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DIY: BIRDIE MOBILE

Happy Thursday everyone. I have a gorgeous little project for you today. Remember the beginning of the month, when I told you about those two drift wood branches I was going to use for a project? Well, this is that project :) I used them for a very cute birdie mobile in pastel colors. Not many materials is needed and anyone can make one of these.

You'll need these materials:

2 x branches (the ones I used were about 30-35 cm long) 
sewing thread
sewing needle
metal wire 
scissor
laminator (or use really sturdy carton, if your printer can handle it)
thick A4 paper
prints A4 (download here

BIRDIE PRINT HERE


1. Print out the pattern on one side, flip and print the pattern w. birdie tracing on the other side. Make one sheet of each color. Laminate the sheets. This will make your mobile a bit more sturdy and last longer. If you don’t have a laminator, then use thick carton for the prints. Just remember that your printer needs to be able to handle the carton you use.

2. Cut out all the little birdies.

3. Use needle and thread. Create five strings of birdies by attaching the birdies to each other with thread between them. Make the distance about 10-15 cm.

4. Take your branches and place them in a X. Secure them to each by winding wire around the intersection. Make sure the branches are pretty level when you hold them up; otherwise the whole mobile will be crooked. Now make a small loop from a piece of wire and attach it to the intersection.

5. Attach all the strings of birdies to your branches, one on each arm and one in the middle. Hang your mobile and enjoy your finished project.

Happy project! See you tomorrow.

CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS

Christmas is all about giving...and we like to do that with style. That means a present is not just a present, it's also about how it is presented. When it comes to wrapping presents, only ones imagination sets the limit. If you are a crafty person, my guess is that you have a lot of buttons and ribbons laying around waiting for an occasion like this. But any beautifully wrapped presents needs a beautiful tag, and we have just that for you.
Here's a set of four different colored tags with individual text.
 
 
 
Download Christmas gift tags here
 
 
Merry 21. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
Linking up to these parties:
 

PRESENT TAGS

It's nice when a gift is presented well and I especially like when you use a box with a lid. It looks so good when you open it and the present is just laying there looking up at you.
 
These tags are perfect for just that. They will secure the box lid and add a perfect touch to you wrapping. Print them out on either adhesive paper or regular paper, and glue them to the box.
 
 
 
Download present tags here
 
 
Merry 20. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
Linking up to these parties:
 
 
 

GIFT BAG TEMPLATE

This is an awesome printable for little gifts and treats. 
The bag measures: height: 13 cm, width: 9 cm and depth: 5 cm. 
Choose from 4 different colors
 
 
Print the template and cut out along black lines. Score along white lines. Make holes as marked and assemble the bag. Secure it with glue/tape along side. Cut two pieces of string and make handles.
 
 
 
Download red goodie bag here

Download blue goodie bag here

Download brown goodie bag here

Download latte goodie bag here

Merry 19. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 
Linking up to these parties:
 

PACK OF CHRISTMAS CARDS

There's nothing like receiving a card on Christmas. I love to receive a card with a small personal message. This little printable could be used as a small gift as it works as a small collection of cards.  
It's a set of 4 cards in different colors with individual text. You also get an envelope/case to store all the cards. 
 
 
 
 
For best result, print on carton like sheet, so the cards get a postcard feel.
 
Download envelope here
Download cards here
 
 
Merry 12. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
We're linking up to:

A Bowl Full of Lemons

WORDS FOR CHRISTMAS

Today is going to be all about words and how you can easily make your own word art. Words and letters are really popular at the moment and this project will make for a great Christmas present. Since it's going to be hand-painted by you, it will be even more special. 
 
 
You'll need:

- frame with a hard backing / piece of wood-board
- black paint
- white paint
- brushes
- chalk
- a printout of your words
- a pencil
- tape
 
 
1. Paint the frame backing/board black and let it dry. 
 
2. Print out the words so they match the size of you frame. I used an A4 frame and the printouts below the pictures, will all fit an A4 frame/board
 
3. Take your printout and cover the backside with chalk. Now place the printout with the chalk facing down against the painted surface (make sure the paint is dry). Secure with tape.
 
4. Take your pencil and trace around the letters. This will make the chalk rub of on the surface. Try not to drag your hand to much over the paper, to avoid smearing out the chalk, while tracing. When done, lift paper and you can now see your traced letters on the board. 
 
 
5. Next step takes a bit of patience. You'l now have to fill out all the letters with white paint. This step requires you to let it dry in between, so you avoid smearing out the paint. The easiest way is to first paint along the edges of the letters and then fill them with paint.
 
6. When the paint has dried, take a cloth and wipe of the excess chalk. 
Now you're done and you can frame your words :-)
 
 
 
Click on any of the word pictures to download or print. 
  
Merry 3. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

OLD WINDOW FRAMING

Are you starting to feel the Autumn cold yet? Yesterday I went to a marketand it had been raining so the ground was all muddy and slippery. It was really one of those typical Scandinavian wet days, but to my surprise it didn't seem to bother people. No, you just put on your rubber boots, a rain coat and some good spirit and it might just as well had been a sunny day. The place was packed with people and it was a Wednesday. I have actually heard rumors about people taking of work to go to this market. I don't think I have ever been to such a large market in the middle of the week before, but an antique dealer told me, that markets used to be held on Wednesdays and not so much on weekends as most are now.
 

Today I want to show you one of my favorite finds and projects this summer. I bought a pair of old window frames a while ago, with the idea of turning them into picture frames. The glass was intact, except for a small broken corner, so I kept them as they were. Just needed to clean them real well.

I made passe-partout from cardboard to fit the pictures. Since they are old frames, they are a bit crooked and I had to adjust each piece of card-board to each window section. I made paper copies of the pictures, to help me measure and fit the images.


This way I didn't have to involve the originals and get them scratched. I secured the pictures with tape, between the passe-partout and another piece of card-board, to make the images a bit stiffer and more durable. I then taped it on to the backside of the window frame in each section.

Have a great day! / Annika & Sussi
 
 
Have a look at this great place for more projects: http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

THE LOVE OF GIVING

I love giving presents and I especially love when they are homemade. I like the idea of putting some of my thoughts and time into making it a bit special. Anyone can go out and buy a gift, but it's something else to receive a present, when you know that someone has sat down and spent time creating it specially for you. 
 

This is actually a fun and rather quickly put together project. A bunch of roses have been placed in an old tin can and you simply decorate the can with a sticker, with any text or image of you choice, either buy some or make them yourself. This way you have a great hostess gift or maybe you need to tell that special someone, just how much you love them.

 
Have a great Thursday
/Annika & Sussi
 

 

 

SUNDAY BISCOTTIS

Yesterday I baked these delicious biscottis and I thought they would make a really cute gift in an old can with ribbon and an easter tag. You can download and print the tags(A4 sheet w. 12 tags) here: Bunny tags

I have always enjoyed biscottis with coffee, but yesterday I learned that traditionally (In Italy) they are dunked in vin santo. I'm looking forward to try them that way.

The recipe is fairly simple:

 
100 g chopped almonds
75 g pine-nuts
250 g flour
150 g sugar
2 eggs + 1 egg yoke
1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Roast almonds on a pan.
Chop pine-nuts and mix with all dry ingredients. Add almonds
Mix in the eggs and combine until you have a smooth dough that can be shaped into 2 cm thick rolls.
Place on oven-tray covered w. paper and press lightly down on the rolls.
Bake for 15 min. in preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius.
When done, take out the tray and cut the rolls into 2 cm wide pieces.
Turn off oven and place the biscottis in the oven for another 15 min to dry.
 
Have a beautiful Sunday everyone! /Annika
 
Have a look at Fabriken for more Sunday inspiration
 
 

SENDING SOME EASTER LOVE

Easter is a perfectly good reason for sending love to someone you care about. This is the second paper project this week and I have made a couple of cards based on my previous bunny illustration. These bunny cards are printable on an A4 and will make 2 cards on each sheet. You can also add a small ribbon and glue/tape to the card.
 
You can download the cards here: Bunny cards
 
Have a great Saturday! /Annika
 
 

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