dinsdag 8 mei 2018

ice cream



As soon as temperature rises and it is finding it's way above 25 degrees Celsius, by my standard it's time for ice cream. Normally I buy them at the supermarket, but some time ago I got the idea to try and make it myself. The biggest hurdle was to find the right Popsicle form. I wanted a rather particular one which was hard to find, but I finally succeeded at Amazon Germany.


I started the most easy way there is, making a Water Popsicle



They also turned out very photogenic if you ask me. These one were made with water (I added a tiny bit of sugar to sweeten it somewhat)  and some pomegranate seeds. I like the way you can see the seeds through the ice. It turned out to be a colorful one






For the next one I used water with some lemon juice and added a slice of lemon into the mall.


As for the taste ...I have to be honest. They both were very refreshing but didn't have the wow factor, or gave the urge for more. But as I tried these and liked the looks of them so much I couldn't help myself starting playing with this a bit. I decided to make a very special one. 


Not for consuming at all but just for it to be pretty pretty.
My Lilly of the Valley Special


Wanting to take this a bit further and to try and make some serious ice cream I stumbled upon the Instagram  account @ShareLoveNotSecrets and discovered that Marleen has written a book about making ice cream called "altijd ijs" (always ice) You can read more about it here and while reading it it sounded not that hard at all. Uhm maybe I should try one of her recipes first and let you know how that went (me and my big mouth)


For now I just pay attention to the way it looks.


donderdag 3 mei 2018

dining table



My dining table has been with us for a long long time. And over the year it has been one of my favorite places to use for my pictures, You can almost say it was part of my photo "studio"


I showed you my coffee and tea moments on it


Sometimes even while I was poring it  ;)


There were sweets on it occasionally, 


and a whole lot of dinners and good conversations took place here. Of course a pretty table setting could always count on a picture.


It was part of all seasons activities , such as birthdays, Christmas and Easter


Both sides were used to show the world all sorts of my stills  


but I have to admit the left side was always favorite


mainly because of the big garden doors on the left which makes that the light is always the most moody on that side and I prefer that with the grey background.



so it's always been a much used place to take my Instagram pictures, especially the floral ones.


I even did my first (and only one ever) selfie and introduced myself to you while sitting at the table (not noticing than that the lamp above made it look as if I had a silly hat on!)


But now the time has come that my table and me will have to part. After our home renovation is finished it's place will be taken by a new one.  (If you are interested in her just sent me an email)


Luckily enough I have loads of pictures to remember it by. 


dinsdag 17 april 2018

Dinner with Kinto



Some time ago I bought myself some aqua culture vases and that's when I discovered the Japanese brand Kinto (wrote a blog post about it which you can find here). 

Looking at their website I came across some wonderful tea and coffee items and I was especially impressed by their ceramics. Love the minimal look and design of it. When I posted some pictures of their vases on Instagram I came in contact with Kinto Europe and they offered me to try some of the items from the new NORI collection from Kinto. I choose the grey and black colors (who would have guessed!) but it's also available in white and pink. When they arrived at my home I couldn't wait to use them and I came to the conclusion that the NORI bowls and cups where even prettier than I expected. For the pictures below I did some styling with them and they make a lovely table setting.








So now we have dinner with Kinto every once in a while.

zaterdag 7 april 2018

winter vacation


On this years first day with a temperature above 20 degrees C it's very strange to imagine that these where my views just a week ago went we spent Easter 2018 in the snow of Austria. I can assure you, even though it was Spring already, there was more than enough of it. Id did make some beautiful pictures though.













Okay, that's all folks. Now let's enjoy  S P R I N G T I M E  to the fullest!




















donderdag 22 maart 2018

Simple Easter DIY


My yearly Easter deco isn't as exuberant as at Christmas time, but I try do do a little bit of it every year. This year I wanted to decorate some Easter Branches, but in my style, monochrome. 
You probably know by now I'm not that colorful. So here's what I did.


Over the year I gathered some feathers which I found in my garden. I sticked them on a piece of card board with some wasi tape all neatly in line.


Next I covered them up with some paper, but let the top of the feathers stick out like this



Now the fun part. Spray Paint!  Of course you can use any color you want, I went for gold.
O, please take your feathers outside before you start spraying ;)



Take of the paper carefully and you see a perfect straight line! Just wait for them to dry now.


All dried, I love how they look so we can go on with our diy



And that's not hard also, just hang them randomly in the branch. I used some flower wire which I attached to the pin of the feather and then bend it into a small hook.


For the final result I added some plastic eggs which I wrapped into white blotting paper and finished off with some rope.  Et voila!


All prepared for Easter now ♥

maandag 12 maart 2018

Tulips


I've always had this thing with tulips. They come in so many colors and shapes, but I'm very particular in the of color I do and don't choose. I'm not the kinda "let's take 'm all" kinda girl, more of the one color at a time, mainly white, a few or a big bunch. They are really photogenic and I've used them for that in all kind of ways and in different moods.

In my flatlays for example, to bring some color to it, and the green always accentuates so nice with the white.



Love it when they stand up straight with their bulbs showing ...



But even more when they hang!



And sometimes I make them swirl, as if they dance behind the glass.


They can be portrait light and bright ...




or in a dark grey background depending on the mood I'm in.




And I'm not only buying them for myself, I like to give them away too. So here you are, you can pick your own favorite 

#givingyouaflowerpic