Marco Mazzoni – Dainty, vibrant and other-wordly

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Dainty, vibrant and other-wordly. Those would be the words i woud use to describe Marco Mazzonis pieces. His bold and strong pieces are done in colour pencils. Highly time consuming but the results are well worth it. He seems to play with the subject flora vs fauna quite a bit and his exquisite use of negative space is very dramatic.

I have got to have an attempt at this style, maybe not with pencils but the idea of it is very pretty and ethereal. Hopefully I can have something on his level in the near future… just got to put in the hours :]

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Source: 1. 2. Marco Mazzoni

Baking Sundays – Baby profiteroles with vanilla sauce and raspberry jam


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Sundays, I love Sundays.
It is my so called baking day and we made Baby Profiteroles ๐Ÿ™‚

I remember the first time creating these guys was in hospitality class in high school, many years ago. A good ol’ versatile choux pastry in need of major elbow grease. Resulting in delicious puffs and eclairs. I even made it a few years back, they came out too dry, you wouldn’t think it possible to overbake these guys… but i found out it was quite possible XD I also had a love for delicious custard puffs and that’s what I always try to buy whenever I head to an asian bakery back in Sydney.

Today, I have revisited the choux pastry with my partner in crime and nutted out some dainty mini puffs. I’ve been craving some custard puffs… but we only had a finite amount of eggs… cue in 3, enough to make the puffs but not the custard XD I sat cross-legged in front of the oven watching them become golden and yummy. When at last, after a few hurdles, they came out smelling great, we filled the cute little puffs with raspberry jam, drizzled with vanilla sauce and devoured in front of episodes of Arrow. Satisfied little home bakers we are :]

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Just slightly sketchy :)

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sketchbook -120413-goldfishHei hei Everyone!

Oh look, sketches!
Had Kimbra’s album on loop whilst happily doodling friday away :] Also, got through the first 4 episodes of The Carrie Diaries when I took a break from listening to the loop. I still wish they didn’t cancel Jane by Design… I really liked that show… and all Jane’s wardrobe! I think I should get another monitor as I had to reduce my photoshop window quite a bit to fit in the media player XD Also… do click for a bigger look at the silly goldfish, it’s a little sharper when it’s at it’s proper unsquished size :]

Now… i’m quite famished! Time to see when some yummy tomato soup and toasty buttered sourdough can be made! Yeh… the kitchen is currently getting measured coz we are having some black floral plates gracing the walls of the kitchen! yay! I’ll leave you with this last pic, I was chatting to my friend earlier today and he asked to draw him a ferret. He said he would like one for a pet and can have them trained for the hood XD So here goes, a girl in a hoodie with a ferret… bit hard to tell what that furry creature is… sitting on her shoulder. Hoope you like it James :]

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Enjoy the weekend everyone! Har en fin helgen! ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday Doodles – Time to get back into drawing :)

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Yay it’s friday!

Since coming to Norway, I have been doodling here and there but it’s time to get back into drawing regularly. Friday shall be the day I share the doodles of the week. I think I recall seeing a 100 theme challenge, gotta hunt that down. I also should participate in Illustration Friday which seems so fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to experiment a little more with my acrylics and watercolours… but still a little hesistant as there’s a lot more mess and there’s no ‘undo’ button to drawing traditionally compared to digitally XD Continue reading

The rainy, snowy and windy London

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Hei hei!

Was just out in London last week, having a quick wander and catch up with my buddy whom we (as in myself and my SO) met back in 2010 in HK. $150 (730kr approx?) return… well add a bit more for a blunder on dates XD but… wow… in Australia… that’s the price of a ticket from Sydney to Melbourne one-way… return if you are lucky!

So living in Norway, where everything is way expensive, sometimes a girl has got to hop to the next country, this time England –ย  London to get some essentials for the home. London was way tempermental, drizzling, gusting winds about and just snowing some real wet snow when it felt like it. A snowflake actually hit me in the eye… and the feeling was just as painful as the time i was cycling down to Flรฅm and a bug got me in the eye. Both times i thought sunglasses would really be needed! Though that didn’t stop us from getting a tad bit of sightseeing done, on top of stuffing ourselves silly in Chinatown. The tower of London and the blue bridge were pretty cool, the sweet sweet smell of caramelised nuts wafting from theย  small overpriced carts always get me! I, ofcourse, could not walk away from buying a serving… 2 pounds for a tiny plastic cup of caramelised peanuts! What a ridiculous price… but it was so nice and warm to hold onto whilst London drizzled and lashed out with some strong chilly wind. We got our photos quickly and wandered back to the tube to Oxford Circus for more window shopping.

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There were happy days and nights filled with window shoppingย  and some proper good company. Our buddy took us to an awesome Bogan Bingo night on the Thursday, absolute gold for terrible bogan humour and 80s throw back XD I haven’t played bingo since i was a kid, associating it with nice old ladies and gentle chaps at the local RSL getting their game on. I didn’t even know how a bingo pen looked like until that night … you gotta be in it to win it, real serious XD Didn’t come out a winner, but being a sore loser was never more accepted than on this night, many a good profanities coming from this very merry crowd ๐Ÿ™‚

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We pretty much stayed between Oxford Circus and Chinatown for our whole trip. Sadly no photos on the foodage… too busy gobbling them down XD I love asian bakeries and i realllly love pineapple buns! I even have set myself a recipe for pineapple buns to try when i’m game!

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At the end of the trip, our loot was not too bad and we also did not break the bank with a crazy shopping spree (even though i really wanted to XDDD ) ๐Ÿ™‚ The trench coat on my list to-buys never made it but we did get:
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Mountain walking shoes
Scarves and Tops
Art supplies
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I’ll leave you guys withs a phone box photo!
Happy Easter everyone!

The London phone box

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Det var veldig kaldt i dag! It was very cold today!

Mandag var veldig kaltWow… what’s up with this -10 degrees in Bergen??

My face was frozen numb with all my goosebumps standing to attention as I power walked from the bus stop towards the warmth of my classroom. I was pretty covered by my puffy sleeping bag-esque down coat but my fingers! Fingers were pratically popsicles (!!!) from holding onto the water bottle.

I know, I know, I hear you say, girl, you should have just stopped and pulled on some leather gloves but you know what I thought? Hey, I can totally hack this… so I soldiered on. Haha, this is not a tragic story… I didn’t end up losing two fingers from frostbites, I was just cursing under my breath and willing myself to walk even quicker without scraping and ruining the heels of my boots. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dum di dum… time to start working on my lekser (homework). See yas!