When live gives you lemons… (I)

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Recently my in-laws brought a couple of lemons home from their holiday in Greece – this may sound a little strange but we’re talking about hand picked, massive lemons that smelled incredible. Clearly this is the perfect souvenir for me and I immediately started thinking what I could make with them.
Lemon Curd was one thing that immediately popped into my head, a lemon cake was another thing – although I at first didn’t know what kind of lemon cake I should make. Luckily there was enough lemon juice to make both things and in the end I even had enough time to decorate the jars a bit.

Because it was so much fun to have this small lemon-project, I decided to write about it and show you what I have done. Today I am starting with part one out of three: When life gives you lemons…make Lemon Curd. This is a very simple recipe that I always use, but I think it is perfect as it is and doesn’t need any fancy ingredients.

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{Upcycling} – our pallet bar in the garden!

The weather has been really, really good over the last days here in England. This means we could finally spend some time in the garden. We had the first barbecue of the year and I spent the whole Sunday afternoon lying on our pallet sofa, that I already wrote about last year here on the blog.
What I haven’t shown you yet though is our pallet bar so I thought I am going to use those lovely days to show you a few pictures and that you can make a bar like this really easy and on a budget!

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DIY – Pimp my tea towel {crocheting}

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA while ago I visited two of my best friends in Germany that had just recently moved house. I wanted to bring a little something for them but couldn’t think what I could make – until coincidentally I saw a book sitting on my book shelf (it is German and contains many mini crochet ideas).
As my friends have a great new kitchen I decided to pimp a tea towel.
It took me about two evenings to finish the whole project, including crocheting the mini strawberries and sewing them onto the tea towel.

Because I think it is a nice gesture to make little gifts every now and then I would like to show you what you need to make a tea towel like this.

 

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Easter DIY: The coolest eggs in town!

I think it was last year when friends told me they had bought some removable tattoos. Yes, exactly the ones many of us found so cool when they were kids -but with one difference: whilst the ones we attached to our skin years ago looked funny but rather childish, the ones my friends had bought looked really, really cool. Quite simplistic with great graphic designs – exactly how I like it.
Now I would probably not use the tattoos for myself but it got me thinking what else you could use those amazing designs for. And yes, why not decorating easter eggs with them?!
I gave it a go and was surprised that it actually worked and the tattoos really stuck to the eggs.
So if you’re maybe not the most passionate and talented easter-egg-painter but if you would still like pretty easter eggs have a look at the pictures below :).

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Wrapping Christmas gifts – My way to do it

I love wrapping gifts for Christmas and every year I think about a different way how to do it.
What I find always a bit crazy though is how much nice wrapping paper costs. Don’t get me wrong – I love buying nice looking (and therefore a bit more expensive) wrapping paper for a birthday gift or something like that – but for Christmas there always is quite a bit of paper that has to be used to wrap all those presents for family and friends.
This is why I prefer to think of different ways to wrap presents so that they still look nice, although I don’t use really special wrapping paper. For this I find it great to use normal, plain, brown paper.
Last year I bought red ribbons and nice tags to decorate the gifts with and I think it is a simple and very effective way to do it. Not expensive but still nice looking underneath the Christmas tree as they match as well.
This year I used plain white string and used my die-cutter to cut out the name of all the people I send gifts to (that means I didn’t have to use gift tags this year). The colour scheme is white/brown/gold. And again: it is a simple way to wrap gifts but for me it is fun and I really enjoy doing it.
Unfortunately I only can show you instagram pictures today, but although the quality is not the best you can see how I wrap my gifts :).

How do you wrap your gifts? Is it fun for you wrapping them or not so much? I would love to hear how you deal with wrapping gifts for Christmas.

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Upcycling: how I turned a old rusty hanging basket in a bowl and how I failed to make Toffee Apples

Two weeks ago Hulme Garden Centre opened their doors on a Sunday to celebrate Apple-Pumpkin Day. Loads of people came to look at the plants, make apple juice and loads of other great family fun things.
It was a great event and I got to know the beers and ciders of Moss Cider Project and Runaway Brewery. The warm mulled cider was a highlight! I bought pumpkins and a few plants – and in a pile of flower pots I found a old and rusty hanging basket that was free to take.
The cider, beer and apple juice tasted amazing and the pumpkins were used for a little carving session on Halloween at home. The hanging basket however had to wait for a couple of days more but I had to take it as I immediately saw it getting a second life as a bowl for fruit or whatever looks nice in it.

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