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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mugrug swap December 2017

Before Christmas 2017 I participated in a mug rug swap in the Norwegian Modern Quilt group on FaceBook, making and sending two mug rugs off to a partner (also a member in the same group). 

I got a little stuck trying to define what's modern to me.. but finally settled with a couple of designs - and tried to get some quilting practice in too. (I haven't entirely given up on learning to machine quilt better - I even have a book now! But it takes time..)

These are the backs of the mug rugs, showing the quilting. I tried to use the movements in the fabric/design from the front of the mug rugs to see where it might take me. 

And then the fronts. The little tree is drawn by me. I sewed small golden glass beads on it to make it a little more Christmas-y, and to match the tiny gold dots on the background fabric. 

I really liked them - and ended up making another set for me too. :-)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Early morning..

Bilderesultat for sommertid

I can't really say that I'm a huge fan of daylight savings - sommer tid - moving the clocks twice a year. Well, in the fall it's OK, getting what seems like an extra hour in the night/morning. But in the spring?

Last night took forever to get the kids to sleep.. And when I finally went to bed, dead-tired as usual, my mind is working as if I've overcome the tiredness, and starts getting creative. So, did I get much sleep last night? Nope.. Have I been planning the next quilting and knitting projects? Oh yes...!

I'm one of a very small handful of people who will spend the next two days in the office (Easter is usually a slow time), which isn't too bad. It's quite OK when you're a little tired. And with the coffee from the barista downstairs it's really not that bad! Unless, of course, on days like today - when their espresso machines are having some technical difficulties (perhaps they too are not yet adjusted to the new time?)..

So, early morning, little sleep, quiet office - and no coffee.