Clean it up



So I canceled the cleaning service that’d I have hired for almost 18 yrs. Figured I could do it myself an save 2000 SEK per month. As of last week, John opted to help out and vacuumed  the entire house while I did the rest. Took round 3.5hrs of continuous hard work. The thing is – the cleaning service took 5 hours for the same job. Duh????

And yes, the son if available for hire LOL. And yes – the son get paid for his services :) In a bit less than three weeks oldest son is available too, for bartending.

Earning your keep



It is very hard here for kids to get a summer job, so John came up with a solution; he could help with cleaning the house and move the lawn. I took out the cleaning things before I left for work yesterday and when I came home John was cleaning the kitchen (the bathroom already done and let me tell you, it was way better done than the pro we used to hire. When The DH came home he showed J how to use the mover and before dinner the whole front lawn was cut. AMAZING!! Today he went with me for grocery shopping, fetched and carried. If this keeps up, I won’t have to do anything around the house = wishful thinking LOL.

Just a small purchase


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I don’t know about you, but for me it seems like whenever I’m startting a new project (like a Lily of the Valley) I don’t have the right fabrics in my stash. Well, honestly, that happens even when I’m into a project, always something new that I need. How I long for a quilting friend that lived nearby to swap bits of fabric with. Fortunate, in lack of such a friend there is on-line stores and I just placed a small purchase with Thousand of Bolts, one of my favorite suppliers. It’s kind of hard to choose a background fabric where both greens and silvery whites shines, but I think I got the right one. Hopefully I will be able to start cutting next weekend, until then I read The Girl in The Photograph.

Out of touch


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both here and IRL creative area. After the Infinity top was all done, I can’t say I have accomplished very much. I have tried my hands in DWR (double weeding ring) the last couple of weeks, but I feel like none of my attempts have worked out the way I had imagined it. This is what’s up on my design wall: bild-23

I had to laugh a bit when I viewed the top right in a picture (it wasn’t as obvious IRL) where the two black bends made it all look askew….

And yesterday it hit me, I am not a DWR or any other traditional quilting person, but a true hand appliqué one and after Infinity (and the additional me stuff on Stevie’s Garden) I have a hard time imagine to do someone else’s patterns. So that leaves me with creating my own, but my head is totally empty of ideas. And I don’t think any will come to me in the near future since now starts the “Student” (upper secondary school) graduation season.  We have two receptions for good friends kids tomorrow evening, John has his “prom on Tuesday, graduates from Primary School on Wednesday, the two girl cousins takes “Studenten” next Thursday with a reception in the evening and Sam take “Studenten” next Friday in Norrköping…..phueee is all I can say to this. And next Saturday you will see me doing absolutely nothing.


Birdy Namnam


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


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



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



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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.



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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:
bild 1One fig plant, two Angels Trumpets (it say Datura on the box, but the flowers in the pic is absolutely Brugmansia) – the red and white one I have never seen before. Not that I know it all when it comes to these plants. One is called Pepina Gold and the fruits in the picture look interesting. The last is called Tibouchina and I have never heard of it before, but you can read about it here. Certainly hope mine don’t grow to 20m of height though. Fat chance.  So what did they cost, all but the fig costed 25 SEK each (the fig a bit more) and that is 2.89 USD!

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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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


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