Lucky 2014

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Just like with overdue christmas trees I was thought that you could also keep wishing people a happy new year until the sixth of january (Three Kings).
So here it goes….
Because 2013 was so sucky, I hope 2014 will be lucky!
I wish you all a whole lot of luck this year in every endeavour!

Bye 2013

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Some years are a little better then others. 2013 turned out to be not so good. Actually it kind of really really sucked, like a lot. 2013 was our ‘between a rock and a hard place’-year. Both me and the Boyfriend were dealt some though times. We handled them as best we could and I’m happy to say; we are still standing.
Of course 2013 wasn’t all bad, our baby girl was born and she is such a cheerful sweet baby and she is doing so well. Mini turned 4 and is thriving in primary school.
Still, I think that 2013 is sooooo 2013 and I can’t wait to start 2014!

Last Days of Christmas…

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I was always told that you could keep your christmas tree and decorations until the sixth of january (Three Kings or the Epiphany). So I think it’s okay to blog about our christmas-interior after christmas as well.

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This year we kept it simple and mostly mint-coloured (except for our pink christmas tree). I think the thing I like most about christmas is the complete overkill of sparkle! And you don’t even have to apologize for it.  Also I love to watch my favourite christmas movies The Night Before Christmas and Elf, although I think I may have watched Elf a little too many times. I can’t get it out of my head!

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I hope you all had a lovely christmas too!

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Lazy Sushi

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I often feel like sushi but even more often I really really don’t have the time to go through the hassle of making it, like on a tuesday evening when you just got home from work. Lazy Sushi is the answer!

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Get:
white or brown rice 200 gr.
pealed edamame 200 gr.
1 cucumber
1 avocado
2 spring onions
1 teaspoon ginger syrup
2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon wasabi paste
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

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Do:
- Cook the rice as usual.
- Blanch edamame (peal them first if you got the pods).
- Chop the cucumber and avocado in tiny pieces.
- Chop spring onions in fine rings.
- Mix the ginger syrup, ricevinagar, soy sauce, sesame oil and wasabi together.
- Taste and add a little more wasabi if you like.
- Pour this marinade over the veggies and mix.
- Once the rice is done, mix the rice together with the veggies.
- Cut the nori into tiny pieces (use scissors it’s a lot quicker!)
- Mix the nori in with the rice and veggies.
- Before serving, you sprinkle everything with black sesame seeds.

And as a bonus feel free to add some raw salmon into the mix or on the side with some soy sauce and wasabi.

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This is where I found the recipe: oatmealista

 

Snow Globe Jar

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Sinterklaas is over. That means we can get our christmas on. I started things of with making my own little winter snow globe or jar to be specific!

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To make a snow jar, get:
- An empty jar (if you don’t have one feel free to just eat your way to an empty jar).
- A figurine (or more) that will keep in the water. I used Schleich animals, I know they will keep cause Mini plays with them during bath time.
- Some extra props if you like, I used a tree.
- Glitter! don’t use a very fine type of glitter but go a little more chunky for a better effect.
- Water resistant glue
- Optional: Spray paint, I used it to get a little extra colour and create a bit of an ombre effect.

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Do:
- Clean out your jar real good and remove the label and glue.
- If you want to use spray paint, now is the time to do it! Spray your lid and glass separately.
- Glue your figurine and extra props on to the inside of the lid.
- I also put a little glue on the horsey and rubbed some glitter in it for a permanent ‘snowy’ effect.
- Wait for the glue to dry (and be patient!)
- Boil some water and let it cool. I’ve read that boiled water will keep a little better.
- Poor the water into your jar all the way to the rim.
- Then put the lid on it, let the extra water overflow.
- Remove the lid again and dry it off.
-Put the glue on the inside of your lid and close the jar for real.
- Wait for the glue to dry properly before turning it over!
- You’re done.

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Here are a few extra tips that I had to learn the hard way:
- Make sure to first ‘test’ whether your figurine will fit in de jar by placing it on the lid obviously it can’t be any bigger.
- A tree like the one I used  is great but make sure it is colourfast. I used a green tree (like the one you see on the right) and first gave it a good wash to drain it of all colour, you can also bleach it a little. don’t use agressive stuff because it will destroy the entire tree.
- I also made a version with a squirrel in the hexagon shaped jar, I thought it would be a nice effect. Don’t bother it’s not! the water already provides a little distortion.

Easiest Scarf Ever

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Love wool but can’t knit?
Like making your own things but also kind of lazy?
This is the scarf for you!
Based on my own experience as a lazy knitter with a thing for pretty wool, I thought of a little trick around the whole ‘knitting problem’.

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Here’s how you do it.

Get:
2 balls of wool, a pretty chunky wool will do best.
2 spools of thread: 1 in the same colour as your wool and 1 in any colour you fancy.

Do:
- Cut strands of wool to the length you want.
- Place all you strands together horizontally as they will be once the scarf is finished.
- Put the your spool of thread(the same coloured one) onto your sewing machine and start sewing the wool together.
- To get the wool through the machine use your hands to keep the wool strands together and guide them through.
- Go back and forth a couple of times.
- Then move up a bit and repeat this throughout the length of your wool. I did this at intervals of about 10-15 centimeter (but whatever tickels your fancy).
- Don’t worry if it’s a little wonky it’s just to keep the wool together.
- Repeat this throughout the length of your wool.
- Now get out your fancy spool of thread and repeat the whole thing but this time try to create some nice lines and patterns while sewing.
- And presto! You’re done.

I actually made a tube scarf, so you have to sew the ends together (first the same colour thread and then the fancy thread). But it’s fine to leave it as is too.

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Brugge

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I brought back some lovely things from Brugge. There is definitely more to Brugge than just a great thrift shop!  The hat is from Veritas and the little crochet deer rattle from a sweet little shop called Luna Bloom.

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