Cress bunny.

16 Apr

I have quite a lot on my plate lately. It seems like the 3 days off I have for Easter have to be well earned. This week I enjoy just having nothing planned on the weeknights. Just going home and relaxing. I needed that. That also means that my Easter decoration is quite simplistic (this is my fancy translation for easy and fast but still pretty). The best decorations are the ones that only take 10 mins to make, use upcylcing as a concept and still look cute.

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Like my cress holding bunny (out of an old paper towel role). For some last-last-minute decoration just buy the cress and “plant” it in bunny.

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All you need is:
- an old paper towel cardboard role
- scissors
- cotton pads
- cress seeds
- permanent marker
- water and a little time

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1. Cut the role to a length of 15 cm. Fold it in half and make a cut of about 1,5 cms length. Fold it the other way round and cut it again.

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2. Fold the corners in like if you close a package.

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3. It should be closed like this.

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4. Cut some bunny ears into the top part.

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5. This is the finished cress pot.

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6. Fill it up with the cotton pads. Cut it to the size of the bunny body so that you get a flat surface.

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7. Add the cress seeds.

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8. Water the seeds and put it under a glas cloche. This will help it grow and you don’t need to water it every single day. Let it grow!

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After a few days (around 3-4) you can use it as decoration for example for your Easter brunch table.

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The face I drew is kind of creepy and weird but who cares. It makes me laugh because it looks so displaced. One should not fear to make mistakes.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Now. Carry on!

Easter chick.

11 Apr

Eggs are boring. Easter is always about eggs and to be honest. They bore me a little bit. There is only so much you can do with it (like plant them) but in terms of decoration, they are boring. So I took the time and thought beyond the egg. Literally. I made a little chick for Easter decoration.

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As soon as I was done with one, my boyfriend said: “Cute. I used to make those in kindergarden.” Pah. What does he know?!

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All you need is:
- yellow thread
- orange and black paper
- small scissors
- a fork
- glue

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1. Wrap the thread around the fork as seen in the picture above.

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2. Cut a little piece of the the excessive thread and pull the wrapped thread of the fork. Tie it in the middle together. It should look like a small bow.

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3. Cut it open as seen above.

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4. It looks like a very wild ball now but don’t worry. Now comes the make-up. Just cut off the thread to the same length.

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5. You will get a lovely tiny little ball like this.

 

6. Cut some feet, a peak and eyes out of the paper and stick it to the yellow ball and voilá! You have a little chick!

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I made two and they are now sitting a room plant.

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It makes me smile just to look at them.

Now. Carry on!

Wild garlic butter.

8 Apr

When you walk through the woods around Vienna at the moment it smells like garlic. It’s great. The woodland is covered in a green rug. It’s like magic. It has already around 22 ° C. Every tree and bush seems to bloom. I love spring. Especially when it this nice.

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I also love my new recipe: wild garlic butter – with handmade butter. So easy and soooo good! Give it a try!

All you need is:
- 250 ml cream
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 Tbsp chopped bear leek

Beat the cream until it starts to get flaky. Add the salt and bear leek and mix and mix and mix. It takes a long time, so don’t get confused. You’re there, when there starts to form a green liquid. Sieve the butter flakes from the water and put it on a baking paper. Form a roll and it’s done. You can serve it right away on a piece of bread with some wild eatable flowers like violets and some sea salt.

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The butter is quite soft right away. It will harden a little more in the fridge – but still be very good.

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I put a little butter now in every thing that I cook (every savory dish of course, silly!). A hint of garlic makes everything better.

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This simple bread with butter is the best though. How can something this simple be such a treat?! It’s amazing. Sorry, I couldn’t wait: I took a bite.

Now. Carry on!

 

Shine like diamonds.

4 Apr

Yesterday I posted a little teaser of what I was working on on Instagram. I haven’t done Origami for quite some time. What surprises me more than you probably. I love Origami and I used to fold while watching TV, brainstorming on ideas or when I was upset. Yes, really. I think it’s the perfect combination of having busy hands while the mind is free to wander (or wonder which I do occasionally as well). So I was quite happy when I found this tutorial on how to make paper diamonds (there are not really diamonds but geometric things but doesn’t sound have as nice) over on Design and Form.

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So there was the inspiration and this is what I made out of it: a light chain. You can’t have enough fairy lights in your home.

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All you need is:
- paper
- scissors
- glue
- fairy lights

I thought the instructions over on Design and Form were quite helpful and easy but when I started to fold I found out I was wrong. Yes, me, the self-declared Origami-following-tutorial-master! The thing is that the paper they used was white only and mine is with a pattern on one side – and of course I wanted the pattern to be on the outside…

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That you don’t make the same mistake, I took pictures of my own folding process, so you can see where the patterned side of the paper is.

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Step 1: Fold the paper into half, open it up again, and fold it into the other half. It should have a folded cross in the middle. Now fold the corners together so that you have a triangle, open it up and fold it into a triangle the other way. There should be now a fold from each corner to the opposite corner and a fold from right through the middle of the paper forming a cross.

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Step 2: Fold the sides in so that it becomes a smaller square.

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Step 3: The open part of the squares should look your way and then fold the outer triangle in to the middle. Do this with all 4 sides.

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Step 4: It should look now like this.

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Step 5: Cut the triangles at the bottom off.

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Step 6: Open one of the sides up.

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Step 7:  Fold the triangle in. Do this with all 4 sides.

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Step 8: Now is should look like a plain simple triangle.

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Step 9: Fold the corners in at the bottom. Do this with all corners. (It doesn’t matter which way you fold them – either looking all one way or not.)

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Step 10: Now you should have a piece of paper that looks a bit like a diamond.

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Step 11: Open up all the folds.

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Step 12: Fold the little corners in as seen on the picture.

Step 13: Repeat Step 1 to Step 12 with another piece of paper.

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Step 14: Glue those 2 pieces together.

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Voilá! You have a nice geometric form. Now you need to fold just as much as the fairy light has lights…

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… which is quite a lot.

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Then cut a hole at one of the peaks (just big enough to push a little fairy light inside). And attach all the little diamonds to the lights chain.

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The lights look great lying around at day and they look great lit up by day…

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… and at night.

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What more can you ask from a fairy light?!

Now. Carry on!

 

More space for cake.

1 Apr

I wasn’t the only one who celebrated her birthday last month. A good friend of mine has her birthday 2 weeks before me. For me the birthday of others is always a good and a bad thing. The good thing is that there’s cake and celebration, the bad thing is I have to think of a present. Don’t get me wrong. I love to give presents to people and I honestly don’t care how much they cost (with a certain rage of course) or that they take a lot of time (for handmade gifts) if I have the feeling the gifted person is genuinely happy with it. I always hesitate to give handmade presents because I always have the feeling that people only like those because of the gesture. Like my mum who got so many paintings from little me. I can’t really imagine how you can make a happy face after the 153rd. (I guess I have to be a mum myself to understand this mystery.)

Well back to the purpose of this post and my friends birthday: she’s a crafter herself and I knew that she would appreciate a handmade gift. That’s why I made her a plate and a cake. I’m actually so happy with the combination: handing over a cake and the plate is for you to keep as well?! Genius. At least that’s what I thought. And I’m sure my friend too. First the hero was the cake …

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All you need is:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 tbsp Vanille sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup poppy seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp baking powder

For the cream & topping
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 3 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. Beat the eggs with the white sugar and Vanille sugar. Add slowly the oil and sour cream and combine well. Fold in the flour, baking powder, poppy seeds and dark chocolate. Line a baking tray with paper and spread the sponge on the baking parchment. Bake for 20 mins and let it cool down.

For the cream mix the sour cream with the cream cheese and the sugar. Spread it on the cake. Mix the poppy seeds with the cinnamon and sieve it on top of the sheet cake. Voilá!

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This cake doesn’t look like much but it’s just so delicious! It could easily be one of my favorite. No. It certainly is one of my favorites!

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I made the plate the same way as this Valentine’s day present for my boyfriend and what a surprise it was! The text is german and means “more space for cake”. Unfortunately it’s not dishwasher-safe. My friends tried. Well, such a gem needs to be taken care of, so only washing by hand! Luckily they can just bring me the plate and I restore it. So no harm done!

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The cake was gone in no time as you can see…

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Now. Carry on!

 

Paper airplane clutch.

28 Mar

It has been pretty warm in Vienna lately. With pretty warm I mean almost 20 ° C and sun. So I took the opportunity to wear shorts (with light tights but still: shorts). When I was wondering around the neighborhood I had this epiphany that I want to make another clutch. Remember my other one? I’m so happy how it turned out and I use it all the time. So I wanted to make another one.

But I’m a lazy sewer. There. I said it. Not that I can’t do it. I just get bored and impatient and then it doesn’t turn out the way I want it too and the disaster is complete. Therefore I wanted to reuse something to make a clutch. Something that helps me with sewing. Luckily I found this old cushion that had holes in it and all. But the back (with the zipper) was still fine. So There was my zipper and fabric. Now all I had to sew was the leather part at the bottom and the handle.

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So it doesn’t only look great but is easy to make too! Just the way I like it.

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All you need is:
- an old cushion (or fabric and a zipper)
- some leather
- pins
- a strap (mine is a rubber strap, leftover from my cage bra)
- fabric paint
- a brush
- some chalk (to draft)
- a sewing machine
- a needle
- thread
- scissors

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Cut the back of the cushion off.

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Cut a piece out of the leather. Mine is 50 cm wide and 60 cm long. Depending on the size of the clutch you can use another measurement.

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Pin the leather to the fabric with the zipper (if you don’t have a fabric with a zipper, sew the zipper on later).

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Open the bag and sew the pieces of fabric together with the leather being on top of the cotton fabric. Turn it inside out and sew the sides. Turn it back and voilá! The actual bag is already done.

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But since I made my first clutch, I know how important a handle is. Sometimes you just need both hands and want to put it on your wrist or you just want to carry it without getting a sore wrist. That’s what the handle is for. So cut a piece of the strap (leather or rubber strap) off and sew it to the one side of the bag.

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Now all there is to do is to decorate the bag with fabric paint.

I painted some paper airplanes on it. You will soon know why this was on my mind…

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And this is me posing like a fashion blogger in the city.

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I was actually quite embarrassed by the people walking by. I could only use the pictures where you couldn’t see my face because you would have noticed my agony. So I looked down and to the side. Like everything’s normal. Yes. I sit on the floor all the time with my boyfriend taking pictures. Don’t mind me. Ahem.

Now. Carry on!

Once a year.

25 Mar

If you read this blog for over a year, you probably know what day it is: it’s the best day of the year. At least for me. It’s my birthday. I can’t understand how some people can’t like their birthday. What’s not to like? People think of you, there’s chocolate and cake and you get to keep all the presents. In my book that makes a pretty good day. Like today.

Because I do want the people around me to enjoy the day as well: I made muffins for my work colleagues. I will celebrate this weekend with my friends and family but these delicious and (almost) healthy raspberry yoghurt muffins are for the people I spend most of my birthday with.

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If only they knew how easy and fast those muffins are…

All you need is:
- 300 g yoghurt
- 60 g oil (sunflower seed or rape oil)
- 120 g sugar
- 1 egg
- 250 g flour (I used a mix of 200 g plain flour and 50 g wholegrain)
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 50 g raspberries (I used frozen raspberries but you can also use fresh ones)

Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Mix the yoghurt with the oil, egg and sugar in a bowl. Sieve the flour with the baking powder and cinnamon into the mixture until well combined. Pour the raspberries in and slowly work them in.

Line a muffin tray with paper cups and add the mixture into each one. Bake for 20 mins.

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I could gulp those little things in no time – and without a bad conscience. Perfect for a birthday – or actually any day. Now I’m off to have a (hopefully) great dinner with my boyfriend.

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Now. Carry on!

 

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