Tuesday, November 30, 2010

12 + 12 = 24

I split our advent candle in two this year, because I think that we could do with a little more time to burn it in. We always tend to forget to blow it out when the right number has been reached!
So using these made it possible to have two candles.

How about you - are you fast or slow at burning down the days for Christmas?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

For me...

So it's time for advent presents again.

The advent bag has been put on it's usual place - right there on the banister, so it's the first thing Emil sees when he comes down the stars from his room.

This year is different from all the other years. Anne-Sophie's advent bag is no longer on the banister but has gone with her to her appartment. It's really strange...and a bit sad...but I know that her advent present is even more appriciated this year.

I'm so fortunate that I get to have an advent calender as well. It's my dear bigsister who has made it for me, and I absolutely love it.

Today I got this beautiful biscuit tin and inside it is lots, and lots of delicious Pebernødder (a Danish Christmas biscuit. Literally translated it's pepper nuts) which she baked for me. Uhmmm!

I got so emotional when I opned the present from Lotte - she has so much to do in her life, but still she took the time to make a calender for me again and bake those lovely cookies. I really appricite it deep down in my heart.

Now I only need to figure out how to keep the Pebernødder away from the rest of my family in this house. I definitely want to share, but it's when I say so...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Do you remember the kings in the bathtub?

Well, now she has been making new and interesting things again that clever Hanne Marie Leth Andersen. I don't think that words will do any good here. Just have a look - that's much better.

Photo from Andersenkeramik

Photo from Andersenkeramik

And by the way; now I have a bathtub of my own - a gift from my dear friend Liselotte.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


...my Anne-Sophie still was 5 years old, I would do my very best to persuade her to get a Christmas dress like this:

Isn't it wonderful? It's a French pattern called Charleston. It reminds me of old days and yet it has a new and modern touch in the design.

The dress has no sleeves and what you see in the picture, is Charleston with a lovely top underneath it. Elegant and childish at the same time.

I know that it would have looked so fine on my Anne-Sophie...if she would have worn it. That I couldn't tell for sure.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm reading Vendestrik 2

So it finally came, that wonderful book I have been waiting for. Once more Hanne Meedom has created beautiful patterns - and the ones you see in the mosaics are my favourites. The book is written in Danish, I might add.

I'm especially crazy about the blue one with the 2 slits in the neckline. And the pink one with the red crocheted tie-strings, gets such a great look of not being too romantic.

I ordered my copy here.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My view...

This is the view I have from our computer...

I don't know what happened to my little mouse - he seems to be so sleepy. Normally he sits on the wall in his box with his knitted blanket and his pillow.

I'm sure that it's Emil who put him to sleep. ;)

The 3 cubes are the most cheap candlestick holders I have ever had - I paid 3 Danish kroners for one!! But I love them and think that their colors go so well together. Eventhough white candles might look a bit better than the red shades I used here.

How is the view from your computer??

Monday, November 22, 2010

K1, P1, K1, P1

I'm knitting. Something for Christmas. For someone.....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's out!

The new calender from Skals Håndarbejdskole is here. I always look forward to see which ideas they have come up with, and somehow the year doesn't start properly, before the old Skals calender has been replaced by a brand new one on my kitchen wall.

For as many years as I can remember, we have had that calender. It was my mum who introduced me to it, and she still loves it as much as I do. Way back the shape was different - longer and slimmer. Perfect to hang on a doorframe, and that was excactly where it hang in my childhood home.

And all those lovely ideas and patterns, which the calender contains every year, have been treasured. I keep all my back issues of  the calender in my grandmother's old, white chest of drawers. Like a big treasure of brilliant ideas and beautiful photos and drawings.

Can you believe that it only costs 25 Danish kroners??

T e m p t i n g ~ c e r a m i c s . . .

And a little beauty in glass.

I have found the most WONDERFUL shop ever. It's Swedish, it's called COSAS and I feel an urge to buy nearly everything in it.

Maybe you like it too...have a look. All the photos are from Cosas, so dig in...

By Marie-Louise Sundqvist

Made by Fideli Sundqvist

Made by Mia Blanche, K2 Keramik

Made by Mia Blanche, K2 Keramik

From House Doctor

Thursday, November 18, 2010

L e f t o v e r s ? ?

All of these things are ongoing projects of mine. I hate having them lying around in my sewingroom and in my knittingbasket. And they give me a guilty conscience, whenever I buy new materials like fabric, floss and yarn.

Besides that, I actually miss some of it. Miss it because I could have used it by now.
That soft, soft scarf from Sortlakrids would have been wonderful to throw around my neck, on a freezing cold day like we had today. And I absolutely need more woodland people from Cathy on my tunics - Ursula needs company.

The POIS embroidery would have given my couch a much needed color touch up, and I wanted to wear the cardigan with faces even before I started knitting it!

But patience is what I need...and in the end I know that slow work will get me there. But wouldn't it be great to wake up one morning and see all one's fabric and yarn leftovers finished and ready for use!?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Talking about green...

...makes me wanna show all these happy and beautiful fabrics from

I know for sure that I will have to pre-order some metres of number 1 or number 4! They would be perfect for a tunic or a dress (and would be excellent with the green shoes).

And there they were!!

The fantastic green shoes I have been looking for, for so long - and I didn't even know that these were the ones I would love!

They are from Gigidio - a brilliant brand. If you have ever worn their shoes you will know why. They are soft and light and you hardly feel like you are wearing any shoes...and besides that, they come in great and elegant designs.

And while I'm in the wish department, I wouldn't mind getting a new pair of Duckfeet. Not that the ones I have are worn out - I simply want them in green....

Finally a last wish: maybe this lovely dress from Like London would be the perfect match with the shoes -and the boots!

I love how the colors are mixed on the beautiful brown background. The fact that the dress has dots, stripes and drop shaped patterns only add to the beauty, if you ask me.

Thank God it's Christmas soon....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

F a v o u r i t e s

F a v o u r i t e s, originally uploaded by lille-ursus.

What more can I say, than I feel so privileged to be able to enjoy the work of so many talented people.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Label your stuff

Once again Riley Blake has come up with a wonderful design.

This time it's fabric labels to use on your sewing - for instance on a quilt when it's done. That is if you don't fell like making the label yourself (which I might find a bit more funny and personal after all).
And when you have cut out the label you want to use, you can write whatever you like on it, or maybe embroider the letters on instead.

The labels come in three different colours - pink, green and brown. If you want to see the rest of the colours then go have a look here.

And they are a great solution to start off with, if you want to label your things...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Elephant dress

Now our niece Sarah can get a new dress. My husband promised her one when she was here last time.

She loves dresses and this fabric with elephants - and so do I. I bought it in my all time favourite fabric shop Små Tekstiler, which sadly doesn't exists any longer...

I think that I will send the dress to Copenhagen soon...and mail the bigsister pillow to her in another package when I get it done.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

N u m b e r - 1 1

 I have always been very fond of the patterns designed by the Faroese comapany Navia.

Now they have their 11th magazin out and these 4 are just some of the many beautiful sweaters from it. The way they play with the mix of traditional and new is just amazing...

Monday, November 08, 2010

A book full of happiness and finesse


Kajsa's book ended up in my mailbox. I have been waiting for it to come ever since the day Kajsa wrote on her blog, that a book was a new and exiting project of her's.

I have admired Kajsa's work and read her blog for a long time.
To me there is a handful of people on the internet, who truely has rocked my world with their work, personality and never ending creativity. Kajsa is one of them...

I remember how thrilled I were when I saw her things for the very first time. Her wonderful pillows, quilts, houses, Tomter, cat pouches, bags and much more immidiately made me smile and at the same time, I loved how obvious it was that Kajsa made her things with such care and meticulousness.

And now we all get the possibility to read about it and make some of Kajsa's things from her new book.

The book is very well written and illustrated by lovely photos. I like how words and pictures have been put together, and it leaves the reader extremely inspired and well equipped for sewing and trying out the variuos techniques Kajsa uses in her work.

Last but not least I appriciate that the book gives you a fine and personal impression of the person behind it.

Need I say that I love Scandinavian Stitches??

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The very last one. . . for now

#3 Djævlhue, originally uploaded by lille-ursus.

Do you have a possible owner for this?

Picture from Moods

We most certainly do!

The little wooden birdcage is - obviously - for your keys so you put them in the same place every time you get home.

But it's on the assumption that you could find your keys in the first place! We know someone who has a very hard time doing that - every single time he needs his keys.

SO now Emil and I has decided to give Christian this fancy bird with a house of it's own. Then it's up to Christian to be another bird, and whistle for his keys when they are lost. Hopefully the little pink bird answers him back and leads him to his keys....that will save us all for lots of time running around looking for missing keys!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

O t t o

Otto, originally uploaded by lille-ursus.

How can one not love our sweet Otto...he such a wonderful and affectionate dog.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Striped Djævlehue

Striped Djævlehue, originally uploaded by lille-ursus.

Just another - slightly bigger one...

Have a lovely Thursday.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Tiny. . .

Tiny, originally uploaded by lille-ursus.

Perhaps too tiny if you ask me. Christian is convinced that it fits.
The next one will most certainly be a size bigger...

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A bit of etsy love...

Just a few lovely things from etsy on this dark and rainy morning....