Sweets for you sweet. Homemade conversation hearts for Valentines day


Hi there, Valentines day is coming up and why not make some personalized conversation hearts you can give your sweet heart. These candies can also be a fun ice breaker or entertainment.

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Home made or specially designed clothes? I am having a little fun dressing up MiniMe


In my early teens I wanted to be a fashion designer and I used to draw a lot of crazy things. I also submitted a few design for a competition when I was 14.  Ha ha ha, I did not fare as well as I thought I would. I remember getting a letter thanking for my contribution, but they thought I was maybe a little too young. Oh well, I thing it was their way to let me down easy.

From time to time I sew clothes or should say design clothes for the children, most often I make practical wearable clothing. Some patterns i make myself , some I buy and re do a bit to fit the style I want, and some I just eyeball and cut out free-hand.

I Have been a little buzzy bee since I made my little sewing nook. I have had a little fun making clothes for MiniMe with fabric I have had for a while. The plan was to make something a long time ago, but since my situation has changed, all my fabric and craft stuff had bern packed away.

The past few weeks I have finished about a dozen items of clothing for her and I still have a few more that I have not finished.

“Mum why do you not become a real designer and sell your clothes” the little one asked. Oh the sweet thing, she has really high opinions of her mum.

Here are a few of the tings i have made for her. The one above I just cut out by eyeballing it. It is an easy simple design, I made two layers and hemmed the top layer with some lace.

This two piece dress above i did not use a pattern either and I hand smocked the front part of the top. I smocked another top and I am currently working on the yellow piece you see to the left below.

When I lived in South Korea I had some lables made:)





Party favor or thank you card envelopes with windows

Party favour envelopes DIY

When I was younger I loved making my own stationary, I used colored paper and stamps, but of course they did not turn out as nice as the would have today. Back in the “old days” you did not have all the craft equipment as you do today, well at least not here in Norway.

These envelopes are the same size as business cards and perfect for little thank you notes and mini treats.

The sweets I used are the same as THESE

Envelope DIY

You need:

x-acto knife
double-sided tape
business card or the size you want.

DIY envelope

1. Fold your paper around card to make the envelope

2. Outline your window with som double-sided tape and glue a pice of cellophane on.

3. Cut tor round the corner of the envelope flap( You can skip this part)

4. Add the tape to the flaps that are going to hold the envelope together.

Envelope DIY

5. Fold the envelope together

6. Glue

7. Add adhesive on the envelope flap

8. Put some candy or a thank you note in them.

In need of a place for my sewing machine, I did a quick DIY

The past couple of weeks I have been using up some of the fabrics that I have had stored in boxes since I moved in to my new place. I have made a little spring collection for MiniMe, dresses, pants, blazer and tops.

Making a mess I soon realized I needed a place for sewing and storing my sewing machine with easy access, and not to mention a place to hide all the mess.

I had planned to buy a cabinet at Ikea and retrofit it. Then I thought, do I really need to go out and buy a new piece of furniture, the little old cupboard that I have could be suitable for this purpose.

With a few scraps of wooden materials, some hardware, glue and a drill, I went ahead and put a little construction together,

that would fit inside one of the cupboards compartments.

I attached some wheels on it, so to roll it easily in and out.

Here it is almost finished and ready to be hidden from view. The only thing left is to figure out a nice way to store all the spools of thread and all the other things for sewing., and maybe paint the interior of the cupboard

Saved some money, did not have to go and buy something new:)

Fringed and dainty homemade fabric napkins with crystal beads

Napkin DIY

This years Easter table was a little pink and mainly decorated with citrus fruits and daffodils.

I did not really want to make much fuss this year so I was not really planning to do anything for Easter. Of course that idea did not last very long, because suddenly i had invited a few people over for a small Easter dinner, I had enough food so I thought why not. The only thing missing was the lamb for the traditional dinner, so saturday during the few hours the stores were open I hurried out and hoped that there were some lamb left in the store. I was in luck and found a decent leg of lamb.

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I must love stress or just never learn, instead of letting everything go smooth after prepping and putting the lamb in the oven to cook, I got the impulse to make a few napkins and decorate them with beads. These napkins are really easy to make.


I used some pink cotton and linen blend fabric and cut them in rectangular strips and sewed the beads on one edge.

I made six napkins and used:
Fabric 100 x 140 cm, cut into 70 cm X 33 cm
Crystal beads about 24 pc per napkin
Glass beads

Beading DIY

Pull the thread through the  needle so the thread is double layered.  Tie the ends of the thread in a knot.

Pull the needle through the fabric so the knot is on the side you do not want to bead. Put a couple of stitches into the fabric to ensure the thread is secure, then start beading.

I made three different edges on my napkins, two of each.

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The first one is a simple design, the crystal beads are spaced evenly along the edge.

The second one I added a glass bead on top of the crystal bead so the thread could be hidden inside the crystal bead, and I also added a bead between the crystals.

The third, I gave a scalloped edge


Beaded napkin DIY



Flip top candy box

Flip box DIY

My first ever box for my treats was similar to this flip top box, I wanted to make a box for my homemade treats that looked like the ones you got in the store. I was nine years old, I took a part the box I wanted to make and copied it.

You need_

Card stock
Something to decorate your box with

I have not put any measurements on this DIY, choose the size you want to make yourself.

Left: I drew out the lines for two flip top boxes, these are small h:  w: and t:1,5 cm

Right: Cut the along the lines I drew the arrows towards, the rest of the lines are folding lines.

Left: Add adhesive where I have indicates, cut out where you want your window on the front part of the box and glue a piece of acetate.

Right:Fold along the lines, you will now see how to fold and glue this together.

Left: Glue the bottom flaps on both side to the inside of side flap on the back part of the box.

Right: Glue the front flaps to the back flaps,

Left: Fold down and glue the top flaps of the front of the box, this gives you a nice opening edge.

Right: Fold the top flaps down

Left: Glue he little square flap on top of the triangular flap

Left: Fold and glue the little square flap over the triangular piece and the long flap to the inside of the lid.

Right: Finished box:)

Decorate your box and fill it with treats.




Homemade flip top box




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Homemade cupcake liners. decorative life hack

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Life hack videos have become very popular. If you do not have something, hvat can you use instead. I had bought some cup cake tulip liners a few years ago and thought they were quite expencive, a package with 12 tulip liners cost US $ 10.- ( This is in Norway)

I took a closer look at one of the liners and discovered it was just a square piece of paper that was the same size as some of my oregami paper and I have a lot of oregami paper from my time in South Korea. HERE is my first blog post making cup cake tulip liners.

If tou want the rough and rustic looking kind  go HERE to se how they are made

In the video below MiniMe is making a cup cake liner.

The tulip baking cup liner I had bought had four pleats, but you can make as many as you can manage and what you have patients for.

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For the ones we made you need:

Origami paper or any printed paper you want
Baking paper
2 glasses that fits your cup cake tin.
Some double sided tape

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In the video above MiniMe shoved how to make the one on the left, but if you do not cut the corners of the paper the result will be like the ones in the top picture and the one to the right in the picture above.

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  1. Put a bit of adhesive on the bottom of the glas and along the side of the base.
  2. Fold the paper squares diagonaly as in the picture.

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3. Place the senter of the glas on the center of the square.

4. Press the paper dovn the side of the glas.

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5. Fold and pleat the paper-

6. Place a second glas on top and twist to make the folded edges sharper.

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7. Do the same with the baking paper

8. Place the baking paper inside the decorative paper.

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If you want you can tie a ribbon around the paper liners to decorate, but do this after you have baked the cup cakes.


Homemade paper bag DIY for your treats.

Paper bag DIY

Do you like to personalize your treats?

I do, I have been doing it ever since I was a kid, I can remember making sweet and wanted to put them in something nice before I gave them away. If I recolect right he first sweets I ever made was peppermint buttons were half was dipped in chocolate and I was so proud.

Paperbag  with window DIY


This DIY is for simple paper bags with a celophane window.  Today it is easy to just buy paper bags, but sometimes you do not have one at hand and this post is to show you how easy it is to make.

You need:
Cards stock
Pinking scissors
Double sided tape
X-acto knife
Cutting board

and something to fill the baggies with.

MiniMe and I have used graph paper for this illustration.

We used a business card sized piece of cardstock for the size of the baggie base. Then we marked where to fold the paper and where to put the window.

Next stage is to tape with the double-sided tape around the window and where to glue the baggie together.


Cut out the window, glue the cellophane on. Fold the paper and glue the edges together.


Glue the card stock to the bottom of the bag as seen in the illustration and in the video above.

When you have finished gluing the bag together cut the top with a pair of pinking scissors to give the bag a decorative edge. Fold the bag to close it and use string or ribbon to decorate it.

Marbling table wear, it is winter break and we are doing some indoor activeties.

Marbelled bottle with strawberry and banana smoothie.

2 dl frozen strawberries

2 dl frozen bananas

4 dl milk

1 tbsp agavesyrup or sugar.

Combine everything in a blender and blend into a smooth mixture.


MiniMe and I have been doing some indoor activeties, marbling with nail polish.

Marbling with nail polish is fairly new, but the marbling technique is old, there are references to this technique from over a thousand years ago. I learnt this when I was younger marbling paper. MiniMe and her sister has been doing this on their nails, but this time she wanted to decorate some tableware.

You need:

A disposable container, we used an old ice-cream tub.

Things you want to maarble

Warm water

Nail polish



Fill the tub with warm water and drop the colors of nail polish you want to use in the water.

Drag the toothpick around in the nail polish to make a marbling effect.

You can make a lot of different patterns, try to drop a drop in a drop to make rings and drag the toothpick kriss crossing the circles.


Dip what you want to marble in to the water with the nail polish.

Pull it out and leave it to dry up side down,

Some of her little projects from earlier this week, trying out the technique.

This time she tried out to make multicolored ones.