This morning I realized it is the first advent – somehow it always surprises me. For me the meaning of advent is not related to church but more to the holiday season and its different tradition before 24th of December when we celebrate Christmas. I love how each week brings us more close to the seasons highlight and the upcoming four weeks will be full of Christmas related events, shopping and preparations.
Few years a go I made small DIY project and created very simple advent chandelier. I have been using that same one each year ever since and thought this year to make something different. But like said the first advent totally surprised me this morning, so I decided to use the old favorite once again and show it to you also (in the photos 2013 version).
This chandelier is so easy to make and part of the original project was first to drink fours bottles of Blossa mulled wine (glögi) to get empty bottles. For sure you can use any empty bottle but I just like how the Blossa bottles are and for me this time of the year is so much more easier to finish fours bottles of mulled wine than red wine. Yeas, I have addiction to mulled wine but who does not this time of the year?
After I painted the bottles black with spray paint and let them dry. I bought metallic number tags and velvet ribbon to hang the numbers from the neck of the bottle. I also bought four candle rings so the stearine would not ruin the bottles. First year I used gray candles, last year I used black ones and this year I am using beeswax candles which are giving very special scent. So simple and easy project which works year after year.
Have you set up your advent chandelier and started the holiday season?
We are almost in December and the weather could not be more gray, dark, wet and depressing. To fight against this bad weather and how it is affecting the mood, I have been bringing colors and vitamins more than ever to the kitchen. I truly believe that the food we eat can affect positively on everything we do.
I know I have a good imagination in the kitchen so it is natural for me to test new ideas and add ingredients to old favorite recipes. But sometimes the head feels empty and new healthy ideas are more than welcome. For sure the internet is fast and easy way to get this inspiration, but you know what, sometimes I prefer the old fashion way; coking books!
I made a trip to the local library and found so many inspirational cooking books that i don`t even know where to start. I was positive surprised how huge selection they have here and it was hard not to borrow all the nice books in one visit. The books I did choose in the end are all full of nice pictures (very important to me), new ideas, clear instructions, healthy foods and a lot that energy I need into these gray days. I love the fact that I can have these books for one month and seek the inspiration without any cost. And later I can just decide if some of the books are worth to buy.
Now the next step is to decide what to try first and not get too exited about all the new ideas, as there is a lot I want to try. When did you visit the library last time?
Yeas we are not even in Christmas yet and I am think about the new year already. It has been lazy Sunday as I have been feeling little sick today so I had plenty of time to do this little project I have had in my mind. Last year I printed out very nice looking calendar for my home office table and I could have easily done the same this year as the internet is full of free printable calendars. Despite of all those option out there I decided to make my own calendar this for next year so it would be just the way I want.
I did my calendar with Illustrator and I used this lovely Bakery font which I found from dafont.com . That page has amazing collection of fonts and sometimes it is hard for me not to download them all. If you use the fonts in the site, just remember to check the license before downloading as they all have different limitations for use.
I wanted the calendar to be simple and give just the image of days and weeks without space for any marks. I like a lot how the calendar ended up so I also wanted to give you the possibility to print it out for your home office. Just click the files and print the PDF out to create your own calendar.
I hope you will like your calendar and I would be happy to see how it looks on your home office so please tag me (Instagram @laurat0n) if you snap a photo of it so I can see it also. I wish you a lovely Sunday evening!
I kindly remind you that this calendar is for personal use only and should not be redistributed, shared or sold for any reason.