|Even the kitchen Christmas |
curtains have hearts ♥
|More hearts in my kitchen|
This is a great thing to do this year, take a coffee break have a go yourself and then maybe invite a friend or two or your children and have some paper fun. Anyone can do this and you will have a piece of your own Scandinavian home made decoration. In Norway you can buy glossy paper especially to do this, called 'glanspapir', but you can try it with any paper of medium strength and pliable. Decoupage paper might be good or even lovely good quality wrapping paper. I have also made them with card and used them just on the mantel piece rather than as hanging baskets too. In case you have not come across it, there is a fantastic on line shop, (they do have retail shops dotted around) and are found in most major towns in Norway, they are erm, well, Swedish, but hey ho! Check them out at: http://www.pandurohobby.co.uk/
A couple of good instructional web pages to visit to create your own woven hearts are:
|Woven paper hearts with a crocheted heart bunting below|
http://craftandcreativity.com/blog/2011/12/08/flatadehjarta/ SCROLL DOWN and the instructions will be in English too!
But why stick to paper woven hearts when you can make a knitted one I say? I just love this, although it does not look quite so good and becomes a little baggy if I put anything in it, so it is more of a hanging piece of decoration. For a similar pattern for those of you into knitting this Christmas, have a look at: (I think actually this might be the original pattern!)
or a crochet version, I might try this next, again, another to add to my wish list of things to create!
In our front room where we snuggle down on a winters evening in front of the wood burning stove which chucks out an incredible amount of heat, we have three wall lights that over the Christmas period cry out for being adorned, so what do I give them? Hearts of course. These were a very quick make and can be sewn either by hand or by machine. Simple and effective don't you think? At the moment I have some hanging up in the hall way too, just to add a splash of Christmas along the common thoroughfare.
Trolldeig (salt dough)
1 part salt: 2 parts flour: 1 part water
1 table spoon of cooking oil
Mix the flour and salt well in a bowl. This is essential to ensure the salt will dissolve and allow for a smooth dough.
Next,in a separate container mix the oil and the water together, then pour over the dry ingredients.
Knead well for 10-15 minutes. This too is important to ensure a smooth dough. The dough should now be quite firm, a good test to see if it is ready is to roll it into a ball, if it retains it shapes after 3 minutes the dough is ready.
You can at this point add food colouring to dye your dough, I do not do this and prefer to paint them with acrylic paint once they are cooled.
Place it for best results in a plastic bag and put it in the fridge for at least one hour before rolling out.
When ready create your Christmas tree decorations or any other shape either 2D or 3D. Remember for hanging decorations to make a hole, I use a straw, to allow for the thread for hanging!
Oven temperature should be about 80 Celsius. (175 Fahrenheit). Depending of the thickness of your decorations and or 3D figures, drying time in the oven can be from 2 hours to 24! Keep an eye on them, dry them on a pizza tray with holes in to allow for quicker drying. Once cooled, decorate!
So What else can we find in heart shapes in a Scandinavian Christmas house, umm...food!
Waffles with locally caught salmon, home smoked of course accompanied by freshly made fragrant pesto sauce, of course in the traditional heart shape!
Let's not too forget the pepperkake, has anyone made them yet? Would love to hear if you have and better still to see some photos too!