Happy Midsummer + Happy sticks

Happy Midsummer to you all!

I’m busy with all sorts of stuff, but I managed to paint some sticks that we’re decorating with. They’re just ordinary sticks I found in the woods that I’ve painted with acrylic paint. Such a fun thing to do and looks great as a decoration!

 

 

I hope you’re having a wonderful summertime!

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Celebrations

We have so much to celebrate lately – two of our kids are graduating their schools, and I sold so many paintings through the Ukraine fundraiser! Thank you all who donated and got a painting in return! <3

When we celebrate something at our house we usually hang some bunting. I’ve sewn many of them during the years, sometimes to gift to others. This one is a bit special since it’s made of a quilt I made for my oldest son when he was just a toddler.

He’s slept with that quilt for so many years that it was in tatters. I was able to salvage a lot of parts and turned it into a celebratory bunting instead! Upcycling at its best

 

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DIY Giant Easter Eggs

Sometimes when I set the table I lack a good pot for my springtime flowers and branches. I solved that problem by making some giant Easter Eggs – the perfect vessel for a bunch of mini-daffodils!

First I created the eggs by blowing up a balloon, sticking it to a base (a heavy glass) with some tape and then gluing layer upon layer of paper strips to it. I used plain newspaper and plain wallpaper glue. When the eggs were thick enough I popped the balloons and trimmed the edges so they look like eggs that have cracked.

I painted the eggs pink or yellow and went to town with lots of colors and splatters. I finished them with a couple layers of furniture varnish.

Makes for an artistic and fun addition to any Easter table!

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Happy Easter Bunnies

I love, love, love bunnies! I love watching them, feeding them, looking at them, petting them – everything! And I love my new DIY Easter Bunnies! First I made some bunnies from self-drying clay.  They don’t look that special before being painted, but the core of the bunny is there! I tried to make each of them into an individual, with a little bit of different smiles, and eyes and noses.

Then I went to town painting, splattering and decorating them. It was so much fun! I’ve used real gold leaf and sealed it all with really strong furniture varnish. A colorful bunch of happy bunnies, ready to welcome spring and Easter!

 

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Easy last minute Christmas DIY

Here’s what I do when I want to craft something last minute, but still have all the fun of creating something from scratch – I decorate match boxes!

They’re the perfect size for a last minute Christmas gift, don’t take up much space and are the perfect utilitarian gift this time of year. I did these together with my daughter, who had lots of fun cutting scraps of paper and gluing sequins.

If you want to be really fancy you can gift these along with wax dipped pine cones as fire starters. It’s also super easy to do – just melt old candles in a jar in boiling water, or on low heat and dip the pine cones in the wax! You can dip them several times if you like, just for the look of it, but once is enough for fire starting.

 

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The Magic of Jinglebells

I haven’t always been able to have traditional Christmas scents at our home because of allergies, but you can add some magic through sound as well! There is something magical about the sound of tinkling bells at Christmastime. When I was little I used to pretend a tomtenisse had walked by when a bell jingled, and some of that feeling still exists somewhere for me. Here are some easy DIY:s using jinglebells:

Acorn bells are the perfect mix of whimsy and magic. Go pick some acorn caps, dry them and glue jingle bells to the inside.

If you have a lot of bells you can add them to a sturdy piece of metal wire, turn them into a wreath and hang them on a door. Makes for a lovely jingle whenever someone walks through the door.

You can also add your bells to the decorations you make. Make decorations out of self-hardening clay with a cut out for a jingle bell.

 

 

 

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DIY Reusable Christmas bags

This is one of my favorite Christmas DIY:s! Instead of packaging gifts in paper that gets tossed out, I sewed us a bunch of pretty bags that we can reuse for years to come.

I got to repurpose a lot of preloved materials, which also made my heart a bit extra warm! Old Christmas curtains, napkins and runners are now a staple beneath our Christmas tree, and get to be as admired as they ought to.

The bags are super easy to sew – simply cut a rectangle of a material (a runner is perfect for this). Fold it in two, add a ribbon to one side (make sure the longer part of the ribbon is on the straight side of the fabric) and sew together. I’ve used up a lot of pretty ribbons that I haven’t had the heart to use up, including lovely ribbons from funeral adresses.

It’s the perfect way to reuse old fabric material that you still love, but don’t have a use for. We get to take out the bag filled with bags, and fill them with our gifts, saving both the environment and time, and making us smile in the process!

 

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DIY Gingerbread Copenhagen

This year I decided to make a cityscape candle holder. I chose Copenhagen, a city that is close to my heart, and made buildings inspired by those there. I drew them freehand on the gingerbread dough, mainly from memory, so I’m probably the only one who recognizes Marmorkirken and Magasin! But it was a superfun build, and it adds so much cozyness to our December.

This also functions as an advent candle holder where we light one candle each Sunday, but I wanted to show you how it looks like with all four candles lit. I made little windows with sugar glass and it looks especially lovely when the candles have burned down low and you can see through the windows.

 

 

 

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Is our national holiday a gingerbread day?

Dec 6th is a common gingerbread baking day here in Finland. For me personally our Independence Day has been a day without that many traditions. That all changed a couple of years ago when we decided to make that day our Gingerbread House Making Day along with the family of my bestie. Since then we spend that day having so much fun together, and both kids and adults produce the most amazing creations.

These are from a few years back. Last year my eyes ached too much so I couldn’t take pictures, and least of all edit them, but it was superfun all the same! I like documenting things here on the blog, but simply putting phone pictures onto IG stories has its own charm. It sort of fits with the gingerbread theme of beauty in the moment.

Happy 2nd Advent everyone, and here’s to celebrating Finland tomorrow, with candles and gingerbread and whatever you choose!

 

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