Cherry’s Blanket Almost Done…

I really had fun crocheting the 70 retro circle squares for Cherry’s blanket. But as I was approaching the end of the process, I became more and more impatient. Wanted to get all the squares done and start the joining. Actually I had high hopes of finishing last week, but then came the flue… You would think that being sick enables you to sit comfyly in your bed and do your little crocheting, but no. I was not even able to open my eyes or lift my hands, and to be honest crocheting was the last thing in my mind, both my kids and my husband also being sick… My Mum naturally gave me the good advice via Skype that we should drink a lot of warm tea and eat a lot of soup, but she never told me who was supposed to prepare those healing liquids for us… πŸ™‚

Anyway, looks like we will survive, and finally I can proudly announce that the 70 squares are all done! πŸ™‚ Ok, 71 squares are done, because I cannot count properly πŸ™‚

grannies

Since I was using a lot of colours at Cherry’s request, I decided to join them in a way that each colour forms diagonal lines across the blanket. Here is my lovely sketch πŸ™‚

sketch

 

It was very satisfying to be able to lay the squares out in the pattern and get an idea about the finished project πŸ™‚ Cherry was also very glad, because she has been talking about this blanket since the day I started it, and sometimes mentiones that she doesn’t have anything to cover herself with in her bed (which, by the way, she does have…) until I’m done. That is what I call a motivation πŸ™‚

layout

 

Personally I think the suares are very pretty, cannot wait to join them and see my daughter’s funny little face shining up as she snuggles up in her blankie. Until then, if you have any suggestions about the best joining method, please do not hesitate to let me know about it!

squares

 

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Frijsenborg

We are lucky to have some wonderful forests around us where we can always go for a little walk whenever we feel like to do so.

One of them is the beautiful forest of Frijsenborg, which is a private forest, belonging to the palace in the middle of it, but of course the public can also enjoy the tours in it.

Like many other people, we decided to go for a walk there last Sunday. It was a beautiful, snowy day. We took the kids, a sleigh and the dog with us. Just like other families πŸ™‚ After a few hundred meters in the woods, we quickly realised, we are not the only 2 parents-2 kids-dog-sleigh combo around πŸ™‚

forest walk

But enough of talking, let the pictures tell their stories πŸ™‚

field

road

woods

stream

palace

New Year, New Plans, and the secret of the Origami Cranes

Life is back to normal. We returned to Denmark, holidays are over, kids are in care again, husband left to Copenhagen for 3 days, snow is falling.

I realised that I haven’t even said hello to 2013 in a proper way, so here it is: Well, hello 2013! I have a lot of plans for this year. I don’t call them resolutions, because they don’t really call for any radical changes to my current lifestyle, but plans, because they need to be done.

First of all, I would like to apply for Danish citizenship, and I plan to get it as well πŸ™‚ That means an exam, how exciting!

Second of all, This year, and hopefully soon, I will open my own Etsy shop! Yay, hope you guys are excited about it too πŸ™‚

There are some DIY projects I would like to accomplish this year, like finishing Cherry’s retro circle blanket (almost done, by the way!), and make another blanket for Paddington, plus a huge, XXL size crocheted blanket for our big bed too. Lot of crocheting for this year πŸ™‚

Furthermore, I am certain that I am going to keep up a (relatively) healthy lifestyle, with good food, a lot of motion, gonna keep a better order at home, and train the dog, you know, the usual stuff πŸ™‚

 

Now, I also realised that I haven’t posted anything creative lately, well it is not easy while being on a visit and limited computer time, so to fill this gap, I am going to share with you the secret of the origami cranes,Β whetherΒ you’re interested or not πŸ™‚

 

the origami crane

 

  • Start with a square sheet of paper

 

steps 1 and 2

 

  • Step 1: Fold it diagonally with the blank side out, bring a corner to its opposite corner. Open up. Repeat it in the other direction. Open up again. Turn it.
  • Step 2: Fold your paper in half, this time the coloured side out, open up and repeat to the other direction. Open up. Now you have a sheet of paper with 4 folding lines in it.

step 3

 

  • Step 3: Using the creases you made, pick up the sheet by holding it by its middle, and bring the two and two of its corners to meet each other. Flatten in out.

step 4 and 5

 

  • Step 4: With the open side pointing downwards, take one of the side corners, and fold the upper triangular flap into the center and unfold. Now do the same to the other side.
  • Step 5: Turn it around, and repeat Step 4 to this side too.

step 6 and 7

 

  • Step 6: Now take the uppermost corner, and fold down a little triangle to one side to create a crease, unfold it, turn it around and repeat to the other side as well.
  • Step 7: Unfold the flaps you created in steps 4 and 5. Lift the upper flap and carefully open your model up while pressing the sides inwards at the same time. Flat it out along the creases.

step 8

 

  • Step 8: Turn it around and repeat step 7 to the other side.

step 9 and 10

  • Step 9: Fold top flats into the center, both left and right side.
  • Step 10: Turn it around and repeat step 9.

step 11 and 12

 

  • Step 11: Take of leg of the model, open its upper flap up, then reverse fold the leg upwards.Β 
  • Step 12: Repeat step 11 to the other leg.

step 13 and 14

 

  • Step 13: Take the wings, and fold them downwards, making a crease.
  • Step 14: It is time to decide, which “leg” is going to be the crane’s head, and which one is going to be its tail. Hold the top of the head, and invert fold a part of it downwards. Now gently pull the crane sidewards by holding its wings, to flatten its back a little bit. And ta-daaam, we’re done πŸ™‚

 

The Nutcracker

The best Christmas gift I got this year was without doubt a real magical experience from my Mum: She bought tickets (for herself and me) for the ballet performance of The Nutcracker, in the Opera House of Budapest.

This ballet is something she and me wanted to watch basically for ages. But it is very popular (not very surprising) and therefore tickets are extremely hard to get. I remember a few years ago standing in line at the ticket office on the very first day they started to sell tickets to the show, and after hours of waiting I got to know that they were already sold out… This year my Mum used all her connections and somehow got us two tickets, yay! You might wonder why not more, but the male members of our family are not very enthusiastic about opera and ballet…

So one Sunday morning (it was a day-time show, with lot of families coming with their children) we put on our nice dresses and arrived to the beautiful building of the Opera in bright sunshine πŸ™‚

opera from outside

 

The building is not only beautiful from the outside, but also from the inside. That is why it’s always full of tourists, making photos all over the place. I always feel so proud when see all these people from all over the World wanting to come and see this remarkable place and the amazing shows!

opera inside

 

The Nutcracker itself was fantastic! Lovely costumes, beautiful set and amazing dancers! And don’t forget the music… It was the most magical thing that happened to me this Christmas, even a week later I am completely under the influence of the show, pictures coming back together with the feeling of amusement, and now I want to be a ballet dancer when I grow up… oh, wait… damn πŸ™‚

A Little Lookback To The Holiday Season

We are very lucky this Christmas, because we can enjoy the hospitality of my parents for quite a long time. We only go back to Denmark next Friday!

It also means, that my time at the computer is limited. Not that I am that sad about this fact, but it explains the rarity of my posts nowadays πŸ™‚ But now I have some time to write a little bit about our Holidays.

christmas piggy

This year was special, because we celebrated Christmas twice! First we held a little Christmas with my in-laws in Denmark. Cherry helped decorating the tree, she is getting very good at that, this was her second tree for the season πŸ™‚ After that we danced around the Christmas tree, according to Danish traditions. Danes always put a flag garland on their trees, and my mother-in-law made not only a Danish garland, but also a Brittish and a Hungarian one, to please her children-in-law πŸ™‚

danish tree

We ate roasted pork with caramell-potatoes, red cabbage and gravy, yumm πŸ™‚ My husband’s Mum also made a portion of rice-pudding with cherry-sauce, so however we were visiting 3 days before the actual Christmas, it really felt like the real one!

danish yummies

 

Santa came and visited us, leaving very nice and huge gifts behind for the kids, including a Cars pushing car for Paddington, and a pony princess castle for Cherry πŸ™‚

After crazy packing and dropping our puppy off at a dog pension, we flew to Hungary on the 23rd. Due to the lovely snow-storms across Europe, we had to wait 3 hours before our plane could finally set off. It was very stressful, a lot of people trying to get home for Christmas, delayed and cancelled flights, restless children… but finally we got to Budapest.

The Hungarian Christmas tradtitions are quite different from the Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon traditions. We follow the German line, like in so many other things. Santa doesn’t come to us at Christmas. No. Saint Nicholas visits the Hungarian children on his name day, 6th December. He leaves some chocolate, fruits, small gifts in their polished boots, and some dry branches, if the kids were naughty. Christmas belongs to Jesus Christ. Baby Jesus, and his helpers, the angels leave a fully decorated Christmas tree in the children’s home, and obviously gifts as well πŸ™‚ So on the 24th we heard the magic bells ringing from the living room, went in while singing, and found all the gifts under the tree.

hungarian christmas

We also had the traditional Christmas food, which is fish soup and fried fish on the 24th, and stuffed sour cabbage on the 25th (at least in my family this is the tradition).

hungarian yummies

 

 

And New Year’s Eve? We spent it nice and quiet, just the kids, my parents, my brother, his girlfriend, my husband and me. Playing board games, staying up late, drinking champagne.

champagne

 

What about your Holidays? What are your traditions, how did you spend these few days?

2013

2013

Happy New Year to all of you!!!

Having children means that we can celebrate New Year’s Eve in our own, favourite way: in a nice and easy, silent way, with our family, playing silly games (I managed to knock over and break my champagne glass while playing Loopin’ Louie, so I didn’t even get boozed up), going to bed relatively early, and getting up even earlier (ok, that is not part of the “favourite”) πŸ™‚

As we established with my husband, 2013 seems like an easy and uneventful year: no new babies, no new puppies, no new car, no new house, just trying to prosper with all we have πŸ™‚

 

I wish all of you love and health for the new year!