lørdag, oktober 15, 2011


Today is a special day. A day for celebration. As it is exactly five years ago that I posted my very first "Mias Landliv"-entry on this blog. Five years!!!?

So today I have baked a cake and invited the ones I share this household with to join in on the celebration.

Zara graciously accepted the invitation. As did my hubby.

But the thing with this lot is that as soon as they have had their piece of cake they lose interest and are out of action. (No prizes for guessing what is missing from this picture...)

So I am left to my own devices with the celebrating. Unless you, of course, would like to join in? Or maybe you too have lost interest and think I have worn out my welcome...?

Five years, and a whole lot of repetition, like this latest knit of mine (almost the same, but with a twist). So maybe the time has come to quit while I am ahead... Either way, there is more cake to be had.

onsdag, oktober 12, 2011

Beautiful spaces

Where to find inspiration for beautiful spaces...? One good place to look is Rachel Ashwell´s latest book "Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces".

Her pretty book appeared in my mailbox yesterday, and there sure is lots of wonderful inspiration to be found, if you are "shabby chic-inclined". I especially enjoyed the photos of a shabby man´s home!

I also love old portraits , and therefore totally adore Rachel´s creative nook, including this pretty painting.

Of course there are loads of beautiful homes (twelve, to be exact) to look at and admire in the book, some more theatrical (and maybe a little less livable?) than others.

I am happy to own most of Rachel´s books, and even though I am most pleased to have been able to add her latest book into my collection, I think her previous book is my favourite one to date.

Are you a "shabby chic-lover"?

søndag, oktober 09, 2011

Hard pushed...

We had a dandy frost last night. The first one of this season. Which of course made short work of all the annuals and tender vegetables, like zucchini (I am so glad I tiptoed out there last night, aided by a torch, to pick the last ones before they were ruined by the frost).

Usually the day after a frosty night dawns bright and sunny, but this was not the case today. Grey it was and grey it has continued to be. And to make the matters even worse, it has started to rain now (I guess we ought to be grateful for the fact that it is rain, not snow, after all. As it was forecasted to be on higher altitudes).

One thing is certain, that autumn is here, whether we like it or not. As I tok a stroll in my rather sad looking garden today, I feared I´d be hard pushed to find anything uplifting and redeemable out there (unless, of course, one is a sucker for bare branches and dead leaves...)

But to my delight there still is a bit of colour and, indeed, beauty to be found. I do find autumn colours quite charming, but was also delighted to discover a few brave flowers, that did their best to shine and brighten up this dark October day. Asters, along with rosehips, for one.

And there were a few roses too. Like this Canadian William Baffin. It has been very late blooming this year, as I had to cut it back a good deal after last winter, which was a particularly hard one.

Another brave one is this Comte de Chambord. She was a new purchase this summer, as I lost the one I had this past winter. All I can hope is that this one will make it till next year...

Hard pushed indeed... but I am glad I did take that little stroll today, as is really pelting down now, and there is no way I feel like making another one. But with the aid of an umbrella I just might be able to make it into my little studio. The heating is on now, and it is quite warm and cosy there now.

torsdag, oktober 06, 2011

Pukka comfort

Well into October it is obvious that autumn really is here. Even though the day today was a sunny one, the wind was anything but warm. I have been working in my little studio today, but after a few hours I was chilled to the bone (note to self: turn on the heating).

So I came back into the house, lit the fire, and brewed myself a cup of tea. I am a tea lover, and drink tea first thing in the morning. Followed by several cups throughout the day. Always black tea, drunk with a dash of milk.

But today I tried something different. Herb tea. And not just any herb tea, but Pukka tea. Now there is hardly a kitchen in the whole of blogosphere that does not feature this pretty packaging, including mine. But today was the first time I actually drank it. And I can assure you it will not be the last.

What kind of tea is your favourite...?

onsdag, oktober 05, 2011

Summer memories

My latest scrap quilt has been a pleasure to work with. It is full of summer memories, as most of the fabrics I have used somehow seem to remind me of summer.

There is the turquoise summer skirt, hubby´s blue summer shirt, the pretty Cath Kidston fabric I bought this summer, the slightly faded cushions from summers past, the left over lining fabric from my summer bag. And so on.

At the outset I worried that I might not have enough fabric for a whole quilt, but it turned out I had more than enough. And then some. All I need to buy now is the backing. And the wadding, as you can probably tell I have yet to quilt it.

Which will be a pleasure too, I am sure. Even though the quilting bit is not my favourite task when making a patchwork quilt, I will enjoy this one. How can I not, when I get to see all the pretty reminders of summers past run through the machine, while it works its magic? Summer memories indeed!

mandag, oktober 03, 2011


I like brown. Always have, and always will. There have been periods in my life when my home has been full of earthy brown shades. Yet in recent years I have explored other brighter colour combinations, and all that has been left from my "brown days" is my brown furniture.

But come autumn I feel the urge to surround myself with quieter, earthier tones than the pretty pastels that have been the norm lately. White, I am sure, will always stay with me. Yet I love contrast, and what better than a bit of earthiness to contrast with the paleness.

I have been "out and about" this past week, and on my travels I came across this lovely "Vintage by Fé"-shawl. I intended to wear it myself, but seeing how good it looks on my bedroom chair it just might end up staying there...

The furry white cushion is also a new purchase. And all of a sudden I feel that autumn really is here, and that I am just about ready for it. And for a bit of vintage earthiness. Brown is beautiful, would you not agree...?