This is a really sweet Australian cooking blog that I found on Pinterest called Two Loves by twenty-something Australian Rachel Jane. I’m on the fly today, not a lot of time to write, but I wanted to get some nice posts up anyone to direct you to some super inspirational spots online. Hope you are doing well – it’s still freezing, gray and stormy here in northern Germany but my hopes are that next week we will be transported to sunshine and spring-like weather, I’m dying to do over my balcony, it’s such a mess!
Oh and don’t miss her HOW TO for creating backgrounds to shoot food on – perfect for the food photographer’s and stylists out there who are just learning how to get started with shooting your own yummy creations.
Enjoy Two Loves and try not to lick the screen!
(images: two loves studio)
I love this handmade envelope DIY that I found yesterday on the Living At Home website. Living At Home is a German interiors magazine and they’ve been featuring more and more handmade stuff lately in their mag which is so close to my heart, like this handmade envelope DIY that you can see and read about here (but it’s in German, sorry).
Some of the supplies that you see are from a sweet shop online called Franks Home. I love taking a creative approach to simple things, like an envelope, though honestly I would never send one of these – I’d most likely just attach them to gifts or maybe frame the more artsy looking ones for a kid’s room or in my own work studio which is really a giant playroom for me!
Sweet idea though, right? And…. I’ll be in the upcoming May issue of Living At Home with my newly released German book, Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen – so excited to be in their magazine again, they so beautifully promoted my first book so to have their support on my second title means so much to me. It will be on newsstands in a few weeks so if you have access to Living At Home, pick up the May issue and look for your blogger friend (me!).
Hello everyone! I have added two lovely columnists to join me here on decor8, Lisa Nieschlag and Julia Cawley, who will team up to produce Food In Motion, a new video series for decor8 that will appear once a month with a yummy video for to watch along with the recipe for you to try. Sounds fun, right?
You may know Lisa and Julia as Liz and Jewels, two friends who love to cook and produce beautiful books together in addition to their blog and workshops. Liz lives in northern Germany and Jewels is also German but relocated to Brooklyn. I met both of these ladies last summer when I was a guest speaker at a food and styling workshop they did along with Meeta Wolf. I’m so pleased that Liz and Jewels will join me until the end of 2013 with Food In Motion. So, without further ado… Here’s Liz introducing their new column AND video AND recipe to you!
Hello from two continents! We are Liz and Jewels. The two of us share the same love for food and photos and challenge each other every week on our blog Liz & Jewels. We cook, style and photograph the same dish, without knowing what the other does, and whatever the outcome, we share it on our blog. Here is an example of our most recent post called, We eat Americans. My version of this recipe is on the left and Jewels’ recipe is on the right.
I’m Liz, a graphic designer and cookbook author. My first cookbook was published in 2010, which was so successful, that two more followed immediately. Currently I’m working on my fourth cookbook. Jewels is the photographer for all of the cookbooks.
We love working together and also love sharing our knowledge with others who love food, too. In 2012 we started teaching workshops for “Food Styling & Photography” and have done so in Weimar, Münster and New York so far. Here is a glimpse into a recent workshop in New York that we hosted before all of our students arrived…
For decor8, we are bringing our Food In Motion! Every month we will pop up on decor8 and show you a little video of how we are preparing our favorite dish and leave you with the recipe so you can make it yourself. Our first recipe and video is below, we hope you enjoy it and that you enjoy having us on decor8 for 2013!
How to make what you see in our video…
Pistachio Marble Cake
150 g sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
50 g soft butter
100 ml milk
200 g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
50 g pistachios
1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
Heat the oven to 175 C degrees. Generously butter a loaf pan. In a bowl beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar on high speed with the electric mixer until the mixture turns light and thick. Add the soft butter and mix in. Whisk together the flour, bakingpowder and salt and add to the mixture gradually. Pour in the milk and beat until combined. In an electric blender pulverize the pistachios. Add the powdered sugar. In another bowl pour 1/3 of the batter and mix in the pistachios. Pour the reserved cake batter in the loaf pan and top with the pistachio batter. Run a fork through the batters in swirling motion. Bake until cake tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
Yum! Yum! Enjoy! See you in May with another edition of Food In Motion. Let us know if you have any special ideas in mind – things you’d love to see us make, etc. You can comment below.
- Liz & Jewels
(Photos: liz & jewels. For video credits, click here.)
Kate Spade has quite an extensive collection going on over at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Have you seen it? One of their newest editions is this About Town shower curtain and bath accessories, which could be a super cute and really affordable bathroom makeover for spring. I would have really been into this stuff when I was 22 years old settling into my first Boston apartment – fun!
Do you own any of the Kate Spade for Bed, Bath & Beyond collection? Is it nice in person? What do you own? Tell me more!
(image: kate spade)
Hello friends, bloggers, internet! How are you today? Are you doing good. I thought I’d round up five lovely shops for you from Etsy that I’ve had my eye on lately so let’s get started and check out some cool handmade stuff!
No stranger to this blog, the beautiful handmade jewelry from Nest Pretty Things is always a favorite. I want to order so many things from this shop!
Lena Hanzel from Room for Emptiness in Berlin makes handprinted textiles, paper products and hand paints both vintage and new tableware. Really nice graphic feel.
Trixi Angermüller is Frau Sieben, who makes mostly wooden necklaces and candle holders in Hamburg, Germany with a very clean, modern Danish vibe.
If you love rubber stamps but not that into the ones you see in most craft stores, you may like the nature-inspired minimalist approach to stamping that Karmelo in Cologne, Germany takes to her designs. Really nice! My favorite is the cloud bordure, which one do you like?
Any etsy shops you’d love to tell me about? Share your own or the shop of someone you love in the comments section below to be considered in future columns.
(images from their sources linked above)