Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

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After our dog died the last week of October, I was very sad and didn’t really feel like exerting the effort or making the arrangements for a formal Christmas photo.  Towards the end of November, I had a nagging feeling that I might regret that decision, so on December 1st, I took the girls into my dad’s front yard and snapped this shot after a fresh snow fall.

{The shirts our thrifted and the hats are Davy Crocket hats are from the American pavilion at Epcot. I created the card using a free editor picmonkey. The theme is Where the Red Fern Grows which is appropriate this year and “Go Tell it on the Mountain is one of the girls’ favourite carols.}

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and praying that that those affected by this storm have had their power restored.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ice Storm 2013

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During the night, we were awaken by numerous breaking branches and sirens.  Here are a few photos of my neighbourhood.  Our house has not been hit by any branches (yet), although a large one just  missed the dogs who were on the deck and as I look out my front window there is a branch hanging on the power line.  Just like the movie Frozen, everything is covered in a layer of ice. It is beautiful, but extremely dangerous.  Thousands are waiting for their power to be restored.

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Please be safe,

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

St. Lucia Cork Dolls

Today, I have a little guest post up over at the Pickled Herring’s Scandinavian Christmas.
I show you how I made these little St. Lucia dolls from recycled wine corks. I do hope you will stop by and say hello.
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I also have been making  little Nordic elves (this was my project for Viv’s elf challenge).
My elves were inspired by this elf that I spotted in Bergen, Norway in July 2010 and regret not purchasing.
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Since I am not a confident knitter, I decided to make a felt hat.  The body is a 3 1/2” wooden angel peg and the hands two 1/2” wooden round balls.  We painted our pegs, the inspiration elf is covered in felt.  They are very quick to make. I used hot glue, but I believe wood glue would work as well.
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Thanks for stopping by today  and I hope you will check out the Scandinavian Christmas posts over at the Pickled Herring!
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Flower Show 2013

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We took in the poinsettia show at Allan Gardens. It is a wonderful retreat from the bustle of the city.  When we were visiting there were less than a ten people.  Inside the conservatory, it is warm and the classical music adds to the experience.

This year,  there was a topiary grand piano.

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For Christmas 2012, Lily gave me a poinsettia ornament she made from dried pumpkin seeds. I don’t think I posted it on the blog.  I love ornaments using natural elements.

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This year, we made ornaments from dried milkweed – peas in a pod. {You can find the tutorial over a Twig and Toadstool.}

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Completely unrelated, I thought I would share a photo of our pup. He’s growing!

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Thanks for stopping by,

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Crafting with my kids: Ticket ornaments

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We went to The Nutcracker this weekend.  I always love The Nutcracker and it is very special to me.  On a recent visit, my dad brought down my baby book. It was full of interesting mementos and  reminded me that it used to cost $2.50 to see The Nutcracker in the balcony seats. My mum had saved all my tickets, this particular one was from 1974.

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My girls love the Nutcracker too. They have their {strong}  preference as to interpretations, but they love the music and both our CDs will have to be replaced shortly due to overuse.  I wanted to preserve those 1974 tickets so we made paper rosette ornaments (for the paper rosette we used sheet music gift wrap).

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Lily also wanted to make an ornament to preserve her Les Mis ticket. {For Lily, Les Miserables is the musical of musicals…  she doesn’t know it yet, but she is getting the soundtrack for Christmas, so she won’t need to watch the score on youtube any longer!}.

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So if you have the opportunity to take in something special this holiday season, you might want to preserve it by making an ornament!

Happy Crafting,

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Santa Lucia

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Today is Saint Lucy’s feast day, the beginning of the Christmas season in Scandinavia and the first day of the Pickled Herring’s annual Scandinavian Christmas series.  I am participating this year and will be posting next week .
Lily is wearing her new St. Lucia crown.  When we were at Toronto’s 31st annual Swedish Christmas Fair in late November, I purchased an adjustable plastic light up St. Lucia crown (luciakrona). I wasn’t keen on the plastic, so I cut out some leaves from thick wool felt (purchased at Paduro Hobby in Norway back in 2010).  I  hot glued the felt leaves to the crown and added red pompoms.
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I thought I would share some photos from the Fair which included a beautiful and moving St. Lucia pageant. 
There were also a number of craft stations set up for children and an interesting market place featuring Swedish handicrafts and groceries.
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Today, I promised Lily I would put a saffron bun in her lunch.  { She  loves the buns from  Ikea’s frozen food section!}
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Night walks with a heavy step
Round yard and hearth,
As the sun departs from earth,
Shadows are brooding.
There in our dark house,
Walking with lit candles,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!
Night walks grand, yet silent,
Now hear its gentle wings,
In every room so hushed,
Whispering like wings.
Look, at our threshold stands,
White-clad with light in her hair,
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!
Darkness shall take flight soon,
From earth's valleys.
So she speaks
Wonderful words to us:
A new day will rise again
From the rosy sky…
Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Flannel jammies and a new puppy

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We celebrated St. Nicholas Day on Friday. The girls loved their new flannel night gowns, pillowcases, and umm… puppy!
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I stitched up size 6 and 8 and they were on the big size.  The nightgowns are McCalls M4646, I meant to make these last Christmas, but ran out of time.  The hat is Simplicity 9982, essentially a 21 inch diameter circle, lined with an elastic casing.
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Meet Si, short of Silus.  I never thought I would get a puppy again, the housebreaking is so much work.  He is about 9 - 10 weeks old.  He came with the name Si, we answered an ad posted by another family – where he lasted a week and  who I suspect had no idea the amount of work is involved in carrying for a puppy or that puppies bite.   They didn’t use a crate either, so we are starting from scratch. He doesn’t like the leash either, but I hope that will be worked out within a week or so.
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Below are the new pillowcases. I made one for the girls and their nephew. 
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Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,

PS this post is linked to the Christmas PJs link up party at the good life
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