Saturday, August 31, 2013

August moments


And August is already over!
Maybe it's because of the many things going on, or maybe it's just me getting older, but it really seems to me that weeks are flying away faster than anytime before! Do you ever feel the same?

September will be here in a few hours, and I don't feel ready at all! Don't get me wrong, I love autumn months and I can't wait for the leaves to turn bright red and the bushes to be burdened by colourful berries (I am already picking blackberries and plums from the parks, to be honest). Bt I feel like I need a bit more time to keep up with the many projects I'm working on! : )

Anyway, most of the posts to come will go back to what this blog is supposed to be about, namely miniatures and any kind of cute little things! But first, one more smmer post to sum up the lovely weeks that have gone by so fast.. will you follow me once again? : )

So, in no particular order we had:

Coming back to sunny Scandinavia after our Scottish trip..

..teeny tiny souvenirs from the holidays..

..roasted corncobs (well, they weren't roasted yet when I took this pic)

--and many crayfish parties, because it isn't summer in Sweden without a gathering of people eating langoustines and drinking schnapps! : )



(but you can always add a touch of Italian flavour with an eye-catching choice of starters, of course!)

 A new laptop (finally!)

..and a colourful pijama to brighten up a rainy morning!

Home baked pizza (the triangular shape is mainly due to the fact that it was my bf's first attempt.. and it was delicious!)

And speaking of baking..we also had handmade caramel croissants..

..and their miniature version too! : )

We've had gorgeous Swedish snsets, as usual..

..more friends visiting us..

..and all the excitement of the Festival in Malmö!








(can you immagine me - the quiet, homely and slightly lazy me - in the middle of a hip-hop concert? :D )

And in fact, other than that our August was pretty simple:

some healthy running..


..drawing big chalk animals for the kids in the neighbourhood..

..and buying flowers from the same kids in the garden (for about 10 cents per flower ;P )

And a bit of cooking, of course - today, for example, we had home-made egg linguine with salmon, fresh tomato and asparagus, yum! The scrumptious recipe is from Tartellette. : )

Ps: I have started updating my shop by re-stocking an old time favourite, the bulb vial micro terrarium with the tiny gnome in it. The new version has a silver key charm on top!


And I also created a OOAK version of it with a mushroom standing next to the pixie, which will be available soon! Bt stay tuned, because September will bring a lot of news here on Mijbil Creatures! : )



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

West Highlands memories


Our holidays in Scotland were some of the best I can remember, and I'm glad I captured in pics so many moments from our trip!

These images were taken while travelling through the West Highlands, both by car and train (and if there's one thing I regret about the trip is having fallen asleep while going through some of the most beautiful railway lines in the world.. but I was so tired!)  : )

Anyway, I hope you'll enjoy this last overview on the many beauties and neverending wonders of Scotland..









..such as the pictoresque village of Plockton, which was
the starting point for our sea kayaking excursion! : )



I had never tried a kayak before, and it turned out to be fantastic!
We explored the bay and had lunch on a small island, and to make it all even more awesome:

1) there was a regata on that day, and the boats passed righ in front of the little isle where we were resting!

2) a couple seals followed our kayaks for a while, swimming right behind us and looking overall super playful!








(and since I couldn't obviously get any pic of the seals - since I was paddling - I took a few shots of this equally playful dog, who happily performed the very same trick - catching the ball his owner kept throwing in the sea - over and over again!)



A much recommended pub in Dornie - The Clachan




..and myself standing in front of the magnificent castle of Eilean Donan, in Loch Duich.
And same scene at sunset, absolutely breathtaking!





Sheeps on the way to the ferry in Glenelg..






..and another stunning sunset, in Kyleakin.



A sunny day in Mallaig..




..and quite a lot of rain in Fort William, so we didn't even get to see Ben Nevis, let alone climb it! 


And that's why instead of the majestic sight of the highest British mountain, you get a pic of me with wet hair and my bf's sweater. : )
But we still had a great time, relaxed a bit and shared local whiskey with some Scottish guys at the Grog and Gruel pub!


Last night in Fort William..



..and back to Edinburgh, and to the crazy nightlife and uncountable events of the Fringe Festival! :D









Well, there is going to be one last post about my Scottish experience, but it's going to be a rather different, personal story. I am not quite sure how to write it yet, so it will still take some time.

Time to tidy up my home a bit now, because some friend are coming and they will stay at our place for a few days. Wish you all a lovely week, whether you're still on holiday or back to work. See you soon with a bunch of news (and miniature-related pics too, finally! :D )