2013-12-14

Celebrating MY way - 3rd of Advent



Happy third of Advent!






There is no Jul without a tree and like most other things, I like my tree
dark and pretty. I do mine up mostly in purple and red, and with equal
parts cuteness, glamor, kitsch and traditional Swedish Jul ornaments.






I continued the color scheme on the (very small and narrow) mantel.
Out of left-over bits of burned pillar candles I made some purple cone/tree
shaped candles to match the small glittery red ones I already had.






 Please excuse the soot stain. Years of regular use will do that :)






I've had a little bit of a rough week, and the dreary wet weather hasn't helped.
So except for Jul decorating I haven't put too many demands on myself
- and there have been many slow cups of hot chocolate enjoyed by the fire.






Like most years since I started up my store, I work all the way up to Jul,
including a few hours on Julafton. Swedes celebrate on the 24th,
but we don't usually get together until in the afternoon, so I don't mind.
It also means no-one expects me to host, so I can just show up and eat :)






I stopped writing Jul cards many years ago.
Only my grandmother got one, but she passed away last year.
But this week I have been putting together little cards and gifts
for some of my lovely overseas friends!


The winner of last week's giveaway is Linnea Maria!
Grattis till vinsten, och maila mig din adress så fort som möjligt!






Since many of you really liked the paper stars in my last CMW post,
this week's GIVEAWAY is a small and pretty turquoise star
(ca 40 cm across, cord not included) - from my store!






All you have to do to join is be or become a follower, and leave a comment
on this post! The giveaway is international and open until Saturday the 21st.
I will announce the winner in next week's post, which will also be the
final post of this blog challenge. Wow, time really flies!








 





26 kommentarer:

  1. That is very lovely that you sent your grandmother a card every year. As a uni student who has exams in December, I haven't got the time or patience to collect addresses to start sending Christmas cards, but I think my mom puts my name on hers ;) Your advent blog posts are so nostalgic for me as I went to Catholic school, and each week of December we'd gather for an assembly and sing the Advent song and light one of the pink or purple candles in the Advent wreath.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! Maybe you'd like to join in with a post of your own for the finale next Sunday?

      Radera
  2. I adore the decorations on your tree and mantel! They're so lovely and cheerful. I've never seen a fireplace with doors on it before. Your pics were wonderful! I'm so behind on things, I'm not going to get a Yul post for your hop up until next week. *blush* But I sure enjoy going to other people's blogs and seeing what they have to share about Christmas! :-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. We have both open fire places and closed ones in Sweden. The closed ones channels the heat, to heat up whole houses instead of just the room they're in.
      But if I could choose, I would have a large open fire place with a great big mantel :)

      I'm looking forward to you post next week, Lexa!

      Radera
  3. I adore your images. Your mantel looks beautiful :)

    Wow, you have been busy, even though you've had a rough week.

    I can think of no better way to unwind than to curl up be a real fire,
    while sippping chocolate from beautiful china.

    Have a wonderful day :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, my week is getting better and tonight we have been in front of the fire again - with me starting in on 'Fragile things' :)

      Radera
  4. Nämen vad kul! Tack :D. Jag är inte med i dragningen denna gång, jag hoppas att någon av våra vänner som inte är vana med stjärnor i fönstret vinner denna :)
    Vad fint du har dekorerat. Jag har också röda glas med värmeljus på min spiselkrans. Det är egentligen likörglas från 70-talet men de passar mycket bättre som värmeljushållare.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Jag tror det kan vara de samma som jag har - tycker att mina ser ut som likörglas från 70-talet också!
      Jag har fått ditt mail och hoppas att jag hinner få iväg paketet så att du har det innan Jul :)

      Radera
  5. We were supposed to put up our Yule tree this weekend. Something happened and it seems the Little Princess and I spent the day, um... playing LOL. But we made something for your party, and by "we" I mean "me" and "we" ate it. It was a lot of fun.

    I love the soot. And the stars, so do throw my name in for the giveaway.

    I know I've said this before, but I will say it again: this is a wonderful party! Here is my link: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/12/thick-hot-chocolate-with-star-anise-to.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm glad you are having a good time with the party!
      What are the holidays for if not throwing all "must's" and "supposed to's" away and enjoying one-selves?

      Radera
  6. I'm sorry that you had a rough week.

    I love the purple on the tree, because it is unique and glamorous.

    I love the fireplace and I actually think it looks better with age and soot, but I like rustic things.

    I love those stars; they are like the ones I saw in Santa Fe. They must of copied the Swedes! I have a photo of my daughter sitting on a chair in front of the shop's colorful window.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you!
      Actually, the really colorful ones are kind of new in Sweden too - maybe since the last 10 years or so. Back in the day they were all just gold, red or white.

      Radera
  7. Oh, I love your fire! Your sweet, warming, wintery fire! I bet that's a really good place to have a hot chocolate after a hard week.The tree looks lovely, too, such rich colours.

    And thank you for this wonderful party! Here is an offering for the 3rd Sunday in Advent.
    http://thenarratorslibrary.blogspot.com/2013/12/celebrating-my-way-3rd-advent-sunday.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, I love it too :) We found a great place for free scrap-firewood, so we're making more fires this year than ever before.

      Radera
  8. There do not have to be a LOT of decorations to make a holiday special. It is the ones that make us smile and bring memories that mean the most.
    I hope things get better for you.

    http://lovevisiting.blogspot.com/2013/12/winter-holiday-traditions-week-3.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, things are slowly looking up.

      Radera
  9. Your tree is amazing! We also have a tall tree at my mom's plave every year, but ours is always a kitchy explosion of color. :) we like it that way, but I love your color scheme and ornamentd as well. :)
    I think, Christmas cards are lovely, it's a pity, that people - including us - stoppend sending them.

    My third post (: http://milkingtherollingcow.blogspot.be/2013/12/gift-hunting-in-christmas-market.html?m=1

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Kitsch is great - I just like to stick to a certain color scheme :)
      Yes, snail mail has it's merits, and it's a shame the art is getting lost.

      Radera
  10. I love all of your decorations. They are beautiful, especially your tree and all the lighting. Very magical.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, Linda! Maybe you'll be joining us for the finale next Sunday?

      Radera
  11. I love your fireplace mantel - especially the soot stains! :o)

    It all looks so cozy ... I have to admit I'm a little bummed about Christmas this year in the rental. But at least we'll have homemade cookies, even if we don't have any of our decorations. And turkey. No matter the circumstances, there will always be a big fat turkey. :o)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm sorry about your makeshift Christmas this year :( Do you usually celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey and then Christmas with a turkey too - or is that just in the States?

      This week is the big Jul bake-off for me. I will make fudge, cookies and bread.

      Radera
    2. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in mid-October, so at least we have a couple of months between turkeys! Not that the family would ever complain about too much turkey and stuffing anyway. :o)

      Tomorrow I'm going to try a new recipe for Swedish cardamom cookies - I'm excited!

      Radera
  12. Your tree and decorations are beautiful! I like them. :)

    SvaraRadera
  13. Det är egentligen likörglas från 70-talet men de passar mycket bättre ... likoerglas.blogspot.de

    SvaraRadera

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