Saturday, 20 December 2014

Drawings

Finally the Christmas holiday is here.
Wonderful.
Except I am rather restless and hyper.
Have been able to to quite a lot of things due to it however.
Which is a good thing I suppose.
Lots of cooking and baking have found place.
Delicious homemade ravioli today - yum.

I have been able to sit down a bit, and have drawn and done a water colour of different birds.
It i ages since I last drew, haven't done any drawing since September to tell the truth.
And, it feels really good to do it again.
There is just something about it that makes me completely relax.
Which of course should mean, I should do it way more often.
Alas that is rarely how it goes.


Though I do believe I will be doing some more drawing and water colouring during the holidays.

Also much more cooking and baking will be done, I guarantee.
Plus of course some knitting.

Happy Christmas

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas cards 2014


 Even though the price of postage keeps rising,
my parents still send out Christmas cards.

This is this years Christmas cards:

 First, I searched for ideas at pinterest, and decided on some pine cones.
Then I found some pine cones in my botanical books, and drew a bit.
Then I made a test on some beige cardboard.
From that I decided to use grey cardboard, 
and to use a thicker silver pen to write, merry Christmas in danish.

 First I wrote "God Jul" - merry Christmas in danish.
Then I started making the outline for my pine cones.
A ruler was used to ensure they sat symmetrically.

When that was done, I could fill out the pine cones with colour.
I used a dark brown and a lighter brown.


 All the cones filled out.
Now I only need to add a silver border.

Finished.

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Here, you can see the Christmas cards I made in 2013

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Made "Jødekager" today.
 It is a Christmas cookie baked with ammonium carbonate.
Before baking the cookies are brushed with egg,
and cinnamon sugar and chopped almonds are sprinkled on.

Fortunately I am not in cookie-eating mood - since I made them for my family for Christmas Normally I can hardly control myself, but  maybe it is just that time of the month.
Anyways, it will probably soon pass, and I will get crazy for anything sweet again:)

I am rather looking forward to the chocolate covered marzipan I made with my aunt!
 
Hope you have something delicious to look forward to as well.


Friday, 12 December 2014

Cozyness and Christmas


 Yesterday evening.
Drinking tea, with the kitty on my lap, knitting and watching Christmas TV. 
(A Victorian Farm Christmas, which is some of my absolute favourite TV of all times!)
How can it get much better?!
Oh, and then the homework lying in the background of course, not to forget...

 I got 3 fairy lights up this year.
A long one above my sofa - as you see on the photo.
A smaller one lying on my copper coffee table.
And a small read one in a plant.
 
 These are a new addition to my collection of Christmas decorations.
They hang in my living room windows.
Pretty pleased the kitty haven't decided that they are in fact her toys. 
She did that with some other stars I had in the windows one year - all destroyed now. 
Courtesy of  Miss Selma

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My weekend will consist of:
 Washing of some clothes - it gotta be done after all
 Homework - can't avoid it any longer!
Baking Christmas cookies (jødekager)
Knitting, a lot
Tea drinking
Extensive TV watching, Christmassy stuff if possible
and most importantly - cozying up with the kitty.

What are your plans for this weekend?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Red crocheted stars

One of the homemade things my parents have gotten in their Christmas calender, 
are these red crocheted stars.
Found these stars via pinterest.
I was sure I found a pattern for it, but can't find it now though..
It was a quick job.
Made with red wool yarn and a 4mm hook. 
Then I sewed on the ribbons and the buttons.
Voila, finished.

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My brother fixed my computer screen, really nice, it was starting to get reeaally annoying.
I has to push the on and off button on the screen sometimes 30 times before it worked properly.
A bit boring.
Anyways, no longer an issue :)

Slept most of today, instead of doing my homework.
Went Christmas shopping in Copenhagen yesterday with my parents.
We finished most of the Christmas shopping, hurrah, though it left us all rather done for.
Which meant I watched Pride and Prejudice (1995 version, of course) late into the night to calm down.
It was brilliant. P and P, knitting and loads of tea.
Honestly, it doesn't get better than that :)

I hope you had a nice weekend, with not too much Christmas stress.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas wreath

I decided to make a Christmas wreath for my parents.

I started out with a straw wreath, which I covered with yarn.


Then I found some pompoms I made earlier, some gold pinecones, and red berries.
I also crocheted some flowers.


Then I stuck the flowers, now with sewed in ends, and pompoms onto tthe wreath with pins,
 to see the effect.


Then I grapped my glue gun, and started gluing.
The pompoms are put on with pins (different than those one the picture above).

I ended up making more pompoms to make it more filled out.


I like the result.
And I know my parents liked it as well.
It was the first gift in their Advent calender.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Advent calender

 My brother and I decided that my parents should have an Advent calender this year.

 Here they are waiting to be picked up by my parents.

Here they are in situ at my parents.

I went for gold and copper coloured wrapping paper and white, creme and black ribbons.
I used some white cardboard and gold glitter glue to make the numbered gift tags.

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My December have started rather well with a weekend at some family,
 making the annual confections. Lots of marzipan and chocolate was involved:)
YUM

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Jars covered with crochet

My mother has gotten a new desk and a new office space at home.
I felt some sprucing up was in order.
Therefore I made these jars for pencils for her

I made some earlier for her workspace at her job, which you can see here.


They are crocheted in stripes to fit the different jars.
Then I crocheted some flowers, which I sewed in the ends of, and then glued on with a glue gun.




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Christmas is drawing near. 

I have already made the first batch of Christmas cookies (Pebernødder, with orange zest for a twist).
Helped my mom unpack her Christmas decorations, she got a whole lot.
Made Christmas cards for my parents to send out.
Made a Christmas present or two.
Annndd I have watched a ton of Christmas movies.

Now, I am back home after a weekend at my parents,
 my cat is lying beside me, and I think I need one last cup of tea before bed.



I only have 2 projects in the works at the moment.
A shawl with different reds, that  I still have a way to go on, and a secret project.
Okay not so secret,  since I had my brother try on the wrist warmers I am making for him,
to make sure they fit...Which reminds me, I have to unravel ½ of them because they aren't totally perfect. Oh well. Business as usual. 
Anyways, I hope you had a good weekend:)

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Red Christmas balls with beaded ribbons

 My mothers birthday was yesterday.

Originally we (my brother and I) had planned to give her a scarf I knitted,
 (only the moths ruined that), and some other stuff.
That killed that idea, so we had to come up with something else.
Which proved rather troublesome actually.

Anyways, we ended up settling on a carving board.
 I still wanted to give her something homemade.
So I found some small red Christmas balls in my local grocery store.
Which I spruced up by adding beads.
 I decided, or rather ended up, making 8 with beads sewn onto their ribbons.

I mixed some red and pink beads I had, and used some red sewing thread, and a needle for beads.
First I wanted to use a wide ribbon, but after a test, which didn't turn out too good,
 I settled on a slimmer version.
Below you see the result.



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I have been tidying up like crazy.
Emtying out and sorting through.
Drinking loads of tea through out, of course.
 
I do love order:)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Purple knitted Christmas balls

I have been knitting away.
Suddenly felt like knitting some Christmas balls again.
Last time I did that, was when I was at the hospital in 2012.
Here are some pictures of some of them.


I decided on making some Christmas balls, but really only had some purple yarn.
So purple Christmas balls it was.

They are made after patterns from this book:

It is one of my absolute favourite knitting books.
Small easy projects, that will at the same time challenge you with the motifs.
Absolutely perfect!

I have since gotten some white and red yarn to make more traditional Christmas balls.

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Happy November
 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Hama bead coasters for my brother

 My brother turned 28 the 5th of november.
That means a gift was needed.
Then we must remember we are talking about me here.
So of course it got to be homemade.
Poor fellow;)
  
Anyways, I decided on making some coasters of hama beads.
I made 8 pieces.
Below you see the result.

It should be said that he got 8 different beers as well;)
To sorta soften him up a bit.





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Have made homework all day, hoping I am on a roll.

Happy monday to you:)

Monday, 3 November 2014

Perfect fleamarket finds

A couple of weekends ago I got some really good finds. 
Mostly at two different flea markets.
Below is the result of my spending spree.


 Went to the local flea market where I found a book about salads and a book about mythology.
Then I went to the local Netto to grocery shop, and found a knitting book I remember seeing a real nice cardigan in, absolutely perfect.


 Went to a large flea market with my mom and dad, and found lots of good things!

 Two pretty English plates.
 A cookie tin, with beautiful birds on it, just me.
I have been looking for the perfect teapot for some time, and found this English teapot.
 Crystal drops, which I am going to use as Christmas decorations.
 A sweet plant pot.
One of Emma Bridgewaters tins with birds. Again just me. I am rather fond of birds you see.

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I am definitely at a good a level mood wise at the moment.
Which is rather nice.
I do love the autumn, and Christmas isn't far away.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Ruined green scarf



I made this scarf for my mothers birthday.
I did it early so I didn't have rush just before her birthday.
Today the time had come for me to wash and block the scarf . 
It has been lying in a drawer for some months now.

Today I grabbed the scarf, which I 2 days ago put into a plastic bag, in order to safe it from my moth invasion. It seems I was too late however.
I rolled the scarf out and, alas, as you can see on the picture below, some strings had broken.
A vicious attack from my moth invasion!
Damn you!
 
 

 It is on the edge as you see on the picture, I simply do not have the skill to fix it nicely.
Can't even shorten the scarf, because it is at the start of the scarf, not the end.
Again I have no idea how to fix it.


It was going to be such a nice scarf, blocked and all.
I am not even mad, I am just sad.
Hopeless more like it. Will I ever get rid of those damn moths!?

I sincerely hope you haven't got moths sneaking around, being mean and ruining you stuff!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Hama bead birds

 I have for some time been wanting to try and make some birds of hama beads.
The other day I finally bought some bigger pegboards, so I could try it out.

The picture below shows the first bird I made, after a embroidery pattern found on pinterest.
Here is the link from pinterest.
The tail is a bit too thin I thought, so I wanted to make some bigger ones.


Then I tried making one bigger, by simply doubling up from the pattern.
Didn't get the best result, though. You can see it on the last two photos.

Then, I decided to try out a different pattern I found also on pinterest.
With an even bigger bird, which you can see in the make, on the pictures below.
Here is the link from pinterest
I liked the result of this one.

 Took over 2 hours doing this one.

 As you can see I used two different patterns, 
and I definitely prefer the bigger one, much more detail in it.

Here they are up hanging, they kept moving, so haven't got a good picture of them.

All in all I liked it, and will probably make some more at some point. 
These ones went to my mum, and are now hanging in my parents hallway.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Attack of the moths

I have a continual fight against moth.
They have invaded me, and are not keen on moving on.
I have tidied and cleaned and sprayed with insect spray.
Yet they keep on going.
I am getting pretty fed up with them to tell you the truth!

The long wristwarmers below are the latest casualty.
Bloody hell!
I really liked those!

Damn.

I wont mend them, it wouldn't be pretty.
So I guess I will unravel them and use them for something else.
I can't make myself do it quite yet. They were a lot of work, and fitted perfectly.

Sigh

Actually there were two pairs of wristwarmers that was ruined.
The other pair is the one below, some of the first I ever did.
They are rather crude, and some yarn are sticking out.
Those are just going in the bin
Havn't used them for years you see.


I really, really hope the moths wont ruin anymore knitting projects!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bird painting

 Wanted to try and paint some birds, so I found a small canvas to practise on.
It is 30 x30 cm.
The background is inspired by fair isle knitting patterns.
I have painted the birds after 2 danish ornithology books I have from fleamarkets.

 In the works

Finished

It is a Great tit, a Willow tit and a Western yellow wagtail.

I rather like the result . I might hang it in the kitchen I think.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Purchases


 
 New books!
Reading "Bad Karma" at the moment.

Have you read a good book lately?
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Visited a fleamarket with my best friend and my parents:

 Some of my favorite magazines.
To look through and to cut out for collages and such later.

 4 english plates.

 Some fabric samples.

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Went into town yesterday, had a meeting with the municipality to go to.

Had a slight altercation with a mom and her pram because I neglected to move from a spot, where it said - "no prams". Completely threw me off. Thank goodness I had some extra medicine on me!

Anyways, when I go shopping it is normally for creative materials.
This time, some yarn as seen below, and some different glass and ceramic beads, from "søstrene grene" and "Panduro". The red beads are going to be put on strings for Christmas ornaments.



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This weekend I am going to another big fleamarket in Copenhagen.
Looking forward to it:)