Around here: Christmas 2015.










This year we celebrated Christmas at my parents' place along with extended family and this year's new addition to the family - Fanny's kitten Alfons who made an already great day even better. He wore his adorable little bow all day and like all babies he was most excited about the wrapping paper + string. As per ususal the day was filled with crazy amounts of tasty food + homemade Christmas sweets. In the evening Santa made an appearance while my cousin went MIA unexpectedly. Great gifts were had and I'm particularly excited about my Anthro monogram mug that Cissi brought with her from the other side of the Atlantic. I was able to stay in my hometown for the remainder of the week and filled my time with game nights + DVD rentals and visits to friends and family, which I'm so grateful for ♥

December 24th.


Today is the big day around here so it's time to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas :)

Around here: Glimpses from December so far.








Some reasons I've found to bring out the camera this month despite the lack of daylight:

  1. For the third year in a row we made a gingerbread house. I know it's rather childish and imperfect (perhaps even more so than usual, I had some serious frosting issues this year) but I tell myself that's part of its charm. The idea to add the outhouse came after I saw my sister's gingerbread mansion and told P. that if our houses were real, ours would be the outhouse of hers.
  2. I got a Frozen chocolate advent calendar, because how could I not?
  3. We tried saffron bun semlas which were equal amounts delicious and over the top.
  4. We turned the leftover gingerbread dough into hearts + sheep.
  5. I bought my first ever hyacinths. One is just on the verge of opening!
  6. I decorated the tree and placed it in a different corner of the room than usual. In keeping with this year's colour scale I used mostly decorations that I borrowed from my mum while my pink stash stayed tucked away in the attic.
  7. There's only one gift under the tree so far but that is going to change very soon!

2015 Top 5.

TV shows


Tusen år till julafton | 1864 | The Affair | Mad Men | Det är inte så dumt att bli gammal

This feels like the most random mix - one Swedish Advent calendar mini series, two American TV shows, one Danish mini series and a Swedish (mini) documentary series. But, as I looked through my life lately entries from 2015 these are the shows that stood out. Mad Men (which I will miss dearly) and The Affair were entertaining and Tusen år till julafton super cute while 1864 and Det är inte så dumt att bli gammal had the most lasting impact on me, on a deeper level.


Films


Far from the Madding Crowd | Little Boy | Still Alice | Testament of Youth | The Theory of Everything

I feel like 2015 had more good quality films than previous years so it was quite difficult to pick a top 5 (I know some of these came out in 2014 but I didn't watch them until 2015 so I'm including them here). Honorable mentions would be Everest and The Imitation Game.


Books


Little Bee | The Opposite of Loneliness | Sarah's Key | Shifting Colours | We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Out of the 12 books I read this year these were the ones I enjoyed the most. I don't necessarily think any of these would make it to my all-time favourites, but they were definitely worth reading and opened my eyes to certain issues I didn't know much about before. I wasn't very intentional about picking these books but realize now that it's easy to detect a common theme of injustice and prejudice in them, with the exception of The Opposite of Loneliness. Quite fitting for a year like 2015, as it turned out.

Project Life: September.

I finished my September spreads not that long ago so I thought I'd share them, a bit late. There are only three spreads from the whole month, but that will change dramatically once I document our trip to Croatia.


Various glimpses from the month.


Our outing to Kurrebo.


My 30th/Fanny's 20th birthday party.


Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Products used frequently: Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens and cards + stickers from the Everyday Edition, the Moments Like These Edition and the Heidi Swapp Favorite Things Edition(some items have been recoloured).

Project Life: November.

Here are my PL spreads from November. Apparently I liked BW and stripes this month :) I still have quite a few spreads to complete from earlier this year, but despite that I've never been this caught up with my yearly scrapbooking before. I hope I will be able to have my photo book printed early in the new year.


Various glimpses from the month...


Linda's birthday party. I didn't bring my DSLR and all these photos (except the big one which I took at home) were taken with various mobile devices, so they're not of great quality, but I included them so I could document this event.


Our first time meeting Fanny's kitten Alfons.


Photos from last Sunday.


Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Products used: Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens and cards + stickers from the Everyday Edition, the Moments Like These Edition and the Hello December 2015 Edition.

Around here: The first Sunday of Advent.









The first Sunday of Advent is always a special time around here because it means it's time to bring out the Christmas decorations, a tangible reminder of all that is to come. This year decorating was even more fun than usual because I switched out most of my regular decorations. Since there's usually a whole lot of pink around this apartment I've never felt like I could put up traditional red decorations, but this year I felt tired of pink for Christmas and replaced all the pink details I could with red/gold/silver/white. (I haven't given up on pink entirely though, most of it will return in the new year.) It wasn't as much work as I thought it would be, especially since mum skipped red this year so I could borrow a bunch of things from her rather than buy everything new. Regardless of colour, I love how festive the apartment is now and all those extra lights are very welcome during this dark season of the year.

Life lately: November 2015.



Watching | Spectre at the cinema, Inside Out and the Shaun the Sheep Movie at home. I am not a huge Bond fan, but I can't deny that the films are entertaining in many ways. Inside Out and Shaun the Sheep were both super cute.

Listening to | Music from Så mycket bättre, especially by Miriam Bryant and Lisa Nilsson.

Consuming | Homemade sweets from the Christmas market we went to at the castle last weekend + saffron buns, yum.

Reading | I finished Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Such a fascinating story about historic events I knew very little about beforehand.

Visiting | My parents as well as my youngest sister and her new baby kitty Alfons - the cutest little furball I ever did see.

Enjoying | Attending my friend's Disney-themed birthday party at the beginning of the month, trying out my new camera lens, getting the opportunity to do a short internship at the local police department and D.A.'s office, decorating and planning for Christmas and of course memory keeping.

Making | Project Life spreads.

Looking forward to | Finishing my Christmas shopping, making this year's gingerbread house and Christmas of course :)

Around here: November sunshine.






I can hardly believe that over half of November is in the books already. The past weeks have felt like such a blur of work and chores and not much else. To be honest I don't think I ever will grow used to how dark it gets at this time of year. Fortunately the past weekend offered some sunshine, and I finally got the opportunity to try out my new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens in daylight. Needless to say it's a major upgrade from the Nikkor 35mm F1.8G DX lens which has been my go-to lens these past years, and I have to say that I am very pleased with it so far. I can't wait to get to know it better.

Project Life: October.

I've decided that it makes the most sense that I start by sharing my most recent Project Life spreads here, so I thought I'd do that in this entry. October was a beautiful month with more sunshine than usual, which obviously translated to more photos than usual. I ended up devoting four entire spreads to my October photos, excluding the ones from Croatia which I have yet to scrapbook.


Various glimpses from the month captured with my iPhone.


Our outing to Kristianopel.


Halloween party at work, all iPhone photos (title has been blurred).


Some more glimses from the month.


Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Products used frequently: Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens and cards + stickers from the Everyday Edition and the Moments Like These Edition (some items have been recoloured).

Life lately: October 2015.



Watching | Not as many new films as earlier this year (perhaps because this is the time of year when there's actually something to watch on TV for once?). I watched Spy and then Everest at the cinema, both of which I really enjoyed. As for TV, most notably, Så Mycket Bättre is back which is always exciting.

Listening to | Miriam Bryant because she's by far the best singer on Så Mycket Bättre and I'm predictable that way. Other than that my favourite Moa Lignell released a new album, and of course Adele's new single hasn't escaped me.

Consuming | Satsumas! I know it's the same answer as last month, but nothing else really stands out.

Reading | I finished What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty, which was sort of entertaining in unexpected ways. I have a policy of avoiding chick-lit but I stumbled across it at the library and couldn't find anything else, so I picked it up. I recently started reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, which is more in line with what I usually read.

Visiting | October went by so fast that I hardly remember... But the parents, as always.

Enjoying | The many beautiful autumn days October blessed us with, Project Life, our Halloween party at work + being part of the Party Planning Committee and lots of fun busy days at work...

Making | Project Life spreads :)

Looking forward to | Trying out my recent purchase, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens that has been on my wishlist for a year + some news I'm expecting later this month that might be really exciting.

Outings: Kristianopel.



Kristianopel is only an hour's drive south from here, so it surprised me when I realized a few weeks ago that it'd been several years since we went there. Of course that had to be rectified immediately. Somehow we always tend to visit during the off-season, but maybe it's better to get to walk through the sleepy village practically on our own rather than having to share it with crowds of tourists. Really I can think of few better places to spend a beautiful autumn day than this idyllic little place :)

Around here: Autumn colours.



October has been unusually warm and sunny around here. These past weekends I've taken the opportunity to capture the beautiful colours of autumn before it's too late. I'm very grateful that I was able to soak up some more sunshine before we switched over from daylight saving time. As of Sunday it turns dark already at half four, so the only time I actually get to see light is on the way to work in the mornings, and even that won't last much longer. The sudden darkness comes as such a shock every year. Thank goodness it doesn't last forever...