Friday, December 19, 2014

Munny Winter Fauns, finally

Finally, some new art toys! : )

Three little winter fauns, with soft wool scarves and golden snowflake tattooes on their backs!
Each one of them is a OOAK piece, and they'll soon be available in my Storenvy shop!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mijbil's Christmas Faun free printables!

One week left before Christmas, and I'm afraid I am terribly late!

But here's my little surprise: a cute winter faun for you to 
print and use as a Christmas card or gift tag! :)

It was fun to go back to watercolours for once, and try out some variations on the Nordic patterns I love so much. 

Also, some new sculpted faun figurines are coming soon! : )

and here the one to the full size image

Enjoy! : )

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas gift wrapping and free printables 2014

Today is St. Lucia, which in Sweden always means big celebrations..
and Lussekatter, namely soft saffron buns with raisin. And candles,
of course, and songs and long white dresses for the girls.

And since St. Lucia is considered the official start of the Christmas season, 
here are some cute & simple gift wrapping ideas I found here and there.

Hope you'll love them!

Minimal: white or kraft paper with a tiny fir sprig on top (this one is from 79 Ideas)

Maybe with little variations, such as a leather cord..
(from Stocksy)

..or some splatter white paint that looks like snow (from Go Forth)

Twig + red felted berries + natural twine, from Rue Rococo
(I really love this one, and I suppose one could use
real berries, or beads or ponpons instead)

Sweet Paul Magazine is always a wonderful resource around Christmas,
so if you want a more festive result just pick some bright red paper and add tiny bells! :)

..or get some acrylic paint and create your own Scandinavian pattern!
(from last year's post here on Mijbil Creatures)

Oh, and easy DIY gift toppers from The House That Lars Built

And finally, lovely DIY wreath gift labels from Damask Love

Now up to the free printables part!

Beautiful gift tags from We Lived Happily Ever After

Free printable snow wrapping paper from MrPrintables

..and black and white boxes and tags from Studio DIY.

And in case you are looking for extra inspiration, here is my

Gift Wrapping Ideas board on Pinterest

Wish you a lovely Advent weekend! :)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Meet Silke The Cat

We've had a furry guest for a couple weeks (while his owner was on holiday).. 
He didn't stay for so long, after all, but it was enough to turn our flat into a mess, I have to admit. 

Silke apparently loves to bump into random objects, destroy glasses (even better if full of water), sit in the sink, dig into flower pots, scratch the couch and bite our shoes.

And he is, overall, quite adorable - althught not terribly bright, I have to admit. : )

So, see you soon silly cuddly cat, miss you already!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The easiest and most scrumptious Venetian cookies!

Time to share a little recipe directly from my hometown, Venice!

You've seen pics of the typical "zaeti" (meaning more or less "little yellow things" in Venetian dialect) several times on this blog already, the main reason being that these scruptious little treats are in fact rather addictive. : )

A few reason why you'll love them too: they are delicious, soft yet somehow crunchy thanks to the corn flour, reasonably healthy (hey, *in the cookie cathegory*, I mean) and above all.. they are incredibly easy&quick to make! 

Perfect with coffee or tea, they also make a nice homemade Christmas gift if packed in a cute little bag with a little note and a red ribbon. : )

So, here's the recipe, directly from my mother's cookbook!

Venetian "Zaeti"

Preparation: 20 min
Baking: 15 min

Ingredients: (for about 2 batches of cookies)

salted butter, softened, 150 gr
sugar, 150 gr
3 eggs
white flour, 200 gr
corn flour (polenta), 150 gr
baking powder, 1 teaspoon
raisins, 250 gr
a little bit of vanilla extract
a little bit of rum (optional)

About half an hour before you start, soak the raisins in water and let them rest. When they are wet and plumpy, pat them dry and pour a bit of rum on them. Set aside.

In a bowl mix the sugar and the butter, stir well and then beat in the eggs one at a time.
Add the vanilla extract. Mix the baking powder with the with flour in a different container and then add them both to your mixture, then also beat in the corn flour. Roll the raisins on a plate with some extra white flour (it will create a thin protective layer on them, keeping them plumpy while baking) and finally add them to the dough - which, at this point, will still be rather creamy. Use your hands to pick little amount of dough and spread it on a baking sheet trying to create a roughly circular shape, and proceed like this row after row (leave some space in between the cookies, they will get slightly bigger in the oven). Bake at 180°C for about 15 - 20 min, or until golden and crispy. Tip: once they're out of the oven, turn all the cookies upside down in order to let them dry a bit. 

Enjoy! : )

In the meanwhile, I'll leave you from a few pics from my last visit to Venice, a few months ago.
Miss home so much! : )