20.11.08

Winter wonderland and a magazine to give away


I'm here again! I felt an urge to tell the world about this view outside my window! We woke up to winter wonderland this morning, the kids have probably never got into their clothes so fast before! Please Santa, or whoever decides about these matters, let us have a white Christmas and winter this year! The last winters have been awfully wet and grey, let this stay! By the way, did you now that Santa Claus lives up in Finnish Lapland? They fly in hoards of tourists every year that want to deliver their wish lists personally. I uploaded more pictures from my wonderland walk on flickr, if you want to see more snow.


So this means I'm officially out of the Christmas closet, what can be better than serious Christmas crafting to the tones of The most relaxing Christmas album in the world...ever! with the view above outside the window! In the evening I enjoy a cup of glögg while stuffing tomte limbs in candle light. Everything to make working at night more joyful.


Last but not least this magazine with my tomte sitting on the cover came in the mail today :) I've got two issues of it so I thought I'd give one away to one of you. Just leave a comment here telling me about one of your Christmas projects and I'll draw a winner early next week.

60 comments:

Stephanie said...

Snow on Christmas is magical. I hope for the same. I'm completing a dresden plate table topper for my mom. Little fabric baskets for some special ladies. Many flannel pillowcases. And I just mailed my gifts to my Secret Santa Swap Partner. I might sneak in a few more projects. Your tomten are just darling.

Apryl said...

beautiful snowy picture... and congrats on being on the front cover of the magazine.. it a lovely picture made special by having a cheeky little tomte hiding among the cushions.

there is a pendant give away on my blog if you are intrested.. a post or so down after my little tile magnet tutorial. THats what I will be doing later tonight, painting more stone tiles for chrismas presents. Though not listening to christmas music, its too early for that still, most likly crafting while watching "Bones" with M.

Kaja said...

Oh! I got loads and loads of christmassy things to do. An advent calendar, an advent candle stick decoration, some christmas gifts, Sssssh! I just hope I get the time do everthing!

Gina said...

What a beautiful view - quite magical. I'm busy this morning making a stack of embroidered Christmas cards for a sale on Saturday... but I needed a break so came on the computer! (I wouldn't be able to read the magaizine if I won but it looks beautiful!)

Emily said...

How lovely! I do love the sparkly, wintery magic of snow. My Christmas projects so far are stockings, with folkloric ribbon and lots of pompom fringe, a tree skirt, and a few little gifts for others (and myself!), like velvet ribbon headbands and tea cozies.

Congratulations on having your work featured in the magazine! Thank you for the giveaway!

Madison Avenue Baby said...

I am working on so many Christmas projects. I am basically making everything from what I already have from my stash. Money is tight this year but my family loves my handmade ornaments and such. Thanks for the magazine!
Dawn

Ulla V. said...

Hmmm, wishing for snow is definitely 1 Christmas project...-but finishing a good warm sweater for my bigsister is another.

Finally I must write lots of Christmas cards to my friends and family ;0)

Siew said...

Doubtful we'll get snow like that here on the wet west coast of Canada. So lovely to see it. I've got a big box of vintage glass ornaments that I've been scouring the thrift shops for destined to become a wreath. Bring on the glue gun!

Katy said...

I haven't made any Christmas decorations in YEARS, but this year, I'm hoping to make a few things. I bought some simple wooden folk-style hearts for ornaments, and I picked out some pretty papers with the idea of making birds. Also, I want to make a wreath wrapped in dark green gingham adorned with crocheted flowers. I would also love to make some stockings, but I think my list is already too ambitious!

Congratulations on making the cover!

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Oh I'm so very jealous. I love snow. We got some in the middle of October half term holiday for one day. We went into the cinema and it was fine. We came out and it was white everywhere and still falling.
I've been making Christmas decorations - trees and snowmen. I plan to make some little embroidered angels/fairies and some stuffed fabric hearts with little pearl button sewn on. There are so many other ideas stuffed inside my head, it's whether I'll get the time to make them all. :o)
I'm sure with snow, candles, Christmas music and glogg I'd be much more productive. Will have to give it a go.

sfer said...

Oh... I wish we had snow here as well, but all we have is tourists coming in looking for the sunny Spain!! Anyway, on my first patchworking semester, we are going to make a supercute christmas tree decorated with buttons (I bought a whole bunch from an etsy store and can't wait to get them on the mail!). I guess the advent calendar will have to wait until next year :-)

me said...

You are so lucky to live in a place so adequate for Christmas time! I come from France (Alsace near Germany) where this period is very important. I will make the traditional little biscuits, some with chocolate, some with a bretzel shape others to hang on the Christmas tree.Our house will have the smell of the oranges with cloves and maybe a pine scented candle. This year it's also important because my baby will have his first Christmas, he is 9 months old now so he won't realise I think, but I will make a very colorful tree he will enjoy for sure.
The presents for my family will be mostly homemade because of the crisis here and also because it's better a big present made with the heart than a little cheap present, don't you think so? I will go to a studio in Paris where you can buy a plate or bowl or anything in white porcelain, then you paint it and they put it in a professional oven. After that you go back home with your piece.

have a very nice Christmas time!

Mindy said...

Ahh sweet sweet snow. So pretty. I am working on Fabric basket/bags for all of my nieces and newphews, a table runner for my mom, a few pillows for my sister and last but not least a quilt for myself. Happy Holidays. mindymtaylor@yahoo.com

Maggie said...

Last year I made everyone scarves. This year I'm thinking about mittens, but I haven't started working on them yet.

I'm also working on a paper pieced quilt for one of my girlfriends whose had very bad man luck this year.

Best of luck with the giveaway.

Annie said...

Congrats! It must be exciting to see your creations in print!

Right now I'm working on an advent calendar (better finish that soon!) and a Christmas tree skirt :) I also have a few gifts left to knit.

Apple said...

Where to get started I want to create a homemade christmas.So far, I'm working on a tree skirt and even started making fabric bird ornaments for the tree. I love christmas its my favorite holiday. This is my son's first christmas so i want to make it speical for him.

Sonia said...

Hi Kajsa ! :) Oooh so great that you've gotten snow ! My boys would love to get some this year ! Congrats on being on the frontpage of this beautiful magazine ! :) How neat !
Current Christmas projects ? A fabric/felt/other materials holidays wreath for a friend, felt pics, an Advent calendar (better get this ready very soon too), a Sherlock Holmes themed artwork for my hubby ... and lots more, eek ! So much to do, so little time ! :D HUGS !
PS : thanks a lot for hosting this sweet giveaway, that's very kind of you. :)

Katy said...

I have too many gifts to finish up. At the moment I am making floor cushions for my friend's boys, they need to be done so I can mail them overseas.

I would love a little snow, in fact, could you send me some over? Right now we have wind, rain and some more wind, then that bright low lying sunshine that gets right into your eyes as you're trying to drive.

Chickpea said...

Oh my... I want this so bad i could do naughty thing!

but more seriously, last year I wrote a tutorial for a simple white felt tree skirt. This year I will be embellishing it with more felt creatures.

Di said...

Hey Syko! Congratulations on the magazine cover! Very cool!! Me and Christmas crafting.... I've made 2 cross-stitch Christmas cards, am knitting a scarf for my aunt with purple kid silk haze and rowan 4 ply tweed which is knitted in stripes and will be partially felted in the washing machine when finished. I also need to make 10 decorations for Freshly Blended's 3rd annual ornament swap - better work out what I want!!

Hope we get snow this year too - we live too close to the coast to get snow often - but it would be nice!!

Shebrews said...

what a lovely looking magazine and congrats to you for being on the cover!!!! I have so many embroidery projects for christmas. I have drawer sachets to do for four daughter in laws, and three pouches I am making especially for three teacher gifts--they are embroidered, too. All can be seen on my blog.
I really hope you pick me, I have admired your work for a all my blogging days.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Oh you lucky lucky girl - having that view and snow outside your window! I'm planning on making the children's christmas presents this year (I always make them things for their birthdays) and have explained to them that we will not be spending lots of money because of the recession so I am having great fun choosing what I am going to do for each one!

Lucy x

Mag said...

Lucky you, with all that snow!!
I love your tomtar!!
Hmm, christmas projects... oh yes I´m sewing a calendar for my kids. But I´m getting late, it should be finished next week and I have so much other things to do...

Kram Magdalena

Sarah Livesay said...

We have snow too!!!! So nice to feed the horses at night, seems so much lighter! I'm sewing christmas pigs, out of olds retro green tableclothes that I found, I am trying to get norweigians to trade out the marsipan pig with one of mine this christmas... Whoever gets the almond in the rice porage gets a pig!

Helen Sh said...

Hi there, you are so lucky to have such a view, weare in wet and windy Wiltshire with not a flake of snow in sight. I am currently working on some christmas penguins to remind us of our time in the Falklands, I want them to be a surprise for my children on christmas day.

twolittlemagpies said...

I love snow at Christmas. But I'm happy to not see until a few days before. :) I love your tomtes. I have as usual far more projects planned than time available. Some of which are aprons for all the nieces and nephews, flannel jammies for everyone, tree skirt, felt christmas ornaments, stockings, etc.

sarahau said...

Ive never seen snow! Im jealous! My biggest christmas project is to have this bloomin baby before then!!! but not till after I finish his lil blanket - which he wont need anyway because of the heat!

Neža said...

Hi!
Congratulations for the front page photo!
Maybe I'll make a kind of tomte this year for a gift to my mum. We both like yours very much. I was thinking to make her a cozy pillow, and that pillow can be a really chubby tomte. What do you think?
Thank you for this lovely giveaway, I'd love to see it in person.

Miss Paula said...

Right now I am embroiderying on some red broadcloth to make some Christmas coasters! Your picture looks wonderful to me, we don't get snow so I have to look through your eyes!!

Selina said...

Congrats on the magazine! I have finished making my doll peg angels and next up is some things for swaps using letters and sparkly things!

jacquie said...

my tomtar arrived...i love them so much, though they can be mischevious. i've caught algot in my fabric stash and olaf keeps wandering off. congrats on the magazine. you know this would be treasured in my house!

jodie said...

I'm making little house ornaments for a tree.

Congratulations on being a "cover girl."

PatchworkPottery said...

WOW! SNOW! It almost never snows in Vancouver and if it does it reeks havoc because no one is ever prepared!

I am making a white and aqua striped patchwork star for the top of my tree this year! At least that is the plan. I am also making a whole bunch of felt food to fit into a mini shopping basket for my daughter's gift.

If I receive the magazine it will be put on display and admired for a long long time!!!

Hugs, Laurraine

Kimberland Designs said...

Your so lucky to experience a white christmas. Living is Australia that is something we never experience.

What I'm making for christmas are some christmas ornaments for the family, a stuffed santa toy and some embroidered christmas tea-towels as gifts. I wanted to try and make some homemade gifts this year.

Kim =)

isabel f. said...

hi Kajsa!!
lovely, lovely snow Photos :D
well, i'm trying to do something new with my little houses...
why not you go see them in a few days?:DDD
hugs Isabel

Miaou said...

Well done on being on the cover! Let's hope you get lots of great sales.

My christmas project - I am going to make a bunting-style advent calendar for my girls - using last year's cut up christmas cards as the pictures behind the doors! I love to recycle!

Pipany said...

Oh well done and did I see your lovely Tomte in Country Living htis month? Thought they were your ones poking out of stockings.
Christmas projects - well, loads for my business, but for personal pressies: appliqued draught excluder, rag dolls and cot quilt bedding fo rthem, cot quilt for my daughter, fingrless mitts...loads more! xx

periwinkle said...

It's always been a dream of mine to have snow on Christmas day. We did have a few flakes this morning but thats all. I've got a knitted cardigan and a small elephant which are both nearly finished and a couple more cowls to do and more time needed please. That magazine looks just great as are your tomten
lisa x

Ana Salomé said...

I love the snow outside your house...simply beautiful! I can't wait for Christmas and I have a long list of presents to make, including kniting Christmas ornaments for the Christmas Tree, making mobile phone covers for a few friends, scarfs, socks, hats, etc. Oh...it makes everything even more exciting :)

ikketikketheo said...

Currently I´m on the advent and door wreaths. And I´m still waiting for THE inspiration for my christmas cards... and slowly getting nervous it won´t turn up ;)
Love your tomtes and your blog!

Muddlepud said...

We just had our first "real" snow, although it didn't amount to much. I wish I had had the chance to dance around in it, but alas I have a sick baby to care for today. Congrats on the cover photo!

Cheryl A said...

My Christmas project is to simply stay sane. We are travelling to Mexico for two weeks with my family - a dying father, a pregnant and crazy sister, and my Hubby is who not happy with any of them lately. Oh, did I mention that it is 7 adults and 5 kids under 6 in one house? If only I could bring my quilting with me...

amandajean said...

my christmas project is survival! :)

and I also want to make some christmas stockings this year. the view out your window is beautiful!

Homemade from the Heart said...

I am working on a advent garland at the moment, some red and white gingham spice bags and patchwork starornaments for the tree. I would love to win this magazine! It looks like i can find lots of inspiration in there!!!

anjana said...

Hi,

What a nice blog you have. Yup, I guess everybody tries to save some money this x-mas. I am working on a coat for my daughter, and all my friends get handmade ornaments this year. I started this tradition last year, and everybody loved them. At some point I'll post some in my blog for all interested bloggers to enjoy.

What a generous gift to giveaway a magazine.

Have a wonderful holiday season

Anjana from New York

annax said...

Such a beautiful winter wonderland! This is what we all dream about! Please do enjoy! Enjoy!

I have many many christmas projects :)
Soon I hope to be able to add them to my flickr!

Fibrespace said...

Now I've finished my batch of brooches for craft fairs I am about to embark on a collection of rag dolls (Christmas presents for the little girls in my life). I just hope I have left enough time!

Cud, miód i orzeszki said...

O! Syko on the cover of the magazine... precious :-) Congratulations!

Ruth's Place said...

Love your view!! We look like we are going to have a scorching hot Christmas :)

Congrats on the magazine cover.

I need to start working again on my Advent Calendar, it keeps going for time out because it's not matching my vision...lol

tiel said...

my one and only white Christmas was in Italy, and it was only a little white. But white enough for a girl who usually spends the day cooling off in air-conditioning or a pool!

it was special.

Moogsmum said...

I love your snowy picture and I hope you do get a white Christmas!

How exciting to see one of yoru lovely tomte on the front of a magazine!!

Your Christmas crafting sounds perfect. I knitted my first ever pair of socks last week and now have a sudden urge to make many more for Christmas!! Must try the mulled wine and Christmas music tip :-)

xxx

Frizz said...

Congrats on the mag!!
I'm making snowmen ornaments and maybe some mice too, a deer stuffie and possibly a faux bear skin rug.

Doris said...

What a lovely winter photo! I'm hoping for a white Christmas as well, our winter was far too icy last year for my taste!

I'm working on (and blooging about!) all sorts of Christmas gifts and projects. So far, so good!

Pina said...

Our landscape looks like the one of your photo right now. Today will be a clear blue sky and I am sure it will be beautiful outside.

Usually I make paper stars for windows at this time of a year and bake gingerbread cookies as well. So that we all know that the holiday season is almost there.

andreacreates said...

It looks like Christmas!

I'm knitting hats for all the girls(and some boys)on my Christmas list.Getting a sore wrist ,but not many more left to do!

sewkalico said...

Oh, what a beautiful view. Normally we head for the sun this time of year, but decided for once to brave the UK winter. I do hope it snows and stays on the ground!
Xmas projects? Well, if our house gets sorted, I hope to make a tree skirt and possibly some decorations with the boys...
well done on the cover, you deserve it!!

Concha said...

Congratulations! You must be very proud! :)

My mother-in-law asked me to make ornaments for her Xmas tree so that's my current project. And it's a big tree...

nathalie said...

if i sent you my wish list...would you give it to him?? i have been nice this year!!! i think! we have had no snow yet.

Diane said...

Am I too late? I hope I'm not too late. I should be working on an apron for great-grandma right now but I was in my room sewing and thinking about when I stumbled on your blog the other day and I wanted to see your tomte again... so here I am! But now I have to get back to work! PIck me, please! Pick me!

And congratulations on your front page : )

Chocolate Cat said...

A white Christmas sounds magical!! We don't have a hope! I'm hoping ours is warm and sunny! I would love a copy of that magazine. I have just finished 2 Christmas themed swaps and am hoping to get a small quilt started 3 years ago finished in time for this Christmas.