Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Green Tea Sugar Scrub

A couple of weeks ago I discovered Instagram and posting pictures on Instagram requires a phone. And because I can use my Instagram pictures for my blog, too, I've neglected my camera for quite some time now. So much time that I don't know where I've left it. Or maybe I've even lost it. When we went to Paris last week, I wanted to bring it, and that was the first time I actually missed my camera. I feel a bit guilty now, because the thing is: I love my camera. It's small, does anything I want, pictures are always sharp and uploading is easy. Except when you want your pictures on Instagram, and that's why I didn't use it for the last couple of weeks. So, please, pray for me I'll find it!

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This week I made new scrub. As you may remember, my favorite scrub is my homemade Lavender Sugar Scrub, but I was in for something new and made Green Tea Scrub this time.

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Here's the recipe:
1 cup of Cocos Oil
1 cup of Granulated Sugar
8 teaspoons of Green Tea (strong and cooled)
1 teabag of Green Tea
drop of Lemon Essential Oil

Mix all the ingredients together and it's ready to use!

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My Star Pillow was featured last week by Creative Jewish Mom and Denverista!!


Thank you, ladies!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

More Halloween Projects



After a time consuming project such as the cross stitch Sugar Skull from last week now a fast one: a drawing of a cute evil pumpkin.

And because we are renovating again, I had to clear out a closet and found the Hama Beads. I couldn't withstand temptation and had to make something for Halloween. I found some simple patterns and hoopla, a ghost and a pumpkin!


In the same closet I found something I made a couple of years ago for Halloween,  before I started blogging. Don't know why I kept it, but since I still like it, it's hanging from the kitchen wall.


As I remember it right, I found this owl at Martha Stewart.

Wanted #44

Parakeet Necklace by Tatty Devine

WANTED

Colorful Necklace!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall

We had real good weather the month of september, which made up for the really worse month of august, that was full of wind and rain, more wind and rain and even more wind and rain. The weather was so good actually that I could have my Ibiza Style series totally appropriate (Ibiza being an island in the Mediterranean Sea, that people go to mostly in the summer, when the weather is warm).


Fall still hasn't come here yet. At the end of summer I'm looking forward to baking speculaas and pumpkin cakes, to light up the candles, to going back to living inside, but at the end of october it's still around 20 degrees Celsius here. So, I have to create my own fall for now, I guess.

Today I bought ball chrysantemums and pumpkins for the garden.


Drew some leaves and pumpkins on the windows with chalk paint, as you can see in the back of the picture.



Bought some dried hydragaea, too. 



I took out my crocheted Cat Pumpkin, that I made a couple of years ago. Just in time for Halloween.


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Drew some pumpkins on the blackboard on my kitchendoor as well.

Only thing to wait for now is fall itself...


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paris, France

Guess what? My kids have holidays again! After just seven weeks of school they already have had two days off and the first vacation of this year of school is this week.

Last year we promised them to go to Paris, because they really wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, and now the time was there! Besides La Tour d'Eiffel we saw other things, of course. Here are some pictures:



Front Door details of Notre Dame




La Tour d'Eiffel




Sacre Coeur




 Sacre Coeur




Passerelle des Arts



l'Arc de Triomph



 Cemetiere Pere Lachaise
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Star Pillow

This week I made another pillow for my friend!


I'm a bit behind with my posts. Well, not with the written parts, but with my pictures. I can't find my camera, don't even have a clue where it can be. So I make pictures with my phone now, but still have to find out what the quickest way is to upload them to my blog.

Wanted #43


Comfy Leopard Hoodie!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sugar Skull

My first Halloween project of the year!

I found the pattern at Pinterest, where it was said that it was designed by Words Free Me/Michael Perez. Originally it was made for hama beads, but I used it for cross stitches.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cross Pillow

Finally people seem to see the things I make! Recently a friend asked me to crochet some pillows for her lifestyle shop, for decoration. She sent me a color card to choose from. There were ten colors in the card but only two of them in the craft store, antracite and coral red, so choosing didn't take much of my time.

I made this, to begin with:



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This week my Triangles Pillow and my 1000 Beads Necklace were both featured by Creative Jewish Mom!




My Flower Shawl was featured by The Cottage Market!


Thanks, Sara and Andrea!!

Wanted #42

Wicker Baguette Purse by Pinup Clothing
WANTED

Great Bag!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Malteser Chocolate Bars

Today I made the most delicious chocolate thingy EVER! I love (LOVE!!) Maltesers and found such a great recipe for Malteser candy bars. And the best thing is: you can make this in only fifteen minutes!

What you need:
100 grams butter
100 grams dark chocolate
100 grams milk chocolate
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
100 grams biscuits

100 grams (or a 250 gram sack, like I did) of Maltesers

What to do:
* melt butter, chocolate and syrup
* crush biscuits and add to chocolate mix
* take pan from heat and add Maltesers
* pour into a oven dish and let it cool off in the fridge
* cut into square pieces
* EAT!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Clogs Make Over

About three years ago I bought me some beautiful clogs in a soft pink. Not only the color was soft, but the leather was even softer. So soft actually, that after wearing the clogs for just one hour, the leather teared apart and the clogs became unwearable. Don't you LOVE it, when such happens?
I bought the clogs in a town far away from my own home town, so going back to get my money back I didn't consider an option. And I already tossed the receipt in the bin anyway. 

Unwearable or not, I couldn't throw the clogs away after wearing them for such a short time, so they were in my closet for years. I totally forgot about them, until I was searching for the mosquito net to make a Petticoat from for my daughter. I stumbled across the clogs and suddenly I knew what to do with them. 

I forgot to make a before picture, but maybe you can imagine what the clogs looked like before the make over.


I cut off the leather with a very sharp skin knife I took home from my work (OR-nurse), so I could use the leather as a template for the fabric and interface. 
I finished off the fabric with bias band and attached it to the wooden shoe sole with little nails.

In the heel I hammered an eye through both sides for a string and to hide the eye I embellished it with a little red rose. 
Personally I love the result! Indeed, I think the clogs even look better now than when I bought them!

Great thing is: we still have beautiful weather, so although it's the beginning of october I can still wear them!

Wanted #41

It's my Party Dress by Lena Hoschek


WANTED
For my Birthday!!

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