We are of course, coloring our eggs tomorrow and we are going to experiment with trying these different methods of Easter Egg coloring. Well, maybe not every single one, but a couple at least. Last year, we made these Ukrainian inspired eggs below which I thought came out quite nicely. We are always searching for new and creative ways to color our eggs, so here are a few for you!
If you know of a method that you like using, please do share them on our Bellissima Kids Facebook page!
Finally Autumn desserts like this Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples. We have had the oddest weather here in NYC. Last week, we were reveling in an Indian Summer and then, all of a sudden, Autumn appeared in one fell swoop! So, of course, with Autumn, I’m attracted to Autumn desserts, especially ones involving apples like this one. Super easy of course. It seems that is a prerequisite for me choosing any recipe these days. And I’m convinced most of us moms are all looking for the same thing. So, here’s to a great way to use up those apples if you did get out to do the annual apple picking. Here was our trip from last year.
And here is the recipe for these beauties.
The second Babyccino Shop up happened in Brooklyn these last couple of days and it was even more amazing and bigger than last year!
There was a lineup of lovely international vendors, and I was amongst the lucky bloggers today who was served a delectable breakfast spread of Blue Bottle coffee, Teapigs tea, Maison Kayser pastries, and The Doughnut Project doughnuts. And of course the lovely Mischievous Goddess showed up (and gave me some lovely handmade magic wands for the girls)! Also, really love my mini bouquet by Bloom That.
Courtney and Esther, of the Babyccino team were there, with Courtney sporting her little bump for baby number 5. So excited to see them.
This free event that is open to the public will be happening next year and hopefully for years to come. I’ll give the heads up beforehand so you can try and make it if you are in NYC!
Photographer, Katerina Plotnikova and her stunning portraits with real animals are not photoshopped or enhanced. They are completely real and raw! Not only are these shots incredibly beautiful but they are touching moments with humans and animals where we feel mutual love.
The rest of Katerina‘s body of work is just as magical and surreal.
Here is part of a Q&A she had with photography blog, 500px, iso where they asked her to reveal the story behind some of her incredible shots:
Are the animals in your photos real?
KATERINA PLOTNIKOVA: Of course they are real! The fox, for example, is a real domesticated animal. His name is Adyssey. He has a bit difficult temper, but he is very loved by his owner. All the animals that are in my photo shoots are treated really well. Sometimes, I even think that their owners treat them better than their own kids!
Can you tell us more about yourself?
KATERINA: I was born in a small town near Moscow, where I still live to this day. My life revolves around two things — photography and travel. However, my travel experience is not too extensive. Last year, I travelled all over Russia, from Moscow to a remote Sakhalin. This year, I visited a number of South East Asian countries. My big dream is to travel around the world, and see all the corners of our amazing planet.
KATHERINE: The bear is real! His name is Stepan, and he’s a movie star! He has an extensive experience — around 18 years. Throughout all these years, he has never showed any aggression. The only threat is that he can break your heart. He’s so marvelous and well-managed, that after just a minute of being with him you can’t suppress the smile. You would be very moved by Stepan’s behavior and his infinite warmth with his handlers. They delight him with treats — such as cakes and fish. They treat him like a human, and that impresses me very much.
Foxes are my most favorite animals of all. There’s nothing that connects the fox to the model, other than a mutual love of foxes. The fox is owned by one of my friends.
So, I did promise that I would post our Ukrainian Easter Eggs and here they are! Well, I would say they are more Ukrainian inspired but we did use the same method and same tools as a Polish friend came over last year and showed us how. The girls made these, and I think they came out quite well.
This adorable House Pincushion tutorial is definitely something more for the Moms! The kids could help but the delicate hand sewing might prove a little challenging. It is so sweet the way the pincushion is mounted on a big button. Very creative and looks like something out of the Hobbit!
It must be the time I’m having off for the holidays because I have been struck by a huge Wanderlust and just came across this Montana Magica Lodge in Los Rios Chile…and want to go there, as well as many other places, right now!
Deep in southern Chile lies the Montana Magica Lodge. This extraordinary hotel is hidden away in the centre of a 300,000-acre private nature reserve. The strange volcano-like building spews water instead of lava every day. And it has welcoming windows that look like they belong in The Hobbit, adorned with moss and vines.
If you stay here at this extraordinary hotel I must warn you, the only way in is by balancing on a swinging rope bridge!
The World’s First Pop-Up Sandcastle Hotel has happened in the Netherlands and I can’t think of a cooler place to take the kids. Well, not as cool as the temporary ice hotels that sprout up around the world each year. However, visitors to those hotels are subjected to sleeping on ice beds in sub-zero temperatures and have no access to electricity or Wi-Fi. The guests at the two sand hotels do not have to suffer through such hardships.
Red Pepper Hats is a wonderful brand that makes exquisite handmade hats and accessories for children and women. These hats are amazing and I love that they are all so beautifully made and are a mix of modern and very classical.
The creator of these wonderful hats is Nadine Winckers who lives with her husband and three kids on a beautiful lake in Northern Italy. Believe it or not, Nadine used to be an Airline Pilot and decided to give it up and follow her passion of creating beautiful things in the way of hats and accessories. Having lived 10 years in the UK, she developed an interest in wool hats and attended a millinery school in London while she was there and never looked back!
It’s wonderful that she makes hats for boys as well as girls and unique feather Indian Headdresses. See below.