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Merry Christmas!

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xmas3Cheese, crackers, and gingerbread cookies before dinner

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xmas11Face timing with my 90 year old grandfather in the US

xmas20The dessert spread

Merry Christmas everyone!

While a lot of you are probably celebrating Christmas today, we already celebrated yesterday. The tree was beautiful, the food was good, the company great, and I got so many nice gifts from everyone. After dinner we Face timed with my 90 year old grandfather in the US, how cool is that!? And before dessert we Face timed with my sister’s boyfriend who’s in NYC. Thank you for your magnificent technology Apple.

There’s more photos to show, but I’ll save them for another time. I’ve got to get busy with my studying now, I have so much work to do… phew. I know I’m not alone though, my brother’s girlfriend also has exams and studying up-to-here. So send a little study motivation and strength our way please.


A little update

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My sister is finally home from NYC! I got to see her briefly on Thursday and give her a squeeze. For over a month we’ve been talking about doing a girl’s night once she gets home. I can’t wait to get some quality time to catch up with her on everything that’s happened in her – and my – life since we last saw each other.

My Christmas gifts are all wrapped and ready to go. It’s still undecided if we’ll be celebrating Christmas on the 24th or the 25th of December this year. According to Swedish tradition, Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December. The past years we’ve celebrated on different days depending on when everyone is able to meet. Whatever the case, all I care about is getting to spend time with the people I love.

Everyone keeps asking me if I’m finished with my semester at Uni now and if I’ve got Christmas vacation. Hah, nope, my semester is still in full swing. In fact, I’ve got a massive project I need to work on. I’ve currently got a website and two reports to work on. My group and I have been working our butts off the past couple of weeks filming, designing, and coding. I’ve most recently been working on a jQuery parallax scroller… which I’m sure says nothing to most of you, but the geek in me is pretty excited about that.

I’m off to the gym now, and then I’m headed out to mom’s to bake some Christmas sweets, decorate the tree, and play the piano.

DIY Christmas origami star ornament

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I’ve been on the hunt for a pretty star to decorate my window this Christmas.

Maybe I’m just overly picky, but of all the ones I’ve seen in the shops, I haven’t found one that I like. So, when I found a tutorial on how to fold this origami star, I made my own out of some wrapping paper I had lying around. It was quite simple to make, and will definitely suffice for this Holiday season.

DIY: Glittering winter lanterns

My apartment is very cold. So in an attempt to warm it up I light an obscene amount of candles whenever I’m home. When my scented candles burn out, I save the glass holder to reuse as a tea light holder. Yesterday I spiced some of them up with – you guessed it – glitter! Here’s how:

Let your scented candle burn down completely. Once it’s cooled off completely, scrape out any remaning wax and then wash in hot water until all remaning wax is completely washed off. Then paint the outside of the glass holder with glass/stone proof glue and dust with glitter. I used a mix of various white glitter and added some silver “diamonds” to some of the lanterns. Check the below pictures to see how they turned out.


The mandatory before picture.

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Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas 2011

xx Tina

Photos for Anna

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Christmas shop window

Christmas decorations

Last year, my friend Anna came to visit all the way from Australia. She did an impressive journey through Europe and stopped in Sweden in the beginning of December.

I showed her around Stockholm and we saw all the Christmas decorations. The big fancy department store, NK, do a new holiday display each year and Anna and I checked it out together last year.

Since you couldn’t be here again this year, these photos are for you Anna. This is what the display looks like this year.

What do you think?

Busy day before Christmas


I’m exhausted! I’ve been going non-stop today: laundry, cleaning, baking, fixing the last things for Christmas, exercise etc.

I also fit in a much needed coffee date with Malin, so we could catch up and give each other a Christmas hug.

This evening I meet up with my mom and sister to go for a walk in town to check out the Christmas decorations. The tiny bit of snow we got the other day is now gone. It’s been warm today and raining so it’s all melted away.

Despite all my baking and Christmas fixing I have lost my Christmas feeling. I can hardly believe it’s Christmas eve tomorrow. I hope I feel more in the holiday spirit tomorrow.

Hope you all have a nice evening!