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For ex- orabilia visible, thinking of the group, praying for their re- ample, interpersonal research suggests that expressing af- turn, or listening to their music — elected to remain diligent fection is correlated with higher relational satisfaction in their PSR. Research suggests that seized the opportunity to express love and tender feelings some individuals invoke antisocial behaviors to perform toward NKOTB. Thus, while people may expe- their PSR and their hopes that NKOTB would permanently rience distress when a media figure leaves the public scene remain on the public scene.

This relational commitment is in- audience members were greatly aided by CMC in their re- formed by the findings of Rusbult, Olsen, Davis, and Han- lational maintenance efforts. For example, one person con- tenance behaviors increase. Such perceptions may stimulate and attached to their relational partners, so much so that they facilitate individuals communicating relational mainte- begin to behave as if their partners are part of themselves.

Sanderson: Parasocial Maintenance Fourth, strong commitment often generates a collectivist explore what motivates an individual to engage in relation- orientation, increasing positive relational characteristic dis- al maintenance in their PSR with a media figure? It may be plays. If so, why are these strategies used? Third, is there a fluencing their moral character. These are but a few of the ques- as NKOTB had assisted them in coping with their adoles- tions that researchers can excitingly address in future stud- cent struggles, NKOTB was now needed to help them face ies on this topic.

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Journal of Advertising, 35 1 , 7— Harper, M. Keeping quiet: Self-silencing Sanderson, J. Journal of Social and es. Hartmann, T. Positive para- Sanderson, J. Sanderson: Parasocial Maintenance displays on BlogMaverick. Concerning courage or the necessity to enter on a new path When Pia started her blog in the spring of , she wanted to give it a long term name since she was about to start up her own business and work from home. She decided on Kammebornia, or more specifically the Queen of Kammebornia, which is the title of the blog.

But how does one dare to let go? He went to the SahlgrenThey have also created a phoska hospital for heart surgery. They smoke, and he drank moderately. After committed to other projects in this, he had to make a choice. Live order to raise enough money. They live their life one day at a They had to For many years they lived in a small house change their in the country side with cold water in the lifestyle and decrease their kitchen, tile stoves, a wood burning iron daily expenses.

The For many years winters were cold, and they were short of money. At times, life was tough for them. The winters were cold, and they Then, Pia ended up on sick leave were short of money. At times, life from her work as a high school was tough for them. During this teacher. She says that after a few period, Pia started blogging. Dennis remembers.

Whenever Pia does something, This counseling made her realize she does it very thoroughly. She still loved and so on. And then, we began her lessons and the students, but with handcrafting. We have also it was everything else around it. A Estrid Magazine 1 She had already done some extra jobs parallel to her teaching, like photographing and storytelling for children. She was thinking she could do more of that.

Because I was pregnant, I dared to quit. My plan was to live on our savings during my pregnancy, and then I was going to be on maternity leave for as long as possible, and finally start my own business. Of course, to resign was a choice we made. I just felt so bad there. We lived very cheap. We had small incomes here and there, and we were pretty sure it would work itself out for us.

But there was no maternity leave. After giving birth to their dead son and an additional severe infection, Pia went into a depression and was put on sick leave. She certainly felt exposed, but she never regretted that she had resigned. When she was declared back to normal health again she started up her company, only to fall sick again.

She was diagnosed with cancer in the womb, and she went into yet another sick leave with several serious surgeries. It turned out to be a long sick-leave, but finally she could begin to build her company again. In the beginning, she wrote and photographed stories for magazines. Nowadays, she and Dennis spend more time with their podcast, Kammebornia podcast, where they knit and talk about life in their Kingdom. Advertising space generates income. Pia also creates and sells knitting patterns. An activity which so far has gone beyond their expectations.

The knitting runs like a thread through their Instagram accounts, their podcast and their blog. Recently, Dennis has also begun knitting. Often they publish photos of ongoing knitting, a cup of coffee, a semi finished scrabble, a homemade cake and sometimes an old book. These images are beautiful and inspiring even for those who have never come across a pair of knitting needles and a yarn skein.

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Pia is the photographer, but they create their images together. They experiment with them and use whatever they have at hand. For example, the iron bed on the cover of the book was not put there www. It was there since long before, because they enjoyed laying down on it, reading. I believe this is one reason people like our photos. We never go and buy new things for a photo-shoot.

This is really us. That is why everything is working well. While Pia is photographing Dennis takes care of the models, whether they are humans or chickens and cats. He recalls of when they had lambs, and Pia wanted to photograph them while jumping. This is how we work. Pia is leading and she is the one who initiates all the projects.

A warm revolution about love. It is our book, Pia declares. About following your heart Dennis concludes they just keep talking. He asks if I have any more questions for them. We continue talking about courage not being a necessity when resigning. I go on telling them that I have never had a permanent employment. Pia says she has been offered permanent employment twice and both times she panicked.

When you have a permanent employment, you feel unfree instead of secure. If we were to starve to death, then yes. Freedom is more important. Otherwise I will climb up a tree and hide myself. Surely, they have many followers. Especially the last two years have been difficult, since we barely have had any money. I wonder, how could we talk to you about creativity and inspiration. How could we inspire others when we barely know how to survive next week?

This is how it feels sometimes. Maybe this is exactly what gives us inspiration. But even in the midst of hard times, nothing ever turns into complete darkness. They still have their love, they have each other and their family, they play. In July Dennis will work extra in a restaurant. During the intensive summer weeks, there is an abundance of job opportunities on Gotland. However, Dennis is not able to work too much because of his heart problems, but he works as much as he is capable of. I think it also depends on how you feel mentally during a certain period of time.

At times, things feel night black. But sometimes we get this feeling though the rent is payed. I believe you have to Estrid Magazine 1 Trust your own strength. He is critical towards how society is structured. People work to get their paycheck. We should reconstruct our society. Instead, we should take more care of each other. Pia nods and tells the story of an old colleague. At a coffee break Pia asked her if she believes everything is predetermined or if we have the ability to decide things on our own. Therefore, this became something on an eye-opener for her.

As if the answer responded to all the questions she previously had been struggling with. To, in your heart, be able to feel and recognize what is right and wrong for you. At times it can be difficult, she says, but most of the times she can recognize what her heart is telling her. We may give it different names. I suggest. This thing, spirituality, is disappearing more and more in our society. Not everyone feels comfortable about going to a church, or a temple, or similar. But many people say they like the nature, feeling the power of nature. If we never allow us the chance to experience that calmness and stillness, other things will start to occupy that empty space within us.

Buying a new porch or more clothes, even though our wardrobe is already full. I feel sick when I think of everything people are consuming. Dennis asks. He stays quiet for a while, looks up to the tree tops surrounding the herbary. He sometimes sit and observe them for hours on end, like some kind of meditation. You can feel the power of nature surrounding you. Like Ferdinand the Bull, he prefers sitting under a shady tree, rather than visiting the superstore Ullared. Pia and Dennis make jokes about visiting Ullared. A place, both of them are certain, they will never visit.

Pia laughs and says she would pay money for not having to go there. But, at some point we have to stop… we should have started thinking about the environment a long time ago, Dennis says. Soon, it will be too late. If you have the possibility to do so. Pia agrees and says that we are more affected by the environment in which we live than we think. Naturally, we like different things. I imagine to grab a blanket and lay down somewhere on the beach. They had been dreaming of moving to Visby, at some point in their lives. But the opportunity came much earlier than they could ever imagine.

I never want to leave this place. This is how I feel every time I disembark. With its narrow streets surrounded by the City Wall and the sea, wherever do the fairy tales feel more alive and present than here? Apple, cinnamon and vanilla cheesecake This cheesecake is really delicious and serves several persons. Start with the crust.

Mix quickly, preferably in a food processor: 50 g brown sugar g butter g flour Dress a springform pan with the mixture, and gently push up the sides as well. At the same time: Cut 3 apples in thin slices. Put them in a buttered pan and sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of them. Bake the apples in the oven for 20 minutes, together with the springform pan.

Meanwhile the apples and the crust bake in the oven, mix together: g cream cheese 2 eggs 1 dl sugar 1 tbsp flour 1 tsp vanilla sugar Put the apples on the crust in the springform pan. Pour over the batter and bake in the oven for about 1 hour. Let it cool before you remove the cake from the springform pan. Go out and look for branches, twigs or sticks that you like and bring them home.

The plant to the left has felt leaves in two shades of green. They were glued to the stick using a glue gun. You can use hobby glue too, but a glue gun is a quicker solution. The tree to the right was painted in a careless fashion with a metallic blue paint, to let the natural dark color of the birch twigs peek through. Felt fabric in red and pink is a sharp contrast to the blue stem. You can glue sequins to the flowers for a shinier effect. What do you like? Nature, colourful, monochrome?

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Maybe recreate your favourite plants, or make a gorgeous bouquet? Just before the road ends I turn into the yard, pass a garden patch with vegetables and I park the car. The first things I see are flowers, water and art projects inspired by nature. There is a geranium growing in a hanging bucket and on a bench is a big concrete tray with water standing.

Both a real peony and a big stoneware flower are bobbing on the water surface. Here is a meeting place between old and new, nature and culture. In her garden she has created several. I remember her as a hairdresser who took her time, and not the kind you would go to, to get your hair done quickly on your lunch break. My hair was pinned up and decorated with rust-coloured berries, a unique and tasteful hair-do.

Originality and a strong sense of colour and shape are what I think characterize Eva-Lena. That, and a curiosity for people and the way we think. At the time the house had been abandoned for forty years. Converting it into something that looks like a home has taken her time, around ten years. The cottage can almost be seen as an art project in progress. With a tight budget and an ability to spot opportunities, she has created a home of things that others have rejected.

The cottage is snug with a combination of old and new, worn out wood and warm textiles. There are also some unexpected things, in the kitchen is a bath tub for example. The best things can be almost free whipped cream are set on the table outside the barn. Chicken and sheep Helping her to keep the grass short is a bunch of social sheep, which love a good scratch. In the sheeppen is also a chicken coop, at the moment without a rooster due to a fatal meeting with the fox the day before. Two of the chickens are hatching, and the others look inquisitively at us, wondering if we brought any sweets for them.

We did. She knits, crochets and spins the wool and sometimes she has groups visiting to learn how to create in wool. Individuals, school classes and companies come to visit her cottage. She takes them for a guided tour showing the house, the flowers in the meadow, the animals and the root cellar, connecting present and past and thoughts on how one can live their lives. Well, what do you really need to feel good? Pin board: This is important Ducks are important to me and I like drawing so I drew two ducks.

I was in Italy last summer. We visited a person who said he had ducks. I got to see the ducks and realized I love ducks. The best thing with ducks is how they act. They are kind. Estrid, 11 years. Nature is important to me, it makes me feel free and happy. It makes me feel alive. I feel good and feel how peaceful everything is. One can relax and think properly. Family and friends are important. They can cheer you up, give you hope and self confidence. You know they are always there for you. They support me. If the day is dark, they make it bright.

Books are important to me. They are worthwhile and good for life. They can be sad, funny, scary, romantic and a lot of other stuff. You can choose what is good for you right now. Elin, 10 years. Throw away, sell or give away? Maybe neither. Instead, bring a needle, thread, leftover paint, beads and other craft materials you have at home and give your old things a second chance. Like these shoes, in several shades of grey, the wrong kind of grey.

Especially if you like colourful shoes. It would be a pity to throw them away, so they got a new life with some paint. They were painted in red leather paint and some parts of them got more layers of paint than other parts, in order to get different shades of the colour. When the paint had dried the shoes immediately felt a lot happier.

But something was missing. They needed some details and were decorated with turquoise crochet flowers and sequins. A tray that felt dated, became new and fresh with turquoise paint and a flamingo. The motif was traced on using a pencil, then painted with a paintbrush and hobby paint. Simple, graphic patterns with squares or stripes also look good.

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A broken frame became a display board for pins. The frame was painted twice with yellow hobby paint. Then it was painted carelessly, firstly orange, then turquoise hobby paint which before drying, was rubbed over the surface with a piece of cloth.

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A layer of cotton-wool was glued to the back part and fabric from an old pair of tights was strained over it. Then the back part was fastened in the frame again. And, voila, a new, happy display board for pins. A piece of jewellery that combines several techniques and material. Use a photo, an illustration or a favourite quote. You need: Polymer clay Clear glass stones Picture, photo of patterned paper Embossing powder Chain, wire or thread Glue stick Scissors, knife, paint brush, needle or tooth pick, rolling pin Do like this: Begin by glueing the glass stone to the motif and cut away the excess paper.

If the paper is thin you can back it up with a thicker paper or cardstock. Use the rolling-pin to make the polymer clay smooth and thin a few millimeters. Make a hole at the top, where you want to attach the chain or thread. You can do it with a tooth pick or the opposite end of the paint brush. Smooth the edges around the hole with your finger. Roll a long, thin thread of the clay, fold it double Place it around the glass stone and carefully press it down.

It secures the glass stone to the back of the piece. Use the rolling-pin to make a thin piece of clay and cut the shapes you want to decorate with. Put the pieces of clay on the piece of jewellery. Let them be partly on the glass stone. It looks nice and also secures the glass stone. Use your knife and carefully make patterns in the clay, like the delicate lines in the leaves.

With a needle or tooth pick you can make small dots to create an interesting structure. With a soft paint brush, carefully add embossing powder to the piece of jewellery avoid the glass stone. Place the piece of jewellrey on a baking sheet lined with bakingpaper and bake it according to the instructions on the clay normally minutes. Leave it to cool down before attaching a chain or thread. Tip: It looks really good with black clay, but in order to get clear and detailed photos I picked brown this time. Dear Estrid! Back then receiving an email was so exciting. I had some email friends then.

It was fun to get quick replies and we could write back and forth several times a day. Unfortunately, most of the conversations also ended very soon. I have a couple now, but close to me and abroad. Some write long letters on simple, lined paper, others craft and decorate and also send small gifts. It feels a bit like Christmas to get snailmail. Not only bills in the mailbox. I have found some penpals via social media. On Instagram you can find penpals under several hashtags, such as penpalswanted. There are also Facebook groups dedicated to penpalling. Or, rather, via email.

I bit like in the movie ;- They met when they studied French in Paris and after going home they stayed in touch via email for one and a half years. From the beginning they were only friends, but over time it became more than friendship. They met again, back in Sweden, and the rest is history, so to speak. How are they writing to each other?

What are they discussing and telling each other? The perfect letter according to me: personal, honest, asks questions and is interested in the recipient, tells about oneself and daily life. I think it is important to write more than one sentence about each topic. Also write about emotions and thoughts. Give feedback on the letter one is replying to. What is a perfect letter according to you? Love, your friend M.

I understand myself better at the same time as I get to know new, fantastic people. Raquel started pen palling when she was ten years old and has been writing letters ever since. She met her first penfriend at a camping site in Costa Brava when she was on vacation with her parents. Today she finds pen pals via Instagram. At her Instagram account marionbcn she publishes pictures of her letters and mail art. She has a beautiful, curvy, calligraphic script and likes to decorate the envelopes with beautiful paper, stickers and stamps.

At the moment she has 29, followers who are fascinated and inspired by her mail art. A couple of years ago I started with brush pen calligraphy. I like it a lot. Raquel lives in Stockholm, She became interested in Swedish culture when she found the Swedish rock band, Kent in Nine years later she met a Swedish guy, Kenneth, who worked in Barcelona at that time. Raquel likes traveling and while abroad she likes to buy pretty paper, washi tape, pens, stamps and other things to decorate the letters with.


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Here in Stockholm are some good stores too, but they are unfortunately rather expensive. I use to shop online instead. What you are writing to each other. Estrid Magazine 1 It has become such a big part of her daily life and over the years she has gotten to know a lot of people. Some of them she has been in touch with for over 20 years. To write often and regularly is important to me. But of course, I like when my friends have decorated their letters. Mail art is really exciting!

She prefers writing about herself and her thoughts, www. She has also met several of her penfriends, some more than once. She enjoys meeting them in real life. Paper from a standard note pad is fine, but it feels special to write on fancy paper. You can find beautiful stationary in a bookstore. Good news! Use a standard plain white or lined paper. You can do just as well with scissors, a glue stick and some paper scraps from the recycle bin, such as, gift wrapping paper and magazines.

The butterflies and the flowers are simple shapes cut out from a magazine. Give the butterflies antennas with a black pen. Simply cut and paste. Decorate the papers and envelopes. To this set, silver star stickers are added. Write the address with white or silver pen. To make an envelope you need a strong, but flexible paper newspaper pages are too thin and will tear. Pages from books and luxury magazines with thicker pages are perfect. Fold the paper as in picture two and glue. Cut as in picture 3 bottom of the picture.

Put the letter inside, fold and glue the edge top of picture 3. Old atlas books are perfect as envelopes. Maybe you can have the recipients hometown or country on the envelope. Tourist brochure, wall paper if not too thick , music sheets and illustrated books for children all make beautiful envelopes. What can you find in the recycle bin? You need: Cardstock or some other thick paper for the card Decorative paper Water colour paper or similar Water colour Rubber stamp Ink pad Embossing powder Glue stick, paint brush and scissors or a craft knife Paint with the water colour the same shape as the motif on your rubberstamp, but a little bit bigger and not too exact.

Stamp one at a time and put embossing powder in top, before the ink dries, then move on to stamping the next one. Pour the excess powder back in the embossing powder can. Carefully use a soft pain brush to brush away remaining powder outside of the stamped motif. Put it on a low heat and hold your card above until the embossing powder has melted be carefult not to burn anything.

The white card is made by cutting the sides of the heart and fold them upwards. It is still attached to the paper in the middle. Glue the watercolour paper to a decorative paper and add it to a plain folded card or cardstock. On the black card the hearts are simple cut out and glued to the cardstock. Put glue only in the middle and you can fold the sides of the hearts upwards. Nice motivs to use are butterflies, with their wings softly folded upwards, ready to fly, or flowers and leaves.

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With the same technique you can make a three dimentional piece of art. You can find embossing powder in hobby stores that sell paper articles and material for making cards and scrap booking. It is a powder that stick to the wet ink from an ink pad and that melts when heated, into a blank beautiful surface.

The powder comes in many colours and shades, from pastels to metallic, and even clear powder that let the colour of the ink shine through and only adds structure and gloss. To hear the gurgle from a small stream of water or the waves ripple against the beach. As if the water helps as a little to meditate or to relax for a while.

Here are some suggestions on exercises you can do next to water, either on the sea shore or by a river. Mindfulness: use your senses We mostly use our eyes. We look at the water. There it is. Beautiful, blue or grey, calm or upset. When you close your eyes, you become aware of what your other senses tell you. Begin with your hearing. What does the water sound like? Listen for a while, to the water and to the other sounds surrounding you. What can you sense? Seaweed, salt, forest?

Taste the air, or the water. Try to be in every sensation for a while. Dip your finger in the water. Is it hot or cold? Now focus on yourself. Sit or stand by the water and observe how you feel, how your body feels. Take a few deep breaths and imagine you are filling yourself with strength or calmness from the water, depending on what you need at the moment. Send questions with the waves Is there something you are thinking about, maybe a problem you need to solve? Sit down by the water and relax for a moment. Ask the question and imagine how you send it out with a wave. Follow the wave with your eyes.

Imagine the answer rolling in to you with another wave, slowly growing in yourself until you know the answer. It might not appear while you sit there, but let it grow inside you in its own pace. To meditate by water, without water Not everyone lives by water, but you can do this exersise no matter where you are. Sit or lay down comfortably and close your eyes. Imagine you are standing on a beach.

What does it look like around you? Are you alone? What kind of water do you have in front of you? Your bare feet are standing at a beach. What does it feel like? Is it soft sand or pebbles? Imagine, with all your body, what it feels like when you enter the water. From the first cold, wet sensation until you are embraced by the water, floating, swimming, diving.

Remember to use all your senses when you are visualising your bath. Focus on what you want to feel: Is it happiness, relaxation or do you want to be energized? Bring that feeling with you when you get up from the water and wrap yourself in a big, soft bath sheet. Nobody wanted it. But with some metallic paint, a ribbon with sequins and a 37 fabric rose it looks like this. Now it is home for some carded wool.

Just as in the beginning of the 20th century, today a family with several children live here. Many pieces of daily at the estate during this period, more than one hundred years ago, still exist here. Today, the wing and the outhouses still remain. The creek still flows behind the houses and sheep graze on the land. Helena Sahlander grew up in this house. Today she lives here with her husband Jakob, their three sons Lukas, Viktor and Oskar, and a black cat.

After having finished their studies, they moved into the main building. There were so many things they wanted to change here. The heating system had to be changed, and the kitchen was in need of a renovation. The facade looked good, he said. All we had to do was brushing it clean and then paint it. The windows were beautiful, he also said. We were absolutely. He taught us a lot of things in a very short period of time. Thanks to him, we began to learn more about building preservation. Not many things from IKEA either. We feel that we want to use the things we already have, when furnishing.

They have found quite a few pieces of furniture in some of the other houses on the estate, and also on the second floor. Funiture from the past, from people who lived here a long time ago and from others who lived here recently. Helena tells a story of a man named Erik Mattson who built the house after the village was ablazed. At first, they built another residential building, but it no longer exist.

When this particular house was built, it was intended to be an Inn. During this period, there was a rule stating that roadside estates had to provide overnight housing accommodation for people traveling by. This law changed before the building was completed. Therefore, two of the rooms were never completed.

The house was made into an ordinary dwelling house. Three of their sons continued to live there until adulthood. They come to live in a house further up the village. Her log house was built in , and before she moved in here the farm-hand used to stay here. It has also been used as an outhouse. They have chosen to keep the doors of the old outhouse, in order to not change the exterior of the building. The authentic wooden floors have been rubbed in order to remove wooden thorns. We have observed the facial expressions of the previous occupants of the house, and also details of the fence and the window castings.

He never lived there himself. Instead, he worked the land and rented out the house. She remained here, my dad moved in and later on, I was born. Erik Knutsson had no children of his own. When he passed away, Siw inherited him. The story of these two families are interweaved within this estate. Oskar gives a big smile. This estate is our. However, it belongs to itself and we are just. The fact that we know so much about its history makes us look at it from a different angle and at the same time we care more about it.

But how do you find the time to renovate when you have small children, work, and animals to take care of? We are not very social. We seldom watch TV. When Victor was small, we had parental leave together for six months. During that time, we put a lot of effort into the renovation. They have also had much help from other craftsmen, especially with the more complicated projects, such as changing the heating system, and building of porch. We have mostly been working on the surface layers.

We have also done some carpentry. The Estrid Magazine 1 There are some other projects not yet completed, but they will have to wait until later. The window renovation is an ongoing project. They also have Siw helping them. Together with Jakob they form an unbeatable wall-papering team, according to Helena. She is also the one who spends most time gardening. Helping us with the children or cooking dinner for us on a day when we want to work extra hard, is of course priceless.

We are not constantly on the go. From October to March we stop and do nothing. We usually go away for the holidays in. Above: Originally, this was a cornice. It has now been reconstructed. Helena and Jakob believe the cornice is older than the actual house itself. They have found several painted cornices in the attic, which have been reused in the building of the house.

We hope it will last for the rest of our lives and even longer. We have uncovered the original wooden ceiling, and covered the floors with pine wood and bricks. We have also placed a wood burning iron stove in the kitchen, because the original one had been removed. This is a big kitchen where everyone can come together and cook. We find it difficult to rest when we are at home. We go for a walk inside the house. Finally we go upstairs. There is also a large room that is not yet finished. This room is currently used for storing paint cans, brushes, furniture and what not.

The older boys seem focused. They sit by the table and play with Lego. The choice of interior for this room was based on a large, dark dining table from the end of. We decorated the dining room with furniture from this period of time, and we put up wallpapers in a similar style. Some of the more fine and fragile objects had to be put away because of the youngest one, Oskar. He is really good at climbing, and he manages to climb up all the way to the curtain rail. We want our furniture and equipment to be used, Helena rounds it up. The furniture all have scratches on them because they have been used.

Not because someone has rubbed its patina on them. To restore all the windows is a slow and time consuming project. They have decided to paint them red. During this period, the interior decoration was often dark, heavy and overfurnished. With lots of candle light lit up, this is now our favorite evening room in the autumn.

Look through the recycle bin for things to use and imagine what different items can become something new and creative. Here I built a skewed house in a bohemian and colourful style. Things that are useful: Cardboard and boxes Newspaper Other things from the recycle bins bottles, jars etc. Wallpaper glue Tape, for instance masking tape Glue hobby glue or a glue gun Paint and paint brushes Scissors and a craft knife Leftover craft material, such as beads, sequins, felt, fabric and sticks.

How to make your own wallpaper glue: Whisk together ml flour and ml water in a saucepan.

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Put aside and let cool down. You can keep it in a jar in the fridge for a couple of weeks. If you want a stronger glue, you can add some hobby glue or wood glue not recommended if children are using this glue. When building this house, no glue was added. Do it like this: Begin with building the houses using sturdy cardboard. I begun with a cardboard box and cut out windows. From another piece of cardboard I cut walls and floor and attached it with a strong paper based tape you can also use a wide masking tape, silvertape or ducktape.

The chimney is made by cutting an empty toilet roll from bottom to top, rolling it tight and using tape to secure it. The greenhouse is made of a plastic bottle in which I have cut an opening. The roof is made of pieces of cardboard in different sizes that I taped together and attached to the bottle with a glue gun. Bring newspapers and wallpaper glue. Tear or cut the newspapers in long strips. Dip them in the glue and take away excess glue with your fingers. With these strips you can reinforce the house where needed for instance at all places you have used tape only and you can add shape where you want it.

You need more than one layer of newspapers in order to make it strong and durable. Next: Wait. The house needs to be completely dry before you move on to the next step: To paint. Since I wanted to use only the leftover paint I had at home, the house is made in different colours.

First I painted all of it light beige. Then the outside was painted in metallic bluegreen and purple. The inside was painted in warm colours and the roof black. Ah, the roof. Of course a forest house I found this bark on the ground and attached it with a glue gun. The roof of the greenhouse is inspired by a pinecone. Instead I had small pieces of felt leftover from another project. I cut it in small pieces and glues it to the roof. A grill stick and a bead became a flag pole and a piece of fabric a flag.

Of course there are plants both inside and outside the greenhouse. Small pieces of green felt became leaves and stems and red flowers. Some green wool roving helped make the greenhouse lush. The floor in the greenhouse is soil brown felt and inside grows tomatoes dried rowan berries.

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Now the house is ready and someone can move in. A book about getting a sibling that is not like other books on the topic. There is so much in this book, both in text and in picture, without being too overbearing. It warms my heart to see a family that is not mom-dad-child, without it being mentioned in the text, and that the little baby is carried in a baby wrap.


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Main character, Will, is overweight, but with a relaxed view on it: According to her, the perfect bikini body is a body with a bikini. But love makes her doubt herself, just the way love sometimes does, however she refuse to follow the norm. What do you create? I create miniature cacti polymer clay figurines. Each cactus figurine is one of a kind and some are based off of real cactus plants and some are from my own imagination. The colored clay used are shaped by hand and then baked in an oven. How did it all start? I began making cactus figurines while I was still in school for dentistry.

School was so stressful and I needed an outlet for my creative side. My now husband gifted me a polymer clay set and we began making things together for fun. I began selling the figurines after I displayed them at an art show that same year. What inspires you? Colour continues to be my inspiration for all my design and art endeavors. Everything I create begins with a colour palette in mind. What are you up to next? I am currently working on my next collection of cacti which will be more focused on the detail of each plant.

Melanie on Instagram thecozypost. I lived and worked in Switzerland for 10 years. Since I live with my wife and two children near Munich. When I was in Sweden , I realised how much fun it is to take photos related to nature. Nature is definetely what inspires me the most.