Washi Tape fever

27 11 2011 DIY

What fun stuff!

Masking tape from KAMOI Japan is:

  • made from rice paper
  • easy to just tear
  • has a fine texture
  • transparent
  • you can write on
  • very useful in the household
  • over a 100 different colors and patterns
  • without solvent
  • to use on many different surfaces
  • easy to peel of and reuse
  • slim to wide
  • dishwasher safe
Endless possibility's for decorating, packaging, designs, art..

YES - also perfect for holiday decoration:

More ideas here and here

Enjoy star taping...

Cold and flu fighting chili elexir

20 11 2011 DIY

I am grateful - we have been blessed with great health this year.

Even the start of the colder winterish season didn't bring a cold so far.

So - when I found these beautiful chili varieties at the farmers market last week...  

... it made me think of a magic immune-boosting cold and flu fighting elixir I once heard about.

I definitely will give it a try to support my body further against winter's nasty flu and cold bugs.

Chilis contain next to many vitamins and minerals CAPSAICIN and this makes

those little hotties from natures powerhouse extra effective.

It stimulates the metabolism, cleanses the respiratory tract and speeds

up blood circulation. Due to it's heat producing properties it is also used for pain relief.

Here comes the recipe for this all natural elixir:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 or more slices of chili
  • 6-10 or more  thicker slices of ginger
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • optional:
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • half an onion
  • 8-10 sprigs of thyme

Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and add the chosen ingredients.

Let infuse for 10 min or more, strain, add some honey to taste, STAY OR GET WELL and ENJOY!!!

Oh - I also love them as a spicy Christmas decoration...

SONNENTOR Advent Raffle

14 11 2011 Happy World

Here we are again! The next fun little SONNENTOR package snowed over from beautiful Austria... 

Sooo - get on your writing mittens, wrap up a fluffy comment-ball and throw it at the end of this post to participate in our November raffle. 

The winning snow queen or king will be drawn and pronounced next week!

One of my very most important christmas ingredient is an...


The concept of counting the 24 days before Christmas in a special way is been around for more than a 100 years. 

24 little pictures on the wall

24 straws to be put into the cradle

24 chocolate pieces melting in tiny hands

24 times lighting an Advent candle


and since a few years:

24 wonderful Sonnentor tea bag creations from purely organic farming nestled in a cheery seasons box and ready to spark your Christmas spirit. 

One a day for a perfect little X-MAS-tea-moment-time-out:  

Grab your cozy blankie...

Put your toasty feet up...  

Get inspired by the little Sonnentor booklet which comes inside the tea box...  

AHHHHHHH - a magical Christmas dream coming TRUE! 

Or is there ANYTHING missing for you in THIS collection???

1.  "Thank you"  Tea
2.  "All the Best" Spice and fruit tea blend
3.  "Fruit Delight"
4.  "Be well" Throat Comfort
5.   "Be well" Tummy Feeling
6.  "Santa's Secret"
7.  "Breathe Easy"
8.  "Bedtime Sweets"
9.  "Base Harmony"
10. "Fortune Tea"
11.  "Sweet Dreams"
12. "Winter Night"
13. "Protect & Power"
14. "Calm Your Nerves"
15. "Tea Luck"
16. "Listen To Your Heart"
17. "Good Mood"
18. "Hello Sunshine"
19. "Happy Birthday" Tea
20. "Liberate Your Liver"
21. "Lemongrass Green Tea"
22. "Sea Buckthorn Pleasure"
23. "Cheery Fruit Tea"
24. "Christmas Delight Tea"

As usual - a little extra treat next to the calendar from Sonnentor will surprise the lucky winner!

Now it's YOUR turn! What is YOUR Nr.1 most important Christmas ingredient? Do you have a special memory about an Advent calendar? Or what about snow? Are you looking forward to it?

EVERY comment will enter for the raffle!

And please visit the wonderful and talented Biene - last month's winner - who really loved the little Sonnentor package...


Holly Becker's Book Party and Blogger Meet up in Berlin!

13 11 2011

Blogging is fun - I knew that before - meeting other fellow blog enthusiasts in PERSON is GREAT fun! 

Meeting a blogger turned book author is INCREDIBLE fun!!! 

WOW - sweet Holly Becker- what an inspiration. We had such a great time listening to her story. From the very first beginning of her blog adventure until the coming to life of her latest project: the book

Decorate (Book)
Author: Joanna Copestick
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Published: 2011-03-25
Number of pages: 288
ISBN: 1906417504
Price: EUR 44,11
13 new from EUR 29,69
7 used from EUR 13,68
Information accurate as of September 1, 2015, 6:59 pm

She's not only an extremely talented decorator - she's also a gifted speaker and a really nice person who shared her great knowledge in a very fun, exuberant and uplifting talk.

Ohhhh - and the cupcakes we got to eat during the little break! YUMMY! PRETTY! DELICIOUS! ... 

But we were in for another REAL treat after the break:

Matt Stinchcomb - one of the first ETSYs - told his story. What a great and funny guy!

I LOVE these entrepreneur stories so much. Whether they start in a garage in Cupertino or in a shared apartment in Brooklyn like Matt's and his roommates did...We had so much to laugh - and so much to think, because Etsy did his homework. They have a clear straight mission highly valuable for these economic times we are in right now: "Our mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. We see a world in which very-very small businesses have much-much more sway in shaping the economy, local living economies are thriving everywhere, and people value authorship and provenance as much as price and convenience. We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun."

Thanks so much to Brigitte (also for providing these pictures), Etsy and Callwey for making this event possible!

And of course to my dear friend Gabi, who made this Berlin trip extra special!

Here are some more pictures: 

Soho House, Berlin

Holly's session

Deco on Tables

Holly fills the room