Holidays Without Stress

25 12 2013

...is my wish for you and actually myself, too.

Hopefully you can spent lot's of time with your family and/or friends. Sit together, go for a walk, play, relax and of course have a delicious meal together.

It's so precious to create these moments which will become wonderful memories to keep.

I worked until the very last minute yesterday but we spent a wonderful Christmas Eve together with family.

Today I will pack for Austria - if you like to follow along our mountain trip, here is my Instagram.

Thanks so much for visiting lebenslustiger.com. I am so grateful for my dear readers and customers. You are the best!

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!!! 

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Happy Holidays,

Anette 


Quick And Easy Candle DIY - Makes A Perfekt Gift

10 12 2013 DIY

Who doesn't like some pretty and unique candles, right?

I think, they make a perfekt handmade gift for everyone.

Done in a few minutes and with very few requirements one usually has at home anyway.

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You need:

- white or creme candles, size and length is your choice

- some pretty paper napkins with designs that would fit on a narrow and long candle. I especially liked to use the ones with text.

- scissors

- an old teaspoon

- a tea-light 

Start by pulling apart all layers of your paper napkin until only the top one with the design is left. Cut - or - and I like this best - tear out your design.

Lay out on your candle until you are happy with the look. 

Start with holding one piece in place with your fingers.

Warm the teaspoon like shown on the picture over the tea-light for about 30 seconds.

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Now - using the warm rounded part of your spoon - stroke gently and quickly allover your napkin piece melting the paper right onto the candle.

Then do the next piece until your design is complete.

You will quickly get a feeling for the right temperature and the gentle pressure you need. 

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So fun to make!

In no time and with very little investment you can create lot's of unique candles.

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag

P.S.S. 

You can find my rosé-gold jewelry line here in my own shop  or my other lines at Etsy and DaWanda

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Thanks so much!!! 



Crochet Chevron Dishcloth DIY - My New Kitchen Love

26 11 2013 DIY

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I have to admit: I was skeptical first.

A lot.

I never used a handmade dishcloth before.

I always hated a store brought dishcloth though.

They are so ugly, don't you think. And they never seem to come in the right color. They are always kind of ... off and just not a nice thing to look at.

So I thought I will give this trend of making your own dishcloths or washcloths a try.

And I love it! It has a great size, a bit of a rough, scrubby surface, soaks up liquid and overall just works very well. 

Also - it is such a nice and very easy to make small project you can finish in a couple hours and I always like that.

Plus it makes a wonderful handmade, useful, stylish and pretty gift this time of the year - actually any time of the year.

A N D  - like some of my other DIY's - it's made with a TRICK. YES! 

O.K.!!! Enough pro arguments, right?

Would you like to give it a try, too?

Here is what you need:

100 % Cotton yarn (so you are able to wash them on hot) in two colors - you could even use organic cotton! 

A crochet hook in the right size for the yarn you choose.

I personally tend to crochet or knit fairly loose but I like these dishcloths to be in a tighter stitch with not too much air in-between the stitches.

So I made sure, my hook wasn't too large for my yarn.

Start by:

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Chain 39

1st row: DC in 6th chain from hook. Chain 1. DC in the same stitch you did the first DC - this is then called a V-stitch. Skip 2. V-stitch in next. Skip 2. V-stitch in next...until row is finished. DC 1 in last stitch.

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NOW FOR THE TRICK: Finish off that row and cut your yarn! DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK!

Just start again where you have started row 1 - now with your other color.

Row 2: Join yarn in stitch immediately before first stitch from V-stitch from row below. Chain 3. V-stitch in the chain-1 space of the below V-stitch. Skip 2. V-Stitch in next. Skip 2....Continue across. DC 1 in last stitch. Finish off. Cut your yarn. DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK!

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Row 3 to 15: Repeat row 2

Done!

Ok - there ARE a lot of ends now...You can weave them in or - if you are lazy or impatient like me - you just tie cute little side tassels by grabbing always 3 of the endings and placing an overhand knot.

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My inspiration came from here

As with all of my DIY's please ask - preferable by using the comment system instead of e-mail - if something is unclear to you. That way more readers can learn from your question and my answer.  I am happy to help.

If you like, here are all of my DIY's.

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. There is still time to join my Give-Away

And it is Creadienstag today. 

P.S.S.

You can find my rosé-gold jewelry line here in my own shop  or my other lines at Etsy and DaWanda

If you like to further connect there is more lebenslustiger on FBTwitterTumblrInstagram and Pinterest

Thanks so much!!! 



Warten - Waiting...

20 12 2012 DIY

... for Christmas was not really difficult at all this year because I participated in a wonderful idea called Adventspost.

24 Bloggers - 24 Advent-days - one for each to send 24 little handmade greeting cards to each of the other participants.

This way we were all greeted with magical little pieces of art each day!

Here is how our door looks so far:

Meanwhile all my family awaits the daily mail full of anticipation...

I got the 19...

...and transferred a copied beautiful tree illustration from an old Christmas piano music book I loved for years.

I used this medium to transfer the tree I had printed with the laser printer onto heavy weight watercolor paper. It worked very well. (Probably I could have printed the tree right onto the heavy paper, right? Don't know about these machines...) Well...

Then I colored the piece slightly and added some accents with oil pastel and my favorite neon pens. For the cooper stars I used this tape and imprinted the 19 with a round tipped tool.

Just a very few more days...

Have a happy day, there is more "waiting" today here,

Anette 

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