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New Year New Things – Project Life

Collage_1 Can I still say Happy New Year? My god, it has been ages since I’ve blogged. To be precise, it’s 8 weeks and 2 days ago. I feel you deserve a reason why it has been so quiet here.

Well, first of all I have been in the usual Christmas gift wrap stress, as everyone I guess. Secondly, I have been on holidays. You might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram. Thirdly, something more unexpected happened over the last couple of weeks. I accepted a new job, which I will be starting in March. And lastly, I have been busy with all kind of new home related to do’s. My oh-so-gloriously announced ‘series‘ has been on hold. Wow, instead of a series, it remains a one-post-only thing. I knew that wouldn’t work out very well. Probably, because the new home is still a year away. So far, we still own an area of gravel and dirt with lovely hassocks, happily growing around it. So, I suppose it is an idea to wait with the series until things get more tangible. I know, to my own disappointment as well. But, don’t you worry. I have other things to update you with.

Phew, now as all my excuses are on the table, let’s move to some more recent discoveries I made together with Cake & Bloom Interior the other weekend in Leiden. And guys, I’m telling you. This is it – the ultimate way to visualise day to day experiences, or also my decorating series.. once we actually have something to decorate. You probably heard about it, so don’t expect a groundbreaking, universe-changing invention. It’s a similar form of scrapbooking, which is not my thing, as things get too messy, and I don’t like messy. No, it’s Project Life. And what better is there, than visualising it in a cute prepared folder with handmade crafts, photos and illustrations. For the organised and perfectionistic among us, yes the folder comes with photo pocket pages, which are see-through foils with little pockets to collect your photos. I heard about Project Life before and that Becky Higgins and Maggie Holmes are the Martha Stewart’s of the paper industry, but I never really considered it something for myself until last weekend where I found myself back in a workshop of a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Honestly, my vocabulary increased tremendously after being thrown at with words, such as ‘big shot’, ‘stampin scrub’, ‘stampin trimmer’ and ‘minc machine’.

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So, my lovely blogger friend Irene from Cake & Bloom Interior had some positive influence on me and somehow convinced me to try Project Life. She also promised and insured that this will work for perfectionists. Irene, if you read this, I’ll take you up on that 😉 Thus, I’m gonna order my first Project Life package. In fact I’m doing it right now. And hopefully, I will be sharing my first photo album soon. Warning: Don’t expect anything by next weekend. We perfectionists need a bit more time to make it perfect, especially if I want to become a Project Life superstar like Magda.

Now guys, what about you? Have you ever tried Project Life or scrapbooking? Is there even a difference? Sorry, I’m kind of new to this field. Perhaps, someone could explain. Where do you buy your materials? I found out, there are tons of variations and online shops where you can spend your entire monthly salary on. I found this site, which seems to be reasonable, yet only for the Dutch market. I secretly love Heidi Swapp’s collection, which is also available in that shop.

For those, who are as clueless as I am, I tried to put a list together with the basics you need to start your own Project Life album. It’s already a project to collect all this, I can tell you. Here we go:

  • Album – I will buy this one 
  • Photo pocket pages – I will get these (Make sure album and photo pocket pages have the same size)
  • Card Collection – Here is a selection (Cards are not a must, but nice to have). Also have a look here
  • Accessories – I’m overwhelmed and need a bit more time, but have a look here or here

Well, I’d say cheers to the new year, new things and Project Life! Have a lovely evening.

Bali Offerings Making

DIY Offerings Making

Hello everyone. I’m back from my holiday and blogging break in Indonesia. I’m just going to say that I really think I deserved this long break. I had a lot of things going on in the last 2 months or so, resulting in extreme tiredness and demotivation. Therefore, sitting here today and writing makes me absolutely happy, yet I almost forgot how to properly write. Wow, it really has been a long time. Well now I’m back and I have quite some new content that I want to share with you.

As I mentioned, I went on holidays to Indonesia. To be precise, I went to Lombok, Bali and Nusa Lembongan. All three islands were amazing. I could soak up quite a bit of sun over there. You might have noticed some tropical inspirations here and there on my instagram account. Three weeks of relaxing on the beach, doing some trekking and eating the most delicious food, I finally feel back at ease and full of energy. Pretty amazing what a healthy amount of vitamin D can do to you. I loved it and can recommend this beautiful country that consists of over 1000 islands. Let me know if you have questions or need some tips. Just leave a comment below.

We spent as well four days on Bali in Ubud. As you might know, in Bali buddhism is the major religion. I can’t give you a detailed explanation of this religion, but what I know for sure is their offerings are beautiful and I couldn’t take enough pictures. Due to the fact that I loved these tiny coconut palm leave boxes filled with blossoms and ‘offerings’ I registered for a Bali Offerings Workshop at Ubud Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA). Warning! It’s incredibly difficult to make a coconut palm leave box. You won’t believe me when you see the final images, but behind the scenes, blood was floating. Yes, I’m serious. Of course not the teacher’s one, but mine, because I was simply incapable of sticking the bamboo skewers through the palm leaves. It was really hard – literally hard. At a later stage of my holiday I noticed the modern version of this art – using staples instead of bamboo skewers. I wish I had discovered that method earlier. But hey, I had the real experience.

Eventually, I was able to make 1 or 2 of the offerings myself, which made me very proud of course. Meanwhile, my teacher made already 12 more. Still, I had a lot of fund making them. Have a look at all the colors of the rainbow and my handcrafted coconut palm leave offering boxes.

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Flower DIY

Flower DIY_Mahalolena_1 Good evening. How are you doing on this Monday? I know Mondays are not the best days, cause we are already looking forward to next Friday. To make your Monday more bearable I have a special delight for you. I planned on uploading this post already yesterday. However, as some of you might have noticed, my website was down. Now we are back on track and everything works again smoothly. Given the fact that yesterday the weather was absolutely amazing in Amsterdam, I wanted to decorate with flowers that I bought at my favorite flower store around the corner. And as this craft project turned out blog-proof, I will share it with you.

The materials needed and steps of this Flower DIY, you’ll find below. I hope I could make your Monday a bit more colorful and you have a good start into the week.

Materials

  • Any flowers and some green that you fancy. I mixed shaped and colors.
  • Green flexible wire
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery ring

Flower DIY_Materials Flower DIY_Materials_2 Step 1

Pick a few branches of your flower mix and tie them around the embroidery ring with the help of the flexible wire.

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Do the same on the other side of the embroidery ring. Make sure your flower stems are long enough. When they are very short they will fall out. For the tulips there is another way how to wire them around the ring. See Step 5.

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Slowly add more and more branches and flowers to the embroidery ring. Best is to tie them on top of each other, so the arrangement gets dense. Furthermore, the wire will disappear under the leaves and blossoms.

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Here you see how I tied the flowers and branches around the ring.

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As last step before the ring is surrounded by your flowers, you can add just the heads of the tulips as cherry on top of the cream. This you do by cutting the stems and sticking just the tulip heads on the one end of the wire. The other end you tie around the ring.

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You can hang the arrangement with a ribbon or just like this on the wall or in the window.

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What do you think? Easy right? I really liked making it and my mother in law was happy to receive it as a gift.

By the way, I was inspired by lovely OuiOuiOui Studio. Check it out here.

Have a good evening and a lovely week.

Lena

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