Baby mobile

Since a few weeks know, André has been enjoying the mobile we have made some years ago for Gabriel. Because at such early age babies can mostly see basic shapes, we made different shapes out of scraps of colourful fabrics: two layers with padding in between them which we sewed with a zigzag stitch around and with different patterns in their interior.

We used some wire which we had covered with straps of the same fabrics of the shapes for the mobile structure, giving it a coil shape. We hang the shapes as well the mobile itself with some fishing line. We bought the support of the mobile at Amazon and used the mechanism of an old mobile we didn’t like so much (you can also buy a new one at Amazon).

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How come I don’t smell the soap?…

Gabriel has been having some difficulty to wash his hands. So after he came back from washing his hands we found ourselves systematically smelling them to check if he had actually used soap to wash them. To help him remember the different steps of washing hands we took pictures of him doing it: 1st we get the hands wet, 2nd we rub them with soap, 3rd we rub the hands until they foam, 4th we wash the foam out, 5th we dry them… We printed a card with the different steps which we then laminated and put up above the sink. Gabriel really likes it because he knows it’s his hands and has been washing his hands much better! Last see for how long…

Breakfast scones

DSC03379They actually could be called “anytime of the day” scones but we mostly bake them for breakfast because they are super fast to make and delicious to eat when they are warm (you can put a bit of butter or jam)! Here’s what you need to make ~20 scones:



  • 500 g of flour
  • 300 mL of milk (or rice milk)
  • 100 g of butter (or margarine)
  • 3 table spoons of sugar
  • 3 tea spoons of baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the oven at 220 °C (convection oven).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Cut the butter in cubes and incorporate it with the dry ingredients until you get an homogeneous mixture.
  4. Add the milk and mix until you have an homogeneous dough.
  5. Make  ~20 flat balls 3-4 cm wide and ~1,5 cm thick.
  6. Bake in the oven until they become brownish (~15 minutes)
  7. Enjoy!

Paper garlands

We’ve made new garlands to decorate our living room. They were made out of the same paper bought at Tchibo: the big chain paper garland is made of 21×4 cm strips and the smaller ones of 10,5×2 strips (half the size of the first). The strips were simply taped in order to create a chain element, ensuring that the colours of the papers next to each other are not that similar. The last ones that we hang on the windows are made of 2 cm x variable length strips which were sewn not always along the center for a nicer mouvement effect.