Friday, November 28

julehenger = christmas hanger and MLS quiz

We're having a quiz on the MLS blog this week, so if you can read dutch and you want a chance at our RAK, you should check it out.

I made this Christmas hanger yesterday to hang on my downstairs door. I was inspired by pencil lines sketch # 111, but turned it around. I used crepe paper for the border, which I saw in a tutorial on Sistv challenge blog quite some time ago. I love the effect and the paper is so easy to work with. God jul = Merry Christmas....



Thursday, November 27

About getting along, nintendo ds, telescopes and crafting books....


I'm holding back. I don't want my kids to sit behind the nintendo the little time we spend together. So no, we don't have any. I feel like we're the only ones. And I'm not gonna buy any this year either. Allthough Mats mention it right on the top of his wish list, I will not go there. I truly believe this is the reason why my kids get along so well. Sure, they fight sometimes, but it's oh so very little. Most of the time they are the best of friends, sometimes actually TOO good friends (ignoring Mommy), never bored, loads of fantasy and creativity. So I have made it clear to them, that Sinterklaas will not bring them any nintendo ds or x-box or wii or pokemon cards....When I sat down to talk to them yesterday and I asked them if they could wish for only ONE present, what would that be, Jonas said without hesitation "a knutselboek" which is a crafting book. I was sure he was going to say "race care" or something like that, but no, more than any thing else he would like a crafting book from Sinterklaas. Can't complain about that. Then I pop the question to Mats (who is almost 8) and he says "nintendo ds is the ONLY thing I want, punt" (which means periode). Then I ask him "so you wouldn't like a telescope or a watch or....". I didn't have to go on, he was ecstatic. "Yes, I want a telescope!! That's what I want. So I can watch little things. Puh! Relieved Mommy, who had already bought that telescope....

Wednesday, November 26

Do you remember.....

..... this???? You have until sunday 30th, so there is still time to win my RAK. I have already received a couple of cool LO's, but I'd love to see more teen pictures...

And I just had to show these cute little lavender pockets (you know, to put/hang between your clothes to make them smell good) that my sweet little boys made the other day. I think that is pretty darn good for two little boys of 5 and almost 8... Mats is making them to give to his teachers for christmas, Jonas wanted to keep his to himself and that's very okey....cutie... this first one is Jonas'
...and this is Mats' heart. Lucky teachers....

busy, busy...making christmas presents....bad blogger... and some "take a pic" pictures

First out is a little peaky at one of the presents I am done making. It is SO cute, I cant wait for Christmas to finally give it to one of my favorite persons.... Lots of sewing, all kinds of tags (the ones in the picture are from Elle's Studio), old and handed down fabric, felt...... a cool notebook.




We are in the land of Sinterklaas and Zwartepiet right now. This is such a huge celebration here in Holland, and we are learning to love this tradition. The kids love it big time, and although Mats is starting to figure out that Sinterklaas is not real, he still can't quite seem to let go of his beliefs.


Another peak at something I am making a lot of right now. Sorry can't tell you exactly what it is, but feel free to guess...



And this is what met me in the garden Monday morning. Is this what you call snow bells (eller snøklokker på norsk)? ha, ha. The weather in this country is so weird. I actually have strawberries in my garden right now, a bit unsure whether they will turn red though..... These are my photos for this weeks challenge at the take a pic challenge blog; to take pictures of the weather.



And what about this? Snow and lime? Do those go together??

Sunday, November 23

Kreativ blogger award

I am very flattered and honored that Maren gave me this award. Thank you for your kind words, it's very much appreciated. Og nok en gang på godt norsk, Tusen takk, Maren!

I find it hard to figure out whom to pass it on to, as there are loads of talented scrapbookers and crafters out there, but I decided to pass it on to my cousin Lucia, who is a creative soul, just like me and the hole MLS team. You all inspire me in different ways, hope you will continue to do so.

Lucia
Evi
Mandy
Kirs
Danielle
Nicole

Wednesday, November 19

Finally, the MLS sketch #11 - grain field

Here it is, my LO for this months sketch at the MLS challenge blog. Another low cost LO, using card board, paint, masking tape, some buttons and lots of seam. I am in love with the colors on this LO, mmm. Check out the other MLS girls fantastic LOs here. And congrats to Silje from Norway, who won the last sketch challenge. So good to see norwegian participants as well. Gratulerer!



Tuesday, November 18

My challenge and our favorite LOs from last weekend

Don't forget about my challenge and RAK. You have until november 30th, so go and find those teenage photos and make something fun....

Just wanted to post these photos of my talented team mates at Memory Lane Scrapbooking and their favorite LOs/projects made this weekend. Awesome stuff! I do have a picture of myself as well, but cannot share yet....So here goes:
Kirs, the fast scrapper
Evi, the slow scrapper (her own words)
Mandy, our mini book expert

Danielle, "da boss"

Monday, November 17

Girls weekend out and a MLS sketch #11 preview

I'm back from a really fun weekend with the MLS design team. Lots of scrapbooking, high tea, laughter and fun and tons of photos. We stayed at a beautiful place called "Theehuis Dennenoord" in Nutter in the cutest little house. Before sharing some photos from the weekend, here's the preview of our sketch comming up on the blog this wednesday. Don't forget to stop by.

Here are some pictures of the teahouse and shop...


I LOVE polkadots, and there were loads of those in the teashop.....



just some old stuff...


Kirs and Danielle are posing outside the shop....


Kinda selfportrait of Danielle and me..



Time for high tea. Mmmmm, it was delicious....





And we did get some scrapbooking done as well. Here are some pics to prove it.....
First we have Danielle in action...

then Mandy and Kirs in action... (I love this shot....)

...and last Evi in action. This is what you get when 5 scrapping ladies goes away for a weekend...

Sunday, November 16

Maniarunway week 6!!!!

I cannot believe we are in week 6 already! Week 6!!! Only one more to go and we will know who wins this thing. Wow! I was very happy and honored to see that I was one of the 7 semifinalists last sunday, so thank you girls! So many talented participants.

We had such a cool assignment this week, to make a low cost LO, no more than 30 Nkr (which is like 4 euros (?)), priced after Maniarunways rules. I think most of my LOs already go under that category, as I normally don't use to much stash and I tend to make my own embellishments and letters instead of prefabricated stuff. It makes me so much more free in the design process. And I love to re-use, and use things that we normally toss away or just have laying around the house. This makes me a bad "throw-awayer", which is good for the environment, ha, ha. I believe that scrapbooking is something anyone can do, and should do, even if they don't have too much money to use. Don't get me wrong, I love just as much as any scrapbooker to buy new fabulous papers, rub ons, stickers, flowers, stamps, and, and, and... but, as cool as all this stuff is, that is not what this hobby, or call it lifestyle, really is about. It's about preserving our memories, giving our pictures a story, making sure it's not lost to the generations to come. It must be the most meaningful hobby in the world. And most fun. And most giving. And most addictive..All the beautiful scrapbooking supplies we can buy to execute this great hobby are a plus, but not neccessary. Anyway, that's how I see it.
And, back to this weeks assignment, we were not allowed to use bazzil cardstock or design paper as a background, and we had to use a shoe lace somewhere on the LO. I tried to keep the cost as low as possible, but using the 9 making memories tiny alpha letters cost me 9 kr and the 2 different colors of paint that I used got me 10 more (5 kr per color), even though the use of paint was minimal - those were the rules. This means a total cost of 19 Nkr or 2,5 euros, which is ok. I used a piece of cardboard as a background (the free kind), a notebook paper to mat the pictures, some masking tape and felt for the title and frame. All free stuff. I used my sewing machine a lot and paint to tie everything together. Talking about tying, for the shoe lace I made a row of holes with my crop-a-dile, painted the lace orange to match the title and threadded it through the holes. Cool effect, that I just might do again sometime.
About the story of the pictures and the title (= a beautiful couple). This is the sight that met me when I entered the boys room at bed time one evening in july. They were playing "getting married", don't ask me where they got the idea from. Anyway, they looked very cute - and funny - and I had to run an get the camera to preserve this precious moment.





Friday, November 14

just a few pics and the winner of scrap awards is...

These are not high quality pictures as they are taken by my compact camera, but I love them nevertheless. They tell a story...

This is what I saw when I came down a few minutes later than Lotte one morning last week. She'd been sick a few days before and had not eaten much. It's clear to see that she was getting better and had gotten her appetite back. She had helped herself to all this herself, the "knekkebrød", the knife, the nutella and the peanutbutter (just in case the nutella wasn't enough). My little nutellamonster, good to see you eat again...


And this is Lotte waiving goodbye to mommy from "kindergarden". Always happy, no tears.



And here is Lotte taking a picture of mommy taking a picture. Hey, I look like a clown...



We have started our making of christmas presents, and on wednesday we painted a few cute boxes. The big ones are for the boys to keep, but the little ones we will fill with self harvested seeds and give to friends. They loved doing this, and Jonas loves his box so much, he brings it with him everywhere, even to bed at night. "Can we make more, mommy???"




And also on wednesday the boys had heard the teacher talking about "setting the shoes" (a dutch custom) for "Sinterklaas" and remembering carrots for his horse, which resulted in this......



Have a great weekend everyone. I'm off for a weekend full of scrapbooking and tea drinking with the MLS design team. Leaving my husband as a single parent for 2 whole days. I'm sure he will enjoy....
Added: And I just found out who the winner of Scrap awards is. It is Frences Lich, which really didn't come as a surprise to me after all the comments on Scrap! magazine's voting site. Loads of gratulations to her. And a huge thank you to all that took the time and voted for me, it's hugely appreciated. I'm not feeling any bit dissapointed in not winning, I was happy enough for beeing one of the 5 finalists and the honor of beeing chosen by the jury amongst these talented scrapbookers. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 12

Gratulerer med dagen, Paps! Her er presangen!

Yes, that's norwegian, and it means "happy birthday". Today is my dad's birthday, so hooray for him!!!

I made this little book for him of corrugated card board and paint. Click here to see more pictures of the album.