Når man giver gaver, der ikke kan byttes i butikkerne

Som jeg har skrevet om før, så er der hjemmelavet og genbrugstema på størstedelen af julegaverne herhjemme i år. Det er jo altid lidt et sats, og det kan være farligt, hvis ikke man kender dem, man skal give gaverne til godt. Og selv om man gør det, går det heller ikke altid super fantastisk alligevel.

Men jeg forsøger mig i år.

Jeg er træt af det endeløse forbrug og vigtigheden af pris. “Hvor meget giver vi for?” Det bliver jo ofte bare et byt af noget, der ender med at blive byttet alligevel, og det er så fjollet. Så jeg giver så noget nu, som ikke kan byttes, og som jeg har brugt dyrebar tid på. Det ved jeg heller ikke hvor smart er. Og måske det bare ender med ingen gaver næste år overhovedet, fordi ingen gider have mit hjemmelavede shit. Måske. Men jeg kan godt lide at lave ting, og jeg synes nogle af de ting, rent faktisk er flotte nok til at man kunne forestille sig, at en modtager kunne blive glad for dem.

Men nu ser vi.

Jeg hygger mig med at lave gaverne. Ofte med pigerne som selskab, og det gør det ikke dårligere. Jeg synes i hvert fald, det er sjovere at dimse med hjemmelavet stads end at shoppe i december måned.

Vi har lavet perle-smykker af forskellig slags, og så har de hjulpet mig med at klippe og sy. Og ikke mindst få ideer til tingene.

Der er blevet produceret alt muligt forskelligt, og især de her futter er jeg spændte på. Det er gamle uldsweatere, der både ved fejl og med vilje er blevet vasket lidt for hårdt i vaskemaskinen. Så passer de ingen mere, og kunne passende klippes op til futter. Jeg tror måske et par pomponer kunne passe på nogle af dem. Måske ikke lige dem til min far. Eller måske lige præcis dem.

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Med pigerne på grafik-workshop

Det Grafiske Værksted i Hjørring altså. Det er virkeligt et godt sted. Det kan vi godt lide her i huset..

Jeg havde i weekenden pigerne med til 3 timers børneworkshop. Det var så fint. En dygtig underviser sørgede for de fik noget ud af det begge to, selv om de rennt skære-  og trykkemæssigt er på meget forskellige niveauer. Jolina skar i linoleum, mens Roxie lavede mønstrene i stykker af liggeunderlag. Det var virkeligt godt, og de fik begge lavet en masse.

Det er så sjovt at tage dem med til sådan noget, og jeg håber, de gider det for altid. Så skal vi gå til porcelænsmaling, når de bliver teenagere… Og apropos mit indlæg i sidste uge, så er det en af de ting, der bare minder mig om, at de altså er så STORE! De kan smøre maling på en rulle og trykke deres eget kunsttryk. Shit altså.

På tirsdag skal jeg afsted derover med mine veninder. Så skal  der trykkes og skæres for de voksne. Jeg glæder mig.

Tryk på tryk på tryk!

Jeg troede, jeg havde postet noget om det her, men det havde jeg ååbenbart ikke! Så det gør jeg nu, meget meget for sent, men alligevel.

Til min fødselsdag i sommer da jeg fyldte 36 år, ville jeg rigtig gerne gøre noget særligt med mine veninder. Jeg var lidt i tvivl, det kunne have endt på bowlingbanen eller i svømmehallen, men jeg ville også meget gerne lave noget, der var meget mere mig. Noget som kunne være en oplevelse for os alle, og som jeg selv virkelig gerne ville.  Fordi, ego.

Så jeg kontaktede det Grafiske Værksted i Hjørring og fik koordineret en aften med to dygtige undervisere og så ellers 3 timer, hvor vi bare kunne snitte i linoleumsplader og trykke løs. Det var så fedt! Og det tror jeg faktisk, vi alle sammen syntes. Der var hyggelig stemning, og vi var meget effektive, selv om der var bobler og slik på bordet samtidigt. Vi havde næsten ikke tid til at sludre…

Vi havde så fin en aften, og det var en af de bedste fødselsdage, jeg har haft.

Om et par dage skal jeg afsted med Roxie og Jolina til en børnetrykke-workshop, det bliver også rigtig godt. Jeg glæder mig i hvert fald. Jolina har været afsted alene en gang før. Der skar hun sig i fingeren og besvimede, meget dramatisk, så det her bliver også et forsøg på at komme op på hesten igen. Og så passer vi godt på den skarpe snitter..

Så kom der endnu en handskedukke til verden

Jeg har et virkeligt sjovt arbejde til hverdag.

Jeg er kommunal affaldsplanlægger / kommunikationsmedarbejder. Utroligt sexet, I know. Men utroligt nyttigt.

Det er sommetider mest noget med at svare på spørgsmål om containere, eller regne ud hvordan man bedst muligt laver en sorteringsvejledning. Men sommetider er det at udtænke sjove planer om affaldskommunikation. Og i dette tilfælde skulle jeg fikse en handskedukke til en ny youtubefilmserie, som jeg laver sammen med kommunikatøren fra det lokale energianlæg AVV. Jeg har allerede lavet figuren Restaffald ud fra en gammel handskedukke, der fik en sæk på, men nu skulle der en helt ny figur på banen. Det skulle være figuren “Sorteringsbillen”, som er maskotten fra en rullende infotjeneste i forbindelse med en ny affaldssortering.

Sorteringsbillen blev lavet ud fra en stoffodbold fra IKEA. Jeg lavede huller i den til mund og hånd. Den fik et papstykke med pålimet pink filt i munden, og det blev syet fast i kanten. Så blev bolden malet – af flere omgange.. Det var ikke lige sådan at dække de vilde farver fra bolden. Den fik limet øjne på af filt, og der blev sat antenner på, og lige pludselig var det ikke længere en bold  men en meget levende sorteringsbille!

Det har været så sjovt. Pigerne herhjemme er meget miljøskadede når det kommer til affald og genbrug, og de har også hørt på nok spas i udviklingen af figurerne, så de gik straks igang med deres eget show. Det var virkeligt skægt.

Idag har jeg filmet med figurerne. Dukkeførerne var nogle af mine fantastiske kolleger, og det var nogle meget sjove timer. Jeg HÅBER, det også er sjovt (og nyttigt) for andre at se. Men vi havde det i hvert fald morsomt.

Fantastisk dag! 

Ja, der kom gang i bloggen, og så glemte jeg igen alt om den. Men nu kan jeg da lige begynde igen. Med lidt nyheder. På dansk, for det fungerer bare bedst lige nu. 

Men der er nyt, og selv om det er lidt hemmeligt, fordi detaljerne ikke er på plads, så deler jeg det alligevel her. For jeg er så glad efter den mest fantastiske travle og stressende dag. 

Jeg har skudt billeder til sybog med en rigtig fotograf. Og nu skal vi se, hvor langt det hele når. Forhåbenligt hele vejen. Jeg fik i hvert fald hjælp af et fantastisk team Idag. Så taknemmelig. 

Nu vil jeg kollapse. Vi filmer videre imorgen. 


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Welcome back to me to the blog again. 

Just came home after a long, good day of shooting pics for a sewing book and some other projects. It’s so exiting. And nerve racking. But I think it’s gonna be really great. Had assistance from some awesome  people. 

And now I will collapse on the sofa. We continue again tomorrow. 

Good buys from yesterday 

I got a load of great stuff yesterday at AVV. Here is some of it. 

Also this post will show how hard it is to take nice fashion shots. Man, I look like – weird. How do you take a good clothes selfie? Where does the arm go? The stupid looking hand? Can you fit your face in the shot? Can you avoid looking stupid? 

I have got to practice this some more. 

Anyway – the diamanté skating outfit or whatever it is. Totally crazy and I totally love it. Will probably wear it never ever but still cool. 


The girls fell in love with a weird bunny top and sequined boots. Roxie then got a new spring jacket and I got cute hello kitty linen for some kind of project. 


A top I looked at when it was out in H&M but never bought. Till now. 


An amazing dress to march my hair. Just need an occasion. And to remember to open my eyes. 


And some more awkward posing shots of good buys. Will practice those clothes selfies. 


All this (and more) in a 175 Kroner bag. Bargain!

Good days and dirt

It’s Easter. Holiday. Time off. Lots of expectations and possible frustrations.

But today and yesterday life has been so sweet. The girls have been amazing. We have had no plans. Just the 4 of us and time. There has been no screaming. Not in the ridicolous amount that sometimes occurs anyways. Almost sisterly bliss almost all the time.

And I have felt goddamn lucky!

There has been eastereggs and Lego on the table. Lots of playing and entertaining.

Jolina has been such a big girl helping me and wanting to take part in the tasks. We have baked, gone shopping for seeds, and she has helped me sow them in the garden.

And the garden is playing a big part in life right now.

Yesterday Alan and I went to the garden center and spent way too much money. But we spent it on things we dream about. Plums, nectarines, apples and lots of berries to pick in the summers to come. Harvesting fresh fruit and veggies just outside our door.

And my mum took the girls for a couple of hours while Alan and I worked hard digging, shoveling, planting and watering. It was an awesome two hours. Working so hard without disturbances! We were so efficient just the two of us, and we just sweated away in our little garden bubble without having to help anybody down the slide/trampoline/tree. Even though that of course also is a very nice thing to do, and normally we really enjoy watching the girls play in the garden. But being able to work nonstop was quite good too.

And that is very much what I need right now.

To take my mind off all the things I don’t want to think about, moving blackberry bushes or planting seedlings is just perfect, and the big showel is awesome. The hard dirty work of the earth is good for occupational therapy.

So I have perhaps gone crazy spending my entire student funding this month on trees and seeds. But it’s money well spent on a dream and hope of green and awesome seasons to come.

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The girls were supposed to be in bed..

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The nectarine tree and my view from the bench today.

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And suddenly the sun was out, and the girls had taken of most of their clothes.

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The little seedlings. They make me so excited.

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Goodnight from the happy gardener.

Three cheers for Christmas!

This Christmas has been unreal – in a good way.

We have had a cosy December, almost too much Christmas cheer and good spirits. After handing in my exams I had so much energy for all the things I wanted to do, and some of it even happened – homemade presents, awesome cookiebaking, decorations around the house, which did make me feel supermom’ish, but the girls showed me with fits and tantrums, that perhaps it was too much. That cramming too much happiness, cheer and festivity in does not actually work. Or perhaps they just suddenly found out, that they are 2 and 4, and that the have been way too well behaved for too long, and that it was time to challenge that. So they did by kicking and screaming their way through a horrible weekend.

And then we slowed down.

Which made things better again.

Christmas Eve we had a lovely time. The day had been fine, lots of play, god christmas films, some early presents, a visit from Father Christmas, and treats in abundance. That resulted in Roxie falling asleep early in the evening, long before dancing around the tree and handing out presents, but that meant that Jolina got some alone time with the rest of us. And she handled it so well. She loved the dancing, the singing, and waited ever so nicely for the presents to go round. My big, big girl.

We were happy and proud when we took her to bed at 8.30. She was very tired but fine to go to sleep. Great!

Then we all just ate some more, talked and celebrated the evening. We did not have the mountain of presents that I remember from earlier days, but I enjoyed that it was an amount Jolina could handle, and that we did not spend the whole evening opening presents. More time to eat chocolate.

Yesterday we then had some visitors from the past, old friends lost from long time ago, and it has been so much fun. Unreal almost to imagine that it could happen. Christmas has given us the time and opportunity to catch up, laugh and drink lots of wine.

If it was not because I had such a massive hangover and have not got a cheeseburger in each hand, I would be so perfectly happy right now. But I am pretty damn close.

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Recipe for Christmas goodness

Today I shared some pictures on Instagram of my baking-cookie-process, and not least the result afterwards.

One asked for the recipe, and here it is, in case anybody feels the need to bake something yummy.

Mix-

300 grams of butter
150 grams of icing sugar
400 grams of flour
2 eggs
I teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
50 grams of finely cut almonds
50 grams of finely cut dark chocolate

Knead, knead and knead. For ages. Until its a nice textured dough.
Add more flour if needed.

Roll it out flat.

Roll out 400 grams of marcipan with some icing sugar.

Place the marcipan piece on top of the cookie dough. Roll it together.

Cut it in smaller pieces and roll it smaller. Cut it into 4 mm pieces and place on baking tray. Bake until crispy. Approx 15 mins, but will vary from oven to oven.

Let them cool for as long as you can wait.

Then eat with milk. Lots of milk.

The roll is not that visible in the cookie, but you can see it up close. And you can taste it!

– good thing I have two classes in the gym tomorrow…

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The bottom cookie is a different recipe. Also good. Just if you think they look very different, that’s why.

A guest moves in

It’s December tomorrow and with two little girls I am looking forward to making the month extra cozy.

Today I have been indoors with the rest of my flu, and I have definitely made the most of it. A lazy, hazy Saturday with very little energy..

Jolina wrote a sweet letter to Father Christmas with the things she wants for Christmas. A mechanic dog and a Belle Princess. The mechanic dog she has seen on telly commercials. Those commercials that are almost more fun than the actual cartoons they are inbetween.

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In the afternoon Alan took Jolina to a play and I stayed at home with Roxie. We had fun as only a mother and a two-year old can sorting socks, reading her favourite books and trying Jolinas pens (while she was away..) And she had a few grumpy fits – but still in a very cute way.

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Now the stockings are up for the elf – or in Danish “Nissen” to fill with goodies or fun stuff. It feels like Christmas really will start tomorrow.

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– And the door is up as well so that must mean the “Nisse” is in the house. Can’t wait to see what the girls will say to it tomorrow!

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