Wednesday, 26 November 2014

DIY Christmas Candle decorations

For as long as I remember we have made our own Christmas & Advent candle decorations with my Grandmother. She has a lot of experience with flower arranging, and is absolutely brilliant. She has tried to teach us everything she knows - and might I say we have got the hang of it now. This year we did it again, my mother, sister, my grandmother and myself. We had a lovely day, chatting away, sipping coffee, as we got busy decorating. The results are fab, and we have enough candle decorations now to last us until Christmas eve. 
Really easy and very beautiful Advent candle decoration made by my sis
My granny getting busy covering the tray and the flower oasis with greenery
Tools of the trade, and playing with the different ornaments
Holly, fir, flowers, moss - you name it - we have it
  Almost ready
Finished result. We have candles with numbers 1-24 - and you burn it on the day - so the decoration finishes on the 24th where we celebrate Christmas Eve 

It's not as hard as it looks, as long as you keep to these simple rules:

  • Get yourself a nice tray or bowl for your base. Keep to a simple colour, as you can then go mad decorating.
  • For a really easy decoration, use a tray, 'fat' candles, ribbons and 'sprinkle' small pinecones everywhere
  • Get flower oasis rather than clay, as you can water it throughout the festive season, making the greens last longer
  • Buy (or pick) fir, holly, moss, pinecones, buy ribbon, ornaments, baubles etc 
  • If you need the candle is to stay put in the oasis, insert metal wire spikes into the base of the candle to keep it in place (you heat them up with a lighter and them press them in gently)
  • Always cover the oasis with moss, branches of fir (trim down to fit) branches, holly,  etc.
  • Ornaments looks best in clusters of 2 or 3 together 
  • You could finish off with a cute ribbon in a coherent colour.
  • Keep a close look at the colours you put together and make sure they complement one another
  • Attach wire to your ornaments, to keep them in place - wire is the best
Let me know how you get on - happy decorating!!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Calendar 2015

As another year has flown by, (already) I have been searching for a new (wall) calendar for 2015. With 2 kids and their  busy busy schedules (who is the taxi I might add) I really need a calendar to keep track - as well as my iPhone. So rather than the usual run of the mill - drab and boring calendar, I fancy looking at something cool on my wall. Artist calendars are the new black if you ask me - here are a few I'd love to hang on my wall.


Cool Scandinavian artists collaborate in this one from Nordic Design Collective 
Beautiful simple calendar in real leather from by Wirth 
 Adorable quirky illustrated calendar by Bob Noon
Blue blue I love you - by essensen 
Very Danish design - with danish designers @ Designfund

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Slowly preparing

There is no doubt about it: The radio is playing Christmas songs, the ornate Christmas lights have been turned on, the halls are decked with boughs of Holly, we are eating gingerbread cookies already - Christmas is coming - whether we are ready for it or not.  I'll help you ease into the festivities with these slightly Christmassy Christmas branches with ornaments from Ikea. These are cute and a tiny reminder of what is coming next. Are you ready for it?, Are you loving it already? Or do you rush around last minute getting stuff done??


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Mapology guides

Once in a while you come across something so good you wish you'd come up with it yourself! Such a thing are the genius Mapology guides - the brainchild between entrepreneur, blogger and designer (and dear blogger friend of mine) Tina Bernstein and Mike Abrahams - designer, curator and artist book maker.

The idea is to use maps for everyday conundrums, and to encourage people to seek answers in these fab little maps. So rather than looking at a map for an actual destination, it's more like finding your way with a little help from a map. They call it bite-sized visual learning, and it helps you tackle everyday questions by locating yourself on the map, and see where it takes you.


I have had a blast exploring these cool maps with my family, and this is what we have found out so far:



Be Present Perfect

Do I need to mention this one is perfect for Christmas and the festive season, because it helps you seek out the perfect present for people - all the time. I see myself as a bit of an oracle when it comes to buying gifts, but this map really got me. I adore it, and I think you will too. The Mr. sure needed this - so I am hoping for a better present this Christmas ha ha..



Would Like To Meet...


This map is for everyone wanting a pet. It gives you an insight into which pet wold be the best match for you. Getting a small animal is an important decision, and I think this map is a great way to find out what would be the perfect pet for you, so you can make the best choice for everyone.
The girls and I explored this together, and the girls (think they) are ready for a rabbit or a parrot - however I don't think we have room for a horse (or at least that's my excuse)


What's bugging you


We all have things that bug us, things that hold us back.  This map provides ideas to help you find ways to deal with the things that annoy us in our everyday life - make the right decision and move on! This map is probably my favourite. You can use it again and again and again, and write your notes on the back, and revisit them later if need be.



The Mapology series consists of these 3 maps, posters and postcards. Tina & Mike teamed up with cool illustrators and artists, and they have joined the projects on the business model called shared risk and shared rewards

I hope you will have a look, and enjoy these maps, and the rest of the collection from Mapology guides. I wish them all the success in the World and look forward to seeing what Map they come up with next:) You can peruse the website and get your own here >> website and online shop

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