Little Ikea-Hack: Marble Table

23 05 2014

Recently I bought the little tray-table from the famous  Ikea Bråkig Collektion .

We use it often - it's a cute, lightweight little table around the sofa or just next to the kids who often play on the floor.

Sometimes I thought, it's a bit too lightweight because playing kids don't always watch out...

The other day I needed the tray from the table to get some things organized in my jewelry workshop.

I looked at the now bare frame and thought, that a marble top would look really nice. I have a little marble crush for a while now and really wanted a piece to prepare and photograph food on it.

So I immediately contacted two local stonemason places and asked for an estimate on a 2cm "Bianco" marble plate with a 56cm diameter.

One said  €80 - the other €250.

Ok - that was easy!

The plate was ready to be picked up after a few days and fitted perfectely onto the wooden table frame. It has a nice, heavy weight but I am still able to quickliy lift it up and place it on my counter.

Kneading dough works wonderful on it and the plate wipes easily clean. I tested it here .

Two things I wish I had payed attention to:

- I actually wanted a much whiter piece of marble with just a few light grey strands than the one I got. So, if you are picky you have to go to the stonemasonry and look at the piece of marble before they cut it into shape. Since it's a natural stone all pieces are different!

- Also take a good look at the surface of the plate before it is been cut. Mine has some matte spots which are only visible at an certain angle against back-light but if you want to photograph on it, it can be disturbing.

Ikea-Hack Marble table, Marmortisch DIY

Happy Weekend,


Loopy Mango Big Loop Yarn Now Available In My Shop

06 05 2014

I already told you a few weeks ago that I really love the "Big Knits".

And I still do! A lot! 

The big grey blanket is finished and once I have photographed it, I will show it here on the blog.

Meanwhile I placed an order with Loopy Mango from New York because I had an eye on their Big Loop Merino Yarn for a while now.

It finally arrived here in Germany and the yarn is just gorgeous!!! 

So soft and the colors are beyond my expectation. It was such a joy to unpack the parcel.

I ordered a few more of these gigantic skeins and though I actually would love to keep them all to myself I am trying to be brave here and put some in my DaWanda Shop.

One skein is 40 oz with approximately 120 yards and you knit or crochet this yarn with needle or hook size 25mm.

The skein comes with instructions for a beautiful little blanket called the “Nantucket Throw".

My family is crazy about this throw and everyone wants it to get cozy on the sofa or balcony. It has the perfect size to cover and warm your legs or to wrap it around the shoulders.

If you are interested in different colors from the Big Loop Merino collection  than the ones I picked just let me know and I can order them.

This yarn is hard to obtain in Germany.

Also please let me know if you want to be put on the e-mail list for future "Big Knits Workshops" in my studio. 

Happy Day,


(Neck)-Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs DIY

08 04 2014 DIY

Maybe you have seen and done this DIY already but I hadn't and just came across it on Pinterest.

I knew immediately I HAD to try this because of the surprise factor :) 

You need:

- some patterned REAL SILK neck ties or a scarf or blouse from the thrift store (it only works with 100% silk!)

- some white un-cooked eggs (you can carefully do it with blown-out eggs, too) 

- additional fabric scraps, for example from an old pillow case 

- sturdy yarn

- scissors

- a large pott to cook the wrapped eggs 

- vinegar 

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If you are going to use a tie cut the silk off the lining and then cut into pieces large enough to wrap around an egg.

Carefully wrap the eggs with the "good side" of the fabric directly onto the egg. Try to do it as smoothly as possible.

Tie with the yarn without breaking the egg! :-)

Now wet the egg a bit and try to wrap some more yarn around the egg - especially along the overlapping parts of the fabric.

The egg will only take the color from the fabric if it has direct contact to it.

Now take your additional fabric scraps and wrap the wrapped eggs again. This helps to contain the colors.

All wrapped up?

Then off to the stove. Fill a large pot with water and add about 5 tablespoons vinegar. Add the wrapped eggs to the cold water and bring to boil.

Simmer them for at least 20min.

And now for the fun surprise part!!!

Carefully get your eggs out of the hot water with a spoon and lay it onto a towl.

Now patiently wait until they have cooled down. 


You are like me and you could NEVER wait that long so you start to unwrap the hot egg...


You rinse them in cold water...

Anyway - it's really fun to un-wrap the little packages to see, if it has worked or not!!!

It depends on the fabric and how much contact it had to the surface of the egg whether the colors and patterns show well or only light.

I think, they are always kind of pretty and they are always one-of-a-kind and unique - no matter how...

You can rub a little bit of oil on to make the eggs shiny.

Please note, because of the fabric dyes the eggs are NOT edible! 

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I even had a tie with horses and horseshoes on - perfect for my horse girl... 

Happy Easter Time!


P.S. Today is Creadienstag and Upcycle Day @ Ninas Werkeltagebuch

DIY: Easy Wooly Flower - Headband

25 03 2014

End of last week I played a bit with carnations.

My lovely daughter joined in.

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

Poor girl - she had to stay home from school for a week dealing with a really bad flu-like cold and fever for many days. 

It was a hard week for both of us because she loves her weekly rhythm with lots of sports, activities and friends.

Not being able to do any of this and being tied to the sofa made her even more miserable.

The day I brought home the carnations was the first day she was feeling better.

I was so glad to finally see her smiling and having rosy cheeks again!

We came up with this super simple to make headband. So cute and romantic...

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

In case you like to make one too you'll need:

 - 3,5 meter merino wool roving and some fresh flowers to decorate the headband

Leaving a tail of about 40cm roving simply chain the wool with your fingers until desired length around the head is reached.

Tie both tails together with a knot and then another knot.

Cut the flower stems short and weave them into the wooly chain.

That's all.

DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht DIY easy wooly headband with fresh flowers, Elfenkrone selbstgemacht

After we were done playing with the headband I stored it on a wall hook and by now - a few days later - the flowers have beautifully dried up and the headband makes a nice decoration...

Happy Day,


P.S. Today is Creadienstag