I thought I’d hang these in all our windows at home. 🙂 This is the first one I’ve made and came out a bit sloppy and asymmetrical, but you get the picture. Stole the idea from here. They’re incredibly easy to make (plus you barely need any supplies, I had mine lying around at home) so I suggest you try it out!
I found a box full of styrofoam peanuts when cleaning the house today and wondered if they could be used to make Christmas decorations or some other kind of crafts. I think the peanuts are a brilliant material for kids to use in crafts (I know we did when I went to kindergarten) because there’s always so many of them and it’s not really much of a loss if what you’re making doesn’t turn out all that great. I kept improvising all night and came up with a few ideas – nothing too fancy, but definitely worth giving a shot if you’re doing crafts with the little ones. Would you like me to show them to you?
Also, if you have any ideas, brainstorm with me! There are no good ideas out there so let’s get crafty together!
This is the surprise I’ve planned for weeks and worked on all day today: a beer calendar for my darling H. For weeks I searched everywhere to find a plastic beer crate with 24 slots and when I finally got hold of one this morning, the work could begin. I covered the crate with cardboard so the bottles wouldn’t show and cut out tiny doors for each bottle. If you’re doing this, you’ll need a roll of duct tape (or any other kind of flexible tape) to reinforce the “hinges” of the cardboard doors – otherwise they’ll rip and break. I then took a can of silver spray paint and gave it a nice silvery finish. To make it look like a calendar I cut 24 circles out of silvery wrapping paper, wrote numbers on them and used a glue stick to attach them to the doors in a random order. Behind each door is a 33cl bottle of beer, all of them different. I think the assortment of beers makes this idea so special – you never know what you’ll find! Most of them are pretty much unknown to me (and H, probably) so this month will very educative in the field of beers. 🙂Ta-daaa! What do you think? The perfectionist in me isn’t too happy with the turnout (I was going to cover it all with wrapping paper), but the silvery finish is quite pretty overall!
Revealing his first surprise!
This nice bottle (33 cl, alc 4,8%) of Weiss Damm was found behind door number one! This Spanish Weissbier was definitely a great choice and should be recommended to anyone who enjoys a good wheat beer. I had a taste and can say I usually don’t appreciate wheat beers but this one was really nice and flavorful!
Would you like me to show and review what H finds behind the doors of his beer calendar if there’s something really good or downright disgusting?
I have a gorgeous white sheer blouse I’d like to wear a lot more often, but I don’t have a plain white (seriously, how can anyone not have something as basic as a white bra?!) bra I’d like showing through. So when I got my studs in the mail the other day, a light bulb automatically lit up above my head. I’m done studding one cup (my fingertips needed a break) and I’m already really happy with the result and eager to share it! You can either get studs at any textile/crafts store or order them for 10 times less on ebay!
Tip #1: I used a hundred studs and fell a bit short (I would’ve wanted to add more, but it depends on the size of your bra, too) so 150 would’ve been perfect.
Tip #2: Use a thimble to fasten the studs or your fingertips will hurt. I used my nails, but if you don’t have heavy plastic attached to your fingertips, you need some kind of tool to help you out.
Tip#3: For each stud you apply to one cup, set aside one for the other. That way you don’t end up removing studs you’ve already attached because you don’t have enough to do the other side.
Tip #4: Only hand wash your gorgeous bra. However well you attach the studs, you’ll probably still end up with a washing machine full of studs when washing it.
Our cat likes to use a door-frame as a scratching post and since bad habits die hard, even the dog (who likes to start barking at him as soon as he starts scratching) can’t stop the mischievous kitty from going at it. The door case is looking pretty torn so me and H decided to give it a makeover and cover it with a sisal carpet so the kitty can scratch all he likes.
Where did we need to go to get the materials needed? The hardware store – my favorite place on Earth!
Ended up spending a ton of money (not much of a surprise) on very important things. I was going to buy glue sticks for the glue gun we have now, but buying two tiny boxes of glue sticks in a smaller size would’ve cost more than buying an entirely new (more awesome!) glue gun (10€) and a huge box of glue sticks (12€). I also got some questionable quality brushes for ca. 0.50€ a piece – a bargain, if you ask me. 🙂
What else did I need? Mod podge. Do they sell mod podge in Estonia? Hells no! I figured PVA-glue would do the trick, we’ll see about that once I get started with making Christmas decor. I bought the 0,75l bottle for 4.50€, only to find it cost four times less in another hardware store we went to. Bummer.
And then there’s the nice little (and affordable, 0.80€) box I bought for storing all the beads and charms I use for making jewelry (arm candy, to be more precise). The beads always end up anywhere else but the minigrips I (try to) store them in…
I made my first ever pine cone wreath last year and since I didn’t have the proper supplies (a foam ring etc.), I improvised. Everything I ended up needing to make it, I already had lying around at home. I’d say the grand total cost of my wreath was the 5 euros I spent on the white paint, glitter and brushes (which I have left over and won’t be buying this year).
The wreath turned out absolutely beautiful so I decided to make another one this year (the holidays were pretty much ruined for me last year so I took my disappointment out on the wreath I had made, alas it didn’t survive).
I started off by getting a huge bunch of beautiful pine- and fir cones yesterday. They become all soggy and dirty when the snow comes so if you want to make your own once I post my wreath-DIY, you’d better go out right away and start preparing! You’ll get all the pine cones you need plus a lovely Sunday spent in fresh air as a bonus. If you’ve got kids, take them out for some good old child labor and make them gather the cones. They’ll love it!
Tip: All cones are good, even the ones that are wet and out of shape. We’ll be oven-drying them so they’ll change color and open up nicely.
Our summer house on the paradise island I told you about is located really close to the seaside, which also means the terrain surrounding the house is good old sand. Not that anyone’s complaining about the two-minute walk to the beach, it would just be nice to go outside and not drag along a ton of sand on your way back in. So I put the idea out there: we should have a terrace. I though maybe next year we could get someone to come build it for us, but H had other plans. “Why can’t we build it ourselves?”, he asked. I didn’t want to undermine his confidence, but I was pretty sure it would be a bit more difficult than that. I agreed that we could at least find out where to get the material and how much it would cost and H went off to ask our neighbor (he’s a local entrepreneur and we assumed if anyone knew, it had to be him). Little did I know he’d return a half an hour later with all the materials needed for a third of the price we had planned. Apparently our neighbor had it all ‘lying around’.About a third of all the building materials we needed and got.
I didn’t have much choice but to get cracking! We didn’t have all the proper tools to our advantage so while H was doing the measurements, I grabbed a handsaw and got to work – I started with a pile of 35 boards (plus the thick beams for the framing, H helped me with those), which at first seemed like a frustrating task (not to mention never-ending) but it actually went really fast!
H (with some assistance from my little sister) put the framing together, me and the baby supervised.
The wooden boards weren’t imbued so they needed proper surfacing. Here: my little sister making sure the framing survives until next year.
The framing was done so it was time to first lift it up on proper Fibo-blocks and then attach the ‘floorboards’
At this point it still needed a lot of sanding because the boards came to us pretty much straight out of the sawmill. We soon found that sanding by hand wasn’t an option if we wanted to be able to actually walk on our terrace (or ever engage in any activities other than sanding until we pass out and die). H went over to our neighbor’s again to see if he had a sander. He didn’t, but he had an electric wood planer. Then we had another setback: baby was scared out of her mind of the noise the planer made.
Solution: we drove to town and had cake & coffee until H was done with the scary machinery.
The whole brigade of our summer camp each grabbed a brush and started painting to finish the terrace off – it would’ve taken a lifetime if the two of us alone had to do it.
Voilà – “Terrazza Plazza” (can’t remember who gave it the witty name, but I personally think it’s brilliant) at night. Notice the cute little bridge we made to avoid getting our feet sandy! All done – if I didn’t know the two of us (plus our awesome paint-squad) created this, I wouldn’t believe it!
Me and H like to think of this as our second best project (baby being the first one). All of this 3×3 meter awesomeness came together in three to four days. What do you think?
We’ve been very busy today, because it’s obviously a very special day! I was very well taken care of on Mother’s Day so of course I was gonna ‘return the favor’. Not only is H the most loving and attentive father to the baby, he’s also the perfect partner – he takes care of me and always helps me out in any way he can when I need him to. So my Father’s Day present to him were little hand-made “favor cards”. I made this shirt-shaped envelope (pretty happy with it if I may say so myself) and hid the cards inside. Each one is like a coupon he can ‘cash in’ when he needs something. Some give a dinner of his choice, some allow him to go and hang out in the garage for as long as he likes, one is for me washing his car, one will grant him a cake etc. There are also ‘get-out-of-a-diaper-change-free’ cards and massage cards. 🙂
“World’s best dad”
Since the baby is clearly too tiny to know how to make daddy a present, but has already mastered the art of high fives and clapping, we (me and the bug) made dad her paw prints. 🙂 Equal parts salt and flour mixed with a bit of water make a nice smooth dough to press baby’s hand prints into (make sure you wash the kid’s hands right after, they’ll be nice and salty) . If you then cook it in the oven at 100°C, it will become rock hard and you’ll have a beautiful keepsake (that you can finish off with acrylic paint) to remember the baby’s first months by.
I also made H his favorite meal and baked him his favorite cake. He’s very happy with my efforts and nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing that I’ve made the world’s best father happy. 🙂
Last but not least:
Happy Father’s Day to all dads everywhere, especially for those who are celebrating their first one ever!
We don’t really celebrate Halloween here (and I’m sure most of us wished we did), but I had H’s grandparents’ pumpkin lying around waiting to be turned into food (pumpkin soup for dinner tonight, the rest will be pumpkin puré for the babynator). So I thought I’d dig its brains out with a ice cream scoop and turn it into a lantern. I’m sure there are quite a few Americans out there dying to tell me how it’s really done but since I don’t have Halloween programmed into my genetic code, this’ll have to do. Enjoooooo-ooooo-oooy (to be said out loud with a spooky voice)!