Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year and update


Happy new year

Happy new year to all of my blogging friends.  In about 6 hour a new year is starting.  Do I have any plans for next year?  Yes I do, but I will tell you all about it in time.

I need to update my list of OPAM.  I have totally forgotten to take photos of a few things sendt off as X-mas presents.  I still hope it can count.

This is a baby quilt I made for my brothers new baby.  As you probably can see, it was a girl.  This pattern worked well for the fabrics I had in my stash.

 x-mas present for a little girl 

You have gotten to know Zappa by now :-)  The quilt was approved by Zappa :-)

Zappa testing a x-mas present

I also made three tea candlelight bags and three candy bags as x-mas gifts.  Sorry I forgot to take photos.  The tea candlelight bags are simular to the one  May Britt have made.  The candy bag type I made  you can find at Hannes blogs.

See you all next year!!

Hugs from Nancy

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas spirit

Traditional dinner the day before Cristmas Eve is prepared end ready to be enjoyed.  Only tree of us, but beer and Akevitt is a tradition.  This was yesterday!

Grøt og spekemat lillejulaften

To night is the night!  Christmas Bells are ringing and we are ready for dinner.


Zappa is having his first Christmas and boy was he excited with all the dingeling dangs hanging on the Cristmas three.

Zappa waiting for the presents

All animals is in title of a special threet Christmas eve. 

Feeding time x-mas eve

Rex is visiting for the holidays and this is how it looks like at feedingtime Christmas eve.

Feedingtime for the cats

Before feedingtime the cute pets had a nice playtime together.

Gizmo and Zappa 

Gizmo and Zappa playing.

lets play

Rex and Zappa playing.

Whats up

Zappa hideing in the firewood basket.   It work incredably well with the tree cats together. 

Merry Christmas to all my followers.  And a Happy New year!

Hugs from Nancy

Advent gifts

May Britt, Hanne and Bente have spoiled me with advent gifts.  This is what I received from them Third Sunday in Advent.


Last sunday in  Advent I receiced a beautifull tin from May Britt, a cute note pad from Hanne and a lovely makeup pouch from Bente.

Advent presents

My mom and I also excange adventgifts.  We do 24 days and I will post a separate post about her Calendar gifts.

I’m sorry I have not been good on blogging in December.  Life does not go as planned allways.

My dear MIL passed away December 20th after being hospitalized on and off for allmost one year.  She passed away peacefully at the age of 91.  Peace bee with her memory.

Hugs from Nancy

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas spirit

Last part of November and first half part of December is such a hectic part of the year. I had to make priorities. Sorry about that. Ok, I have made presents, packed and sent off to friends and relatives. I have made some traditional foods and this week the cookies are planed. I try to have a calm perspective on Christmas preparations, but it seem like busyness is a part of my traditional Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Advent and all the preparation I love to do from first Sunday in Advent until Christmas Eve. I plan my preparations and I have a strong rule that if I don’t get all my plans come through and all my cleaning done last week end before Christmas eve, it’s not necessary to be able to celebrate the holidays. I stay true to this rule because it makes me relax and enjoy preparing for the holidays.

Advent is a wonderful time. I have some great friends joining Advent surprise gifts every Sunday in Advent. Also my mom and I have exchanged Advent calendar gifts for many years.  A part of our tradition.

This are the gifts I opened from May Britt, Hanne and Bente (no blogger) this morning.


This is the gifts I have received the two previous Sundays in Advent.


Thank you so much May Britt, Hanne and Bente.

MIL is in the hospital again. DH is up north this weekend to visit her. Hi did not know she was hospitalized until he arrived in Tromsø.  He is returning home tomorrow night.

I have a few Christmas surprises for him on his return.

I’ll tell you all about it in my next post, and I’ll also have new photos of Zappa helping me making Christmas presents :-).

Hugs from Nancy

Monday, November 16, 2009

Patterns for sale

I love the creative work making patterns for sale.  Unfortunately I have only Norwegian text so far.  Click on the MY PATTERN button on right hand side to see more of my pattern.

Just a little peek:

This is a perfect pattern for long or short tabelrunner.

 Festremse og løper lite

In Norway we don’t make the hole in the middle for the Christmas Tree Skirt.  That way you can also use the Tree skirt for a tablecloth, if desired.

Juletreteppe lite

I have made a nice Power Point presentation, but how do I upload it to my blog?  I had hope for a slide show of my pattern in the sidebar.  Also I want to make a step by step free pattern by using Power Point slide show so I would really appreciate advice.

Hugs from Nancy

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Outside the ground is white with snow and the flu has entered the house. DH and DS2 are down with the flu. Tami flu was purchased yesterday and the pharmacist recommended me taking the medication to prevent getting sick. Ok. I hope medicine and TLC makes us all a lot happier next week.

Hugs from Nancy

Friday, November 6, 2009

Zappa report

This is a little report on how Zappa is doing.

He is such a cute little thing, following me around the house.  When I want to sew he follows me to my sewing room and makes a mess of the waist basket and my scrap bag.  Here he is watching over mamas toy, the sewingmachine.

Garding mamas toy

Gizmo is very friendly with Zappa, but Zappa is such a naughty little kid.  He hardly ever leaves Gizmo alone and wants to play all the time.  This photo have “What’s in your bowl?” written all over!

What is it you have in your bowl  

Zappa is playing all the time.  Oh, boy!  Don’t play with fire!

Oh no, dont play with fire

Come on Gizmo, play with me, please!

Play with me

Well, sometimes he get tired from playing.  I know several others that loves to snuggle around nice curvy boobs :-)

DIL and Zappa

Yes, Zappa fell asleep inside DIL’s sweetshirt.


So cute!

Hugs from Nancy

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Stitchers Angel

Yesterday this box arrived from Belgium.  Thank your so much Evelyne.

A box in the mail

Inside was all this wrapped gifts and a lovely card.

look inside

Unwrapping gifts is so much fun.  Inside was this beautiful needle keeper with my name on, a matching pincushion and a scissor fob attach to scissors, a roll of blue fabrics and lots of delicious tea bags.

stitchers angel gift  

Thank you, thank you, thank you Evelyne.

Hugs from Nancy

Saturday, October 31, 2009

What I’ve been up to

I received word about my secret Angel received her gift the other day.  I am very happy that she liked the stuff I sent all the way to Australia.  Visit her blog and read her comments.

Secret angel swap 2009

I got word from my Angel about her gift left Belgium the other day.  I am waiting patiantly.

Besides working on new patterns I have made this little makeup purse from a pattern that was a free gift from Fabrikkutsalget, Brumunddal at our annually Quilt meeting in March.


Have a relaxing weekend.

Hugs from Nancy

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Zappa again

Having a kitten in my house is a lot of fun.  Zappa sems to love naps on the sofa.  Here his is testing out the best sleeping positions.  If you ask me, I don’t think this the most relaxing position I have seen.

Zappa 10 

He have a basket to sleep in, but he has never slept in it! 

Zappa 11

Exploring is his favorit thing to do!

Zappa 12

My sewing and knitting baskets is full of exciting things.

Zappa 13

And a lovely curtain to climb with all his 7 claws on each paw.

Zappa 14

After all this excitment Zappa needs a nap.

Zappa 15

This time he just fell asleep where he played!!

Hugs from Nancy

Show and tell

Our monthly quiltmeeting is held 2nd wednesday every month. So, last wednesdag I went to meet my fellow quilters. I forgot the meeting in september. This meeting had Log Cabin as a focus. As your can see, a lot of different log cabin technics. Every meeting have a show and tell section too:-)

show and tell Log cabin display

Fun to see all the different ways to use Log Cabin. Small strips, wide strips, off center, crazy log cabin, different colour variations and combinations.

Log cabinLog cabin 2

One of our local quiltshops had brought some fabrics and sewingrelated stuff for sale. The shop have a good selection of Japanese fabrics. They also do long arm Quilting.

Quilten på lappemøte Japanese fabrics 1 Japanese fabrics 2

This is a BOM they sell kits for.


I have some work going on in my sewingroom. Yesterday I was sewing a lot. I finished a makeup purse from a kit. Also stitched nametag and roses for my Stitchers Angel. I’m also working on a pattern for a tabelrunner with stitchery blocks. As the evening light got poor and I realized I had to turn the lamps on, I diskovered a big Boo Boo. Today I have to undo to complete rows!Not fun at all. I might put it on my list for tomorrow instead.

Hugs from Nancy

Monday, October 12, 2009

New pet

Say hello to Zappa! DS2 brought Zappa home from school last week. He and his classmates found 3 abandoned kitten in a ditch by the school. Zappa is a playfull and cuddly kitten. He is potty trained, can walk the steps to second floor and love tinfood. We have no idea of his age, but he is definitly not a wild cat. All his mannars tell us that he grew up in a house. He is a special cat too. He have 7 claws on each front paw and 5 on each back paw.

Look at the big paws!

Hugs from Nancy and Zappa

Pink Ribbon and quilt

Thank you to everyone who gave bids on the quilt I gave to the Pink Ribbon auction.

Tusen takk til alle som ga bud på quilten jeg ga til Rosa Sløyfe auksjonen på QXL.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pink Ribbon Month - October

I have made this quilt to raise money for the Norwegian bransh of Pink Ribbon.

Denne quilten har jeg laget for å samle inn penger til Rosa sløyfeaksjonen til Den Norske Kreftforening. Du kan lese mer her.

To make bid at QXL click here.
Har du lyst til å legge inn bud på QXL, klikk her.
Quilten er sydd av meg og quiltet av Kikkis Systue. Vi vet begge litt om det å ha brystkreft.
Hugs from Nancy

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Birthday May Britt

Today September 30th is your 50th birthday. Just prepare yourself for a big celebration. As you know we are arriving from all corners :-)

If you want to help me make May Britt's 50th birthday a spesial one, pop over to her blog and leave a note. The big celebration will be on saturday.

Hugs from Nancy

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sneak peek

This weekend I have really worked hard doing echoquilting on two projects for Quiltemagasinet (a Norwegian Quilting Magazine). I'm very pleased with the result and hope the readers of the magazine also will be when the projects are published.

While doing quiltwork my mind kind of wandered off and I got a great idea for a new project. I wanted to start right away, but got grip of my self and finished quilting before I started drawing.
Drawings are ready and tomorrow morning I'll start right after a visit to to my doctor. No no no, I am not sick (apart from the diagnoses I've already received). Just have to renew some prescription medication.
Hugs from Nancy

Monday, September 21, 2009

Update on projects

Time to update my list of finished projects in September. The update list is on my sidebar.

This Pillow is from my jeans cutting earlier this summer. Front part was compleated in July, but for unknown reason the back part have been missing. I put it together last week.

Makeing projects for my Stitchers Angel is so much fun. This is a book cover I made for xxxxx. Hi hi. I'm not going to tell who she is. Hi hi. She might read this post ;-)

Cleaning out my attic some months ago I found some cross stitch work I made many many years ago. This one had a misshap in the cleaning prossess. I do plan to make it work in a project. I will get back to that project in October.

Back to my sewingmachine! I have work to complete before Ocotober 1. Sneek peek will be postet during the week end.

See you.

Hugs from Nancy