Asta's Acrobatics

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Something new

Pallet lounge sofa – DONE

Just in time for summer vacation was our new terrace ready. Our idea was to have some lounge sofas but where, is still a bit unsure. The terrace is 66 m2 so there is many options and we do not want to build some fixed furniture until we know where. My idea was so make some cheap furniture from some old euro pallets I got from work, to find out where and what we want to have. The most important feature was that they needed to be good to sit on. On instagram, I found some inspiration, but ended up making some adjustments as I want the seat depth to be a bit more. See original idea here  Now they are ready and painted and I actually think they will end up being a more permanent temporary solution. I love to paint so naturally I gave these a coat too and painted them first with some primer from Røverkøb and the some toned wood protections from Røverkøb. The color code was RAL7012.

Under the finished images, I have added a few picture to demonstrate how I have built them. Really easy to make and super comfortable to sit on. Now some pillows but that is another project for my to-do-list.



I used four euro pallets for this project. I started with sanding all the rough parts and edges in order not to get splinters.


Next step, I split two of the pallets just a few centimeters after the second row. First, I a circular saw but had to finish the off with a hand saw. It is important to leave a planks with of extra for the back piece, gives it a bit more support when screwed together.


Step 3 – I screwed the front legs to the seat with some screws we had left over from our terrace project, so some pretty solid once. Stainless steel screws last longer and don’t rust.


Step 4 – I screwed the back to the bottom in some 45 degree angles. Here you can see where I have set screws.


Step 5 – My favorite job, painting. See above on what I used on the final painted benches.


My new old VIPP bin

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Those were my thoughts when I found this old VIPP bin that had been used as the local daycare as an ashtray for the past years.

I had heard that you could fix almost everything with these bins so I took it home and started to clean it. The bins have a beautiful history of the designer building his hairdresser wife a bin she could open without hands and the rest of the success story is history.

OldVippThis is what it looked like when I found it. Pedal missing, one handle missing, no inner bin, tons or rust and about a years worth of cigarette stubs. Disgusting.

VIPP4VIPP3VIPP5With a lot of sanding, I managed to scrape most of the rust off. Now in these pictures it still looks like a disaster.

New-old-VIPP3I had not quite decided on what color I wanted to paint it. I had shiny white and matt black in mind until I saw the bin after I had applied the primer.

VIPP2New-old-VIPPNew-old-VIPP2And I ended up painting it the primer shade of grey. After a trip to the VIPP repair shop it looks almost like the new one I saw in the shop. But my bin will serve us years to come and I gave it a new life.

New Grey Granny

I simply need to have a painting project during my summer vacation. For a long time I have been planning to pimp my old granny and give it a fresh coat  of paint. Now, it was all about getting it done.

I decider to be a bit lazy and not remove the back wheel. All other bits covered with plastic and tape where I did not want paint. One good layer of primer and two layers of paint.

grey-bikeTo assemble it, I got a bit of help

grey-bike1And the boy insisted on joining me for the test ride. Now I have the finest granny in Søborg.


Copenhagen Dining Week

Something good about us not going skiing week 7 is that there is Copenhagen Dining Week 2014. Can’t wait for date night on Thursday.

Copenhagen dining


Phat Ka-phrao Gai – home street kitchen

One of my favorite Asian restaurants in Copenhagen is Wok Shop, it had conveniently a restaurant on the street I used to live in the city on. Friday, I decided to challenge myself and see if I could make my favorite dish which is a strong, spicy dish called Phat Ka-phrao Gai.

After some research on the web, I think I came close to finding what I wanted.

I use this recipe as a base and added some own inspiration

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400 g minced chicken meat

3 chillies slices fine

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 onion finely chopped

150 gr long green beans

4 tbsp fish sauce

3 tbsp soya sauce

2 tbsp sugar

1 dl water

2 tpsp maizena

handfull of thai basil


Fry chillies, onlion and garlic in cooking oil. When a bit softened add minced meat. When cooked a bit add, fish sauce, soya, water and sugar. When almost done add beans and last basil.

I’m gonna experiment next time with some finely chopped nuts (peanut or cashew)

25/2/2014 Recipe update.

Zoologiske Museum

On Sunday I needed to find something to do with Christian out of the house for a couple of hours. a friend of mine had recommended the Zoologiske Museum. Their website does not look that exciting and to me, it has always sounded like a place with some dusty stuffed animals. But I was wrong. It was really impressive and a super playground for both children and those young in mind. I’m buying a year card.




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Right after New Years, I had a meeting with work in Finland so we took up with the whole small family to take advantage of being with family while I took to a few meetings during the day. One evening we had some team building activity planned in the form of climbing. For me this meant moving boundaries and getting over my fear of heights. I’ve never been fond of a high ledge or a tower. But I’m up for challenging myself. Cool place this Toyota Climbing Arena at Salmisaari, the highest wall in the Nordics.


Time management – to-do-list – Trello

I’m probably not the only active person who thinks 24 hours in a day is not enough to get all the stuff one wants done in one day. Now its Christmas soon and there is so much Krea stuff I am inspired to do. Plus I want to exercise and hang with family…

Found a super smart app called Trello to help with time management. And wupsi…. Stuff gets done.


New shoes

Isn’t it every woman’s dream to have a nice mother-in-law with a shoe store… Well I have one and she sell shoes from my favorite brand Billi Bi. Fine store down in Næstved called Bistro sko.

I got this pair delivered Sunday.

New shoes

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