tirsdag, oktober 30, 2012

Snow white


A new pair of Christmas stockings is finished. Show white (or close enough) this time. I have used small snippets of linen, silk, damask and the like to make these. And finished the whole thing off with a bit of vintage lace, of course...


When there is no colour to speak of it is even more important to add texture, to give some interest, so to speak. I am quite partial to these no-colour stockings (and quilts), as i love to play with different textures.


In fact, I seem to be in a less colourful period at the moment. This usually happens in late autumn, early winter. It is as if everything slows down after a busy summer season, and the less colourful seems somehow more appealing.


Also up here in Scandinavia the light is fast diminishing (it gets dark at 5pm now) so whites indoors seem to give us more light, if you get my drift...


Speaking of light and snow... this is what it looks like here in our neck of the woods today. Snow in October is not unheard of, but for it to stay even this long (it fell last night) is more unusual.


I left for my local quilting bee last night in miserable rain and darkness, and after a few hours returned home in snow. I am not sure I appreciate snow this early, but I do have to admit it makes everything lighter and brighter. And rather pretty!


lørdag, oktober 27, 2012

Lace and roses... revisited


One of the prerogatives of a long time blogger is to show and tell about the same stuff more than once (come to think of it, it is what I seem to be doing most of the time...) The case in point today being the "Lace and roses"-quilt I made several years ago.


A friend of mine has long since offered the quilt a home, but when I earlier this week was asked to give a little talk about my patchwork stuff at the local Husflidslag (or WI, if you like) she graciously let me take it along.


And so I thought you too might like to see it (again ;-) Should you happen to have plenty of lace, both old and new, this is the quilt to make. It does require quite a bit of the pretty stuff, but it is so worth it.


You can really not go wrong with a bit of lace and some rosy fabric, can you now...? I have made another, similar quilt, which can be seen here (that particular quilt lives in Austria). Now I long for another "Lace and roses"-quilt (this time maybe "to have and to hold") so I better start collecting some lace...


Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

onsdag, oktober 24, 2012

Knitting dishcloths


My dishcloths are a disgrace... and it is high time to replace them. For a while now I have been reading the most inspirational blog Down to Earth, where Rhonda writes about simple living. I am most fascinated by the subject and for the past 10-12 years I have to a degree tried to live a simple life.


Rhonda writes amongst others about making do and mend, including knitting your own dishcloths. So I thought why don´t I give it a go (before buying new mass produced ones). Several years ago I received a lovely home made dishcloth from Eli, yet I am embarrassed to admit the cloth has been sitting in my kitchen drawer, unused. Not that I did not appreciate the gift, rather I thought it too lovely actually to be used.


But before I set to knitting my own version of a dishcloth I decided to give Eli´s a go, to see how it actually managed the duties imposed upon it. And I am happy to report that I have found the home made dishcloth far superior to the shop bought ones I have used in the past.


So now I am on my way... knitting my very first dishcloth. My first attempt is an unashamed copy of Eli´s. Once this one is done I shall try Rhonda´s waffle weave pattern.

Have you tried to knit your own? And if so, how do you find them in use...?

søndag, oktober 21, 2012

Autumn


Autumn is not my favourite season... not by a long shot. I much prefer spring, with the promise of glorious, lighter and brighter days ahead. Not to mention summer, with days that seem never ending (up here it hardly gets dark at all).


I love the colours in the garden; the pretty pinks, purples and blues of my flower borders. I love to pick fresh strawberries... or ingredients for a salad straight from the potager.


I could go on... and on... about all the delights of summer. But once again summer is a thing of the past, and here I am, in the middle of yet another autumn, with shorter days, and darker, much darker nights.


So what does autumn have to commend it? I do love the crisp morning air after a cold night, the small dusting of white frost still on the ground. I love the glorious clear blue sky that follows a frosty night.


Unfortunately these days have been few and far in between this autumn. It has mostly just been rain... relentless rain and leaden grey skies. But the colours, oh the lovely autumn colours!


They have not failed this year. And even though most of them are gone by now, there is still enough golden colour to delight the eye, even on a grey day.


Today I have been busy in the garden. The hens have been busy too, up to their usual mischief. They are definitely loving autumn... while I am trying to get there... How about you?

torsdag, oktober 18, 2012

Apple scone


We have had a good apple crop this year. We have eaten a lot of apples, I have baked a lot of apple cake, and I have made a whole lot of apple jam (now in the freezer), that we like to eat with müesli or toast for breakfast. But there is more fun to be had with apples.


One of them is to bake an apple scone, like I have done today. It really is quick and easy, and rather lovely with your afternoon tea/coffee. You could be really decadent and enjoy the scone with whipped cream and jam (a proper cream tea)... or be rather parsimonious (like I have... since I lacked the cream) and just enjoy it as is (not bad either).


ROUND APPLE SCONE

200 g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
50 g margarine
50 g caster sugar
1 medium-sized cooking apple, peeled, cored and coarsely grated
4 tablepoons milk

To glaze:

A little milk
1 tablespoon demerara sugar (or plain caster sugar, like I have used)

Sieve together flour, salt and baking powder. Rub in the margarine. Add the sugar, then the grated apple and add enough milk to give a soft but not sticky dough. Turn the mixture on to a floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out to a 20 cm circle and place on baking sheet. Score the scone into 8 pieces. Brush all over the top with milk and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake in 200C for 20-25 min. or until well risen and golden brown.


On a different note; thank you all for the lovely comments in regards to my blog´s 6th anniversary. I truly appreciate and treasure them all. You are too kind ;-) Thank you!

mandag, oktober 15, 2012

Time flies when you are having fun...


Six years is a long time... and today it happens to be exactly six years since I wrote the very first Mias Landliv entry.


True, I did have a four month break from blogging earlier this year (then thinking it was the end), but apart from that I have been posting fairly regularly.


I never thought back in October 2006, when I pushed the "Publish"-button for the very first time, that I would still be here six years down the line.


I thought it even less likely that quite a few readers would find my ramblings and musings worth a read every now and then.


I am most honoured to have you as my reader. Your generosity and your positive feed back never ceases to delight and amaze me. You are the best. Thank you!


Today´s photos are for Tracy (and for anyone else who might be interested...), who wondered how I store my fabrics and trimmings. Hence these photos from my little studio, where the aforementioned are stored in cardboard boxes (from Ikea) in an old painted cabinet.

lørdag, oktober 13, 2012

Weekend


This weekend I am enjoying the last of the sweet peas...


and the very last roses (or so it seems)...


while mourning over the short life of the beautiful autumn colours...


before returning indoors to add a few more squares to the crochet blanket...


and thinking it is indeed not looking half bad...

torsdag, oktober 11, 2012

A bit of red then...


I guess there is no denying that for many red really is the (one and only) Christmas colour. So here is a bit of red for you then...


Various snippets of red plaid, tartan, ticking and gingham fabrics, along with a bit of red and black (!) lace, velvet and silk ribbon, made into yet another pair of Christmas stockings.


The possibilities are really endless, all depending of ones fabric and colour preferences.


What would be yours then...? Which colour(s) do you prefer to decorate with for Christmas?


mandag, oktober 08, 2012

Not too early to get started


I know, I know... it is only October, and Christmas is a long way off. And just to set the record straight, I do prefer to wait with Christmas till December. With decorations and the like, that is. But when it comes to making presents and other handmade Christmas stuff, it is better to start early and to be prepared.


So here I am, in my little studio, fiddling with scraps of fabric, bits of ribbon and lace, with good intentions of making Christmas stockings. The reason for this early start is the workshop I am doing at the end of the month. So it definitely is not too early to start now.


Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that my Christmas is not the traditional red and green one. Quite the contrary, I like to make Christmas suit my decor as is, and that means trying to create the spirit of the Holiday by using "my" kind of stuff.


In these latest stockings I have used my favourite kind of fabrics; denim (as in recycled jeans), tea towels and some pretties (GreenGate fabrics). I do quite like the untraditional take of the traditional. Do they speak of Christmas to you, I wonder...?


TIL NORSKE LESERE:

Jeg skal holde et julestrømpe kurs hos Hemnes Husflidslag 27. og 28. oktober (11-16). Det er fortsatt noen få ledige plasser til kurset, så skulle du være interessert ta kontakt med May Oterholt på hemnes.husflidslag@hotmail.com. Kanskje vi sees da...?

fredag, oktober 05, 2012

Autumn love


After rain comes shine, and I am most grateful for the latter, after what seems like days on end of relentless rain.


And today the sun did shine, showing off the glorious autumn colours to the full. What is there not to love (apart from the endless rain...) on such a beautiful autumn day?


The potager is truly past its prime... and productivity. But I am not in a hurry to cut down and clear away quite everything yet. It all is just too beautiful. But tomorrow the last of potatoes and carrots will be dug up.


As for the chooks, they are busy doing their own digging, on a constant look out for juicy worms, which seem rather plentiful in the empty veggie beds.


More sunshine forecasted for tomorrow, so this weekend promises to be a good one. Hope yours will be too. Thank you for being such delightful, generous readers. Blogging would just not be the same without you lot!