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!
I had this brilliant idea to make constellation eggs, but I had to try a few methods before succeeding with this one. I wanted to dye the eggs naturally, using blueberries, but they only made my eggs purple (after soaking them for over 24 hours). That did not look good. So store-bought egg dye it is! I tried using stickers on the boiled egg to mask certain spots and dye them afterwards, but they turned out rather shabby. And by the way, don’t try to boil stickers like I naively did – they will fall right off. So here’s the easiest, most efficient version, using sharpies:
What you need:
- eggs (preferably white)
- blue egg dye
- metallic sharpies
DIY constellation eggs
Begin by hard boiling your eggs and degreasing them. Dye them blue, according the instructions on the package (for me, that meant mixing the dye powder with hot water and vinegar). Soak the eggs in the dye longer for a more intense color. Let them dry on a paper towel.
Next, use your sharpies to draw constellations. Make the dots first, then unite them with thinner lines. I invented most of the constellations based on Ursa minor & major, but you can do one better and customize them with zodiac signs, for example.