chocolately nutty goodness

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I made these yesterday for some friends and they were a huge hit (if I may say so myself..). Really, how can you go wrong with nutella, marzipan, and chocolate? You can’t, and the sprinkles definitely don’t hurt either.

I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for party food, and saw these, which I’ve been meaning to try. Here in Germany, marshmallows aren’t easy to come by, so I had to improvise a little. I added some honey to make my rice krispies a little sticky, and I created little vessels for my rice krispie/nutella mixture out of marzipan. They turned out super yummy, and cute too. We all know the best desserts are fun to look at. Here’s the recipe:

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patterns from the Pergamon

pergamon-patternsI’ve been meaning to visit the Pergamon museum since we moved to Berlin, and last week I finally made it. I’d heard great things about this museum, and it lived up to my expectations. I went a little crazy taking pictures of all the amazing patterns I saw everywhere. Besides the rugs and tiles above, I loved the intricate details on the remnants of buildings and pottery. It blows my mind that somebody could create geometric patterns like these by hand, and I kept having to remind myself each time I looked at a new ornate pattern.pergamon patterns pergamon-patterns3

DIY: painted flower pots

This is the easiest DIY ever. Really, you probably don’t need these instructions, but I am so happy with how these turned that out I wanted to share them with you.

I saw some great flower planters in a shop on my block, but at €9 each that can add up pretty quickly. So I went a mission to my local art store and got some supplies to spice up some standard pots.

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What you need:

some planting pots

painter’s tape or masking tape

paint brushes

at least two colors of acrylic paint. I love the simple look of white and another color, but get creative if you feel like it!

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How to:

You’ll want a clean surface on your pots, so wipe them down with a damp paper towel and let dry.

Paint your first layer! I painted my pots completely white, using two layers of paint to get a nice solid white base. Let this layer dry.

After your first layer is dry you can decide how you want to add more color. Use your painters tape to create a design. I kept mine classic and painted a big stripe of green along the top.

Let the paint dry and then plant some seeds!

CAM00138 copy CAM00280I hope you like these as much as my cat does!

new faces

I’ve been working on a pattern that is really different than anything I’ve done before, and I’m loving it!

I started with this sketch of a girl wearing a flower wreath and I knew I wanted to create some sort of folk art/floral border. Then the next day we went to the DDR museum and I saw this great 1960′s retro wall paper.

blog_faceinspirationI went home and started sketching different borders and frames, trying to figure out how to put my sketch into a repeating pattern.

face-sketchesAnd here it is! The completed pattern. I’ve been tweaking the colors all night, but I feel pretty good about it at this point. It felt good to get out of my comfort zone and use a layout that’s unusual for me.

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