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Archive for December, 2008

here we go

thank you all, who have been part of my (real and virtual) life. Thank you for stepping by, for supporting, writing nice things to me, inspiring and buying…

I’m embracing my 2008. It’s been kind to me. I’m happy. I’m ready for the future. Wishing you all a very good one! Make it the way you would want yours to be 😉



It’s by my dear husband, but I was the key person in the final process… as I was the first one to aprove it 😛 Anyhow! from us to you – enjoy your year!!!

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the more the merrier!

Selfridges in London quite often have spectacular window displays. I haven’t seen the latest Christmas themed ones so we drove to Oxford street late last night and while some of us slept in the car I took a few pictures to share it with you:

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So here we are: the night before this fellow comes and leaves something for the selected ones. Hope you’ve been good this year 😉 !

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holidays

I gave up on my crafting (for now) and am having great days with my family. We made these

decorations

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also these

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one of us took care of having a Santa in the house

santaanother one wrote Christmas greetings

letters

we might not have snow here, but how about some paper snowflakes

snow at home

and how about enjoying this warm weather

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‘winter wanderland‘ in Hyde park

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my boy

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red trees

Hope you’re having fun too!

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new

I’ve been stitching intensively for the last two nights. You can see my first trial a couple of post ago where I’ve shown one picture… since then I had to change the process a bit and start again, but at last we have the result – a place mat  for my youngest who loves almost all living creatures and trains 🙂 And loves to eat.

i can'tbelieve i've managed...

have a closer look

Stitching is easy, only getting everything ready for it takes a bit of time: I had to enlarge the original picture (below), cut out all the felt pieces I wanted on my mat and just stitch them all on. Now my older boy wants a mat too, so the same process only with a different theme is awaiting me…

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it’s from this beautiful Japanese magazine I’ve treated myself to idees

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Looking at this and other Japanese craft magazines I have (I’m gonna share some favourites here with you one day), I get so built up to make things… Once I get another place mat done, I’ve been wanting to make some simple linen ones for all of us, I want lunch bags for my boys, pencil cases, mini pouches, baby stuff and new toys… cushions, clothes…. jewlery! 🙂 Yes…

Will see how far I’m gonna get with my crafty hopes, kids holidays begin from Monday :).  I still haven’t prepared my promised free patterns for you…  but it will come. It will.

btw. if you like fish and don’t mind the soft ones, udder is offering a great give way!

Enjoy your day! x

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hold it!

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drop do not drop!

see you tomorrow again

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Especially in the night and morning, so we have been hoping for a white color to dominate the outside, but so far we only find some of the beautiful traces dear frost leaves here and there…

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winter

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My oldest son has ‘snow’ on his very short Christmas wish list, so dear Winter come out all dressed up in white for all of us 🙂

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I so love this December. With its beautiful weather, with its festive mood and so many uplifting things around. I’ve taken a break from (not so intense  in any way) crafting for others and am just giving myself more  freedom to do things that I miss.  I’m reading more. I’m back to doing my morning yoga. I’m writing… lining up some fresh ideas for my shop,  my future and just am hanging out with my dearests.  Playing (and relaxing at the same time, the best game to get hooked on with your kid). I’m making something for my sons

wipHope you are in good spirits too. Have a relaxing weekend!

P.S. thank you for your comments, it’s very much appreciated! Keep on talking to me 😉

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Bake and make

Among many many good things that Britain brought into my life I’m gonna mention scones today.  Plain ones, with raisins, cheese or cherries… but most importantly with a cup of  tea – I love scones so much, that to prove my love I bake them very often. My current best version is a wholemeal ones with shopped apricots, sultanas and raisins. I get them ready for breakfast and I’m not gonna say the number – all of them are gone (somewhere) by the end of the day.

my scones

I’ve also found a great apple cake recipe

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and a new Polish recipe that makes  really yummy Christmas cookies

cookies

50g butter

1 tbsp golden syrup or honey (I used honey)

50g light brown sugar

225g plain flour

3tsp mixed spices (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon..)

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

3tbsp milk

1 egg yolk

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Melt the butter, syrup or honey and sugar in a pan. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.

Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the melted butter mixture, milk and egg yolk. Mix to a soft dough.

Kneed until smooth, then roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Stamp out forms using cookie cutters. Place on the baking sheets. Make a hole in each if you wish to hang them up later. Bake for 10 minutes, until a slightly darker shade.

Speaking of cookies, I had to make some for my kids school’s Christmas fair. I used simple gingerbread dough and decorated it with the icing. No idea how successful they were, but it was fun making these. 🙂

for others

Ok. Next up buckwheat pancakesfor one

Made from  wholewheat and buckwheat flour (50/50). My kids actually love them. I also substitute normal sugar for black molasses, it not only is healthier, tastes better, but also makes the pancakes look brownish, so my kiddos call our pancakes ‘the chocolate ones’ 😉

So that’s baking. Now making. Lina and her goodies. Already in my shop

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For some reason I had this urge to try to make a white felted flower…

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I also have a bigger bear that needs to be finished… and a couple of other things…  so I might do my last shop update next Tuesday night, but no promises here 😉

That’s it. The sun outside is calling – have a great Sunday!

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