Saturday, 8 December 2018

OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS BOOK

We're getting nearer and nearer Christmas! I've spent the past week knocked out by the flu, so feel like I already have a lot of Christmas activities to catch up on. Good thing I finished buying all my Christmas presents in November! While I'm getting my Christmas crafts organized, I thought I'd share this little memory book I started a couple years ago.

In 2014 and 2015 I made whole albums dedicated to the month of December, inspired by the December Daily concept. In 2016 however, I started making albums for the whole year (here's 2016 and here's 2017--2018 is almost done!), so making a 2016 December album felt a bit redundant. I love the idea of documenting Christmas traditions though, so I decided to make a separate Christmas album inspired by this post that I came across years ago.


Finding an album I actually liked proved to be more difficult than I'd thought. There didn't seem to be a whole lot of options out there, and the ones I could find were a bit dated and just not quite what I had in mind. So I thought about DIYing it. I thought about just having a project life-style album and adding to that each year. I even thought about getting a book printed with pages ready to fill in. Eventually I settled on getting an album with blank pages and pockets. The blank pages are obviously for journaling, and in the pockets I'll keep Christmas cards. I love that this gives me a lot of freedom for doing whatever I want. I'm sure my tastes will change over the years, and I'll have years where I'm feeling super creative and years where I just want to make a couple of notes, and either way it'll be so special to look back on. If I want to write a ginormous essay detailing everything one year, I can do that. If I just want to fill the pages with photos one year, I can do that too. The book I ended up with is one of these personalized books from here.

I decided to backtrack and start in in 2015. This was the year we got married, so it seemed like a bit of a natural starting point. I insist on taking a Christmas family protrait every year, and I love seeing how our family is growing! This is already such a special album to bring out each year, and I'm already so excited to be adding on the 2018 pages. To be continued!

Thursday, 29 November 2018

CURRENTLY IN NOVEMBER


lying on the couch, sick. Go figure, Oscar and Graeme were sick last week so obviously it was gonna hit me sooner or later.

travelling to Stockholm tomorrow! I must admit I was a little bit more excited about this before I got sick, but I know we'll have fun still. We've never been before, so travel tips are welcome!

watching Bodyguard and so hooked. Sitting at the edge of the couch with each episode, and really hoping they make another season.

appreciating these cozy evenings in front of the fireplace

prepping for Christmas. I kinda feel like I didn't put enough effort into Christmas last year, so I'm planning on making up for that this year. Christmas cards have been ordered and I'm almost done with Christmas shopping!

drinking hot lemon with honey. Heal me.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

THE TIRIL SWEATER

I have a pretty long to-do list of knitting projects I plan on making, but every now and then something comes along and I get so excited about it that it ends up getting pushed ahead of everything else. This sweater was one of those. I usually take a while in deciding wether or not to knit something and which yarn to use, but the same day I came across this pattern I went straight to my favorite yarn shop, bought the yarn and started knitting. The whole sweater came together in less than two weeks, and that's even though I was knitting other stuff at the same time too!

The pattern is from Sandnes Garn, designed by Tiril Eckhoff, and I knitted it in Sandnes Garn's børstet alpakka yarn in white on 6 mm needles.


Tuesday, 6 November 2018

CLAY GHOST TEALIGHTS




Hope everyone had a fun Halloween last week! We decorated pumpkins, got dressed up and went trick or treating with a neighbor. I think Oscar thought it was a bit scary at times (it was his first time trick or treating!), but he definitely appreciated all the lollipops that were being handed out!

I've been incredibly slow at decorating for fall this year. Usually I at least have a few pinecones and conquers kicking around the house by now, but this year all I've got out are some candles that I basically have out all year anyway. So to make our home a tiny bit more ready for Halloween, I decided to make these little cuties.


I got the idea from here, and just used some white air-dry clay that I rolled out and shaped into ghosts. I used a straw to punch out the eyes. After that I just let them dry for a couple of days and then added some led tealights. They were pretty cute sitting next to our giant pot of candy on Halloween!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

BABY CABLE HAT

I promised cable knitted projects earlier, and here we are with another one! I've got friend who is due at the end of the month, so thought I'd knit her a little something. Baby and kid stuff is so fun and quick to knit. I've been pretty into knitting cables recently, and since this will be an autumn baby, I thought a little cozy cable hat would be appropriate.





I used this pattern for Veslestrikk's Gullklumplue that I found on ravelry, and knitted it in Drops Baby Merino in off white on 3.5mm needles and finished it off with a faux fur bobble. I don't usually knit with such small needles, but it wasn't as fiddly as I thought and the cables turned out so lovely and defined. I used just over half a ball of wool, so this is an excellent way to use up some leftover yarn for sure.

I'll be gifting it together with either one of the macrame teethers or the fabric teethers I made earlier this year. Hopefully little baby Amanda will approve!