All posts tagged: christmas

DIY origami stars for the Xmas tree

I have been fashinated by origami for years. Last weekend l got the idea to try making some origami decorations for the Christmas tree. After pondering upon various options from origami birds to bears or cute little mice, l decided to start with an 8-pointed star. I followed this step-by-step YouTube instruction video to create the stars. To add some sparkle I attached sequins and beads with needle & thread. Happy folding!

christmas meal for 2

This year we decided to stay home for Christmas, just the two of us. 2016 has been a busy year full of challenges and changes and it felt good to take some time to relax, enjoy good food, read and discuss and play some board games. I made a vegetarian version of the traditional Karelian hot pot using pulled oats and gluten/free ginger bread adapting my grandmother’s recipe, a childhood favourite. We were lucky to have some snow for the weekend and we took our boots out for a walk in the forest.  Wishing everyone peaceful and heartwarming holidays ❤

thank you santa

Christmas 2013 is behind us and we’re standing at the door step of the New Year. Even if Christmas is a holiday for spending time with the people you love and calming down after the busy month of December, I dare to say that New Year is in a way a more spiritual event. While Christmas has an undeniable material dimension to it with the gifts and the feasting, New Year is a time to really reflect who we are and where we want to be. Some people make resolutions, others more quiet plans of a better, healthier life or hopes of finding love and luck, success and prosperity. Even if the New Year’s night is practically nothing more than a night between a Tuesday and a Wednesday, we somehow feel that when that new morning comes – Anything is possible. So just before popping the champagne, I wanted to share some pictures of the beautiful items I got for Christmas. Oakley sunglasses will serve me perfectly at the ski slopes of Lapland in the …

Dec 23

Some last minute cleaning, shopping and wrapping. Tomorrow Christmas can come and fill the house with it’s warmth, joy, scents and tastes that remind of us of our childhood and make us want to smile and share valuable moments together. To make the most of this week I have a good book, food & wine, candles and most importantly: time.  

Dec 19: secret Santa

The present bought for secret Santa at the office can often be a real hit or miss when people are buying low budget gifts to colleagues they barely know, but l have to say l just love what l got this year! The big porcelain cup is dressed up in a pretty tasteful and cute Christmas jumper and holds in it a hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and even a small whisk. If you’re looking for a small and sympathetic gift, these are apparently available at Delhaize 🙂

Dec 5: What to get for…

A few tips if you’re wondering what to get for mom, or for another special lady in your life. Offer a heavenly blend of tea and some beautiful cups. White tea “Avec les Anges” from Tea for Two. Cups are second hand. Pamper her with a Korres face cream or a luxurious wool and silk throw from Coco-Mat. Or get her a book to read during the holidays. Another idea that can’t fail is a homemade hamper: gather some of her favourite goodies from the bio shop. Or offer a Gift Card: a good present can also be a service – offer to baby-sit, cook a three course meal, give a massage or offer to clean the house.