This is my first Easter season living abroad and the marketing here is so much stronger than back home! So much stronger, than I must admit to buying a bunny-shaped watering can AND a chick-shaped toothpick holder/tiny vase in a single session. And while I’m experimenting with natural ways to dye eggs (coming soon!), I thought I’d give my tech a little seasonal refresh. If you plan on doing the same, you can find these adorable bunnies to download just below. Hope you like them!
The inspiration for this project came from an Anthropologie headband (which has since sold out). It seemed fairly easy to make and it is fairly easy to make! It’s a really nice accessory you can make yourself for the holidays (how festive would it be in red?) using pretty much any fabric you have lying around, and a piece of sparkly gold trim. And sure, you can use your sewing machine to make it super quickly, but since the size of the project isn’t as big, you can just as well sew it by hand. It’s what I did, and it didn’t take more than an hour total.
What you need:
- fabric in your choice of color
- gold trim
- tape measure
- sewing needle/sewing machine
- matching thread
For the full tutorial, head over to DaWanda!
Preparing for Halloween can easily turn into a very kitsch event, especially with all the mass-produced decorations available. Since I want what’s best for you, I’ve gathered some lovely handmade ideas (some of which you can buy and others you can craft yourself) for a stylish celebration. Click through the slideshow to see them all!
Hello, International Egg Day! You may not have known it’s today (who can keep up with all these crazy celebrations?), but you can make it all better by taking tomorrow morning to cook a complex egg breakfast. And by complex, I don’t mean complicated – just something that you don’t do every day. Do we have a deal?
Sometimes you don’t realize you have a slight obsession with something until you look at it from a different perspective. You might one day have a look at your closet and realize blue and polka dots are absolute dominants. You might have a look at your Instagram feed and realize you’ve been photographing every stray cat you ever met. Or you might search your blog history for recipes and realize you have a chocolate obsession… But a chocolate obsession is not a bad thing, especially on Chocolate Day. Here are 7 ways to indulge in chocolate – try not to make them all at once!
Yes, I know, everyone makes salad in a jars and everyone makes anything in a jar lately. It’s trendy. But there’s a reason for that: it works. It’s practical, easy to transport and boy, does it look cute! Also, it’s Fresh Veggie Day, which makes a great excuse for a backyard picnic.
I lhonestly don’t have recipes for salads – I always use what I have at hand and hope that everything fits together. Sometimes I may throw in nuts or fruits, other times I do a kefir dressing. But most of the times I just chop vegetables and maybe cheese, add olive oil and vinegar, and call it a salad. So nothing fancy here. Jar salads work regardless of the recipe, but here are a few things that you should always keep in mind:
- Start with a clean jar. Obviously. But also make sure it’s dry, to prevent the veggies from spoiling. And make sure you have the right lid!
- The lower layer is the dressing. I put in a couple of teaspoons of olive oil and vinegar on the bottom of my jars.
- The next layer is made of wet ingredients. These are your tomatoes and your cucumbers, and whatever else is juicier than the rest.
- Cover with harder veggies that will block moisture, such as bell peppers and carrots.
- The next layer is the protein in your salad: cheese, egg, nuts, chickpeas, chicken, you name it.
- For the top layer, use dry ingredients such as pasta, croutons or leafy greens.
- Store in the fridge tightly closed until ready to eat. Shake a bit and enjoy, preferably outdoors!
Careful! Your delicious salad might attract wild beasts, as it happened to me:
Ring set c/o Zaful
The hardest part about this manicure? Taking the photos. Otherwise, it’s honestly easy – and that’s coming from the girl who cannot ever do her nails properly. If you use the right colors, it’s really subtle too – and that’s coming from the girl who doesn’t really like nail art. Actually, I think you already know how this mani is done, but I’m gonna give you the steps anyway. Just in case.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- nail polish in two colors (I used a nude pink and light brown)
- clear nail polish
- masking paper
1. Paint all your nails in the lighter polish and allow to dry completely.
2. Cut ten pieces of masking paper and stick them to your nails, covering either the tip or the base, alternatively.
3. Paint your nails with the dark color, and allow to dry completely before slowly peeling off the masking tape. Apply a clear coat of polish to finish, and for crying out loud, let it dry before doing something else!
Remember those Miffy-shaped cookies I posted at the beginning of the week? Boy, were they delicious. And so cute! I couldn’t help myself, and I made one of the pictures a wallpaper on my phone. I grin every time I look at it. I thought you might like to do the same, so here it is! You can download it here. Happy Easter!
Stop whatever you are doing! It’s Popcorn Lover’s Day and you need to have some popcorn! I’m a big fan of this snack, and I’ve recently given up on the microwave stuff (what the heck do they put on those kernels?) in favor of the good old fashion pan. The only thing you need to be careful with is the kernels you buy – while they all generally look the same, some are inferior in quality and will end up only partially popped or not at all. So pay the extra cent (cause that’s basically how much it costs) and get the good stuff. You deserve it.
Using coconut oil to grease the pan is awesome and light, but you can also use olive oil (like I did), sunflower oil or even butter. And when you’re done with that, move on to the topping. I usually just use salt, but on this special day I went crazy and made a sriracha topping. Yes, you read that right. There’s no reason you shouldn’t spice up your popcorn! And if you’re thinking of turning this into movie night, check out these Wes Anderson-inspired free printable popcorn bags.
- 1 tbsp olive oil/coconut oil
- 2-3 tbsp popcorn kernels (depending on the size of your pan)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp sriracha
- *pan with lid
- Put the oil in the pan over high heat, and place one kernel in it. When it pops, it means the oil hot enough, and you can proceed with the rest of the kernels. Don't use too many at once, or they will lift the lid as they pop.
- Let the kernels pop for 5-7 minutes, shaking the pan once in a while. You'll know they're ready when the popping slows down significantly (it also helps if your lid is transparent).
- Meanwhile, melt the butter, sriracha and salt to make the topping.
- Drizzle the topping over the popcorn and toss to mix it.
- You can make the topping spicier by adding more sriracha. Similarly, if it feels too spicy, add more butter.