28 August 2014

Made it! (sweater mending experiment)

Inpired by all these beautiful ideas, I decided to start a mending project on a sweater that became (almost) irrecoverable after being the main course of the meal of a (very large) family of mots!!!! Can you see some of the larger holes they made?

Here's the result (I haven't blocked it yet so its still a bit wrinkled):
(not for the 'faint hearted' to wear, I suppose, but I am very happy with how it came out :-)

27 August 2014

Recently enjoyed things

1 - Walked to our favourite beach and sipped a lemonade by the sea.

2 - Window-shopping-walk in the area of Princepe Real.

3 - Surprised by a 'special' delivery in a box!

4 - Re-starting some missed activities... sketching, writing... and reorganising the new office space :-)

Just a couple of days away from going on holidays!!! Yay!!!

26 August 2014

Treat of the day: Vegan Truffles

Yummy, healthy, beautiful AND delicious, what more can we ask from a desert? Its a really easy recipe. I normally make a big batch and freeze most of it, so that every time I crave for 'chocolate' I just get 1 or 2 truffles!


1 cup hazelnuts or almonds peeled and soaked in water overnight (this step is really important as its meant to release toxins and help digestion)
1 cup dried dates (cored)
1 spoon of raw cocoa powder
1 spoon of tahini
1 tea spoon of spirulina or clorela (optional - only if you want to make these beauties a 'detox' desert as well)
Agave or rice syrup - add to taste
Grated coconut and poppy seeds (to cover the truffles)

Mix all ingredients and blend them in the food processor until you get a smooth paste. Mould small balls and wrap them either in coconut or poppy seeds (or both!). Place them in the fridge for 2 hours. Eat and enjoy!

(they can be kept in the fridge for a whole week or in the freezer for quite a long time)

25 August 2014

Favorite places

(you can never be bored living with a cat - be prepared to find her in the least expected places!)

24 August 2014

Mini holidays in Sintra - walking up to the Palace of Pena

The last time I visited this palace was a long time ago. This time we hiked our way there, through the beautiful meandering green Sintra woods. We took the least known shortcut and found ourselves literally imersed in green beauty.

Upon arrival there was time to sketch na rest, before entering the palace itself.


It is such a nice space - cosy and exquisite at the same time. 

The sorrounding gardens are breathtaking, we spend lots of time enjoying them.

22 August 2014

Mini holidays in Sintra - walk, eat, lounge

A late lunch had as wondering through the vila's narrow streets, until we found a cute place to have a light meal.

Our main reasons to choose Sintra for these 3 days were, firstly, its greenness and countryside atmosphere as soon as you walk away from the center of town.

(was really surprised to see mistletoe... in August??? Really?)

Secondly, the lovely details you can find virtually everywhere you look (camera obsession).

And last, but not least, I was particularly impressed with the clever use of repurposed objects and upcycling work made by the owners of the place we stayed in. Truly original, appealing and ecological.

I couldn't get enough of this lovely old (refurbished) country house with really friendly canine guests.

It seemed there was time to do everything. No rush. No need to do anything (not even to unpack).

This (on photo bellow) won the prize for the most original 'bedside lamp': made with old radio equipment and adapted to use the switches to turn the lights on/off. How about that?