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Something is wrong

May 22, 2019

Hi friends,

Something is wrong with my WordPress and I don’t know how to solve it (yet). Will look into it when I’m in Sweden, about to pop over to babysit my brother Elvis (and celebrate his 11th birthday), spend a lot of time with my family, work on my own projects and try to find out how I want to live my life, cause I’m too often deeply unsatisfied, stressed out and sad. Been talking about it with a bunch of friends who are in the same situation and my friend Ernie put it so well We’re not supposed to live at this age, so no wonder we’re confused. Take care, you all! My plan is to solve this blog so I can show you pictures from Sweden when I’m there and not later. Thank you for being around, it means a lot to still work on this space and know you still come for a visit. Sandra xo

Ps. You can still order Wrist Worms with 33% discount (code SPRING19), but I won’t be able to ship until June 5. You find the ones that are left here. I will start working on the new edition and look forward to showing you the process.

Analog, Travel

Analog La Palma

May 19, 2019

I developed pictures from our trip to the Canary Islands in November, brought 2 disposable cameras with me and some of the pictures turned out lovely. You wanna see?

I guess you do, cause now you’re here. Johan filming. So happy we were invited to this press trip to La Palma and El Hierro. I just realized, I haven’t shared all my pictures. Do you want to see them or is it “too late”? Would be lovely to hear your opinions, sometimes it feels like I don’t know who I address these blog posts to anymore and get a bit confused. Anyway, El Hierro was a dream.

Friends. They didn’t care about me, cause other guests at this café were eating fish.

Coca Cola never looks better than in sunny, hot villages by the sea.

Going to a warm place in November really made the Berlin Winter much easier to stand, what a difference. Hope you’re all good, I had a really shitty weekend – lots of quarrel over here, so daydreaming myself back to this scenery helps a little bit.

Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, Visiting friends

Visiting Friends: Mark Heinisch

May 18, 2019

This is the door to Badfish Bar in Prenzlauer Berg. Never have I stepped inside and left sober. Yes, once, when I passed by only to use the bathroom. On Wednesday I had a meeting with my friend Mark to take pictures of him behind the bar. How do I know Mark? We met some years ago in the Friedrichshain café Silo, owned by his boyfriend James, where we had an instant crush and decided to become friends.

I got there early to get some daylight, the bar is very dark and cozy. Do you see the illustration of me on Mark’s arm? A result of one of those famous nights in Badfish. You could say we bring out the best and worst in each other. Depends on who you ask.

Badfish has a great selection of booze and slush machines with frozen whiskey sours & margaritas. The bar is like a nighttime kindergarten for grown-ups. Well, isn’t that what bars are in general?

Already tipsy.

Sandra, you need another Guinness!

As proper Guinness as you can get outside of Ireland. Cheers!

Thanks for having me, Mark. I left with 5 pints of Guinness inside of me. By the way, there is a relatively new Badfish in Friedrichshain as well. Great, down-to-earth bars where you meet a lot of fun and interesting people. I have made a lot of friends thanks to those places.

Drink responsibly. Not saying that I do, though.

Berlin, Personal

10 years

May 9, 2019

I can’t believe it – we made it to 10 years of marriage. Stubborn people probably loving each other too much. Last year, we weren’t sure if this was going to happen. Here we are. YAY! On our wedding day we had lunch at Schneeweiss. Most places we went to still exist, so we were thinking of revisiting some of them today. Let’s see what happens.

On our wedding day, we did what we both like the most – taking it as it comes. Will do the same today. Our wedding cake was this cupcake from Cupcake.

A picture of me that Johan took at Wohnzimmer, where we had a drink.

Coffee at Bonanza Coffee in Prenzlauer Berg.

Hope you’re all doing well, I’m off to the shower and then out and about with Johan by my side. Gonna start with… coffee, right?

Food, Home

Simple things

May 6, 2019

Have you been eating anything particularly good lately? I made this lentil curry (was freebasing, so no recipe unfortunately) and it turned out very tasty. Had lots of garlic, coriander/cilantro and garam masala.

Still love this wallpaper so much. Here is a blog post from when we put it up a little more than a year ago.

Never getting tired of pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Simple and quick, I just take a can of tomatoes and mix in oregano, garlic, chili flakes, salt & pepper and before adding the pasta, I stir some creme fraiche into the tomato sauce. Love the acidity combined with the creaminess of the mozzarella. Sometimes I let the sauce cook much longer, which of course makes a huge difference.

69 pairs of Wrist Worms left right now. ALL Wrist Worms are 33% off with code SPRING19 and you find them here. I will search for new colours and qualities and redesign the logo for Fall 2019, so these are the last ones from the previous collection. Looking forward to something new. So happy to know they are warming frozen hands in so many different countries, thank you all <3

Berlin, Café, Friedrichshain

Breakfast for once

May 5, 2019

Hello, hi. Woke up this morning and snoozed for a couple of hours, been having a cold the past few days so needed some extra sleep. Before going to bed, Johan asked me to help him with some typography work today. Woke up hungry and said Let’s eat breakfast for once and I’ll help you at the café.

Cappuccino and freshly squeezed orange juice + typography work.

At our local favourite café La Tazza d’Oro (the golden cup). Gyllene Koppen in Swedish (I miss writing in Swedish).

Everything tasted like vacation, we started pretending we were somewhere else and ended up in Buenos Aires.

Breakfast would be a lie, this turned out to be our lunch as we took it very slow at home before heading out. This is something I try to practise – to stay home and take it more easy in the morning instead of jumping in my shoes and rush out five minutes after I wake up. I think it makes me more relaxed but it also makes me slower and less hyper active (which probably is good for the person who lives with me, but haven’t figured out yet if it’s good for me when it comes to efficiency during the rest of the day).

Ok enough jibbering, having a nice weekend, are you?

Berlin, Café, Restaurant

Freischwimmer

April 30, 2019

Welcome to Freischwimmer, an oasis next to the Landwehrkanal.

Went there the other week to take some pictures for this interview.

You sit on water and the place is very photogenic, right?

As mentioned in this blog post, the Wrist Worms are 33% off with code SPRING19 until sold out. Was sitting here crocheting one of the last pairs of Wrist Worms the way they have been looking since 2008. Don’t know where I will end, but need a change and am currently scouting for new yarns and designing the new label.

I came to Freischwimmer early, not many people there. That’s when I like it the most.

They have lots of seats outside as well. Beautiful, or what do you say?

Berlin, Visiting friends

Visiting Friends: Niko Stoessl & Oskar Humlebo

April 25, 2019

Starting a new series on the blog called Visiting friends and first off is Niko Stoessl / SlikNik – an amazing Austrian artist and music producer who I know since a few years. This multi talent also makes great electronic music together with his girlfriend Anna under the name GRAU.

We have so many friends in common that FB kept telling me we should become friends, so once at a Depeche Mode afterparty, I approached him with this info and that’s how we met. After that I have learned about his many talents and as a bonus, his Swedish friend Oskar Humlebo / Moto Boy was at his studio to record the new amazing song Vi kör tills vi dör which will be released in May. Was great to meet for a chat, have been admiring his music since 2008.

Let’s have a look at some pictures from last night when we went to Springpfuhl to visit Niko’s studio.

We started with listening to what they had been working on during the day, I’m sure Oskar’s new song is going to be very frequent on Swedish radio this Summer, it’s a song which makes one want to drive a car a bit too fast if you know what I mean. My favourite kind of music.

Johan joined as well.

Amazing to see Niko at work. There’s nothing in the creative field that impresses me more than music making.

Then Niko turned on some new stuff for GRAU and we couldn’t stop listening. Oskar is the guitarist for The Cardigans when they go on tour.

And Niko has been working with Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode & Nina Persson to name a few.

We discovered that Oskar’s wife Petra Fors / Pikko and I went to school together in the north of Sweden in our teens. Small world

This guy.

You have to check out their music, promise.

Thank you so much, Niko & Oskar, for having us over and being so generous with your music and great stories. When you meet good people like this, it’s instant love (quote Oskar’s instagram post).

Hope you enjoyed the first chapter of this series.

Food, Home, Recipe

Recipe: Ricotta & Anchovies

April 23, 2019

Today I made a super simple lunch for me and Johan. Ricotta with anchovies, olive oil and black pepper on a plate. Lamb’s lettuce with olive oil, balsamico, salt & black pepper. Bread.

The creamy, almost sweet, ricotta goes so well with the salty anchovies.

And it’s beautiful to look at.

Of course we had more anchovies than this, they are hard to stop eating. I imagine you could prepare a bunch of sandwiches like this for a dinner party as a welcome snack. I imagine capers or olives are good as well if you’re not into fish.

How have you been? I had visitors and I suck at working when people are here, so I neglected this space a bit more than I wanted to. Now I’m back, yay!

Berlin, Café, Kreuzberg

F5

April 12, 2019

Hey, let’s have a coffee! These shoes, got them last year and have loved them ever since. Very good if you suffer bunion(s).

Hola! Went to F5 for coffee. It’s a nice place located at Falckensteinstrasse, just across the bridge from where I live. Gotta try their snacks as well some day, they look delish.

Johan had a double espresso and I went for a flat white with oat, love the combo of oat milk and well prepared coffee together.

F5 has a minimalistic interior and we arrived 5 minutes before they were closing, thank you nice barista for letting us have our coffees while you were cleaning.

Sat outside. Love the subtle off-white colour on the cups and saucers.

How do you like your coffee? I usually take mine black, but when going to places like F5 I usually order what I had this time as well – flat white with oat milk. So good.

Weekend, what’s up? I’m going to work at an event tomorrow with some nice ladies and on Sunday our brother from another mother ERIK is coming to town. With his son who we’ve never met!