Donna Wilson Teatime Treat | Kittenhood

Teatime Treat by Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson Teatime Treat | Kittenhood

Donna Wilson is a product designer I get back to over and over because her stuff is always amazing. She creates various things, from textiles to kitchen ware and toys, and her style is very distinct and playful. I love this very short series of photographs featuring a range of bird-themed plates (Teatime Treat). The setting is minimalist and pleasing to the eye: mosaic table, pretty plate with mouth-watering cake, faceless girl getting ready to dive in. Needless to say, either one of these plates would find a suitable place in my kitchen. And honestly, I wouldn’t mind having these photos as prints on the wall either. The plates are available here, everything else – in my dreams.

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Act Three Apparel SS16 | Kittenhood

Act Three Apparel, SS16

Act Three Apparel SS16 | Kittenhood

You might remember Act Three Apparel from a previous post – otherwise, you should know it’s a Canadian vintage-inspired label, making some seriously pretty dresses for petite women. The current collection is inspired by surrealist films from the 1970s such as ‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’, ‘Black Moon’ and ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. The dresses are real classics, the kind you wear until you (or them) drop. I especially like the red button-down pictured above and this versatile grey one. And the strappy ones look amazing for summer! As a tall-less person myself (I just made up this politically correct term to define my height, thank you very much), I love that I can find dresses designed particularly for my type. Extra points for also being my style! 

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Wes Anderson inspired Easter eggs | Kittenhood

Grand Budapest Hotel inspired Easter eggs

Wes Anderson inspired Easter eggs | Kittenhood

I know I said I’m dyeing my eggs naturally this year, but that was before I had this idea. My favorite idea. I’ve made Easter eggs inspired by Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel! There are three different designs here, which you can mix and match, and I think together they make a great combination. Pink and purple may be a little old school, but in the case of Easter eggs, it totally works. I’m very pleased with how these turned out, and I think you will be, too. So, shall we? 

Grand Budapest Hotel inspired Easter Eggs: Materials | Kittenhood

What you need:

  • eggs
  • egg dye in purple and pink 
  • hot water
  • vinegar
  • thin blue ribbon
  • glue
  • golden letter stickers
  • cyclamen pen

Start by hard-boiling as many eggs as you want. In the meantime, bring more water to a boil and mix it with the egg dye and vinegar in disposable containers, following the instructions on the dye package. 

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Mendl’s Easter Eggs

Inspired by Mendl’s confectionery boxes, these eggs take the most steps to make, but they’re still easy, I promise. Start by placing each egg in the pink dye for a few moments, to get a pale pink shade. 1-2 minutes should do. Dry on a paper towel. 

Write “Mendl’s” in capital letters on an egg, using your cyclamen/purple/red pen. Then draw some symmetrical random lines underneath and above, roughly replicating the original logo

Cut a piece of ribbon that’s more than twice as long as the egg. Put a drop of glue on the bottom of the egg and stick the middle of the ribbon to it. When it’s dry, add another drop of glue on the top of the egg and tie the ribbon in a pretty bow. It’s easiest to have an egg cup or a person holding the egg while you tie the bow. 

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Pink Ombre Eggs

These eggs are inspired by the Grand Budapest Hotel itself, with its two-toned pink facade. As you can imagine, they’re really easy to make! Start by dipping the egg in pink paint only halfway through. Hold it there for a minute or two, until you get a good pink shade. Remove from the dye. Repeat these steps for as many eggs as you want to use. Then add a little more hot water to your container and submerge the egg entirely. Take it out of the dye as soon as the top is slightly pink, and dry on a paper towel. 

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Lobby Boy Easter eggs

You know Zero’s lobby boy hat? This is what we’re trying to recreate here, and it’s really easy, too. Submerge your egg in purple dye until it reaches the desired shade. Dry on a paper towel and let cool for a few moments. Then simply stick letters reading “lobby boy” on it. Finished!

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P.S. How about these Wes Anderson-inspired free printable popcorn bags

P.P.S. Don’t tell me you haven’t seen the movie! You can find it here. There’s also a new book out and I NEED it.

Pepa Loves Dress | Kittenhood

How I wore mustard & pink

Mustard & blue | Kittenhood

Pepa Loves dress + Uniqlo turtleneck + H&M tights + flea market shoes 

I love it when I tag an outfit post “spring” for the very first time in a year. It means it’s suddenly bearable to take pictures without a coat and boy, do I look forward to exploring Berlin when it’s not freezing. So this is the first official spring post of 2016! Soft pink with hot mustard is definitely my favorite color combination at the moment. In addition to wearing it, I’ve also bought acrylic paint AND wool in these colors, so get ready to be flooded with girly hues in the upcoming posts. 

As for the beautiful background, it’s actually the entrance to a metro station in the North-West area of Berlin (Siemensdamm). I spotted it on Instagram and found out it was designed as a “multi-purpose facility”, i.e. doubling as a fallout shelter. I was intrigued, so we took advantage of the sunny weather to bike there and see what it looks like. There’s also a nice big park nearby (Jungfernheide), so I’d say it was worth the ride. 

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Shop handmade enamel pins - I Like Cats

Shop handmade enamel pins

I’ve been eyeing a lot of enamel pins lately, and I’ve rarely seen one I didn’t like. Sure, I may already have more pins than I need in this lifetime, but do I have a cat on a pizza slice? I do not. Plus these babies are born to be worn in pairs or groups – the more, the merrier. And if you do a little research, you’ll surely find something for your taste, as obscure as it may be. These are just some examples of the ones I heart; click on each photo to get to the respective shops. 

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Cat pin by Surfing Sloth | Birth control pin by That Noise Gallery | Ice cream pin by Bash Party Goods | Pizza pin by I Like Cats Shop | Love pin by Coucou Suzette | Sad songs pin by Stay Home Club 

Dyeing Eggs with Plants | Kittenhood

How to dye eggs naturally

How to dye eggs naturally | Kittenhood

This year I decided to opt for natural dyes on my Easter eggs. And there are many good reasons to do that, too! First of all, it’s natural, so you don’t have to worry about ingesting any chemicals by chance. Secondly, it’s cheap: you use parts of the plant you would normally throw out (pits, leaves etc.). And above all, dyeing naturally is fun. The colors are nice and tame, and you never know for sure what you’re gonna get. I’ve tried a few things and not all of them had great results. Avocado pits, for example, were supposed to create a beautiful shade of pink, but they didn’t create any color at all. In a similar way, blueberries didn’t make the dark blue I was expecting, but an ugly gray not even worth mentioning. However, I got a nice gradient of colors from a couple of plants: 

Naturally dyed eggs | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • hard-boiled eggs (white)
  • stainless steel pot 
  • white onion leaves for orange dye 
  • curry powder for yellow dye
  • white vinegar 
  • containers for dyeing 
  • (optional) cooking oil for polish

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For the orange dye, the proportion is one handful of onion leaves to one cup of water and 1 tsp vinegar. Bring to a boil in a covered stainless steel pot, then allow to simmer for a little bit. The water should be brown-orange in color. Strain the leaves. Place your hard boiled eggs in one or more containers and pour the dye over them. The color will start adhering very quickly, and it will become more intense in time. The darkest of my eggs was dyed for 24 hours while the lightest for 1 hour. When the dye cools, you can move the container with the eggs to the fridge, do the eggs don’t spoil if you decide to leave them for longer. 

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For the yellow dye, you would normally use turmeric powder. Since I didn’t have that in the house, I decided to use curry, which also contains turmeric – and it worked just fine. The proportion here is 1 tbsp curry powder to 1 cup water and 1 tbsp vinegar. Again, bring to a boil in a stainless steel pot and simmer a little before pouring over the hard boiled eggs. If the dye doesn’t cover them completely, don’t worry – you can move the eggs around with a spoon, which will create rather pleasant lines and designs. Straining curry powder can be a little difficult so I skipped this step, which resulted in the color adhering differently, and cute little speckles on the egg. Again, you can leave the eggs in the dye anywhere between an hour and a day, making sure to transfer them to the fridge after the dye is cooled. 

You can polish your eggs with a little cooking oil and a paper towel, but I left mine matte. That’s it! Do you think you’ll dive into natural egg dyeing this Easter? 

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Lazzari, Time to Move | Kittenhood

Lazzari, Time to Move

Lazzari, Time to Move | Kittenhood

Time after time, season after season, Italian label Lazzari creates not just covetable clothes, but also beautiful lookbooks. This season, the mood is cozy and dreamy, and packed with pastels, of course. The clothes are to-die-for! Pizza print dress? Don’t mind if I do! Plus burgers! Cacti! Swans! French fries! The prints are off the hook. And the shoes, all the shoes look perfect to me. I’ve been following the site as products have been added over the past few weeks, and I had to pin pretty much everything. If that’s not a good collection, I don’t know what is. I’ll leave you with the photos now, before I swoon all over this internet thing. 

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Bunny wallpaper free download | Kittenhood

Easter bunny wallpaper free download

Bunny wallpaper free download | Kittenhood

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! 

Bunny wallpaper free download | Kittenhood

Download desktop wallpaper here

Download iPhone wallpaper here

Olend backpacks | Kittenhood

Ölend handmade bags for spring 2016

Olend backpacks | Kittenhood

Olend is a Barcelona-based brand making bags, and more specifically backpacks. They are inspired by travels and challenges while the bags are directly inspired by those from the 40s-50s. That translates into classic, angular shapes; sturdy, high-quality fabrics; and a hint of nostalgia. Overall, the ingredients to the perfect backpack.

I love the slightly Wes Anderson-esque mood in the pictures, with the pastel background and vaguely absurd situations the models are in. And I like how expressive the photos are, despite hiding human faces at all times. That really switches the focus to where it needs to go: the backpacks. My personal favorite is the Holden bag in mustard. Really hard to resist; but after all, who says I have to? 

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Colorful mail | Kittenhood

Behind the scenes // early early spring

White tulips | Kittenhood

This post is so full of pink and flowers that I can’t even. But it’s been so winter for so long, that I’m now clinging to every ray of sunshine. It’s like I can actually feel vitamin D conjuring up whenever I’m in the sun. I’ve been doing quite a lot of shopping in anticipation of spring, including this pink dress from Kling, which came in a hilarious pizza box pictured somewhere below. Can’t wait to wear the sucker! I also found the cutest Etsy shop, Hearts and Found, and ordered myself an adorable skirt + top set, which came in the mail with those pretty skewers and seashell envelope also pictured somewhere below. I also made pizza, I read Frankie magazine for the first time in print, I strolled by the lakes, and found snowdrops and other tiny, amazing flowers. And I’ve been feeling more inspired to take (phone) pictures, which is always nice. 

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