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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Muji Christmas

Perfect stocking stuffers from Muji. That tree is so adorable. If there was a Muji store nearby (as in doesn't involve travelling in to London), I'm not sure I could keep myself from buying it. It's so cute! Right? Like, really, really cute.. :-)
North Pole In A Box :: There is a Polar Bear in this. Nuff said.

Wooden Tree Large :: Frickin' cute!

Press Up Brontosaurus :: Flippin' awesome.
Historic City View Handkerchief Paris :: Wouldn't blow my nose in it, but hang it on the wall. There are also London and NYC versions...

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Christmas Is All Around

More Christmas music/video goodness. This one from one of my favourite films, 'Love, Actually'. Not many films can almost bring me to tears every-single-time I watch it, but this one can.

This video is a song that features in that film, an almost has-been rock singer is trying to revive his career with a kind-of strange Christmas song (which ends up being number 1 - a big deal every year in the UK..). It is sung by Bill Nighy in the role as Billy Mack.

Christmas is all around - unfortunately, I can't embed the video, so you'll have to scoot over to YouTube to see it. This video is possibly NSFW, it's got scantily clad ladies and semi pole-dancing. ;-)

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy hyacinths

There's a new pattern available in the shop. Hyacinth Holidays. Aren't hyacinths lovely at this time of year? When we need something bright and colourful.

Here's a tip for ya. Instead of using threads of different shades of the same colour to achieve a look similar to the blue hyacinth below, use a variegated thread. But jump all over the place, so the different colours of the thread gets spread all over the area you are stitching.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mary's Boy Child

So.. today is the fourth Sunday before Christmas and that kicks off the Christmas fun good and proper in my family. Some decorations go up, Christmas baking definitely gets under way and so on. And we light the first candle in the 'adventskrans' - a wreath with four candles, one for each of the four Sundays before Christmas.



And I thought we should have some Christmas music here on the blog too. To ease ourselves into the reindeer and jingle bells madness, we'll start with this classic from Boney M. You've probably heard it loads of times before, but have you seen the video? It is hilarious! Especially the guy in the group. For one, his strange hairstyle: an afro with a parting? Also, his incredibly tight trousers! But the funniest thing is his dancing. Oh it is impossible to describe in words. Although I encourage you to try in the comments! :-D

Happy Sunday!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Goodies for us

Look what I finally* received yesterday! Our advent calendar from my parents. Yay! Can't wait to see what is in the parcels - my mum puts a lot of effort into it every year and I Really Appreciate That! And now that it has become a tradition, I can't imagine December over here without this missive from home...


*Finally not due to any tardiness on my mum's behalf, but because of Royal Mail's uselessness. My mum sent the parcel on Nov 10 and when it still had not arrived earlier this week, we decided to look into it. Luckily my mum had bought 'track and trace' for it, so we could check its whereabouts online. Apparently Royal Mail had tried to deliver it - according to the online information, but noone had been here on the day in question (I know, because I am a job-less bum who sits at home in my jammies all day ;-) ). And even if they had been here, they hadn't left a 'sorry you were out' card.

Really not impressed with Royal Mail- oh well, I got my parcel now, so December is safe. :-)

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Forever Noël pattern

Over the last week I've been doing a looooot of embroidery. That makes me really quite happy. I don't know if you embroider too, but I can really, truly recommend it! It is so relaxing and at the end of it you have something pretty. Or something rude if that's your flavour. ;-)

Anyway, here's the first of the Christmas flavoured patterns I've been working on. A little branch-y heart with 'noël' written inside. It is called 'Forever Noël'. I really, really like natural elements in Christmas decorations - maybe that's why I insist on having a real tree?

I remember going with my mum to the nearby forest when I was little, to collect branches, moss, pinecones etc for making candle decorations for Christmas. In my family candles are a big part of the December 'celebrations'. I guess with those cold, short December days you crave something warm and bright to make it feel a bit cozier.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Special delivery

Very special indeed. We won't be spending Christmas in Denmark this year, although we were supposed to - we alternate between here and there. So, to ensure some semblance of a Proper Christmas, I ordered a few key Danish ingredients. I was actually supposed to go to a shop/cafe in London which sells some Danish foods, but I couldn't be sure that they would have what I needed, especially now, getting so close to Christmas. And the delivery cost was about the same as a return ticket to London, so why not have it delivered? :-)

Especially, Kirsebær sauce. It is a cherry sauce which you have with risalamande, the traditional Danish Christmas dessert, it's a rice pudding sort of thing, but you eat it cold and it also has whipped cream and chopped almonds in it. It is VERY yummy! But of course you can't buy the cherry sauce overhere, I have tried improvising with some tinned cherries in a 'sauce', but it's just not the same. At all.

I also bought some 'kransekagemasse', which is a marzipan mix you use for baking a special kind of cake, kransekage. A lot of Danish families have it with champagne on New Year's Eve and since Tony really likes kransekage, I thought he should have some for New Year's. But without the champagne, because neither of us likes it. And to be perfectly honest, I don't think that champagne and kransekage go very well together, because kransekage is VERY sweet. But maybe that's just me...

And then I also got some sweeties. 'Tyrkisk peber' which is a hard liquorice candy with a hot, salty liquorice powder inside them. You just can't get proper salty liquorice overhere! Plus some Danish sweeties that Tony likes. Sweeties for my sweet. :-)

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bird bag

Weee, I can finally show you this bag I made for my sister for Christmas. It was intended as a bag for her school books, but apparently, she has way too many books! So it will have to hold her lunch instead!

The fabric, both inside and out, is from IKEA. Don't you just LOVE it? I know I do! My sister should too, it has birds on it and she loves birds. Like in an almost disturbingly fashion! ;-)

The inside. Of course I had to line up the fabric to get maximum birdage in there. Those birds really are terribly cute, don't you think!?

Two little pockets for little things.

The strap. With a slider. Which seemed difficult at first, but once you figure it out, it totally makes sense! Although, to help myself remember how to do it for next time (when I finally make a bag for ME), I've taken some step by step pictures and I'm going to write a tutorial for it very soon.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Xmas mix & match

As much as I like looking at presents that are all colour co-ordinated and stuff, I really think that a pile of presents that are all different, and a little mis-matched, is a lot more charming. Life isn't colour co-ordinated, after all, so why should Christmas be?

Our tree is not looking too healthy at all, so this afternoon I took off all the decorations. Tony is getting rid of the tree tomorrow. Christmas is over already! And I'm back to work tomorrow at 9 o'clock. Big sigh.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Bamboo Christmas

Just testing my Christmas present from Tony. Can you guess what is is? :-)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Glædelig Jul!



This is the intro to a julekalender (advent calendar - 24 episodes in December, some are for all ages, some are mostly for adults, some suck and some are classics) that was shown on Danish telly when I was a little kid. Jul i Gammelby, 'Christmas in Old Town' is a true classic and that tune just says Christmas to me. Probably to most Danes my age!

Well, it's Christmas Eve! And to Danes that IS Christmas, none of that presents in the morning nonsense for us. Nope, tonight is the night. Shame it's just the two of us, it makes singing carols and dancing arouind the tree a bit silly. Not to mention a bit difficult seeing as our tree is wedged in between the sideboard and the telly. But we are opening some of our presents tonight!

Speaking of which, Tony is chanting 'julegaver, julegaver, julegaver' ( = Christmas presents) right now. He's as excited as a little kid! ;-) But he can't have any 'til we've had dinner!

I would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. I hope you have a lovely and peaceful time with your loved ones.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tags for you.

Just in case you need some winter / Christmas gift tags, here are some tags inspired by the blog header. From me to you. Just because. :-)

Fits on a sheet of A4. Download it right here.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

And now I can make some rugbrød!

Yesterday in London we went to Scandinavian Kitchen, a restaurant which, yes, you probably guessed it, serves Scandinavian food. We didn't eat there, though, we went so I could buy some Danish food stuff. Like this big box of flødeboller. I don't even know how to describe what they are. They have a thin waffle like bottom, the white is a puffy, creamy sweet thing made from beaten eggs and covered with thin dark chocolate.

They are yummy! Unfortunately, a few hours being banged about on the Tube and in the streets, made some of them break. But they are still yummy! And the worst of them I put in the freezer because broken, frozen flødeboller are also very, very nice! They are not a Christmas speciality, by the way. I just fancied some, seeing as they had them. Ha!

We went to Liberty and then down to Carnaby Street where the All Saints shop had loads of old Singer sewing machines in the window. How cool is that? Not terribly photogenic, but you get the idea, right?

And how about this cool Christmas tree in Levi's, or whereveer it was...? I think I'm going to make a 'tree' like that next year. Ok, maybe not. ;-)

And these giant snowmen were floating graciously above the street. What with there rarely being any snow for Christmas, sometimes it's difficult to get into the right mood. But somehow these guys made me think, hell yeah, it IS almost Christmas, wahey!!

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Just a few Christmassy corners. Those gingerbread houses are from Woolies. I daresay they will become collectors items! The 'gold' tealight holder was a gift from my (paternal) grandma... ages ago!

One of the tree light holders that we've started collecting. I love the small porcelain 'dish' on it. So delicate.

And here's the other one, with a wee birdy!

Our tree is a bit funny looking this year. And a lot wider than previous years. Also, this year we managed to get a star on the top. Hooray!

What a cosy shot, eh?

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Card and robins

As promised, here's the card I was making yesterday. The blue paper is from the inside of an envelope. I really like the white dots on blue. So pretty! It says 'Happy Christmas' by the way. In case you hadn't guessed already. ;-)

I spent about an hour the other day cutting last year's Christmas cards into tags for this year's Christmas presents. Nice bit of recycling I think.

In the Battle of the Animals on Christmas Cards, the robins clearly won. Very cute they are too! The deers and polar bears came in second. I really, really like the little one in Santa's hand, just there on the left hand side. So adorable.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Runaway penguin tee

Of course, I forgot to take pictures of this before it flew out of my hands. Typical. Good job my mum is handy with a camera then! I made this t-shirt for my sister for Christmas. She liked it. Yay! What you probably can't tell is that the single penguin on the front is saying 'hej' which means 'hi'.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

What did you get for Christmas?

Only fantastic things, I hope! Like he didn't get me enough jewellery already, Tony also gave me these über-cute earrings from Sudlow on Etsy.

My parents gave me some yarn, loads of sewing thread (yay!) and fabric in solid colours. Maybe that is a bit boring, but sometimes you just need a 'boring' fabric to really make other fabrics 'pop', right? My fabric drawer certainly looks very pretty now, with all those solids. Or maybe it's just because I had to tidy it to fit in the new fabrics!? ;-)

One present from my sister (+ BIL) revealed that she actually reads this blog (hej lille søster!), because they got me those awesome coasters that look like chocolate! And I hadn't mentioned them to anyone outside of this blog. Plus some really cute fabric and (I think) every size of bias tape maker. Which I have still to try - a project for next week, I think.

This awesome book I got from Tony's sister + family. It is brimming with fantastic drawings and sketches, I really can't wait to spend an afternoon poring over them all. More shots from it on Flickr.



The picture above shows a couple of other books I got. The Needle Crafter's Companion and Freeform Knitting and Crochet. I have a massive crochet project this year, and I'm hoping this book will give me a bit of inspiration for that. More about that later, though. ;-)

This Last year's loot also counts some DVDs (Frida, Basquiat, Was It Something I Said) a 6 months subscription to my favourite magazine (BoligLiv.dk), a pink craft/tool case and a self healing mat. In short, I'm a very spoiled and lucky gal! I hope you got prezzies as good as these too!

Right, 'nuff already with the showing off, it's time to hit the sofa and do some crochet - Tony's blanket won't make itself, now will it?! ;-)

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

Oh man, you guys! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on the previous post! Who knew so many sweet people read this little blog!? Really, truly, from the bottom of my heart: thank you! Tony says thanks too. :-)

The pictures are from Christmas, chez my parents and in Århus (love those lights!).

Have a happy New Year everyone!



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Sunday, December 23, 2007

From me to you

It's almost here and we're almost there. I do so love Christmas and this year is very special indeed. We will be spending it with my parents and my sister and her hubby. It's four years since I last spent Christmas with my sister and us four 'kids' have never celebrated Christmas together!

All the presents are made, wrapped and packed. Perhaps not surprisingly, we have one suitcase almost exclusively filled with Christmas presents. Now that's what I'm talking 'bout! I totally love all the secrets and surprises of Christmas. It's not so much the actual present, but whether you/I've managed to get the presents just right for the recipient. I especially love when it's something unexpected that they absolutely love. That's the best presents to give!

Thank you so much for stopping by here on whatever regular or irregular basis that you do so. And especially thank you to all the lovely ladies who've participated in the interviews. I'll be doing more next year - so please let me know if there's someone you think I should contact!

Alright, I hope everyone who reads this has a very happy, lovely and relaxing Christmas. I also hope you get some nice surprises under the tree and some lovely treats on the table.

x x x

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Red hat + green stripes

I spent my day off making this gal. Another nissepige (pixie girl). She's actually been a work in progress for a wee while, but now she's almost finished. She still needs some hair. Right now I think her head looks too small, but hopefully the hair will help balance that. Strangely enough (or maybe not so strange?) I'm considering giving her Leia type buns. We shall see...

I really, really love her legs. That stripy green fabric is just one of my favourites. Her arms can move, you can't see them in any of the pictures, but I've attached them with some buttons. First time I've done that, and I think next time I'd be better off using slightly thicker thread than just regular sewing thread. I keep thinking it's going to snap.

Anyway, she's cute as cute can be. At least I think so. She's the biggest softie/doll I've made so far and it's quite fun to make something on a larger scale. I've used some new stuffing for her as well, which feels heavier than what I've used before, so there's a nice weight to her. I wish I had time so I could make a couple more, one for my mum and one for my sister!

And speaking of my sister! Just about now she and her hubby should be landing in Denmark. They've not been there for over a year! I so, so can't wait 'till Monday when we go over there too. I really sometimes have to stop myself from thinking about it or I'll go mad with anticipation. Oh, I can't wait to see them all. I do miss my family an awful lot!

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