Saturday, December 27, 2008

All time favorite film for Christmas - Fanny och Alexander

And my all time favorite Bergman film, too. I watched all 5 hours of it on Swedish tv yesterday.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The White Christmas Tree

OK, so I finally got it up and decorated... Doesn't look too bad now, considering my last post on this topic.

White tree and gold decorations is a first for me. I'm particularly happy with the huge gold sequined apples (from Åhlens) and the white vintage hearts (from ebay). The black and gold peacocks are from Paperchase in London. I also put up some vintage origami stars I made as a kid, plus some of my grandmother's old decorations.

Oh, and a merry Christmas to you all!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cushion order

I got a few orders for cushions after the christmas fair a couple of weeks ago. This is the first one of the lot. I think it turned out very nice. Thanks again to Cecilie for donating all those beautiful silk scarves!

White christmas tree update

OK, so I got a white tree, mail order (from Ellos). This is what it looked like when I took it out of its box... Looks a bit sad, doesn't it? What are the chances of this turning into a stunner? Watch this space.

I heart this

My son is friends with Alma in kindergarten. Her mum, Gro, of Rekkehusliv blog, had made us this little surprise present last week. It is so sweet! Nice paper too :-) Thank you, Gro and Alma! Now, where to hang it...?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

LooLoos toilet roll dolls

I don't know if crocheted toilet roll dolls was a particularly Scandinavian trend (in the 1960s?). Anyway, the girls behind The LooLoos have put a new spin on it and these dolls were for sale at the previously mentioned Christmas fair. I think they're so funny. Not to mention creative!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sir Bob Geldof live in Oslo

I just got home from seeing Bob Geldof with band live at Gamle Logen in Oslo. It was a great event. Thanks, Bob! :-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas cards

I got out my Gocco and printed these to sell at the Christmas Fair last weekend. They didn't sell as well as I'd hoped for, but you can't win them all, right? I'm quite pleased with them all the same. The orange print reads 'It’s Christmas again' and the brown reads 'Oh, joyous Christmas' (or something to that effect.)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

DEJM Christmas Fair purchases

Here are a few things I couldn't resist at the Christmas Fair: Long knitted silk scarf by SoHee, black Bambi brooch and white mustache necklace by Cecilie Ellefsen/Happymeat and silver and porcelain earrings by Sara Skotte.

New SCUSI products

I had the pleasure of creative duo SCUSI’s company at last weekends Designers’ Christmas Fair. Amongst their new designs were Mette Fjørtoft’s fantastic porcelain lamps with vintage glass shades and gold (or white) owl vases.
Her partner in crime, Hege Gimle had beautiful cups, plates and ornaments - like these white porclain hanging cones with doily imprints. (Mittens by

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Here's a little snapshot of my table last weekend. Will be back shortly with my favorite purchases from the fair.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Designers’ Christmas Fair in Oslo this weekend

If you should be in Oslo this weekend, do not miss the annual Designers’ Christmas Fair (Designernes eget julemarked) at DogA. It's the 10th time running, and this year there are over 100 designers selling their designs and crafty goods. There's always a good atmosphere and usually quite busy, so come early! Open Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm, address: Hausmannsgate 16.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Vintage advent calendar

This advent calendar was made by my mum back in the late 60s or early 70s. I remember so well the anticipation of opening a new item every day in December up until Christmas Eve, when I finally got to open the BIG one... If you look closely, there's nothing up on number 24 yet. That's because it just wouldn't fit (it's a book. But don't tell him.) I decided to go for a set of toy farm animals for my son's first advent calendar experience. He's not expecting too much... Other than a sheep (again) tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Final rest

It's been some very though days around here lately after my dog passed away. Nothing could have prepared me for all the strange reminders that pop up everywhere. Her absence is so overwhelming. I keep thinking she's in her favorite spot on the sofa, keep wanting to give her a little treat from the left-over dinner, I can't get used to her bed and food bowls being gone (although keeping them in place would be even more painful). Yesterday when I came into the house I thought for a second that I saw her shadow through the frosted glass door in the hallway - as she always came running to greet me when I'd been out. If only...

We buried her on Sunday, and I thought she should have something with her in the grave. I decided on her small pillow which she loved to rest her head on or give a good toss around when in a playful mood. I found it many years ago from a fleamarket in the children's ward of a hospital, and thought the hand-crafted dandelions where beautiful. That pillow's had a few lives already and now it has its final rest together with Gunn.

Thanks to all of my blog-friends for all their kind words and comments on Gunn's passing. It means a lot to me.