One of my favorite Christmas books for children, this is part of Elsa Beskow's Peter and Lotta series, written in the early part of the century and only recently reprinted in the USA in English. Ursula's favorite part - and mine too - is the appearance of the Christmas Goat (see the pic!), which is the Swedish equivalent of Santa Claus, but far more interesting!
"Elsa Beskow (1874-1953) is the most popular children's illustrator in Sweden, where her picture books have been known and loved for over a century."
This year, I've been asking myself, "What are you waiting for?". A lot of people my age get stressed out at the holidays because either we're not where we thought we would be by now, or we're not where our parents thought we would be. We end up avoiding holiday traditions because we feel like they don't apply if we don't have a "family" yet, getting roped into extended family shenanigans by default, and feeling out of place and without a true sense of "home" all season long. Well. It's time to change all that.
As the cold slowly starts settling in, it also starts seeping in — I find places in my home that are extra chilly and not quite as cozy as I want them to be. Here are five easy ways to combat the chill as our days grow shorter.
Name: Dan, Jill, Grey and Taavi Ritacco and their dog Apple Location: North Kingstown, Rhode Island Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: almost 3 years; owned
Written in chalk above the bathroom door are the words, “Artistry + Function + Simplicity = This Home.” It’s a fitting mission statement for Jill and Dan Ritacco’s small Rhode Island cape, which was gutted and revitalized by the couple themselves. From the drywall to the furnishings, Dan and Jill have built most of what you see in their 1200-square-foot home. Jill, an artist who studied printmaking and painting, and Dan, a wooden boat builder, aptly call their personal style “we can make anything.”
Home Alone is by far one of my favorite holiday movies. As a kid, I used to watch it year-round with my brother and am now able to recite just about every line (don't worry—I won't!). This year, we decided to have some fun and have a Home Alone-themed Christmas party for all those pals that are nostalgic for early 90's fun. Here's a look at what we have planned and how you can create your own McAllister family Christmas!
Benches have to be the most versatile piece of furniture ever. Even in the tiniest apartment, there's room to move a bench around to the foot of the bed, along the entryway, or pulled up to a dining room table. And then there's the endless ways to customize: starting with just four legs and a seat top, like this affordable plain white SIGURD bench from IKEA, anyone can create the perfect piece to finish off a tricky room.
Sparkly, felted, or fuzzy, pom poms are having a moment. There are countless ways to use these bits and bobs to turn up the holiday cheer with a craft project, gift wrap, or decorating with pom poms. Here are ten great ideas:
Who doesn't like getting something delicious to eat as a gift? Edibles are the perfect gift for that hard-to-please person on your list. If they're a foodie, find them something exotic or unusual to try. If they're just hard to shop for, choose something universally delectable. Edible gifts are affordable too so put together a whole basket of goodies and you're all set. The hard part will be giving it away.
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Growing up we saved and reused tissue paper and bows. A friend's family has been reusing wrapping paper for so long that they have the most amazing vintage and retro paper collection. Now it's my mother-in-law who is so diligent about carefully unwrapping and saving her beautiful papers. Some is so beautiful it feels like such a shame to rip it up and throw it away, right?