DIY Wintery Wreath

I’ve been making lots of wreaths lately, and this was one of the most fun!

I had a lot of old fake greens left from a broken Christmas garland, so I wrapped that around a styrofoam wreath.

I glued lots of little trees along the wreath, making a wintery forest. I placed some mushrooms among the trees, and weaved in a string of fairy lights.

Finally I sprayed the whole wreath with some spray snow.

A lovely winter landscape to admire both day and night! One of the wreaths has a snowman, the other one houses one very old ”nisse”.

 

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DIY Advent Candles

I seem to collect old things that are still pretty, but aren’t in use any more. I’ve had these cookie molds for years, and I only just recently realized what I wanted to do with them. They were too rusty to use for cookies, but they are just perfect for our advent candles!

I glued a candle holder into each of the cookie molds.

Then I filled the molds with whatever I wanted – mushrooms, fake lingonberry leaves, pinecones.

I also did a version with just sugar and spices. It looks rustic and smells lovely!

 

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DIY Advent Calendar

When I was little my mother used to make these very elaborate Christmas Calendars, with 24 packages for both my brother and I to open every day. It was heavenly! And then I became a mother and no energy was left in me for making these calendars. We bought store-bought calendars for the kids most years (an option that didn’t exist when I was little), but now that the kids are older I wanted to do something different.

Instead of using up all my energy on making so many packages with – let’s be honest – not that expensive, well-thought out gifts in them – I’m choosing to do an genuine Advent Calendar. 4 packages. 4 Advent Sundays that are extra special. One very happy kid, and very happy mother who gets to make some Christmas magic for one of her kids! (the other two want either store-bought or no Christmas calendar)

It’s such a nice little tradition. A way to count down to Christmas, but without too much stress for myself and I get to fill the packages with more useful gifts than just cheap knick-knacks and candy.

P.S. I thought when I’m being so thrifty with my energy I can make some really elaborate tags. Turns out I wanted to keep them simple too! I simply wrote the number with a thick black pen, then wrote the text in white acrylic paint. Easy-peasy, and looks pretty too. And someone’s very much looking forward to opening the packages!

 

 

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DIY Holiday Animals

Here’s a fun way to recycle the kids’ old animal figurines – turn them into brand new fun and colorful decorations!

I placed all my materials and animals on the table and figured out what I wanted to do. This horse needed some tinsel, that deer needed a bell around its neck.

We made little packages from wrapping some folded newspaper in gift paper. Then I added some ribbons and glued the packages to the animals’ backs. 

As a last touch I glued fake snow all over the animals.

They look so cute! and are a really fun ornament as a sort of memento of the kids when they were little – they do grow up fast, and none of them even plays with toys any longer! (or almost)

I also got to use some of my most precious old ornaments, that I haven’t got the heart to throw out, but are too broken to use for anything else. This is the perfect opportunity to turn old scraps into something brand new and fancy!

…christmas-time is soon upon us! (and I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping – I can’t stand shopping in December…)

 

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On sick leave

How do you take sick leave when you’re a self-employed stay-at-home parent? Not easily. But one thing’s for certain – it is much easier now than when the kids were younger! Now I at least get a few hours of rest when they’re at school. And they’re already grown so big! Next year all three of them will be teenagers.

I haven’t been ill for many years now, but this fall I got the shingles, and if I’d known beforehand how that would be like I would have vaccinated all three kids against chicken pox! It’s not a fun illness to have, especially afterward since my immune system seems to have taken a deep dive, and I’m getting colds and flu:s like never before. And high blood pressure. So now I’ve been putting myself on sick leave, consisting of lots of chicken soup, reading good books, playing computer games, trying to chill. No brisk walks for me until I get my nightly heart rate and HRV in order.

The kids have been co-operating quite a lot – we’ve been playing computer games or card games and they’ve helped with both decorating for Halloween and removing the decorations afterward. They’re really growing up a lot these days!

Now I’m off to enjoy yet another cup of delicious ginger tea – have a great Thursday!

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Happy Halloween!

Greetings from our House of Horrors…!

The Bahne family – a scary clown, evil Pikachu, a ninja, the Plague Doctor and just a regular zombie…!

Also featured, my bf – who’s a teacher and wore the perfect costume for the occasion! …looks like things are getting a bit out of control in Junior High during Halloween, teachers beware!

And here’s my evil goddaughter, in her best devil disguise (horns DIY:ed by herself – she’s crazy creative!)

Just look at those eyes!

Hope you’re all having a scary, cozy evening!

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