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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Around the House

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Thing I like least about autumn is the disappearing light. It makes me long for lighter times. This summer I spent a lot of time around the house on maternity leave. And though I’ve spent most of that time taking care of a baby and trying to get some sleep in whatever time was left, I did manage to salvage some photo’s I took and uploaded before my disastrous breast-milk-incident. So today just some combinations from around the house (in lighter and sunnier times).

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Count Your Blessings

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Last weekend Marlous, Cristian, Anki and me took a little trip to Zeeland. A weekend spent chatting, laughing, eating, (thrift)shopping in Brugge and just relaxing by the sea.

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I don’t really count blessings that often. But I’m very blessed to know these crazy, funny and sweet people (and even though you missed this trip,that includes you Iris!)

zeeland#4A funny thing when hanging out with other bloggers is everyone’s obsession with their phone and/or camera. We’re all just a bunch of weirdo’s… ;)