Donnerstag, 23. Juli 2015

Sale! Sale! Sale!

I'm leaving next Friday and yet need to part with some of my beautiful things...
Pickup in Hannover, Germany.

There are two tables left and also this antique golden chandelier. You can contact me via mayer.alina@yahoo.com or check out my other things here





Samstag, 16. Mai 2015

SALE! SALE! SALE!

Here's the news: Frau Mayer is moving.
What does it mean? You can buy absolutely everything from her beautiful apartment.

Find a bunch of pictures here

My motto from now on














Please enquire here or via mayer.alina@yahoo.com

Freitag, 30. Januar 2015

Little things

Same old, same old. Way too busy to craft/blog/do whatever makes me happy.
The presence of motivational posters/hipstery chalkboard saying 'Do more of what makes you happy' changes little when heaps and heaps of work surround you.

Gretchen Rubin, an awesome expert on happiness, once noticed that it's not just time that plays a super-important role in how well we manage our tasks but also energy. Sometimes, even if I have a couple of hours on my hands, I'd spend them in bed, mindlessly shifting jewels on my phone and looking at Facebook, not able to get my thoughts straight.



This, obviously, has to stop - and it definitely will. However, as freedom is getting closer, I still need to make an effort and keep my spirits up while dealing with the heaps mentioned above.


It helps when you have something beautiful around you. Do pay attention to little things. Put beautiful knick knacks on shelves. Frame love notes. Buy gorgeous candles that smell like strawberry cheesecake.

In a way, these little things are slowly falling into a certain pattern, finally making me start projects I've been thinking about for ages. There'll be an update really soon.

P.S. Medium sized things, such as cats, help, too!
P.P.S. Picture by a great, Hanover-based photographer Jan Deckner.

Donnerstag, 1. Januar 2015

Here's to good old New Year's resolutions!

I've heard that some people are really good at posting in January and forgetting all about their blogs for the rest of the year. Let's hope 2015 will be really different, with lots of great changes on board.

Speaking of changes, here are the most recent ones from the heart of Fantastic Flat:






































Finally invested some time to set up another art wall - a more chaotic, funky, vintag-y version this time. It's all about dreams coming true...

















I don't think I've ever shown this room before - it's all very basic, minimum knick-knack, always-working mix of Ikea + vintage (found that chair in a garbage container).

 Fake fireplace goes grey - someone finally got to painting it!

This good old idea worked out just fine in the living room - super simple, awesome storage.
Me happy. Stay tuned for more Frau Mayer news - there's definitely some on the way!


Freitag, 31. Januar 2014

Another Fresh Start

It's 2014! I haven't updated this blog for AGES.

I'll keep the news short: lots of really good things happened.
After having recently noticed how much I actually missed blogging, I promised Yvonne I'd start again and write a post before January's over, so here it is. A shiny new post. Another fresh start.

I'm currently reading The Happiness Project which is enormously inspiring. A dangerous thing about a book like that is that it can get you all excited, run to a stationery shop to get a new fancy notebook, jot down resoultions and forget it all altogether three days later because you have way too much on your plate already.

So my primary goal/resolution/whateveryoumightcallit for 2014 is to stick with the resolutions.
Right after it comes another one: Declutter. My flat, my possessions, my head. I'm going to use this blog as a helpful tool and document the changes, mostly about the flat (my passion for interior decoraion didn't go anywhere, it's staying for good).

I traveled excessively in 2012/2013, so much that I actually got tired of planes and not being at home. This year, I wanna spend more time in my amazing, cozy flat and do a whole lot of decluttering and reorganizing. I do believe it'll open up some space to even more positive changes.

Here's my work in progress: the right side where I keep my work materials is all done (turned out all I had to do is order some new folders, get rid of the worn out ones plus a mountain or random handouts) and the left one is waiting for me to get started. How come I never really get to making stuff? Does it have anything to do with the overstuffed and messy drawers? 

Well, to be honest I did manage to finish a couple of tiny projects, like this mini-art wall above my desk. 
Nothing fancy, just some frames, souvenirs and happy pictures to lift my mood. Sorry for the nasty iPhone snapshots, I'll tackle this issue at some point during the year. 


Coming soon: Decluttering Stage 1 - Getting started. 
See, Yvonne? Es geht doch! 








Sonntag, 26. Februar 2012

Sticking with the plans

and trying new things!

Quite honestly, I have to admit that sometimes I'm overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that needs to be taken care of. However, regular small actions do make a difference.
I'm currently testing a new approach to time management (more action, less Internet, yes, been there before) with a list of
*30 minutes projects (organizing paper/crafting supplies, drawers in my work cabinet, listing things for sale online etc.)
* 1 hour projects (basement, tax report, work)
So far, I've organized/backed up my computers, sold a bunch of clothes/furniture I no longer wanted/needed and gotten started on the tax report. I also ordered some beautiful things for the flat and managed to stay on top of the things at work. And yes, there've been regular updates on this blog. What an achievement!
The picture is supposed to illustrate the wine/cheese seminar we visited yesterday, following the 'trying new things' plan.  It wasn't easy!
Three hours, 10 wines, 9 cheeses. The whole action took place in a gorgeous old school building around the  corner, so we could ride our bikes there. Definitely a fun experience, although the rest of the day was, of course, completely wasted.
I'll be back!

Sonntag, 19. Februar 2012

I heart Mondays. What!?

Monday is my new favorite day of the week.
I get to stay at home and do whatever I please (like my tax report. Oh yes. Delight!)

Besides working a lot (again!), I actually took some steps in the right direction and signed up for a real photography course. Too bad it's already full and the waiting list was as far as I got. We'll see how it goes.

There'll be another one, of course. For sure. Good news is that the wine and cheese seminar we're looking forward to SO much had a couple of free spots. Oh yes. Bring in the wine. I mean, the cheese, of course.

Also, to celebrate my new Monday love, I've just registered at Solebich
Heard lots of good stuff about this site. Who knows what it'll bring? Fame? Cake? Whatever.

The picture below should 1) remind me of Lisbon beauties and 2) illustrate me wanting to get on the course list and absorb all the photography knowledge available (too bad I don't have any decent camera any more).