Treasures

Hello lovely people!

I just wanted to share with you a new and wonderful collection of treasures. It is so great to have friends who are willing to let you rummage through their old stuff and take all kinds of bits and pieces.:) My dear friend took me to her late aunt’s house and told me to take whatever small thing I like! Imagine that! After screaming and going all “Ooohhh and aaahhhh” and almost peeing in my pants, I started collecting. Luckily we only had about half an hour to be there, because I would need a suitcase at least to put all the stuff in!:)

Here is what I found:

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The box above is kind of a piggy bank I guess. It’s leather and metal but has no key. Hmmm… How will I open it?:)

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All those keys and metal tags, light bulbs, rusty old things, also some not that old but perfect for altering and all just perfect for incorporating into my work! I was so happy when I found them and I still am! I also found this texture tool which is to die for!:)

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I also couldn’t resist taking home this dusty old box filled with papers and receipts from 1920’s till 1930’s!

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The paper is very delicate, damaged and brittle, but it’s history! It’s time preserved! It’s someone’s piece of life captured, and now that I came to the rescue:) it’s going to be saved and loved.

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I can only imagine how old this rosemary is.:)

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I have to clean them all and prepare for another life in my books and journals. I feel as it will be a way to preserve them and most importantly to honor someone’s life. Even though I have never met that person, we have a connection now.

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After a looooong time, here I am!:)

It’s been quite a ride this past year. Since my husband went to Germany (on business) it’s been hard and not that hard, sometimes good, sometimes horrible, but all in all it was a learning experience. That’s for sure.

I have two more months to wait for hubby to come home. Can’t wait to see him finally here!!!

Anyway, we were able to spend a month (last month) together in Hamburg, and it was wonderful! Hamburg is a beautiful town, with friendly people, gorgeous buildings, lots of greenery and parks. Meda also had a great time there.:)

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I have been working too, and I have a lot to show you, but not in this post. Let’s leave it for another one. I hope it won’t take another year, LOL!

Have a great time everyone!:)

Lunch Time!

Hello lovely people! Here I am with another recipe for you.:)

                                                       Stuffed peppers!

We love them here in Serbia. And also in this household. They are pretty easy to make, they can sit in the fridge for three or four days, they can go into the freezer, and they taste soooo good!

People use all kinds of peppers for this dish, in most cases it’s bell peppers, but I like the ones you see here. So, use peppers that you like.:)

Here is how I made them: I fried two chopped onions, medium size, in a little bit of oil, just till it became translucent, then I added one big shredded carrot and three thumb size pieces of chopped celeriac, fried that for a minute or two more, than added 500 grams of minced ( pork and wild boar) meat (again, your choice – pork, lamb, beef…) , one table spoon of paprika, and fried that for a couple more minutes.

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I took that off the heat, then added one cup of uncooked rice, salt and pepper, and combined well. Tip for you: add a bit more salt than you normally would because the rice and peppers need it also, not just the meat.:)

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I washed peppers and took the stalks out ( by pressing the stalks into paprika ). Then, with a tea spoon I stuffed them with meat and rice, but not too much and not too dense, just lightly so that the rice could be cooked with enough space to expand. Tip for you: put the stuffing without pushing it with the spoon, just shake the paprika to set it.

I closed the openings with slices of tomato and put everything in a slightly greased baking dish or a pan.

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I added two cups of water into the pan and covered it tightly with tin foil. It went into the oven for about 45 minutes on 180 – 200 degrees Celsius, and after that my peppers looked like this:

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I then took the tin foil off and put the peppers back into the oven to bake until they looked like this (about twenty more minutes) :

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And that is the recipe for stuffed peppers, my way. You can also use the courgettes instead of peppers, as well as eggplant, although the taste will differ. But these are also yummy. So have fun, make a whole bunch of these beauties, and you won’t have to cook for another three days!:)

Have a great day!:)

After a Long Time

I’m not sure how to start this post. It’s been so long, so many things happened (both good and bad) that now I just don’t know where to start.

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I’ve been writing and deleting who knows how many times.

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Well, this isn’t working, I just deleted half a page of text, so let me just tell you: after a period of almost nine months of shit I am finally back to my good old self. I can create again, I can blog again, I can do all kinds of things instead of just reading books and waiting for my husband to come home from his business trip to Germany (which started in November 2014 and should end in July 2016. !!!) The only good thing in all that time was MY trip to Germany.:) I’ve stayed there for a month and a half in March/April. And here are the photos to prove it:)

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If you ask yourself why I’m standing like this (photo below) it’s because of Mr. Beethoven behind me. A pose for a great classical music.

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And of course, a Royal pose in front of a castle.

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And now, after hubby’s Summer break, he will leave for Germany again, and I will be here for a couple of months until I go to Hamburg to be with him. But I hope to make lots and lots of journals before I go. And to weave. And to blog. Well, we’ll see how it goes. But I will try, I promise.

 

 

 

I’m Still Here

Hello lovely people! It’s been a long time since I wrote my last post, but I am here now, with something new to show you.:)

I’ve been knitting socks (but didn’t photograph them unfortunately), playing with paper and paint, making beads etc. All kinds of stuff. But mostly making journals.

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Recycling

These are all recycled papers and packaging material, painted, stamped and stenciled, and prepared for the journal making. Even though you can see only blue pages in these photos, I’ve made all kinds of colorful pages. I decided to go a bit “wild” and use colors I don’t usually use, just for fun. And this journal came to be – “The Circus”.:)

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It’s made entirely out of recycled/reused materials and I love it!

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But this one is not going to be mine. I have too many journals already.:)

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This journal, as you can see, has all kinds of papers inside, and with so much texture and pages that are different sizes, with lots of pockets and tags, it will be fun fun fun to write in!

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So instead of making a Christmas themed journal, I decided to make a Spring/Summer one. Well, we all need a bit of color and warmth every now and then, right?:) Next time I’ll show you another journal, and maybe more of the stuff I’ve made (if I remember to take photos, lol!)

Have a great day!

 

Journal Therapy

Hello lovely people! It’s been a busy month. Hubby went to Germany (business stuff again) and he will be away for two years! I am trying to keep a happy face but it’s not easy. I miss him. He will come home for Christmas, but until then Meda and I will be home alone. I also discovered a small growth on Meda’s shoulder, and since he had a cancerous growth removed from almost the same spot several years ago, I am terrified! The only thing I can do is wait and see if that thing is growing, and to hope that it’s not cancer again but maybe just some fatty tissue or something like that.

Luckily, I have my journals to help me stay sane (or at least close to that). My diary is filled (after one year),

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and now I started writing in my junk journal.

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It’s fun to write in, with all those different colors and textures and different page sizes.

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I also played with some of my homemade stamps.

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And started working in a new journal, the biggest one so far, A4 size. It’s actually an altered book in which I glue things down. It all started with wonderful magazine pages that I didn’t want to cut. I wanted the whole picture to be seen so this journal is perfect for that.

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Some of the pages will stay the way they are now and some will have things added to them. It’s so great to have a nice base to work on later.

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I also used some of the papers that I used to clean the brushes on, and made quick and fun pages.

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I have too many journals, I know. But there is no law against that, right?:)

Fabric Collage (Work in Progress)

Hello lovely people! Here I am with another recycling project! Fabric collage!

As you know, I collect all kinds of materials and junk which I then like to transform into something beautiful and useful. And here is what I’m doing right now – making journal covers from small pieces of fabric (leftovers) and, well, junk.:)

I used some plastic, kind of foamy, packaging material as a middle layer of the journal cover.

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I’m sorry for the next photo, it’s bad because there was no sun when I took it, but you’ll get the idea of what I was doing. I started stitching fabric scraps onto the plastic, adding fabric pieces randomly and without too much thinking about it.

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Continue adding fabric pieces until you cover the plastic and you will end up with something like this:

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As you can see, after I stitched all the pieces onto the plastic, I then zigzagged the edges so they don’t fray. It also adds details to the whole piece. I like that. Fun!:)

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Then it’s time to add the backing, and you can use, again, what ever material you like – paper, fabric, plastic…I used more of my leftover pieces of fabric.

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I left it like this and continued working on another collage piece, and then another and another, and I can’t show them all to you now, but I promise I will soon. Here is one more:

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I can’t wait to start hand stitching and decorating this journal cover.

And here is a peek into two small covers, already taking shape and starting to look beautiful.:)

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This is a wonderful way to tidy up the studio, use all those fabric leftovers and junk, and make something lovely! This doesn’t have to be turned into a journal cover. It could be sewn into a fun clutch or a bag, maybe a set of coasters or oven mitts, or even a doormat! There are so many more possibilities!

Have a great weekend!:)