Saturday, September 28, 2013

What to wear with...

... my self made Gertie's Pencil Skirt?



Green Top (Vive Maria - this year)
Black Mary Janes (Primark - this year)
Grey Hair Flower (Supermarket - this year)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Gertie's Pencil Skirt

At the beginning of the summer I planned to sew a lot of clothes for myself, especially clothes of Gertie's Book, but in the end I only had time to make the Peter Pan Blouse. However, at least once a day I think about the book and the great clothes in it, and with some days off from work I finally had the time to make the Pencil Skirt! So I bought antracite elastic silk, yarn, a button and a zipper and made the skirt.



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I'm not entirely content with the result, because apparently I've lost some weight again, so although I already made it two sizes smaller (with Gertie's Peter Pan Blouse I overestimated my size also and made it two sizes too big), it's still a bit wide at the waist. Apparently the eating more fruit and vegetables, less potatoes and bread, but an even amount of chocolate of the last two months has lead to weight loss. Size 6/size 38, good for me! 

But although the skirt is nonetheless wearable, I consider this skirt just as a try out, a muslin so to say, and ordered new fabric already for a better fitting one. Green silk this time! 'Cause you all know how I love green.

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This week my Homemade Hazelnut Chocolate Spread was featured by Be Betsy!


Thanks,  Sharon and Denise!!


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And..., there was another feature! My bunting was featured by The Life of Jennifer Dawn and by Emmy Lane!


Thanks, Jennifer and Lindsey!

Wanted #32

Haro Sk8-Hi by Vans

WANTED
My All Time Favorite Shoes

Monday, September 23, 2013

Lemongrass for Scrub and Salad

A couple of months ago I made a Lavender Sugar Scrub (find recipe here), just to try it because it looked so good, but the scrub was so great, that I used it every day. Especially the cocos oil in it does a lot of good things for my skin. So now the jar is empty and today I made me a new scrub. This time I used Lemongrass instead of Lavender and I changed the red foodcoloring for a mix of green and yellow. 


I love Lemongrass and I guess that's why I also love Thai food, because the Thai use a lot of the grass in their dishes. I also love veggies, so today I share one of my favorite Thai vegetable dishes with you. 

What you need for 4 persons:

* 2 stems of lemongrass (also called sereh)
* juice of 1 lemon
* 2 scallions
* 2 unripe mangos
* 1 tablespoon fish sauce
* 1 teaspoon brown sugar
* fresh mint

Chop lemongrass and scallions very fine. Mix sugar, lemon juice and fish sauce, until sugar is dissolved. Cut the mango's in very thin slices. Mix all together. Sprinkle the leaves of the mint over the salad. That's it. 

Enjoy! Yummie!


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Last week Creative Jewish Mom featured my Sweet Home Sweet Pillow!



And this week she featured my Bunting and my Cowgirl Boots!!



Thanks a lot for three features in a row!! Such an honor!




Friday, September 20, 2013

Cowgirl Gilet

As I told you a couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to make her some Barefoot Sandals for her baby girl. After that she wanted Cowgirl Booties for her, too, and when I finished the booties she also asked me to crochet a Cowgirl Gilet to go with the boots. A pattern for such a thing was hard to find, so in the end I made up something myself. 



And here are the matching Cowgirl Boots:



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My Cowgirl Boots were also featured this week by Busy Fingers, Busy Life, by The Cottage Market, by USS Crafty and by Crafts a la Mode!

Thanks, Barbara and Andrea and T'onna and Linda & Carol!!

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Wanted #31

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

When my husband and I went to Bruges some weeks ago, we ate breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien every day. They had the most delicious rolls, smoothies, sandwiches, coffee and more, all organic. What about Smoked Salmon on a Macadamia Nut Bread Roll or a Sandwich with Grilled Zuchini and Egg Plant on Humus Spread, among many great others? Or the best: Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble? 

 I love the hearty bites, but my husband goes for sweets and grabbed for the Hazelnut Spread everyday. Organic Hazelnut Spread. And from the moment I read 'Organic Hazelnut Spread' on that jar I got the idea to make Hazelnut Spread myself, organic or not. So I searched for a recipe and went to the market today to get the hazelnuts.





What you need
200 grams hazelnuts (without skin)
100 grams icing sugar
50 grams cacao powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanillia extract
little bit salt
jar to keep the spread in

Grill the hazelnuts for about fifteen minutes in a preheated oven on 190 degrees Celsius, until dark brown. Put the nuts in a food processor and process until you have a smooth paste. Then add sugar, cacao, oil, vanilia and salt. Mix again, until the paste gets glossy. That's all it takes. You can preserve the paste for about a month, in the fridge as well as out.



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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bunting for Others

Since some people read on my blog that a friend has asked me to make something for her she saw at my house, I already got two requests to make something for them, too! Great honor when people like the things you make so much that they want them for themselves, don't you think? 

One of the things someone asked me to make is this bunting. Not something she saw on this blog, because I made this a couple of years ago and my blog is only one and a half year old, but something that hung from the trees at my daughter's birthday party this summer. 




She told me the colors and fabric patterns she wanted, I made a sample and after her approval I sewed the bunting. 

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Barbara from Busy Life, Busy Fingers featured  me again!


Thanks again, Barbara!

Busy Fingers, Busy Life

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And there's another one who featured me again: Andrea from The Cottage Market!
She featured my Velours Dress with Crochet Roset.


Thanks again, Andrea!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Cowgirl Boots

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine asked me to make her little daughter a pair of Cowgirl Boots. I've made them before and really, really loved the pattern, but most of my friends who got babies in the meantime, aren't really into cowboy-ish stuff, so it was just a one time project. Until now. 



The colors were chosen by my friend, but I think this color combi works out pretty nice!




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The Cottage Market featured me again!  My Baby Girl Barefoot Sandals this time!


Thanks again, Andrea!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sweet Home Sweet

Some years ago I saw this great pillow cover at The Purl Bee (with tutorial) and ever since I wanted it to make that cover. Finally I did it and now that it's finished I like it even more than before. The pink background, the light and dark gray, I love the combination! What do you think?


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Wow, I got two features on the same blog this week!! Never happened before!
Barbara from Busy Fingers, Busy Life featured both my Black Doily and my Fake Ice Cream Cones!



Thank you so much, Barbara!

Busy Fingers, Busy Life

Wanted #29

Peekaboo Top by Wheels and Dollbaby
WANTED

Lovely Little Top!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Velours Dress with Crochet Roset

Now that school has begun again, both my daughters want new clothes and beside the stuff  I bought in the stores, I always like to make some things for them myself. Yesterday I had a day off from work, while my kids still had to go to school and kindergarten, so I had a whole day for myself (!). Great day to bring my sewing machine downstairs and sew some things. First I made was this simple velours dress with a crocheted roset. My daughter calls it her Belly Dress (because you can see her belly button trough the roset).





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My Butterflies are featured by The Cottage Market this week!


Thanks, Andrea!

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