Saturday, December 26, 2015

SSCS 2015 - parcel opened

I have been spoiled - again! I can't believe how lucky I am to have been part of Chooky's SSCS once again. 

I think my Secret Santa has been very good at sneaking around my blog and see what might be the perfect gift - because this is really perfect!

A project bag, with a knitting critter! It's big, and colourful - with balls of yarn on the outside, and knitting needles on the inside. With pockets for useful things. 

And inside it?

Two skeins of - to me- new types of yarn, but oh so soft and fluffy! 

And this little fellow - a piece of (I'm not sure i dare to use it) fabric so exquisit I haven't dared to take it out of the plastic protective sheet.. 

Thank you so much, Maria G (of! I absolutely love my gift! 

And thank you, a million times over, to Chookyblue, for once again organizing this yearly event. I know it could not have been an easy task, and I hope that there will be some comfort knowing that our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. 

It simply wouldn't be Christmas with out you, the SSCS and all the participants/friends!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

4th Sunday of Advent

Dear mom,

Here we are again, the last Sunday of Advent. Christmas is almost here! Only a couple of days until we're pulling up in our car, barely able to breathe due to all the luggage and presents. We'll arrive in time to help put the decorations up. Everything in it's special spot. Will we be able to see the tree for all the presents?

The fourth Sunday of Advent brings perhaps the biggest gift - if the first one hasn't fulfilled it's call - but it's still small in size. Now it's almost time for relaxing and enjoying. I hope that this little gift will bring you just that, relaxing and enjoyment. 

Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent - parcel

I've been thinking "I should post about the parcel" about 20 times this past week, but things tend to interfere. Well, tomorrow is the fourth Sunday, so I better get a move on!

"Baby, it's cold outside"

The parcel contained a gorgeous yarn (Kauni, multicoloured) and knitting needles (square ones) and a note, which read "A new coat deserves a new scarf". 

I'm saving this for when we drive up to mom's house next week. I have a pattern ready (another Hitchhiker, one of my favorite scarf patterns), and I know I can get quite a start on the almost three hour drive. 

Thanks, mom, it is perfect!

With only one Sunday left, Christmas is almost here!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

An illusion..?

I know it looks like snow, but the truth is all the humidity has frosen, leaving a thin layer of crispy ice on EVERYTHING!

The grass, the bushes, the roses, the road, every thin straw and branches stretching out. 

Winter is fascinating..

A tiny sliver of moon on our way to kindergarten this afternoon. 

And lost (well, not really, just pretending) on our way home Monday morning. 

Our first winter here is a little strange, but we're looking forward to what else it might bring us, besides frost and fog. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent

Dear mom,

It's the third Sunday of Advent! Where did the time go? 

Today is St Lucia's day. We'll be celebrating tomorrow in P's kindergarten. Really early in the morning.. but the bears are going to do the procession - and P will be wearing a hat with a star. We have to be in the kindergarten before 07:30. Of course we'll take lots of pictures!

I think we'll be putting up the decorations today. I have a feeling P and I will do the decorations while M and A are out on a walk.. I can't wait to see the look on A's face when she sees the tree! I wonder if she'll leave it be - or make it fall.. It's not quite Christmas yet, but since we're travelling (counting down the days now) it's nice to see our house decorated too, not just putting the decorations up for air before taking them down again.

The third Sunday of Advent brings a strange little present. It's something I never knew existed, but that I know you'll put to good use.



Sunday, December 06, 2015

2nd Sunday of Advent and another parcel.

It's the second Sunday of Advent and we've spent the day on a trip. We drove just over the border to Sweden for some Christmas shopping and some cheap goodies (chicken, bacon, and candy.. a bit too much candy..). 

Before we left home, I opened my parcel from mom. (Yes, this time I was actually allowed to open it myself!)

Time for a bit of work!!?

The picture may be upsidedown, but there's a pattern and templates (and even some background fabric) for an epp heart! Can't wait to get started! A second note gives a tip to use 5" precuts. I think I might have some in my stash.. Hmm.. My fingers are itching!

2nd Sunday of Advent

Dear mom,

It's already the second Sunday of Advent! Tomorrow they will be having a santa party at P's kindergarten. Today we are planning to decorate a gingerbread house. I hope it will turn out a little better than our last attempt (in short, it was extremely soggy!). I'll send you a picture when we're done.  

I remember our gingerbread houses growing up. And how the back of the houses always seemed to lose decoration over the course of the Christmas days.. I wonder where it went.. was it the house mouse?

Did you know that the reason it is called pepperkaker in Norwegian, although we don't use that much pepper in the dough anymore (I know that some versions use pepper, but most dont). It was because at one time spices were so expensive and rare, that when used in cooking and baking, one would say that one "peppered" the dough/meal - meaning adding spices. We still call them pepperkaker, but the english name (gingerbread cookies) or spiced cookies might be a more fitting name. 

The second Sunday of Advent brings along a double-gift. Because even quilters get cold (or idle hands). 

I hope you like it!


Saturday, December 05, 2015

The sleigh has arrived!

The sleigh. THE sleigh! The sleigh arrived yesterday afternoon!


Ofcourse, the ornament was opened right away. 

Can't wait to hang this charming little fellow on our tree next Sunday. He looks like a mischevious little charmer - I wonder if he's related to the house elf? Maybe, if I listen really close, I can hear a "mischief managed" whispered in a soft voice?

Thank you so much to my Secret Santa! I'm being a good girl, saving the parcel for Christmas Eve! 


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

First Sunday of Advent - calender opening

My mom and I swapped Advent Sunday calenders this year. Very exciting! I think it's been years since I had a calender like this. 

On Sunday it was time to open the first parcel. Well, the thing is, as soon as the parcel came out, someone nicked it. I heard a "I can help you!" and it was gone..

"Oh look!"

"Can I color one?"

Thanks for the coloring book and pencils! As the wrapping said, I do spend a minute here and there (if not five) coloring. It's a nice way to have a break!

The remaining three parcels are hangong from the stairs, waiting for their Sundays. I wonder who gets to open the next one? Will it be me? 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

1st Sunday of Advent

Dear mom,

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. The stars are hung and lit, the candles ready - the first one already shining brightly, symbolising hope and waiting. It is the darkest part of the year - which I suppose only makes us enjoy the light even more. Being the sun, stars, the glittering snow - or candles and decorations following this season.

This first Sunday of Advent comes with a small gift, one that I hope will bring excitement (and perhaps something more?) as we count down the days until Christmas.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

And it's off!

The SSCS-parcel, that is.

It was delivered to the post office on Monday, and I believe Santa's elves have taken over by now. My fingers (and toes?) are crossed for a swift and safe delivery..

A sneak peak?


Couldn't help myself..

And now the waiting begins!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Instant Christmas feeling?

It doesn't take much, just a quarter of an inch or so, but the first snow has arrived!

I think today is a good day to take pictures of the SSCS-parcels. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Back to stitching!

Last year I bought a preprinted stitchery, complete with embrodery thread. Tonight I ironed on a thin fusible webbing on tje back and started to work on the design. 

It's quite nice to be stitching again! Almost like meditation.. One stitch at a time.. Following the line..

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

SSCS 2015 - project complete!

The basting thread is removed. 

The colours are perfect!

I really hope the recipiant will love this as much as I do..

Hmm.. Can I be my own swap partner..?

Just kidding! This one is destined for.. And will be shipped to.. in a couple of weeks. 


Saturday, November 07, 2015

Growing + rediscovering

Little A continues to grow - and today she's wearing a knitred vest thst I made for P for his first birthday. 

It's a little long, but that's ok. Especially when the wearer is having a little cold (and getting teeth..). 

There aren't that many clothes left from big brother, but there's knitting - and I can't wait for her to grow into them! (Not that she can't remain a baby for quite some time more too..) 

I had a few good sewing days the other week - and then A decided to crawl out of our bed by her self.. Now she has to sleep in either her stroller (out walking) or in her crib - and she's not exactly liking the change. Like yesterday, when she slept for about 15 minutes between 07:13 and 19:30.. Luckily I'm only abinding away from completing this year's SSCS parcel, and there's still time until shipping day. 

I'm excited and nervous about Monday - I'm going to do something I haven't done very often in the past ten years.. (No, not the dentist - went there in August and everything was thumbs up!) If everything works out well, we have a busy week ahead of us. And if not? Well, we still have a busy week ahead of us. 

Happy weekend!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday night..

Knitting, stitching, chocolate, candle light, planning, talking, ideas and so so much more..

Really enjoying these days (and evenings) with my mom. :-D

Monday, October 12, 2015

A sunny day in September

A and I will sometimes take a little detour on our daily walks to pick up P from kindergarten. One day in September was an exceptionally beautiful day, and so I ended up taking some pictures on our walk. 

Whisking clouds..
Never mind the little dots that may appear here and there.. There are som spots on my lense and I have not yet remembered to clean it.. :-(

On the top of the world?
It was sunny and warm, green everywhere - except from above us, where there were hardly any traces of clouds at all!

Into the woods..

We even took a little walk in the woods, down a road the kindergarten uses when they're on field trips. 

Almost magical..
I never tire from seeing the sun shine through trees, branches and leaves.. 


And did my companion get some sleep on our little walk? Yes, I think she fell asleep just before we reached the kindergarten, that's why we ended up taking a walk in the woods too. (Just to let her get a few more minutes of sleep..)

Me and my companion!
And here we were, with sunglasses and everything! She's a bit bigger now, over 7 months old, and we're working our way through with tooth number 4.. 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Short vacation

Last weekend was spent in Trysil. A short vacation and (finally..) Aurora's baptism. 

There hasn't been much action going on here for a little while - sorry about that, the days fly by faster than I can grasp.. A is already seven months old. Christmas is only a few months away - and I'm planning my SSCS-project (the ornament is finished! Wow!!!)

I tried to take some pictures of the bright moon last week, but although the pictures are mysterious and kinda cool, I wish they were better.. 

Autumn seem to be knitting season for me. I should be sewing, but I'm enjoying the needles and yarn waaay too much these days!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

100 days left..

Someone posted on Facebook the other day that it was 100 days left til Christmas. Well, I'm working on something using these four colours. Can you guess what it is?

Friday, September 04, 2015

Music fun from YouTube

I came over this video that a friend of mine had linked to on Facebook this morning, to three girls in a car, making an overview of parts of the music history from the past 70++ years. I thought it was hilarious, so I went to YouTube to see if they had any more fun videos. 

The first video is the music history one.

And the second one is Bohemian carsody - I actually saw this one last year, I think. 

Have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Need of an update..

I really need to update my list of Moomin mugs.. After our trip to Finland this summer (oh, wait, I haven't blogged about that yet, have I..?) my collection grew with a couple of mugs - I didn't really see just how many I had until we were packing and unpacking. I might slightly agree with hubby that we (ahem.. I) have quite a few of them.. 

I'm thinking about keeping the list in the original post - or making a new one on a separate page (like I did with the  swaps and SALs that I've participated in). What would be easiest to update, give the best overview - and not make it look too much like I'm hoarding..?

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The chaos of early August..

It's been close to four weeks since our move, and even though we're not done unpacking and getting things organised (under the stairs seem to be a good place to put boxes unable to be unpacked until things are set ut) it's a liveable situation, and things are going pretty good.

A and I are out walking almost every day, unless it's extremely heavy rain. Which has happened a couple of times now. We still go out every day, we need to pick up P from kindergarten anyway, but we'll still stay indoor until that time if the rain is too heavy..

Looking back, I think a lot of things have come together and are working out pretty good here. I remembered that I had a couple of photos on my phone from those moving days.

P's old room.
The complete chaos that was P's old room the days before the moving van came. Everything we packed ended up in his room until we were done. (Luckily, he was not at home at that time. He got to spend some days with hubby's parents instead.)

The last sunset...
On Sunday, our last day in the apartment, the sun graciously showed us a lovely sunset. At the time it felt very strange to suddenly say goodbye to our home for the past five years - and build a new one in a place we barely knew..

Sack upon sack in our new bedroom..
So far, things are working out pretty good. We've had some bad mornings (hubby ended up coming late for work, P didn't want to go to kindergarten, etc) but things are adjusting and we are getting to know the area, the neighbours and feeling more and more at home in our house. It helps when our things find their spot - and I can't wait for the day when our pictures are up on the walls, and the last box is flattened and put away!

We talked about moving a few months ago, after buying the house, and agreed that this would be the last time we moved - until the kids have finished school (unless something extreme comes up). I think we both liked that idea.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Natures Journey - April blocks completed

Now, who would've thought that?

April - August, it's been four months since I put these blocks away, knowing that I only had one block left to sew - not knowing when I'd be able to pick them up and complete them.

What with the house viewing, sale (yay!!!), summer vacation, packing and moving, time has flown by - and today I suddenly found a little shred of time to think maybe I'll have a look at that block now? And wouldn't you know, I was able to complete it! Found the fabric and the pattern while A took a little nap - and she was happily playing on her mat while I put the finished stitches in the star block.

Now April is completed - and I have run out of ready-prepared backgrounds for the rest of the blocks, so when I have another shred of me-time, I think I'll spend it preparing these. As Chookyblue once told me, one stitch here and there makes a completed block.


Little A will be six months old next week. A pretty happy little girl - when she gets her way. ;-) And if she doesn't, she'll be sure the whole world/neighbourhood/room/house knows exactly how she feels about that!

I truly enjoyed picking up the needle again. It's been a while - too long, perhaps? But my crafty surge has been filled with knitting and crochet. I have a crochet project I hope to get closer to finishing soon - and have started a new knitting project that I'm longing to see the finished result.

Tonight, however, I intend to celebrate my little (..big..) victory - knowing that I'm another (small) step towards a finished quilt!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The pro's of packing

During packing & moving, there is one small - yet big - pro that comes with being the one with the food boobs, and that is breaktime when A is hungry/thirsty/tired/sad/wants a cuddle. 

If you ask her, nothing beats the boob (even if going for walks in her stroller also is increasingly fun, and daddy is acceptable as driver too)!

We are about 1/3 packed, P is off to visit his grandparents over the weekend - and things are going pretty good, except from some nasty surprices discovered late at night (they do seem to be working out, luckily for us).

Monday, August 03, 2015

A walk in Trysil

July has truly just swooshed by.. I'm not entirely sure where it went, but apparently some of it was spent on vacation. :-p 

We spent a short week in Trysil, visiting my mom, and had quite the opposite of a summer than last year (where we almost melted away in the heat, and the kids spent their days - well, not the whole day, but quite chunky parts of it - naked, going in and out of the pool) with more gray and rain and cooler winds. But, every now and then, there were sunny days. Like this one in pictures below.

Another ting that happened during these days in Trysil, was that A finally "got it" - the stroller is not "the worst potential punishment or horrible place to be"! And she even fell asleep! (Quite shocking, really - we've spent her first 4.5 months carrying her in an Angelpack - ours is similar to the one with the cherry blossom panel.)

Sleeping baby..

Luckily, this whole sleeping in the stroller thing doesn't seem to be a phase, and she stuck to it, on our travels in Sweden and Finland - and even now, back home. And as you can see from the picture above, on this day, there was sun!

The bridge across the river.
The first picture shows the sign posted on the middle of the bridge (just for foot traffic, no cars allowed) showing the name of the bridge - Kirkebroen, the church bridge - and the year it was constructed. 

This picture is of a patch of asphalt on the other side of the bridge. Ever since I was little, I've thought it reminded me of the map of Australia. Can you see it? Or is it just me?

The mountain, in it's summer green dress.
This is the view from the town side of the bridge. The mountain is wearing it's summer dress, in shades of green.

The view to the south.
On the other side of the little "bump" of trees lies my mom's house.

The church.
This is the church where my great-grandfather was a priest, and where both my sister and I and our children are baptised. This is also where A will be baptised later this fall.

Prestegården - the priest's house.
This yellow house is where my great-grandfather lived with his family when he was a priest. This is where my grandmother grew up - and where my great-grandmother died. I've heard so many tales of how it was like living here, some funny and some a bit scary (my great-grandfather had a quirky sense of humor, apparently).

Previously the dentist's office, now culture school.
The red building used to house the town's dentists - until they built a new office on the other side of the river. Now it's the culture school who keeps the offices in the red house, and children will come to learn how to play instruments and other things there.

The stage..
This is my least-favorite piece of Trysil.. the stage near the river. Not because I don't like music - no, not at all - but whenever this has been used as a stage for concerts, the sound has thundered into the walls of our house on the other side of the river, making it shake and unbearable to stay in - and for some odd reason, the last band would enter the stage at 1AM.. Which is very much fun when you have small children who cannot sleep because the house is shaking. Not. 

All the concerts I've attended here in Oslo have all ended before or on the spot 11PM. There are rules stating that, unless applied for, one cannot make noise and disturb people after 11PM. So they end the concerts and people go home (or off to bars and stuff). Apparently, those rules do not apply in the country. :-P (I may be wrong, but so far, my experiences have leaned towards that conclusion.) It might make me sound like a cow (cranky, old woman) but I like my nights quiet - so that the little sleep I do get, is good sleep. Cow nagging done (for today). :-)

Have a lovely evening, wherever you are.