Last Minute Easter Decorations

We were supposed to fly down to California for the annual Easter family gathering but since we are flying down twice this fall, one is for a family wedding (so much fun!), we opted to stay home this time. And when we do, we usually invite a few close families and turn it into a really fun and social feast. (But two of my close friends and regular Easter bunnies, Mariana and Pernilla, have moved back to Europe with their families — boo hoo!).

There will be great things to eat (and lots of Champagne!). And all the normal hopping fun activities for the kids.

I don’t get crazy into Easter decor but here are four things that I always do at my house:

O.N.E. Hang handmade carrots in the the chandelier (because it literally takes 5 seconds, ha!)

T.W.O.  Decorate my decoupaged branches (I used pages from an old book) with a few Easter ornaments

T.H.R.E.E. Showcase these lovely sheep, handmade by a Seattle artist.

Note: I have received several e-mails today about the sheep. They are handmade with real sheep wool. I buy them at Common Folk & Co. You can contact them directly here.

F.O.U.R. Use lost of fresh organic wheat/cat grass in which I place small Robins’ eggs

These ideas all caught my attention:

Decoupaged eggs (preferably Emu eggs). Hey, here I could use my mod-podge again and decorate eggs with lovely bird themed paper! If I am not running out of time I might actually try this. It seems so fun. The good thing is that the eggs can be used year after year. (Read more about the project here).

What a simple but pretty center piece. Lots of twigs with a few daffodils. I like it.

Easy and much appreciated table decorations, are these nests (you can get them at Michael’s) filled with chocolate eggs. (Invest in good chocolate, people!).

This weekend I was snooping around over at my happy & good friend Piper’s on-line store, One Sydney Road, and found some great items that I might need to put a rush order on for the festivities.

I need new napkins and I like them over-sized. These natural 100% linen tea towels would do the job! Hard to be an unhappy guest after being presented with this!

And I am also eyeing these handmade milk glass bottles. I  need a few. Perfect for all that sparkling water we serve at the dining table. And I like that they come with corks!

A little last minute Easter Galore from my end. Do you have any fun Easter plans?

Happy, Happy!

Images: No. 1 via Chocolate Blog, no. 2-5 via Splendid Willow, no. 6 via via  Martha Stewart living, no. 7 via Hemmariket, no. 8 (unknown),  no. 9-11 via One Sydney Road.

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My Annual Valentine’s Craft


Turn on your speakers and listen to this beautiful recording by Shaka Khan. What an incredible voice!!!

While the rest of the nation is tuned to large TV screens following the Super Bowl (I could care less about football — only soccer and hockey with Swedes involved get my attention!), I am at home in an unusually quiet house working on my annual Valentine’s crafts. I really enjoy making these matchbox treats and the kids love giving them to their friends and teachers.

I buy large quantities of simple matchboxes, decorate them and fill them with personal messages from the kids, stickers or wrapped Dove chocolate hearts. I know that they are always appreciated.

As you can see, no shortage of matches here! (And yet I never seem to find the bag when I need it!).

Some twenty more to go…

I just received an e-mail from one of my best friends in the world, Anna  L. She is coming with her family all the way from Stockholm to visit with us this Summer. Wihoooo!!!!! Now I am making crafts and smiling from my heart!

Warm hugs to you all.


Images: No 1. (close-up of matches in boxes) via Flickr. All other images via Splendid Willow.

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Happy Holidays, Happy 2011!

Thank you all for the wonderful support you have given me throughout the year. I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for you. I treasure each and every one of you. I always say that I have the BEST group of followers and friends. Thank you, thank you.

I am going to take a good winter break, recharge my batteries and only focus on my family. I will be back again Monday, January 3rd, 2011!

Love to you all,

Images interiors: Eva Lindh/via Inspired… Live Simply.

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I Am Starting To Decorate For The Holidays

Happy new week to you all. I am slowly starting to decorate our house for the holidays. My candy store is set up (see here). And now all the rest will follow.

Hyacinths. I love hyacinths. They are high up on my list this week. And clear bulb vases. Simple and beautiful. And very Swedish to me.

And branches. I love bringing mother nature inside. A branch with moss on it would be heavenly, but so far I have only dragged one home and no moss.

Our past weekend was very busy. Getting the tree and all the lights and many decorations up is always a spectacle worth paying to observe at our house. But once all the things have actually made it into the house, we go easier on each other with peppermint hot chocolate and good holiday jazz to put everyone in a good mood (an annual tradition).

This weekend I found this vintage (hand made) lamp house at a local Antiques Gallery. I am not really into seriously cute things but the kids always love having a small winter village and I thought this house would play a lovely part. I also found this paper ribbon tree at the same place for $5.

Here is another thing I am bringing into the house this year. The perfect welcome greenery for visiting guests, with just a few lovely clip-on birds.

And paper whites with pine cones. I love the smell.

It is not going to happen this year, but how lovely with just simple wreaths on the windows.

Another busy week here. Hope everyone is happy and not too stressed.

Love to you all.

Images: no. 1 via Country Living. no.2 via Skona Hem, no. 3 via Haute Design, no. 4 via Skona Hem, no. 5-10 via Splendid Willow. no. 11 + 12 via Canadian House & Home, no. 13 via Skona Hem.

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Happy Thanksgiving


From My House To Yours.

Wishing You A Heart Warming, Joyous Thanksgiving Weekend

With The Ones That Mean The Most.


And to all of my readers 


 I am grateful for you all. Every single one of you. You make my corner of the world incredibly meaningful.




P.S I will be playing in the snow with my young ones for a few days. Seattle has turned into Sweden! I will be back on Monday November 29th.

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