December 29, 2013

Julfika/The Christmas Get-together

Hello everyone! We put together a little video about a fika/get-together we had in our tiny apartment on the 4th Advent and actually we had 14 family members crammed inside (6 of those being children)! 
We stayed up the night before baking lots of delicious Christmas-y goodies like sugar cookies with frosting and lussekatter. In the video you can see a little bit of how we made this traditional Swedish Christmas roll spiced that is spiced with saffron.
We also made a candy cane gingerbread crust cheesecake that was AMAZING and totally was a hit during the fika! For drinks we had hot apple cider and glögg.‘'Twas all very delicious and we had great fun with a ton of people packed in our little place.
Watch the video if you like to get a peek into our little apartment and the fun we had that day (also you won't want to miss seeing Jonas & his 2 brothers dancing at the end)!
Happy Holidays,
-Tales of Sheaves

December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas & God Jul from Tales of Sheaves!

From all of us to all of you, a Merry Christmas & God Jul! In this video you'll get a glimpse into our Christmas time in Sweden (December 2013)! 
There is much more to Swedish traditions for "Jul" than what is show in this video but we just wanted to share the things we experienced together this year and so we captured the lighting of our Advent candles, Santa Lucia, Christmas decorations in our home and around town, and Christmas eve festivities! We hope you enjoy watching and hope that everyone has a most wonderful holiday season and may all your dreams come true in 2014!
-Tales of Sheaves

December 2, 2013

"The Great Pumpkin" by Jonas Fine Art

"The Great Pumpkin" is a piece who came alive during this Autumn. 
The story behind it is from an old Sheaves legend who says,
"On the very night of Halloween,
put a pumpkin under a tree.
If leaves turn to candy corn,
a true pumpkin king is born."
I wanted to paint the festive magical feeling of the season, mixed with American traditions and Scandinavian folklore, and I am glad it came out how it did.
Gouache colors on watercolor paper.
Next year I want to put a pumpkin under a tree... during the night of Halloween anything can happen!
- Jonas of Sheaves

December 1, 2013

Sheaves in Autumn

 Autumn, Höst, Fall...there is no other season that our souls are more connected to. It is our favorite season of all, the season that brings us the most joy. 
The season where we most feel like we are truly ourselves. A season of color, beauty, bounty, and gratitude. 
We are children of Fall; born two days apart from each other at the end of October.
We were wed on the 1st day of Fall (September 22, 2012)…the Autumnal Equinox; a day when day and night are equal and all is in harmony.
Harvest…a time to reap the crops, bring in the sheaves, reap the rewards of hard labor and rejoice over the bountiful abundance.
We are so glad that we live in a world where there are Octobers. The air is crisp and there is a certain magic to it. The days grow darker but are brought to light with candles, jack-o’-lanterns, and fires.
In Halloween time we embrace our spooky side (though we do that all year long as well).

Pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and masquerading on Halloween night. 
All Saints Day (Alla Helgons Dag) is a time to be with family and remember those who are no long with us. 
We have plenty to be thankful for all year round but Thanksgiving is a special day to think of everything we are thankful for. 
A day to realize how blessed we are and celebrate with our loved ones around a table filled with delicious food. 
 A cornucopia of blessings; our “horn of plenty”.
In Autumn's season we are thankful for apples, pumpkins, autumn leaves, the falling of leaves, the sound of leaves crunching under our feet as we walk. 
Most of all we love the COLOR everywhere! 
Orange, red, yellow…Nature bursts with magnificent color and beauty. 
For all these reasons we are most thankful and grateful for all the things that make up our favorite season of all.
Autumn Greetings & Blessings!
-Tales of Sheaves