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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice Christmas time. I can’t believe how quickly the year 2015 came and went. They do say that time seems to run faster the older you get, but this is ridiculous! I mean, last year only seem to have lasted about half a year, 7 months tops. I hope this doesn’t mean I’m getting old! Surely not!!

Anyway, we are heading towards spring now! Before that, however, we here in the Arctic are waiting for a cold front from Moscow. It’s -21C at the moment and by midweek it should be another 20 degrees colder. Did you see the full moon at Christmas? I didn’t because it was cloudy but I did take a picture two days earlier:

Almost full

I’ve never really thought about it but apparently this was very rare: the last time there was a full moon on Christmas Day was 1977. 2015 and 1977, not only saw the full moon, but also Star Wars. Is that a coincident?

The second picture was taken at the same time. It’s the moment before dark, apply called the Blue Moment. It was very misty on the other side of that hill. I was just coming from there. I was planning on taking pictures of the Christmas lights but it was too misty, so I didn’t. Back on the other side of the hill, on the side where I live, it was completely clear. Cold though, -24C at the time. A day later, 0C. It’s been a roller coaster.

Clear here, misty there

Almost every Christmas time I make at least one new candle holder. This time I recycled some empty glass jars. I cut out some pages from an old book, cut out an image in the middle and decoupaged the page onto the jar. Then I just tied some baker’s twine to the top. The holders look rather nice in the dark.



Merry Christmas

Posted: December 24, 2015 in This & That
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Merry Christmas All!

I picked these branches in the woods ages ago and finally got round to decorating them with crochet yarn. We don’t have a Christmas tree so these branches can do the job. I think they look Christmassy enough with the lights on, when it’s dark (which is most of the time).

Merry Christmas

Posted: December 24, 2014 in This & That

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015 from Suomi (=Finland)!

Grow your own snowman

Posted: December 14, 2014 in This & That
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The tag says: Snowman seeds. I don’t actually know how to grow them, but how difficult can it be? The bonus is that if it fails or you can’t be bothered in the first place, the seeds can be eaten. They taste of toffee.

I bought a packet of knickers the other day. I was just about to throw the clear plastic packet in the bin when I came to my senses and realised that this packet would make very nice book covers. I cut off one side and the top and the bottom of the box. It had two things printed on it, so I hid them with stickers and added some rub-on stars, too. I added pieces of patterned paper on the other side of the stickers because obviously the printing shows there too. The signatures are all different colours, and to be honest, they are all slightly different thicknesses but it was all I had handy and I wanted the book to be colourful. And that it is. I’m pleased.


Once again I’ve made some beads from cereal boxes. I love these. I love making beads from paper too, but the ones from card are so deliciously junky that they knock the spots off paper beads hands down.

I’ve made some jewellery from cereal box beads but I think I might use these for other purposes, like decorating art journals. The colours aren’t always the nicest on the type of cereal we use but that’s ok. There’s always a bit of red or blue or something, amongst all the brown and beige.

A-haa, colour! I coated all these beads with old clear nail varnish. I don’t usually bother with such things as nail varnish on my nails and I have several bottles about to dry up. Best to use it on something, right?

I messed with some off cut beads and coated them with blue and gold nail varnish. The three beads on the left were coated with glitter glue first and then with clear nail varnish.

These last ones are paper beads. They were cut from an advert and the paper is like newsprint paper. But I like the numbers and the bright yellow. These will also end up on a journal or something similar.

Easter owls

Posted: April 18, 2014 in This & That
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Easter owls? It’s rather catchy, is it not? I guess this is my idea of Easter chicks. The owls were stamped and coloured and then cut out. The legs were bent from paper clips and taped to the back.

Happy Easter!