Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Nordic Hat DIY kit

Buy the Nordic Hat DIY kit in my Etsy Shop.

Hi my lovelies. First of all THANK YOU for all your wonderful input on the "Time online.. All the time?" blog post. It has been interesting and helpful to read about how other people treat this topic. We are still working on some new rules, although I would like to call them frame work as they will be flexible and not written in stone. I will get back and share our new Cyber Use Rules with you soon. I think this dicussion really needs a follow up post.

This morning it is snowing again and I had to put my Nordic Hat on to go outside and take down the snowy laundry. Silly me thinking I could dry my laundry outside at the end of November. A girl got to try, I guess.

This Nordic Hat was made for me in more neutral colors and without a pom pom, but a pom pom can easily be attached of course. It is made from the wonderful Ulrika yarn from Svarta Fåret and I have put together a Nordic Hat DIY kit for you in my Etsy shop including the Nordic Hat PDF pattern and 6 balls of this wonderful Superwash wool yarn. An excellent Christmas gift that can be whipped up in a few hours.

I will also list some of my Nordic Hats that I made up for the market so keep your eyes open for announcement here on the blog. If there is a particular one you are interested in buying now already, just contact me directly.

I'll let you go as today is First Of Advent. A big thing for me as this is my BIG Christmas decorating day with the kids. But before that, some Christmas porridge for breakfast.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

Let Christmas begin...

" Mama, can we skip watching TV tonight and start the Christmas decorations?". It is Luca Bo who is asking with a big IKEA box with the letters X-MAS written on in front of him... I can probably count on just one hand the times he asks to NOT watch TV before going to bed. I can't say no. So we have cheated and got started before the first advent. Just a little bit...

"Can we put on Bublé?"
OF COURSE we can put on Michael Bublé! And so we do. And in an instant there is this a jolly, happy feeling in the house with the stars in the windows, some candles and red and white decorations coming out. Just a little bit of Christmas... Enough for a Thursday night before first advent.

We raise our glasses of Julmust (Swedish Christmas soda that is) and sing along with Bublé in "You better watch out, you better not cry. Better not pout, I'm telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town.", and everyone agrees that Christmas is the best time of the year.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Time online... All the time?

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A new generation. New technology. New habits. A new way of living. Collision between generations... Be connected. At all times. NEVER disconnect. That is what the tray advert from Mc Donalds say... "Get the latest deal and NEVER EVER disconnect!" Is that what we want?

A baby is crying on the bus. The bus driver is uncomfortable, the other travelers are uncomfortable, the mother is stressed... Someone takes up their latest Vodafone and turns on Dora the Explorer and showing it to the baby who quickly stops crying. Everyone smiles. Thank God the baby is quiet. Thank God for Vodafone. Is this where we are going?

I walk along the beach on a sunny day and during my 200 m walk I see 13 people. They are sitting on benches with views of Lac Léman and the French Alps. You can see Mount Blanc clearly. Some people are just walking down the path... Every single person is staring on their smart phone and has ear phones in their ears. even couples and friends. They don't talk. They surf on their phones and no one sees the beautiful views.

I don't know about you but this development scares me and maybe this is a part of the problem. That I am threaten by the development instead of embracing it. But do I want to embrace this path? Now when adverts are showing up around us in media telling us that this is today's normal, does that mean that we can let go of our fears of online time taking over our lives? Just because we are told this is normal?

It is my greatest challenge as a parent, this new time with technology in every corner of your home, in every pocket of your clothing. This is a new world that I don't understand. When I grew up we didn't even have cartoons on TV. I walked to my friend's house and knocked on the door to see if she was home. If she didn't pick up the phone when I called, I would call again later. I shouldn't compare, but I do.

I don't mind Cyber use, I am a blogger and social media user myself, but how can we find a balance, I wonder... On a rainy day lets give it away to Cyber World but when the sun is shining and a friend is coming over, lets go outside and find an adventure shall we? But I find my children turning more and more into Cyber World and spending less and less time in the real world. I find them on computer devices for hours on end if I'm not there telling them to get off. And when I do it always turns into a fight... It is a daily battle. It is a boring and frustrating battle. They wear me down. And I admit - I give in. For peace. To avoid conflict. But it eats me from the inside.

How do we find a balance, does anyone have any great advice to give? Controlling? Restrictions? Timer software? Earning computer time? Or the freedom to use with responsibility and self control? How do you deal with Cyber World taking over? Do you embrace it or fight it? I honestly feel like just throwing it all out the window and force the whole family onto a Cyber Detox at times. Am I the only one feeling like this, I wonder...

Today we are having a family meeting, our first one ever, to discuss this matter and hopefully we will reach a solution, a balance, that everyone is happy with. I don't think I can forbid things, but we can sure be more aware and restrict ourselves. Time together in real life is after all the only thing that matters.


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