March 2012

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QUIRKY EASTER DECORATION

I love quirkiness. And this little Easter decoration definitely has the quirky factor. This is one of those fun things you can make for a party, where you need a really cool centerpiece. 

The violas will be fine without water for a day or two and afterwards you can just move them to a pot or into the garden. We used a wheel from an old baby pram, which has this lovely rustic look. You can really decorate with whatever you like. 

I think even feathers would look beautiful here. It's a very artsy piece, as it will take on a look of its own, but it's simple and inexpensive. Only your imagination will set the limit for this one:)

Happy Easter project

COZY EASTER COLORS

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

ETERNAL SUNSHINE & RAINBOWS

Spring is such a life confirming season. It's a breath of fresh air to know that everything will sprout again and take on their usual cycle. Easter is also my favorite holiday decorating season. 

Probably because of all the cute pastel colors you see everywhere, they kind of make you happy, right. Just like walking into a kid's room, it's eternal sunshine and rainbows. Well is doesn't hurt either that all the shops are stacked with soft bunnies and fluffy chicken toys. I just wanna hug 'em all:)

Anyways, when it comes to decorating I kind of tend to not go for the typical easter yellow. This little put-together is very natural in color and very easy to make. You use terracotta pots, moss, any flower of your choosing and some eggs. Very simple and pretty elegant as well.

Happy Friday!

WEDDING DECOR PART II

Today I have a really cool post for all of you, who just love making homemade presents. For my wedding I made these party favors for people to take home, but they would work just as well as a hostess gift or if you just like surprising someone special with a homemade present. 

I made this like a set, with three different homemade gifts; a jar of jam, chocolate flake tops and brownie mix in a jar. I put labels on everything to give it a fun and pretty look.

The brownie mix idea is inspired by this post from Call Me Cupcake (just love that site). I adjusted the recipe slightly to only contain milk and dark chocolate and not white chocolate. The layering is as written in the recipe in the above picture, except you mix the salt, flour, baking powder and pour in one half before cocoa and other half after. Add a tag with the baking instructions to the jar. You can use this text:

Mix with the following ingredients:

3 large eggs
150 g butter
4 tbsp strong coffee
1 tsp vanilla 

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 175 C (350F) 
 

I made the jam from a bag of frozen mixed berries, but you can use any recipe you like for this one. Mine was kind of a testing recipe, which luckily turned out pretty well, so I don't have the exact measurements to give you at this point.

The bag of Chocolate flake tops is a favorite of mine. Super easy to make and I would also recommend them as snacks for kids, if you want something that doesn't contain lots of sugar and coloring. Right click the recipe card to download and print. You can use a small paper bag, pretty easy to get a hold on or maybe make your own. I used this template (without the closing at the top) and folded it from a piece of drawing foil I had laying around. 

I used a 1 liter jar for the brownie mix and a smaller for the jam. If you like to print these tags, you'll have to use approximately these size lids; brownie jar lid ca 8,7 cm in diameter and jam lid is ca. 5,8 cm. The extra white is to cover the sides of the lid. Print on adhesive paper, cut along the line and position the label in the middle of the jar lid and fold down the excess white onto the side of the lid. It will automatically get a wrinkled look. Use the square label to close the bag of chocolate flakes.

I you have any questions regarding this project, feel free to ask. 

Hope you have fun!

WEDDING DECOR PART I

Hi everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekend. This past week has been so gorgeous. Getting married last Saturday, to the most loving, warmhearted and beautiful man I know, was a dream come true. We took a small honeymoon to Rome, where we enjoyed beautiful weather, fantastic architecture and lots of great food and wine. And know I'm sitting here, flipping through all the pictures from the wedding. It was such a beautiful day. 

We held the wedding party in our home and Sussi did all the flower decorations. She even made my bouquet (pic.1), which was probably one of the finest bouquets I have ever seen. It was a mix of calla, ranunculus, a single orchid stem, hydrangea, eucalyptus and willow catkins. Absolutely stunning. 

The table setting was very simple and elegant, with warm tones. I used brown and cream as base colors and decorated with bordeaux and cream colored flowers. The black board in the background I change from time to time, and it seemed like a perfect place to write our names and date for the day. I'm probably not going to change it for a while now. I love seeing our names together. 

The center piece was adorable... a beautiful mix of roses, hydrangeas, tulips, eucalyptus, ranunculus and wax flowers. I love how the natural and "not so tamed" centerpiece made a great contrasts to the more subtle table setting. They emphasized each other very well. My sister is so awesome at this flower stuff. Thank you for all your help, darling sis.

I will post more pictures from the wedding later. I made a really cool party favor. You'll get the 'how to's' on it too.

Have a beautiful day!

 

RETRO KITCHEN SCALE

I have had these pictures laying around for a while now. It was a small "restoring/getting it to match my stuff" project I did a couple of months ago. It all started with one of those frequent visits to the local thrift store, where I had seen this little kitchen scale quite a few times.

I was so loving the shape, but not the color and there for I just kept putting it back on the shelf. Then one day, we met again...and I knew exactly what I had to do, to make the scale fit my kitchen. 

So I brought the little thing home, disassembled him and spray painted all the parts in a nice cream color. I taped the front of the scale, so I didn't get any paint on the dial.

I think it turned out really well and he fits so perfectly with my kitchen colors, but the really cool thing is, he actually works. 

This has been one of my favorite "old treasure find" projects.

Have a great day.