Green in January

January 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

Happy New Year! How are things? We’re busy with life, as usual. The first snow has come and gone, and the second snow is still here. I’m glad to have some green things around. My hyacinth bulbs from a year ago persisted despite my “care” and are about to blossom again, yay!

Hyacinth Buds

(I don’t force my flowers. As long as they survive, I’m happy.)

We got rid of our Christmas tree quite some time ago, but these trimmed branches are still doing fine in the basement:

Pine Boughs Basement

Note to self: If we ever need to have a very minimal Christmas, this idea would do well for a little “tree”. :)

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 8, 2015 § 2 Comments

We got our Christmas tree this weekend from our yard, like last year. This one looks better, I think!

Tree 2015

In the front hall, I set one of my prized Scandinavian-style electric candle sets, our Finnish straw goat and Danish straw pig, the Finnish himmeli and a vase of leftover brances from the pine (barely visible on the floor).

Front Hall Ornaments 2015

I’m off for the rest of the year. Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!

Independence Day 2015

December 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

Instead of placing them on the window, I hung my two Independence Day candles this year:

Independence Day 2015

(Finland turned 98 yesterday. Two more for a big celebration!)

Wintery Gift Tags with Cross Stitch

December 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ha, another craft idea / link to remember: wintery DIY gift tags by graphic designer Anne Helgesson:

Anne Helgesson Gift Tags 121217

Anne Helgesson.

Found via Maria Soxbo at Husligheter.

Happy End of November!

November 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m taking the rest of the month off, blogwise.

November Sunset

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating! Outside the U.S.: happy end of November!

Light Rays off of Drinking Glass

November 20, 2015 § Leave a comment

Kinda cool:

Light Rays off of Drinking Glass

Light bouncing off of a drinking glass in our kitchen.

Paper Strip Art Inspiration

November 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ooh, saving this photo by Sherry and John Petersik for inspiration for a future art project:

Sherry John Petersik cleaning-playroom6

Sherry and John Petersik at Young House Love.

I still have lots of leftover paper strips from a paper chain Christmas ornament project. The framed art on the right side of the photo above would be perfect to use some up!

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