Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Semla Cake Pops

While on Fat Tuesday, some dance and others dress in costumes; in Sweden we eat buns; in fact, 4 million Semlas will be consumed in Sweden today.

We usually visit a bakery for ours, but, this year, I flipped tradition on it's head and came up with mini semla cake pops. These cute little baked goods look adorable like this and I think are perfect in small bites.  Shrinking them feels natural to me but, I realize that sizing these traditional Swedish buns down and popping them onto cake pop sticks fully exposes me for the ex-pat that I am but, I promise the taste is 100% Sweden!  

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Holiday Card Storage

Do you send out holiday cards? I love the tradition—it warms my heart to see photos of friends and family but, what do you do with these after the holidays? This is what works for me ....


Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Friday

Happy Weekend! We've had a a big surprise in our house this week. We have a new puppy! Henry's not quite sure what to make of her because she is not as shy as she appears in these photos! Today, I'm gathering  up a few things I've found this week...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Valentine X and O Paper Garland

Love is in the air here. Are you feeling it, too?

I am super excited to get this Valentine's Day Garland into your hands, too! Don't you love the simplicity of paper for bringing big pop into the house or a party in such an easy way. 
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

20 + Winter Projects

Well, hi there! Happy Weekend! Many people ask me how do you survive Swedish Winter?  
My answer can come as a surprise because it's to go outside and the second part to this answer is also that I can't imagine a winter without Ice lanterns or Ice Hangings by our door.

However, this can be easier said than done, when on top of snow and ice, our days are impossibly short.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Make Snowflake Placecards

Happy Weekend!

I want to bring a little of our Scandinavian-snowglobe living inside the house this weekend. 
(No real snow (or travel) is needed to experience a little north pole living!) 

Whether you have real snow or imagined,  hop with us below to add a little snow to your tables this weekend, too!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Olufar Eliasson Exhibit with kids


In the very last hours of an exhibit that's been at the Modern Museum since October and closes this coming Sunday, January 17,  the kids and I went to Olufar Eliasson's exhibit called Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality machines, last night.  

When writing today, I have this urge to break with formal grammar rules and to refer to Eliasson by his first name, Olufar, rather than this last name because, for me, experiencing this exhibit felt like a conversation.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Doodle Dogs

Hello, Week 2!

Today, I want to start with a simple prompt to get your creativity flowing: pick up a pencil and doodle with us.  Jump below for more ...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Gâteau des Rois | Kings Cake and Paper Crowns

Happy New Year!  We're back from the holidays and I'm so happy to meet you here.  I'm hoping you've had a wonderful holiday season! Ours has been wonderful and the feeling is still in the air.

In Sweden, January 6th is a National Holiday called "trettondeknut. For us, and I've learned, for others, too,  around the world, this is the day that we celebrate Kings Day; while other's celebrate Kings Day on Epithany Sunday this coming weekend. (And then, some years we celebrate twice.)

Since it was also the last day of the kids holiday break, we woke up to sun on a shimmering of snow, the morning was just magical filled with this buttery, cinnamon scent of the baking cake. I have another reason that I love this day: this is a project that my husband and kids make.  My husband treats us every year with  his mother's recipe from southern France and this yearly celebration. The kids make paper crowns.

Join us below for our recipe and how to make your own simple paper crown.


Monday, December 21, 2015

Pompom and Felt Gift Wrap

Merry and bright wishes to you today from our "almost" north pole home. I'm wrapping gifts and I'm tinkering away with pompoms, felt and  photos that are compensating very well for our lack of snow. I'd love to share how-to-make these with you, too. 
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DIY Personalized Holiday Cards and and Gift Tags | DIY PHOTO CARDS

Happy Holidays Friends!
Before our sled takes off, I wanted to share a few last card and gift wrapping ideas from our house to your own. Take a favorite family ( --- or pet --- photos, like we've done)  and add holidays cheer. These are so much fun. 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

3D Paper Stars

Hi. Welcome to Day 17 of the The Creative Collective‘s 24 Creative Days.  I'm so excited to get this project into your hands. It's a simple, multiple use paper project that is for both young and "vintage" creators.  We think these can be both super sweet or elegant depending on what you're looking for.

Template and step-by-step, below, so that you, too, can make classic paper 3D stars and our own Swedish Christmas tomte-inspired; 3D Star Girl and 3D Star Boy. 

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