I will blog for Christmas, you can plan on me… was my first thought as soon as I woke up yesterday. December’s finally here and those of you who visited this place in previous years know well that it’s one of my favourite times of year. OK, correct: it is my absolute favourite time of year. I started my usual countdown with attending a pretty unusual event – I was invited to a Christmas wreath making workshop at a Scandinavian florist shop! All courtesy of Three Mobile who asked me to test the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha‘s camera.
Flor Unikon is based near Angel in North London and run by Pasi, originally hailing from Finland, and Paul. The moment I saw this cute corner shop adorned with lights and surrounded by beautiful flowers, I knew the evening would be special. Soon after we’d gone inside, we gathered around a table topped with dried fruit, nuts and berries, listening to Pasi’s instructions the place turned into elves’ workshop. There were gingerbread cookies, mulled wine, Christmas carols playing softly in the background and curious passers-by peeking through the quickly covered with condensation windows. It was Scandinavian meets Dickensian Christmas evening.
Taking photos when learning a new skill can be tricky, especially for somebody like me, who loves switching to the “seeing mode” and forgetting about the whole world. All photos in this post, except the last one, were taken with Samsung Galaxy Alpha. I edited them in VSCO Cam app and Photoshop. Considering the poor available light I think the camera did pretty well! Admittedly, it took me a while to switch from my old iPhone’s functionality to Samsung’s playfulness while using the handset. In the end, I failed miserably at being nerdy and cool, and simply switched off all effects that I’m sure many people just love about this phone. What I really appreciated though was the possibility to use voice commands or gestures over the phone’s screen to operate it. Very useful when one’s hands are dirty! Both of these features are available on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Off to the wreath making itself – it is NOT easy! Well, not at first at least. I was the slowest student and it took me longest to cover the straw ring with fir. In hindsight, I gave in to my habit of perfecting things, instead of practicing wabi-sabi for a change. In the end, I had to rush with decorating and dominated the heated glue post for a bit, sticking orange slices, cinnamon quills and small cones at a speed of light. This wouldn’t have been possible in the past, mind you, since traditionally all decorations are to be attached with the use of ever-helpful wire. Thankfully, I made it just in time to, with dirty, sticky fingers and a complete Christmas wreath in a Flor Unikon paper bag, head off to Moro for dinner.
I knew Moro from bookstores as I often saw their characteristic logo on cookbooks so it was a pleasure to visit their restaurant. Even more so, as the fellow bloggers and organisers of the evening turned out to be super interesting, funny and kind. I caught the last train from North to the South East of London and this happens only on the best of days.
Thanks to Three for a great evening!see comments