I went on a short trip to Katrine's today, originally looking for two DMC colors, but, alas, I managed to find some more stuff that just "had to" come home with me.. Strange, isn't it..
I found the two colors I needed (almost ran out in the middle of a stitchery - crisis!), and three unbleached fabrics with small prints (the bottom one has small retro-almost 70's-circles, the middle one has small hearts, and the top one small stars). Can't wait to use them. :)
Then I found a HUGE stash (pile) of bolts of Japanese fabrics they hadn't had time to price even. But I got the permission to go through them and see if there were any I "needed". I chose these three - more a brown-yellow-tone - with a small project in mind combined with some fabrics I got for my birthday (see picture further down).
The day before my birthday our apartment was full of people - mom and dad came down from Trysil, my grandmother came with them, my sister came over, and grandma's middle sister (my great aunt) came too. Grandma has really fallen for one of my rats, Swiffer (the brown one with curly fur), and just had to open the cage and let them come out and play for a while. :) Nice to see that not all members of my family runs and hides or screams when they see them (not that there are that many who do so, but most are very sceptical..).
My birthday present from grandma and grandpa: a box with many blue-and-grey-toned fabrics and a pattern from Angels in Disguise. :) These are the fabrics I'm thinking of combinding with the Japanese ones I bought today. Could be interesting..
I got a new sewing bag from Jacob (the family parrot) and my parents (my mom made it). My mom had originally made one for her self, but I asked if she could make one for me too, I really liked the bright glowing orange colors!
I managed to finish the blue snowman (the pattern that May Britt made)! The picture is a bit dark, but it's not easy to get good pictures and natural light in the middle of the night.. :/ It's cute, very very cute, IRL. I've used small shiny glass beads for snow flakes here and there (you can barely see them in the pic.. *argh*).
And I finished the Valentine's quilt! :D (And forgot to flip the picture before I put it up here.. *bah*). I finished it by sewing on small glass hearts in black and red here and there - and a small metal heart with the words "Made with love" engraved. Pearls can be so decorative in small wallhangings. :)
I finished the alphabet wallhanging too. :) Two small metal butterfly pearls made a nice extra touch on the yellow border with butterflies and flowers. :)
And I've made this garden angel from a stamp my mom bought at Panduro. Even my BF thinks it's very cute. :) Three small metal flowers in pink, yellow and blue gives it a nice finish.
I like using pearls, beads or buttons in my quilts/stitcheries/works. I think it adds a personal touch - and, just my luck, there are a couple of very nice bead stores here in Oslo. The stops there can be quite expensive some times, but I think it's worth it.
The sky is bright blue today, about 15 celsius in the shades, a little wind, but as long as you walk in the sun it's nice to be outside. It annoys me a little that I didn't manage to get "the secret thing" to Trysil this weekend, but it's really not that important. (I bet you're curious now, mom ;p)