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86 liters of pure apple juice

We have three large apple trees in our garden and we have held annually a day for family and friends where we harvest all the apples and manually press them to pure apple juice. It has been a huge success and all our city friends love to join us. This year we had two successful teams and many who joined us for the first time.

And the weather could not have been better.

We produced 86 liters of pure apple juice, apple marmelade of different sorts, three apple cakes and some liters of apple sirup. (and maybe some cooked their sirup for too long and ended up with some gele)

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Paint over

I have not had a paint project other than the kitchen for the entire summer so I have been itching to get painting now that I have a bit more time on my hands. With an old house there are lots of corners that need freshning up. Now it was the turn of the carport and fence to get a coat of fresh paint. From beat up grey to black with contrast.

Before

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8 hours later

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(the ladder is holding the rose away from the wall while drying)

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I ran out of paint so the rest will have to be done later on when we start building the extention to the bike shed.

Replacing worn, white MDF with Royal Oak

Our kitchen table has bothered us for long. White, very worn out MDF with spots. We have not done anything, because we have had planned to tear down the wall between the kitchen and living room and then we could just get rid of the extra table. But that plan is now over 4 years old. Last weekend, my limit was up. I dragged Jakob to Silvan to buy a board. We walked out with  3 oak planks for 900 kr.

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The old MDF plate was so worn it had holes in it, but with a kid practicing drums to the table, its not now one invests in something extra.

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We glued the three boards together and set some support underneath. Then carefully sanded the wood, gave 4 layers of Natur Oil for table tops from Trip Trap and sanded with watersanding paper.

before-and-afterNow no longer in a hurry to tear down the wall.

Recycled Christmas decorations

I love going to Design markets like Finderskeepers, where inspiring designers and artists sell their stuff. I mostly go to get some inspiration myself for my DIY projects but I rarely leave empty handed.

This time I found where to use Christian’s abandoned Zoo animals and my old wooden necklace’s

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Graphic patchwork blanket

This project started as I needed something to do at the summer house this summer. I had been inspired by Helena I follow on IG and her graphic sewing. I think she has a brilliant taste and she really my kind of patchwork, no “granny style” but modern, fresh, with contrast and graphics. Anyway, credit to her and Fermliving for inspiration. However by mixing and making different color combinations, there is no limit to what you can make.

I started out by making some sketches in InDesign and a pattern, to figure out how many triangles I need to cut out. My plan is to make on for our double bed but to experiment, I started with a version for the kids so 5 rows of triangles. The kids love fleece blankets and therefore I decided to make the lining out of a soft colorful polar fleece. I bought all the material, cotton fabric, polar fleece and  bias tape from my local Stof2000 from Lyngby.

First I did a lot of cutting..40 large triangles and 10 small. By mixing and making different color combinations, there is no limit to what you can make. Mine is inspired by Helena.

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Next I needed to use my least favorite tool, an iron and ironing board to help make precis work.

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I sewed the polar fleece to the back by sewing on the vertical seems

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Now I just need to finish the edge with come bias binding. I chose a thick 4 cm wide version.

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