Coloured lipbalm/gloss

I have made lip balms before but never tinted with colour. But it turns out it is quite easy. I got my son and his classmate helping me out ❤

This is a great way to both spend time with kids and at the same time make something that is safe for them and you to wear on a daily basis.

Normal lip balms are filled with unnecessary things like paraffin or petroleum(mineral oil), preservatives, artificial dyes, flavors and colors.

I found this about mineral oil. According to Efsa, European Food Safety Authority mineral oils may act as a genetic carcinogen, meaning it might damage human DNA. While some saturated mineral oils can accumulate in the tissue and cause adverse effects in the liver. In EU some variations of mineral oils are approved as food additives.

To make your own skincare products is a great way to lessen the toxic load we all are exposed to at this point. Especially for kids that has a much smaller and sensitive system.

The fun thing about this recipe is that you can easily use the oils you have available at home just make sure if you have more liquid oils than solid in this recipe then you need add 1 more spoon of beeswax that acts as a solidifier.

Another thing is that if you have a grinder. Like a coffegrinder you can grind your own powders from vegetables or berries you already have. Just slice it up, pop it in the oven and dry it overnight at aroud 50 degrees. It is a great way to save some old beets that was about to go to waste. 💚

What you need:

  • 1 spoon beeswax
  • 1 spoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 spoon olive oil
  • 1 spoon coconut oil
  • 1 spoon shea butter
  • 20 drops stevia
  • 0,3 teaspoon cola aroma/10 drops essential oil
  • 1 capsule of vitamin e (act as a preservative, can be skippes)
  • 1-6 teaspoons of coloured plant powder (beetroot, blue spirulina, turmeric, sweet potato, blueberries, raspberries, hibiscus)
  • Clean containers
  1. Boil some water and melt the fat in a water bath above. You don’t want any water mixed in with your fats.
  2. When the beeswax is melted add the stevia, aroma/essential oils. Mix it up
  3. Add the powder until you have the desired colour. The more pigment you add the more visible it will be on the actual lip. 💋
  4. Pour liquid into containers and pop in the fridge for fast solidifying.
  5. Enjoy your clean lipbalm

It is also possible to experiment with several colors with this batch, but pouring the batch into smaller containers be aware that the oil mix gets cold and starts to solidify, so you have to act fast 😉

I love this for my self and those small girlie girls that wanna grow up to fast, but with this recipe you can make sure the ingredients are SAFE for their growing bodies 💜 have some fun experimenting with colors, smells and flavors. 💋💋💋

Coconut caramel

I don’t eat sugar because my body can’t metabolize it and it just generally makes me feel like crap. But I let my son have some from time to time, but then I want it to be the good kind, or as good as it possibly can be though it still is sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation.

I wanted to try to make caramel, but with no diary and with coconut sugar instead of ordinary sugar. White sugar is refined and stripped for all possible nutrients and has also gone through the process of getting bleached. Cane sugar is a better option becouse it is closer to it’s natural shape and still contain some trace minerals, at the downside it still raises the bloodsugar a lot. Coconut sugar though is even better becouse it has lower glycemic index, also has more antioxidants and inulin, which can help slow glucose absorption. Instead of normal syrup I switched this with maple syrup. Maple syrup actually contains antimicrobial properties, more nutrients and antioxidants. As well as oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, organic acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It also contains zinc and manganese. Now I don’t think all the properties remain after 30 min of boiling, but it is still SO much better than normal syrup.

What you need

3 dl coconut milk

2 dl coconut sugar

1 dl maple syrup

100 g vegan butter (no additives)

1 spoon of vanilla syrup

1. Add everything to a pot, mix it and let it start to boil on medium heat.

2. Turn down the heat to a little below medium. Stir often and let it boil down for atleast 30 min

3. Do the dropper test, add a little caramel to a cold glass of water. If you can shape it to a ball it’s done. If not keep on boiling and stirring.

4. Add to cool shapes or just in a square shape that is covered with baking paper.

5. Let it chill in the fridge until hard.

6. Cut in squares or remove from mold. Wrap them in pieces of baking paper, and save in the fridge or freezer for whenever ❣

Enjoy your clean vegan candy guilt free ❤ or wrap and give away as Christmas gifts 🎅

All-good Pomade

My son just got a haircut, or what he called it was a SMART-haircut. But this cool new haircut that not only makes him a big boy (he is turning 7 this week). But now he would need to use a styling product to make the hair stand up like he want it to. But buying just any of the stying products at the hairsalon or any other place is pretty much out of the equation.

SMART-haircut

The amount of chemicals and hormone disruptors we are exposed to through cosmetics on a daily basis is a lot. According to research done, infants are born with around 200 chemicals already circulation in their body. I believe that every place we can try reduce the exposure to chemicals, to lessen the total toxic load is a good thing. That’s why I made my son his own hair styling pomade.

The all-good Pomade is made with only natural ingredients, and gives a good hold through out the day. Great for short hair. I also added some cola aroma to it to make is smell good (I didn’t have marshmallow scent witch was the original wish). The ingredients are so safe you could EAT them, just incase if a zoombie-apocalypse is near. Stay prepared.

Ingredients

4 spoons sheabutter

4 spoons beeswax

3 spoons jojobaoil

2 spoons arrowroot powder/corn starch

2,5 teaspoons cola aroma

5 drops of lime essential oil

6 drops of caramel stevia

This gives approx 135 g of finished product. The hold is medium to hard, if you want a stronger hold just add 1 more spoon of beeswax.

Melt everything in a water bath. The beeswax requires some heat, so I found it actually easier to melt it directly in a pot on the stove on minimum heat. Mix in the arrowroot/corn starch and the aroma in the end. Pop it in the fridge for about 5 min. Then use a hand held mixer and blend it all together. This is to mix the beeswax together with the other oils. Pour in a container, and let it chill until solid. Then VOILA. Your own home-made pomade ❤️

Today my son styled his own hair, and he was so happy with the result. I obviously was doing it all wrong. 😂 But with this pomade I feel safe letting him play around as much as he wants to 🌿

BEST DIY FACEMASKS

I actually started reesearch for this blog this spring when Covid-19 first presence in march. But Norway decided that facemasks is to difficult to use for the people of Norway, I kind of hung it right here. But now with Covid on the rise because traveling for a Norwegian is part of our basic needs😉.

After 1,5 weeks of recommendation to use masks in public transport , single use masks are to be found everywhere in the streets. You should think that disposing thrash into a trashcan shouldn’t be that hard, but obviously it is. One solution is to make your own fabric mask ❤️ It´s inexpensive, better for the invironment and better for your health. Yes breathing toxins from the prodution of single use masks have not been reesearched yet, but still other reesearch done from enveironmental toxins that we wear, eat and breathe does affect our health as a coctail effect we still does not know to what extent… I like to practise a better safe than sorry approch. If you want to do the same I suggest useing organic fabric, preferably dyed organic or with plant colors as well. If not just make sure you have washed it really well before you use it.

First is the choice of material, the ones that are proven to have the best effect according to medicalnewstoday.com is tightly woven cotton of 600 threads pr inch, and 2 sheets of chiffon made from polyester and spandex filter out 80-99% of partricles

Other materials that have done good is tightly woven cotton, (no, do not use a BANDANA) plus natural silk or flannel, and cotton quilt with cotton-polyester batting. Filters that have performed well is vacuum cleaner filters(not recommended in Norway) and Zwiffer refill dust cloths. It gets kind of technical when the best combination is a positively charged fabric and a negative charged fabric, but thats why you want to combine cotton with silk or a synthetic fiber. Anyhow what materials you choose, FIT of the mask is everything, it needs to be snug.

Materials NOT to use, include knits, because they stretch and make the fabric have more filtration. So no tshirt and sock masks should ever be made and used.

I made this fitted mask pattern that graded in 3 sizes. I find my 6 year old fit the small, myself the medium and my hubby the Large

Old school pattern drawn by hand

What you need

  • Printed pattern on A4 paper
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Woven cotton fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
  • Filter fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm (silk or polyester chiffon) I will use polyester originally made to filtrate pollen
  • Polyester or silk fabric min 30 cm x 21 cm
  • Elastic band 6 mm
  • Metal tread ( 8 – 10 cm)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Iron board
  • Iron

What to do

1. Use the paper scissor and cut out the preferred size

2. Iron the fabrics, remember different temperature for different fabrics

3. Fold the fabric, remember to fold with the direction of the tread in the fabric.

4. Pin the pattern on the fabric and cut around. Do the same with all the fabric layers

5. Pin together the mask front and sew a seam with 1 cm seam-allowance. Do the same with all the pieces

6. Iron down the middle of the seam, so the edges fold to each side. Use the edge of your Iron board. Do the same on all the pieces except. Remember the right temperature to each fabric

7. Cut small triangles in the seam allowance along the curvy seam on all pieces.

8. Pin the front of the mask together with the back with the seams facing out. Then fasten the filter ontop of the front with the seam-allowance facing inwards.

9. Sew a seam over the 3 layers on top of the mask and on the bottom with 1 cm allowance.

10. Cut off extra fabric on nose and chin.

11. Turn the face mask inside out.

12. Iron the edges.

13. Fold the metal wire after the shape of the nose.

14. Insert the metal wire and pin the edges down, marking with a pin where is starts and ends.

15. Sew one seam with stitches 4 mm, 0,3 cm from the edge. When getting to the wire sew around it at approx 0,75 cm.

16. Sew a topstitch seam on the bottom of the mask as well, 4 mm, 0,3 from the edge.

Point 17. 19. 20. 22

17. Pin all the 3 layers down in the remaining openings and sew a seam on both sides.

18. Try on the face mask and measure around the head (or around the ears) from one edge to another with a measuring tape. Measure the width of the mask. Add all the measures together and then add 2 cm. Size Large can look like this 43 cm (back head)+ 32 cm(neck) + 7 cm (side length) + 2 cm (seam allowance) = 84 cm. Cut the elastic band in the total measurement. Or you can just make a rough cut at 84 and avoid the math.

Point 18

19. Measure 1,5 cm, fold 0,5 cm around the elastic band, fold again so the measure is 1 cm. Iron and pin down. Make sure the elastic is loose and away from any pin.

20. Sew 0,2 cm from the edge with a 0,4 mm stitch. Repeat on the other side.

21. Try on the face mask to adjust the length of the elastic band. Then pin the ends together, let them overlap at 1 cm. Sew a zigzag seam back and forth to fasten. Adjust the elastic to hide the seam within one of the sides.

FINITO 💚👌🏼 enjoy your custom fitted face mask. Now you can experiment with all kinds of printed fabric or colors to match your outfits. Bring some FUN into Facemasks. They might be around for a while

STAY SAFE 😷✌🏼

Aloe Rose Water🌹

Roses are red and blue and now comes in pretty much every color you can ask for. From ancient time it’s a symbol of love. Energetically it is used to heal grief and sorrow and open the heart ❤️ It has been used in skincare since the Greek and Egyptian time. Cleopatra actually soked her sails in rose water before traveling so her scent could be carried by the wind (they could smell her coming 😂).

Not very natural. But OH ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Rose water actually has a lot of great benefits. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and can help smooth and sooth irritated skin, reduce redness and puffyness, help skin heal faster and fight of infections. Rosewater has strong antioxidants and is also found to have anti-aging properties. It can relive headaches and enhance mood by relaxing the central nervous system. No wonder it has been used in skincare since pretty much forever. It can also help digestive upset and aids the body in production of more bile. And it has been used to fight of eye-infections.

So there is no reason to let those petals go to waste. Do you have a bush in your garden or some wild roses near by? You can have fun by making your own rose water ❤️ I found a lonely bush in my neighborhood that had so much flowers it couldn’t hold them up anymore, so I felt the need to help a little 😉 Best to use petals grown without pesticides, what we put on your skin will enter our body and your blood stream. For maintaining good a health or better our it I believe in making clean choices.

Rose water

  • Fresh rose petals
  • Double the amount of water

Bring the water to a boil then add it to the rosepetals. You can let it simmer until the petals looses it’s color or like me I just left it steep until the water got cold. Strain through a mesh cloth, and voila you got ROSE WATER 🌹

Use it as it is or as a base for other recipes like this face and body spray

Aloe Rose Water

  • 2 leaves of Aloe Vera
  • 700 ml of Rose Water
  • 1 spoon of glycerine
  • 15 drops of Grapefruit seed extract or some vitamin E (conserving)
  • 3 clean 250 ml spraybottles

Add cold rose water and all the ingredients to a blender or to a jar and use a hand held blender. Mix it up and then its ready. SO EASY!

This spray turned out amazing, and got immediatly stolen by my husband that struggles with migraines and sits infront of a computer all day ❤️ I will take this spray with me on vacation and use it to sooth burned skin or when I feel I just need a little extra boost. I belive this mix also would work amazingly as a facial toner.

If you try this recipe yourself. Let me know what you think and if you find more uses of it. Rose water is supposed to last one year in the fridge. I put my leftovers in a reusable glass bottle so let’s see how long this lasts 😂

Ultra moisturizing handcream

I always have had lots of trouble finding a hand cream that is clean. Meaning NO added hormone disruptors, benzonates, perfumes and other unessecary toxins and chemicals. That also works for very dry skin and doesn’t cost 300 kr for 100 ml. Yeah face it, going “natural” is for some reason VERY expensive at times.

Most dry skin formulas uses very heavy fats and butters, but I don’t really feel like they are penetrating the skin. Not until I figured out how to use vegetable glycerine as part of my formula. It truly worked like magic. I even tested it on my husbands feet who at that point was dryer than the Sahara desert, and just after 1 night of applying the mosterizer the dryness was gone and his human feet came back.

Glycerol is a sugar alcohol that is derived from animal products, plants or petroleum. Vegetable glycerine is made by heating triglyceride-rich vegetable fats like palm, soy or coconut pils, under pressure or together with a strong alkali, such as lye. It causes the glycerine to split from the fatty acids and mix with water, forming an odorless, sweet tasting syrup like liquid. It is commanly used in the food industry, cosmetics and in Phamacutical industrise.

Other benefits of glycerol is that it helps skin health by sooth irritation, protect against irritants and microbes as well as sooth inflamed or wounded skin. It can also work as a barrier on the skin when it needs protection from the natural elements like wind and cold. Though It seems to have no effect on stinging, itching, drying or irritation.

The cool thing about glycerine is that it helps oil and waterbased ingredients so mix, buuut it ususally needs a emulsifier in addition to mix even better. Emulsifiers can be found organic and natural derived or full on chemicals, for me it was important to keep it as clean as possible. For this reason I chose beeswax as my emulsifier.

What I used

  • 1 spoon Cacaobutter
  • 1 spoon beezwax
  • 50 ml of olive oil
  • 50 ml of grapeseed oil
  • 1 spoon of shea butter
  • 100 ml of glycerine
  • Hand held blender
  • (10-15 drops of orange essential oil)

Gently melt everything over a water bath. Add the glycerine at the end. At this point glycerine and the rest of the oils are not going to mix. Pop the whole thing it in the fridge for 15-20 min, then use your blender and mix it well. Now everything should be good and blended. Pour the finished product in containers. I used 2 containers so I can keep 1 fresh in the fridge. There is no plant material in this so I don’t think it will spoil easily, but I if you want to make sure to keep it from growing bacteria, use a spoon or a spatula when using the cream. Best applied at night before sleeping 🌙

This is the blended version. Ofcourse I forgot in my eager to take the before picture 😉

Originally I made this cream for my son who’s hands where cracking up from all the hand-washing at school, but seriously it works for everything and everyone. AND it is SAFE, pure and natural ❤

Enjoy being soft and moisturized😘

Diy Deodorant and lipbalm

There is no secret that I am very conscious about what I put in and on my body. Extreme allergies will do that to you 😉

So many skincare products, makeup, soaps, perfumes, washing products are filled with toxins, heavy metals, hormone disruptors and questionable additives. Trying to get my health back to a good place I definitely don’t need more of that ❣

That’s why I figured that it is best to go back to basics. Making most my own skincare products, with ingredients I can eat as well. If it is safe enough to put in my mouth it is safe to put on my skin. A great rule of thumb 👍

I wanted to share 2 recipies I use. One for lip balms and one for my deodorant. A little goes a long way. Last time I made deodorant was actually one year ago. So yes by doing this you can actually save some money.

The cool thing about this recipes is that you can easily switch out some oils for what you already have in the pantry. I am a big fan of using what you have.

Only thing you need to remember with switching is to replace the oils or fat with something in the same consistency. Liquid oils with other liquid oils. Hard fat like cacao butter can be switched with beeswax. Just switch it up and have some fun playing around ❤ it is easy to make several things at once while you are at it. Make double and use for both?

Lip balm (approx 6 containers)

1 spoon beeswax

1 spoon cacao butter

1 spoon avocado oil

1 spoon grapeseed oil

10 drops of your favourite essential oil

Melt the beeswax and cacao butter over a water bath. Add the rest of the oils and stir. Pour in containers. Let it cool. Voila ❤ If you are feeling experimental you can add some beetroot powder or cacao powder for color

Deodorant

1 spoon cocoa butter

1 spoon shea butter

2 spoons coconut butter

1 spoon beeswax

1/4 cup of arrow root or cornstarch

1,5 spoons of baking soda

1 spoon of green clay (can be skipped)

10-15 drops of essential oil

Melt all the butters and wax over a water bath until liquid. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour in container and let it chill. Ready for action. Smelly free and au natural ❤

Jacket Facelift

I just want to share a super easy way to upgrade your old jacket. This is really the simplest way to bring some new life to an old jacket.

Jacket facelift = new excitement = longer wear 💚. The most environment friendly thing we can do is to use what we already HAVE, instead of buying USED or NEW clothing. Adding a personal touch to your clothes makes you have a stronger relationship with them, and it will be much harder to break up with them. 💔 Loved clothes last longer because we take better care of them.

This styling I did for a friend of mine. My passion is definetly to tell others how to do things 😂 but sometimes I do forget that not everybody thinks this is so easy as I believe it is (my forgotten degree in fashion might have something to do with it). Since this practically takes no time (max 1 hour) I decided I could just do it my self, and THEN tell all of you how easy it was instead.

What you need

  • Printer
  • Transfer paper
  • Piece of fabric approx A4
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread in chosen color
  • Trims for decoration
  • Iron
  • Iron board or towels
  • Baking sheets

1. Choose a picture you would love to decorate your jacket with

2. Print your transfer-picture accordingly to the instructions following. Some pictures need to be flipped. Also make sure you add the correct side in the printer.

3. Iron the transfer sheet on to the piece of fabric using the instructions. Use the baking sheet between the picture and the iron.

4. Pin the picture onto the jacket. Zigzag around the edge. I used the button-hole seam to get the seam tight enough.

5. Decorate around with trims you like. That matches or mismatches the picture.

Enjoy your masterpiece 💚 easy peasy

My friend was very happy with her Frida Charlo picture and the vintage lace trim 😉❤

Summer Caps Redesign

Do you have some old caps laying around? Maybe they have some spots or you just don’t feel their vibe anymore?

I had a couple of those that was in need of a upgrade. I will show you two methods you can use to upgrade your caps. One you do not even need to sew at all, the other one is a little more intricate, and requires a little more work and patience ❤ I use creation of redesigns as a form meditation, time I use on making something doesn’t really matter anymore. It is how you feel while creating that is the most important. ❤

What I used for “pura pinchi party”

  • Printer
  • Transferpaper for printer
  • Textile glue
  • piece of white cotton fabric 20 cm x 20 cm
  • Pins
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black fabric pen (for drawing on the cap)
  • (Optional) sewing machine or needle and thread

1. Iron the piece of fabric

2. Place the fabric on top of the front of the caps, pin it so it lays flat and wrinkle free. Cut into the fabric where the line is rounded. Make a dart at the same place as the caps has before

3. Trace the exact line of the cap with a pencil.

4. Add 1 cm in seam-allowance and outline the shape with a ruler .

5. Do a couple of test prints so you find the rignt size of your picture. It needs to fit within the frame of the front cap pattern. Depending on the intended design of course 🙃

6. When the correct size is found. Make the final print on the transfer paper, make sure the paper inserted in the printer the correct way (always read instructions, and yes I have done this wrong many times 😉

7. Place the cap pattern ontop of the printed picture and trace the pattern, remove 1 cm (the seam allowance). It gets very thick if it is left on, so it is better to remove it.

8. Place the picture on the middle of fabric. Iron accordingly to the instuctions of the tranferpaper (mine needed a baking paper ontop and ironed on cotton setting for about 60 seconds)

9. Sew the dart, with machine or by hand. This can also be glued. But I think the results look better with a seam.

10. Cut small inserts around the rounded lines on the side, this helps the fabric lay smoother on the inside. Cut the extra fabric around the “button” on top of the cap so it fits.

11. Carefully fold and glue little by little.

Behold your creation of beauty ❤ ❤ ❤

I also added a mandala inspired drawing on the front cap to cover up a spot. 😉

On the second cap I have mixed painting, sewing, printing, and gluing. This cap I required in Mexico, where it was passed out to all the boys at the party. As the feminist I am, I had to claim it for my self. I think it now has turned out as real statement piece? Now is the question, will I dare to wear it?

I will not go too much in to all the small details of creation here, but give more of an overall idea to hopefully get you inspired enough to create your own design. ❤

What I used for “macho alfa”

  • Fabric paint from panduro, pink, green, blue, red, yellow, gold
  • Fabric pens,
  • Fabric glue
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread in ass colors
  • Old butterfly hairclip
  • Transfer paper (butterfly picture)
  • Vintage applique flower
  • Crochet tablecloths
  • Ass trims and laces
  • Dotting tool
  • Paint brushes

1. I painted the front of the cap with pink approx 3 times drying inbetween

2. Then I added gold dots around the red letters with a dotting tool

3. I painted the palm leaf on the cap with green color. This served a purpose since there was a spot. It works as a great coverup.

4. Creation of different flowers using trims, lace, and painted crochet linens. Every color is carefully chosen and put together according to the placement of the flower. So trying and visualization is important before I choose a color. Of course I painted more flowers than I really used 😉

5. The big flowers got sewn on and the small ones got fastened with fabric glue.

6. The final details on the cap was the butterflies and the metal star. The blue butterfly is created by picture print on transferpaper, ironed on a piece of fabric, then glued on. The black butterfly is an old hairclip I have saved, I removed the clip in the back and sewed it on by hand. The star was just something I had laying around, this was also just glued on.

This is how to easily upgrade some old caps, with just stuff you have laying around. It feels great to repurpose old items that would normally dusted away in a drawer or a cabinet. Only the imagination creates the limits here ❤

Art Therapy

How are you dealing with this Coronavirus times lockdown? Are you bored? Feeling overwhealmed, scared? Many emotions may come up when facing a global pandemic and they are all perfectly normal, allowed to have, and totally understandable. However, we have to find ways to deal with our own emotions, hard to run from them now right? 😂 Its a great opputunity to get to know ourselves better ❤

I belive that in this times we need to do everything we can to strengthen our natural defences. Eat healthy organic food, connect with nature, get a lot of sunshine, exsercise, medtitate, learn something new, take a beat and breath it out. Do not read news more than 1-2 times a day. Keep the connection with your loved ones by phone or facetime. Remember WHY we are doing this, and that everything will pass soon enough ❤

Another thing that can help dealing with emotions is doing some art. Art used as part of therapy can help manage behaviours, process feelings, reduce stress and anixity, and increase self esteem. Creating art also stimulates the relese of dopamine. (I think we all need some of that about now)

There seems to be a great connection between the expression of art in some form and a better immune system.

Of course if you do have the need for therapy creating art is not a substitute for a psychologist but it can be a helpful addition.

For me it definitely brings a sense of calm in the middle of the storm. For you people home with school kids and partners you know what storm I am talking about 😉

Here is 2 coloring pages I created, and I just wanted to share with you, Working with colors can ceartantly lift your spirit ❤

Lets stick indoors together and keep on sharing inspiration with eachother. ❤

Rules Of Redesign

I need to share some thoughts about HOW TO redesign. Many people belive it is just taking something old or used and create something new with it but the WAY we do it is important to think about.

If we start redesigning from something that can be used the way it already is, or if we use SEVERAL items to create a ONE new. That would not be a sufficent use of resources or energy. In addition If we create more WASTE in the process that is not great, and I believe it kind of loses the whole point of redesigning.

In my redesign process I always check-in with my “Rules Of Redesign” before making a single sissor cut.

  • Is the quality good? To use quality fabrics is key to make something that will be long lasting. If you can steer away from polyester, acrylics, lycra, microfiber and opt for pure natural fibers instead,
  • Has the item fulfilled it’s puropse? Or would you use it as it is? If NO then remove and save everything that you are not going to use for later projects. Save buttons, zippers, rib hems, cool prints, labels etc.
  • Plan the design. Create something that will be used. Will I love it? This is important, loved things will be used and cared for; unloved, not so much.
  • Will I ruin more resources to create one thing? Is it worth it?
  • Will this design create more waste? I try to use as much as possible when ruining one item, or I save the leftovers for later. Zero waste would be the goal
  • Will I have fun doing this? Time is precious, there is not much point in doing something if it doesn’t give you a little tickle in your tummy ❤

By doing this I become more mindful of my designs, what the purpose of the item is, and what my needs and wants are.

I am going to show the process of when I redesigned a tunic I found at my local thrift store Fornebu Gjenbruk. I think the style is called Shalwar Kameez, and is a traditional combination dress with trousers, typically worn by women and some men in South and Central Asia. The trousers where missing so I only had the Tunic to work with. The quality I believe is pure cotton, with patterns stitched into the fabric. This is probably a homemade dress becouse it has no labels and several types of stitching on the inside. The seams have a lot of allowance which makes it useful during several stages in life, loosing or gaining weight or regifting.

My idea was to make this into a summerdress. To start with I made a sketch of the design I wanted. Unfortunately it got lost in the process, or else I would have shown it here. (Hot mess yes) I wanted to keep the main design of the dress, but make the dress cuter and more functional for HOT summer times in Mexico <3. So my plan was to cut off the sleeves, reuse the pattern on the bottom as a sleeve cap. Then I wanted to close the slits in the side, and make the dress shorter. Then I could’ use the bottom pattern as a belt.

So for me this checked everything on my Rules OF Redesign list. I would not use this design as it currently was. The quality was good. This was made to last from the beginning. The design was cute and functional, and redesigning it would not take any extra resources or create a lot of waste. Then I was ready to start cutting.

I ended up not using the details on the sleeve ends. They just did not work. The belt I made from the hems I cut off from the slits. In addition I added some tassels that I had saved from a blanket that couldn’t handle the realness of life. To make it coherent with the dress I just added a little piece of fabric with the pattern of the dress.

In the end the only leftover fabric was a tiny bit from adjusting the size of the dress, and the sleeves. The fabric is so pretty I will easily save it for later. ❤

What do you think about when you create your redesign?

Blueberry Bean Muffins

I found another thing to add beans to. Surprise 😂 it’s a great way to easily make small children and grown children (like myself) eat more beans. Noone even knows or sees them. (Evil laugh). Another thing about eating healthy and staying that way is being allowed to eat snacks and sweets. And with this recipe YOU CAN. I know, it’s pretty amazing to be allowed to eat cake pretty much every day. ❤👌

These muffins are glutenfree, full of fiber and easily made vegan. Just add 2 flax or chia eggs instead.

As usually I use stevia as part of the sweetener blend, as well as licorice root. This to reduce the carb and sugar load, becouse keeping a stable bloodsugar is key to be in good health.

What you need ;

  • 1 box of Organic white beans (kidney works too) 230 g
  • 2 Organic bananas
  • 2 Organic eggs
  • 1,5 cup of Organic glutenfree oatmeal
  • 3 spoons of Virgin coconut oil
  • 4 spoons of Organic Chiaflour
  • 5 droppers stevia
  • 1,5 teaspoon Licorice root
  • 1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 spoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 dl Water
  • 1 cup Organic frozen blueberries
  • 1 hand full of chopped nuts/ chocolate or seeds (optional)

Set the oven to 170 degrees. Mix everything into a bowl except the blueberries. Blend everything smooth with a handmixer. Then mix in the frozen blueberries.

Put muffin cups in muffin tins. I usaually add some oil to make sure the cups doesnt stick. Then add about 2 spoons of batter to each muffin cup. Sprinkle some topping if you like.

This recipe makes about 16 muffins. Fry in the middle of the oven for approx 20 min. Chill and enjoy.

This recipe is easily adjusted to use whatever you have of frozen berries or old apples. I love to be able to use old food scraps. To use all our food and create less waste is better for our planet 👊 🌍

This batter works great as baked donuts as well ❤

Fashion vs Personal Style

Right at this time fashion weeks are roaring through the fashion capitols of the world. Have you lost your passion for fashion yet?

Now that we have entered 2020 I want to dare to ask the question, do we really need fashion at all? 

Fashion is per definition in the dictionary «a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.»

Fast fashion is a concept supported by the companies that wants you to buy more and more to ensure continuous finacial growth. It is designed so it can keep us coming back for more. A lot of it is made of bad quality fabrics, seasonal trend colors, cuts, volumes, patterns and prints. It’s all made so you have to change your whole wardrobe frequently. Fashion also gets to decide who is HOT and who is NOT. It’s how we can separate the rich from the poor. The cool from the uncool. 

We need to start talking less about what is in fashion and more about personal style. We are all responsible for saving our planet, and to ensure our children have future. Now is time we clean up the mess, and start making changes. The way we think, behave and spend our money can make a huge difference. 

It is predicted that second hand shopping will grow and make up to 1/3 of the closet within 10 years.

This also means that people will become more creative with their clothing, reusing what they have, altering, redesinging, repearing and swapping. Building a wardrobe instead of throwing half the closet every season. 

The shift can start as soon as we start having a conversation about personal style instead of what is in fashion. 

This is a shirt I got from Fornebu Gjenbruk, a great local thriftstore. It has my colors, and is perfectly fitted my shape. I had a lot of fun redesigning it.

To me it is important to focus on the solutions rather than keep repeating the same problems. I belive if we switch our mindset from fashion to style we actually have a solution.

Style is defined as «a particular of doing or saying something, or refers to a unique form of clothing or way of arranging your appearance. An example of style is the way a person expresses themselves using what they are wearing.»

By switching our mindset from fashion to personal style, we will use our clothes much longer and only purchase new items when we really need them. (Insert quality items). But only when we start valuing our clothes and the work that goes into making then will we see a real and lasting change. (Try making a piece of clothing for yourself). That means purchasing quality clothes that can last for generations. Loving our clothes. We need to bring back the mentality from our grandparents. Take care of our clothes, reuse what you already have, and when its broken mend or redesign it. I belive there used to be a lot more pride in a personal collection of clothes, filled with quality items. Your grandparents had worked very hard to purchase their clothes or even made them their selves. Inheriting something like a quality dress or a suit could be seen as a big deal and a real honour.

I absolutely love this picture. It went viral some years ago, This is an interview with some school kids about the fact that we that don’t have school uniforms here in Norway. The kids are very sceptic to the consept of school uniforms, becouse then they couldn’t keep their personal style.

The creativity to updress clothes for festiveties was usually based around one dress or a suit, and using styling and acessories to make it more festive. Attatching removable collars and cuffs to dress up an everyday outfit. Using Belts, neclases, scarves, ribbons to spice it up. Repurpousing an old piece of clothing, like the wedding dress by redesigning it and dying it black. Then it could be used as a mourning dress 🖤

My grandparents did take care of their clothes because resourses where little. I believe we should do the same to save our planet and reduse our own footprint. 🌍 Some say that this environmental caring is just a trend and will pass soon. But I don’t think caring for our earth is a trend. Its brought on by deep care and concern. If we act now, we can actually make a change.

Personal style is something that doesn’t depend on what season we are in and what someone decides is considered fashion now. It is based on who you feel inside as a person and how you want to portray yourself. It is art, it is beauty.

When we start to develop a personal style, it is easier to create a wardrobe that will last you for years. That would be the base of a sustainable wardrobe for the 2020´s.

https://www.wiego.org/informal-economy/occupational-groups/garment-workers

https://www.scirp.org/Html/4-8301582_17027.htm

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/textile-wastewater

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/19/17800654/clothes-plastic-pollution-polyester-washing-machine

Carrot cake

Hi. Happy new year. (Insert Abba song) This is bean queen over here, adding beans to everything eatable. New year new you? Why not kick of the start of the new 20`s with a moist and super healthy carrot cake? No gluten, no milk and full of fiber and nutrition.

So in my Quest to improve my health I am trying to eat atleast one serving of beans or legumes a day. They contain a lot of prebeotics and serve as a great food for the good gut bacterias. As all new gut reesearch points to is that a happy gut = happy body and soul❤ I feel great improvements in my health after 5 months feeding my body more prebeotics.

Carrot cake

  • 230 gram organic white beans (one box)
  • 1 cup organic oatmeal
  • 1 cup organic nixamalized cornflour
  • 4 spoons virgin organic coconutoil
  • 150 gram fibersirup (or coconut sirup)
  • 2 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Cardamum
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 1 teaspoon liquorish root
  • 1,5 teaspoon vanilla seeds
  • 0,5 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 10 droppers stevia
  • 2 organic freerange eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup of shredded organic carrots
  • 1,5 dl water

Start with rinsing the beans in cold water. Then add everything to the bowl except the shredded carrots. Blend with a handmixer until smooth-ish. Then mix in the carrots.

Use a round cake shape around 23 cm dm. Add a little coconut oil to the edges. Then pour the mixture in. Bake on 175 degrees C for 30-38 min. Let it rest until cold before you add the frosting.

Vanilla frosting

  • 1 dl melted cacaobutter
  • 250 ml coconutmilk
  • 4 droppers stevia
  • 0,5 teaspoon Vanilla seeds
  • 0,5 teaspoon liquorish root
  • 2 teaspoons Locust Bean Gum
  • 1 spoon organic Gelatine

Add all the ingredients to a pot and boil for approx 2 min until it thickens. Let it cool a little before pouring it on to the cake.

Let it chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour before devouring.

Yeah this cake is short lived in my house😂 this is my third time makibg it before I managed to finish this post.

Enjoy ❤️

Black Bean Dream Chocolate Cake

This is my new hangup this days. Comforting chocolate cake made with lots of fiber and prebiotics, NO SUGAR, gluten free and diary free, it’s seriously all goodness 👸

Becouse real life has crumbs ❤

Black beans is filled with fiber, Iron, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and copper. It’s also a strong antioxidant with both quercetin and saponins which acts a natural anti inflammatory and protetects the heart. Plus it’s prebiotic properties, feeding the good bacterias in your gut.

In my quest to improve my gut health I am trying to find more ways to incorporate beans in my everyday life, and I feel cake is really a great way to do that. Becouse cake. This cake is so healthy you can eat it EVERY DAY 😱 I know ❤

Ingredients:

  • 3 organic egg
  • 2 boxes organic black beans (230 grams)
  • 2 organic bananas
  • 7 droppers stevia
  • 2 spoons honey/fiber sirup
  • 0,5 cup organic nixamalized corn flour
  • 0,5 fiberfin/ organic oatflour
  • 0,5 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 spoons organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 spoons cacao

175 degrees 25 – 30 min

Mix everything in a bowl and use a hand mixer to make the dough smooth. Or you can use a blender. If you don’t have cornflour you can switch this for any glutenfree flour you have at hand, for instance almond flour or just add more oat flour. I am a big fan of using what we already have to prevent food waste.

Use a cake shape that is around 23 cm diameter. Grease the shape with coconut oil, before pouring the mixure in. Insert in preheated oven. Leave for 25-30 min. Check after 25 min with a wooden pin, if it comes out greasy you have to leave it longer.

When it’s done, let it rest for 10-15 min before cutting.

Is not cracked it just have personality. Ok.

Serve with rasberry sorbet and chopped chocolate chips ontop ❤❤❤

Pumkin spice 🍎 doughnuts

Who else is feeling the need for comfort food and warming spices?

But you still need to stay healthy? Oh, the struggle, I know. Thats why I wanted to share my latest creation. Pumkin spice apple doughnuts. They are filled with prebiotics, fiber and heathy fats and antinfammatory herbs. They are baked so they are not soaked in unhealthy amounts of fat either. This is all GOODness. They are glutenfree, milkfree and low carb.

I use this spices to make my own pumkin spice mix. Just double the recipe and combine them to keep it around for making lattes or whatever ❤ you know you need too.

Did you know that cloves has 3 times as much antioxidants as Acaii? 😱 those who cunsume a lot of polyphenols have a much richer gut flora than those who don’t. Polyphenols can improve or help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. Yup nothing wrong with adding this little spice to your life.

I am still working on a no sugar version of this recipe and I will update the blog when I do. 😉

12 Pumkin spice 🍎 doughnuts

  • 1 cup organic oatflour
  • 1 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 0,5 tsp salt
  • 2 teaspoons organic ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 0,5 tsp cloves
  • 1 box (230g) organic white beans
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 1,5 organic apple
  • 5 spoons of organic brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 spoons of organic coconut oil

Frosting

  • 3 spoons of coconut oil
  • 2 spoons of fine grained brown sugar/coconut sugar
  • 0,5 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon

Start with mixing all the dry ingredients. If you don’t have oatflour already, you can easily grind it in a blender. Or if you can just use straight oatmeal. If you are not a big spice fan you can reduse the spice amount in half. Add the beans after they are rinsed. Then eggs, oil and water. Blend everything except the apple in a blender or with a handheld one. Chop apples in small pieces and mix it gently in with a spatula. Set the oven to 175 degrees.

I use silicon molds, but I like to add a little oil to them so I am sure there will be no sticking. Use a spoon to add the dough to the mold, fill them and pat them flat.

Bake in the middle of the oven on 175 degrees for 25 min.

Let them cool befor adding any frosting. You can even stick them in the freezer too speed up the process. I ❤ lazy cooking. If they are cold the frosting will stick straight away.

Start with heating the coconut oil on low heat. Grind your sugar to powder. Then mix it in the coconut oil with some cinnamon for some extra spice.

Use a spoon and drip the frosting over the cold doghnuts, here you can be as creative as you want. Add some sprinkles or nuts 🌈

Enjoy the fall ❤🍎(insert doghnut emoji)🍂

Prebiotic cookies ❤

So you probably have heard alot about probiotics, but what about prebiotics?

Prebiotics is the food your gut bacteria needs to grow and thrive. Different bacteria eat different prebiotics. The best way to feed your bacteria is to eat a great variety of food including resistant starch, fiber and prebiotics.

One great source of prebiotics is beans. And how to make your family eat more beans? Answer is cookies ❤

I will give you 2 recipes, one for pumkin pie🎃 and one for chocolate 🍫

I made the pumkin pie with stevia and the chocolate with coconut sugar. But you can use your own preferred sweetener. This recipe is gluten and milk free and gives about 16 cookies each.

Pumkin pie cookies

  • 230 g preboiled white beans
  • 2 organic egg
  • 0,5 dl water
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup fiberfin (or any other flour you like)
  • 1/2 cup pumkin seed flour or almond flour (this is just grained pumkin seeds)
  • 4 spoons of coconut oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 0,5 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2,5 teaspoon of punkin spice powder
  • 6 droppers of Stevia
  • 0,3 teaspoon of licorice root

Chocolate cookies

  • 230 g preboiled organic white beans
  • 2 organic egg
  • 2,5 dl water
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup fiberfin (or any other flour you like)
  • 1/2 cup pumkin seed flour or almond flour
  • 4 spoons of coconut oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 spoons organic cacao powder
  • 4 spoons coconut sugar

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and blend with a handheld mixer until you get a smooth mixture. (Do you want how to make your own pumkin spice mix? 😉 let me know, it’s quite easy)

Set the oven to 170 degrees.

Here comes the tricky part. The dogh needs to be shaped into little balls. Its quite sticky so wetting your hand before rolling is really helpful. Use a spoon to measure the dogh then roll about 16 balls.

Press the balls flat using your fingers. For a fun twist add some texture with something you have in the kitchen, I used a old school potato smasher. Or maybe you would add some nuts on top if you are not allergic like me.

Then insert in oven and fry for about 20 min. (Check after 15)

Let them chill a little then enjoy ❤

Let me know which one you like the best if you try them both. My son actually liked the punkin spice better. I am starting to suspect he doesnt like chocolate or sugar? 🤔😂

Have a great weekend. Thx for reading ❤👌

Rumper redesign

So before summer holidays I got this second hand rumper on a Norwegian thrift app called Tise, where you can sell and buy used clothes and accessories. Then I basically gave it a well needed facelift.

Since I am a very quick and updated person I choose to post this now as summer is over and we have officially entered september and a whole new season ❤ I hope I can bring you some inspiration anyway 😉✌🏻

Usaully I DO NOT BUY synthetics due to the micro plastic and that I basically don’t like the feel of it. But the colours and the pattern screamed my name. So I thought ok, I do have a guppyfriend for washing sooo. Anyway when I finally got it I really didnt feel the shape of it. Very trendy at the moment with the cut off leg on the middle of the leg. But that is not very flattering in my opinion. The sleeves was more of a butterfly cut. The whole rumper looked kind of frumpy to me.

Before I start the redesign process I like to ask some questions to ensure that this item will be used for more than one occation. I want my clothes to be in my closet for staycation and not vecation ❤

First question is

-What will I be using this garment for?

For me this was for summer holidays in Mexico. Which means approx 30-36 degrees everyday. But I also want this to be something I can wear on more chillier days as well

My second question is:

-How can I make this garment flattering for my body shape?

At the moment I am quite skinny and my body shape is an hourglass, so I usually don’t have that many problems when it comes to fit. But I like to enhance the hourglass shape. To be aware about what styles and colors you like, and what kind of body shape you have, makes it way easier to fill your wardrobe with clothes that are flattering, and you are in love with ❤ which is key for re-wearing your clothes.

The before picture

By cutting the legs above the knee, I make my legs look longer and give the rumper a more versatile look.

The sleeves was not great, so cutting off the butterfly wings made a huge difference. I was going to scrump the sholder line more, that would make the look even more feminine. But I choose not to. I love the clean and simple lines. And this rumper gives me a kinomo vibe. I can both use it with sneakers, flipflops or with heels for a more festive look.

Las Coloradas In Mexico

Instead of buing new clothes and by altering and redesigning clothes we can make a huge impact when it comes to saving water, energy and toxic pollution to save our earth. Use what you already have, swap, borrow or thrift 💚🌍♻️

What would you have done with this rumper?

LUNCH-muffins

So my son just started school last week. That means a lot of new routines and a lot of first time happenings. But it also means making healthy easy food for a little kid to eat at school. I kind of like to have more control over what my son eats, so I can provide him with great building blocks for his growing body. But it also means more work and thought process.

Something easy to make is lunch muffins. You can use leftover veggies and meats you have in the fridge already. I always try to look for ways to reuse food to minimize food waste. 🌍

This recipe has NO gluten, NO milk and has plenty of veggies.

What you need for 18 muffins:

  • 1/2 cup millet
  • 1 1/2cup oatmeal
  • 2 spoons of chia seeds
  • 2 cups of water
  • 0,3 teaspoon of salt

Cover the millet, chia and oatmeal with water and add salt. Let it set for min 8 hours to lessen the phytic acid and make it tummy friendly. ❤

  • 2 organic eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 0,4 sweet potato
  • 0,3 carrot
  • 0,4 zuccini
  • 0,4 onion
  • 1 piece of garlic
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 100 g leftover fried meatdough
  • 100 g vegan cheese
  • 1-2 spoons of coconut oil
  • Muffin tins
  • Muffin paper cups

First crush and cut the garlic and leave it for 5-10 min. This is for the allicin to formate and to get the better use of the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the garlic.

Shred your left over veggies, mine was carrot, zuccini and sweet potato. Cut bacon and onion in small pieces and fry it in coconut oil. Add the rest of the veggies after 3-5 min. In the end I added the meatdough for a quick heat.

Unveil the magic oat, chia, millet dough. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Mix well before adding the veggies and vegan cheese.

Add paper cups to the muffin tins. I like to add a little oil to each cup to make the paper stick less. Then add 2 spoons of dough to each cup.

Fry on 160 degrees for approx 20 min, check after 15 min by sticking a wooden toothpick in it

Cool and stuff in luncboxes and freezer for later ❤

What is your go to for kid friendly school lunches?

Pants = shorts

Having a HOT girl, boy, man, woman, child summer still in august? But not enough shorts to wear?

So the planet is hot, and so can you be. By reusing something we already have we can reduse our imprint on mother earth. Right now EVERYTHING counts ❤ Just take some of your old worn out pants and make them into shorts.

How:

1. Cut off one leg of your pants in the desired length. I added some length as well to fold it up. Approx 2,5 cm + 1,5 cm. Fold the pants. Make sure you measure well before cutting the other leg off.

2. Fold, pin and iron.

3. Stitch it up, with a machine or by hand. I did not have my machine with me this summer holiday so I did a handstich with an invisible seam.

4. Wear proudly ❤

I forgot to take a before picture before I cut the legs off 🙈 but I have several after pics instead.

Here is a no makeup resting bitchface picture for you. You’re welcome.

Red lentil waffles

So waffel day was the other day, inspired of that I felt like having breakfast-waffles. No grains and gluten, no egg and no sugar. This are also totally vegan.

Thx to my grass allergy using chickpea-flour is out of the question. But I figured red lentils kind of works in the same way. Truly it does, I just have not seen it made into a flour yet. Did you know that lentils are generally low in anti-nutrients? That just mean you don’t have to soak them as long as you do with beans and peas. 8 hours should do it. It is a great source of manganese, folate, copper, iron, protein and fiber. They are low in carbs, 20 grams pr 100 grams of cooked lentils. So even on a Keto diet you can easily get away with hooking up with some delish cooked lentils.

What you need for 8 waffles

  • 200 g of dried organic red lentils
  • 1 cup of water
  • 0,5 teaspoon cardamom
  • 0,5 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
  • 0,3 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 0,5 teaspoon turmeric
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • a pinch of salt

Pre-soak the lentils. I just leave them overnight, then the morning I rinse them in cold water. Then add everything to a mixer and blend. Easypeasy. Fry. Eat. Enjoy ❤

lazy cooking is my favorite kind of cooking ❤

Activated seed butter

This is my new craze ❤ I use it for everything. Breakfast chia bowls, spread on bread or pancakes with berries. Yum.

If you allergic to nuts like me then this is an awesome option to all the nut butters out there. Also by soaking and drying the seeds first you get rid of all the phytonutrients that seeds, nuts and grains contain. It may take a little longer to prepare, but you get to enjoy the full spectrum of nutrients the seeds got to offer with no harm to your gut.

What you do to activate

  • Soak a pack of your seed of choice for 8 – 24 hours
  • Rinse the seeds and spread them thin on baking sheets
  • Dry for 5 – 8 hours on max 80 degrees

When I do this I soke and dry 3-4 types of seeds at the time so I don’t have to do it so often.

Making the butter

  • Blender with a s-blade
  • 2 cups of your seed of choice
  • 2-3 spoons of organic virgin coconutoil

Put items in blender. Blend for 2-3 min. DONE! Store in a reusable container♡ enjoy as is.

Did you know that a 2,5 cup of sunflower seeds contain about 85 % of your daily intake of vitamin E, and 70 % of your copper requirements? And that 100 grams of sesame seeds contains 97% of your needed calcium, 81 % of iron and 87% of what you need of magnesium in a day? What is not to love about that.

Next I will try to add some raw chocolate powder, a little vanilla and some stevia and see what happens 😱

Diy – upcycled headband

Are you sooooo bored of wearing the same wintercap the whole winter? Ready for a change? I was yesterday. So I made this headband from a old cap I have had laying around for years. What is better than buying something new? It is to repurpose something that you already have 💚 The look is a little russian inspired, but hey you gotta still keep warm when it’s winter. And the russians sure knows how to do that! I love the look of the thick headband. But if you don’t you can easily make it in to  a more narrow fit.

What you need

  • Old cap
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Some ribbon or fabrics to match
  • Measuring tape
  • Your head and a mirror ❤

1. First, cut the top of the cap. I only cut of about 8 cm. Then measure or fold it to make sure you cut it even on all sides.

2. Next you fold the edges towards the middle of the cap. Here you can choose the width of the head band (mine is 12,5 cm), also if you want the edges to meet in the middle. I left a gap of 2 cm. Then the headband will have more “shape” added in by beeing more narrow in the middle part. Fasten with pins and hand stitch and fold in rough edges. Use a cast over stitch which helps the material keep it stretch.

3. Choose the detailing for the front. I ended up with 2 layers of lace (to keep the finishing the same at both sides) wrinkle the headband together in the front, fasten with pins and hand stitch in the back. If you want a more toned down look you can repurpose the top of the cap you just cut off.

4. For the last detailing I added a silk ribbon that I fastened with a straight seam in the back.

Whatya think? Here is pictures of me not being able to casually look away and pretend like my picture is not being taken ❤

Keto Gelo Berry

When days are blue and so are you, the candy need sometimes get overwhelming. So the trick is to not cave in to the sugary things in the shopping ile. 💜 Then it is great to have other options like this that is gut strengthening, blood sugar friendly, that tastes good and have all natural ingredients. Whut? Yeah I know. IT IS POSSIBLE 💜

What you need

  • 0,5 tsp organic vanilla
  • 0,5 tsp organic liqrish root powder
  • 30 drops of liquid stevia
  • 4 teaspoons organic gelatin
  • 150 ml coconut cream or milk
  • 1 cup of frozen rasberries
  • 2 spoons of organic butter
  • 2 silicon candy shapes

Heat the coconut cream. Mix in the butter and the gelatin. Let it sit for 5 min for the gelatin to melt.

Slowly melt rasberries in another pot. Blend or smash it. If you don’t like the stones then strain it so you are left with just the liquid. If you strain it I would add 1/2 cup more of rasberries. I do leave the stones but that is becouse I am sugar intolerant and keeping the stones leave some fiber so it goes slower through the digestive system 😊

Mix the cocnutcream and raspberry liquid into one and pour into silicon shapes. Leave it in the fridge for 1-2 hours until solid. 💜 yumyum and good for the tum.

For some exciting variations, switch rasberries for blueberries or mix with melted chocolate.

The mending way

I try to fix things before I buy new stuff. This is good for the planet and good for the wallet. By enhancing the lifespan of a product we create less trash ❤

I have a very active 5 year old boy that ruins clothes and shoes in record speed. Seriously. This time it was his sandals that we now use as indoor slippers in kindergarten.

I will just show you a easy fix I did for this.

The velcro got broken, just totally worn down. I could change the velcro with a new one, but that is a lot of work becouse I would have to change both sides of the velcro. (Did I mention that I am lazy) Instead it’s much easier to just add a snap button ❤ and still easy enough for a 5 year old to put on, and will be solid enough for more action

What I used for the fix (old metal snaps from my grandmother), thick thread (jeans thread), needle, sissors and a thimble.

To be able to sew through leather or fake leather it’s so important to have a thicker sewing needle and metal thimble. First I trimmed the velcro down, especially where the snap button was going to be placed. Then I sewed it on and used the thimble to force the needle through the leather. Sewing each point of the metal snaps 3 times and fastening the thread several times before cutting it in the end. Very easy and done in just 30 min.

Looks pretty enough on the outside right? Inside not so much. But you know? My 5 year old doesn’t care, and the point that I actually mended it prevails the beauty of my stitches. I think many of us don’t try to mend becouse of the fear that it is going to look perfect. There is a lot of beauty and history in the imperfect. Another thing is that no-one will evver notice your crooked stitches. Feel proud of your mending, becouse you used of your time and you actually did it ❤ I do! Would you give mending a try?

Macao ❤ a natural antidepressant

Winter is here, it’s dark and its cold. With the lack of sun for 5-6 months it’s easy to get a little blue.

I struggled for years with seasonal depression. But in my search for natural remedies I have managed to find some things that actually work.

I selfmedicate with chocolate! No joke. Cacao has many benefits. One of the things becouse it’s high in flavanols, it acts like a mood stabilizer within our body. Make sure to use raw cacao for the most benefits.

I also like to add Maca. It is an adoptogen, which help the body to deal with stressors. It is a root from peru used to improve mood, also used to improve both male and female libido (nothing wrong with that right?).

So what happens when you mix this into into a beverage? You get a tasty Macao ❤ this is my Christmas edition

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 sp raw cacao
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 0,4 tsp cardamom
  • 0,4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 0,4 tsp powdered ginger
  • 0,8 tsp clowes
  • 0,4 liquorice root
  • 0,4 tsp turmeric
  • 0,4 tsp of vanilla
  • Drizze of pepper
  • 1 sp collagen
  • 2 sp coconut milk
  • 1sp coconut oil
  • 15-30 drops of liquid stevia

First boil the water. If you don’t use geletanized Maca I recommend that you boil it becouse raw Maca contains some starches that can cause digestive stress.

Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend with a hand mixer.

Enjoy ❤

A fun fact is that if you eat chocolate right before taking a test you are more ligthly to perform better. Meaning smart people eat lot’s of cacao. 😉

Lava pancakes, gluten and milk free

So finally I am taking the step into the world of food-blogging. I was asking my self why should I blog about food, there are so many doing that already. But I realized that that is not a very empowering way to think, and with that all I do is just limit my self. My aim is to share, inspire and create. Aand It doesn’t hurt to actually write down my food creations (so my dear husband can cook for me 😉 😉 😉 ❤

So after years of tummy troubles and allergies, I have turned into quite a food nerd. Because I believe that eating healthy should be a enjoyable experience.  Taste good, smell and look good, and enjoyed with good company (I am not so good with the visual, quite funny since I am a designer right?) Anyway we usually eat pancakes in the weekends, and my son loves it. I always get extra hugs and kisses then. ❤ The issue is that the amount of carbs compared to veggies often gets a little unbalanced, and as a parent you wanna try to get in as many veggies as possible. TAdaa. Lava Pancakes. My son named them. With just one beetroot I turned this meal into something a little healthier and even more festive. 

What you need; 

  • 400 g oatmeal (glutenfree)
  • 1 spoon steel cut oats (glutenfree)
  • 1 spoon apple cider vinagre
  • enough water that just covers the oatmeal

I mix this together the night before. To avoid the anti-nutrition in oats, phytic acid, its important to add back the enzyme phytase to the processed oats. I use a spoon of steel cut oats (gluten free), because of my allergies. But you can also use spelt flour or rye if you can handle your gluten. Instead of vinagre you can use sourdough starter or lactic acid. 

Next morning I add

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 beetroot cut into pieces
  • 2 dl water
  • 0,5 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 0,3 teaspoon pepper
  • Coconut oil for frying

This makes approx 14 pancakes

Lava pancakes. no gluten no milk.

Next morning I mix all of this together with a handheld mixer. I do not peel the beetroot first, my thought is that the more fiber the better.  Then I fry the pancakes on a little more than medium heat in raffined coconut oil. I tried with ghee but that didn’t really work out.

Lava pancakes. no gluten no milk.

My love for turmeric as a painkiller and a ant-inflammatory is real. I use it everywhere I can. Adding pepper helps the absorption of turmeric by 2000 %. And yes it is safe for kids too. 😉

When finished frying add your favorite topping. Mine is a mix of blueberry, raspberry, coconut cream, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. YUM!

Enjoy ❤ ❤ ❤

Lava pancakes. no gluten no milk.