Christmas Cards 2015. Freebies

Christmas card 2015

 

Once more, even though I’ve been pretty busy, I found the time to design, print, write and send my Christmas Cards. Some of them have already arrived to its destination. It’s a tradition that I would like to keep alive since there’s not much more mail that arrives home that’s personal and that puts a smile on your face, so that’s what I try to do once a year, put a smile on the faces of my friends and loved ones. So if you are one of them and you received yours, please take a picture and post it in Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #merryxmasdressink and of course tag me @dressink so I can see it!

 

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This time I used this icons I found for free, I like simple patterns and I was looking for something in black and white, so they were just perfect. You can download this design for free here or click on the main image, if you also want to surprise your loved ones with a christmas card 😀

Do you have any christmas traditions? Let me know in your comments!

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H.

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Birthday Preparations #3 – The Food

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The Food i wanted to keep simple because I didn’t want to spend 3 days in the kitchen preparing things. The theme was clear, a Diner, so the food? easy peasy… Diner food! Hamburger and Hot dog bar, Coleslaw, Tomato Soup, Milkshake looking Cupcakes and well that’s enough xD

I always have to keep in mind that many of my friends are vegetarian, so I try always to make 50% vegetarian 50% non-vegetarian food so they get also something to eat and don’t leave the party early because they are hungry. Since the main dishes were hamburgers and hotdogs, the rest had to be vegetarian, that’s why I decided to cook a Tomato Soup, Coleslaw and a last-minute Penne-tomato pesto salat. Don’t have that many pictures, and they are also not that good, but I hope you get the idea!

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Keep posted for the next post #4 The Outfit!

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H. 

Birthday Preparations #2 – The Decorations

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This year I kept it simple, since I didn’t find a location for the party till the last second I didn’t knew exactly how much the place would be needing decorations. So I just bought some stuff online:

  • Balloons in 3 different colours, white, pink and blue. I tried to keep the colours similar to the ones on the invitation and of course my outfit.
  • Table covers, one in silver, other colours that were available not so much my taste and a black and white squared one, like the canvas on the invitation.
  • A Jukebox, what would be a 50’s party without one of those?
  • I had some signs from an 80’s party I threw 2 years ago, those were also matching the 50’s theme 😀

I was trying to do this party as much low-budget as possible since this year I was already spending a lot for renting a place for doing it, so 2 days before the party I gathered some friends to help me do some DIY record garlands and a Dine-In sign. They ended up looking amazing and I took us like just 3 hours to do them between eating, cutting, gossiping, drawing and watching some Germany’s next top model.

My sister and his boyfriend were visiting me and they helped me put everything together. I was/am very happy with the result Helena’s Diner was definitely going to be a hit!

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Panorama view of the decorations

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A Photo Sphere I made with my phone when everything was in place

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Random fotos of the decorations

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Rhubarb Schnaps

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Last year a friend of mine brought some home-made rhubarb schnaps to a party, since then I have been thinking about it all the time. It wasn’t easy to find, but I found it at the end, one of the three ingredients and most important, rhubarb juice. Of course I could do it myself, but that would take longer, and like this I know it will always taste the same, and that I see as an advantage. Also rhubarb season starts in April, and I’m not willing to wait until then. If you’d like to prepare your own rhubarb juice, you can follow this recipe. I’m going to prepare a load of it for carnival 😀

Let’s get to it!

Ingredients for 1 l 

  • 0,7 l rhubarb juice
  • 0,3 l korn or vodka
  • 3 packets or 30 gr vanilla sugar
  • 1 l empty glass bottle

Preparation

Warm up the juice and dissolve the sugar inside. Once it dissolved, let it cool down a little, you don’t want the alcohol to evaporate or the glass to break in pieces. Mix everything together and let it infuse for at least 12 hours before you drink it.

This drink must be served freezing cold and in a shot glass!

Enjoy!

Read you soon!

H.

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Handmade Circus Aachen

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This past weekend it took place the 2nd edition of Handmade Circus in Aachen, a design market for young designers. I wasn’t able to go last year so I was really looking forward to it. It surprised me how much people were there, but well on a Sunday and in the middle of the city I shouldn’t have been that surprised. I actually wanted to take some photos for the post, but it was nearly impossible since I’m kinda little and the place was crowded. 66 shops with accessories, mode, ceramics, stationery, illustration, baby and children mode, food, beer… everything self-made and far away from mainstream. I bought some beers and took the cards of the shops I liked the most.

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Lara Bispinck, a graphic designer and illustrator from Aachen, I was already a fan of her work but she’s also such a nice person that I’m even a bigger fan now 😀 Her hand-drawn illustrations are amazing!

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KULØR, handmade porcelain from Karlsruhe. If I had the money, I’d buy everything this girl does. The colours, the shapes… everything is just right! you can buy some of her creations online here and here!

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Nice Nice Nice, the are not just talented and bright, they are also the creators of Handmade Circus, without them the whole market won’t be possible.

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No Gallery, 3D words or quotes for every taste, you can choose your colour, the font and even the quote/word you want… I think I’m going to order “I kiss better than I cook” to hang on my kitchen wall 😀

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UR Werk, another talented girl with very nice illustrations, you can find from postcards to buttons at her shop for a fair price.

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And last but not least, von Freude, craft beer from Hamburg, the only thing I bought at the market. Haven’t tried them yet, but since I love beer I guess I’ll make a post about them soon 😀

 

Christmas Cards 2014. Freebies

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This year between work and cooking school I’m so busy, that I didn’t have the time to keep up with the tradition I started last year, of doing my own christmas cards. Instead, I made 2 designs that you can download for free. Click on the images to download.

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I plan on printing them tomorrow and start sending them before it’s too late :S Maybe you’ll get one too, who knows 😛

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H.

DIY Cork Board

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For some time now I’ve been looking for a board to hang over my desk, with no luck. This wall is a little bit tricky, since it isn’t straight and I couldn’t just put any cork board on the market. I’m a big fan of Ikea Hackers website, and when I went to Ikea with Anna, to help her with some shopping and I saw these pot stands, I remembered a post where someone used them as wall decoration covering them with colourful fabrics. There it was, the perfect solution to my problem! Easy, cheap, and it also fits in my room’s decoration pretty well if you ask me 😉

So, let’s get going…

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I already said that it was easy, there’s just one instruction for doing this diy. Glue the Powerstrips in the centre of the pot stand and place them on the wall where you think it looks the best 😀 That’s it!

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You can buy the pot stands in packs of 3 but I’m a fan of uneven, when it comes to decoration,so I used 7 of them. I immediately decorated mine with some photos, postcards and to do lists, how do you like the result?

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Read you soon!

H.