Handmade Christmas Gifts: Amigonstro

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It’s been two weeks since I should have published this post… Between one thing and another, and a lot of laziness, too much time has passed!

Every year for Christmas, since three years ago, my husband gives me something from Amigonstro. I love everything that Marta Belo designs, but I can’t afford to buy something new every season. So, in order to satisfy my whim, Joaquim gives me something new every Xmas.

If it depended on me, I would buy everything from her online shop! One of the many advantages of buying from Amigonstro is that Marta is super nice and friendly and let you personalize some details of her products. I love purple and Joaquim always asks her to keep that in mind. Also, her service is very personal and direct so, for example, this year my husband asked her not to put her name or anything related with the brand in the package because he was afraid I would see our mail box and find out what my Xmas gift was beforehand. And, every once in a while she makes some great discounts!

Here is what I’ve already got from this brand:

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Xmas 2013 – wallet
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Xmas 2012 – handbag

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Xmas 2011 – handbag

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Handmade Christmas Gifts: Raubdruckerin

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Hi there everyone! After some really different Christmas vacations, I’m back!

My mum, my little brother and my stepfather came to visit us and we had a blast! Finally I have an Instagram account, so you can follow me and see what we’ve been doing these past few days.

But there’s something apart from our Christmas vacations that I want to tell you about. I would like to talk about all the handmade Xmas gifts that I gave and received.

So, let’s start with the t-shirt I gave my husband Joaquim. I have a couple of friends living and working in Berlin that started not long ago a really cool and original project. Joana and Emma, from Raubdruckerin, take a manhole cover and stamp it in t-shirts, bags and other stuff. Yes, you red it right! Those metal sewage covers that we see in the ground all over the city. We love Berlin and their idea seemed so cool to me that I decided to give one of their t-shirts to my husband. He loved it!!! In fact, it was his favorite gift!

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 Berlin’s manhole covers are super nice because they have the main buildings of the city on them. Go and visit Raubdruckerin’s Facebook page, you will love it!

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Low Cost and Handmade Christmas Decorations 5: Christmas Tree stand and how I wrapped the gifts

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I think the tree was too short, so I made it a little taller using this stand. I used a small fruit box and some wrapping paper. What do you think of it?

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I wrapped the gifts with kraft paper and decorated them with wool pompoms, so they would be in accordance with the rest of the decorations. I used the paper from the toilet paper’s inner cylinder to make the name tags. Zero waste!

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Low Cost and Handmade Christmas Decorations 4: DIY “cardboard Christmas Tree”

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And here it is… my Christmas Tree! I had to give a good use to all the boxes I had at home. I’m not a big fan of spending money, and even less with things that are used one time only or once a year. So, considering this, I’ve decided that from now on this is a new family tradition: think about how we can decorate our place with materials that we already have at home.

As I’ve said, the tree is made of cardboard and the snowflakes are made with some paper that came inside the boxes to protect its content. I just had to buy the lights :) I hope you like it! I’m super proud of it!

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Low Cost and Handmade Christmas Decorations 3: DIY “Branches and Lights”

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Well, something simple and beautiful like this!

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Low Cost and Handmade Christmas Decorations 2: DIY “Christmas Garland”

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And we continue with the low cost and handmade Christmas Decorations. I present to you my Pompoms and Stars Garland! For this one, as I did in the wreath I showed yesterday, I just used wool and clean-pipes. I hope you like it, because I love it!

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Low Cost and Handmade Christmas Decorations 1: DIY “Christmas Crown/Garland/Wreath”

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This year we’re spending Christmas at our own place, because I’m almost 7 months pregnant and I cant’t fly to Portugal to spend it with my family in my grandparents’ house… So, for the first time, I’m decorating my own place! My mum, my little brother and my stepfather are coming to spend Christmas with us and I want it to be perfect!

The first thing I made was this crown, for the entrance door. I just needed some wool for the wreath and for the pompoms and clean-pipes for the stars. I love it! I’m completely in love for it! And I’m super proud of having made it! What do you think?

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