Monday, April 21, 2014

Eit nådeår

Eg gledar meg over Herren,
mi sjel jublar over min Gud.
For han har kledd meg i frelsesklede
og sveipt meg i rettferds kappe
lik ein brudgom som set på seg presteleg turban,
lik ei brur som pyntar seg med smykke.

For som jorda let spirene veksa,
som ein hage let frøa gro,
så skal Herren Gud
la rettferd og lovsong spira fram for alle folkeslag.

Jesaja 61,10-11

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wedding dress update

You might know that I am working on tweaking my wedding dress, so I thought I would come with an update, perhaps only for especially interested crafters. No pictures, but I guess you will be understanding considering the subject.

The extra slip I bought needed a small change in the back to match the dress perfectly. With slippy silk, that took a little longer than anticipated, but turned out very well in the end. Hand-basting is the key here.

The dress was basically two separate dresses, one in a lace fabric, and one a lining/slip. Since I had to take both of them in, it seemed just as easy to make them into one dress with interfacing instead of the two original ones. After careful investigation and research (see blogs with tutorials here and here...) for the dress itself, I decided to rip open a lot of seams and do this thoroughly. What is implied here is that I normally don´t follow all these careful steps, being a lot more careless with my restyled thrift store finds like this skirt.

The next step was basting the lining to the dress by hand. No risks taken here. After trying it on, then more basting and needles and fittings, I could finally sew some stitches on the sewing machine. Now the bodice fits me, almost like a glove, and I am one step closer to a wearable wedding dress. I am optimistic to this project and look forward to continue working on it.

Tomorrow morning we are off for our Easter holiday in Ålesund and Bergen. There will be lots of wedding planning, and I look forward to seeing friends and family. Especially little Øyvind, who called today and said his first words to me: "hello" and "aunt"! Too precious.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wedding registry

Who knew it would be so hard to pick a set of wine glasses? Or frying pans? There are more choices than I had ever thought, and while some are obvious (fancy china), others have proved more difficult.  It is no secret that I care a lot more than Mike about the look of these kitchen items, so unless he hates something, I can decide. Right now I am trying to decide between a few series from Hadeland Glassverk and Holmegaard. Some are more classic, while others are modern.

Here are some of my favorites:

Future water or juice glass

Perfection wine series

Minima caraffes

Sentimento wine series


Odysseé wine series


What do you think? Any tips on how to chose?

If you are curious to what else we want, you can check our wedding blog: mikeandragnhild.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wedding invitations DIY




I love paper. And envelopes. I have a whole suitcase full of decorative paper, cutouts from magazines, scrapbook paper bought on travels and much more. Naturally, when it came to our wedding invitations, I was quite excited to send out pretty mail.

After reading a few wedding/illustrator blogs I had a good idea of what I wanted, and kraft paper was a non-negotiable. It doesn´t hurt that it is recycled, which makes it almost second hand, or what?


I have surprised myself a little with this project. Originally I planned to go to Oslo to score the PERFECT paper for envelope liners, but ended up using something I have had for many years, but found too pretty to use. I calculated and thought I would have enough, but my math didn´t add up right, and I ran out. Luckily the store still had the same paper, probably 9 years later!


Kraft paper, illustration, typography, pretty patterns and vintage stamps. Could my heart be happier?

For the layout I used Indesign, as it is the program I know best. You can recreate something similar in Word, as I did for the sketch, or use Photoshop or whatever you prefer. The fonts are free and found online.

In total, the only really new thing I bought was three sheets of light A4 cardstock and some washi tape. The rest was new/recycled, vintage, or stuff I had at home!

My total spent for around 60 invitations: 650 kr, plus 500 kr for postage.



Sources: 
- Kraft paper and envelopes: Green Earth Supplies
- Envelope liners: Norway Designs in Oslo. You can find the same styles online by searching for florentine paper
- Illustration: Angie Thompson
- Vintage stamps: Auctions at QXL
- Embroidery thread: From my grandma´s sewing kit
- Monogram paper: Norli at Arkaden in Skien
- Washi tape: WeXStore


Monday, March 31, 2014

Being a wise or foolish woman



In January I read a classic novel, and reading the Book of Proverbs alongside Gone with the Wind was very interesting. The contrasts are obvious, with Scarlett O´Hara on one side, and the sayings of wise men/women on the other.

Scarlett was a girl that grew up in a Catholic home, with a gentle, loving and virtuous mother. She knew this was the ideal, and must also have known the Bible pretty well, considering the daily devotions for the whole household. But as she matures, and her life becomes a lot more challenging, these values are abandoned one by one.

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Prov. 22:1
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and nagging wife. Prov. 21:19 

Instead, she chooses a different path.

Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered. Prov. 21:13
A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. Prov. 21:6 

Loosing friends and loved ones is the result of her insatiable desire and lust for riches. These verses all fit her character very well, as one who esteemed gold more than a good name. When she finally realized the damage she had done, it seemed too late - her husband preferring "the desert" over their miserable union. A lot more proverbs could have been chosen as examples here, so this is a Bible Study I can recommend. 

Along with my Bible reading I have been listening to David Pawson´s "Unlocking the Bible". You can find the whole teaching series here on youtube. For his teaching on Proverbs what really stuck with me was that these proverbs are not promises. They are generally true wise saying, but are not to be treated like magic formulas. As with Scarlett, it is sadly not always the fact that if you Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Prov. 22:6

PS. I once sewed a dress from green velvet curtains. It is not a recommended fabric for a dress. That was a fun scene to read in the book though.

PSS. The Scarlett print can be bought here

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wedding decor: Something old and very personal

The china "Grønn Marie", inherited from Mormor Inga Marie.

In November I went to Ålesund for some wedding planning. When visiting the venue I was happy with most of it, but hated their coffee cups. As you probably know, I love thrift stores and vintage things, so the thought of using old china for the wedding had already struck me. However, since this is a destination wedding of sorts I am trying to avoid buying lots of stuff we will have to bring along.

My Farmor (grandma) Ingrid has always had lots of pretty china, so when I visited her later that weekend I asked if she would be willing to lend us some of it for our wedding reception. She was very excited and told me I could borrow as much as I needed.

In January Farmor unexpectedly passed away. We were all shocked and very sad. One major reason for choosing Ålesund as our wedding destination was to make sure she could make it, as she was my last grandparent. At the gathering after the funeral service, our wedding was mentioned in speeches several times, and my grandma´s neighbor even mentioned the part about the china. Now that she won't be there with us, I am so grateful she was part of the planning, and will play a part in the celebration as well. In a way, it will be my "something borrowed".

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The invitations are out!


It was a work in progress for a little while, but the invitations are finally out, and we are starting to get RSVPs, which is so much fun! Here is a little sneak peak, but a post with all the details will come later.

I have been working more on our wedding blog lately, and therefore neglecting this one. There are a few posts I have started on though, (mostly wedding related) and they will come in the near future. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

How to make a wedding budget

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Recently, a newly engaged girl asked me for tips for their wedding. I had no idea what to say to that, and in my mind I was thinking: Tips for what? Dresses? Flowers? Style? Colors?

There are a thousand tips to give and take, but after a few days it came to me that setting a budget might be my best tip so far. I love lists and budgets and saving, so luckily this comes quite easy to me. I can get quite excited for every time I am under budget,

Wedding budgeting in 5 steps

1. Figure out how much you can and want to spend. 
A wedding might be one of the costliest things you do, so be wise! Discuss who will pay (the couple, parents, others) and how much you can save before the big day. Even if you have a lot of money, you might not want to spend it all on a party. Are you saving for a house for example? Or perhaps you want a dream honeymoon?

2. Do some research
What are the prices for things like flowers and catering?? There is a lot of research to be done to be able to make a realistic budget, and it depends a lot on the style of celebration you want and where you live. This step will require research, take a long time and can be very frustrating, but also fun. I was surprised at how much things cost, and have revised our budget more than once.

Also, decide on the size of your guest list. Your budget can really depend on this factor, but a small wedding can still be an expensive affair.

3. Think of all the costs, down to the details.
Here are the most common categories for a Norwegian wedding, with an American twist. I don´t have all of these things, and you probably won´t either. It might not be natural to include the expenses of f.ex rings and honeymoon in your wedding budget, but it can help you get an idea of the total costs.

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