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happy easter!

In 2012 I explained Easter in Sweden. Swedes are an ambitious lot who celebrate Easter on the Saturday before Easter Sunday. This means we had our day of celebration yesterday. Just as it was in 2012 Easter was full of good food, good company, and lots of candy.

At pre-school we made some Easter crafts on Thursday. Seeing as we’re closed Good Friday, and even the Monday after Easter. Actually, tomorrow is called annandag påsk, or Easter Monday. Apparently this Monday is celebrated as a national holiday in many places, according to Wikipedia:

Easter Monday Map

So, the pre-school is also closed on Monday. But, back to the point. Last Thursday we made these at pre-school:

Pintrest idea

The lovely Pintrest is at it again, with fun craft ideas. The children had a blast. I think our bunnies look much better than the example picture, don’t you?

Bunnies

I hope your Easter is full of Easter bunnies and candy!

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a surprise

I posted about my 5 planned Pintrest do it yourself items a little while back. But waited on the fifth item, as I wanted it to be a surprise. It was a surprise for Evelina, for Valentine’s Day. As that has come and gone I’d like to share with you now just what that surprise was.

A hand-made card.

Valentine's Day card

I calculated out how many days Evelina and I have been together, and then gathered my supplies.

  • card & envelope
  • patterned paper
  • x-acto knife
  • cutting board
  • glue
  • pen & pencil
  • printed copy of what is to be on the card

supplies

I saw the idea on Pintrest, but there you could buy personal cards – I think it was probably off Etsy.

Pintrest card

But I wanted an even more personal touch,  I wanted it to be hand-made – by me. First, I printed out what I wanted the card to say, in the appropriate font and size. Using a ball point pen I then placed the printout over the patterned paper and traced over the edges of each letter. Be sure to push down hard with the ball point pen. The point is to indent the patterned paper well enough to see the lines once the print out is removed.

DIY - ball point pen

Then, use the x-acto knife to cut out all the letters along the aforementioned indents. Carefully plan spacing, and glue the letters on.

cut & plan

There you have it!

Final card

If you’re going to use the same front message as I did, be sure to double-check your math. Turns our I did not, and I was off by a few hundred days. Oops. My math error was made especially clear when Evelina gave me my gift, a small book whose first page included the number of days we had been together. Once again mathematics foils my plans.

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do it yourself

I’ve talked about Pintrest before, and I’ll likely talk about Pintrest again. On my 30 before 30 list I came up with number fifteen, doing five things from Pintrest, and doing them successfully. Now at the time I didn’t limit myself to just do it yourself items, I was thinking I might bake something, cook a nice meal, or maybe even make this awesome winter sangria I found. But the more I scroll through Pintrest, the more DIY stuff I tag. So I’m going to pick five of these saved pins, and get ’em done!

This October I actually wrote about two such activities. I made a glass, and a work out tank. Both were very successful, in my eyes, and I would do it again. If I had any more Corona bottles, or needed any more workout tanks, that is.

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However, that is currently not the case, so it would appear that it is time to move on.

I have now found the other three DIY items I want to complete. One such item will have to remain a secret. It is in the works, but mustn’t yet be revealed as it is going to be given as a gift in the coming weeks. Keep posted to find out what it is, and how well it was received. (We’re assuming very well.)

I can, however, let two of the cats out of the bag. Here’s what I’m hoping to create:

  1. A framed photo from a vacation, where the mat is a map of the city/area from that vacation. I have a few maps/photos in mind. I just hope I can find a suitable combination of the two.

    Picture curtosy of Pintrest

    Picture courtesy of Pintrest

  2. A family birthday board. Hopefully I’ll be able to create this with enough finesse that Evelina will allow it to be hung in the apartment. (Fingers crossed.)
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    Picture also courtesy of Pintrest

     

     

Now you know a bit about what’s in store, and in the mean time I’ll be collecting my materials.

 

 

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a resolutions update: follow up plan

Let’s get this post off and running by first calling attention to the fact that I have yet to share my 2015 New Year’s resolutions. Now that we’ve called attention to it, I’ll get back to that in a minute.

As I left you after my resolutions update in November, I was focusing on making a lasagna that Evelina likes as much as I do, and finishing my painting. I did make a lasagna. I did not paint a lasagna, or anything else for that matter.

First, let me tell you about the lasagna. Step one involved getting Evelina’s favorite meat sauce recipe. Ground beef, crushed tomatoes, yellow onion, salt & pepper. Not complex. I soaked my lasagna noodles in warm water with oil while making my sauce. I carefully layered sauce, noodle, sauce, noodle, sauce, noodle. Finishing with noodles on the top was strategic, as I coated the top layer with cheese. This top layer is then easily removed, because of Evelina’s distaste of cheese. Popped that bad boy in the oven, and waited for the complements.

Latest lasagna

The best I got, was that it wasn’t as bad as the last one. (Y’all remember my pastelon?) Thanks babe. I was then informed that Evelina’s mother’s meat sauce recipe is not in fact her favorite recipe. So the quest continues. I have one final plan, the plan to top all lasagna plans. Garfield would be impressed.

On to the painting:

painting?

This is the current state of my painting. So, yeah, painting is a generous term for this. But this leads me nicely into my New Year’s resolutions for this year. I’ll be continuing my tradition of carrying over my as-of-yet incomplete resolutions on to the upcoming year. Here you have them:

  1. Do a hand stand push up
  2. Paint a painting
  3. Find a lasagna recipe Evelina enjoys as much as I do
  4. Do 5 things off Pintrest successfully
  5. Watch One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Seven Samurai

If you noticed that my “run a marathon” resolution was not carried over, kudos to you. It is still a long-term goal of mine, but in an attempt to be more realistic, I am not including it as a goal for 2015. Maybe 2017, 17 always has been my favorite number.

With one month of 2015 already behind us I’ll have to be sure to be particularly effective this year.

See you out there.

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my attempt to diy: a pintrest love story

You’ve heard about Pintrest right? It’s a virtual pin board. So you can clear all the walls of your office today! Okay, maybe it’s not truly for the work place. But it is for the fun place!

By signing up with your e-mail address or through the facepage (y’all know what I mean right) users can create pin boards online to remember things, group things together, party plan, et cetera, et cetera. What I’m getting at is I have a Pintrest, and I like to pin DIY stuff. Not that I usually have the time to do anything myself besides eat, work, train and sleep. BUT! This summer I’ve done two fun things that I’d like to tell you about.

First, Corona beer bottle glasses. I dunno if you guys have seen this around the interwebs but man is it cool! You take beet bottles, set them on fire, and turn them into drinking glasses.

Okay that’s the simplified version. What I found on Pintrest had instructions like this:

  1. Acquire an empty Corona beer bottle and some yarn.
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  2. Tie the yarn around the Corona bottle just above the label. Then remove the yarn.
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  3. Acquire nail poilish remover.
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  4. Place the yarn in nail polish remover.
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  5. Acquire cold water. Tip: put the water in the freezer first, then add ice.
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  6. Light the nail polish remover soaked yarn on fire. Allow it to burn evenly by rotating it.
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  7. When the nail polish remover doesn’t work at all, go to the store and buy lighter fluid. Repeat steps 4 & 6 with lighter fluid instead.
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  8. Once the fire has completely burned out pour the ice water over the yarn.
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  9. Using sand paper, file down the edges of the newly made Carona glass.
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  10. Done!
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Second, workout tank. I don’t know about you but I have amassed a large quantity of t-shirts over the years. You know free t-shirts are all the rage. Since many of them were free more than a few are a little too large. If you too have too large t-shirts you can easily (and this is actually easy) clip them into workout tanks.

  1. Acquire many many t-shirts. Or just one.
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  2. Cut around the neck, down the sleeves and across the bottom. Be sure to save the bottom as it will be used later.
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  3. Flip the shirt and cut down the back as far down as the sleeves have been cut.
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  4. Cut the bottom so it turns into a strip. Wind the strip around the elongated pieces on the back.
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  5. Cut the bottom at an angle.
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  6. Try it on! So you can make any and all adjustments for the perfect fit.

That’s it for me! Now get out there and Do It Yourself!

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twenty. paint a painting

This is one of my New Year’s resolutions. I had planned to complete this one in early April. I’m here today to tell you that did not happen. I do still hope to complete this bad boy before the turn of the year. I will just not be able to complete it before I turn 25. Sadly.

I do have it all planned out though. I don’t want to give everything away, but it involves black, white and grey, and birds. I hope I’ve piqued your interests! I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Until then, here’s a teaser:

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