Bento box ideas 5.

Spring is coming and fresh vegetables make our breakfast or snack more fun. Leftovers from Easter make a nice bento box as well:) The version with rusk/crackers was inspired by not going to the groceries and “having nothing at home”.

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Wallet insert with a photo

There is a superstition that when you give a wallet as a gift it shouldn’t be empty to avoid bad financial luck. Either you keep this tradition or just want to place a photo in the wallet of a loved one, it is a fun idea to do it in the form of a real-looking credit card.

Once the idea is there, work with it according to your skills and possibilities:

  • Image processing: whatever software you are comfortable with. If you are not too experienced in this area, it is also possible to use MS Word or Power Point to layer the elements (name of the cardholder, name of the bank, card number, expiration date, background).
  • Printing: it works when you print it on normal paper and glue it on a cardstock, but it is also possible to print it as a photo. The official size of a credit card is 54*86 mm; it is recommended to apply to make sure it will fit in the pocket of the wallet.
  • Sides: the main thing is the front, it is enough to make that side. If you want a more ‘real’ look, make the back as well and glue them together.

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Bento box ideas 4.

Last month was inspired by some leftover christmas gingerbread, a farm visit and some mediterranean touch to cheer us up in these snowy, rainy days.

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Bento box ideas – January:

  1. bread, bacon, cheese, eggplant zacousca, apple, tangerine, gingerbread
  2. bread, pancetta style bacon, cheese, cucumber, mustard
  3. bread, ham, cheese, boiled egg, bean zacousca, cucumber
  4. bread, boiled egg, olives, dried tomato, orange, pistachio

Magyar/Hungarian: Bento doboz ötletek 4.

Busy-board for little kids

It is always challenging to find a good gift to a little kid and it’s not even sure (s)he will be interested in it for a longer time. I saw the idea of a busy board or tool board and I knew I would make one for my little niece for Christmas.

The main idea is to fix all sorts of locks, hooks, zippers, screws etc. on a board and the kids can play with it and their fine motoric skills improve at the same time. You can buy some tools in a craft store but if you look around your shelves, pantry, basement of attics you will find a lot of useable stuff you don’t actually need anymore. The cost of our version was about 1-2 dollars because we found enough stuff.

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Materials and tools:

  • wood based panel (furniture, OSB, drawing board, etc.)
  • tools (lock, hook, ziplock, buckle, screw, watch strap, light switch, carabiner, small lamp, window handle, button, velcro strap, bottlecap, magnet, etc.)
  • nails, hammer, glue, paint, brush, sandpaper, pinchers

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Winter wreath

I like to follow the change of seasons on a front door wreath. This year summer turned winter quite suddenly but that’s how it was. I didn’t prepare too much for this wreath, used the stuff I had on hand, mostly leftover white yarn from my knitting projects.

 

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Materials and tools:

  • wreath base
  • white yarn
  • ornaments (acorn, ribbon, pine tree)
  • scissors, glue, tooth pick

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Knitted scarf for men

Who would not be pleased with a soft and warm scarf before winter? This scarf was for men is easy to knit, but takes some time to complete. But if you knit while watching a few movies or series episodes time flies and your gift is getting ready soon.

I was tempted to try some advanced stitches of the 30 different ones I tried so far but set my mind to consider the taste of the future scarf owner. So I sticked to garter stitch with a moss stitch border.

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