Christmas preparations

It’s less than a week until Christmas and there is a lot of preparations to be done. This weekend started off with gift wrapping. I bought some special paper at a craftstore. And to go with the gifts, I made gift tags. The tags were bought at the same craftstore as the wrapping. I used rubber stamps on all of the gift tags. The all ended up like this:

And this is how it turns out when the gift is wrapped.

It was a lot of fun making these gift tags. I wish I could make a lot more. But you only need so many gift tags. I’ve given some to my mum, because she wanted some. I think I have to make a few more, but that means I have to buy some more. I’ll do that tomorrow after work.

I went home to my parents house yesterday. My friend Linda’s boyfriend celebrated his birthday and I was there. Today I’ve spent a lot of the day making Christmas cookies for mum/dad and Linda. First I made a christmas cookie called serinakaker and the other one is called berlinerkranser. I have no idea what they might be called in english. The recipies can be found here and here.

No baking without taking photos. Because there’s no blogging without photos; that’s dull! And I intended to blog about these Christmas preparations.

The A-Team: Almonds and Albumen!

The cookies. Serinakaker and berlinerkranser.

Pretty cookie box. I had forgotten about this gem from IKEA!

I’m not done with baking. My plan is to bake something that is actually called Christmaskcake. It’s a cake with raisins in it. You can eat it with butter and cheese; preferably a unique Norwegian cheese called Gudbrandsdalsost (or more casual brown cheese).  I don’t know when I’ll have time to do it though. Tuesday I’m busy visiting my newphew and sister; gonna drop off some gifts, collect my earnings (a box of dark chocolate!) from making woven Christmas  hearts for them and spend some qualitytime with Emil. On wednesday I’m meeting Ellen for a gift-swap. Thursday I’m going home; home for Christmas. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll do it tomorrow. Or at the end of the week.

About going home for Christmas. Norwegian singer Maria Mena is released a new song called Home for Christmas. It’s beautiful and you should listen to it. Couldn’t find it on youtube, but you’ll def. find it at Spotify.

 

Cold winter stills

When I woke up this morning, I knew this day would be dedicated to taking pictures. I hoped for some sun and lots of yummy light to shoot in. I didn’t get that. Instead I got mist/fog and cold. Just as good as sunlight, I have to say. For a very long time, I’ve admired photos on flickr with mist/fog. It’s so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to shot that perfect misty photo. I’ve never gotten the opportunety before; not until today.

Mist/fog is really something that creates a special mood in a photo. A mood I’m specially fond of!

I was cold outside today. – 16 C. Brrrrr! I had to wear a hat, scarf and mittens in addition to a warm jacket. It didn’t take long before I was cold. After about 45 minutes I had to go inside again. I was too cold and my camera had low battery.

After I came in, I sat down in front of the computer, went through todays shot (around 80) and processed the photos I liked the most. While working I’ve listened to a lot of music. The playlist has been various Christmas songs, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes and Patti Scialfa.

Here are todays photos; with and without mist.

Lierfoss. To the right you can see my parents’ barn.

The road up to the neighbours, my friend Linda’s parents.

Stones on the wintery road.

1520. Frosty letters.

 

Trees on a line surrounded by the fog.

Frosty branches.

Frosty berry.

Pine cones are so beautiful.

Square frost/bokeh yummyness.

The corner of a shred (where we keep wooden bricks). Frost or no frost; that’s the question!

Frosty wooden wall.

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