Good News and a Giveaway

Hello lovely people!

I have some great news to share with you – my Etsy shop is finally working again! I am slowly adding more things to it, but there are some lovely journals there already. You can take a look and tell me what you think. 🙂

So to celebrate that, I would like to give this lovely little journal to one of you!

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It is a small journal, about 4,5 x 5,5 “, but it is quite fat and it has hard cover, very textural and lovely, and a lot of pages inside, as well as pockets and tuck spots. There is also a clay piece on the cover as a decoration and a focal point.

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Do you like it? If you do, just leave me a comment and I will be back very soon (probably in about 5 days) to draw a winner. Also, if you wish you could leave a comment on my FB profile and that way you’re also in a game(although that will still count as one entry). 🙂

Good luck!

A New Member of the Family

Hello lovely people!

I know. It’s been a looong time since I wrote a blog post. I have been avoiding Internet as much as possible because I needed some time and space for other things. One of those things was work, but I will talk about that some other time. Now, I want to share with you some family news! We have a new dog!

I apologize for bad photos but he is a fast dog. 🙂

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His name is Tomi (Tommy) and he is cute cute cute!

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He didn’t have a good start in life, being left by the road in the bushes, but this puppy is now ours and we love him! My husband and I went to pick him up on my 40th Birthday. I like to say that he was my special present. 🙂

Tomi is a mix, funny, full of character, always hungry (but that is obviously a normal thing here in our household,hahaha), and he has the most adorable short legs!

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Meda was a bit confused at the beginning with this new dog taking all of his toys and his bed, but Meda is such a good dog, very patient and sweet, so they are becoming friends more and more each day.

So that’s our new boy. 🙂 I am so happy we were able to save him. No more lonely days and nights, no more fear, just love, warmth, soft blankets and lots of yummy things in the fridge,LOL!

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.

Hello

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!