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My photoes and thoughts on crafts, plus a little more of this-n-that. I like knitting, crocheting and needlepoint the best myself.Nice if you leave a comment.

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Location: Rjukan, Telemark, Norway

I am 55, have two girls aged 18and 21.I am Norwegian and my husband is Canadian and we lived in Ontario,Canada for 8 years.For the last 15years we have lived in my hometown in Norway.I am a teacher and I work full time. We have a dog, Emma. She is a brown labrador. Our town is spectacular; situated in a deep valley right by a high mountain.

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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas to you all!

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, that's when we celebrate here in Norway. The ribs are in the fridge, I salted them two days ago, the sausauge and pork meatballs are thawed and the presents are under the tree...
The presents I made can now be shown since the ones that might visit this blog are now in places where blogg-hopping is not goig to happen!

I made some of these (felted) to keep your hand warm while scraping the car windows on a cold and frosty morning!

My youngest painted the one broom,I painted the other.

I've worked on this for a while. It is ment for a tree skirt, but can of course be used on the table if one likes that better.. It is needlepoint. My dog is a little curious....

Two of my windows are decorated like this.. Weird? I saw it in a home decorating magazine.I liked it... Sorry about the flash and the lamp in the background.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Third Sunday of Advent

B is finally home from the hospital for good. He is able to handle the stairs with a crutch and the handrail.We are all happy to have him at home after almost two months in the hospital. He is the most happy of course!

There are a few photoes i cannot show until Christmas is over because it is Christmas presents to people who may see it here.
But I do have some pics...

I have stamped paper for the gifts

...and what do you know! I think we might have some homemade marzipan this Christmas after all.

The Cristmas tree was put up this Sunday, so was the outdoor lighting.

I bought a wreath of twigs for the entrance at the local outdoor Christmas market, too. I might put some dried orange slices on it later... Haven't dried the slices yet..

Monday, December 04, 2006

Second Sunday of Advent

Here is our little Santa Village. We set it up for the 1. Sunday in Advent, but I am so busy I have no time to blog even though I love doing it. I will post some of the pictures I've taken over the past two weeks tonight, though! But some of them will have to wait until Christmas is over because it is presents in the making here! Not by far as many as i had planned, mind you. I had to lower my ambitions A LOT since B's accident.
B is home from the hospital on the weekends now, we all love it and we expect him to come home for good next weekend...
He can get up and down the stairs now so it's all getting better.

I was able to make some merengues for Christmas yesterday. Finally some baking around here....

And here are some Christmas ornaments I made for the tree on Saturday night in front of the television.. I had some wall paper books that was given to us at school from the paint store a loooong time ago. Brought a few sheets home and made these..

My Christmas decorated window in the dining room section:

I bought almonds to make marzipan about three weeks ago... still hasn't gotten around to peel and dry them... Well, Christmas will come wether I've done it or not.
My friend who lives in Japan usually are coming home tomorrow. i'm so looking forward to see her!
Tuesday my school has "Julebord" for all the students and teachers. We all dress up nicely, eat good food (we have hired a chef and grade 7 will help him), one of the kids will be the toastmaster, grade 1 -3 have made a speech for the girls and one for the boys and also a speech to say thanks to the cooks..
We will have games afterwards and the last hour will be a dance for the oldest students (gr. 5 -7)
Wednesday we are attending a thing at my youngest daughter's school: All the 350 students gather in the gym, each class presents something that has to do with Christmas and the gym is usually crowded with parents and siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents. A nice tradition.
Thursday I take my grade 1 and 2 to the cafe nearby to dress up as Lucias and carry candles and hand out the buns called "lussekatter"and sing the Lucia song. The cafe is run by our students in gr 5 -7.