Hands up if you want to join Sophia Loren for this picnic in the early 60s! The steak (?) and beer (?) look pretty good, but her outfit looks even better. The plain shirt and full skirt with the actress’ signature cinched waist make a good combination with the natural movement and body language. And since we already decided that May is for picnics, let’s take some inspiration from this stylish lady!
Get the look: Topshop shirt + J. Crew skirt + Karma Living blanket
Image source: Life Magazine, shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt
It’s no secret that I love picnics, foxes, cuddling in blankets, and felting. If these are a few of your favorite things, try this DIY picnic blanket! The project will take a couple of hours, depending on the size of your blanket and the number of foxes you decide to use. But it’s really cute and unique. Plus you get to stab wool with your needle, which can be therapeutical as well as rhythmical – the perfect activity for when you’re blasting your favorite tunes.
What you need:
- wool, wool blend or felt blanket
- pen (I used a trick marker)
- orange felting wool
- felting needle
- fox cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea, also available on Amazon)
- sponge (larger than the cookie cutter)
Start by measuring your blanket and deciding where you want to place your foxes. I made 10 foxes on three rows (3-4-3), but you can make the pattern however you want to. Mark the spots with a pen.
Start with your first marking. Place the blanket between the fox cookie cutter and the sponge.
Fill up the shape with orange wool. Start with a thinner layer.
And now for the fun part! Stab the wool into the blanket with your felting needle. Stab and stab and stab. Add more wool if and where necessary. You should get a relatively even surface. Stab a little extra at the face, tail, and legs.
This is how your first fox will look like, more or less. Continue making as many foxes as you want and you have yourself a cool new blanket! Come to think about it, this would also make a good baby blanket!
Gudetama lunch box available here.
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:
Camelia Niţă is a blogger I discovered recently, and followed instantly. Her blog is filled with healthy recipes and natural beauty tips, and the most interesting part is that she’s 17! That makes me admire her even more, because she’s got great photography skills and great cooking skills! More than that, she agreed to share a recipe with us while I’m away. I find this couscous salad really intriguing, don’t you?
The fine texture tickles your taste buds, while the sweetness of this light salad fills you with joy. It’s really quick to make, and great for a nice family lunch. I also find it just right to throw in the picnic basket for an outing with the girls. With just a few ingredients, you get a delicious meal and a satisfied smile on your face when you’re done.
Warm couscous salad
- 125ml milk
- 250ml water
- shaved nutmeg
- 55g couscous
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1/4 cucumber
- 1/2 white wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- sugar (to taste)
- 2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- Bring the milk, water, salt and nutmeg to a boil and remove from the heat. Mix it with the couscous and allow it to blend in for 15 minutes. Let it cool.
- Wash the tomatoes and slice them. Was the cucumber, cut it in half and remove the seeds with a spoon, then slice it.
- For the dressing, mix the vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar.
- In a bowl, mix the couscous with the vegetables and the dressing. Sprinkle with basil.
Tank – c/o Sheinside | Skirt – Whistles (flea market) | Shoes – c/o Doamna V
With summer coming to an end, I can’t help but feel melancholic about all the picnics I didn’t have (why am I spending so much time in front of the computer?). So, the moment I received these crochet shoes from Doamna V, I knew what needed to be done: an impromptu picnic, of course. Handmade by a lovely lady (Mrs. V) and available online courtesy of her lovely daughter, the flats are crocheted, featuring a plastic sole and leather insole. There are a few colors available, but I thought mustard would be just right for sunny weather. They’re incredibly light and, since there are no stitches, they’re very comfortable, too. I took them out for the picnic, together with this fab new cat top, a (Whistles!) skirt I found at the flea market for $3, a couple of cheese and tomato wraps and some watermelon mojito. It was quite perfect, and I don’t ever wanna have dinner any other way.
One of my favorite things to do when the weather is warm is to go for picnics. I just love packing treats and then riding my bike somewhere to enjoy them with someone (usually, the boyfriend). Playing games and taking pictures may also be involved. Yesterday was the first picnic of this year, which got me in the mood for pretty pictures on this theme.
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