Sunday, December 09, 2018

Christmas 2018

We decorated our Christmas tree today, and in doing so, I was reminded again and again of friendship and a tie that connects and binds us all around the world. Ornaments of rememberance - of trips, of experiences, of family members no longer with us - and of secret santas from all around the word. 

Thanks to Chookyblue I’ve gotten to know so many fellow crafters - and each Christmas is another reminder of how lucky I’ve been - and how lucky I am. 

Wishing you all a peaceful evening this second Sunday of Advent. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Two-day gathering with work

And the «old» retire to the bedrooms (hotel rooms) early. With knitting and soft bedding.. 

After over 14 hours of work and social time, I think that’s quite alright. Back on again tomorrow morning. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The last strawberries from our garden 🍓🍓 (and guess who wants them both🤣)

Glittering frost

Summer is definitely over, and Fall has arrived. It came jumping out from the shadows not many days ago, and suddenly the temperatures have dropped. From strolling leisurely to the bus in the morning in something between 15 and 17 degrees celsius, it is now more of a sprint in chilling temperatures of 1,5-2 degrees celsius. Hats and scarves and warmer jackets are out. The craziness of finding new shoes for the kids has begun (we love our cherrox), wondering if last years coats and pants still fit (I know A's does, but P need all new ones). And for the crafting? Well.... I want to knit something nice, soft and warm for me.. But I also have some absolutely fantastic silk wool in bright pink that's just screaming A's name (she hasn't seen it yet). Maybe there's enough yarn for a jacket? (I've got two skeins - and sweaters are a waste knitting for her, she wants buttons.)

No, no, don't worry, these pictures are not from any of the last mornings. I took these while waiting for the bus to work one chilly morning before spring sprung *haha* It's not quite that cold (yet..)!

It's quite fascinating to see the patterns made by the frost. 

I had to try a couple of filters on my phone camera (I've got an iPhone). Changing the colours and filter only slightly gives quite a different impression.

I think this is my favourite filter - the one called Film noir. I've used this one several times - both taking pictures of details and of artists during concerts. I like the feeling it gives, sometimes a whole different focus of details and such. 

The heaters are on all around the house (no, wait, not on the third floor - yet) and dinner tonight will be a cooked one (I'm thinking homemade pizza). I know I'm not going outside much more today (I've rescued the rest of the tomatoes) so perhaps I'll have a look on Ravelry to see if I can find a nice pattern for a jacket for A?

#halloweenminiswap2018complete And one in colours ☺️🍁🍂🧡👻🎃

Friday, August 10, 2018

Checked off my bucket list

I had the opertunity to see Queen live this summer - and it was a great experience! Even Freddy came!

Adam Lambert did a great job singing. He's not a replacement for Freddy, but does a great job interpreting the songs. Giving them both a colour of Freddy and him self.

I really liked the light show too!

I doubt I'll ever be able to see this band in concert again, but I am very grateful I had the chance to see them!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The heat is on...

We’re currently experiencing temperatures not quite «normal» to these parts of the world - and not seen since around 1947. With temperatures reaching up to (and some days over) 30 degrees celsius - and it’s lasted for a good month or two now - everything is dry and yellow/brown. No campfires, no bbq and very restricted use of water is now a part of our summer of 2018. (Normally spent playing in water and bbq’ing «every day».) And the rain? Well, the last _good_ showers that came, came around June 17th (soaking mul and me while going to a concert)...

We’ve spent the past week and a half travelling in Denmark and Germany - Germany was greener than both Denmark and Norway, but the heat is the same in all three countries. 

Today we went to Legoland (Billund) - and today was the first time I ever saw drops of sweat literally running on A. Just look at her shoulder in the picture! (And this was when we were sitting inside, building towers out of Duplo..)

We evacuated in to Lalandia and the swimming pool a short while later (after leaving some cash behind at the shop). 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FibreShare June 2018

Last Fall I joined the FibreShare for the first time - and you might remember my post back in January about my experiences. Well, after much consideration - and seeing all the pictures from 2018's first round - I decided to join again.

I sent my parcel off to Idaho, wrapping each item separately (based on the contents) and with a little note explaining what it was (or giving hints). One big parcel is alway fun - several small ones are more fun?

In my parcel I included Norwegian yarn, chocolate, coffee and tea, stitchmarkers and a row counter, a sticker, two mini charm packs and two pieces of Tilda fabric (Tilda being a norwegian designer of both fabric and patterns). The recipient was also a quilter, so I just had to include some fabric. I also included a box of Stupedama saltpastiller, which is a personal favorite of mine.

The parcel arrived safely to Anne in Idaho - and I am very happy to report that she loved everything - even the Stupedama!

I had to wait for the postal services to do "their thing" for a while before finally receiving a note stating that there was a parcel waiting for me at the post office. And Laura from Wisconsin truly spoiled me!

Look! Each item is wrapped in fabric! (Laura is also a quilter - what's the chance of that?)

The picture doesn't show the colours as they really are - the colours are wonderful! The little football player was a gift for P - and he loved it too. And there's a box of stitchmarkers, chocholate (yummy....), a soap (which makes everything smell like candy) and a fridge magnet with a map of Wisconsin.

Laura made this gorgeous card herself - don't you just love the poppys?

She even included a little gift for A - a cute cow (because Wisconsin is the dairy state). A loved it so much it got to sleep in her bed.

And look! It even has her name on it! Coincidence?

Here's another picture of P's football player. He loves LEGOs, so this was really right up his alley!


Thank you Anne, Laura and the FibreShare team!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

June was filled with music

June - and the beginning of July - was a month filled with music. In the beginning of June, I ended up on the Marilyn Manson concert with a friend from work. 66 minutes of fun! Manson played both a few newer songs and some of the classics - including a cover version of Eurythmic's Sweet dreams are made of this.

In the middle of June, mom and I went to see Queen and Adam Lambert. This was a really fun concert! All the good old classics, and a very nice tribute to both Freddy Mercury and Queen.
The last time Queen played in Norway was back in 1982, so it was about time they returned!

And July started with this summer's last (I think) musical experience and Prophets of Rage.
This too was a great concert! Seeing the guys from Rage Against the Machine (and Audioslave) again was awesome (last time we saw them was back in 2002, I think).

The rest of July will be more coloured by vacation and travelling than music and experiences like this. I've managed to cross out some items from my bucket list, and I'm wondering what the next big experience or adventure might be.