Office, Studio

Handmade-Geschenke Rückblick

von Anna

Noch einmal: Frohes neues Jahr ihr Lieben! Ich hatte für Weihnachten so viel Geschenke über Dawanda von kreativen Machern gekauft, dass ich dachte es würde sich lohnen meine Fundstücke mit euch zu teilen. Stichwort #shopsmall

Anfang Dezember hatte der Online-Marktplatz eine Rabatt-Aktion und dadurch fand ich den Shop Vivianna mit der süßen Kette aus Beton und Roségold. Mit Beton arbeite ich selbst gern und Roségold kommt Kupfer, das ich sehr liebe, vom Farbton her sehr nah (und ist natürlich wertvoller) und dann sieht das aufgetragene Muster noch schwer nach einer Weltkarte aus. Diese Kette von Vivianna Schmuck musste in den Warenkorb und hängt jetzt um den Hals meiner Tante. Ich hätte sie natürlich auch gut selbst behalten können…


Schöne Flaschenstopfen von artdecor Illusionen in Holz als Geschenk für den Onkel für den liebsten Schnapps. Sowohl Hingucker als auch Markierung, was denn in den Flasche drin ist, wenn der werte Herr schon einen im Tee hat? Ganz detailgetreu verarbeitet, vorsichtig verpackt und einfach herzallerliebst sind die kleine Kirsche und der Apfel, den ich allerdings online für eine gelbe Pflaume gehalten hatte. Macht nichts, in der Bar machen Sie ordentlich Eindruck.


Seit ungefähr einem Jahr halte ich Emaille-Becher für das neue it-Ding im Küchenschrank. Die Camp-Mugs, wie sie auf Englisch heißen, die es im Freckled Farm House von Natalie Freeman, gibt bewundere ich schon so lange und als mir dann bei Dawanda diese Modelle  von typealive mit dem lallenden Glühwein-Zähler über den Weg stolperten, war besiegelt, dass der Freund und das Bruderherz so einen haben müssten. In unseren Haus ist nämlich der Glühweinspruch schon seit der letzten Weihnachtsmarkt-Saison ein Dauerbrenner. Jungs, jetzt könnt ihre euren eigenen Becher mit zum Weihnachtsmarkt nehmen!


Bleiben wir bei formschönen Gefäßen. Aus Polen von Barbara Sniegula ließ ich dieses Set an Zucker- und anderen Dosen einfliegen. Die organische Form, der Goldakzent und das sanfte Weiß hatten sofort mein Herz! Schon auf dem Bild vermittelten sie das Gefühl echte Handschmeichler zu sein… Ich fand sie so schön, dass ich eins behalten hab. Nicht böse sein, Mama!

Ich bin ein absoluter planner-addict und habe lange nach DEM Taschenkalender für 2017 gesucht. Ich war verwöhnt vom geliebten, un-bunten Get to work book mit seinem übersichtlichen, unaufgeregten Layout. Ich wollte nur nicht so viel Geld ausgeben, denn mit Porto und Zollkosten hatte es sich dann doch geläppert. Auch wenn es jeden Cent wert war. Mir lief der Yumie Planer über den Weg und die  Organisation für 2017 war gerettet! Diesen Kalender gibt es dankenswerterweise mit vertikalem Layout, mit buntem und dezenterem Cover und eben aus Deutschland. Wie ihr seht habe ich mich für den Kompromiss aus Hippie und Geradlinigkeit entschieden 😉 Bisher bin ich sehr happy damit!

Et voilá: die Geschenke, die ich selbst gemacht habe! Eine ultralange Kuschelhose für den Bruder aus dünnerem Fleece – nach dem Schnitt einer meiner Sofahosen – und marmorierte Kerzengläser nach dieser Anleitung – süß, einfach und schnell.

Und dann war da noch: der herzallerliebste Fuchs! Ein Ring von Villa Sorgenfrei aus Berlin. Den gab es für den Liebsten. Und die Geschichte dazu gibt’s ein anderes Mal…

Schönen Sonntag euch!

Kitchen

Cranberry truffles with pink Pepper and coarse Salt

by Anna

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We have established quite a while ago that we love peanutbutter cups. We showed you the french version of them: Salted caramel cups and today I am here to share a true Anna version. I know I am boring as hell when I say I wanted to make truffles – I was actually inspired by Aurelies Baylies truffles – but I had nothing in my cupboards. And by nothing I mean no creamy liquors. What I did have was speculoos spread and Ti Maria coffee liqueur so this was the first batch I made. What I did have was lots of dark chocolate in the cupboard…

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Feeling pleased with the Christmasy speculoos coffee liqueur truffles but finding them not very inventive I laid eyes on my beloved pink pepper. And magic happened. Thinking of pepper salt is not far, and coarse sea salt also looks so darn cute – and gourmande…. To make these festive (they were going to be a christmas present) I added cranberries. And in order for them to have a soft heart – after all they are pralinés and not rocks – i melted a Kinder chocolate Santa. Taste testing is a must with culinary gifts (and I don’t mean to brag) but I had a hard time not eating all of them before giving them away…

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Pink Pepper Cranberry Truffles with coarse Sea Salt
makes 15 bite-size pralines
1 bar dark chocolate (100g)
1 Kinder chocolate Santa (or other milk chocolate, about 80g)
1 teaspoon pink pepper
1 teaspoons coarse salt
15 dried cranberries (or one for each praline cup)

praline cups or praline mold

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Melt chocolate in a double boiler. With a brush smear chocolate into the molds, so that the bottom and sides are covered. Let refridgerate for ten minute and repeat. Meanwhile crush the pink pepper and mix it with coarse salt. Melt the Kinder chocolate santa in a double boiler.

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Once the praline shell has been covered with dark chocolate twice and cooled off place a cranberry inside. Mix pepper and salt with the melted milk chocolate and spoon into the shells on top of the cranberry. Let cool in the fridge for 15 minutes. Keep the remaining dark chocolate in the double boiler in a soft but not too fluid consistency. In other words: Turn down the temperature. Add this chocolate to the praline cups as a sort of lid to close the truffles. Let cool off completely.

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These should be good for a long time if you can resist not to eat them all straight away! Enjoy!

Living room, Lounge

Waiting for christmas: Last minute gifts

by Anna
turnbeutel drawstring bag
Four days left until christmas? Today I want to show you some handmade gifts you can still whip up before the holy night! A drawstring bag serves travelling gals and guys as a camera bag, beach tote or laundry bag.
paper fascinator
Make your bestie a fascinator for New Year’s Eve, her birthday or as a headpiece for all of her bridesmaids. She’ll love you forever!
statement blouse top chemise diy sew
Giving clothing can be rad or bad. Unless it’s handmade. Then it’s always rad. A top like my statement neckline top is great for the lady who thinks outside the box. This is easily customizable: buy the shirt, sew the statement (by hand).
three candles birch
If winter isn’t for candles I don’t know which season is. For a rustic and natural decor make some
birch disk candlesticks for a nature lover in your life.
pescatarian dip tapenade
For the culinary friend a delectable gift will bring you ooohs and ahhhs. Try tapenade a French dip with olives, sardelles and capers. And little else. Très francais!
blue ombre espadrilles
Summer will be back I am sure. Prepare your mama with dip-diyed summer shoes like these ombre espadrilles I customized.
black white photos washi tape album
Your travel buddy will love it if you share your roadtrip memories with them in a very personal
wanderlust scrapbook like Hetty made for me!
floral heart box
Give a heart full of flowers! Who does not appreciate a little pop of colour during the winter months? Neighbours, teachers, or the mailman might blush with joy at this little silk flower heart
song lyrics art plate
This one’s for the spouse or the person you always wanted to tell how you feel! Say it with a plate, your prettiest handwriting and some meaningful lyrics like I did here and here
do it yourself cake stand
There is a blogging baker or a baking blogger on your gift list? Make them a cake stand from vintage plates, saucers and cups. Adorable!
doily cover shade floor lamp
Ok, here you will need to give a present certificate BUT it will be totally worth it! Promise a very special someone to make them a doily lampshade and really do make it of course!
creme peche petit four
Baking with booze is not only a favorite thing of mine, it also makes a perfect present. I loved making these dark chocolat petit fours as well as the vegan hearts

Pretty in knits
Pretty in knits

Wether your a quick knitter or just starting I made several hats of different difficulty levels last winter. Hat make great gifts for just about any family member, see last winters hat here and Hettys matching knits here
feather studs earrings tape
Someone got their ears pierced recently? Fake feather earrings from washi tape are easy to make and fun to wear.
motivation calender
Your boyfriend abroad cannot wait to finish his job and come back home to you? Make him a countdown calender with precious memories and photos of you two. Works for friends as well…
felt trivet filz untersetzer
Wooly felt and smooth pebbles a great sensory contrast and a cool gift wether the person loves cool industrial chic or rustic nature. Are you giving this trivet to a cook, a minimalist or both of them?
tissue box makeover
This is one of the diy projects I made that I use most, the sequin tissue box will be appreciated by girly girls and women…
diy necklace
Hetty is rocking her knotted necklace that I gave her – who will be rocking the one you will make?
DIY Pouf Giant Floor Pillow
I like to sit on the floor – and I know I am not the only one who likes to stay “grounded”. A handmade pouf makes a great gift, wether it’s to sit on it, use it as a side table or to put up your feet on it.
pillow case paris
Oh, pillow cases, can anyone ever have enough of you lot? Make your significant other a quote pillow your grandparents felt foliage pillows and any geometrical patterns obsessed person a honeycomb pillow and the cat lover get this name pillow for the pet.
embroidered map
There is another road-tripping friend? They will cherish reliving the route via this hand-stitched map and keep photos on display on the fabric-wrapped pinboards!

Only three days until Christmas Eve! Happy (and quick!) crafting!

Anna, Studio

Cute gift: Creating a crayon-art t-shirt

Crayon art on t-shirt
Crayon art on t-shirt

Today is my favorite little person’s birthday: My cousin turns 5! To mark the occassion – you only turn 5 once, right? – I made her a t-shirt using the iron transfer method to apply an image I drew with crayons. This rainbow shirt had me hooked and want to create my own little rainbow themed top. It’s so easy that even little kids can do it with help for ironing. And it’s fun for bigger kids (read adults), too.

You’ll need
t-shirt in a light color
crayons
permanent marker or ball point pen
parchment paper
nail scissors or x-acto knife
iron
dish towel
paper towel

How to
On the parchment paper write the name or message you want to transfer with a permanent marker or ball point pen. Write in thick letters or reinforce the letters. Turn the parchment paper around and draw your image on the other side of the message or name. I did circles in rainbow colors but really anything will be great as long as the message is completely covered with crayon on its backside.

A crayon rainbow
A crayon rainbow

Once you’re done drawing, flip the paper around once more and cut out the letters with nail scissors or an x-acto knife. (For the knife: be sure to place the parchment paper on a surface, that can be scrateched and cut.) Cut out the letters carefully, take your time.

Once you’re done, set up the iron to cotton setting. Pull the t-shirt over the ironing board or place a piece of cardboard between front and back in case the color will bleed through. Place the parchment paper on the t-shirt with the crayon design facing the shirt. Put a paper or kitchen towel on top and press. If your image is larger than the iron be careful not to move the parchment papern when moving the iron around. The image should be ironed for 30 seconds in every spot. Remove the parchment paper.

Extract extra color by placing the paper towel on top of the design and re-ironing it. Color can be set after a 20 minutes dryer session. Note: Please do not skip this step! I did and naturally the design was gone after laundering. Launder gently (and seperately in the beginning).

Can’t you see many cute things made with this technique? How about holiday shirts with reindeer, vacation tops with palm trees or a bachelorette party themed collection? There are no boundaries for your creativity! ~Anna~

PS: Avoid light colors around the text. You can see why in the second photo…

Anna, Studio

Let’s talk guys’ gifts: The beer cake

Hello and happy saturday! Let’s talk about guys presents today, shall we? They can be a pain if you a) don’t know the person well enough or if he b) does not have any interests that are affordable or gift-wise manageable. I am sure you have found your own ways of handling this. After all it occurs pretty frequently, with birthdays, christmas and name days and so on. There is always the option of a giftcard, but if not especially requested I find them pretty boring. Thankfully both Etsy and DaWanda have sections on guys gifts that have often saved me – thank you! And then there is my love for giving cakes, yummy cakes. Have you ever heard of the beer cake? No? I only encountered it on Pinterest a few days ago and it is not the cake you would usually expect me making… Continue reading “Let’s talk guys’ gifts: The beer cake”