Beautiful Slovenia

I’m back! Home sweet home! It’s great to travel, but it’s always great to come home, right? I missed my studio and my hands became a bit restless. I need to make things, make art, bake and cook, and do all the things I love doing. Well, apart from ironing and vacuuming. I can live without that, no problem.:)

But what a wonderful vacation it was! Slovenia is a beautiful country! I enjoyed every minute there, but let me just show you the photos, you will see what I mean.

Gorgeous nature

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Lakes and mountains, everything I love.

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Lake Bled

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It may be from the 7th Century, but  jewelry is jewelry! 🙂

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Clothing now and then:

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Oohhh, handmade paper, quill and ink. Paradise!

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My favorite, Postojna Cave:

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It was absolutely amazing! I was blown away by the beauty of the cave and by forces of nature that made it!

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Us ❤

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Ljubljana is a lovely town. I especially loved the old part.

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My little journal is filled with memories. 🙂

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Have a great day/night everyone!

 

 

Before I Go

It’s time for traveling! We are going to visit the parents, travel to Slovenia, go to the mountains (no matter how bad the weather might be), and hopefully have a wonderful time! Yay! We have almost three weeks for all that, and with hubby working long hours lately, this is exactly what we needed. Time for fun and to just be together.

So I made a big bag for moi, and a small bag to go inside of a big one, for makeup and other lady’s things that a lady needs on her travels. 🙂

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The back

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And a small one

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I also made a travel journal, or better say I decorated a journal I made some time ago, added things to the cover, and a bit on the inside, just to make it more interesting. I didn’t have the time to make a completely new one, so this little thing came in handy. I like it.

It needs a title, which will be “Slovenia 2014”. 🙂

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It’s small, 6×3,5 inches, but it’s big enough for a five days trip.

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That’s it for now! See you soon! 🙂

Slow Weekend

Yep, it’s been two days of doing almost nothing. Almost. 🙂 And it felt good.

Reading books and playing computer games.

His:

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And hers:

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Meda doesn’t read books but he sure knows how to take a nap in the afternoon. 🙂

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I did nothing in the studio for the whole weekend, except just looking around, planing my next move. I have some ideas…

This and that on my messy cork board:

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A gorgeous bird my friend Mary from England made. Mary is such a great friend and has a special place in my heart. I love this bird and it’s now in the center of my work space.

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We ate cookies.  🙂

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A friend brought me some lovely laces and needle work! What a great present! I will use them for my journals.

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Last week was all about making slippers. I wanted to recycle some old T shirts and clothes that were just laying around, in hope that it would make my studio look more tidy, (but of course it all ended up looking like a bomb site, again), so I thought “why not making slippers for the first time in my life!”. The good thing is that I made something I’ve never made before, which means I’ve learned something new, which also means I now know that it’s not that easy to make a good slipper with a straight seam. lol!

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But I had to try. And as imperfect as they are, these slippers are cozy and fun. A pair for me, a pair for hubby, one for mommy, one for daddy, one for aunty… If you make too many, give them to people! 🙂

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As well as a pot holder or two.

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These are mine:

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Have a great day/night everyone!

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One Cake and Two Bags

I have been doing a million things lately, sewing, cooking, baking, spending time with friends, etc. But I didn’t photograph much, so here are the things I did manage to photograph. 🙂

A cake recipe that is so versatile and easy to transform into many things. Here is the basic recipe:

5 eggs

1 cup of oil (sunflower oil or any neutral oil)

2 cups of milk or yogurt

4 cups of white sugar

2 tsp. of baking powder

6 cups of flour

 

Mix the egg whites first, add sugar and mix until they form soft peaks, add yolks, mix some more, then add everything else and mix until combined. It’s that easy!

Now, you could add fruit to the cake and bake it; you could add cinnamon or vanilla extract, or absolutely nothing at all and make a nice spongy cake to have with milk for breakfast; if you bake it half way through and add shredded apples with a little bit of sugar, then of course finish baking, you have a different cake; maybe add some chopped nuts and raisins; make muffins, or just bake a sponge and cut it in half so that you can add cream of choice and icing on top…You see, there are so many possibilities with this recipe! You could even adjust sugar and oil content.

What I did this time was that I reduced sugar a bit, and oil, and I added whole wheat flour instead of white one. Then I added plums, sprinkled a little sugar on them, and baked it. It turned out amazing! Believe me, this recipe always works.

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After the cake was eaten 🙂 my husband asked me if I could make him a bag. He wanted a messenger bag with lots of pockets. I’ve never made a messenger bag before, but that didn’t stop me. A little bit of Internet research, and we have a first not so perfect bag

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and then a second very good one!

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I am very happy with this one, and my husband loves it! He loves the first one too, but the second bag is much sturdier and has more pockets. I combined the cotton fabric with leather to give it a bit of interest, and even though my stitching is not absolutely perfect, it’s not that noticeable. I’m a perfectionist, so when I say it’s ok, then it’s ok. lol! I am so happy hubby likes it. 🙂

Have a great day everyone!