Montag, 30. März 2015

MIXTAPE VOL. 4


Enjoy the April mixtape! I've been listening to a lot of Oh Wonder and Miles Davis lately. I've also (re)discovered a bunch of hip hop artists I haven't listened to in a while. A Tribe Called Quest are just my favorite! Also, a little bit of Weezer never hurt anyone. I have the greatest memories of an afternoon with a dear friend, sewing and listening to "Undone" :)

What have you been listening to lately? I'd love your recommendations!
Ida

Freitag, 27. März 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #8



Today we have a lovely little diy project for you. What? Where is the recipe?? Reeelax, its a project you can actually mix in your salad or put on your sandwich. And wouldn't life (and our blog) be boring without a casual unpredictable post? Plus, believing the internet, it is also a super trendy project becaus a) upcycling! and b) homegrown!
























Supplies:
  • 3 tins (I used tuna tins, but any kind of small tin will work)
  • sponges
  • kitchen roll
  • cress seeds
  • white enamel paint
  • brush
  • scissors/cutter























Paint your tins with the enamel paint. Depending on which product you use, you might need to paint the tins a couple of times.


























Half the sponges on the longside with your scissors or cutter and put them into the tins.
























Place one piece of kitchen roll on top of the sponge and soak it with water. Sprinkle the cress seeds on top and set the tins on a sunny place.



Keeping the seeds damp, the cress will sprout in only a couple of days. I just love the fresh aroma of cress on my table.

I buttered some slices of whole-grain bread, added tomatoes, sprinkled sea salt, pepper and cress on top - delicious!!

As Easter is approaching, you could also bind a ribbon around the tin and give it to friends or neighbours. My mother makes a couple of cress pots every year and they always are a huge success. I hope you enjoyed this somewhat unusual recipe! Have a good weekend, love Anne

Mittwoch, 25. März 2015

DIY COUCH TABLE

 When I saw a dinner table similar to this one on Pinterest I knew I had to recreate it at some point.

It turned out to be the easiest project yet!
I used the most inexpensive timber, it was 2,29€ per meter. 



Supplies:

Timber:
9 x 1 m
12 x 20 cm
2 x 30 cm

Table legs

Tools:
Hammer
Chisel
Handsaw
Power Drill
Wood Screws

First I picked the prettiest 5 slats for the table top. I laid them out flat and offset every other one (I chose to offset them for 7 cm).


The trickiest part is to decide on how to connect the table top horizontally. I decided on using cross beams and hand cut two notches each. This video helped me through the process.





 The next step is to add the other long slats on the sides and the short slaths, make sure to offset them as well.



 Add the legs, and then sand the whole thing down until smooth.

To make the table more durable, you can either paint it or oil it. I opt for oil whenever I can, it let's the wood breathe, contrary to paint who closes the wood off. Also, if you happen to  damage the table, you can easily sand the part and re-oil it again - that's way trickier with paint! 

 

My friend Raphael always gives me the best advice when it comes to wood. Check out his gorgeous stuff!

How would you design the surface of the table?
Ida


Montag, 23. März 2015

HEX NUT EARRINGS

This is another DIY that's pretty simple and quick! When I first made these earrings it was late at night, I was watching a movie and taking inventory in the work studio I had back then. The three items needed for this project happened to land next to one another on my table and when I had enough of counting and cleaning I sat down to finish the movie and started to play around with the polymer clay. Just minutes later, beauties just like these were finished!


Supplies:

- hex nuts
- polymer clay
- earring base
- jewelry or super glue (not pictured)

The only thing to consider is to pick a hex nut bigger than the platform of the earring base so the silver surface does not show around the hex nut.

I formed little balls with the polymer clay, a bit larger than the hole of the hex nut and pressed them into the nuts. Then I smoothened the surface with my fingertips and made sure both looked similar.



The polymer clay I used needs to be baked for 30 minutes by 110°C. Whichever you use, it should have instructions on the packaging that you can follow. When removing them from the oven, keep in mind that the hex nuts are HOT!


The next step is to glue the hex nuts onto the earring bases and let fully dry. I've tried several super glues and jewelry glues over the years and wasn't quite happy with the durability. Then I read about this one and tried it. It's really good!





If you like the polymer clay to be matte, your earrings are done! I like mine to have a bit of a gloss, so I added a layer of transparent nail polish.

And that's it! I like the combination of blue and gold but you can obviously pick any color combinations you like. I'm thinking of making one more pair with silver hex nuts and white polymer clay... The possibilities! :)




I also found two rings I made a couple of years back. 
Which color combinations would you use?
Ida

Freitag, 20. März 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #7: STRIEZEL

  
Today I'm showing you how to make a traditional Austrian Bread called 'Striezel'. It is a sweet yeast bread. Here is why this post took so long to go online:





We had a penumbral solar eclipse in Austria!! While the dough was resting, I took the time to watch this amazing phenomenon. We were much too late to realize that this would take place today and as our glasses for the total solar eclipse in 1999 got lost during one of our numerous moves, we quickly built them ourselves. We used a piece of cardboard, cut out a square in the middle and taped pieces of a rescue blanket onto it. For more protection we also put on our sun glasses. Remind me to show you a tutorial when the next eclipse hits us in about 10 years ;-)

Let's head back to the recipe. The Striezel is very popular around Easter, but to be honest we like to eat it all year around. It is a perfect treat for breakfast at Sundays.
Ingredients:
  • 500g all purpose flour
  • 7g dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g sugar
  • 80g butter
  • 180ml milk
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch of salt
In a bowl, combine flour and yeast, add one of the eggs and all other ingredients. Knead thouroughly until the dough is smooth. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it rest at a warm spot for about an hour. 

 When the dough has almost doubled its size, knead it again and cut it into 4 equal pieces.

 Make 4 equal rolls and press the ends together.

Start with the leftmost roll,  place it over the next one, then under the following roll and again over the rightmost roll. Repeat this steps until you reached the ends, then press them together.























 To glaze the Striezel, whisk together 1 egg and a little bit of milk. Pour some shaved almonds on top and let it rest for another 20 min. In the meantime preheat your oven to 180°C. Let the Striezel bake for ca. 25 min until it turns golden.


The Striezel is best with butter and apricot jam. You can easily deep freeze the rest of Striezel and keep it for another Sunday breakfast.
Enjoy a wonderful weekend,
Anne
 

Donnerstag, 19. März 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH IDA

There's an interview with Ida on one of her favorite blogs this morning! Hop on over to Hey Natalie Jean and read about Ida's ink!

Mittwoch, 18. März 2015

HARDWARE STORE BLING



Whenever I walk through the hardware store - which happens at least once per week - I skim a couple of sections for small items like the ones you can see in the photos. 

Different kinds of screws, hex nuts, and all kinds of tiny metal objects I don't know how to properly use (yet).


















And once at home, I turn them into jewelry. A necklace, a ring, earrings, sometimes a bracelet. I do like the golden rings my grandma gave me, don't get me wrong, "real" jewelry is NICE. But these odd findings are worthy jewelry to me, too - only affordable and versatile.

I often wear them at work, a nice marimekko dress, even heels sometimes, and then a golden thingie on a cheap hardware store chain. I like the contradiction of that.

Anyway, turning all these beautiful things into jewelry is super easy. These photos can serve as a kickstarter for your own ideas, and over the next couple of weeks I'm going to show a few of my favorite pieces of hardware store bling in detail.




Until then... Enjoy shopping all the hex nuts you can get!
Ida

Montag, 16. März 2015

T-SHIRT MAKEOVER MONDAY



My friends,
it's t-shirt makeover Monday again! If you enjoyed the last makeover tutorial, you'll definitely love this one. It adds so much style to every old shirt! It makes a lot of fun to combine things you wouldn't think of at first, like paper lace doily and shirts. But see for yourself!






supplies:
  • tank top
  • paper lace doily
  • textile paint
  • piece of cardboard
  • sponge
  • pins











Put the cardboard in between the top. Carefully pin the paper lace doily onto the neckline of the shirt.





















Press the doily down and apply the textil paint with the sponge. This takes a while, but it is totally worth the effort to work slowly. When you've applied paint all around the neckline, let it dry for a couple of minutes, then carefully pull off the doily.

























Fix the paint according to the instructions of your textile paint. You might need to wash it or, as in my case, iron it for 3 minutes at cotton wool temperature.That was all!

Watch out for our next makeover tutorial coming soon! 
Love, Anne