Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Baby, It's Cold Outside
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Baby, It's Cold Outside I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and that you've all had some time to relax during these days. I'm writing this post from my parents home in Skurup (a small town in Southern Sweden). I'm not sure if it's only an illusion but there seems to be more sun hours in this particular area than on the west coast, where it rains a lot! At the moment I'm enjoying the beauty of a sun drenched apartment, looking out of the window on the empty small town streets.

Today I'm posting some pictures that were taken during the first week of December when the first snow came to town. As I've mentioned earlier, Gothenburg was grey and dull during November - almost in a doomsday-kind-of-way. The lack of daylight and darkness was starting to get rather tiresome and persistent. But all of a sudden the air became frosty and snowflakes started falling from the sky.

On a Saturday around lunch time I pulsed around in the snowy surroundings. The air was crispy and it was very very cold outside. Henrik followed me around with the camera, and at one point I was distracted by a little child singing on a sledding and it was hard not to smile heartily at the cuteness. After walking around for about an hour, looking at trees and frosty plants, we went for hot chocolate - the best thing after a long walk in the snow. 
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Baby, It's Cold Outside Yes, I'm blurry here, but look at the background and the sunlight - isn't it amazingly beautiful? :)Baby, It's Cold Outside
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Baby, It's Cold OutsideWeekday Coat | Up The Wooden Hills Evie Dress | Kangol Beret
Yoko Yap Boots | Cos Socks | Whyred Gloves
Photography: Henrik Höglind

At the moment the snow is already gone, but hopefully there will be some more of it during the beginning of next year. I also look forward to doing some more outfit posts then. 

Now it's time for fika with the family again - you can never have to much fika I guess :)

Wishing you all a beautiful day!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy X-Mas!

Happy Christmas!
Last night it started snowing in southern Sweden - just in time for Christmas. So from a snowy winter wonderland I want to wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday and spending it with your loved ones.

"A Very She & Him Christmas" (by She & Him) is spinning on repeat here in my parents home and we are just about to start cooking food, making deserts and preparing for the Christmas evening dinner.

Thank you to all of you for following me here on the blog over the past year. I've said it before, but I can't say it enough of times - it means a lot to me! Have a lovely holiday. See you in a few days.

Lots of love,
Lisa Marie

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Preparations (And More Fika)!

Christmas Fika 2 Christmas Fika 2 Oh, well - it sure is hard to take photos during this time of the year without any type of extra photo equipment. Pretty much everything turns yellow! Soon the days will start being a bit brighter though :)

Today I've been preparing things just before Christmas - taking care of business as usual, cleaning the apartment and preparing some gifts. In the middle of everything its always nice to sit down for a while and have fika! Mine consists of coffee, julmust, homemade chocolate fudge and pralines.

So, don't forget to relax and treat yourself with some nice fika in the middle of all the Christmas preparations :)

See you soon!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Collected Paper Trails

Collected Paper Trails
I have to admit that I’m a bit nerdy when it comes to certain things. Ever since I was little I would take on different types of creative projects in my spare time - including crochet, cross stitching, knitting and making tiny tiny furnitures out of plywood for my doll house.

Over the past year I’ve devoted a lot of my spare time to different types of paper crafts. It all started with cranes and paper flowers last Christmas and lately the list of many things to fold now also includes origami cubes, boxes, boats and pompoms in tissue paper. Most of these paper decorations are hanging from the ceiling in my apartment now and the collection is slowly getting bigger.

The beauty of its simplicity – and the potentially endless variations of paper combinations, is what keeps me folding! And folding...! I’m not sure where it will end - it's like a bit of an obsession, but a fun, constructive and positive one!

Here is a short list of tutorials for different paper crafts:
The sizes can be varied for each decoration. The little blue pom pom on the picture measures about 15 x 13 centimeters / 6 x 5.2 inches, and is made out of one single tissue paper that I divided into eight parts and then folded.

There is however one decoration that I did not make - the honeycomb. I don't find it to be too advanced but it is however rather time consuming - which is why I would actually recommend buying one instead. This tutorialwhere they are made out of coffee filters is however great. And the filters can be replaced with tissue paper instead.

Honeycomb decorations can be found here and there at very reasonable prices. In Sweden they can be found here in red and white during Christmas time. A Danish home decor brand called Miss Étoile also makes them in different sizes and beautiful colours.

Oh, well, when my ceiling is full I might have to find some kind of storage for all my collected paper trails! :)

Collected Paper Trails Collected Paper Trails Collected Paper Trails I made the box, the boat and some of the cranes in the pictures out of pages from an old children's book. Pages from old books are very beautiful to make paper crafts in - but only if they are worth sacrificing of course :)
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Fika!

DSC_1886 DSC_1889 This weekend has been rather gloomy and rainy - all the snow is gone and what better was there to do than cuddle up inside and have a cup of hot chocolate together with a saffron bun, after a visiting a few Christmas markets and taking a long walk in the city. 

This weekend I also received an early Christmas present from my friend Elisabeth. It was a cup with a beautiful pattern called "Triangle Walks", that she designed for House of Rym. Thank you so much, Elisabeth! I couldn't be more happy! I have been eyening this particular cup for a very long time. As some of you might know I'm a bit of a cup collector and every now and then I welcome a new member to the family :) 

I'm just getting into the mood of the festive season, baking, getting a few presents ready and finishing up some work this week before I'm headed south to visit my family. 

I hope you guys had a great weekend! Wishing you all a great start of the week before the holidays.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The First Snow

Gothenburg snow by Up The Wooden Hills
The first snow fell in Gothenburg just in time for December. November was a rather dark, gloomy and rainy month. I actually thought it would never end. But then the snow came, together with the sunshine!

Last Saturday I snapped a few pictures during a walk in the frosty, beautiful and snowy surroundings nearby. There is not much daylight here during this season so I try to enjoy as much of it as I can during those few hours every day that it appears. The snow helps a lot, and makes everything brighter, even in the evenings and during night time.

The Saturday walk in the snow also resulted in a few pictures for another outfit post that I will publish as soon as I have edited the pictures.

See you soon!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Flower of the Month

Every season and holiday have their specific plants and flowers. I've always considered hyacinth to be the flower of December, together with amaryllis.

When I was a child we could never have any hyacinth's at home because my dad was very allergic to them. I remember that I always admired them from a distance. It was however difficult to even look at them from a distance since my dad couldn't even get close to a convenient store without starting to sneeze very loudly! In Sweden most convenient store's carries hyacinth's at this time of the year. And almost everywhere you go, the probability is rather high that you are going to run into one - in another store, a waiting room or in other people's home's.

Usually we managed to stay away from the flowers during the holiday season and avoid watery eyes and loud sneeze attacks! The great thing about having my own place now is that I can have any kinds of flowers or plants here! So every December I always get a few hyacinth's. They are the typical flower of this month, just like peonys are the flower of June here, every year. I guess if my dad decides to spontaneously stop by, which won't be so spontaneously since he and my mom lives three hours by car or train away, I guess I will have to throw the flowers out of the window or hide them in the attic :)

During my spare time I've also taken the paper craft to another level, my apartment has been filled with more cranes and now also paper boats, origami boxes and pom poms! I will show you the results of the paper crafts (gone mad!) soon, I promise :)