A New Creative Year 2017

Looking back at the past year, I really don’t know what to think. I wouldn’t exactly say that it was a bad year for some good things did happen, but all in all it left a sour taste. I was ill several times, and there were quite a few things beyond my control that required too much attention.

Of course, as usual, there have been ups and downs. For a change, there has been no lengthy period of time where I couldn’t be creative at all, which was a good thing. On the other hand, a lot of things that I usually do more of came decidedly short this year and not even half of what I had planned got done—at least it feels like it. Continue reading

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Halloween Recipe: Skeleton Brownies

I love Halloween not least because it is a time for adorably scary food ideas. I wanted to re-use my skeleton mold that I used for my Chocolate Cream Cemetery two years ago, when this idea came along. They are really quick and easy to make and a lot of fun! And, last but not least, really tasty…

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Halloween Decoration: Sleeping Ghost Pillow

This year I discovered another Halloween craft idea: Halloween pillows. I think they make awesome decoration, not just for Halloween.

I had a lot of ideas, looked at a lot of pictures on the web what great pillows others were making, but the first idea that made it into reality was the sleeping ghost pillow.

For many, many years, I’ve been in love with this adorable Door keeper Ghost pattern I found on a website called kidsaction.de. A paper cut-out of this pattern had adorned my doors on Halloween (and beyond) for a long time, until I now moved into a flat that does not have prominent enough door cases to rest it on.

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Halloween Doodle Challenge

Participating in Jennifer’s awesome August Doodle Challenge and 30-Day Doodle Challenge (from her YouTube channel Sea Lemon) during the past two months inspired me to create a doodle challenge of my own. Those who have been reading my blog for a while know how much I love Halloween. So when I started feeling that I wanted to continue doodling in October, I wanted to be doodling Halloween motifs all month long. Continue reading

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My Creative Month – August/September 2016

I know I keep saying this about my months, but August and September have been extremely stressful again, both at work and in my personal life. Especially September. August was a little more quiet at first but got stressful toward the end.

I hate how little time I have for the things I would really like to do, especially how little energy I have left after a long day of work or doing my chores.

On top of everything, I’m still busy preparing my courses. I’m teaching an introduction to psychology this semester and the research for that is really extensive. I’ll think twice next time before I take on something so research intensive as this one. I already started preparing in July, right after the previous semester finished. I still have so much left to do with only one month to go. I’m really starting to panic a little.

Still, I did get to a couple of things… Continue reading

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Back To School: DIY Pencil Cases

My first idea for this year’s Back to School DIY were bookmarks, but something drew me to making pencil cases instead. Browsing my local craft store gave me the inspiration I needed:

I created two pencil cases, made out of felt. I didn’t have any instructions, I just spontaneously made them at a whim. Continue reading

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Fourth of July BBQ Recipes and Ideas

For this year’s Independence Day BBQ, I tried out a lot of great new recipes. It seems to be a common misconception here in Germany that American cooking and baking consists merely of unhealthy and greasy fast food. I love proving people wrong in this respect, for which an America-themed Fourth of July celebration is quite handy. 🙂

Confetti Rice Salad

I found this awesome confetti rice salad recipe on the website USA Kulinarisch. Since that recipe is a main course and I wanted it as a side salad, I adapted it a little bit.

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My Creative Month – June/July 2016

June and July were again quite busy months, especially since most of my free time went into course preparations and a couple of other things I had to take care of.

Fourth of July BBQ

My more or less only creative activity for June was planning and preparing my Fourth of July BBQ.

I tried out a lot of new recipes and got some things for decoration. It was a lot of fun. I was quite good with the preparation this time as well. It all got done in due time.

However, it’s the end of July already and I still haven’t gotten around to post about it. Not exactly in line with my resolution to post seasonal posts more timely. Oh, well, I’m working on it…

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My Creative Month – April/May 2016

Bullet Journal

Although I just started with it, the Bullet Journal concept invaded my whole life by and by in under two months. I find that it makes me so much more productive and well organized; and on top of that also feeling like I get so much more done.

I’m still working on my set-up and trying to break old habits of using up as little space as possible. I’d like to give it more room and be a little more creative, especially in my daily planning, because I know that this will keep me doing it in the long run.

This is how the Bullet Journal has taken over: Continue reading

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Spring Craft 2016

Spring is keeping us waiting a while longer where I live, although there were a few warm days between all the cold and rainy ones. In anticipation of warm and sunny weather, and because I had so much fun with this last year, I decided to do some more spring crafting.

In 2015, I made this cheerful company consisting of a sheep, a ladybug, a sun, and a frog.

This year, I added 4 more motifs to my collection.

As I found it very suitable last time, I used 135 grams paper in various different colors. For these projects you’ll need: darker and lighter brown (or beige), red, white, black, yellow, darker and lighter green.

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