Back home from a trip to Vasa, and Strömsö!

Sometimes when you start something, you have no idea where it will lead. Just that what you’re doing is something that’s fun for you, that you enjoy and that somehow makes the world a little bit of a better place.

I started making my own jewelry some years ago, just because I wanted to create something I could wear despite my allergy to all kinds of metals. And then it sort of bloomed, turned into portraits of my daughter, this whole fantasy world called Pargasia, some newspaper articles and now yesterday my daughter and I were interviewed on a TV-show called Strömsö!

It was so much fun and I got to sit and make two bracelets out of pieces of lace, buttons, sequins and beads, but I didn’t talk as much about the specifics of the process. More about the philosophy around creating and creating with your children. I think I have lots more to say on the subject, but today I’m just so fatigued so I’ll leave that for another day!

I’ll post more photos of my jewelry and my creative process here on this blog, so stay tuned if you want a closer look! The necklace in the picture above is the one I wore on the TV-show yesterday. For me, sewing beads is so relaxing, and I love to create something out of nothing, or even something out of other people’s throw away knick-knacks! Upcycling and creating – my favorite pastimes combined!

A few years back I dyed some lace pink. It also got featured on the TV-show, but by now it’s finished and embellished with so many beads and flowers!

It was a bit of a challenge to create something on demand, so to speak! Usually I get to take everything at my own leisure. I lay out pieces of lace, beads and assorted decorations and then I sort of get a feel for what I want to create.

It will be nerve-wracking watching myself on TV, if I can work up the nerve to do it! But I’ll definitely post more articles here about my jewelry, just in case someone else wants to turn trash into treasures. Wearable upcycling, that is so fulfilling to create!


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The Granny blanket in its environment

Today I’ll show you a bit of the latest Granny blanket in its natural habitat – my study!

I gave it to Niklas and he uses it to warm himself while he is watching films with me, sitting in this old rocking chair. The rocking chair is more than a hundred years old, and very comfortable!

Behind it, my cupboard where I store many of the materials I use to make jewelry, costumes and other things. In the picture you can also see a glimpse of the blanket I’m working on, this one crocheted with black borders.


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The gingerbread house that was

one of the things I love most about gingerbread houses is that they are made for eating.

And one fine day when the feeling is just right, the house gets smashed and ruined!

Edible art at its best, and it wouldn’t be so delicious if it wasn’t for the fact that it has been standing there looking pretty and enticing.

A reminder of how fragile everything is – we just see the destruction of some things a little bit quicker.

And there is something beautiful also in ruins!

The gingerbread ruin – not made to be a ruin, but that’s how it turned out!

And I kind of like it. It makes room for us to make another house next Christmas. The little tomte has definitely moved out! But I have a suspicion he, and his friends, might move back into our house in ten months’ time or so!



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Glittery felt hearts

These are technically Christmas ornaments, but since they’re heart-shaped, I’m pretending they’re Valentine’s decorations for the moment!

I drew a basic shape freehand on the felt heart.

Then I embroidered using a yellow silk thread plus green thread for the base.

I added glass beads for some extra sparkle.

They’re looking rather pretty hanging from one of my windows. Later on this year they’ll be hanging on the Christmas tree! 2 in 1 🙂

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DIY Heart-shaped wreath

This flowery wreath adds a bit of springtime to the Valentine’s celebration.

I started with a heart-shaped foundation made out of metallic wire(you can buy ready-made, or make your own just by twisting together wires).

Then I added lots of flowers and leaves from old candle rings and bits of odd flowers I’ve picked up here and there.

A pink bird topped it all off.

Flowery and springtime:y, and heart-shaped. And so easy and fun to do!



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Happy Things

I’m so proud I got the orchid to bloom once again! It bloomed from april to december, and now it has got new buds! (The secret to getting your indoors plants to bloom – torture! Don’t water them until it’s absolutely necessary – this will make the plants think they need to propagate and make seeds i.e. flower)

A new game we all enjoy. Playing instruments with the family. Sometimes we have The Bahne family band going in the living room!

Tulips from a friend who wanted me to have a bit of springtime this time of year!

And my paper roses made out of old book pages!

Have a happy Thursday, everyone!


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DIY Paper Love Birds

A flock of pretty birds are flying through our house these days.

I made the birds out of silver colored paper. They each carry a glittery heart in their beaks.

After cutting out the bird, I made decorative holes in the wings using a hole punch.

I also made three birds out of more colorful paper. They fit perfectly on the small window of my study.

The silver love birds whirl and twirl as you walk by.

And the glittery hearts add just the right amount of spark! Love birds, sending messages of love to everyone in need.

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