Sonntag, 25. Januar 2015


What could be nicer on a lazy Sunday afternoon than reading a good book, drinking a warm cup of coffee and eating something delicious fresh from the oven? Not much, trust me. Maybe sitting on a beach, enjoying the sunshine. As this is pretty difficult in Austria, here is a quick and easy recipe for lemon poppy seed cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, adapted from pinterest.

Ingredients (serves 18):
  • 280g flour (3/4 cup)
  • 125g sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g poppy seeds (5 tbsp)
  • 280g yogurt (1 1/2 cup)
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 115g butter (1 stick)
  • lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp soft butter
  • 300g cream cheese (1 1/3 cup)
  • lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 50g powdered sugar (4 tbsp)
Set aside some poppy seeds and lemon zest for decoration. 

Start with putting the cupcake liners into your baking pan. As I ran out of liners, I simply cut out squares (14 x 14cm) from parchment paper.

Preheat your oven to 19C (375° F). In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, poppy seeds and a pinch of salt. In a second bowl, mix the yogurt with 2 eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add the yogurt mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well.

 Fill your cupcake liners with ca 3 tbsp of batter and bake them for 25-30 min. While the cupcakes sit in the oven, stir together soft butter, cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice and powdered sugar. Let the cupcakes cool, spread some frosting on them, then sprinkle some poppy seeds and lemon zest on top. Finished! Try not to eat all of them at once ;-)

I hope you are enjoying a comfy Sunday afternoon, what is your favourite cupcake recipe? xo, Anne

Samstag, 24. Januar 2015


I love hexagons. And tools. And hardware stores. And the smooth surface and weight of a hex nut. Years ago I created an entire jewelry line around hex nuts, silver ones, for MADE BY IDA, and sometimes when I'm at the hardware store buying something entirely different, a small box of hex nuts will find their way into my shopping cart. These medium sized brass hex nuts were too beautiful to leave back there. I had them lying around the house for a while and the night before I was to appear on TV I made this necklace to wear on screen.


- hex nuts
- strong thread
- a clasp
- scissors
- super glue

Start by playing around with the shape. In the package I purchased were 8 hex nuts and I wanted to use all of them. I tried out several shapes and ended up liking this one the most.

Connect all of them in your desired shape by knotting the hex nuts together with your thread. I knotted each one twice to secure the knots.

I connected them on all sides. The hex nuts do have a bit of weight to them at that size, so the more thread the better. I also liked the look of the thread on the front.

Once the shape is secured by the thread, I added a small amount of glue to the knots with a paintbrush. You can directly use the glue bottle if you want, mine was just a little too runny so I used a brush instead. I let it sit there and dry for about 20 minutes.

The last step was to add thread and the clasps. And that was it!

I like the grey color of the thread against the brass hex nuts but a midnight blue might also look cool... Maybe next time! Which hex nut and thread color would you pick? xo, Ida

Mittwoch, 21. Januar 2015


When my lovely producer at the ORF suggested showing a tutorial that was less decor and more furniture, I didn't have to think hard. I've been scribbling ideas for a bench for my balcony since the minute I moved into my apartment. It was something I was planning on building in the spring - today it was 1° C and definitely too cold to work outside for long - but hey, I'm all for rising to the challenge!

For a bench just like this you'll need:


a power drill
wood screws, 4,5 x 90 mm
a pen
a ruler
wood glue
a stapler

for the seat I used belt strap - jute, upholstery fabric, leather are a few other options.


2 x 130 cm 44 / 44 (approx. a 2 / 2)
3 x 100 cm 24 / 44 (approx. a 1 / 2)
4 x 30 cm 24 / 44 (approx. a 1 / 2)
4 x 40 cm 44 / 44 (approx. a 2 / 2)

I had the wood cut at the hardware store (and had to drive back there after I discovered that one of the 130 cm pieces was a tad skewed, which made for a very wonky bench top). Make sure you lay them out on the floor at the store and look whether they are really, really even. The guy at the woodshop wasn't very happy with me when I put about 20 of them on the floor but I ended up with one piece of wood that was in fact even. Yay.

The first step is to measure where you want to drill. I predrilled all the holes and added wood glue to the contact points before I tightened the screws. 

First I built the top, then the bottom, and the last step was to connect them by adding the legs.

That's the bottom part. For this I used shorter screws since there won't be a lot of weight on this part and it was easier to tighten them.

After that I added the legs to the top and connected them to the bottom.

Isn't it pretty??

For the next couple of steps I moved the bench inside. I flipped it so I could easily reach the bottom side of the top and cut the belt strap in pieces long enough to wrap them over the top part and staple them down. I didn't know how many pieces I would need so I laid them out underneath the top and spaced them out evenly. It's important to really pull the strap in order for it to be firmly stretched. Then I stapeled them down with two staples each.

In order to create a weave pattern I needed to add a few pieces lengthwise. I stapeled one end down and wove them all the way to the other side, where I pulled hard on the strap and stapeled the ending down twice.

Sonntag, 18. Januar 2015


When I found this sock monkey tutorial on pinterest I knew I had to make one for my friends daugther. It's an amazing gift for children and relatively easy to make. If you want to give your sock monkey to a toddler, use felt instead of buttons for the eyes and a strong thread. Children love to tear at arms and legs...


- 1 pair of socks/stockings
- sewing machine
- needle and pins
- thread (different colors) 
- filling material (about 50g; e.g. cotton)
- 1 piece of felt/fleece
- 2 buttons

Start by turning the socks inside out, then iron them flat. Mark the different parts of the body and make sure to leave enough space between the lines. Cut out the part of the mouth and set it aside. Sew along the remaining lines with your sewing machine, or by hand if you don't have one.

Cut between the seams and turn everything inside out again. Now you can start filling your monkey (again, leave out the mouth). This will take more time and filling material than you think, so you can easily watch an episode of your favourite tv show. Close the legs, arms and the tail by hand. Close one ear, then fold it in half (along the seam) and sew together. Repeat with the other ear.

Now you can start to breathe life into your monkey. Attach arms, ears and the tail. Don't worry if it doesn't turn out completely symmetrical, your monkey will be so cute you won't notice at the end.

Measure the length between the ears, sketch the face and heart onto the felt and cut them both out. 

Sew the buttons on the felt to give your monkey eyes. Then stitch the face onto the body, using thread of any color you like.

 Pin the mouth beneath the eyes and stitch it down, leaving 2cm (1 inch) open. Fill and close it.

 Finally, give your monkey a smile and a heart.

Try different colors and patterns, everything will look adorable as sock monkey! xo, Anne

Samstag, 17. Januar 2015


When I moved into my new place at the end of summer I knew I wanted a large but not too massive bookshelf across the bed. I still had those leftover boards with a lenght of 2m (78.7 inches) from a shelf I got from my sister years ago. Back then I first turned it into a kitchen table and a few months later into a headboard for my bed. Anyway, I still had those and also smaller chunks of wood from previous projects, so I didn't really have to buy anything except for the screws and the legs. I had them cut at the hardware store and only had to sand off the edges, what I did on my balcony.


- boards in your desired lenght, (mine were 2m (78.7 inches) long and 20 cm (8 inches) wide
-smaller boards to screw onto the large boards to connect them to the legs,
mine were 20 cm long, just like the width of the larger boards
- legs in your desired height, mine were about 1m (40 inches)
- screws
- measuring tape
- a screwdriver or power drill
- a pen for marking drill holes

I determined the desired height of the shelf by measuring the largest book that I wanted to store in the shelf. I was planning on using four boards, so I needed to count up the height of the book x3 plus a little extra (keep in mind the depth of the boards) , plus about 10 cm (4 inches) for the legs so that the bottom board would not sit on the floor but a little higher. In order for the shelf to support the weight of the books I knew that I needed more than four legs, so I drew up a little sketch and liked it best with four on each side, so 8 total.

I started by dividing the 2m boards by three, then marked the areas where the shorter parts would go and then screwed them onto the boards.

The next step is to mark where you want to connect the boards to the legs. I laid all 8 legs out side by side on the floor, added the measurements and pre-drilled all the holes. After that it was time to screw the legs onto the boards on one side...

...and on the other side. Tadaa! Congratulations, you just built a shelf!

I was so proud I actually just let it stand there, empty, for a few days to admire it. Haha!

I like the simplistic and monochrome look it has to it.

When I put in the books a few days later I noticed that I like the look of stacks between the ordinary standing books. It nicely breaks up the usual arrangement and it also helped with the organizing of the books. I stacked all books by one author, and then lined up a few disconnected ones. It doesn't look too styled and some stacks are wonkier than others. But the books in this shelf are there to be read and reread, and a little chaos in my book shelf I can handle. The ones with the prettiest dust covers I just arranged on top of the shelf, and every couple of weeks I rearrange them and exchange a book for a different one. The two banana plants are the first plants I managed not to kill in a while and they thank me by growing new leaves on a weekly basis. I love looking at them in the morning when the sunlight hits my bedroom just right. The stack in between the plants are books that all have "Ida" in the title. My mom and my sister keep finding new "Ida" books and it's been fun collecting them. I hope you liked this tutorial! Have you built a piece of furniture yet, and if so, what was it? xo, Ida

Freitag, 16. Januar 2015


A while ago, a friend asked me whether I could create a custom doormat. I immediately checked Pinterest for ideas and liked the ones with funny quotes on them the most.

you need:

- cardboard
- a paper cutter
- a cutting mat
- some kind of adhesive tape
- a plain doormat
- spray paint in a color of your choice
- and a quote or image to your liking

I started by transferring the quote onto the cardboard. You could also print the letters in a size that fits your doormat, arrange them on top of the cardboard and use them as a template for the actual cut. It takes some time and force to cut through the cardboard, and I learned the hard way to watch my fingers! Ouch. I watched my favorite tv shows of all times, Sons of Anarchy, while I drew and cut out my quote.

The next step is to go outside and arrange the template you created on top of your doormat. I used both adhesive tape and paper clips to make sure the template wouldn't slip.

The next step is to spray alllllll over the quote. I let it dry outside for an afternoon and then added another coat of paint in the evening. To make sure that it was dry and that the smell of the paint had subsided, I left it outside overnight and carried it inside on the next morning.

If you don't want to use spray paint (I colored the grass a tiny bit, luckily my neighbours didn't mind), you can also use paint from a paint tube or a can and apply it with a brush. I highly recommend using a foam brush for that as they don't shed any unwelcome hair.

When I bought the doormat I didn't realize that the mat as such was woven, which was a disadvantage for this kind of DIY as the color trickled down the curves of the weave. You can see that the letters look a bit smudged on the photo below. I redid the mat with a standard doormat from IKEA and it looks really good. I've been using it in my new apartment for 5 months now and it's held up pretty well!

What quote would you put on your door mat? xo, Ida

Donnerstag, 15. Januar 2015


I was lucky and got my hands on marble tile samples, and I immediately knew that I wanted to turn them into coasters. This is probably the easiest DIY you will ever see but so worth it!

Samples like these are usually available at the hardware store. Some stores only sell tiles in packs but the one I frequent sells them one by one as well. In case you don't like the marble, you can create these with any kind of tile you want.

The samples come in a variety of colors, reddish, brownish, grey, black, and mostly white.

These are the ones I picked, a pretty selection of whites, greys, and blacks.

All you need, aside from the samples, are either floor protectors or bumper pads. If you don't have either, you can also cut felt into squares and glue them onto the bottom of the tiles.

I positioned one pad on each corner of the tile so that the weight of a glass or cup would be evenly distributed. Make sure the surface of the tile is clean and dry so that the pads stick to it well.
And that is it! If you spill juice or coffee onto them, just wipe them clean with a little water.

In a pack of four or six or eight they make for a nice housewarming gift! Which colors or patterns would you pick? xo, Ida