Just because I had time to play around i Photoshop.
Hope you’re having an awesome start to the holiday season (if you’re into those kind of things). I must say, Liz and I have made it really cozy here at home with stars in the windows, a Christmas tree that is up and decorated, and last night we drank mulled wine and ate a typical Swedish Christmas saffron bun. When typing this, I’m also listening to Christmas music with candles lit around me; so in other words, the Christmas spirit has arrived, and I love every single bit of it.
We’re celebrating Christmas Eve (the Swedish way) at my parents’ place this year, but flying to the States on the 26th to spend some quality time with my in-laws and friends there. So pretty much the best of both worlds this holiday season, which is super fun!
We decided to film and make a YouTube video while decorating this year, so let’s check it out here below ♥ Happy First of Advent!!
This is how I’ve felt lately… separated into different pieces because life turned me in a completely opposite direction then I expected. But you know what? I think that this process that I’ve been forced to go through will actually turn into something amazing – something way better than I could have ever imagined! So even though I’ve felt like I’ve been in split into pieces, I think I’ve put myself together again, one piece at a time. I know where I wanna go, and hopefully how to get there!
I’m gonna find a dream team to work with, in an amazing work place, with fun, interesting, and exciting projects where I get to be creative and have loads of fun! YEAH!
(I haven’t mentioned anything about it at all, but in the end of September, I was laid off work due to their bad economy. So I, along with three others, were made to leave. Long story short, there’s still a process going on with that, which I’ll not get in to. But, while not working, I’ve studied a class, gotten a certification in User Experience Design (UX-design), and worked on my portfolio. So now I’m ready to hit the job market again! Wish me luck ♥).
Never forget September 11, 2001…
As a little love letter in motion digital format, I’ve put together a short video of our time in New York City this summer. Gaaah, love that freaking city so much. And when we’re at it, I would be deeply thankful if you would like to hit that subscribe button on our YouTube channel, liz+lina ♥ Thankyouthankyou
A few weeks ago, our friend Claire from London (and who also was our tv producer of House Hunters International), came for a visit! We had such a great time; and as a thank you for staying with us, she had bought a gift. How sweet and totally not necessary! However, I have to admit, I got really excited because… how amazing is this packaging?! I knew immediately where it came from, from the black and white bag. NK – Nordiska Kompaniet in Stockholm. Americans, think Macy’s in New York City. I loooove how NK wraps their gifts; and, of course, I loved what was inside! Thank you so much, Claire! Ok, let’s check it all out!
I made a video the other day where I’m doing an unboxing, and talking about my eating disorder. Check it out ↓
Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe ♥
Hey! Long time no see, but here I am. Gosh, once I really sit down and blog, I realize how much I actually miss it. Anyhow, as the title of this post says, today is the day. Liz and I are going to be on Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on the show called, House Hunters International. Yep, that’s right! The channel found Liz’s blog back in winter of 2015, but we weren’t ready to move to our own place then. However, HGTV told us that they still really wanted to film an episode with us, and that they would wait until we were actually gonna buy a home. Life happened and the time came for us to purchase a place, we contacted HGTV, and we filmed a day in Asheville, NC in the States this past summer, and then filmed four days here in Uppsala, Sweden. Intense days but so much fun!! The time has now come and it’s gonna air on TV TONIGHT in the States!!
So if you have HGTV, our episode, “Swinging Back to Sweden”, will be on at 10:30PM Eastern time.
You can read more about the episode here which will take you to the website of House Hunters International, and basically what you see down below.
Liz and I have, of course, a lot of footage from summer and fall, when we filmed, which we will post on our YouTube channel (which I’ve forgotten to mention on the blog yet, but in our latest podcast!). However, if you would like a little taste of it, you can watch the Casting Video we filmed. Even though the show hunted us, we still had to go through all the paperwork and process of being casted. Check out the casting video here below. Also, for future references, we will post, as I said earlier, more video footage later on, so hit the subscribe button on YouTube, and tag along on this TV adventure of ours!
Search liz+lina on YouTube or click on this direct link here in order to get to our channel.
A couple of American papers have also written about us and the upcoming show as well, which you can find here. Mountain Xpress, here, and Citizen-Times, here. We’ve also been interviewed by the local paper in Uppsala, but when I’m typing this, it hasn’t been published yet (if it will?!).
So, I believe that’s it for now. I’ll post, once the episode has been aired, a bunch of behind-the-scenes pictures, a little more info, and videos. It will probably end up being several parts because we have so much fun material to share with you! What a crazy and amazing adventure this has been and still is!
So why do I call this website LIER? It’s based on the first two letters of my first name (Lina) and the two first letters of my last name (Eriksson), so it’s totally based on my names. Therefore, the social media platforms are also based on LIER, along with another word, that refers to what kind of platform it is. Ok, let’s check it out a little bit closer.
Pinterest → lierlikes
Because I save pins I like.
Instagram → liersees
Because I post stuff I see.
Twitter → liersays
Because I say things.
Are you using any social media platforms? If so, where, and what’s your username(s)?
Guys, guess what I’m doing today!!! I’m gonna start working a little bit again, after nearly a year of being on the sick list full time. I’ll take it really slowly in the beginning, and will just be at work a couple of hours every day. I’m pumped, excited, but also nervous in some way. Just like it “should” be, I guess.
At least, I’m not gonna work with stressful deadlines and have any direct contact with customers in the beginning. Instead, I am going to work within the company, such as, promoting it in on social media. Gonna be so much fun! I love social media, and to be able to work with it, is awesome. Like a dream. I feel so creative and inspired right now.
So from now on, I’ll work a tiny bit again, and I think we all (my therapist, mentor, Liz, the doctor, my job, and I) all have a great plan for me. And I’m gonna start saying that my position at work is not only as a Graphic Designer, but also as a Social Media Coordinator.
I thought we needed a little break from all the States pictures/blog updates, so let’s check out what my Saturday looked like instead. Come on & tag along!
Music by Dana Boulé, found here.
Here’s comes a random photo challenge I found on my cousin’s blog and then on Liz’s blog. Unfortunately, I moved hundreds of photos over to my external hard drive and then deleted them on my phone about two weeks ago…so I don’t have that many photos, hence the amount of random photos I scrolled and stopped.
How does it work?
× First, open up your camera roll on your phone.
× Now, scroll one time and then put down your finger to stop the scrolling. No peeking as it scrolls and no cheating!
× Whatever photo you stop on (no cheating!) is now part of your little scroll and stop gathering. Mark the photo or save it somehow.
× Scroll again from your current position, back further in your camera roll, and randomly stop your finger on the next photo.
× Repeat this 7 or 9 or 10 or 12 times, randomly choosing photos from your camera roll (I chose 5!).
× After you’ve gathered them all, share a little background info/story about each photo. Post it on your blog or facebook or even as a collage on instagram.
Here 3 random photos
This was taken Tuesday night when Liz and I went to an amazing concert at Berns in Stockholm. It was a big band called, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, who makes covers of modern songs into retro sounds. Loved it! You can check them out here on Spotify.
Thursday afternoon last week, I took the train to my parents’ home in Norrköping and stayed for a couple of days. This is their cherry blossom tree in their backyard. <3
I visited grandma while I was in Norrköping, and checked out some of her albums where I found this photo from 1986. This is me and my siblings.
I’m kind of into lists right now so here comes another one! Hope you’re ok with it..hehe.
What are you doing right now?
Sitting at the kitchen table, eating a snack, drinking coffee, and chatting with Liz’s cousin who’s visiting us for some days.
What scares you?
Wars, flying in an airplane, selfish people, and spiders.
What inspires you?
People and places all around the world.
What do you mainly wanna do in five years?
I still wanna work as a graphic designer at the company where I work, but perhaps long distance, out of the office, and be based in NYC for some months.
What makes you cry?
Anxiety, animal cruelty, and death.
What is the last thing you think of before you go to bed?
If I still have any candles lit.
What ingredients do you have to have at home?
Salt, garlic, fresh basil, pasta, coffee, and milk.
What are you reading right now?
Blogs, Uppsala Nya Tidning, Dagens Nyheter, and still Tio lektioner i matlagning by Lotta Lundgren.
A really warm summer day evening, when friends and family are gathered, we’re cooking out, and sipping white wine in the backyard. Or a day at the beach in the States. Or in the archipelago in Sweden.
What do you do when you’re upset?
Cry and/or call my dad.
What’s your most common greeting phrase in texts?
“Hej finis” which means like Hi cutie..
What are you jealous about?
People who seem to be so relaxed about themselves and who believe in themselves to the fullest. That’s cool and makes me jealous.
What do people usually call you?
What’s the most important in life?
Love & health – Liz, Zola, my family, and friends.
What makes a good night out?
Interesting conversations with awesome people, good weather, and yummy drinks.
What’s the cutest that exists?
Liz and Zola.
What did you see last on stage?
Helen Sjöholm, I believe.
What would you like to recommend?
Watch this (subtitles in English!) and think once or twice before you buy your clothes. If it’s really cheap, you might wanna look into where the companies’ clothes are produced what the workers’ rights, and salaries are. Perhaps skip, for example, H&M, Forever 21… or at least cut down on buying stuff there. Deal?
List from Flora.
I’ve been stuck lately with something called, Querkles. It’s simply a kind of coloring book based on circles you fill in, either in various shades of one color, different colors, or patterns. Each shade, color or pattern has its own number. So easy, and turns out pretty cool, I think. A tip for you who might be tired of regular coloring books. You’ll find it in a regular book store. Just a little Tuesday evening tip.
Crazy. It’s been a while since I last posted something here on the blog. Oh, well. My life has been pretty intense, but not, at the same time. To be honest, it’s been pretty tough lately, but I keep fighting, trying to follow what the professionals and Liz are telling me to do. However, there are some struggles that are really hard right now, and it’s not really helping that day treatment is closed for about two weeks!! I understand the professionals need some time off too when the holiday is kicking in, but this is also a really tough period when having an eating disorder…
Friday was the last day for some of the girls at treatment as well, so it was really sad to say goodbye to them, and also to say goodbye to the girls who I’ll not see on a daily basis for a few weeks, like the past months. You get so used to the everyday schedule at the hospital with amazing people around you, and then suddenly, you don’t have them around you. I miss my heroes. Because that’s what they are, the other girls (well the professionals too), but gaaaah, I feel so much for the other patients. Ok, enough with that talk..I’m getting really emotional now.
Liz and I had some cozy time here at home with my brother, his wife, my cousin, her boyfriend, and my extra big brother (my real brother’s best friend). We drank Glögg (mulled wine which is a major Swedish holiday drink), ate some snacks, chatted, and played a quiz that Liz and I had put together earlier in the day. So much fun! We filmed some during the day so lets check it out instead of me trying to describe it.
Here we go! (for better quality, check out the video directly on my channel on Vimeo → here)
Episode 2 of Two Chicks & a Chat is now out! In this episode we talk about what we did this past summer, what our everyday life looks like now, and our Halloween plans!
Sorry for the not so good sound and picture quality. We tried a different way of recording it, but hopefully, it won’t be too disturbing, and we’ll try to make it better next time!
PS. For HD quality, check out the video directly on Vimeo → here.
I love and have always loved pens and pencils! There’s something that’s just makes me excited when I see them. So colorful and so creative-focused. I do own a few various brands, which all have different uses. These are all of the different brands I have at home right now (actually, that’s not true, I realized I have some more, but I had already taken pictures of these and added them to this post when I realized that). Oh, well. Not a biggie.
First out are my beloved Stabile pens, which is a German brand established in the early 60’s. You can find these fibre-tip pens pretty much everywhere in the world. I have used these for school, for coloring, for general notes and letters, and to just make things I write down prettier. I have only the thinner ones, but they do exist in thicker tips as well. Check out the Stabile website here.
Second out is the Staedler fibre-tip pens which also have an ergonomic triangular shape, and they come, as the Stabile pens, from Germany. Germans are good when it comes to pens and other office stuff. When I spent summers in Germany as a kid and teenager, I loved checking out the fall school supplies that came out in stores there, since it was all so much, such variety, and also different from Sweden’s supplies.
Side story: One German tradition is to give the kids who’s starting first grade, a “Schultüte” (which is a big coned styled package, filled with school stuff and usually some candy). I google searched it and you can check it out some examples, here. I got one from our German friends when I started school, as did my siblings. And when I was living in Germany for a while and attended high school there, I got another one, (a smaller one, that was more symbolic since I was starting school for the first time in Germany), from the same family who I also stayed with then.
Sharpies are pretty famous in the States, but perhaps not as familiar in Europe. However, I do believe they’re more and more available here now. I know there are pen stores here in Sweden selling them, of course it’s like three times more than what you pay for them in the states. There are so many different ones but I have the Fine Points and the Ultra Fine Points. I also have the Retractable Fine Point Permanent Marker and some gold and silver ones. You can check them out more, here.
Pro markers were founded in London in late 1959 – I love the long history of all the pens! You can check them out more, here. The letterset website, linked here before, has also plenty of tutorials on their website, which can be good if you’re new to using Promarkers. I’ve done a few things with them, but then haven’t taken the time to really learn more about how they work, but I’m thinking that this fall, will be a great time for me to get into them again. The cool thing with Promarkers is that you use a blender, which, as it sounds like, blend the colors together so you can get various shade of a color, blending one color into another color or shade. This means that you can get a whole lot of different shades and colors with these ones. I have set 1, set 2, and skin tones 1, plus some blenders. Each pen has a thinner and a thicker side and each color has also its own name too, such as, Cinnamon, Sunkissed Pink, and Lemon, which will help you to separate the ones you have with the ones you might want to have.
This is what the different ones in the shade of blue, looks like.
Just wanted to share with you my little passion for pens! And give you some tips/info, in case you’re a pen and pencil nerd like me. How do you feel about office supplies? Do they get you all excited like they do me?!
So this past Thursday, the 24th to be exact, was Liz’s b-day. Let’s check out what we did!
We hung out at home, Face-timed a friend and family in the States. Colored Liz’s hair, fixed our nails, and so on. It was pretty gray and rainy but once it cleared up a bit, we headed downtown.
We hung out at a bar first, before it was time for Liz’s surprise. She knew something was coming up but not where, when, and with who. At 7pm I had reserved a table at this pretty new place in Uppsala, a wine bar.
We drank delicious wine, ate appetizers, and smørrebrød (fancier kind of sandwiches we decided to call it), and made plans to definitely come back, perhaps on a snowy day, and be all cozy inside, because it all felt really really cozy there. Sounds like a pretty good deal. It was, after all Thursday, a regular day, with work day for the majority of the crowd, the next day, so after some hours, we walked home, and I believe Liz was happy about her day.
I think I’ve been inspired by Liz’s job where she’s developing film and doing other things photo related. I’ve been taking pictures with my system camera lately, and I’m also getting more into taking pictures with this little thingy – my Diana Mini Analogue Camera. I bought it in Berlin a cold, but yet, cozy and fun February day in 2013. I think I almost got tired of it, not even using it, when I created a digital 3D version of it in one of my classes at the University in the States. Hehe..a really twisted and sad reason for not using it. So this is gonna have to change. It’s time to find all the accessories, instruction/inspiration book, and start getting creative! I think the beginning of fall here, when it’s still a decent amount of light outside, will be a good period to finish up the first roll. Deal!
Liz’s family has a tradition of spending a week together at the beach in North Carolina. I’ve been lucky to be a part of this tradition for some years now, and I love every single minute of it. 2014, I filmed a little bit, and forgot about the film snippets, until today. So I decided to put it all together and show you all what it looks like when the Reynolds family clan gets together. It’s usually filled with laughter, beach days, restaurant visits (some years we’ve created lists of our favorite restaurants and then get to vote on a few, and the winning restaurants are the ones we’re visiting during the week – a really serious voting system organized by Liz’s aunt), boat rides, grilling out evenings, fireworks on the beach, long chats in the evenings, wine/beer – but only after 12 o’clock (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere…hehe), and just a lot of quality time together. I love it so so so much.
Enjoy 5 minutes and 13 seconds of family beach stuff fun!
Ps. If you would like to watch it in HD, check the video directly on → Vimeo
My longboard is here!
I wrote not too long ago about my new hobby, longboarding, here on the blog. I ordered it online (from nordboards – a skating store in California, through Amazon) on Saturday Sept. 5, and 1.5 week later, it’s here in Sweden with me. That’s pretty awesome. I was gonna order it through a Swedish store first, but they didn’t have it in, so it was gonna take them around 6 weeks to get it and it was gonna cost way more as well…So ordering it myself directly, worked out way better for me! Since I picked it up last night, I haven’t been able to really test it out (more than rolling around in the apartment a tiny bit..hehe), but I’m dying to test it out.
Made a short little video when I picked it up at the post office. Check it out here below, if you’d like to.
Welcome to the new look of lier.se!
A Premium Theme: Rosemary – Solo Pine
Font-family: “Karla”, sans-serif
Theme color: Gold (#C69F73)
Below is a guide for you to read through so you’ll become a pro on how lier.se is organized; but this is also a kind of post I would like to have saved just so my blog theme/design is documented as well. Even though I work as a graphic designer/web designer and build websites for living, when it comes to my private stuff, I like to make it pretty simple. As some comedians explain, I’m pretty serious private. You probably get my point.
So this is a paid-for premium theme, focused on blogging. Since I’m not studying anymore nor looking to find a job, I decided to not focus so much on my portfolio anymore, and to focus more about blogging instead. So that’s why I’ve taken away the portfolio part.
When you write lier.se in your browser (like you’ve already done since you’re here, reading this), you see the first page, the index page, to be precise. This is where you find the main content, the blog, with the latest post first. ↓
Let’s take a closer look at the navigation bar. There are links to read about me, to get to the blog if you’ve clicked away from it, to check out the archive, get contact info, and check me out on other places on the Internet – the social media links to Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Vimeo. And the navigation bar is where you’ll find the search tool.
If you click on “ABOUT LINA”, it will take you to the page where you can read a short post about me. It’s not a very long introduction, but enough to get a picture of me, and then if you’ll follow my blog, you’ll get to know me even more. That’s my idea of my about page at least. It looks like this.
If you click on the word “BLOG” in the navigation bar, it will take you to a separate blog page where I’m describe in depth a little about each of the categories you’ll find here.
It looks like this when you’re scrolling down below the first picture.
If you click on one of the categories under “BLOG”, the view is a little bit different. The blog posts are a bit skinnier in order to give space to a sidebar, which you’ll find on the right. This sidebar shows pretty much everything you’ll find in the navigation bar on top of the whole website, but in a smaller format. It’s a picture of me with some about me text, contact info, social media links, recently written posts, a little snippet of my latest posted pictures on Instagram. You can also walk down memory lane to read older blog posts, check out posts based on the various categories, and you’ll find a direct link to Liz’s (my wife) blog and our Asheville Brewery Guide.
If you hover over “ARCHIVE” a sub menu will be shown with years linked – like it did under “BLOG”. If you click on each year, you’ll get all the posts that were posted within those years in a feed. On this blog, you can go back to 2008! Between 2008 and 2010, I used the blog platform, blogg.se and lmve.blogg.se, which you can still find if you click on that link. “Lmve” is short for all my names – the first letter in all my names. However, I’ve moved over those posts to this blog, but I find it fun to still be able to get to that blog and check out the design I had then, so I let it stay. Before blogg.se, I used a not so big and well known blog platform called, nogg.se. I wrote there between 2006 and 2008. In 2004 and 2005, I used my friend’s server, coded my own website, and used the free host name .tk. My website was then cureda.tk (cureda was my nickname everywhere back then), but unfortunately, it’s not available to check out nowadays; but I have done a blog post and posted some of the designs of it, which you can check out here.
In the navigation bar, you can also find the way to contact me/check me out more, and that page looks like this.
Lastly, if you’re scrolling down to the bottom of each page on this website, you’ll find my Instagram feed, with the six latest photos posted. It looks like this.
I believe that was the end of this design’s little tour, hope you enjoyed it!
So while I’ve been sick and worked from home the whole week, music has made a huge difference in my mood (I’m so tired of feeling crappy and I haven’t been outside since Saturday lunch – it’s freaking Thursday evening now!!! End of short side story.). Monday was all about new discoveries through Spotify’s own playlist designed for me that comes out every Monday – based on what I’ve listened to before. Tuesday was all about fall coziness with various fall playlists, mainly Liz’s latest one for September. Wednesday was all about my own fall music list, and today, Thursday, has been all about musicals! Yes, I love musicals and I can totally get stuck on shorter specific parts of a song (goes with all music I listen to and then I have to play it over and over again. I’m probably a pain to have playing music out loud. End of side story 2.)
Will see what I’m in the mood for tomorrow. Thank goodness for my awesome headphones. Otherwise, Liz would probably have killed me. Or not..but you get the point.