Posts with tag DIY

diy: easter cupcakes

sweet holidays on… :)


white chocolate, melted (not hot)
butter paper
plastic bag
coloured paper
coloured ribbon
hot glue gun
chocolate cupcakes (recipe below)

chocolate decoration
fill a plastic bag with melted chocolate (try better to fill in one of the corners).
cut the corner of your bag (1mm deep).
choose the shape of bunny ears u like to make (i use improvisation but u can also draw them before on the butter paper and then fulfill with chocolate).
cool them for about h and decorate

cut coloured paper in 4×4 cm squares.
tight them in the middle with ribbon and use as a decoration for cupcakes.
to stick them on use toothpicks or just place them on the top between bunny ears.

vegan chocolate cupcakes by loveandlemons

1 1/4 cups spelt flour (or blend of all-purpose & whole wheat)
3/4 cup agave syrup
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk (or other milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry ingredients, mix together and bake for 15-18 minutes at 325 degrees.

taste the spring!

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…

double side scotch
hot glue gun

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
chalkboard paint
plastic eggs (blown or foam rubber eggs)
colour paper
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!

letter school – p

Last weeks’s letter was P and girls had a week off – spring waiting Holiday.
Unfortunately, Katrina got ill, so most of the time we spent home doing different kind of letter P related activities, some of Eastern DIY (greeting cards, E decorations) and we also started preparing for Katrina’s birthday party (invitations, decorations etc.).
Letter p recognition, related words and pictures


Fine motor skill activity with tweezer (p for Latvian pincete)
LO sorted pompoms (easy peasy), but Katrina at the same time sorted out the pieces of mosaic. Katrina’s task was quite challenging – using tweezers she sorted out all the small pieces. I must say you have to have patients to do that and she did it just great. LO also had a go at it and immediately said: Next time, mum

DIY mouse for pen or pencil (p for Latvian pele/ mouse). Printable pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website here.
DIY mouse for pen or pencil (p for Latvian pele/ mouse). Printable pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website here.
We made it together with Katrina whilst LO was in after school activities with dad. Actually it was her idea to make a surprise for her sister, cute isn’t it?
p.s. Katrina’s first time using glue gun :)

We also had a home made exhibition where we exhibited beans, peas and lentils (p for Latvian pupas/ beans). An intro in the world of legumes (p for Latvian pākšaugi/ legumes). Plus another fine motor skill activity – sorting legumes with chopsticks, spoons and hands afterwards.

Some paper crafts (p for Latvian puķupods/ flowerpot and capital p)

On of the favorite letter p activities was dropper art (p for Latvian pincete/drooper. U will need:
paper towel
food colourings
little bowls/cups/glasses for water colouring
This task has three parts:
water filling from one dish to another using dropper (great for fine motor skill);

colouring the water and making an art on the paper towel;

and finally girls created their own activity mixing colours in the glass.

Shaving foam sensory tube
It’s a bit messy but totally worth it. They had so much fun revealing mum’s hidden treasures in the clouds of foam :)
U will need shaving foam, something to hide (beans, mosaic pieces, buttons (p for Latvian pogas/ buttons) and a proper place to play (summer+garden). I used trays to protect our work space.

Rope creation activity

Food entertainment: p for Latvian pica/ pizza. We had a pizza cooking evening where Kristaps and girls were preparing pizzas. The funny thing about it is that they are more than happy to be participating in the food making process, but not always in the eating process. In fact their pizza’s are usually without any toppings and sometimes not even properly baked.. We are working hard to expand their daily menu’s…

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.

double sided scotch tape

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
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
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.

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.

diy: onion peel greeting card

today when i was thinking about our letter of the week “s” creations, related words, materials and so on (in latvian language), it’s just flipped in my head –
onion (sīpols) + heart (sirsniņa) = valentine’s day greeting card
i was so curious how it will look like, that we just changed our day craft plan to this one




paper or thin cardboard for giftcard
glue stick
yellow onion peel (the regular one)
red onion peel



step 2: choose your gift card size (we choose ½ of A4) and cut the paper

step 3: draw heart on the paper to know where u will use white onion peel and where red

step 4: first put a glue on your heart and stick on little red onion peel pieces. then do the same to the rest of surface with white onion peel.

step5: dry


enjoy creating!

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 :)







every kid loves pj’s day

Happy New Year! Lots of love, laughs, muffins and family/friends!


After long Christmas hollidays with mum, dad, sis’n bro, it’s was just 4 of us again… So we decided to spend the last and the first day of the year with each other, being lazy. Late breakfast in pj’s (Katrina’s request), cheesy family movies in bed, home made sweets & treats. 2 days of doing nothing, just the way we like it.


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!