Christmas Round TWO!

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Yes, I can make caramel corn. Sometimes it turns out better than other times and for the most part I don’t burn myself anymore.

julblog4Phong and I went down to Umeå for Christmas and New Years and we had a great time. The tree and everything was already decorated when we got there and had a nearly obscene pile of presents under it considering we’re a group of adults.

A lot of Swedish things have really grown on me over the years, including glögg- a sort of wine that’s served hot and in tiny cups, and julmust- a christmas soda of which I only seem to like one brand but I do like it enough to make up for any dislike of the others.

But Swedes have a tradition of watching a set of cartoon clips that are replayed at the same time on Christmas Eve every year. The same clips. Every year. With a couple of new ones on the end. I’m not really a fan of this because, well, most of them aren’t even christmasy!

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I tried a new cake recipe and it turned out pretty good. It was a snickerdoodle cake! It really smelt like snickerdoodles when it was baking too.

We had a really great time. Ate quite a bit of sweets and watched some good movies and shows with family. We also started playing a charades game with a tablet that turned out to be really funny. I hope everyone else had as great of a holiday break as we did!

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Christmas Round ONE!

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We decorated our houseplant this year. We’re planning to go to Umeå for the holidays but I didn’t want to skip over christmas decorations at our apartment all together. Phong and I have a habit of exchanging presents early. We just get so excited when we both have gifts to give the other. This year we made it all the way until December 6th before unwrapping them! We even put on christmas music.

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I had absolutely no idea what Phong got me this year even though he told me that he had Nymla make it. We had seen her at a craft market in Umeå in September and loved her things so much! If you have a chance, check her out. She has a shop on Etsy too and, as it turns out, she does commission work!

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My super amazing christmas gift from Phong! He had a bookend made with pages from the book I wrote and the wolf! I absolutely love it. It was thoughtful and one of a kind and all mine!

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Christmas Cards!

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This year I decided to make my own Christmas cards! Now, you may be wondering why I would do that given that I don’t make cards or even really know how to do that. Well, skeptical reader, I have an overabundance of imagination and often think I can tackle crafty project ideas even though I have little to no experience. I blame this on my mother, because she exposed me to her whirlwind of crafts and I seem to think I know how to do them because she knows how to do them… even though there is an ocean between me and her craft room and expertise.

My first thought was that I would stamp the cards with pretty holiday stamps and colors and maybe even use ribbon! And then I panicked because I had to get these going and finished in time to mail them so that my relatives and friends in the states would get them before the 25th.

So, I went to the local craft store in Umeå Centrum and found a tablet of holiday themed scrapbook paper for about 90sek (14 dollars) and it also had these little pop out embellishments in the back.

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I cut standard card sizes out of the paper. I got two cards for every sheet. I used my fabric cutter and board. It might not be conventional but I play wild when I do crafts. Wild, I say! If you do this, keep an eye on the designs so you don’t end up with them going horizontal. I used my tiny polaroid printer to print out tiny pictures of Phong and I and then used double-sided foam tape to attach the pictures and the embellishments to the cards.

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Tip: Writing in the cards before you add the cute stuff to the front can be easier (and is what I did) but it can also result in accidentally putting the decorations on upside-down. I sent out two upside-down cards. If you’re reading this, I’m not sorry! Yours are special!

Really though, it ended up being easier than I thought and I got them mailed out in time. I hope everyone who gets one enjoys it! Happy Holidays! And if you’re not into holidays, Happy Winter!

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