February 20, 2015

Winter Fun on Djurgården

In the beginning of February we had an appointment in Stockholm early in the morning and a lot of time left in the day afterwards...what did we decide to do?

 It's an island and city park in the heart of Stockholm. While it's most known for being a little green oasis in the summer, it was absolutely enchanting covered in snow!
 The island is home to many wonderful museums such as Skansen, The Abba Museum, and the Nordic Museum; those would be nice to visit another time.
The magestic Nordiska Museet
  Spur of the moment we decided to visit the Vasa Ship Museum!
 Jonas had actually never seen it in person before though every Swede knows the tragic history.
 In a nutshell: The Vasa Ship is known for being an EPIC FAIL! It was going to be the Swedish navy's grandest warship in a time of much combat in the 1600s but unfortunately it sank on its maiden voyage in the Stockholm harbor.
 It's a mystery to why it actually sank but there are many interesting theories. It lay in it's watery grave for 333 years until in the 1960s it was resurrected and reconstructed with 95% original material and is now the only 17th century ship on display in the world. So even though it was a fail, it sort of worked out in the end, at least for us tourists.
 The ship was ornately carved and would have been brightly painted. The lion carvings were designed and placed on the inside of the canon portals so when opened during combat would intimate the enemy.
 Next we went through this portal into a winter wonderland...
 ...and found fairytale houses.
The snow was so freshly fallen that everything was untouched and purely magical. There was a peace and stillness in the air. 
 We had researched before hand about a cafe, plant shop, and bakery on Djurgården called Rosendals Trädgård. Covered in fairy lights and icicles, this cafe was absolutely quaint in an old greenhouse and the fika was delicious. 
The grounds also had an orangery...
...and a castle! Both not open for the season but pretty in the snow none the less.
 We are very proud of this "pinterest perfect" photo below! Which by the way, we always pin to ours at www.pinterest.com/talesofsheaves or feel free to pin directly from here on the blog!
We hope you enjoyed the video & photos of our day of winter fun on Djurgården! Would you want to visit a place like this?
-Tales of Sheaves

Once Upon a Winter's Day

 Come once upon a winter's day with us...
...snowball fights, building a snowman, and making snow lanterns!
We sure had a blast playing in the snow and bringing out snowman friend to life! We visited him 2 weeks later to find him like THIS! It was such a funny yet sad sight to see! The temps had been raising a bit and he "lost some weight" as you can see by the loose hanging scarf. His carrot nose fell to the ground below and somehow his hat managed to be buried under some snow a few feet away. Poor snow man friend!
Have you ever made a snow lantern? Fun story...On Lindsay's first trip to Finland a friend showed her how to make these and it was also on that same trip that she met another friend who later introduced her to Jonas!
And now here we are making snow lanterns together! Did you have fun playing in the snow this winter?
-Tales of Sheaves

Monthly Vlogs (January 2015)

Behind the scenes, bloopers, outtakes, and even some sneak peeks from our normal videos and add some random vlogging from our month and you get...OUR FIRST MONTHLY VLOG!!!
We hope you enjoy seeing a more unscripted and funny side of us! How was your January? "Once Upon a Wintertime" was the theme for ours because all the snow came just after New Year's Day! Below are some outtakes from the day we filmed the 2nd outfit for Lindsay's Winter Lookbook at Öster-Malma Slott and we felt like we had tripped into Narnia with all the magical lamp posts and snow.
-Tales of Sheaves
Join the #SheavesTribe!