Freitag, 6. Mai 2016

DIY HEXAGON BOX




Hi, everyone! It's been a long while since we've posted a tutorial, so I am easing into it again with a simple tutorial for a little paper box .

I wanted to create a pretty way to ship small goodies. Of course, I could have just purchased the packaging but I had some time on my hands, and some heavy, glossy paper, so I decided to give it a try.

My company logo is hexagon shaped, and I thought a hexagon box would look cool.

It was way simpler than I thought at first! Let me show you:


You'll need:

- two sheets of heavy paper or cardboard
- a triangular ruler with angles
- scissors
- adhesive tape, glue, or double-sided adhesive tape
- a pencil



The most important thing about the drawing of a hexagon is to know the angles. 
The outher angle measures 120º while the inner angle measures half of it, 60º. Once you know that, the rest is easy!








First I decided on the size of the box. I went with a side length of 5 cm for the top part. The bottom part needs to measure in a tad bit smaller so the upper part will fit!

The next step was to measure out the 120º, which is where the triangle ruler came in handy.

I added a rim of 2 cm around the hexagon in order for the lid to actually be a lid 🙃



I cut the side parts of the lid and folded them over, using the ruler for both guidance and sharp edges.



Next, I used double-sided adhesive tape to glue the corners to the subsequent part of the lid. Lid, done!

Repeat all the steps above for the lower part of the box, except for the side parts. I wanted the box to be 4 cm high, so I modified the pattern that way.


Aaaaand... done!
Do you guys like the hexagon? Which shape would you pick for your box?

Have a great Monday! Mine is going to involve lots and lots of coffee... 😊
Ida





















The one thing 

Dienstag, 26. April 2016

Berries & Cream Cake (gluten-free)






















Hello all,
it's been a while since we posted a recipe on the blog, we've been just too busy during the last couple of weeks!
A couple of days ago we celebrated Simon's birthday with friends and I promised to make a cake. As spring is here now (somewhere, I'm sure - at the moment we're experiencing a winter-comeback in Austria), I thought it would be nice to have something with fresh berries.
This berries & cream cake was surprisingly easy and quick to make, which suited me well as I was in a little hurry and only had 2,5 hours to bake the cake, decorate it, tidy up our apartment and get a shower. At some point I will be able to organize myself so that I still have more than 3 minutes before the guests arrive. Always the optimist :-)

Recipe:
Cake:
- 220g gluten-free flour
- 200g sugar
- 125g butter
- 4 eggs
- 1tsp baking powder
- 125ml milk
- 1tsp lemon zest

Cream:
- 250ml cream
- 250ml curd
- 120g sugar
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 pk whipped cream stabilizer
- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries - as many as you like!

Glazing:
- 100g frozen berries
- 50g sugar

Beat egg whites and half of the sugar until stiff.
In another bowl, beat butter and the other half of the sugar until fluffy, then add flour, baking powder, milk and egg yolks. Gently fold in the egg whites-sugar mix.
In the preheated oven (180°C), bake the cake for approximately 50 minutes and let it cool off completely.

In the meantime combine all ingredients for the cream in a bowl and mix until you reach a smooth texture. Don't forget to set some of the berries aside for decoration.

For the glazing, put berries and sugar in a pot and slowly cook the mixture until you have a syrup-like mixture. Let it cool off (put it in the fridge if you are in a hurry).





















Cut the cake in half and if you want, cut some strawberries and put them on one of the cake bases. 



















Spread the cake base with a first layer of cream, put the second cake base on top and cover the whole cake with cream. I used a spoon to pour the berry syrup over the cake, that way it is easier to control where it is going. Decorate with the rest of the berries and store the cake in a cool place until serving. 


































































Have a nice week,
lots of love,
Anne

Montag, 18. April 2016

INSPIRED BY #2



It's been very quiet around here for the past couple of months. Anne and I decided very early on in this blogging endeavor that we didn't want this blog to ever feel like something we "must do" when we were too busy or didn't feel like sharing or preparing a blog post.

So we've both been working on different projects and things and knew that we'd eventually be back here when it felt right.

I want to revive this blog by writing about inspiration, once again. Like I've mentioned before, to me, inspiration does not mean that I automatically develop an idea for a project, a new purse or a story. It means that I enjoy the visual, that I feel moved by it. I've been pushing myself and my small business over the past couple of months, knowing that the 5. anniversary of my "baby" was just around the corner (we celebrated it this past Friday and there is still a sweepstake going on on the facebook page, too). My creativity has been in overdrive, luckily, and I've been enjoying the process of creating and exchanging knowledge with other creatives a lot lately. But, working on MBI does not only consist of working creatively; there's a lot of paperwork, research, marketing, emails, tax stuff, etc involved. Necessary, but not a lot of fun.

With such a huge amount of work in a setting that is way beyond 9-5, it's more important than ever to consciously take breaks from work to recharge and to let my mind wander, to get inspired and to simply relax and not think about work at all.





A pretty spontaneous road trip to the beach was the perfect getaway. The ocean is where I recharge best, the salty air, looking for pretty stones, watching the water. We spent hours looking at the ocean, driving around through dust and sunshine with good music on, I discovered a swing facing the ocean, we ate good food, I swam!, and talked the night away. I returned tired, calm, refocused - and slightly sunburned. It was perfection.

Talking to other creatives, looking at art, trying to understand creative processes, detached from my own process of creating, has also been great. I've been to Vienna a lot lately, checking out art exhibits of all kinds every time. In a city like Vienna, the offer is huge and ever changing. And then, sitting somewhere, indulging in ice cream while watching people passing by, their style, their bags, of course!, soaking up the big city life before returning to Graz, once again, full of impressions and ideas - and the bags full of the most beautiful fabrics. Also: street art! I stopped in my tracks in Ljubljana when I saw this question on the side of a building. I loved how it made me immediately consider my answer.





I just love how joyful and inspiring the little things can be. To feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. How sweet it is to sit back with a good cup of espresso, the first sip, so good. How there is a mirror image of the leaves of a tree above me in my peach juice.



And how I step on a sharp stone at the beach (didn't love this part, ouch) and look down and turns out, it was heart-shaped. Sweet. Yup, hopeless romantic over here.

I am also immensely inspired by love. By the warmth of a genuine smile, by the feeling of possibility. By feeling accurately and profoundly perceived and seen.








To me, it's a lot about being present in the current moment. Snuggling with the cutest dog at a work event (I think I need a dog in my life). Hanging out with my friends, hearing about their endeavors, ideas, thoughts, and plans. I've spent lots of time outside lately, relaxing with good people, soaking up the sun. Playing with my sweet niece. Cooking good food. Going on evening bike rides. Sitting on the balcony, watching the clouds and the change of color of the sky when the night falls while listening to good music. Simple pleasures.









Have a good start of the week, people!
What do you feel inspired by?
Ida

Dienstag, 19. Januar 2016

DIY STROLLER MUFF




It is FREEEEEZING over here. And I know that many Mommies and Daddies take the stroller out on a daily basis to make sure their children take at least one looooong nap outside. I have a friend who's out and about with the stroller every day for at least two hours, which is why I made her this stroller muff.

You'll need:

- a piece of fabric, 15 x 18 inch (40 x 45 cm)
- a piece of fleece, same size as fabric
- 5 snap buttons

You can use any kind of fabric, I decided on a pretty print fabric by marimekko. The fleece I used is a thermo fleece which I purchased to use it for oven mittens. It can be any kind of soft fabric.




Step one:
Flatten the fleece on your table and put the fabric on top of it, right side of the fabric onto the fleece.




Step two:
Round all four edges of the rectangle by using a glass, a bowl or any round object that is not too large.







Step three:
Sew around the rectangle, leaving an opening of about 4 inches on one side.

Step four:
Turn it inside out so that the pretty side of the fabric is now visible. Sew around the rectangle one more time, now also closing the opening.





Step five: 
Fold the rectangle in half on the shorter side. Attach the snaps, two on the outher edges (make sure you have enough space for the stroller handle to go through, I went with about 2.7 inch (7 cm) from the fold) and one in the middle.




Step six:
Attach to stroller, and go!

:)

Donnerstag, 14. Januar 2016

1 YEAR OUR CREATIVE CHAOS - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

























Our blog is celebrating its first birthday today, can you believe it?!? This last year was so much fun! We learned a lot during these last twelve months, had ups and downs (way more ups though) and really enjoyed working on all the different projects. Before showing you our favorite posts from this first year, we would like to thank all of you - our readers, family and friends, for your support and interest!! We love you all <3




 
 

  



And some of our favorite recipes:

























We hope you liked our little review! Be prepared, we are planning a lot of super fun projects for this year!
Lots of love, Anne & Ida