WE'RE BACK!!

We are back from vacation! Our second trip in Norway started like the first, on the train enjoying amazing views. We met our friends from the US in Oslo and took together the train to Bergen. I was super excited to see them again! Knowing that we were doing this trip together made less painful leaving the US and moving to Norway three months ago!



Bergen is such a great place, perhaps too rainy but still a great place! during the two days we spent in Bergen, we walked around its many beautiful streets, had some food at the fish market and took a tram up to a hill where we saw the views of all the city and the fjord. Afterwards, we decided to walk down to the city and actually, this last part was the one I think we enjoyed the most because we discovered the prettiest forest ever!




This forest was very special, so green, wet and mossy! We loved it!

Our last stop in Bergen was in the Fantoft Stave, a spectacular viking church! Our visit lasted less than five minutes because of the heavy rain. They had to close the church and asked us to leave, so we had to literally run to the car and of course, we ended up having a really cold shower! It was fun, though! :)







We spent our last days in the Stavanger region, driving, taking ferries, hiking and camping. Our five hour hike up to the Preikestolen was really beautiful (also scary) and I wish I had better pictures of the Lysefjord because the ones I have don't do it justice!

It was hard to say goodbye to our friends but I'm sure this won't be our last trip together!

Albert and I got home on Sunday afternoon and we've been trying to have a normal week after the holidays without much success! We both need the weekend so much! Today I've been working on my Little Mouse baby quilt pattern that has been waiting too long to be finished...hopefully it will be done soon!

Hope you're having a great week!

Ingrid



WEEKEND SNAPSHOTS/ VACATION BREAK

Hello! Today it's a weird day for me, it's Monday but it feels more like a Friday...that's because we are leaving on vacation tonight!! I'm so excited this time! We'll be meeting some friends tomorrow in Oslo that have traveled from California and Utah. Can't wait to see them, it feels like an eternity that we left from the US...but it's only been 3 months!

We'll visit Oslo, Bergen & Stavanger (Norway) together and then they will visit Paris. I wish we could go to Paris too but our budged said enough! :)


So, as we are leaving today, we decided to stay at home this past weekend and just relax. But it turned out to be the neighborhood festivities! I really love living right in the center, this way we always know if something is happening, if we hear music or more people than normal, we just go downstairs and check it out. There were lots of people around, mainly locals but also lots of tourists. I still feel like a tourist most of the time though! (Perhaps it has to do because I always bring the camera?)



There was a nice little market just next to our house where you could find lots of handmade things, quilts, bags, clothes, antiques and tasty food! I fell in love with a mint wooden chest (sorry I didn't take pictures of it!) but finally I didn't buy it :( ...maybe another time (luckily I have the owner's card though!)



We even had a rowing race! The red team won!










Amazing weather, music everywhere and ice cream...what else can I ask for? ;) (Oh well, on Friday I had a panic attack when I realized, after checking in every grocery store, that there's no way to buy orxata here in Norway...or at least I haven't found it yet! Do you know what it is? It's a very popular beverage in Spain and also in Latin America I think. It's made of ground tiger nuts and it's sooo good! I haven't thought about it in a while until Albert said the word the other day...I guess these things happen when you live abroad!)



I haven't done much sewing this past weekend. I have a quilt top finished ready to be quilted (see above). There's so many special fabrics into this quilt and I really can't wait to see it completely done. You really can't tell the pattern from the picture but it's very simple and clean.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably already seen a sneak peek of a new baby quilt I am working on, I have already 6 stars done! This one is gonna be so sweet :)

Ok, we still need to prepare all we have to take with us today, make some quick dinner and head to the train station. I will be sharing some pics of our travel next Monday! Hope you all have a wonderful week!



PD: Lately I have the obsession of photographing the sky at all times from our roof windows. Here's how the sunset looked like yesterday, isn't it beautiful?


Hugs!

Ingrid


CACTUS PINCUSHION TUTORIAL

I am quite a mess taking care of plants, probably because of my lack of knowledge (most of the times I have no idea what kind of plant I'm buying) and also because sometimes I'm lazy and I don't check what a specific plant needs. I have to say that I'm trying to do things better each time, because I really like the presence of plants around... specially while they are alive :) 

But cacti are a different story! They resist! So, I guess that pretty much everyone loves cacti! Plus, they are amazingly pretty!  

I've wanted to make a cactus pincushion for some time now and yesterday I finally did it! I've put together a little how-to in case you want to make your own little cactus! It's super easy and fun, I promise!

Here it goes!

1. First off, print the cactus pincushion template. Use the template to cut 6 pieces of fabric. 



I used a fun fabric from IKEA with big leaves in different shades of green. I decided to cut 3 pieces from the light green and 3 from dark green. I tried to choose the nicest parts of the leaves. 

2. Place a light green piece and a dark green piece with right sides of the fabric together. Pin in place and stitch a 1/4" seam all around.

3. Turn the pocket right side out and repeat the same with the remaining pieces until get 3 fabric pockets.



4. Place the three pockets together and pin them flat. Stitch them together along the middle as shown above. If you find this is gonna be too bulky for your sewing machine, you can always stitch it by hand. But, I had no issue with mine.

5. Stuff with batting each one of the 6 compartments. You may need the help of a screwdriver!



6. Once all the compartments are well stuffed, stitch the bottom aperture. I used an espresso cup to hold my cactus! It wasn't necessary to glue it or anything!



7. Now, choose a fabric for the cactus flower and cut a strip of 1" x 7" approximately. Fold it in half (right sides of the fabric together), press and baste by hand along the raw edge (I used perle cotton). Pull the thread in order to ruffle the fabric. Play with it until you get a nice flower shape!

8. Attach the flower to the cactus top and... TA-DA! Your cute little cactus pincushion is ready!

Happy Monday!

Ingrid


OUTDOOR CHAIR CUSHION COVER TUTORIAL

My favorite part of our new apartment is probably our red balcony! It's so nice to have a place at home where to go out and have some fresh air! Plus the weather couldn't be nicer these days! We have great plans for the balcony, we want to plant lots of flowers, herbs and buy/make nice outdoor lights! But as we just moved and there have been lots of things to buy and get ready first, I think we will have to wait until next summer because I guess that in less than we think, this balcony will be covered by snow! So, I don't think it would be worth to plant anything now...

Meanwhile, we wanted to enjoy a little bit of it and we recently bought a table, a couple of chairs and a grill! We have done some burgers already! :)

Last week I found a very pretty red striped fabric on sale that was just perfect for making a couple of outdoor chair cushion covers! I finished them on Friday and we've been enjoying our balcony even more this past weekend! They were super easy to make and I thought I would share a quick tutorial today! The process is practically the same you would follow to make an envelope cushion cover, the only difference is that I added four fabric strips that turned it into a chair cushion cover! 

Are your chairs in need of some chair cushion covers? If so, you are in the right place!

What do we need?





We need fabric, normal cushions, scissors, measure tape, straight pins, iron, sewing machine and thread. I used the cheapest cushions from IKEA, they were 14"x 14", a little bit smaller than my chair seats, but they looked fine at the end! They are just normal cushions which aren't meant to be chair cushions, but I wanted to try! 

Let's get started!



1. First, we need to know the dimensions of our cushions, in my case they were 14" x 14", a pretty small size! Then, we need to cut a piece of fabric that measures (the cushion width plus 1/2") x (the cushion height x 2 plus 8"). My piece measured 36" x 14 1/2". You also need to cut four fabric strips of 15" x 1 1/2" each (even if your cushion is bigger than mine, this size would work well. But you can always cut them larger if needed). 

2. Stitch a hem on each of the shortest sides (top & bottom). To stitch a hem, fold 1/2" to the wrong side of the fabric and press with an iron. Then, fold 1/2" again, press and stitch it.


Fold in half lengthwise your fabric strips with right sides of the fabric together. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the longest edge and also along one of the shorter edges. With the help of a screwdriver, turn the strips right side out and press them with an iron.

3. Lay out your fabric piece with right side of the fabric facing up. As shown in the illustration above, place two strips on each side of the fabric, leaving 6" of fabric above them (the raw edge of the strips must be left outside). Pin the strips in place.

4. Fold down, over the strips, the 6" of fabric left at the top. Pin in place.

5. Now, fold in half (wrong side of the fabric facing up) and pin in place. Stitch a 1/4" seam along the lateral edges as shown in the illustration above. Back stitch at the beginning and at the end.








6. Remove all the pins and turn the right side of the fabric out. Fill your cushion cover and place it on your chair. Use the fabric strips to tie the cushion to the chair. Enjoy!

If you just want to make envelope cushion covers, you can still use this method, just skip all the steps related to the fabric strips!

I can see the balcony from the kitchen windows and now I smile every time I see it! :) It's so awesome how we can improve the vibe of a place just by adding something so simple! I love it!

Have a great week!

Ingrid