Monday, December 31, 2012

Auld Lang Syne {Our Robbie Burns Snowman}

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This afternoon the snow changed from powder to what I call “snowman sticky.”  It was the moment we were waiting for.  The girls quickly changed into their outdoor gear and we made a Robbie Burns snowman.  The kilt was worn by my husband on our wedding day (19 1/2 years ago!).  It was handy because I used it as a Christmas tree skirt this year.  Sadly, the sporran is packed away in our attic so it was not available for this little photo shoot (must get it out for Burns night!).

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Wishing you a happy New Year celebration and a blessed 2013. 

Thank you for taking the time this year to stop by and visit this little space in blogland.  As of tomorrow, I will have kept the blog up for three years!  I very much appreciate your kind response and the bloggy friends that I have met along the way.

… And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow Angels

Our family has been visiting.   My niece is now 9 months.  We dressed her in an angel costume and had a little photo shoot (evening shot, settings ISO 1600, 1/15, f1.8).

The older kids have been enjoying the snow.  We had a green Christmas, but Boxing day brought 15 cm snow, snow angels and sledding.  We have a toboggan hill in our neighbourhood, it was full of families enjoying the moment.  Last year, we had very little snow in the city (only a few centimetres which melted very quickly) so this is something special.

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It is wonderful to be home and see the kids enjoying themselves.  There were presents opened this Christmas, but I really think the biggest present was for the kids to spend time together doing “escape pod” launches down the toboggan hill.

I hope you are making lots of memories,

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Repeat the sounding joy {ye olde Christmas card}

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This is the girls’ Christmas photo.  You can find a number of free printable chalkboard downloads over at a Nest of Posies.  I made a collage card using Picasa. I chose this particular verse because it is one of Lily’s favourite carols.

Leaving you with are a few “outtakes” ... 

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Wishing you a joyous holiday season,

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Food should be prepared with butter and love: Scandinavian Christmas: Kransekake

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We have a saying in my family’s kitchen that “food should be prepared with butter and love.”  I am told the saying is Scandinavian (along with this one that I always hear at family reunions: “in my family ketchup is a hot sauce” :)

I am posting about my adventures in making Kransekake over at the Pickled Herring. I do hope you will stop by.

The Norwegian graphic is a paper chain that my grandmother gave me, likely from the 70s. I scanned it and you can find it on my flickr stream if you would like to download a copy of the image for your crafting needs.

Have a great day,
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Doll House

I needed to distract my daughters this weekend.  The doll house is now decorated.  I  found three miniature cr├Ęches. You can see one above the fire place, one above the pie shelf, and the third is the scene on the retro television.

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You can see the cookie dough rolled out below.

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This is a wooden doll house which I fixed up for the girls (the before/after is the final shot).  The inside is not yet finished.

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“…This is our first task - caring for our children.

It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right.

That’s how, as a society, we will be judged…”

-  President Obama’s message at the interfaith service

I am so heartbroken for the families of Newtown. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santa Lucia Day Clothespin Dolls

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Today, is Santa Lucia Day which is celebrated in Scandinavia.   To celebrate, I made these little clothespin dolls for my daughters and one for my niece (it’s her first Christmas).  I have made peg dolls before, but this is my first attempt at clothespin dolls. The tutorial is by Alicia of Posie Gets Cozy.

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Black night is falling in stables and homes.
The Sun has gone away, the shadows are threatening.
Into our dark house enters with lit candles,
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia!

The night is dark and silent; suddenly a rush
in all quiet rooms, like the waving of wings.
See, at our threshold stands, dressed in white with lights in her hair,
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia!

(English translation of the Santa Lucia song from My Little Norway who has an excellent post on the history of the holiday in Norway)

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(photo of  Santa Lucia choir taken by my sister Dec. 1, Swedish Christmas Market in San Francisco)

My blog friend Kathryn over at the Pickled Herring has an annual series on Scandinavian Christmas. It starts today.  I am going to have a little post this year so I will let you know when it comes up.  My paternal side is Norwegian and it is important to me that my girls know about their Norwegian background.

Thanks for stopping by and happy Santa Lucia Day,

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crafting with my kids: Puzzler School Photo Ornament

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore…..



  Each school year, I end up purchasing some sort of school photo package with way too many “wallet size” photos. I really only want one “wallet size” photo for the girls’ school days book, but the purchase options are few and the digital option is outrageously priced that I end up buying the cheapest package. This weekend, we had a little Santa’s Workshop creating these jigsaw puzzle piece wreaths to fit all the extra wallet size photos. Puzzle piece wreaths are not my idea and we have tried puzzle wreaths in the past, but never for our tree. This is a very good activity for young crafters who like to glue and paint (like my 4 year old!) and they make nice gifts for grandparents.

Materials: recycled cardboard cut to fit a wallet sized photo, jigsaw puzzle piece, green paint, green glitter, mini pom poms or buttons for embellishment, glue, duct tape, ribbon for hanging}

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On the reverse of the wreaths, I applied some festive duct tape.  This tape comes in a variety of festive patterns and is available at Home Depot (2 rolls for $4.99, I have used this tape for all my holiday parcels this season).  The pom poms were hot glued (as you can tell from the strings (!)- we ran out of white glue (craft emergency).
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… Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
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