DIY Herb Markers

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Hope you all had a peaceful holiday! Now that you guys have the prettiest pots, I brought you another project before we plant those fragrant little shoots. To get your herb garden going organized and in style, I’ve rounded up some creative ways to label the greenery. These cute personalized herb markers will also help your less educated acquaintances know who’s who. 😉

Choose your favorite type and make a set of them or, if you live on the eclectic side, go for the all-different. As you will discover along the way, with a little imagination almost any material can be turned into a garden marker so have a look at the junk lying around, you might just find something to repurpose.

The most obvious approach is to get some wire or skewers and attach labels to them. Corks for instance, as Kristin of Cambria Estate Winery proves, make great weatherproof tags, which is a good way to use some of the millions you have (I feel you!). Write on them with permanent marker.

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Corks on skewers

Not a wine drinker? Go see a doctor, fast! Until then, a substitute for corks can be wooden clothespins. Decorate them with washi tape as Carissa from Creative Green Living did or write some nice calligraphy, then clip on the skewers.

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Clothespin tag on a skewer

Popsicle sticks, stir sticks or paint mixing sticks are great for crafts as well. Opt for something like these adorable red cedar stakes made by Trish & Co., upcycle by dipping in blackboard paint (as spotted on What You Sow), mark with rubber stamps or a wood burning tool. Easy!

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Numbered cedar stakes
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Blackboard painted herb markers

Feels good being frugal and giving new meaning to things others consider scrap, right?

Sincerely,

Fruzsi

Photo featured in title image by Ruth Eileen

Good Friday Finds

Today is Good Friday (or Great Friday, as we call it here in Hungary), so I themed the following five images around Easter. Without further ado, a few things that have been inspiring me as of late:

Blossoming branches by Sylvia Home & Inspiration (blog not existing anymore):

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A lovely quote by the American poet, essayist and lecturer:

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Martha Stewart‘s Glazed Ham with Horseradish Cream:


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This rustic Easter decor with subdued pastel hues:

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And the cutest cotton tail ever:

160325 Friday Finds bunny

Happy Easter!

Fruzsi

Bake Challah for Easter

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Time flies and Easter is already around the corner which, wether you are religious or not, means feasting with a capital F around this part of the globe. With my family being no exception, I wanted to bring you a recipe, something traditional for the holiday that you usually buy instead of making yourself: braided challah!

Since we are among friends here, I will confess that I had an inexplicable fear of everything calling for yeast. Why? I have no bad experience. Furthermore, growing up I watched both my grandmothers make the most amazing raised doughs turning out perfect every time. Anyway, a few weeks ago something snapped, and I decided to give it a go. And this is what happened:

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I know, right? I haven’t been this proud since, well, I can’t even remember. This was serious life goals for me. I’ve overcome my reservations straightaway and now I encourage you to be brave too and try your hands at it. Made from a few simple ingredients, this will be the most delicious, sweet-smelling, flaky-soft and savory beauty on your holiday table and you will think twice getting it from the store again.

Yes, yeast dough is not a 30-minute deal but you can think ahead and prepare your challah in advance, it stays fresh for days. Not that it will stand a chance surviving long enough to dry out… I forgot to measure the loaf when it was ready, but this batch will satisfy your average hungry family at the Easter table for sure. I used this very solid, basic master recipe from Origo Táfelspicc (in Hungarian with detailed photos of each step) and altered it just a bit. Here you go:

Foolproof Braided Challah for Beginners:

500 g all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

1 packet dry yeast

3 heaping tbsp sugar

250 ml milk

1 whole and 1 yolk of an egg + 1 whole egg for washing

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Sift flour, salt and yeast in the bowl of your stand mixer equipped with the dough hook attachment, make a hole in the middle. Add sugar to warm milk, stir to dissolve then pour mixture in the hole. Add 1 + 1/2 egg and set the machine on low speed. When the ingredients are roughly combined, add melted butter and continue kneading on low until a shiny ball of dough is formed, no longer sticking to the bowl (5-10 min). Remove hooks and let dough rise at room temperature for 45 min. Pour out on a lightly floured surface and turn over a few times gently pressing. Divide dough to as many balls of equal volume as the number of braids you want and let rest for 15 min. Roll balls into strands and braid loosely. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the challah on it. Wash with the lightly beaten egg, let rise for an additional 30 min., wash with egg again and bake in a preheated oven at 175 °C for 30-45 min. until dark golden.

Enjoy with butter, jam, honey, fois gras… and you can thank me later. 🙂

Once you feel comfortable with the dough, braiding challah is great fun and your loved ones will be sooo impressed with your new talent! You will find tons of tutorials on the different braiding patterns out there, but here’s a basic 3-strand braid step-by-step to give you an idea:

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Hope you are now convinced and will give homemade challah a shot. I’d love to hear how yours turned out, so let me know!

Happy Holiday!

Fruzsi

Photo featured in title image by Heather of French Press

Braiding images by Darla of Bakingdom

Friday Finds

Yay, it’s already Friday. Again! Don’t know about you, but I could definitely get used to 3-day weeks… Anyway, here’s what I came up with for you this time:

This lovely bouquet by florist Kirstie of Ruby & The Wolf:

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Words of a supermodel to relate to:

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These mouth-watering ricotta donuts found on Moje Wypieki (in Polish):

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Shabby taupe and grey textures spotted on Misch Masch by Nina:

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And finally, this little guy’s contagious smile:

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Happy weekend!

Fruzsi

 

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Fruzsi

4 Simple Ways to Decorate Your Pots

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Hello Springwatchers! Are you as excited for the new season as I am? The weather might still not be springish enough outside, but it’s nice and warm at the home & garden supply store for sure. Yes, we’re going shopping!

While your little herb cuttings are silently making magic happen in their cups, let’s prepare their future homes by dressing up the containers you are going to transfer them into. Terracotta pots have such a nice feel to them! You can get your hands on endless varieties for a wide range of prices, but since you’re going to modify them anyway, I suggest you buy the basic ones in multiple sizes with saucers.

Bellow you will find 4 techniques to make your newly acquired planters pretty. Make something similar or use these as inspiration and create your signature look. Enjoy!

Decoupage

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Decoupaged pots using tissue paper and textile

How romantic is this flower pattern Aniko of Place Of My Taste used, while Sara at Tell Love and Party made a modern striped pot for her first cactus. For a decoupage project you will need decoupage glue (tempted to write Mod Podge, but it’s not available here), decorative tissue paper or textile of your liking plus a brush. Basecoat your pot if you like with acrylic paint first. Cut fabric to fit your surface. Apply glue to your pot, carefully cover with fabric, smooth out to remove bubbles (wrinkles are part of the charm!). Let dry for 15-20 min. and seal with another layer of glue. Ta-da!

Chalkboard

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Distressed pot with chalk label

Chalkboard patterns are undeniably having their moment right now and I’m really fond of the rustic touch they add to any space. To achive the shabby effect Taryn of Design, Dining and Diapers has created, paint your pots white or a weak pastel hue, then gently sand off the paint here and there, making it look weathered. Attach chalkboard labels, and voilá.

Rope and twine

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Planters dressed up with twine

Get your glue guns out and give your recently painted pots an upgrade by wrapping them in jute twine. Try to make the circles as tight and neat as possible, without burning your fingers like I do every time. I love how Andrea of The Beautydojo even stamped hers with words of motivation. If you have the superpower of knowing how to crochet, you can make something similar to the ones on the right I found on Pinterest (source unknown), and I will hate envy you for it greatly.

Painted & Patterned

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Gold patterned pots
4 simple techniques to decorate your pots dipped
Chic and modern metallic planters

Follow Maria’s idea posted on The Melrose Family and use masking tape to produce patterns on your pots, spray paint them gold, allow to dry and gently peel off stickers to expose the result. Experiment with other metallic colors if you like: just have a look at Jen’s incredibly stylish white and silver containers spotted on The Effortless Chic.

Have you tried any of these techniques before? How did they turn out?

Be well,

Fruzsi

Plant pot featured in title image by INCOGNITO

Friday Finds Is Here

A round of applause for Friday, everyone! To make the first week of spring special, I am introducing the blog’s new regular feature, Friday Finds. From now on you’ll get your weekly dose of inspiration in the form of a five-piece roundup. I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I love gathering it for you. Time to swing into that weekend mood!

Below, the latest visual wonders worth drooling over:

It’s tulip season! Photo by Mari Crea.

#1 Friday Finds tulips

Motivation for life:

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Dreamy candles from the set of a Paris wedding (photo by Le Secret d’Audrey):

#1 Friday Finds candles

Neutrals for spring on copper hangers:

#1 Friday Finds sweaters

I could eat the whole loaf with butter right now (recipe in German at A. Vogel Blog):

#1 Friday Finds bread

Happy Weekend!

Fruzsi