Hello again!

That break I took this summer turned into a long blog break! And I’m unfortunately only popping by just to tell you all that I’m still here, I’m still crafting (a bit), photographing (very little), writing (also just the least amount I can), gardening (a lot!), out walking (too little for my taste), swimming (much more than usual!), and above all – being mindful and taking care of my health!

Because that’s the theme for my 2020 – getting healthy! The pandemic happened to coincide with my long time medication not being produced any longer, so I got to really search my soul and my mind and try to find strategies to cope despite having all sorts of health issue as a result.

But I’m still here, and I’m happier than ever, even if a bit too ache:y from day to day, but the mood is great – I love being the mom of three teenagers, and I love my new hobby – painting abstract cows! (through Amanda Evanston – check out her website for the most awesome painting lessons!) The best thing? I can paint even though my eyes aren’t cooperating with me.

Because this is the main reason for my changing life: the medication stopping plus other factors have made changes to my eyesight. I can’t see properly up close and I have to limit how much I read and write every day. Scrolling is especially difficult, which might account for me being in such a good mood, now that I think about it! I can’t doomscroll like the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this also means I have to write most of this text without watching the screen, so it takes a little bit more effort nowadays to write just about anything (especially online messages – they’re the worst to write). So this will probably be the last post for a while until my eyes get used to my reading glasses.

Therefore I’m leaving you for a while – hopefully not too long! With a lot of pictures I already had edited and resized before my eyesight went haywire. It’s a mixed bunch, but it’s the best I can at the moment – I can press click on the camera, but I can’t see if the picture I’ve taken is good or edit it. But I’m in a good mood as I said, because I have my painting and audiobooks and my kids who help me so much! <3

P.S. Instagram is a bit easier for me to use at the moment, so I’m sometimes posting there!

Pre-haircut me – if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I cut off all my hair!

 

 

 

 

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DIY Lace garland

What do you do when you have a whole stash of scraps of lace that can’t really be used for anything important? You turn them into a lovely lace garland!

I laid out my lace scraps and sewed them onto a ribbon. I was in the mood to make it as quickly as possible, so I simply sewed once over the ribbon and that was that.

Super-easy, didn’t take long to make and it adds a bit of whimsy and nostalgia to any Midsummer celebration!

I’m loving this!

We’re going to use this garlands for many Midsummers to come.    

 

 

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DIY Mini-Midsummer Pole

Here’s a quick and easy DIY to make a miniature Midsummer Pole for your Midsummer table.

I folded a green pipe cleaner in half and twisted it. I took about half of another pipe cleaner and did the same thing and added it making a cross. Then I made two green circles and glued on miniature flowers. These ones are made for gluing to nails, I think!

Then I glued a white and green-string to the edges of the cross, and finished the pole with a washi tape-flag on top.

I glued the pole to a round piece of wood, spreading out the pipe cleaner so the pole would stand more firmly.

A cute little addition to any Midsummer’s Eve-celebration!

 

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DIY Simple and comfortable Midsummer wreath

I’ve been thinking for years about how to make an easy and comfortable wreath, and now I think I’ve found the solution!

I started by twisting 6 strands of cotton cloth – old T-shirts, sheets and cloth that has been cut into 1 cm wide strips. I made a long twist that fits around a head nicely, one for each of our guests. The wreath is easily adjustable and comfortable, and you can compost it afterward if you don’t reuse it!

To make the twists: Make two sections out of the ribbons. Twist both sections simultaneously counterclockwise. Twist them around each other clockwise. Or the opposite. It doesn’t matter which way you go, only make sure you twist the sections one way, and around each other the other way. Otherwise the whole thing will unravel.

Twisting is much faster and easier than braiding, but if you’re unsure how to do it – just do a simple 3-strand braid.

Make a knot at the end of the twist and make a circlet out of the braid.

Make small bouquets of flowers and fasten them around the braid using some cotton string. Wrap the string around the braid, wrapping in bouquets as you go along. You can make a full wreath, or just add flowers to the front of the wreath.

The wreath looks great with some strands hanging this way and that, adding a bit of whimsy to your Midsummer wreath.    You can use any flowers you like – flowers picked by the roadside, flowers from your garden, grasses. I used some Midsummer roses for this one, and chives, so we get to both look pretty and smell lovely!

 

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Easy Midsummer-DIY:s

This is one of my favorite Midsummer-DIY:s – a homemade table Midsummer pole!

We cut pieces of round bar and glued them onto each other like a cross (Niklas first carved out a piece in each of the poles so that they would fit). Then we fastened the pole to a square block and painted it green. We wrapped red, yellow and light green ribbon around the whole thing.

The wreaths are made out of pipe cleaner plus felt flowers. The pole is topped off with a string of flags.

Above an Åland Islands-version with Midsummer crowns instead of wreaths. Those too are made out of pipe cleaners, and ribbon.

I love recycling, and I love a touch of nostalgia in my interior decorating! I made a long table runner from pieces of lace, that looks great on any Midsummer table.

Just add a bunch of bouquets of flowers in small vases and you’re good to go!

On years when it’s raining I compensate for the bad weather by hanging up lace curtains in front of the windows. It adds that special touch of days gone by that any good Midsummer needs! 🙂

If we’re outside, I hang up bunting or flags like these ones made out of old embroidered sheets and table cloths. It’s the perfect project for upcycling cloths that are stained or have holes in them. And they get a new life, getting to look pretty and add to the festive feeling!

 

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Kærlighed – embroidered love a la Karen Marie Dehn

During Easter, my favorite embroiderer Karen Marie Dehn gave everyone of her Instagram-followers a chance to stitch along embroidering the word Love in Danish. I was bedridden and very bored, and wanted to do something productive, so this was the perfect project!

We got a letter a day, which turned out to be the perfect amount of embroidering for me back then. It was so much fun seeing the artwork grow one letter at a time!  

Go check out her webpage and her Instagram for her amazing embroideries – she does so many wonderful things, including beautiful insects, flowers and birds!

 

P.S. I’ve been really fatigued lately. Not just because of everything going on in the world, but also because of a lot of health issues this spring. But hopefully I have them figured out now!
P.P.S. Usually I have a lot to say about racism – right now I’m happy a lot of other people are saying those things. Frankly I’ve kind of had my fill at the moment, so I’m hoping more people step up and do something about it. I’m educating my kids as well as I can, which means to them this whole police brutality situation plus racism in general didn’t come as a surprise – my youngest kids are living in a racist reality after all. But if you’re one of those parents to especially white kids who haven’t talked to your kids about racism yet – now is the time! Don’t be afraid – it’s always better to talk about things that are difficult, than ignoring them and letting them fester. And while you’re at it – also talk to your kids about social distancing and respecting other people’s social space. There are lots of families with family members who are at risk, and we all need to pull together to make the world a safer place for all of us.

 

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