Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December 12 - Toys in Villa Cooper

Christmas is a time for giving, and children receive the most gifts. The talented ladies and gentlemen of Villa Cooper have created unique toys for little ones.


One the shelves are many softies for babies.


The hobby horses or stick horses are a huge success among girls at any age. They have races and competitions, and the phenomenon has been internationally noticed as an example of girl power.


Rag dolls as a fundraiser for Unicef, and octopus softies for babies. These are also made for premature babies and donated to the hospitals.


Welcome again tomorrow to the next room.

Monday, 11 December 2017

December 11 - More of Villa Cooper

We have come to the other end of the dining room. The beautiful cupboard is filled with angels.


Blue wreaths - our theme is Blue and White Christmas this year.


More of the blue and white things. Many of these participated in our "My gift for Finland" competition.


Little Christmas trees for the tree or table.


Fabric hearts in many colours.


To be continued ...

Sunday, 10 December 2017

December 10 - Villa Cooper revisited

Welcome again to Villa Cooper! These wreaths hang by the entrance, where they will keep fresh. They are perfect for welcoming guests at your door.


The dining table was covered with handmade candles is all sizes and colours.



Wreaths for indoor use, and tonttu elves in many sizes and materials.


Modern versions of himmeli. This link is in Finnish but the photos show the basic construction of any himmeli. You need straw, linen thread and a needle and scissors!


Come again tomorrow and I will show you some more!

Saturday, 9 December 2017

December 9 - So few colours

When the sun doesn't show and there is snow on the ground, there are very few colours around us in the nature.



Some of our roses have bright red rose hips. I wonder if birds will come and eat them?

Friday, 8 December 2017

December 8 - Tracks in the snow

When there is new snow, you can see what has been going on in the garden.
Hare's paths crossing:


Squirrel's basic jump:


Squirrels' dance around the black currant bush:


And hares have been barbering our Spiraea japonica Little Princess:


Luckily they bloom in the new growth so we can cut the rest, if any, down in the Spring and have pretty bushes again.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

December 7 - Snow or Water

Our weather doesn't seem to know whether this should be Winter or Autumn. Rain and snow alternate, and the lakes and ponds freeze over and the next day they are open again.




Wednesday, 6 December 2017

December 6 - Independence Day



Today is the 100th Anniversary of Finland's independence.