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Celebrate November!

By spotogspindel | November 1, 2010

1. Watch a movie you haven´t seen in ages. Make yourself a good cup of Cocoa with cream, newly baked pastry and enjoy yourself and life in general!

Today is All Saint´s day, tomorrow is All soul´s day. Listen to Loreena McKennitt´s All souls night. And then make a mysterious page in your art journal.

2. D.I.Y.-day! Find an fixer-upper stuffed away in the attic, and be creative with it. Is it a stool, an old chest, a small table. Whatever it may be, add some color to brighten up the gloomy days of fall.

Look for circles today! Spend the day with your camera, watching for circles. At the end of the day, make a photo-collage with all your pictures.

3. Make a Christmas gift.

4. Make another Christmas gift. Since it is King Tut day, named from the old Egyptian farao Tutankhamon, maybe you could make jewelry with the ankh as a main feature. The ankh was a symbol of the wisdom of life. Which isn´t bad at all!

5. Make a third Christmas gift!

6. Have lamb for dinner. Cook with cabbage and whole peppercorns for 3 hours. Make white sauce and serve with potatoes. (A mix between “lamme-frikase” and “fårikål”)

Today is also book lover´s day, so maybe you should simply curl up in your favorite chair and spend the night reading a good novel.

7. Go to the library, and borrow a audio-book. Enjoy being read aloud to.

8. Now is the time to make an advent-calender. Make 24 little gifts, wrap them and mark each with the numbers 1 all the way up to 24. The gifts can and should be be small, inexpensive things that are needed anyway, a pair of socks, a box of raisins, a pencil, and so on. Or you could write a little notes instead of wrapping presents. Small encouragements. Or maybe a things-to-do-before-Christmas. Hey, you could even pick apart CELEBRATE DECEMBER! and use the 24 first to-dos on the list! Stay tuned! but for today: make the calender itself, something to gather all the small presents on.


This is my Advent-calender that my Mom made me when I was 14. I still use it :-)

Come to think of it… make a deal with a good friend, to make calenders for each other. Everyone loves nice surprises ad little gifts. So why not be a little childish for once?

9. Take time just to be with your dearest one!

10. Ok. Time to do some cleaning. How about the cellar. It´s been a while, hasn´t it?

Forget-me-not day. Write a postcard or three to far-away-friends!

11. Since you did so good yesterday, have fun today! Find an old game, gather the family, and play. My favorite is Trivial Persuit.

Today is veteran´s day. We don´t celebrate this in Norway, but it might be a good idea to show appreciation to those who have and still do sacrifices for our freedom and safety.

12. Make a personal list of what you want to do during the next year. My friend, Michelle, makes one every birthday, of all the things she wants done by her next birthday. That way, she gets more things done, instead of just work all the time. You can see a link to my list (and several others) on the left sidebar.

Buy a bouquet of brightly colored flowers. Light scented candles. Start knitting a scarf. It can be a Christmas-present if you don´t need one yourself.

13. Did you know MOO can make stickers of your designs or photos? I have a little bundle, and I have to admit I really like them. I use them in my journal and on letters.

World kindness day. Isn´t this the perfect opportunity to do something nice for your local community? check out this blog for ideas: Love your neighbor

14. Turn of the TV, and listen to the radio instead.

To celebrate Claude Monet´s birthday, make a beautiful painting with lots of water-lilies!

15. Start by taking a walk and getting some fresh air. Then be creative. Have a journal? Make a page inspired by the colors and the smell of autumn. Need inspiration? Check out Teesha Moore´s site!

Clean your refrigerator day. And when that is done, take a picture of the front of the door. I´ve heard it said, that whatever people have on the front of the refrigerator-door, that is what defines what is important to the residents.

16. Windy and rainy outside? Stay inside, find the photo-albums, and have a laugh at all the weird old hairstyles you used to have :-)

17. On homemade-bread-day, bake a loaf of wholesome bread, visit an old friend, bring cheese and wine, and have a gay, ol´ time!

18. Check out this site for “Oddly enough news“. I´ve come across lots of fun stories here.

Antartica was discovered in 1820 on this date. Make a picture inspired by the event. Or simply give praise that you don´t live there!

19. Today is GREEN! Find something green in your wardrobe to wear. And make dinner vegetarian. Even meat-lovers like myself can survive just fine one day without meat. There is a feast of vegetables just waiting for you out there to discover them! Have you ever tried  frying egg-plant spiced with curry and red pepper? Try it!


20. Talk through the night to someone you really care about only to go to sleep when the birds start singing…

21. Favorite-Sunday! Stay in bed for as long as you want. Eat in bed, read in bed, talk in bed, laugh in bed… listen to other options in the song “The bed” from the musical Hair.

The first manned hot air balloon flight in 1783.

22. Buy a bouquet of brightly colored flowers. Light scented candles. Start knitting a scarf. It can be a Christmas-present if you don´t need one yourself.

23. Before you go to work today, do five minutes of wildly dancing to “Pinball Wizard” by the Who. It´ll get your blood pumping for sure. Find the lyrics on the net, and try to learn them so you can sing along the next time :-)

24. Today is dress-up day. Not Halloween-dress-up. But nice-dress-up. Inspired by the fifties, when men wore hats when driving a car, and women were in skirts and heels to go shopping. Dressing up will make you straighten up, pull back your shoulders and feel more awake.

25. Cleaning-day! I mean, it is Thanksgiving tomorrow, and you´re having guests! Not? Well, if your not expecting guests, you can cheat and start the Christmas-cleaning early. Something like cleaning the kitchen walls and ceiling and drawers, things you don´t have the time and energy for in December anyway.

It´s the opening night of Bømlo Art Groups annual Christmas-exhibition. If you live around here, come visit us. If not, find another exhibition, and enjoy!

26. Thanksgiving! Start the day by writing a list of things you are thankful for. Make a nice meal for dinner and share with family or friends.

27. Splash out on a magazine. A creative one to inspire you. Maybe one of those filled with great ideas for Christmas.

28. Take a long, warm bath, lighted candles on the side, and charge the batteries for the coming pre-Christmas-season with lots of chores.

29. Go for a long walk in the forrest, and pick up some branches of ever-greens that you can make into a green wreath to have on your door to welcome December! Remember to find the Advent-candles and light the first one.

30. “stay-at-home-because-you-are-well-day…”

First, send me suggestions for ways to celebrating December, then read a good book.

Topics: celebrate! | 10 Comments »

10 Responses to “Celebrate November!”

  1. Tyler Says:
    November 1st, 2010 at 19:55

    number 14 is my favorite. when we move I don’t think we’re gonna get cable. ox

  2. gail Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 01:55

    You have so many good ideas! I will celebrate one of the November days with my birthday,lol!

  3. spotogspindel Says:
    November 3rd, 2010 at 18:37

    Thank you, Gail, – you´re so sweet!
    I like challenging myself into thinking outside the box on how to spend my time, and how to enjoy the little things in life. 🙂

  4. Christine Merritt Says:
    November 4th, 2010 at 20:49

    I am going to type out each day… print it….cut each idea individually…wrap a cat greenie in each one and let the cat choose which I do every Saturday. I’d try the dog but I don’t think I’d be able to get the paper out of her big Shepherd snout quick enough.

    Here is my secret… Artists…I create a two page spread on the birthdate of Artists I studied while getting my MFA. For example: Georgia O’Keeffe was born November 15, 1887. I will use her as my muse for my journal that day to honor her birthday. I try to do it at least twice a month in my journal.

  5. Teri Leigh Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 16:16

    So many good ideas that I don’t know if I can think of an original. But one thing I want to do in December is to make a handmade item to give away annonimously. It may be to a total stranger left in a public place to brighten someones day.

  6. Melissa Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 17:20


    – It is nice to recieve, but, even nicer to give….

    Sometimes we get so caught up in the holiday season, whatever religion anyone is… that we forget about giving. I am a firm believer in PIF (Paying it forward) … maybe coming up with a way that you and your family or you and your friends can get involved in making someone else smile, selflessly!

  7. spotogspindel Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 17:53

    Hi Melissa!
    This is so true, what you are reminding me. And I shall focus on that in the Celebrate December-calender.

  8. spotogspindel Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 17:58

    Definitely a good suggestion, Teri!
    I´ll remember that one. I think it´s even on my 42-list…

  9. spotogspindel Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 18:15

    Hi Christine!
    What a good idea!
    Excellent idea, as a matter of fact. I might have to make a version of artist-pages in my journal too.

  10. Melissa Says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 18:41

    🙂 Thank you… I have to remind myself of those things as well with this fast paced, caught up, everyday life 🙂