tirsdag, november 30, 2010
mandag, november 29, 2010
Yes, this weekend was bliss - heavenly peace, so to speak. This of course means that a lot of my over-ambitious plans were put to rest, but it is OK. As long as I was able to rest too, I mean ;o) I still feel at peace. The first candle was lit - the big star in the window got a new bulb - all my beautiful angels are on watch. It was a GOOD first sunday of Advent!
lørdag, november 27, 2010
2-3 weeks ago I just could not wait any longer - I just HAD TO start the outdoor decorating, which I normally don´t do before December 1st. Maybe the reason for this is that I had a hard time accepting fall and winter darkness before. The latest few years I have grown more and more fond of these seasons, and it feels so nice to complement this feeling by doing a little bit of outdoor decorating. Together with the pretty lanterns and planters on a little marble table next to the entrance door it also serves as a nice welcome for visitors. The base for this rather chaotic arrangement is my clematis pyramide climbing rack. The "ornaments" are my collection of seed stands, cones and acorns from Spain, Tunisia, Greece and Norway. While I wait for Advent (which as you know means "the coming of Christ"), I keep on working on big and small projects, both indoors and out - some more secret than others ;o)
torsdag, november 25, 2010
Princess has developed kind of an obsession lately - before school, she knits. At school, she knits. After school, she knits. Before homework, she knits. After homework and before dance lessons, she knits. In bed at night, she knits. And so on. Some of her friends will find some precious, homemade gifts under the x-mas tree this year! The wristwarmers took her just a few hours to finish and decorate. Thick, cosy wool is good for keeping the spirit and motivation! Go, girl!
torsdag, november 18, 2010
Remember Simple Minds...? Well. Anyhow. A couple of weeks ago I attended an inspirational seminar for teachers and other educational staff. The seminar included a workshop - we spent 1,5 hours playing with all the glittery stuff you can imagine! Our task was to make a filigree brooch inspired by the various traditional filigree brooches accesorizing the Norwegian national costumes. We were asked to bring an empty, clean tin, and as it turned out the tin lid would serve as a base for the brooch. This is what I ended up with - and I will proudly wear it in good Pippi Longstocking spirit :o)
onsdag, november 10, 2010
Lucky, lucky me! I met adorable Eline and her lovely parents last night. It has been a bit more than 12 years since I laid eyes on my own little precious Princess for the first time. I have hardly been able to take my eyes off her again, gazing at her amazing beauty ever since - and I totally understand, and (partly - must not forget that one owns child will always be the most perfect and beautiful ;o) ) agree with Elines parents when they claim HER the most beautiful creature in the world... And THIS is what was inside the wrapped up gift from last post - a cosy little hooded sleeping/travelling bag for baby Eline! It is based on the pattern "Nataschas kjørepose" from the book "Myk start" by May B. Langhelle, but I altered the yarn, the size, the needles and most importantly the hood, which was originally knitted directly onto the body in one piece. In my experience hoods can be a real view-blocker for the baby, and also too warm inside a car, and if you want to pull it down it will create a very uncomfortable bump in the neck. Cute pink and glittery mother of pearl buttons are used to attatch the hood to the body, and this hopefully makes the whole bag-thing more practical in use. Yarn: About 475 g of super soft "Easy" (1 ply 100 % merino wool) from Sandnes garn. Needles: 7 mm.
tirsdag, november 09, 2010
torsdag, november 04, 2010
First of all; thank you for the nice comments on the baby blanket! Not much progress on that one since my last post I´m afraid - as the baby turns out not to be due until January some time I got the (deceiving) feeling that there is no rush... ;o) Blogging AND keeping the blogging material secret is a true contradiction (like eating the cake and have it, I would say) - so the blog has been neglected for a few weeks. Soon, my friends, soon at least one of the secrets can be revealed! Then there is the x-mas gifts preparations, involving one secret project after the other. I think this year, I will angle my camera towards other aspects of my aesthethic ways. Maybe I will start posting more glimpses from my domestic life, or include other kind of work than the yarn-based? Maybe even dig out some old graphic work? There will most certainly be some paper crafy preparations for this season too and not all of them have to be secret, I think. So look for new content around here - as for now enjoy the wonderful colours in this photo stolen from I can´t remember where (sorry, I am BAD!)