Thursday, April 24, 2014


Frida Viola is 5 tomorrow and before Easter we spent a cosy afternoon making little heart-bird invitations for her birthday party. I thought I would share them here since they are so easy and quick to make that even small kids can handle the project from start to finish. I only did the writing. We used washi tape as the birds' beaks.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

we want more

We are back in the city again and Molly has been standing with her wellies on at the door all day ready to go back to the country house. We will, in some weeks.

If you also want to go to Småland you might find some inspiration here. I wrote a Småland guide to Lille Nord with our favourite things to do & see. Let me know if you have any great tips for Småland and Sweden?

1. Flea find for Molly.
2. & 3. Breakfast & morning light.
4. Blue anemones from the woodland.
5. She found a horse at the flea market, best friend.
6. Quilts & rag rugs go so well together.
7. Reading.

Monday, April 14, 2014

we have anemones everywhere

We are up here in our Swedish country house for the holidays. It's so quiet and nice. We have anemones all over the plot and everything is much more springlike than last year's Easter vacation. It's good to be here & the girls are happy.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I am so happy to tell you that my little assistant and I made a contribution for the inspiring & beautiful Lille Nord. I am quite sure that Lille Nord needs no further introduction for all of you and it feels good to be a contributor to this fine site on Scandinavian culture, lifestyle and family life.

Our first contribution is on the Danish tradition of papercuts for Easter - "gækkebreve".
Did you know that this is a specific Danish tradition that exists nowhere else..?
And that the tradition has its roots all the way back to the 1700s ?
Read about the tradtion here.

This year Frida Viola and I have been cutting & cutting, experiencing the childlike joy of unfolding our papercuts to see what new patterns the scissors made us - and we can only encourage you to do the same.

Monday, April 7, 2014

birthday party

This weekend we were celebrating Molly's 2-years birthday with our family.

Frida Viola was busy making papercuts to decorate the table.
She said it was "Easter crystals" (instead of the snowflakes we cut for Christmas).

Monday, March 31, 2014

last day of March

1. from Molly.
2. I love this neck.
3. old notebook - the same as we used in school. This one is unused and it brings back sweet memories.
4. Our home Sunday morning eight o'clock.
5. I have a weakness for scones. These are wholegrain scones and they were good.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I was browsing through my many photos from the last weeks (that I didn't have time to look through or post!) and came across these of Frida Viola. She had a day at home, and we had been giving her a haircut. Afterwards she reminded me that normally when you go to the hairdresser you are offered a lollipop when it's all done. We don't normally keep candy in the house, but this time I couldn't resist her and was lucky to find a left-over tutti frutti lollipop at a secret place. I love these photos where she is in another world, totally absorbed in her own thoughts (and in the lollipop!).