interview with teresa

Again… another small project (oh my, this girl is full with projects!) This time, what pulled the trigger was this Flickr thing that allows us to meet so many wonderful artists, photographers, bloggers, designers, moms… and so on, and so on. And because I always wanted to go abroad, and was never able to do it (some things just don’t go the way you wished, and you must deal with it properly), I kept my attention to those that were away from their home, for so many reasons. So… {at home… away from home} was born! This time, I chose someone that shares something with me… the home country, as this is a portuguese girl living outside London. So let’s get to know more about {Sweet Berry Me :: Teresa}.

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1. Hello! How are you? Can you tell me something that describes who’s Sweet Berry Me :: Teresa?
Hi Claudia! I’m really good, thanks! I’m a mother of two wonderful children, and I love it being a full time mum! I enjoy spending time at home with my family, in the Summer I like to sit on my balcony on the 9th floor and enjoy the view, I live just off a big park so all I can see is green, although I’m only 20 minutes away from central London, it’s like I live on the countryside, and in teh Winter I love to snuggle up with a blanket on the sofa and watch the kids play or read them a story.

I had a wonderful childhood, maybe because of that I have a passion for all vintage things, they are so pretty and have so much character. I love going to markets and charity shops to look for vintage things, I get so excited when I go to these places because you never know what you might find there.

I love Interior Styling, I like to look at pictures on magazines or browse on the net for beautiful houses. My taste is quite plain, I like white, white and more white with a few splashes of colours, I like cosy and simple country houses and Scandinavian style. I follow a few blogs of people from Nordic countries and I find it amazing how clever they are and the fact they all have such a good taste.

2. You were born in…
I was born in Portugal, in Peniche, a small fishing town, situated in the center of the country, it is a small cape surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and has wonderful sandy beaches. I lived there until I was 19 years old and then moved to study and work in Lisbon, where I lived for 2 years.

3. And now you are in… for how many years?
I have lived in London for 13 years.

4. Do you remeber what were you feeling/thinking in the day you decided to go abroad?
My partner decided to move to London and a few months later I packed my bags and came to live with him. I was really excited to move to such a big and bustling city. When we first moved we didn’t have friends or family here. I did and still do miss my family very much but it’s great the sense of achievement that you get when you have to survive on your own.

5. What do you like the most in your current place?
I like the galleries, the museums, the beautiful parks and of course, the many fantastic shops.

6. What do you miss the most from your country?
I miss a few things, the sunshine, the food, it tastes do much nicer back home, family and friends, and of course looking at the sea.

7. Let’s say that I’m going abroad for some reason… and I’m at the airport, on the departure side… your words for me would be…?
Enjoy it and try to learn as much as possible from the other country’s culture, all cultures have so much to offer!

8. What’s your favourite word in your language?
It’s difficult to choose just one word, because I think Portuguese language is so beautiful and rich, but this time I’ll say {mãe} (mother). Because that’s how I define myself now and also because I have the best mum who tought me so many wonderful things and she’s always been so supportive.

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{countryside London}

I hope you have enjoyed this interview and if you are away from home, and would like to be a guest here, just let me know, send me an email to

Have yourself a wonderful weekend!

{random} stories :: etsy! etsy! etsy!

It has been almost one year since the day I was at home enjoying all peace and quite (vacationing) when I decided to register on Flickr… If only I knew… Almost one year later, I can’t write down on a list how much I’ve learned, explored and experienced… and of course, I must also mention all those fabulous friends and photographers, bloggers, artists that I’ve met. If only you knew… And almost one year later there’s another change in the row… I’ll be experiencing the Etsy world as a seller!

Oh boy, my own store! The name… oh well, the name was quite easy… my label {…a place for twiggs}. It just feels the right thing! Hope I can see you there! I can offer tea & cookies while you’re experiencing my place!

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Have yourself a great end of the week!!!

I’ll expect you tomorrow for a whole new column!

Kisses & Hugs,


{random} stories ::

Number’s…they have such interesting meanings and associations. You could ask anyone for his/her favourite number, and they will all have one number already chosen. We choose our favourite number by our birthday, by its spiritual meaning or religious association… in each case, almost all of us have this particular interest or favouritivism for one specific number. I can tell you that my favourite number is 7, as for my brithday is on the 7th December… as simple as this!

Anyway, this is not about favourite number’s, but about a project that I began a few weeks ago about numbers. Actually, I started out two projects! {number’s editorial}… a series of interviews based on Numbers and Words!

And another one based on the Number’s I would find among my Photowalks… based on this idea by {littlebrownpen}

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{twiggs’ new version}!

step-by-step recipes :: blueberry and strawberry muffins

After experiencing {number’s editorial}, I thought about inviting more and more friends over… but I needed a different subject this time. It had to be something that would allow the guests to share and teach something… and also allow the readers to learn something and delight themselves with the lessons learned. So, {shall we eat something?} was born. The next question was crucial… who would be the very first guest? Of course, our beloved Baking Queen :: Madhu. So, here’s Madhu’s contribution…

Firstly, baking is an absolute passion…”

{madhu’s lovely kitchem and nigela’s book}

We shall make something absolutely easy and delicious!! For breakfast, teatime or anytime!!

What shall we bake?
Blueberry and strawberry muffins


2 eggs
1/2 cup (4 oz) melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup (7 oz) sugar

8oz plain flour
2 level teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 full cup frozen or fresh blueberries
(I use it straight from the freezer!)
1 full cup fresh strawberries cut into cubes
1/2- 3/4 cups almond flakes (optional, oh but oh so wholesome and yummy)

How to bake it?
1. In a large mixing bowl mix ingredients in a) with a fork or balloon whisk for a couple of minutes.
2. Sift in all ingredients in b) and mix until JUST combined.
3. Stir in all ingredients in C.
4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop into paper cup lined muffin tray and bake for about 25 min or until golden brown and skewer comes out clean.

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{out of the oven!}


Note from the baker: This recipe is versatile. Two cups of blueberries without the strawberries for blueberry muffins. I sometimes go overboard and add 2 1/2 cups of the fruits.

And now the m

odeling debut, with rivals cuppie tea towels!

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As I mentioned earlier this is an incredibly easy recipe which is a keeper. I always have fun with it by varying the fruits…

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{apple cinnamon with raisins}

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{banana chocolate chip}

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{double blueberry}

…and the list goes on… mmm… must try raspberries with white chocolate!!

Dear Kitchen, for me you are…
“…the heart of our home. You bring the family together. Love that you overlook the family area as I like being close to the sound of my sweet family whilst I satisfy my passion for baking.”

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And this is it for now, dear friends!

I truly hope you try out these delicious muffins and share with us the results! If you have already tried, give us a note to let us know how it went!

For more recipes and/or delicious captures of our Baking Queen, visit her {stream}…

Have a happy happy weekend!!!


{random} stories :: creativity sneak-peeks

…as promised…

In a moment where lightness and courage are feelings that must stay close to my heart and mind… I think it would be a good moment to remind me of the small things that really provide me with an amazing sense of delight and pleasure.

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I truly hope I’m done searching for one thing. True Love.

Concerning other things… well… those I’m still looking.