Monday, 23 December 2013

merry christmas

Busy times these past couple of weeks! I am sure we are all feeling the stress and the pressure to get everything ready and done for the holidays. For me there just has not been enough time or energy to get in front of the computer in the past weeks.

Tomorrow is the big day for us here in Sweden, we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. So I wanted to take the opportunity to say Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope you get to have a lovely time with your loved ones.

I am excited and nervous to give these gifts to the ones that I love.

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

christmas morning

Christmas is celebrated on  Christmas Eve in Sweden, and the day finally came - even though I did feel like I needed a few more hours of both preparation and sleep - with a sense of anticipation. The presents were wrapped, the table was set, and the food was done. I even managed to get some pretty clothes on!

I take great pride in my wrapping and put in a lot of time and care to make them all match in accordance to a certain theme for each year. This year was kraft with stamped snowflakes (my love for snowflakes is eternal), washi tape, baker's twine, and red satin ribbon.

Many times I draw from the wrapping theme for the table setting. I find this particularly nice as our tree is always placed right by the dining table. This year was no different. I wanted that homespun, traditional look on the table as well.

I went with three thick wreaths along the length of the table and filled the centers with red apples. Those centerpieces smell so lovely!

For each plate setting I made miniature wreaths with a gingham ribbon and a little tag saying "Merry Christmas".  They fit perfectly on the glass plates.

I also used pillar candles, again tied with the gingham ribbon, in simple glass vases, and some large tealights.

My good friend Anneli gave me handmade (by her) three wick candles that I really wanted to use. The only problem was that I had no candle holders - can you believe it - to put them in. That was a total bummer, and it still irks me a little.

It was a quick. easy, and simple dressing of the table that felt perfectly restrained and laid back for a Christmas dinner.

We had a lovely and calm day with good food, a nice visit from Santa, and many wonderful gifts. Also, too many sweets. I will be using photos from the day in digi scrap layouts and Project 52 posts in the coming days.

Until then, take care!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

advent calendar grown up edition

So the husband mentioned a couple of months ago that it would be cool to have a grown up version of an advent calendar. I have been thinking of doing one for years, and now that he mentioned it himself, I knew I had to do it.

Being the natural born procastinator that I am, I put it off for weeks and weeks until I had just a few days to put it together. But oh! What do you get for a grown man if it has to be relatively small both in size and in prize? Finding 24 of those is difficult I tell you. I finally got the last piece on Friday on my lunch break and then spent half the night making number tags and putting everything in bags in order to be able to put them up today when the husband was at work.

It turned out well, I think. Some of the objects are a bit on the heavy side, which meant that I had to go a little overboard on the tape. I wish I didn't have to use tape; I originally wanted to attach the bags to string. In the end I couldn't figure out a way to fasten the string to the wall without making holes. So tape it had to be.

It was a great success when he came home and was able to open the first bag. I now hope the excitement lasts all the way until Christmas!

I put the bags on our chalkboard wall in the entry to the kitchen from the hallway. The chalk banner is always there but usually it says "Remember". I thought it fitting to change it to "Merry Christmas". And, ok, we won't be able to use the wall as a message board for the most part of the month but I think we will manage. As long as we remember to put the trash bin out on the right day, I think we're good. LOL!

I used regular kraft paper bags to hold the items. The tags are made from red striped kraft paper that I free handed the numbers on. I had planned to print the numbers but felt it was a tad too noisy at 1.30 am. I stapled the tag to the bag, also making sure to staple the bag itself shut at the same time. It was not until this morning that I noticed that I had forgotten to change the pink staples that I had used for the BIL and SIL's wedding in August. Oh well!

Monday, 19 December 2011

white on white with doilies and lace

OK, so I felt the need to reshoot the Christmas presents. Here we go again!

So that's white on white with matte wrapping paper, with fabric lace, satin ribbon, paper doilies. I also used silver ink to stamp the initial of the recipient and the "God Jul" (which means Merry Christmas in Swedish), silver wax seals with a snowflake motif (can't leave the snowflakes out), and a sparkly silver pen to write the message.

Present wrapping is very important to me. I take it very seriously and always match all the presents. This year I decided to match the tree as well (and here's a hint - the decor for the Christmas Eve table). Overboard? Me? Nah! :)

Sunday, 11 December 2011

this year under the tree

After a full week away on a business trip, I have had a truly busy weekend to catch up with everything that needs to be done for Christmas - like presents to make, buy, and wrap, and  decorations to finish, I haven't had a single minute to sit down in front of the computer. It has actually been a full week since I even opened it last. I can't even remember when that happened before this week.

Because of this, I haven't shared my latest new product, or our Christmas card, that I actually made last week, but haven't gotten round to printing yet (no, there is no time to handmake them this year, so a photo card will have to do). And neither have I shared photos from our Italy trip, which I haven't even finished editing yet. Man, do I wish I didn't need to sleep!

So today I spent almost the whole day wrapping presents. The husband was laughing at me as it took me 45 minutes to get the first one wrapped. But once I got going it went pretty well. I have about half of the load wrapped now so they will definitely be finished this week.

Please excuse the crappy photography, the light was rapidly escaping, but here's what our gifts look like this year. White on white with silver wax seals and stamps. All to match the tree, of course.

I hope everyone are doing well, and coping a little better than I am with all the stuff going on in your lives! Have a great new week!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Diaper cake yumminess

I made a diaper cake for my sister and BIL and brought it to the hospital when we went to see little Wilmer. Gosh it was heavy to log around, lol!

It was surprisingly easy to make, just a little time consuming rolling all those diapers. I really like how it turned out. Now I kind of just want more kidlets to come along so I can do more of them! Hee!

For those of you who don't know, a diaper cake is made of rolled up diapers and is covered by baby blankets. I used fleece ones that were so soft and had cute little animals printed on them. I also wrapped each tier in a ribbon; for prettiness and for holding the blankets in place.

The great thing about the diaper cake is that it's 100% usable. The diapers are obvious, lol, and the blankets can be used for both naptimes and playtime for the baby. There is also a small treat for the parents in the middle once all the diapers are gone!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Art collaboration and a gift set

One of my coworkers asked me to do a painting for him after seeing the one I did for another coworker a while ago. It took me a while to get started and then it didn't exactly come out the way I had envisioned it. So after giving it several tries I had to ask my husband for help. I had the shapes and colours all set. I just couldn't get the blending of the black and white right. His solution was to open a bottle of wine and crack the paint bottles open. After a while we were both standing there talking and dragging paint along imaginary lines. The end result was this organic creation.

For the gift we got my sister for her birthday I wanted to do something cute and sassy and chic and cool. All at the same time! So I rummaged through my collection of wrapping paper and was discouraged. I had lots and lots of Christmas themed paper (ok, so I do go overboad in that department, sue me, lol) but nothing that screamed chic and sassy. What to do, what to do? Improvise of course! I went with a black wrapping paper and added a strip of this ultra cool scrapbook paper by Glitz. Then, as a simple last little touch I added a hot pink ribbon and some bling. Simple but effective.

Naturally I had to do a matching card as well. The pink paper got to act the star again, and I added the same ribbon as well as her initial and some sequins.


The gift? My faves; white high top Converse all stars!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

New home

My sister and her fiance moved to their new house yesterday and I made a card to go with the present we got them. It took me three hours + to make in PS. After that I had run out of steam and simply mounted it on sparkly cardstock in blue and silver. I am so proud of myself that I had the patience to actually finish it, lol.

I totally lifted the design from the box for this notch and die set from Basic Grey that I have.

The design isn't identical because I didn't have all the filigrees and flourishes in my font sets that they have used. But I still like the outcome.

The fonts I used are: Dekor01, Ornament Scrolls and Flourishes, Circus, Arial

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Project 52, week 12 and sweetness

This week has completely flown by. I haven't had the chance to pick up my camera once until today. It is starting to be my melody; the shot of the week taken on the very last day of said week. LOL, at least I am getting one, right?

#12, 2009
Making smoothies

I want to share with you something that made my heart melt. Right before we were leaving for Milan last Friday this card arrived for me in the mail. My little goddaughter made it for me and had her mum or dad send it in the mail.


Inside it says "For my Linda from Josefin" and she has drawn in it too.

Isn't it just the sweetest thing you have ever seen? It had me crying buckets. She is such a sweet little girl. I love her so!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Card and present

We had a birthday party to go to this past weekend. I had a lot of things to tend to so I kept the wrapping and card simple but tried to match the colours and pattern to keep it consistent. I also made the cupcake to match the cook book (on desserts only) that was inside the package. Simple but cute.