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DIY – little love box

My husband is one of those men who doesn’t want anything for his birthday. So every year I find myself totally lost. I do know however, that he likes handmade things and he really appreciates sweet thoughts (like eloping without the kids for a small weekend or a handmade bag or some very nice sushi for dinner or… well, you get the point!) When I ask him if there is something special he wants, most of the time he tells me: “oh, just give me a kiss!”And this year was no exception, but this time it gave me an idea….
I’m gonna show you have to make “a love box” !! A sweet little something, super fast and pretty much free to make. A little paper box filled with love! In my case, I have written some thoughts on long strips of pretty paper, thoughts that I have about him … oh, I won’t go into details, but it goes something like: “I love looking into your beautiful eyes, I could stare at them all day…” stuff like that.
Here is how I made the box:
We have a lot of different cheese here in Belgium, and many of them comes in pretty wood or paper boxes. That is exactly the kind of “garbage” paper box that we’re looking for here. Something that is made to be thrown away, but brought to life. (I love that!).
I flipped through my huge pile of old design magazines and found this Belgian graffiti fashion shoot that I thought had potential for my little project. I grabbed a Pritt stick (glue) and started tearing small pieces of the photo shoot pages. It was the background I really liked. First I glued the entire top of the box, started to add small pieces, and as I moved on, I glued on the pieces instead before I tacked them down.
The edge of the box was beige brown and I thought it would look better white, so I painted it with fast drying acrylic paint before I continued to glue down my ripped pieces. I found a nice drawing of a man I thought looked like Max and some women that I liked, I glue the man on the top, cut out letters for “Max” and glued the women on the bottom. For a great finish and longer lasting quality, you could add a layer of Mod Podge on top of everything, but it’s not necessary.

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5 things to do in Amsterdam

1. Somewhere to stay: The Times Hotel on Herengracht. Classy, clean and stylish and located super central, close to Dam Square and the 9th streets, and the staff was very friendly. The continental breakfast was more like a breakfast buffet and the room fantastic. Definitely a good choice for a short romantic trip to Amsterdam.
2. Somewhere to eat: Tashi Deleg is located on Utrechtsestraat and serves Tibetan and Indonesian food. Really great prices and fantastic food! For about 20-30€ per person you get a full menu. And you have to try the Tibetan butter tea- delicious!
3. Something to do: Check out bikes and buildings. Compete and check which one of you who can find the strangest bike and the most crooked building first. The looser has to throw the other one down the canal.
4. Something else to do: Again- take pictures. Of everything! There is small details to be found in every corner all over this very liberal and exiting city. Check out the human silly statues on Dam Square. This time I fell in love with a yellow furry chicken! And you can touch Robert Pattinson on Madame Tussauds. The nicest film experience in town has to be PathΓ©, in Theater Tuschinski. This Art Nouveau building is spectacular. Oh, and don’t miss the chance to buy lots of seeds, roots, bulbs and fresh flowers at the Flower market on Bloemenmarkt.
5. Something you have to do- go red of course! Night or day, stroll down to the Red District, the only place in the world where you can order Cannabis as easy as ordering a coffee and where girls are for sale in huge display windows. Pretty strong stuff for an innocent Swede…