March 10, 2014

Bike ride to Monticolo Lake

I live in a beautiful area of Italy. Amongst the mountains covered with snow, the hills with vineyards, bicycle tracks that wind through the apple orchards. The bicycle path to Lago di Monticolo is a 32km round trip. Basically the whole way there is up-hill and the whole way back is down-hill.
It was perfect weather for a bike-ride this weekend. 22C during the day and a bit chilly during the evening. It took us 1h 15min to get there and about 40min to get back. Stopping along the way to take photos and have lunch.
Look at this spectacular view!

The bicycle path is well-kept. Look at this amazing view with the snow-covered mountains in the background. Stunning!

DIY_tea box

 So after last years DIY flop of making a tea tin (using toxic paint wasn´t such a good idea, hey?) I got the idea to make a new one. I had bought cookies at the supermarket that were exactly the same length as the tea boxes. I noticed this purely by chance when I put 3 tea boxes on top of the cookie box. I used the wallpaper I had left (yes, I'm using it all the time for my DIY projects)to cover the boxes.
You'll need:

  • A cardboard box approximately the same width as a tea box (or larger)
  • Paper glue
  • Scissors
  • Wall-paper or decorative paper.
  • Teabags
    Time: About 15min

  •  Cut out a piece of decorative paper enough to wrap the outside of your box. 
  • Put paper glue on your box and continue to wrap your box like you would a parcel.

 Here it is!

Fill your box with TEA bags! :)
Put the entire tea-box inside the new box in order to keep the teabags in place and organized.
I made two, since I had a lot of tea at home and put one on top of the other. A good way to save space and have a more organized cupboard without all the boxes falling every time you move something.

Happy tea-drinking everyone!

November 24, 2013

DIY Christmas decorations _ Christmas stars / flowers


This must be one of the easiest, yet cute decorations to make! Each star takes 2min to do and the cost is basically 0.
You'll need:
1 toilet paper roll per star (or decorative paper)
hole punch

1. Cut the toilet role into 6-8 pieces (each one is around 1 cm thick). Each circle will be a petal
2. Staple two circles together at the bottom of each one. You will now have 4 pairs.
3. Start stapling  the pairs together.
4. Punch a hole in one of your "petals" and thread a thread through the hole. Make it as long as you wish depending on if it will be a Christmas tree decoration, or as part of a garland.
If you are using decorative paper instead of a toilet paper role you'll have to add a step.
You will have to hold the circles in place when stapling the pairs together, as each one won't be a circle, but only a strip. It just takes a little extra patience, but it isn't too complicated.
The paper I used for these is wallpaper samples that I had left over from my wedding DIY decorations. In particular the unique ceremony programs:

What you need

2. cutting the toilet role into 1cm thick pieces.

3. Stapling the pairs together

Stapling the pairs with each other, creating our star / flower

The extra step when one is using decorative paper instead of toilet paper roles.

The finished star / flower.

DIY Christmas decorations _ clay Christmas tree decorations

This is a fairly simple decoration to make and the result is very sweet.
You will need:
Clay (white or natural)
cookie cutters or a knife
a small round object (I used a pencil)
a roller (I used a bottle)

Work the clay until it is soft.
Roll it out until it is about 3mm thick. Any thinner and you risk it to break and any thicker means it will take longer to dry.
Place your cutters out onto the clay in order to optimize the space. A smart way to get "2 in 1" is by placing a circular cutter and then a smaller cutter shaped as a heart or a star on the inside. This way you have one that has a circular shape with a star or heart hole, and one in the shape you placed on the inside.
You can carve a little message into the clay if you wish, or leave it plain. You can carve the year, family members names, or messages such as MERRY XMAS, LOVE, HOPE, etc.
Make a small hole in the top part of the shape in order to be able to thread a thread through the hole and hang it up.

An example of "2 in 1" shapes. A Circle with a heart or a star inside creates 2 pieces.

Clay decorations are put on a piece of paper to dry.