Two for one: Summery separates from a jumpsuit

I bought this jumpsuit a while ago when it was really hot and for some reason my brain was so fried that I believed the slightly intimidating sales assistant when he said, “No, don’t worry, you don’t look fat in this”.  (For the record, he also added, “not any more than you do in what you’re wearing right now”. That’s German politeness for you.)

He was wrong.

Very wrong.

How could I remedy this monstrous error in judgement? Scissors and a sewing machine.

So I went and cut the whole thing in the middle, to separate the top from the trousers.

This was the string formerly used to tie the jumpsuit at the waist. BE GONE!

The waistband of the trousers was given a makeover with elastic and some buttons.

Gather, gather.

Inserting the elastic band into the waistband with the help of a safety pin.

Not quite finished yet but elastic holds up!

Much nicer than before if you ask me!

I didn’t change much on the top, just finished the hem.

New hemline on the top.

For the final version of the set I added leather buttons to the trousers, and tied the top with a knot.

Finished product.

Homemade wedding: Paper flower decorations and bouquet

I spent much of the last few weeks before our wedding fashioning these little  paper flowers out of second-hand book pages, pastel tissue paper, and paper that I had painted with water colours in shades of blue and orange.

Ingredients: a second-hand book, scissors, little round plates used as templates.

Painting in water colours. Doesn’t need to be perfect.

Most of the blossoms were stuck onto wooden cocktail sticks or toothpicks, with a drop of hot glue.

Photo credit by Jane Ta Photography

The vases were wine and beer bottles left over from nights in with friends, vintage milk bottles from random market stalls, and colourful jugs found in charity shops. A fun mix.

I mixed book page, and coloured blossoms, and used feathers (arts and crafts supply) here and there, too.

An army of bottles in different shapes and sizes.

Other blossoms were used as a drape on the wall using nylon string, knots, and that tiny bit of hot glue to attach them.

Wall decor.

The jewel in the crown, if you will, was my bouquet, which I made using a material called “Oasis” (foam used for floral arrangements). I cut the brick of foam into a “bouquet” shape, and decorated it with flowers on toothpicks. In the end, I tied a piece of tissue paper around the handle using a thick piece of string.

“Oasis” floral foam.

I used a normal kitchen knife to cut the block into shape.

Sticking toothpick flowers into the foam.

Photo credit by Jane Ta Photography





Homemade wedding: Paper flowers

As mentioned in earlier posts, pretty much all the decorations we had our wedding were homemade or set up by ourselves. 

Utensils assemble!

To make these simple paper flowers, you’ll need some paper (relatively thick, crepe paper for example is a bit difficult to work with here). For most of our wedding flowers, I used book pages from second hand Latin and Ancient Greek text books that we got from the bookshop J used to work at – very sentimental. The rest of the flowers I made out of regular paper which I had painted in different shades of darks blue and orange with water colours:

Water colour landscape – to be made into flowers.

You need to cut out a circle of paper. I used a little bowl as a stencil for this. Feel free to try this free hand, or use different sized stencils (such as glasses, cups, etc.). 

Using a bowl as a stencil, draw a circle.

I then used a pencil/marker/crayon to draw a spiral, starting from the outside of the circle, keeping the width relatively constant, and going into the middle. 


Cut out you circle.

Then start cutting along the lines of the spiral.

Then, it’s time to start rolling. Start from the outside of the circle, fold the paper over and roll until you get to the other end. 

A bit like those toys from the 90s that could go down stairs.


… and roll.

Keep it relatively tight so you don’t lose grip on the paper!

When you get to the end, release the rolled paper a bit. You can make it as tight or loose as you like – the rose can be closed or open. 

Place a drop of hot (!) glue on the little roundish bit that used to be the middle of your spiral. I strongly recommend using a hot glue gun for this! Any other type of glue I’ve tried for this just wouldn’t hold. 

There you… almost looks like a rose now!


…and press. Hold it tight for a few seconds.

And there you go! 

This one was perhaps not my best… 

These definitely were:

Photo credit: Jane Ta Photography

Photo credit: Jane Ta Photography

Photo credit: Jane Ta Photography

P.S.: Aren’t Jane’s photos incredible? Check out her website here.

Coffee-cinnamon body scrub

I originally found a recipe for a coffee body scrub here. I first tried it out with 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon but liked the mix of coffee and cinnamon smells so much, I’d now add a bit more cinnamon! 

1. Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil and let it cool down – just enough, don’t let it get solid again. 

2. Mix the oil together with 1 cup ground coffee, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Store in an airtight container. 

Homemade wedding: Vinyl record bowls

One of the many things we made ourselves for our wedding were the bowls we put one each on each table filled with popcorn as a pre-dinner snack. The hipster edge? They were made from vinyl records.

As my lovely husband understandably did not want to sacrifice any of his record collection for this, we went around charity shops snatching up the cheapest pieces of music we could find. This included a Sound of Music soundtrack, and some fairly hilarious drum’n’bass titles.

J. was the mastermind behind this:

1. Set the oven temperature to about 100°C.


2. Record goes on top of a (non-flammable) bowl, and straight into the oven:

3. Leave it in there with the door open for a minute or so until it starts becoming malleable.


4. Take the record out of the oven and place inside another bowl:


Use your hands to form the record into something resembling a bowl.

Ta da!


And here it is filled with loveliness:

And at the venue:

Photo by Jane Ta photography.