Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Artistic inspiration and stressing out!

Hi everyone, I'm pulling together my Nordic Niche goodies and many oil paintings to show and hoping to make it fun night for friends.  There will be music, good food, glögg and things for sale including succulents.  I hope that people will see that I can paint and perhaps help me out by buying some of my things so that I have the room to make more!
 Some of my things for sale include Swedish textiles found and made (above).
 Here I am hard at work in the Swedish studio (I work in a basement now). ;-)
This painting is never going to be sold - it's a fond memory of my children on a rock in Gotland.  My babies... so sweet.  This will hang over my desk forever.  Other things will be available for bargain basement prices, tee, hee.  Hope that it's a fun, memorable night! 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Swedish Advent

Hi everyone, it's already the second Advent!  I can't believe it.  My mother was here all week from Sweden.  It was a lovely week with play-watching (little K was in "It's a Wonderful Life"), nice dinners out, and a musical topper of songs from World Way II sung in a quavery voice by a sweet woman accompanied by a wonderful pianist.  I am so glad that the weather improved from falling down rain to a bright sunshiny day.  In Sweden second advent is "celebrated" by lighting the second candle in a row of four.  It's basically the countdown to Christmas, and the Christmas markets are in full splendour, glögg is quaffed, and people start to bake for Lucia. I hope that you are finding this time of year special and not too stressful.

I, of course, made life hard for myself by planning a Christmas party/art show on the 15th which coincedes with my last day of work before the holiday break.  That's how I roll!  😸 But Mamma has helped me prepare my Swedish bits n' bobs that are for sale, and hopefully handsome hubby will get around to framing my art before the big day.  Lucky to have the help. Have a wonderul 2nd Advent!
(one of the songs she sang at last night's performance, "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square")

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's Caturday

This one is too good not to share.  Thanks Florida Man.  'Nuff said.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gratitude

Hej!  So much has happened since we steered our course back to The States 5 years ago. Three years ago we bought a new house (which we are still working on) and it's our Casa Lagom. L., our oldest is 14 and in highschool, and Little Bit is in 6th grade!  How time flies...

After much perseverance I got a job teaching, which was my goal and I am so happy for it!  Also I'm doing more art which was my dream.  I love art as a personal expression but I never really showed it before. Now I am sharing it with others in the hopes that they like it and want it so that I can make more! Painting is fun.  Here is a photo of a wall of paintings donated to a local art school for their fundraiser. I am not telling you which one is mine except that it is called "Joe's Playland" 😉.  See black framed artwork second from bottom on the right.

The photo of flowers are from a kind mother sent to me with a nice note.  Her son loves school and I am so glad. I love all my students, they are more beautiful than any flowers.  My family is my life, my rock and my heart. I feel very grateful for them.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope that you enjoy my blog and I thank you for reading it.  Gotta go, hubby bought ice cream!

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Bridge in Malmö

OK, so this was an extremely lame post, sorry.  Mainly I thought it was really interesting that someone in our neck of the woods actually went to see all the place where the Swedish-Danish series "Bron" (otherwise known as "The Bridge" in its American version) were filmed.  Bron can be watched in the original Swedish on svt play.  The American version is available on FX. http://www.thelocal.se/20161111/thebridge-bron-we-visited-10-murder-spots-in-malmo-malmostad-tlccu
Take a look in particular at  Oresunds Bridge (see above) and Ribbersborg Kallbadhus if you want to see a touch of old-time Sweden.  Malmö is an interesting city with many fine sites but it is kind of considered the roughest of the Swedish cities, perfect for a crime thriller like Bron!
Ribbersborg Kallbadhus, Photo credit: Suzanne Nilsson on FlickR

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Interesting blog

Here is a cool upscale blog that does what I would have liked to if I had the time, training or capabilities. 😉 http://thehousethatlarsbuilt.com/
But I guess it takes a lot out of you.  Here's what the writer says, see below.  This is quoted from the New York Times blog and puts it all into perspective:

Brittany Watson Jepsen writes The House That Lars Built, a blog with a clean Scandinavian aesthetic. Her life hasn’t been nearly as streamlined lately. “Right now, our home is a disaster of props because we had four photo shoots this week,” said Ms. Jepsen, 32, who shares an apartment with her husband, Paul Jepsen, in Provo, Utah. “Tuesday night I just sat there and I couldn’t move. This is the week of burnout.”

And when Ms. Jepsen posts one of her craft projects, like making a custom coverlet for a camp chair, she said, it may take her days to shop for the materials and create, style and photograph it. Then she has to figure out a way to translate it to her readers in six easy steps. “D.I.Y. takes a lot of planning, executing and money,” she said. “Even the simplest of projects take quite a bit of materials.”

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Cider

Mmmm, hard cider, love it.  Usually I should say .;-)  Hubby and I just went to a hard cider festival where we tried about 14 different kinds of cider in little, bitty glasses.  In at least two cases I was very glad that the glasses were small. (Lookout Farm and Artifact come to mind.). Guess that they were just too "complicated" and filled of "the unpredictable nature of wild fermentation" for my taste.

Some of the ones that we liked more were the "normal" varieties, not the ones that tasted like whiskey, seaweed or whatever else - strangely enough the ones we liked tasted like apples! For example, Strongbow, Downeast Cider House, Angry Orchard and Bantam were all good.  I think Bantam was my personal fav.  Shout out to our old hometown Somerville MA where they brew it!