Friday, April 22, 2011

Cards with origami cranes

This post will be a cross-blog post. It belongs here as a crafts story on card making, but it also belongs to my origami blog as a story about how origami can be used to make other things.
I have used origami cranes on cards last year for the first time when I was making wedding cards for my colleagues. This time I've used cranes to decorate smaller tag-like cards that I'm going to send to two special ladies with to accompany their gifts.
Cards were made from paper from a note paper block. I've used a 4-in-1 empuncher, one of my favourite tools, which has four different corner punchers that also make embossed shapes all combined in one tool. I've added origami cranes made from beautifully patterned washi paper on the front side. On the back side I only added a sticker to match my colour scheme so that there is enough place for writing. To finish things up, I've added a bit of curled wrapping tape in coordinating colours.As you can see, I like to keep things simple but cute.
front side
back side with smudged text :)

Lyra's Origami blog

What a shocker: I myself don't know my own blog address! I've only noticed today that the link to my other blog Lyra's Origami on the right was wrong, and it has been there for years. It's pathetic, I can't believe myself! :)

So, info for everyone that the link is good now, and a warm invitation for you to visit the other blog. I promise, you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Faulty chocolate buncake

Everybody knows how I love baking bun cakes and trying out recipes form my favourite bun cake resource Karlovacki kuglof. This time it was my friend Sladja who inspired me to bake this bun cake. She was the one to try it first and it was delicious! The next day, I had some free time, went to a store, got the ingredients and started making this recipe. Well, it obviously wasn't my day. It was one mistake or a misfortune after another. I thought that the bun cake would be a disaster and didn't like it much when I've tried it. BUT, to my great amazement, everybody else LOVED IT! I still think that they are crazy, but I'm happy that the bun cake quickly disappeared into thin air. (giggle)
The combination for the Faulty chocolate bun cake is:
  1. use silver Dijamant margarine instead of butter - it won't mix well and there will be lots of grease crumbs in the mixture,
  2. run out of regular flour and use 3/5 rough wheat flour type 400,
  3. the chocolates were all good though: Bambi's white chocolate with Plazma biscuit chunks and their milk chocolate noisette for the dough, and Menaz cooking chocolate (my favourite one) on top,

  4. keep chocolate chunks rater big - slice each chocolate block into 4 pieces
  5. grease the bun cake pan with margarine but forget to sprinkle it with bread crumbs
I just had to write all the details down, because some folks are asking for more...

Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring, sun, joy!

For this post I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. A beautiful spring in my dear Fruska Gora - can you smell it in the air?
view of Novi Sad in the distance