It's been raining for about, well, almost all summer now, so since it looks like fall around here, I thought I could just as well take out my old boots. To give them a little make over, I made some boot belts.
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!
We are renovating our house and while I was looking for ideas for our kitchen, I came along this fun idea for X-mas decorations: snow flakes made of hama beads! Since my daughter has boxes full of those beads that I find everywhere, I finally found a way to eliminate them. Hooray and YAY! First we made the Hama X-mas Tree, but since I mentioned Hama Snowflakes in that post, there were some requests to show the flakes, too. So here you are:
In the country I live in, The Netherlands, people, especially the children, celebrate Sinterklaas, also called Saint Nicholas. He arrives by boat and brings lots of presents, just like Santa. Instead of a sleigh he has a white horse, called Amerigo. The horse can't fly, like the reindeers, but has another magic power: he can climb and walk over rooftops. To get a present children have to put their shoe in front of the mantelpiece (a radiator will do, too) before they go to bed, preferably with a carrot or some hay for Amerigo in it, and sing Sinterklaas songs. Sinterklaas or one of his helpers will go down the chimney to put toys, pepernoten (small ginger snap like cookies), letters of chocolate or other sweets in the shoe.
Last weekend the daughters of my husband's sister stayed over. They have about the same age as our own daughters, so unnecessary to say it was one big happening at our house. Even more because Sinterklaas just arrived that day, so they could set their sh…