Ramason salt

 Ramson has a short shelf life in its natural form, First of all the growing season is short  and the leaves are best before they start to bloom. Second, when they are picked you need to use or process them fairly soon, before they lose they aroma and become more grassy than garlic. There are some many things you can make with ransom to make it last a little bit longer than the herbs short season. Ramson salt is one of them and they are great little gifts as well.
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INGREDIENTS
100 g table salt + 900 g flake salt
100 g (2 cups very tightly packed) chopped wild garlic leaves, no stems!
A little bit of water to get the blades running.
INSTRUCTIONS
Wash the wild garlic and remove the stems. Chop it roughly and make sure you are left with 100 g (2 cups
tightly packed) wild garlic leaves.
Place the wild garlic into a food processor and run it on max speed until you got a rough  consistency add a bit of the water if it does not chop.  Add about 100 g of the salt to the wild garlic puree. Process at max speed until it forms a creamy paste.
Pour the remaining salt into a big bowl and add the garlic-salt paste. Take a fork and mix it until it is evenly combined. It will look like damp, green sand.
Line two roasting tray with baking paper and spread the damp salt evenly on each one. Let the salt dry in the sun for 8-10 hours or place in the oven for about 3-4 hours at 50°C. You can also use a dehydrator.
Let it cool down before transferring into an air tight container.
The salt has no expiration date, but it will lose its flavour over time, make sure the jars are airtight or store it in the freezer.

Home made or specially designed clothes? I am having a little fun dressing up MiniMe

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In my early teens I wanted to be a fashion designer and I used to draw a lot of crazy things. I also submitted a few design for a competition when I was 14.  Ha ha ha, I did not fare as well as I thought I would. I remember getting a letter thanking for my contribution, but they thought I was maybe a little too young. Oh well, I thing it was their way to let me down easy.

From time to time I sew clothes or should say design clothes for the children, most often I make practical wearable clothing. Some patterns i make myself , some I buy and re do a bit to fit the style I want, and some I just eyeball and cut out free-hand.

I Have been a little buzzy bee since I made my little sewing nook. I have had a little fun making clothes for MiniMe with fabric I have had for a while. The plan was to make something a long time ago, but since my situation has changed, all my fabric and craft stuff had bern packed away.

The past few weeks I have finished about a dozen items of clothing for her and I still have a few more that I have not finished.

“Mum why do you not become a real designer and sell your clothes” the little one asked. Oh the sweet thing, she has really high opinions of her mum.

Here are a few of the tings i have made for her. The one above I just cut out by eyeballing it. It is an easy simple design, I made two layers and hemmed the top layer with some lace.

This two piece dress above i did not use a pattern either and I hand smocked the front part of the top. I smocked another top and I am currently working on the yellow piece you see to the left below.

When I lived in South Korea I had some lables made:)

 

 

 

 

Party favor or thank you card envelopes with windows

Party favour envelopes DIY

When I was younger I loved making my own stationary, I used colored paper and stamps, but of course they did not turn out as nice as the would have today. Back in the “old days” you did not have all the craft equipment as you do today, well at least not here in Norway.

These envelopes are the same size as business cards and perfect for little thank you notes and mini treats.

The sweets I used are the same as THESE

Envelope DIY

You need:

paper
Cellophane
scissors
x-acto knife
double-sided tape
candy
business card or the size you want.

DIY envelope

1. Fold your paper around card to make the envelope

2. Outline your window with som double-sided tape and glue a pice of cellophane on.

3. Cut tor round the corner of the envelope flap( You can skip this part)

4. Add the tape to the flaps that are going to hold the envelope together.

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5. Fold the envelope together

6. Glue

7. Add adhesive on the envelope flap

8. Put some candy or a thank you note in them.

In need of a place for my sewing machine, I did a quick DIY

The past couple of weeks I have been using up some of the fabrics that I have had stored in boxes since I moved in to my new place. I have made a little spring collection for MiniMe, dresses, pants, blazer and tops.

Making a mess I soon realized I needed a place for sewing and storing my sewing machine with easy access, and not to mention a place to hide all the mess.

I had planned to buy a cabinet at Ikea and retrofit it. Then I thought, do I really need to go out and buy a new piece of furniture, the little old cupboard that I have could be suitable for this purpose.

With a few scraps of wooden materials, some hardware, glue and a drill, I went ahead and put a little construction together,

that would fit inside one of the cupboards compartments.

I attached some wheels on it, so to roll it easily in and out.

Here it is almost finished and ready to be hidden from view. The only thing left is to figure out a nice way to store all the spools of thread and all the other things for sewing., and maybe paint the interior of the cupboard

Saved some money, did not have to go and buy something new:)

Fringed and dainty homemade fabric napkins with crystal beads

Napkin DIY

This years Easter table was a little pink and mainly decorated with citrus fruits and daffodils.

I did not really want to make much fuss this year so I was not really planning to do anything for Easter. Of course that idea did not last very long, because suddenly i had invited a few people over for a small Easter dinner, I had enough food so I thought why not. The only thing missing was the lamb for the traditional dinner, so saturday during the few hours the stores were open I hurried out and hoped that there were some lamb left in the store. I was in luck and found a decent leg of lamb.

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I must love stress or just never learn, instead of letting everything go smooth after prepping and putting the lamb in the oven to cook, I got the impulse to make a few napkins and decorate them with beads. These napkins are really easy to make.

Beading

I used some pink cotton and linen blend fabric and cut them in rectangular strips and sewed the beads on one edge.

I made six napkins and used:
Fabric 100 x 140 cm, cut into 70 cm X 33 cm
Crystal beads about 24 pc per napkin
Glass beads
Thread
Needle

Beading DIY

Pull the thread through the  needle so the thread is double layered.  Tie the ends of the thread in a knot.

Pull the needle through the fabric so the knot is on the side you do not want to bead. Put a couple of stitches into the fabric to ensure the thread is secure, then start beading.

I made three different edges on my napkins, two of each.

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The first one is a simple design, the crystal beads are spaced evenly along the edge.

The second one I added a glass bead on top of the crystal bead so the thread could be hidden inside the crystal bead, and I also added a bead between the crystals.

The third, I gave a scalloped edge

 

Beaded napkin DIY

 

 

Homemade colorfull jelly beans for easter

Homemade jelly beans

Easter is an observed holiday in Norway, Schools are out for a week during the Holy week and Holy thursday, Good Friday untill the third day of Easter everything is closed exept that the stores are open for a few hours easter saturday( Easter eve). We observe the holidays with family and friends, either spent skiing in the mountains, vacating at home or just stay at home. Here as in many countries arround the world we prepare for easter by making decoration, treats and of course the big family dinner on Easter eve.

One year I pimped some Kindereggs see post HERE

 

I used beans and beads to make my molds.

While waiting for my sweets to finish, I made some flip top boxes with a little window and little paper baggies.  DIY for the the flip top boxes HERE baggies HERE.

Jelly beans

 

1 packet 500 g cornstarch

A shallow tray or some trays dempending on the size.

1,5 dl sugar
0,5 dl glucose
0,5 dl water
2 tsp gelatin powder
2 tsp cornstarch
I like mine a little sour so I added 1 tsp citric acid

For coating

food colour and flavouring
castor sugar or superfine sugar

Homemade jelly bean recipe

Fill some trays with cornstarch, glue some beans to a stick and press them into the cornstarch to make your molds
Mix together the sugar, glucose, gelattine and cornflour until smooth then add the. Heat to 120 C  using a Candy Thermometer to check the temperature. When it reaches 120 C take it of the heat and add the citric acid.

Pour into the molds and leave to cool for at least a couple of hours.

When they are set, sift off the cornflour.

In a bowl add foodcoloring and castersugar and flavoring, stir to coat and then dip them into powdered sugar to give them the sugar coating.

I do not have a tumbler,so I thought why not use a salad spinner, it worked quite well.

Instead of spinning, I just rocked it back and forth, if i spunn the spinner the candies would not tumble. It worked quite well to just shake them about in a bowl.

Jelly bean recipe

Profeshionally made jelly beans are shiny and tumbled with edible bees wax and since I don’t have bees wax I did not bother to tumble them very long. I tumbled until they had a smooth coating and dusted them with edible luster to give them a shine.

Yummy homemade jelly beans

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Homemade cupcake liners. decorative life hack

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Life hack videos have become very popular. If you do not have something, hvat can you use instead. I had bought some cup cake tulip liners a few years ago and thought they were quite expencive, a package with 12 tulip liners cost US $ 10.- ( This is in Norway)

I took a closer look at one of the liners and discovered it was just a square piece of paper that was the same size as some of my oregami paper and I have a lot of oregami paper from my time in South Korea. HERE is my first blog post making cup cake tulip liners.

If tou want the rough and rustic looking kind  go HERE to se how they are made

In the video below MiniMe is making a cup cake liner.

The tulip baking cup liner I had bought had four pleats, but you can make as many as you can manage and what you have patients for.

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For the ones we made you need:

Origami paper or any printed paper you want
Baking paper
2 glasses that fits your cup cake tin.
Some double sided tape
Sissors

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In the video above MiniMe shoved how to make the one on the left, but if you do not cut the corners of the paper the result will be like the ones in the top picture and the one to the right in the picture above.

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  1. Put a bit of adhesive on the bottom of the glas and along the side of the base.
  2. Fold the paper squares diagonaly as in the picture.

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3. Place the senter of the glas on the center of the square.

4. Press the paper dovn the side of the glas.

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5. Fold and pleat the paper-

6. Place a second glas on top and twist to make the folded edges sharper.

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7. Do the same with the baking paper

8. Place the baking paper inside the decorative paper.

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If you want you can tie a ribbon around the paper liners to decorate, but do this after you have baked the cup cakes.

 

Homemade paper bag DIY for your treats.

Paper bag DIY

Do you like to personalize your treats?

I do, I have been doing it ever since I was a kid, I can remember making sweet and wanted to put them in something nice before I gave them away. If I recolect right he first sweets I ever made was peppermint buttons were half was dipped in chocolate and I was so proud.

Paperbag  with window DIY

 

This DIY is for simple paper bags with a celophane window.  Today it is easy to just buy paper bags, but sometimes you do not have one at hand and this post is to show you how easy it is to make.

You need:
Paper
Cards stock
Cellophane
Scissors
Pinking scissors
Double sided tape
X-acto knife
Cutting board

and something to fill the baggies with.

MiniMe and I have used graph paper for this illustration.

We used a business card sized piece of cardstock for the size of the baggie base. Then we marked where to fold the paper and where to put the window.

Next stage is to tape with the double-sided tape around the window and where to glue the baggie together.

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Cut out the window, glue the cellophane on. Fold the paper and glue the edges together.

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Glue the card stock to the bottom of the bag as seen in the illustration and in the video above.

When you have finished gluing the bag together cut the top with a pair of pinking scissors to give the bag a decorative edge. Fold the bag to close it and use string or ribbon to decorate it.

When accidents happens what do you do? I made decorative eye patches

Eye patch DIY

Last fall I had a little accident and unfortunately hurt my eye and had to wear an eye patch since my eye was very light sensitive.

I bought some Opticlude adhesive eye patch bandaids, but thought they were a bit boring,

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From the first day of the accident

The little old vain gal, thought that if I had to walk around with something stuck on my face, why not make it show. A little color brightens ones life and I was feeling really miserable and needed cheering up.

Among my hobby stash I found adhesive textile that I had bought a little while ago and thought why not use these.

 

I glued the the adhesive textiles on to the front of the eye patches and cut around the eye patch. The result you can see in the pictures posted.

What do you think?

Eyepatches

 

Homemade Christmas crackers

Using Bon bons for Christmas is a very British tradition.
Crackers are typically pulled at the Christmas dinner table or at parties and are often filled with coloured paper hat, a small toy, or other little trinket, a joke, a riddle or a piece of trivia on a small strip of paper
I like to use them as gift wrappers and place cards. Mini me even got one on her christmas calendar
The Christmas crackers are very easy to assemble. The tricky part is to find the strip of paper that cracks. My solution is to buy cheap crackers and remove the trip, plus I get a paper crown and a hopeless joke, but the jokes kan easily be changed with some other joke, trivia or words of wisdom that you want to give to the person receiving your Christmas cracker.
You need:
Empty toilet rolls
Friction strips
Wrapping, tissue paper
Ribbons
Filling for the crackers
glue
Ruler
A sharp knife
Cutting board.
 
Cut a piece of paper that is the same length as three toilet rolls and wide that it will overlap when you wrap the rolls with 1-1,5 cm or 1/2″. Score the paper from the long side to the other, this is to make it easier to pull the cracker a part.
Glue the friction strip 2,5 cm about 1 inch from one of the edges and glue the middle toilet roll next to it with a thin strip of glue. PS. DO NOT PUT GLUE ON THE WHOLE ROLL, IF YOU DO IT WIL BE DIFFICULT TO PULL THE CRACKER A PART:
Wrap the toilet rolls and pull the outer rolls a little out in order to wist the ends.

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Tie a ribbon arround one of the twisted ends and fill the other with the stuffing you want, tie the other end and decorate your bonbons. When you are finished decorating  remove the outer toilet rolls. Easy as pie, just remember to use paper that ripps easyli