Thursday, December 18, 2014

Painted Ice Lanterns



After a very gray November, is it a wonder that we're turning to lights + color? These are pure magic. Today's post  lands perfectly with our first real snow yesterday and the upcoming holidays. 

Light up your holidays with Painted Ice Lanterns. These are so incredibly beautiful and a lot of fun to make.  Come with me to learn how. 

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Day 14: Swedish Gingerbread Cookies and Cake | Pepparkakor


Day 14: Swedish Gingerbread Cookies and Cake | Pepparkakor

This is a weekend of baking and celebrating with two days of Swedish Christmas must-have baked goods. Did you join us for Lucia, yesterday? We shared our  Swedish Lussekatt, (Lucia Buns) for Day 13 in the 25 Creative Days Calendar  and today, Day 14: We are sharing our recipe for Swedish Gingerbread Cookies (Pepparkakor) and just a little more.
Along with cookies from my childhood home,  the kids and I bake these Swedish Gingerbread

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Day 13: Make Lucia Buns and Lucia Centerpiece Crowns


Day 13: Lucia: Make Lucia Buns and Lucia  Centerpiece Crowns


Girls with flickering candle crowns and boys in white gowns means it's Lucia in Sweden. I'd love to bring the celebrations from our home to your home today. Happy Lucia.

I feel a special honour in posting on Lucia Day, which is Day 13, in our 25 Creative Days Calendar. Meeting you on this day inspired me to create, not just just one project, but, two essential Lucia handmade projects:  Saffran Buns called Lussekatt and Lucia Centerpiece Crowns called Luciakronor. 

Hop down with my family and join us to make these traditional saffron-infused baked goods and learn how you, too, can make your own Lucia Crown to be used as a center-piece.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White Chocolate Dipped Meringue Trees


Make White Chocolate Dipped Meringue Trees

I think that there's something so festive about meringues (here, too.)  These soft-Meringues dipped in chocolate in the shape of trees are winter-licous fun. It's a fun project to make with the kids and the question is: are these art or are these baked goods? The taste gives just one answer + we didn't have one left on the plate.)  We created these, last weekend, for a party and would love to spread the winter making to you, too! Join us below for how-to and recipe. 

(Above and beyond the magic of spun sugar, these are also gluten free making them ideal for so many larger gatherings.) 

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Prism Snow Globes


Today, I feel like George Bailey at the end of movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" for so many reasons. 

First, there was the "I-wonder if" moment that actually worked  ---- and worked b-e-a-u-t-f-u-l-l-y ---resulting in the creation of these Prism Snow Globes; then, there was Paul, of Sweet Paul Magazine. 
I'd love for you to have a little more wonderful today, too. Come with us and learn how to make these Prism Snow Globes below.

I'll show you how everyone can hold a little snow in the palm of their hands and  create a snow globe that does not leak! These can be used in place of regular snow globes or strung up on a tree as ornaments. 

Jump with me, below, to learn how to make these Prism Snow Globes and what Sweet Paul has to do with this joy, too. 

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kid Made: Clothespin Nutcracker Ornaments




Today I am excited to share a super simple, kid made project:  Clothespin Nutcracker Ornaments.

What could be filled with more imagery than a story with tutus, candy that dances and dramatic music at Christmas time?  I have beautiful childhood memories of the Nutcracker and I could not wait to introduce it to our kids, too.  Listening to the music and making an ornament along with reading the story in picture book form is one of my favorite ways to build up the atmosphere of the season. (The ballet is a perennial favorite here, too, in Stockholm but, I'm going to have to come back to that another day. I was so surprised the first time I attended it here...)

... leap me below

... full post, tutorial for super, simple, Clothespin Nutcracker Ornaments and my favorite Picture Book Author's version of the Nutcracker.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

5 Winter Paper Printables


I'm so happy to meet you here today and the chance to share 5 Simple, Winter, Printable, Paper Projects from willowday with templates. I want creating to be fun and easy for you and would love to see what you do with these, too!

I see snowman in paper prisms. We cut snowflakes... and I hear them roar and this is a large part of why I  love to meet you here to share and to create with you.

Jump into the fun with us, below...

Monday, December 1, 2014

25 Creative Days of Christmas in Sweden


Good Morning and Happy December.

25 Creative Days of Christmas in Sweden is about to kick off. This project is particularly close to my heart, as it came as a spark of an idea and a personal wish to work with other creatives in Sweden! I'm just thrilled to organise this group and to work together with all of these creative talents on such a fun 25 day project!

25 Days of Creativity Calendar in Sweden:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

5 Holiday Candle Projects


Happy Holiday Wishes from Sweden! It's such an inspiring time of the year here with festivity in the air, places and people to see, along with creating a cosy holiday home. Are you feeling the same?

Numerical Advent Candles can be found in almost every supermarket in Sweden; but, this is one you can make at home in 5 minutes with supplies found at the supermarket, too.

As long as we're sharing these candles, I wondered if you might like other candle favorites, too?Candles are central to decorating in Sweden, this time of the year, and all 5 of these candle projects are family favorites. I can't wait to see what you do with these tutorials. Come follow us below...

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Friday, November 28, 2014

25 Creative Days in December/ 25 kreativa dagar i december


Hi Friends,

I want to take a moment to share a Swedish special something with you.  I'm so excited to let the cat out of the bag.

Wild Rice


I'm just not quite ready...

I can't let Thanksgiving come and go without a post. While I'm looking forward to our Thanksgiving feast on Saturday, (still have a Thanksgiving project I had planned to share ...  next year), I've landed on the idea, today, to share a recipe from our every day Thanksgiving and a page of our family's favourite Recipe Files: Wild Rice.  Even if I've missed the big day,  it's a great cold weather addition and I am thankful for you.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Swedish Horse Wrapping Paper



It's no wonder that many think of the red, Swedish, Wooden, Horses at Christmas time. I can just imagine these dark nights tenderly filled with the making of these little horse toys for children.
I'm so fascinated by the handicraft tradition but, need something much more simple. You can make a very special wrapping in .. the tap of a hoof!

Today, come with us to use my favorite wrapping technique and make Paper Horses, too. Use the template to make gift tags, ornaments or cards.

Jump with us below for: Swedish Horse Wrapping Paper and printable Dala template.