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November 12, 2012

Veggie burgers

Hi people!
I came to spam your dashboards - again. Weeeh!
Since I have a big kitchen in my new flat and one of my new flatmates is vegetarian, I got some drive to try and cook veggie dishes - again, the idea stroke me from having leftovers.

What you need for 6 burgers:
6 burger buns with sesame, or whole-grain buns
12 slices of cucumber (pickled ones if you like)
9 slices of tomato
6 salad leaves (I used small lettuce hearts, and therefore 12 leaves)
Mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard or whatever burger sauce you like
6 slices of cheese

For the "patties":
100 g oatmeal
200 g chickpeas (that's my leftover ingredient)
1 onion (bigger size)
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 egg
250-300 ml vegetable stock (instant is fine)
spices (salt, pepper, chili, ... I used a premixed bunch of salad-spices)

Prepare the patties:
Mash the chickpeas (I used the ones that come in salty water already. If you want to use dry ones, you have to let them soak themselves with water over night and cook them).
Cut onion and garlic and sweat it with butter in a pan until the onion becomes lucent, then add the oatmeal. Stir it for ~5 min, so it gets a bit crispy, then add the mashed chickpeas and the vegetable stock. Let it sit on the oven over low heat for about 15 min until the stock dissolves. If it doesn't get sticky and dough-like after that time you may have to add some flour.

Take it from the oven and let it cool down for a while (put it outside the window if it's cold or destroy the environment a bit more while putting it into the freezer ;P).
Add the egg, mix the mass well, then form patties out of it or be lazy and just fill it into a hot pan filled with some oil (sunflower seeds or whatever you like, but rather no olive oil) via a laddle.
Fry them from both sides until they get golden-brownish.

While frying the patties you can prepare your buns:
Cut them open, put your preferred sauce on both sides (I used a mix of ketchup, mustard and mayo). Prepare the cheese, cut the tomatoes, cucumber and pick the salad leaves.

When the patties are done, arrange your burgers and then: Yummieyum! Eat them all... ehm with friends, of course!

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November 06, 2012

Orangeflavoured pumpkin soup with champignons

Hello there! It's truly been a while, a very long one, but here I am, back again, with a new recipe perfectly for autumn days crying for a hot soup.

I made a pumpkin cake for Halloween and had some leftover pumpkin, and oranges and champignons... Yeah and that's the whole story. 

What you need for 2-3 servings: 
200-300 g pumpkin (I used Hokkaido, cause it's the easiest, since you don't have to peel it) 
300 g champigons 
the juice and some grated peel of 1/2 orange 
100-200 ml milk 
spices: salt, pepper, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, chili (put as much in as you like) grated cheese 

 optional: 1 potato, 1 small carrot 

 Cut the pumpkin (optional potato + carrot) and boil it with some salted water until softened. While your pumpkin is boiling, cut the champignons and fry them with a little oil and spices (salt, pepper, garlic). 
Set them aside. 
Add the orange peel to the pumpkin, then use a hand-held blender to mash everything. 
Add some milk to make the soup more creamy and heat it until it boils again. 
Put the champignons in and then add spices and the orange juice until the soup meets your taste. 

Serve it with some grated cheese on top. 

 I hope you like it. For me it was the perfect meal after halloween. 

See you guys and take care. ^^
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August 05, 2012

Embroidered bookmark

A very nice and quick-to-do present if you give away e.g. a book and you want to make it more personal. I had the idea at my sewing lesson I give every monday to some childeren in a free after-school care club. We stitched birthday cards with yarn on colurful paper. This is also a nice idea also for grown-ups (or pretending to be grown-ups ^^) but I made a bookmark in the evening instead.
  You just need about 10 x 15 cm of a nice paper, I used a page from an old book. Fold it in the middle so that in becomes a long rectangle and unfold it. Now you can design anything you want on the right side of the rectangle. I chose a feather in purple. Draw it with thin lines so you don't see it too much later. Then begin stitching. When you are finished, just glue the sides together like a book. Now you can also change the form of the bookmark (e.g. cutting the upper edges) or insert a hole to adjust a ribbon, maybe in the same colour as your yarn. Now you have a beautiful embroidered bookmark! Follow me

Asymmetrical skirt ..or as I call it: The Mullet

The asymmetrical skirt is very easy to sew and the "it piece" of the season. I really like this kind of cut as it puts together the advantages of a long skirt in the back and a short one at the front. ^^ And the German word for it, Vokuhila, is so cool. XD
Click for pattern scheme :)  
So as you see, you only need a piece of fabric that is a bit wider than your hip, I think mine was about 1,40m wide. The shortest length on the sides can be about 40 cm, the longest you can vary, depending on your leg length, my skirt is about 90 cm long. The fabric I used is a very old one from my grandma, even from GDR-times. When you have cut it, just sew the short sides together, they will be in the front later when wearing it. Then sew a tunnel in the upper part and place a rubber band in it, its length depends on your hip/waist size. Fix it. So that's it. If you wanto to, sew at least the hemline properly. That's it ^^   Follow me

August 04, 2012

Butterfly stationery

Yet another set of writing paper and envelopes

I got beautiful crafting tape for my birthday a while ago and the first thing I did with it was this :D

I made the writing paper and the envelopes from normal wrapping paper. The great thing about wrapping paper is that it comes in rolls, so my writing paper pages are really long. Which is great because I tend to write long letters and it always bugged me that stationeries only contain one (!) page of paper for each enevlope. Who could make do with that?!

I coated the insides on the enevlopes with the pages that were leftover from my book box project and also used them for the butterflies on the enevelopes and writing paper.
Finally some nice paper tape and done!

Really fast and easy project :D

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I made a parasol from a normal umbrella as a commissioned work for my only customer ever :'DDD (I make a lot of stuff for other people, but they are usually presents from me to them).

It's a really easy project, especially since you can do it the pro way or the noob way. I did it the noob way because I'm lazy and the result is just fine!

There are quite some nice step by step tutorials for this project you can find on the internet.

First you have to take the top off the umbrella and cut the threads that hold the fabric to the skeleton. Take off the fabric.

The pro way is to undo some threats of the cover so that you have one of the eight parts that make up the fabric cover of the umbrella. You can use this as a pattern to create eight other parts with your own fabric and sew them together to create a new cover.

I did it the noob way and just put the open skeleton on the fabric I wanted to use and cut around. I'm pretty good at cutting, so no problem there. Plus I saved myself a lot of time and bothersome seams.
I did that twice because I used some nice lace fabric on top of a semi-translucent fabric.

Pinned both fabrics together afterwards and sowed them together. Added two kinds of lace for embellishment. Tadaaa!

Oh wait - the last part is extremely boring and annoying. You have to re-attach the cover to the skeleton by sewing it to the eight arms. I did that three times for every arm, so 24 times. But then I was done, thank god!

You have to be careful, though! The two layers of fabric are much heavier than the original fabric, so be gentle when opening and closing the parasol, don't give it hard waves and better not use it in heavy wind.

The parasol can be tied together with a satin ribbon.

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Axolotl fishbowl

This is my axolotl fishbowl!

Actually, it is not mine anymore. It started out as a symbolic present for a character in a live role playing game and kept getting more elaborate in the process. In the end the effort was totally over the top, but I just had so much fun working on it :D

I had this reeeeally big jar from a job at a delikatessen shop and wanted to do something with it so bad.

So I made an axolotl out of fimo and baked it in the oven. The eyes are little pearls. Then I added several layers of water proof lacquer and attached some fuzzy wool on the head as gill rakers.

Then I added some decorative stones to the bottom of the jar and filled it with tap water.

Finally I just tied some transparent thread to the axolotl and attached it to the inside of the lid with adhesive tape.

Easy as pie!

You could add fake aquatic plants or other aquarium decoration to make the whole thing look even nicer. But it's really fast and chep project and it looks great :D And so cute!
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February 21, 2012

I-It's A Post, Y'All!


time to breathe some life back into this blog. My number one resolution for 2012 is to sew, sew, sew since last year was so very unproductive. Thus, I finally sat down to finish my first proper corset.

I started making this baby last summer but when it came to hammering in the eyelets it suddenly started to collect dust on my drawer... Yesterday I finally sat down to finish the poor baby and decided to stitch on a few beads on top of the lace appliques. Not entirely sure about the chain, I might just snip it off again. What do you guys think?

with the chain stuffed in
I made the pattern according to these instructions on Natron und Soda and it fits me quite nicely (even though I've lost a bit of weight since starting it - but I'm not one for extreme waist reduction anyways). Overall it's nice and heavy. The outer fabric and lining are made of some mysterious shiney cotton fabric with a very sturdy weave, the interlining is two layers of thick canvas. The deco consists of several lace appliques sewn onto each other and, of course, lots and lots of lace.

And finally... the back:

The eyelets are not quite even which bugs me a bit. Guess I'll have to do better next time. Talking of that... for the next I'll make (someday) I'd try adding seam allowances to the pattern. This might allow for the pieces to be sewn together more easily. We'll see. All in all it was a beneficial experience :3
Byebye folks, hope you enjoyed this post!
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