02 juli 2013

FAN TAP tic,–if I may say so myself…

My ab fab son turned 35 last May and as part of his pressie some mamma made.

I knew I had seen some tuts for wool felt and went looking for them.

In my chaotic creative mess I had the proper felt (etsy) and some leather remnants ( etsy as well ).

I am really working rapidly through my value pack of TAP (..tissues…) but I knew I just had to use some more. After making an image in Adobe Elements I turned on my sewing machine and fired up the iron and these are the results:

bassens iphone cover

An Iphone cover with two front pockets, tutorial: POPPYTALK


A passport cover with the universe and Yoda quote, tutorial: leonie’s Creations

My take on it meant no tulip but full TAP cover + some more inside.

Hopefully he will be using this – if not for his passport then perhaps for a note book?


I’ll be using these tutorials for more stuff, – ideas a plenty! Smilefjes med åpen munn

31 mai 2013

Baby blanket frenzy…

I’m supposed to finish up my UFOs, – and I do have a lot of them, but returning from a trip I just couldn’t resist a sudden urge to make baby blankets from some of my awesome fabrics.

And thinking about it a UFO can also be a plan you have had

but never came around to, – right?

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Apart from reducing stash and hopefully increasing cash I will try out the different methods one can use!

The first one being making a blanket by way of sewing right sides together and then quilt “after the fact”. This of course meant a lot of pinning…

gult babyteppe

All four of the first blankets are quilted in straight lines by following seams and/or masking tape. I do have more plans as this project moves along. Smilefjes som blunker

blått teppe

With this one I’ll test the tutorial with fleece binding from

The BunkHouse

katteteppe 2

On this one I’ll use the tutorial on mitered self-binding from

 Katies quilt & Crafts

kattungeteppe 2

And on this one the method from my Singer Book on Machine Quilting.

15 april 2013

Testing, testing! Transfer Artist Paper

Ever since I learned about this breed of transfer I wanted to test it out.

For xmas I finally bought and used it and it is indeed something else!

The colors are very well transferred from TAP to fabric and the resulting image can be ironed over with no problem whatsoever! As the sheets are translucent you can only transfer to white or very light surfaces. Here are some examples:

cuffs etc

The fabric here was a very light tan so turned out a very pretty hide look.

The images were written with black and white except the traditional japanese art where what was white now is tan. Still loved it!


Here the labels were ironed over white cotton. Very crisp!


Again over light tan, – a bookmark and another cuff.


My second to youngest grandson received colored pencils, an electric pencil sharpener and lots of paper for his birthday in March so I decided to make him an art tote. Decorated with a saying and some words in fun fonts I printed an image out for him to go crazy on! This would be the front image of the tote.

ben m hjelmben hjelm


ben tote

Benjamin Michael in his uncle’s helmet, edited in Adobe Elements and Fotosketcher and then back in Elements for Fonts etc.

We first tested the quite soft colored pencils but it turned out they scratched…


Luckily I had a few bottles of FW Acrylic Artists’ Ink!

26Ben med totefront

Ben with his Art tote front transferred to white cotton fabric!


So far in sewing, – will be quilted and finished during next week.



Nic tote front

His older brother with his! Smilefjes

The original image:


REMEMBER to print in reverse… Smilefjes som blunker

10 april 2013

My bad,–sorry! But despite no blogging….

….I have been sewing and a lot of other stuff!

Today I made a pincushion for my wrist finally! Found a super tut at

Tea Rose Home

She has several awesome tuts so check it out! This is mine

wrist pin cushion

As you can tell ( if you checked the link ) I deviated some because 1) I didn’t have fusible fleece 2) I didn’t have a silk flower and 3) my gluegun is one of many items stored somewhere after we had guests for Easter…

However that didn’t stop me: I attached some thin wadding with decorative seams, replaced the flower with lace and handsewing really isn’t that bad!


Other fabric-related the last month:


Placemat for my youngest granddaughter, twosided.

Spring tablerunner for the entrance

Jeg vil danse mot vår

easter table runner (2)

Large Easter tablerunner for the living room


Table cloth for Easter


Easter tablerunner for the entrance


close up

Easter placemats for a birthdaypressie for my SIL


Some patchwork for eggs, done the “McGyver”-way

Free tut in my blog, top left

07 februar 2013

Hairbows and cute stuff,–oh, the possibilities…

Amazing and generous! :)

Of course I now subscribe… Smilefjes som blunker

Ideer i skrift og bilder


Av mange gamle og nye lidenskaper: hårspenner, sløyfer og stoffblomster. Smilefjes med åpen munn

Jeg er tross alt 55-modell…. Smilefjes som blunker

hårspenne 001 copy


hair bows


Lace flowers and more!

stoff og blonderose 001


roses 001

Roses for a barrett?

16 mai 2012

Bargain XXL prints,–blueprint to the rescue!

Å elske både billedlek og alle de små gjør at lysten til å se det STORT er snublende nær, – og dette er fullt ut mulig på nærmeste kopisenter: be om arkitekttegningskopi!
Betingelser: filene må være i svart-hvitt, bra oppløsning og i alle fall mitt faste sted vil helst ha filer som PDF. Da kan min faste kontakt trykke ut i opptil 91cms bredde og så langt du vil! Priseksempel: 120cmX84cm 30,- + moms!!
E-post har klare restriksjoner på størrelser de vil sende, så FileMail redder dagen!
Jeg må vel være unnskyldt for å gå litt amok…
De kvadratiske er 84cmX84cm,
Nics er 120cmX84cm! Smilefjes som blunker
Loving playing around with image editing and my wee cherished grandchildren leads up to a desire of seeing results enlarged, – and this is SO possible at your nearest copyshop: ask for files printed in blueprint!
The files have to be in black and white, excellent resolution and at least at “my” place they prefer PDF. If this is met they can make BIG copies, – and very reasonably prized as well: 120cmX84cm for less than 6 dollars/3 pounds!
You WILL understand that I went a bit wild…
Mine are resp 84cmX84cm and the before mentioned 120X84!
Most e-mail-suppliers have a limitation on the size of files sent, – filemail offers free upload for LARGE files etc for the man in the street


Gulleklumpen Christiania Mari
Karin Boye’s poem translated:

Of Course It Hurts

Of course it hurts when buds burst.
Otherwise why would spring hesitate?
Why would all our fervent longing
be bound in the frozen bitter haze?
The bud was the casing all winter.
What is this new thing, which consumes and bursts?
Of course it hurts when buds burst,
pain for that which grows
and for that which envelops.

Of course it is hard when drops fall.
Trembling with fear they hang heavily,
clammer on the branch, swell and slide -
the weight pulls them down, how they cling.
Hard to be uncertain, afraid and divided,
hard to feel the deep pulling and calling,
yet sit there and just quiver -
hard to want to stay
and to want to fall.

Then, at the point of agony and when all is beyond help,
the tree's buds burst as if in jubilation,
then, when fear no longer exists,
the branch's drops tumble in a shimmer,
forgetting that they were afraid of the new,
forgetting that they were fearful of the journey -
feeling for a second their greatest security,
resting in the trust
that creates the world.


Gullegutten Nicholas Mathias


Karamellgutten Benjamin Michael

Harald Sverdrup's poem tentatively translated:

The Dandelion’s Prayer


Blow on me,children!

Catch my rising stars

and gaze at my yellow sun

- burning in the sky of green grass-

with all the wondering eyes.

Let the little children come to me,

for they do not know what weeds are.




Marcus mini

Fineste Marcus i hele universet


Beppe Wolgers/Olle Adolphson song

Roughly translated:


Children are a people, and they live in a strange land. This land is a rain and a puddle.

Over the puddle the boys’ boats go sometimes, and they glide so nicely even without a keel.

There walks a girl who collects rocks. She has a million for herself.

The King of Trees sits quietly among the branches of the Tree King’s throne.

There walks a boy who laughs at the snow.

There walks a girl who made an island out of fifteen pillows.

There walks a boy - and everything he touches turns into ice cream.

All of them are children, and they belong to the mysterious people.

Children are a people, and they live in a strange land. This land is a meadow and an attic.

There a boy may find a new Samarkand, and ride away on a swinging gate.

There walks a girl who sings about fir cones. She owns two herself.

There by a wooden fence stands a boy who scribbles that the world is blue.

There walks a boy who turned into an Indian.

There, there walks the King of Shades around town, he is stalking thieves.

There - a girl found a funny grimace that she is trying on.

All of them are children, and they belong to the mysterious people.

Children are a people and they live in a strange land. This land is a back yard and a shed.

There, the dangerous train ambush happens sometimes, on beautiful evenings when the moon is yellow.

There walks a boy who is guessing on cars; he always wins.

The songs of birds in their many variations are magical jokes.

There, a worthless thing turns into a treasure.

There, beds turn into boats one night and go off to the moon.

There are kingdoms that none of us can take away from them.

All of them are children, and they belong to the mysterious people.


Neas diktmini

Linnea, dukka til farmor

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Nic close up


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