Wrap it in!

For as  long as I can remember, I have taken huge pleasure in wrapping gifts. Each Christmas I change the theme, from glitzy paper to pure white. This year I go for rustic, natural nostalgia.

Don’t leave the leaves behind

I can think of many reasons to love fall; one of them being mother nature’s beautiful colours, another all the the cosy indoor activities. With all the fallen leaves scattered around in my garden I came up with some simple family DIY activities: Decorative leaf balls I used paper to make balls, but you can also use oasis […]

Post-summer bummer

The Desperate Expat Wife considers the generous holidays in Luxembourg to be a major advantage. She especially enjoys it in September when she, comfortably installed on her beach towel, waves a royal goodbye to the majority of fellow holidaymakers who grudgingly pick up their towels and plod back to work and school, making her the […]

Paris slows down

Paris slows down in August. A time for new discoveries and for the things you discover again and again.  Sometimes to get the nicest experiences, you have to accept some less nice ones – such is big city life.   And sometimes, those experiences are human encounters. Like the slightly worn but very friendly and […]

Prawns in a gutter

If you visit Norway during the summer, you’ll discover that Norwegians love to eat prawns, to the point where we regularly host prawn parties. We like to serve them simply with butter, mayo and lemon, on a piece of white bread. And peeling is part of the fun! So when I recently hosted a «Norwegian» garden party […]

A walk in the park

Sometimes right outside your doorstep can be such a nice place to be. Especially on a beautiful summer’s day or a warm summer evening. And if you bring your camera, new motives might appear in familiar places, like it did for Clew photographer Lisbeth Ganer when she went for a stroll in the cosiest park in […]

Bring me outside!

When cleaning up my (husband’s) wardrobe, I found an old belt that is no longer in use. Instead of throwing it away I said to myself: «What can I do with this belt?». I always have a project going, and right now it’s renovating a small cabin in Norway that sleeps 8 and has limited space, so […]

The pancake layer cake

Great food is all about the presentation. If you have friends over and serve pancakes – that’s nice! But if you surprise them with a stacked pancake layer cake they will be impressed! The extra effort is so small – but the result looks amazing. You don’t even have to be very talented to manage […]

DIY: Flower power

During a sunny morning walk in the forest, I came up with this little DIY project: By simply using scotch to make a grid pattern in a shallow and wide bowl, you can fill it with flowers and they will stay where you put them! Text and photos by Ann-Kristin Øvreeide, May 2015 Ann-Kristin Øvreeide has […]

How far would you go…

…for ice cream? Clew’s Alison will definitely make a detour: Is being in the Rollingergrund near Merl? Does it make sense taking a detour through Merl from Kirchberg to Bridel? I can find lots of excuses to reply yes to these questions. Why? Because if I am passing through Merl between midday and 8pm it […]