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Christmas Cake 2

Yesterday we all, the whole family that is, went to my brother's house, to celebrate Christmas. I made another cake. I think this second one looks much better than the first one. 

Both my Christmas wreath and my Clay Ornaments were featured by Stacey Embracing Change!

Thanks, Stacey!

Presents Wrapping

When I was young my parents always rented a movie box when we were off from school for Christmas and we watched movies almost all vacation long. As a family we developed a collection of favorite movies in that vacations. Our all time favorite was Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It still is one of my favorite movies ever.When I was about twenty the boyfriend I had then was a dj and made some records for Outland Records (a record store in Amsterdam). On one of the records he used a sample from the movie Close Encounters, as an ode to my family. That was and is how much we love that movie. 
For all time sake we thought it would be nice to do it all over this year. Christmas Eve will be the night we go to my brother and his wife to watch the movies of our youth with the whole family. We will all bring our favorite food to put on a grazing board, so none of us has a lot of work making food and such. We will eat while watching and in between the movies we will unpack Christmas presents…

Christmas Cake

Last week my husband asked me if I could make something for his Christmas Breakfast at his job. For my own Christmas Diner with my family I wanted to make this same cake, so this was the perfect opportunity for a try out. Not that it was the first time that I made this kind of cake, but I wanted to experiment with the cream and the decoration. It's not entirely what I had in mind yet, but I think the cake looks okay.

The cake is four layered with peppermint cream inbetween. It's covered in mint green fondant and the (tiny bit too liquid) drippings are made of chocolate ganache. The toppings are what I could find, merengue wreaths, marsipan christmas trees, candy canes, lollypops, etc. 

Christmas Wreath

My sister-in-law sent me a link to a wreath making workshop a couple of weeks ago. I never go to workshops, because I like to do that sort of things in my own home, but a friend of mine wanted to go, too. Maybe it's nice to go together, I thought. So this weekend we went off to the little village where we grew up, because that was where the workshop was. It was nice to be back in the place where we both lived for so many years. Not that I never came back all those years, because my brother still lives there, but I'm not part of the community anymore. The town house, where the workshop took place, still smelled like all those years ago. Funny how a smell can bring back lively memories.
Anyway, this is the wreath I made. It's hanging on my front door.

Polymer Clay Ornaments

Because I live in The Netherlands, where people celebrate Sinterklaas, especially when they have children that still believe the saint is a real figure, trees are only decorated after Sinterklaas has returned to Spain, on December 6th. Most people feel it's definitely not done to set up the tree before that date. To be honest: I feel that way, too.
So, just last week I bought a tree, it's my first real tree in years, and decorated it the same day. Most of the decoration are regular glass balls, but from polymer clay I made a couple of ornaments myself. 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

This tree I saw on Pinterest. I liked it, so I made it. Matches great with my outdoor Christmas decor.

Just a tip if you want to make this tree yourself.  right after I posted this tree, I went to the blog of the maker to thank her for sharing this idea and saw I could have used fonts that could have been transfered to the wood. Would have saved me so much time as I had seen this before I started. Mine is all hand lettering.

Hand Decoration

This week both my daughters have their yearly Christmas Diner at school. It always is a big happening for them, although it only lasts an hour. The classroom is decorated with a tree and lots of lights, the tables are put together and beautifully set and Christmas songs are playing. All kids have to bring something to eat, so a couple of weeks before Christmas Diner will take place we look for some nice treat to make. This year my oldest wants Christmas Tree Cupcakes and my youngest wants little ciabattas with mozzarella, tomato and pesto (I will show them bot later this week). 
Another issue is the clothes they will wear. My oldest daughter has the age she wants to shop with her friends, so this year she went looking for a Christmas dress without me for the first time (you have to let your kids go, I know, but it's with pain in my heart; shopping for the Christmas dress was something to look forward to).  My yoiungest has a dress with short sleeves and she wanted me to make this…

A Hug in a Mug

My daughter has got some handlettering books from Sinterklaas and while I was cleaning her room I flipped through a couple of pages. I was immediately inspired and made this mug. It's a gift to myself, because a good cup of coffee can really feel like a hug in a mug, am I right?

3D Star

Now that Sint Maarten deliverd lots of candies and sweets and Sinterklaas has brought his presents and is off to Spain again until next year, it's time for the next holiday: Christmas. This weekend I will set up the Christmas Tree with my daughters. We also have a 'Carols from Scrap' saturday, when there are two choirs formed, one for children and one for adults, that will practice carols for the whole day. At the end of the day both choirs will peform at church. Very good way to get in the mood for Christmas. 
I started to make some Christmas Decorations this week. 
From gold colored straws I made this star:

I got this idea from Etsy, where you also can buy complete kits to make these so called Himmeli's yourself

Christmas Decoration

A while ago I saw this pattern. Simple and fast to make, but cute. So I made it. 

I found this pattern here


My Lampion was featured by Ginx Crafts!!

Thank you very much!

Sinterklaas Surprises

It's almost December 5th and that's the day the people of The Netherlands celebrate Sinterklaas. It really is a children's fest. Sinterklaas is an old Saint that brings presents, together with his helpers. He has a horse that can walk over rooftops and his helpers can slide down the chimney. In the weeks before December 5th children set their shoes before the chimney and at  night the helpers (all named Pete, but you have Rhyme Pete, Dance Pete, Wrap Pete and Chief Pete, to name a few examples) put little presents in it. 
On the 5th of December Sinterklaas celebrates his birthday. That day all children are awaiting the evening, because that's the moment Pete can knock at the door any moment and leave a bag full of presents.
For the children that are still at elementary school, but don't believe in Sinterklaas anymore there's a alternative Sinterklaas celebration (around the age of 7, 8 you can't make them believe any single thing anymore, unfortunately; wh…

Pop Up Reindeer Cards

This week I started making Christmas Cards. It wasn't in my planning to make cards myself, but when I was in my nearby craft store yesterday, I saw beautiful pastel colored paper. That's how it usually goes: I decide to make it an easy Christmas with little home made things, until I see craft supplies that I really like, most of the time because it has nice colors. So there I was, spending another afternoon at the craft table, but I love the result!

The idea and templates for the card I found here


My Flying Saucer Rider was featured by Creative Jewish Mom, Two Chicks and a Mom and Sew Can Do!

Thank you, Sara and Donna, Staci & Ali Rose and Cheryl!


This week it's Thanksgiving, something that isn't really celebrated in The Netherlands. But I take every opportunity to cook for people, so I decided to celebrate Friendsgiving. Not with the traditional turkey, because I'm a vegetarian, but with lots of other delicious dishes. This weekend I started to make some decorations, like this little turkey. 

I found this little pattern here.

On my menu:
Garlic Soup Homemade Breadsticks
Roasted Vegetable Chips Onion Rings Melted Brie with Crackers Caramelized Garlic Tart Salad with Pecans and Cranberries
 Chai Spice Apple Pie
Coffee and Bonbons


The Lampion that I made for St Maarten last week was feastured by Scrapality and Creative Jewish Mom

Thank you, Andrea and Sara!

The Chances of Anything Coming From Mars...

The Chances of Anything Coming From Mars... My brother, sister and I loved it when my dad played that record from War of The Worlds with all its scary sounds when we were kids. Especially the sound of a manhole cover that shoves over the tarmac, that we kids thought for years was a sound that one of the tripods made.  

One of my favorite crochet designers, Lalylala, has a new pattern and it's a great one! I think I mentioned before how we all love astronomy and cosmology in our home. We don't exactly believe in little green Mars creatures (although, as I speak for myself: I don't immediately rule out the existence of extra terrestrial life), but the whole family loves this crocheted green guy in his flying soucer. Okay, my husband didn't ooh and aah, like my daughters and I did, but he also liked the idea of a crochted UFO. And the abducted cow is just hilarious. You can find the pattern here

My Star Music Box was featured by Creative Jewish Mom and by Meet Our Li…

Lampion for St Maarten

This weekend it's Sint Maarten. I live in The Netherlands and this children's fest isn't celebrated in the whole country, but only in some regions. Sint Maarten was the son of a rich man who shared half of his coat with a poor, coat- and shoeless man and therefore was named a saint.
The celebration that came out of this anecdote, are groups of children that trek along the houses in the neighborhood after dark with lights and lampions. They hope people want to share sweets and candies by singing Sintremaarten songs (short songs, of course, because they want to get as much sweets as possible, so the longer the song, the shorter the time left to go to other houses; for people who don't want to share sweets and candies are special songs, in which people are named greedy).  It's a bit like Halloween, but with songs and without the scary things.
The weeks before November 11, name day of Sint Maarten and therefore the day of celebration, children traditionally start to m…

Spool Knitted Name

If you've read my last post, about the Star Music Box, you know that I had a little party last week to celebrate the birth of my friend's baby boy. The music box wasn't the only thing I made for her, I also made her baby's name in spool knitting. 

My Fall Wreath was featured by Scrapality!

Thank you very much, Andrea!
My Hexagon Cushions were featured by Creative Jewish Mom!

Thanks, Sara!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! My Halloween 2018 projects: