12.9.14
















EXCELLENT WOMEN by Barbara Pym

o dear - i have been thinking about and working on this for so long
now i just have to get it out
no matter how good or bad it turned out
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i don´t know exactly why i´m that into Barbara Pym´s books
they are quite churchy - i a fun way though - and they don´t seem to relate to anything in my life
but there is this fascinating species of "excellent women" 
single ladies, almost thirty (a "desperate age") and always ready with a cup of tea
not all of them seem to care to get married
- men would only need them for said cup of teas or typing up their work - being excellent is not very loveable -
some of them do get married though
even the "excellent woman" Mildred who by the end of this book hasn´t choosen one of her odd suiters
so this we only get to know reading one of the following novels - and i´m not that thrilled by that turn of the story
(something i love about these books: characters tend to return in other stories
i wished for a lot more of Faustina the cat - playing with palm crosses, getting her special lunch of coley cooked
but unfortunately she appeared in Pym´s last book and wasn´t able to make a comeback)
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i was thinking for quite some time where or who those "excellent women" are nowadays
and i think there aren´t any, they were left behind in the 1960s maybe
and is there even a "desperate age" anymore?
i know there definitely is no need for melancholy women´s lunches
even if there are only left over leaves and dried up cheese and cans of beans
you could always turn those into "excellent" stews and bakes 
(sometimes with beer in it and a bit to drink with it, too)
getting even better the second time warmed up, tinfoiled
being "excellent" in the food department now means Weck jars full of pestos and sauces
thinking ahead of the meals you might get out of the batch 
pasta cooked in vegetable juices
and frozen logs of shortbread dough to slice off and bake some any time
well, at least it does for me
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and when i´m done filling my days with arranging flowers and putting my aged parent W to work
i might go out and buy myself a spectacular named and looking shade of lipstick
called something like "hawaiian fire"
even though this might be an unsuitable and too exciting colour for me
i´d take it home anyway
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probably Barbara Pym´s book are not for everybody
she get´s compared to Jane Austen a lot - a fact that might put off a lot off potential readers
don´t be! she really is a treat
DENISE likes her too - we even share the same favorite quotes
Juliette Tang DOES SO TOO






coral necklace from my grandmother, restrung by me
cat plate by ALEX SICKLING
picture of dashing shallow Rockingham by E
(actually it´s not him - i just misused a picture she made of a dear friend)






31.8.14













with all the rain right now
the sun in the pictures seems almost unreal
but it suits my current mood
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looks like i´m into endless handiwork projects
it gives me a feeling of continuity when something takes years to be finished
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to make rings jeweller need to eat rings
W even tries on a pasta ring while enjoying his coffee
then we are restored and can work a bit more on new things
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my uncle dumped an old garage door in my yard
an odd thing to have around
but everybody just loves that amazing turquoise colour
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have a lovely Sunday everybody!







24.8.14










got a new phone
and since i´m very late in that game i made myself a late-bloomer-themed phone case
using some drawings i made for the FLORAL PATTERN CARDS
i like THOSE by Leah Goren too
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also i joined Instagram right away - you can follow me @annawsake
got quite addicted instantly
since it´s so much quicker than blogging
but i guess i wont give it up
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those working coats in dark colours don´t come in small sizes
so i´m looking like a unbelievable dirty doctor wearing a lab coat instead
right now we´re working on some custom made CHANGE NECKLACES
using heirloom beads and pearls
a FANCY STONE RING with a stunning two coloured yellow sapphire
and we´re thinking about a reedition of an Advent wreath W made a few decades ago
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plums galore
not a day without
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does someone has any experience with VSCO for Photoshop?
thinking about getting an edition but i have no idea what i should choose
any suggestions?









17.8.14













late summmer things
but right now it definitely feels like fall
wore pantyhose for the first time yesterday
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quite tart local apricots for PISTACHIO SQUARES (Nina knows a DELICIOUS VERSION too)
(works excellent with our abundance of plums too + who doesn´t like such a friendly called recipe)
a HORCHATA made with apricots
and a PLUM CAKE with champagne and olive oil
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W thinks those wire beads are too common
i think they are delightful anyway
and a good way to get some training in aiming with the solder flame
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S did not like my tightly bound fall flowers
so she tore them apart again after taking the pictures
she was right i guess
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cat does not like the fish rattle
too noisy
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and i do like ANA KRAS
so i work on a lamp shade once i a while - very fangirl like
completely aware that hers are actually art 
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JOHANNA VAN DAALEN + STUDIO OINK + a little bit of WSAKE
YAY YAY YAY!






9.8.14














i´m quite sure i´m really boring you
but there´s not so much happening in my life
doing laundry 
(cat approves very much)
cutting down a monstrous purple hanging plant once or twice a year 
(and starting it over again with the cuttings)
working on some SWIMMING RINGS
(hahaha)
oh, that´s a bit exciting: some PLANT HANGERS arrived from Portugal
get them now - there are only a few more left until the next shipment
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i do have the feeling HONY is currently doing his part to restore world peace
me - not so much
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in case you´d like a purple plant too to spend your dull time with
let me know and i´ll send you a cutting next time
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going to make these APRICOT PISTACHIO SQUARES
with some kind of egg free marzipan filling
but that´s as exciting as it gets around here
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yesterday: WORLD´S CAT DAY