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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?

Guess how much I love you


The children´s book “Guess how much I love you” is a huge favourite of mine, and it was the first book that my mother bought for my daughter – the first book she ever got – while she was still in my belly. I remember feeling so emotional when I read it (still pregnant, and with my hormones all over the place), and I imagined how wonderful it would be to read it for my child.

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If you´re not familiar with the book, you can read about it here.

On one of my inspirational tours around the internet, I found this adorable theme! It´s a “Guess how much I love you” party, and it´s just too cute!

It could work well as a baby shower theme as well – it´s also suitable if you don´t know the gender of the baby, since the colors are “gender neutral”. Also, it would make an adorable Easter party!

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This pretty cake is simply stunning, and really pulls the party together!

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Sweet cookies! In this particular party, it was for a little girl turning one, but I think it works just as good for a toddler, and also for a boy!

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Wrapping the chocolate is a great effect – I think it would be the perfect guest favor!

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Lovely dessert table!

What is your favourite children´s book?

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?

Become a kitchen goddess


I´ve quite recently taken an interest in baking. I really love it! I’m not much for cooking – but luckily I’m married to a man with great cooking skills – I’m a lucky girl!

I like the baking because it makes me relax, I get to make yummy things for my family, and I can use my love for aesthetics. And speaking of aesthetics, of course every kitchen goddess need to look the part.

Therefore, today I’m going to show you some of my favorite aprons:

I wanted an apron in true Bree van de Kamp style:

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And I found it:

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This beautiful and oh so sweet apron is from Flirty Aprons – they have so many wonderful models, check it out!
They also have the sweetest aprons for kids – when my little girls is a bit older, she will get a true copy of my pink apron!

Also, I love this model – it’s sweet, fun and pretty! I see it as perfect for the times you have fancy dinners and have your dress on. If you need to wear an apron, what would be better than this one?

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Green Gate, which I’ve already talked about several times, have such sweet nostalgic patterns:

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And, look at this sweet model for your little princess:

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I bet she would love to help you in the kitchen in this apron!

In Leilas General Store, you’ll also find great aprons for both you and your little one:

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Love this vintage pattern!

I recently found Madame Choup, and I adore their products. They almost look like dresses! This on is my favorite:

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The cupcake pattern was perfect!

I hope you feel inspired to find the kitchen goddess within!

What1s your favourite apron?

 

 

 

 

 

My Love


Today is our wedding day. It’s been two years of absolute bliss, and I can honestly say I fall more in love with my husband every day. Not every day is a perfect day, but he still makes me feel happiness every single day.

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He still surprises me with his kindness and positivity, and I love that even though I’m at my least charming, he still calls me his darling.

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In this short time, our family has gone from two to three, and to see my husband with our daughter makes me feel proud – how happy am I to share my life with them!

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Happy anniversary my darling – I love you!

 

Photos by Smallpigart

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!