Around here: Christmas 2016.

Christmas this year wasn't quite what I would have wished for. For various reasons neither one of my sisters was able to come home for Christmas so it was just me, Per, my parents + grandfather + my aunt and her family celebrating. Still quite a big gathering, of course, but seeing as it was my first Christmas without my sisters (except for Christmas 2004 when I lived in London) it was hard not to feel their absence. Fortunately our little ray of sunshine Elsa was with us celebrating her first Christmas, and at the end of the day, I can imagine no better company than a cute little kitten, any day of the year ♥

Project Life: November 2016.

Here are my spreads for the month of November which is finished a couple of days ago. Only one month left of 2016 before I can order my photo book, I can't believe how fast this year has gone by! I used quite a lot of different products for these ones so I'm very pleased that they came out looking relatively cohesive :)

Starting out with a spread about the month in general as always. Calendar card from the Project 52 2016 Edition (recoloured to all white) and "November" stamp from Paislee Press. All the other cards are from the Everyday Edition. I cut out the little "sticker" from a filler card from the Moments Like These Edition.

A spread about an outing we went on to the Store Mosse national park. All products from the beautiful new Project 52 Fresh Edition.

Bringing home little Elsa was a great opportunity to use the Cats Themed Cards. This is a spread about her first day home. "Welcome" stamp from Paislee Press.

A spread about my visit to my mum's godparents. All products from Project 52 Fresh.

Documenting the week I spent home with Elsa :) Cards from the Baby Edition and Stampin' Up! Hello Baby Girl, except for the "just us" card which is from Project 52 Fresh (hearts are from Hello Baby Girl though).

Another spread about Elsa, this time about our visit to my sister when she got to meet her "cousin" Alfons for the first time. I used Cats Themed Cards for this as well, but the "hello" stamp is from a card from Project 52 Fresh.

Finally, a spread about the last weekend of November when we went to a local Christmas market and decorated for Christmas. Joyful Papers and elements by Amber LaBau Designs. You can see these pages in larger size in this entry over at Amber's blog.

Project Life is a memory keeping system created by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here. Digital page protectors by Valorie Wibbens.

Around here: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I just love this time of year! In November the Christmas lights start to pop up around town and it suddenly gets so much lighter even though the days are just getting shorter. This year we decorated our apartment for Christmas on the last Saturday of November and then mum came to visit and we went to the Christmas market at the castle together. Just as always I stocked up on Christmas sweets + some other goodies. We also baked saffron buns one evening after work and enjoyed them freshly baked with some mulled wine. And this is only the beginning :)

Life Lately: November 2016.

Watching | Swedish TV shows Så Mycket Bättre, Historieätarna and Det sitter i väggarna, season 3 of The Affair, a couple of episodes of This Is Us (just love what they did with the pilot - if you've seen it you probably know what I mean), and the films Ithaca and Indignation.

Listening to | All the music from Så Mycket Bättre + (of course) my Christmas playlist.

Consuming | Plenty of blood oranges that are finally in season! And freshly made orange/carrot/apple juice for breakfast during the weekends when there's time for such indulgences in the mornings.

Reading | Finished Lullabies for Little Criminals and started To The Bright Edge of the World which is just a perfect read for winter.

Visiting | My mum's godparents who live deep in the big woods, on a day that just happened to be a beautiful winter day when every little tree branch was covered with frost. Also, my parents and my sister.

Enjoying | Getting to know our new family member Elsa, having a relaxing week off from work in the middle of the month, cozy nights spent at home watching films + TV shows, real winter days with snow and frost, more sunny days than in October and starting to prepare for Christmas.

Making | So much progress with my hybrid 2005-2009 album! I finished several years during November. I only have a couple of spreads for late 2009 left to finish before I can have the photos/cards printed. Look out for photos of the finished album early next year! I've also been working on my November spreads for my 2016 album, but 2005-2009 has definitely been my priority :)

Looking forward to | Finishing my 2005-2009 album and 2016 photo book! And just the holiday season in general with all it entails when it comes to food, time spent with family + of course some extra days off from work.