24 July 2014

New Facelift With Hurdles

It is time for a change.
I just changed the appearance of my blog slightly to be a little more trendy :-)

Just had a nervous breakdown, when I did the changes, as my sidebar was gone. Well, not gone but all the way down to the bottom. After some research I figured out it had nothing to do with the changes, but with posts written in html. So I went back to the WYSIWYG mode and tada: sidebar back on track.

So if you ever face your sidebar gone, better on the bottom just change your writing mode to WYSIWYG not html.

What you think of the new layout? hurdles




23 July 2014

Gardener´s Soap

When you are a gardener like me you know for sure this problem: dirty, dirty hands. Not to talk about the fingernails! 
Well, I figured I need a soap that exfoliates and is handy enough to keep in the garden. 

So here it is: Gardener´s soap!
Basically it is a bar of soap in a drawstring bag out of burlap/jute. It will clean your hands and get rid of that dirty dirt!

You need:
1 bar of your favourite soap, I used a organic one, lavender and rosemary
scissors and a needle

First, cut a piece of burlap to cover your soap bar. Basically we gonna stitch up a little bag for the soap.
I seamed one side, folded the other over the soap bar and stitched it up.
Next step is to close the bottom, by simply sew the two sides together. Remove soap, so it is easier to work with.

Once you got a bag, that is open on top, put the soap back in. Stitch your twine with a running stitch through like a drawstring. Cut the burlap about 1 1/2 inch over the drawstring. And you´re done!

19 July 2014

Abandoned Minigolf Course

When I was little, my family and I used to go to this minigolf course in our hometown.
I spent there happy hours trying to get the ball in the hole. Not quite successful, hadn´t changed much :-)

I totally forgot about this lovely childhood spot, but just recently it came to my mind, as we now live close by. They closed it down, but the course is still there, hidden in the woods....

I´ll probably go there again and try some HDR pictures.

16 May 2014

Rhubarb Syrup Recipe

I got a big bunch of rhubarb from my Mom´s college. Thanks a lot by the way :-)

I love it. I loved it when I was a little kid and my grandma used to make me compote every day when it was rhubarb season.
Anyway huzzy is not the biggest fan of rhubarb, so I had to figure out what to do whit it.
I stumbled upon this recipe to make syrup out of it.

I guess this also works pretty good with prosecco as a long drink. Fancy!

Here we go:
1kg rhubarb
1l water
juice of two lemons
1kg sugar
rosemary if you fancy
empty bottles that can be closed properly

Prepare the rhubarb, wash it and cut it in pieces. You don´t have to peel it.
Boil it for 30minutes with the water and the lemon juice. Run it to a strainer, squeeze it a little so you get all the liquid.
Pour it back in the pot with the sugar and boil it till sugar is dissolved.
Now you can add the rosemary for a few minutes.

Pour it hot(!) in the sterilized bottles and enjoy!

13 May 2014

Concrete Vases DIY

Well, concrete is all over right now. Also here on Crafts mit Herz.
As we´ve been renovating our new house, I also had some concrete and some time left over.

I made some concrete vases with plastic cups as moulds, it´s pretty easy you gotta try it!

So what you need:
plastic cups in two sizes
something strong to stir, I used a little shovel
stones as weight

Mix concrete and water following the instruction given on the concrete bag. Wear gloves and a mouth protection so you do not breathe in the dust! Mix until it has a doughy consistency.

Pour the concrete in the bigger cup, so it´s round about 60% full, and push in the smaller cup. The smaller cup needs to stay in place so fill it up with stones, gravel, whatever you have on hand.
Make sure everything is where it´s supposed to be and let it dry.

So now comes the hard part. Wait at least 24hours before you get the vases out of the mould.
Trust me. Get the small cup out and than peel off the big one.

Voila! You got some cute vases. They look good in the garden and inside!