Monthly Archives: April 2012

Small brush decoupage project

This is one of my small scale decoupage projects, that take only about 5 mins to do. I have decoupaged a plastic brush.

brush decoupageIt was an old brush. I repained it with acrylic paint and decoupaged it.

Upcycling for crocheting: upcycling old yarn

In my country upcycling for crocheting is cost effective. The new yarn is expensive here. So, here is what I do:

upcycling for crocheting

I find old crocheted things, such as sweaters and uncrochet them. Sometimes I go to a secondhand shop and find the right kind of crocheted old sweater there for my crocheting projects. It is easy, cost effective and eco friendly.

potato waffles

It’s a great recipe


This is another of my Oma inspired recipes. I’ve had to recreate it based on how I think she would have made her potato waffles. I think this comes pretty close, with a little bit of my style mixed in.

potato waffle1 large potato, peeled, grated finely
¼ onion, grated finely
2 small eggs, separated
⅓ cup milk
½ cup self raising flour
pinch salt
butter to brush

grated potato and oniontoppers:
smoked salmon
2 tbsp cream cheese, softened and 4 tbsp greek yoghurt, combined
capers and/or chives (chive flowers pictured)
a poached egg (optional)

Grate the potato and onion on the finer side of the grater.
Squeeze out the excess liquid from potato.
Combine the grated potato, onion, egg yolk and milk in a bowl.
Add salt and four and mix well.
In a separate bowl, beat the whites to fluffy peaks.
Fold the whites into the batter.
Now you’re ready to cook…

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Decoupage plus crocheting = upcycled picture and frame

As I have found out, upcycling is a fascinating thing. I have upcycled and decoupaged several glass bottles and even made couple of handmade lamps. Now I have used an old tile and a piece of card board to make a frame and a picture for my kitchen.

decoupage and crocheting upcycling

Here is my decoupage how to for it.

I had an old ceramic tile to start with.

decoupage and crocheting upcycling

I painted it using acrylic paint and a dish washing sponge. I let it dry. I had an old book with a pretty picture in it. So, I decoupaged the tile, used glue and transparent polish. Then, I applied some green acrylic paint to the edges of the tile around the picture. That was the decoupage part of upcycling.

Now, I have made a frame for the tile. I used a piece of card board and some old think yarn.

decoupage and crocheting upcycling

I just crocheted it over with the yarn. I have still one thing left. I have to make the card board back for the frame to insert the tile into it and I have to crochet the rope for the frame. You have already seen how this crocheting plus decoupage how to resulted in a nice picture.


Upcycling ideas for gardening and back yard: old tea pot decoupage

This time I decoupaged 3 old and burnt tea pots and repurposed them into flower pots. Here is my quick decoupage how to for the upcycled teapots.  I repainted each of them first. Then as usual I applied different napkin patterns, using transparent polish.

upcycling tea pot decoupage how to

When the decoupage was done, I placed some stones inside the teapots to drain and keep the water in. Then, I put in some soil and planted flowers. I placed the decoupaged and upcycled tea pots in our little rock garden at the backyard.

That’s how ugly the old tea pot was:

old tea pot decoupages

That’s what became of it after I decoupaged it:

old tea pot decoupage

Upcycling: plastic and glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to

I have already done several decoupaged bottles and one handmade lamp. Here is another handmade decoupaged lamp that did not cost me anything. And, it’s a nice upcylcing idea, as it helps to utilize plastic bottles.

glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to

Here is my glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to. I used glass wine bottle for the lamp stand. I have decoupaged it, as usual. Painted it and decoupaged with napkins. I used rose pattern to match my bedroom cabinets.

glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to

I used a large plastic bottle for the lamp shade. I also decoupaged it. First, I tried to paint it, but then apply a napkin. But it does not look good that way. So, I took up another plastic bottle and just decoupaged it all over with the rose napkin.

glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to

So, as you may see, glass bottle handmade lamp decoupage how to is simple.

Amazing photos of old English homes.

Here is a link I’d love to share. You’ll find a collection of

amazing photos of old English home under straw roofs.


Green day, green soup: Ukrainian nettle soup recipe

The weather forecasts predicted a rainy day today, but it turned out to be sunny and green. So, I cooked another one of traditional Ukrainian soups, the nettle soup.

nettle soup recipe

This green soup is very healthy and rich with vitamins. Stinging nettle along with ramson are the first greens in Ukraine. And, they are free! We use only the first, young and tender nettle leaves. They almost sting free. Still, I used rubber gloves to pick the nettle for my green soup. I have nice young bush of it growing right in my yard.

Here is how you make this Ukrainian nettle green soup:

Make a broth. I used both chicken and hot dogs for it. Then you add some potatoes, carrots and onions. You may also add 2 chopped garlic cloves into the broth. And, add rice. I added 3 table spoons of it. Let the whole thing boil till rice and potatoes get cooked. Then, at the very last moment you add some chopped nettle and green onions. I also add a table spoon of sunflower oil at the very end of it. I turn the heat off and let the green soup stay for half an hour to get the nettle cooked.

This Ukrainian nettle green soup should be served hot with sour cream.