One of my favorite kinds of posts to write up have always been posts about Coca. Why? Because she's such a lovebug. Because she's the best argument for adopting a rescue. Because she's a really low maintenance pet. Because she is the funnest reason for exercising. Because she is the key to the hearts of so many people. Because she's so patient with the babies, even when they're screaming at the top of their lungs. Because she's such a gentle creature that she hides under the bed when there's a thunderstorm going on (or when the German soccer team wins the World Cup and there are fireworks in the neighborhood). Because it doesn't take much to make her happy.
To some people, having an expensive nursery created by the most sought-after interior designer seems to be the ultimate measure of how much you love your child. We all know that that's not the case. Personally, I prefer to have as many DIY projects in it as possible because everything that you create for your child is unique and shows how much you care.
The wall art you can see in the photo above was created by the boys' auntie. Wood scraps, saw, paint, ribbon, and - as a really great detail - a debarked and painted tree branch. Adorable, right?
I know I've been absent for quite some time, and my half-hearted attempts to keep up a blogging routine may not have convinced anybody. But there's a reason for my disappearance: our latest and biggest DIY project ever. Our adorable twin boys were born last month! Yeah! Major life change.
During the pregnancy I crafted quite a bit, but never got around to photographing the progress or actually posting anything. I gotta warn you - most of the projects were baby-related, for example I sewed pants for the twinsies. But don't worry, this will not turn into a baby blog. Most of the projects can easily be adapted. I might show you some of the finished projects soon if I find time to photograph them. Hopefully I will also have time to create some new stuff, but I guess you know that changing dozens of diapers every day will keep your crafts limited to a minimum.
Now that I spilled the beans, what's new with you guys? I hope that we'll reconnect! :-)
It seems like spring has decided to make an early appearance here in Germany. Spring, together with fall, is my favorite season because everything is new and bright and happy. You just can't not smile when the first beams of sun hit your face after weeks of grey and depressing weather. That's why I decided to share with you my top ten signs that spring is finally here. (And, for that matter, I am finally here again.)
#10 When you leave the house to go to work, it is not dark anymore. Yay!
#9 The smell of spring flowers and warm wet soil.
#8 The first mosquito will find its way into your home. Luckily, they are still a bit drowsy and weak, so you can kill them in no time.
#7 When you get up on Saturday morning, you will inevitably find your neighbor working in the yard. And you will feel bad about the fact that you are still in your PJs while other people are already busy.
#6 Walking the dog doesn't feel as much as a burden as it did in sleet and ice-cold winds. It even starts to feel like fun again!
#5 Sneezes. The first days of spring come hand in hand with the first waves of pollen. But have you ever noticed how allergy sneezes sound different from cold sneezes? People with hayfever sneeze a bit like guinea pigs, if you ask me. (And I am allowed to say that because I am occasionally one of them.)
#4 You look into your wardrobe and realize you have nothing to wear that goes with the weather. And those colors there, they are so last year!
#3 The trees and the first flowers are in bloom. This week, I have spotted the first tulips in the neighborhood. And I am a sucker for those bright pink cherry trees!
#2 The color green loses all its yuckiness and starts to look like something that might even find its way into my living room, maybe in the form of pillows or blankets.
#1 Who let the dogs out? The most definite sign around here that spring is finally here is my beloved pal Coca. As soon as she stands in front of the French doors leading to the garden and starts to stare longingly into the sunshine, it is definitely spring! There's no other dog in the world who loves sunshine and lazy days in the garden as much as this pooch.
What are your spring favorites? Or are you one of those poor souls who just can't enjoy spring because of the pollen? Let me know!
Don't you just hate To Do lists? I mean, I totally understand that it is a great organizational tool and all, but just seeing those long lists written in ugly handwriting, using ballpoint pens and the scrappiest paper you could find, makes me not want to do anything. However, there's probably no way around To Do lists if you actually have a life.
Solution? The cute To Do list board. It's pink, it's pretty, and you can write down your jobs using dry-erase marker. Here's mine:
You only need a picture frame, pretty colored paper, scissors and glue. Life can be so easy, right? I made this To Do list board for my pink and feminine office (you might remember the paper flower lamp and the DIY damask wall stencils) and I have to say, having a To Do list doesn't make me want to hide in my bed under my blanket anymore ;-)
Of course, you can also make a calendar that way by using 31 individual paper pieces instead of the 25 I used - who wants too much space on their To Do list?