13. December

“Star of wonder, Star of Night- Guide us to thy perfect light.”

Grab a few biscuits, turn on some nice tunes and get folding.
Maybe invite a friend around too- double the fun!

These are my absolute favourites and I have them on my window all year round that’s how much I love them!

What you will need
Transparent paper
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
Glue

How to do it

STEP1 Cut out 16 5x9cm size rectangles ( get that ruler and pencil going!)

STEP2 Put the 1st rectangle in front of you with the longer ends being on top/bottom
Fold it like this:

You should now see a line running through the middle

STEP3 turn your rectangle so that the shorter sides are now facing the top /bottom.Fold each corners up to the middle line

STEP4 Repeat

Your rectangles should now look like this:

Follow Steps 1-4 for the rest of the rectangles

STEP5
Start gluing the pieces together and use the straight line in the middle as a guide line.

You will see your star appear slowly- how gorgeous is that?

Show me your creation! woop woop let’s spread the light

#joytotheearthlings

12. December

Frau Holle/Mother Hulda
A Fairytale (collected) by Wilhem and Jacob Grimm

There was once a window who had 2 daughters.
One of them was very diligent and kind and the other one lazy and ill-mannered.
The widow loved the lazy one more as she was her own child and let her step daughter do all the work.
Every day she would sit by the well and spin. One day she pricked her finger with the spindle so badly that that her blood spoiled the yarn. Attempting to wash it in the well, the spindle slipped through her fingers and fell into the well. She ran to the house crying and explained to her step-mother what had happened.

The old woman replied:” If you dropped the spindle, you will have to jump down and bring it back up”
The poor girl did as she was told and when she woke up from the fall she found herself in the middle of a beautiful meadow.

As she walked around this strange land she passed by an oven and heard the bread say:
“ Take us out, Take us out otherwise we will burn”
The girl did so and continued walking.

As she walked passed a big apple tree she suddenly heard the apples say

“Shake us off, Shake us off we are all ripe”
and so the girl shook the tree so all the apples would fall off.

She piled them up and continued her walk, when she suddenly came to a small house.
In that house she saw a lady sitting by the window who had giant teeth.

When the girl got scared the old lady said:
“Why are you scared dear child, come and live with me. If you do your work diligently, you will like it here. You just need be careful to shake out my bed properly so that the feathers fly. That’s when it snows on earth”

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The girl agreed and did all her work diligently and always shook out the bed so that many feathers flew, and it snowed on earth.
She had a good life with Frau Holle but after some time she started to feel homesick.

The girl said to Frau Holle:
“I am yearning to go home. Even though  my life is so much better here, I need to go back and be with my kind”

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Frau Holle replied:
“I like that you are longing to go back home Child and because you were so diligent your reward shall be great”

She took the girl by her hand and led it to a grand gate. The Gate opened and as the girl walked through it a rain of gold covered her.

“That’s your reward because you have been so diligent”
Frau Holle said and gave her the spindle back.
The girl returned to earth and as she came nearer to the house a Cockerel sat on the well saying

“Kikeriki, our golden maiden is back home”

She returned to her mother’s house and was well received as she was covered in gold.
They wanted to know everything that had happened – so she told them.
The mother wanted her other daughter to have the same fortune, so she went to the well and started spinning.
As she didn’t have the patience, she pricked her finger with the spindle and also rammed her hand into a hedge of thorns so the spindle would get covered in blood.
She threw the spindle into the well and jumped right after it.
When she woke up she was lying on the beautiful meadow her sister had described and started walking.

As she walked around this strange land she too, passed the oven and heard the bread say:
“ Take us out, Take us out otherwise we will burn”
The girl replied:
“If I take you out, I will get dirty” and carried on walking.

As she walked passed the big apple tree she suddenly heard the apples say
“Shake us off, Shake us off we are all ripe”
The girl replied
“If I shake you off, one of you will fall on my head” and went along.

When she came to Frau Holles house she offered her services to her and worked diligently the very first day, as she thought of all the gold that awaited her.
Her enthusiasm however faded very quickly and on the 3rd day she didn’t even want to get out of bed.
She also didn’t shake Frau Holle’s bed, so it didn’t snow on earth.

Frau Holle grew tired of her laziness and send the girl home.
The girl was happy as she was now expecting the goldrain to fall on her too.
Frau Holle lead her to the grand gate under which the girl stood hopefully when suddenly a rain of tar covered her.

“ This is your reward for your services”, Frau Holle said

When the girl came home the cockerel was sitting on the well and said

“Kikeriki, our dirty maiden is back home”

And the tar would cover her, until the end of her days.

 

11. December

Gebrannte Mandeln/ Caramelised Almonds
These are the perfect little Christmas- “Mitbringsel” ( Mini present) for any Christmas Gathering/Party or a quiet cosy night in with some delicious tea and a Christmas movie.
BEWARE: They are super addictive.

What you will need
200g Almonds (I used walnuts as well)
200g Sugar
100ml water
2 tsp Cinnamon (or 4 if you feel a little German ✌)
1 tsp Vanilla extract (or however much you feel like!)

How to do it

STEP1 Mix water, sugar, cinnamon and the Vanilla extract and bring it to the boil. I used a frying pan!

STEP2 Add the almonds and keep on boiling it, until the sugar is dry.

STEP3 The sugar will then start to caramelise, so as soon as the almonds start to glaze up, take them off the heat.

STEP4 Spread the almonds onto a baking tray,(covered in baking paper!), try to break up any massive clusters and let it cool.

If you would like to give some as a present, why not place them into a little paper cone?

Cute or what?

#joytotheearthlings

10. December

Tea cup candles

These are such cuties, super easy and fun to make.

What you need:

1 teacup (check out some local charity shops)
1 wick
2 wooden sticks
wax (you can use old candles, bees wax, paraffin wax, or any kind of wax really…the amount depends on the size of your cup)
essential oils
Hot glue gun

How to do it:

STEP1
Prepare the cup by sticking the wick on to the bottom of the cup, with the hot glue gun
(this will prevent the wick from rising once you fill in the hot wax)
Put the wick in between 2 wooden sticks and lye across the cup to hold it in place

STEP2
Put the wax in a (heat save)bowl and place in a saucepan with boiling water
Once melted, mix in the essential oils (however much you like)

STEP3
Fill the melted wax into the cup until 3/4 are filled
(as you can see i went a little overboard!)

STEP4
Once you are happy. Let the wax cool. Do not put the cup in the fridge but let it set in normal room temperature.
Wait for a few hours, Cut the wick to desired length and boom- done.

A beautiful little present for someone or for you to enjoy!

9. December

Star coins
a fairy tale (collected) by the Grimm Brothers

There was once a little girl, whose mother and father had died.
She was so poor that she didn’t have a room or a bed to sleep in, all she had was the clothes she wore and a loaf of bread, which a compassionate heart had given her.
The girl was very pious and because the world had forsaken her she put all her trust in god wherever she went.
One day an old man said to her “ Please give me something to eat, I am so hungry”.
The girl gave him the whole loaf, said “bless you” and went.
Another child came and said to her “ My head is so cold, can you give me something so I can cover it?”
The girl took off her hat and gave it to the child.
After some time she noticed another child, who was freezing as it didn’t wear a bodice so the girl gave him hers.
When the girl came to the forest, she came across another child who asked her for a shirt to wear.
The girl thought to herself “it is dark, so nobody will see me anyway” and gave the child her shirt.

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As she stood there with nothing to wear stars suddenly started falling from the sky and turned themselves into many coins.
Even though she had given away all her clothes, she was suddenly wearing a shirt made from the finest linen, which she used to collect all the coins that were falling from the sky.

From that moment onward, she was rich until the end of her days.

8. December

Wellmade. Handmade.Fairtrade

Let’s support small businesses this Christmas

One of my biggest dreams is to contribute my lovingly made things to the world.
There are companies, that are already doing just that. They are all so amazing that I need to mention them to you.
Some of them I have met or know personally, others I have just fallen in love with via the magic of the internet (Love comes in many shapes and forms guys!)
I think it is about time that we say goodbye to ‘quantity over quality’ consumerism and instead appreciate the well made, handmade and fair trade. There are some incredible small business out there, who care for the world and let you be part of that.

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Here we go:

Santa Rita Bijoux
Absolutely stunning creations. Their jewelry is 100% handmade and created with local materials and gemstones from all over the world, it cannot get any more authentic than that.
Get your hands on some of their beauties. Unique. Super professional and very personal.
They made my wedding earrings too-hello gorgeous!! ❤
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SantaRitaBijoux

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Lucy&Yak
Where do I start? From their first welcome email to the last pair of dungarees I bought..these guys have become the 2nd love of my life ( I guess my husband HAS to come first).
Their transparency and ethics are just wonderful and if I could marry them I would.
The world needs more fairtrade/organic dungarees and colourful crazy pants!
They make gorgeous fleeces out of recycled plastic bottles too…come on now!WOW!
If you want to be wild and good to the world, Lucy and Yak are the place to go!
https://lucyandyak.com

Tribe Yarns
I first came across them at Yarnporium in London and oh my god, as soon as I saw them, I wanted to be that tribal Woman they printed on their gorgeous shoulder bag.If you have any yarn lovers in your life (ME?haha kidding, or am I?) , i guarantee you: This is where they would love to explore!
Not to mention their warmth and passion for what they do. They are quite a new company but have already found a very special place in my knitted Sarella heart.
“Create- connect-captivate” any day with these guys.
https://www.tribeyarns.com

Essential Spirit
It was a rainy afternoon when I popped into this little shop somewhere in the Lake district.
I picked up a chunky soap bar, smelled it and suddenly I was transported back to my childhood. Patchouli Galore. How was this possible? Well these guys made it possible.
The most stunning scents I have come across in a long time. All handmade, palm free, cruelty free, synthetic free, ethical and made in a traditional way. I don’t know about you guys, but I am stocking up.
https://www.essentialspirit.co.uk

ThisMamaGoose
She definitely used to be the happiest goose when we shared the same office floor at work. Ania always spread warmth and seemed super excited about everything and now I am super excited to mention her beautiful work. She became a MAMA and is now creating the cutest Accessories which you have to check out. From Drawstring bags, to pouches to Baby Bibs…, all made with love, care and beautiful fabric ( some of which she designs herself woop woop). If you have any special ideas or would like an extra pocket on that bag, you got it- Bespoke all the way. Her creations would definitely make a very special pressie.
https://www.instagram.com/thismamagoose/

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If you think that there is an independent company the rest of the world is ought to know about, please don’t shy away-Enlighten us!

I am sure we would all love to hear about it all, honestly.

Let’s spread the goodness and support each other in the pursuit of adding more colour to this world.

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7. December

Bratapfel- Baked apple

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A guilty pleasure I enjoy every Christmas Season. Here is how we do it
(and by “we” I mean me, myself and I #GollumSyndrome)

What you will need:
1 Apple
A handful of nuts/ raisins
Honey
Cinnamon
Vanilla Extract
Brandy Cream (optional)

STEP 1. Hollow out the apple – making sure not to cut in a way that it leaves a hole at the bottom

STEP2. Mix your nuts, raisins, Honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon  in a small bowl

STEP3. Fill your apple with the mixture

STEP4. Place the filled apple on a baking tray and put in preheated oven at 200C ( 175C FAN) for about  20-25min.

STEP5. Take out of the oven and add a splash (or a mountain!!) of Brandy Cream on top (optional)

STEP6. Tackle that thang!

 

ENJOY!