Crafts and DIY

CRAFTS AND DIY
Family walks and how to display collected treasures
  What do you normally do with those little treasures that children find on family walks? The inside of many jacket pockets and the back of many drawers are often their final resting place. Such a sad end, considering how much excitement, enthusiasm and pride accompanied their discovery. So instead of losing these beloved little ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Last-minute (paper) Valentine Flowers!
  Can you believe it that it’s Valentine’s already? What kind of treats are you preparing for your loved ones? I’m so so bad with this, or any other holiday as a matter of fact. But one of my new year's resolutions is to start acknowledging and celebrating them more. Another one is to learn ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Sweet and sugar-free Valentine's party
I love to create small and sweet celebrations out of holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception! While I was heavily pregnant last year, I wanted to do a fuss-free Valentine's Day 'baking' activity with my daughter, but without the dreaded sugar crash afterwards. So we made watermelon hearts, which are bake free, and only sweet ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Tissue Paper Painting - Valentine's Day Cards
After a year long renovation we have just moved our furniture back in to our nearly finished home and with it came our treasured box of craft supplies just in time for Valentines Day. My kids love to give out Valentine's cards to their friends at school and for the past few years we've made ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy craft project: Valentine Treasure Boxes
Hello!! The end of last year proved absolutely crazy between work, new hires, a studio move, sick kids, and the usual holiday madness! As I looked back on 2016 however, I realized that most of my favorite memories revolved around eating (ha) or making stuff with the kids. So, as we kick off 2017 -- yes, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Craft Tutorial: Peg dolls with hair!
I’m so glad we picked so many treasures in the forest throughout the autumn because there’s not much more outside to see (or pick) as everything here in the southern part of Germany is now covered in snow! Do you also do that? Pick different types and shapes of sticks, leaves, acorn hats, cones etc. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Making snowflakes, and some thoughts about embracing the seasons
Christmas is over, the New Year has been rung in -- it is January. It's slowly getting lighter, but it's still freezing cold and we're hoping for snow. Perhaps this is what the first months of the year are all about -- bundling up and going outside to play in the cold, and then retreating ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make your own pinecone bird feeders
When I was a little girl I enjoyed making peanut butter pinecone bird feeders during the cold and short winter days. It is a quick and simple project and also provides a nourishing treat for wild birds. And although we've always lived in cities, it is a great way to engage with nature — whether you ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Collage Candle Holders
Happy New Year! I vividly remember being at the beginning of my pregnancy with baby Tisa at the same time last year and can’t believe it’s been a year already! I love the Christmas holidays and everything revolving around it; I only wish I had more time for crafts with (and even without) my kids. But ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy Christmas craft: ribbon and stick christmas trees
Around this time every year we take our kids off to our local garden center to pick out a small Christmas tree for the corner of their bedroom. I did the same growing up and I can remember the excitement of choosing my very own tree, opening my special box of decorations and falling asleep ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Easy December craft: 3D paper snowflakes
I took the children to school yesterday and noticed that Pim's classroom was so beautifully decorated with the prettiest paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. All white and delicate -- it looked so lovely and festive! I asked him to show us how they had made them later at home, which he did. It is super ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Keeping Christmas Simple -- with Simple Matters author Erin Boyle
  Meet Erin Boyle, mama of one with another one on the way, friend of Babyccino, and author of both the fabulous blog, Reading My Tea Leaves and the super inspiring book called Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more. We recently reached out to Erin to ask for her expert advice on simplifying ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY wooden warrior friend from Conscious Craft
Over the summer my children received this cool wooden ninja construction kit, available from one of my favourite toys & crafts shops, Conscious Craft. It was a curious little package -- a box full of wooden construction pieces, steel bolts, and allen keys. Thankfully a clear instruction leaflet was included, or otherwise we would have been lost. Because DIY kits ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Our activity advent calendar -- redesigned and ready to print!
Two years ago I started our first activity advent calendar and it has quickly become a firm family tradition. The children are so excited each morning of advent -- taking turns to open an envelope and discovering what special thing we'll be doing that day. This year, I wanted to make a bit more of ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
KalenderHaus, a beautiful advent activity by Clever Gretel
We just enjoyed a lovely long weekend, in which we didn't do much more than cozying up inside our house in our pyjamas. The children played together endlessly -- they built huts, set up a shop, made a city on our living room floor using masking tape, set up their Playmobil horse farm, crafted mini ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
Last of Autumn Leaves -- Leaf Rubbings, an easy Craft Project
The end of November in London means those glorious Autumnal ochre and reds are fading to brown. Yesterday, our local park had more leaves on the ground than on the trees, so I wanted to capture the season in crafts, before Winter winds blow all the bold colours away. Leaf rubbings are so easy to do, ...
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AUTUMN CRAFTS
The seasonal table
In most nursery and early-years classrooms in the Netherlands you will find a corner set up to celebrate the seasons. In autumn it will be decorated with leaves, nuts and mushrooms, and children are welcome to play with it and decorate it with things they have found in nature. Also I grew up with the concept of 'the seasonal ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Star weaving
For the past couple weeks, with a large basket of yarn and an endless supply of beach sticks, we've been weaving up a storm. We've been doing stick loom weaving with wishbone sticks and we've even created our own peg looms. And then I stumbled across this star weaving project on Pinterest and thought it might be ...
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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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