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I’m off to Germany!

Hey guys!  Things will be pretty quiet over here for the next two weeks as the whole fam-damily and I are heading to Germany!   Most of you know that my husband is German [he's a "legal alien"...any old Sting fans out there?].  All of his family is there and we haven’t been in over 6 years so we are overdue for a visit.  Before we were married, Frank and I used to visit his homeland almost yearly.  It will be an entirely new experience sharing the sights, smells, food and culture with our two kiddos now.

Here are a few things I’m looking forward to revisiting:

muenster_sights

 

[1] St Lambert’s Church

This church is always chilling to look at it in person. It’s black steeple is very cold+harsh looking, black metal with lots of gothic detail. If you look really close you can see 3 small rectangles just above the clock.  Those are actually cages.  Read here for the dark history about those.  All in the name of religion.

[2] Prinzipalmarkt

This is Muenster’s historic principal marketplace.  It is where I have the most fun, as it’s home to some pretty amazing shops, boutiques, cafes and bars.  It was reconstructed from 1947-1958 after being destroyed in WWII.  

[3] Panoramic View of Muenster

[4] Muenster Schloss | Castle

According to my husband, this breath-taking building used to be the summer residence of kings+queens.  It is now part of the University of Muenster.  Just behind this building is the university’s amazing botanical garden. 

You cannot visit Germany without sampling the cellulite-inducing cuisine as well.  Cake time is sacred to Germans and is time to slow down, visit with family+friends and enjoy a slice of mouth-watering pastry from the local cafe.

muenster_kaffe kuchen“coffee and cake, 4 Euros”

muenster_cakes

muenster_cake time

Don’t you just want to lick your computer screen right now?

Honestly, I’m more of a savory+salty addict instead of a sweets one.

muenster_brats

Gimme a plate full of German bratwurst and I’m a happy girl.

muenster_currywurst

One of my favorites is currywurst+pommes [curry sausage and french fries].  Imagine ketchup mixed with barbecue sauce smothered over sausage topped off with curry seasoning.  De-lish!

muenster_beer

And last but not least, one cannot think of Germany and not think of beer!  Each region/town has its own special “recipe” that has been handed down for hundreds and hundreds of years.  Pretty amazing.

I will be posting pictures to my Instagram and will try to do a couple posts from my in-laws home.  I’m hoping my converter stills works and that I won’t fry my computer!  So friends have an awesome week and I’ll be checking in!

Auf Wiedersehen,

amy

P.S. If you miss me, you can visit Cut Out + Keep where 7 of my most popular projects will be featured this week.  A “new” project will be featured each day this week.  So if you’re new here [welcome!] feel free to check out some of my craziest, most popular DIY’s.  [I just love seeing my name in lights!]

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DIY: gold+black glam bowl

make your own glam black and gold bowl

Is it Monday again?!?!?!  I think our weekend breezed by because we were busy [aka I was busy] DIY’ing.

Any chance I get to involve my two kiddos in my projects I jump on it.  And of course…the messier the better!  While they were still sleeping on Saturday morning I rummaged through the black hole that is our garage and grabbed some supplies:

  • Balloons
  • Mod Podge [multi-surface]
  • Craft Paint Brushes
  • Newspaper

This is the easiest decoupage project and so much fun [if you like to get messy, which we do!].

STEP ONE:

Start by ripping up your newspaper into strips of all sizes.  Now blow up balloons of differing sizes.  Note:  your bowl will be much sturdier if you make your balloon a small-medium size. 

STEP TWO:

Prep your work surface!  I laid out a couple of trash bags on the kids’ craft table.

diy_a glam gold and black bowl

diy a glam black and gold bowlDon’t you just love the bed-head!!!

diy a glam gold and black bowlDon’t cross this line!!  Kids.

STEP THREE:

Now simply place your newspaper strips onto the balloon and paint over them with Mod Podge. Of course be sure to leave an opening!  Once this layer was done we hung them outside to dry. The more layers you add, the harder your bowl will be.  We did 3 layers on our bowls.  The bowls were completely dry and ready to paint after two hours.

diy_a glam black and gold bowl

make a diy gold and black bowl

STEP FOUR:

The most fun part [for Mama]….painting!  Pop the balloon and choose your colors.

make a diy black and gold bowl

I chose Gold Chrome and Black Montana spray paint.  I have read all the buzz lately about this brand of spray paint and I decided to see if the hype was worth it.  In a nutshell….I LOVE THIS PAINT!  The quality is amazing and the gold chrome is just gorgeous.

I turned my bowl over on a piece of cardboard and sprayed the outside black.  Once that was dry [this paint dries fast! 20 minutes] I turned the bowl over and painted the inside gold.

make a gold and black bowl diy

STEP FIVE [optional]:

If you find that your bowl just isn’t hard enough I recommend giving it a few coats of spray glaze.  I had this on hand and decided to test it out on one of our bowls.

make a black and gold diy bowl

This added some extra strength to the bowl and also added a nice shine.  Let it dry completely and enjoy your glam little masterpiece!

make a gold and black diy bowl

make your own glam gold and black bowl diy

make a glam gold and black bowl diy

The look is very organic and I like those projects the best.  My kids are so proud of themselves [and so is their Mama!].

Click here for another gold+black DIY!

make your own glam black and gold bowl

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