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Welcome spring with a flower brooch!

Spring is coming! and what a better way to welcome it than by making a super cute flower brooch, this is all you need:

Ingredients

All you need

  • Thick felt for the back
  • Thin felt for the petals
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Button
  • Brooch back (or a safety pin)

Preparation

  1. Take the piece of thick felt and cut a circle shape the size that you want your brooch to be.
  2. Thick felt circle

  3. Take the piece of thin felt and cut plenty of little circles for the petals (I used the bottom of the thread as a guide), for this brooch I cut 24 circles.
  4. Thin felt circles

  5. Take one of the small circles and fold it in half, then stitch it to the edge of the big felt circle. One stitch would be enough.
  6. Stich circle

  7. Take another circle and repeat the same, overlaying it slightly, and keep going all the way round the big circle.
  8. Felt circlesFirst row

  9. Start the inner row, try to cover the stitches of the outside row with these circles.
  10. Inner rowInner row ready

  11. Finish the rest of the rows and add a button to the center.
  12. Last rowButton

  13. Now you can sew the brooch back or add a square of felt to put a safety pin (or a hair pin). Your new brooch is ready!
  14. Safety pinBrooch ready

Saturday inspiration

What we have been looking at recently:

Sometimes the apartment tours over at Apartment Therapy are so amazing that I just keep on returning to them over and over. This is a good example of one of those tours that just keeps on captivating. I love that shelf.

Weekend with the fleas

We made a trip  to the big indoors flea market in Vallila/Helsinki yesterday. There we found a nice little red alarm clock that looks great on our shelf. It’s cute as hell, but sadly the incredible noise it makes when winded up makes it merely something pretty to look at (instead of a usable device to tell time). For the moment it has a designated place INSIDE our drawer! There it can unwind itself in peace, slowly returning to it’s silent existence forever at five o’clock.

Alba at the fleamarket

The cute red alarm clock

Recycled literature

How great are not books? I made this prototype a while ago, and it works great! Sure, the screws are a bit rude, but hey it was my first go at it. I love the fact that you can take whatever, and make it into something totally else. This particular piece of literature is now waiting to hold our keys in the entrance.

Recycled literature

The muffin monster

The muffin monster is back in our kitchen with a delicious and yet (quite) healthy new muffin recipe. This time is all about chocolate! yey!

Muffins

Ingredients

Serves 12

  • 1 cup ………………….. dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ………………. cocoa
  • 1  3/4 cups ………….. flour
  • 3/4 cup ………………. chocolate chips
  • 1 cup ………………….. milk
  • 1/2 cup ………………. pure olive oil
  • 2 large ……………….. eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ……….. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ……… salt
  • 2 teaspoons ……….. baking powder

Chocolate crumb topping

  • 1/2 cup ……………… dark brown sugarchocolate muffin topping
  • 2 tablespoons …….. flour
  • 2 tablespoons …….. cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons …….. pure olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ……………… chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 230° C. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners or coat with olive oil.
  2. In a bowl add sugar, eggs, milk, olive oil and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Blend by hand until moistened.
  4. Add 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Do not overmix.
  5. Evenly pour batter into prepared muffin tins. Evenly spoon a teaspoonful of crumb topping on to each muffin.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a knife inserted into center comes out clean. Cool at least 5 minutes.

Chocolate crumb topping preparation

  1. In a small bowl add sugar, flour, cocoa and olive oil Blend with a fork until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. Mix in remaining chocolate chips.

At this point you may be wondering where is the healthy part of a chocolate muffin, let me tell you, our happy monster only uses olive oil in his recipes which means no butter, shortening nor margarine.

Unlike butter or margarine, olive oil is high in mono-saturated fat (that’s the good fat!). Medical studies have proven that olive oil lowers bad cholesterol, reduces blood pressure and decreases the risk of cancer and many other diseases.

Enjoy your baking and remember…life is short, eat dessert first!

This recipe is from the book Olive Oil Desserts by Micki Sannar

The easy way to pump up your apartment

Blik wall decals

Wall decals have become hugely popular lately. Here is our latest addition from BLIK, the always seasonal Space Invaders. The cool thing with these is the painless removal option if you ever would get tired with them. Who wouldn’t love to see quirky aliens when they wake up?