Thursday, February 1, 2018

Keeping Hygge

Comfort, cozy, contentment, well-being. 

This first part of this post is a mini-tutorial on making a Hygge sign.

The second part is sharing how I enjoy keeping the concept of Hygge.

It was a lovely surprise that Sunday's hyacinth had a pink blossom with a sweet light fragrance.

Contentment: I love my hobby of making signs. 

Mini Tutorial - Making the stencil  and then Sign

First job was making the word Hygge, slicing and cutting on the Cricut printer. I wanted to use a handwriting font from my system folder.

A reminder to me - ungroup a word before messing around trying to slice a letter. Slicing letters (in a word made with one's system fonts) is now EASY but I suspect it is because the Cricut software was upgraded recently. 

I had to add additional slicing on the bottom loops of the letter g to make it stencil ready (first cut-out didn't work as a stencil).

Painted a board white (CeCe Caldwell Simply White). Sanded the edges then used clear wax all over and then a light application of dark wax which was immediately polished off leaving a hint of dark wax behind. 

Stenciled Hygge on the board. I measured carefully so that the word 'Hygge' would be centered side to side and top to bottom. 

Taped stencil in place and used a stencil brush along with CeCe Caldwell Beckley Coal.

Sign before filling in the sliced areas

I filled in the slice spaces using a fine tip brush with the black paint dabbed almost off and then lightly dabbed in the spaces.

Waxed over the letters with clear wax. Added a hook on the back. Finished.

How do I enjoy keeping HYGGE?

I enjoyed Maggie's post (Normandy Life) last week on why and how she is keeping Hygge and that is where this post idea started. She also added  the Swedish word "Lagom" which means "just the right amount' at the beginning of her post.

Brenda of Cozy Little Home wrote Hygge Your Home this week, thank you Brenda.

 "Wickipedia's definition:

Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhɡə/ HOO-gə) is the Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. Over recent years, hygge became a defining characteristic of Danish culture."

After reading posts written by many bloggers who are embracing the idea/concept/definition of Hygge I decided to write down what I consider my own cozy, contentment and wellness Hygee favorites.

Comfort. My cozy chair has an afghan and soft cushions and a shared footstool for visits. There is a handy place to put a book and a cup of tea or a latte and visit with DH.

Wellness. The fridge has all the ingredients for super smoothies - kale, spinach, fresh orange, blueberries, avocado, almond milk, water and protein powder. Salad fixings are always there too. (I walk every day, January was not an easy month to keep my steps to the number I wanted so I lowered my number and accepted that heavy rain and dark early evenings would soon turn to spring weather and lighter evenings).

I also keep a couple of bottles of Kombucha Lemonade handy in the fridge. Breakfast or lunch and a sparking drink ready when wanted. 

Don't forget gingersnaps and a latte. Love them.

My latte sequence: grind beans, filter drip. In mug heat 1/2 cup of milk, add 1/2 tsp of honey, a shake of cinnamon and foam (used a Aerolatte) then fill with the coffee.  

I look forward to relaxing and enjoying a latte or a tea, sometimes with my favourite gingersnaps.

(this is a 2 part collage - background and photos put together with Photo Collage and then emailed to myself. Opened with PicMonkey and edited.

Pleasure of bloggingPlanning, taking photos, writing and editing my current post is part of my routine. A great many blogging friends write daily or weekly and reading and commenting on their posts is something I look forward to.

Reading. I always have several books on the go. This week I brought up my collection of the Vigilante 25 book series by Fern Michaels from my basement  bookshelves (stored there in early 2015) and arranged them in order on my white shelf - I plan to re-read them all.

I moved the Hygge sign to sit on the bookshelf - partly as a reminder to self to pay attention to 'comfort, cozy, contentment and well-being'. Two vintage toys stopped by for a visit.

Susan Cook of Sustainable Cooks wrote this week how she is keeping Hygge .

Featured by Beverly of How Sweet The Sound 

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  1. Sweet post Joy! I like to think I live my life the Hygee way!

  2. Thanks for the info on the circuit stenciling. I've been trying to make a decision on which machine to get.

  3. I love your sign. I think I may need to get a circuit. :)

  4. Winter is for me Hygge time. Candles, warm blanket, crochet scarf, relax, read a good book ....

  5. I never heard of Hygge before, but I certainly practice it. Thank you for this interesting post. I think I need to learn more about this concept and make sure it remains part of my life even in the hectic summer months.

  6. I love that you have all the ingredients at the ready for healthy smoothies and more!

  7. Love your tips and how to 'hygge.' I am especially in love with your handmade sign. I recently had to forego going to a class on making your own farmhouse sign at home, so I'm glad I came across your tutorial! Going to try this :)

  8. "Hygge" has become such a popular concept these days and for a good reason as it reminds us to make the most of the cold and dark winter months in comfort. Your sign is lovely!

  9. I certainly enjoyed seeing your hygge sign come together! And your nook is the perfect example!
    Thanks for sharing it.
    ... and Happy Pink Saturday!

  10. I do so love your hygge sign Joy and it's just so great to see so many people embracing the concept. It's so much better than following fake celebrities who have nothing better to do with their time than put on make up and high heel shoes.

  11. What a lovely post!Thanks for sharing,hugs.

  12. Last year, hygge was my "word of the year" and boy, did I master it! This year I chose different words but I still practice hygge every single day. I love your sign and your tutorial is so beautifully illustrated.

  13. Love your sign, Joy as well as the hygge concept! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  14. Such a cute sign! I've just started reading up on Hygge this winter and am loving the emphasis on comfort.

  15. i thought at first that "Hygge" was the name of the (dare i say it?)weird monkey-creature posing by the sign. my brother treasured the same identical creature as his favorite stuffed toy many decades ago. I was all set to support you in the "keeping of Hygge". Ha

  16. I have just recently started hearing about Hygge. I need to investigate more about it.

  17. Love the new sign, let's spread hygge all around the world!
    Coffee and gingersnaps sounds so comforting, and they're from Paris.
    Happy Mosaic Monday.

  18. Hygge is a wonderful word to encapsulate all that is cozy and warm and comforting in the winter. Can't get enough of it!

  19. I hadn't heard of hygge until Maggie wrote about it in her post .... but I am certainly practicing it! And now I have a serious hankering for ginger snaps!

  20. I learned this word last year Joy. I love it, and you certainly are carrying it out in your welcoming home! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. Happy Pink Saturday, Joy. Thank you for being here, and for always making Pink Saturdays special.

    I do embrace hygee. And, so did our visitors. This post is being featured on my Pink Saturday post this week as "the one with the most clicks". Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration.♥

  22. Love the sign and the concept of Hygge. I guess I should also YouTube slicing for the cricut user because I had no idea what you were talking about. I am new to my cricut but I love it. Now to find out more about this slicing. Thank you for sharing with The Blogging Grandmothers. I have shared on social media.


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