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That skirt I mentioned

Looks like this

Back

Back

Front

Front

The Hello Kitty was the lass’ idea… The pattern is from another Ottobre (I’ll check the issues and update). I didn’t want to “waste” the happy camper fabric on a lining which was not meant to show, so I used a scrap of blue organic cotton. The button is from stash (aquired in a big lot of buttons at a flea market). I must say I’m pretty pleased, I even managed to figure out the whole issue of the fly – something I’ve never sewn from scratch before. The instructions in Ottobre are pretty good, on the whole, though, so I will not claim any unreasonable honour from that.

I made one alteration to the pattern, since I cut it rather big (hoping it will last a while): I added button hole elastic in the waistband with buttons (again from that flea market stash) to enable adjusting it. A good thing I did, too, as it’s waaaaay too wide as is, but looks pretty good once tightened a bit.

Action picture may be forthcoming…

Six months and one birth later

No, I’m not dead, I’ve just been pregnant. I realise this may not really be a hindrance to blogging, but it seems it was for me. As of four days ago I am a mother of two, the lass has a little sister and we’re all doing well. And that’s pretty much all I have to say about that here on the blog (as always, if you’re friends/family and want to see pictures etc. get in touch for the url and a user name for the private blog).

Indirectly, another baby may well influence the contents of blog posts, though, as with the main purpose of this entry which is to show off a bit of sewing.

Every time I sit down to sew after a prolonged break, I curse myself for having forgotten just how relaxing and rejuvenating I find the activity. A few years ago I managed to attend a couple of whole day “workshops” where a few people from the forum at tettinntil.no met up just to work on our own sewing projects for a whole day. I remember at that time pointing out to the husband that that sort of day – to me – is better than a spa break.

Anyway, some weeks ago I succumbed to sound medical advice and let the doctors write me off sick, and suddenly – well, after a week or so of doing basically nothing – I had energy enough to actually start preparing for the baby’s arrival. One thing I realised we’d need was some sort of middling warm outer wear, as the clothes we have from the lass are all meant for mid-winter temperatures, which are unlikely to manifest i September and October (I hope!). So I had a look through a stack of Ottobre magazines and found a pattern I liked, went off to Stoff og stil to find some suitable material, and got to work. Here is the result, sans model:

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I adore both fabrics, and am rather pleased that I purchased a bit more than required for this pattern. I’ve already made a skirt for the lass in the striped babycord, and am contemplating sewing a Mei Tai with both fabrics in the panel somehow, I just need to check that I have something suitable for the straps in an appropriate colour.

December daily

ae_decemberdaily2011promoI’ve almost done December Daily for two years now. This year I think I may actually do it, since I’ve started putting a foundation together, which is much further than I’ve ever gotten before. I’m trying to mostly use stash I already have.

I’m a Journal Your Christmas alumni, so I’ll be getting prompts all though December, which is useful. I never actually DID the journalling, but I purchased the class in 2009, so now I get the prompts every year. Isn’t that nice? I’m thinking it will be possible to use ideas from that for the days when there’s little or nothing worth documenting happening (and since we both work full-time I know there will be days where all we have time for is the bare neccessities to get us through the day – I’ll document at least one day like that, but it might get repetitive if every weekday Monday to Friday goes: “Had breakfast, went to work, worked, went home, had dinner, put the lass to bed, zonked out on the couch, went to bed”). Shimelle’s prompts are great and though they are meant for scrapbookers you could also just use any old notebook and write, if that’s what you want. The focus is on telling the story, and not just of THIS Christmas, but of your childhood Christmasses and any other stories you want to tell. The class is highly recommended.

So far what I’ve assembled is an album, purchased with the intention of doing a Week in the Life, and never used for that purpose. I still want to do Week in the Life, but December is soon here, and the album is red. So there. It’s a We R Memory Keepers three ring album for 8,5×11 page protectors. I had a few page proectors to fit, but I’ve put in an order for some more, one of the purchases it’s hard to get around.

The album. It be red.

Oh, and the album

I’ve also purchased Ali’s overlays and templates. The latter are really great, and I can see myself playing around with them and using them for other projects, too (I tend to resize and otherwise modify templates all the time). Since my pages are going to be rather larger than Ali’s 6×8,5 I had to resize the overlays, but they came out fine. With a little trial and error I settled on resizing to 8×11, which alters the overlay’s proportions slightly, but not so much as to be noticeable. As our printer tends to default to A4 rather than Letter, this meant I could print with the minimum amount of adjustment. I also recoloured to a darkish red. I managed to make do with the cardstock I already had by mixing in some offwhite with the whites (pale gray, pale beige and pale purple).

The printed pages

The printed pages

I’ve also gone through my stash and found some things that might serve as embellishments.

I had two packs of the journal tags, the contents of one pack in the front, the others are still in their packaging.

I had two packs of the journal tags, the contents of one pack in the front, the others are still in their packaging.

Letter stickers. Always handy.

Letter stickers. Always handy.

Chipboard

Chipboard

I’ve got a lot more chipboard letters, though not much of it is in the correct colours. The “winter” and “frosty” are from a lot I purchased off a member of scrapping.no a while back, so I have no idea where they’re from, but they are perfect. Well, except for the colour, but the nice thing about chipboard is it’s easy to paint.

Stuff. Might use some of this, might not.

Stuff. Might use some of this, might not.

I also dug out some patterned papers and picked out the ones that were both Christmassy and that fit the colour scheme.

Five papers.

Five papers.

From left: Taylor “Ever Green” and Show-Offs “Deck the halls” from Daisy D’s, Fruitcake “Berry Branch” and “Snowed In” from Basic Gray and Holiday Collection “Alpine Snow Lace” from KI Memories. The Basic Gray ones have a near solid colour matching back, I might use those for some days. I’ve since cut strips to fit the bottom rectangle of the overlays from these, I’ll pick whichever goes with my pictures and other embellishments on the specific days.

I’ve got some stuff coming from Bananafish that will definitely be used, too. I purchased some supplies for Project Life from her just after the summer and fell head over heels in love with the wonderful little bits and pieces when they arrived, so I ordered more, including some Christmassy items, which will come in handy.

I really love what Ali is doing with the Hambly transparencies, but I think I’ll make do with making my own somehow (I’ve got some nice thick ones meant for laser copiers). I also like the baseball card size page protectors used to hold stars and other little embellishments, and since I have few of these I may be doing something similar. We’ll see.

For inspiration:

Puter

Jeg sikler til stadighet (altså, ikke bokstavelig, da, det ville være uhygenisk) over putene til Putegeriljaen. Hva med deg? Enten du som meg har siklet lenge eller dette er første gang du ser putene har du nå TO sjanser til å vinne en pute. Eventuelt en sjanse til å vinne TO puter, dersom du har griseflaks.

Den første finner du hos Skjerstad 

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Den andre hos Gult hus i svingen

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I’ve blogged about our bookshelves on the bookblog. It sort of fits in with the series on “how the apartment is coming along”, but since it’s mostly book-related I put it over there.

I realise when looking at the pictures that even if we were able to live like minimalists in all other ways (not likely) our flat would never look minimalist with all those books. And there’s no way we’re covering them up. Or, even worse, making them look minimalist by turning them around. Yes, people actually do this (via). The mind boggles.

Blanket

I’ve taken pictures of these squares before, but I seem not to have blogged them. Anyway, I’ve mounted a blanket, and started on edging, but ran out of yarn.

Edging started

Edging started

It’s annoying, because I first bought this yarn at Panduro in Charlottenberg, figuring I could always get more later as there are Panduro outlets in Trondheim and Oslo. However, it turns out that none of the other outlets actually stock this – it’s organic cotton. I’ve already had to buy more, and the first attempt to get it from the webshop was only partly successful, as they – in their wisdom – do not refer to the colour codes printed on the yarn tags, just to names. So I ended up with the wrong shade of white in that first order. Shortly after, I had the chance to stop by at Charlottenberg again, and stocked up on white, so I could finish the squares. I was hoping I had just enough left now to finish one round of edging in each colour, but alas.

So it’s sitting on a shelf in the office waiting for me to either order more from the webshop or stop by Charlottenberg again – a possibility in July. We’ll see.

I'm happy with the way it looks, though.

I'm happy with the way it looks, though.

Not actually practical

We have an addition in the office:

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Skatoll

This desk has been in my parents’ house for ages. It used to be in the dining room while we lived in Hamar, and lately my father has been using it for his laptop when working at home. I remember that we got it from someone in  the family way back when, but I can’t remember who, or why, or exactly when that was. I need to get some details from my father, I guess.

However, it is old enough. The colour is rendered pretty accurately in these pictures. It’s not really practical, which is why my father didn’t want it anymore. I don’t really have any plans for using it yet. In fact, I was all set to store it in the basement for the time being, when the husband suggested we might as well have it upstairs.

Detail of front

Detail of front

One drawer has a fake lock, the rest are real.

One drawer has a fake lock, the rest are real.

Inside drawers

Inside drawers

So. It’s not practical. The ground colour is – well – hideous. And I can’t really paint it, since I want to keep the rosemaling, even if it’s (probably) not the most impressive example. Still, it’s got history and it holds memories for me personally. It stays.

Desk open

Desk open

Note the yellow poster, by the way. My mom left a few bits and bobs in one of the drawers, mainly scrap paper and such, thinking the lass and I might find use for it in crafting projects. Among them was this poster. It says: “Not ready for cleaning.” I threatened to get it laminated and hang it on the front door any time my mother or my mother-in-law comes to visit…

To fit the writing desk, we had to move a tall chest of drawers (which were not meant to stay in this room anyway), and there was suddenly space to hang my type case. I found another one recently, which turned out to be perfect for displaying regular size minifigs, but not so good for the Toy Story characters I recently aquired.

They fit nicely in here, though.

They fit nicely in here, though.

See where the type is still marked on the case?

See where the type is still marked on the case?

Which gave me the idea that perhaps this desk would be the perfect Lego-building site. We’ll see.

Muffins

This weekend we enjoyed a visit from an old friend and her new baby daughter. Much fun was had by all, especially the lass who dotes on babies. Now S and I have known each other for a very long time, practically from the day she was born, in fact, since her parents and mine were friends – still are, in fact. We spent many holidays and weekends together as kids, and once we got old enough to be let loose in the kitchen, we somehow got into a habit of making muffins – or cupcakes – whenever we had the chance.

It fell quite natural, therefore, to spend a few hours this weekend testing out Lille Hottentott’s pattern for crocheted muffins. With a rattle piece inside (purchased from Kaptein Biff), it was the perfect present for the baby.

20110327_muffinsAnd then we made muffins. To eat. And all was well with the world.

Wonderfulness

This awesome box has moved in with us today:

Isn't it lovely?

Isn't it lovely?

Purchased from Urban Retro, it’s a cornucopia of vintage buttons.

Buttons galore!

Buttons galore!

Quite a lot more than I’ll ever need, I’m sure.

Some on cards.

Some on cards.

Quite a lot of them are still on cards, actually. I’ll probably put some up for sale at some point, if I ever get around to stocking my Epla-shop, for example. But I’m keeping the box. Mine, all mine!

Lovely

I’ve pinned this as well, but just have to repeat it here. I love, love, love this interior:

Living room by Todd Alexander

Living room by Todd Alexander Romano

I’d change the artwork (not a big fan of non-figurative art, on the whole) and though I think the zebra skin rug looks stunning I wouldn’t actually want a real one on the floor, but a BIG yes to those laquered walls and the frankly gorgeous sofa.

More detail in the article in Architectural Digest.

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