Amazing wedding cakes

               I don’t know why but I’ve always been fascinated by everything that has something to do with weddings. Not for the symbolism, or because I wanted very much to be a bride, but for all the decorations, the colors, the cookies and for all those little details that make a wedding unique.

               When I start looking up a certain thing about a wedding, I just can’t stop. I’m extremely excited about everything I find and I just lose track of time.

               You know that the wedding cake is also called the bride’s cake, so take extremely care when choosing it. It doesn’t matter if your guests are not pleased by the steak or the fish is not well cooked. If the cake is sensational, everything else will just fade away. When I think about a wedding, the first things that occur in my mind are the bride’s dress, hairstyle, and of course the cake.

               And because I know that some of you are future brides, today I decided to show you a selection of amazing wedding cakes.

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How do you propagate basil?

                What do you think I did the other day? I “stole” a basil twig from a friend’s harden. Well of course I asked him before that … or at least I told him. Of course it was probably easier to go to the supermarket and buy a bag of basil seeds, but doing it this way my basil will have a story behind it. And you know how much I love stories. Continue reading »

Kitchen gadgets

                 Although I try to be as organized as possible, unfortunately I gather all sorts of gadgets and accessories. It’s inevitable, I can’t help it! It’s in my DNA!
                And of course there are always little gadgets that I want to buy, but I got used to think twice before buying anything. Basically I wonder if it’s worth the investment, if I will use it at least 2 times a month. If the answer is yes, I buy it right away. If the answer is no, I reconsider it.
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Napkin rings for Christmas

               I always liked to have a nice arranged holiday table. But usually on Christmas my husband and I are always on the road, so I cannot set up the Christmas dinner table as I would like to. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a million ideas. Today I will present you some pictures of various napkin rings perfect for the Christmas dinner. Of course, you can use it also for New Year’s Eve table or for any other festive dinner.

                And yes, they are all made by me. In the upcoming days I will show you how to make your own. Until then, just try to imagine it yourselves. Put your imagination at work. And do not limit yourself at just what I did. Try to make your own napkin rings and the dinner arrangement will gain a wonderful festive air.

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                You can do it for yourself, but I’m sure some people will appreciate it if they will receive it as a gift (like me, for example). Which one do you want to learn first how to make?

Transform those big booze gift bags into small cute ones

                   A gift that never gets old is a bottle of wine (or Garonne, Campari, Martini – for the ladies). Of course I am not an exception. I often receive such gifts and I also give it to people who drink it.

                   Consequently in my house there is a drawer full with booze gift bags. Maybe you think I regift it when buying a bottle of wine for someone, but I always buy it in the last minute so I have no choice but to buy an new gift bag. And so the content of my drawer instead of shrinking it just gets bigger and bigger with each passing birthday.

                   This year I bought a few small gifts. You know: strong essences are kept in small containers. And I thought that than buying new gift bags, I can transform those old booze gift bags into smaller cute ones. Some may say that such a bag doesn’t cost more than a nickle, but why waste money when we have the perfect solution at home?

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When you don’t have a solution … improvise

               It’s not that I want to brag, but sometimes the imagination just hits me in the head. This is just what happened a few months ago when I attended a wedding. I bought a gorgeous pink dress that I could not wait to wear. The picture does not show its whole splendor, but it stoled my heart as soon as I tried it on. The only problem was it had golden straps and a waist band with colored textile inserts (yellow, green, blue and white). This combination may seem odd at first, but the designers made a bold choice and finally achieved a great product. But this article is not about that.

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DIY Covered buttons

                I often need to embellish a project, be it a pillowcase, a blanket or a clothing item. One of my favorite methods is using buttons. These tiny and seemingly insignificant objects can give a splash of color and elegance to many things.

               Many times I was in a bit of a trouble because I have not found the right buttons. Yes, there are a lot of buttons in the market but I don’t have time to go out for hours looking for the perfect button. But one day I found the best solution: fabric covered buttons. It was a great idea and I could not explain to myself why I haven’t thought about it sooner.

               You can also purchase kits to make your own fabric covered buttons, but it costs around 13 lei / 6 buttons which seems too much. My method is as simple as using the kit, but muuuuuuuch cheaper.

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What is a gourd?

             The other day I heard this question and I did not believe it: “What is a gourd?”. I was telling a friend about a future project and she stopped me with this question. I was appalled, actually I did not know what to answer her. The problem wasn’t that I did not know what it is, but I’m amazed that some people have not heard of gourds.

              Having lived several years in a campus and meet people from all over the country, I’ve heard various words that I did not know what they mean, but that’s because they were regionalisms. I did not know the term “gourd” is a regionalism …

              So I decided to share this information with everyone, I’m sure my friend is not the only one who never heard of this word.

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My first miniature garden

               Before I got started on my mini indoor garden, I spent a lot of time documenting about it. And not because it didn’t seemed an interesting project, but because I was so excited that I didn’t want to pass anything by. And of course, as the internet is full of all the information we want, this time it helped me tremendously. I even found some advice from people who have tried a project like this and have failed. You can learn from any experience and I can only be glad that those people  have decided to share their failure with us.

                So I chose to make a mini succulent garden. Besides the fact that there are a variety of succulents on the market, these plants have many benefits and are easy to maintain. 

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                So I started  conscientiously to work on it, I bought everything I needed and thus was born my first mini indoor garden. Because I wanted to be a simple one, I decided to accessorize it with just a few small, colorful and hand-made mushrooms.

                This mini garden can bring a touch of elegance, freshness and color in every corner of our lives: in the bedroom, in the living room or even in the office. They can be also a great gift idea for those special people in our lives: mother, grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law, etc. I definitely know who I’ll do my next mini garden for.

                What do you think about my mini project? I invite you all to try it.

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DIY Hair stick from a pencil

               Last weekend it was a friend’s birthday. We laughed, we danced and we had a great time. So great, that the host forgot she had a gorgeous hair style and decided to pin her ​​hair in a pencil.

               She was not the first person I saw doing this, and it seems a huge evidence of her creativity.

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Bridesmaids gifts

            Finally you finished organizing your wedding. You have chosen the place, the flowers, the wedding favors, the dress, and worked out all the important details. And because they helped you unconditionally, now it’s your turn to show your gratitude to your bridesmaids by rewarding them with a little gift..

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15 moving tips

            I don’t know what happened this past year, but a lot of people around me moved out. I moved out myself in the past a few times and I am sure it will happen again in the future. So I know what’s the hardest thing after doing this step: unpacking.
            I never know where I put every thing … and I end up losing valuable time searching for it. I am sure that this happened to you, too.
            The key to moving out fast is PACKAGING. The last time I moved out everything went very quickly because we have developed a highly organized packing system.
            If you take into consideration these small tips I will guarantee everything will go much faster.

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Salt in our food

            I think all Romanians have read the story “Salt in food” by Petre Ispirescu . Over time I forgot this story, but when I started cooking I remembered it and started to analyze it in terms of a housewife.

            I admit, I never put enough salt in my food. Which is somewhat better than to put too much, so everybody can season it’s food. But if you want to be called a good cook, you have to flavor everything exactly as it should.

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Kitchen labels

                Several years have passed since I bought some spice jars from Ikea and I can say they successfully reign in my kitchens. They are a very simple way to keep your kitchen organized. I think you are also sick of tons of bags for which you never find a right place and that break or get wet before finishing the content. It’s true, these jars take up more space but I like having everything within reach.

                And because they looked ugly with my old handwritten labels, I decided to make my own collection of labels.

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DIY mini flags

                   The first time I saw these little flags was during high school, at a friend’s birthday. They were the flags of various countries, they didn’t fit in the picture but I stared at them absolutely fascinated by how beautiful these decorations were.

                   Since then we have seen it everywhere and somehow it has lost it’s charm. It’s part of the landscape and … that’s about it. But they are trivial just because everywhere you look it’s the same pattern.

                   So I thought: if they are so simple, wouldn’t be fascinating to have such flags for various occasions? Well, they probably already exists. But why spend money on something you could do it yourself?

                   And because Valentine’s Day was just around the corner, I decided to make some for this occasion.

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The easiest cheesecake

            When I’m craving for something sweet, but do not want to exaggerate with the sugar, I instantly think about a cheesecake recipe.

            I tried all sorts of recipes found on the internet … but none was working for me.

            So I decided to change something about them and do it like I desire.

            Here’s what came out:

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DIY desk organizer

            Yesterday I noticed a piece of wood in my husband’s working area. And as I thought it was very lonely, another great idea popped into my head. So I did not waste any time and I asked him if he needs it.

            Fortunately, there were plenty laying around there so he let me take it.

            And what do you think I wanted to use it for? To make a handmade desk organizer.

            I’m sure you’re wondering : from a simple piece of wood? ? Wellllll along with some other useless things, I successfully completed my project.

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DIY Pringles can craft

                How can you not love Pringles potato chips! With their incredible salty taste that you cannot get enough of? I don’t know about you, but when I eat chips, I cannot stop until I finish the whole box. I know it’s not very healthy, but I don’t do it every day. A once in a while pleasure won’t hurt me, right?

              And let me tell you another reason why I like it so much. Because of their can. A can of Pringles can easily be turned into a cheap storage space.

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How to clean your microwave

             Many say that it’s better to not use the microwave because we can get sick. If we were to live by everything we hear, our lives would be chaotic. I couldn’t live without my microwave, especially as I use it not only to heat the food, but to cook it also.

             If you are a clean freak and you have time, you can clean the microwave every day.

             But if you’re a busy person like me, you only clean it in the weekend, so you need some practical advice.

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DIY Cork stamps

              For some time I’m looking for a cute stamp kit that includes the alphabet and the numbers.

              But I haven’t found one  yet at an affordable price.

              So for now I decided to do some stamps on my own.

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DIY hair bow

                 Yesterday a very dear friends of mine (let’s see if she knows I’m talking about her) was wearing a very cute hair bow.

                 I absolutely loved it so I immediately decided to make a little DIY tutorial.

                 I know they aren’t so expensive, but you will love them more when you know who made them. 

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Delicious stuffed pike recipe

              Today I will introduce to you my new discovery: stuffed pike.

              Since my husband became  a fisherman, lately I’ve heard a lot about fishes. But it has its advantages: I get to eat more fish! Which is good, because it’s very healthy.

              Last time he was in the Danube fishing for pike. And he brought home eight gorgeous pikes.

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              So I tried a new recipe. For this to go smoother, I recommend you have everything ready on the working table from the beginning.

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DIY Mannequin pincushion

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                 How many times have you found yourself misplacing the needle while sewing? And then you’re carefully looking  for it but in the end the needle wins and it stings you.

                 I found the best solution: a pin cushion.

                 But of course I wasn’t going to make a usual pin cushion. And while I was looking at my mannequin jewelry holder a crazy idea popped in my head: why don’t I make a mannequin  pin cushion?

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DIY Secret book box

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                Yes, I admit, I’m tight with my money. And I will tell you why it’s so easy for me to admit it.

                I saw the other day in a window a beautifully decorated box. When I got closer, I noticed it was actually a book. An old book with the inside cut, thus becoming a secret storage box.

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Fall decoration

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               For some people fall is the ideal season.

               It is neither too hot nor too cold, and all nature around us catches a gorgeous colors.

              I admit, even if it’s not my favorite season, autumn has a hint of romance out of the ordinary. I like to walk through the fallen leaves, their rustling underfoot feel, throwing myself between them and I love that the trees surrounds me with different flavors.

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Baked chocolate mousse

              Shame on me, but last week I stopped with a friend in a cake cafeteria .

              Why shame on me, you ask? I ate the best looking cake, the most appetizing and, I think, the most caloric cake of all.

              I liked it so much that I instantly said I have to try it out.

              Of course, no one wanted to give me the recipe, so I enjoyed every piece I could to better realize what it contains.

              Then I wrote down the recipe on a piece of paper and I started cooking. It did not come out as the one in the cafeteria , I admit … It came out much better!

              So I decided to share with you the wonderful result:

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How do we match the wine with the food to amaze our guests?

            I admit, I’m a big beer drinker. Especially now, with all this high temperatures outside, nothing compares with a cold beer.

          But I must admit that wine has a different flavor.There’s something about this liquid which takes me to other realms. If you spend the evening in good company, wine perfectly complements the magic of the night.

            But drinking wine is not so easy. If the wine does not get along with the food, then you will not feel  the flavor of the wine or the food.

           The basis is simple:

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DIY Childish bookmarks

                Like I said before: i like to keep in touch with my inner child.

                This time i found just laying around the house some old (but very cute) buttons and i immediately found them a use. 

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                I glued them to some colored paper clips and I got myself some pretty fine bookmarks.

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