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Happy holidays!

23 Dec

Happy Christmas and New Year © Lisette van de Graaf

Although my posting has been patchy these last months, I did not want to miss the opportunity to wish you Happy Holidays, as well as thank you for your visits, comments, following and support over the past year.

And what better to do that with, than with a collage of the 4 different cards I designed and hand-made for this year’s holidays, which family and friends will be receiving in their letterbox these days…

Dear (blog) friends, have a wonderful Christmas and may 2014 bring you all (and me too) happiness, love, good health, inspiration, fun projects and many other blessings! See you next year!


Lu Ink

11 Dec Lu Ink
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Treasure trove

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today I am taking you to do some Christmas shopping, to Lu Ink, a treasure trove of handmade loveliness, that is located on Carrer Madrazo 141. Coming? Let’s go!

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Mugs for all

The lovely owners, Blanca and George, are the clever sticks who make most of what is on display here, using a variety of techniques, from computer graphics to hand-painting to hand-sewing and more…

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Retro lights

30 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Retro light, antique building – Carrer Hospital

There’s nothing like Christmas lights to put you in a festive mood, right? Well, I’ve been a little disappointed about this year’s lights in Barcelona. They are pretty much the same as last year, and that’s just boring. Obviously these are tough times (financially, politically) so I guess we’ll just have to grin and bear it! Trying to make the best of things (as I usually try to do) I realised that there are actually quite a few lights that I DO like, and these are the retro lights, dotted around town.

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Smirk under the stars – Carrer Tallers

Here’s a selection I shot in the past few days… enjoy!

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What? Already?!

25 Oct copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Llibert was in da hood

Yesterday, while running some errands in the neighborhood of the Cute Suite, I spotted this truck, and thought to myself:  “What? Already?!”

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Bringing wire and lights

Yes, already! Christmas lights are being put up around the neighborhood! I love Christmas lights, but feel it’s a little early to get all Christmassy right now. Oh well, it is what it is…  Are the Christmas lights up where you live?

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Mellow yellow

And apparently, they come from Valencia. Who knew? I’ll show you images of the lights (in their unlighted version) soon.

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Llibert is from Valencia


6 Jan copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Comte d'Urgell

It’s a public holiday today in Spain on this 12th day of Christmas, and it’s all about these guys (above): the Three Kings, also know as the Three Wise Men from the Orient, los Reyes Magos, Els Reis, or simply Reyes. You know who I mean, right? In case you don’t, check the wiki link here.

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I wish you…

24 Dec
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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful time during the holidays, and wish you lots of good stuff for the new year…

I’m taking some time off to relax and enjoy the festivities (you don’t mind, do you?) but will be back on Monday, 2nd January 2012 with more Barcelona loveliness. Bon Nadal i Bon Any 2012!

Xmas windows – my favourites

23 Dec copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Bot - Carrer d'en Bot 4

It’s unavoidable at this time of year – shops decorate their windows with baubles and glitter to create a festive atmosphere, and shops in Barcelona are no different. I haven’t seen very many Christmas windows that have blown my mind, or even that I was delighted and surprised by, but there were a few I liked, so I have selected a few of my favourites to show you. Here they are…

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Tasty Tuesday – Escudella i carn d’olla

20 Dec copyright: Didi van Haren
copyright: Didi van Haren

Veg and pulses

Time to cook, today dear friends! Thanks to my my friend Didi, who once again has graciously allowed me to share one of her delicious recipes (from her blog Bijzonder Spaans) with you.  We’ll be making a dish that is eaten throughout the whole year, but especially at Christmas. Let’s start…

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Lights ON

16 Dec copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Pelai

On Monday I showed you various Christmas lights from around town in their OFF state, and today, to bring on the weekend in a blaze, I have loads of images from the lights in their ON state. Enjoy!!

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14 Dec copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Tió stacked

The run-up to Christmas is in full swing, so I thought it might be a good idea to show you some traditional things that people in Barcelona get to decorate their homes with. Ready? Come with me to the Fira de Santa Llúcia, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year, and is currently on in front of the cathedral! There are lots of different things for sale at this Christmas fair, but I only want to show that which is typically Catalan, so here goes…

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