Friday, February 29, 2008


I had to be a model for my DD when she was home for her winterholiday last week. It's for a project at school. And today she posted me some of the photos she took of me. I'm very pleased with this one. Looks so antique ......perhaps I am.....LOL.

Friday afternoon. Pizza in the oven. Redwine in my glass. Some stitcheries ready besides my favorite chair. Some good shows on the tv.

And tomorrow I'm going to a workshop. We are going to work two and two together making star in a star. One is rotarycutting and ironing, and the other one is sewing. The problem is.........hehehe......the one I'm going to sew together with have broken her left wrist and have gypsum on her arm. So it can be very fun tomorrow. Promise to bring my camera.

Saying for today:

Today's happy together times,
are tomorrow's warm with memory times.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

With a little help you want some help typing on your computer????
Or some help sorting your papers???
Frida is doing great now. She is moving much easier and eating so well. And all she wants is to lay on my lap. Guess she have become a little spoiled these weeks. But she is worth it.
Today Irene and I was on a little trip. And we stopped by a quiltshop. And these lovely fabrics jumped down in my bag. Look at those delicious pink and brown fabrics. Together with the limegreen. Perhaps it will turn into a new bag for our annual quiltmeeting in april.

And when I came home from our trip a big package lay in front of my door. It was the new Elm Creek books that I ordered last week. Just in time. I just finished reading the third book yesterday. I ought to go to sleep now, but perhaps I just read the first chapter...................LOL
Saying for today:
A good friend is like a wonderful book,
the inside is even better than the cover!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

My ironingboard

Libby has posted a challenge on her blog. She wants us to share a picture of our ironing boards and leave comment on her post , she will also give a prize to someone.

So here is mine.

My first ironing board is the one I have in my sewingroom. It's rather new so it looks rather clean. On top of it you can see what I've been doing this weekend.
I've done almost all stitching on my new needlecase. Love it. It has a christmas theme, but perhaps it's time already to start making things for christmas LOL
My next ironingboard is one I bought at IKEA. I love this one. So easy to bring to workshops. And I can hang it in my cupboard when I'm not using it. Pretty new this one too.
And the last one is the Quilters Cut and Press. This one is rather used. A lot of vlisofix have burned down in the mat. Love this one too and use it when I have to iron small pieces. I keep it next to my sewingmachine so I don't have to turn around to reach my other ironing board.
So how does your ironing board look like. Visit Libby's blog and tell her.

Saying for today:

Blankets wrap you in warmth,
quilts wrap you in love

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Frida, mailboxsurprise and a award

Sorry for not being in bloggin mood for some time. Been working with our annual quiltmeeting in april. But now the registration papers are ready to be posted to all the norwegian ladies who are coming. This will be our biggest annual meeting ever :)

And then I have been so worried about my cat. Little Frida had another surgery yesterday. Monday evening I discovered big lump again on her stomach and we rushed to the vet. This time it was a big hernia in her belly.
I hope this is the last time we visit the vet. I get so worried when things like this happends. Frida is one of my children too. Here she is sitting next to my DD on the floor. We have to protect her from taking big jumps. Frida was once again very dizzy and here she was almost sleeping against DD's hand. I guess if DD had removed her hand Frida would fell over :)
Today the postman brought me a mailboxsurprise from Anita. She have joined Honeysucklecottage christmas club, and she was so kind to give me the first project she got. She knows that I love stitchery.
And I went into my sewingroom and transferred the stitchery on the fabric at once. So now I will enjoy stitching this while taking care of Frida.

Tamara has given me this beautiful award. Thank you!!

The rules for the "You Make My Day" award, are to re-present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blogland. Let them know through an email or posting to their blog so they can pass it on. You may get the award more than once, so if you do, consider yourself very loved! So pass it on!!! In no particular order is my list of ten Who Make my Day!!!
Hanne, Nancy, Nadine, Leanne B, Rose, Carol, Helen, Sølvi, Christine , Dawn and YOU.

But there are still sooooooooooo many bloggers I love to visit so consider YOU as one of the bloggers that make my day :)

I know some other bloggers also have given me awards and tagged me, sorry I have not mentioned it and I do not remember who did it. But my days the last weeks have been so crazy.

While being a babysitter for Frida I have almost finished my third elm creek book. I LOVE THEM. So I have ordered four new books. Thanks Nadine for presenting me these books.
And one good thing.................I'm back to work now in march !!!!!!!! My shoulder is so good now and I start to get restless so I guess it's time to go back to work now. Just a few days a week in the start to see how my shoulder will cope with it. I'm so happy now.
Saying for today:

Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Poor Frida and goodies in my mail

Poor little Frida visited the vet yesterday. She had to have a surgery. Some days ago I discovered a lump in one of her tits. And the vet had to take it away including sterilizing.

She is doing okey now. But yesterday was a dizzy day for her. Her back feet would not go in the same direction as her two front feet. And she does not agree wearing this "beautiful" jumper. She tries to make herself very very small so perhaps she manage to crawl backwords out of it. But she always ends up trapped in a corner.

Some days ago I received an envelope from Leanne. It was full of envelopes to some of my friends, which I already have delivered to each one of them. Inside my envelope was some of Leannes new beautiful cards and she also have sendt me a Homespun magazine. Thank you Leanne, we still miss you!!!! Hope you'll return to Norway some day.

Next goodies was from Sigrun. She was one of the girls who joined my january finish it up challenge. She was so happy I had started this challenge and that I had pushed her to finish a lot of WISPs. I love the fabrics. The green is soooooo me.

And lucky me won Lyn's giveaway some weeks ago. And my prize was that I could choose 4 of her patterns. And now they have arrived. Love them. Thanks Lyn for sending them to be.

Not so much sewing this week. Taking care of Frida and doing a lot of paperwork for our annual quiltmeeting in april. But I've almost finished first block of Butterfly Garden. Just one block left to stitch. I'm already looking forward to get block #2 in my mailbox.

Plans this weekend is to do a lot of stitching. My DD is coming home for winterholidays and my boyfriend is also coming this weekend.

Tulips on my table. Those are my favorite flowers in spring.

Redwine in my glass together with some good food.

Saying for today:

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sunday thoughts

Today it's Mothers day in Norway. I have visited my mum and both my children called me on the phone. And I found this beautiful poem on the net that I will share with you all.

It takes a Mother's Love
to make a house a home,
A place to be remembered,
no matter where we roam.

It takes a Mother's Patience,
to bring a child up right,
And her Courage and her
Cheerfulnessto make a dark day bright.

It takes a Mother's Thoughtfulness
to mend the heart's deep "hurts,"
And her Skill and her
Enduranceto mend little socks and shirts.

It takes a Mother's Kindness
to forgive us when we err,
To sympathize in trouble
and bow her head in prayer.

It takes a Mother's Wisdom
to recognize our needs
And to give us reassurance
by her loving words and deeds.

It takes a Mother's Endless Faith,
her Confidence and Trust
To guide us through the pitfalls
of selfishness and lust.

And that is why in all this world
there could not be another
Who could fulfill God's purpose
as completely as a MOTHER!

Helen Steiner Rice

I know Nadine is safe back home in Belgium after her visit to me. We did not say goodbye to eachother........just "see you later".
While she was here we took a workshop together and we manage to finish our quilt tops before she left. There is still a lot of work to do on them. A lot of applique on the stars and on the background. But I will enjoy finding appliquepatterns in my japaneese quiltbooks. I know I will applique baskets, flowers and hearts on mine.
Nadine spoiled me with presents when she arrived my house. And now I have another addiction. I can't stop reading this book!!!!!! Nadine gave me the three first Elm Creek books. I LOVE THEM. Can't stop reading. I'd heard about them and had planned to buy them. And Anne Ida had #4-5-6 double, so she will let me buy them from her when she comes back from australia.
And Nadine also gave me this wonderful japaneese quiltbook. There's a lot of inspiration in this book.
And some beautiful japaneese fabrics.
This weekend I have been working on my Butterfly garden.
I love doing needleturn applique and now I have two new "tools" to help me.
I love this silkthread. I know Leanne used it on her Butterfly garden and I asked my quiltshop to order it. Nadine gave me the dark one and I bought the light grey in our quiltshop. It's so lovely to applique with it. I can really recomend it.
The next "tool" is the Roxanne glue-baste-it. I got it from Kim at Honeysuckle Cottage. A small bottle of glue which helps me to keep my small applique pieces at place. Leanne showed us how she used it when she had her workshop in Trysil. I love both my silkthread and the glue.

Saying for today:

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and trees, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but there's only one mother in the whole wide world.
~author unknown~

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Quilters Friendship

Who are all those ladies sitting in the sofa talking and waving with their needles. They looks so dangerous so I better hide behind this flower.

I guess that was what my cat Frida was thinking the other day. Tuesday morning Hanne and Anne Ida came for a visit and to meet Nadine. Later that day Laila, Irene and Bjørg also came. I had made moose stew for dinner and this was the first time Nadine tasted moose.
And of course we had to take a photo of all bloggers in the house. Nadine in front, Anne Ida and Hanne next and me and Laila behind.
On the photo below Anne Ida is working on her beautiful Sylvias Bridal Sampler. I'm so envious on her because today she started her trip to Australia. I wanted to sneak in to her backpack and join her on this trip. Perhaps it will be my time some day to go there too.
And Hanne working on a new stitchery.
And of course Nadine enjoying this evening with good friends.
Today we went to Løten candle shop. It's a beautiful place where we can walk around looking at all those candles while listening to wonderful music.
And of course a cup of coffee. Isn't this cosy. Now Nadine got to taste norwegian waffels.

We have had such a great time together. Stitching, laughing, workshop, visit at the museum, walks aso. And tomorrow Nadine is going back home. I'm going to miss her.

WISP challenge - the winner is

I think you all are winners. Finishing all those WISPs is wonderful. My goal was to motivate you to find all your WISPs hidden in your sewingroom. And a lot of you discovered that it was finished in no time.

But one lady did an excellent job and finished 24 WISPs. And the winner of my challenge is......

This is my little surprise goodiebag for you. It's already wrapped in paper and now it's on it's way to you with a special mailman (eh...mailwomen). Anne Ida is going to australia today and when she visited me on tuesday she told me she was going to meet Christine during a workshop. So Christine will get her surprise special delivered when they meet.

And I promised a little surprise for one that just joined this challenge. And this will be.......................... (Nadine picked a number on my block) and the other winner is.......................

Please send me your adress and a surprise will be posted to you.
And Congratulations to all of you others for finishing all your WISPs.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Visit at the museum and Butterfly garden

Today was another wonderful day. Nadine and I had planned a visit to the museum. I had hoped for a sunny day, but is was clouded and about zero degrees. And it was so quiet outside. Just the sound of the river and the birds First we visited inside the museum which shows a lot of old norwegian traditions, the norwegian wild animals (stuffed of course). I know Nadine took a lot of photos inside the museum so I guess she will blog about it later.
On the outside museum there is a lot of old houses. I love walking at this place and just feel the atmosphere.
Here is Nadine outside one of the old houses. It's closed in wintertime, but during summertime you are able to walk and look inside the houses.
We had to cross a suspension bridge. When walking on it you can feel it moving up and down. A little bit scary I think LOL

And guess what.............
I got my Butterfly garden today. And I've already pieced the first block. So now I will trace the stitchery and prepare the applique. I love the colours and fabrics in this and I'm so happy I ordered it from Honeysuckle cottage.
Tomorrow is another big day. Nadine and I'm expecting visit from Hanne, Anne Ida, Laila, Irene and Bjørg. Lunch and dinner is already prepared and I guess there will be a lot of stitching, laughing and chatting.
Saying for today:
Really I don't dislike to cook, but what you cook is eaten so quickly. When you sew, you have something that will last to show for your efforts. ~Elizabeth Travis Johnson
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