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DIY piñata, party idea

Hi guys! remember the post about my mini pinatas? There I mentioned that I along with the small pinatas also made a really large pinata for my birthday and yes pinatas are for adults as well if you ask me. This is how it turned out and I can say that I was very pleased with the outcome of it all!

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As I said about the mini pinatas, it’s important to start this craft at least one week before the actual pinata is needed. It takes rather long for the papier maché glue to dry.

This is what you’ll need:

  • one large balloon (mine was gigantic)
  • newspapers
  • papier maché  glue
  • a big bowl
  • glue sticks (for the decorating of the pinata)
  • silk paper
  • string
  • candy (most important part of course)

For this craft I had some boyfriend assistant, mostly because the balloon was so big it’s hard to handle it alone but also because it’s fun to do something crafty together. He help me blow the balloon (yes, I find them scary and always think they will blow up in my face…) to gigantic size!

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Although a bit scary, one can’t deny that balloons are very pretty! When the balloon was ready we placed it in a bowl, so it would stay still (mot of the time) when we put the paper and glue on. Choose a bowl you’re not all to fond of, it could get ruined or miss colored from all the glue. Also prepare with paper under the balloon, you don’t want to stain your working space. The glue washes away really easy with water though, but one can’t be too sure.

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I used store-bought papier maché glue, I recommend it very much, it get’s much sturdier than the one you can make yourself. But if you want to try that I mentioned a recipe in this post . Mix you glue together and let it set for a while (the kind I used said ten minuets), while you wait you shred the papers.

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Now it’s time to start covering up the balloon! We used sponges to put on the glue and then lay some of the paper on and smooth it out.

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You do one layer at the time, so switch the balloon over when one half is covered! I did two layers at one time and them put it to dry for a day or two just to repeat it. Make sure you leave the top of the balloon (the knot) bare, this is where you get the balloon out later when the pinata is dry. All in all I had eight layers on mine. It’s important that you turn it over while it’s drying, or else the part in the bowl won’t dry but stay moist instead. So turn it around once a day if possible.

Make sure you keep the glue, cover it with some plastic, you’ll be needing it after filling the pinata.

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While it was drying my cat guarded it.

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Skipping forward to when the pinata is dry you should fill it up. First though you have to remove the balloon, cut it at the knot and then pull it out. Cut the existing hole bigger, so the candy will fit!

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What I initially wanted to fill mine with was miniature booze bottles, but I hadn’t any luck in finding any and of course my fallback was candy. Since all of my guests grew up in the nineties I choose to put in ring pops, I used to love them when I was little (eatable jewelry is the best).

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Put all the goodies in there and use needle and string to make to holes and tie the string through to hang the pinata in later. Then take the papier maché glue and some more paper and cover up the hole. The pinata will probably need one more day to dry before being decorated. When it came to the decor I choose three colors of silk paper, orange, pink and hot pink to create a cute ombre effect.

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For glue I had glue sticks, I needed three so stock up! Glue sticks are better than liquid paper glue, it’s easier to work with in this case. Start glueing them on at the bottom so the fringe will be pointing down.

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I love how it really looks like a gigantic version of the mini pinatas I made as placement cards for the party.

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Have a good time smashing up your pinata beauty!

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watermelon drinks (non alcoholic)

Right now it’s season for those really sweet watermelons that hardly have any seeds in them! That makes it even easier to make drinks with them. I was aiming for a kind of breakfast drink, not to heavy or too much like a smoothie, just something cold to cool you down before emerging out in the heat. It’s a four ingredient recipe so you can easily whip this together.

You’ll be needing this:

  • half a watermelon
  • ice (crushed)
  • agave syrup or sugar
  • lime

It’s really quick and you just mix the watermelon, the smaller ones hardly contain any seeds so pick one on the smaller side. It will become really watery and not so thick when mixed. Add as much crushed ice as you like. Then a little squeeze agave syrup (or sugar) if you want it just a bit sweeter. Then you just add the lime and serve the deliciousness you’ve just made!

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It will totally be a hit! I am also thinking about using this recipe for my birthday party that’s coming up. Just add some bacardi in the mix and it should be a great welcome drink!

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I’ll be glad to hear some of your variations for watermelon drinks. Or tell me if you decide to try this one!

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vegan banana bread with coconut

I don’t know about you but I am a sucker for the banana coconut combo! It’s the perfect summery mix of sweet tastes!

Some of my friends are vegan and when they come over I usually want them to feel as welcome as all of my other friends. By “welcome” I mean “well fed”. And that’s kind of hard to accomplish when a lot of the things in the kitchen contain eggs or milk or such. Therefor I try to make banana bread! It’s like a treat but also not to unhealthy (kind of). And this one is with coconut taste. The trick is the coconut flour, it’s just milled coconut that you can buy in most well assorted the stores. It’s mostly used for people who can not eat gluten but tastes so nice more people should use it! Did I mention this bread is really quick to make as well?

Since I’m writing from Sweden and want to share this recipe with as many as possible I’m just going to say that when I use 1 cup you take 2 dl and when I use 0,5 cups you use 1 dl and so on!

What you’ll need for this bread is 

  • 3 really ripe bananas
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (could be switched to sunflower or olive just as well, I just prefer coconut)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • a pinch of vanilla powder or essens
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder (you could just stick with one of these but the combination will give the bread that extra power to rise and be all fluffy)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt! (love the salt, don’t skip it)
  • your choice of different nuts (I picked walnuts and hazel)

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You preheat you oven to 175 degrees celsius, then you take the cake pan of your choice and butter it up with the coconut oil. Here you could choose to sprinkle it with coconut flakes, but I had non at home.

The next step is mixing up those mushy bananas! Put them in a bowl and have a go at them! Add sugar and vanilla powder. Then you pour the flour and the coconut flour into to bowl (don’t mix). Add the baking soda and powder, cinnamon and salt, now you just mix the dry ingredients first and then you mix it all together. I mix in a lot of nuts in mine, but you could have whatever you like, such as raisins, coconut flakes or different seeds.

Then it’s time to pour it into the cake pan and admire your work! Put it in the oven and wait for about 40 minuets! Let it cool and then enjoy with your vegan friend. But I truly recommend this recipe for anyone, not just vegans.

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Good luck with the baking, any question just ask in the comment field!

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dearest dresses

This is my first entry and it’s about two of my favorite things, first of all, it’s about a dress! I love dresses, they are the perfect piece of clothing in my opinion. In my collection i estimate having at least two hundred little creations, all loved and most of them thrifted or altered to my liking. The second thing that this entry is about how easy crafting can be. It’s not always time-consuming and you don’t always need lots of equipment. I’ll show you!

I’ve had my eye on this one dress on Asos, it was way to expensive and in my opinion also a bit to short. When it came on sale it still was to pricy for me but i couldn’t get it off my mind! I usually go for cheaper clothes, most of the time I shop in thrift shops but oh how I wish I had bought this. I love the combination of the white simple lace being all dolled up from the  3D effect flowers.

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Since I can’t obtain this dress I will make an attempt at it myself. I am terrible at the sewing and usually break something when I use the machine so I found myself a white cheap lace dress in a retail store. It’s actually still available and on sale. It fits really nicely and is a bit longer then the one in the picture.

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The only problem is that the dress is really white. I prefer colors on the more creamy side of the scale. Therefor my first tutorial will be on how to dye the dress. I’m not very into chemicals and buying expensive dyes in the craft shops so I will be showing the simple, cheap and organic version. The second step will be sewing on lots and lots of flowers.

Florals forever. Pella