Birdy Namnam

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If you lay on the porch swing in the afternoon (if it’s sunny and warm enough) there is a swish and inbound swish and a swish again and you wonder how they do it. Manage to fly over the awning and not come in under. Who?

IMG_3313This bird and possibly her mate flying out and in, fixing food IMG_3315If you zoom in you see her yesterday I even caught her sitting on the edge of the nest. It must be the very best nesting place – on top of the drainpipe opening and under a bit of roof, secluded and safe. We had one gal there some yeas ago that we named Berta, but we suspect she thought we (dogs and all) disturbed her too much and left. This one (Berta2) stoically persists, we haven’t heard any chipper yet, but since they fly back and forth, the babies might be there anyhow. Interesting it is.

Empty nest

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The DH persuaded me to finally take the Janome 7700 to the dealer in the city (he drove, The DH not the dealer) for a much needed service. The machine has behaved (like my cellphone does) for the last year and have cracked two bobbin holders during it’s life time. Imagine my surprise when the girl in the shop recognized me…..Now I’m left with this, a big empty spaceDSC_1713Maybe during this week I will be able to get the hang of that embroidery I showed you in the last post? There is always hope ;) I feel kind of daunted though.

Tonight will be Souvlaki, Tsatsiki, grilled Halomi cheese and grilled bread.

Out of my depth

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totally. OK, so I’m not an embroidery person. I know how, every stitch almost, but never had the patiens. I have had two project in a cubed for almost 18 years I think, never being inspired to finish them. But in order to have something to occupy myself with, like when chilling out in the greenhouse I ordered a set from a Spanish on-line shop I ordered from before. Today it arrived.  DSC_1709OMG, here I was thinking I had ordered something like embroideries take on paint by numbers, that I can handle, but instead came a blank piece of hand dyed fine linnen and some (admittedly) gorgeous silk floss.DSC_1710And this DSC_1711Holy crap, there is a description and this drawing to go by – I will need much stronger glasses to be able to count these linnen threads, that’s for sure.

Feel free to laugh your butts of, but Im pretty sure that the Otlite LED portable lamp I got from Trish will come very handy. If only I can find a way to direct the light to the linnen….maybee clip it to the neck of a sweater? This is going to be very interesting…

Meanwhile I cast my creative thoughts round these fun pieces. It’s like being a kid allover again :)DSC_1712

Ringaling

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I do have been extremely silent, but my creative sense of being had gone MIA. But the other day I was starting to feel fed up with reading only and said to myself: do something fun, something that everyone and their mother seem to be doing these days. Very inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s takes on Double Wedding Ring quilts (that woman is simply amazing!!!) but (sadly) I don’t own a Sizzix cutter( poor me), so I have to make do with a very sturdy set of acrylic templates DSC_1704
. Got them some years ago when I made may first and only DWR for my darling MIL. Works just fine except that I truly would need these kind of things that can rotate, so I don’t have to pick up and rotate the fabric…

Well anyhow, throw caution in the wind and did my now version of “15 minutes of play” (also Victoria FWs idea) and went ahead. Result: DSC_1705And of course, the picture don’t look like the reality ring and honestly, I think I can do a bit more playful choices of colors the next round. At least the red greenhouse is filled with ….green bild 1 bild 2 bild 3It’s so full I can hardly move in there due to typical cold Swedish nights when the dahlias, brugmansias etc would freeze to death if I brought them outside. Planned to wash the windows on the inside, but it’s cold and raining heavily so I stan inside, trying to find some more exiting fabrics in my stash and work on my color placement skills.

Hope the weather is better wherever you are.

Bargain

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The other day I went to my local Lidl store cause I hade seen an ad for summer plants. So I scored:
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They are all in new pots along with two new dahlias (the former developed some strange insect “invasion” and the leaves started to drop like the pots was all dried out). So I cut of all the stems and re-planted the tubers. Also bought some small pots of lavender and sempervivum and planted the new grape vine – red and very tasty according the label.

 

 

 

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I’m on a gardening roll :D

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Hiatus

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Finished the re-making of the “planetary” circles on the Infinity and now??? Thanks to Beth advice I have ordered a cross stitch embroidery kit. WTF quite a few might say including my former work friends at Huddinge Hospital ;) That order is probably two weeks away from arriving and I feel kind of restless. Pottering around the windowsills filled with plants, re-pooted seedling and seed trays exchanged with visits in the greenhouse. Re.planting, planting, making plastic cups ready for sweet pea seeds and just enjoying myself. In my mind I plan some so called miniature gardens, like tiny dollhouses/show cases with a gardening theme. Saw that Amazon sells stuff for these kind of arrangements so I need to find some novels (or a whole bunch of them) since I’m out of captivating stuff and try not to go over board with tiny thing purchases.

Sam is in South Africa at African Dream Horse Safari since last Sunday and even though we don’t talk, at least I get occasional PMs on Face Book and – he figures in the background of the horsey girls pictures. And he does rides and does his very best even though he is not the most experienced of them. Tomorrow they are having an outing to the Kruger park… I am NOT envious at all, at all….

Me, I’m going to IKEA tomorrow. have a lovely weekend

Now you see it – or you don’t

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First of all images

We start of the 4 day Holiday here with Long Friday. When I was a kid my parents (and probably all others as well) had the notion that this was a day when you had to be bored – no fun stuff at all .o

So when all usual day to day things are done, and I replanted both cucumbers and the fuchsia cuttings, I want to sew. But since I can’t com up with anything I feel like making and the actual quilting is a far away in the future, I decided to re-do some of the parts on the Infinity. Like the planet type circles where the metallic bases are uneven and I only sewed down three strands of floss.old-planetTook out the circles and threads and came up with the brilliant (?) idea of crocheting  a long line with two strands and stitch it back on:planets-newYou all see the difference – right?

Have a lovely weekend all!

The deed is done

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So Infinity is finished. Well, not finished finished, but the top is done. After thinking this way that that I realized that there was only one way to handle that double border – unstitch it and re-sew them one at a time. DSC_1687Now I will pack it away, to await the call from a quilter but it will take a very long time before that happens. As long in fact, that The DH stared me and asked what I was thinking, not being able to complete it for that long. But I can be kind of stubborn too and I know what I want. When it returns home there will be some more embellishment and binding.

This has been a like a 2 year project which started with an ad for the very prestigious Swedish auction house Bukowskis. this is what I saw: rabatten_rod_stor2A carpet designed by the Swedish textile artist Barbro Nilsson in 1944. The asking price is merely SEK 592 450 (incl. Swedish VAT 25 %). The minute I saw it I knew that I wanted to make a quilted variation of it and your who know me and have followed the process here, know how many takes of the hexagons I did ;) And all the variations of the rest of the design…no strange thing it has taken so long to get it done.

Almost everything is hand appliquéd except for the Bollywood bends and the compass needles. Some might ask why I don’t quilt it myself but 1) I don’t own a long arm machine 2) but two domestic Janome and 3) my imagination for great quilting is zilch and I don’t know why, but my brain refuse to work when I have to wring a piece though my machine. I think it is far more easy to let your body do the work of steering a machine than pushing the quilt this way and that. I do long (long, long, long) to own a long arm machine, but have come to realize that even though it may be financially possible in the future (and The DH has promised me one), I will have no support and no one to teach me, no one to ask..just me all alone here in Sweden. There are as far as I know (but I don’t know it all) only 3 people here who ones one of these marvels, but they use mostly pantographs and maybe computer aided as well. That I don’t want to do…call me snobbish but for me the actual quilting is form of real art. I know I know, one has to practice, practice and then practice some more, but it’s a vast difference between doing smaller stuff like exercise pads and try to make Infinity shine.

So I find solace in the green stuff and have been to yet one more garden centre today :) The silly dog Arwen is in false prejudgers and does the most stupid things, like tearing a hole in a down duvet. Thank heaven there is doggie meds for this behavior.

I dream a little green dream

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After some years of gardening hiatus I’m back and can’t understand what stopped me since it is so rewarding. Just look at one of the dahlias

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They have both grown like 1.5in and the real leaves shows.bild 1-9And the gladiolus have sprouted as well as the cucumbers bild 3-3I realize that I might have been a bit too early with these, I will probably end up with having them climbing allover indoors. Especially since the lovely spring days now are over and the C are close to zero and some sort of snowy rain is falling outside :(

At work they think I have gone over board but hey I only planted seeds for: two varieties of basil, sage, physalis, three sorts of cucumbers, 6 tomatoes, seven hot chilies, three sweet peppers and one melon as well as one black calla and pot with like 10 ranunculus rhizomes (not sure what these little things really are called). I have some flowery seeds left, but I think I will hold out a bit longer.

Oldest son is taking riding lessons on his free time (which isn’t much since he start at 7.30 and finish round 5 at work practice at Kolmården) that he need for his trip to South Africa in 3 weeks. Youngest son is having a day out with school – Romme 3 hours north they are skiing downhill. First time for him ever and I admit we are a very strange family Swedish wise, since we don’t to go fjällen every year as “everyone” else is. Just hate snow and cold and prefer to save my vacation time for the warmer months.

Tomorrow there will be a much needed appointmentnwith my fantastic hairdresser – yay.

 

 

Spending some money

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They say that eucalyptus is one though m-f to propagate from cuttings, but since I can’t find a plant I bought a sprig at the florist. Tearing several pieces away, dipping them in rooting hormone and then into small pots filled with perlite and then they went into the small indoor “greenhouse” where the fuchsia cuttings live. They say that you ought to put a plastic bag around each pot, but I hope that the house will be enough.bild 4Also got some trinkets for the big greenhouse, love for the house to be decorated with small things, not only plants bild 3-2In my chase for a new box of the rooting hormone (so far found non) at Blomsterlandet at least i got a cosy blanket bild 5Later in the afternoon I took John to the Stinsen mal and spent XX SEk on two pair of jeans, two shirts and a belt, but it was so worth it cause he look so good in his new stuff :D

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