• DIY: Easter birds

    What: Easter birds made from yarn. Supplies: Yarn, tiny piece of card board for the beak, iron wire, scissors and twigs to attach the birds to. Duration: 10 minutes per bird. How to: Making these birds is pretty simple, but hard to describe (I tried, but failed). So just follow the steps on the pictures below, it should be a pretty straight forward process. Worth knowing is that you should pull the yarn relatively tight, so the separate strings are aligned and don’t get all flappy on you, once you start to bind the tail. Don’t forget to trim the tail. It might be yarn birds we are talking about,…

  • 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.…

  • Playful posters

    Danish start-up company Villum Vito designs and sells colourful posters to stimulate children’s imagination. “It’s my mission to add a little happiness to the world with my posters,” says owner Christina Stenderup.  Almost one year ago Villum Vito was founded by Christina Stenderup. “I have always been passionate about drawing and I have a natural interest for the use of language. When one of my close friends gave birth to a baby boy, I made my first poster for him as a gift. This really got me hooked on the idea of turning my drawings into a business.” An intense period started, where Christina not only transformed her best creations…

  • Inspiration: Tijn and Jules

    Kidsroom design is Jules’ passion and she has gained lots of followers on social media by putting a lot of love into her son’s nurseries. Now she is in for a new adventure: running her own online shop for baby and kids bedding and sleepwear. Sleepless nights turned into a business Where: Amsterdam, the Netherlands Who: Jules and Tijn, Flo (3,5) and Freddie (1) Type: Three story house from the 1930s In a nutshell: ”Our style is Scandi inspired, but we put our own Dutch twist to it with wooden and color pop accents.” Jules lives and breathes kidsroom design. It started when the family moved to their new house…

  • 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 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…