Maria in Oviedo, Spain

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last minute DIY Christmas tree
December 19, 2013
Christmas is around the corner! I can't believe it!  This past weekend we made a recycled and diy Christmas tree. It is easy and very fun to do with kids. We are so happy with our tree. I think the next step will be to do some more, but little. And make a forest!!!. It ...
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BOOKS
Tutti Confetti, charming illustrations
December 9, 2013
I am so completely in love with the spanish ilustrator Tutti Confetti. I think they are not only lovely but the overall warmth and feel of them is just amazing. Sooo nice. But my favourite are the personalized ilustrations she makes. You send her a picture and she does the most beautiful drawing full of ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Jailhouse Rock Birthday Party
October 31, 2013
We have just celebrated Nico's birthday. This year we made a Jailhouse Rock themed birthday party. It was so much fun! Both kids and adults really enjoyed it! A little cell as a stage. And black, white and turqouise as star colours! Very sponsorized food table!!! And of course merchandising of the band!!! It was ...
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BABY
Bonnetapompon, a lovely Spanish brand
October 14, 2013
Oh! I just love to find spanish brands like Bonnet à Pompon! It is so sweet!. Clothes made with exquisite taste and care. With very delicate colours, their shops are also an amazing experience. It is all like a fairy tale!! Very happy to find this brand made in Spain and hope you like it. ...
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AMSTERDAM
Our summer holidays in Holland
September 25, 2013
Oh! It is so nice for me to remember our holidays in Holland this past summer! We went in July and we were so lucky with everything. We are in a program of house exchange and everything went just perfect!. We really loved our house and the garden with the lovely wooden house. Great memories ...
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BOOKS
Our favourite books: by Jenny Valentine
July 1, 2013
I met Jenny Valentine when we both worked in Sesame, a lovely wholefood shop in Primrose Hill, London. (Courtney, you know it well!!) Jenny is now a very talented writer, and writes books for children. For her first novel and best-known work, Finding Violet Park (HarperCollins, 2007), she won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime ...
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FOOD
Chocolate cake in a tin can
June 7, 2013
Ever since I saw the post about baking a cake in a tin can on Oh Happy Day I wanted to try it!! We did it last week and it was sooo much fun! I did the cake with the Thermomix, a cooking robot that is really really helpful for me! After baking it, cut ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A felt fish garland
May 31, 2013
I made this garland for the pictures I took of Nico and that I told you about here. Today I would like to show you the DIY. Really simple and you can make them with your favourite colors or shapes! You just need some felt, wool, and thread. It was really fun making it, and ...
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TRAVEL
Alvaro Sanz and the traveling karibu
May 23, 2013
Last weekend I had the amazing experience of attending an Alvaro Sanz photography workshop in a lovely town by the sea in Asturias, where I live. He is a very talented Spanish photographer, and travels all over Spain and abroad with his incredible workshops. Alvaro is also Nanook's father, so he had this idea: when ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
The String Shelf
April 29, 2013
I completely adore the String Shelf. The String system was design in 1949 and over the last years has become one of the most popular pieces of classic scandinavian design. We got one for Nico's room --  we call it "the treasure shelf", because this is where he keeps his most valuable toys at the ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Decorating a baby's christening party
April 19, 2013
I had so much fun decorating this party for a newborn. I always thought of white and craft for the occassion and sweet details for a baby girl. It was all made by hand, so it is really a handmade and natural party! If you want to see more pictures you can see more here ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
Decorating a baby's nursery, wallpaper on the ceiling
April 16, 2013
A few weeks ago I told you about the nursery I had the pleasure to decorate. Today I would like to share the lovely wallpaper we used -- instead of putting it on the wall I put it on the ceiling! It looks different, don't  you think? The paper is one of my favorite nowadays. ...
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MADRID
Babydeli: a really nice place in Madrid
March 26, 2013
Today I would love to share a very charming shop in Madrid: Babydeli. Well, it is not only a shop, but a place with lots of things going on. They have food, toys, books, you can celebrate your birthday, and there are also very interesting workshops taking place every week. Located in the very heart ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Newspaper Easter eggs
March 21, 2013
Last year we had some friends over for Easter with us at home. It was an especially rainy one, so we did some crafts.  We loved doing this ones with newspaper. Great fun we had! And quite easy and cheap!!! ;-) - Maria
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A pallet bench for a baby's room
March 15, 2013
Today I would like to share the pallet bench I made for a nursery. I love pallet wood, like I told you last week with my son's coat rack. This time I painted the pallet in white and added four wheels. A matress for comfortably sitting. I made the cushions with grey and white fabric ...
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HOME AND DÉCOR
A tree coat rack
March 4, 2013
Today I would like to share the tree hanger I made for my son's room. I did it myself a few years ago and I remember it was much easier than I had expected! I made it with palet wood and it looks great in Nico's room! We decorate it acording to the time of ...
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TOYS & GAMES
Lovely wooden toys: Macarena Bilbao
February 27, 2013
Macarena Bilbao creates lovely lovely wooden toys. She started making kitchens, and they are my favourites. She also makes guitars, cameras, groceries stalls, and other fun stuff, all very stylish and different. Kitchens, stalls, fun! Cameras, and guitars. Nico loves his guitar and played it at his birthday party.
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GOOD READS FOR MUMS
A Spanish magazine: Kireei
February 22, 2013
We love the spanish paper magazine, Kireei. Not only is it really nice to "touch", with an amazing quality in the edition, but the contents are very very interesting. We have been reading it since the beginning. This number makes the third and it is dedicated to "living slow". Articles about slow parenting, and living, ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Mini candy bars
February 15, 2013
Today I am so happy to write about Terron de Azucar, a lovely spanish brand, run by Rebeca, which makes the most beautiful mini candy bars!!! All in them are so full of details, and all of that in a mini size. Aren't they lovely? All made by hand by her and personalized with the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Love Arrows
February 8, 2013
Valentines day is here! This past weekend we did a very easy but fun DIY. We will use them to decorate the teacher's present! We used straws, laces, decorated paper, washi tape... Hope you like them and you try at home this weekend, very rainy here in Spain!. Maria
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: customize a blazer
February 6, 2013
I have recently been asked by French kids brand Du Pareil au Meme, to customize one blazer of their collection. This is the result of it! I really enjoyed changing the look of the jacket and I had loads of fun. Nico loves the moustache so we are both happy. It also opened a new ...
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BOOKS
Personalized books: Fabuloos Dreams
January 31, 2013
I am in love with these books! And Nico is even more in love when he sees himself as the hero of his own adventure. Fabuloos Dreams was the best present of this past Christmas. They can be ordered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Catalan. It is also perfect to learn a second language!. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A day fishing
January 22, 2013
Today, I would like to share the pictures I have made for Panasonic, in a challengue about changing photography. I was one of the 10 bloguers chosen to do this. I had to choose a subject I dont usually deal with, so I chose "fishing".  The photos are taken in my adored Asturias, where I ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: sock puppets
January 8, 2013
I think it is a classic to make puppets out of socks. But it is something we have never done at home. Last weekend we finally did it and it is a nice way to spend an evening. It is a really easy DIY and very fun. I  very much like changing "normal" things into ...
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