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24 x Christmas

Ho ho ho hoooo…
 
it’s time for Christmas and here comes our annual advent calendar of winter activities:
 

 
1.Its time to let winter in our home – first xmas decorations. It wasn’t easy to stop my girls to do it straight away after Lo’s birthday on 17th November. Lights, snowflakes, Christmas box stories, flavour of summer herb tea wrapped into the winter orange coat reminds me about 1 December.
 
2.Winter science – fizzy xmas stars
http://www.science-sparks.com/2012/12/30/ice-play-ideas/
http://www.science-sparks.com/2013/07/22/baking-soda-ice-cubes/
http://inspirationlaboratories.com/frozen-vinegar-cool-summer-science-activity/
 
3. One of our advent craft is wrapping paper, this year our theme is fir and star. For this we will use triangle shaped stamps made out of potato:
http://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-roller-printing-tutorial
http://theperfectpearpair.blogspot.nl/2011/11/diy-potato-stamp-wrapping-paper.html
 
4.December – It’s a Sinterklaas dinner time. In the Netherlands Xmas comes earlier, so we gonna celebrate it with creating winter wreath. We are kind of traditional in this. We mostly using wicker and dried fruits, this year we will also use eucalyptus leaves. Here are more original idea of making wreath with using wool:
http://cottageintheoaks.com/2013/11/tufted-wool-wreath-diy/
 
5. Card crafting afternoon.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/christmas-cards-you-can-diy-in-under-an-hour?sub=3525232_4377193#.pqYoRMjeAw
 
6. Diy your own xmas angel. I just love this idea. Simply beautiful.
http://funezcrafts.com/Easy-Angel-Crafts-Wire-Angel.html
 
7. Let’s craft some fun…
http://kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-paper-plate-christmas-characters-santa-rudolph-snowman/
 
8. Planing some friends on the weekend, new table décor would be just great. What about candle holders?
http://thebridenextdoor.fr/2013/01/02/photophore-diy/
 
9. Kindness elfs will make some gingerbread cookies for special people.
 
10. I like an idea of ice skating and ice skating in the Winter Station sounds even more attractive. What about you, do you like ice skating?
 
In 1954, the Spoorwegmuseum (Railway Museum) found a permanent home at the Maliebaan Station, one of the stations just outside the historic city center of Utrecht. In recent years, the station and museum have undergone extensive renovations to restore it to its 19th-century appearance. The grand station hall and the waiting rooms, including the Royal Waiting Room, remind one of an elegant era of steam, wood and shining brass. Every winter the museum adds to its charm with the addition of the Winter Station. Ice skating is a popular Dutch winter pastime, but the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Fortunately, the Winter Station transforms part of the museum into an indoor ice skating rink, surrounded by old trains, a carousel and a festive winter atmosphere. Visitors can even roast marshmallows over open fires outdoors.
 
11. Invite a friend for a dinner ☺ Candles, comfort food, hoodie and oma’s knitted socks… Sounds like a big winter hug,isn’t it? That’s the one reason I like winter.
 
12. It’s Saturday… xmas market could be an idea :)
http://www.brunnvalla.ch/christmasmarkets/netherlands.html
 
13. Light up second candle and visit neighbourhood city… More lights…
 
14. Kindness elfs – Music for soul. Search for xmas music, there must be some in your or neighbour town.
We are having Christmas Charity concert in the Church in the city of Hague. And if you are near by, please come and join us:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1527869134199879/
 
15. What about your made present for friends and grandparents… We gonna make lavender body butter to treat winter cold. Here are some ideas:
http://littlegreendot.com/homemade-body-butter-recipe/
http://wellnessmama.com/6544/whipped-body-butter/
http://livesimply.me/2014/04/16/homemade-moisturizing-lotion-recipe-no-coconut-oil/
 
16. Home made winter treat … when it comes to the winter holidays, the true Dutch passion lies with oliebollen (fried dough balls) and poffertjes (mini pancakes). Stalls, converted trucks, and pop-up buildings begin appearing in Dutch cities across the country in this season ☺
We call them happy balls, we know they are not so healthy but they make you smile… and it counts, right… Family movie and oliebollen (in Latvia we have something simmilar called „ Žagariņi“) is just perfect happy couple.
Recipe of happy Dutch balls:
http://dutchfood.about.com/od/breadspastriescookies/r/Oliebollen.htm
 
17. Winter theater or ballet with classic Christmas story? Last year girls first time went to real classic ballet, they loved it so much, that we made it as our family tradition – at least once a year to join the Ballet or Opera. This year we are lucky to have Nut Cracker in the neigbour town, Amsterdam. mmm… brings me back to the memory lane.
http://www.operaballet.nl/en/ballet/2015-2016/show/nutcracker-and-mouse-king
 
Im sure they gonna love it… as they love to watch it on youtube and ask to repeat it not just once.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtLoaMfinbU
 
18.Kindness elfs will make Xmas for birds :) Let’s make it together! Here are some nice ideas how to make bird feeders:
www.homemadehomeideas.com/19-beautiful-diy-bird-feeders
 
19. Dream comes true – This day is about little wishes, little ideas, which girls would love to alive and I will be the fairy:)
 
20. Lighting up the third candle and exploring Lights in the city…
I found this one as an interesting project:
TheTrajectum Lumen is a series of light art installations throughout the city, ranging from quickly changing patterns illuminating a small opening off the Drift canal to the illusory spill of light onto the ground from the Janskerk (St. John’s Church). The lights go on at dusk and stay on until midnight, and anyone can follow the map or app to see them on their own.
The Dom Tower also lights up each evening as part of the Trajectum Lumendisplay, but this winter, it will also be part of the Night of Light at the Dom, taking place November 15th and December 20th. This spectacular event is a large party with DJs and musicians performing at the base of the tower, while light, art, video and graphics are beamed onto the walls of the tower.
 
21. Twinkle, twinkle little star…DIY Fairy shoes for festive nights.
http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/07/diy-dolce-gabbana-gold-jewel-embellished-shoes.html
 

22.Make your own Xmas story
Some ideas and templates for window decorations:
Make your own Xmas story Templates for window decorations:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/560979697306976613/
 
https://faltmanufaktur.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/faltmanufaktur_reindeer_template.pdf
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ramosnobre/5238127798/in/photostream/
 
http://www.shabbyartboutique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Shabby-Art-Boutique-Township-Candle-Holder-template-1.png
 
http://www.shabbyartboutique.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Shabby-Art-Boutique-Township-Candle-Holder-template-2.png
 
http://lespassionscreativesdemarie.centerblog.net/rub-silhouette–7.html
 
http://www.fichier-pdf.fr/2014/12/07/villagelumineux/
 
23. Sweet treat for xmas eve…
http://howveryus.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/caramel-cider-cinnamon-apple-pie.html
http://doriannn.blogspot.fr/2013/09/le-nouveau-750g-le-mag-est-arrive.html#
 
24. Let it snow on xmas eve:) Merry, merry Christmas!!!

hip hip…

diy – paper tissue head accessory/ bow tie

first time i made paper tissue accessories when katrina and lo had singing class performance and they had to wear yellow. we didn’t have much of yellow in the closet at the time …
 
that day I had a lunch with a friend and on the table i had yellow napkins. at that point i had an idea to make head accessory out of paper tissues.
 
later on for katrina’s “circus” birthday party this idea was brought up once again. together with kids we made little crafts- party head acssesories for girls and bow ties for guys
 
paper tissue headband and bow tie

 
materials
paper tissues
lace or rope (i use paper rope)
glue gun
scissors
headband
 

 
instructions:
headband with bow
step 1 – make a bow – band paper tissue in the middle several times with rope, glue rope ends
step 2 – band headband with the same rope and also glue the ends
step 3 – stick together headband and bow with glue gun


 
bow tie
to make a bow tie use the same method like before, just instead of headband use a rope. for adults u can also use thumbtack.

day of magic – katrina’s birthday

a day in circus… my little girl turns five :)

 
devil in details…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
water fun

 
someone got bored… lol

 

 
plastic cup activity

 

 

 
circus crafting (more about it in the next week’s post)

 
arty party

 

 

 
paper rain

 

 

 

 
party people

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
magic happens

 

 
hip hip hooray!

diy: in the feather rain – table/ceiling decor

a couple of months ago i made a new ceiling/table decoration for our 5th wedding anniversary. later i realized that it’s easy adjustable depending on your mood, season or your special home celebrations… #transformationstrenght
 
in the spring mood: yellow feathers + pearls…



materials
thread
double side scotch
feathers
pearls
hot glue gun
 

 
directions
cut threads in different lengths, attach on the ceiling with double side scotch. tied up pearls and glue on the feathers. done
 




 
have a great weekend, i’m off to Paris with my best…
bon voyage!

diy – chalkboard bunnies

i bought a chalkboard paint… turns out it can be “extremely” addictive although probably not the worst addiction. it’s an easy way to make old things new again. thanks to the simple and yet unique feature of this paint my old food tray has a new life, girls dining table has transformed into new art space and even eastern eggs are coated with this paint. i still have some leftovers… so what’s next on the retransformation list?!
 

chalkboard bunnies
material
chalkboard paint
paintbrush
plastic eggs (blown or foam rubber eggs)
colour paper
scissors
glue
 
instruction
step 1 – colour your easter eggs with the paint using a small brush. (it took me 3 days as u need at least 3 layers).
 

step 2- paper crafts – e.g draw bunny ears on the paper and cut them out. glue them on the coloured eggs.
 


step 3- use chalk to draw things on your bunnies (e.g faces, greetings, names, etc.) katrina and lo drew their bunny families – mum, dad and baby…
 


let’s play!

diy – spring wall decor

for a while, i had an idea to make a birdhouse, but it wasn’t ready yet, it just lived there in my head…
and a week ago i had the feeling that the winter is way too long, we couldn’t wait anymore for spring to come, so we bring it to our home with this colourful wall decoration.
 

 
material
paper
double sided scotch tape
gluestick
scissors
 

 
instruction
for birdhouse
step 1: choose 2 colour paper (A3) for birdhouse
step 2: keep the papers longways and cut them in four pieces each, so in total you will have 8 paper bricks for birdhouse to make
step 3: stick the bricks on the wall with double sided scotch tape in shape of birdhouse
 
for birds
step 1: choose the colour paper for birds
step 2: choose the birds you want to make (u can use your own creativity or to get some inspiration from inet (birds clip art), we got our inspiration from IKEA napkins print ☺
step 3: draw on the paper your bird lines (body, wings, eyes, beak, tail), to make it easier u can print out the patterns u like, for example, here or here
step 4: cut out all details
 

step 5: glue the birds
 

 
step 6: play and stick them on the wall with double sided scotch tape
 

 
enjoy spring…

diy: randevú with chocolate


 
happy birthday lovers!!!
 
a month ago, we had our dear friend kristine’s birthday and as a present, we made these little… sinful… in mouth melting… chocolate brownies.
And today, inspired by one of the most delicious movies, “chocolat”, and signe’s recipe of “četras sezonas” magazine (lately, a must have in my kitchen), i want to share with u, my readers, a rendez-vous with chocolate.
 

 

chocolate brownies
ingredients
35 g walnuts
30 g whole-grain flour
150 g milk chocolate
150 g black chocolate
100 g sweet cream
150 g butter
90 g brown sugar
3 eggs
 
directions
preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
in a blender bowl, mix together the walnuts and flour and place the rack in the center of the oven.

melt the chopped chocolate, sweet cream, butter and sugar in a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water (bain-marie or double boiler). once melted and smooth, remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes. then, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. then, mix the flour/walnut mixture until well blended.

divide dough among 12 muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. bake in preheated oven about 12 minutes. allow cooling in the pan for about 10 minutes, then take them out of the pan and let them cool completely.

 
decoration
this time i’ve decorated our chocolaty brownies with air-dried roses, leftovers from my 30th birthday party (i love leftovers).
this is a great method to enjoy your flowers longer and also the perfect way to garnish your cake with natural ingredients.
 

 
diy – dried roses
hang them in a warm, dry place with good ventilation for two weeks or more (i put them in the kitchen, another added value – pretty decor for a while). tie a string around the stems and hang them upside down. once completely dried, store them in plastic bags, or you can also use recycled jars. an important thing is to keep them in a cool, dry place and never to store them in a sunny spot.

big boy’s party

recently we had kristaps’ 35th birthday – surprise, surprise! party. well, almost suprise… still have to learn how to do it w/o giving clues…

 

anyway, i had fun preparing, hiding, making it special – love doing that part, all the little details…

 

• invite friends for a secret party
• diy table decor – black and white, stove –pipe hats (borrowed from the 19th century) & la moustache = a must wear, at least once
• and, of course, festive dinner menu with raw chocolate mousse on top (inspired by Victoria of green plate rule)

 

tnx guys for great party :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

snowfall

Hi there! Hope you’re having festive fun. One holiday is behind the door and another one is on it’s way.

 

I’m in a decorating mode (and I really want to show it all to U). Nothing says festive (all year round) quite as well as ALL WHITE. Especially – made from family treasures (time, history, traditions).

 

We decorated our table with paper snowflakes, candles and my collection of jewelry (diamonds are girl’s best friends). Good old tradition – fabric covered matchboxes as place cards, with fun messages or small favors inside.

 

So, how was your Christmas dinner table decorated? Do u have DIY party decoration ideas you’d like to share with our readers for the New Year’s?  Just drop me an email here!

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