Friday, February 09, 2018

Happy Olympic Games 2018!


The 2018 Olympic Games has begun - and even if I am not super interested in sports, it will be nice to watch and stitch at the same time!

My Kathy Schmitz stitcheries are coming along, and I am so happy with my choice of colours  - the white on white fabric looks very nice with the black embroidery floss.

One of my Olympic Games goals is to finish this stitchery :-)


Wishing you a lovely weekend,
wherever you are!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Happy New Year!

New Year 2018

Wishing for a wonderful year!

Hugs from

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Kitchen day


I feel very serious about making less waste, throwing away as little food as possible, and I have been serious about that for quite some time.

My fridge is therefore a source of stress right now, as said before, we did shop to much for Christmas.

So, onward ho - I need to use what I have, right now, before it goes bad.


Crock pots are relatively new in Norway.
I bought mine in 2017, and it is hands down my very best buy in the kitchen!

All vegetables chopped finely and given a little visit in the pan with olive oil, into the crock pot with tomatoes, cooked minced meat and spices.

The crock pot will do the rest, and the house smells good.
The pasta sauce will go in the freezer in meal sized boxes, for spaghetti dishes or lasagne.


I needed a batch of crackers, and thought as I still was in kitchen mood, I could try the recipe my sister in law just gave me.
They are different from the cracker breads I usually make, as these contains corn flour too.
They are perfect for serving with cheese, or just as a little mouthful when you feel like a little crunchy snack.

I see that most of the crackers you can buy in the stores have palm oil in them, and I do not want to contribute to that industry, as they cut down the rainforest.

I also believe that palm oil is not that healthy for us either, and combined with to much salt, as most store bought crackers and snacks have…..'nuff said…..


I think we are in for some proof tasting later!


Have a good day, wherever you are!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

2. Christmas Day


It is a quiet day in our house.

Dear Husband is watching a movie on TV and I am spending some time in Quilt Corner, doing stitchery and enjoying some quiet time.

The Christmas Eve celebration with our children and some relatives is done,
the always lovely 1. Christmas Day family get together at my dear husband's family is history too.

It's time to use the food "leftovers" for dinner.
Next year I will shop even less Christmas food. It is an adjustment to be just 2 adults instead of a full family most of the Christmas days.

I will continue stitching on another Kathy Schmitz' stitchery and make myself a cup of coffee :-)

I hope you are having a good day where you are!



Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Very Merry Christmas


To all a Very Merry Christmas!
Today we light all the 4 Advent candles, for longing, joy, hope and peace.
I hope for you all that you are wrapped in love, wherever you are!


Christmas hugs,


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

When one door closes, another door opens


It is nice, cool and quite liberating how coming out of the closet as one who is re-organizing my whole sewing and crafting life ignites a new spark of the good creativity feeling.

Since I have decided to use from what I have in order to make more room around myself, I see what I have with new eyes.


It was so fun to finish the United Stitches quilt in August.
The 32 different stitcheries has been with me on travels near and far, and bring back happy memories.
I have another set of the pre-printed stitcheries - I wonder if I should make that set in another colour - but not just right now.


One way to make a dent in my fabric collection is to make more care quilts for children with cancer and other long term diseases through Tepper Som Varmer (Warming Quilts)
Not that 1 quilt top make that much of a dent - 1 quilt top equals 1 jelly roll - but the more quilt tops, the more dents!
3 green tops down so far :-)


I have been knitting from my yarn stash too - Monster socks for a small monster, age 3 years - and a pair for the monster's twin brother too :-)


Thanks from my heart for all the lovely comments on my previous post!

Take care - Hanne

Thursday, November 23, 2017

This & That - taking inventory


Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for - for family and friends, for my urge to create, for floss and sharp needles, for wool, fabrics and good tools.

The last 4,5 months has been very hard on my body, and quite sobering for my mind.
The foot took its time to heal, first in a pink cast, after in a purple cast, and it has taken like forever to start working with me again - not mostly for the pain, but for stiffness and lack of balance, which is still an issue.
It has been and is harder than I thought it would be - but I can never give up - even if the sewing machine has been gathering dust for a long time.
I have been feeling very poorly and as I did not want to whine, I kept to myself.

More than 6 weeks in a wheelchair full time gives perspective on what is important in my environment here at home!
It was so hard to not be able to do almost anything for myself - you will probably not understand if you have never been in that situation, and if you have been, you will fully understand.

Since I could do very little, sitting with my foot elevated all day long, which put me in a lean back uncomfortable body position, all I could do was some stitchery and some knitting.

The stitchery above is Kathy Schmitz last block of the month, and I am just done with stitchery no. 3.
I am not doing them in chronological order - as usual - I pick whichever I feel like doing in random order.
I absolutely LOVE Kathy Schmitz' drawings, and am looking forward to working with the rest of the BOM and other of her designs.


I have enjoyed quite a lot of knitting too - and this headband is one of my latest finishes - designed by MilkAndKnits, purchased on Ravelry.
I have already knitted another one, for a Christmas gift, in another colour.
I've used double soft baby wool - so not itching and scratching!


I have sorted through all my knitting yarn today, as part of my Simplify & Enjoy  2017 / 2018.
All the lovely colours make me want to create!

When I sat in the wheelchair with no other choice, it became so obvious that I need to pair down on my yarn and my fabrics, so that is, and will be, my project for 2017 / 2018, so when if accident (or planned surgery ) happen to me again, I can find and reach what I own, all by myself!
Independence rule!

cp awareness


Friday, July 07, 2017

Back home - and stuck at home


Puerto de Mogan was great, coming home on Monday night was great too, and I had a lot of plans for a busy machine sewing time in Quilt Corner for the next weeks.
Quilts, dresses and more……

Unfortunately, I had a bad fall, at home, the day
before yesterday…..
It was a fall with a bad twist of my foot and a very unfortunate landing - and voila, visit to hospital and pink cast for at least 5 weeks.
I am going in for a new x-ray next Friday, so I have my fingers crossed I will not need surgery on the broken bone in my foot. The surgeon said he has never seen a fracture like mine - good? or not so good?

I am happy my Quilt Corner can provide Plan B too - so from the original plan of a lot of sewing machine work, to hand piecing, English paper piecing, stitchery and some knitting.

A quirky one for my Norwegian friends:
En quilter/sydame er aldri (t)rådløs!  ;-)

Stay on your feet, wherever you are :-)


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Postcard from Gran Canaria 4

We have been eating a lot of good food - and we have found a couple of favourite places.
We prefer the Spanish kitchen and the Italian kitchen.
Nothing beats fresh pasta, fresh made tapas or the local seafood.
We have not had many desserts, but the ones we have had have been great!

It is to hot to do any stitchery, it does not matter as long as I have audio books on my phone.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Postcard from Gran Canaria 3

Yesterday we had the best tapas meal ever at Sol y Luna Restaurant in Puerto de Mogan!
We enjoyed the evening very much.
We also celebrated that it was 35 years since we met.

Sunny smiles from Hanne