Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cancelled: End of…

…the World.

Well “They” were wrong…and today is December 22nd. Which means TweedyBirds birthday! So Happy Birthday to me.

For me, today will be a family filled day with lots of family dropping by CasaR. Hmmm should I be baking a cake???

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas baking

Earlier this week I spent time with my “stroller-girls” and we baked up a mountain of ginger bread “cookies”. We had planned on spending the afternoon decorating them, we wound up spending more time rolling out and cutting out shapes than actually decorating. Well the rolling and cutting part took longer than planned and I went home with a big borrowed cake tin full of “naked” ginger bread “cookies”.

IMG_2981before – a little plain

Well this weekend I sat down and did some decorating…

IMG_2993after – a tin of Christmas joy

The kitchen counter was filled with a color palette of colored icing sugar…hard not to be a little playful when you have so many colors at hand. Had a lot of fun decorating this ginger bread “cookies”, I’m already looking forward to next Christmas…when BabyS will be joining me in making a mess in the kitchen.


- Are you finished with your Christmas baking?
- How do you decorate your ginger bread “cookies”?

Friday, December 14, 2012

St. Lucia buns

Yesterday was December 13th, which for me means traditions…St. Lucia traditions. If your children are in kindergarten they probably participated in procession with candles and handed out Lucia buns. I’ve missed Lucia buns the last few years…so this year, I made some myself (though a half day too late…better late than never). Next year BabyS will hopefully be in kindergarten…

I found a recipe online. Though I didn’t use saffron (that’s one expensive spice!), I used turmeric instead…Here’s the recipe. 

yummy yummy buns

Monday, December 10, 2012

Head piece for me

Today I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands. With a “strolling-date” with the girls tomorrow at hand I thought I would make a head band for myself. I’ve planned to make one of these head band made by Stinemor for ages.

It was super easy to make and I finished in not time at all.

headbanda picture of the finished result and a close up of the “seed stich”

I knitted this head band in double threads of Merino wool by Trysil Garn. This grey color is nice and neutral against my black hair…

Thank you Stinemor for sharing this pattern.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A simple “hat”

This week I tried something new…knitting a “hat” for DaddyO.

A while back I bought a few balls of cotton yarn @Søstrene Grene. Some of which was going to a hat for DaddyO. I had bought a dark, neutral grey I hoped DaddyO would like.

Together with DaddyO, I found a pattern @Garnstudio that he liked.

this one

I shortened the length as DaddyO wanted a fitted hat. I just knitted the part of stockinette stitch from 19 cm to 12 cm. The rest I followed the pattern to the letter.

And the result….

IMG_0894[1]DaddyO making faces with his new hat

Not bad for my first try…and Macgyver style double pointed needles. (I’m still waiting for a set of double pointed needles to arrive in the mail) This hat was so fast to knit, I think I will give it another try…this time in a wool blend???

- Have you made a hat lately?
- Have you used the Søstrene Grene cotton yard?
- What kind of yarn do you use for hats?

Off to play with BabyS.
Have a nice 2nd Sunday of Advent

Friday, December 7, 2012

Too slow

A while back I posted about my little Valentine dress. Well I finished it this weekend…and me being such a slow knitter resulted in a dress that is ALITTLE too tight. Maybe BabyS will have time to wear it once before outgrowing it.


Aiming for a six month size was too optimistic. Maybe I will give this dress a new try – just have to adjust my self made pattern…this time aiming for a size at least 6 month bigger than BabyS is now…

Signed and sealed

Last night I finally put the finishing touches on this years Christmas cards.

signed, sealed and ready for delivery

Don’t want to reveal any details  around the design as the recipients haven’t received their cards yet. Look forward to a future post with pictures Winking smile And to the friends and family that receive a card, all I can just say is…this years card is super cute!

See the cool sender address stamp on the back of the envelopes? Those are personalized stamps ordered from this Ebay store. Love that they offer pre-inked, cling or clear rubber, handle mounted (or not)…you can get A LOT of designs and they can all be personalized to your liking. And for those of you out there in need of special characters (like the Norwegian ÆØÅ) – they offer that too!

Some examples of the stamps Loongchai74 offers – and I have…

Well off to put the cards in the mail…
Do you create your own Christmas cards? wanna share with me?
Are you finished with this years cards?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Invasion of the Christmas ornaments

It’s the first Sunday of advent and CasaR has finally been decorated for Christmas. There’s nothing like newly fallen snow outside, lit candles, the Christmas star in the window and Christmas decoration throughout the house…


Love my new little Santas I got from Søstrene Grene last week, they have gotten a few nice window corners in the living room. BabyS is more fascinated by the glass bells with led lights…she’s been staring at them for ages since we hung them up today…


How do you decorate your house for Christmas? Do you have a favorite ornament that gets you in the Christmas mood straight away?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Branded by me

A while back I ordered woven clothing labels to put on my knitted projects. Partly because it would be really cool to have a way to brand everything I’ve made. Partly because marking front and back on my knitted projects was sought after.

Well I received my order from Hong Kong just before the weekend. Ordering the same woven labels from Norway in the design I wanted was just too costly.


I ordered my labels from a seller on Ebay. I’m super happy with the quality and the color rendering. So I can definitely recommend this “store”.

Now off to brand all my latest projects…

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Make a wish…

Christmas is just around the corner and had to wrap my head around Christmas gifts. Luckily some gifts are already bought or almost bought. But still have a few persons left, that I have no idea what to get…

Well I thought I would be smart this year, and post CasaRs’ wish list here…in an attempt to distribute it to friends and family quick and easy…lets see how this works…Have tried putting in pictures and links to stores I know have the product.

Will try to update if anything else comes to mind…
Updated 24/11 with more practical wishes…
Updated 28/11 with DaddyOs electronic additions…
Updated 29/11 with stuff for BabyS
Updated 01/12 with great value Kenwood offer

In advance, thank you for considering buying us a Christmas gift– but remember it’s the thought that counts.

If an item has a ‘check - check’ behind it, somebody has already fulfilled this wish. Thank you wonderful Red heart family and friends Red heart.

Cast Iron Casserole in black – want the “Favorit” 5,5l from IKEA (but can’t find it??)
Kenwood Major mixer
Mink fur blanket in dark brown (199,- Kid Interiør)
Steamboat cooker, electric (bought in Asian stores ex. A-Marked in Torggata, Oslo)
~7” Mortar & pestle (bought in Asian stores ex.A-market in Torggata, Oslo)
Came across this great offer @Elkjøp:
Kenwood Major mixer (900W) w/ two bowls (steel and plastic), meat grinder, blender and three different hooks.
Unfortunately offer is only good thru this week (last day is Saturday Dec. 1st 2012) Will keep an eye out for similar offers which lasts longer, and update here…
Update Dec 2nd 2012: the offer is still good @Elkjøp
Pierre Robert Wool Collection - Long Sleeve Top size S/M
Some crafting supplies I’ve been drooling over…



Jeans size 34/34 (length/width)
Batistini Corduroy pants (available @Dressmann) size 34/34 (length/width)


Wood rocking horse (gyngehest) check
Baby sledge (akebrett) check
Sippy cups, both with handles and without – bonus if they have some cool patterns
Junior Duvet with down feathers (100 x 140cm) check
Some cool/cute duvet cover sets, like these (for junior size duvet size 100x140cm)

Clothes size 68 and/or 74:
Long sleeve wool bodies
Wool pantyhose
Pajamas with feet

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