Birthday, Gifts

Pink yumminess…

Mmmmmmmmmmm….:0)
This is what my girls and Jimmy had prepared
for the party!!!!
“Kärleksmums”
a Chocolat Cake with pink and white snowflake sprinkle …
The sweetest pink cupcakes
I had seen or eaten….
so pretty that we almost didn’t want to eat them up…
just almost…;0)
Different shades of pink…just lovely!!!
Ain’t they pretty???
You see the pink theme don’t you…;0)
These are Viktors favourites
Chocolat balls with pink sprinkle
and “filmrullar” filled with arrack…
Mmmmmmm…:0)
Big thankyou to the baking team!!!
Love you!!:0))

Found this lovely little sign on Pinterest …
Thought it was appropriate …:0)
So …isnt this a cake…or???
Oh My goodness
What a cake!!!

If you remember when I had my exhibition at Nordanå, Skellefteå
I shared the place with a fantastic person …
Guy Nordström who had the most lovely woven tablecloths and curtains…
he is a man with a LOT of strings on his bow…
he has also been a pastry chef…:0))
And he came with this fantastic cake
with three layers….:0)
Dark chocolate mousse
with blueberry jam ….Mmmmmmm….
Pink marzipan
with black currant jam…
absolutely heavenly good!!!
And on top a whipped cream cake
…this one I missed out on completely… ;0)
Love the marzipan roses
remembering that my brother Anders and I used to fight over these!!! :0)
Now Viktor takes them…lol
What a party cake
and I promise you…
it was more than good!!!

Hope you’re not fed up with all about my party…
I so enjoyed all this and it’s a wonderful way
to remember it all once again on the blog…
and better up…saved for the future…

Back with more…

—XOX—
 
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Birthday, Family, Flowers, Friends, Friendship, Louise, My home

Party day … morning…

While we still had our beauty sleep …;0)))
somebody started the flight to the north of Sweden…
We had breakfast…dressed up in pink
ALL OF US…:0)
And started to prepare for the party…
Louise had filled her suitcase with pink/white dotty tablecloths
and a pink serving tray

(also a stroke of genius of Petra to involve Louise in some PINK..:0)…no problem was Louise answer to Petras questions about PINK..;0)
First guests to arrive was my Mum and Dad…:0))
and the puppy “Märta”
(They started early in the morning driving for 2 1/2 hours)
Brother Gussar was kind to do the milking of the cows for them…
Thanks brother!
Dear dear mother of mine…and Märta…
( notice the pink scarf..:0)

A knock on the door!!!
And the long way distance guest arrived…
My brother Anders from Stockholm…
Big smile!!!!
(totally fooled here …
never ever thought he would come since we were to meet at Easter…)
Such a wonderful surprise!!!!
And dressed up for a pink party with a pink shirt
and hot pink socks…LOVELY!!!
Anders and my dear Dad caught in conversation…
Really would have loved seeing Dad in some pink..
but I guess the limit was reached…
he said he came with pink skin…:0)))
And it works for me…:0)
Louise continued with preparations…
(See how fast her hands moves…:0)
Nice to have parties like this so my old china comes forward…
Inherited this from my dads aunt Irene…
pink and grey Royal Tuscan china from England
It’s so thin and just beautiful…
tea tastes so good in them…
when I feel luxurious I use them and enjoys my tea even more…:0)
Pretty pink tulips from Mum and Dad…
Viktor ( with a little pink in his T-shirt)
…raised a hand to take care of Märta…
Dear daughters of mine and Jimmy came…
miraculous they seem to have succeeded
to not be on any close up photos… Bummer!!!
But photos of what they came with…lots!!!:0)
show on next post…promise…:0)

Lars had prepared some lunch which we ate before
the other guests came…
Salmon fish soup/casserole ….Mmmmm….

Satisfied and happy we could just wait for the guests…:0)

—XOX—
 
Birthday, Friends, Friendship, Gift, Louise, Quilts

Surprise!!!!!

Sorry to have held you curious for soooo long…
Took a little bit longer than I thought to write this post….
Well…WHO WAS IT???
My mysterious guest….
It was LOUISE
My best best sewing friend from Östersund….
BIG SMILE!!!
Happy happy surprise
No wonder everyone have been going around
with a smile knowing this but me…
Louise came Friday night…
and she had the most wonderful gift with her….or two…:0)
Yepp…she brought something pink!!!
5 metres of the most perfect pink and white dotty fabric
for my windows….:0)
She had heard my troubles with getting pink curtains…
all I had was too brownish… Not good…
So this autumn I will have new lovely pink curtains…woohoo!!!:0)
Drum roll…here it comes…
my gift from Louise…drum roll….:0)
My name…:0)
Some low volume sheep…:0)
More low volume…
look at the pieced strip…a la Louise…:0)
Some flowers in pretty colours…
A vase
A quilt…yes a quilt
oh my goodness…
an absolutely wonderful Stina quilt…
Just for me!!! :0)

Louise…I love it so much…
and seeing every day…on my wall…
makes me smile
Someday I will take it down…
and wrap myself in some quilty love!

Thankyou dear dear friend!!

And Louise also had another gift…
She said she would stay 4 days…
Happy happy days!!

What a lovely surprise…:0)

Hmmm…and now they say another long distance guest
will arrive for the party…huh???
Who will that be????

This is fun…:0))

Hope next post won’t take me that long to write!!!

—XOX—
 
Birthday, Family, Flowers, Friends, Friendship, Gifts

Pink party…

So it is…
50 I am…;0)
Must confess I don’t mind having my birthday
had no paranoia turning one year older…
And having a birthday like this one… How can you not like it!!!
My dear dear family planned a little party for me…
Surprise party…with a theme:
PINK..:0)
So the home had to transform with pink little things…
and outfits for everyone with a little pink somewhere…
this I knew…not what was going to be served or who was coming…
Oh my…:0)
Turned 50 on the 13th…
and the party was on planned to the weekend after..
So we saved the celebrations for Saturday…
But some gifts and flowers I got on the 13th…:0)
Flowers from Lars, Viktor and Molly…:0)
A Think Pink box…
filled with the most luxurious spa products
from Lush…and PINK..:0)
Lovely lovely scented
long to take a long warm bath…:0)
thankyou dear dear Lars, Viktor and Molly!!!

Late at evening I got an most surprising packet from Great Britain
…from who…
Oh yes…the one and only
…Shirley…
Who has the blog Stitcherydo
And this packet was filled with the most wonderful PINK things…
Late evening photos…of the pink goodness…
A bag filled with…PINK…:0)
Lovely lovely White Chocolat covered Raspberries
Tasted heavenly!! Mmmmm!
How in the world did she know that my favourite berry
is just Raspberries…??
Beautifully wrapped package…
With this inside… Ahhhhh….so beautiful
This lady has so much workmanship and creativity
in her that I’m amazed…
everything done with perfect little stitches
and lovely colour choices …
Look at this purse….
ain’t it magnificent…I love it ….
will use it for something special…
Will show more photos later…daylight ones…
Package also had more pink loveliness inside…
soft pink yarncrochet hook…with light…
perfect for dark and dusky days…
and a pink button…:0) that she used so creatively on the package!!!
I’m so so happy and overwhelmed by all this…
Shirley…love to you!!

Pink boost that was what I got…
Operation PINK continued for the next days…
Daughters preparing and whispering…smiled a lot…and blinked at me…
Hmmm….wonder what they had in mind…:0)
Oh how I wanted to know!!!

Found out that one person was coming the day before the party…
BUT WHO????
Who??? By air…????
Back with news …soon…promise…:0)

—XOX—
 
My home

Before and After Part 2

 

Still have some photos to show of our “whitified” home…

First up is the stairs from “hell”

(if you haven’t read about my frustration regarding the painting of it…
Before photo…of a very dark pine stairs to the second floor
And this is how it looks

after 4-5 coats of paint
….pheeeewwwwww!!!!
Ha ha!!!!
So well worth all the work!!!
(But I have to confess a lot of tears have fallen)

It’s so light that nowadays Molly can’t hide under the stairs…
like she use to when there is time for her manicure..lol

Viktor said the first day when he walked down the stairs…
(with just one coat of paint…)

“It’s like coming down from the clouds”
…and he is so right!
(Another Schnibble quilt and my Christmas gift from Louise this year)

I just love this sign…:0)and the quilt too…;0)
Quilt made from a pattern by Carrie Nelson
with Rosalie Quinlans first line of fabrics…

Well… I can’t say how happy I am over how all this turned out…
the light really makes such a big difference…pictures can’t show everything…but a lot!! :0)

Next thing up for some white paint was the hallway
A very narrow and dark entrance…
with a cupboard in the middle of one wall
…don’t know why they put it there?
And how we have let it be there…blind as newborn mice???
Still havent thought out to have it here
but it’s getting along…
The removing of the cupboard was a good decision
…it’s now more light and airy…
Still have the windows to paint…but that will have to wait until summer…can’t be done now!
Picnic quilt pattern by Carrie Nelson made in Swedish retro fabrics and my still unfinished Great Granny Along quilt…

New storage for mittens, socks or whatever needed to be fixed
instead of that missing cupboard…
found these …suitable for my income
…and so far it works just fine!

And a perfect place for my birthday gift from last year
…the little mini gardening/light house…
Still no lights fixed in the hallway
…so little battery blossom branches fixed some light!!
 
Still have some furniture to paint
But for now I’m pretty content with it all…
these pine furniture will be painted some day
But first I have promised Viktor a makeover in his room!!!:0)
Hmmm… Do you spy a new quilt in the corner…:0)
yes..it is…
and lots of lovely and marvellous gifts
displayed underneath the quilt…
Someone have had her birthday!!!!
Back with that another day…:0)

See you…love always…

—XOX—
 
 
 
 
My home

Before and after… Part 1

Here it comes …
Pictures from our “whitified”
home…

Before picture from the TV corner…

(Hah…didn’t see Molly sitting in the picture first…
But there she is…holding a purple blanket…lol..)
Don’t look at the mess…no need in cleaning up before the painting!!

After the painting…
Biggest difference is how much higher the room felt when we painted the beams white…and of course the light…;0)
But this corner was the lightest even before…

Here is a picture from the other end of the room…
The dining area…
(Messy…;0)
And after…:0)
The green walls were so much darker than I thought…
I just love all the light!!!
And we did buy a new dining table and chairs…:0)
It was IT!!!
Painted some furniture…this one had pine top before
and was antique white…looked dirty…but not anymore!!
In our little kitchen there was yellow wallpapers…
never liked them so now the walls became white…
like it so much better

Lots of photos…so better make a part 2…

See you…
—XOX—