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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!

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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!

 

Love me some chocolate.

21 Mar

I’m horrible with posting at the moment. I’m just so damn lazy and tired at the moment. When I go home after work I just manage to make myself something to eat (or I convince my boyfriend), then eat, take a shower and that’s it. From that moment I lie on the couch like a dead fly in the hot summer. I blame the spring. It’s been around 20 ° C lately in Vienna. Last night I went home at 8 pm wearing only a skirt and no tights. Before you get too jealous: it will be cold just in time for the weekend. Well I don’t mind actually. There’s no better excuse to not leave the couch and the warm home…

Well anyway before I get you all down and depressed with my rant. I have a wonderful DIY/recipe for you.

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I promised you that I show you how to make the perfect decoration for cupcakes with chocolate – as you saw in my last post.

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All you need is:
– baking paper
– a scissor
– 100 g dark chocolate

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1. Cut a triangle out of the baking paper and fold the right corner to the middle.

2. Fold the other corner over the cone-shape you created.

3. Turn it all the way that all corners are at the same place and you have a cone with a pointed end on the other side. It’s actually good if there’s no hole.

4. Fold the corners down.

5. Do it one more time so that the cone doesn’t unfold anymore.

6. Cut a little bit of the end of your cone off to make a perfectly small hole and your own little piping bag is done!

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Now all you need to do is to fill it with chocolate. For the melted chocolate chop the bar into little pieces and put it into a metal bowl. Heat some water in a pan and put the bowl on top. Make sure that the chocolate won’t get hotter than 30 ° C. This is crucial if you want shiny and strong shapes and writings. Now be creative!

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Pipe your desired element on some more baking paper.

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(Abstract) shapes work pretty well but you can also add a little writing. Just make sure it won’t be too long or thin as it will break more easily.

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You can store your chocolate decoration in the fridge for as long as you want. But trust me: they won’t be long in there even if you made a whole batch. They are the perfect decoration for all kinds of sweets and desserts!

Now. Carry on!

On display: string shelf

7 Mar

I have been very lazy with my series “on display”. One of my New Year’s resolution was however to post more regularly. So here comes the string shelf I decorated in our living room at the dining area. It reminds me very much of Spring and that’s why I want to post it now. I bought the shelf on ebay a few months ago and I didn’t know back then what exactly I’ll use it for. First I wanted to hang it in the kitchen but I felt that it deserves a better – more visual – place. Also it was smaller than I thought it would be and with the narrow shelfs there’s not much that it can hold. However it found it’s special purpose holding most of our tea cups and pots.

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My boyfriend had a time (back in the beginning of our relationship) when we was totally into Japanese green tea. Totally with doing a tea ceremony. I can’t tell you how many times I sat on the floor in his student room back then for hours (in total) until the temperature was right and I could drink the one sip of tea just to wait for the second rehash. Don’t get me wrong: i really enjoyed the taste and apparently it’s very, very healthy. This phase is over – also because it was so time-consuming and with working full-time you hardly have time for that.

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What is still left is our selection of more or less traditional tea bowls which I cherish very much. Also because it reminds me of that time. We had some of the best talks while we waited for the water to cool down to exactly 70 ° C. If I happen to grow very old, I blame all the green tea that I drank during this time.

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Of course you saw already the little glass dome I made from the broken wine glass. It got it’s special place as one of the first things on this string shelf.

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This cute owl is actually also handmade. With a template from Mibo Studios. I have more of their creatures but I love the owls the most. Also because they were a present from my sisters.

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Remember the jewelry and cupcake stand I made with the broken foot of a wine glass? I use it now as a cactus stand. I would have never thought that this is the way I’ll use it (the most). Do you also create stuff that you use totally differently than first intended?

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These cards are from the famous shopping mall Bijnenkorf in Amsterdam. These are the only souvenirs I bought and they will remind me of the great time I had in this fantastic city.

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I like collecting (or making) things with our initials. I found these over 100 years old printing letters in a little town in Germany. I love the rustic look.

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I use a tea tin as pot for my little Aloe Very plant. See how everything goes together? I’m so clever. (At least that’s what I think. And surely my mum.)

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Now. Carry on!

First aid.

28 Feb

I get the most creative when I either have something that I want to use for suer or I’m in need for something. This time I was in need. In need for a First Aid case in my bathroom. I don’t like taking medicine and for a long time I thought there’s no need for a medicine cabinet but guess what?! I got sick and hurt myself and have been accidentally (what a pun!) collecting painkillers and cough medicine and plasters. They take – surprisingly – a lot of space. So there was my problem. And here’s my solution:

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I created this medicine cabinet out of an old wine box. (You know I love them and use them on a regular basis.)

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All you need is:

– a wine box
– the lid (hopefully unbroken but can be fixed as well)
– chalk board paint
– painters tape
– 9 screws
– 2 hinges
– a screwdriver
– 1 tiny little magnet
– white chalk

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Take the box and stick painters tape on the outsides of the lid and the box. Then paint the inside and the top of the lid with chalkboard paint. Let it dry.

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Screw the hinges first to the outside of the box and then to the lid. Make sure you can open it.

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Take one screw and put it in the lid at the back where it’s suppose to open. Put the little magnet in the side of the box – opposite of where the screw in the lid is. This will keep the cabinet close if you don’t need it. And now decorate it with the chalk and you’re done! Do you recognize the quote?

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Now I have a nice litte handmade medicine cabinet. What endless possibilities a wine box can offer… isn’t it amazing? (Me and the wine box of course.)

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Where do you store your medicine? Any nice little cabinets? I would love to know…

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Now. Carry on!

On display: A Christmas box.

25 Dec

Christmas is almost over. Can you believe it? You get ready for so long and puff! It’s over. Totally worth it but still. Now come the few days of eating and family time that makes it all worth while. My family celebrates on Christmas Eve. We decorate the  tree together in the morning, get the last few things ready like supper and Christmas present wrapping and after dinner, we all gather in the living room when the candles (yes, we still have real candles) are lit.
We sing a few Christmas carols together and then we start unwrapping the presents. It starts with my little brother and then we go one by one from the youngest to the oldest. (Apparently I have been very nice this year, the Christkind has been very generious.)

Because I always celebrate at my parents house I don’t decorate my flat too much. I still like to get ready and therefore a little decoration has to be put in place. I took pictures when I was back home but I totally forgot to show you. So here it goes:

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This year I made a Christmas box – at least that’s what my boyfriend calls it. He’s right though. I took an old crate and decorated it with the few things that assemble Christmas for me.

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I got this tiny Christmas tree in the right corner from an insurance company. Technically I didn’t get it. The person who rent the flat before us got a package and me – ubercautious (and not at all curious) opened it and there was this tiny Christmas tree. I was actually complaining that I can’t have my own tree with us not being here around Christmas and I created replacements but this is like the perfect present (the fact that it didn’t belong to me didn’t bother me too much).

The Amsterdam skyline had to be in here as well – of course. Still one of my most favourite DIY.

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Do you remember the lemon I decorated with cloves? It’s been hanging here for a week now and it dried and released its smell continuously in the living room.

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On top of the wooden box is the landscape I made with the 3D paper trees. I’m really smitten how the box looks like because you can see so many details that you might miss on the first glance. It shows that you don’t have to create big things and huge displays to make something special. I can get lost in the smell and the look of this box and think about Christmas any time.

Now. Carry on!

 

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