Category Archives: Sewing, DIY & Recipes

Here you’ll find free sewing tutorials, my sewing and crochet projects, DIY crafts and (historical) cooking recipes.

5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

These 5 DIY floating rope dog toys are perfect for your water-loving dog! Made with polypropylene rope, these DIY floating dog toys are safe for your dog, float on water, and are cheap, easy and fun to make!

5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

All these 5 DIY floating rope dog toys are Khaleesi-approved. Khaleesi is my 1-year old, water-crazy, high-energy black GSD who loves to play tug, fetch and hide & seek! Because she’s very mouthy she always needs a toy in her mouth. And since she’s water-crazy and loves to swim, I had to make her DIY floating rope dog toys with polypropylene rope! Continue reading 5 DIY Floating Rope Dog Toys

Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye

You can easily update old clothes with fabric dye. Dyeing old clothes is such a fun, creative , cheap and eco-friendly way to give old clothes a new life! So make your old clothes new again with fabric dye!

Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye
Pale pink cotton top dyed with turquoise fabric dye

I used simplicol fabric dye which is so easy to use. You simply toss your clothes and the fabric dye into the washer. Then wait for the clothes to “wash” and your clothes are dyed. It’s almost like Christmas because you never know what color they turn out to be! Continue reading Update Old Clothes With Fabric Dye

History Of The Flapper Pie + 5 Historical Recipes

In the Victorian and Edwardian era, Flapper Pie was know as Mock Cream Pie, Custard Meringue Pie or Chess Pie. Below are 5 historical flapper pie recipes.

History Of The Flapper Pie + 5 Historical Recipes

The pie which is known today as Flapper Pie in Canada dates back to the Victorian and Edwardian era. Flapper pie is a vanilla custard pie topped with meringue. Today, flapper pie is usually made with a graham cracker pie crust, in the Victorian and Edwardian era, however, the pie crust was usually an ordinary shortcrust pastry. A typical Victorian pie crust consisted of 4 ingredients: flour, butter, salt and cold water. Continue reading History Of The Flapper Pie + 5 Historical Recipes

The BEST Pie Crust Recipe – From 100 Years Ago!

This homemade, flaky, all-butter pie crust from scratch is the BEST pie crust I’ve tried so far!

The BEST Pie Crust Recipe From 100 Years Ago

This delicious pie crust recipe is from the Edwardian era and therefore over 100 years old! It was published in ‘Three Meals A Day’ in 1902. It’s the best pie crust recipe I’ve tried so far and I’ve tried many pie crust recipes over the years, like this 3-Ingredient German Shortbread Pie Crust, this Flaky 4-Ingredient Pie Crust, this Leftover Cake Crumb Pie Crust, and these 10+ Vegan Pie Crusts!

I love the vegan aquafaba pie crust and the flaky 4-ingredient pie crust, this Edwardian pie crust, however, is my all-time favorite: It’s buttery and flaky, and so easy to make! While it tastes almost like homemade puff pastry pie crust, it’s way easier to make! Continue reading The BEST Pie Crust Recipe – From 100 Years Ago!

Custard Meringue Pie – Edwardian Recipe

Edwardian custard meringue pie – one of the best historical pies I’ve tried so far! It’s simply heavenly!

Custard Meringue Pie - Edwardian Recipe

Custard meringue pie – also know as Mock Cream Pie, Chess Pie and in Canada as Flapper Pie – is a custard pie flavored with vanilla, bitter almond or lemon and topped with meringue! It’s easy to make and so delicious! Continue reading Custard Meringue Pie – Edwardian Recipe

Handkerchief To Top Refashion – Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

An easy and genius way to turn handkerchiefs into an airy lace top – the Edwardian handkerchief camisole is perfect for hot summer days!

Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

In the Edwardian era, the handkerchief camisole was of course part of the lingerie, but today you can wear it as pretty lace top! The Edwardian handkerchief camisole is easy and fast to make – no pattern (or fitting) needed. And another bonus point: Because the handkerchiefs are already hemmed, there’s only minimal sewing required! Continue reading Handkerchief To Top Refashion – Edwardian Handkerchief Camisole

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream – homemade from scratch with just 4 ingredients. This Victorian ice cream is so delicious: extremely creamy with a strong coffee taste!

Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

White coffee ice cream taste just like ordinary coffee ice cream but the color is white – or rather light brown 😉 – instead of brown. In the Victorian era, white coffee ice cream was considered superior to ordinary coffee ice cream. While coffee ice cream was served at family dinners, white coffee ice cream was a suitable dessert for formal dinners and balls.

Coffee ice cream ‘will be brown, and not as delicate as’ white coffee ice cream. (The Book Of Ices, 1893, p. 14)

The following recipe for Victorian white coffee ice cream was published in The Book Of Ices in 1893. Continue reading Victorian White Coffee Ice Cream

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert

Chestnut vermicelli – a traditional Austrian dessert – made with boiled chestnuts and vanilla sugar which is garnished with whipped cream. This recipe for chestnut vermicelli is from the Victorian era.

Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli

Chestnut vermicelli is a delicious, old Viennese dessert made with just a few ingredients: The main ingredients are chestnuts and sugar. In Austria, chestnut vermicelli is called “Kastanienreis” – chestnut rice – because the dessert resembles rice or spaghetti. After the chestnuts are boiled, they are pressed through a colander which gives them that spaghetti-like appearance. Continue reading Victorian Chestnut Vermicelli – Traditional Austrian Dessert

Edwardian Ribbon Fuchsia – Ribbon Flower Tutorial

Make an easy Edwardian ribbon fuchsia with gold and silver ribbon!

Edwardian Ribbon Fuchsia - Ribbon Flower Tutorial

‘Charming and novel effects can be obtained in “hoar frost” embroidery, a work that will appeal very strongly to all lovers of the dainty and delicate. The materials required are simple and inexpensive. Silver gauze ribbon in half and quarter inch widths […] and net’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2a).

This authentic Edwardian ribbon fuchsia flower is easy and fast to make. All you need is a piece of gold and silver ribbon! In the Edwardian era, “hoar frost” fuchsia flowers were worn as headdress. Continue reading Edwardian Ribbon Fuchsia – Ribbon Flower Tutorial