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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

A postcard from Greece

I thought I could send a virtual postcard from Greece.  Athens is nice and on the picture you can see Hadrian's Arch. It was built 1882 years ago as a gateway between the old and new part of Athens.  This stuff seems to be scattered around every corner here,  so its pretty impressing. Also, the weather is great and the food is good - its just like a vacation should be.


Monday, June 30, 2014

We are married!

The wedding was absolutely perfect, including the light! Our amazing photographer Irene Lovund gave us this sneak peek to share, but more will come in a while. We are so thankful to everyone who came to help us out and celebrate with us, and couldn´t be any happier! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Eritrean wedding video

So much joy, music and life - this wedding looks amazing! I have been to Ethiopia, and some of the culture is similar, so it was fun to see the celebration in a Canadian setting.

Luwam + Delyet | Eritrean Wedding from Tomasz Wagner Photo & Video on Vimeo.


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