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YAY It’s Time to Make an Advent Calendar

YAY It’s Time to Make an Advent Calendar

Let’s count down the days to the end of the year with an advent calendar! Let’s get ready for Christmas and winter with a bang! Thinking about it is raising up my adrenaline and I’m gagging with excitement!

Advent calendars made me so happy when I was little. I loved those 2D dollhouses that you opened up the windows and got to see what was going on inside. Everyday was special when you had a window to open.

The fun thing about making your own advent calendar is that you can put anything you want behind the windows. What are you thinking about, what do you want to have happen, what do you want to see?  I wanted to make mine a home and contain all of the best memories of this year, all of me and D’s secret desires and dreams for the futre.

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Let me show you how I made it.

10 Ways to Have a Beautiful, Crazy, and Colourful Christmas

10 Ways to Have a Beautiful, Crazy, and Colourful Christmas

This will be our second Christmas away from family, so I want to make home feel like something exciting and important is about to happen. The end of the year is going to be about dreams, colour, light and scented hallucinogenic wonder.

So here I am wearing flannel, listening to Pink Martini’s holiday album and thinking about the ways I’m going to make this happen.

Here are TEN projects so far:

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1. This literal and sensorial orange garland

Orange Garland
From Free People












2. These advent calendar ideas on Oh Happy Day. I especially like this one:

From Straße Adventskalender

3. Look at these Christmas trees made out of pasta!

Handmade vintage inspired craft tutorial by ismoyo: pasta Christmas trees
From Ismoyo


4. Love these colourful candles and psychedelic reindeer.

From Nicety

5. You can make an easy peace wreath and help combat gloval upheaval with benevolent brain waves from the doorway.

peace wreath on a red door
From The Iowa Gardener














6. Send out cards like these! Watch Out Card Set



6. All you need is some melted white chocolate and green sprinkes for this one. Is this what Christmas in Italy looks like?

Christmas Strawberries!


7. You can make these kickass paper roses and go crazy decorating your Christmas presents.

Eco Friendly Holiday Ornament Upcycled Book Pages

8. If you hoard empty jars like I do, these Christmas snowglobes would be a cinch to make using trinkets from the charity shops.

From Dandy von Nutzen
































9. Lovers of exotic animals might want to try this project on for size.

From Curbly












10. Old fashioned bird ornaments with tinsel and cupcake liners from the lovely Aunt Peaches.

From Aunt Peaches


DIY: One Egg for Easter

Colouring eggs for Easter never got me excited and I was happy to let go of that tradition once I turned into a pre-pubescent obsessed with the Beatles.

But my cousin Angelisa in Oregon dyed some eggs with her kids using natural dye and I thought they looked neat. So for this post, I’m getting into a mental time machine and retreating to my childhood. Vroom.

I’m going to dye one egg with one colour.

FYI: The Kitchn has a great post on naturally dying eggs with a list of different dyes you can make using yellow onions, red onions, beets, and others. Check it out here.

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This is what I did:

1. I went to the farmer’s market just below my flat and I got a red cabbage.

2. I chopped up about a cup’s worth (half a pint) and put it in a saucepan filled halfway with water and turned up the heat. Once it started to boil, I covered it and brought it down to a simmer and left it on the stove for about 30 minutes. I wanted a really nice deep purplish red colour for the dye.

I only needed enough dye for one egg, so I didn’t fill up the entire pan.

3. I removed it from the stove then brought it to the living room in front of the open window to let it cool down to room temperature. I looked outside the window for a little while.

4. Once cool, I strained the liquid into a bowl and added a tablespoon of vinegar.

Look at that purple! I was careful and didn’t splash any on myself.


5. I put a hardboiled egg in a jar (which I boiled while waiting for the cabbage to cool) and covered it up with the dye and vinegar mixture. I stuck it in the fridge and then tried to think of something else. I let it stay there overnight.

6. Easter morning I jumped out of bed to go to the fridge to look at my egg.


And I made a pretty egg! It got a bit scratched from taking it out with the spoon, but I love its banged up body.



DIY: A messy version of a gallery wall

I have a phobia of blank white walls, so I put up things right away and then I slowly change and add things. Since moving into our own place, I’ve been collecting pictures and frames from the charity shops in my neighbourhood. I like the mix of colours, the dirty, broken frames and the gems that are inside of them. I’m not too picky as long as it’s cheap.

I’ve been thinking of doing a gallery wall for a long time for the wall above the couch.

My favourite find is the needlepoint cock on the right. I love it!

I read about it on various blogs and there are lots of layouts (check out pinterest) and I quickly became overwhelmed. I wanted to make a nice wall, but I’m lazy. Most of the posts I read were about selecting matching frames, cutting mounts for the pictures, taping cardboard mockups of the frames to the wall before hammering in the nails, using a level to make sure nothing is out of place, etc. There are beautiful hangings out there, but I was looking for more of an an imperfect mess.

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Here are instructions for your own messy gallery wall.

1. Make a sketch of the layout you want on your wall. I had lots of frames and pictures that I had hanging around the house, some already hanging and some perched on the window sills and bookshelves.

2. Get to hanging. You can use a tape measurer for good measure (haha) or you can be like me and do it by eye. Make a lot of mistakes as you realise that you didn’t realise before you started hammering that the frames had their hangings in different places on the backing. So what if you put some extra holes in the wall?  You’ll bitch about it when it comes to patching them all up on moving day, but for now just cover them with your pretty pictures.

3. Make some additions or adjustments. My original sketch didn’t take into account that the pictures were placed slightly to the right so they weren’t centered over the couch. So I added another row on the left, turning a skinny mirror vertically and added an etching and a little painting I did one night when I was drunk.

Et Voila! A little bit mismatched and not totally straight, a pretty imperfect mess. I like how the vertical mirror turns the reflection into another picture. What do you think?



DIY: the neatest and easiest little notebooks in the world

I love filling up notebooks with ideas, drawings, and photos and it makes it even cooler when I make the notebooks myself. These little ones can be used for anything: keeping passwords, shopping lists, or something more personal and artistic.

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These 10-page notebooks are really easy to make. I used a sewing machine to sew the pages together which makes it really fun especially if you want to make a lot of notebooks at once (great for gifts!) I sewed a bunch while listening to The Moth’s Radio Hour.


1 single A4 sheet of paper

one piece of paper that you’d like to use for the cover (I used a card stock of 220 gsm)

sewing machine

scissors or paper cutter

rubber stamps, washi tape, etc to decorate your cover

1. Take an A4 sheet of paper and fold it in half, than again in half and then again. I used a bone folder (you could use the end of a pair of scissors or some other heavy tool) to score the paper and make the edges nice and crisp.

2. Cut the paper along the middle vertical and horizontal creases to get four folded pieces of paper.

3. Measure and cut your cover so there is about half an inch around the edges of the white paper so it can sit nicely inside.

4. Sew the pages into the cover down the crease. This should be easy to line up the creases. I started a bit down the middle of the pages since I didn’t want to oversew and create two many holes in the paper.

The sewn bit looks like a scar!

5. The best part-Decorate your cover and fill up the inside!

If you don’t like the way the sewn cover looks, you can use washi tape along the spine to give it a nice look (and bit of added fortification).