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?

Be my Valentine


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It’s just a few weeks away – the day we each year celebrate with the one (or ones) we love! It can be a boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, mother, father, sister or brother. No matter who it is, be with the ones you love for Valentine’s Day! And this year, we’ve got the added bonus of February 14th being on a Friday – yay!

As the party planning geek I am, I’ve already started gathering some inspiration that I this would look nice for a Valentine’s Day party. I’m picturing a party palette of red, pink and white. Pink softens the red, but red makes it more edgy than just a pink and white palette.

Here are two dessert tables which I really like:

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Who can resist this little sweetheart??

I love the red and white striped background in the nect picture – I think it makes a strong and fresh statement! Together with the pink it just works even better!

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Here’s another example of stripes in red and white. When this is paired with the more neutral combination of grey and white instead of pink, it’s very elegant.

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And let’s not forget the important details:

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Send your Valentine a card – I love this one, which also happens to be a free printables, which we love!

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Make (or buy!) some sweet treats! Who doesn’t love these little sweeties?

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We must not forget the hearts! I love everything chocolate, and if it comes in the shape of a heart, I’d probably love it even more – if possible!

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Use hearts as decoration!

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Perhaps a little Valentine’s gift?
Use heart decorations on the wrapping!

For more information about the pictures, and even more Valentine’s Day inspiration, visit my board on Pinterest!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Snow Princess Birthday Party


My little princess in born in early Spring, so unfortunately this will not be the theme for her upcoming second birthday. However, I’m completely in love with the styling of this theme, which I saw at Hostess with the Mostess. The colour scheme of white, silver, grey, pink and hints of yellow is perfection,  and the details are just completely magical!

pink-white-winter-princess-dessert-tableLove the tulle table cloth which gives it the light touch

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snowflake-princess-dessert-tableHow about that dress?

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snow-princess-cake-with-tiara-topperThe perfect cake – such a piece of art!

snow-princess-outfit-and-cupcakesSuch a sweet birthday girl!

Right now I’m searching for a theme to my daughters birthday in March – so looking forward to planning it! Do you have any suggestions for the theme??

Clean slate


It’s 2014.

A new year. New possibilities. A clean slate.

I don’t have very many new years resolutions for 2014, other than this one:

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I will show my family and friends love every day, and I will eliminate things that don’t give my life meaning, and fill the time with things I care about.

Oh…..and I will start blogging again – because I want to, and because I find it exciting.

Happy New Year everyone – hope you’ll visit the blog in the time to come!