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DIY Valentines Tree


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Still haven’t fully planned your Valentines Day? If you have time for a DIY project – try this one! It’s such a gorgeous project from super talented The House that Lars built, and it is not really that hard to make – I think I’ll make it myself! And, as an added bonus, it resembles the decorations for Fastelavn (which we celebrate here in Scandinavia) so I feel it can double as a decoration for both occasions!

The style of the Valentines Tree is light, whimsical and cool, and I feel it will work just as well for the traditionalist and the modernist.

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Materials:

  • scrapbook paper in pinks, reds, glitters or whatever your heart desires
  • baker’s twine in pink and red
  • clip on birds
  • branches – can be picked outside if possible
  • white spray paint (optional)
  • white pitcher or vase

Steps:

1.Find the branches you want to use for your tree. The expression you want will highly depend on the type of branch you choose.

2.Gather your bunch of branches and make sure they are of a similar height. You’ll want a bunch of them too so they don’t look to scraggly.

3.Lay the branches out on newspaper and spray them white. Double coat if necessary! Of course, you can choose to keep them natural – this will also look beautiful!

4.Start by clipping the birds on the branches. Make sure they are evenly scattered.

5.Make the hearts with a puncher, or by hand (a lot more work, but it will also turn out great)

6.With your scissors, cut about 1/2″ down from the top of the center of the year. With another heart, cut the bottom center 1/2″ up.

7.With the heart that is cut from the bottom, string a piece of 5″ twine from the bottom and to the top of the heart. Tie it at the top. Leave one section so that it is much longer than the other.

8.Put the two hearts together perpendicularly like a puzzle piece.

9.Make a hook in the twine by knotting it with a little loop.

10.Hang the hearts evenly throughout the branches.

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If you make the tree – let me know! I would love to see it!

Try something new for Fastelavn


 

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Picture borrowed from here

Swedes love their traditional pastries, and no pastry is as Swedish as the Semla. The classic Semla consists of a cardamom-spiced wheat bun where the top has been cut off, The inside of the bun is filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream. The cut-off top serves as a lid, and to top it off the bun is dusted with powdered sugar.

Here is a classic Semla
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As you might imagine, this is not a very “on the go”-friendly pastry, and therefore the famous Mathias Ljungberg at Tösse bakery in Stockholm has reinvented it – creating the Semel Wrap! This is essentially the same ingredients, but made into a wrap instead of a bun. It’s new, fresh, modern, and practical on the go! After lauching the Semel Wrap its popularity has been crazy, and they make them in the thousands! Still, there is a line constantly at Tösse bakery with people wanting to taste the new Semel Wrap.

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Picture borrowed from here

For those of my readers not located in Stockholm, you can try making it yourself! Here is the recipe!

This Sunday we celebrate Fastelavn, and my husband and I will try making the Semel Wrap – I’m excited!

Do you celebrate Fastelavn? What is your traditions?

My favourite Fall feast


As I´ve stated before – I really, truly, and utterly love Fall! The colors, the smell of rain, the crisp feeling in the air, and of course – the possibility to finally flaunt all those gorgeous Fall outfits we´ve been dying to show off!

Also in the kitchen, I love taking advantage of the changing seasons – so what is better than mushrooms for Fall? My favourite is chanterelle, and ideally I would like to pick it myself. However, It´s not easy to find everywhere, so it you can´t pick it yourself, buy some.

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For my Fall feast you need (for 2 persons):
About 0,5 liters of chantarelle
2 slices of your favourite bread
Butter, salt and pepper

It´s super easy peasy:

Fry the chanterelles on high heat until the liquid in the mushrooms disappear, then lover the heat so they don´t burn. Take a piece of butter (I love it – so I take quite a big piece of butter) and stir it into the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.

Take the bread and fry it gently in some oil in the pan, just until the bread turns crispy.

Put the chanterelles in the slice of bread – and enjoy!

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The picture is borrowed from here

What´s your favorite Fall food?

Midsummer Magic


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We’re heading for Summer Solstice, that wonderful day when the sun is at its absolute highest, the night is as bright as the day (at least here in Scandinavia), and Summer is at its most beautiful. Tomorrow is Midsummer Eve which is a pretty important day, at least for Swedes. And since the love of my life is Swedish, I’m more than happy to join him in this wonderful celebration. Also, Midsummer will always have a special place in my heart – we married on Midsummers Day two years ago, and will celebrate our wedding day next week! How time flies by!

At Midsummer, you typically gather with family and friends to raise the May Pole:

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You sing and dance, and eat traditional Swedish food like herring and potatoes, and for dessert; strawberries and cake! Everything is beautifully decorated with green leaves, and you make flower wreaths to wear on your head.

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At 100 layer cake I found some pictures from a wedding that really gave me that relaxed Midsummer feeling:

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I love the thought of using Midsummer as a theme for a Summer wedding. It’s romantic, light and casual! It can of course also work well as a general Summer party theme!

 

And for all the single ladies out there, I have an extra treat: the legend has it that if you pick seven different types of flowers, and put them under your pillow on Midsummer’s Eve, you will dream about your future husband! Absolutely worth trying if you ask me!

Have a happy Midsummer everyone!

Going to GreenGate


…at least in my mind!

If you still haven’t fallen in love with the Danish brand GreenGate, now is the time to do so! They make tableware and fabric accessories in the most deliciously sweet patterns and colours. Even though we’re just heading into Summer, and Winter is far from our thoughts, I would like to show some images from the GreenGate Winter catalogue that is out just now:

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I think the grey, more neutral patterns is wonderful, and it goes great as a Winter pattern on your tableware. Here, you see the patterns Sophie, Star, Nanna and Dora together. And this is why I love GreenGate. They build up their patterns series, so that you can mix and match as you please – how cool is that?!

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And here’s an example of some of their cute pastel series:

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Also, this relatively new colour series with mauve colours is wonderful:

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Makes me this about Fall!

I already have a Christmas china from GreenGate. Unfortunately, this is no longer available, I’m so glad I was able to get a hold of a whole set before it was discontinued; last year I called every store that had the brand, and went around buying bits and pieces to get the complete set! It was definately worth it! Can’t wait to use it this year for Christmas, in our new apartment!

 

All the details on the Princess Wedding


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I have Princess Wedding hangover today, after spending all afternoon yesterday watching the wedding ceremony between Princess Madeleine of Sweden and mr Chris O’Neill.

The ceremony was simply beautiful; so utterly Swedish all the way through – I got a distinct Midsummer feeling from the wedding ceremony, which was filled with white summer, and especially Lillies of the Valley. Also the use of traditional folk music was strong, which strengthens the Midsummer feeling even more. Even miss (or mrs now…) Madeleine’s dress gave me a summer feeling, and the dress was of course made by Valentino:

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The dress surprised me a little, I was perhaps expecting something heavier and more extravagant (don’t get me wrong – a dress made by mr Valentino is pretty extravagant!). The dress felt so light and girly in a way – I really loved it! The skirt had flower embroidery and the top was, in known Valentino style, dressed in lace. She looked stunning!!

In the evening (which was a private party without any press) Madeleine changed into another dress with a strapless top, and a tulle skirt. In the waist she had a satin lace bow. She also wore her hair loose:

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The second dress is a dress borrowed from Queen Silvia, who wore it to the Nobel Banquet in 2001. Queen Silvia wore the dress without the satin bow in the waist. The dress is truly a princess dress with pearls all over the top, and thousands of crystals on the skirt! Kudos for Madeleine for using a previously owned dress!

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Madeleine and Chris was so sweet towards each other during the day, it really moved me! I saw Chris kissing Madeleine’s hand at several occasions during the day.

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The wedding dinner was held in a party tent outside Drottningholm Palace (where the Princess actually was born) near Stockholm. I’v been there twice, and it’s a beautiful place with lovely parks all around. Here, the couple arrive at Drottningholm:

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Here’s a picture from last night:

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There’s only a few pictures from last evening, and it’s such a pity, since I’m sure it was a lovely party. I’m so curious about the decorations, which apparently was held in pink and green. I found a picture of the wedding cake, which was 700 giant macaroons – so cool!

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Here’s  picture of the happy couple during their first dance! And the song? Mr Bojangles!

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Congratulations Madeleine and Chris – I wish you all the best as husband and wife!

Ready for a Swedish Princess Wedding


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Finally the day has come! I’m a sucker for weddings in general, and royal weddings in particular, and the last few years there’s been a few – I love it!

But today it’s all about these two lovebirds: Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill! Congratulations, today’s your wedding day! And, what a day! The weathers is perfect, and Stockholm’s showing the world what a beautiful city it truly is.

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After a dramatic and public breakup with her previous fiancé the Princess has finally found happiness with the English/Austrian/American business man Chris O’Neill, and they look truly happy!

So, miss Madeleine, the question on every woman’s mind is: what does the dress look like??? There’s been speculations that the dress is made by the designer Valentino, but nothing is confirmed, so we have to be patient for a few more hours. What ever she picks, she will look gorgeous! She’s such a natural beauty:

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I’ll be back with more posts about the wedding later!

Are you watching the Royal Wedding today?