Monday, May 31, 2010

Weekend madness

Why is it that before every grand event we have to switch to survival mode in every single aspect of our lives? I can't help but wonder, is it anyone out there who has a smoother "fight" for the nice thing? But then again, I suppose it would not be as nice as it is when you had to fight before it (not necessarily for it), because the switch from one style to the other would be almost unnoticeable...

But you probably have no clue of what I am talking about so I will just make the long story short by saying that I had a rough weekend. It was not horrible...But it was tiring!

Luckily there were some sweet highlights which made life easier to bare, hah!

I received this lovely little "Singer" broach from Daria. Isn't that insanely cute? Oh I love, love, love it!

But after we had exchanged the "merchandise" (like it is something illegal hahahaha), I ran away like a mad-woman, because I still had a million things to deal with. And I am so sorry I could not stay a while and chat...I would have loved to hear Daria's story..
But here's a huge thank you again! And don't hesitate to hop over to Kittenhood, Daria's Breslo shop!

Bisous,
Erika

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pink Saturday -8-

This is already the end of the second month since I have joined the Pink Crew! Such great time, super posts from the other girls, and great pink ideas! But what is even more amazing is, that Pink Saturday is celebrating its 2nd anniversary today! Happy Birthday lovelies, and a huge thanks to Beverly from How Sweet the Sound who makes it all happen!
And now here is my pink contribution, or virtual birthday present if you will. Belts. Pinkish belts, biensur! :o)



Bisous,
Erika

Friday, May 28, 2010

JASMIN BLANC --- Shop Update

Just a quick one because I am in the middle of studying for an exam- shipping the last orders-staying awake. So those of you who are from Romania you can find everything that I do and sell in my Breslo shop or blog shop. I mean everyone can find my things in these two shops but it is a little difficult for me at the moment to go international. And that is because the Romanian shipping services are dreadful! And they have such huge taxes that they scare all my international customers away. booo! But hopefully things shall change sometime next year (for me, of course... there is not much hope for Romania to change) :o)
Ok, so here are two new vintage-like necklaces, and more on the way. But you know my crazy schedule of the next four weeks (8 exams--2 done, 6 more to go), so be patient :o)


Bisous,
Erika


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rose Kitty

Do you know the little plain wooden boxes that you can find at almost any supermarket? Here's a fun way to personalize it...


This is how you hands are supposed to look like after spray-painting about 10 tiny boxes :o)


And here is what happens after using many different types of ribbon and lace...



Monday, May 24, 2010

My wishlist

I could never have any pets as a child because we live in an apartment plat (you know the typical East-European Communist Flats :o),on the 4th floor and my parents were always against keeping a little lovely in such a closed environment. They said no pet would ever be happy, it would be torture for them, to be kept inside all the time, only being able to run and have fun when we take them outside to do their thing :o) I used to disagree with them as a child, but now of course we are definitely on the same page...But I still long for having two lovelies, a Lili puppy and a black kitty... And soon I shall have them ♥ Shhhhht!


(images from restaurantwidow.com and thebreedsofdogs.com)

Bisous,
Erika

Pinks and all

A small sum-up of just a few of my creations :o)
Bisous,
Erika
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Marcel

A couple of days ago I posted a half finished cross-stitched kitty called Marcel. Well, Marcel is no longer half finished, no sir! He was born today into the shape of a broach. Voila:


Bisous,
Erika


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Surprise jasmines and lemon cake


Yesterday I decided to bake something...What's new, huh? But I didn't have much time to spend on it so I searched for some kind of recipe which would take as little time to make as possible. There is this fantastic woman, whom I had found in bloggyland quite some time ago, she makes insane food! It's crazy! And I really love to make here recipes, because she has easy instructions and yummy-looking pictures next to them, so you always know each step you have to take...For those of you who speak Romanian it should not be a problem to follow her blog, for the rest of you guys, I'm sorry...
But anyway, don't think that I will have you leave from here disappointed...I will translate Laura's Lemon Cake recipe, and complete it at times when I did something differently... I find it to be one of the quickest, easiest, and lightest and most delicious cakes EVER.
All you need is:
  • 260 grams flour
  • 350 grams sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 265 gr. plain yogurt
  • 150 ml oil
  • 2 razed lemons (I wonder if you have that expression in English)
  • juice of 4 lemons
You mix the eggs and sugar together, then add the yogurt and the oil, mix them well. Then you add the flour to this mixture, spoon by spoon you, stir it slowly. Add the razed lemon skin to it. I also added a tspoon of powdered baking ammonia, which helped to lighten the texture of the cake (but Laura didn't and her's looks just as great, so that really depends on your baking habits, I suppose).

Laura says that it has to be baked for about 50 min at 180 c* degrees, but I have an old-fashioned oven without any measuring device so I just left it there and checked on it after about 45 min. But the total time for me was an hour. That also depends on the cake-pan, if it is wider then the cake is more tiny and it bakes quicker...You'll see, just check on it after 50 minutes and you should be fine.

I personally had a 50-50 proportion with the yogurt (and sour cream), I like to use sour cream as well when I have a recipe with yogurt. And I always love the result... But it is your call, which version you prefer better...

So when it is ready and it has cooled down, you take the lemon juice, add some spoons of sugar (according to your taste) and pour it on the cake gently. Laura served it with coconut-powder (I think...it is hard to tell from the pics), but my whole family, including myself, loves whipped cream, so i served it with that...


I have to tell you it had a huuuuuuuuuuge success...There is not much left for today (I made it yesterday), and we are only three :o) Ha!

We didn't have any yogurt at home, so I sent my dad out to get some, and when he returned he brought me this.


JASMINE! Apparently we always had it in the garden in front of our flat, but I had never noticed. Go figure! But now my room smells like a jasmine-garden and it makes me so very happy ♥

Bisous,
Erika


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Pink Saturday -7-


Happy Pink Saturday to all you lovelies out there!

Today I will show you my little present for my sister's 23rd birthday, which was ready for such a long time now, but I couldn't feature it because I feared she might view my blog and see it. But the moment it was ready I knew it would make it into one of my pink posts ♥
It was initially designed as a make-up bag, but when B. saw it she immediately said it would look great as a clutch with the pretty little dress she bought recently...And I couldn't agree more! Love you sweety, and happy birthday AGAIN...Remember, no train would ever scare me :o)





Don't forget to visit the lovely Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other pink lovers :o)

Bisous,
Erika

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sweet note


Things have been going so nice for me I could hardly believe it...In terms of selling my creations but I also received so much positive response from you guys and I just wanted to say a huge Thank You for that. It really means a lot to me and your beautiful words to/about me always makes my day :o)
An article was published about my shop in the Romanian artisan-community's blog ( Breslo), which can be read here (in Romanian only, unfortunately). And a couple of days later Envy, a well-known Romanian fashion site borrowed the article and featured it in its blog...I was so excited!!!

So anyway, all these really made my past two weeks... and all these make me forget about every stressful and unpleasant event, really!

I hope that you also have the opportunity to embrace beauty in life!
Bisous,
Erika

Today I love

Chat Noir


I can hardly find another animal more graceful and self-confident...

(image borrowed from here)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I know what you did last summer...(1)

No...not really. But I do know what I did! :o)
I have been meaning to start posting about this subject for such a long time...It has almost been a year now since I came home from my French Holiday and I have been keeping everything to myself, including pictures, which was really not nice of me...Was it?
Anyway, there is so much to say and so many images to share, so I thought I'd divide it into chapters. And tonight's title is: Windows and Gates. (I start to sound awfully academic with this chapter-title thing, I am aware of it, but my studies really start getting into my nervous system!:)) Can't wait for the semester to be over, wonder if you could tell! :))

Windows and Gates. Why? I have a slight obsession about them. My Parisian friend whom I stayed with, was really curious about the reason for this obsession. And since then other people were also asking me why? Why is it that I like windows so much...
First off, I think they are fascinating, there is just something magical and mysterious about them; The way people need shelter (it is after all one of our basic needs) and they lock themselves into a "box" in order to feel safe, but they still need the sunlight shining in through the window to be happy, is such a simple fact but so very interesting to me...

And yes, I think this passion of mine comes also partly of my other passion, that of observing people. But even though many people try to look for metaphorical explanations to my semi-hobby, I still think that a great deal of it is just aesthetics. Beauty and perfection within the imperfection...

One more thing...Is anyone out there crazy about the sound of raising abat-vents or that of opening shutters? On my way to french class one Saturday morning I've heard it again (last time before this was in Paris). I had goose bumps all over! For a second there it takes me back to some other era all the time...


All the above were taken in Paris, now I'd just like to show you some cottage ones as well, from the center of France...






You can click on the photos to see them bigger and better and stay tuned for the following chapters...:o)
Bisous,
Erika

Kittycat

My recycled jar-lid kitty broach/button is in progress :o) I can't tell you how much I love cross stitchin', boy-oh-boy-oh-boy. Even though it is not quite ready, I found a name for him. So say hi to Marcel (with french pronunciation of course).


Bisous,
Erika

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Bijoux-making day (cont'd)

Remember this post ? As you can see there are plenty more ceramic pieces to work on...Voila:




Bisous,
Erika