Posts Categorized: DIY

christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Friday, 16 Dec 2011

16th day of Christmas crafts: Snowflake jar toppers

Last night we made homemade condiments with some friends. Last year it was holiday cookies and this year holiday condiments and funny enough, probably just as much sugar used in each. Anywhoo, we had a lot of fun making remoulade, pickles, honey mustard, spicy mustard, and normal mustard and added some toppers to them and these are the fruits of our labors. Today I turned the toppers into snowflakes and added some tissue and crepe paper under.

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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Thursday, 15 Dec 2011

15th day of Christmas crafts: Spinners

I found this little vintage party supply shop in Copenhagen a few months ago selling these little spinners (above left). The owner explained that they used to use these for 2 purposes: 1) for Christmas games and 2) for construction workers working on top of a roof who would use it to decide who was going to go down and get the beer. I thought they were pretty darling myself so I painted my own version (on the right). I thought they’d be perfect for a game of deciding who gets to open the gifts first.
Materials: 1. top spinner with numbers  2. brad  3. bottom
Enjoy!
ALSO, you MUST check out my friend’s new hosting blog, Eats and Beats. She creates recipes and fabulous playlists. She was kind enough to invite me to guest post. Check it out here
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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011

14th day of Christmas crafts: Swedish oranges

Remember the American Girl dolls? Now they’re all Mattel and flashy, but when I was 10 they were simple and classy. Kirsten, the Swedish American girl was my favorite and I read the book series religiously. In the Christmas book, Kirsten’s Surprise,  there was a part about Swedish Christmas oranges with cloves and I have always wanted to make them, but I think it took moving to Scandinavia to actually do so. Since yesterday was Santa Lucia day, it was a perfect time to try it out. 
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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011

13th day of Christmas Crafts: berries & wreaths

I was working on another project this past weekend and I needed a bunch of berries for a shoot. They’ve just been sitting around so why not put them to use? I arranged the white and black berries in a wreath and I love how it turned out. I love the fact that I can find them just right outside our house. 
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christmas + Crafts + DIY + Projects / Monday, 12 Dec 2011

12th day of Christmas crafts: Scrooged

Let me start off my saying that I have not turned Scrooge this year by any means. In fact, I think I could be in the running of Person With the Most Christmas Spirit award, but we were watching a Christmas address yesterday when The Christmas Carol was mentioned and it got me thinking a bit more about alternative Christmas decorations. I loved the wall hanging in Bri Emery’s loft so much that simply says, “It’s ok” and I wanted to create something that would reflect it’s simplicity. So, today’s Christmas craft goes out to Mr. Charles Dickens for writing such a memorable tagline.

Updated: I can’t keep everything in my small apartment so I’m selling some of the crafts that I’ve been making on my Etsy shop. Buy it here.

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