Our youngest son turns 4 next week. And when everyone is prepping for the holidays we are prepping for party. As we just moved it will be family and a few friends coming.
Instead of candy bags the kids get when they go, I made a cardboard cake, inspired by a Japanese bakery.
I will admit, it was not super easy to get the shape on the cake but after some trail and error I think it turned out ok. First I used glue to put the pieces togheter but after a while with to much mess I used tape.
All painted with Acrylic paint.
We will fill them with: eco balloons, lego figures I found at a flea market, a bracelet his brother made and it will probably be some sweets in there as well.
So happy I found this easy DIY a few years ago. Every year, when the leafs get magic colors in the autumn. We pick them and cut them in shape before they dry into these spooky creatures.
Easy autumn DIY.
One of my friends got a baby recently and I have wanted to extend my hello baby print for a long time. And what better way to do it, than as a small A5 book. The inspiration comes from when we had our babies in the house and I got these kind of books as presents, big books with many questions to answer but so little time to fill them in, and not to mention when we got our second baby, no time at all to write things down. And when I found time (like on the buss when finally our baby was sleeping) I did not have the book with me. This little book I designed to fit in any nursery bag, for those quick notes and memories. From birth details to first time things.
Find it here
Film By: @rumblewoood
Our kids L O V E ginger bread. So we decided to make some in 3D this year.
If you like to get the pattern for the gingerbread camel, email us and we will send you the pattern.
This weekend we told the kids that father Christmas has given them a mission to paint cards for all the holiday gifts. So that he knows to whom all the gifts are for.
We made it very simple, had some colored paper at home and a lot of paint.
Fotos by Ulrika Nihlén
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It was harder than I thought to prepare for this advent calendar, a DIY for every weekend up until christmas, only using things we have at home and making it so interesting that the kiddos really are excited and want to sit down and create was not an easy task.
So for this weekend I have collected supplies from nature, dried some oranges, rose hip, walnuts, pine cones and some green leafs from the garden. I will prepare them to do girlands but I think I need to make it a bit more interesting, so I will also take a paper and sketch the contur of a skeleton so they can take all the natural supplies and glue thier own skeleton.
I'm so looking forward to making this with the kiddos, to see if they acutally like these craft ideas or if it will end with me sitting and making girlands and skeletons :)
Had to test the girland idea before (also to have a picture to illustrate this text) so here is my idea of a natural girland for christmas.
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Planning for December. Last year we bought blocks for the kids from woodchuck.nl the kids got one block each day and on the last day they had so many they could build a castle.
This year we will do four activity bags for each advent weekend. And use things we have at home to play around with.
Before each weekend I will show you what we will use as crafts for the kids here on the blog.
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I made a little printable DIY for you. Meet little Pumpkin and Ghostie.
Print them out, cut, paint them, give them arms or legs and have fun. I hope you and your kids will like them.
After kindergarden we always try to do something together, not every day we have that time of course, but we try to sit down before dinner to play and talk.
As you know, we like to use stuff we have at home, this week we played around with shapes and different colors. We cut them out from an old package and we painted with acrylic color.
After the paint dried we put them together into different characters, its was so much fun and an easy DIY together with the kids.
Here are some pictures from our messy DIY hangout. I'm pretty happy with this art piece :)
Fourth one out in this small interview series, we get to know Julia from Gothenburg, Sweden. She has done so many things, she is a entreprenour who loves PR and communication, all with a smile on her face. Mother to Billie and Frank. Check out her instagram account here @juliamjornstedt and get to know her a little bit more here below.
How are you as a parent?
I hope to be patient, present and understanding, but as most parents I struggle with feelings of guilt and not being good enough. I think the most important thing is to always try your best and never ever give up on your relationship with your kids.
You are very good with words, always making us smile while reading your post on instagram, tell us about that, is words a passion of yours?
Thank you! I love words and the difference they can make. Words have always been my escape, my way of trying to figure out myself and the world. I’ve seen how powerful words can be and it really makes me happy that people enjoy what I write!
Tell us about your home? What makes it a home you think?
I live in a apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. It is very important for me to feel at home in our apartment and that everything in it has a role. I hate having to many things and constantly keep a big bag in a closet where I throw things that I am going to give away (and whenever my husband is missing something he always goes there first 😬)
I don’t like bright colors, I think it has something to do with me being a very stressed person and wanting to calm down when I come home.
How has parenthood changed your home?
Absolutely! Well first of there’s toys and crafts everywhere... but it has also changed the meaning of a home. I mean, this is and will always be their first home and I need to make it rememberable!
Inspiration is both fun and important, where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration for my writing almost always comes from my kids (they say the most hilarious things!) and being a parent. Instagram is also a very happy place for me where I constantly save pictures or take screen shots for future projects at home or at work!
I’m also badly addicted to Pinterest...
Thank you so much Julia for letting us get to know you a bit better /Maria
I love to work with small independent brands, I have done so from the start with Tellkiddo. This time Merilee Liddiard did a photoshoot with her brand alongside our brand and products. I'm so impressed by her handmade dolls and how she captures dreamy spaces.
Photos by Shannon