Just before we moved over to Boston, I saw a fair bit of home made coasters on blogs and thought it such a great idea as we have sooo many photos at home. I bought some cork backings, printed out some photos via Mpix’s website (the hardest thing has been to chose which photos to make into coasters) that matched the cork. Or almost matched them, it turned out when we received the photos.

After some cutting of the photos, I glued them on to the cork with some Modge Podge as well as brushed the photo side with the MP to make it more durable. Searching online for a way to make the coasters properly water/heat proof has given me some mixed results so I will investigate further. In the mean time, I will continue to make layers and layers of the MP and to ensure they all dry properly between layers!

Since the summer, I have wanted to re-organise our tiny kitchen to make it easier to use thus easier to keep tidy. As it is quite small (thank God we have a larder for all the baking/food items!), I wanted to put up a peg board on one of the walls à la Emma from Red Velvet/A beautiful mess. So I bought a ordinary peg board from Home Depot, some chalkboard spray paint and painted several layers. And then we leaned it against the wall and never seemed to get around to putting it up. Not out of laziness, well perhaps a bit laziness. You see, the walls in our (rented) apartment all seem to have electricity running through them. Everywhere. It was proving tricky.

But we managed to put it up in the end (right after Christmas!) where I originally wanted it and now the kitchen feels so much more organised, tidy and it’s easier to have an overview of where everything is. And obviously it looks really stylish as well!

The peg board is finally up!

I was glad to have more time this December for Christmas decorations and tidying/cleaning up before people arrived for the holidays.

We actually bought a real tree this year (my husband has always had plastic so he was really excited) and since we already had to go to Target to get a foot for the tree, we also got two packs of decorations. I quite like the tree to be quite simple with lights and single decorations – no tinsel or lengths hanging off it.

Previous years, we have received ornaments from family and the ones that are more precious to us are the glass angel my mother gave me three years ago as well as the pcb Christmas tree my husband was given from his family.

Pcb Christmas tree ornament

I remember as a child that we always had several different ornaments that mum had been given at different stages of her life that she always cherished.  There were several old-fashioned Swedish/Finnish ones made out of hay and linen as well as the fancier (which I absolutely loved) ones made out of glass. She initially had owned a whole set (8) of the glass baubles which all had white frosty dots on the outside, but more and more broke each year (she was always devastated and re-packed them more and more carefully each year) until there was only two or three left.

I hope that in 10 years, our Christmas tree will be filled with many different bauble from different times of our lives and we will cherish them as much as we cherish those memories and experiences now.

These are the decorations from Target that I still quite liked. The green ones remind me of old vintage ones that my grandparents had in their tree.

Green vintage looking bauble

I also crafted two of my own decorations this year with plastic beads/pearls. You know the ones you iron on to fuse together?
I decided that to go with our hipster style, we needed some pixelated/8bit style baubles.

One in red.

And one in green!

The smell of the tree is absolutely amazing and the light from the tree on those dark afternoons and evenings sure makes a difference!

All colours were so beautiful but the blue, purple and pink look so great together!

This year I embraced Thanksgiving as it’s our first year here in the US. This meant making a very large turkey whilst some of our friends came over for lots and lots of food. This also meant that I bought yarn in the sales!

I really dislike walking around shops, especially when there are lots of other people around, so I saw the sale on knitpicks.com’s website and made a bargain online instead!
I have been browsing their different yarn lines online for a couple of months and was very happy when I noticed that they had sale on normal supplies and especially the yarn I’ve been thinking about for a while. All of a sudden, I had added so much yarn to my basket and couldn’t for the life of me decide which one I didn’t want. So I bought it all.

All the yarn that arrived had amazingly beautiful colours and was incredibly soft – now I just have to think about which project to start first!

This evening I made some quick Christmas baubles for our tree as we only have two ornaments so far. I created them out of our huge vat of plastic beads purchased from Ikea and they fuse together once ironed on. Once they were melted together, I hung them up with some thread from my sewing machine.

They match the rest of our art around the apartment!