One of my favorite thing about living in California is all the citrus. I. CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH. Growing up in France surrounded by apple and cherry trees, I had never even seen a real citrus tree until I moved to Arizona for college. I was hooked instantly. Nothing like the sight of bright yellow in a tree to cheer me right up – oh, and the blossoms, that smell….it’s like a drug!

Today I wanted to share a little favorite recipe of mine, a perfect little lemon curd (the best you’ll ever have I swear!), and a couple more fun twist on that – a grapefruit curd and a blood orange curd.

Lemon curd is such a great classic – if you’ve never tried making it you should, it is SO easy and SO delicious….and it doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to make! My FAVORITE breakfast of all time: greek yogurt topped with a bit of lemon curd and some ginger (or berry. Or chocolate!) granola from Trader Joe’s. Heaven in a bowl. I dare you to try it and not like it! And now that I have blood orange and grapefruit curds at home, I can mix it up some more – they are just as delicious! You can also try them with ricotta pancakes, or fill a cake with them or use them as a base to make ice cream. Yum!

Simple lemon curd (make about 1 cup)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
In a small saucepan whisk egg yolk and egg until combined. As you whisk add sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest, and keep whisking until everything looks smooth – one minute or so. Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly. When the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, it is ready – that should take about 8-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and slowly stir in the butter, one cube at a time. Strain the curd into a bowl/jar, cover up with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.


Pink grapefruit curd (make about 1 cup)

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 2 tbps lemon juice
  • zest of 1 medium grapefruit
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
Follow same directions as lemon curd recipe – only difference is that you add the lemon juice as the same time as the grapefruit juice.
Blood orange curd (make about 1 cup)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • zest of 2 blood oranges
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
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Hello, Clemence here from Oh The Lovely Things. I’m excited to share a little DIY project while Audrey is busy cuddling her beautiful Freia!

A few months ago, I decided it was about time I re-organized my craft supplies. I found treasures I had completely forgotten about, and among them was a hidden gem: a bottle of fabric stiffener. Jewelry is my favorite type of things to DIY, so of course I started making necklaces, rings and bracelets. When I saw lovely lace ribbon on sale, I knew my fabric stiffener was about to strike again.

This lace bangle is perfect for hot summer days: it’s so light that you can barely feel it on your arm. And it’s probably one of the easiest DIY projects ever!

You will need:

- Lace ribbon
- Fabric stiffener
- Paintbrush
- Glue
- Scissors
- Cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass) with a circumference slightly larger than your wrist.
- Narrow satin ribbon (optional)
- Tape (optional)

1.Find a cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass or a coffee can) that has a circumference slightly larger than your wrist. A good way to find the right object is to use one of your bracelets or bangles and try it on various glasses (or other cylindrical objects) until you find one that fits. Wrap the lace ribbon around the glass and mark the end point with your finger. Add about half an inch, then trim excess. 

2. Apply glue on the extra 1/2″. Glue the ends of the ribbon together and let dry.

3. Once the glue has dried, place the bracelet around the glass. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous amount of fabric stiffener all over the lace. Let dry (mine took about 5 hours to dry). 

4. That’s it! Easy, right?

Now my little niece saw my new lace bracelet and immediately wanted one for herself. “But in pink!” she said. She’s in her “everything needs to be pink” period. I didn’t have pink dye on hand, so instead we weaved a pink ribbon through the lace.

1. Step 1 is identical: Find a cylindrical or tubular object (such as a glass) that has a circumference slightly larger than your wrist (or in my case, my little niece’s wrist). Wrap the lace ribbon around the glass and mark the end point with your finger. Add about half an inch, then trim excess.

2. Cut a piece of narrow satin ribbon, just a little longer than the piece of lace ribbon you just cut. Use tape to create a shoelace-ish end on the ribbon.

3. Weave the ribbon through the lace.

4. Trim excess.

The next steps are identical to steps two and three of the simple lace bracelet version: glue the ends of the ribbon together and let dry, then place the bracelet around the glass. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous amount of fabric stiffener all over the lace. Let dry. And voilà!

I helped with the gluing part but she mostly did it all by herself (she’s 5). If you have little girls, it makes a great activity to do together. Or of course, you can just make a bunch for yourself. I won’t judge ;)


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Hi friends – I am back! Well, almost. I am on my way back – I have a few more guest posts left to share with you, but I am slowly transitioning back into blogger mode…and figuring out how to balance it out with the little babe ;) I am so so thankful for all of the wonderful blogger friends who have been helping me out since Freia was born, but I am ready to rock n’ roll again. As much as I love being a mama, the creative part of me craves being here and sharing things with you guys.

In any case, today I wanted to share another little slice of our home: hubby’s new office corner. His desk used to be in our bedroom (total mood killer, ha!), so when we found out we were expecting baby number 3 it was the perfect reason to find another spot for it in the house. We have a little window nook downstairs in the main room, so we figured we’d give it a try there. I wasn’t super excited to have the office space in the middle of everything – but better than in the bedroom if you ask me!

And it ended up working pretty well, I think! I added some plants to break the “office” feel and that big fig tree also helps seperate the office desk from our dining room. His gorgeous desk from EQ3 didn’t have any drawers so I bought a bunch of boxes at IKEA – they also help add color to all that wood. My favorite piece is the mid-century modern saddle chair from West Elm – such a gorgeous piece, it complements the desk so well and hubby thinks it’s so comfy…perfection!

Oh and yeah, it is officially hubby’s desk I know, but I HAD to sneak in a little flamingo in there, haha. Yo, if I am gonna have to look at this desk all day long…..hubby hasn’t said a word about that little guy yet – I think he’s a keeper ;)

Now, tell me guys – the built-in cabinets to the left of the office area is driving me nuts, I can’t stand that brown! Is it as terrible as I think it is, or am I just making it up in my head? would you paint it? I hate it when wood is painted brown! Our landlord told us that everything that we paint will have to be painted back to the original color when we move out, so wondering if I should bother….pretty sure I would like it a 100 times better in another color though!

PS: What our “office” looked like in New York……

Sources and credits: All pictures by This Little Street. Desk from EQ3, saddle office chair from West Elm, boxes from IKEA, Room Essentials desk lamp from Target, flamingo tape dispenser from Anthropologie, pen holder from CB2 (decorate with contact paper), geometric planter from One King’s Lane (actually a regular planter that I turned into a hanging planter), wooden bird by Rikki Tikki, post cards (top. middle. bottom), instagram calendar.

Disclaimer: West Elm kindly sent me the saddle office chair when they heard of my project to redo hubby’s office corner, but not compensation was received. All thoughts and opinion are my own. 

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Hi there! I’m Victoria from A Moka Day! I’m very honored to have been asked by the talented Audrey to share a little crafty project here on This Little Street while she is away. I like everything sweet and colorful, and above all I love crochet! So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I have prepared a tutorial to help you make little crocheted granny-square baskets.

They take a little time to assemble but are really fun to make, you can use any color combination that you like and move them around your house. I have already found many uses for them: to gather my yarn and crochet hooks when I’m working on a project, to put my most treasured nail polish bottles and jewelry or just to hide away the little bits and pieces that are frequently scattered in my home. I hope you will like them!

You will need:

- cotton yarn (in three different colors for me, but you can use as many as you wish)

- a crochet hook that matches your yarn size (a 3.0mm or D crochet hook in my case)

- a piece of fabric

- scissors

- thread and needle

- I also used a sewing machine for the lining but you can do without it

How to: 

Crochet 5 granny squares with 5 rounds each. The pictures below show a few of the steps but you can find many videos explaining how to crochet a granny square (this one for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFovV2kTNsk ).

 You will need to know how to crochet a chain stitch, a slip stitch, a single crochet and a double crochet. 

 In this case, start the circle and first round with color A (image 1), then crochet rounds 2 to 4 with color B (image 2) and add a 5th round with color C (image 3). Cut your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat it 4 times to get 5 granny squares (image 4).

You now need to assemble your granny squares to get a cube. Place the granny square that will be the “bottom” of your cube against another one that will be one of the “sides” (back against back) and crochet a single crochet with color C in each stitch (image 5). Cut your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat for each “side” so you will get the bottom with all 4 sides attached (image 6). Bring together the two edges of two of the “sides” and crochet a single crochet in each stitch (image 7). Repeat for each side so you get your cube (image 8). Add a row of single crochet to the top of your cube to give it a bit more structure. Cut your thread and weave in all the ends.

For the handles, insert your hook in the 3rd stitch from the last on one of the sides and crochet 30 chain stitches. Slip stitch in the 3rd stitch from the last at the other extremity of the granny square (image 9), simple crochet in the next stitch, turn around and work 1 single crochet in each of the 30 chain stitches. Slip stitch in 2nd stitch from the last of the granny square, single crochet in the last stitch, turn around and work another row of single crochets in the 30 stitches. Slip stitch in the last stitch of the granny square. Curt your thread and weave in the ends. Repeat on the opposite side of the basket. Tadaaaa! Your cube now looks like a basket (image 10)!

For the lining: Measure the perimeter of your cube. In my case 3,5 inches x 4 + 0,4×2 for the seams = 14,8 inches. Measure the height of your cube. In my case 3,5 inches + 0,4×2 for the seams = 4,3 inches. Cut a strip of fabric of 14,8 by 4,3 inches (in my case). Cut a square of fabric of the size of the bottom square and add 0,4 inches for the seams (in my case 3,9 by 3,9 inches). See image 11. Fold the long strip of fabric in two (face against face) and sew at 0,4 inch of the edge (image 12). Pin the square of fabric to the bottom of your long strip that now forms a kind of circle (image 13).  Sew each side along the pins. You now have a lining that forms a cube (image 14).

Insert the lining in your granny-square cube, slightly fold the edge of the lining to be able to pin it just below the edge of the cube (image 15). Use a needle and a thin thread to sew with discreet stitches the lining to the edge (image 16).

Voilà ! Just make as many as you want, mix them and play with them! And a final tip: when you take the two handles together, they can also make perfect small baskets for little girls :)

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Hi everyone! Jamie here popping in from A Pair of Pears. I’m so excited that Audrey asked me to guest post while she is away resting and enjoying her new beautiful baby girl.

With all the babies being born around the blog world lately (and amongst my own friends) I thought it was the perfect opportunity to design something to go with all that cuteness. Here is a sweet little art print that you can easily print off at home (I like to use a heavy card stock) and hang up in your baby’s nursery. But I wouldn’t tell if you want to hang it in your own room instead. This would also make a great baby shower gift. Just pair it with a nice frame and you’re good to go.

Click here to download the Sweet Dreams printable.

Thanks for having me Audrey! Sweet Dreams.

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Hi everyone! This is Brittni from Paper & Stitch. I’m happy to be guest posting here on This Little Street while Audrey is spending time with her beautiful Freia. I currently live in Florida and while things are still heating up in other parts of the country, it already feels like summer here. It is hot, hot, hot. So, I thought I would share a beach tote makeover I recently did, to get you in the mood for beach weather.

I recently went on a trip to the Virgin Islands and had bought this tote from Forever 21 to bring along with me on my trip. It was only $15, so I figured it was worth buying and just giving it a little makeover to add some more color. It only took me about an hour to complete (including drying time), so even if you don’t have much time for DIYs, you should be able to recreate this DIY idea.

 

Materials:

All you need to make your own painted tote, like this one, is the following: textile paint, paint brush, painter’s tape, and a tote or beach bag.

How To:

Step 1: Start by taping off stripes with painter’s tape and pressing down on the edges to make sure the tape is secure and is sticking to the surface well.

Step 2: Then paint inside the tape lines with several coats of textile paint.

Step 3: Remove the tape when the paint is dry and repeat steps 1-3 to create additional stripes in various colors. Once the paint is dry and the tape has been removed, head to the beach (or the pool) with your newly made over tote.

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Freia one month old.

A month. It might as well be a hundred years. Freia has only been with us for a month, and I can’t even remember what life was like before she got here. So much has changed and happening in the past month. And I am not just talking about adding another person to our family. It feels like our entire family has changed since she arrived. Leaps and bounds for all of us.

First smile

We went from having this tiny little family that sleeps and eat all the time, to a baby girl that is getting more and more aware every day. We even got our first smile a few days ago :) The sweetest, cutest little smile. My heart just melted that day.

The girls have embraced having their little sister around – I guess embrace is not the right world…..they ran to it! They had been waiting for their little sister for so long. And the minute she arrived, it’s like they already new about how to be the wonderful little sisters that they are. Well, we had to teach them a thing or two, like “Don’t step on your sisters head, Olivia!” or “Madeline don’t you put that lollipop in your sister’s mouth!”….little details you know ;) But overall, all that love, they already had it ready for her. Such nurturing little girls I have.

And I, well, I’ve been learning to balance having 3 little girls. Which, to my surprise, is much easier than I thought. I am growing in my role as a mother, learning to be present when I need to and let go when necessary – which happens a lot nowadays. The girls have gained so much confidence since Freia arrived. I watch Madeline in the morning as she walks out the door in the morning carrying her lunch box, and I am amazed to think that in the fall she’ll start pre-school. I swear she was still in my belly yesterday. Time gets blurry.

And Olivia – she started writing on her own! The other day I found her at the table – she had picked up a book and decided to copy the letters in it…all on her own! Such a big girl. So we’re encouraging her that way. Can’t believe that in the near future I’ll have a little girl that can read and write.

Of course the past month hasn’t been without it’s challenges – physically as I’ve had some post birth issues, minor but tiring. How tiring? Well, so tiring that indeed I forgot how to write my own daughter’s name when I took some pics to celebrate a 1-month birthday – see pic below :D Oh. And I posted the picture on facebook without noticing it. The shame of it. Ha! This woman needs sleeps. And I am not the only one – big changes in the house means that everybody is more tired…and mmmm, let’s say, a bit fussy. Tantrums much? Yes, Olivia, you do have to eat your food……..

So what do we do? Well, we slow down. Take a deep breath. And try to focus on what the things that matter – our time together. Especially 1 on 1 time. Last weekend hubby took Olivia on a big girl date, and while Freia was sleeping I made paper princesses dress with Madeline. We had such a blast. Having more to balance has made me rediscover how important every minute that I spent with my kids is.

So we’re tired, yes. And sometimes things get challenging. yes. But in the end, being challenged is the only way to grow, right? We rise up to those challenges, and our lives get better for it. I am so so SO glad that we decided to add another child to our little family. Sure, things were easy and comfortable before that, and we could have chosen to stick with  it-  nothing wrong with that. But I feel so good having one more little person to love and care for and watch as she grows.

Turns out, I had a lot of space left in that little heart of mine. And then some :) Seems like that little heart also grows leaps and bound with each sweet little girl that comes to our life.

PS: Please forgive the typos – I am sure there are many! Like I said, this girl —> tired. All pics taken with my iphone and edited with the VSCOcam app. Follow my Instagram feed: @thislittlestreet

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I’m most pleased to guest blog for sweet Audrey while she’s busy bringing new life into the world. Audrey and I share similar stories. We both have husbands from Denmark and are now living in the states after spending a few years in their home country. I’ve had my grandmother’s globe sitting on our credenza and I’ve been wanting a way to make it more personal and show where we are from so I thought I’d take the opportunity to create some markers that you can add on to a globe to either show where you are from or where you’ve traveled.

Materials:

paper
toothpicks or skewers
scissors
globe
pen
glue gun

Step 1: Cut strips of paper about 3” wide and ¾” tall.
Step 2: Write your message on your strips.
Step 3: Curl the paper using the flat edge of scissors to give it some shape.
Step 4: Glue the sewer to the edge of the paper.
Step 5: Glue the flags directly on the globe. I found that the glue doesn’t affect the globe.

Donzo!

I love having this globe in my house to describe where we’ve come from. It’s a great conversation starter!

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Baby Freia arrived on May 9th, so while I take some time to rest and bond with my little girl, an amazing group of blogger friends is helping “fill in the gaps”. I’ve been a fan Bonnie’s Instagram feed for a while now (among others) - so I asked her if she would share a few tips with us all. Whether you have kids or not, you’re going to love her tips :)

Childhood is precious.  These little ones have been given to us for such a short time.  We want to soak up these moments and keep them forever, right?  For most of us, our cell phones (iphones, specifically) have given use a huge opportunity to capture our everyday moments, at home and away.  I would love to share some less technical ways I have learned to take better pictures, simply by changing my camera perspective.

Every Mom has a different perspective on the best way to photograph their kiddos.  For me, the distant and quiet observing point of view is my favorite because I prefer not to interrupt my more intimate moments for a photo.  I love watching them in their own little world.  Think for yourself about which moments make you smile.  Do you smile most when you have a loved one in your arms?  Do you crack a smile from a far, soaking in all of the childhood joy exuding from your little ones. Whatever it is, remember…

When you take a photo, you are telling a story.

1.  Don’t be afraid to leave out a face.

This may not be our Grandma’s favorite shot.  She might think it’s weird that you see hands but no face, but I love the joy I feel from remembering a moment with my kids and the beautiful way they used their hands.   Chubby baby hands are a total bonus!  Don’t forget to include some open space (like the table space above) so that you give the action in the photo some room to breath.  Nobody like a crowded picture, right?

2. Capture the funny.

We all have those pictures of our kids being goofy and acting crazy for the camera.  Those moments always make for great pictures.  However, my favorite funny pictures are the ones where they DIDN’T know they were being funny.  This picture of my son, above, reminds me of the time in his life when he didn’t know that a squishy round bottom in a pair of underwear was cute.  It made me chuckle quietly to myself every time I saw it (sometimes out loud).

3. Stand back with your camera. 

You don’t have to see the whites of a person’s eyes to capture the beauty in a moment.  Stepping away will help you gain a new perspective and, therefore, an entirely new photo and memory.

4. Black, white & contrast were MFEO (Sleepless in Seattle, anyone?).

You know those times you wants to remember but you realize it’s night, there isn’t much light, and the color ends up looking wonky when you snap a photo?  I totally have those too.  Those nights were meant to be black and white nights.  The contrast that is created in a photo when light meats dark can be extremely emotional.  The picture above, taken of my youngest son, was a scary and precious moment.  He had just received a shock from an outlet after sticking something in it.  While I was completely nervous about the cause and effect he had just discovered, it was one of the first times he seemed to understand the danger in being too curious.  I love the way he’s clutching his favorite stuffed animal.

5. Let’s see it again.

I get asked all of the time if I pose my kids or create scenes just to take pictures.  Usually, my pictures are completely “in the moment” and organic, where I speak nothing and just snap a photo.  Other times, I might be having a conversation with my kids and they do something funny or something worth telling a story about.  In a few cases I say, “I love it!  Let me see that again!”, “Show it to me again and hold it up and to the side.” or “Do that dance again”.  The moments are happening, but when I feel the moment is worth preserving beyond just my memory, I ask the kids to do something again so I can capture it permanently.

6. Capture the ordinary.

A funny conversation amongst your kiddos, silly little dance moves, the way a toddler waddles like a penguin, a child reading their favorite book, the groceries all over the counter, a messy room, your morning oatmeal…

It’s important to remember the moments that make up our every day, however ordinary they may seem.

7. Don’t  forget to enjoy the moment.

There are times when we aren’t able to enjoy a moment because we are so excited to capture it or share it.  Don’t forget to slow down and just enjoy their childhood.  It will be gone in a flash!

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(All photos in Bonnie’s post are from an iphone 5, edited with VSCO and Afterlight)

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Hello, This Little Street readers! I’m Aileen from At Home in Love, and I’m really excited to be guest posting here today. DIY projects are my favorite, especially really simple ones that take hardly any time at all–so I knew I wanted to put together a little DIY for Audrey. I’ve had the idea for this one ever since I saw the landmark ring dishes at Anthropologie. I finally gathered all the supplies the other day and made my own landmark ring dish! I live in Seattle, so I originally wanted to do a Space Needle, but I couldn’t find one that was the right size. Then I came across this mini metal Eiffel tower on Amazon, and decided that would be even more perfect (since Audrey is from France, after all)!

You will need:

Mini landmark figurine – $3.18 on Amazon
Appetizer plate – 50 cents from Goodwill
Acrylic paint
Superglue

 
To make this, paint your figurine and appetizer plate in the color(s) of your choice.

Once the base coat on the plate has dried, paint a design on top. It could be anything! For my pattern, I decided to go with some imperfect, painterly dots. I think this would be a fun project to do with little girls, so they could make their own patterned ring dishes for their jewelry.

Wait for the paint to dry, then put a couple dots of superglue on the bottom of your figurine and press it carefully in the middle of the plate.

Once the glue is set, your ring dish is ready to be used! If you like it…you should put a ring on it!

Thanks so much to Audrey for having me on her blog! See more of my DIY projects and inspiration on At Home in Love.

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