Month: December 2014

Snowy Chocolate Pinecones

Happy Christmas | Merry Holidays

It’s that time of the year when we gather with friends and family, take time out to rest and rejuvenate after overindulging in Christmas pudding. I’m off to celebrate with family and friends in the UK and Europe so won’t be around here for a few weeks. Best wishes for a happy Christmas and very merry holidays! See you in 2015       P.S The image is of Snowy Chocolate Pinecones courtesy Handmade Charlotte which are actually easy to make even if they don’t look it!  

Reindeer sledging in Finnmark, Norway

Bucket List: Christmas Sledding

I love having a bucket list. You can pretty much do whatever you want on a bucket list. You can be crazy, hedonistic, adrenaline-seeking, wildly adventurous. Dreaming of all the things you’d like to do, wish you could do, imagine you might be able to do is pretty easy from the comfort of your sofa, of course. Somethings may just never happen. Take my desire to go on a balloon ride, for instance: It’s a bit of a joke as I have an irrational fear of heights! There is one thing, however, I am determined to do one day: Go sledding in the snow with either reindeer or dogs. Or both. In different countries. Scooting through snow-dusted fir forests behind a pack of beautiful animals has captured my imagination for a long time but I’ve yet to actually do it. The other day I read about the Cairngorm Sled-dog Centre in Aviemore, Scotland, which offers three-hour sled-dog safaris that take adventurous travellers into Cairngorms National Park led by a team of 12 sled-dogs. Sounds like pure fun! Or you can go …

DIY projects

Dinky DIY Projects for the Holidays

Images from top left to right: I can’t not include a Christmas wreath in this month’s DIY projects and I’m particularly loving the simplicity and understatement of this faux brass himmeli wreath courtesy of Heather from The Decor Fix. This is the cutest ceramic bowl and perfect for all those knitters and crocheters out there who need a place for their balls of wool and thread. See more adorable animal ceramics by Spanish makers Barruntando on Etsy. Anything gold-dipped exudes an air of luxury, don’t you think? Find out how to make these log candle holders and gold-dip them on Etsy (courtesy About Home). Everyone loves a handmade gift and these pocket notebooks look fun and simple to do. You could whip up a few for yourself in the process! Find them at You Handmade Me Happy. A game of ping pong or a light of ping pong? You could, of course, do the former first and when you’ve had enough turn the balls into a pendant. A great idea devised by Marie Claire Idees. Find out how to …

Maria Fiter Crea-re Paper Pulp Pendant Lamps

Interview: Maria Fiter | Lighting and Furniture Designer

Making something from papier mache is pretty much a creative right of passage every child goes through, wouldn’t you agree? It’s fun, it’s messy and the end result can turn out pretty good if you set your mind to it. But did anything you make turn out as beautiful and delicate as designer Maria Fiter’s lights? Certainly mine didn’t. While Maria has tried many different things in her life – from art graduate, clerk, carousel operator, bar tender – she certainly didn’t expect papier mache to become her creative passion or her career of choice. Recycling and upcycling are her friends and, so it seems, is the solar system … Please introduce yourself – what’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? I was studying art history in Poland and in Italy. I chose this kind of study because I always liked art: painting, architecture and most of all sculpture. At the end of my studies I noticed that pure theory was not enough for me but I didn’t know what exactly …