I know Christmas has come and gone, but I have one little thing left of the holiday: I’ve received another Spooky Box! It actually came the day before Christmas, but I haven’t gotten ’round to photograph the items until now.

Sidenote: do you know how irritating it is to try taking decent photos when there’s NO natural light at all and all you got is regular ceiling lamps? Where I live it’s pitch black pretty much 24/7 right now… *grumble*

The Hexmas Box

Imaginary Karin - Spooky Box Hexmas

Imaginary Karin - Spooky Box Hexmas

This time the box was stuffed with purple paper strips and snowflake sequins! I love that even the packaging is part of the current theme. Makes the whole experience feel like someone put in a little extra effort, and I appreciate that. 🙂

And the money for this box goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Quite the mouthful, but a worthy and appropriate cause.

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Imaginary Karin - yule goat drawing

Despite the best efforts of pre-medieval evangelists, Scandinavian culture is still full of old pagan traditions. One of them is the Yule Goat, an old Christmas/Yule symbol.

There are many theories where it comes from, but its true origin is lost in history. In some traditions the goat is actually the one bringing presents to children instead of Santa, but I don’t think anyone follows that today. All I know is that it’s very common to have goat decorations up during Christmas, usually goat figures made of straw and wrapped in red ribbons.

And I’m still trying to figure out ProMarkers…

They feel rather unforgiving compared to coloured pencils, the thickness of the tips makes it difficult to be precise and add fine details. I also keep forgetting that I can’t vary the opacity just by changing the pressure on the paper. But at the same time that intensity of the colours is what drew me to ProMarkers in the first place. I just need to keep practising.

Maybe I should try working with bigger drawings? And try some more cartoonish styles,

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my favourite things linkup

My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!

It’s mid-December!? How did that happen?

In all honesty I can’t wait for this month to be over. I love keeping in touch with the seasons and enjoy celebrating holidays (all holidays really, not just Christmas), but this year I haven’t felt it at all.

Work is even crazier than usual, the family circus is in full swing (holidays tend to do that), and the weather can’t seem to make up its damn mind. Snow? Rain? Hail? Grasshoppers? Every day is a surprise!

I’m afraid I don’t feel very Christmas-y right now… but that doesn’t mean I can’t play along with this month’s Favourite Things! Focusing on something positive is just what I need. 🙂

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Imaginary Karin - smithy

I did something new today: I went to the local smithy to try my hand at forging! 😀

Earlier this year Markus took a couple of classes and really liked it. Since then he’s been asking me to come with him to the smithy some time, but until now I’ve always declined. I have a slight phobia of heat and fire, so the thought of being in a closed space surrounded by flames and red hot metal didn’t sound very appealing.

But I also believe that facing your fears is good for you, so this time I came along, and you know what, it was actually fun! I wasn’t even that scared of the flames, and I’m quite proud of myself for that.

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First snow 2015

About bloody time! I’ve been waiting for this since mid-October!

As we’re getting closer to the winter solstice the days are getting shorter and shorter. Right now the sun rises around 8:00 and sets around 14:00 here, and soon it will barely rise at all.
I don’t mind the darkness that much as long as there’s snow on the ground, but without snow it get’s real old real quick. Without snow, even with the street lights on it’s so dark outside you can barely see where you’re going.

So I’m praying to every god/goddess I know that the temperature will keep dropping and that it will keep snowing. I’m done with autumn, now I want winter! 🙂

Do you have snow yet where you live?

(Unless, of course, you’re living in the southern hemisphere. Do you guys have full on summer now?)

Imaginary Karin - first snow 2015

First snow 2015

First snow 2015

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