Lucky ones/A month of giving!

Lucky ones/A month of giving:

Day 1: Catie.
Day 2: Kristina.
Day 3: Kica.
Day 4: Jenna/hardknitlife.
Day 5: Diane S receives the book "Asking".
Day 5: sassysistersink receives the book "Calm Things".
Day 6: Kristin/sew technicolor.
Day 7: Cindy/hellcat vintage.
Day 8: Ellen/pustolla1.
Day 9: Jennifer C.
Day 10: Patricia A. McGoldrick.
Day 11: Aggeliki.
Day 12: Plain and joyful living.
Day 13: Sandra/the slow catwalk.
Day 14: Margie Oomen.
Day 15: Leigh M.
Day 16: Cally/Forest & Sea.
Day 17: Amanda Rataj.
Day 18: Elizabeth McMurtry.
Day 19: Fine.
Day 20: Caitriona S.
Day 21: Tilly N (hat pattern).
Day 21: Kristen S (shawl pattern).

Friday

A month of giving, day 27. Given to you by Alicia/AEO designs

              The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!

Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Alicia: This wasn’t something that I had wanted for a long time, it was more the unexpectedness of the gift that was such a sweet gesture - I always think of it, the skip-it. It was an odd plastic toy that had a loop for your foot on one end and a weighted ball on the other end. The purpose was to see how many times you could skip the weighted ball. It even had a counter to keep track. I remember watching that commercial of an ecstatic girl with her hot pink skip-it over and over again on tv commercials - each time wanting it more and more. I don’t remember directly telling my mom I wanted it - because I was raised very simply and we didn’t want for much. One day - it wasn’t any special day - my mom picked me up from school and when we pulled into the driveway she pulled the hot pink skip-it from the back seat of the car. I was so shocked/excited/thrilled I still remember the moment.


Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given, and who was it from?
Alicia: I was recently asked this question by a friend - trying to think of a heirloom that had been gifted to me - because that’s what most people seem to mention but I couldn't think of anything. So I thought about something that I was given to me with lots of love and I immediately thought about the kindness of strangers. It is a gift I have received more times that I can count in my lifetime. I am a self-proclaimed nomad, I wander, I explore, I seek - new surrounds - new environments - finding myself in places - lost - unknown - and sure enough when I least expect it and need it the most someone offers me love, support, food, a bed, or a beautiful lesson.






 
 
Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Alicia: I can honestly say I have never opened a gift before I was “allowed”. I LOVE surprises and love the anticipation that builds before the moment of opening the gift. My mom and sister are the exact opposite, they LOVE to offer hints about the gift before a celebration or offer the chance to open a gift early and I am always adamant that I don’t want to break the magic of the moment and the magic that waiting adds to it.



Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Alicia: This bitter freezing blizzard winter of New England has been a fierce and challenging gift. I spent last winter in a mild Texas, so I am out of practice with cold. This year unexpected events have graciously led me to a life in Boston. I was warned about the cold winters but this has been a winter like none other. We have received over 100 inches of snow. The city shut down a few times. We have been stuck inside for days unable to even use public transit. After I few days of being “stuck” I was complaining to a friend who grew up in Boston and they said to me “I know this is hard, this is weather for the development of the soul” It was such an act of kindness in that it gave me so much perspective and truth to what I was experiencing. This winter has forced me to dive into myself/move slower/just be in a way only winter can and I was so grateful to have a friend who helps me learn not from the easy but the challenging.   



Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Alicia: Summer, always and forever, Summer. There is just an essence of being unencumbered that I only find in summer days. Waking up to the already hot baking sunshine, memories of laid back sun drenched days driving to Lake Chelan, reading good books on the beach, swimming until your arms ache, and those quiet nights with luminous stars. Summer is wild and free, something I always want to be.  

 






I am giving away 3 brass bracelets and it is something new I am making and they make me feel so beautiful and sassy and I want other to feel that way as the gloom of winter lifts and the rejuvenation of spring starts to bloom!!


If you want to enter in the drawing of Alicia's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 31'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling..
The winner will be announced in here on april the 1'th.
 

The best of luck to all of you
from
Alicia and me.

 
Website: aliciaeo.com
Instagram: @aeodesigns

Thursday

A month of giving, day 26. Given to you by Patrice.

The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
 
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Patrice: I have one brother who is only 18 months older, we were like twins, and I think that was the best 'gift' for me as a child. We were always together and shared a room the first years of our lives. My brother gave me a Barbie-doll when I was about 5 or 6 years old, a plane and simple one, with stiff legs but I loved her. I took her everywhere I went, together with a big black handbag in which I carried all her clothes and stuff. I hand-sewed clothes for her, but also made clothes by sticking and stapling ;^))
The second thing I had to think of was the Singer sewing machine that I got on my 16th birthday. The best gift ever. Now I could make my own clothes, and more. Boy, did I love that machine! But unfortanetly, after 30 years of faithful service, it broke. Presumably by sewing too often too heavy fabrics, such as curtains and upholstery fabrics. I have a new sewing machine, more advanced, but still miss my simple Singer now and then.


 
Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Patrice: Thirteen years ago we bought the house we still live in. But back than it had to be built and the distance between our house and the new house was over 130 km. My husband already found a job close to our new place. He left every Sunday evening, to arrive on time at work on Monday, and came home on Friday. That where six difficult months. I had my job, the care for children (3 and 1 at that time) and the household. My birthday was just a few weeks before we moved. That day my husband gave me a small compass in a silver box with lid, made by a silversmith, which I can wear as a necklace. So I will always find the north, the right direction. On the back are their three initials engraved. I do not wear it that often, but it's one of my most cherished gifts.
 
 






Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Patrice: Hmmm.... I don't think so. What I do remeber is founding unwrapped gifts once, for the Dutch Sinterklaas-celebration, in our family a tradition of drawing lots and presents with poems. And those gifts I found where not even for me, if I remeber correctly ;^))

 

Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Patrice: Every year when the buttercups bloom our Youngest, since he was small, picks a bunch for me, mostly with roots and all. And every time it makes me so so happy ;^))
Over 20 years ago I became ill, I got an acute form of sarcoidosis. Mainly inflammation in my legs so I temporarily could not stand or walk. But cycling I could, only my bike was stolen. My best friend, who lived 35 km away, arranged a bike and had it delivered. I loved her than and I love her now. She is the one who, for someone who has a hard time, makes and brings along meatballs, every week for a year. She is the one who sings psalms in the last hours of the life of her grandmother. Nowadays we live further apart, but our friendship remained.

 
 
Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Patrice: I like every season, I enjoy the changes. But if I have to choose it will be Spring, and Autumn. Spring for it's freshness, the awakeness as you says, which for me begins with the snow bells. Then you see the buds on the trees thicken, the pushing starts. I so enjoy the first bright fresh green buds and leaves on the lime trees for our window.
But, I also like the autumn. My birthday is in August, on some days you can smell Autumn is coming. I like the faded colors of the flowers like dahlias and hydrangea. The discoloration of the leaves, the decay with the promise of a new beginning already in itself.








My gift is a print of a linocut I specially made for this giveaway. I drew five dotted feathers, gushed them out lino and made an imprint on my beloved Korrex Stuutgart proof press. It's the last one of a serie about birds and feathers, about 'finding your wings'. I like to make series where all parts are also strong in itself.
I printed with black printing ink on Charbonnel etching paper, 250 gr off-white and 100% cotton, papersize 300 x 400 mm. It will be handsigned and numbered with pencil on front. It's a limited edition of 20: 12 printed with black ink (one for this give-away) and 8 printed with golden printing ink (see my etsyshop).



If you want to enter in the drawing of Patrice's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 30'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on march the 31'th.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Patrice and me.



You can find Patrice here: blogetsy and facebook.

Wednesday

A month of giving, day 25. Given to you by Anna/Gregoria fibers.

The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
 
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Anna: When I was little I used to love all of  my cousin’s toys (two years older than me). There was one in particular that drove me crazy. It was a huge horse,  in which you could ride like a real horse, my uncle put wheels so you could stroll with the horse around the house. I loved to .. until one Christmas, Santa Claus made my dream came true,  :))  also with built-in wheels.

 
Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Anna: I love handmade things, one year my hubby gave me a box with lots of pictures of us. Although now all gifts are monothematic: knitting and I really like it too. I am easy to surprise.
 
 
 

Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Anna: well ... it was my favorite game .. I knew the strategic points where my parents kept the gifts. I do not open the gifts, only shook to imagine what could be..


Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Anna: My parents taught me to be generous and grateful. The best gift you can give and receive is to share it with those you love and need you.
 




 
Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Anna: For me the most beautiful season is autumn. When the leaves begin to fall and everything cashing a brown, orange and ocher colors, I love it !!

In the Mediterranean, which is where I am from, the seasons don't differ so much between them, either in landscape or temperature. Change, but very smoothly. But now, here in Munich, I have noticed the difference in the seasons. I still love autumn, but it is true that spring is something special here, the sun shines as I never before had seen, I love that light!
 





My gift for you are a skein of Gregoria fibers yarn.


Alpaca DK, Walnut Shells
Composition : 100% alpaca (fine)
·Weight: DK or worsted 
·Yards: 218.72
·Weight: 100g
·Recommended needle size: US 6 or 4 mm
 
Dyed with walnut shells obtaining a beautiful semi solid brown color.
Care instructions: Hand-wash in cold water, dry flat.

If you want to enter in the drawing of Anna's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 29'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on march the 30'th.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Anna and me.



You can find Anna here: Gregoria fibers.
 

Tuesday

A month of giving, day 24. Given to you by me...*smiling..


It wouldn't be right to have A month of giving in here without joining in on it myself!
I hope that you will like my handmade gift, it has been a true joy to have on my needles.
Every stitch is knitted with lots of love..*smiling.

I CAN'T believe that i have turned 40 today and i don't know exactly what i feel about this number yet...*laughing.. I must confess that it is quite a mix of different feelings... I know it is just a number but i think i need some time to get used to it.







Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
-My grandparents (my dad's parents)! The most cherished memories from my childhood are filled with the love, interest and time that they so generously gave me. Despite that they sadly both died while i was quite young (before my teen's) they have both had a huge impact on how i have become as a person.

My grandfather, a man of few words but with such a big heart and huge gift of making a child feeled both loved, seen and appreciated. He were among other things a beekeeper and raspberry farmer, when he tended to the bees he put on his white clothes and became "strickt" in his voice, telling me to stay inside. When he were going to work in the raspberry field he just smiled at me and i KNEW that we were going to spend a day together...i can still so clearly feel the childlike excitement i had then when i am thinking about this....*smiling. The scent and taste of raspberries always carries with them happy childhood memories for me.

My grandmother, having moved from an island in the North of Norway because of the love for my grandfather. She always let me help with on what ever she prepared in the kitchen despite the fact that it must have taken her a much longer time having me there. She always read the really old Norwegian fairytales for me when i were sleeping over. After my grandfather died she used to take me with on bingo on saturday evenings (i remember sitting on the bus feeling so lovely grown up...*laughing).. Just like my dad and my little sister she had such winners luck, they probably have it from her.

 
 
What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
-I have used a long time on answering this question and that is only because of the simple reason that i feel it difficult to put what i want to say into words that are not of my own language- so please bare with me in my "stumbling" attempt of expressing myself...*smiling. There is such a depth in what i want to express but when i see it in writing it feels way too "simple".. anyway, this if for me the most precious and beautiful gift in my life: 
that i live a life were i both get to give and receive love...that i am so richly blessed with people (near and afar) who shows their love for me and that i too get to make a difference for through being me.
 






Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
-I was HUGELY relieved when my dear friend Leigh confessed to being a master at lifting tape in her gift post (yesterday's post) because i am a member of that club too!! I have to admit that i have done this several times both as a child and as a grown up.  When it comes to gifts, both giving and receiving them, i think that i will always stay childlike in my behaviour.....though i am quite "proud" to add that for many years now i have only squeezed and shaken them instead of actually going so far as opening them. I am VERY known for this "weakness" so my husband never stores presents for me in our home. He knows that i manage to not actually open them anymore but he doesn't approve of all the squeezing and shaking of them either...*laughing..
I am actually also terrible at not telling what it is in the presents that i give to others. I am sure that for many people this sounds completely weird and i have no problem with understanding that...it's just that i am so incredibly excited to get to see if they like what it is inside them... I am known for this too so we seldom talk about gifts in our family before they are actually opened...though a few of my friends who are just as good as i am at lifting tape knows how to take advantage of this weakness of mine :)
 

 
One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
-If i should only share one it must be the deep kindness and compassion that friends, and also a lot of the different people in the small village were i live, showed me when my dad passed away very suddenly some years back. The bouquets of flowers, the handwritten cards, the homemade soups that were brought to my door, the warm embraces and the comforting words i received were all things that strenghtened me and helped me through that hard time. 

 

We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. I would love to learn which season that has a special place in your heart and why?
-For those of you who know me it will not come as a surprise that my answer is spring, i deeply love this season! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to experience this lightfilled season after having lived through a long and dark winter. The light and growth that this season is filled with deeply refreshes and renews me!

There are definitely many things that i enjoy about the other seasons too, for example i find the colors of autumn incredibly beautiful...and the air so wonderful. The last years i have even become better at embracing winter, a season that i have to admit that i have never cared about ever since i were a child. And who doesn't enjoy the summertime. Just the blooming of peonies in our garden are enough for me to be madly in love with summer....but my heart belongs to spring!

I feel very fortunate and blessed about living in a country were it is such a clear contrast/difference between the seasons. Nature is something that i deeply cherish and feel a deep connection with......for me it is a among other things a source of wisdom. The rhythm of nature....the importance of the different seasons, how each of them are essential for each of the other ones, have learned me so much...like patience and trust...

  
 
  
 
  
 
My gift for one of you is a knitted shawl.
The pattern i have used is the Camilla shawl by Madder/Carrie Bostick Hoge, my favourite knit pattern designer,
and the yarn sooooo soft and comfy...*smiling...from Malabrigo.


If you want to enter in the drawing of my gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 28'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on march the 29'th.

 
Love,
Vibeke.

Monday

A month of giving, day 23. Given to you by Leigh.

The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
 
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Leigh: Yes. One Christmas when I was about twelve, my grandma, Frieda, gave me a wool duvet that she had made just for me. Now, whenever I use it, I marvel at the work that went into carding all that fleece (I remember seeing her carders, not knowing then what she was using them for) and then handstitching it altogether. Sometimes I wonder if it wasn't this special gift of "wool warmth" that really got me hooked to wool in the first place. Needless to say, this blanket is one I will treasure always.


 
Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Leigh: I know it sounds totally corny, but I have to say my family, my close "family-friends" and all the love and laughter we share together are my most cherished gifts, knowing nothing can replace them.
 


Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Leigh: Hahaha! Of course! And more times than I should probably admit to. I was a master at lifting tape so carefully that no one would ever know the gift had been tampered with. Sorry mom.



 

 
Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Leigh: Growing up, I had a neighbour who would go out of his way to say hello and chat for a bit whenever we crossed paths on the street. I don't know what it was exactly that he did, wether it was how he always smiled when he looked at me as I spoke or if it was the enthusiasm with which he spoke in turn, but whatever it was, the sum result of our conversations together over the years made me feel like I mattered. I believe it's been people like my neighbour in my life who have made all the difference in my ability to believe in myself and to trust that I am worthy, no matter what happens - good or bad. My neighbour, and all the people like him I have had the pleasure of knowing, have given me a truly great gift for which I'll always be grateful. 

The funny thing is, I suspect these people don't even appreciate how much their small acts of kindnesses have made a difference in the lives of those around them. Then again, I don't suppose that gaining appreciation is what drives their kindness in the first place. That's the great thing about kind people, they're just like that.
  

Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Leigh: Hmm, I can't imagine my life without each one of the seasons, Vibeke, life feels so out of kilter when we have a short spring or a long winter, for example. And yet, if I had to choose a favourite, I would say the season I love most is autumn. I love the sharp, crisp breezes and how the shorter days draw us inside to get warm and cosy and light candles at the dinner table. I love the romantic, moodiness of November's dramatic skies and bare branches. Of course, being a knitter, I also love how autumn reunites me with my woollen things when the cooler temperatures demand scarves, hats and mittens and provides me with the perfect excuse to make new ones, too! Yes, if pressed, I would say I love autumn best.

 
 
 



My gift:
I am so pleased to offer this pair of fingerless mittens to one of your readers, Vibeke. Knit on 2mm needles, these mitts have been made with two of my most FAVOURITE yarns. I used Jamieson & Smith's 2ply Jumper Weight for the Fair Isle wristbands and some some locally grown Shetland wool (from right here in the Ottawa Valley!) that was sent to a mill in Nova Scotia to be spun into yarn for the cuff and body of the mittens. While many of your readers may already be familiar with the magical J&S, I doubt that many would know about this other wonderful, local yarn that's been minimally processed. This fine, grey yarn has a terrifically "alive" feeling - complete with the odd bit of vegetable matter that I may have missed picking out while I knit. I designed these mitts specifically for these two yarns as their unique properties allowed me to combine my love of lace work with Fair Isle knitting. Perfect for both fall foraging and spring gathering, these mitts will fit an "average" woman's hand (i.e., you might find them a bit too large for smaller hands or a bit too small for larger hands).
Enjoy - from my hands to Yours!


If you want to enter in the drawing of Leigh's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 27'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on march the 28'th.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Leigh and me.



You can find Leigh here:
blog and ravelry.
 

Sunday

A month of giving, day 22. Given to you by Mette/Erleperle.

The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind people i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
 
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!


 

Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Mette: When I was 13 years old, I got a purse for Christmas. A purse was not on my wish list, but it was love at first sight. The purse was in a warm, burned orange colour and it has several rooms for money and notes. I remember, how I continued to open the purse and look at it. It was my first “adult purse". When I enter a leather shop, I always have to drop by the purses to see, if I can find a purse like that again. Perhaps I will some day.
 

Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Mette: I have got so many cherished gifts, but I have a special one. I see it every day and it is placed in the living room next to our cauch. It’s a painting of me. Ten years ago a friend asked me to help her. She needed a model for a croquis class and she ment, I would be perfect. I accepted at once. The students were very talented, but one of the students painted me, so I could recognize myself. She even choose my colour theme for her painting. A couple of months after, she called me and told me, that she wanted to give me the painting. It was overwhelming - my first attempt as a crosquis model and now I even had a painting of me.




 

Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Mette: I remember, I opened a Christmas gift, when I was 14. The gift bag was placed next to my work table, I was home alone..… It was a calculator, which was not common to have as a kid at that time, but I guess, I needed it for school. The calculator was carefully wrapped again. I told my parents about my crime many years later.
 




 
Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Mette: I’m a sensitive person and I spend much time helping people, because I feel their needs. It’s a gift, but it stresses me too from time to time. I’m not always good to take care of myself - then I loosy energy and I don’t craft. A couple of years ago I had a bad week. Suddenly the doorbell rang and outside was a neighbour, that I hardly knew. She had notized a comment of mine on Facebook about the apple season. I like to Cook and bake, but our garden is a mess - we don't like gardening so no fruit tress out there. Well, back to the kind neighbour. She wanted to give me a huge box of apples from her garden. She really made my day and I did a lot of apple baking that week. Beside apples we got new friends. Life is so good.


Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Mette: I love, when seasons changes. I love spring too, but most of all I like autumn. I love the colours autumn brings, cool and crispy days. Darkness, candles, lots of warm drinks, wool and knitting. This season is so good for my crafty spirit. I’m not a perfect housewife, so this time of year is perfect for me, since I don't easily see the dust and dirty windows! Life is too short to clean, when you can craft, cook, bake, love and be happy.  
 
 
 

 




My gift for you:

I have made a set of a needle book and a pincushion.  A linen needle book with french knots and stitching on the front. Inside it’s Liberty fabric and a small felted piece with place for the needles. The logcabin pincushion has linen on the back and different kinds of cotton prints on the front.


If you want to enter in the drawing of Mette's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 26'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on march the 27'th.

The best of luck to all of you
from
Mette and me.



You can find Mette here: blog.
 

Saturday

A month of giving, day 21. Given to you by Melody/Mandarine's (now closed).


The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 
Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!

Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too! Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!
  


Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Melody: As a child i used to love playing with my toys, but what I liked the most was books. I remember being very little, it was way before I was able to read, and I remember sitting on my bedroom’s floor, turning one page after another of an illustrated book, and making up stories in my mind of the animals that were living in the illustrated forest. A few years later, my thirst of reading grew exponentially. That was all I was doing in my free time, climbing mountains with Heidi, sitting in the pasture next to her and breathing the fresh alpine air, or running in Madame de Fleurville’s castle with Sophie & Madeleine, imagining how my life could be as a “Petite file modèle”. 
 


Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Melody: The time that I have with my cherished ones. Time passes really fast, and I learned to appreciate every single second of it. The time that you spend with the people that you love makes the most wonderful memories, and that is something that you can keep for the rest of your life.


 




Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Melody: That year, my Mom had the most brilliant idea of putting ALL the wrapped Christmas presents in my bedroom. And I remember her telling me “Do not open yours, they’re in the pile”. I mean, how could a child resist the temptation of opening his or her present when it’s just in front of he’s nose? So I might have taken a glimpse into one of them. But then my mom found out, and to say the least, she was not very pleased…
 

Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light. My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Melody: Oh my, that’s a wonderful question.
I love seasons! When I was living in China, one of the things that I missed the most -apart from a good loaf of bread and some goat cheese, was seasons. I embrace them with my whole heart. I enjoy them as much as I can, and try to take advantage of each of them. But I’m also very excited to see what the new season will bring me.
If I would have to choose only one of them, I would most probably live in a world where fall is the only season that exists. Sweets teas outside with the soft light passing through the golden leaves, a cardigan, a scarf, a hat, and most probably some knitting next to me, and I might be the happiest person in the whole world!
 





Pinecone&Mulberry and Canopy are my two first published designs that are inspired by the beautiful woodland that surrounds my house. My gift is one copy of these two patterns, one winner will get a copy of Canopy and the second winner will get a copy of Pinecone&Mulberry.

Pinecone & Mulberry was inspired by the many walks that I take in the pine forest that surrounds my home. Its floor is always covered by moss, a myriad of pinecones and so many berries can be gathered throughout the year.

Canopy is another pattern inspired by the wonderful forest that surrounds my home. 
When I stand in front of my kitchen’s window the only thing that I can really see is the green canopy of the pine trees that spreads accross countless of miles. 
The shape and textures of this shawl pattern are a tribute to this evergreen forest.

 



 
If you want to enter in the drawing of Melody's lovely gifts just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 25'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become one of the lucky ones..*smiling... The winners will be announced in here on march the 26'th.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Melody and me.



You can find Melody here:
blog/diary and ravelry.