On Sunday it's Advent 1st. It marks the start of Christmas celebrations over here, although my family started a little earlier by drinking glögg in early November and hanging wreaths and outdoor lights last weekend. Our neighbors are used to us being first putting everything up, but also first at taking the holiday decor down. Come Christmas day and I'm ready to let it all go... The outdoor lights stay until at least February though because it's sooooooo dark and they are a necessity.
Here are our advent candles, the first one to be lit on Sunday. Traditionally you put white moss, "renlav", in the holder but me not being huge on tradition and usually wanting to adapt everything to my own aesthtetics I use some apple green wiry wood "wool". The cute little mushrooms are a must though, trendy or not.
White paper stars and white amaryllises are a must although this one is still a bud. Beautiful all the same.
Monday was good mail day! Look what was in my mail box! No, not the cup of tea, but that was kind of nice too as this was snowy day.
Lindzi wrote a post on her blog last week and showed five cards dedicated to five scrappers and bloggers and we got to guess who they were for. I did like #2 the best but not in my wildest imagination expected it to be for me. But it was! And here it is! Beautifully made and the colors do match what's going on in our house perfectly. Thank you so much, Lindzi!
In a large padded envelope (love it when those arrive...) I got a super nice surprise from Angie over in Australia. The Real Living Christmas Special! Yay! Double yay! That girl really knows how to make my day too! Thank you, thank you, thank you !
My friend Sanna and I had meant to make wreaths on Saturday but the weather wasn't very nice and it had already snowed a little bit so we decided not to go in to the woods to gather materials. We stayed in and had Glögg instead...
Sunday was beautiful though so I took my basket and got as much green material as I could fit in there.
Pine, fir, blueberry sprigs, moss, juniper, fern and some lavender from a pot by the garage.
Bonus helped me cut everything into 10 cm / 4" pieces which I then tied with floral wire against the store bought wreath base.
Here's the result. One small wreath for the front door. That thing that looks like a messy string is actually quite a pretty thin green ribbon with polka dots...
...and one large for the front of the house. And they both held up well against the masses of snow and the wind yesterday so I'm quite pleased.