DIY Idea: Printed Gift Tags and Packaging

You can never start early enough to prepare nice packaging material for Christmas.

For these gift tags I carved a Christmas tree out of an eraser. Using a white eraser as a printing block has got several advantages.

The material is pretty soft und you can easily draw your motif on it with a pencil before you cut it out.

And once you have made your set of stamps, you can print with them again and again.

For Christmas I like to use golden or silver linocut printing colour.

Things I Like Today…

… are these granola bars I’ve made today.

They are quite easy to make:

Just melt some butter with a bit of honey and sugar in a pot. Then add different types of chopped nuts, oatmeal (or some Bircher-Muesli) and dried fruits (besides raisins you could take for example dried papaya or mango for the exotic touch).

Stir all ingredients and then spread them on baking paper. Bake the mixture for about 25 minutes until it becomes golden brown.

Finally let it cool before you cut it into bars.

An Autumn Hike

Autumn is the most beautiful season for hiking in my opinion.

The wide range of colours nature uses to paint its forests at this time of the year is simply amazing.

Spending a whole day outdoors, walking along small, idyllic paths and enjoying the last warm rays of the sun, clears your mind for the things which are really important in life.


A Hidden Place…

On a hike through the so called `Hagengebirge´ here in Austria we came across this idyllic, hidden place.

It used to be a small mountain lake but it looks like it has completely dried up over this year’s unusually hot summer…