Sunday, April 23, 2017

Anemones

The anemones (hvitveis, as we call them in norwegian) are popping up all over the forest, along the paths and in open places. 


They're a true sign of Spring - and although we had snow just a week and a half ago, I think it might be the last sign of Winter - at least on this side of Fall. 

*fingers crossed*



We were delayed on our way home from school the othet day. This little chap was sitting in the middle of the path munching on his dinner. He didn't move even as we came closer with A's stroller, but when some kids came running and shouting through the wood, it seemed that his peaceful dinner was over. 




Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Easter Bunny..

The Easter Bunny dropped by and left the kids some treats. To find them, they'll have to follow some clues and solve a puzzle. Do you think they'll find the treats?


Can you tell where the Easter Bunny has hidden his treats?

Already Easter and some small, yet major changes


First Monday of April, and I returned to my desk at the office looking like this : 


A small, yet major change in my work life has happened - I've become a permanent employee at the office, instead of a hired-in person on a limited contract. Basically, it's the same job, just more permanent, more secure.  


The firm that I was hired out from, sent me these gorgeous (and very nice-smelling) flowers as a "Thank you" for the years I've worked for them.

Easter is upon us, and we've stayed in the city this year too. It's quiet and nice - although P thinks it is completely horrible... all of his friends are away, and won' be back until tomorrow evening (Sunday).. 

I'd bought a pattern for a Easter bunny-pouch some time last year, and decided to try to make one. Well, I got hooked, completely! I ended up making 14 of them (yikes!) and am still not tired of making them. I ended up filling some of them with chocolates and giving them away. Three of them came to the office with me - and I got some nice snaps on Snapchat from a couple of the very happy girls.



Our boss was responsible for the Friday cake (cake, ice cream, or something to make Friday afternoon a little more cozy) the last Friday before Easter week started, and he ventured out and bought back a whole pile of candy. No-one protested, I mean, who says "no" to candy? *yum*


I'm currently working on a couple of projects - three knitting (one that is an everlasting one, but without a deadline - and one that might end up frogged... still doing a bit of consideration about it, though), a stitchery - and a secret one. Which will probably not be revealed until some time in August. *grins*


The mailman delivered two Homespun magazines to me last week. I thought it had been a while since I last received an issue, but it didn't occur to me that I had missed an issue until it arrived. Oh well, more to read and look at. :) 

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I was thinking of doing a give-away soon, but am not quite sure if I have many (any?) readers left. Are there any readers left in the blogiverse these days or have everyone moved over to Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest? I dabble a little over at Instagram, and have a list or two at Pinterest, but blogging is what I'd like to do - more of and better. 





Monday, February 20, 2017

Lavendel satchels

Last summer we planted some lavender (both from seed and from the flower shop) in our garden, and when the autumn came I cut off the flowers and dried them inside. And, since things to tend to take some time, in January I finally took the time to sew up some lavender-filled satchels.


I had a mini-charmpack of fabric with a lavender/flower theme, and when I first saw it, I knew it would be a perfect match for our lavender. 

Two of these were given away to a college of mine, as a late Christmas-early birthday present.


Little miss A was very happy the other day, when we walked to the store and bought "crocodiles" (a bag of dried fruit - with a dinosaur on the front). She walked all the way there and back again by herself - wearing her brother's old wooly pants (they're almost 7 years old now) and her cousin's ond strawberry knitted hat (I knitted it for E when she was 1, which is about 7 years ago too). Inheriting and reusing is a good thing when they're this small. 

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Have a good and crafty week!

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 1st

The first day of January came and went two weeks ago, but the day will be remembered in these pictures.

January 1st was spent outside in glorious sunshine (and a somewhat biting chill that snuck up on you when you entered the shades). 

Hubby, P, my sister and E went iceskating while mom and I took the little ones (A and F) for a stroll so that they could nap. (F fell asleep quite fast, but A stayed awake until we ventured back to the iceskaters an hour later.. then she fell asleep...)

We joined the flood of tourists and other norwegians out enjoying the sun, and walked around Aker brygge. 


At the end of the pier (brygge) there was a lovely view out to the fjord, with the low sun shining brightly.


And turning around, we had a good view to Akershus festing (to the right) and the Oslo rådhus (to the left).

So far 2017 has been a mix of sunny, almost Easter-y days and very foggy or rainy days. Not much snow, and the snow that has come has either rained away shortly after falling - or frozen to ice..

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Entering the new with the last of the old.

My crafting corner and I are entering the new year, by showing the final completed project of the old year here on the blog. 


May the new year bring goodness, kindness, happiness, time to craft, laugh and smile - to you and your family!

Happ New Year 2017!


Friday, December 30, 2016

SSCS 2016 - 10th anniversary parcel opened

I know I've probably said this every year, but it's the truth non the less. I feel so spoiled by my Secret Santa, just look at this adorable stitchery wallhanging that was wrapped up under the tree - for me!


Michelle, my Secret Santa, made these adorable stitcheries, and included some extra treats too. She's a very talented designer, and if I'm not completely wrong, I think some of her designs have been wrapped up and sent all over the world over the past 10 years of the SSCS. I highly recommend a visit to her blog to see her designs and work!


In the parcel was also a very cute birdhouse scissor fob, one of her own patterns (the snowmen are so cute!) and embroidery thread in the most gorgeous shades of red. It just screams "make something christmassy with me!".


I'll leave you with another photo of the ornament from Michelle - and my wishes to you for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The 4th Sunday of Advent



Some days sparkle all by themselves - and others need a little help.

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Lucky, lucky me! I got a copy of the gorgeous redwork-book Simply redwork by Mandy Shaw. I can't wait to choose and start my first project!


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Almost Christmas now.. only a couple more days to go.