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Scrape painting
April 6, 2016
When we moved to California, we down-sized SIGNIFICANTLY. But, what we lost in square footage, we made up for in weather. I was absolutely gutted not to have room for my super-amazing-ikea-hack-of-a-craft-table in our house here, but have started to look on the bright side, now that it's warming up and we can take ourselves ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easter DIY: Salt Dough Egg Ornaments
March 22, 2016
Spring is finally here and it is the perfect time for some Easter crafts! I just love salt dough because it’s made fast and doesn’t cost a lot – all you need it flour, salt and water! We already made Christmas ornaments and they turned out great so we decided to make Easter ones as ...
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Heartcatcher DIY
February 5, 2016
As soon as the new year has come and gone, I start to get really excited for Valentine’s Day. It’s funny: I appreciate V-Day much more now that I’m married with four kids than I ever did when it was all about romance. Hot dates and jewelry be damned, I’ll take a good excuse to ...
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Sweet and easy snowmen on our window
January 28, 2016
Our children don't have school on Wednesday afternoons, so I had all four of them at home last week. It was rainy and stormy outside, so we lit a fire and engaged ourselves with a little craft project. While my children were cutting out snowflakes, I took a quick look at Pinterest for inspiration and thought it would be fun to make ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last-Minute Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Ornament
December 30, 2015
December hasn’t been on my side too much this year. I came down with a really bad cold and my immune system has crashed completely. But I’m finally feeling better after a few long weeks and even though Christmas is behind us already (can you believe it?!) we just started with our December crafts. Holidays ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
New video: How to make a superhero costume (a quick and easy DIY!)
October 29, 2015
On our road trip up the coast of California last month, we stopped for a few days in sunny San Luis Obispo to visit my friend Mo from Pipsticks who recently moved from London with her husband and their four kids. It was so fun to get all our kids together and to explore this charming little ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Weaving Loom Made from a Shoe Box!
October 27, 2015
I wanted to get Tila a weaving kit for a while now but anytime I asked her she never seemed too interested. And then a Sunday came when she wanted to do nothing else but weave! And this is how this idea to make a loom from a shoe box lighted up in my head! ...
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DIY: Road Desk Decal
October 5, 2015
I always thought that boys love cars because the society thinks that boys should play with cars and girls can play with dolls... and so the parents buy them cars and then they play with them (I’m simplifying but you understand what I’m trying to say here, right?). But I changed my opinion and here'a ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: Printed Cardboard Box
July 9, 2015
I had a few items like socks, a hat, sunscreen, a lost toy, a diaper, probably also the pacifier etc. stacked in an ugly cardboard box in Talan’s part of the entrance way. I couldn’t look at it anymore but I also didn’t get a chance to find and buy a decent wooden box so ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Hairclips
June 3, 2015
Esther and her lovely Hair Style posts inspired me for this craft. Apparently someone's eating Tila’s hair clips at our home because a week doesn’t go by that we don’t lose at least (!) one. Usually even more. So instead of buying them again I decided to make a few instead. And they turned out ...
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DIY: Dipped Wooden Spoons
April 20, 2015
I’ve been eyeing the dipped wooden spoons for a while now and the penny pincher in me decided to make something similar on her own instead of buying them. And they turned out great, plus the feeling of making something with my own two hands is priceless (when it succeeds anyway). This project is also ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easter Craft: Hen Egg Cups
April 6, 2015
Easter holidays are here and I've prepared a new Easter craft for you. This one I absolutely love because it’s so very simple that even very young children can make it, and it takes very little time to finish so it’s also perfect for those types of kids that can’t stay still for very long, like ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... making pompoms for a spring branches bouquet
March 20, 2015
For this The Little Things post, we've been making pompoms for an Easter Tree-inspired, spring branches bouquet. The great thing about making pompoms, is that it appeals to different ages, and both boys and girls absolutely love making them. Isn't there a magical attraction to wool? The moment I pull my suitcase with yarn leftovers ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: Brown Paper Flower Pots
March 18, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I spotted these cute flower pots (that were really brown paper bags) neatly set down the stairs in front of some shop in Stuttgart and I loved it so much I went to buy craft paper bags and a few flower the same day! This is such a simple and ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Color-Learning Easter Egg Magnets, Montessori Style
March 6, 2015
I’m trying to teach my 14-month-old simple things like colors or at least color distinguishing so I wanted to make something that would help him with that and since Easter is approaching soon I wanted to do something in that spirit so this is what I came up with. Easter eggs magnets in 6 basic ...
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Valentine's Craft: Animal Brooches and Magnets
February 13, 2015
Valentines day is tomorrow already and a DIY is in order! Tila has a few very good friends in her kindergarten and I thought it would be nice if she gave them something tiny to let them know how special they are to her. So I bought a box of plastic animals (the whole box ...
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Pretty stamps from PSikhouvanjou
January 12, 2015
As a child I always loved stamps, but I remember them as something that belonged to teachers, not really to children. These days, I'm free to play around with stamps as much as I want to and I'm loving it. My inner child released! These pretty stamps are from PSikhouvanjou, and designed by talented designers Ingela ...
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BABY
Wool and the Gang, cool knitting kits
December 16, 2014
I've been feeling so much like knitting lately, so the Wool and the Gang kit I ordered came right in time! I'm going to be knitting the Mini Tartan Hula Hoop for Sara, and if I hurry a little I might just be able to finish it before Christmas. Do you know Wool and the ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Super Simple Christmas Paper and Gift Tags DIY
December 10, 2014
Hi there, it’s me again! Here we are one post later and we’re already in the middle of December rush. Is it just me or does time fly faster every year? It feels like just yesterday it was still summer, doesn’t it? But it truly is the most delicious time of the year for me. ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Last minute advent activity calendar
November 30, 2014
Tomorrow is the start of advent -- only 25 days to go 'til Christmas! We do have an advent tradition in our family -- my mum always had an advent wreath on the table with 4 candles in a circle, and one candle was lit on every Sunday in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... A Doll Hospital!
November 21, 2014
For this post in the The Little Things series, we made something I think every little boy or girl will love: a doll hospital! This is such a fun project to make, and it's really quite simple. Also, most of the materials we've used are recycled! A trip to the local greengrocer provided us with the (future) hospital ...
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BOOKS
The Bee who Spoke
September 30, 2014
Our friend, Al MacCuish (who we've mentioned before here and here), has recently released his second children's book, and this past weekend we finally got the chance to read it.  The Bee Who Spoke is a beautifully illustrated story of a girl named Belle and her adventures in the French countryside, where she meets a talking bee ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Little crochet money purses
August 14, 2014
I always like to keep my hands busy during long car journeys, so I've started knitting and crocheting while my husband drives the way to our holiday destination. On the way to France last month, I started a (doll size) granny square blanket, which was really fun! During our stay, there were a a few nights where we kept our children ...
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DIY FOR MUMS
Knitting loom
July 24, 2014
Have you ever heard of a knitting loom? Well, I had not, at least until recently, when I had the chance to catch up with Erika from Miko Design. She told me how she discovered knitting again, thanks to these nifty little things.They are sold at HEMA over here in France and in the Netherlands. ...
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