Wednesday, November 19, 2014

EmmaKisstina Turns 7!

 Hello Wednesday!

Today isn't any regular day because today is EmmaKisstina's 7th birthday! I can't believe that 7 years ago today I opened up my EmmaKisstina Etsy store which in turn changed my life forever. (That sounds dramatic but it's true.) These past 7 years have definitely been the best 7 of my life (well at least so far!) I'm so proud of how far I have come personally as well as how far my company has come and all of the amazing support I've gotten from customers all over the globe. In the next coming 7 years (and more) I hope to continue to grow this company and create even more gorgeous items that you'll adore. I already can't wait to show you what's in store for next year!

As a huge thank you I'm offering 25% off your entire order in my EmmaKisstina Etsy shop all day today with 
code: 7BDAYWISHES

To celebrate I bought myself the prettiest of cakes, a Swedish Princess Cake, and enjoyed it with lots of sparkle and great friends this weekend. I think it's important to celebrate the small accomplishments in life... and definitely thought it was fun to get all dolled up and have an excuse to buy a cake!









Cheers to EmmaKisstina's first 7 years, and another cheers to 7 + plus amazing years to come!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's in MY Bag! A Video



Hello Wednesday!

Today I thought it would be fun to show off what's in MY bag. I may or may not have simply forgotten to get in touch with a blogger for this week (oopsie) but hopefully you find this fun anyways! Since buying my gorgeous white leather backpack I've loved wearing it daily to carry all of my essentials when I run my usual errands around Stockholm. It's so nice to have everything on my back and out of the way of city life. Plus I think it looks really cute.

This is the last What's in my Bag of this year. Sadface. I'll hopefully start up my Blogger What's in my Bag series again in January, but I'm not sure. Sigh. The series has been so much fun for me to create, but has kind of lost momentum. I really don't want to stop these illustrations so I'll just have to figure out another way of presenting them in the new year. If you have any suggestions I'd love to here!

I'd also like to thank all of the amazing bloggers that I've had the pleasure of creating illustrations for, for my series. It's always so much fun to see how each girl's personality really shines through their favorite items. I also really appreciate all the help sharing and promoting my work too!

If you haven't seen the entire series please make sure to visit my Blogger What's in my Bag Pinterest board here...



Monday, November 10, 2014

Swedish Fika Treats: Kokosbollar

Hello Monday!

It's been awhile since I shared a recipe so I thought I'd share a fun one today. Yay! This weekend I had a major sweet tooth but hadn't bought any special ingredients for cupcakes or something even fancier. But then I remembered a childhood favorite, kokosbollar! What's great about this classic Swedish recipe is that the ingredients are all something you'll find in your pantry, plus they involve no baking. Easy! Kokosbollar (or coconut balls in English) can be found at every Swedish café for good reason because they are really really yummy!

Recipe: Swedish Kokosbollar (Coconut Balls)

Ingredients:

• 100grams browned butter (or just melted butter if you prefer)
• 3 Tbsp strong coffee (Just remember to save some from your morning cup)
• 3dl rolled oats (1 heaping cup)
• 3 Tbsp cacao powder (I use raw cacao powder)
• 1dl sugar (1/4 cup)

• Shredded unsweetened coconut flakes to roll in

Melt the butter and simmer until fragrantly nutty and browned. In a bowl combine all of the ingredients including the melted butter, except the coconut flakes. Place in fridge for about 30mins to harden slightly. After 30 minutes remove from fridge, roll into balls, then roll in coconut flakes. Place in fridge for about 1 hour to completely set. Then enjoy!


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The To Do List


Hello Wednesday!

As I've mentioned about a million times before I'll be showing my work at Formex this January. To make the most of this situation I've decided to really really push myself and come out with several new products and collections in just a few months. About 5 months to be exact. I have about 2 month to go, with the crazy holiday season in between. How on earth is this going to go?!

To do lists! I've written more to do lists these past few weeks than I have in my life. I have lists that outline all the large items I need to get done, as well as more detailed lists to organise all of the small tasks and details that go into specific projects. It helps that I'm a rather zen unstressed person too. I know when to back off from work, and I'm also rather efficient when I do sit down to get stuff done. I don't plan on being completely worn out come January. (Hopefully!) I must confess that I've had a couple of sleepless nights but only because my brain is just too full with ideas. This is starting to wear off as I'm getting these ideas on to paper.

Along the way I've run into many walls, and had to take many detours. Finding quality vendors that don't charge an arm and a leg whose shipping charges aren't outrageous are much harder than you'd imagine. Especially since I live in Sweden! (I can't source anything here, it would just be too expensive.) But I'm having so much fun! In the next week or so I'll already have some great new products to show off. (cough cough phone cases cough)

I'm especially loving working on a wholesale catalog with all of my current products and the products I'm working on producing. It's such a great way of seeing my brand as a whole. I have plenty of work to go on that as I haven't even produced certain items yet. Though as these products trickle in I'm working on stylised product photoshoots and single product shots. I can't wait for the day when all of my new items are finished and I can take a huge EmmaKisstina collection photo shoot... oh and a vacation. phew!