Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July: a month of reading

If June was a wedding month, and it most definitely was, July has been a book of relaxing and reading. 

First of all, I got a Kindle.

Secondly, I have read a total of eight novels this month! There was a lot of time for reading on our honeymoon, and after coming back home to Skien we have enjoyed summer on the beach and at home, often with a book in hand. 

My best picks among my July reads would be "The Humans" by Matt Haig, with an interesting view on what it is to be human, and "The ocean at the end of the lane" by Neil Gaiman, a mysterious fantasy story. "The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle was a real treat as well, and almost made me believe in dinosaurs! And if you find your time precious, you can skip "Songs of Willow Frost". It was not very exciting as I felt like I always knew what was happening next.

Another recommendation is "Får eg lov?", a portrait of the authors big sister, a lady with Downs Syndrom. The book is only in Norwegian, written by a co-worker in YWAM, and it is a beautiful little book about Ingrid, and the authors relationship to her sister.

There has also been time for non - fiction. I have read some exciting books in the Bible, like Daniel, Ezra and Esther, after finally getting through Ezekiel - that was a hard read! Now I am just a couple of pages away from finishing the Old Testament in my Chronological Bible Reading that started in October. I really look forward to entering the Gospels, but I have cheated a little and read a few letters to break it up in the middle of long books like Jeremiah and Chronicles.

So, now that I´m on a roll, do you have any further reading recommendations? 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Restyle Sunday: Drawstring pouch

"An old shirt with stains that won´t come out, 
gets a new life as a drawstring pouch."

My husband (!) said he wanted a drawstring pouch, and I offered to make him one. I had never done it before, believe it or not, but the construction is really simple. I offered him a few options from my stash of fabric, and he decided on this one from a shirt that got ruined. After making one of these I would like to make a few more. They are perfect for traveling, to keep socks and underwear in one place, or as a shoe bag. This tutorial is for a pouch with lining. If you make it without a lining there will be a lot less work.

1. Cut two rectangles from the back of shirt, one slightly bigger than the other. My measurements were 19,5 cm x 62 cm and 19 cm x 56 cm, but you can scale up or down in any direction depending on what you will use it for.

2. Sew the sides together all the way on your smallest rectangle, but leave 4 cm at the top on the largest one. This is will be the opening for the drawstring.

3. Fold the top of the lining over 1,5 cm and press.
Turn the other pouch so your seams are on the inside, fold the top over 3 cm and press.

4. Flip both of the pouches. With the "wrong side" of the fabric facing each other, put your smallest pouch over the largest. Pin together 1,5 cm from the top, leaving an opening for the drawstring on each side, and sew together.

5. Flip the pouch again, and sew a topstitch along the edge for stability.

6. Thread your strings, tie them together, and you are done!

Keeping track of wedding inspiration

I am so curious to get our wedding pictures! Its been a month since we got married, but considering the fact that we asked our guests to not post pictures on social media, we just have to be patient and wait for our photographer.

While we wait, this pinterest board contains a lot of ideas I liked, and quite a few I ended up using. Pinterest was a great way of keeping track of potential wedding plans, but be warned: there are many many more than you could ever incorporate on your big day, so it makes it harder to choose!

Follow Ragnhild's board Marry me on Pinterest.

Also, a board for wedding flowers and wedding hair.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kindled reading interest

For being someone who loves both books and travel, I have been quite hesitant about e-readers. I just love the feeling of a book in my hand and turning the pages the old fashioned way. Mike on the other hand, embraces technology in a different way, and his Kindle is always with him. Since he is not into cufflinks and watches and other suggested wedding gifts for your groom, I figured a new Kindle would be perfect.
It was.

While we were in Athens on our honeymoon, we spent one afternoon in a book store looking at tons of books.There were so many pretty editions of classics, but our budget was limited and the weight of them would have been too much to bring. Though I must admit I bought three books on the trip, before we left the airport in Norway...

In USA, books loose their copyright if they are over 75 years old. I like a lot classics, so the fact that pages like Project Gutenberg lets you download these books for free is great news! Now that I have inherited Mike´s old Kindle, I have a lineup of books like "The Man in the Iron Mask", "The Journey to the Centre of the Earth" and "Les Miserables", just waiting to be read. And in the meantime it wont´t take up space on the shelf or room in a bag, win - win!

PS. A little travel tip for book lovers - Santorini has an amazing bookstore. It is located in Oia, and called Atlantis Books

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Santorini in Daylight and Sunset

For the second half of our honeymoon we went to Santorini. Here are some of the things we saw:
The husband! 
Church with the best view in Imerovigli 
Former windmill turned residence
Our little hotel
Amazing succulent bushes
A volcanic crater
And a fancy church in Fira
Basking in the sunset
This is what Santorini is famous for
We hung out with our wedding photographers... 
And saw black rocks 
On a date in Oia. There was also an amazing bookstore.
PS. Part One of our honeymoon here. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Honeymooning in Greece: Athens

While we were away, I sent a little "postcard". Now I have more pictures from Athens and Voula, the area we stayed in. Athens is truly incredible, so many fascinating things to see. Voula not so much, except for the beaches and Glyfada, a fancy shopping area. However, it is a very quiet and safe place to live, but still not very far from the big city.

Amphi theater on the hillside of Acropolis
Happy couple
From an old church on Mars Hill
Breathtaking sculptures
National Gardens
Syntagma Square
Big smiles
Byzantine churches everywhere 
Gelato + freshly baked cookie
Chilling on our AirBnB balcony
Loving the sunshine and the sea
A small stony beach in Voula

Stay tuned for part 2 of this travel series, coming up is a post from Santorini. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A cabinet of treasures

We are home from our honeymoon and it is wonderful to be back. (I will post some pictures from our trip to Greece soon.) Here in Skien parts of the apartment are still a little chaotic, with Mike moving in, extra furniture everywhere and lots of new things, but things are starting to shape up.

The past days we have unpacked so many beautiful gifts! My parents stopped by with many of our wedding gifts last week, and they also brought a corner cabinet I inherited after my grandma. It was handmade by her second husband, and is now the perfect home for our fancy china and pretty stemware.

The light inside gives it such a warm and lovely glow that Mike wants to keep it on all the time. The rest of our kitchen supplies is also getting a sweet upgrade, so I will be getting rid of quite a few flea market and IKEA finds to make room for our gifts. Married life is very good so far! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wedding Garter DIY

For the wedding, I was not planning on wearing a garter, and certainly not do the garter toss - that would freak me out! It seemed like an annoying thing to wear and yet another thing to spend money on, but then one day I looked through my stash of ribbon and realized I had everything I needed to make my own.

You need: 
- Elastic lace
- Needle and thread, or sewing machine
- Measuring tape
- Embellishments: Use whatever you fancy, like ribbon, rhinestones,
beads, flowers, charms etc

This is one of the easiest things you can make for your wedding (easier than a DIY veil for example). The project took me about 20 minutes, including taking the pictures!

First, measure your thigh where you want your garter. 
Use measuring tape, or wrap the lace around your leg.

Sew the ends together, with either sewing machine or needle and thread. 
Now try it on to make sure its tight enough! Adjust if needed.

Find your embellishment and decide where you want it to go.

You can sew a small bow like me, and add your something blue.

An easy and cute garter that you can make yourself.


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