Colorful Advent Calendar

This colorful advent calendar is made of 24 little drawer boxes. Material used is 1 mm matboard covered with colored paper and white die-cut numbers, also from matboard. I used the Sizzix ScoreBoards Candy Drawer die (designer Eileen Hull) and Word Play die (designer Tim Holtz). I like the ScoreBoards dies a lot because they are so versatile, it is absolutely inspiring. And you get fast and accurate results, since you don’t need to bother about measuring, scoring, hand-cutting…

 

Gifts from the Kitchen

Oh my… My blog is quite deserted these days. But at least I’d like to send some advent greetings to whoever takes a look here from time to time.

I made these little hot-chocolate-on-a-sticks as gifts for friends and kindergarten teachers etc.

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Here’s how I made them (metric system, sorry…):

  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 100 g milk or dark chocolate coating (or another 50 g chocolate plus 50 g coconut butter)
  • 100 ml cream
  • spices (as you like; in my case, I used cardamom seeds, plus a pinch of this really nice spice mixture containing ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, allspice, lemon grass, and cardamom).
  • Just a tad bit of Rhum
  • You will also need sticks; it can be popsicle sticks, or also cinnamon sticks, or any wooden stick; and for the molds, you could use large silicon ice cube molds, mini-muffin molds or espresso cups lined with plastic wrap).
  • Paper gift packaging

Melt the chocolate over a bain marie and heat up the cream with the spices; let the spices infuse for a while. Once the chocolate has melted, strain the cream and stir it into the chocolate mixture. Stir well, then at the end – if wanted – add a small shot of alcohol (Rhum, Grand Marnier, whatever you like).

Put the chocolate in the molds and let sit for 15-20 min. Then add the sticks. Let harden completely, wrap in plastic wrap and gift packaging.

VoilĂ !

You may use the template I designed for the packaging for personal purposes.

Happy Autumn!

Here’s some autumn deco I made either myself or together with my five year old son.

Wreath made from horse chestnuts, sequins and seed beeds.

Autumn collages made by Anton (canvas board, acrylic modeling paste and finds from the autumn forest). Unfortunately, the picture quality is not so good…

Autumn collages made by myself (ginkgo leaves, fir cone parts and leaves, canvas board, acrylic modelling paste; I had thought the modeling paste would be drying clear, but it dried white. However, I still like the effect.)

Rosehip and twig deco at our window … HAPPY AUTUMN!!!

Pirate Party

I am wondering: Is this pirate fever a global disease or limited to my son’s kindergarten? He has been obsessed with piratery for the past few months. Of course that means we will have a pirate party for his upcoming 5th birthday.

Here are the invitations as well as some bottlecaps for decorating the successful pirates with medals after the many adventures they will have to endure.

Source of the pirate image: Guy, found on mydiecuts.com