Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Vof Vof Vof!!! Tomorrow it starts, the Christmas celebration! I have been out and tried to see if Santa is coming …

Nero with Santa hat

I wear my Santa hat so he can see me from far away! I asked Hanna to help me and look to the other road – we don’t want to miss Santa.


Nero, do I really need to wear this hat? It’s too big and I have just fixed my hair! Okey, I’ll do my best because I want to meet Santa, too …


Hey, Nero, come here … please help me! Something has stucked to my fur … huge snowflakes … I don’t know if I like this  …


Relax Hanna, I’m here! Everything is fine and we are ready for Christmas party … you see what Santa has already sent to us …

Finnish sweets

… and we have doggie goodies, too (I ate half of them, but don’t tell Hanna)! Teje has started her traditional Christmas puzzle …


… one sleeve = one star … someone is loosing his shirts, I hope Santa brings him new shirts …


This will be puppie-friendly quilt. Teje said that she uses only strong fabrics because anyway I’m the one who makes the bed every morning. This beautiful design is from Kaffe Fassett. She tries to follow the pattern this time …


Our dear artist friend has made this quilt and she was so kind that she sent her templates to us. Here is her wonderful quilt with her beautiful, sweet puppy …


We have put Christmas lights and cristalls to the windows …


Now we shall go for the last food shopping and then we can just relax and enjoy this magical time! Look,  there he is! I’m sure I saw Santa …

Nero the Shephard

… oh and my hat had felt down! If he didn’t see me? Hey Santa, I’m here and I have been really good boy all the year!


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and beautiful Christmas cards! We sent our cards three weeks ago but it seems to be that everything we sent that day, has disappeared in the post. We are so sorry if you haven’t received our Christmas cards.

We wish you the most wonderful Christmas time and all the best, health and happiness for the New Year 2013!!! We hope to see you before the new year! Hugs and Kisses!



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Hi everyone! Hopefully you don’t have stress with your Christmas schedule and preparations! I haven’t done any so I thought I could share my earlier Christmas makings because there is still one week to bake coocies, make decorations, sew something …

Christmas decoration

Last two Christmases I have made many needle felted decorations with dog hairs. When I brush Nero and Hanna, I collect the ‘wool’ from the brush. You can make also yarn from that and my mom used to do that. I makes the most warm yarn! But to these balls now …

needle felted balls

You know my sweet Golden Retriewer friend London. When I have been taken care of her, I kept some wool to make Christmas decoration to her mom. I made something very simple and natural. Few branches from cypress, ribbon cutted from fleece, paper ‘ribbon’  and paper cord … two woollen balls … almost like snow balls …


I add also very thin metal wire for hanging and if you like you can add beads etc. for extra festive look. Next photos show one that I have made with Nero’s wool and the materials you need (needle for needle felting and those very light balls). You can make also hearts, wreaths etc.

needle felted Christmas decoration

needle felting with dog's wool

Crochet snowflakes are different project – great one – for those you can find good tutorial from Lucy at ‘attic 24′.

Last year I made little, white Christmas tree which became very famous and loved. It is really cute and easy to make. You can read all the post where I show how I made it HERE.

small white Christmas tree

This year I have been sewing a lot, but not Christmassy things. Last year I made lots of mini-mini quilts, mug rugs, Christmas mats and tutorial how to make them.

Christmas mug rugs

One small decoration I made suddenly and with a moment’s inspiration, was this felted cover for candle glass. HERE you can see how easy it is to make.

felt cover for candle glass

And then lets start to bake … oh I can smell Christmas … my ‘must’ bakings are Ginger Coocies and Christmas Stars. I do hope I shall make them also this Christmas!

ginger coocies

Here you can see the recipe for Christmas coocies and here how to make Christmas Stars.

Christmas baking

Oh how I wish I had now those stars with my afternoon coffee! I have bought all the things I need to make them, so perhaps I shall have tomorrow baking day instead of cleaning!

Every Friday I’m happy to join linky parties at ‘Natural Suburbia’ with Linda , ‘Felicity Quilts’ with Felicity and at ‘Wisdom begins with wonder’ with Andrea! Thank you ladies for hosting lovely parties!

my sweet puppy

When I was looking for these Christmas photos I ran to one with Hanna. I just have show you her sweet face and with this Hanna’s relaxing moment, I wish you wonderful week and do try to relax even I know you are very busy! Thank you so much for visiting my little blog and for leaving always so appreciated and enjoyable comments! See you soon!



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Dear Santa Claus, I hope you and Rudolf are fine there far away in North! I hope one day I could come to meet you in your Santa Claus village! www.santaclausvillage.info

I have put Christmas decorations around and wear my ‘tonttu myssy’  – so ready for Christmas celebration! I have been a good boy – at least I have done my best … playing with the girls …

… helping in the kitchen – here we make chicken soup!

I have tried to make my blog better and more enjoyable, showing our quilts …

… taking care or Foxy … keeping company to Nelli …

… guarding and watching around …

I would like to wish something for the Christmas. Could you please give some lovely presents to my friends and readers because they are all so special and wonderful! I wish you bring also presents to my sweet girls! I would like to have a new ball, blue if possible, some doggie bones and goodies!

We have a fire place – I have heard you come from there to leave presents! Hanna doesn’t like the hat, but she is doing her best to be a good girl!

I have been watching You and Rudolf in www.santatelevision.com ! I know you are very busy now making all the presents and then travelling around sharing them. Wearing my magical birch-shoes, I’m ready to help to help you!

I know that in winter you need felted boots with fur but I guess in summer time you wear these magic shoes…

I was again so happy modelling with my brownie cap that I just couldn’t help myself bursting into laughter …

Thank you Santa Claus! I wish you wonderful journey and Merry Christmas!


PS. My Small white Christmas tree was featured by Apartment Therapy!

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Merry Christmas!!! It’s Christmas Eve!!!

I wish you all The Best Ever Christmas!!! This is my first Christmas here in Blogland and it has been so exiting to make our bakings and crafts together and share our ideas and inspirations!!!

Some of us are ready for the Christmas Eve dinner….I have still some last things to do and then it’s time to relax and enjoy this most magical time of the year!!!

With these scenes from our Christmas I want to wish you and your families Merry Christmas!!! Have a wonderful and peaceful time with your dears and friends!!! Enjoy this magical time with good food and lovely sweets, Christmas songs and movies…good books…!!!

Lots of love, hugs and kisses from


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Happy Saturday evening!!!

How nice to see you! Today I have been sewing place mats for my dear friend and I have been baking! It’s time for ‘Christmas Stars’ – one of the most traditional baking for Finnish Christmas!

Christmas corner in the kitchen! This crochet table runner I have made (too) many years ago, dare I say, …. years ago! Small figures have gathered during the years…

For the Stars you need the dough like for croissants and marmelade. Now adays you can find very good dough from the market so these Stars are the most easy and quick to make. Traditionally we use plums for filling but you can try any other fruit you like.

I made these stars few days ago and again today, so I have photos from both of them. First time I used cherry marmelade and today I had dry plums (without stones). I boiled the plums with some water (not too much) till they became quite soft. You can mass them a little bit with the spoon. The plum ‘marmelade’ should be thick.

Here you can see how to cut the scuares and how much to put filling.

Turn every second corner like this and the star is born!

You can make also triangles!

The filling with plums looks like this – quite thick!

Before you put the stars to the oven, spread them with egg.

These  Stars are just perfect for the Christmas time! They are not too sweet and the plum is good after eating too much and heavy food!

Enjoy The Christmas Stars with icing sugar and coffee or your favorite tea!!!

I like to thank you all for the most sweet words about Nero’s Blanket!!! It was so much fun to make it and plan how to do it! I have got some question about it and I shall add more details to the last post ‘Nero’s Blanket’. Nero is also so happy for all your recovering wishes and his feet is now fine and he enjoyes running around and brings us all the toys to play!

I just can’t believe that there is only few days till the Christmas! Still few days to make Christmas things, to open the advent calender and to look lovely blogs with their advent calender! 

Hope to see you soon again!!!


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Hello our Dear Friends!!! We are here today with Nero to tell you our ‘This and That’!

Sun is back – at least for today… and Nelli enjoyed that. She was quite confused these last days because usually she likes to be so much outside and now it was just too bad weather! She was going out from one door and coming in from other one…and again, and again…

‘White Mountains’ has their snow coat and  that brings also cold air down to us. The ship to Athens is waiting to leave in the evening.

Few days ago I was sewing something using different material! I had this ‘thing’ in my store long time waiting… burlap…burlap…nice word – every day we learn something new – I didn’t know till now what it means. If you don’t know, it’s this…

I have been reading Maya’s blog and there is so much lovely crafts and ideas to give us inspiration! You can meet Maya here! She has made wonderful things from coffee sacks, for example Christmas socks!

I remembered my burlap and went to find it! This is not very thick so it was a little bit difficult to handle. Still I enjoyed very much making something different! Here you are….

I think it’s very nice because it’s not too thick and you can see the inside fabric through the burlap. I had two buttons made of our olive tree, and they found now perfect place to decorate this ‘basket’.

I think this ‘Burlap Basket’ is very nice to keep many things! Now it’s waiting Santa Claus and later it’s perfect for my knitting! I shall make more of these – different sizes and other details! Shall we go for hunting ‘old coffee sacks’!

VOF VOF – I’m here – Nero – I want to say something…I haven’t seen you for while, because there is now so much Christmas things going on! I have missed you! Everyone knows that I love balls – please come to play with me…

…oh… I forgot that I can’t run well because I have hit my toe. Piece of skin is missing and it’s painful to walk. I try to remember not to run…but it’s difficult…I forget everything if there is something interesting on the road!!! Here we go again…

I’m already waiting Santa…I hope he brings me lots of ‘desserts’ (my favorite sticks)! Also I really hope that my toe is soon well and I can play with all those new balls that Santa is bringing to me…don’t you think I have been good boy enough to get lots of presents!? I know what there is in Hanna’s packet…but I can’t say it yet!

Do you have a bicycle? I don’t have but I see them sometimes on the road! I don’t think it’s for me but I saw one which is really ‘cool’ !!! You don’t know what to expect…so visit quickly Dorien!

Before we leave you we want to show you still something lovely…I want to say that the next photo is NOT MINE…but it’s so wonderful especially for this Christmas time, that I want  all of you to see her…

If you love Fairytails, these you just adore!!! Go to enjoy this ‘Fairy’ and lots of other fantastic creations, even pictures in ‘Fairytails’!!!

That’s for today…it’s already evening…I was supposed to write this much earlier but the internet was out of order…perhaps there is new storm coming!

I’m so happy you liked my felted sun and want to thank you for your sweet words and wishes!!!

With Nero we send you hugs and kisses and hope you are all well and not too busy with all Christmas preparations!


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“It was a gloomy and stormy night…”

Hello! I hope you have lovely Saturday – what ever weather it is! Finally we have winter and I understad better what you have been through these last days. When it’s months and months summer, you just forget how the cold weather feels – and you miss cool and cold winter with rain…

Yesterday we really had rain…it was raining ice cubes!!! It was so loud that we couldn’t hear other’s voice! The wind has been very strong and the ships stay in the ports. In Athens it  is snowing. In Chania we have + 6 degrees.

Don’t worry, I know you have often enough rain…no need for me to show it…so here is the sun coming out from the clouds…

I can’t send you sun today…but I made one especially for you!

When I made this felting some days ago, I wasn’t sure how I like to continue it…in the sun the colours look so beautiful!

I wanted to do something over it, but also I liked it very much just like that! …I decided to make this an experiment and make another one if needed…

So…now there is some shine in the sun…

…waves on the sea…

…birds on the sky…

…SUNSET… one day I shall give you better photo with the real SUN!

When it’s rainy and cold, it’s better spend your time at home with your friends…

…with your Christmas things…

…to make some more Christmas decorations… Helen has made beautiful things for her tree!

Do you remember the small trees I had made from old books? I happend to see them also here with photos  how to make them!

Thank you all so so so much for visiting and leaving wonderful comments!!! I enjoy reading them and hearing your news!!! I wish you lovely time and I hope this SUN gives you happy light for your winter days!!! 


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Hello my Dear Friends and Welcome to see what there is going on at my home…today I have trees in my post!!!

First I like you to see my Christmas tree. The tree is the same now many years but the decorations chance every year a little bit.

In Finland every one has a real tree…but there is so many trees…all the country is one forest! Here is less trees and the warm weather doesn’t help them to stay nice at home. From early in November Christmas trees are waiting outside in the sunshine to go to some ones home – it needs good luck to look well even few days! So at least I prefer to have my tree weeks at home so let it be a ‘fake’. I love those small lights – that’s why I make my tree very early to find the Christmas atmosphere! Especially in my first years in Greece, it wasn’t easy to feel Christmas with so much sun and hot weather!

This year like last one, I prefer to have less colours in the Christmas tree. Now the decorations are mainly with wool, cotton, paper and doghairs!

These lovely and funny hair balls I have made with Nero – and they are my favorite decorations in the tree!

And this is an other favorite – I just love this happy snowman! It’s from my sister and always first one to give joy for the Christmas tree! So…I have made my tree really early (28.11) when I thought it was too early to show it. Perhaps it stays like this…or perhaps it gets some more decorations… often I add them slowly slowly!

Yesterday Finland was celebrating ‘Independence Day’! First time in all my years in Greece I was watching from the internet the celebration the President has in The Castle of the President! All the ladys in they evening dresses, lovely creations!

Still I had time for some sewing and made a purse which I had in my mind for a while…

Sometimes I have a  fabric that I can’t decide how to use it…and sometimes like this delicious white/red strong cotton fabric…it was screaming ‘I want to be a purse and a bag’! I really enjoyed making this and I like the result very much! Some parts I have been sewing by hand and also some decorative stitches! The lining inside is from white cotton. I like to use light colour inside, because then it’s much easier to find your small things.

The best thing to put in this bright colour purse, would be White/Red Sweets…I’m missing Finnish ‘Marianne’ caramels! I am making some other items also with this same,  beautiful fabric!

I find always so much inspiration and really good ideas from Terri! One visit gave me the best idea for a new quilt: ‘Finnish Forest’! I’m waiting to start with that after all the Christmas things! I don’t know yet how it’s  going to be but I’m quite sure something interesting…

After seeing Terri’s lovely trees I found this tree from my post box!

Thank you Ulla! You have always so wonderful ideas! Usually the simple things are the most beautiful!

Yesterday Santa Claus passed from our house and took all the cards and gifts to carry them with the Rudolf !

I have our Christmas bag with bullfinch and rowan-berries, waiting under the tree…

Every day I visit so many friends and they wonderful blogs… one of them is Mia from ‘Mia’s handmade’! She has every day something nice to show and lovely ideas what we can make for the Christmas time!

Last winter our dear friend came to visit us and brought me the best present from Ikea ( in Athens) FABRICS! This is one of them and I like it very much…perhaps because it reminds me a little bit ‘Marimekko’. I have made from this very thick cotton some bags and other things. Now it was time for a pouch.

I have started to knit a new warm shawl!  I desided to make it simple so at the same time I can think and plan my other crafts and works! I have used once before this square-pattern and I think it’s a nice way to make a triangle!

You can find so lovely and sweet knittings from my new friend Julie! Visit her Knitting and Sewing Corner!

I don’t know if I should believe this or not…but..yesterday we heard that it’s expected to have snow here! Yesterday the wind turned to north. It’s still warm but not so sunny and  there is in the air something cool… anyway defenetely we need rain…other wise we don’t have enough water for the next summer. Normally we don’t have any problem with the water because we have very high ‘White Mountains’. Usually they have snow till June! We shall see  if we have white Christmas!!!

Perhaps I need soon my warm scarfs – I have many of them – but can’t use them much…

I don’t know how I could show my knittings without my beautiful and always helpful models…

For this scarf I have knitted seperate loop to tight it.

I think Nero is already quite professional! This time Hanna wanted to join us, so here is her amateur style…

I think Hanna would be good as a sock model…she has lovely legs and then we couldn’t see her worried face!

This I have for you today…anyway so I had thought …but always in this point I feel, couldn’t I write some more…it’s difficult to leave your lovely company! Ok – I tell  you still one nice place to visit.  From Bella’s Country you find many kind of lovely things and photos! Bella is our dog friend and lives her happy life in countryside!

Now I go to continue my sewing – bright and fresh White-Red fabric is waiting to become a bag!

I might have something exiting and sweet in my next post…who knows…Christmas time is full of secrets! Thank you so much for your unique visits and lovely comments – you make me always so happy!!!

Have a wonderful and creative time and see you soon!!!


Ps. This time I decided to use all the time bigger letters. I would be very happy to hear your opinion!

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Hello my Friends!!!!!!!

It’s an evening and usually I write a little bit earlier – but now I want to show you what I made this evening especially for You!!!  A Christmas Challenge with Angels!

Sorry if it looks a little bit strange…this is my Christmas Challenge (with many others) and when trying to take these photos I felt that photografing was the biggest challenge in this project…

In the afternoon I was looking my Christmas notebook and found an old piece of newspaper… I think sent by my sister… and there was the ‘forgotten angel’. I never made the angel even I liked it very much! Now I wanted to make it so that I can show you this lovely decoration!

The idea is to use treasures like these…I didn’t count on my talent so I usead for this first angel some ‘fake’ lace I had.

For the head you can use those white balls which are suitable for needle felting. Put the ball in the middle of the lace and tight it with thread ‘in the neck’. I didn’t have those ‘white balls’  so I made the head  from cotton.  That’s not so good because you can’t pass even the wire. If you use the ‘white ball’ you can needle felt the face and to fix the hair.

Make with thicker wire a circle and around that  with thin wire you can put pearls.

Then add 4 ribbons (each about 30 cm) to the circle (you can use 2 ribbons each 60 cm – then you don’t need a knot at the up end but you just catch them with wire, which is going to be also a small circle for hanging.

I think this idea is lovely… so I shall make an other one… better one…or perhaps many angels,  with some different material.

Please don’t mind about these bad photos – I just couldn’t wait till tomorrow to show you this Angel and I hope you liked it enough to make yours! If you would  like more photos about the details to see how it’s easy to make, please tell me!

I read from your blogs and hear from the news, how cold it is and so much snow every where in Europe – and it’s just the beginning of  the December! I really hope you don’t have too much difficulties because of the weather!

Surely you have heard also that here we have the other extreme… too hot…in some parts of Greece it’s +30 and people are still on the beaches like in summer time! There is flowers growing like in the spring!

Sounds amazing and wonderful – and it is (also economical not to need heating) but I’m affraid this can’t be very good for the nature. This November was the warmest in 80 years! I hope we all could have again normal weather for every season!

Now I leave you with your Angels and go to see what you have been up today! Sleep well, if you have evening, or have a lovely day, if you are starting a new creative day!!!

xxx   TEJE

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Hello Dear Friends!

Beautiful sunny day after autumn storms! I’m so happy and touched about all your wonderful  comments! You give me delight and courage to try my best to make my small blog interesting and inspireing ! Thank you very much!

This year I started to have Christmas thoughts in my mind so early… in September… it was quite early.

 But then all the October was running so fast that now I feel I’m awful late for my Christmas ideas and somehow out of my ‘program’ (I hadn’t any but feel like that).

In these decorations I have crochet  two trees, crochet them together and add few red wooden  pearles.

Christmas tree needs also star !  I think perfect star  for the Christmas time is a mould for gingerbread biscuits!

…or perhaps Christmas Heart!

…more ideas coming with hearts and stars and of course crochet!…some time later…

I enjoy making these qute snowflakes! You can find how to crochet them from Lucy ‘attic 24′  (in my blogroll)! In a pouch I have put Rosmarin from my garden.

Yesterday I reorganized my sewing/ironing  room. I had emptied the room for our friends and now it was perfect time to change the place for the furnitures!

…and today I had a sewing day… but not a glue what to make…

I thought it’s better to take all the scraps on the table and to see what’s coming out…

Today it became like this…it’s not finished yet….

That’s about sewing and crochet!

I would like to show some other photos which I took Friday afternoon. I was returning from Chania and fortunately had my camera with me. All the day had been cloudy with very dark blue and grey clouds – beautiful colours! And suddenly between the clouds the nature showed us the most beautiful sunset with strong orange light!!!

My camera is very good for me and my close shots but unfortunately this kind of photos are out of its limits. Please try to imagine the atmosphere more dark and the orange colour very strong!

Even these photos are not good, I like to show them to you to see my home town Chania.

You can see that we have long long beaches – in fact all the north coast is lovely beaches – and mostly clear sand!!!

We live about 8 km from the centre in a very small village.

This is the famous lighthouse in the  Old Venetian Harbour of Chania. It is a beautiful symbol for a beautiful place! Chania is one of the most beloved destination for holidays! 

So…what else…did I mention that we have now almost winter! Many years here is only summer and winter. One day we feel too hot in shorts, short sleevs and flip flops and the other day we need pullover and boots. I miss those other two seasons…. 

Foxy is well prepared for the cold nights in her comfortable armchair  – with thick sheepfur and new lovely, warm blanket!

I hope you spent  nice time with us – I enjoy always writing and choosing photos to you my sweet friends!

This is so wonderful LONG day because there is one hour more…that would be nice more often!!!

Have a great, sunny and creative week!!!


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