Thursday, 20 December 2012

Advent calendar 20

Last week I went to Sweden to work in the city of Uppsala for a few days, and as I walked past this "Christmas-ified" shop window, I could not help but brave the cold and fish out my camera for a quick snap. As I uploaded the photos to my computer, I realised I had no idea what the shop was called, but after some internet detective work, I think it is the lovely little shop called Kajsa Johanna. Full of wonderful plants and a mix of industrial/vintage/rusty beauties, it is a very tempting place!

I came to think of a little display I made a couple of years ago, one which does indeed contain a lot of what I like, but which felt too much like a flower shop display, and was therefore soon "dismantled" and rearranged.

Wreaths of all sorts are a "sign of the - seasonal -times", 
and a very easy one to make is this one with peanuts. 
Again, an edible display which brings double joy!

Uppsala was truly stunning last week, with lots of snow and Christmas lights galore.

The former town hall, now hosting shops, offices and a restaurant, was the queen of lights. In every window a lit star, and just look at the garlands around the ground floor windows and doors - stunning!

"Brrr", you say? 
Yes, Sweden was very "brrrrr-y", and where my parents live, 
this stunning scenery was accompanied by minus 19 degrees (C). 
A little chilly, indeed!

Hope your Thursday is filled with warmth and beauty,


  1. Looks gorgeous. 39c here today and I am so over summer, only about 4 more months to go. Hope you have a very happy Christmas and New Year.

  2. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and for the Advent series, it is wonderful.

  3. i love the idea of peanuts wreath.

  4. What a beautiful place you originate from - I could brave those temperatures for sights like these! Betty

  5. Värmen får man stå för själv så här års, men nu är det mera humant ute - bara ett par minusgrader!

    Så vackra bilder i adventskalendern idag också och kul att få se bilder från Uppsala! Vilken läcker butik och så vackert det var, även om det var jättekallt!
    Underbart stilleben du har ordnat - du är verkligen specialist på att kombinera helt otippade saker, så att det blir såååå vackert för ögat!
    Riktig julstämning hos dej idag också!
    Ha en fin torsdag!

  6. Tittar in en liten sväng och önskar dig GOD JUL !!!
    Simma lugnt, kram från Maria ♥

  7. Önskar dig en riktigt fin, god jul! Kram Anna

  8. Darling Helena I liked very much this little tour! I love Swedish style and places. The only problem for me is... too cold! But surely stunning!

  9. your pics are beautyful. It makes me want to be a vacation


  11. Ja, fy så kallt det var ett tag där.. brr! Vackra bilder från Uppsala och hemma hos dina föräldrar. Men vilket charmigt skyltfönster och jag ser ju att det är ett typiskt Helena-fönster, hihi. Fast när jag bläddrar ner ett snäpp och ser din egen "skyltning" så tycker jag faktiskt mer om den! I år har jag varit väldigt sparsam med julblomster och har inte en enda amaryllis..! Efter dina bilder saknar jag en förskräckligt mycket, haha! Kanske finns det någon halvt utslagen jag kan lägga vantarna på hm...

    Kram till dig!

  12. These images are beautiful! We are preparing for a winter storm this evening and I've been waiting for snow covered trees!

    That shop looks lovely and sounds like the perfect mix of home decor.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog; I love your photography and thing I'm going to have to follow along for some inspiration!

    P.S. Sorry if youget this comment several times my computer (or maybe me) seems to be acting up.

  13. Sweden is really cold but it's so magical
    Thanks for sharing these images

  14. Vilka härliga bilder Helena! Det var verkligen jul- och vinterstämning i dem :)
    Kram Maria

  15. Thanks for these wonderful photos. Sweden is one place I would like to visit one day. We had neighbours in the place we lived before who have a holiday house in Arjäng, 30 km from the norwegian border and they told us about the beauty of your home-country. One day I will see it by myself....
    I made a peanut wreath some weeks ago - it´s in our garden and the birds like it ;-)

  16. Lovely pictures. I have been eagerly awaiting your pictures for advent. And I thought I better delurk and say hello

  17. nice share,,, may i share your post?
    keep posting and happy bloging!!

  18. nice share,,, may i share your post?
    keep posting and happy bloging!!

  19. Vad kul du varit i Uppsala och så fina foton därifrån, min barndoms- och studentstad, fast jag bott många år i Stockholm nu, tror det är nära dina föräldrar faktiskt:-). Och tänk i Uppsala har jag inte varit alls denna vinter och tycker staden ser ännu finare ut på dina foton än jag minns:-), får bli ett besök, har trots närmare än du:-). Det är en fin historisk miljö (vad jag saknade stadsmiljön när jag flyttat) och en hel del nytt med butiker som dyker upp. Tack för vackra bilder!

  20. Bonjour Helena!
    Det har vært en fryd for øyet å følge din flotte julekalender i adventstiden. Takk for herlig inspirasjon. Så vil jeg ønske deg og dine en fredfull julehøytid og et spennende nytt år.
    Varm juleklem fra meg


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