Sunday, 30 December 2012

The violet hat

My outfit for a wintery day. I knitted the scarf and the wrist warmers myself.
 Please ignore my ugly old winter boots again. I have to find me new ones soon.
 The bag is a present from my mother. We bought it at a garden festival in a nearby town.
Have a fine winter day!
Miss Maple

Thursday, 27 December 2012

DIY: Orange flavoured sugar

Last time I made this quick orange flavoured sugar that you can use for cakes or desserts.
You only need: 
peel of natural oranges
100 gr of sugar per orange
1. Peel off the skin of the orange but make sure not to take the white.
 2.Cut the peel into strips.
 3.Chop them up very fine.
 4.Measure out 100 gr of sugar.
 5.Mix the chopped peel with the sugar.
 6.Fill the mixture into small jars and decorate nicely with a ribbon.
 
You can add this flavoured sugar to yoghurt or to the cake batter. Maybe it's fine in pancakes also.
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

I wanna wish you a merry Christmas

What we do on Christmas Eve:
First we go to the cemetary to visit the graves of my grandparents and my father. We light candles on every grave.
Then we go home and have Christmas cookies and drink punch together. On the table there's the Advent wreath too and all the four candles are lit. 
Afterwards someone (this year my daughter) lights the candles on the Christmas tree and calls the others to come in: "Das Christkind war da!" Then there are hugs and kisses and many wishes of "Merry Christmas". Sometimes we sing some Christmas songs.
The glass ornaments on the Christmas tree have been collected for the last 25 years.
 I've made these two guys from polymer clay 30 years ago when I was really young.
 I found the bauble in the center of this pic in an opshop last year.
 
 I found this carved miniature hobby-horse on a very special Christmas market from artists many years ago.
 My favourite meal: a pretzel! This time made from glass.
 So nice! A wonderful op shop find again.
 Even goldfish find their place on my Christmas tree.
 This cuter than cute polar bear was a present from my daughter.
 The roses were presents from my mother.
I love my sweet little birds.

 The following one is very old and was my paternal grandmother's one.
This one is also very old and was my maternal grandmother's one. It's very, very thin glass and I've already broken one of the three I had had.
  
This one is from an op shop again.
 
 Later in the evening we start to unwrap the presents that lie on the table. One after the other has to take his presents and they're opened with many cries of astonishment and joy.
After that everyone is hungry again and we have our traditional meal of sausages and sauerkraut with mustard and rolls. My husband and I have had this traditional meal in our families since we were little children.
Merry Christmas to all my dear readers!
Miss Maple

Christmas illumination outside

This is what our house looks from outside. It's my sons job to do the Christmas illumination every year.
 The big warm yellow star is a traditionally handmade "Herrnhuter Stern". They've been produced in the little German town of Herrnhut for 160 years. 
Every year my son puts together the 25 points of this star.
Have some wonderful Christmas days!
Miss Maple

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Baking Christmas cookies

Last weekend we were baking some sorts of Christmas cookies with my daughter, nephew and niece. It was lots of fun and this is what came out.
 My niece's favourite animals are pigs. So she made a flock of them. I forgot to take pictures of the meringues we made afterwards from the left over egg whites.
 After all that work we had tea and punch and we tried the cookies.
Have a wonderful day at home with your family!
Miss Maple

Monday, 17 December 2012

Facing winter with roses

Last weekend we had black ice and I was glad that I could stay at home and hadn't got to go to work by car. I faced the upcoming winter weather with red and pink roses on my umbrella, dark roses on my skirt and a winered felt rose on my Russian jacket. And Julie was with me of course.
  
The skirt was hand-sewn for me after my ideas.
 
Please ignore my ugly old winter boots. Ugly but handy with their treaded sole. 
And ignore my thick black knee highs too. But they kept me oh so warm.
Have a happy winter day outside or inside.
Miss Maple

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Doll making

Some years ago I made this doll. It was a lot of fun but I forgot her and since then she spent her time in a drawer. But here she is: Miss Molly Polly. 
 
 She loves drinking tea and eating cake.
 Say hello to Miss Molly Polly!
Have a colourful day!
Miss Maple

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Putz glitter houses

I recently found a traditional American Christmas ornament: the putz glitter houses which are made from cardboard and glitter. They became popular in the beginning of the twentieth century. After World War II, several Japanese companies started mass-producing cardboard or paper houses, churches, and other buildings. These small buildings usually had holes in the back or the bottom through which Christmas lights were placed to provide illumination. The buildings had tiny colored cellophane windows and were decorated with mica-dusted roofs to give the appearance of snow. Since these buildings were made of inexpensive material and were widely available throughout the United States, they became a very popular Christmas decoration. You can find vintage ones on ebay. Aren't they soooo lovely and kitschy and Christmassy?


Did you know that "putz" is a German word for decoration?






The putz glitter houses are looking so cute. I'd like to make some myself. 
You can find patterns on the internet.
Have a colourful glittery day!
Miss Maple
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