Monday, October 31, 2011

Here goes!

 Well, after my moaning away a couple of weeks ago not being able to decide whether or not to start wallpainting I finally decided to just do it !

With my daughter at home I couldnt just turn the whole house upside down so I'ld take the paint job little by little, trying to finish two walls a day. I chose matte fast-drying paint and that way I could finish  two coats on two walls and put everything back fairly quickly. 

I'm so happy with my decision, and although it's barely visible in this photo I think it makes a huge difference.
Still two more walls to go just in the living room and then there's all the rest, but now it's easy.
The difficult decision making part is done!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halfway change

I'm spending a couple of stolen hours after my daughter's bedtime with the granny square blanket that I started crocheting earlier this summer.

I had gotten this far -
when I finally decided it was all wrong. 

So now I'm adding a white round to every square, and it completely changes the look of it.

Granny squares are easy to crochet but gives you quite a lot of needlework afterwards.  Not particularly looking forward to that...

Beautiful collection of colours although late evening light changes the colours somewhat.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

We ate it all

It's scary!
How fast time passes.
Just now it was Friday afternoon - start of the weekend,
and now it's suddenly Sunday evening
and weekend is over.

It's not all bad - every day life is good too.

It's just that I wonder
- where does time go?!

I had decided to do two things during the weekend:
1. to excercise and 2 to bake a chocolate cake.
And that if did the first
I could do the second .

I did both:)

Brought the cake on a family visit and we ate it all:)

Wish everybody a happy week!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Story of a blogname

The little girl looked up at the top of the two floor high house. She was astonished to see how impressive it looked.
It was her house - homy and comfy on the inside - yet so big and massive on the outside!

So when she was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up the little girl's answer came without hesitation and with no further ado:
-A high house!

People smiled at this, and wondered, and the mom was slightly worried...

As time passed the little girl's facination was drawn to other things.
Now she had moved her interest to the big box in the living room with
 the fun buttons, deep base and foreign voices
- the radio.

And it impressed her.

So one day the kitchen door flung open and the little girl came in. The mom looked up from what she was doing.
- Now I don't want to be a high house when I grow up any longer! the little girl announced.

-Oh, said the mom - intrigued; maybe there was hope for her little girl after all.
-What do you want to be then? she asked with raising expectations.

The prompt anwer from the little girl brought her right back again though:

- Now I want to be a radio!

I have linked up with the beautiful blog Mrs. Hardy who has got a challenge to tell the story of the blogname.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Decision making is so hard

Things are at a stand still here.
While I'm trying to decide whether or not to take on a paint job on all the walls in the house.

It's not strictly necessary but it would look sooo nice.
The walls are already whitish but I would like them to be all white.
That's on the pro side
plus that it would be a lot easier to do it now than later because of some other wall constructing projects. 

On the con side is that I had an idea to finish projects before starting new ones 
plus that I'm not sure I'd have what it takes to finish the job.
 The last thing I need is yet another project that doesn't finish.

So I'm pondering back and forth.
Meanwhile everything is at a stand still.

The living room looks a mess,
with materials, fabrics, equipments and tools all over.
This is the only nice corner.

I have to make a decision!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Autumn sugar

I'm all set for sweetening my coffe - or tea!

I've been goody shopping at the store Søstrene Grene. Found this lovely butterfly milk jug there.
Just couldn't resist it.

Also these bowls with rubber soles were so stylish, particularly that the soles had the same colour as traditional office rubber bands.

Perfect for serving sugar.

Hung up a basket - thought I'd keep trivets and pot holders and such in it.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Old album

Recently I found the first album I ever bought way back when:
a collection of ABBA hits I bought in 1980.
As a little girl I was a huge ABBA fan.
The cover's hysterical and so cool I just had to put it up for display.

Fun idea: bags made of sheets from an atlas, from a now closed store, Mint.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New magazine

After seeing quite a few posts about the new interior decoration magazine Studio I was very curious as I sat down to look through the first issue of this magazine.
I wasn't disappointed:
it was really cool and  inspiring about living in small spaces.
Right up my ally.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A pile of pillows

Working on sewing covers for the seating pillows on the dining room bench. 
I've finished four of them, two to go. And after that there are the back pillows to be made...

I used the old cover as a template. 

Got out the sewing kit and the fabrics. 

The prewashed fabrics were ironed to make it easier to work with. 

The covers were made out of one piece 100x44 cm to fit a pillow size 41x41 cm. 
Made a fold to keep the cover on the pillow. 

Sew across the corners 2,5 cm from the top. 

This was fairly easy as I allow some charming irregularities in matters of size and angles and straightness and such. 
So I'm working on. 
Can't wait to redress the dining room bench. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

On the landing - furry places part 1

It's funny how you can go completely blind at your own house. 
I have - and I'm amazed!

On the landing, just off the stairs, I've put up a bookshelf
- for books and stuff. 

And underneath it there is a not-yet-unpacked box from when we moved in and the old TV - placed there a couple of years ago just because they didn't have anywhere else to go at the moment, and ever since been invisible!

Until now. I took the box (with the I-don't-know-what's-in-it content) and the old TV and shoved them into the upstairs closet.
 The fire extinguisher was, in the heat of the moment, just moved to another corner of the upstairs hall (which is so not a brilliant solution, but at least then it wouldn't show in the pictures)

And when all was removed this revealed itself...

a really furry floor...

Got that cleaned up.

To fill the new empty space I found some stuff around the house that didn't have a proper home but at least a potential to be decorative: a pile of books left in the stairs, an old ceramic flower pot shoved in under the shoe cupboard in the downstairs hallway and a retro camera bag left behind the door in my bedroom.
A wooden box that was sitting in the garage.

It was full of wholes from wood worms eating away in the wood.
Before I took inside I knocked all this wooden dust out of it - the wood worms must have had a feast. 

Just right for a pile of books.

So much better meeting this when coming up the stairs. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fabric decision

For a long time I've been meaning to sew new covers for the pillows on the dining room bench. 
I want to change the colour scheme to mostly black&white. 
I've been putting it off for a long time but now I've decided on the fabrics and that might be a good start.  

And also - yesterday my blog was featured in nib - Norwegian interior blogs, an incredibly inspirational blog. 
I'm so proud and thrilled.

And slightly shaken - to think that I so recklessly have showed off our clutter
and proudly presented newly filled bags of trash...
ah, well-well...

Thanks to the ladies at nib and to everyone who stopped by my blog and for all the sweet comments and to all who has joined as followers.
This is so much fun:)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Still life with changing candles

Despite my ban on unnecessary purchases for the house I came home from the charity shop the other day with this battered old bowl with the charming brown decor. 
Very suitable for the season. 

These are colours I really like right now: 
Brown, petrol blue, pale dusty green and mossy green.

The brown milk bottle is a find from my mothers basement. 
The little green book is from a library sales earlier this year.

The petrol blue candle was a bit dark so I switched it for one in a lighter pale blue-green.    

Funny how quickly it gets dark these days. 
From the first till the last picture it only took a few minutes but look how the light changed.