Mama’s Scarf | Starting Point

Mama's Scarf

I’ve really been into scrapping with real paper and glue this month. Not because I don’t like digi scrapping any more (because I DO!) – but because I found a bunch of photos from when MT first entered my life and it’s been so inspiring and fun adding a few stories to paper and putting them to good use as a scrapbook page. It doesn’t hurt that I have some beautiful papers to use either ;)

Mama's Scarf

This photo I nearly put in the bin, but then I remembered the first weeks we had together. How the weather were nice, but a little chilly. How we were stuck in our little town because my car didn’t have the back seat put up, neither did we have a safe stool for MT to sit. How we had to use what we could find. Like this scarf around his neck to keep it warm while we went walking along the fjord side.

You came to Norway in October.
I should have thought about it being fall.
You had both jacket and hat –
but I hadn’t found a scarf for you.
So you had to borrow mine.
It was a little to big, but you didn’t care.

Here we are out walking together with Grandma and Grandpa. It was their first time visiting us . It was so nice having them for a week. One get to know each other well that way.

22. October 2005

Mama's Scarf

Made with Shimelle’s Starting Point.

for the love of a dog

MT and dog in box

..and his dog..

I’m so glad for catching a few words or glimpses here and there from what MT is saying or doing. I really should be better at writing them down when they happen. I will not remember later on, apparently, because when I went to Flickr to take this layout below from private to public (since it’s featured at the daily digi today), I found something unexpected when I took the time to read my journaling. I wrote it a little over a month ago, and while I’m quite used to thinking about Whuzha (MT’s favorite stuffed animal) and knew the page was about it, I had already forgotten that I scrapped this because I heard him talking to his friends about this. So so glad for capturing that detail, and for getting it on my page. Yay.

credits: papers, alpha and elements from Close To Heart by Designs by Kat as part of The Digi Files for August 2011. font: Junction

While having our friends here visiting I heard my boy and their girls talking about their favorite stuffed animals. I guess they were looking at a few of them from his collection and I heard him say: ‘Yes, this is one of my favorites, but the one I like the most is Whuzha*. It’s a dog and it’s at my Grandma’s right now’. I smiled hearing this. And I know how much he loves that dog. He got it from one of my friends when she came to Addis Abeba to help bring MT home to Norway. For a long time he kept it with him wherever he went. At home, on holidays, in the car and in his bed at night. He played with it and cared for it.

I’m so glad he still thinks that Whuzha is his favorite stuffed animal. That he still care even though he’s a big boy now.

* as far as I know Whuzha (my spelling, it might be wrong) is the word for dog on Amharic, the language MT spoke when I met him.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the stories yet to tell or with all the little moments that passes us by because we doesn’t pay attention, but I will rather be happy about the glimpses and stories that are actually told than worry too much about the rest.

Have you told a story about your life – or a loved one lately? Please share :)

Friends by the beach | Scrapbook

Friends By The Beach | Detail

I got home late tonight. Tired and worn after a long, long day at work. Instead of just vegging in front of the TV computer, I decided to create something nice. So I found a couple of old, sweet and lovely photos and started playing. It took a few minutes (ok. several!), but this is what I made:

Friends By the Beach

Friends By The Beach

I used Shimelles sketch of the week as inspiration.

Tomorrow is another crazy busy day at work, so I need some sleep to manage it all.

Hope you have some sweet and lovely in you life as well. Cherish it.

The Farm | Digital Scrapbooking

The Farm

It’s been a lot of scrapbooking talk here lately – and here is yet another post. Kind off. Sorry. ;)

Tattered Pear is show cased at The Daily Digi today – with their contributing kit Bookmarked. I loved all the whimsy doodles, the sayings and the colors. I found the kit perfect for a page about our love of books, no, about the FARM. LOL, I love to stretch a kit!

The Farm

This summer we got to spend a few days  @ The Farm all by our selves. We loved it. So nice to have some time to just be at that lovely place that is so much a part of us (and in the future will be our home). The Farm is placed on a hilltop and the houses face straight south. It’s always somewhat windy, but the sun (if it’s not a cloudy day) shines all day long. It’s a calm and quiet place with breathtaking view. I love spending time there. I love that the farm do produce organic grain (oat, rye, wheat), and I look forward to get my hands dirty (literary) with the plowing and sowing. A farmers work are never finished and it’s a lot of things that needs fixing or someone’s attention, I feel worried about the finances and the big load of work related to keeping the farm alive. This is me hoping to find a way to refine the grains (or other produce) on the farm in  the future and sell it directly from our own little farm shop. Ask me in 10 years if I managed to do it!!  :)

To be honest, I’ve been thinking a lot about the farm lately, I’ve been saying I want to take over – and I do – but now that the time to do so draws closer I’m getting a bit scared. Can I do it all? Can I produce anything else than weeds? Can I plow snow in the winter? I’m not sure all of these has a big YES to them…, some might even have a big NO instead – and how do I handle that?

You get the idea? Lots of thoughts going on. And let me tell you this: my word for this year is FAITH and it is for sure about what I believe to be true; my Christian faith – but it is also very much about this; daring to have faith in my decisions and abilities. Daring to follow my dream.

Fence Line

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A Long For The Western Country

A Long For The Western Country

It’s been a few years since I lived in the Western part of Norway and I quite love living close to family, but still sometimes I long for the fjord, the mountain and the people of the West.

Especially this summer. When we haven’t traveled over the mountains to meet our friends, when it’s been raining like the west here in the east all summer long, when I haven’t had a ferry ride in ages and when I’ve been fortuned enough to have friends come and visit us – making me miss living close to them ever more.

A Long For The Western Country

This is the last page I’m posting for one of Shimelle’s challenges. It’s been so fun making all these and joining in on the fun at Shimelle’s site (as much as I managed during a busy weekend + week at work). This page is for the Half Page challenge.

A Long For The Western Country

It’s been a scrappy kind of day today, I’m having the weekend off and spent most of my day yesterday moving stuff from our old house. Today I’ve just done whatever I wanted (= a lot of scrapbooking) and relaxed together with MT. Trying to recharge for a busy week ahead.

So, did you manage to enter Shimelle’s challenges?

Maybe you don’t scrap as much as I, but I do hope you share your stories. At least a few of them. Maybe capturing your every day life with your camera?! We forget so much so fast and I’m so glad for the moments I’ve shared here, in my photos or in one of my scrapbook pages. And yet there are so much more to tell! See you soon!

Soria Moria

Soria Moria

As I started this page I planned on using far more Hot Pink that I ended up using. I will still post it for Shimelle’s Hot Pink Challenge, because it was there it started :D

Soria Moria

Soria Moria

I love the mood of this photo of a place I lived for a couple of years (almost ten years ago now), the photo is not sharp by any means but it has a fairytale quality. At least to me. It’s taken late in the evening, the sunset is giving everything a tint of pink. I love how the road gives my eyes a path to travel; to the timber house where I used to live for a few years ten or so years ago.

Made with papers and embellishments from recent Studio Calico kits.

I have one more layout to share. Look for a new post soon!

The Cows

The Cows

For Shimelle’s 3 Is A Magic Number I scrapped a few photos from when we had cows on the farm back home. I used 3 tags as my three embellishment grouped together, that’s also where I put my journaling.

The Cows

The Cows

After 20 years without animals we had some cows for a couple of years at the farm. I liked that so much – and do hope we don’t have to wait another 20 years before there are animals on the farm again (it might not be cows, but still).

Papers and embellishments from recent Studio Calico kits.

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