Monthly Archives: February 2012

re-turned birds

Re-turned birds by Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland. These little creatures are created out of leftover or unused pieces of woods, giving them a new shot at life.

“I saw dumpsters on every street corner and started to wonder how much quality materials I could find on a single raid plundering these urban sawmills. A short trip gathering wood provided me with enough material to build at least 20 birds. This really opened my eyes to the fact that trash really is a misplaced resource.”

Read the full interview with Lars Beller Fjetland on It’s Nice That.

the nose of a dog

“A dog can detect a teaspoon sugar diluted in a million gallons of water: two Olympic-sized pools full.”

Currently reading Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz. A bit tortuous when the family pup is half a world away, but nonetheless enlightening about dogs and their awe-inspiring talents.

Photo via Jdenredden

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Seeing Ingrid Nelson’s pavement series (pictured above)
2. Discovering a new neighborhood spot, Café Kostverloren
3. Looking forward to two film festivals in March: Movies that Matter and Food Film Festival
4. Reading the new online magazines Wayfare and sisterMag
5. Remembering 29 ways to stay creative
6. Exploring Seaview, an underwater version of Street View (pictured below)

the search for a cake

If you have read small sight for a while, you probably know that I love baking. The best part being the eating of baked goods, naturally. Since I first started experimenting with baking, I have been successful with many recipes and failed with many others – learning a thing or two in the process.

I learned that melting butter does not make anything easier. I learned that baking soda and baking powder produce two distinct results and mistaking one for the other only creates disaster. And I learned to trust my instincts when it comes to measurements.

Given my love for baking, I have decided to bake our wedding cake. With about 1.5 months until the big day, I plan to try several cakes over the next weeks and, with the help of my unsuspecting colleagues, determine a winner. Vanilla bean cake? Buttercream frosting? Chocolate raspberry filling? What is your favorite type of cake?

Photo sources: cake buffet, cake 1, cake 2, cake 3, cake 4, cake 5

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Watching Treeless Mountain, a Korean film directed by So Yong Kim with two seriously cute girls (pictured above)
2. Sharing a Valentine’s Day meal at one of my favorite restaurants in the city
3. Baking some yummy half-wheat chocolate chip cookies
4. Reading The Year in Food (via anthology)
5. Cooking with celery root and making a tasty soup
6. Finishing Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom and loving it
7. Viewing the Elderly Animal Project by photographer Isa Leshko (pictured below, via natsumi)

tucked within luck

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin

Lately I have been thinking about good fortune, hard work, and daring deeds. About taking risks and emerging on the other side, not only unscathed, but also on solid ground. Or sometimes not. I think what I love most about this quote is that, tucked within luck, there is a reminder that we must strive for it.

Packing two suitcases and moving to the Netherlands was a big risk, one in which I have turned out to be fortunate, for the most part. On a much smaller note, I used to be cynical about blog giveaways. No one ever wins do they? At least not me. But recently, I heard about a girl who won over $1000 worth of goods from giveaways and I thought it was time I try my hand. And, I won one! It’s silly, but the small stroke of luck that came – once I actually made an effort – made my day. Big or small, what have you had luck with?

Image via Eye Poetry

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Receiving a package of sweet and simple invitations from Follow Studios (pictured above)
2. Sipping fresh mint tea with Margot at Beter&Leuk
3. Seeing more from Eugenia Maximova’s photo series Kitchen Stories from the Balkans
4. Finding a free download of the audiobook The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
5. Wishing for a week in Montana after watching the footage from Preston Kanak (pictured and embedded below)

snow days

After almost two weeks with temperatures below freezing, the warm will return next week, thawing the canals and melting away the last drifts of snow. The wintery weather has hit Europe and North Africa (!) hard. In Amsterdam, the frozen canals have everyone bringing out their skates and throwing parties on the ice. Although I conquered my fear of biking on the snow and ice several years ago, I spent the first few days of freeze walking around the city in my trusty Oregon hiking boots, enjoying the quiet of the city and the crunch of the snow beneath my feet.

2012 World Press Photo Contest

This morning, I headed to the Amsterdam City Hall for the announcement of the winners of the annual World Press Photo contest. The past two weeks have been a blur of interviews, website preparations, and, of course, looking at tens of thousands of photographs. Tonight I will celebrate, not think about photography, and get some much needed sleep.

Now it is time for everyone else to enjoy this fantastic collections of images. The jury awarded 350 images by 57 photographers. Some of the singles that impressed me include the photos by Samuel Aranda, Damir Sagolj, Denis Rouvre, Vincent Boisot, and Jenny E. Ross. And for the photo stories:

Never Let You Go by Alejandro Kirchuk

Interrogation Room by Donald Weber

Rhino Wars by Brent Stirton

Pastoral by Alexander Gronsky

Child Brides by Stephanie Sinclair

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed over the last week:
1. Hearing about the levitating self-portraits of Natsumi Hayashi (pictured above, via SG1)
2. Reading the Freunde von Freunden interview with Colette Olaf, the first of the Amsterdam series
3. Watching the herding of reindeer in Norway
4. Listening to Ana Tijoux’s new album, which rocks, of course
5. Spotting the Decadent Pigeon Project, an artsy apology of the sometimes shameless bird
6. Purchasing teardrop vases from the newly-opened Mignon Kitchen Company (pictured below)
7. Entering the fantastic giveaway on Honey Kennedy