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This year, my Christmas preparations have been scant. I have no tree, no advent-candleholder, no tiny red wreaths around red candles, and no frankincense (or kongerøkelse) spreading smells of cloves, orange, lavender, cinnamon – and whatever else is in that magical blend that makes Christmas instantly. All the same, the small things help:

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This past Sunday was the fourth Sunday of advent, which also coincided with winter solstice this year. We celebrated with tea, gingerbread cookies, and having all four candles lit.


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I love wrapping presents. This year I went to a recycled gift wrapping event where businesses had donated old posters and blueprints – lots of lovely colorful things!


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Oh wait, we have a tree! The fireplace with some tea candles made up part of the makeshift Christmas-tree this year.


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This pepperkake smells so good. It only gets to decorate the mantel for a couple of days before I eat it all up!

Happy holidays to everyone!

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This year, September brought me a new area of study, a new school, a new city, and a new country. Like every year, it also brought me my birthday. The celebration was quite limited, since the boy and I were in the middle of apartment-moving, but we did manage to have a little party of two at a coffee shop, and I even had some presents to open! A special mention of the wool I got sent from Norway, all carded and washed and ready to be spun – I have plans to make a drop-spindle, and then turn that lovely wool into lovely yarn. I can’t wait!

At school we have delved right into projects, papers, and quizzes. The first project to be completed was in a fashion design class, looking at the elements of design – texture, color, line and form, and designing a garment based on each of those elements. Here I am in the process of water coloring my color-design, with the actual fabric above, and my sketchbook to the right.

Moving apartments was a time-consuming little project, and we’re still getting installed here. Spending a Saturday hitting up rummage sales, church sales and garage sales, we found some essentials for the apartment, like an unopened Trivial Pursuit, ca 1981, and this Japanese metal box, which goes so well with our found lamp:

Thrift-stores seem quite more equipped and much cheaper than the ones I’ve been used to, and I have to show off my most recent find. Naturally it was the color that caught my eye first – how could I not check it out? Next I looked at the label, which read merino wool, viscose, angora rabbit hair, and cashmere. On top of all that, it was ‘everything half off’-day, so the two dollar price tag turned into a one dollar price tag! One dollar!

Coming back from the test-run of the cardigan; The boy and I had a date at an Italian pizzeria, and we sat outside. Though it wasn’t an horribly chilly night, the cardigan certainly kept me toasty and happy. Approved!