December 2011

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CHRISTMAS PILLOW

Decorating for Christmas can include more than just ornaments and Christmas trees. Making your own pillows and throws are a great way to add some cozy winter mood. This is a cute pillow that will fit with a classic Christmas or country style, but depending on your choice of fabric, it could fit anywhere in the house.
 
 
 
 
You'll find the instructions here
 
Merry 17. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 

CHRISTMAS "STOCKING"

A Christmas stocking is a must for Christmas Eve. Where else is Santa Claus going to put the presents :) 
 
There are so many cute looking Christmas stockings out there, but we are going to show you a slightly nontraditional one. This is a "stocking", but it doesn't have the sock shape. It's shaped as a sack and it's attached to an embroidery ring, which is a really nice and rustic detail. Your choice of fabric for this project is very much up to you. All though using two different kinds, creates a really nice contrast.
 
 
 
 
You'll find the instructions here
 
Merry 16. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
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CHRISTMAS BREAD BASKET

I love homemade breadbaskets. It's such a nice cozy detail on the breakfast table or you can use it for nuts and Christmas sweets. 
There are endless possibilities fabric wise and how you choose to decorate this basket. We have chosen 100 % linen and decorated it with some snowflake prints, in a deep red Christmas color.
 


 
Download instructions here
Download pattern for snowflakes here
 
Merry 15. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
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X-MAS LETTERS

This is a really cool project for the kids room. Of couse depending of your choice of fabric, this will go anywhere in the house, and add a really soft and cozy look. It could also be an alternative to Christmas pillows on the couch. It's a bit time consuming, but if you're used to sowing, you'll like the result of this project.
 
 
 
 
 
  

  
 
Click on the letters to download and print.
You'll find the instructions here
 
 
Merry 14. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 

SWEDISH SAFFRON BUNS

Christmas is not really Christmas without a lot of baking. Growing up in a family, that was blessed with a mother who just loved baking and cooking, we got to enjoy a lot of homemade breads and cookies. Around Christmas it was quite special, because my mom would bake for days to fill the cupboard and freezer, so she always had something delicious to serve, when people came over.
 
 
These buns are Swedish saffron buns, pretty much a sweet wheat bun, except for the saffron spice, which gives it a lovely color and makes it smell fantastic. Today it's St. Lucia Day and on this day saffron buns are traditionally enjoyed in Sweden.
 
 
 
 
Merry 13. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
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PACK OF CHRISTMAS CARDS

There's nothing like receiving a card on Christmas. I love to receive a card with a small personal message. This little printable could be used as a small gift as it works as a small collection of cards.  
It's a set of 4 cards in different colors with individual text. You also get an envelope/case to store all the cards. 
 
 
 
 
For best result, print on carton like sheet, so the cards get a postcard feel.
 
Download envelope here
Download cards here
 
 
Merry 12. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
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FURRY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

Over the last couple of days, we have showed you a few ways to make your own Christmas ornaments balls, and today we have yet another one. This is going to be the last of these, but I assure you; you do not wanna miss this one:) 
 
These Christmas ornaments are made with fur and they are super cute. Hard not to fall in love with this little softy.
 
 
Materials:
- fur or faux fur
- glue-gun
- Christmas balls
-string
- scissor
 
 
1. Cut out fur into boat shaped(see here) pieces. You'll have to decide the length and width according to the size of your Christmas ball. 
 
2. Now glue the fur pieces onto the Christmas ball, covering the entire ball.
 
3. Tie a piece of string to the finished Christmas ball and it's ready to hang.
 
 
 
 
Merry 12. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 

PINECONE ORNAMENTS

Decorating with what the nature has to offer, is a favorite of ours. Pinecones are really versatile and can be used in many ways, ranging from decorations to having the kids paint and making little figures from them. 
Today we are using them as ornaments and they are to hang from the Christmas tree. This is perfect if you like a more natural feel in your Christmas decorating. Happy 3rd Advent.
 
 
 
 
 
Merry 11. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
 

YARN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

You know those projects you can do while snuggling up in a chair with a blanket and watching tv or listening to music? Well, this is one of them. So put on a pot of tea and go get your materials :)
 
 
You'll need a few items:
 
- A couple of different colored yarn balls 
- Glue, preferably a glue-stick 
- Christmas balls
- Scissor
 
 
1. Take a Christmas ball and dab it with the glue stick. The glue is to get a sticky surface, so the yarn wont slide of while winding.
 
2. Now take a yarn ball and press the loose end of it into the glue somewhere in the middle of the Christmas ball. 
 
3. Now start winding the yarn around the Christmas ball horizontally. This way you secure the end and you start to fill out the ball. Continue to wind vertically as well, going from one side of the top and down, to the other side of the top, while rotating the ball. This way the thread secure itself. Wind until you have completely covered the Christmas ball.
 
4. When you are done, cut of the end and secure it by tying a knot into the strings.
 
 
 
Merry 9. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 

FROSTY THE "SWEATER" SNOWMAN

I have so many fond memories of my childhood. One in particular was when it was winter and my kid brother and I played around in the snow, building snowmen and little igloos from snowballs and placed lit candles in them. It sometimes got really dark outside, in the afternoon around our house, so we placed them in front of the kitchen windows, so my mom could look out into dark and see these glowing igloos. I remember seeing her, from the outside, standing there in the kitchen, being really busy baking and making food for us, and for some reason it just didn't feel so cold outside. 
 
 
 
 
 
This snowman is a charmer and it's a perfect project for the kids as well. 
Download the instructions here
 
Merry 8. December. 
/Annika & Sussi
 
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