Early b-day gift & blog change

Since my finals are now over (finally !) I have more time for my blog and cooking, reading and whatnot.
Overviewing all the posts I have made since I started this blog, I noticed that it’s not all about cooking anymore. Which might be a good, at least that’s what I think, you’re free to give your own opinion on this. So let’s say this blog is about all my interests and whatever is going on in that head of mine 🙂

So to get to the actual point of this post … Recently I went to a secondhand shop with my dad, just to browse a bit. There was a lot of junk, as there always is, but some pieces really caught my eye. For example a beautiful louis XIV chair, I adored it, but sadly I don’t have enough room to use it.

Then today we went again, and the piece I really loved was still there, and my mom was so sweet to give it to me as an early birthday present. They are a set of pheasants (male & female) and they cost us 8euro/7pound/10 dollar.
Did some research on them and they seem to be a set of silver plated pheasants ( obviously ^^) from Roberto Rossi from the 1940’s. They might be fake I’m not an expert in that field. But I’m really happy with them and they really are gorgeous.

If anybody knows anything more about them, be sure to let me know !



Stacking The Shelves *10/03/13*

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I’ve always been intrigued by old books for so many reasons; they are mostly cheap, they smell old and musty and one way or another these books turn out to be so very different from the books that are written today. So when I last bought my books (see previous stacking the shelves post) I did some research into vintage penguin books. And of course that’s where i found my new collection to be :p I’ll sketch the context a bit.
During the period that Allen Lane ( founder of penguin books) was still alive, they published the penguin main series. This series contains 3000 books all numbered by publication date ( this was all before isbn numbers came out). The series consists of orange, blue, purple,pink, green & yellow books, the colors obviously meaning a different genre of book and the orange being the most frequent of all.

So i’ve started my collection with these 2 books. not first editions, but i will be looking out for those in the future. There are some great bloggers out there who already have a lot of them, there even is a blog which holds a catalogue of all the ones that belong in the series. And when I collect something I do it the proper way, so I joined the Penguin Collectors Society.


My vintage camera affair

It all started with a normal affair, a teenage crush if you will. It happened the normal way, Girl meets Boy, Girls wants Boy to notice her. Girl has a slight interest in photography. Boy offers Girl to go buy a camera together. Girl says she loves Boy. Boy starts to ignore her for the rest of time.

So that’s my story, the sorrow and heartache have long passed, for it was only a teenage crush. But the moment we went to buy a camera that is where my whole affair started.
Me and my Diana.
The beginning of my analogue love ❤
Taking the pictures seemed somewhat of a challenge to me, i’m artistic enough to compose a good picture, but working with a toy camera was not as easy as i expected. Some pictures turned out wonderful, other just failed miserably. But I’m not so easily defeated so i kept trying and trying and eventually bought myself another camera at a car boot sale for 2 euro (which was a bargain). from that moment on my love for the vintage camera grew even more. I love the sound of the shutter opening and closing, I love the smell of old leather and dust, I love the history that’s behind every single camera I buy, I love the way it fits in your hand whether it’s heavy or light. The pictures i take are just a bonus.