DIY Meditation pillow

I’ve been meditating for a while, and though I like to sit on a chair and meditate, or meditate out in the woods (can be uncomfortable or cold this time of year!) or sitting in my bed, I also sometimes want to just sit on the floor. But that position is not too good for long time meditating, which made me google meditation pillows. I found these instructions and made a pillow out of an old curtain fabric (a thrift shop find) and some gray fabric for pants that I got from my grandmother ages ago and never got around to do anything with. They turned out perfect for this project!

I used dried peas and cotton as filling, which works well because I get the stability I want from the peas, and softness from the cotton. The pillow also works perfectly for me when I sit and write. I still have aches after giving birth almost 15 years ago, and I usually have one of those plastic ergonomics pillows, but this one feels even better. This one I can mold until it is just the right fit for me.


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The beeswax wraps after a month of use

It’s been a while since I made the beeswax-covered cloths, and I never imagined we would use them as much as we do!

We pretty much wrap everything in them – leftover sweet potatoes that haven’t yet been cooked, bowls of whipped cream and glasses filled with egg yolks. They’re just so practical, and smell so good!

You can see the usage in them – the beeswax tends to gather in the folds, but that is easily remedied by a pair of warm hands.

We fold them and store them in a big bowl in the kitchen, ready for immediate use. And they smell so good! I keep going on about it, but it’s just – there’s something about beeswax that smells so delicious, and I’m happy my kids will associate this smell with their childhood!



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DIY Key to the Heart-brooch

I made another brooch made from recycled materials. I started with cutting out a heart shape out of cardboard, and then sewed a lot of white lace around it.

When the heart shape was covered, I sewed on a bow made out of a vintage ribbon, plus the key. Then I decorated it by sewing on freshwater beads. This was a really special brooch to make, especially as the person who received it had originally given the lace to me! I loved being able to use all these old materials for something new and meaningful.


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DIY Upcycled mittens

There is something so satisfying about making something from stuff that is unloved, unused. And not only that – the new thing is even cuter than the original one! I stumbled upon descriptions for mittens made from old sweaters (google mitten sweaters, or check out pinterest or youtube for instructions – there are both videos and patterns to download), and I just had to try them. I used old cross stitch paintings for both pairs of mittens. The mittens are lined with fabric from an old fleece blanket and the cuff is made from an old sweater.

So fun to make, and so addictive!

I have a feeling we’ll all be wearing cute upcycled mittens before this winter is over!



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DIY Reusable food wraps

I always try to find ways we can both

  1. save money
  2.  be environmentally conscious

When I heard about people making their own reusable Bee’s wraps, I knew that was a project I needed to try out. However, it turned out finding the right ingredients that the first recipe required wasn’t that easy, so I kind of forgot about it. Until Apartment Therapy did a post about Reusable wraps. Their recipe seemed easy, but in the comment section I found an even easier method that suited me better so I tried out that.

1. I cut pieces of old, used fabric with pinking shears. I made some bigger pieces, some smaller ones. The exact measurements aren’t that important – you can cut the fabric smaller afterward, and since the beeswax permeates the fabric, it will still work perfectly. Since the fabric will cover food, there is no point in using non-organic newly made fabric that is filled with chemicals, but older many-times-washed fabrics are perfect for this if you don’t get your hands on some organic cotton.

2. I heated sheets of beeswax plus coconut oil in a bowl on one of our wood burning stoves, at about a 10:1 ratio. I would have used a double boiler if I hadn’t already had this perfect place of melting wax. Our house smells wonderfully of beeswax now, by the way!

3. I dipped the fabric in the melted wax and used a pair of pincers to pick it up. Then I squeezed the extra wax off the fabric, trying not to burn myself in the process. I used a piece of undipped fabric for the squeezing.

4. Lastly, I held onto the fabric and waved it around in the air for a few seconds, letting the wax cool and set.

To use the fabric – just wrap it around the bowl and warm it with your hands. It should be a bit sticky so that it actually clings to the bowl or glass, so you might have to wash your hands afterwards.

You can wash off any food stains afterward with cold water and some soap – heat makes the wax melt off the fabric, but then again, if that happens you can always redo the process. Store the waxed fabrics in a drawer or a basket.

Super easy, so much fun to make and above all a practical way for us to limit the amount of cling film we use. Plus the waxed fabric looks really pretty!


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Cogwheels and keys – DIY necklace and tiara

Sometimes things end up in my home and wait for the right moment to be turned into something else.

I made this necklace using a handed down gray necklace with some lovely beads. I fastened keys to it using large links from an old broken necklace – it’s much easier to do than you would think, once you get a handle on how pliers work.

And it’s a great way to reuse old broken necklaces!

I wrapped black sparkly ribbon around a plain white headband, and fastened cogs and keys to it using some copper wire.

Now I only need to invent the dress that goes with these items!



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DIY Button crown

I’m always looking for new ways of recycling things, and this time I got to use a few of all the buttons I’ve amassed during the years to make a button crown for my daughter.

I started by making a circlet out of some metal thread. I threaded a button on the thread and twisted it to form spikes.

I added more  buttons to a piece of the metal thread and twisted it onto the crown. Then I just kept adding more and more buttons and pieces of thread until I felt the crown was almost finished.

As a last cute detail, I glued some peach and rose colored roses to the base of the crown, and placed an old fabric rose in the center.

A quick and easy crown to make!


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DIY Paper roses

I love old books. There is just something about really old book pages – perhaps the stories they have told, and the ephemeral about them? One day they are printed, sold and dispersed around the world, and the next they end up in a recycling bin. And if they do, I can’t keep my hands off them!

One such old Danish book was recently turned into a bouquet of roses by me. I started by punching out leaves from the book pages. I glued them together two at a time, with a piece of wire in between.

Then I twined the pieces of wire into individual branches.

I cut out rose petals (I just cut them freehand in about three different sizes), glued them to a piece of wire, and then I twined the branches to the the rose stem.

Since winter here in Finland is still really dark, I placed my roses in a silver tea pot along with some fairy lights. 

They look quite nice in the living room! The perfect addition for our house. DIY and pretty.


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Fint för fåglarna

Min mamma brukar göra så fint för fåglarna – ett år var det en tekopp fylld med fågelmat. I år är det den här glöggmuggen. Smart sätt att använda gamla koppar och skedar på, så får man fint att se på och fåglarna får nåt gott att smaska på!

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DIY Valnötsbåtar

Valnötsbåtar har flytit omkring på Pinterest ett bra tag, men de jag gillade bäst är de som Marina gjorde – valnötsbåtar med doft!

Vi är en familj med allergiker och vi kan bland annat inte ha en riktig julgran eller hyacinter. I stället för såna dofter så har vi andra dofter, bland annat stjärnanis, kanel och nejlikor som jag kryddar med i både julpynt och mat. På vedspisen står det hela tiden en tekanna med kryddor som sprider sin väldoft, så på det här sättet får vi också juldofter i vårt hus.

Valnötsbåtarna är superenkla att göra – halvera en valnöt och ät upp nöten. Limma fast en del av en grillpinne som mast och trä på ett fyrkantigt pappersark som segel. Jag använde mig av noter till julsånger för att göra det extra juligt. Bre ut lim i valnötsbåten och strö över kryddor eller konstgjort snö. Fäst ett snöre överst på masten och dölj knuten med en bit tejp som blir till en vimpel.

Söta juliga julpynt som förgyller vilken som helst julgran!


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