diy: randevú with chocolate

happy birthday lovers!!!
a month ago, we had our dear friend kristine’s birthday and as a present, we made these little… sinful… in mouth melting… chocolate brownies.
And today, inspired by one of the most delicious movies, “chocolat”, and signe’s recipe of “četras sezonas” magazine (lately, a must have in my kitchen), i want to share with u, my readers, a rendez-vous with chocolate.


chocolate brownies
35 g walnuts
30 g whole-grain flour
150 g milk chocolate
150 g black chocolate
100 g sweet cream
150 g butter
90 g brown sugar
3 eggs
preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
in a blender bowl, mix together the walnuts and flour and place the rack in the center of the oven.

melt the chopped chocolate, sweet cream, butter and sugar in a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water (bain-marie or double boiler). once melted and smooth, remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes. then, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. then, mix the flour/walnut mixture until well blended.

divide dough among 12 muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. bake in preheated oven about 12 minutes. allow cooling in the pan for about 10 minutes, then take them out of the pan and let them cool completely.

this time i’ve decorated our chocolaty brownies with air-dried roses, leftovers from my 30th birthday party (i love leftovers).
this is a great method to enjoy your flowers longer and also the perfect way to garnish your cake with natural ingredients.

diy – dried roses
hang them in a warm, dry place with good ventilation for two weeks or more (i put them in the kitchen, another added value – pretty decor for a while). tie a string around the stems and hang them upside down. once completely dried, store them in plastic bags, or you can also use recycled jars. an important thing is to keep them in a cool, dry place and never to store them in a sunny spot.

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diy: onion peel greeting card

today when i was thinking about our letter of the week “s” creations, related words, materials and so on (in latvian language), it’s just flipped in my head –
onion (sīpols) + heart (sirsniņa) = valentine’s day greeting card
i was so curious how it will look like, that we just changed our day craft plan to this one




paper or thin cardboard for giftcard
glue stick
yellow onion peel (the regular one)
red onion peel



step 2: choose your gift card size (we choose ½ of A4) and cut the paper

step 3: draw heart on the paper to know where u will use white onion peel and where red

step 4: first put a glue on your heart and stick on little red onion peel pieces. then do the same to the rest of surface with white onion peel.

step5: dry


enjoy creating!



Hi there! Hope you’re having festive fun. One holiday is behind the door and another one is on it’s way.


I’m in a decorating mode (and I really want to show it all to U). Nothing says festive (all year round) quite as well as ALL WHITE. Especially – made from family treasures (time, history, traditions).


We decorated our table with paper snowflakes, candles and my collection of jewelry (diamonds are girl’s best friends). Good old tradition – fabric covered matchboxes as place cards, with fun messages or small favors inside.


So, how was your Christmas dinner table decorated? Do u have DIY party decoration ideas you’d like to share with our readers for the New Year’s?  Just drop me an email here!



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personified warmth

I am a motherly robot. 3 scarfs in 24hrs – hand made from natural wool, with passionate red author’s logo inside, including love letter for special one…



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24 x xmas – diy garland

what is christmas? kids’ joy when unwrapping presents. our tradition is experiencing xmas miracle every morning when opening today’s advent calendar’s small sack, stuffed with sweets, small gift, games…

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