Saturday, April 19, 2014

If life hands you hazel branches...

When I nose around blogs and magazines, I often feel that one detail keeps jumping out at me. It seems to be everywhere. And either I hate it from the very depth of my heart (mustard yellow walls and fabrics!) or I end up loving it.

In the last months, it have been those willow wreaths that every shabby chic or hampton style home owns in overflow that keep staring back at me. So when I did some gardening for my parents (payment for mooching food...) and ended up with a bunch of young hazel branches, I decided to save them from being shredded. After all, if life hands you hazel branches, make a wreath!

And this is my creation. I want to state that it is nearly round. This is a point of pride, so please take note!

Step one was making the wreath. You need only branches. Willow, hazel, or any other kind of non-brittle wood. Willow can often be found close to bodies of water, however small, so go looking there if you don´t find any in your garden.

The wreath takes about twenty minutes to braid.

After cutting down the branches and stripping them of their leaves, I put them in a shallow bath for a couple of hours.

First, I formed a circle with one of the sturdier branches, fixing the ends by twisting them round each other. Then I wound the other branches around my first one, moving the starting points to get even volume.

The tension of the bowed branches will hold them fast. I bend the
thick ends in preparation before winding them in. The thin ends tended to break, but I just cut them off if that happened.

After I had used up all my branches, I let the wreath dry. It quickly turned from slightly green to pure brown (which I prefer).

For spring, I wanted to add some colour.

For the decoration, you need two pink satin ribbons (one slim, one broad), a couple of tiny glass bottles and some bellis flowers.

I wrote down "Frühling" (meaning "spring") in word, using a different font for every letter. I spaced the letters so I had enough space to cut them for my bunting.

Then I did a google image search for " newspaper". I immediatly found a cool one, copied the grafic into word and printed it. Then, I printed my letters on top of it. Next, I cut out a dragon shape around each letter, folded it in the middle and glued it to the slim ribbon.

I fixed the bunting and the tiny bottles on my wreath. I used the large ribbon to hang the wreath to my door. Then I filled
the bottles with water and put in pink bellis.

Now spring greets me every time I come home!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Flea Market Finds

I wanted to share some things with you that I found at flea markets and ask your opinion: Hot or Not?

Normally I buy stuff to upcycle it, but these I liked just as they are.

Most people I have shown it to hate the candle holder. What do you think? Should I keep it, or get rid of it? I liked the combination of silver and glass, but am getting slightly uncertain with all that critisism...

This little tea light holder was a spontaneous buy because it was so cheap, but it turned out to be awesome. It creates the most wonderful light effects! So definitly something you should keep an eye out for when you browse through flea markets.

These two vases were very cheap, too. I love the colour, but I am not sure - are they too vintage for my style?

What do you think? What have you bought at fleamarkets lately?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Quail´s Egg Wreath

I adore the coloring and delicacy of quail´s eggs, so I wanted to create a fun decor using them.

I found some at a big supermarket, used my super cool tool to blow out eggs (read about it here) and threaded them onto a circle of wire.

It is very simple, but still cute!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Easterly Yeast Buns

One of my favourite traditions for easter is making yeast buns. They taste great and are very easy to make. This year, I wanted to pretty them up a little and decided to make a chicken family.

You need:

600 g / 5 cups of flour
120 g / 1/2 cup of sugar
60 g / 1/4 cup of butter
one package of fresh yeast
2 egg yolks
1/4 l / 8 fl. oz. of milk
some raisins

Mix all and let the dough rise.

Form a long roll and coil it to a circle, forming a body and neck with a head.

Differ the rolls length so you get a large rooster and chicken and small chicklets. Add details like a coxcomb or wings for the chicklets and use a raisin for each eye.

Bake 30 Minutes at 200 ° C/ 400 ° F


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Black & White Easter Eggs

Last year I was taking very important tests around easter, so I had no mind and time for making decorations. But I promised myself I would paint twice as many eggs this year instead. I am really trying to keep up with that promise, so here is my second idea for modern and cool easter eggs.

If you want to create some grafic black and white eggs yourself, you need to blow out a ton of white eggs. There is a cheap and very useful tool for it which I describe here.

Take a black edding and start drawing grafic patterns on some of the eggs. Do lines, rectangles, small crosses, dots - whatever you like. My favourite is the one on the right.

I first painted it in a diamond pattern that didn´t work out and I needed a way to cover the wrong lines. Best proof that mistakes happen for a reason!

Mix the painted eggs with the white ones and present as you like.

My cookie jar is empty right now because I am trying not to eat any sweets before easter (three more weeks to go....), so it seemed the perfect way to present them. But next year, I will probably string them up.

Have you created any black and white eggs?

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Monday, March 24, 2014

A Garland Of Pansies

I love pansies! Their colours are so pretty, and they exist in so many awesome variations. Today´s project made sure I will never be without pansies this spring or any spring to come!

You need to press and dry 12 - 15 pansy flowers. I just bought one plant for about 70 cents (so 1 $) cut off the flowers when they started blooming and pressed them in my huge law books (they should be good for some fun after all!).

After a week to ten days, they were dry. Pansies keep their colour wonderfully, even dried.

Then, I laminated the flowers. My Mom has a laminating machine, but I think you can get stuff laminated at every copy shop. One DIN-A 4 laminating sheet is enough.

Cut out each pansy, following the outline of the flower, leaving about 1 cm / 0,3 in of plastic.

Thread some white yarn through a sewing needle. Poke a hole in the upper plastic edging of the smallest flower, take the second smallest and poke a hole through its lower plastic edging.

Close the yarn with a knot so there are about 3 cm / 1in between each flower. Cut the yarn off close to the knot.

Repeat with each flower, increasing their size.

Put a loop at the top of the biggest flower and hang the garland wherever you need some spring happiness. Because it is laminated, it should keep for years!

Have you created something fun with dried flowers this year?

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Copper Easter Eggs

I have been quite good and didn´t start decorating for easter in february - I wanted to, but I was afraid I would be bored by all those eggs come easter.
But now the holidays are only about a month away, so I finally allowed myself to start.

I began a quest  for white free range eggs (honestly, why does every store think they have to be brown?) and bought the most awesome little instrument to blow out eggs: a mixture of a syringe and bellows. You drill in only one (small) hole, enter the tube and pump in air so the egg white and yolk are presse out. You can use it also to pump in water and get the water out again.

So, for 3 bucks I got clean eggs with one tiny hole and no risk of catching salmonellae. Check out to see what it looks like.

My first project is a modern and elegant approach to easter eggs.

I took my blown out eggs, and covered them in beat copper (check out how to do that here), the I gathered a few fresh birch twigs and formed a nest.

Ok, it is more a ring than a nest but you can´t see it when the eggs lie inside. Honestly, how do birds do that? I really tried but no nest...

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