Do it yourself: christmas wrapping paper

Do it yourself: christmas wrapping paper

I don’t know about you but I have never really loved the whole wrapping gifts part of christmas. I mean, I love buying the presents for my friends and family but when it comes to wrapping them I just suck. I have never had that artistic eye what you need to make the presents pretty. This year I came across this cute diy wrapping paper idea in pinterest and it looked so simple that I had to try it myself. Honestly I am so proud of how it turned out! The whole idea was so easy and festive, I am absolutely in love! And sharing is caring right so here comes the instructions how you can make it too:

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What you need:

  • Plain wrapping paper (I got brown and white but any color you desire works)
  • Acrylic paint or ink (I used green paint mixed with black ink and also some white paint)
  • Potatoes to use as a stamp
  • Gift tags
  • Fabric/curl ribbon
  • A stamp pad with some black ink (not necessary)

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Step one: Use a small knife to carve the stamp you desire into the potato. Christmas tree was really easy to make (just believe me as this comes from the person who happens to have zero artistic talent). Just draw a line of three triangles on paper and cut it out then use it as a base for your craving.

Step two: Dip your stamp into the paint and fill the plain wrapping paper with the stamps marks.

Step three: Make sure the paper is dry before wrapping your presents. Decorate them with whatever your heart desires. I used some cute fabric ribbons and small brown gift tags.

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And volà, that is how you do cute wrapping paper all by yourself! Hope this inspires someone to give it a try, it was so much fun and even little addicting. I found myself making more and more paper with different stamps haha!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a lovely and festive rest of the week!

xoxo

allekirjoitus2

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Let’s talk editing – How I edit my pictures

Every now and then I get comments where people compliment me for the good quality of my pictures, and oh how happy it makes me because as you fellow bloggers know creating content that you are happy with takes a lot of time. When it comes to photographing we all know there are a lot of small things that matter such as lightning and backgrounds. But as much as I want to give the credit for my amazing camera and photographing skills in general most of the time I need to do little editing to make the photos look the way I want them to. Even though I am no professional I am pretty happy with the way my pictures turn out so a little guide to editing won’t harm anyone right?

Oh and before we start here is a link to my older blog post where I shared some tips about crafting beautiful pictures. It gives a good base for taking pictures before actual editing.  

I have few so called go-to apps that I always turn to. What app I use depends on how much editing the picture needs, if I am lucky enough I have a picture with perfect lightning and mostly clean background (like the one above). All I have to do is fix composition a little. At the (oh so happy) moments like these I use few tools from picsart:

Perspective: Sometimes the angles and camera distance distort the view so with this tool I can straighten the picture and fix the wrong angles.

Straighten: And then there are times when the picture/the ground/the walls etc are just completely out of control and you need proper straightening.

Crop: I always use this tool, because firstly I want to crop all the unnecessary parts out of the photo and secondly, I want all my pictures to be from same distance when I add them to a blog post.

Clone: Last but not least, my savior. This tool is a little tricky and I honestly don’t know how to explain it properly but let’s just say it can fade away anything that you don’t like to see in your picture. (Do you notice what I edited out from the first picture?)

Then there are times that I have done all the editing above but the picture is still not pleasing my eye, I mean the lightning is just horrible so snapseed is the app I go to.

Brush – dodge and burn: This tool is my lifesaver number two. I just gently brush over the whole picture with my finger to fix the lightning and brightness.

Brush – saturation and temperature: These two tools are perfect to fine tune and fix the color balance. For example if the picture is little too cold and the tones are blue just add more warth and vola.

Selective: This is also a easy way to balance the lightning. Just select the dark point on the picture and desaturate the brightness to as high as needed. It’s also a great tool to lower the brightness if you have too bright spots in your picture.

And then of course there are these pictures with messy backgrounds. Little imperfections don’t bother everyone but I personally prefer my pictures to be as clean as possible. So snapseed is the app for that sort of editing too:

Healing: This tool works like heaven, all you have to do is press the small imperfection you don’t want in your picture and it fades away. Of course it won’t work for big imperfections as the brush you are allowed to use here is quite small. But when you have something ugly and big in your picture that you want gone turn to clone tool that I mentioned earlier.

So that is my little guide to editing, hope it wasn’t too messy and unclear! How do you edit your pictures and what apps do you use? Thanks for reading lovely people!

xoxo

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SpoOoOOky halloween cupcakes

SpoOoOOky halloween cupcakes

Halloween is knocking on the door and even though we don’t really celebrate it here in Finland I felt like a halloween themed post is a must have. So what would be nicer than share a little recipe of easy halloween cupcakes. Okay yes that was a lie. They are not easy, of well the muffins were piece of cake but the frosting. Just wow my back still hurts. But what wouldn’t I do for you lovely bunch.

And by the way before we start, these are also gluten free yay!

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Ingredients

Carrot and cocoa cupcakes: (makes about 14 small or seven big cupcakes)

  • 2 carrots
  • 3½ dl gluten free flours (all-purpose-flour works just fine too)
  • ½ dl unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilja sugar
  • 1¼ tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (150g) of crème fraiche
  • 1½ dl rapeseed oil

dl = Desilitre tsp = teaspoon

Orange flavored frosting:

  • 75g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 can (200g) of orange flavored cream cheese
  • Black, yellow and red food coloring

Method:

1. Grate the carrots. In a small bowl combine flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and vanilla sugar and gently mix using a spoon. In other bowl whisk (gently) the eggs and sugar, just breaking the structure of the eggs. Then add the crème fraiche and rapeseed oil.

2. Mix grated carrots to the egg mixture. Then add the flours etc. using a big spoon to stir and combine the dough. When the batter is smooth divide it to the cupcake liners. Bake in 200 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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3. For the icing whisk (again gently) the softened butter until smooth. Add icing sugar whisking all the time with the lowest power of your electric mixer. When all the icing sugar is added, turn the power up a little and whisk until smooth. At this point the mixture should look like flours.  Then add the cold cream cheese and whisk until the batter is smooth but thick.

4. Separate the frosting into a two bowls. For orange color, mix the red and yellow food coloring together. Be really careful to not add too much red. When you have orange color mix it with one of your two frostings. Mix black food coloring with the other frosting.

5. Put your desired tip to a piping bag (I recommend one with star tip). And now this is where it gets hard. So I would say all’s fair. First spoon the orange frosting into the piping bag. I laid the bag to the table and filled half of it with the frosting so it was ‘easier’ to add the black frosting on top of it. Make sure the tip is filled with half of the each frostings too. When you are done with both of the frostings one side of the piping bag should be filled with orange frosting and the other side with black. If you completed, congratulations. If this all sounds too hard you can just simply pipe the cupcakes with orange and black frostings separately.

Good luck with decorating, hope you don’t hurt your bag like I did hehe.

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So that’s my little recipe for halloween. Hope it made you crave for some delicious cupcakes and maybe even want you make these. I mean they really do please the aesthetic eye!!

xoxo

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I’ll Give You the Sun: A book that everyone should read

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“The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything. I gave it all up for you.”

I never read books. Not that I don’t like reading, because I absolutely love when a book consumes me. I am just very hard to please. I easily quit reading if I don’t like the story or if I get bored with it. It’s been ages since I have loved a book so much that I couldn’t put  it down. And to be honest I was little skeptical when I bought I’ll give you the sun. But before even noticing I was deep in the story, eating the text with my eyes. And that’s how it should always be. So ladies and gents here is review of a book that I got sucked into.

The story follows twin siblings, Noah and Jude in a different points in their lives. Noah tells the story when he and his sister are close, in a way that only twins can be. And Jude tells the story few years later when both of the twins are broken by horrible tragedy that drove them apart.

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When I started the book I immediately fell in love with Noah. His character is really sweet, lovable and lonely. He dedicates his life for arts, and draws everything he sees and feels. He doesn’t have friends until the new boy next door who changes everything.

Jude I truly hated at first. In Noah’s story she is full of life and doing all the crazy things such as cliff diving. She is growing up and leaving Noah behind as she goes. Eventually I understood Jude and her actions and learned to absolutely love her too. In her story she is broken and full of guilt. The book pages are filled with quotes from a bible that she keeps with her. They descrabe her feelings and fit into the story perfectly, for example:

“If bad luck knows who you are become someone else”.

Without releasing themselves both of them only know half the story, which you learn to put together while reading. The story is full of blog twists, big and small. Some you see coming and some will absolutely shock you. Slowly everything falls into a place.

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The story is absolutely heartbreaking but yet full of hope and all kinds of love. You will be filled with emotions which is why I don’t recommend reading this in public. The book will break you over and over again. Jandy Nelson knew exactly how to get to the reader. I have never cried as much as I cried while reading this book. And once I finished it (with way too much tears) I knew I had to read it again, I just needed to get back into the stories again, back into their world for little longer.

If you like John Green’s and Rainbow Rowell’s books, this is a must read for you (and for everyone in general), I know you will absolutely love it. Now enough for today. Thank you if you made it to the end of this blog post!

Have you Read I’ll give you the sun? Did you like it, please share your thoughts because as you can see I am dying to talk about it. 

xoxo

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What’s in my bag?

What’s in my bag?

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I consider myself as a very nosy person. There is just something so interesting in normal everyday things such as vlogs, room tours and grocery store hauls. What’s in my bag related posts also always pull me towards. I love to see what other people carry with them everyday and what items they consider as a must haves when they leave their houses. I  have the feeling that I am not the only one, so why don’t we peek into my bag too.

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Before we start I gotta say this: I always choose a backpack over a bag. They are so much more handy and practical. So no surprise that my Michael Kors backpack is featuring these pictures. Now as that is said let’s take a look at the (way too many) items that I have with me.

Glasses – I got glasses over three years ago and first I hated them so much, now I have learned to accept the fact that I need them so they have become my everyday essential. Besides I really need them for driving.

A hair brush and hair ties – These are a huge must have for a girl who has long hair. I mean it get’s tangled all the time.

Hand clencer – I need my hands to be clean as simple as it is.

Wallet – Do I even need to say why this is a must have?

EarPods – Even though I have driving license I still also use public transports a lot. And being in public transport like a bus without music is just pure torture.

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Keys – It’s nice to be able to get into my house you know.

Jungle Juice Bar card – I love Jungle Juice Bar. They make the healthiest and most delicious smoothies and juices.

Mac’s lipstick in shade velvet teddy – This is my go-to lipstick. It matches perfectly with everything so no surprise that it’s always with me when I go somewhere.

Nyx lipliner in shade Naturel – I use this lipliner with the Mac lipstick to get better results. And well, they are just a great combo.

Mac Powder and a brush – To keep away the oiliness from my skin.

Lush Key lime pie lip balm – Lip balm is a must have especially during autumn and winter when my lips tend to dry really easily.

Dermosil walnut hand cream – Okay first of all, I love walnut hand creams they smell heavenly. And second, who likes to have dry hands? Not me at least, I absolutely hate it so yes where ever I go I make sure I have good old hand cream with me.

Dermosil concealer stick – This is another huge must have. I need it with me to touch up my makeup and to keep it in shape. And besides, you never know when a unwanted spot shows up.

Notebook and few pencils –  Just to have something to do when I am bored.

So as you can see I am one of those people who throw everything into their bag just in case. I just really hate the feeling when you realize that you have forgotten something. What about you? What is your bag must haves?

xoxo

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Delicious & healthy banana pancakes

Delicious & healthy banana pancakes

Since the whole world (including me) seems to have fallen in love with eating healthy I thought there is no better time to share a recipe for these delicious, easy and healthy banana pancakes. And with easy I mean oh so easy since you need only two ingredients (maybe three if you want to spice them up a little). These pancakes are perfect for anyone who wants to stick to healthy lifestyle but still craves for something sweet and delicious (as known as me all the time). You can have them basically whenever you like because they are perfect snack but I personally prefer them for breakfast!

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Banana pancakes  (makes about 12)

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana (the browner the better)
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla or honey (I recommend cardamom, it’s my favorite of them all)

Method:

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until the dough is smooth. Cook them in a mild heat, for example, with rapseed oil. The smaller the pancakes are the easier they are to work with and flip around. I will admit that flipping them is little tricky, but I am sure you will do well. Serve them with some berries, yoghurt or with my personal favorite; a maple syrup.

Note: If you want to be extra healthy you can use only egg whites but you need about four of them. You can also add some protein powder or coconut flakes before blending, adding flour may help the pancakes to stick together better.

Hope you give these a try and enjoy them as much as I do!

xoxo

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300 followers?! | Spreading the blogger love

I can’t believe my small and messy lifestyle blog has already 300 followers, thank you thank you thank you! I honestly didn’t think I would ever get here, but yet here we are thanks to each and every one of you who decided to click that follow button. I honestly can’t thank you enough but just know that I really appreciate all the love and support you are giving for me and my blog.

Couple months back kali said some really sweet and kind words about my blog as she did friends for days tag, and it just really warmed my heart. The idea of the tag is to support other bloggers, compliment each other and get to know new bloggers. You are supposed to tag five new bloggers and two who have been around for longer. I am gonna mix things up a little and just ramble about my favorite bloggers out there, old and new. Because hey, what is better way to celebrate this little milestone than keep spreading the blogger love?

Ingrid D.

I have been following Ingrid since I joined the blogging world. Her content is always on point, she shares her fashion for fashion, traveling and everything in between.  I would never miss any of her posts. Trust me, you can’t help but fall in love with her.

True Bliss

Shelby is one of those bloggers who you just automatically fall in love with. She is always so kind to her followers and I always see her supporting other bloggers. I love to read her beauty based blog posts but that’s not all she writes, her blog is full of great content and thoughts.

Sit back and just live

Jenny is one of the nicest and kindest bloggers I know. Her blog is full of good and unique posts such as thoughts and whatnots where she interacts with her followers about different topics or weekend recaps where she shares her weekend happenings (there is always a lot, this girl if full of energy!). I know you are going to love her so check her out if you haven’t already!

Fashionessa

Vanessa’s blog is all about fashion. She knows how to put together an outfit which is why I love love love her style and I am sure you would too! She has amazing and really good quality content so what are you waiting for? Check her out!

Ink on my hands

Kali did nominate me for this tag so I don’t know if I am cheating or what but she is one of my favorite bloggers out there so I need to include her. Her blog is full of great and unique content from thrift store finds to quotes, hauls and so on. So no wonder why I am obsessed with her!

Turning back time

This post would not be complete without giving little shoutout to my lovely friend who is behind the camera in most of my pictures. Please give a read for her blog (you won’t regret it), she has got really high quality content and it’s all about fashion with pinch of food and beauty here and there!!

So that is the list of my favorite bloggers, not all of them but some that popped into my mind while writing this. I love them and I am sure you will too (if you already don’t)!!

xoxo

allekirjoitus2

Ps. Once more, thank you for 300 followers!