[Last minute] Rhubarb and raspberry jam for Easter

Hello my zebras!

Are you more #TeamTidy or #TeamChaos ? I definitely belong to the latter category and am therefore always a bit late with everything I do. Especially with presents. What? Easter? Oh, is it that time already? This comes as a surprise!

The good thing about that is that I have become a master in the art of coming up with last-minute presents. So if you are still looking for some ideas, I’m here to help. And this super fruity rhubarb and raspberry jam is really worth a try ❤ Here’s the recipe!

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Rhubarb and raspberry jam

makes 5 small jars (à 300 ml)

  • 750 g rhubarb, cleaned
  • 150 g raspberries
  • 450 g gelling sugar (1:2)

Cut the rhubarb into small pieces and place in a large pot together with the raspberries. Mix with the gelling sugar and let stand for 1-2 hours.

Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and thoroughly purée with a blender. Strain through a fine sieve to remove the raspberry seeds. Pour the hot jam into clean jars and close tightly.

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The decoration is actually also quite easy to do: you only need white air drying modeling clay, hot glue and spray paint.

Use the modeling clay to form small bunnies and let them dry (preferably overnight). Then glue the dry bunnies to the lids of the jam jars and add an even coat of spray paint. Alternatively, you can paint the bunny and the lid with acrylic paint and a brush –  I imagine it would look lovely in pastel shades!

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Maybe this last minute gift idea will brighten your Easter weekend 🙂

Otherwise, I wish you a wonderful Easter weekend!

 

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

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Naturally dyed Easter Eggs

Hello my zebras!

Easter is not too far away now and there’s one thing that you can’t miss out on: Easter eggs! It does not matter whether they’re made of chocolate or chicken eggs – they’re an important part of Easter! In the last few years, I have often dyed my Easter eggs with those colours from the supermarket and somehow the colours never turned out the way I wanted them. But I haven’t thought too much about it until this year when I came across natural methods for dyeing the eggs. And believe me, I will never go back to Supermarket colours again!

For a wonderful sea-green aqua tone you need …. Red cabbage! Yes, red cabbage. Because unlike you might expect it the cabbage doesn’t make the eggs purple or red, but dyes them a deep green-blue hue. No wonder the cabbage is also known as ‘Blaukraut’ (or Blue Cabbage) where I’m from. But enough of the theory, time to get our hands dirty!

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Red cabbage egg colour

Enough for 5 eggs (at full colour intensity)

  • 1 red cabbage
  • 1 – 1.25 l of water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Cups for dyeing
  • White, hard-boiled eggs

Chop up the red cabbage and place in a large saucepan. Simmer together with the water for about 30 minutes. Drain the cabbage, collect the ‘juice’ in a bowl and allow to cool.

Add vinegar and baking soda to the liquid and mix well. Place the eggs into small cups and add the dye until they are covered. Leave the eggs in the dye until the desired shade is achieved – this can take between 1 and 24 hours! Carefully stir the eggs from time to time to make sure the colour will be even.

When the dye is used for a second batch of eggs, the staining won’t be quite as strong.

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I have to admit: I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS COLOR! So, so beautiful ❤ Even my little (or perhaps not so little anymore) nephew was enthusiastic and therefore voluntarily helped out taking the pictures 🙂

So what are your plans for Easter?

 

Stay sweet & HAPPY EASTER EGG DYEING!

xx Kristin

Peach Iced Tea & Summer DIY Ideas

Hello my favourite Zebras!

Even if the weather does not feel like it – summer is just around the corner. Soon it will be crazy hot again and then we’ll need some delicious refreshment.. and what could be better than home-made iced tea?

I must confess: Iced tea is something of a guilty pleasure for me, a drink that I really love me but have too rarely because the brands in the grocery stores are just too unhealthy. The only solution to this dilemma – do it yourself! So far I’ve never really known how to do that but now I have a fantastically simple recipe. Should I tell you how to make it?

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Peach iced tea with blackberries 

for 2 litres of iced tea

  • 1 kg ripe peaches
  • 1 handful of blackberries
  • 2l water
  • 150g sugar (or roughly to taste)
  • 6 bags of green tea
  • fresh fruit (eg lime and nectarines)
  • ice cubes

Wash and remove the stones from the peaches before cutting them into chunks. Wash blackberries also and put together with the peach pieces in a large pot. Add sugar and water, mix well and bring to a boil.

Once it’s boiling reduce the heat, add the tea bags and simmer with the lid closed for about 10 minutes. Let it stand until it’s cooled down, then strain the tea trough a large sieve. Pour into a large container or bottle. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve and then enjoy with ice and fresh fruit.

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The garland in the background consists of some newspaper, string and paint. Simply cut out small circles (a glass is a great template) and fold in half. Paint with colourful acrylic paint to give it a citrus look and allow to dry thoroughly. Fix on twine with craft glue and tadaaaaa – an easy peasy summer garland!

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The second mini DIY is the lovely vase of peonies – all you need for this is an old glass jar and some nail polish. Simply paint many, many small colorful dots on the glass and let them completely dry! And then, of course, fill the jar with pretty things.

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Do you also like iced tea? Or do you have perhaps other decorating ideas for me?

Have a wonderful week & HAPPY ICED TEA MAKING!

xx Kristin

DIY Marquee Letters

Hello my Zebras!

Today I want to once again be crafty with you! Are you in? The sharp-eyed would have seen this DIY about a month ago when a luminous ‘LOVE’ lettering was the background for my Piñata cookies. Now I have finally managed to photograph it and put together step by step instructions on how to assemble it.

This time I have opted for a simple ‘HI’, which will soon take pride of place in my hallway to greet my guests. What word would you like to bring to light?

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DIY Marquee Letters

You’ll need:

  • thick cardboard
  • bendable coloured card (in your favourite colour)
  • hot glue
  • fairy lights
  • Scissors, pencil, craft knife

 

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That’s how it works:

First you have to mark out your desired letters on thick cardboard with a pencil. Make sure the letters are the same size

Then you should consider where you want the lights to sit and thus distribute them equally over the letters. Mark the points with small crosses and then cut.

Now cut the thin coloured card in 5 cm wide long strips and trim them in accordance with the letter. TIP: For curved letters you can use relatively thin card for its flexibility. For straight letters you can use thicker card which will be a little more stable. 

Now stick the prepared pieces with hot glue on the sides and press firmly. Finally, glue the corners.

Turn over the letters and push the fairy lights through the prepared crosses. Optionally, secure the cable to the back so it stays in place.

 

And we are done!

 

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Now turn them on and enjoy! A little tip I have: Depending on what card and lights you have used there may be weight problems with how the letters balance. If this occurs, simply fix them with sticky tape and the letters will remain in the correct position.

 

See you soon, my Zebras & HAPPY CRAFTING! 

xx Kristin

[December 22nd] Saltdough Christmas Ornaments

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Did you put up your tree yet? Well, if you already decorated it you might want to make some space for these little cuties..

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Christmas Ornaments made from Saltdough

I think it’s fair to say saltdough is somewhat outdated but it’s still a great resource for crafting and I like to use it for all occasions.. for example to make gorgeous ornaments for you christmas tree!

Youw will need:

  • 90g flour
  • 30g starch
  • 110g salt
  • 125ml water
  • 1 tbsp oil

Mix all the ingredients and knead until a firm dough forms. Roll the dough out on a well floured surface and use cookie cutters to make the shapes (stars, circles, …). Don’t forget to make little holes to hang the ornaments after drying.

Heat up your oven to 165°F. Bake the saltdough for 1 hour. Increse the heat to 250°F and bake for another hour. Lastly set the oven to 300°F and bake for 1 hour.

Let your ornaments cool completely, then hang them on your tree!

 

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You can make any shape you want and also paint the ornaments after baking but I really loved the natural look and they fit my christmas tree made of cherry branches perfectly!

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By the way: I actually managed to only break two of my glass ornaments – this is a new record!

Enjoy the last days before christmas & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

 

[December 21st] Last Minute Christmas Cards

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Let’s unwrap today’s surprise quickly… I have a feeling it’s in a hurry!

 

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Christmas Card with Masking Tape

This way you make sure your Christmas Cards will arrive in time AND look beautiful! Those cards are super simple to make and it’ll be faster than saying “Masking-Tape-Christmas-Card”… Let’s go!

You will need:

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  • card board / blank card
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors

How you make it:

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I think the picture pretty much explains it all… You need to make to stripes that will get shorter towards the top and have roughly the same spacing. Then you connect the ends diagonally and use a little piece of tape on the bottom (as the tree trunk).

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That’s all you need to do before you can start writing lovely messages to you friends and family. The only option faster than that is using storebought cards…

 

Have a relaxing 4th sunday of advent & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

[December 19th] Letter Pillows

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We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas and it’s about time to get the last presents. Here’s an idea :

Letter Pillows

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A little knowlegde in working with textiles helps but is not necessary. Take an evening off and make these lovely pillows for your loved ones.

You will need:

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  • Fabric (yes, I really used some old clothes!)
  • Paper and pen
  • Scisscors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fiberfill

 

How to make it:

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Firstly draw the letters you will need on some sheets of paper. Remember not to make them too thin and roughly the same size. Then cut them out (1). Take a piece of fabric, double it and use the pins to secure the paper letters (2). Now you can carfully cut out the letters.

Remove the paper but still hold the fabric with a couple of pins together. Then sew around the outline of your letter (backstich works just fine!) (3). It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make sure you don’t have any loose threads and don’t forget to leave a little opening to fill the letter. Now use the fiberfill to stuff the letter (4) – carefully, you don’t want to rip the seams open – and then sew it closed. All done!

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Don’t you think they would look amazing at your home? Maybe in your kid’s room? Or the living room?

Watch your fingers & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

[December 15th] Scratch Off Cards and Tags

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Let’s be imperfect! Sometimes I find that way more appealing than smooth perfection – so prepare for messy wrapped gifts, secret messages and a little bit of dirt…

 

Christmas Cards and Gift Tags to Scratch-Off

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It’s time to warm up your fingers!

You will need:

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  • plain white cards
  • transparent adhesive foil
  • thin, black marker
  • metallic paint
  • soap
  • paint brush & scissors

That’s how you make it:

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Use the marker to put a message on your card (1) – you can write or draw something, it’s totally up to you! Take a piece of adhesive foil that slightly bigger than your design and put it on the card (2). Mix soap and paint [1 part soap : two parts paint] (3) and apply the mix to the card so that all of the design is covered (4). You will need 2-3 layers of paint for an even result. Please note that each layer has to dry before you can apply the next one.

Let it dry for a couple of hours (preferably over night!) and then you can let the fun begin!

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Similar to the cards you can also make gift tags and have you family searching for their gifts! Sounds fun to me! 😉

To match the look of the tags I simply wrapped the gifts in tissue paper and tied wool around it. Easy peasy but I think it looks awesome!

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Like I said, I reeeeeeally love this look and can’t wait to give these presents to my loved ones!

 

Have a great week & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

[December 13th] Stamped Gift Wrap

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Do you have potatoes at home? And a bit of paint and kraft paper? Perfect! Then it’s time to relax and open today’s advent surprise:

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Stamped Gift Wrap

In the very unlikely case that you already have all you christmas gift you’re one step closer to the finish line but you’re still missing something important: The perfect gift wrap!

Luckily you have me & I’m going to show you the solution:

You will need:

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  • kraft paper
  • 1 medium sized potato
  • white poster paint
  • paint brush & knife
  • black marker

The first step is make the stamp: Cut the potato in half, carefully mark out a rectangle (1 cm deep). Slice around it to reveal your shape. Cut the top edges of the rectangle and make a little hole (see photos).

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Then you have to wrap your presents in kraft paper. Apply the paint to the stamp and then press it onto the gift – wherever you want the tag to be! Let it dry completely.

Now use the marker to add the “ribbon” to your gift and write the name on the tag.

 

It’s easy as can be so what are you waiting for? Save your potatoes from their boredom and make sure everybody get’s the right gift!

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Have a lovely weekend & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin

[December 11th] Dip-Dyed Candles

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Okay, let’s be honest: Do you already have all your christmas gifts? Nope? I thought so but that’s totally okay – I might have a solution for you:

Dip-Dyed Candles

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Ombre and all its variations might be a little overused by now but it’s still very beautiful so I’m gonna share this neat little DIY with you!

You will need:

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  • plain white candles
  • neutral wax scraps
  • wax crayons
  • a tall, heat-proof jar
  • pot & whisk
  • non-stick pad

Melt the wax scraps in a little pot on medium heat until everything is melted and you can remove the wicks. Take 1-2 crayons – in whatever colour you choose – and put them into the hot wax. Stir until the crayons dissolved completely and the wax isn’t clear anymore. Carefully pour the mix into the jar.

Grab your candles by the wicks and dip them into the coloured wax. At the first dip you should put them almost completely into the wax, each dip afterwards should be a bit shorter. The colour will get brighter with every dip but make sure you don’t dip them more than 6 or 7 times or the candle will get asymmetric. Wait a couple of seconds between the dips.

When your happy with the result put the candle on a non-stick surface and let them set. If it’s necessary you can use a knife to even the bottoms a bit.

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If the ombre look is too soft for your taste you can also opt for a color block look with brighter colours and higer contrast!

 

Have a colourful week & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xo Kristin