subota, 30. ožujka 2013.

Sretan Uskrs! / Happy Easter!

Easter eggs dyed with onion shell

 Već par godina bojam Uskršnja jaja ljuskom od kapule,
recimo da sam odustala od kupovnih boja...

I dye Easter eggs with onion shell couple of years now,
 - let's just say that I had quit on buying colors -
it is easier, healthier and keeps amazing me with variety of shades!



It is quite simple, really, when you are about to boil some eggs, 
just add onion shells in water, 
boil for 10 minutes and you will have eggs colored in nice shade of brown.
The more onion shells you use, the color gets more intense! 
 
 And if you don't want your egg to be plain -
place some interesting leaves, like parsley,
on egg's surface and cover it with small piece of pantyhose 
(just enough to embrace the egg)
and secure the cover with few handstitches,
you will  get some pretty interesting images!
  When you boil the eggs in water full of onion shells,
 eggs will not get colored under the leaves.

As for a shine, sprinkle few drops of cooking oil on eggs when they cool off, 
rub it with your fingers
and your Easter eggs will be sparkling!



I svake godine me iznova iznenadi kako svako jaje ispadne drukčije!

And I get surprised every year to see that each egg turn out differently!

Lijepo se zabavite!

Have a great time coloring!
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četvrtak, 28. ožujka 2013.

Uskršnje drvce / Easter Tree


Svoju lozu, koja je dosad bila posuta srcima, 
sam preobukla jajašcima, pilićima, ptičicama, zečićima...

These twigs were decorated with hearts untill now,
now they have little eggs, bunnies, birds, chicks all over...



Ima tu i cvjetića, srdašaca - Sandrin poklon!
Hvala ti, Sandra!
(p.s. zanemarite ovaj ružan rub na zidu između sive i bijele boje - 
to je mojih ruku djelo, ah..)
But here are some flower balls and little hearts, also - gift from Sandra!
Thanks, Sandra!
(p.s. please ignore this dreathful line on the wall between grey and white - 
I painted that, ah....)



Njeni radovi su stvarno čudesni!
A sad se nalaze u mom dnevnom :D
Her projects are really amazing!
And now they are placed in my livingroom :D



Ugodan dan vam želim!
Have a nice day!



utorak, 26. ožujka 2013.

Cvjetna jastučnica / Flower Pillow Case

Cvjetna jastučnica
Flower Pillow Case


Ne znam kako se vi uspavljivate, 
ali ja imam jedan provjereni recept u slučaju nesanice;
u krevetu, čekajući san,
promišljam o novim idejama,
bilo za šivanje, ili za bojanje, ili uređenje dječje sobe...
I tako, u bujici ideja koje same naviru,
moj mozak se samoinicijativno isključi, valjda da ne pregori :)

I do not know how you put youself to sleep,
but I have one proven recipe in case of insomnia;
in bed, waiting for dreams to come,
I reflect on the new ideas,
  sewing or painting or decorating children's rooms ...
And so, in the flow of ideas that come out of nowhere,
my brain on its own initiative shuts down, I guess it does not want to burn out :)



Ideja za ovu jastučnicu mi je došla mi je došla u polu-snu jednom takvom prilikom.

I got an idea for this pillw case in half-sleep state once.


Jedva sam dočekala jutro da je napravim, 
brzo sam radila da vidim hoće li ispasti kako sam je sanjala -
zato nemam tutorial za nju (trenutno).
Ali, planiram napraviti još nekoliko, pa ću onda slikati korake.

I couldn't wait for the morning to come,
I made it so quickly wondering if it going to turn out the way I saw it in my dreams -
that's why I dont have any tuorial (at the moment).
But, I am planning into making some more,
then I will photograph step by step.



Je, ispala je kako sam je zamislila!

Yes, it turned out just like I imagined it!

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nedjelja, 24. ožujka 2013.

Uskršnje čestitke / Easter Cards



Ovo smo mi,  mame u vrtiću,  radile prije par godina.
Kindergarten Moms (including myself) made handstitched cards like this few years ago.


 Stvarno sam uživala,
sad mi je žao što nemam više djece u vrtiću :(
I really enjoyed it,
I am so sorry that my kids had outgrown kindergarten :(


Nisu teške za napraviti,
odonda mi koristim kao dio uskršnje dekoracije.
They are not so hard to make,
I use them as part of my Easter decor since then.


Samo žalim što je današnji dan tako oblačan,
nigdje ni traga suncu...
I feel bad about these photos,
today is such a cloudy day, no sun whatsoever...
I really shoud make a lightbox. Oh, well...
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petak, 22. ožujka 2013.

Lignje a la bakalar / Calamary dish


Lignje a la bakalar
Calamary Dish

Za tjedan dana je Veliki Petak,
dan kad tradicionalno jedemo ribu.
Kod nas se najčešće na taj dan jede bakalar.
A, u slučaju, da se bakalar nije stigao kupiti
ili da jednostavno želite probati nešto novo,
predlažem lignje pripremljene kao bakalar.

In a week time is Good Friday,
day when we traditionally eat fish. 
In our home, we eat cod on that day.
But, in a case that you didn't get to buy some cod
or simply want to try something new,
I suggest calamary prepared as cod.


Ovo su lignje koje lovi moj muž lignjolovac
(sjećate se divovske lignje?), Loligo vulgaris, Jadranska lignja.

These are calamaries caught by my husband;
(do you remember giant squid?), Loligo vulgaris, European Calamary.


Lignje se očiste od iznutrica.

Calamaries are eliminated from the intestines.



Pa se tijelo lignje izreže na kockice, a pipci na rezance.

Then you cut calamaries' bodies into little squares and slice tentacles.



Zatim će biti potrebno malinovo ulje, krumpiri (što kvalitetniji jer loši krumpiri pokvare jelo), 
češnjak, peršin, sol, papar, bijelo vino, po želji crvene paprike.

You will need next: olive oil, potatoes (the best quality, otherwise you will spoil this dish), 
garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, white wine, red pepper powder - if you like.



Krumpiri se izrežu na ploške, peršin i češnjak na sitno.

You should slice the potatoes, chop parsley and garlic.



Na dno teče (posude) se ulije malo maslinovog ulja,
po dnu se poslažu ploške krumpira,
popapri, posoli, slažu se lignje.

At the bottom of the container is poured a little olive oil,
at the bottom are arranged potato slices,
pepper, salt, then calamaries.



Po lignjama se prospe malo češnjaka, peršina i malo se poškropi uljem.

Over calamaries you should sprinkle some garlic, parsley and olive oil.



Pa drugi red - krumpiri, lignje...
dok se sve namirnice ne potroše.
Zadnji red trebaju biti krumpiri.

Then the second row - potatoes, calamaries... 
untill you spend it all.
But the very last row should be potatoes.


Tada se ulije malo bijeloga vina i vode,
tek toliko da se pokriju krumpiri.
 Po želji dodati malo slatke paprike.
Kuhati na laganoj vatri poklopljeno oko 40 minuta.
Ne miješati!

 Then is poured a little white wine and water,
just enough to cover the potatoes.
  If desired, add a little sweet peppers powder.
Cook on low heat covered for about 40 minutes.
Do not stirr!



Moj muž voli lignje malo "jušnije",
ali nije pravilo - može se dodati manje vode, da bude gušće.

My husband loves this calamary dish a little bit "soup like"
but it is not a rule - you can add less water to be denser.


Ovo jelo je jako ukusno,
važno je da su sve namirnice kvalitetne, svježe.
Količina ulja, peršina, češnjaka ovisi o ukusu.
Ne može se nikako pogriješiti! :))

This dish is very tasty, 
it is important that all groceries are of good quality, fresh.
The amount of oil, parsley, garlic, depend on taste.
Could not possibly go wrong! :))



Dobar tek!
Bon Apetit!
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If you like cuttlefish,
try black risotto,
you won't be sorry :)


srijeda, 20. ožujka 2013.

Dječja dekica a la Emily / Baby blanket a la Emily




Ovo je jedna od najljepših dekica koje sam ikada vidjela / napravila.
Inspiracija mi je bila Emily sa Nap-Time Creations,
a kako ju je ona napravila pogledajte OVDJE.

This is the most beautiful baby blanket design that I have ever seen / made.
My inspiration was Emily at Nap-Time Creations. THIS is how she made it.

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 Čim sam vidjela ovaj točkasti materijal, znala sam da je kao stvoren za dekicu 
jedne vrlo posebne curice koja se rodila prije mjesec dana.
U skladu sa tim bojama sam kupila i tri boje flanela:
bijeli, zeleni i žuti.

As soonest as I saw this dotted fabric, I knew that is just right for this blanket, 
ment for a very special little girl born only a month ago.
According to its colors, I also purchased flannel in
white, green and yellow color.

Izrezala sam materijale na dimenzije 80x100 cm i oprala ih.
Neki su se manje, a neki i više stisnuli :(

I cut all of fabrics in 80x100 cm and washed them.
They shrinked differently, sadly :(



Odlučila sam da će žuti materijal biti najgornji, 
pa sam na njemu iscrtala crte po kojima će se poslije šiti.
Crte su položene pod 45° u odnosu na tkanje flanela,
iz razloga što će se poslije flanel rezati, pa da se ne vrze (isjecka).

I decided to put yellow flannel up,
so I drew some lines to help me sew afterwards.
These lines are at 45° (degrees) related to flannel weaving,
so it doesn't shred later on.


Posložila sam materijale jedan na drugi;
prvo točkasti pamučni, onda bijeli flanel, pa zeleni i žuti.

I lay fabric like this; fist comes dotted fabric, 
then white flannel, then green and yellow.


Tada sam ih sve prihvatila pribadačama.

Then I secured them all with pins.



 I prošila sam ih po crti.

I sew along the lines.


Ovo je dekica koju sam dobila; ima 4 sloja materijala.

This is the blanket I got; it has 4 layers of fabric.



Tada sam odrezala višak materijala,
 tako da je dekica postala manja od željene veličine.
Ali, pozitivna strana je da su se materijali stisli na vrijeme, 
odnosno, bolje prije šivanja, nego poslije :)

Then I cut off the fabric excess,
so my baby blanket got smaller then I planned.
But, the bright side is that those fabrics shrinked at time,
well, better before sewing, then later on :)



Odlučila sam malo zaobliti uglove.

I decided to round the edges.



I tako je na red došao najinteresantniji dio ove dekice;
između svake prošivke, točno po sredini sam izrezala gornja 2 materijala - žuti i zeleni.
Dobili smo volančiće!

And this is the most interesting part of blanket making;
right between sewed lines, I cut the 2 upper fabrics - yellow and green.
We've got some ruffles now!



Poslije sam opšila rubove kosom trakom u narančastoj boji - i dekica je gotova!

Then I made binding in orange color - and baby blanket is all done!



Točkasti dio je ustvari donja strana dekice.

Dotted fabric is actually bottom side of the blanket.


Ovako se beba treba pokriti, volančići prema vani.

This is how baby is supposed to be covered with it, ruffels at the outside.



Dekica na suncu :D

Blanket at the sun :D

Vjerujem da će ovi volančići više doći do izražaja kad se dekica još jednom opere.

I belive this ruffles will stand out more when blanked is washed once more.




Kako vam se sviđa?

How do you like it?

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This blanket was featured at:




četvrtak, 14. ožujka 2013.

Kaktus, jastučić za pribadače / Cactus Pin Cushion


Cactus Pin Cushion

Koji gušt mi je bio napraviti ovaj kaktus!

I really enjoyed making this cactus!

I was inspired by THIS
http://planb.annaevers.com/en/cactus-de-alfileres/ 



Prvo sam napravila kroj od papira, pa izrezala 2 kaktusića zelene boje.

First I made a papar pattern, then cut out 2 pieces of green fabric.



Lijepo prošiti po označenoj crti.
Gdjegod je ovako zaobljeno, malo se treba zarezati škarama rub, 
da  materijal ne zateže kad se preokrene.

Sew along the line.
Wherever the line is so curved, it is better to cut of the edge,
so the fabric doesn't tighten later on.



Kaktus se preokrene pažljivo, 
napuni se punilom za jastuke prilično čvrsto.

Turn over the cactus,
stuff with pillow filling pretty tight.



Zatim ćete trebati :
  • jednu limenku - presprejanu akrilnim sprejem u željenoj boji 2 puta
  • kartonsku rolu od toaletnog papira
  • malo kartona ( izrezati 2 kruga veličine otvora limenke)
  • ljepilo
You will need next:
  • one can - spreyed twice with acrylic sprey in desired color
  • one cardboard roll of toilet paper
  • little bit of cardboard (cut 2 circles sized of can opening)
  • glue


Jedan kartonski krugić mora imati izrezanu sredinu.
Po njemu izrezati smeđu tkaninu.

One cardboard circle should have a hole in the middle.
Cut brown fabric according to it.



Smeđi materijal se zatim zaljepi za karton, ostaci ruba se prasavinu prema unutra i također zalijepe.

You should glue the brown fabric to the cardboard, fold the remains of the edges inwards and also paste it.



Sada se kroz rupicu ugura donji dio kaktusa.

Now, stuff the bottom part of the cactus through the hole.

( Na ovoj slici je dokumentirano kako jedan dječak marljivo piše domaći rad dok mu se mama igra :)
(You can see on this photo how a certain little boy is working hard on his homework while his Mom is playing around :)



Svi slojevi materijal se trebaju zalijepiti za karton.

Glue all layers of material to the cardboard.



Onaj drugi kartonski krugić se zaljepi za rolu i stavi u limenku.
Na njega se sad zaljepi kaktus sa postoljem.

The other cardboard circle is glued to the roll and place inside of the can.
Glue the cactus with its stand to it.



Sad se kaktusu trebaju dodati bodlje, odnosno pribadače ili igle.

Now it is time to add some spines to this cactus, pins or needles.




Sretno bockanje!
Have a great time pinning!
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This cactus was featured at:

Made in a Day

One Artsy Mama
 
Thank you !!

http://thecsiproject.com/2013/11/06/time-to-link-up-for-the-fall-sewing-challenge/#axzz2jyWskCod

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