Crafty adventures from a Dane in Massachusetts

Oct 16, 2016

Gammeldags Tebirkes (Danish Tea Pastries/Biscuits)

Jeg har aldrig lavet tebirkes før, men de er noget af det bedste jeg ved og sidst jeg var i Danmark fandt jeg min mormors gamle Frøken Jensen kogebog og indeni lå blandt andet en opskrift på tebirkes.


Jeg vil gætte på at den er fra engang i 60'erne og tebirkes var vist lidt mere brødagtige end dem vi kender i dag. Jeg var overrasket over at man kun skulle stille dem til hævning 15 minutter i anden omgang. Nå, men for nyligt besluttede jeg mig for at prøve opskriften af og selvom de ikke helt var hvad jeg forbinder med tebirkes så var det sjovt at prøve og de smagte da godt nok til at jeg fik spist dem allesammen :) Her er lidt billeder af processen:

Tor ville også gerne have smagt dem.

Jeg tror snart jeg vil prøve at lave "moderne" tebirkes med remonce og det hele. Så må vi se om de bliver mere wienerbrødsagtige.

I recently found my grandmother's old recipe book and inside was a pamphlet with a recipe for old fashioned "tebirkes", a delicious Danish pastry/biscuit which is usually eaten as a treat for weekend breakfasts. I think this recipe is from the 60's and back then they were a bit more bread-like than the crispy butter filled pastries we know today.

Oct 9, 2016

Dollhouse Update

Here's a quick update on the dollhouse. I don't know why I don't have any pictures of the process of putting on the roof tiles or painting everything, but these pictures show the house almost as it looks now (I've since added some panels to the sides as well). 

In the close up of the roof you may be able to see that I've added little tufts of moss under some of the tiles to make it look a little worn. I think the door looks a little too yellow at the moment, but I think it will look nice once I add some flower boxes under the windows and perhaps some plants and grass in front of the house.

I am also posting some pictures of the cats because everybody likes cats :) Tor (the orange one) is lying on a sweater I've been knitting. It's an Icelandic sweater knitted with some Plötulopi yarn I bought when we went there a couple of years ago. It took an eternity to make and I'm actually thinking it's too big, but I really like the colors and I'm hoping I'll warm up to it once the weather gets colder.

Iceland is an amazing place, so if you haven't been already I highly recommend it.

Jul 1, 2016

More projects

Another project I recently started is a ball jointed doll. I am following various tutorials, such as this very detailed one and this video:

So far I've created the basic shapes for the body and the head:

Jun 2, 2016

Sign of life

I thought I would just post some pictures of a project I've been working on for a while. I haven't had much time for craft projects in recent years, but this one is a project I anticipate working on sporadically for years to come :)

I bought this old dollhouse and decided to spruce it up.

Tor likes it...

I've added dormers and a bay window.

More pictures to come...

Sep 18, 2012

Craft Fair at Tattersall Farm Day Sept. 16, 2012

Just an update on Sunday's craft fair.
It was a great day. The weather couldn't have been better and there was a nice smell of apple cider and popcorn in the air at Tattersall Farm. I sold a bunch of my little felt ornaments, and got to meet and connect with some other crafters in the area.

What I most enjoyed about it though, were all the little kids that came over and looked at my stuff. A little boy came over and bought one of my doll dresses. He took a long time to decide which one he wanted and carefully placed the other dresses back on the clothes rack. He was the cutest thing ever! I hope the dress fits his doll.

Another boy almost persuaded his mom to buy the whole store. Not surprisingly, I liked him very much too:) There were also some little girls, who were very interested in how I needle felt my snowmen. The horse and chipmunk I showed on Facebook the other day were also sold. The horse went home with my craft fair "neighbor's" niece and a  little girl in a pink skirt bought the chipmunk.
All in all, it was a fun day, and I have already been commissioned to make more chipmunks and keychains:)

Hannah-Made at Tattersall Farm Day

Some Hannah-Made products

Hannah-Made handmade dolls at Tattersall Farm Day

Aug 28, 2012

Work in progress

Here are some pictures of a doll I am working on. I have a craft fair coming up in September, so I am trying to get some things crafted before then. It is going to be mostly felted animals, dolls and polymer clay buttons  for this craft fair I think. 

Jul 3, 2012

Rice Glue

I just found this article from wikiHow on how to make rice glue. I am not sure what I'll be using it for, but I know it is a future project for sure.

May 30, 2012

A gift for a little guy

Just finished a gift for my friend's newborn son. My first sweater. It is always good to start with a small size. Hope it makes it all the way to Denmark okay.