lørdag 28. februar 2009
Vi tok et par stopp underveis. Første stopp var på gjenbruksbutikken i Dokka. Så ble det et stopp hos noen som hadde gamle ting til salgs. Jeg fikk supplert mitt kaffe servise med 5 kopper og skåler og jeg fant 4 av de gamle vinglassene jeg samler på. En flott kasse med reklame, en stor gammel vedkasse, sinkbøtte og parafinlampe ble det også. Bak i bilen ligger også to fine gamle bord vi skal pusse opp!
We are having a quite week end in the valley of Valdres where my husband has his roots. The farm is a quite place with not people to disturb the animals that frequently visit the farm yard. Elk, deer, fox and an occasional lynx come for a visit. The houses are covered in snow now – quietly and patiently waiting for spring.
Coming here, we stopped by a second hand store in Dokka and also visited a family that was emptying a house for old furniture. Two lovely old tables are now stowed into my car. We are going to paint them once we get them home. I found 5 more blue cups for my collection and another 4 old wine glasses! An old wooden box, an old petrol lamp, a large wooden chest for wood and a bucket also found their way into the car.
The farm is furnished with bits and pieces from the farm. We have added a few things we have found at flea markets and garage sales. This is not a stylish place, but cosy and comfortable. Worn and ugly pieces of furniture are covered with white spreads and quilts. It’s just what we need to relax for a few days.
tirsdag 24. februar 2009
For my Christmas ornaments I have made boxes for many years. Now the time had come to make boxes for other bits and pieces. I think I have to make one with a geographical map also for holiday memories. Wouldn’t a box decorated with Chinese newspaper be nice for the photos and souvenirs from a trip to China? Every box could be decorated with a different theme depending on what’s going to put in them. This is almost free as well. The only thing I purchased to make them was paper glue. When I have finished decorating the box I am going to lacquer it to make it more resistant.
søndag 22. februar 2009
Er det noen som har linker til lignende danske blogger?
Here are some links to other French/Dutch blogs that I like very much to visit. If you click on the picture there is a link to the actual blog! If anybody can suggest any Danish blogs to me I would highly appreciate that you left me a messag! Thanks in advance!
torsdag 19. februar 2009
Jeg har shoppet mer også jeg - en ny stiftemaskin! Redskap må man ha! Har alltid likt å gå i "mannfolk butikker" for å se på forskjellig redskap. Det er noe som samboeren min slett ikke har noe imot å være med på.
I dag har jeg handlet på nettet derimot. Trumf-poengene min var plutselig blitt nok til at jeg kunne ta ut denne! Skal bli spennende å se om denne er bedre enn den manuelle jeg har hatt til nå. Liker at den kan bruke spiker - de syntes ikke så mye som de lange stiftene.
Ellers går det i rokokko her for tiden! En krakk til har vi fått ferdig med nytt trekk i samme stil som stolen. Den står nå bare å venter på at en kunde skal hente den i morgen!
Flere salongbord er snart ferdige også. Fremdeles står disse til tørk, men i morgen kan de nok flyttes på.
Disse skal jeg også legge ut for salg. Før jul hadde jeg flere slike og de ble borte med en gang. Dette bordet hadde utrolig flotte bein! Fortjenesten skal gå til noe koselig og gammelt til huset i Frankrike. Vi skal på påskeferie og det er midt i loppemarked sesongen i Frankrike.
Til slutt må jeg vise fram to stoler vi kjøpte på impuls da vi skulle hente et bord. Egentlig er vel trekket gyselig stygt, men litt morsomt også. Hva kaller man denne stilen da? Bohem kanskje? Ja, ja - foreløpig skal de få være i fred. Kanskje de blir litt fine mot hvite vegger og rolig bakgrunn? I gamlestua på gården i Valdres kanskje? Her er den ene - men jeg har to like!
Lørdag skal vi på langtur til Skien - og gjett hva vi skal? Hente flere møbler selvsagt! Et helt lass har jeg kjøpt. Det får bli et nytt innlegg i løpet av helga tenker jeg. Håper det er fine ting.
Yesterday, I put my blue and white chair up for sale at the Norwegian web page www.finn.no. After about a couple of hours I had several buyers for both the chair and the stool. Inspired by the interest people had for the chair I went to pick up two other similar chairs and a couple of coffee tables too. I had several tables like this before Christmas and they were sold as soon as they were finished.
But I have been shopping more – a new stapler! I hope this one is better than the old one I had. It can use nails as well as the usual staples so I am hoping the upholstering is going to be easier when I use this one.
The last chair I am showing is one of a pair I bought from a lady when I was actually going to pick up a table. I don’t like the pattern much – but I am going to leave them as they are for a bit – to see if I can live with the color and the pattern. It might well be that they will look better with fresh white walls and white curtains? They look a little bohemian to me…
Saturday we are going to Telemark (2 ½ hours each way by car) to pick up a load of furniture I have bought. I hope they are ok – at least from the pictures I have seen they do look nice.
Have a nice week ends out there – wherever you are in the world!
lørdag 14. februar 2009
Jaja, jeg var jo ute en tur for å kjøpe møbelbånd - jamen kom jeg ikke tilfeldigvis til å kjøre en omvei så jeg fikk luktet litt på noen bruktbutikker også..... Litt smått og godt og hvitt ble det jo! Dagen ble jo ikke mindre bra av den grunn!
Valentine’s Day- when was this celebration introduced in Norway? I can’t remember that this day even existed here just a few years back…. Honestly – I am not very fond of all these new days we all HAVE to celebrate. These days have a tradition in other countries but have been introduced here later – and they are often not rooted in any of our traditions. The gift shops of course can have some extra sale! I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mothers Day – or Halloween I’m afraid. I know a lot of women walking around with bad feelings because their husbands forgot one of these “very important” celebrations. Why not pay a little more attention the rest of the time – sit down and talk, use all the short moments we have to show that we care for each other.
My Valentine’s Day was perfect! I have spent it here at home, doing the small projects I have started. The chair I showed some time ago has been painted white and yesterday I managed to do the upholstery. I went for a little shopping, bought the ribbons I needed to finish and cover the nails. At the same time I accidentally came to a detour – and managed to stop by some second hand shops. As you can see I found some bits and pieces – mostly white porcelain.
Later in the evening I mad a nice meal for us and painted some more of the old furniture I have been buying lately. To finish the evening we watched Heartbeat on TV – I just love watching these TV series and I never miss it!
That was for me a perfect Valentine’s Day!
tirsdag 10. februar 2009
Jeg strikker på den største og groveste rundpinnen jeg kunne finne - med tredobbelt garn - og bytter farge når det ene nøstet er brukt opp. Enkelt og greit.
Da kan tankene svirre og jeg kan strikke og drømme og fantasere i vei! Har erfart at teppene blir penest og litt dusere dersom man bruker en grå tråd gjennom hele teppet. Dette teppet har det - det under har det ikke... Det aller fineste resultatet får jeg hvis den grå tråden er litt mørk og i mohair kvalitet!
Nå er restegarnet snart brukt opp - jeg må nok lete etter garn på vårens loppemarkeder. Det er omtrent en million tråder å feste så arbeidslaus blir en ikke selv om strikkingen er ferdig.
I have given up the granny squares. I cannot make them equal and square – so I have thrown away the few squares I made. I have gone back to knitting throws of my wool. I use three threads of different colour and change the yarn when one colour is finished. That is so easy and I can sit there knitting and dreaming of other things at the same time. I have noticed that the finished result is better if I use a grey colour through the whole project – the colours don’t come out that strong. The first throw has that grey yarn – the other has not. When the knitting is finished there are about one million loose ends to fix….
lørdag 7. februar 2009
Det var en super hyggelig kveld - spesielt morsomt for meg var det at så mange gjenbruks og loppeglade damer hadde møtt opp. Dere var som jeg hadde forestilt meg - kjempekoselige damer alle sammen! Tusen takk til Monas Lykkebo for at hun gadd å virkeliggjøre denne ideen om et treff!
Inspired by all the recycling ideas we have seen in bloggs and in books and magazines lately I am showing you a couple of square idea. Yes – I am a square person – I hope I do not have a square personality! If I have the choice between various patterns I will automatically go for the squares! I wonder if that means anything??? The bed spread is made of old cotton curtains, clothes and various scraps. I do not like the idea of purchasing new material to make a quilt! For me, the whole point of a quilt is to make use of old stuff. I have quilted by hand as my machine is not large enough to handle a double quilt. The table top was shown in an article in the French magazine Cote Ouest. Old wood has been cut into squares and a wooden tapesty covers a table top. A glass top makes in easy to clean. So the next time you are dismantling the walls in your home – make use of the old wood. Wouldn’t this look nice on a terrace by the sea?
Last night we had a gathering in Sandvika just outside Oslo. So many fun and resourceful ladies! We laughed and talked until it was time to close the restaurant. We exchanged ideas good advices related to our interest for decorating, and decided that this was not the last meeting! I truly look forward to the next one and hope it will be soon!
onsdag 4. februar 2009
Dette strikkede lappeteppet har mamma strikket i den tien hun var forlovet med pappa. Vi hadde det i sofaen i alle år og enda er det helt perfekt.
I went through the whole shop but did not find any. The young ladies working there were all busy chatting with a you couple that was going to buy some bed linen at reduced price so I was left waiting until one of them finally found a moment to answer my question. No – they did not have any! She did not know if they were going to have any either – so I left without even spending a penny. Well – I have seen some nice ones in a shop in a small place in Valdres – so the next time we are going to the farm I will stop there to have a look. I am sorry but this new shop did not score a lot of points with me!
I took a look around my house and found I had a lot of textiles with these strong colours and I am sure a rose carpet would be just perfect. I do like white textiles as well – but I prefer those with some strong texture. I am not a totally “white person” – I need colours around me to feel at home!
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