Showing posts from November, 2015


Sweden has tightened border controls as they have taken an proportionally high amount of refugees compared to other EU countries. Now they are going to tighten border controls temporarily. Under the usual Swedish immigration policy all of the people who are granted asylum are given permanent residency.  Now temporary residence permits will be given to only the minimum number of refugees that Sweden is obliged to help under EU and UN conventions.  Also there will be strict ID checks in and out of Sweden.  I guess it will harder to enter the country by train.  Hyllie is the first train stop after Copenhagen over the bridge that spans the waters between Denmark and Sweden, and that is how we typically enter the country from Kastrup Airport.  Here's a picture showing the first ever train check! Per Reuters: "Until Thursday, the half-hour ride over the Oresund Bridge separating Denmark and Sweden had no checks, under the European union's border-free Schengen agreement.&quo…

Happy Thanksgiving! And movies and kings and baths

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a funny movie.  Allan Karlsson just leaves the old people's home on his 100th birthday and if off on the lam!  Things just happen as it seems they did throughout his long and eventful life.  A suitcase full of money provides the glue that binds a cast of characters into place and they are an unusual group.  
It's rated R but mainly for language. I think older kids could watch and enjoy it, they may even brush off some history facts while doing so.  I read the book too but actually liked the movie better, and how many times can we say that?  I enjoyed seeing summer shots of Småland as well as hearing the spoken Swedish, and the story is a hoot.  Maybe a fun movie to watch over Thanksgiving holiday? Also trying keep a straight face when I read how the King of Sweden denounced baths, but it's true, they do use a lot more energy!  He also uses a hybrid car now and said recently:  "‘We do what we can here at…


So we all know what happened when I tried to make something every day ... (clearing of throat)... not so successful.  But you'll be happy to know that I have cleared my plate to paint!  This means that I have actually been scheduling time in my downstairs dungeon, I mean studio, and there's some success. Time + effort = results!  Who knew? ;)  Start2Art is my new mantra, and business idea too.

Let's just get going and create.  My life is art and I want to make it my way.  I love education, and kids and art so putting them all together makes sense.  I realize that people don't know about my artistic skills because I purposely put them under a bushel (skipping the scrutiny of something I care so deeply about) but it's time.  This little painting is going to the NAA for their holiday show.  I have another painting underway and a small one that I did outside so the wheels are turning.

Having a hard time scheduling creativity into your life? This gadget, the make time…


Sweden to EM!  Zlatan is king!  (photo from internet) Sorry Denmark, Sweden will be moving on the 2016 European soccer championship.  As they say Zweden!  Read more here about the line-up and the games which will be next June in France!

Grandma Britta

Heading to New York City this weekend and I am so excited!!  Of course lots of my thoughts swirl around the eternal question -- what am I going to wear?  My mother reminded me that Gudrun Sjöden has a shop in SOHO at 50 Greene St.  I will definitely try to go there.  It's funny when I clicked over to their site I found this page on Grandma Britta.  We too had a Grandma Britta, or Mormor as we called her (which means Mother's Mother) and she was a fashion inspiration as well!

But her style had nothing in similar with Ms. Sjödens eco-concious, hippy feeling prints and big sweeping styles.  My grandmother wore tailored suits, turbans, and leopard print.  She had a raincoat lined with fur (cheetah I think) and loved polyester pants for their practicality.  She always wore diamond studs and loved to show off her gams, which everyone agreed were her best asset.  Well I didn't inherit her legs sadly but I did get her love of fashion.

My mother inherited her fur and handmade dol…

Balmain line at H&M

H&M, the Swedish super store, has unveiled and sold out of their new Balmain inspired line.  Read more here if you wish on the pieces and their prices (which are quite high for H&M) at Forbes . Good thing I'm not in need of a red tipped faux fur or a rhinestone bedecked dress.  All I can say when I see this line is "Is it the '80's again?"  All you need are some serious shoulder pads and we're in the 'Hot Tub Time Machine'.  (I trust you know that's a movie where they go back to the 80's. )
And I'm sorry but just 'cause you have Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner does not mean your ad campaign rocks.  As Tim Gunn said, she could be very nice but she's "tainted by the Kardasian aura of yucky".  (Tim Gunn slams Kardasians etc.)

Here's a young Swedish lady who can rock anything but even on her Balmain looks frumpy.  Sorry Kensas!  You are beautiful but not loving the look.  See for more about thi…

IKEA The Other Letter

As I start my XMAS shopping here's a good reminder. It's an ad from Spain that someone translated and put on Facebook.  Be forewarned though, you'll need a tissue nearby!  It's a great message.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend spending time with your loved ones.

Happy Day of the Dead

A fascinating holiday don't you think?  The thought that our loved ones come home to eat and drink and be with us for one night a year.  I am intrigued by it and decided to use the day to tell my children stories about their great grandparents.  Oh and it made for a good Halloween costume too.  Happy belated Halloween!  May your candy last and last :)  Here is a link to a post from last year's Day of the Dead and its altar