I happened to be watching a Rick Steves show on Denmark and in the show they were describing a way of living that they had. It was called hyggelig (hoo.gl.ee). This hyggelig meant you always have a drink, some food, and at the very least a candle between you and your company. It meant feeling cozy at the very base translation of the word but actually much more, it was your surroundings without anything that would make you feel ill at ease or emotionally overwhelmed. It was actually the pursuit of serenity, of comfy, of homey, of anything that brought that warm fuzzy to your soul.

My jaw dropped at this Danish discovery of self. That one single word summed up the pursuit of my entire life. Hyggelig!!! This blog is about just that, all the things that make me feel hyggelig. My only hope is that they inspire you to find your own hyggelig too. Imagine a world full of hyggelig, just imagine...

Friday, February 4, 2011

Little Bavarian

Well, I only succeeded in finishing one clothespin doll ornament yesterday since I took so much time fiddling around with ideas and such it's the one I'll send our Hyggelig winner Trace The Space Case! I loved dressing him! Of course that shouldn't be any surprise considering how I love fashion. I am swimming with ideas and super excited to get started with all 30 of my clothespins!

I definitely realized I need to get some proper glue. As you can see it doesn't dry completely clear and actually didn't stick very well either (I'll post what works best once I find it). So I'm off today to get proper glue and in fact I think I'll actually make a better one for our Trace The Space Case if she'd like to wait another day for her prize. I'd like to make a much better little Bavarian hiker for you.

Here's the one I did...

I carved his arms and hands out of craft sticks (note to self - need proper carving instrument!) and even gave him a felt feather in his hat. I think he needs some socks painted in there too on the next one. Well, Trace what have you?


  1. I LOVE him!! I can already see him joining other ornaments on our holiday tree and forever having a story to tell about where he came from!! Thank you!!