sport poster, deer box, gentleman gift set , kitchen conversation chart, framed song lyrics picture, bow tie, t- shirt, shaving set, backpack, poster, scarf, posterwooden clock, meat poster
Just a few ideas for gifts we found lately....
This month's playlist is to help us all get into the Christmas spirit. Play it whilst decorating the Christmas tree, cuddling up by the roaring fire or simply when having a warm cup of cocoa. We know all to well how busy a time Christmas can be, we hope that these songs will cheer you along and give you that Christmas feeling!
Christmas Playlist is found HERE
The hunger games part two - Catching Fire:
There was a real buzz and anticipation in the air. I don’t think I blinked the entire film; I was captivated by scene after scene of thrilling action. As an audience we were plunged into a believable world of wonderfully torturous creatures and poisonous fogs which blister the skin. This is the sequel to ‘The Hunger Games’ we find ourselves once again back in the arena, but this time the affects of the games ripple throughout the districts. I was not entirely convinced by the first film, I had read all of the books before watching the film, so it was bound to suffer in comparison. Though they have stayed true to the book, it’s difficult to cover all aspects of this (I’m deeming) ‘a modern-day 1984’ trilogy.
The lead character Katniss Everdeen, is a strong and fiery young girl who aims ultimately to protect her family and society, her character was a really refreshing read but it felt as if this strength lacked a little in Jennifer Laurence’s first portrayal. Catching Fire, with it’s bigger budget and actors settling in to there roles, was a much more compelling watch.
This film stretched far beyond the screen, it felt almost revolutionary as the children in the audience started saluting Katniss. It has clever links to today’s society, although the plot of characters being lambs to the slaughter may not seem an appropriate watch for children, overall I thought if I was a child seeing this it was really educational and inspiring. It really drums home the message of power to the people, that we should not be slaves to anyone. That we should defend good people and strive to be moral and strong, all messages that should appear in more films. A must see. The Secret World of Arrietty: In all honesty I’ve never really seen the appeal of anime style films, but this film changed my mind. It was so beautifully done, the colours are vivid and the attention to detail is astounding. As a child I loved ‘The Borrowers’, a story of a Thumbelina-sized family, who borrow from human households to survive. This more modern interpretation follows the youngest daughter Arrietty, an adventurous and clever little girl. Japanese director Hiromasa Yonebayashi has produced many other great animations such as ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl’s moving Castle’ (also ones to watch). This film is perfect for snuggling up on a cold winter’s afternoon, to be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Beyond:
So this technically isn’t a film but it sure feels like it. Star of ‘Juno’, Ellen Page stars in the video game Beyond. There has been a steady increase of film-like games being created, it has the thrill and excitement of a film but with the addition of interaction, brings whole new level to the story and connection to the protagonist. Beyond follows the story of a young girl who has paranormal abilities, she uses her powers for good and as a weapon, ultimately she is the key to saving the world from the brink of destruction… and in a way so are you. If you love playing video games or know someone that does this is a great way to play an all inclusive game. What will you be watching this Christmas? From everyone here at S&B we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
In our studio we are getting in Christmas mood by preparing music playlist, planing dinner parties and drinks with friends. And of course with a huge amount of orders. It's Thanksgiving and and first advent weekend and time to open first window on an advent calendar. This year I was cheating a bit and didn't make any myself instead bought this lovely one, which will hopefully last a few years.
I leave you with some photos I styled and took myself couple of years ago. Have a nice Thanksgiving!
all photos by veronika
Beautiful cozy dinner with friends. Love the informal seating and open fire. I can just the snow falling outside....
There you are first gift guide for this holiday season. For girly, lovers of peach, gold & white. Me & the rest :)
Some items from our shop and more lovely products found at Etsy. I want them all!
1. bag, 2. ring, 3.pom pom necklace. 4. hair pin, 5. cushion, 6. non poster, 7. pencils, 8. skirt, 9.poster, 10. handbag, 11. note book, 12. plate, 13. earrings, 14. necklace
I came across these photos yesterday and loved the relaxed vintage feel and decor. I can definitely feel the holiday season is approaching fast...
all photos from here
In our family we love apples and this seasons is just perfect for apple baking and drinks. I came across these receipts and had to share them with you as I can't wait myself to try them. And although I haven't drunk vodka for ages, I might get persuaded to this one.
APLLE SPICE COCKTAILS:
- 18 ounces apple juice
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 6 star anise pods
- 18 ounces of Vodka
- 6 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon
- 12 oz. bottle of sparking water (optional)
- apple slices, for garnish
- In a small saucepan simmer the apple juice with the cinnamon sticks and star anise. When it barely comes to a boil, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes, then chill for a couple of hours (or overnight).
- When your'e ready to start making cocktails, remove the cinnamon sticks and star anise and set aside for garnish.
- In a cocktail shaker, shake the spiced apple juice, vodka, lemon, and ice together (work in batches if you need to).
- Pour into glasses, add a splash of sparking water, and garnish with apple slices, cinnamon sticks and star anise pods.
On same website I found this delicious dish which I know my daughter will love. YUM!
Apples, brown sugar and cinnamon get softened in a pan with butter, and an egg mixture gets poured on top. The thin egg layer and pillowy apples create more of a custard-like texture than a traditional doughy pancake.
Bake until it puffs up and serve hot slices right out of the pan.
- 2 tablespoons butter (or vegan earth balance)
- 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
- 2 tablespoons flour (any kind, I had spelt)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Combine brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Whisk together eggs and milk.
- Mix together flour and baking powder and stir it into the egg/milk mixture.
- In a skillet, heat butter, add the apple slices and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar mixture and cook, stirring, until soft. About 5 minutes.
- Pour the batter over the apples and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar on top.
- Bake until it puffs up, about 18-20 minutes.
- Dust with a little powdered sugar
Photos & receipts from here.