holiday

a boxtroll and a ballerina mouse

henrik-and-maja-costumes This last summer our family had the opportunity to visit Laika Studio.  The production company that made the stop motion movie The Boxtrolls.  After seeing Henrik's enthusiasm for claymation and his extensive knowledge of many film makers such as Ray Harryhausen, the pioneer in the field of stop motion, they let us in for an exclusive VIP tour of their studio.  Henrik was in Heaven, and learned a few more tricks to making his figures that much better.

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This year for Halloween Henrik wanted to be a Boxtroll and Maja said she wanted to be a Ballerina Mouse.  I decided to make both of their costumes out of Paper mache.  Paper mache is fairly easy to make with items from around your home.  All you need are: balloons, flour, water,  tissue or newsprint, paint, and patience.  I definitely was lacking in patience and popped both balloons too early. I ended up having to re-inflate a balloon in each mask and add new paper mache, as well as paint them over.  Lessoned learned; wait overnight till popping the balloon.  It will save you so much more work and time, as well as heartache on your children.

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Henrik also decided he wanted to dress as the main character, Eggs.  Maja wanted to be in her costume for about two minutes and decided she had better things to do.  I hope you enjoy and had a happy Halloween!

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shadow box portraits and sweet paul magazine offer

Henrik and I have been busy little elves this holiday working on handmade presents for our family.  As most of you may already know Henrik loves making figures with clay.  He has, in the past, made portraits of his family and friends.  This year I thought it would be a nice gift for him to make portraits of his grandparents. shadow-box-portraitsWhen Sweet Paul Magazine contacted me to work with them I was so excited.  I have been a long time fan of this beautifully styled and photographed magazine.  This year they have produced a Sweet Paul kids Holiday magazine, and everything in it is breathtaking.  There are so many fun ideas and recipes to do with children, and the photography and styling is impeccable.

Inspired by the darling mini shadow box homes in the magazine, I decided to make a little shadow box scene for the portraits that Henrik created.

shadow-box-portraits2Luckily I had two small blank shadow boxes lying around that I could use for each set of grandparents.  I also used colorful patterned paper, some dollhouse accessories, and shish kabob skewers.

shadow-box-portraits3While Henrik worked on making portraits of his Nana, Papa, Mormor, and Resi (Mormor's dachshund), I glued on the paper, accessories, and skewers.

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shadow-box-portraits6Sweet Paul is offering One More Mushroom readers a special offer for their magazine download.  Click here to get your copy of Sweet Paul Kids for only .99¢!  I promise you won't regret it.  I can't wait to get started on a few more projects from the magazine.  Thanks Sweet Paul for the offer and the always beautiful inspiration.

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