Crafts and DIY

PARENTING
A blanket of love
Last February we received devastating news. Laurens, the 5-year-old son of friends here in Amsterdam, had suffered cardiac arrest while playing hide-and-seek in the hallway of the hotel the family was staying in during their skiing holiday in Switzerland. CPR was given until the ambulance arrived and Laurens was transferred to a hospital in the mountains and later to ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Waldorf Window Star
I’m not very sure about where I first saw the Waldorf Star but I liked it so much (and it looked easy to make ;) that I decided to give it a try. But after the first one I was obsessed! It’s truly one of the simplest things I have ever made and it looks ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A stick-themed 9th birthday party
Pim turned 9 in February, but something very sad happened in our close surroundings around that time, which made it difficult for me to get myself in the mood for organising a party back then. I kept postponing it, until suddenly I realised the end of the school year was near. Oops! So on the last day ...
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STATIONERY
Hurray for Stamp-tastic!
A week after moving house (again) the girls also went back to school. They were super excited to be back in a routine again and to see all of their friends. Now usually this time of year I'm tearing my hair out franctically labelling all of their school clothes as well as their stationery and I ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Tissue Paper Flowers
The flowers in California are absolutely stunning. Never before have I lived somewhere that has such an amazing variety of plants and flowers - all of which feel very exotic to a city dweller like myself. Every time we take a walk, we come across new blooms and it's all I can do to keep the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Upcycle Clothes - together with the Funky Peas
My kids are hopefully going to stop growing soon. Not only because my eldest, who is now 10 is almost as big as I am (!) but also because of the amount of clothes they go through is just simply extraordinary. I was talking to my friend Michelle about this the other day and we ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Watercolour flowers
Last week Ava and I created invites for her birthday party -- a last minute plan, so we had to work with the materials we had in the house. Since we had come up with a flower theme, we watercolored little flowers on white cards, and it was such a sweet activity with such cute results that ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Splotch animal Pop-up Cards
Ella recently celebrated her birthday which means this week her thank you cards are on our family to-do list (don't for a second think that I actually get around to mailing out thank yous a week after a gift is given, but the best of intentions is always there immediately!). Nathan's mom gave us a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Baby Bunting
A beautiful bunting is a great way to celebrate the birth of a newborn and a fun project for the older sibling(s) to do too! I received a beautiful fabric bunting during my first pregnancy that my thoughtful and creative friends made as a gift for me. But when I took the bunting out to use ...
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BOOKS
The Crafting Bible
If you know who I am and have seen my posts here you will know I love crafting! I really, truly do, and I could do it all the time. And I’m always curious and love learning new techniques from sewing, stamping, felting, dying, making jewelry, home décor, you name it – I want to learn ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Symmetry sculptures
While I'm not a control freak, I have grown accustomed to having a lot of kids under my control at one time. And, I think I'm good at it. I run a fairly tight ship in terms of schedules and expectations, but am pretty relaxed when it comes to general raucousness and chaos. There are always ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Super sun catchers
We've been trapped.... ...inside for the past week as a wave of fevers swept the household. Luckily, they were pretty much symptom free, but the fact that they struck all six of us at once made parenting pretty much a lost cause. The silver lining is that it was less of relay race - lasting ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Scrape painting
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
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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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Little Things: making traditional Orthodox easter eggs
Last year, we were kindly invited to celebrate Orthodox Easter with our friends Vicky and Jeremy here in Amsterdam. Vicky and Jeremy are from Australia and are spending a few years in the Netherlands, but Vicky is originally from Macedonia. She grew up celebrating the traditional Orthodox Easter with her Macedonian family -- the most significant celebration of the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Paper Beads
Now that Indiana (who just turned one!) is totally mobile and eating everything in sight, the rest of my kids have taken a keen interest in beading. Of course they have. It's tough to find beads that have a big enough hole for them to string without a needle and aren't awful and ugly (instead ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
Cute mini party crafts from Cotton Twist
I have recently made a fun new discovery: Cotton Twist mini craft kits. These cleverly designed, all-prepared mini craft projects are such fun entertainment! Making things easy for busy parents, Cotton Twist has put everything that's needed for one cute craft project into one little kit. There are cool superhero masks, dinosaurs, princess crowns, pirate catapults, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Heartcatcher DIY
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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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sweet and easy snowmen on our window
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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SEWING AND KNITTING
A simple knitted beanie!
One of my many New Years resolutions (which I started over the Christmas period) is to continue making things - just because it makes me happy. ; ) I love watching movies in the evenings, but I also like keeping busy so I have started to try to find simple projects that I can do while ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Last-Minute Holiday DIY: Christmas Tree Ornament
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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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Bringing Autumn into the home
Having lived overseas in places where the sun shines warmly every day (sigh) and there are only two seasons to live in, there were times when I really missed seeing the four seasons. Here in Scotland the seasonal changes seem so beautifully apparent. Perhaps it's because the countryside is so breathtakingly stunning here or maybe it's because we're living ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The Little Things: Making Fall Leaf Lanterns
It's autumn and the streets are lined with the most beautiful leaves. They're just too pretty not to be picked up! So for this The Little Things post, we decided to make use of what is so readily available in nature: we're making beautiful leaf lanterns with Casper and his friend Mees. Look how excited ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
An 'Invitation to Play'
Natalie, the wonderfully creative founder of Starting With Art, has come up with all sorts of fun ways to keep your little ones busy during our London ShopUp this December! Trained both as an artist and educator, Natalie is uniquely qualified to nurture your budding artists. We can't wait to for you to see what ...
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The countdown is ON!Next Saturday and Sunday (6-7 May), we will be in East London for #TheShopUp! More than 30 children's independent boutiques, delicious snacks, kids activities and so much more - the best family outing you can dream of! Tell your friends and join us from 2pm at @trumanbrewery (follow the link in profile for all info and details about the event)#theshopuplondon
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East London, here we come! One week exactly before #TheShopUp! We hope you will be able to make it because it's going to be a really cool event - being located in this cool, trendy area.And if you don't know the neighbourhood, here are some insider tips: Anna (the lovely mum behind @mamaowl_ ) who lives in Hackney, offered to share some of her favourite haunts! Best coffee, coolest local playground, family-friendly dinner spot - 10 addresses for you to enjoy! Thank you Anna! (link to the blog post in profile)🇬🇧#babyccinocityguides #theshopuplondon
14 hours ago
How pretty are those pompom hair clips from @fiveelevenchildren! Fun, yet sophisticated, they will be perfect with all kind of outfits - and you can choose from so many different colours! Follow the link in profile and pick your favourite#babyccinopickoftheday
1 day ago
We're sharing tons of gorgeous photos of our LA ShopUp on the blog today! Follow the link in profile to check them all out!( Sarina Cass from @redanchorphoto) #TheShopUp #TheShopUpLA @theshopup
1 day ago
Have you checked out our new boutiques? @surlaplage.co create hip and chic beachwear for girls (from 6 yo to teenagers!) @thenotabag is soon going to be your best friend: it's a bag, AND it's a tote. So clever. for kids and adults.@KitCaboodleParties provide all-inclusive kits for stylish parties - without the stress!Swipe for all photos and follow the link in profile to have a closer look at all our new shops! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
2 days ago
Bananas + eggs + cinnamon + butter = easy and delicious pancakes! The recipe is on the blog today, link in profile🥞#babyccinoeats
2 days ago
Maria and Denitza, the 2 mums who founded @ciaobimba.dolls, answer our 5 questions on the blog today, and take us to the fascinating world of their beautiful, all natural Waldorf-style dolls - so inspiring! Check out the whole interview, link in profile!
3 days ago
We had a blast at #TheShopUp and we're still in LA for a few hours to soak up the sun and enjoy the Californian vibes! Check out our Top Ten this week, it's filled with Cali love️. Tap for details or follow the link in profile for more info! #babyccinotopten #california
4 days ago
Big sis / little sis at #TheShopUpLA (we're open until 5pm!) @theshopup #TheShopUp
5 days ago
The coolest toys and cake pops @roseandrex! We're enjoying every minute of day 2 of #TheShopUp@theshopup #theshopupLA
5 days ago
Esther and Courtney wrote a beautiful, month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. Perfect to prepare your child for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister!PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY: UK: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 weeks ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
1 month ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
4 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
6 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
6 months ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
9 months ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
11 months ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
1 year ago
Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients:a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (optional)Directions:Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks.Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes.Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper.Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking.Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like!A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages!Bon appétit!
1 year ago
Here Courtney joins Maureen from Pipsticks (www.pipsticks.com) to show you how to make a Superhero costume, including wristbands, a mask and a superhero cape! This fun and easy DIY is perfect for Halloween or any time your little ones need a costume to match their exciting superhero adventures! For additional info, you can find the DIY for the superhero wristbands on the Pipsticks site here: http://pipsticks.com/blogs/news/tagged/superhero
1 year ago