Refashion- summer dress from a long man t-shirt (green with embroidery)

The story is totally the same as with the other long man t-shirt, so i just copy the begining:

This was a loooooong project. I mean to write this post. I made this dress in about 3-5 days, because i had only 1-2 hours a day for sewing and finishing the whole procedure.
I love refashion because it is so exciting to make something unique and quite cheap with a simple way. Also, most of the time i refashion because i need something i cannot find or if i find something but think it is too pricey (even if i could afford it). Ok ok, it is easy for me as i can sew..

So lets start the story! I purchased 2 long man t-shirt which is originally – sorry for who wear it- awful! Really, these long t-shirts on men just look as they put on a woman’s dress. Not boy-ish.
I bought a size S and a size XL because i thought, the S will be fit on my upper body but won’t be enough long so i can use some fabric from the XL. So for the size XL i grabbed a simple cotton dress of mine and used it as a pattern. Just cut around with letting more fabric at the edge (for sewing).

It looked like this, on me ( a bit bigger):
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So after cut ‘the pattern’ and sew it, i made that fancy detail again on the back. This time i used a beautiful ribbon to hold the edges together. And embroidery… well, at the middle i wished i wasn’t started it. Yes it made it so unique but….you know :D.
The color is mine again, i dyed it with using a green and blue to reach the color i wanted.
The butterfly arm is a tricky one too, i cut the original arm and made the shape and style i liked from it. Totally recycled.
My husband said a lot he likes it very much so it worthed to make. But maybe i will sew much easier pieces in the future…

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And the photos of the result:

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Do you have unsprayed roses?

If you do, i have a few idea, that how can you use it beside put them into the vase. Which is not a bad option by the way.

First i will tell you honestly, that long time ago, i thought, that roses are crappy. I don’t know why, cannot remember :D.
But after we bought our first home with garden and with roses, i fell in love. That much, that i bought other roses. That much, that since, my big dream is to have roses in EVERY.SINGLE.COLOR. Putting them in a row from the white until the darkest rose exists ever.
So, not just we had roses, but had a lof of which had to be cutted during the season, because roses like if we cut them. But after i had roses in every room and gave them as a gift too,  i still had a lot. So started to use them for different things. These are my ideas what i have tried, and loved.
But before you read my words and try anything i must tell, that only use your own roses, or person’s you know who didn’t spray the roses. Don’t use roses from stores and don’t use them if you sprayed your plant during it was blooming. However you wash the roseheads, it won’t be enough.
Always use them fresh, after 1 day it will start to be dried and losts its oil and fragrance (except for tea). So cut, and use inmediatelly.

1. Rosewater

Well i was itching to try new things with my own roses but first time i wasn’t that brave so i decided to start with a simple one.
I was serching recipes and couldn’t believe that making rosewater is that easy. You would grab your rose petals (only the petals) put them into a pan and pour as much water as it is on the petals’ top. Start to heat it and watch after it (don’t leave). As long as it starts to boil, put away from the heat. When it cools down pour into any bottle and put to the fridge. Spray to your face and body, it is just amazing. Or you can use it in cakes, sweets or any meal which requires rosewater.
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2. Rose lemonade

This was the second *thing* i tried with roses. I was afraid but you know what? The lemonade was so tasty, just a little bit rose-y just that much that is good. I wrote about it in an earlier post, you will find here the recipe as well.

3. Rose as a cake decoration

The first cake was with full of eatable flowers which i covered with sugar, (sugar icing) and put onto a cake. Always check the flowers you want to eat that it is 100% secure! And how it works? You need water and any powder sugar/sweetener (not liquid, just powder) you would make a thick sugar-water liquid. Before you do anything with the rose (or any flower) petals, it is soft and thick and foldable. You would put the petals into that liquid to make the petals all covered with it. Than put it onto a grid to let the rest of the liquid dripping and let it dry. You will need 2 hands to lift it up and hold with 4 fingers (2-2) with the opposite sites of the petal because as you lift it, it will be folded of the weight, and it is very hard to smooth out after. The drying method will takes at least 2 hours, but more you let the best is. Now be careful: your petals will become very thin and easy breakable but can easily lifted up. And it tastes so good!

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4. Rose jam

So if you think you like rose enough that you would it eat in a different way as well, try jam. I don’t think that simple ‘only rose’ jam would be good, because you would need a lot of thickener. But put next to a fruit is a good idea. Like any berries (rasberry, strawberry, cranberry) or apple. Just make a little amount first and only taste it when it is cooled down.

5. Rose tea

If you liked the rose lemonade, actually you will like the tea version too, it has a bit stronger taste. I think there is even difference between cold and hot rose tea, for example i like the cold version. You can buy a lot of types of rose teas but you can easily make yours because what you need beside some dried rosepetals is any kind of leaf tea, just mix it. A very important rule: don’t let the rose tea ‘swimming’ in the water more, than 7 minutes. After it will be soooooo strong tasted that i think nobody would drink it :D.
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Of course there is a lot of other recipes what you can use rose petals for. These recipes or ideas are what i have tried, so these are all my experiences.
Let me know if you try any of them. ;-)

There might be millions of roses, but you are my only one, unique rose – The Little Prince

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We rent: Our porch – we decorated a bit.

If you follow my on instagram you know that i spend a lot of time on our porch – actually as much as i can with all the mommy-etc tasks. But one things is fix: as far as the weather let me, i start here my day and i finish here as well.
We have a not so big grass area i front of the porch, but we cannot use it, only we have to cut the grass. Before we came here we had a beautiful garden. It was so much work, i had so many flowers, we had a littlemini lake, -my husband made it- with gold fish. So i wanted to bring a little from that garden with plants. The soil here is awful, it is 100% clay. The few plants we could plant the other side is happened that we made a whole, filled with plantsoil and then put the plan. Last summer was a very rare hot summer (means 30-35 celcius degrees) but this summer was cold andy rainy, as usually is here. So all the plants and seeds were suffering, i didnt get what i supposed to.

Lets speak a bit about the furnitures. I had a picture in my mind, what kind of couch i would have to have. Wood and grey – especially collecting so many ideas on pinterest – and i found a totally similar one on some online shop. It was about 300 euros and when my husband saw it he said he could make it. And he did! I am so proud of him. Not to mention, all the material cost only around 100 euros. The cushions are from IKEA exactly for porch furnitures. It is washable which is big help in the middle of autumn when i put the cushions away.
The other furniture, that little desk was a plan in my head too. I did not find it any shops i just tried to explain to my husband. At least he designed it, the top of the table is from pallet only the legs are new. Both the couch and table got a good exterior oil to give them a little darker color and a protection from ‘weather’.
The mint drawer was an ebay found, i mean it was a brown drawer originally and was super cheap. I wanted one mint item along with all the natural color to hold all the garden stuff. It is yet decorating and very usefull-

To talk a bit about the wood fence or wall, well we did not have it last year but we wanted more intimate zone. And where could i put all the lights withouth that fence? :D

We enjoy this porch of ours, it does not susbstitute our previous garden but we do not want to stay forever or so much year.

 

And the pictures:

 

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Four easy meal – with a bonus shake.

When the temperature hits the maximum or we just super tired but really have to eat something (especially if it is about your bloodsugar), a quick but tummy- filler meal is a double win.
I have 4 super easy and delicious meal what can be good for lunch or dinner, depends on what side dish you have.

 

Zuchinni pasta

Just grab a good spiralizer and then you can make all the wonderful veggie pastas. Even the kids won’t notice just call it ‘green’ or ‘orange’ pasta (depends on what veggie you make the pasta from).
If you have it for lunch you can mix your original pasta – following your diet but the lowest calories- with zucchini pasta then you will have a lighter yet tummy filler dish and you won’t be hungry at least for 2 hours. For dinner i recommend only the zucchini but if you eat well whole day you won’t  carving for all the ‘hard’ CH-s. This time i had it with fried ham and garlic, i promise you will like it.

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Florence peas

I learnt this recipe looong time ago from a favorite italian cookbook. The truth is that if i could, i would eat a big bowl of peas because i love it so much.
The base recipe is super easy: cut the garlic, run it on a little olive oil, then put some prasley and cutted ham as well. It takes only 1-2 minutes. Put the peas onto garlic-prasley-ham trio and cook another 3 minutes. You wouldn’t overcook it just to be soft and crispy.
Beause i always love to add more, i usually add some cutted tomatoes and instead of ham i add cheese like mozarella. If i eat it for lunch i would add some cooked red quinoa, it is so rich that i almost forget to have my afternoon snack.

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Kale and cauliflower

If you have some leftover chicken here is an idea what to do with it. I cooked chicken paprikas for my boys and they eat it with pasta. But i wouldn’t eat too much pasta, especially not for dinner. So after some ‘garlic running on the olive oil’ i put the cutted kale and cauliflower and cooked about 10 minutes until it became soft. I just added the chicken which had a good sauce originally so i could made an -oh so wonderful dish- i just couldn’t stop to eat. I recommend it for dinner.
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Beans and sage

You know that every veggie has its pair when we talk about herbs. Beans and sage are one of them.
I so love this dish, the only problem that it needs bread so it is only ‘good’ for dinner. But i don’t care it.
So, as i always start, cutted garlic onto olive oil and then sage leaves for about 1-2 minutes. Then i put the beans (already cooked or being ready from can) for another 2-3 minutes. And taadaaam you can eat it. And try not to eat whole can of bean ;–)

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Bonus: my skinny chocolate shake

My afternoon snack is 99% is a fruit based smoothie because i just cannot eat that much fruit in one sitting and that fruit by itself  won’t last more than an hour. I mean i will be hungry soon. But sometimes i am carving for something sweet. And it is a bit harder when you are on the way to lose weight. So i made this recipe which is delicious and good for my diet. And healthy.
In 3dl (about one cup) almond milk i put 1 teaspoon of vanille sweetener ( i use eritrit-stevia mix), 2 teaspoon of psyllium husk flour, 2 teaspoon of carob powder and optional one teaspoon of sugarfree peanut butter. Mix it, wait for 5 minutes and you will have a thick-chocolates-amazing chocolate shake.

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Enjoy!

We love traveling: Provence and all the lavender fields

We went to South-France again, just because to see the lavender fields. Because it has a special season which is – so the best to go – the end of June, beginning of July, we chose the first weekend of July to go. As long as we still have school in whole July, we could spend just a long weekend there and tried to see as many things as we can – especialy with kids. However i can say, our boys became a very good traveler if you know what i mean when i say 10-12 hours in the car.

So, when we talk about Provence, and lavender fields, everybody say ‘uh’ and ‘ah’ and what a pretty place and want to go there, etc etc. Guys, Provence and the lavender fields are REALLY that beautiful and amazing what everybody expecting about. Why do i say this? Because there are other places, what people are dreamig about but in real life they are realy  not that dreamy. You know, just a good photographer with the right angle and lights (i would name this place only in private message). So houses on the countryside with all their light brown, rockyy, grey wall color and all the pastel shutters, the simple lines and forms,  were our faveourite. We collected so many ideas in our head to our future home (our future house will be kind of multicultural, haha, as we have ideas from every place we have been to).

We stayed in an Airbnb in Banon, and have been in Annecy, Aix-en-Provence, Cassis. Actually our only full day was Saturday, but it was enough again, that for example we finally have found the perfect town in South-France, along the sea, which is perfect with kids: Cassis! We definitely will try to go back there next summer for a whole week, it is calm but not boring, it has a good beach and even a big and very cool playground! Eating, sleeping, beaching, playing, and repeat: thats what we will do there.

So, lets get started!
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We love traveling: South-Germany and Austria

We spent just 2 days at this area, but have experienced and saw so many things, that both my husband and me said, it felt we were away for a whole week!
For example, all of us went to the top of the mountain in a cable car. It was such a wonderful experience to see snow, and feel the strong sunshine at the same time.
Lakes, mountaines, flower fields are what we never get tired of!

Enjoy our memories!
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5 exciting – non usual – lemonade variations for the hot summa’

Hey, we got real summer hottnes for two days and i cannot stop to make all the soft drinks for ourselves.
I show you 5 variations what includes non – usual pairs, and maybe you wouldn’t figure out, by your own.

But believe me, even they sounds weird, they are really really delicious. So lets see:

 

1. The classical
Life gave you lemons? No problem! :-) Ok this is a well – known lemonade: mint, fresh slice of lemons, sugar (or sweetener, we use erythritol-stevia mix). But it is a must. (And i am telling secretly, that if you change lemons into lime and pour some rum too, it will be a wonderful mojito. But don’t forget the mint!)

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2. Peach and rosmary
Maybe you think first, that ‘hey, i love a good meal of rosemary chicken with grilled peaches’. But it won’t taste like that because it will be a citrus-y drink with some spicy back-flavour. Make a lemonade base (lemon juice, sugar/sweetener into the cold water) and put some peaches and a little rosemary branch. Dried rosemary spice won’t work.

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3. Rasberry and basil
Like with peach-rosemary duo this will be a nice soft drink, too, the basil is just a good extra which highlight the rasberry flavour. You need to make a lemonade base and then put some rasberry and some basil leaf.
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4. Rose and mint
I was so sceptic. ‘Cause you know, rose…. reminds me of soap and cologne…it has a strong smelling. But this lemonade is so tasty!! Only be careful and  use only roses which was not been sprayed. Make a lemonade base and put some rose petals and mint leaves. Taste it every half hou if it is ready to your favor.

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5. Lavender
I was so afraid to taste anything which had lavender flavour that it took years. This was my first lavender flavour ‘something’ and since then i am eating anything with lavender flavour. I think the secret is, like with roses, that you have to taste it every half hour. So make a lemonade base and put some lavender flowers without leaves. And hey, it really got that light greyish purple-ish color. I love it!
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Try one of these or try all don’t miss them! :-)

Refashion- summer dress from a long man t-shirt (coffee brown with blue beads)

This was a loooong project. I mean to write this post. I made this dress in about 3-5 days, because i had only 1-2 hours a day for sewing and finishing the whole procedure.
I love refashion because it is so exciting to make something unique and quite cheap with a simple way. Also, most of the time i refashion because i need something i cannot find or if i find something but think it is too pricey (even if i could afford it). Ok ok, it is easy for me as i can sew..

So lets start the story! I purchased 2 long man t-shirt which is originally – sorry for who wear it- awful! Really, these long t-shirts on men just look as they put on a woman’s dress. Not boy-ish.
I bought a size S and a size XL because i thought, the S will be fit on my upper body but won’t be enough long so i can use some fabric from the XL. But hey, Even the man- S was a little big but totally was enough long. So this time I just used the S sized (and already started to make something from the XL ;–) ).
It looked like this, on me:

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I made a bigger neckline, a shorter sleeve, put a breast seam, cut the back for a fancy detail and put ‘built in belt’.
I made you a drawing for easier imagine, both front and back side.

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After the sewing was ready i dyed my dress into a nice coffee brown. I recommend liquid painting pour into water instead of powder, for a bigger piece like that. I dyed also the belt, as long as it was white too.
The very last steps were put the blue beads and iron the whole dress especially the edges.

And now the dress en vivo.

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And a before after as well, because it is always so fun.

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We love traveling: Netherlands II. – Amsterdam

We had a short trip to the Netherlands from Friday to Monday. We travelled by car to be able to see as many things as places, as we could. We had exact plan (Amsterdam, Keukenhof and find a flower field) the others we were improvising. The whole long weekend we were so blessed, it was sunny, not warm but not cold and only once it was raining but during the night. We stayed in a cute Airbnb in a little town, calles Schoorl. Oh we loved it so much!

After the flowers there is Amsterdam.
First impression: WOW. And another WOW. So impressive, so caracteristic, so stylish, so intensive, so cool! Amsterdam is a ‘big thing’ if you have never been there, for that, if you have been there, for it. I have never been to New York but saw lot of movies and my first thought was that like i am walking in one of the movies which was played in New York or around that place! Well we know, the dutch made their place in New York and around so it is not a suprise. I was amazed that every.single.door was different, every.single.door was unique and even the ‘ugly’ doors were beautiful, too. #ihavethisthingswithdoors
I like it in the whole country that 90% of the  houses and buildings are made with brick. Natural, black, white, dark blue, dark green and dark red what we saw the most. (love it love it love it!!!)
So it was, what we expected and couldn’t spend too much time, so there would be other parts we would see.
We liked it so much, but agreed with my husband and with my grandma (she was with us), that this city is for singles, couples so WITHOUT children. It was too crowed and rushed and as a mountain-forest family it helped us to say goodby without the feelings: if we were so lucky to live here.
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