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On Midsummer’s Eve

On Midsummer’s Eve

On this day I wish all you beautiful bumblebees out there a great day – wherever you are and what ever you do! The celebration of Midsummer’s Eve was from ancient times a festival of the summer solstice. In Sweden, Mid-summer celebration originates from the time before Christianity; it was celebrated as a sacrifice time […]

In My Easter Window

In My Easter Window

My Easter decoration efforts make me happy. I love the colours and figures of Easter. The Easter twigs (of birch tree) is a Swedish tradition that I ♥, especially this year when it was snowing outside. Then we bring spring around anyway, and it bursts into bloom indoors. I love that we celebrate with little […]

The Madonna Embroidery

The Madonna Embroidery

The Madonna Embroidery – A mother’s love. In Christian imagery everything has a symbolic meaning; the colours, gestures, people and flowers. But to me, this is not firstly an image of Mary and Jesus, but an international symbolic image of a mothers love, and that’s what I’ve named the piece. A mother’s love. You can […]

Advent

Advent

Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming”) is a tradition almost everyone honours here in Sweden. It’s a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. However you choose to celebrate the holidays the count down is made by lightning candles. One each Sunday until the 24th, so today is 3d […]

Kurbits – painting the Dala Horse

Kurbits – painting the Dala Horse

I’m continuing our guided tour as part of the Craftalong today. We are at Nusns, where the Dala Horse is created. I love the craftsmanship of the woodwork behind these horses, but today’s post will be a bit more colorful. The Dala Horse is traditionally orange, but it comes in a variety of colours these […]

Valentine Self Love

Valentine Self Love

Happy Valentines day! I love hearts and the colours of Valentine, but this year I haven’t created as many heart inspired things… And nothing photographed and uploaded to the blog until today! Though I know you get valentine overload, so I’m not worried for you guys. This heart above is cut out from a machine […]

Time for introspection and Creative Dreaming

Time for introspection and Creative Dreaming

God, how exciting. I LOVE the prospect of a new year! Fresh starts, new goals, rejuvenated ambition & no idea what the future might hold – it doesn’t get any better than that! Gala Darling [via] I am thinking about visions, goals, dreams, intentions, projects, daily habits, life designing and such. I have a ritual […]

Video | The making and baking of Lucia Buns

Video | The making and baking of Lucia Buns

How to bake the Swedish version of saffron buns called lussebulle around here? Get a cup of coffee, and sit back and watch because I just uploaded the saffron bun baking video. There you’ll see how we do it – step by step. Related PostsArt journal inspiration – and a Magic Cottage Astrid Lindgren 100 […]

Swedish Saffron Buns a.k.a. Lussebullar

Swedish Saffron Buns a.k.a. Lussebullar

Every year about this time we make a batch of yummy saffron buns. It is one of my favorite traditions even though I otherwise avoid the kitchen. This year I have decided to share the recipe here on my blog. It is because of Pam’s International Winter Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap (love the festive name!), […]

All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day (also called All Hallows or Hallowmas), often shortened to All Saints, is a solemnity celebrated in November, in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. In Sweden it is tradition to visit the cemetery and light a candle for your dead at All Saints’. This year it was the Saturday 6th […]

La Catrina dances in Sweden

La Catrina dances in Sweden

It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance. It is the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance. It is the one who won’t be taken who cannot seem to give. And the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live… Bette Midler When I read in the paper […]