onsdag 10. september 2014

geriljastrikk på en måte - knittingproject with the children

Making stuff with the children is real quality time, for us all.
This time we tried our hand at geriljaknitting - of sorts -
This is the result.
A colourful piece of work full of laughs.
A tribute to Autumn colours.

Noe av det hyggeligste man kan gjøre synes jeg, er å lage ting sammen med ungene. Kvalitetstid av beste sort - for oss alle.
Denne gangen har vi prøvd oss på litt geriljastrikk - på et vis. En hyllest til høstfargene.

Pam xxx

torsdag 4. september 2014

Niste - Packed lunch

Hvorfor ikke pakke nisten i noe ekstra hyggelig?!
Min venninne hadde pakket nistelunch til oss i denne igår,
Lunch på en lysning i skogen, i sensommersolskinn.
Er det bare meg som tenker på Elsa Bescows historier? :)

Nisten inni var ikke mindre hyggelig

My friend packed a wonderful lunch for the two of us yesterday on our forest hike.
Just look at that pretty old lunch box! And what a treat inside! Jum!
I love everything non-plastic, represents something more lasting to me.
What a treat :)

God helg 
Happy weekend

Pam xxx

tirsdag 2. september 2014

Dollhouse renovations - Oppussing av dukkehus

What a tiring business it is
This renovating.
The lady and gentleman who have bought this big old house
Really have their work cut out for a while!
They put this sign up in their half-finished kitchen so they would remember to
Keep calm and drink

The animals still need feeding, in the midst of wood shavings and half-layed floors.

A Maileg table with two chairs (one of which had a fault and had to be changed) was the perfect housewarming gift from a dear friend. 
Tea for two
...or Coffee, as it were.

The lady of the house is a keen crafter, look what was in one of their many boxes.

I had better leave them to it, heaps to do l can see. Lets check in on them later shall we.

Oppussingen fortsetter.
Gulvlegging på kjøkkenet og Maileg bord med to stoler ankom samtidig! Ikke rart de måtte trøste seg med kaffe og muffins! Jeg lar dem jobbe videre og titter innom senere ;)

Pam xxx


fredag 29. august 2014

Making dollhouse furniture - lage møbler til dukkehus

DOLLHOUSE furniture aprox 1:6 scale.
Aprox. because the house is slightly smaller.

I used:
 empty box
Ice cream sticks
Piece of wood for top
Thin grill stick for curtain rod

Du trenger:
En valgfri tom eske
Fin kartong til å kle inni
Plankebit til toppen
Og grillpinne til gardinstang.

Teeny tiny table runner from a charity store.

Bitteliten håndheklet duk.
Fra bruktbutikken.

God helg dere :)

Happy weekend everyone
 Pam xxx

søndag 24. august 2014

New Dollshouse - Stort Dukkehus

I have bought a new (old handmade) dollshouse. It is huge, almost fashion doll scale. I have put my coffee cup on the floor so you can see just how big it really is.

It will need a lot of doing up and changing, as is transformed from a toy into a decoration. 
As l said, it is almost fashion doll scale. A Barbie is 29 cm, I will be custom making the dolls for this house. Probably roughly 25 cm. Years since I last made dolls, hope I'm not too rusty :).

I love the staircases, 3 of them.

Pretty wallpaper, a keeper perhaps.

...and look at the attic! Ahh the potensial. See my lounge window-view out of the small window? 

Great transformations ahead, stay tuned :).

Jeg har kjøpt et nytt gammelt dukkehus!
Det skal pusses opp og det skal spesiallages dukker i str 25 cm.
Elsker trappene, 3 stk! Og loftet, her skal det skje store forandringer, følg med :).

Pam xx

lørdag 23. august 2014

Going no ...poo

Anyone tried

Cutting out shampoo?
No - Poo!

There are lots of links out there
when you google it.
I first heard of it via the "Down to Earth" blog in my sidebar. A blog well worth the read!
Back to my hair.
I started a week ago,
I have heard it been said
That it will take five to six weeks before
One sees the full result.

What l did:

Take two bottles.
Bottle number one
Fill 1 litre + 1 tbl spoon bicarbonate of soda.
Pour over hair, massage in and allow to work a min.

Bottle number two
Fill 1 litre lukewarm water + 1 tbl spoon of vinegar.
Pour over hair.
Rinse out.

I am rather pleased sofar, 
One week and it's not getting fatty atall.
On the down side: slightly frizzy in the morning ( my son thought l looked a little like a troll)
But that is temorary l undertand, and my hair is very soft.

Will be back with an update.
Well worth a try,
Saves money and environment
and does me good.

Pam xxx

fredag 22. august 2014

Gone off my rocker - Nytt trekk på gammel slitt gyngestol

An old rocking chair looking delicious in new "dress".
I payed very little for the 
The fabric l had in my stash
Voila :-)

Poor old chair
Who would have guessed
That it was
Sooo very comfortable!!

En gammel gyngestol jeg kjøpte ifjor
For den nette sum av 150 -,
Stoffet hadde jeg.
Nyydelig å sitte i :)

søndag 17. august 2014

Meat and bone stock - hjemmelaget kjøttbuljong

Inspirert av ruskeværet, har jeg kokt kjøttbuljong. En stor pose suppeben har putret under lokk i 12 timer sammen med purre, etpar gulerøtter og litt krydderier. 

Making one's own stock is super easy and very satisfying. The meat bones boiled for 12 hrs along with some carrots, leek and a few spices. The finished liquid was then strained twice and put into containers to freeze.

One portion l saved and watered out
1 part stock, 2 parts water. That is what works best for me.

Homemade meat soup.
Contains a hoast of different vegetables, can vary with the seasons.
The warmth and goodness of this soup stays inside you for a long time on a cold day.

at weekends only ;-).
Big treat this time:
Sponge cake with strawberries and vanilla cream!

Luksus helgedessert:
Sukkerbrød med jordbær og vaniljekrem.



torsdag 7. august 2014

Glimt fra Lundby dukkehuset - a peek at the Lundby dollshouse

Tre etasjer Lundby  med hage.
Ett av mine miniatyr prosjekt.
Her er en liten titt..

Three story Lundby dollshouse with garden.
One of my minuature projects.
Here is a peek..

The above pictures are from the master bedroom.
The curtains and very soft bedclothes are sewn from my father-in-laws unused handkerchiefs.

Mykt sengetøy og gardiner er sydd av svigerfars ubrukte herrelommetørklær.

The half finished bathroom.
No lights working yet.

Et bad som mangler litt detaljer.
Ingen lys i vinduene enda.

Pam xxx

mandag 4. august 2014

Vakre Bergen og miniatyrprosjekt. Beautiful Bergen and miniatures for my project.

A holiday trip to Bergen.
More miniatures for my project and a beautiful city.

Tiny ornament. Bought in a tiny souvenir shop up the west coast. Fisherman and son.

From Bergen. Tiny Hanseatic houses for a dollhouse project.

More miniature souvenirs. The cannon is for the professor's study.

Narrow alley in Bergen. A well known tourist attraction. Bergen is now a modern European city, however at one time this is what it looked like. Nowonder fire and plague spread quickly.

View over Bergen from Fløyen. 
The cable cars were fun, at least for the two legged. Jenny wasn't atall sure.

I love coming to Bergen, a beautiful city, set between majestic mountains.

Pam xxx

lørdag 2. august 2014

perfectly imperfect

Kjøkkenet i det gamle huset.
Originale skap fra rundt 1900 er bevart.
Dessverre røk baksteovnen ut under velment "modernisering" en gang på 60' tallet.
Et hus med skjeve gulv og knirkende planker.
Et hus med sjel.
Perfekt uperfekt.
Akkurat som vi mennesker.
Vi strever alltid etter det perfekte
Men trenger vi det?
Kanskje uperfekt er mer enn bra nok?!

Kitchen utencils on display in the old house. 

This old farmhouse is from the beginning of 1900. The kitchen was modernized in the 1950's but happily the original cupboards were kept. 
There is a peaceful atmosphere here in this old house with it's creaky floors and tiny window panes, worn door steps and hand made timber walls and beams.
We have buildt a new house that is warm and easy to keep,
Somehow it is almost
Too perfect.
I have a love for the used, for
Life lived
For the
Perfectly imperfect.

Pam xx

tirsdag 29. juli 2014

Meet Solveig - Møt Solveig

Møt Solveig
Lille grå pusen i midten
Flytter inn hos oss om et par uker.
Her ligger de under et gammelt stolpehus i sommervarmen.

Meet Solveig
Tiny grey puss in the middle
Is coming to stay in a couple of weeks.

Pam x

lørdag 19. juli 2014

Sommer - Summer 2014

En tur på Setesdalsmuseet brakte tilbake gode minner hos meg. Her stod jo maken magasinovn som min farmor hadde! Syntes den var så fiin fremdeles, husker den så godt. Så mye god hjemmelaget mat hun tryllet fram på denne.

A visit to Setesdals museun brought back some fond memories for me, my gran had one just like this. Lots of homemade goodness was produced on this beauty.

Bridal costume from Setesdal.
Brudedrakt fra Setesdal.

Sommerkveld på trappa.
Summer evening on the door step.


My sons outdoor moveable summer rabbit cage is complete. Sindi is very pleased :)
Da var sønnens utekaninbur ferdig. Synes han har vært dyktig, Sindi er også veldig fornøyd :).

HOT here, phew. Feel a bit knocked out.
Veldig varmt om dagene, litt slått ut men elsker kontrastene i dette vakre landet.

Pam xxx

tirsdag 8. juli 2014

Summer moments - Landidyll, slik jeg vil ha det

Summer in the valley.
Almost three weeks have passed without the boys even asking to borrow the computer, they are far too busy.

Below are picures of yesterdays creative projects.
My youngest made a scarecrow to protect his strawberries and potatoes.
The eldest made two football goals for the field and my middle son made an outside rabbit run for his rabbit Sindi.

Sommer i dalen
Og ungene pusler med sine egne prosjekt.
De har snart hatt tre uker sommerferie og datamaskin har fått ligge avslått, de har ikke bedt om å få ta den fram.

Gårdagens kreative prosjekt:
Øverste bilde, minstemann laget fugleskremsel til jordbær og potetene sine.

Eldstemann bygget to fotballmål til jordet og ei dumphuske til lillebror.

Far i huset forsøker holde geiteramsen nede før den går i frø og sprer seg.

Hubby cutting the small field at the back of the old farm house.

I started a new cotton bedcover inbetween other tasks.

Mor har gjort mye rart
Blant annet begynt på et sengeteppe til enkeltseng i Gjestal bomull sport.

Mellomste sønnen har bygget utebur til kaninen sin, idag står et lite lunt hus for tur.

God sommer dere, husk at det gode liv
Er summen av de gode øyeblikkene.
Ikveld er det meldt torden, elsker hvordan lyden slår mellom fjellene her.

Remember the good life is the sum of all the tiny moments, small things.
Thunder and lightning forecast for this evening. Love the way it rolls between the mountains :)

Pam xxx

fredag 13. juni 2014

Å velge stil - Finding a style

It has often puzzled me how quickly things appear to get out-dated and passè. Trendsetters tell us what is the "right" colour this year and what is definately "not". I find myself feeling indignated and more than a little annoyed. I am not going to be dictated and preassured into buying new things because someone tells me I ought.
Because if I don`t buy it then my home isn`t really good enough?
Yeah right, nice try!

The irritation I feel every new season and the amount of commercials florating in today`s modern society (post/tv/radio etc.) has made me think a lot about

What I REALLY like and WHY I like it, the way certain things make me FEEL.

We decorate our homes with our feelings don`t we?
At least by a big part.
And that`s what the media does isn`t it, plays on our feelings when it comes to decorating our homes. Trendsetters create a setting and then fabricate a yearning in us to re-create that setting in our own lives.
That is how I see it.
And it makes me angry.

It has made me think, at least, and  have a closer look at my own home and some of my own choices.
It has brought me home,
made me realize more about how past and present are woven together.  

For me, my pondering has resulted in a far more practical approach to interior and a radical need to simplify. 
As a young girl I was determined to become a nun and own virtually nothing. That was long before I got tangled up in the commercial whirlwind and thought I needed heaps of stuff.
I grew up on a farm. My family lived pretty frugally after todays standards. Eating leftover meals "messapottages" was quite usual, mending clothes, re-using, making do, saving etc.
I didn`t realize until well into my thirties and struggeling to keep ut with the commercial circus that I had lost something along the way and needed to get "home".
The reason I was hating my new "lifestyle" so much was because it felt wrong and pointless.
I realized that I LOVE mending and re-using, eating leftover meals, saving and  making do!
AND I don`t really want new lounge curtains, even if the advert is shouting to me from the tv screen that they are on SALE!!


I am quite content.

Pam xx