My (fairly unhealthy) love affair with British actors (picture heavy!!!)

If you follow my blog, you probably know this by now *lol* But I wanted to state in an actual posting how much I LOVE British actors! In my opinion they’re the best for a simple reason: almost every British actor has a real classical drama training, they all went to a drama academy in London AND almost all of them have played in actual physical theatre plays (and a lot of them still do, which is simply awesome). I mean, hello?! Training matters. Of course, acting is a question of talent, too, but talent can never  100%ly make up for training, it just can’t.

So here are some of my personal favourites in no particular order….well, maybe it is after all… ;)

(Pictures from Pinterest, you can click on them to jump to the actual pin.)

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch

Obviously! Just can’t get enough of him! He’s an adorable dork, total gentleman, has a damn sexy voice and is an amazing actor!! He’s mostly known for his role in the TV show “Sherlock” (leading role) and the movies “The Hobbit” (where he voiced the dragon as well as the Necromancer), “Star Trek Into Darkness” (he played the modern version of the baddie “Khan”) and his new movie “The Imitation Game” (leading role) which is nominated for 8 Oscars already.

But he has played in some not so well known (mostly British) productions before that should be mentioned – and also watched-, too! Like “Parade’s End”, a TV Mini-Series or the TV movie “Hawking”, in which he actually played Stephen Hawking and gave me goosebumps…

To me he’s one of the best actors right now and I can’t wait to see his career unfold! In other news, he got engaged recently and his fiancee is expecting a baby already! :) Part of me (the illusional part) is kinda sad, but the other part is SO DARN HAPPY for this guy! He’s going to be an amazing dad and I wish him all the luck in this world!

Tom William Hiddleston

What can I say? The other object of my obession *lol* So when most of the people go to see the Avenger movies for men like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, the heroes…well, I go to see Loki, the not so heroic role *lol* Similar reason to love this guy: he’s funny, humble and also a gentleman down to heart. And I love that he’s still playing in theatre plays – my dream would be to see him in a play once! :)

He’s mostly known for playing “Loki” in all the “Thor” and “Avenger” movies, but one should also see his more artsy work in “Only Lovers Left Alive”!

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

Oh my..you all know this man! He’s one of the best in Britain, known and loved for his voice and accentuation :)

He’s played so many roles in so many movies by now, I’ll only name a few: all the “Harry Potter” movies, “Love..actually”, “The Perfume”, “Sweeney Todd” and so on… He hasn’t got a favorited genre, some of this movies are serious, dramatic and sad, some are really funny.. You can see that he doesn’t take himself too seriously by watching “Galaxy Quest”, for example…so darn funny! ;) But he’ll be forever in our hearts for his role as “Snape”, tragic hero…always.

Kenneth Charles Branagh

He won my heart a long, long time ago…that was when I went to highschool and we chose the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing” for our theatre group. Back then we watched the movie adaption with Branagh and Emma Thompson. They play two quite difficult persons who hate each other, but are brought to love through her friends :) Well, I played the part of Beatrice which was played by Emma Thompson and I just adored Branagh playing Benedict! :) Still do, always will!

He’s not only played in movies like “Hamlet” (he’s got a thing for Shakespeare), “Wild Wild West”, “Harry Potter” or “Jack Ryan”, but he’s also into directing movies, for example “Thor” and Disney’s upcoming version of “Cinderella”! I’m sure there’s more to come!

Martin Freeman

Well, this guy has been known in Britain for quite a while now, but he had his breakthrough after playing Dr. Watson besides Ben in “Sherlock”, when he got the role of Bilbo Baggins alias “The Hobbit”!

I love Martin for his awesome acting skills, he can do things with his face, you won’t believe it! Others would need two lines of text to get across a certain emotion, he just pulls a look and you get goosebumps! Totally love that! But he’s also a funny, nice and just cute guy! In “Sherlock” he got the chance to play together with his irl wife Amanda Abbington and they are just adorable!

So besides “Sherlock” and “The Hobbit”, what has he also played in? Well, he’s played in the “Cornetto Trilogy” (that’s not the name of movie, more in the section of Simon Pegg), the hilarious TV serious “The Office” and also “Fargo” (which is awesome in my opinion!!). Again, I think his career has just started and I’m eager to see what the future holds for him!

Paul Bettany

Oh my, he’ll somehow always be “that naked guy” for me *lol* Meaning his role as Geoffrey Chaucer in “A Knight’s Tale” where there’s that scene when he’s introduced as sitting naked at the side of the road ;) Love that movie and also his role!

But I just adore his choice of roles in general! Often times difficult characters, also darker ones…and he’s always nailing it! You’d know him from “A Beautiful Mind”, “The Reckoning”, “Master and Commander” or  “The Da Vinci Code”, but he also lend his voice to the intelligent computer system “Jarvis” in the “Iron Man” movies (and his voice is awesome!)! The next movie I’ve got to see featuting him is “Mortdecai” with Johnny Depp! :)

Jude Law

Who could resist those eyes?! Oh my, I mean he’s more of a beau than all the other actors on my list, but still he’s played so many great roles and he’s just a really good actor!

For example, he’s played a leading role in one of my husband’s favourite movies ever: “Enemy at the Gates”. But he’s also played in movies like “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, “Cold Mountain”, “Alfie” and “TheGrand Hotel Budapest”. As a man, he won my heart with his role in “The Holiday”, I must confess (I’m only a woman after all)..but I alos loved his performance as Dr. Watson in the “Sherlock Holmes” movies beside Robert Downey Jr.!

Sir Sean Connery

Not much to explain here…a classic. One of the greatest :) I’ve seen his “James Bond” movies, but I have to admit, I like him better the older he gets! He got a whole lot more charisma over the years and in my opinion, he got more handsome, too.

He stopped playing, but I don’t get tired of watching his old movies…just like “Indiana Jones”, “The Rock”, “First Knight” or “Finding Forrester”…

James Hugh Calum Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Who hasn’t had a love/hate relationship with Dr. House? ;) Loved this show and love his way of playing him!

Due to my obession with Ben I started watching the British series “Fortysomething” (from 2003, only had one season unfortunately) where Laurie is playing the leading role. If you like British humour, you have to watch this one! So cute and hilarious!

John Marwood Cleese

John Cleese

Another classic. I mean, this man has been acting for over half of a century now!!! I’ve grown up with the “Monty Python” movies (even though I wasn’t even born when the first aired), I still LOVE to watch “Fawlty Towers” (nothing can make me laugh more than good British humour!) and I even went to the cinema last year to see the reunion of the Monty Python crew live!

He’s played in a lot smaller roles in so many movies and also lend his voice to quite a few animated characters – like the King in the “Shrek” movies…I even love his commercials, he just gets me every time ;) So all I can say, I bow to John Cleese!

Christian Charles Philip Bale

Christian Bale

BEST BATMAN EVER!!!  ‘Nuff said.

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

My favourite nerd! He has a thing for not-so-mainstream humour and that is just awesome! Not only is he an actor, but he also writes his own movies…often co-produced with his friend Nick Frost ;) Together they made the “Cornetto Trilogy”, consisting of the movies “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” – all really funny and a bit strange, too..

He also played the young Scotty in the new “Star Trek” movies, as well as one of the leading roles in the alien comedy “Paul” and “Hector and the Search for Happiness” (that really made me happy). He is funny and admit to being a nerd. In fact, he once said:

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

I second that!

Sir Ian Murray KcKellen and Sir Patrick Hewes Stewart

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

Oh these two…they sure have a bromance going on! They both are known for working in theatres still, they both have been knighted for their efforts in the arts and they both have a really good sense of humour! :)

Everbody (older than 20 or so) knows Stewart for playing Capt. Jean-Luc Picard in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” series, as well as the corresponding movies, but he’s also played Professor Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” movies more recently!

McKellen on the other hand is best known for playing Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, but also played baddies in “The DaVinci Code”  and in the “X-Men” movies – he is Magneto.

I like them as actors, but I LOVE them privately goofing off and sharing it on Twitter! I mean, look at this…or this…or this! :)

Well, I could go on and on, there are still some great actors I haven’t mentioned yet…seems like Britain really is a breading ground for all kind of awesome actors!! :D
Guess I have geeked out enough for a day, hope you have a nice evening! ;)
xoxo Sandra

Girls’ trip

So I’ve been gone for another two weeks almost because my pc started to bug me…like I always got a bluescreen after starting…so I handed it to my workmate who exchanged some pieces and set it up new :) Good to have some IT guys at hand :D

Anyway, now I’m back with another layout!

Girls' trip (detail 1) - by nachtschwinge

This layout is about a trip one of my bffs and I took last summer :) We’re both into creative things and also cute interior, so we drove up to Salzburg to the “creative fair”…the fair was pretty disappointing actually (only two interesting interior companies), but we still had a lot of fun and made a rest stop on our way back at a freeway inn with a nice view over the “Mondsee” (moon lake)…

Girls' trip (detail 2) - by nachtschwinge

Started this layout because I wanted to use some of the circles I had cut for the last layout I posted (You color my life..), so I layerd them with some additional circles and some green/turquoise scraps I had in my stash..as well as some bits and bobs like the SC flair and printout, a RubOn and the convertible cutout :)

Girls' trip - by nachtschwinge

Really like the colour combination and the layering here! Oh, the picture was taken by one of the waiters there, by the way *lol*

Hope your weekend was great! I didn’t get half as much done as I would have liked to, but oh well…
xoxo Sandra

You color my life beautiful – a layout.

Not just “a” layout, but the first layout of the year (and also the first in months)!! Can I hear a “halleluja”?! *lol*

Just kidding…kind of ;)

So yes, I finally scrapped again and it felt so good!! I really have missed scrapping during all the house finishing and moving phase!

You color my life beautiful (detail 1) - by nachtschwinge

The inspiration for this layout came from the current mood board challenge from the JOT magazine blog, which is awesome! I loved the confetti on the board and thought about turning it into a background…so I went to my Shillouette studio and made a background out of a lot of circles ;) Loved the background after cutting and had a lot of fun choosing patterned paper to go behind the holes!

You color my life beautiful (detail 2) - by nachtschwinge

Used a lot of older paper scraps here! I’ve purged my paper stash a few days ago and also organized all the papers and scraps I wanted to keep, so it’s easy now to find the right sized papers! :) Also used an old Heidi Swapp “invisibles” paper for the title that I misted after cutting..

You color my life beautiful - by nachtschwinge

The picture’s from last year’s vacation in Greece, one of the very few I took back then..I just wasn’t in the mood of taking pictures, instead I just enjoyed the sea and sun!

Really love how it turned out! All the colours make me happy ;)

Hope you have a nice day! It’s my last day off, so tomorrow I’ll be back to the daily grind ;) So I just have to scrap a little more today…
xoxo Sandra

My 365 challenge – a photo a day 2015

Yes, I’m commited to do this challenge! I’ve set myself a reminder on my phone each day and I’m also following the daily prompts from “the bethadilly challenge”, so the first  (half) week of the year was good!

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01 – resolutions (I want to transform this room into my studio)
02 – new (our new house <3 )
03 – my outfit today (just yoga pants and a shirt)
04 – red (the red British phone cell I brought back from England)

So much for the first week!
xoxo Sandra

Why I’m not making any resolutions this year and what I’m making instead..

Yes, I’ve come to the point (maybe it’s a matter of age?) that I don’t “believe” in resolutions any more…you wanna know why?

Resolutions versus Goals

Here’s why: to me resolutions are totally different to goals!

We mostly resolve to NOT do something anymore…like “I will STOP smoking” or “I will NOT binge-eat this year”. These are things we have actually enjoyed in the past and it’s hard to give up such habits…so if we say such resolutions we’re in a negative mindset.

Also with such kinds of resolutions it’s usually a “hit or miss” kind of thing…black or white…so as soon as you’re smoking another cigarette you have failed your resolution, which often ends in giving up that resolution as a whole…

So instead of making resolutions I’m setting myself goals this year! When I read this amazing post by Elise the other day, it hit me straight in the face…I’m always striving for perfection…and it’s actually holding me back because I’m so afraid to fail that I’m never even starting!! This is going to change NOW. Progress over perfection! That’s my motto for 2015! So I’m setting myself some goals…

Goals that can be divided into smaller steps along the way…and here are my “big goals”  as well as some steps that come to my mind:

  1. Earn money as a photographer: arrange my studio, finish my website, learn everything I can (from Karen and other sources), shoot friends/family for my portfolio, get a licence, get paying clients,..
  2. Live healthier: buy less sugary things, buy fresh vegetables, cook with my steam oven, find some kind of sport activity I actually enjoy and start doing it,..
  3. Finish our home: Baseboards, lamps, doors, studio, shelfs for the heating room, everything needs to be stored away, Cupboards for the smaller bathroom, finish the master bathroom, cupboards for the mudroom,..
  4. Live fully: be present, set aside time with my hubby, invite friends and family, write little love notes, go on outings, baby planning ;)

Even if I don’t meet my big goals in 2015, I’ll improve in so many ways and that’s more than ok with me! 1 small step is all it takes!

So tell me: what do you think about resolutions? Yaye or nay?

Wishing you all the best for this new year!
xoxo Sandra