A guest post, by Joanne.

My perfect morning looks a bit like this: I get up while the house is still quiet and put the kettle on to boil. The gas stove sizzles peacefully. While the tea is brewing I get out my current knitting project and an inspiring design book.

I make time to catch up with my Instagram connections and enjoy the first sip of hot tea. Sometimes the sun shines onto our kitchen table and I couldn’t feel more happy just sitting there and designing or knitting.

A little bit later I hear footsteps coming down the stairs and the day begins with a heartwarming cuddle and a sweet ‘hello Mum’.


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Happy 17th of May Norway
happy birthday my dear Leigh.


spring days

Hermione's Everyday Socks on my needles, and a cardigan.
Reading the beautiful and inspiring Lucia Magazine
and Mark Nepo's The Little Book of Awakening.
Drinking tons of tea. Among others Thè Hanging Garden; a blend of apple, hibiscus, bergamot, mango and flowers. Delicious!!
Flowers "everywhere"....*smiling...
Dreaming of beautiful sock yarn from Lichen and Lace.
Eating strawberries.
Walking barefoot in my garden.
Writing cards.

“The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond, and music is in both the flowing violin and the water dripping from the drainage pipe. Yes, God is under the porch as well as on top of the mountain, and joy is in both the front row and the bleachers, if we are willing to be where we are.” 

― Mark Nepo


sunny days

the Magnolia Stellata in our garden has just broken into bloom. it's ALWAYS a highlight when it happens! i bought it several years ago and it is still quite small in size but it blossoms richly every year. this type of tree actually demands a warmer climate (southern parts of the country) than we have here where i live but i just had to try anyways. SO glad i did....*smiling.. 
these last days have felt like summer time here, glorious weather!! i have even walked barefoot in our garden, and it is only the month of may. 
it feels absolutely heavenly after a long and dark winter.

i have socks on my knitting needles these days. practical with a small project in ones lap when it is this warm of a weather. the tea is enjoyed iced and yesterday we ate cream cake with lots of berries out on our veranda- warm weather joys..

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don't try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.”

― Thich Nhat HanhThe Art of Power



some of last days joy's

tomato plants in my windowsill
picking up fresh organic eggs at a local farmer where i get to
say hello to the hens and chickens when i stop by
flowers are starting to appear here and there in nature
the first magnolia bud in our garden has opened
sock knitting
mindfulness meditation
drinking delicious tea from beautiful cups


geranium, old coin buttons and cardigan progress

This is just a little peak at my soon to be finished Loppa/Flea cardigan because it is not completely finished yet. On this cardigan, that is knitted in the round, you knit the button bands before cutting it. That's where i am at now. 
I still feel scared about cutting in a knitted garment so i will wait for my mom to help me with that part. Actually i am not sure if i will ever feel confident enough to do that completely by myself!
Today i have been out looking for both buttons and ribbons for this cardigan but i didn't find anything that i was really pleased with so i decided to wait a bit. There were one type of buttons that i am considering, but i didn't fall in love with any of the ribbons i saw. These old Norwegian coins that are made into buttons are the ones that i am considering.

One thing that i DID come home with though were a pretty pink geranium.....*smiling....


i can't stop looking at (and photograph)
these gorgeous flowers that i bought myself this week. 


my morning walk