Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cushion Cover from a Flannel Shirt

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Here’s an easy autumn decor idea: flannel cushion covers from old button-up shirts. All you need is an old shirt, scissors, and a sewing machine (or thread and a needle).

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Firstly,you will need a men's flannel shirt. Men's, because they are usually larger (the larger the better) and won’t have those dart things to shape them. Mine is from the thrift store. There was an offer for 3 shirts for 1€.

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Take it apart along the side and shoulder seams, remove the pocket, and the arms and the collar. You are left with the front piece with the buttons (button them up) and the back piece.

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Place an old cushion cover (for the cushion you want to cover) on top of the front piece, pin it in place and cut along the edges leaving a small allowance all around. The allowance will depend on how much space you have along the sides, mine was only about 0,5 cm, but if you have more space you can have a bigger allowance. Repeat with the other piece. If you have wiggle room, you can try to match up the pattern, but mine was a pretty tight fit, so I decided not to worry about it.

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Place the pieces against each other right sides facing, pin together and sew along the edges. Don’t leave any openings.

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Finish the edges with a zigzag stitch to keep them from fraying. Unbutton the buttons and turn the cover right side out.

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Insert your pillow through the button up part, close the buttons and voila! you are done!

Cosy flannel cushions.

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This was such an easy and cheap project. One cover cost about 33 cents. And I really like the result. I think I’ll keep my eyes open for more plaid shirts!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pattern for a Granny Square Blanket

I’ve made two granny square blankets

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an ombre grey one

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and a black one.

For those who asked, here’s a pattern. Each square represents one granny square. The black one is the same, except all grey squares are done on black.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Easy Cream Salmon Recipe

There was super cheap salmon on offer at the grocery store yesterday. Since the Norwegians can’t take their salmon to Russia anymore, apparently we get them! 2,99€/kg, can’t beat that. We got the biggest one we could find, almost 3kg.

Dead fish alert.

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It’s my job to take the fish apart, a job which I find revolting, and it’s not helped by the fact that Jake insists on naming every fish we buy. This one was called Raju-Reijo.

This recipe is super easy, but I thought I’d take pictures anyway.

EASY CREAM SALMON

Heat up the oven to 200°.

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Filet your salmon and place it in an oven proof dish. This dish was a bit too small for a fish this size, but it was the biggest one we had.

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Sprinkle with salt and a lot of lemon pepper. Put in the oven for 20 minutes.

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Take the fish out of the oven and add 4dl of onion flavoured cream. Other flavours might work.

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Also, add some butter. Put back in to the oven for another 20 minutes.

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Mmmmmmmmmmmm.

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We usually eat this with mashed potatoes, but neither of us felt like peeling potatoes. Still, it was good!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Quick Spray Paint Makeover

I bought these two lamps from the thrift store. They were only 2,50€ each, and I really liked the pattern on them. They were kind of an ugly color, but I thought, hey, that’s nothing a little spray paint wont fix!

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And here’s the after!

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I love them! The look so clean. Now, I just have to find some shades for them!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

July and August Reads

A bit late and two months combined, but here they are!

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  • Bruce Campbell: If Chins Could Kill : Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull : The Art of the Hobbit
  • AJ Jacobs : The Year of Living Biblically
  • AJ Jacobs : The Know-It-All
  • AJ Jacobs : Drop Dead Healthy
  • Sam Sommers : Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World
  • Pimsleur French 2, 3 and plus
  • Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein : Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
  • J.K. Rowling : Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone
  • Paul Tough : How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Feel free to recommend me books!

Friday, August 8, 2014

I Need Advice!

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I bought this ceramic owl from the thrift store for 4 euros. Hanging here with my Harry Potter books (of course). I thought I’d spray paint it white like this:

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One of it’s ears is a bit cracked, but I thought you could hardly notice it once I paint it over. Not that you can really see it now, because that’s the side against the books.

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Here’s my problem: I thought that Jake would hate the owl for sure (he disapproves a lot of things I bring home), but he actually likes it! Cool, right? Except he thinks I’ll ruin it by painting it. And then he’ll hate it. Gah!

So please, give me some advice! To paint or not to paint?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2 Step Spice Rack

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My spice cabinet has been a mess. It’s above the stove so it’s quite high, and I can only reach the first few shelves without a stepladder. It’s also quite deep and stuff tends to get lost behind other stuff.

I asked my father if a step rack was something he could do and a few hours later it was ready! My mother painted it white and I think it looks like a build in. I love it! Now I can actually see and reach everything! (Well, some rarely used stuff I placed on the top two shelves.)

I realized I actually forgot to take any pictures of the finished rack. I was in such a hurry to get this cabinet organized! But here are a few pictures of dad making it.

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