Crafts and DIY

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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
Edible Gluten-Free Play Dough
June 18, 2015
My 1.5-year-old absolutely adores playdough but he also loves to put it in his mouth so as I tried to find edible playdough I came across this recipe and it’s amazing. It’s not only edible but also gluten free! How great is that? The only thing about it is that it only keeps for about ...
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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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BOOKS
Wee Gallery, 32 ways to dress a...
June 1, 2015
My children were each given a mini activity book from Wee Gallery recently and they've been a big success. With a very simple concept (dress the cat / bunny / fox etc), these sweet little books appeal to different ages, and make the cutest little presents. I also think they are great for traveling, or to take to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Woody knitting toy
May 27, 2015
This past Christmas I discovered the ethical French toy brand Les Jouets Libres when looking for gifts to give my nieces and nephews. They make the most beautiful, old-fashioned wooden toys, the kind of toys you keep forever. I ended up buying this pretty stacking toy for one and this colourful blocks set for another, both which ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stitch 'n Kids: the braid star
May 20, 2015
I saw this braid star at my friend Elke's house and went to buy one for my children as I'm always interested in these kind of simple crafting tools. And it has become an instant hit in our household! Simply a wooden disc with 8 slots, it's the perfect entertainment for children aged 4 (depending on their motor ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
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
Triangular crayons!
March 23, 2015
Last week in New York we had dinner with the ever so sweet Annie from Brimful, and she brought us a few sweet and thoughtful gifts. One of them is a little container with crayons, which is nothing that special in theory, except for the fact that the crayons are triangular! How clever! Not only are ...
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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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BOOKS
Matisse's Garden by Samantha Friedman & Cristina Amodeo
March 12, 2015
If you are anything like me you can’t resist a museum shop. I found this book on a recent trip to the Tate Modern and bought it as semi-compensation for missing their exhibition of Matisse’s Cut-Outs last year. I really love taking my kids to art exhibitions, even if it is not always their bag ...
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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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BOOKS
Secret Garden, an intricate colouring book
March 2, 2015
My mom bought this Secret Garden colouring book for my kids last year and it was recently rediscovered when we went through our crafts cupboard last week during the move. My kids (especially Quin) have enjoyed colouring in the intricate colouring pages, and the end result is so pretty I've started hanging up all of their ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
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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BOOKS
Favourite snow-themed children's books
February 12, 2015
Finally it happened. Finally it snowed here in London. As it is the way of the Englander – it seems we have been discussing this possible event for weeks – the postman, the lady in the supermarket, my next-door neighbour, my Mum – we do like to talk about the weather in this country and ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Shoe Lacing, Montessori-Style
February 4, 2015
I am a big fan of Montessori methods of education and I’m still mourning over Tila’s Montessori daycare she went to in France. There are none here in Germany in the area we live at the moment so I try to implement as many Montessori principles at home as I can. I especially love their ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
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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CRAFTS AND DIY
Draw a map of your city
December 29, 2014
In the days leading up to Christmas when the kids were home from school and looking for activities to keep them entertained, I suggested they draw a map of London with all their favourite things to do and see in their city. We had an extra piece of poster paper lying around and I suggested they ...
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CHRISTMAS
Last-Minute Christmas DIY: Hand Print Santa Ornaments
December 23, 2014
A couple of years ago my sister-in-law and I decided to start a tradition of no gift buying for us adults for Christmas. Or at least no big ones. It can be something tiny like our favorite chocolate or tea or something of that sort or we can make them ourselves. So this year I ...
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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
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
Simple leaf print-splash art
November 24, 2014
Did you ever splash drops of ink on paper using a toothbrush? My mum taught me this technique when I was a child and suddenly, when Ava and I were picking up pretty leaves the other day, I remembered how fun it was. All you need is an old toothbrush and some coloured ink. Dip ...
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