16 Dec 2014

Christmas Bauble Wreath

You know some small part of me think that maybe I should not have said anything about not wanting another cold this year to anyone. Because yes, here we are again, Freja is the snottiest toddler in this part of London. (Insert big rant about parents bringing their ill children to playgroups here with some accompanying swearing.)

However, before this tired grumpy gloom settled in on me I did do my very best to create some “it’s December and almost Christmas spirit” with this bauble wreath. James calls it very over the top, actually when he first saw it he thought it was absolutely bonkers. And I suppose it is, at least very over the top. But bauble wreaths are by their very nature a little over the top right? The idea was actually stolen from Tyg och Otyg, see her ornament wreaths here, but there’s plenty of them all over the internet. To make mine I had to get a base, but if I could i.e. I had a garden that could provide me with some base material I would have made the base myself too. After that I raided the local charity shops for baubles and really, there’s loads and loads out there and they cost next to nothing. And I must say this has been the most fun project I’ve done in a little while. I guess I thoroughly enjoy the over the top-ness about it. It’s kind of ok to space out completely. 

I made a more sober wreath a few years back. I kind of like them both. But this year the baubles are a clear winner for me. 

Julkrans av julgranskulor.

21 Nov 2014

Bags for getting organised

Life with a toddler equals life with an abundance of bugs and germs coming your way. I’m sure any mother out there know what I’m talking about. So after my beloved little one hugged the snottiest child at playgroup (why, oh why do they always do that??) a couple of weeks ago we’ve been getting over the following cold. Is it over yet… no, but it’s much better!  Hurray! *cough*

Plenty of tea and tissues later I got around to editing a photo of something long in waiting for the blog. These bags to be more exact. Once in a while I get into organising mode and think up solutions that might make domestic life a little easier and less messy. Sometimes it works out, other times it works for a fortnight and then we’re back at square one. This project however have shown itself to be quite practical for our rather unpractical little larder. We got loads of little hocks in there but very unpractical shelves, you can’t actually reach anything at the back of them. They are that deep! So the solution was simple, and not so pretty perhaps, bags. We needed a bag for plastic bags, one for the few garden bits we have that couldn’t go in our tiny shed and somewhere to put paper plates and other party type stuff leftover from Freja’s birthday in. Well there we go. Less mess, looks better and we know where things are! 

There’s plenty of messy places still to be dealt with in this household. So please, what’s your best tips for organising in your home? 

Ordning och reda till vår opraktiska lilla skrubb.

28 Oct 2014

Improvised evening embroidery

I don’t know where it came from but all of a sudden it was just here, autumn. With it came the darkness, and for this part of the world, the rainy days. I’ve already cleared our tiny garden from the down pour of leaves twice. Freja likes to watch though and it’s nice to do something physical. In this family autumn means a lot of tea on the sofa-time watching documentaries on the BBC iplayer (no we don’t do TV) and me doing an absurd amount of stitching. When I had finished all my wool embroidery UFO’s I was a bit lost for a few nights I must admit. In the end I grabbed a piece of fabric and my new second-hand frame find, improvised a bit and well this is what happened. An embroidery very much inspired by the traditional påsöm technique from Dala-Floda in Dalarna, Sweden. Now my problem is what to make of it. I really have no idea… Any suggestions are welcome!

Ett kvällsbroderi inspirerat av påsömen från Dala-Floda.