Monday, June 22, 2015

DIY Video: Camera Strap Sewing Tutorial

Hello everyone, have a wonderful day! :) For all of you who are planning some exciting summer holidays or sightseeing trips, I prepared a new video for my DIY category. For this shot, I again teamed up with DaWanda (we already shot the video last year) and we are showing you how to sew a camera strap in just a few easy steps.
The DIY is suited for sewing beginners as well as for advanced sewers and you won't need many supplies.

Watch the full camera strap DIY video yourself:

In the video you can find detailed instructions for how to sew a camera strap yourself.

Have a look at my sketch for some details and to know about how to cut your fabric:

Measurements and supplies for the camera strap:

Here's what you need:
- Cotton fabric
- (Faux) leather
- A cotton strap
- Scissors & pins
- Sewing machine and conventional sewing supplies
- Two metal rings and hooks
Here you can see the faux leather endings in a close-up shot.
Such a pretty strap!
If you like the fabric as much as I do, check our supercraft, it is from one of their DIY kits. :)
Wheeeeow, so easy!
Enjoy using your new camera strap and happy summer (I hope it will be coming soon...)! :)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sponsored Post: An Ice Cream Party with Ben & Jerry's (And Free Ice Cream Illustration Printable)

Hello everyone, happy sunny weekend! Summer is here and what is then better than talking about ice cream? :D
Do you remember last year when I was at Ben & Jerry's Taste and Tunes Tour or this winter when I was at an ice cream tasting event in Hamburg? :) This time, Ben & Jerry's has invited me again and I drove to wonderful Hamburg for a lovely ice cream party blogger evening.
The evening was not only dedicated to eating ice cream, but also to honor the winners of Ben & Jerry's initiative "Are you the next Ben & Jerry's?" With this initiative, the brand is supporting sustainable projects which help to make the world a better place and we had the honor to get to know this time's winners, Victoria of NearBees and Daniel of Green Lab Berlin (more about them later in this post :)).

At an Ice Cream Party with Ben & Jerry's

We ate LOTS of ice cream, one of my fave flavors is the one with speculoos (OMG, it's devine!!!).
To get more information, wonderful Hilke of Ben & Jerry's told us about the history and the philosophy of this great ice cream brand. Such an inspiring story! If you are curious, read more about Ben & Jerry's story yourself.
After having learned a lot about how this ice cream brand came into life, we were spoiled with tons of ice cream and a sweet table with fruits and chocolate to decorate and prettily arrange the sundaes ourselves. So much fun!
Daniel of Green Lab Berlin and I had such pretty ice cream creations on our plates. I could to this every day! :)
After eating ice cream, he told me more about the brand that he and his two colleagues have brought to life: they are using the shells of cocoa beans which are usually thrown away by the industry and instead, they turn them into fertilizer for flowers which smells like chocolate! What an amazing idea! Imagine working on your balcony and then having the smell of chocolate in your nose with caring for your plants. :)

>> Support Green Lab Berlin's crowdfunding campaign
Wuoah, cinnamon bun ice cream! I wish they had this in my local supermarket, sooo good!
Those books are too cute! If you want to inform yourself, hop over to the website and read everything about Ben & Jerry's mission. :)
So so pretty! I styled this ice cream plate and I wish I could to this every single day in summer. :D
Another highlight of the evening was meeting Jerry. THE Jerry. The Jerry who is the co-founder of this wonderful ice cream brand. He told us his story and we were able to ask him questions. Such an inspiring person!
Apart from getting to know Green Lab Berlin, I also got to know lovely Viktoria of nearBees. She had the wonderful idea to send honey in envelopes and has designed a special piece of packaging for this purpose. Thus, one can order honey from local beekeepers (currently only around Munich, but soon, this will also be possible in other cities), gets to know where the bees are from and which flowers they have in their environment. You can easily order your honey via mail and support local businesses. Such a wonderful idea!

Together with the honey, we got a package with flower seeds (yippie, for my balcony! :)) which is supposed to attract bees in order to get to know the bees from my neighborhood. Such a wonderful concept! After having come home from the event in Hamburg, I used the honey package I got from Viktoria to fill it into an empty honey bear. It's delicious! And with the QR code, I can get information about where it is from. Awesome project!!!

>> Support nearBees' crowdfunding campaign
It was a super nice evening with Jerry, Daniel, Viktoria and all the other blogger girls Nicole, Susanne, Jasmin, Conny, Janina, Jojo, Lisa and Sarah.
Ice cream and summer, there's hardly anything better! :)

Get Your Happy Ice Cream Illustration Printable

Because I couldn't take you all with me to this event, I've got a little surprise for you: during my preparations for my trip to Hamburg, I made a colorful ice cream illustration and I want to share it with you. :)

Have fun with the printable and in case you share a photo online, feel free to tag me so that I can see it (@luloveshandmade on Instagram and everywhere else). :))

Thanks for inviting me to your ice cream event, dear Ben & Jerry's team and you, my dear readers, have a super happy summer and grab some ice cream!


P.S.: Although this blogpost is part of a cooperation with Ben & Jerry's, this does not change the fact that I only write what I personally think and like. :)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Sponsored: A Colorful Brunch with RiceDK (and Mini Giveaway)

Hello everyone, happy Monday! Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I love a colorful home with bright furniture and many bright and colorful pieces of homeware and decor. Who couldn't then be a better coop partner than Rice DK?
RiceDK is a Danish company for colorful kitchenware and homeware and has everything for you to make you happy "when you are cooking and baking, washing and cleaning, relaxing and enjoying the magic of everyday life..." Just wonderful! I have been buying RiceDK's kitchenware for a while now and this time, I got to choose some new pretty new pieces for my home which I am now showing you with a colorful spring brunch. :) Most of the items are from the current spring and summer collection 2015.

A colorful spring brunch with RiceDK

Most of the dishes I use are from RiceDK (some are from IKEA) and I love all the pops of color which they add to my home and to my everyday life. I chose those cute heart-shaped egg holders, plates, bowls, cups and even cutlery. Wow, so so pretty!
The mixture of shapes and patterns is so lovely and since I got all those pieces of kitchenware, I enjoy eating even more. ;)
Back in April, I then prepared a colorful brunch for some of my closest friends. I made a food table with sweet things, savory treats and drinks and prettily decorared my kitchen table.
The bowls are filled with orange-vanilla-coconut rice pudding with raspberries, there's juice and raspberry-coconut milkshakes, mmmhh!
On the counter you can find even more declious things which look extra pretty in all of those bowls from RiceDK and which match the rest of my kitchen really well.
Apart from buying fruit juice, I prepared infused water with fresh mint, lemon and orange.
Moreover, I bought a cake and donuts, made fresh waffles, a fruit salad, prepared sweet scrambled eggs with fruits, made fresh spring curd with chives, cucumber, tomatoes and onions, prepared cheese, vegetables and made a tomato herb butter after a recipe I got from my best friend aentschie. I love the combination of cake stands and bowls and how they prettily displays all the food.
All those things were so so delicious and looked even more tasty on those colorful plates with the lovely patterns. Eeeeeks, colors make me oh so happy!
What I really loved was the combination of food table, buffet and kitchentable.
The rice pudding was one of my favorites that day. While writing this blogpost, I wish I could eat all of this again now. ;)
Oh those colors of the dishes! And did you spot the cute watermelon cups? Eeeks!
We all ate way too much and I had leftovers for a few days and even brought some things to work. :D
Mhhh, this was good!

And here's a little surprise for you:

Win a set of four heart-shaped egg holders from RiceDK

To share the colorful happiness with you, here's a little giveaway. One of you can win this set of four heart-shaped egg holders from RiceDK.

Terms for entering the giveway:
- Leave a comment under this blogpost with your e-mail adress AND a link to your fave product on the RiceDK website.
- Only one entry per person, only complete entries with e-mail adress and product link count.
- You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.
- The giveaway ends on Sunday, May 10, 6 p.m. and is open to worldwide participation. I will draw a winner randomly and contact him or her via e-mail. If I don't get a response with the shipping adress within 14 days, I will determine a new winner.
- The giveaway takes place without the possibility of recourse to legal action, the prize won't be payed in cash.
- The e-mail adress of the winner will be published in this blogpost and by participating, you agree to this.

Moreover, for the Berlin-based people among you: if you want to go shopping for RiceDK products yourself to make your home more colorful, check out the new Rice Pop Up Store at Bikini Berlin. I was there for the opening and they have a wide range of lovely products AND even a shop dog which is super cute. The pop up store will be open until the end of June.

Good luck with the giveaway, thanks for reading and have a happy day! :)

EDIT, May 27, 2015:
Aaaaaand the winner is:
Congratulations, Kiki, you'll be receiving an e-mail right now.
Thanks for taking part everyone!! :)