DIY String Art Gift

Countdown to Christmas: 24

FullSizeRender-9Hi guys, this was meant to go up yesterday. I wanted to share with you the gift I made for my father this Christmas. Hopefully it will inspire you too!

I began with a piece of wood. Now I know very little about wood, try and make sure that the wood you find isn’t too hard, because I found it quite challenging to hammer some of the nails in. I picked up this piece in my local DIY store. I also bought a pack of nails, which are really cheap.

The next step is to decide what pattern you want to go for. I chose a map of Germany, with a heart in the middle. You can print off your pattern, cut it out and draw around it with pencil onto the wood, like I did, or simply draw it free-hand.

I then hammered the nails into place along the border like so: FullSizeRender-10.jpgUsing embroidery thread or string, thread the nails together. You can do this in a simple rotational pattern like me, or a more random web-like design, which also looks cool. As a final touch I used a gold pen to write “Deutschland” along the top.FullSizeRender-9.jpg

And voila! I gave this to my dad for Christmas today and he really likes it.

I’d love to see your version of this nail and string art. Also, let me know how your Christmas is going! I’ll be doing a haul in the coming days, and I also received a Yoga mat for Christmas, so look out for a Yoga routine!

Love,

Hope x

 

 

 

 

Christmas Home Decor & Gift Wrapping!

Countdown to Christmas: 22

IMG_7288.JPGSo it’s safe to say that I’ve been pretty awful at sticking to this one-post-a-day thing, but I’ve been having an internet detox over the past few days, which was great. I really recommend it.

Anyways! I hope you enjoy this selection of home Christmas decorations and gifts. Maybe it will inspire you, and will hopefully put you in a festive mood! 🙂

Let’s start with the present wrapping:FullSizeRender-20.jpg

I love spending time making my gifts look really beautiful. I know it’s kind of sad, but I always save nice wrapping paper and ribbons to reuse!

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For my mum and sister, I have reused some velveted tartan wrapping paper, which is simply gorgeous. I also found the ribbons in my collection. I like to buy gift tags instead of making them, even though they are very simple, because I find that they look so much better. They aren’t over expensive either. FullSizeRender-21

The tree. The central Christmas decoration of the house. We’ve gone for a wine red-silver-wooden theme. I also added some red and white paper stars that I made last year to give a more personalised touch. FullSizeRender-29We picked up these cute wooden decorations at the German Christmas markets a couple of years ago. The Germans do Christmas so nicely I have to say.FullSizeRender-30.jpgWe were given this cute decoration last year. Isn’t it adorable?

FullSizeRender-22My grandma made this lovely arrangement for our fireplace. There is a poinsettia, holly, fir branches, candles, pinecones, ribbons and more. FullSizeRender-23I also decorated our mantelpiece with mini tree figures, candles and a tiny Mary and Joseph ornament.

FullSizeRender-25I love this wooden star in our window. It’s another German decoration!FullSizeRender-26.jpgOur little nativity set is from Indonesia. Little wooden stars and cinnamon sticks add an extra sweet touch 🙂

FullSizeRender-17This large star is from Ikea. It is seriously massive! But looks lovely too.FullSizeRender-24We’ve had this cute porcelain plaque for years, it makes me nostalgic 🙂

FullSizeRender-31I set up three little decorations in Christmassy candle holders, with two paper stars that I made. FullSizeRender-18Mustn’t forget the cards! I think it’s really nice to display them somewhere.

I hope you’re feeling festive now! I wish you all a very very merry Christmas!

Love,

Hope x

 

 

Little Life Chat 1

Countdown to Christmas: 17

Hey guys, I’m so sorry that I missed another day yesterday! I feel bad, I don’t think I realised just how much time and energy would be required for daily posts. So as not to skip another day, I thought I’d just write a chatty post today, let you get to know me a bit more. Please feel free to leave comments as well, I love chatting with you guys 🙂

How have you been doing recently? I’ve had a quite a bit of school pressure, I guess that’s what your final year in IB does to you! However, tomorrow is the last day of term, and I’m really looking forward to the holidays 🙂 On the whole I’ve been handling life’s stresses much better than last year, I seem to have managed to get my depression and anxiety more under control, which is great.

I had a bit of a cringey day last week, and I’m in a real dilemma, if you could give me any advice it would be much appreciated!! One of my friends confessed his love for me. Literally, it was so cringey. He’d asked me out in February, and I had assumed that he would’ve lost interest by now, so we had begun to hang out more, I invited him to my youth group a couple of weeks ago. He’s a nice guy, but I’m not attracted to him in that way.. And it makes me really anxious because I feel like I can’t fully trust him. I had panic attacks in February because of this.. Should I continue taking him along to my youth group? I don’t know.

What are your plans for Christmas? Our cousins are coming to stay. I love this time of year, everyone is in such a good mood 🙂

I’m sorry for the lack of imagination that went into this update, but I wish you an amazing day. Never stop smiling, because even if things feel tough now, days will get brighter, I promise.

Lots of love and merry Christmas!

Hope x

 

Christmas Nails Inspiration!

Countdown to Christmas: 15

Hi guys, it’s almost Christmas! I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited. I put the tree up yesterday, got my Christmas sweaters and gingerbread lattes.. but something is still missing… Nails!

I hope this collection of ideas inspire you to get creative with some nail art this season!

8e6e04b6a4ada8a26724a31dba9b0e2d1. I just love this edgy Christmas look. Definitely going to give this one a go 🙂

d73efcd0f23233a352e9d96d8206c3ca2. Simple, but so cute! It kind of looks like a candy cane

de46ef2196a5d0208522adb9b852065f3. This is perhaps for the more talented nail artists among us. It looks really effective though. If you’re struggling with this precision, you could always go for some Christmas-sweater nail wraps.

b809754533a7874ef67f057f04d2bc0b4. Little presents, how cute!

d1d05c656378c0fcecb017648fe43fd55. How good does this one look? I wish I could paint my nails with such precision!

2df1a3c3198c98a35d7311c024633cd1d8d57bcfb819c19977a9661a2c704a69e33ed835c7089ddb0b4c651b7b179ce3de605af60d050bc994c8d075249dc6ffI hope you enjoyed this quick inspiration selection. Check out my Pinterest page to see more!

I love you all and wish you a very merry Christmas!

Hope x

Christmas Cookies Recipe

Countdown to Christmas: 14

FullSizeRender-12Guys I’m so sorry, I missed two days :/ hopefully this recipe will make up for it! These cookies are delicious and super easy, you can really go-to-town with the decoration as well 🙂

FullSizeRender-9To make about 30 cookies, you will need:

  • 1 cup butter/margarine
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups plain flour

 

FullSizeRender-10Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. I like to add a handful of flour at this stage to prevent the mixture from curdling
  4. Mix in the flour and baking powder a little at a time until you form a stiff dough!FullSizeRender-11
  5. Roll out the dough and cut some shapes. I made Christmas trees, stars, and snowman (using two circular cutters)
  6. Bake for 6-10 minutes until slightly golden, then cool before decorating
  7. Now comes the best part! You can use whatever decorations you like to make the cookies look extra  special. I piped the shape outlines before filling in the centres a few minutes later to avoid the icing dripping 🙂
  8. Enjoy!FullSizeRender-13.jpg

 

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Hope x


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Body Language: How to tell if someone likes you

Countdown to Christmas: 11

body_language_gestureAs someone with a keen interest in psychology, I love being able to analyse what’s going on in someone’s mind from their body language. We’re often much less in control of our non-verbal communication than we’d like to think. This list should help you to understand and connect with others better, as well as giving you tips to influence the way you’re coming across to others, be it more confident, more open or more attractive. Be aware that body language can differ from person to person and depends on the situation!

If a person likes you, they will…

  • Have dilated pupils (a sign they are engaged and observing something pleasing)
  • Glance sideways with raised eyebrows (a submissive and friendly gesture)
  • Display their open palms (a sign of honestly) 
  • Place their head on their open hands (a sign of admiration)
  • Sit with both feet pointing towards you (people have very little control of leg and feet movements where body language is concerned. The feet will be pointing towards where the person wants to go)
  • Cross and uncross their legs frequently (especially women) 
  • Smile with their head tilted down and eyes looking up to you (shows they are attracted to you) 
  • Laugh often (a way to bond and disperse tension) 
  • Yawn (this builds a connection and avoids aggression) 
  • Mirror your body position or breathing pattern

If a person doesn’t like you, they will…

  • Have constricted pupils
  • Fold their arms (demonstrating lack of trust or feeling of vulnerability. Bare in mind, they might just be resting this way!) 
  • Place their drink on the opposite side of the hand they’re drinking with (showing that they feel uncomfortable)
  • Jiggle feet (feeling uncomfortable) 
  • Cross their legs with the knees pointing away from you (a closed-off position) 
  • Turn the chair around and sit with the back in front of them (using the chair as a shield, planning on dominating you) 

Let me know if you found this interesting and can recognise yourself displaying any of these gestures! Would you guys be interested in seeing more of these? Let me know!

Merry Christmas!

Hope x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Being a Christian at Christmas

Countdown to Christmas: 9

8586a64e4d0af34a673a81c81bc39319What’s it like? Annoying? Embarrassing? Awesome?

I’m lying in bed looking outside at the dark street and burning my delicious Yankie Vanilla Lime candle (one of the best smells EVER, would really recommend!) and I’d like to share with you what it’s like to be a Christian at this time of the year. Perhaps you are too, and can relate, or perhaps not and you’re curious to find out. Either way, I hope you enjoy 🙂

Is it annoying that non-Christians celebrate Christmas?

Not at all! I actually think it’s great. Sure, a lot of the Christmas traditions have lost their Christian meaning, but I see this season as a great opportunity as people are generally more open to hearing about Christianity.

What’s it like to have such a large focus on Christianity at this time of the year?

It can be good and bad. My school is very religion-sensitive, but I’ve had many opportunities over the past few weeks to share my views in a non-pushy way. It can also be tough sometimes. I find that being disrespectful towards Christians is so much more accepted in this culture than offending other religious groups. People joke and mock the Bible, which I mostly try to ignore and shrug off, but it can hurt. I will stay strong in my values, and I don’t try to push my beliefs onto others. Standing on a street corner shouting at passers-by that they’re going to hell is not a good strategy at all. I’m not ashamed to talk about my faith, but on the whole I try to let my actions and attitudes be a testimony. When someone is outrightly disrespectful to something that plays such an important role in my life, it can really hurt. (Sorry, I know I’m venting a bit!)

There are many branches of Christianity, and as people are more open to learning about it during this time, I find it important to give them an accurate idea of what it’s truly like for me. Life isn’t all rules, uncomfortable pews and boring sermons, it’s so much more than that. It’s about living a life filled with love and joy and peace. In some ways, this feeling can add pressure for me, because I don’t want to deter people!

Do you celebrate in the same way?

Of course! We open presents, have stockings, eat loads of food and put a carrot out for Ruldoph. But for us, Christmas is more than just that; it’s a real celebration, reminding us of God’s love and grace.

Let me know if you’d be interested for me to share more on this topic. It’s something I really enjoy discussing. If you have anymore questions I’d be happy to answer them in the comments!

Lots of love and merry Christmas!

Hope x