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May you have wonderful Christmas time and may it fill you with peace and joy!

Best Christmas wishes from re:design

(Also, we know we’re late this year but a combination of overwork and cold made these Christmas preparations intense and stressful and something had to give. Still, the wishes are a bit more intense for every hour they are late. XOXO!)

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Even though most of us are still a little bit sick, we had an intense weekend, which included cleaning, ornament making and, most importantly, card making. It’s so late in the season and the post office is sure to bring the print version to people some time for Easter but at least we’re doing it (and it’s fun). (Also, we mostly send it online so it will be on time.)

In this little preview of our process you can see us cutting elements of the card out (almost all of us – we don’t fully trust our one-year-old with sharp tools yet). Come back soon for the awesome (hopefully awesome?) finished version.

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And how far along are you with your seasonal preparations? It’s a mess, amirite?

 

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May you have a wonderful time during the holiday season,
may you spend it in warmth and joy with the people you love
and may you find a moment to do something silly and fun.

This year again we managed to find time for a hand-made Christmas card which doubles as a Christmas tree decoration. The making-of process pictured below:

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Just in time for Christmas cheer we want to share the most themed book on our shelf. (Also, I guess we don’t actually have so many Christmas books and that should be corrected. What are your favorites?) Marguerite’s Christmas is written by India Desjardins and beautifully illustrated by Pascal Blanchet. (We’ve got a Polish edition but you can see or buy English one on Amazon, here.) It combines two emotions which often go together during this holiday season: sense of magic and sense of sadness and also manages to say something true about the old age (thus, becoming much more than just a book for children).

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The illustrations are quite artful, using colors, compositions and a certain old-fashioned style to match the atmosphere and the theme of the story. At the same time they’re very modern in their simplicity.

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We know few books, particularly picture books, that would capture better the feel of a winter night.

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Or the emptiness of an apartment.

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re-shop-friendsAnd here’s just a last-minute reminder that there are still promos and great gift ideas (including, but certainly not limited to, our stuff) on Society6 and bza.

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After some holiday irregularities we return to our standard posting schedule (or, we try to).

This year’s Christmas (and New Year’s) card were not very mysterious in the making but they took a lot of work, fun and mess to get to and so we’d like to share the process with you.

We actually never made ginger cookies before (though gingerbread was part of our Christmas tradition for quite a while) and so we found a recipe in a cookbook. It was fairly easy and it took a whole lot of honey.

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Once the dough was ready and rolled out, we needed to draw the cookie shapes (because not only do we not have any ready-made cutters but it would also make for more generic cards).

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Then we cut the shapes out, simple as that (though the first attempt was a failure: we used too little flour and needed to scrap the first reindeer).

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The first batch consisted of the elements of the card: reindeer, trees and stars. At first, we tried to make very geometric trees and stars but they looked like bad results of using a commercial cutter. And so we let our love for Matisse guide us from then on. Once the first batch was baked we let our imagination run a little wilder.

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So, the culinary part was ready but, of course, that was nowhere near the final card. At first, we intended to be very traditional and decorate the cookies with icing. We got a lot of sugar decorations for that and were very determined to do this. Except time was running out and we still didn’t got to decorating. Also, we were a little nervous about it, having no experience with creative icing and no time to do another batch of cookies. So finally we skipped the icing and used the decorations straight on the background when arranging the card(s).

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Yes, everything on the cards was edible. The ground is white chocolate. Insider tip: chopsticks helped with the arrangement.

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We initially meant to do just one card but we had enough cookies for two so we did a more direct Matisse (/Miro?) tribute. And finally, here’s a bunch of other cookies we did just for fun (sadly, the dinosaur did not survive a fall untouched; and yes, it’s an X-men-related geeky cookie).

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So, we hope your year is off to a great (and delicious) start and we hope to see you around a lot!