Charlotte Constanze
I’m leaving my sewing machine tomorrow, which is quite sad. However, I managed to make 3 dresses, 3 tops, and 1.5 skirts during the past few days. My grandmother had a teaching session today, and I even learnt some technique.

I’m leaving my sewing machine tomorrow, which is quite sad. However, I managed to make 3 dresses, 3 tops, and 1.5 skirts during the past few days. My grandmother had a teaching session today, and I even learnt some technique.

Making the most of my last days in Norway. Happy DIY.

Making the most of my last days in Norway. Happy DIY.

The process was quite challenging, but the dress turned out rather well.

The process was quite challenging, but the dress turned out rather well.

I made this black dress today, and my mum was working on her shawl. I used a vintage reproduction pattern for my dress, hoping I would manage to understand the instructions. Unfortunately linen fabric was not a good idea for this pattern, and had to alter the neckline in order to make it wearable. Furthermore, failing to understand the size measurements, it turned out to be slightly too larger. Oh well, I might try again tomorrow.

I made this black dress today, and my mum was working on her shawl. I used a vintage reproduction pattern for my dress, hoping I would manage to understand the instructions. Unfortunately linen fabric was not a good idea for this pattern, and had to alter the neckline in order to make it wearable. Furthermore, failing to understand the size measurements, it turned out to be slightly too larger. Oh well, I might try again tomorrow.


Some cultures see whales as divine beings, such as in some places in Ghana and the Vietnamese, who occasionally hold funerals for beached whales.

Some cultures see whales as divine beings, such as in some places in Ghana and the Vietnamese, who occasionally hold funerals for beached whales.

I’ve been knitting this whale jumper without counting or measuring. Perhaps not the best idea, but I sure hope it fits.

I’ve been knitting this whale jumper without counting or measuring. Perhaps not the best idea, but I sure hope it fits.

Vegan Coconut and Blackberry Cake

Ever since I came back from the States, I’ve been dreaming about the coconut and blackberry cake from The Golden Mean Café. They serve the best food I’ve ever eaten, and the coconut cake makes me want to move to Santa Monica. I have attempted to recreate the cake, with mixed success. At this moment I’m closer than I’ve ever been, thanks to some inspiration form Ms. Cupcake. My coconut cake doesn’t contain oils or obscure ingredients, but it needs some more fine adjustments before I reach the original.

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Vegan coconut and blackberry cake

Turn the oven on to 180 degrees.

Ingredients:

400g self-raising flour

200g sugar

50g coconut sugar (or substitute with normal sugar)

2tbs baking powder

400ml coconut milk

150ml coconut cream (I used blue dragon coconut cream)

2tbs vanilla extract

Cover two round cake tins with coconut oil. Mix the flour, sugar, coconut sugar, and baking powder in a bowl. Mix the coconut milk/cream and vanilla extract in another bowl. Put the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, and stir until combined (there should be some lumps). Divide the mixture between the two cake tins, and let them bake in the oven for 18-22 minutes.

Blackberry jam

200g Blackberries

Sugar

Put the blackberries and sugar into a saucepan, and let it simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally, and mash some of the blackberries.

Whipped Coconut cream

1 can of full fat coconut milk.

Visit Oh She Glows for whipped coconut cream.

Put the blackberry jam (and whipped coconut cream) between the cake layers. Top the cake with whipped coconut cream, and decorate with coconut flakes and blackberries.

Life at UCL is quite interesting, especially when you’re given the opportunity to watch a gastrectomy and a gastric bypass surgery. Although I think that the procedures are rather extreme, it was most incredible to watch the surgeon and his team. I was ever so amazed by the surgeon’s elegant handwork. The scrubs, on the other hand, not so amazing.

Life at UCL is quite interesting, especially when you’re given the opportunity to watch a gastrectomy and a gastric bypass surgery. Although I think that the procedures are rather extreme, it was most incredible to watch the surgeon and his team. I was ever so amazed by the surgeon’s elegant handwork. The scrubs, on the other hand, not so amazing.

My new flatmate!

My new flatmate!

I’m currently knitting a whale jumper. If I was a non-human animal, I would like to be a whale. I love whales. Happy DIY weekend!

I’m currently knitting a whale jumper. If I was a non-human animal, I would like to be a whale. I love whales. Happy DIY weekend!

I wrote this piece for Oh Chérie. It is about 3 people who actually know how to sew. They are great inspirations to me, and I really do admire their talent and creativity.

Somewhere along the way I managed to forget just how incredible The Crimson Idol is. Oh dear, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do…