I love traditional scandinavian christmas decorations. Mostly, I love things that are red and white, the colors of the Danish flag.
A few years ago I made mushrooms out of clay. I only have them out for christmas, but Im debating if I should leave them up all year round. Hmmmm.
Years ago my uncle made these wooden gnomes for my parents. Every year they are prominently displayed. They always put a smile on my face. Such a simple and fun idea consisting of only wood, paint and nails . Merry Christmas. Glædelig jul!
gløgg and æbleskiver
These pictures looks like they were taken right out of the sixties, Ha! But this is how we celebrate Advent. We celebrate by going to my folks house. We have hot spiced wine called gløgg, and round pancakes called æbleskiver, which my dad has been preparing for hours before we arrive .We sit around and enjoy the company of each other. The kids usually love to play under the dining room table, and try to steal our slippers. It's a fun tradition that we have kept, and is so enjoyable for everyone.
Rice pudding and great friends
Celebrating another Advent
Rice pudding and hot cherry sauce. It's like heaven in your mouth.
Thank the Lord for great friends and silly kids!
Can't wait til' next time!
Today, my son and my friend hung out with me, and we all made crafts together. This year we made trivets, and hand embroidered tea towels. I used color schemes that matched the gift recipient's kitchen. This is my first attempt to make either one of these things, and it was fun!
I purchased blank cork trivets at IKEA, and used my dala horse die-cut as a template for acrylic painting on the trivets. The dala horse die-cut will be available in my online store shortly.
The stitching for the tea towels was done by hand, and with my sewing machine. Admittedly, I'm not the best at embrodery since this is really my first time, but hopefully my skills will improve.
For grown-ups, I enjoy making things that can be used or eaten.
For kids, it's either clothes or toys. Sometimes I will also make ornaments, or small decorations, depending on the person.
So, it's December again and the rush is on to get things ready for Christmas. My craft room has been off limits to everyone in the family for the purpose of wrapping gifts, and the anticipation is driving the kids nuts. When the family is away, I take over the kitchen table, and the rest of the household chores gets neglected. Ahhh, I love it!
I have been hard at work filling the kids' advent calender filled with little goodies. The thrill of opening a little present every morning, and seeing their eyes light up takes me back to my childhood. My mom spent all year collecting little things to put in my advent calender, and it was so exciting.
As you can see from this photo, that they have had their advent calender for a while now, and there are still a few days left (I forgot to take a picture of the full unopened calender).
Tips on buying for presents for an Advent Calender:
1. Buy things right after Christmas, when everything is heavily discounted.
2. Buy throughout the year when things are on sale.
3. Buy things that are under $1.00 per item, or buy packages of things and split them up, i.e. a colored pencil set, play dough set, etc.
4. Get things that will excite them!
Here are a few ideas:
One year, my friend bought a bag of little green plastic toy soldiers. Her theme was Toy Story, and the calendar was filled with these figures and pieces of candy.
My husband bought a package of 6 dry erase magnets for under $5 (we split it up between the 3 kids.) He also got a set of 5 decorative metal keys (my eldest is really into old keys).
Additionally, we also found a package of 6 mini decorative tapes for $3, and split it up between the kids. The older they get the more variety I put in the calender.
Last year, our youngest daughter got "Polly Pocket" accessories and clothes. I split them up and wrapped the clothing seprately from each other. You get the idea. I hope this give you a few small shopping ideas for next year.
Hi. I'm Kissa
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