>LITTLE INSPIRATIONS…LITTLE THINGS…

>My creation

Anita from Cottage Affairs found a small metal sign saying that, “A garden is a friend you can visit anytime”. I loved it..Isn’t that so meaningful?


So just for you, I decided to decorate my garden with some favorite staff and take some photos today and, I was busy to taking some items out and in from home to garden all day.Cause we are having some heavy rainy days in Ankara…
I enjoyed the time in my garden very much… Do you ever do that? I mean it’s so amazing what can be pulled together to change a look completely.


I like white,no doubt… what is your favorite colour? Actually, there can’t be any wrong color, if you love red, go for it, if you love purple so much ( like one of my student, Türesin)embrace it! More than anything, I want you to have fun with your homes, gardens, your wardrobe, and your life.

You know how much I LOVE white

and red

and blue.

Our world is filled with gorgeous colors – it really is SO fun to add some of it to our homes, don’t you think?

Now then, what is YOUR favorite color? And will you let it come out and play?

Okay, this time while enjoying in the garden, we decided to take some photos of me as well. I am so sure, if I have to do another job in this life later, I would be a photographer…I wasn’t aware of its magical beauty before bloggerland but when I started to take photos, I found myself in another world…I have been learning…You all know I am so open-minded to learning new things…I don’t have a very professional camera yet but will be soon… It is not just taking photos which makes me excited, it is the creation stage before taking photos and it is the playing time with the photo after taking…
Here are some gorgeous sites that you can use to edit your photos: http://www.picturetrail.com, http://www.bighugelabs.com, http://www.flickr.com and of course Picasa…It is a software download from Google that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos. It’s free, and easy to use.Please enjoy with these great sites…

Believe me, they were just normal photos but after I edit them by the help of the above sites now I look better…

http://flash.picturetrail.com/pflicks/3/spflick.swf

Most of these photos have been taken by MY SON. I would like to introduce him to you…He is the SUNSHINE OF MY LİFE…He is 12 years old, very talented, a great latin dancer, handsome, sensitive, quick-eyed, he has a great sense of humor, how can a 12 years old guy make you fall down from your seat by his incrediable jokes?…he is so smart!! Halfway to 24, how can it be? Such a mix of big kid/little kid. I tease him sometimes he is like big man that thinks he’s still a puppy. Each afternoon when I meet him at the school, he charges me! Running with open arms, he collides into me as I brace myself. Someday he will KNOCK me over, but I can take it.Tears are in my eyes….

SWEETHEARTS, where in the world are YOU?
Please share the name of your town, or your city, or your state, or your country where you live…. I know that some of you are far, far away from me, some of you very close to me but WE know that in Blogland, it really is a small world after all..

Nooooow, I told you today is my LITTLE INSPIRATIONS day… so you will be surprised because I want to share a DELICIOUS recipe with you before I wander into the kitchen in a little bit and actually make it for lunch today. Feel free to jot down the recipe while you sip on a glass of fresh apple juice which is my favorite…!

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SHORTBREADS RECIPE:

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon (2 grams) salt

1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered (confectioners

or icing) sugar

1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract

In a separate bowl whisk the flour with the salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter until smooth (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until smooth (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Gently stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Flatten the dough into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) with the rack in the middle of the oven. Line two baking sheets
with parchment paper.
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4 inch (.5 cm) thick. Cut into rounds or whatever shapes you wish using lightly floured cookie cutter. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. This will firm up the dough so the cookies will maintain their shape when baked. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly brown. Cool on rack.
Shortbread with keep in an airtight container for about a week or frozen for several months.
Makes about 20 shortbread cookies.
Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/shortbreads/shortbreadcookies.html#ixzz0Duj5uEL5&B

IŞINSU KURABİYESİ

Sevgili Işınsu, kurabiyeni hep yapıyorum, hele Can ve annem bayılıyorlar…Neredesin, seni çok özledik….Neyse kurabiye tarifine yine çok teşekkür ederim…

Malzemeler:
220 gr margarin
1 su bardağı pudra şekeri
2 çay kaşığı kabartma tozu
2 çorba kaşığı buğday nişastası
1 yumurta
2-3 damla limon
350 gr un
Tüm malzemeleri iyice yoğurun. Unu tam ölçmeye çalıştım ama sizin yumurta biraz büyükse, ya da buğday nişastasını koyarken biraz kaçırırsanız gibi sebepler dolayısı ile tam ölçü tutmayabilir. 300 gr unu tam koyun, gerisini hep yoğurduktan sonra eklemeye devam edin…Kulak memesi kıvamından biraz daha yumuşak olacak…Yoksa pişerken hep çatlar…Hamuru unlanmış tezgah üzerinde yaklaşık 3mm kalınlığında açın ve çeşitli hamur kalıpları ile şekillendirin, fırın kağıdı serilmiş fırın tepsisine bitişik olarak dizin. 180 derece fırında 15 dakika pişirin.Yine bu arada hep kontrol etmeniz gerekebilir. Eğer siz biraz ince açmışsanız daha çabuk pişecektir, ya da biraz daha gevrek istiyorsanız, az daha fazla pişirebilirsiniz. Arzuya göre pudra şekeri ile süsleyip servis edin. Afiyet olsun…

Thank you EVERYONE for each of your comments and for your amazing and loving support. Thank you for being YOU! You sure know how to make a girl feel good. Love you ! – thank you SO much for telling me where YOU are… I LOVE knowing that you are “out there” – many of you living in far away places that I’ve only dreamed about and have never seen. Maybe one day I WILL visit your beautiful corners of our world. I am so touched to know that you stop by – and EACH of you are THE SWEETEST souls on earth. You know that you are ALWAYS welcome here ANY time.
Thank you again for being the SWEETHEARTS that you are!!!!

Night Night! See ‘ya in the morning!

Uppps!! I was just gonna leave without showing you my fushia’s new blooms and my cat’s new poses…Here they are…

Reklamlar

>WONDERFUL WORLD IN APRIL

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Merhaba Arkadaşlar,
Umarım herkes bu muhteşem Nisan ayında iyidir. Ben lafı bugün çok uzatmadan güzel resimlere geçmek istiyorum…









Bugün pazar ve Ankara’da nefis bir gün… Birkaç günün soğuk havasından sonra enfes bir bahar havası var ve ben Pink Martini dinlerken siz,e blogumu takip eden canım arkadaşlarıma en nihayet yazı yazabiliyorum…Benden mutlusu var mı?Resimlere devam…




Sizde deniz, tatil, doğa havasına girmediniz mi arkadaşlar? Atölyede de bana fikir sorulduğunda sadece aklıma çiçekler, deniz, neşeli resimler geliyor…Aşağıdaki çerçeveyi öyle burnuma deniz kokan bir anımda yapıverdim…

Şimdi size haftanın en cici ürününü göstereceğim. Derin Hanım’la birlikte yaptığımız bu demlik var ya, ben bayıldım arkadaşlar….301-2Aşamalarını sizin için fotoğrafladım. Umarım size yardımcı olacaktır.









Bu enfes demlik çalışmasından sonra iki güzel çerçeve ile devam etmek istiyorum…

Biraz da öğrencilerimizin resimleri ile devam edeyim…





Sevgili Münir Ustamız…

Biraz daha güzel objeler???


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>SPRING RENOVATION 1

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Hi everybody,
How peaceful and magical this “early morning” picture is, isn’t it, ladies? It was sent to me by a very precious friend to make me relax on my busy days!! Warm wishes and many thanks to you, my dearest friend, I know, you always think and worry about me from all the way from there…

Spring is my favorite time of year. I love that day when I walk outside and I can just SMELL it. Spring is coming. It seems like everything around is waking up after a long winters nap. You start to see the beautiful BUDS appear. I notice the birds and butterflies begin to appear. I can feel the sun on my shoulder.From now on, my address is my back garden…Find me from there…

Busy days!! But I have finally been able to catch my breath a bit. Last week, it was busy again as always, but do you ever feel you just need to find some time to do what you love despite how busy things seem to be? Omg, I was dying to do some paintings in these sunny days. Finally, this week, on monday, I decided , to return back to home everyday after workshop and do some painting in the garden…Now girls, I am very happy because I am painting in the garden for myself… Soooo, I hope you, all have wonderful days of the month April, too, just like me!! I don’t exactly why, but, always,my favorite month is April…I even say, if I would have a daughter after this age!!(one day, I hope!)her name would be April…I mean I like it as a word as well..
Oh we have waited soooo long for these sunny spring days! I’m sure we’ll have some cool days still, but at least I can shout, Yippee! It’s spring time, come on girls, get up and do something new and inspirational!!
For example, me, I’ve been spending few days this week getting the house ready for the Spring. I’ve had things on my to-do list ,I know I can never be able to finish them but the list is always in front of me, in my bedroom…. I do little bits here and there after workshop…First I made a list of some things that needed makeovers , aaaannnd best of all, it just included a lot of paintings.
I am so happy to finish one of my item on the to-do-list,now I am gonna settle down a bit and share it with you.
Remember?In my last post, I told you that I found different items at home, some of them were very old, some of them ugly…So I gathered all of them in the garden (you see, my inspector is with me again) and…

painted all of them to white.

Sorry about the quality of the photos, because it was taken around midnight!!Anyway, after on that white paint, I applied small, green polka dots stencil…

And then I stenciled “Welcome Friends”…
Then I cut my decoupaged pictures and gave them a 3-D effect by modelling clay and pasted them to my item
Finally, I decorated with a hand-made ribbon… (I found that gorgeous fabric in the middle of the night from my fabric closet!!)

Isn’t is very pretty? I am gonna bring it to my bedside and sleep with it…like a small girl who sleeps with her new red leather shoes in the famous story!!

Oh, I really love spring… All the trees are blooming nowadays…I really love my house as well because… when we open the curtains in the morning, look what we see first? Now, this is one of our bedroom, my husband sleeps there, if he is gonna work late at night…

Ok, let’s look at from the window closer…

Oh no, I think you still couldn’t get how beautiful that tree is…have a look at it closer…


Oh my god, I opened the window and realised that we all have blooming trees, in the neighbour’s gardens as well…

Have a look at the other side of our home, southern part…again the view is amazing…


After looking at those beautiful pictures, I just feel with love…Soooo, I just want to remind you that, always make your friends or your partner or the ones whom you love, feel like they are the most important person in the world…You can start by hugging them every morning in spring, like this…Come on girls, it is spring time, ha ha ha….

Last night, I was surfing around on the net and watching some of the song clips of my favorite singers… One of them is Dido… Look what I found…In this video clip, the house is so beautiful, really, outside and inside the house so romantic…Especially, try to concantrate on the kitchen , you will love it….Before start playing the video, DO NOT FORGET TO GO TO THE END OF MY BLOG AND PAUSE THE PLAYLİST FİRST…OTHERWİSE BOTH OF THE MUSIC WILL CONTİNUE PLAYİNG AND THE SONGS WİLL MIX UP…

Sevgili arkadaşlar,geçen gece şarkı kliplerinde geziniyordum. Dido’yu çok seviyorum. Bu klibi seyrederken, çekim yapılan eve hayran kaldım ve sizlerle paylaşmak istedim. Özellikle mutfağa dikkat eder misiniz? Yalnız parçayı başlatmadan evvel, BLOGUMUN SONUNA GİDİP, ŞARKI PLAYLİST’İNİ DURDURMaNIZ GEREKİYOR…YOKSA TÜM ŞARKILAR BİRLİKTE ÇALAR VE SANIRIM BU DA ÇOK HOŞUNUZA GİTMEYECEKTİR!!

Till next time, Much love and hugs to all who visit!