Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A little sewing

Viola's daycare doesn't allow dresses :-( It's a safety-issue, the children climb trees, and dresses get caught on the branches :-( So...what is a girl to do? Viola is into princess-glittery-sparkly-dresses, of course she is, she's turning 4! I have been making her some new pants, for these she chose the fabrics for the pockets, and the sequin-ribbon embellishments.
She wanted 3 rows of sequin-ribbon: purple, pink and red. I had to stop after purple, I thought these pants were sparkly enough! Plus, she probably won't wear them much anyway, she loves her velour pants too much!

This saturday was cleaning-day at her daycare, I went and Charles stayed home with the kids. We were both totally beat that night, he's not used to having the kids a full day, and I'm not used to working away from home -unless it's school.
Charles and the children bought me this scale, I love it, it's hanging in the kitchen. My parents had one of these when I was growing up. They don't make them anymore, so Charles was lucky to find this used :-)
The scale I have is tiny, it can weigh a max of 500 g, but can really only hold app. 250 g of flour at a time.....That makes it really frustrating to bake bread. Or maybe I'm just impatient. LOL! This new scale can weigh up to 3 kg!! And it is nice and big too. So I am happy.

Yesterday Viola and I spent the day together, she had a dentist-appointment in the morning -she did so well, wasn't scared at all, and made her mom very proud!
Afterwards we went to the zoo. It was so wonderful to have a day just the two of us. I miss that, must make it a priority to do that more often.
After all, I can only do that as long as I study. Once I get a job, that will all change. Not that I don't have a lot of work now, I just have a more flexible schedule. No-one cares if I read at night, as long as I do the work.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

An award and some Christmas-projects

Suddenly there is not that long until Dec. 1st!! And I need to have 2 advent-calendar bags finished before then! So I have made some progress on Violas. I'm using Welcome to the North Pole by Piece O'Cake Design as my pattern.
My moon is a little pointy, I'm not that good at appliqueing circles -yet! I still have some work to do on this little house, but it is really fun to sew. I am so happy I finally got the courage to start something from this pattern! FUN FUN!

I have also been working on Violas birthday (or Christmas?) present. I saw this Lilypad Toss game on Mama Urchins blog, and I think it will be perfect for her. I made the frogs from a pattern in the book in the picture.. I have made 2 more, but they didn't make in into the picture....lost somewhere on my sewing-table!
Anyway...I'm going to sew the lily pads and a little bag to keep it all in. That's the plan right now, let's see how well I do. LOL!
First things first, I need to give these little frogs some eyes.

Karen has given me the Blogging Friends Forever award! Thank you so much!
Karen is a very talented quilter, you should go see her Christmas-quilt, I love it :-)
the Blogging Friends Forever is supposed to be passed on to 5 new blogs, but how can I choose only 5?? It is not possible for me, I have so many great blogging friends!

Now I am going to head into town (in the rain I might add!) to pick up my books for my next class.
I don't like rain :-(

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Zig-zag wip and present from Karen!

Karen sent me this lovely package! Look how pretty everything is wrapped. Karen sent me so many wonderful things. There are lots of different fabric-scraps, a bookmark-kit, a sheet to print my own pictures on fabric (YAY! Thank you!!), and a huge piece of the blue fabric with sun and shooting stars
Thank you so much Karen! I love it all!

I finished my paper this morning, Charles is turning it into a pdf for me, so I can send it to my professor tonight :-)
So....what to do? I probably should go buy the books I need for my next class. It starts monday, and I need to read 180 pages before then!

But I really miss my sewing machine, so I made some more flying geese, and decided I want to make a zig-zag quilt. It would probably be a lot easier making a zig-zag quilt from half-square triangles. LOL! That'll be next time!
I like these dots. I was afraid it was way too pale with all the white and the soft colors, but I quite like it. I think I have just been working on Charles' quilt for too long. I need to finish that!
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Friday, October 17, 2008


Tivoli here in Copenhagen celebrate Halloween this week. They are open for Halloween one week only, then we have to wait until Christmas to go back :-) ...and summer of course!
They have decorated the gardens so beautifully, they have used more than 21.000 pumpkins in all :-)

Asks favourite was this mill, he loved watching the wings go round and round...
I took some pictures for you....the chinese tower....
....the pirate ship....
....the brewery.....
....and some more pumkins!
The kids liked this pumpkin-man, but when it came time to take a picture, they got bored. LOL!
It was a great day!

Charles has been away at a conference in London all week (he'll be back tonight!), the kids and I have been sick.....and I am soooo behind on my webometrics-paper. I had to call my parents and ask them to come help me out.
They did, thank goodness :-)

Friday, October 10, 2008

I made flying geese!!!

I had seen Lily's tutorial on how to sew flying geese, she said it was fun and easy....but....these are triangles!! That to me is not fun.
But I love flying geese, and I have always wanted to be able to sew them. So I gave it another try with this new-to-me tutorial.
I cut a lot of squares. Started sewing...
And hey!! These are not bad at all! I think these are going to be just perfect :-) I am so happy, and I have to say, Lily is right when she says, these are a bit addictive. LOL! Who would have thought? Not me, that's for sure!
Thank you so much Lily!
Oh....since my machine doesn't have a 1/4inch foot (well....I haven't bought one), I decided how large I wanted the geese to be when finished. 20cm x 10cm.
Then I cut the white squares 20cm + 5 x seam-allowance = 22,5cm square.
The small squares 10cm + 3,5 x seam-allowance = 11,75 cm square.

I also did a little work on Charles' Christmas-present. I made 5 extra blocks so now the quilt is long enough...
Now I just need to make another 8 blocks to add to the width....
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Come for a bike-ride!

On our way home, the kids and I pass some very nice places, atleast I think so! So I thought, I would share with you all :-) The first picture is Violas favourite part, she loves how the trees make a roof over the bike-path (her words. LOL!)

This next picture is one of my favourite stretches (I make it sound like it's a long journey!!! It's really only 5 km), I like this because, it's on top of a bridge, the rest of the way home is all flat, and....this is downtown Copenhagen right in front of us. Seriously, we could ride one of the tourist-busses from the kids daycare to our house, we pretty much see all the sights of the city on our ride home every single day..... Well, not all, but many :-)
This is the old stock-exchange, built in 1619-1623. I'm sorry the pictures are a little blurry, I was riding my bike when I took these ;-)
This is a department-store, remind me to take another picture in December, they have christmas-lights around all the windows, and it looks beautiful!
.....these are all the sights for today....I have lots of blurry shots to share! LOL!

Viola needed new slippers for daycare, she doesn't want to bring her unicorn-slippers, she's afraid they'll get lost....
So I bought her a pair of plain grey wollen slippers. Not very interesting or fun for a little girl :-(
So we decided to have some fun with them. We went shopping, and found some purple (what else is there?!) sequin-ribbon and some sequin-flowers to add.
Much better.
And the flowers help her put the right slipper on the right foot.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Computer-problems :-(

I love Copenhagen in the hot and sticky heat, but still some days are quite warm.

This is where I went to calm my nerves after my computer went bezerk! Somehow, Windows Vista broke. Reinstalling windows meant erasing EVERYTHING on my harddrive.... Really much too ridiculous to be really upset about -I can say that, because I ALWAYS make backups of the most important stuff. Such as my paper for my webometrics class. I would have been in tears if I didn't have a backup of that! That paper is so much work!!!
It is very enjoyable work, however, I'm not sure I would find it enjoyable to re-do it all.

My sweetie gave me this sticker
Since we are both working in Library and Information Studies, we think this is hillarious :-) LOL!

I haven't sat down at my sewing machine even once in the past weeks... I have been too busy working on my paper.
I have made some more hexagons, since they can be made while I'm watching tv ;-)
I am not sure how many of these I am going to need. But sewing these is so fun!
Much more fun than re-installing files and programmes on my computer :-)
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Win a Handbag!!

So....I saw this on Susans blog...
It's a chance to win a free handbag!! YAY!
Go to handbagplanet, and register......but don't you win "my" bag! LOL!

Good luck :-)