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 πŸ˜‚ 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. β€πŸ‘Œ

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 πŸ‘Š 🌍

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 Β«a popular or the latest style of clothing, hair, decoration, or behaviour.Β»

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 Β«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.Β»

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 πŸ–€

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 2020Β΄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 houseπŸ˜‚ 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 πŸ‘Έ

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. πŸ˜‰

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)πŸ‚

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 pieπŸŽƒ 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? πŸ˜‰ 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? πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

Have a great weekend. Thx for reading β€πŸ‘Œ

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 πŸ˜‰βœŒπŸ»

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 πŸ’šπŸŒβ™»οΈ

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 πŸ™ˆ but I have several after pics instead.

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