The meaning of talent: Sofles

My granddad is an architect and my dad’s job has always been involved with something creative: design, construction works, executing exhibition stands, advertising, almost everything. I think it’s natural that I’ve always been into art. I even considered embracing art as my career choice but life got me elsewhere. However, I still love to draw from time to time and it brings me amazing sense of satisfaction. I also like to find new, or at least new for me, art forms. And my favorite is street art. I’m fascinated by the way people can transform dull walls, buses, trains and even trash into gripping and wonderful pieces. So, when Martin introduced me to the art of this artist form Brisbane I was totally mesmerized. His gift is simply spectacular and with every video of his that comes up I’m becoming an even bigger fan. So, ladies an gentlemen, with just a few of his masterpieces, I present to you the phenomenal Sofles:

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DIY Pallet couch

I was planning to do one more Amsterdam week post as I managed to capture some great street art there, but some of the photos are on my cousin’s camera. And, the perfectionist I am, I don’t want to post until I have all the photos I want to share. So, while I’m waiting for him to send them to me, I decided I’ll show you my new home asset – a pallet couch that me and Martin made. We had the pallets for quite some time but we couldn’t find the time to process them so they could be turned in the couch I wanted. Finally, we transported them to Martin’s countryside villa, so that he could work on them in peace and he did a great job. He polished and lacquered them with colourless lacquer because we wanted to retain the natural look of the wood. Then we found a company that made us the cushions and this is the end result: a great looking, very comfortable couch for under 70 euro! I hope you like it as much as Churchill did 🙂

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Amsterdam week: New vs Old

Whenever I go to a new city I tend to observe the cars people are driving. And going to Amsterdam was no exception. I noticed that people drove all kinds of cars – big, small, old, new.But they all had one thing in common – all were well taken care of. This wasn’t a big surprise, considering how everything else looked like – the streets were clean, the trams – shiny and new, the buildings – both in the old city center and outside of it – were taken good care of. Maybe except the bikes – there were some pretty beat up ones. I was impressed by some luxurious and fancy new cars like this Lotus Evora:

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I was also happy to see this quirky choice of transportation:

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However, my real soft spot was for the amazing classics I found on the streets of Amsterdam:

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Amsterdam week: Canals and smiles

Traveling is my calling. Maybe it sounds a little cliche but the thing I love most is seeing new places, meeting new cultures, tasting exotic (and not-so-exotic) foods and everything else you can experience on a trip. I’m even striving to make this my job and I’m happy I’m getting there. So, naturally, I was super excited about my short trip to the Netherlands. I was getting down with a cold and we had a very early morning flight, which didn’t exactly help my condition, but even that couldn’t stop my enthusiasm. At last I was at the land of tulips, windmills, vast fields and many more. As we were there for only 3 days we spend them only in Amsterdam. And I have to say I’m in love with the city. It’s different from the other capitals I’ve been. It doesn’t have the metropolitan feel of London or Paris, where the masses can make you feel small and insignificant. It’s green and cozy, filled with history and smiling people, most of them on bikes. The medley of colors and shapes of the tilted buildings in the city center made me feel like I was in “Girl with a pearl earring” and I was fascinated by the boats and arcs in the canals that people have transformed into charming homes. And even though the city is so opened to sex and drugs, it’s one of the safest cities in Europe. Maybe that is the key. When you don’t prohibit something people feel relaxed and just enjoy it. And believe me, the people in Amsterdam looked sincerely happy and I think it’s not only because of the weed 🙂 Needless to say, it’s definitely a place I’d love to visit again and it will be great to have a chance to see more of this beautiful country. No matter that I spend just a few days there, I’d love to share the different aspects of my trip. So stay tuned for the other posts this week.

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