About living a creative life in a small commuity approximately 300 kilometres above the Arctic Circle
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Then there will hopefully be time to do some crafting again. I've knitted and crocheted a bit the last months, but nothing to brag about, so I'm really looking forward to having time to be creative with yarn and fabric.
Today's pictures are from the local arts and crafts society's Christmas Fair held yesterday. It reminds me that that it's only 36 days untill Christmas. The collection of nisser pictured here is quite nice. It's not American style santas, more the traditional Norwegian santas, which is quite nice, I think.
I've updated my webpage with a couple of new quilting projects; one I haven't showed here at all. There is also a new photo there which I'm quite satisfied with.
Do you remember that I wrote about my father-in-law learning to knit at the age of 88? He knitted himself a small afghan for his chair as his first project and then he continued with a scarf I told him was on my Christmas wish list. He finished that scarf only weeks before he died on the 25th of October. He will be deeply missed by us all. He was 89 years old, but he was a great example of that it's never too late to learn a new skill.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Five things I want to do before I die:
- Write a book
- Learn to speak French fluently
- Take a year off from work and study Photoshop, Illustrator, Jinny Beyer's books and all the funny crafting books that are available
- Play the Brahms Clarinet Quintet
- Run my own business
5 things I can do:
- Play the clarinet
- Knit, crochet and do patchwork
- Design websites
- Make cheese soufflé
- Take decent photos
5 things I can not do:
- Drive a car
- Be a pilot
- Run marathon
- Accept extremists
- Reach the North Pole skiing
5 things that attract me to the opposite sex:
5 celebrity crushes
- Tom Cruise (while married to Nicole Kidman and before)
- Timothy Dalton (pre James Bond)
- Ralph Fiennes
- Sam Neill
- Anders W. Berthelsen (Danish actor)
So now you know a little bit more about me;) And when it comes to tagging others; if you feel for doing this tag, consider yourself tagged!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
On our walk to our destination, a family restaurant, we spotted these lovely flowers.
The next picture shows a decoration detail from inside the restaurant. What was really funwas that I met a neighbour from over 30 years ago. I didn't recognize her at first, but she recognized my mother and when she introduced herself, I remembered her. She is the person I have my earliest memory about. I was only 5 when I saw her last time!
The next picture shows a view of Trondheim, and the restaurant we visited is situated in the tower, 74 meters up!
Yesterday and today I visited a couple of quilting shops. Had to buy new needles and ended up with a little bit more;-)
Saturday, July 21, 2007
My mother has found another treasure for me. She gave me all these wonderful fabrics that you see in the second picture. Some of them are flanels, but there are several lovely cotton fabrics also. Tomorrow we are going to do some tidying in the attic and I suspect there will be more lovely finds I can share with you later.
Normally I buy a lot of fabrics and sewing accessories when I visit my mother. There are several nice shops here in Trondheim, but since I know I'm going to far more exciting textile areas later this summer, I've decided to wait spending all my money until later. (If you want to know where I'm going, just continue reading the blog for the next month;-) )But I found a lovely knitting encyclopedia at a nice price, so I couldn't resist it.
I've been tagged at least three times the last week, and I will try to follow it up, but since I'm only at dial up connection for the moment, you have to wait a bit until I follow up those tags. I hope you also are patient about me commenting on your blogs. Next week, when we continue our journey, I will be on a ADSL connection for a while, and I will try to catch up with you.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
When I came to my mother's appartment, she had a surprise for me. As a belated birthday gift I got a vintage handbag that once was a gift from my father to her. I remembered I really wanted that one when I was a small girl. I still find it adorable!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
As you may have noticed, my blog's look is changing again. Nothing dramatic, but small changes that will make it more ME and less BLOGGER. I hope to change the background and heading with personalized images. I'm just waiting for the licence key to the new Adobe Master Collection, so I can play around with the new Illustrator and Photoshop. It's a real bargain because of my student status. 80% off or something....
I've also added a couple of new links. Please check out Allsorts and Bemused
where I've found so much inspiration lately.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Here I'm modelling the curtain on my studio window, and I'm tempted to leave it there, but no! My studio will have a red and white theme when I'm finished with it, so I have to make another curtain matching that colour scheme. But I like how the curtain came out and it will suit the redecorated wardrobe perfectly. (By the way, this picture makes me painfully aware of the need of a white coating on the upper part of the window).
The second picture shows my version of May-Britt's pincushion. It didn't take long and was quite simple to do. So check it out.
Friday, July 13, 2007
I want to share her latest patchwork project with you. I think it is marvellous! I don't know the designer's name, but it's from a Norwegian book. It's handpieced the English way, and I love her way of using colours. She has been very uncertain about the project, but I'm convinced that it will become a great quilt when finished. Now she's going to pick out all the templates and baste it. Then she'll bring it here once again so we can figure out how she's going to quilt it.
Well done, Heidi!
(Photo: My husband)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
One month ago I celebrated my 40th anniversary. 25 girls showed up and we had a good time with nice food, lots of wine and great talks. I got lots of nice presents. In the picture you see a part of my gift table. The box contains 7 gorgeous silks and linens, 4 spools of my favorite silk thread and two spools of ordinary thread. My friend Ingrid conspired with two other friends, Yumi and Heidi, and ordered the fabric from Stockholm. It's sooooo beautiful! If I only knew what to make of them. Maybe a hand bag? Heidi even handpieced the card to the right. Behind the bottles you see a card made by one of my former students. She had glued crocheted granny squares onto paper and made a lovely card for me. I even got a birthday cake made of paper, fabric, lace and buttons. You could lift the top and inside the cake I found:
At the moment I'm crocheting. My new dining room curtains need ribbons. I've made two and a half ribbons. Only one and a half left. Not the most exciting work, but it looks nice when done.
See you around
Friday, May 04, 2007
The fabric in question is the white one in the middle of the photo to the left. She needs 8 inches or so, so if anyone recognizes it and can tell me the manufacturer or where I can buy it, it would be greatly appreciated.
I did think I had some of it in my stash, but the pattern on mine was larger scale than hers. The white square in nearly 2 inches on each side.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Nothing to be revealed yet, but check in from time to time to see the progress.
Now I have to sew more.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
The other coasters are for myself and my husband. They are handsewn and handquilted. Maybe you have a few Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks extra? They can easily be turned into coasters like this
Have a nice Easter everyone.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I've designed a poster, an event folder and program notes for an annual event of the Communtity School of Music and Arts where I work.
I've done a couple of assignments like this before, so I decided to add a category on my website called Graphic Design, where I could show this kind of work. Now it's done! So feel free to visit my website to check out what I've done.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
But now it's done! And I'm satisfied with the result.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Thanks Bonnie for the inspiration!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Last, I wanted to post another picture from our skiing trip the other day. It was so beautiful.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
We didn't get much snow before Christmas, but that has changed now. The week started with minus 10 degrees Celcius and lovely weather. We went for two skiing trips. The first one on Monday, but then we started too late to be able to see the sun. So we decided that if the weather was still ok on Wednesday, we would try get out before noon.
We took quite a long walk, more than 15 kilometres and we ended up in a place called Koven, which seemed almost untouched by humans. The slopes were excellent and we only met a couple of other skiers. It felt like being on the moon because of the silence and the cleanness of the snowcovered hills. And yes, we saw the sun!
On our way back we felt that the weather was going to change and boy it did! The next day it blowed and snowed and we just decided to stay indoors. It continued even worse the next day. We had to go into town for work and we had trouble getting there and even bigger trouble getting home. One of my DH's students called and said she couldn't come because they where captured by the snow.
Yesterday and today it has calmed down, but it still snows. My DH has been out removing snow three times this weekend. I did volunteer to help him, but he wanted to do it for the exercise. I've stayed indoors and worked on my Dear Jane. I've made four blocks this week and so far I've done 86 blocks. I've almost finished one of it's corners also. It grows slowly,but it grows
I've also posted a picture from the skiing trip on my webpage, if you're interested.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
A table cloth for my dining table, crochet all finished. The only thing missing was securing thread ends. Probably the reason why it still is in the closet. A gazillion thread ends to be sewn in. Since it's high fashion right now with this kind of table cloths, I've decided to finish it. I'm doing quite a lot every night and have done this for a week, but I'm still not more than halfway through. So I can not share it with you yet.
The project in today's picture (photo: DH) is the first large crochet project I ever did. I found the pattern in a Norwegian magazine Allers. The pattern is actually 20 years old so I guess the project is approximately the same age.
And if you wonder who the cute guy on the picture to the left is? It's my husband portrayed by his uncle 40 years or so ago. Lately he's also started blogging. You can visit his blog here
Sunday, January 14, 2007
I've also updated my webpage and I needed to shoot pictures of a couple of old projects. This cute heart was quite a challenge to do because of it's tinyness (4.5 x 4 cm). But it is sooooo cute, that it's worth the effort.
I've also finished a pair of mittens. I plan to open a small webshop where you can buy them on February 1st, but I won't promise that it will be up and running from that day exactly.
Now I'm going to read your blogs:-)
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Yesterday evening we played for 2000 people! It's not often we do that, but our new years concerts are almost sold out every year. Nice music, a festive audience and champagne on the back room afterwards is a nice start on our professional year.
Crafts wise I've set some goals. In January I'm going to:
- work on Richards quilt
- finish the crocheted bed spread
- knit mittens
- make Dear Jane blocks
I'm also making new curtains for our dining room. I bought some lovely fabric in Trondheim and I'm looking forward to redecorate the room.
Last year someone asked to see a closeup of the quilting in my quilting etude. I do not know if this is close enough, but here's at least a better photo than earlier published. The thread is the gorgeous silk thread I'm using for quilting, redwork and embroidery.
I wish you all a creative new year.