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Knitting loom
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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CRAFTS AND DIY
Spring is here! Say it with pillows.
Because yesterday was the (official) first day of spring, I finally finished a little project I have been working on... Pillows! I used mixed techniques to put words on them -- embroidery, appliqué, and painting with textile paint. I especially enjoyed the embroidery work -- it's been a long time since I did embroidery, and ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Valentines craft -- love birds
Happy Valentines Day! Our kids woke us up with the sweetest handmade Valentines cards this morning... But I had nothing prepared! So I quickly made these 'lovebirds', by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting it in a heart shape. A piece of masking tape keeps it closed and forms the beak. Inside ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
The Little Things... Gift (un)wrapping!
I love gift giving -- there is something so wonderful about planning the perfect gift for someone special, wrapping it in the nicest possible way, the actual excitement of giving it, and finally seeing the joy on the face of the receiver... This week for The Little Things, we've created simple holiday wrapping paper by ...
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CELEBRATIONS
XL angels by Jurianne Matter
Jurianne Matter is a Dutch designer and I'm a big fan of her work. The clever ways she uses paper and patterns is just wonderful! These XL angels are new in her collection and are such a lovely way to decorate your house for the holidays. If you don't know Jurianne's work yet, check out ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Mikodesign -- gorgeous screen prints and dolls!
I've written about Erika from Mikodesign before... I just love her creativity and her gorgeous range of screen-printed products. Her DIY doll kits are amazing, and so much fun to put together if you like sewing. Sara and I are in the process of making the new, special edition neon I Love Paris rabbit together ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things... an easy-to-sew child's apron made from a dish towel!
For this week's The Little Things, I'm showing you how to make a super sweet, and super easy-to-make child's apron out of a dish towel! No kidding, if you have a sewing machine (or know someone who does!), you can make this apron. One simple dish towel and two (shoe) laces is everything you need ...
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BABY
Make Your Own Pair of Baby Shoes
I love crafting in general but sewing is my favourite. Once upon a time I used to sew a lot, but one little super energetic little girl later this hobby somehow got pushed to the side a bit. Then the other day I got an email from Karolina, a lady behind this new brand from ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make your own Dreamcatchers
This past weekend my sister and I sat down to make dreamcatchers. It's a project that both of us have wanted to do for the past few years, and I'm so happy we finally got the chance to do it together. We had so much fun! (I think we're both a little bit obsessed now ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Mouse House
As a child I received a custom made dollhouse for Christmas.  I loved playing with it and spent many hours re-arranging the furniture, and adding special little touches to it.  I still have a fascination with dollhouses and everything in miniature. Several months ago I found a vintage dollhouse at a thrift store and I ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sew much sewing
Oh it’s been way too long since I posted anything here, I am terribily sorry. I think I’ve been caught in so many projects and haven’t had the time to do some of the things I like best, like sharing some lovely things with you. One of the projects that has been keeping me busy ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Easy DIY goodie bags
We just brought Ava to her creche with 14 of these cute bear goodie bags. I thought to share this with you, as they were totally easy to make! (We did it late night yesterday evening!) Just cut the top part of a paper carrier bag, and cut out two ears from the left-over top ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Simple skirts for little girls
When I was in Amsterdam with Esther last month, we sat down one evening to make some cute stripy skirts for the girls. (I should clarify - I did a bit of ironing, and Esther did everything else!!). She whipped up three skirts in one evening and I was so super impressed with how quickly ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Tie-dye!
I totally remember tie-dying as a child -- it was such fashion back then, and I remember how fun and exciting it was. You never really knew what the results were going to be like! So I picked up a packet of fabric dye from the local drugstore (there wasn't much choice -- I used ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Spring Tent DIY
My son Henrik loves to make tents and forts.  He builds one practically every day.  This year for an Easter surprise I decided to make my children a tent that they could leave up and play with all day every day.  I used the genius tutorial featured on a beautiful mess invented by Rubyellen.  I then made ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Crochet At Play
I have always wanted to learn to crochet! And I was even more inspired to learn when I spent a weekend last year with Emilie and Esther and they were both crocheting the cutest little hats and accessories. They gave me a quick tutorial and it seemed quite do-able. But of course, I came back ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Happy Easter!
Is it snowing for you outside as well? If you're stuck inside like us, here are some last minute Easter craft ideas. Happy Easter! xxx Courtney, Emilie and Esther Bunny Masks Bunny Egg Warmers Chick Sugar Cookies PomPom Easter chicks
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CELEBRATIONS
Newspaper Easter eggs
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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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Miko Design
Mikodesign is a small Dutch label owned by the lovely Erika Harberts. Erika lives in Rotterdam with her husband and two darling daughters (who have inherited 100% of their mother's good taste and creativity!), in a beautifully decorated flat with a little studio space in which she creates all of her amazing dolls, DIY kits, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
LOVE letters!
A cardboard box, some spray paint or gouache, and voila! Happy Valentines Day! xxx Esther
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DIY FOR MUMS
DIY: customize a blazer
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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DIY FOR MUMS
Leg Warmers
I have decided that the cold winter of 2013 is the right time for my girls to challenge their inner Flashdance and start wearing leg warmers. Leg warmers are actually a highly underrated clothing item, don't you think? As there is a strong preference for dresses and tights in our house, a pair of legwarmers ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
How to knit a snood!
As you might remember snoods are an essential part of a Parisian pre-school child's wardrobe. As four-year-olds have quite a talent for losing any accessorize at any given moment, we have already misplaced one or two snoods this winter. No doubt they will turn up again, but in the meantime I actually have started knitting ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last minute Christmas decoration: a heart of light
This is a very easy DIY perfect for a last-minute decoration. I made it with some wire, wool, and christmas lights. And here is the result. You could do diferent shapes with the wire. Maybe a star or a christmas tree, or you could even spell out words. I didnt have much time to do ...
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