• DIY: Smash!

    What: Yarn sign Supplies: Yarn, iron wire, ‘knitters spool’ (punnik-set in Dutch). Duration: 1 – 2 hours How to: Use your spool to knit a long thread, which you will use to shape your sign with. In Dutch it is known as ‘punniken’ and I have not come across a proper English translation of the word. However, it’s just like loom-knitting in mini form. It’s very easy and once you get the hang of it, it goes rather quickly. Make sure your thread is long enough to write the word you wish. I added the iron wire afterwards. This is of course done so your writing will remain in place.…

  • DIY: Daybed with storage

    If you’ve been following my blog and my Instagram for a while, then you have undoubtedly seen our daybed. My husband and I built it when I was pregnant of our second daughter. Now, I must admit that I’ve made many bad interior decisions when I was preggo with her, but this wasn’t one of them! I have done countless naps on it during my third trimester and I love to do my (school-) reading on it. The girls also sit and read on it, so adorable to see! It is a little on the low side, so even the youngest one (she is 1,5 years old) can crawl on…

  • DIY: Rainbow hanging

    We all love rainbows, right?! I think I knew the colors of the rainbow in the right order before I could tie my shoe laces. And now they are fashionable again. Yay! So here’s how to make those cute rainbow hangings, if you don’t feel like bleeding half of your salary to get someone else or a renowned brand to make them for you (and fair enough! It takes time to make them, so if you want to make a living out of selling anything hand made, you should charge a small fortune for your products – they are both unique and I bet a lot of love has gone…

  • December 24th

    What: Christmas table decor. Supplies: Pine twigs, apples, tea lights. Duration: 25 minutes. How to: A table setting is rather personal, so use what you’ve got and what you like. I stayed true to the theme of my branch, and added only pine twigs to the table and apple lights, which I’d also made a few days ago (see December 19th). To stay in the gold and red theme, which is also the color scheme of our Christmas tree (see December 14th), I added red napkins. Those I spiced up with a little mushroom and a little pine twig as well. The big branches I will remove during dinner, because…

  • December 23rd

    What: Winter wonderland guirlande for above the Christmas table. Supplies: Branch, string lights, (fish-) string, screws or small hooks, pine branches, pine cones, stars or other types of decorations. Duration: 45 minutes. How to: Find or buy a large branch. We found ours in our favorite nature area and it is about 3 meters long.  Wrap your string lights around it. Attach to the ceiling with a string, by binding it to the screws/hooks you’ve screwed into it beforehand. We used fish string to give the branch a floating effect and because it can bear a lot of weight. Don’t hang it too low, because you will not be able…

  • December 22nd

    What: Ice cold candles. Supplies: Jars with a wide opening, plastic cups, twigs, scotch tape or something to way down the plastic cups, water and a freezer. Tea lights for when your candle holder is done. Duration: 15 minutes and one night in the freezer. How to: Cut your twigs into small pieces. Put some of them on the bottom of your jar. Place the plastic cup on top of it (it will be a bit wobbly). Make sure the bottom of your plastic cup is a little bigger than your tea lights. Put the other twigs between the jar and the plastic cup. Pour water between the jar and…

  • December 21st

    What: Gift wrapping. Supplies: Wrapping paper, potato, knife, (finger-)paint. Duration: 30 minutes. How to: Cut out a Christmas tree in the potato with your knife. Dip in in the paint and press onto your wrapping paper. It doesn’t get much easier! The story behind it: If you’ve never made prints using potato’s, raise your hands! Me! I can’t remember ever making potato prints (but I might have… mum, dad?). So this was a lovely chance to get on board and do a little stamping with potatoes. And the 5-yo thought it was a lot of fun too. It is difficult to mess it up so you’re almost guaranteed a great time! Instagram…

  • December 20th

    What: Wooden star. Supplies: 5 twigs, string. It would be nice if the twigs are somewhat straight. Duration: 10 minutes (unless you need to find a few twigs first). How to: Cut the twigs so they are of the same length.  Lay them in the shape of a five-pointed star. Tie the string around the ends to fasten the tips to each other.  Done. The story behind it: Once again we’ve been foraging in the nature area around the corner.  This five-pointed star has been on my list for ages, I just love the simple look of it. Right now it’s standing there on its own, but it will be part of…

  • December 19th

    What: Frozen apple lights. Supplies: Apples, tools to make a hole in the apples, egg-whites, white sugar, tea light. Duration: 20 minutes. How to: Get your egg-whites and sugar ready in a bowl. Draw a circle on your apples, use your tea light as a mold for the right size. Scrape out the top of the apple until it is deep enough to fit a tea light. Be careful not to push too hard, the apple can crumble easily (mine did). When your light fits (use one to try on every apple, otherwise all your lights will be covered in apple-goo), then drip the egg-whites on the apples. This will…