Vanilla Liqueur!

Pic by Franzi.

Only one more week until X-Mas :)! Here’s an easy to prepare last-minute gift idea: Delicious vanilla liqueur. Yummy!

Recipe:

Ingredients: Makes app. 600 ml.

200 ml water, 4 vanilla beans, 200 g cane sugar, 1 TblSp honey, 500 ml brandy.

Preparation:

Scrape out two vanilla beans. Cook the vanilla caviar, sugar, honey, water and scraped vanilla beans for 20 minutes. Cool down and add the brandy. Filter through a clean dish towel. Fill liqueur into bottles, add one whole vanilla bean into each bottle.

Can be stored for up to four months.

Enjoy!

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Fast & Easy DIY: Paper Bag Star!

My paper bag star. All pics by Franzi.

Have you decorated your flat festive already? I may be the last human being on earth discovering the magic of paper bag stars. They are simple to make and incredible pretty! Just in case there are still some of you out there, who also never made one before, here is the fast and easy instruction:

Instructions:

You need: 

8 paper bags, 2 cardboard paper strips (as long as the paper bags, app. 0,5 cm wide), a glue-stick, scissors, some ribbon for hanging, a hole puncher.

Steps:

Place a bag on the table with the opening facing you. Apply glue centered from top to the bottom and from left to right along the bottom of the bag (in “T” shape). Repeat this step until all eight bags are glued on.

Cut the right and the left side of the bag to a point, to create the star pointers.

Add slits, curves or triangles to the side as you like.

Then the cardboard paper strips are used: Apply glue on each strip, place it at the center of the paper bags and press firmly. Proceed the same way on the backside. Round off the overlapping ends of the strips with a scissor.

Punch a hole in the end of the strips (at the triangle-shaped end, as hole for the ribbon).

Unfold your star and be happy :).

Have a beautiful week!

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New Year’s Resolution III: Learn to Sew!

Pic by Franzi. Instagram @luckmysocalled.

My third resolution: Learn to sew! A few month ago, I got my first sewing machine and since X-Mas I also own some sewing books. So, it’s time to start with some easy projects.

Maybe a scarf? Some baby trousers? A cosmetic bag? Oh, so many ideas! Do you have more? Let me know!

Have a creative day :)!

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Sewing Books! #fbm16

sewing3The Classic: Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. All pics by Franzi, made on the #fbm16.

Let’s start with the books I found on the Frankfurt Book Fair this year! Like I let you know last week, I am now the proud owner of my own sewing machine. So it’s not very surprising that I looked out for some instruction books on sewing. Here are the best sewing books I found :).

Have a beautiful day!

sewing4Sewing for babies and kids (German): Nähen mit JERSEY – kinderleicht!

sewing1Make your own fashion (German): Mode schneidern – das Buch.

sewing2My favorite: Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time.

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New Hobby: Sewing!

sewing1Colorful yarns. Pic by Franzi.

I have a new flatmate. Actually, she’s quite old already – my sewing machine! I got it from the belated mother of a friend’s friend. The same day it moved in with me, my father called and told me that he planned to give me a sewing machine as a Christmas present. He was devastated when I told him that he was too late. So, it seems that the universe wanted to give me a sewing machine right now. Despite the fact that I have no time and nearly no experience I really would like to learn it. Thank god, the web is full of easy tutorials. My first goal is sewing these baby trousers for all the little ones in my live. Wish me luck!

What about you – do you have a sewing machine yourself? Any tips how to start?

sewing2My new (yet quite old) sewing machine.

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Last Minute Easter DIY Ideas!

Upper Row: Concrete Bunnies via LOOK WHAT I MADE – Origami Bunny via LOOK WHAT I MADE – Glitter Eggs via girl. Inspired.
Lower Row: Birdy Sweets via Sweet Sugarbelle – Mr. Humpy Dumpy Eggs via Mama Mommy Mom – Pom Pom Chicks via Crafts Unleashed.

Only two days left until Easter! Do you still need some DIY ideas for decorating your flat? Some cute pom pom chickens, a bunny made from concrete or Mr. Humpy Dumpy eggs? Here are six fast and easy Easter crafting ideas!

 Happy crafting :)!

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Advocaat!

EierlikörPic by Franzi.

Did you ever made your own advocaat? I prepared my very first one last Thursday. And guess what? It’s easy :D!

Recipe: Makes 900 ml.

Ingredients: 6 egg yolks, 150 g powdered sugar, 1 vanilla bean, 1 TSp grounded clove, 250 ml condensed milk and 500 ml brandy.

Preparation: Stir the egg yolks, the powdered sugar, the vanilla and the clove until everything is mixed. Add gently the condensed milk and the brandy. Heat gently in a bain-marie (water bath) while still stirring with a whisk. Take from the bain-marie when the perfect consistence is reached. Fill into a bottle and let cool down in the fridge.

Enjoy!

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Last-Minute DIY Gifts!

Upper Row: Coffee CandleReindeer BeerWatercolor Portrait.
Lower Row: Cat MugWitty GlovesMason Jar Lid Coasters.

I am pretty sure that everyone has all presents for everyone right now. Just in case, that there is a last-minute (gift) emergency arriving… here a some DIY ideas!

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X-Mas Decoration Ideas!

Upper Row: Gingerbread GarlandPumpkin SnowmenBurlap Garland.
Lower Row: Fruit TreeBook Stack TreeAcorns.

Is your flat decorated already? Mine is full of crafted Froebel stars, but could still use a Christmassy make-over. Here are some decoration ideas… and I will definitely make a book stack tree!

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It’s Time: New Advent Calendar Ideas!

 

Upper Row: Activity Calendar by Mama.Pappa. Bubba. – For Travelers by let’s be creative! – The Stylish One by pattydoo Blog.
Lower Row: Quote Calendar by Dawanda/theartofvariety – Tote Calendar by Dawanda/mydearlove – For Kids by Dawanda/Leni+Zeus.

Wow, there we are again. Advent is coming closer: The X-Mas markets will opining soon and we really need to fill the advent calendars for our dearest ones now.

Will you be creative and craft one yourself or do you prefer buying an advent calendar? Let me know :)!

P.S. Helau!

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