Monday, 23 February 2009

Baby quilt part 4, I need some advice!

First of all, thank you so much for all the congratulations on the birth of our daughter! We're still pretty tired but in a state of constant bliss! :)

Back to topic... quite obviously I didn't finish my baby quilt in time but as we've started to settle down a little I think it's time to get the work done! My only problem is I just don't know what fabric to pick for the border... Can you please help me out?

No. 1) a beige fabric with dots and flowers in purple, dark orange and white ( I've used it in the quilt too)

No. 2) a Light green fabric with flowers in a darker green colour

No. 3) A pale pink (gammalrosa in Swedish) fabric with dots in a lighter pink colour

No. 4) A "Tilda-ish" chequered fabric in white, pale pink, brown and beige

Or maybe none of the above? Do you have any other colour suggestions?

For more pictures of the quilt, have a look here and here.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009


On Thursday 12.02.2009 our daughter was born.

2800 g

46 cm

Love of our lives.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Vintage knitting

As I told you just a few weeks ago I've recently taken up knitting again and when I found this knit-along I thought - why not? It seems like a nice way to get inspired, to exchange patterns and to actually finish something :)

I've actually anticipated by knitting this baby helmet and it was so quick to do, I've decided to make another one and maybe something else from the same book from the early 70's.

Of course you are all welcome to join us! :)

Wednesday, 4 February 2009


There are a lot of different challanges circulating in bloglandia and just for fun I've chosen to take up these two: (if anyone likes to take on the challenges please let me know, I'd love to read see/read about you! :) )

1. Show the 4th photo in the 4th folder of your My Pictures folder.

It's a photo of my bridesmaid with her bouquet. To the left you can glance my wedding dress which is the traditional dress from my area, Värendsdräkten. Me and my mum sew and embroidered it together.

Here are the rules: Bold the things you’ve done and post on your blog! (It's pretty american but I think it's fun! I found it on this cute blog.)

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band (played the bass in the teacher's band at work...)

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea.

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch, does a craft count?
15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris – saw it, but didn’t go to the top

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class - does tai-chi count?

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Been a Girl Scout

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve

86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating, does boiling shellfish alive count?
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Got a tattoo

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

Monday, 2 February 2009

February embroidery

As you maybe have noticed (and I have blogged about it before) I change the top right picture on my blog every month. My grandmother made these embroideries sometime in the 70's and most of them are from the book "Korsstygnsrosor och andra mönster" (1974) by the wonderful Gerda Bengtsson, famous for her cross stitch patterns of plants and flowers. I can't find any information about her in either Swedish or English, but you can read more about her here in Italian.

I think my grandmother invented this particular pattern herself but I'm not sure, does anyone of you know?
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