Nov
21
2011
33

Thankful

 

From My House To Yours. Sending You Good Energy.

 

Wishing You A Heart Warming, Joyous Thanksgiving Week.

 

To all of my readers: 

  I am grateful for you all. Every single one of you. 

You make my little corner of the world incredibly meaningful.

 

I am taking a few days off to spend quality time with my family.

 

Image: Via Country Home

Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations |

Oct
17
2011
30

Halloween Preparations At My House

I can’t say we are Halloween crazy over here, but with three kids I create a little bit of a Halloween atmosphere at our home (I use most of the same decorations year after year). Costumes have already been picked out – this year 1 Raccoon, 1 Hermione (Harry Potter) and 1 knight.

I snapped this picture of my oldest (Frida, 9) the other day when she was playing with the closest to a rat that we have here – our spoiled hamster!

The “kitshy” Halloween tree has been decorated. Still going strong after eight years, I believe. (All things are handmade by artisans).

I also brought out some of the stencil drawings I made last year, on old book pages, if you remember. I keep hanging them on the branches I decoupaged and that you have seen me use as a display for all kinds of  holidays. When it works it works!

A simple wreath on the front door. And a few decorations in the front. Nothing to write home about — but good enough.

 I am still looking for a good cookie/pastry recipe to stick to every year. Perhaps just simple stenciled cupcakes. (Michael’s sells stencils by Martha Stewart).

Here are some other inspirational Halloween decorations I have come across recently.

Paint some plastic animals in flat, black paint. Cut some pushpins and hot glue them on the animal faces. Use a marker to make some pupils on the eyes. I must say that I would jump every single time I passed these spooky creatures at my house! (Inspiration via Sweet Paul).

Spray paint some branches and decorate with black ravens. Simple and dramatic.

 Now I realize, for the first time (!), why I should bring home some old bird cages from the flea market!

And give the chandelier a spooky makeover! This I must try at some point.

Any fun Halloween traditions over at your home?

Warm hugs!

 Images: 1-8 via Splendid Willow, 9, Martha Stewart, 10 via Sweet Paul, 11-13 via Better Homes & Gardens.

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Jun
24
2011
32

Happy Midsummer – Glad Midsommar!

Midsummer. Coming up this weekend is one of the most important holidays for a Swede. This Swedish tradition originates before Christianity. It is THE time when Swedes get a chance to celebrate the lightest day of the year (solstice). Sweden is dark for months at a time in this very far north located country so it is no wonder that there is a serious need to celebrate the light days. Summer time is the opposite, it is light for 21 hours/day. (At 3 o’clock in the morning you will find people biking (home from the bars that stay open all night in full day light!). Light needs to be celebrated!

The entire nation celebrates. Midsummer pole raising, lots of dancing & singing, eating & drinking and homemade flower wreaths on everything. Everyone is on the schedule.

Because Midsummer was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals. An old Swedish tradition is that unmarried girls, before going to bed midsummer’s eve, should pick seven kinds of flowers and jump over seven round-pole fences (!) and then sleep with the flowers under her pillow. During the night she will dream about the boy she will be married to. (I did that many times myself as a young girl, minus the fence jumping!)

So, Happy Midsummer/Glad Midsommar to all fellow Swedes and Swedish loving friends!

Images: No. 1 via  Slottsträdgårdsmästaren no. 2+ 3 unknown, no. 4 via Blomsterpassion, no. 5 unknown,  no. 6 via Story of Me

Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations |

May
19
2011
37

I Am Off To Sweden

I have a family situation in Sweden that requies my full attention. I have started to pack my bags and will leave for Stockholm this weekend.

For the next couple of weeks I will be posting straight from Stockholm. My blogging will necessarily be sporadic so I hope that you all will understand. 

On a positive note I am going to be with family and friends and during my stay and I will make sure that I carve out a little bit of personal time for fun things and a serious dose of Swedish inspiration. And I can’t wait to bring that back to you!

For those of you who are interested in seeing something US related in Stockholm — take a look at Google’s offices in Stockholm. With Swedish cottages, birch trees and everything! I feel very blessed to have both countries and cultures in my daily life.

Warm hugs. I will be thinking of all of you.

Next time you will hear from me I will be in my old home town.

Images: No. 1 via Sigfrid, no. 2 Sigfrid.  no. 3-6 via Niken

Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations |

Apr
20
2011
33

Happy Spring & Happy Easter!

I am signing off a a little earlier this week. With Easter festivities in the works and a happy sun sending us warm rays (finally!), I am stepping away from the computer for a few days extra.

Wishing you all a Happy Spring Week and for those of you celebrating — A Very Happy Easter!

I will be back again on Monday.

Warm hugs,

 
 
Images: No. 1 via Martha Stewart Living, no. 2 via A Very Happy Life

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