Fire Starters with Wax and Fir

October 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Amanda at House Revivals shared this lovely crafts project:

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Amanda at House Revivals.

Such cute – and fragrant, I bet – fire starters! Visit her site for more photos and full instructions. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 8, 2015 § 1 Comment

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!

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:

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Anne Helgesson.

Found via Maria Soxbo at Husligheter.

Back to the Grind

January 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

Hello, hello; back to the grind after the Christmas break! Hope yours has been as great as mine. Mr. E and I had the most wonderful, the most relaxing Christmas Eve thus far. (We celebrate Finnish Christmas at home on the Eve, then drive to his family for the Day.) There was fooooood…

Xmas Dinner 2014

…and pulla…

Pulla Making Mashup

…and presents!

Opening Presents 2014

We’re both back to new (and some old) projects. What’s up in your world?

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 23, 2014 § 1 Comment

As usual, our Christmas decorations tend to be sparse. Our cut-from-the-yard tree before and after:

Tree 2014 Before After

Mr. E picked silver and white ornaments for this year. The tree is still scrawny, but I don’t care. It still smells wonderful, and has hardly dropped any needles at all. Even sap drip, which we thought might be a problem, hasn’t materialized. Yay!

Like last year, I hung up my recycled 5-minute hanging snowflake ornaments and set out the magazine tree. I also placed electric candles on windows and a smattering of live candles and smaller ornaments on various flat surfaces:

Some Small Xmas Ornaments 2014

There’s also clementines, gingerbread cookies, Finnish Christmas tarts, a himmeli, our straw pig and goat, plus cards on the mantel. Now I’m off for the rest of the year. See you in 2015!

Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta!

Christmas Pretties Around the Internet

December 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

This (long!) post is for some of my favorites for the holiday season 2014.

Lovely red sitting room with a tree, candles and hanging stars by Susanna at Susannan työhuone:

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Susanna at Susannan työhuone.

These glass bead pendants by Amanda at House Revivals were meant as necklaces, but why not use them as tree ornaments instead:

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Amanda at House Revivals.

Truly gigantic wall stars with a modern twist by Victoria at A Subtle Revelry:

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Victoria at A Subtle Revelry.

I really appreciate the combination of non-traditional but coordinating colors. Victoria’s choice of graphic wrapping paper to cover her stars is inspiring!

Beautiful, non-traditional Christmas colors with minimal frou-frou by Jeannette Seymour. Photo by Donna Griffith, via Style at Home:

Jeannette Seymour Minimal Christmas

Jeannette Seymour; photo by Donna Griffith / Style at Home.

Plum & Bow Wooden floral painted mirror from Urban Outfitters:

Urban Outfitters Plum Bow Painted Mirror

Urban Outfitters.

Reminds me so much of traditional Scandinavian painted furniture!

And speaking of Scandinavian… Räven raskar över isen! (Yes, there is an actual Swedish Christmas song involving foxes.) Fox ornaments from Ikea:

Fox Ornaments from Ikea

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

And lest it not be forgotten that monochromatic can also be beautiful: smaller star ornaments in white & gold plus white hyacinths in a white room by Ann Helen, found via Norske interiørblogger:

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Ann Helen; via Norske interiørblogger.

I’m not that keen on glitter, but the proportions of this little felt bow on the gift are perfect:

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By Rachel at Mod Podge Rocks.

Finally, what a steady hand these gingerbread cookie decorations must take!

Sanna Sania Sotaste pepparkakan

Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

By Sania Hedengren and Susanna Zacke at Sanna & Sania.

Getting close now!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

December 16, 2014 § 1 Comment

…a card mess!

Cards and Tags Mess

Woo, holiday cards are mailed! Two languages and two continents makes things, shall we say, interesting. It sounds better than hopelessly messy! 🙂 Apart from the envelopes, two kinds of stamps, address labels, envelope seals, scissors, pens, address books and whatnot, my paper cutter is out to add to the clutter, because I recycle old Christmas cards as gift tags:

Recycled Xmas Card Gift Tags

To counteract the card mess, which for some reason defeats me every year, I made this wrapping cart:

Wrapping Cart

All the gift wrapping supplies (save for larger boxes) are in one place that’s easy to wheel around wherever you need it. There’s dedicated scissors and tape, ribbon, small gift boxes, cards, gift tags, bubble wrap, wrapping paper and tissue paper. Gift bags hang off on one side. We’ve used it for a few years now and I love it. When not in use, it lives in a walk-in closet.

This year, we decided to cut a tree from our lot and chose a small pine. Mr. E, as the resident tall person in the house, got the honor of hanging the lights, as usual:

Hanging Tree Lights 2014

The tree is a little crooked, thin and lopsided, but that’s ok. I like my trees natural-looking, not chainsawed into a perfect cone. (Brr.)

Now, off to sew more presents!

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