytt och - snyggare liv.
Idag slutade vi tidigt så på vägen hem tog jag vägen förbi Frälsningsarméns secondhandbutik. Till min stora förtjusning var det 50% på alla kläder så jag plockade på mig en hel del saker. Idag var alltså ingen "bara gå och titta"dag. 

För endast 118 svenska riksdaler cyklade jag sedan hem med en beige Trench coat med bladmönstrat innefoder, en blå sidenklänning, ett grönt och ett rosa skärp, ett par yllebyxor i herrmodell, tre böcker för prydnad, en vas och en liten blå handväska. 


Jag är en minst sagt nöjd konsument och bidra med lite pengar till de drabbade i Afrikas torka gjorde jag samtidigt. heja återbruk och solidaritet.

 Photos: Emma-Klara Sandberg