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!

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, 19 December 2010

P52 - getting closer to the end

I can't believe there are only two more weeks left of this year! It feels like it has gone by way too fast, like I blinked and all of a sudden the year is almost over. Huh?

Although, looking back at the P52 photos makes me realize that a lot has actually happened this year.
I cannot express how happy I am that I decided to continue doing this project. As nice as it is to have a bunch of pretty pictures gathered, it's the reflection it sparks when I look at them that is priceless to me. Every single photo means something. Some weeks less than others of course, but still they represent our lives.

If you are thinking about doing this project next year, even for a second, all I can say is you won't regret it!

#50, 2010
The presents are slowly being bought, wrapped, and placed under the tree. I hope to have the last ones finished on Tuesday or Wednesday (I know, cutting it close, lol).

This year I am going with a white/silver/blue theme. The papers are white with silver patterns and the ribbons are blue. I made the tags, with papers from the Frostbite Paper Pack, and they are glued to the ribbon/paper. No big bows. No frou frou. Just the basics. Simple but effective. It also looks nice with the white theme of the tree. I can dig it!

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!

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.