torsdag den 30. december 2010

Dark and Empty

Now all the Christmas decorations are packed away. Just as much as I look forward to decorating for Christmas, just as much I look forward to packing it all away after Christmas. But gosh, there's dark and empty, dull and bare. It takes some time to get accustomed to, so I have hung a few snowflakes in the windows, some crystals on sprigs in a vase and found my snowflake candlesticks - it all helps a bit :)

Tognight I will try dresses to see what suits me after I've lost 7 pounds - yep, you cannot wipe the smile off my face! I hope I can fit the long vintage silver dress I bough earlier this year. I imagine myself looking like Jayne Mansfield on New Years Eve:

... or Mamie van Doren:

Instead it will be more like Rudolph with the Red Nose! Since I have caught a cold and am coughing and blowing my nose all day long, ouch!

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you - and watch your fingers and eyes! :)

søndag den 26. december 2010

No Half Christmas Gifts

Have you had a Merry Christmas?
I have!
All the guests arrived in spite of meter high snow drifts, I haven't gained any weight (yepiii), and I got this completely overwhelming and absurd expensive gift from dear husband:

A Canon EOS 500D - the camera I had saved half up to. I got a sour remark from my mum that "I was indeed spoiled", but I replied that I might be a good wife. Normally, we don't give such expensive gifts, and DH had at first thought that he would give me half of the money, but then he thought that he could not give a half gift. I don't complain.

Other large gifts was this:
Who was the lucky receiver of this very large and very mysterious gift?

It was for my little niece and contained this very lovely 42 years old doll's pram which has been my own:
Her mother has in fact slept in it when she was new born. DH has washed and polished it and I have sewn new bedlinen for it. She was very happy.

And of course my nails was in the right Christmas spirit:
I had painted them green with the nice green polish from the set I bought at the German ferry. I had placed a red rhinestone heart at my ring finger nail and have painted one layer red glitter polish at the top.

Happy Christmas to you all. :)

tirsdag den 21. december 2010

Christmas DJ: Elvis

Well, I'd better play some Christmas music before it's too late. And since I'm both an old Elvis fan and help son with his English presentation about Elvis - yes, he thought he was very bright, since mum is good at both English and Elvis , but I have let him work all by himself and only guided him - so I think it is obvious to play some Elvis Christmas music

Blue Christmas is one of his very known Christmas songs:

He has also made his own special Elvis-edidtion of White Christmas:

This is probably the most known - Santa Claus is Back in Town:

It has that very special Elvis sound, and I love this video where an old 78 record is played.

And the last one which I suppose is his most unknown - Santa Lucia ... song in Italian:

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. :)

søndag den 12. december 2010

Christmas News

Hasn't she got any new Christmas things this year? I hear you ask, after I showed you how I decorate for Christmas last year.

Well I have a LOT of Christmas things, in fact so much that I cannot even convince myself I need more, but a few things have found place in my collection. I'm so lucky to get homemade birthday gifts from my SIL, and she is almost as Christmas crazy as I am:

Here is a really nice Christmas blanket, she has made of a red blanket on which she has quilted a Christmas motif on and she has sewn the edges with green yarn that looks like fir. I enjoy cuddling up in the sofa with it each evening. Some years ago I got Christmas pillows from her - they haven't been unpacked yet in this photo.

And two nice pink Christmas pillows for my bedroom:

Different Christmas style, but very nice.

And I've invested in this beautiful red poinsettia pin at Danish Red Cross:
Perfect for me - with lots of red rhinestones.

Last weekend DH and I went to Lübeck in Germany and at the ferry I fell in love with this Christmas nail polish set - it only cost 13 dollars:

It is a collection of fabulous colours: a dark red and a dark green with lots of glitter, a gold glitter and one called "snowflakes", that is a milked polish with lots of snowy glitter. And a sheet with small nailstickers was also included, so you can decorate your nails for the Christmas and Winter season. You can see how it looks here.

Well, I have to run - I'm going to paint my nails. :)

onsdag den 8. december 2010

Christmas DJ: Jingle Bells

I am Christmas crazy! It is no surprise for those of you who know me. I simply LOVE Christmas! Last year I played Christmas-DJ and recommended Christmas movies to get you all in the right Christmas spirit. I will do so again this year, and what is better than some jingle bells to do so!?

Here is good ole blue-eye, Frankie-boy himself:
I have a soft spot for Mr. Sinatra and think this version is great.

Here is a little more rocked version:
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms. You cannot live without it in December.

Here it is in a classic version:
The Puppini Sisters is in fact a modern group reminding much of The Andrew Sisters.

And here it is in the good old version:
With Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters. And since you ask - yep, I've got the LP that is shown at the beginning of the video.

Merry Christmas to all of you. :)

tirsdag den 30. november 2010

Advent Calendar

This year I’m the one receiving an advent calendar from my mum – and I look forward like a little child! I have two siblings and some years ago my mum thought we should have an advent calendar by turns - none of us have complained.

I have made an advent calendar for my parents for 29 years, this year will be the 30th time. I embroidered a snow landscape in 1981, the last year I lived with my parents, of fabric and yarn remnants from my school. My mum and I love snow landscapes. I asked my granny to buy small rings (for the gifts) in Copenhagen (where it was much cheaper), since I obviously didn’t have any money. The first year they got one piece of chocolate to share each day, and a little gift the 24th. Later they got two pieces of chocolate and a gift every day - they open the gifts by turns.

I buy gifts all year long, except in January, so when I find something nice I buy it and store it in a box in my basement. This way it is neither expensive nor hard. What gifts do they get? Well, everything from spices, mini bottles of shampoo and soap, gift cards, movies, candles, napkins, ribbon, tape – I try to find things they can use, so they don’t drown in a lot of thingamabob. But some Christmas decorations are also found on the calendar, my mum loves glass ornaments for the tree, so I always find some beautiful ones for them.

And I also take care the calendar looks decorative:
Six or seven years ago son, who was a little boy then, thought their dachshund, Luffe, should have his own advent calendar. Yes, they do exist, also for cats. If some of you think dogs are stupid and cannot remember, then you have to think again. Luffe’s calendar was smuggled home and hidden in the attic until 1st December. Luffe was both deaf and half-blind, but his sense of smell functioned perfectly.

The 1st December the calendar was placed on the cupboard, and when my parents had opened their gift after dinner, then they had to hurry up opening his gift – or he would get very noisy! An advent calendar for dogs is like a chocolate calendar, just with dog goodies instead of chocolate. The 24th there are extra goodies and after he had ate them, he got the calendar to examine carefully so he was sure there were no more goodies left. The 25th everything was OK, he knew it was over – no more noise.

But now Luffe is in dogs’ heaven, so I will not be buying a calendar for him this year – makes me a little sad.

fredag den 26. november 2010

Happy Birthday

Today is my birthday and I have celebrated myself by investing in Lippmann's beautiful Happy Birthday nail polish:

I've seen it several times at NegleNymfernes blog, but unfortunately I cannot buy it in Denmark. But a nice eBay seller sent it to me.

Here it is on the nails:
It is looking really nice on a white nail polish, then you can see all all the confetti colours.

At Sunday I will light the most beautiful (and most expensive!) Advent wreath:

Here is a close-up, it is simply fabulous:
It is made of dry materials and will last for the next 20 years which I think justifies the price.

Wishing you all a nice weekend and a lovely Advent Sunday. :)

torsdag den 18. november 2010


Two great colleague girl friends and I held a tarot evening not long ago. And besides a lot of talking and laughing, the tarot cards also came onto the table. I had brought my tarot collection with me: cards and books, and told them some general things about tarot. Not that I am an expert, I leave that to Rasmine – in fact she got me started. One day some years ago the Arthurian Legend cards literally fell out of her handbag, and I got curious and had to have a closer look. I’ve always loved the legend of King Arthur and thought the cards were beautiful. So combining the legend of King Arthur and tarot made it really exciting. Rasmine ended up giving me her tarot deck and I started an energetic translation and wrote a lot of notes about the meaning of the cards. It took several years! I’m not the type that does anything half hearted, sometimes I wish I could just do things a little easier. I’m also translating this funny deck, which I’ve mentioned previously, but it is quite easy.
But what is tarot? Well, as mentioned I’m not an expert, but I can say the following: You can probably only trace tarot cards about 600 years back. I think they are much older than that. It was of course the gipsies who used them. A tarot deck consists of the large Arcana (the large secret, also called the triumph cards) and the small Arcana (the small secret, also called the court cards – at least in Danish). Tarot is said to be “the mirror of the soul”, meaning you already know the answer to your question. But it might be nice to see the answer lying right in front of you. You cannot ask yes/no questions, since the cards cannot answer yes/no – a pendulum can do that.

I don’t believe in tarot myself. I think it is funny and interesting, and I always say to those I predict that “it is only cardboard”, meaning they must never believe what I tell them and go home and change or rearrange their life based on what I’ve told them. Strangely I’m almost always 100% right. You also have a professional secrecy to those you predict. What is asked must never be told to others! You must never tell others’ fortune without their knowing. It is like prying – and you DON’T do that. I cannot tell my own fortune, it is never true, so I’ve stopped doing so.

You can buy millions of different card decks at different price levels. If you don’t have a shop nearby go to the internet on which you can also find decks to download for free. You should choose a set that appeals to you visually, since there is a lot of meaning in the motif. The most known tarot set is Rider Waite, which I think is both ugly and dull, but I have a tiny travel set, since it is often referred to in books.
You can also buy tonnes of different books. If you like used books you can buy them cheap at Amazon. I will not recommend any in particular, but ask in a shop or flip around in the book and read some bits here and there and see if it appeals to you.

There are also lots of free online courses on the internet and you can read a daily card too. Reading a daily card might be good practise – something I ought to do more often.

There exist a lot of different decks, I suppose the Keltic Cross is the most know. I like the “past-present-future” deck, which is three quick and easy cards to open the ball with. I predict most in time frames - the client chooses e.g. a card for each 6 months, 3 months or a card for each month considering the nature of the question. But never more than two years, I’ve been told that the cards cannot predict correctly for more than two years.

And last – Death doesn’t necessarily mean death (in fact never!)! I often have to start telling this, since many have seen movies where the heroine gets a card with the Grim Reaper and then the action gets truly horrible. The death normally means that something ends, and something new starts – and that might be very positive. I like the Death in the Arthurian Legend, since it is so little scary:
It is Gwyn Ab Nudd who once a year collects all the dead souls and brings them with him to the kingdom of death, and that is great. I think you stayed indoors that day.

So if you think tarot is interesting, but have been a little afraid it was some mumbo-jumbo, I can only recommend you to get started. It is both fun and cosy.

tirsdag den 9. november 2010

More Bribing

Do you remember how I bribed son to not have his ear pierced?

Well, here is the continuation:

Son: "Mum, can I have a tattoo?"
Mum: "Hell NO!"
Son: "Can I have a pair of shoes then!?"

He is a funny bunny that boy. I have to admit that I had a hard time not laughing. Fortunately, he was only joking, tattoes are not an issue yet, and if they do become one I'll better find some serious bribing.

søndag den 7. november 2010


Is it one of the seven mortal sins?

1. Pride
2. Greed
3. Lust
4. Envy
5. Gluttony
6. Hate
7. Sloth

No, it's not, but perhaps it should have been. Friday I felt a lot of self-pity and yesterday I spend the day being ashamed of myself.

I'm still not feeling too well, and I'm not feeling well being a sissy, who has no energy or can do anything. I'm not good at being inactive. According to the papers I got from the hosptal I should be able to have sex and take tough exercises. Oh-yes, I can walk a cautious walk about one kilometre, then I have to go home to the sofa again. I have no energy to read or watch a movie, I don't want to knit, so some days I just lie and gaze our of the window. Ough!

Friday, DH and I went to Ikea, just to do something, but I thought everybody smelled - of strong perfume, smoke and fart. The nausea is at the top of my throat all the time. I do hope I loose some weight since I don't eat very much, that would be a positive side effect.

I just want to feel better - please give me back my life!

Is it too much to ask for?

onsdag den 3. november 2010


I am a feminine woman, who is in good contact with my masculine sides. I love cars, motorcycles and ... gadgets. Last week, when I still laid in the sofa feeling quite bad, my good friend Jesper, came by and sent me to the same club as Mick Jagger and Oprah Winfrey by giving me this super smart tiny video camera:
It is the same size as a cell phone and is so super easy to use that even your granny can do it. It shoots in HD-format, it looks smart and is so tiny it can find place in my handbag. I'm very excited.

A test movie!?! Eeeeaasy now, I'll make a little film for you soon. :)

søndag den 24. oktober 2010

I Survived!

First - THANK you for all your nice greetings and comments. It made me so happy to receive them.

I survived! It is still me who is writing at the other end. Sanne with the vintage sportscar and lots of shoes. But it has been tough. The first ten days have been ten days in hell. My fear that I would not tolerate the anaesthesia was true. I spend 24 hours trying to wake up, the next four days I vomitted (not good when your belly is cut open), thereafter I could not eat, and then I got constipation. Sigh!

But now I'm OK again. I sleep at night, eat normal food and pad around and tidy up after my men.

To top it all, my father in law died very suddenly the same morning as I was operated, so it has been a hectic week. DH missed me a lot and looked forward to having me home again, especially in our bed which seemed very big and empty. And when I came home, I vomitted all night and he ran down the stairs with the bowl. But he insisted that he was glad to have me home.

I have lived in a botanical garden with all the flowers I have received, my inbox and my cell phone has been flooded with sweet messages - so THANK you all for your nice comments. :)

mandag den 11. oktober 2010

Operation …

Well, I’m going through surgery Wednesday. I have to have something removed that is ill, something I don’t need in my age, and something I definitely will not miss. So for the next two weeks or so there’s going to be a little quiet here on my blog, but thereafter I think I’m online again, because then I’m reported sick and I suppose I’ve started feeling a little bored. Now this is not a sickness blog, like it is neither a car blog nor a knitting blog, but I want to admit that I’m afraid. Afraid of the anaesthesia since I respond heavily on medicine. So I hope you all will cross your fingers and wish me lots of luck on Wednesday morning.

torsdag den 7. oktober 2010


I haven't spend money for long. Since our New Year resolution I’ve almost got out of the habit and thought my shopping gene had withered. It hadn't, which was disproved when I received a news mail from This super elegant, red Elizabeth Arden croco beauty box with lots of useful products and lovely colours was simply irresistible:
And 40 GBP is only about 62 USD, and it was reduced with 100 dollars.

The week after another news mail from landed in my inbox and they were so mean to reduce this fabulous pink EA box with 255 GBP to only TWENTY GPB (about 31 dollars). I couldn’t resist:
The plan is that all the products move into the elegant red croco box and stays there permanently. I look so much forward to receiving it.

Well, the other I sat and surfed for fun. I have previously bought three nail art pens from NegleNymferne, but missed three other colours and unfortunately they don’t have a shop anymore. I tried searching the brand, but didn’t find anything. Then I went to eBay and searched a little wider, and bingo – I found this great set with 48 (!!!) different colours, which I won for only 95 cents:
I think I can make almost all kinds of nail art now with all these colours!

For fun (never do that!) I searched for rhinestones and found these three lovely wheels for less than 5 dollars:
So if everything else fails, I’ll open a nail art salon. :)

lørdag den 2. oktober 2010

Completely Unpedagogical!

I've done something completely unpedagogical - I've bribed son to don't let his ears get pierced. I think the young guys look so stupid with both ears pierced and big glass-"diamond"-earrings like gangsta rapper or Beckham: He wanted a pair of shoes for 73 dollars, so I've bribed him and made a deal that he's not going to have any holes in his head. I fear he will come home pierced one day, but he sounded very serious and even wanted to shake hands on our deal. But don't tell DH, because he will definately disagree with my unpedagogical methods. ;)

torsdag den 30. september 2010

I’ve Given Up …

Today, I’ve put on stockings and shoes. No more bare legs and sandals, sigh. What will be next? That I’ll have to change about my Summer/Winter wardrobe and drive Tiny Honk (my vintage car) to the garage, deep sigh!

I love Autumn, in fact I love all seasons, I just think Danish Winter should be shortened with about two months, but having had such a short and lousy Summer I’m not ready for Autumn yet. Well, I have to lit the fireplace and a lot of candles and find the cozy blanket.

I have added another lovely Autumn bracelet to my collection, which I look forward to wearing:

tirsdag den 28. september 2010

Black Day at My Job

Yesterday was a black day at my job - two got fired and one quit. One got fired in my department, and we were all very surprised. She was a great colleague and worked hard. The one that quit was my fantastic x-boss, she is both a lovely lady and a very skilled specialist. So we group-hugged and cried several times during the day.

On my way home I went to a supermarket, they had a bargain for washing powder, and I ended up buying a gift for my best friend, DH and son. You have to appreciate what really matters in life - family and good friends. A job is just a job.

søndag den 26. september 2010

Day of the Apple

I've been visiting a University that celebrated the Day of the Apple. I had remembered my tiny camera, but unfortunately the batteries were flat. I have a girlfriend who works there and have told us about it. And it was indeed very interesting, which the number of visitors also showed - cars were parked several kilometres down the road.

You could taste apple cider (and wine for 2 dollars), you could learn how to graft, to cook mash and press juice. I would love to own this set:
The press is so nice you can use it for decoration and the very large "parsley mincer" could be stowed away in the shed.

You could bring your own apples and have their sort estimated, but there was a very long queue. And you can do it yourselv at home using this great website. They used the same tool for estimating, but they could also taste the apples.

Afterwards, we went for a long walk in the huge plantation area, and our good friend Jesper's son made us an "apple tasting safari". I have never tasted so many different kinds of apples. We were three boys and one gal - and guess who was the only one who had a tiny pocket knife?

onsdag den 22. september 2010

Dancing with the Stars

I do dare admit that I love Dancing with the Stars! And I simply don't understand that it is embarrasing. For some strange reason it is not embarrasing to watch Robinson or Paradise Hotel, where the participants go through scandals and intrigues, they quarrel and separate. Lots of bad mood and ruined lives. Nope, Dancing with the Stars is perfect Friday entertaining to me: lots of beautiful dresses, entertaining dancing, happy people and a warm "feel good" mood - perfect for an exhausted Friday.
Here is the participants for this year, I'm not sure whom I count on yet, but some show great potential.

lørdag den 18. september 2010

Buy of the Year 2009

Now when the season for flea markets are almost over, I thought I would nominate "buy of the year" for last year:

I love to pack when I’m going on vacations. Half of the pleasure for me is almost writing packing lists of all the things I want to bring with me. I don’t travel light, and I’ve known for long, so I collect everything in mini-sizes. All my creams, shampoo, soaps, makeup-set, hairbrush, even my curling iron – everything is mini-sized.

Last Summer I bought this old mini immersion heater at a flea market for what equals to one dollar:
Everybody laughed at me. I will date it to the late sixties since the colours and the pattern was very poplular at that time.

And if I should name something “buy of the year 2009” it should be this. Because it makes me so happy to put it into my mug and in less than a minute after I have boiling water for at cup of tea – or coffee for DH. So much happiness for so little money!

lørdag den 11. september 2010

Toy Story 3

A few days ago, son and I was home alone, so we went to our local drive-in cinema in my vintage car and saw Toy Story 3:

Both of us love Toy Story, and the boy in the movie, Andy, is at the same age as son. Andy is now 18 years old (son is 17) and is moving to college. This is not good, if you're a toy.Who does Andy choose?

And then lots of action goes on. There is also friendship and some sad scenes. At a moment son says: "Goddammit, I'm not crying over a Toy Story movie!". I have to admit that I had problems with my throat too.

So if you haven't seen it yet, I sincerely recommend it. All our old friends are back:

Barbie finds the only one, Ken even thinks they were made for each other:

And Rex finally wins a TV-game, with a little help from his new dinosaur girl friend:

mandag den 6. september 2010

Flea Market and MC Sunday

Yesterday, DH had dedicated the whole day to me - his words, not mine, but I don't complain. We started at a little local flea market, but it was so small and we were just warmed up, so we continued to a larger one. Here is what I invested in:

Artificial apple blossom sprigs - 1½ dollar each, they will look nice in my bedroom.
A lovely decanter - 1½ dollar.
A nice wooden game - 1½ dollar (I don't know the name of the game in English).
Three nice nail polish colours (red, blue, pink) - a dollar each. I already know the glittery red will become a favourite for all the Christmas parties.
A mini hand cream for my purse - 50 cents.
A Royal Copenhagen mouse - 6½ dollars.
A lovely blue, vintage glass necklace - 8 dollars.
Two pairs brand new (vintage stock) kid skin gloves - 1½ dollar each.

DH was also lucky, he found a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses for 16 dollars, a Dewalt drilling machine also for 16 dollars (he just loves tools), and various cords, soldering iron, and fuses. He started liking flea markets after he found some treasures too.

We went home to eat a quick lunch and then we took on all the motorcycle clothes, because we had a date with my BIL and SIL (DH's sister and husband). We went to "Malerklemmen", which is a cafe in a wood where a lot of motocyclists meet the first Sunday every months. The weather was more than perfect.

Here is DH in front of his motorcycle, aka the "Rat". Behind it you see BIL's fast red Japanese cycle:

Here we are eating a kind of Danish doughnut with softice (me and DH at the left):
Malerklemmen is known for their homemade doughnuts and during Summer you get them with soft ice cream, to make it more summery. These doughnuts are a Danish Christmas tradition.

There were mostly Japanese cycles, but four Harleys, one Norton and one vintage Victoria were also in the collection. This is one of the more special machines:

DH likes this Drag Star, it is truly nice in grey and black:

A little red Harley with a pink helmet - I guess it is a lady bike:
(remember all photos can be clicked into larger size)

So I ought to have stayed at home dusting the whole house and fighting the weeds in the garden, BUT now I'm recharged and happy, and I suppose both dust and weed will still be there next weekend.

tirsdag den 31. august 2010


I've bought a magazine! It's not something I do very often, I just read free magazines from e.g. our local perfumery store, but look at this cover:The Fifties are Back - I simply HAD to buy it.
For incredibly long I've been sick and tired of luxury-boheme and -hippie, harem pants, clumsy plateau shoes, sloppy tunics and smokey eyes. Sorry, if this is your style - it's not mine. Tastes differs. But I've dreamed about well-tailored and becoming clothes, in which I look like a woman, nice stiletto-heeled shoes, beautiful dresses, circle or pencil skirts and small nice blouses - and red lipstick.
And ... NOW IT'S FINALLY HERE! Yeeeepiii!

tirsdag den 24. august 2010

A Tribute to DH

Today is our anniversary - 19 years, but we've been together for 30 (!!!) years. Where did all those years go!?!

Here we're kissing - we still do.

It took DH 11 years convincing me to get married, so he was a happy man when I entered the church. We're going out to dinner and we will watch The Expandables. I love action movies and this features all the heroes from our youth.

So a warm thank you to DH for holding on for so long - I know I'm not easy, but in return I'm never dull. :) I'm ready for the next 30 years.

lørdag den 21. august 2010

Summer Jewellery

I love costume jewellery and have previously shown you some of my collection. I have jewellery suitable for each season and holiday, which I think is fun and I often get a compliment on. I have previously shown you my Valentines and Winter jewellery, so now you ask if I don’t have any Summer jewellery? Of course! :) But Summer jewellery is a little difficult as it mostly is with beach themes or flowers and butterflies. Let me show you my favourite Summer bracelet:
I have collected a complete set with pin, earrings, toe ring and anklet, I only miss a necklace.

More favourite Summery jewellery:

And I also collect confetti Lucite from the fifties. It is Lucite with embedded glitter or tiny conches or shells, so it is very summery. Here are some examples:

Confetti Lucite is a great collectible since it is made in many different colours and normally isn’t expensive, check eBay, search for “confetti Lucite”.

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