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NEW YEAR & WHITE TULIPS

Hello everyone and welcome back. I hope you had a good start to 2012 and that this year will bring you good spirit and inspire you to feel creative in your everyday life. We'll strive to continue to keep this a small world of everyday inspiration and creative projects. Soon we'll be moving our blog to another address, we are working on this at the moment, but we'll let you know more in a couple of days. Until then we'll keep posting here on this site.
 
 Good to see you back here, and thank you so much for all your lovely greetings. 
 
/Sussi & Annika
 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2011 has been a beautiful year and we can't wait to get started on 2012. So much is going to happen and we are exited about it. 
 
Today we are celebrating with family and there is going to be lots of great food. Sussi made this gorgeous tulip decoration this morning and it's going to be our centerpiece for the table. It's gonna look beautiful.
 
Thank you for all of your wonderful comments. We're so glad that you like what we do, as we are so lucky enough to be doing what we love. We hope to continue to inspire you.
 
May you all have a wonderful and Happy New Year. See you in 2012.
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

CHOCOLATE FACTORY

This year I bought a small Christmas present for myself, that I had been dreaming of for a while. Some of you might know that I(Annika) have a weak spot for homemade chocolate. I have a few recipes I like to use around Easter and Christmas, and I give these as presents or treats, all nicely wrapped, looking fiercely delicious :) 
 
 
Up until now, I have been quite satisfied with a more simple chocolate making approach, one where I could shape the chocolate pieces with a spoon. But this year I was craving a bit more. 
 
 
I got this idea of a chocolate with caramel filling into my head and it just wouldn't go away again. A while ago I stumbled across this delicious caramel recipe, that I was using for a cake, and I thought it would be perfect for the chocolate filling.
 
 
So for this little experiment of mine, I realized I needed to upgrade my chocolate making tools and I immediately thought of those beautiful old metal molds, you sometimes find in vintage shops. These are not necessarily easy or cheap to come by, but I was pretty lucky. I found 

 
So the week before Christmas I turned my kitchen into a small chocolate factory, testing and experimenting and it turned out beautifully. I even tested a couple of silicon molds, or actually they were ice cube trays from Ikea, and they worked very well too. 
 
 
They were pretty easy to just turn upside down and the chocolate pieces would more or less pop out. The metal molds can be a bit harder to work with, but it looks so delicious, when you get it right. 
 
 
I'm very much looking forward to be making more filled chocolate...actually thinking of permanently turning the kitchen into a chocolate factory. I mean, what else do you need besides homemade caramel filled chocolate :)
 
Have a great day!
/Annika & Sussi
 

DECEMBER COFFEE BREAKS

After a few days with lots of great food and sharing time with family, we are now back. I hope you too had a joyful and relaxing Christmas with your families. 
Even though this is a great time of year, it can also be very stressful. All of December you prepare for Christmas, and when that comes it only lasts a couple of days. And before we know it, it's New Year and we are celebrating the last days of the year. I really like this time of year, especially if  I remember to enjoy and take my moments...my breaks. And I hope you do that too....take breaks.
 
 
 
 
 
You can find our favorite recipe for Biscotti here.
 
Have a great day.
/Annika & Sussi

MERRY CHRISTMAS

WISHING YOU A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS

We want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope that you have enjoyed our Christmas crafting during all of December. We have a lot of creative plans for 2012 and for the Precious Sister blog and we hope that you'll continue to follow us and be a part of this creative place of ours. Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments, they mean so much to us.
 
Happy Holidays to all!
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
 
 

NOVEMBER LIGHT

It's pretty grey outside this time of year, but when the sun comes out, it creates the most amazing color palette. Out walking the other day I snapped these photos, it was late afternoon, and the sun was setting. Everything was so white and clear, with this golden glow, that it made me see textures and materials everywhere, practically begging to be photographed :) 
 
Later this week we are starting our Christmas special. So stay tuned for some cozy crafting and creative days here on the blog.
Happy Tuesday / Annika &Sussi
 
 
 
 
 

LATE SUMMER BLOOMING

AUTUMN EQUALS APPLES

INSPIRATION & CREATIVE MINDS

I love coming up with ideas for creative projects. Sometimes I think I like the idea of an idea more than I like the actual finished piece. That does sound a bit strange, but I will try to explain it. To me a creative project is not just about what you get in the end. 
 
 
The process of an idea, turning it into something useful or a decorative piece, is what really gets me going. Feeling inspired to be creative. It's not necessarily easy to come up with new ideas all time, but you can train the way you go about it.
 
 
I like how having an idea challenges you mind; like what materials am I gonna use and can I maybe get the idea from simply looking at materials and textures...things I find, or keep in my drawers? I also think that visualizing the idea, the process and how you want it to look in the end, is a really good way to spark one's workflow. 
 
 
This series of pictures is all about feeling inspired from material, textures and colors. When I brought home the flowers, I thought I knew what I wanted to do with them, but when I looked at them, I was blank. So I thought; I'm just gonna pull out whatever things and materials I think might be useful and that is going to inspire me. 
 
 
I have yet to finish this little decoration, but I like how putting these things together, helps form a picture in my head and visualize my goal. Because there's one great thing about finishing a project...and that's when you look at it and realize, that this is exactly what you had in mind
 
 
This is of course my way of working, but it's interesting how we all go about this, because everyone is so different. I would love to hear about your creative ways and how you keep inspired.
 
 
May you all have a wonderfully creative weekend!
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

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