Friday, May 31, 2013

part IV: of ships and favorite stores

in stockholm we went to the vasa museum 
which contains this massive swedish warship (named the 
"vasa" - imagine that!). it was built in the early 1600's
 in order to go and aid the swedes in one of 
their wars since they were the powerful guys of 
the baltic sea at the time. about 10 minutes into her 
maiden voyage, and still in the stockholm harbor, the vasa, 
top-heavy and loaded with an insufficient ballast, succumbed to a few
measly waves and sunk right there, not even a mile away from shore. 
ouch, right? they could never locate and unearth the ship from the bottom
of the harbor so they let it be for about 300 hundred years until
an archeologist went out to hunt for it and found it. it was then hoisted up
out of the sea and since the baltic is so brackish and 
the mud was so thick upon it, the boat had been 
completely preserved. they put it back together and
voilĂ !

I honestly thought that the tale about the sinking of the poor vasa was both
quite tragic and slightly comical (although I am sure it wasn't at the time).

here she is!

loved the painting's unimpressed expression.

there was a game where you could build your own ship
and fill it with ballast, choose its dimensions, and then sail it.

as you can tell, ours did not fair very well on the open sea.

after the vasa museum we went to one of our favorite places.
can you guess where? take a clue from those yellow bags. 

but, not just any IKEA but the biggest IKEA in the

world! It has four floors, three cafes (one at which we ate dinner),
and I was ready to hunker down in one of those bed displays after 
navigating the entire store to reach the exit. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

stamped and chevron-ed

for a baby shower last week, I had a bit of creative fun making
some cute potato stamped pants and onesies as well as some
sweet chevron leggings for the soon-to-come babe of a friend.

the process was so simple. all I did was take one potato per stamp 
(I did a heart and a triangle), cut it in half, pen out the shape in the middle of 
the halved potato, and then I cut around the shape and down about half an inch so 
that the shape stuck out. then I painted the shape-stamp with black acrylic paint (but,
it's probably best to use fabric paint - alas, I had none at the moment) 
for each stamp I did on the fabric.

as for the chevron pants, I used pieces of scotch tape to create
the design across the pants and then sponged white fabric paint into the area 
between the tape. at the end I peeled off the tape
and voilĂ ! They aren't perfect, but I like them better that way (and,
hopefully, the soon-to-be momma does too).

^^ these were my favorite

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

oh, hey.

^ food with the family

 ^laura's baby shower

^phil's breakfast cake

 ^backyard concert

 ^ice cream mix-in's
^our jeans got a little summertime trim

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

part III: gamla stan

gamla stan, or "the old town,"
is one of the oldest areas of stockholm. 
therein lies the king's castle, the parliment building,
cobblestone streets, and the narrowest alleyways.

before walking over there though, phil wanted to show
me one of the most picturesque locations: a lookout over the city. 

the building on the left is the place where
the Nobel Prize is awarded each year.

a little too thrilled to see a familiar acronym.

the gates leading into gamla stan

donald duck is big in sweden,

 as is 7Eleven. we felt reassured knowing that we 
could get a slurpee whenever we might be in need..