2012. december 14., péntek

Under the bridge

Sometimes things click together,like little puzzle pieces. I had time, the weather was nice, and I decided to walk, instead of taking the tram. WARNING: Lots of pictures, mostly from water and a bridge.

And I saw something...

 In the middle of the Danube, there were seagulls. It got my hopes a bit higher. The bridge has a funny "secret" part it's under water most of the time, but when the weather is dry...

Picture from wikipedia, before the renovation.

...see that little tunnel? Let's visit it. Or is it still underwater? From above...

...maybe. See? 

Partly it's under water. But hopping through the rocks I could get in there. 

So, I was under the bridge. 

Took a few more pictures, wished that someone, who is better at it was with me, and left. On my way out I found a message:

It was DEFINITELY for me from the world. ^^ 

2012. december 7., péntek

Gothidays: How to pick a (christmas) present for someone?

In case you've misssed it, I repeat: I prefer to make handmade gifts for occasions. It's really hard to figure out what to buy to a person, who has everything!

Consider these:

Personal taste: I usually already know the favourite colours, preferred materials, alllergies.  Do some research, or just ask them in june, so they won't get suspicious. For example: I know that Vera loves ancient egyptian culture, so this year I made her something with an egyptian-themed pattern.

Life situations: One of my friends just moved to her own flat, there are plenty of things I could get for her. Someone worries about clothes moth, I start sewing lavanderbags, natural moth repellent.

"Get something for him/her that he/she needs, but wouldn't get for him/herself!" 

These were just repeating the obvious.  Here are what I gave in the past few years:
Peeks of presents.

Parents, Grandparents: Handmade christmas tree ornaments, candle holder, notebook.

Friends: Boxes, small ornaments for the "boyfriends" a diary, paintings for my Love, a painted bottle, with home-made mulled wine/cocktail.

  A weird thing happend this year: one of my friends present turned out awfully. I posted "DIY: I am a mess!" but deleted in a short, for I realised it wasn't a technical problem, I simply KNOW how to make nice things. What was the reason, then? 

Deep inside I have an ill-feeling: she never calls, and when I was in trouble she only spoke about her own (not that serious) problems. If I'd just buy her something, it would take longer to realise this. When you create something, you put your feelings in that product, I usually think: "XY will be so happy to get this, this is so much fun to create something for a beloved one."  and smile. Things made like this, can't become ugly. 


If you keep thinking: "We haven't talked in ages. I wonder if she is alive. Or better: I could be dead, and she would know nothing. Why is it like she wants a competition about who has the most miserable life? " things tend to turn out rather ugly. I decided, that first, I need to let go this frustration, then finish her present, else I only make things worse. 

This picture is from wonderful Graphics Fairy. Check her for printable goodies for creative projects!


2012. december 6., csütörtök

Gothidays: Bat-shaped cookies

To go with a nice drink, like mulled wine or glögg  we all need something crunchy-sweetness: Bat shaped gingerbread! Today, I am not making them, so I'll use the "archive" photoes, for this super-easy super-yummie cookie.

You'll need:

an egg
220 g honey
450 g (wholewheat spelled) flour 
120 g (brown) sugar
40 g butter
a teaspoon of baking powder
half teaspoon of cinnamon
half teaspoon of clove
a pinch of salt

Melt the butter the sugar and the honey in a small pot, when it is homogen, (=no knots, or sugar cristals). Let it cool down a bit, while you scramble the eggs, add a pinch of salt. Mix the flour with the spices and the baking powder. Add the egg, then the flour+spices+baking powder to the honey+butter+sugar. I usually cheat, by using pre-packed gingerbread/mulled wine spices. Use the bat-shaped cookie cutters, and from the last little leftover dough form a heart for a beloved one. <3

These were made of the mixture of spelled and white flour, with some cane sugar.
These get ready in a few MINUTES, so watch them. In the original recipie (for hearts), you should dip them in melted chocolate, than wait, until they cool down. We just dip them in nutella, as we eat them, freshly from the tray... Perfect, if you prefer to prepaire things long before celebrating, they get better by the time. I plan to cook a few trays next week, for Christmas.

When finished, the heart magically transformes to a bat! :D

2012. december 5., szerda

Gothidays: Winter village globe tutorial part 2

You can find the first part HERE. I procrascinated this post for a while, as this happened: Everything is glued together sealed, and BOOM! A tiny rooftop decides to leave its place.Luckily fixing it took about five seconds, instead of hours of glue-scraping.

We have now a few tiny paper houses, glue them on the paper circle, add fake snow for that winter effect, especially to the rooftops, and around the fence, wher snow would gather naturally. 

 This will be for my Grandmother, so I added a tiny church, too, and a comet, like the one wich lead the Three Wise Men to Betlehem.

Glued the circle-village in the plastic globe, first only one little part, after it dried the other, as I clicked the two sides together.

After a few minutes, I added snow to the outside with the putty knife, in as thin layer as possible, so it wouldn't be too heavy.

 Tied the top with a golden string, and placed a small green bow to the top.


2012. december 4., kedd

Gotidays: Advent and else we celebrate

My Love ordered the most beautyful Advent wreath, ever! He chose carefully all the things, and the florist arranged it. We lit the first candle on sunday, and the three other will follow on the three sundays remaining before Christmas.  

So, really, being raised by sort-of atheist parents: 

What do we celebrate? 

Every Christmas, my Dad told us, that long time ago, our ancestors celebrated when daylit hours started to be longer, and people celebrated that the cold and dark will go away, and light will come again. This was a symbol of rebirth, and how Good wins over Evil. Later, christians chose this date to celebrate the birth of Jesus, as people celebrated these days, anyway. Angels (NOT an obese alcoholic-diabetic man) bring you presents, if you were good all year. We celebrate love this day, and I can't explain it further without sounding  like the cute kid in the end of a ridiculous hollywood movie and repeatimg "celebrate" for zillion times.
Parents usually give us things, we need, like clothes, that we can choose, before but they hide them till christmas. I'm using right now one of my best presents to type this, a three-year-old cute netbook. 

We decorate the tree on the 24th, and supposed to pack holiday things away on the 6th of january, but once we were sort of busy, and only before my birthday party was it removed. (It's in february. The middle of it, actually. We don't really use the livingroom...) 

Usually, at Christmas dinner we cut an apple to as many slices, as we are, glue it together with honey, and everybody eats one slice, so we will be together next year.

 Oh, and if you kill a fly on christmas day you will be lucky! (This doesn't make any sense. Really. Why?)

We were lovely!

2012. december 3., hétfő

Gothidays: Mulled wine recipie

I know, holiday is about cookies, so here is a nice drink wich goes perfectly with those über-sweet things.

Mulled wine:

2 bottles of (red) wine
dried fruits, if that is your thing...

Pour the wine into a pot, then fill one of the wine bottles with water, and add. add the spices, and the dried fruits, (not the honey...) and warm it up, till you see a few bubbles. Turn off the heating, put it in a cooler place, now add the honey. Serve it in a cute mug.

You can make it stronger, if you add some rum. Someone prefers made from white wine, that one is better with sweet apples. If you boil it for about twenty minutes, it'll be safe for kids/the ones who drive, as alcohol evaporates.