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On the weekend we had as many as two birthday celebrations – mine and our son’s – and even though we didn’t throw up any large parties, just really casual family gatherings, it still took up all of the weekend. (Oh, we also had a small gaming night yesterday after all the partying because that’s how we roll.)

In other words, exactly as promised for those weeks when we don’t take photos, please enjoy a mostly new illustration to commemorate these events.

And this is where we are today:

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We were working on the proper post but then we spent most of Sunday acquainting our baby with a cat – to mutual fascination, awe and just a bit of distrust.

Specifically, we visited friends who have cats and J had his first chance ever to stalk a cat (well, at least in his view; in the view of the rest of the world the cat had all the control).

We promise this is and always will be a design blog not one where we talk about cutesy things children do but every now and then we will fail to deliver a proper post. That’s, these days, a given. However, we will always try to make up with a custom-made illustration, at least. Next week: the proper post.

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We’re in the middle of a redecoration project right now and we spent too much of Sunday with hammers and screwdrivers to finish a larger post. We did manage to finish the illustration above though and it’s brand new (just like our cupboard) so enjoy that for now.

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Yesterday we visited our friends for a housewarming party and so we were faced with choosing a gift. This is normally a fairly standard procedure for this kind of event but T&D are both architects of very defined and refined tastes and we (rightly) expected that their apartment would be their big project. So we didn’t want to bring them either anything furniture-related, which they would probably never use, or anything tepid like a plant but instead we designed a poster for the occasion. Even if they wouldn’t want to put it up (which we don’t really expect them to) at least they would get something personal and unique.

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In our design we were inspired by a tradition of small tapestries with embroidered home-related sayings and pieces of wisdom to hang on the wall, which exist in folk tradition (and look something like this). You can still find them in some houses as a kind of jokey wall decoration. As we’re don’t really know too many folk sayings and we wanted something a little weird we found a slogan online. We’d never heard it before and can’t vouch for its authenticity but we liked its surreal quality. It says in rough translation “A house is rich not in its cornerstones but in dumplings”, which I could try to interpret (it makes a tiny little bit more sense in Polish, possibly) but we just kept it very literal. We used illustrations that referred to both building a house and cooking dumplings and arranged the slogan in modernist letters that our friends happen to love.

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Even though we’ll fully understand if the poster doesn’t make it to a wall because they’d probably had every decorative element planned before the they set foot in the apartment, at least our friends were touched and surprised to get this bit of our work.

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We are working on a huge project that we will share next week – and I’d like to say we’re finishing it but no, it’s just “working” for now – so in the meantime please enjoy this random illustration of bears from our archive. Because bears. And cuddling.

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Yesterday we went to Ikea to search for some unexciting stuff for our bathroom and it took us so long that we didn’t have time to go to the cafeteria. But we were hungry so we dropped by the food store to buy cookies. And boy, was it a great decision.

A few years ago we found online a gorgeous cooking book Ikea published as promo material with cookie recipes and the most beautiful minimalistic photos of food we’d ever seen. You might have seen this one: with all the ingredients arranged in geometric patterns. We ogled the photos and admired the idea but were sure the book was not available as such outside of Sweden. Well, as you have sure figured out by now, this is exactly the book we spotted among Swedish jams and cookies, and quite cheap at that. We pretty much squealed with delight (and I clearly saw two guys looking at us like “ew, crazy people”). Even though we didn’t exactly buy what we’d gone for, the trip was an unquestionable success.

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The book has thirty recipes, each illustrated with the spread with ingredients and one with the finished product. All photos are great but the ones with ingredients are particularly memorable. It had virtually zero impact on our decision to buy the book but the recipes actually look quite inviting too.

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(And yes, we bought the mice starring in the photos for our baby, who’s not big enough for cake or cookies yet.)

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We had a different post in work but it turns out it’s our fifth anniversary with the blog and so we thought we’d take a moment to thank you for dropping by, reading, liking and commenting. We appreciate every single sign of interest. In fact, that’s what keeps us going, particularly now that our five-month-old has increasing demands on our time. But the blog is such an important part of our routine that we do and will make time for it as well. As a matter of fact, we have quite a few interesting side projects going that we will be sharing later this year, not to mention work stuff and all the books from our bookshelf that we want to praise.

So, not to bore you: thanks for your visits and keep coming back!

And in case you’re new(er) here, here’s a handy list of our favorite entertainments posts that we did during these five years.