Sunday, August 24, 2014

Not a very productive summer..

I blame the heat.. it's been record warm in Norway this summer, with a steady 28-29++ degrees celsius all through June and July, and over into August. Which means that the mood for knitting is in the mind only.

And as goes for sewing? Well, my sewing machine got packed away in June due to our planned redecoration of the living room and hallway. We ended up giving away my sewing table (need the space for something else soon enough) and after the rooms were finished, my sewing machine is one of the last things not moved down from the attic yet.

I've gotten a little bit of hand sewing done, a few stitcheries and playing around with english paper piecing (EPP) but no finished there either.

Guess I've been a lousy crafter this summer..

But! We've travelled around parts of Norway this summer, going to zoo's and climbing parks (outdoor, up in the trees). It's been an active and action-filled summer for Peder - one which we hope he'll be able to remember.

Petting guinea pigs.

Climbing accidents..

Skull playground!

Suddenly shy when meeting a pirate!

One of the "heroes" - the pirate Langemann.

Captain Sabeltann - a known character for all
Norwegian kids!

Orangutan baby and mom enjoying the sun.

Playful tiger - cute kitty!

Sunshine peeping through the rainy clouds.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


A new project in the making. No pattern, just testing and playing. 

Friday, August 08, 2014


I've been a poor blogger this summer, but the last month has been active and busy. The three of us had three weeks vacation, and I have a ton of pictures to show and stories to tell - which I will share soon. With tropical temperatures here in Norway this summer, temperatures about 5-10 degrees higher than usual - there's been little crafty going on. Too hot! 

I'll leave you with a picture for now, and get back to blogging about this summer a little later. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Almost back to "normal"

The carpenters came Saturday morning (8AM). They had some corrections and finishes to do, and worked through the day. I think they finished around 5:30 PM, atleast that's when they called Hubby to say that they were finished.

Perhaps not that much difference from the last round of pictures, but the floor's done, the walls and roof painted - and the dust removed from the doors, walls and floor.
Livingroom, light and bright!

We've slowly started to move things back now - starting with emptying Peder's room so that he could go back to sleeping there. Couch, table and TV are back in the living room. 

There are spots on my lense..

Funny enough, there seems to be some spots on the lense of my Iphone camera. These spots are not on our walls, they just appear now and then. (I've tried cleaning the lense, but hasn't worked much so far..)

Hallway, with the door to the bathroom
It's nice to be done with the dusty part of redecorating. The reason why we haven't moved everything back the way it was, is that we're thinking of exchanging some of the furniture we had (shelves, etc) for new ones, lighter ones, but that's going to have to wait until all the bills are paid. (So far we're enjoying the space-y-ness of not having an overfilled livingroom - and Peder's really enjoying the ecco.)

Sunday, June 22, 2014


I took some new pictures of the redecoration process on Friday. (The carpenters were back yesterday, but - except from the hallway floor - there's not that bog a change.)

I think I have some smudges on my lense, those round spots are not on the walls.. The base layer has been painted, and the ceiling. 

Was a bit surpriced to find a pair of shorts left behind, and the new doors are still waiting in their packages. 

The hallway is almost ready for painting, and the door will be exchanged for a new one. 

But the corners still needed some more plaster (sparkel, as we say in norwegian). 

Today's Sunday. According to schedule, the electrician will come by on Wednesday, and the carpenters will be done by Saturday. I sure hope they manage to stick by their schedule - it'll be nice to move everything out of their boxes and down from the attic again. 

Happy Sunday!

Monday, June 16, 2014


Our entire apartment is covered in a thin, fine layer of dust.. I'm already daydreaming (nightmares?) about scrubbing down every room and rearranging them back to normal. Shit happens when carpenters are working in both the hallway and the livingroom. Peder's room is now being used as a livingroom (barely had space for the tv and the couch) and he's sleeping in our room while the work gets done. The plan is for the carpenters to finish by June 28th, but we'll see if they manage. 

While removing the wallpaper in the hallway, we discovered some funky colour combinations. How about three different (hopefully not all at once..) colours on the walls? Part red, part sea green and part yellow? 

The livingroom is a mess. I've got nothing else to say about that. The door's missing - we're changing new doorsnin the livingroom and the bathroom. I wonder how many days we'll be without a proper bathroom door.. Hmmm.. We went by the carpenter store today and selected new doors (and handles). I like the planning of fixing up our home - and the end results, but the middle part? 

I'm feeling very tired lately (have been up to around 1AM tearing down wallpaper for a couple of nights) and my sewing is just not happening. No sewing machine, etc.. I have a baby quilt (crib quilt) I want to start, but with all this damned dust? I think I'll stick to knitting for a couple of more days. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I think I have a secret crush on my spam filter.. After removing the word identificator, aka the I'm not a robot-function on the comments, I've had five spam comments in the last week alone! 

Luckily they've not been published, but recognised right away and ended up in a special little place - ready to be deleted. 

Now, five's not that much - but they're more than I've gotten in the last few years all together. I don't like spam - I prefer it when real people read and leave comments on my blog. (No, I'm not putting the safety function back on - not yet. If I get 50 spam a week, I might consider it.)

The picture is of my work pc last week. There's no fun trying to get maps when this is the results you're given after waiting for the program to finish thinking and processing your input.