Now that the polite ‘family’ oriented part of the holidays is over we can finally focus on hanging out with friends and getting tipsy… In the spirit of helping you host the best (new years eve?) party ever i’m about to share some of my favourite gin based cocktail recepies that will surely impress your guests!If you have ever met me in real life you probably know i’m a big gin’n’tonic enthustiast and even a co-funder of a local gin club. It comes to no surprise my club got super excited to sample Gin Masters – the winner of the ˝Best Gin In The World˝ at the 2015 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Even just by smelling the open bottle, the scent of juniper with hints of coriander and cardamom is almost overwhelming. The taste is rich, but can be easily altered with different garnishes (look below for recepies). As all gin’n’tonic fans know, the taste and quality of tonic plays equally important role as the gin itself. The bitter-ish taste of Gin Masters is greatly emphasised by MG Tonica tonic, which tastes less sweet and more citrusy than generic tonic brands. Gin’n’tonic might be a staple summer drink because of it’s freshness but it can easily become a holiday favourite by adding a splash of fresh orange juice, cloves or even some cinnamon on top. Out of all gin cocktails, the cranberry/thyme one looks the most festive one so it’s a great choice for (New Years) parties. Use a small pan to boil a cup of water, a cup of sugar, a handful of cranberries and some fresh thyme. Let it cool down, then mix it with lime juice (half of a lime) and a splash of cranberry juice. Pour the mixuture into a glass filled with ice, add Gin Masters to your taste and top it up with MG Tonica tonic water. Yum!One of the most known gin’n’tonic versions must be the rosemary cucumber one. It’s super refreshing and easy to make; all you have to do is place a couple of cucumber slices in a glass, gently grind them with a fork, add some ice, a small rosemary branch and gin/tonic combo to your taste.
Keep the food you serve with your gin’n’tonics simple. Just buy some cheese, vegetables, bread sticks, and dried fruits. The food looks best served in pretty crystal or porcelain bowls/plates.
The beginning of a new season usually means we start craving new additions to our wardrobes, but instead of heading straight for the high street why not start by checking what has been hiding in the back of the closet? Im certaing we all have real treasures hiding there… Yeah, the garments might not be very trendy at the very moment but surely with a little imagination and diy creativity most of them can be upgraded according to current fashion trends. See, i felt like getting a new hat for the summer but then i remembered i had this great vintage one that just needed a bit of love. All you really need for a project like this is a vintage hat, new ribbon, sciccors, pins and thread.The hat is in genereal very well (hand) made, but the ribbon was looking a bit ‘old’ so i decided to simply replace it. I contemplated using ribbon of a different color (maybe a white or a neon pink one?), but since my aesthetic is very minimalistic i decided on a boring black one. I started my project by removing the old ribbon, placing the new one in place with pins adn then sewing it onto the hat. All there was left to do was to tie a beautiful bow (i sewed that in place as well), cut the edges of the ribbon into a V shape and lightly burn the edges to set them in place.
30 minutes and 3 euros (i spent that on the ribbon) later i im ready to enjoy the sun in style.
As the year is ending there is no greater thing than making your loved ones feel special and appreciated. A way to do that (especially the out-of-towners, who you can’t hug in person) is to send personal greeting cards; and there is nothing more personal than a hand made card. Today, i want to share a really simple DIY idea anyone can recreate.
All you will need is paper (i chose simple white sheets), watercolors, a brush, some ribbon (i used a silver one but you can choose any other color), bits of artificial spruce branches and a hot glue gun.
First, shape the little branches into a shape of a tiny wreath and use glue gun to attach it to the top center of your greeting card. Then, make a tiny bow using the ribbon and attach it to the bottom of the wreath.
All you need to do after i use watercolors to write the holiday greeting underneath the tiny wreath. You can even use a pencil to outline the words and color them in later if you feel insecure using the brush.
Voila, simple greeting cards are done; in like 10 minutes! You can write a personal wish inside; or slide in a seperate paper with a wish so the greeting card itself remains intact.
What kind of greeting cards will you be sending out this December?
Like last year, my August was /again/ sprinked with Christmas spirit, thanks to Lidl and their invitation to contribute to their beautiful corporate magazine Preprosto. The new issue is even bigger, better and fulled with more beautiful photographs, recepies, diy ideas and articles, all original and created by super talented Slovenian authors. From today on it’s avaliable in all /Slovenian/ Lidl stores and having had the pleasure of already reading it i can only say that at a 1,49€ it’s really worh getting a copy!
For my article, I got to recreate a moment, captured in a vintage holiday photograph. I strived to achieve the same holiday atmosphere while modernising the details and infusing them with some 2015 energy. Making the ornaments, decorating the muffins and /re/creating a holiday setting was so much fun and i have to admit i’m happy with the outcome. Here i’m only sharing a little peak into my work process but in the magazine you can read all about the moment, captured in the original photo from 1957 and all about how to recreate the vintage holiday theme in the modern era.
Again, i’d love to thank Tina Cipot and Nenad Senič for inviting me to be a part of this great project and Lesnina Slovenija
for the props.