Curious and Catcat

Saturday, July 5

Golden Hour Gardening

We ran a little late with our weekly visit to the garden and were lucky to take a few pictures in the golden hour. The green stuff in my hands is our last harvest of arugula. I'm not very sorry about that, though. We're harvesting so much at the moment, we had to get a new freezer to be able to store it all and I've been really working on my housewife qualities spending my free time preserving stuff and making jams. I have to admit it feels great to see the shelves filling with preserved food.

Saturday, June 28

Statement necklace with endlessleather.com

Time for another statement necklace! This time I cooperated with endlessleather.com, a very cool shop for leather cords and stuff. The shop has a wide range of leather cords and bands in aaaall the colors of the rainbow, in neon, metallic, pastels, really everything you can imagine. I was hooked the minute I sat eyes upon their shop and had such a hard time deciding!
After a lot of thinking, sketching and drooling over various leather cords I knew I’d never own (at least for now…) I ordered a round braided leather cord (ArtNr.:23280) in purple, a round stitched Nappa cord in neon pink (ArtNr.:14220), a high quality leather cord in turquoise metallic (ArtNr.:44465), a flat leather strap 15x2,5mm in black(ArtNr.:17600), 15m suede leather lace in turquoise (ArtNr.:50756) and a little assortment of jewelry supplies (ArtNr.:87021, 87112, 87102, 89065, 87108).
I was so excited when the package arrived! The leather cords all seemed to be very good quality - as far as I can tell. And the colors! I was itching to start creating something very very cool with my new supplies (Lucky me. I made a sketch.).
For the necklace I used all supplies listed above except the black strap (I have something planned for that one, too) and added a golden chain, thin brass wire, jewelry glue and a few bigger jump rings from my own stock. In the picture above, I was loosely putting the "base" together to see if the actual necklace would be anything like the sketch (It was!).
I used the thin brass wire to combine the cold chain with the braided leather cord. The neon cord is attached with the bigger jump rings from my own stock. They fit perfectly so the cord is secured without being squashed in places.
After that I added three tassels (suede leather lace pieces glued into end cups) and the end cups to the braided cord. I glued two pieces of the turquoise metallic cord to the closure, two end caps to the other ends and connected it with the base with small jump rings.
That's it. Have a look at the finished statement necklace!
This was a really fun project! I had the feeling that my accessories lacked some color for a while now and I'm glad that's out of the world now. The thing even looks expensive! Ha! I love it.
And if you were wondering: Yeah, that's the kitchen in the background there. It was the only room with nearly enough light when we were taking the pictures. My bad. You focus on the necklace!



Tuesday, June 10

Elderflower Syrup

Oh elderflower syrup. Summer just isn't the same without it. It's the perfect addition to every drink - even plain water - and makes it taste like summer: sweet, sunny and refreshing. We used to always have it in our fridge in summer when we were kids. It's one of those things you rarely have at home, which makes it extra special if you do. IKEA has it and I found it in organic grocery stores for a ridiculously high price. But for me, the real thing is the homemade version. And it's so easy it feels almost absurd to buy it! Seriously. You only need access to an elderflower bush, but nothing a short trip to the countryside can't solve - they grow everywhere!

So I told the boyfriend the other day how I had enjoyed making applesauce from the apples that fell off the tree in our inner yard last year (clearly no one wanted to pick them up, so we did eventually and made applesauce). I said I'd love to learn more how to use and live from what nature already provides, like fruit and wild herbs and berries. And then my mind wandered to elderflower syrup and I was hooked. I had to make my own elderflower syrup. Now.
We located an elderflower bush via Mundraub (check it out, it's a really great project), went for a walk, and came back with a bag full of elderflower heads. The method is totally easy, you'll see in a sec.

Elderflower Syrup

(easy peasy, makes 2,5-3l)

Ingredients
25 elderflower heads
2kg sugar
50g citric acid (Histamine-friendly version. Feel free to take fresh lemon juice instead or/and add some lemon slices to the mix.)

1- Carefully clean the elderflower heads in cold water. Place stems up on a kitchen towel to dry. In that position you can easily snip of any bigger stems (they taste bitter).
2- Mix the sugar and citric acid with 1,5l water and bring to a boil. Let the mixture simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved, then remove from the heat.
3- Place the elderflower heads in a large pot and cover them with the hot sugar syrup. Let the whole thing cool off, then cover with a lid and let it sit for 3 days.
4- After 3 days, sieve well (through a very fine sieve or a cotton cloth and pour into clean bottles.

Enjoy in drinks like sparkling wine, tea or water or as topping for pancakes, desserts or ice cream. You can keep the elderflower syrup in the fridge for at least 6 months.
Cheers!

Thursday, June 5

June Wish List


Maybe I’ve gone a bit overboard with the color scheme of this month’s wish list, but I honestly don’t care, because it goes perfectly with how I feel now that we’re finally having summer weather around here. 32°C this weekend? Time for some serious swimsuit shopping! 
I picked out some essentials for a good start into summer. Including the umbrella. This is Germany. It rains. A lot. 


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