Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Couldn´t resist....

in trying to make a post from Dads computer.... on a slow modem...
so no pictures in this post..
Just a little sign of life from me...
sitting in the North of Sweden.... with temps outside of
-32 C .....brrrrrrr....
freeeeezing!!!!!
But we have a cozy fire burning... and playing games and just enjoys!!!
Middle brother is coming today with his family... so the quiet days will be over..lol..

Miss you all and long to see what have happened in blogland...
See you soon...
and Happy New Year to you all!!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas...



I have not packed finished....
I have not finished my gifts....
Will wrap one unfinished..lol...

But I guess it will be Christmas anyway!!! :o)
Will celebrate Christmas with my parents this year
 and we will stay over New Year too...
So see you all at
2010!!!! 
:o)
Hope you will have a wonderful time with friends and family!!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Last Sunday before Christmas...

and I do miss my package openings already... :o)
I opened up the last ones today...
What a great way to spend Sunday morning with...

I want to thank you all dear friends for my wonderful Sundays...
I have received so many lovely gifts...
and this Sunday no exception...


Thankyou!!!

This weekend I have been home alone...almost...
oldest daughter came home to spend the holidays...
so we have had some time to catch up while the Guys have been at tennis camp!!!

Peace and quiet......
and some lovely sewing!!!
5 gifts have been made...
Two will go in the mail tomorrow...
Three will have to wait for some wrapping tomorrow...
and then it will be delivered to another friend..:o)

Ahhh.. Im getting closer!!!!! :o)
Sorry no photos...
maybe some sneaky pictures...but dont know yet...
We will see..
See you soon...
Work week...and busy with packing for trip to my parents...
Take care..
And dont stress ..it will be Christmas anyway!!!
(This is what I have been saying to myself for several weeks now...lol..
do you think it has helped...;o)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Surprised....

..that is just the first name...
I have been fooled by a much more sneaky person than myself.. and I who thought I was sneaky with my giveaway...lol..

Oh ..this started quite a while ago...
with me mailing and admiring a pattern  she had sewn...
and oh yes she said.. that she happily would send me the pattern when she was finished with it...

So I waited... :o)
and then one day ...she had some items for sale on her blog...
and I loved especially one fabric range she had for sale...
"Anticipation" by Sandy Gervais...
but ohh... it would cost a a large sum of money just to send...
So I had to let it go...
And then she said...
I have a better idea.. and you wont be disappointed...

Ok I said... :o)
And ..

SURPRISE!!!!!

this came....
from who...
oh yes the one and only
Darlene


She had some charms to send me...

Oh Happy Days...:o)
Oh.. they might be used for a Schnibble some month..:o)

And so this grand surprise...

She gave away her quilt...
with the hens I had  admired...
(no pattern.. the QUILT!!!! )
HUH !!!
Oh my goodness.. this is so wonderful....and
I really dont know what to say...
Im so touched...
 with all my heart..I want say
 thank you Darlene 
for your wonderful gift!!!
You sure surprised me!!! :o)
But hey ...there was something more...

What a day and what a boost I got...
I actually sewed with a smile...and finished up some gifts ...
and yesterday they went  in the mail... :o)

And today I got a package too in the mail...
and Im still patting this one...
I havent decided if I shall open or save for Christmas...

Any way... I have promised not to show anyway...
so You just have to wait and see after Christmas...
but I can look..lol...
Hope that is ok..Pat...;o)


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Third Advent....

and I had one more wonderful morning opening packages from my friends...

A Lovely red Heart for Christmas...it is so pretty...
Thank you Louise...

May Britt...
How could you know I needed one of theses pens???

Thank you so much... May Britt!

And when I opened this one.. I thought....
Wow.. . I could have blown my nose with style if I had
had it at the beginning of the week..lol..

But on the other hand...
they are to pretty to use..;o)

Thanks Hanne..
will keep them in my bag.. for emergencies...:o)

And Marica..
what a gift today... Love it....

A pincushion to match my scissor case from first Sunday...and pins....
and a lovely little kit to make a gorgeous bag...
and she even printed out a lovely old photo for me...
Think she knows me too well.. this way ...maybe it wont be placed in my drawer for pretty things... with things I cant decide on to do with..:o)
Thank you Marica....

Ahhh.. have I told you..
This is fun..:o)
Have a wonderful week all..
Back to work tomorrow...
still got the cold... but work is waiting...


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Been at home ...

with a nasty cold since Tuesday......
finally better today...

Mum have been here for her X-ray...
so now we just have to wait for Doc´s orders...
and hope for the best.
Otherwise nothing big have been created at my place..
just small little things...

I decided to celebrate my two years of blogging and 300 posts..
and I have made a little something for
a winner...

Been a little sneaky here..
think I like to have it that way...
I love all your comments and Im happy with that..
I dont need to have thousands of readers...
so I have counted comments from the three last posts..
...since my two years day...
Today Viktor helped me out...with a little cheering on from his buddies
...Albin and Lukas... :o)

Some got as much as three votes in the tin...
one for every comment made...
then we took a little pause....
No .. we did draw the winner before tea... ;o)
just teasing a little...
Oh... that was a nice little break..
Are you curious who won????

Ok..
It is someone who have a Passion for something..
She loves to applique... :o)
And her name is...

Carrie.. :o)

So Carrie...
if you see this...
please email me with your address... :o)

I want to thank you all for still visiting me after two years of
various attempts made in the quilting department...
Your comments means all to me..
Without you
I wouldn't keep on doing this..
So thank you  all my friends out there!!!
You are my Rays of Sunshine!!!
:o)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Second Advent...

and I have had my Mum here for a visit...
guess what no xray ... just another examination at the hospital...
where they said that the muscle was damaged and probably
will need a surgery to be ok...

So a new appointment must be scheduled
hope brother can help out with the cows again...

The week flew to fast ...
as always... just work..and work...
On Monday I got two more packages in the mail...
One from May Britt...

Lovely lace and pink buttons....
Love them...:o)

And packages from Louise... :o)

Ohhh.. this is so fun...
Lovely scented candle and a beautiful matchbox....

Thankyou Girls!!!!

On the weekend  and on Monday I worked like a maniac.. and I really thought
I was going to make the deadline for the Schnibble  of November...
But NAH...
I didn´t... :o)

This time I worked with old Swedish repro fabrics...
probably from the 70´
I like them a lot..even if they are not the kind of fabrics and
colour scale I use to work with...
Some fabrics is from my Grandmother...
some from work and some I have bought...
Hope to finish this top now in December...

Today It was the second Advent..
and that means...
Package Opening!!!!!

Oh.. so pretty gifts I have received...
I love them all...
Buttons...fabrics... cute little box and a  pink heart clamp...
I think these friends know what I love...
Thank you All
  Hanne, May Britt, Marica and Louise!!!!
FUN:::FUN:::FUN:::
:o)

And guess what.. this was my 300 rd post..
and Im working on a little surprise for someone...
Dont know when it will be finished...
hopefully soon...
Have a good week all..
see you soon!!



Sunday, November 29, 2009

First Sunday in Advent ...

...and I love the start of Christmas...
decorations.. the first candle to lit...and just
take Christmas joy in your soul....

We don´t celebrate it in a special way... just with a little
saffron bread... and an extra cozy day...
So I got up early and baked...

...mmmmmmm...
Baking with saffron...
...first smell of Christmas...
I long for my afternoon tea and a slice of this bread...
Viktor already have tasted... :o)
(by the way he is better... no fever... and just coughing)

Advent bread
150 gr of Butter
5 dl of milk
0,5 gr saffron
50 gr yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dl sugar
ca 12-14 dl wheat flour
Filling...
Mandelmassa
(when translating it said  Marzipan... 
well I dont know if its the same thing)
Butter
Raisins


Melt butter, poor milk in the melted butter..and let it be 37 C...
add saffron in the milk
disperse the yeast in a bowl...and add buttermilk and dissolve..
add salt, sugar and wheat flour.. 
and work the dough to a shiny but not to firm dough..
Let it rest at least 30 min...
Prepare filling...
Grate the Marzipan..and stir in butter to a soft consistence..


Now the dough should have risen to double size... 
work on the table some more ...
split in two parts...
Roll out to a rectangle..
and spread on the filling...and sprinkle raisins over..
Roll it together...
and divide in to bits and place in a buttered form...
Set aside to rest for another 30 minutes...
Bake out the other one... :o)


Brush with egg and add pearl sugar


Bake in oven...
225 C for 12-15 min
If you make small ones.. bake for 8 minutes..


Good luck...
ENJOY!!!

Last year May Britt introduced me to a new fantastic tradition..
Advents gifts...
So this year I sent to... May Britt , Hanne, Marica and Louise...

And I have received from Hanne...

oh..my gosh how fun this is...
and I love to open gifts...
Thanks Hanne!!! 
for the lovely and cute little stitchery!!!

And these ones I got from Marica...
And opened my first one...

oh my..
Isnt this the cutest scissor pouch you have seen...
and she made me a lovely scissorfob too...
now I have another one for my other scissor.. :o)
Thanks Marica!!!

Hope you all will have a wonderful First Day of Advent...
and I want to thank everyone that made comments and cheered me on...
Feeling love from others ... mends a lost soul..
at least I did feel a lot better afterwards...
So thanks for being there for me...

It seems that I did pass my 2 years of blogging yesterday..
Thanks Marica for seeing that!!
Time do fly fast sometimes.. and these 2 years have been wonderful!!
Thanks to you all.. :o)
It might be a surprise someday...
not just sure yet of what... well sort of...lol..
but it will come..
you just wait and see!!

Hugs...


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanks for asking...

where I am... :o)
Thank you my friends...
Im still here...
just a little bit down due to darkness and weather
I HATE THE DARK and COLD DAYS...
pheew... and they will long for very VERY long...

Dont have any energy when coming home and
don't feel for either blogging or sewing..
and I don´t like that... so I feel sad for that too...

...from my window at the sewing room...
white and light...
and after that it started to rain and getting grey and DARK...
Even Viktor complained about the short daylight...
But this weekend the weather have changed a bit and I have
 seen the sun for two days...
so I hope it will stay like this for a  while...

In the middle of all the "darkness" a little sunshine was sent
 to me as an early Christmas gift...
Australia...
Stina..she said.. you have to open it right away...
and she didn't have to tell me that twice!!!! :o)

 Isn't this the most beautiful and fantastic little tree...
Love the little yo yo flowers in Christmas colours...
It will be a real pride and joy to decorate next weekend
It will look wonderful beside my other white tree...
Thank you Lyn!!!

Nothing much have been made around here...
sent some blocks to Marica in our Mini block swap with Louise..
recived Louise´s beautiful blocks...
but these I cant show yet... :o)

And this weekend I hoped for some sewing...
but still nothing have been done...
sigh..
but I made a blogentry.. didn´t I??
So what have happened ...
The Yearly Old fashioned Christmas Market
was held this weekend in Öjebyn where I live...
It is held in the old part with the Church and the old small
church cottages...
(This is by the way on my way to work..
and I love walking around among the old houses...)

And see.. the sun is shining...and NO snow!!!
I love to go here...
a lot of nice handcrafted items are for sale...
just wish I had LOTS of Money!! :o)

See ...what I mean...

Love the bracelets made of tin thread and leather...
And the Yule Goats made of spruce rice...
and lovely Wirework... this I would love to learn!!!
follow the link and take a look at what he makes!!!
I did some shopping there... :o)

And I also shopped here...

at Marias lovely shop
"JAG BLOMMAR"
(Take a look at her lovely blog!)
I bought myself a PEP talk picture!!!
A reminder...to have a
"Happy Day"
So..
I hope from now on.. it will only be light and
happy days..and some sewing for me!!!
And a quick recovery for my Mum that took a nasty fall
this week and hurt her shoulder and arm really bad..
hope it wont be necessary with an operation..
Hang in there Mum!!

See you soon I hope.. hope it wont be this long until next time!!!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Where was I ???

Hmmm...
Quiltweekend  last weekend
and a challenge with scraps from Marica...

She told us before we went to take small scraps with us..
so okidoki I grabbed my small pieces and
wondered what could be made from them... :o)

How was I to know it was going to be something
I definetly needed!!!!
Marica had prepared small bags with
snaphooks, cute buttons...and a tiny little flower...
And this is what it became...
...Lanyards....
Thanks for a fantastic idea Marica..
I have used mine all the time since then...
and it is GREAT!!! :o)

Earlier that week I got this in the mail...
...a fantastic pre Christmas gift...
Pink scissorfob.... Christmas Pincushion..
and sweet red buttons... :o)
from Sandy at
in Argentina...
Thankyou so much Sandy...!!

Ok.. after showing my picture of the quilt in the machine the other day.. I have had lots of questions regarding the black "thing" ontop of my quilt!!!

When we went to Norway last month
I visited my Machine Doc...
and he fixed my machine so I could quilt..Thankyou for that..
but then he also had this ...
Ok.. I had looked on it before..and asked and you know all that kind of questions..Is it good...does it work??? And so on..
So he said.. take it home and test...:o)
And so I did...finally.. after backproblems..and whatever...
So did I like it???
Definitely not at first...
didn't get the hang of it...
(need that DVD... that was supposed to come along with it)
Does anyone else have the Fab-U-motion???
TIPS thankyou!!! :o)

But after a while I kind of got along...
and best of all I could sit pretty long times behind the machine
 quilting with no stress on arms and shoulders...
So I shall quilt one more to test..
but I think I like it! :o)

Took my schnibble out for some air today....
and took pictures...l
..and I have hanged my new quilt on its
place in the livingroom/kitchen...
Do you think husband have seen it yet??? ;o)

Hope for another and better week than the last one..
WITHOUT nasty surprises...
To make long story very short..
Make sure friends are friends...
my daughter found out this the hard way!!
HUGS to you all...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Schnibble is finished!!!!

One hour before midnight...
:o)
And I love it...
But I promise to be back in the morning with another post
 and to answer emails... sorry for the delay!!!!
Good night..
See you tomorrow!!!
Wow
A finish!!! :o)

Friday, October 30, 2009

I´m working like a maniac....

....but I don't think I will make the deadline...
for my Schnibble!!!
At least half is quilted... and will get up in the morning and quilt some...
 and after that it is tennis all day!!!

So I will be back with news from last weekend...
PROMISE!!!!! :o)
Life has been UP And DOWN!!!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quick report...

Having fun....
Just the word friends and quilting sounds good doesn't it???
So just a quick report this morning  for
for you to see what I worked on  yesterday!!
..and this was actually finished within an hour...
back with pictures... :o)

And then I got working with this one....
OHHH.. I opened up a Layer Cake...
My first...lol...
and fast....just within a day...huh...
not even standing on a shelf for months...:o)
and a little progress to show... :o)

No.. now it´s time to go...
for another day with quilting!!!
See you later

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Back from Arjeplog...

with some "cold" pictures from my morning walk
at my mothers and fathers farm....
I just love the old and rusty stuff my dad have at the farm...
old and forgotten but still alive....

Had a really nice time with my parents and my brothers family....
Oh so fun it is to visit home and all my loved ones!!

New week coming and hope it will be a good one...
Quiltweekend coming this weekend...
and I so look forward to it!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Last weekends sewing...

...and then I finished the top I started in Norway...
my version of Gail Pan´s
"Laila´s Garden"

Made mine scrappy as always...
and in my favorite colours!!!

Stina´s Garden... :o)

Thought I should have it quilted by now... but nah...
some bugs came in between and back didn´t allow me to spend so
much time behind the sewing machine..
And this weekend we will go to Arjeplog and visit our parents!!!
So no sewing...

This came in the mail this week....
from Rachel at

She was so kind to send me her pattern after she
 finished her lovely baskets!!!!
It is such a pretty quilt...
fell in love with Rachels version...
(that she had in a giveaway some time ago)
and I long to make myself one now!!!
Thankyou Rachel!!!!

And more mail dropped in the mailbox....

Lovely lovely beads from Robyn 
She used this for her bag and these were left
Hope to find the magazine that her pattern is published in???..
Have anyone seen Down Under Quilts in Sweden???
Thanks Robyn!!!!!
They will be very pretty on my bag!!! :o)

Hope you all will have a lovely weekend...
see you later...
I have packed my winter clothes...
they say its cold and snow ...
so I better dress myself warm!!!