Happy End

Another wonderful weekend was spent in the mountains with my parents. It was extremely hot here in Belgrade, so we had to escape.

It was like “Animal Planet” live! 🙂

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I live in a wonderful part of Belgrade which is full of parks and greenery, with Sava river just a hundred meters from my building. But for me it feels like it’s not a ‘true’ nature. Trees and birds seem so different in the mountains, more natural and free.

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Boots were a must there; when it’s warm, snakes come out! 🙂

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We found one (edible) mushroom, and gorgeous herbs for tea. Not bad. 🙂

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But most importantly, we have a little family in our yard! I’m not sure how these birds are called but they are so cute!

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They made the nest in a straw bag (with magazines), which hangs outside of the gazebo.

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At first my father didn’t want to remove the plastic “windows” because he didn’t want to scare the birds, but the birds (mom and dad) kept flying inside the gazebo and didn’t know how to come out because of the plastic.

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So he carefully started to take it down, trying not to stress the birdies too much. But, even though he had the best intentions, he accidently shook the bag, and the babies fell out of it. They could fly just a bit, so at least they were not hurt, but we were all so scared for them! I started collecting them and putting them back into the nest, but one baby flew a bit further and camouflaged so well in the grass, it took us quite a while to find it. My dad was so desperate to find it, and I wanted that little bird to be safe in the nest, not only for it’s own good, but also for my dad, because I knew he felt so guilty. But I found it, and put it back into the nest, which was an incredible relief for all of us! Then we waited a bit to see if the birds calmed down, and when they started feeding their young, and everything was ok again, we decided to go home and not disturb them anymore. A disaster avoided. I can’t describe how awful we all felt when those babies fell out of the nest. But everything is fine again, they will not be disturbed anymore. My parents are even postponing fixing the roof because of the birds.

So, it’s a happy ending. Four lives saved. And a good thing we have a dog who doesn’t have hunting skills, he just wanted to swim and wasn’t impressed with birds at all. 🙂

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Healthy Vegetarian Breakfast

It’s hard for me to believe that I haven’t had any sweets or cakes for, how long now, three weeks at least? And the biggest surprise is that I don’t miss them! I only had a small amount of dark chocolate twice, but I think that’s ok because chocolate is healthy in small amounts. But for someone who had to eat sweets every single day, this is amazing! 🙂

And not only that, but I also eat way less bread than I used to. If any, I eat it for breakfast and that’s all, which is another miracle.

Here are some ideas for a healthy breakfast.

Whole wheat bread, mustard, eggplant paste (or pate), sprouts and olives.

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To make the eggplant paste (as I like to call it), just cut eggplant in half or in larger chunks, bake it at moderate to high heat until it’s not watery (about half an hour or a bit more), then peal it and put it in a food processor and add what ever you like to it – salt, pepper, garlic, maybe a tsp of mustard, parsley, oregano, olives…You can add peppers or cheese to the mix too. Go wild! 🙂 It can sit in the refrigerator for 4-5 days and still taste great, and it can be used as a dip or as a side dish. Great stuff!

Another combination is to put some peanut butter on your bread, then (again) mustard, (I love mustard!), then alfalfa and sunflower seed sprouts, C 038

with lots of cucumber slices on top.

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Or tomato.

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And you have a tasty and healthy meal that contains lots of vitamins and fiber.

Sprouts are a vitamin bomb and they are so easy to grow in your home. There are some differences depending on what seeds you want to sprout, but in general, all you need is the seeds (alfalfa, sunflower, quinoa, beans…), a glass jar, a piece of gauze or bandage, and a rubber band. From this

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to this

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and this

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in just a few days! You can find many tips about sprouting online, but if you have any questions, please ask.  And of course, there are many ways to use sprouts in your food, not only in sandwiches. 🙂

Latest Works

I finally finished weaving, washing and sewing pillow cases and a couch spread ( if that’s what it’s called?) for the customer. I think they came out beautifully, although the photos are very bad. Sorry for that. 🙂

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I didn’t have the right pillows so the pillow cases look a bit saggy, but at least I have photos as a memory. I so often forget to photograph my work and when it sells it’s all gone.

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I almost wish my customer won’t like it, so that I could keep these beauties for my self. You can see they go perfectly with my couch. 🙂

Then another customer wanted a table cloth, also off white, so that was done too.

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We had another two sunny days over the weekend, which is almost a miracle lately, so we went to a lovely park here in Belgrade and enjoyed walking and photographing.

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There was a very old house in the middle of the park, charming and sad at the same time.

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We were even able to look inside, and this wall caught my attention. Someone lived in this house, and now it’s all empty.

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I wonder who was looking through this window years ago.

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A photo of my guys 🙂

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I finished another altered book. Sometimes I start working with a certain plan, and then it’s like the piece that I’m working on has a plan of it’s own. I wanted to make something dark, more black and grey, but it turned out silver and lacy. I have no idea how that happened.

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And another fabric journal. It’s called “The fish”, and I guess my wish to go to the seaside is showing through my work. This journal is very thick, about 3 inches. I added my handmade leather beads to the closure and am very tempted to keep this one for my self. (Well, that’s nothing new, right? LOL!)

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Handmade paper inside, of course.

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The same thing happened with this journal, as with the altered book. I started with something else in mind, but then the lace that I’ve cut looked like fish, and the crocheted chain when sewn onto the cover looked like waves to me, then I added the beads and sequins….

Well, if it wants to be what it wants to be, I’m ok with that. 🙂

Have a great time everyone!

 

 

 

 

Eco Dyeing

I don’t like this weather at all. It’s cold and rainy and it seems like it’s Autumn again!

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Although we had one day (ONE day) of sunshine, which was perfect for picking plants

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to be used for Eco Dyeing.

I have been dyeing paper and fabric before, but mostly with onion skins, tea and coffee. Now I wanted to try some other plants.

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I simply placed leaves on fabric and rolled everything up, but these leaves didn’t do much except adding light yellow color to the fabric, which is beautiful,but I wanted more. 🙂

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I cooked them for a few hours.

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I did similar thing with paper, but since I didn’t have any wood, I had to use cardboard to press the paper a little. I guess it’s not the best solution, but that’s what I had.

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The winner was this tree (I’m sorry but I don’t know how it’s called, not even in my language,LOL!)

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It has gorgeous deep red leaves and I knew it’s going to be great for dyeing.

The fabrics turned out very interesting, a bit messy but I like that.

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There were some nice prints

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But the paper is amazing!

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I cooked it for a few minutes and then left it to cool completely before opening it. The colors are incredible!

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I’m happy happy happy! I’ll use them for making journals (of course), and I already have a new batch of leaves ready for dyeing cotton lace and even more fabric. The fun never stops,LOL!

 

 

My Junk Journal

All kinds of papers, envelopes, this and that. What was a pile of junk now is a lovely journal. It could stay as it is, but I want to write in it, add more stuff, glue, paint, draw, doodle, just have fun!. 🙂

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I made it some time ago, but it had no decorated cover, so a couple of days ago I finally finished it. And I finished two pages also! The other ones are kinda half done. 🙂

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I’m obsessed with blue, brown and gold.

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I love it! My new toy! 🙂

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I’m hoping to show you my handwoven cushions and other things next time, and I also hope to open again my Etsy shop in a week or so.Fingers crossed! I can’t wait! 🙂

Have a great weekend! 🙂