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Monday, November 29, 2010

Challenge #10 - Hobby, and Featured Art Tuesday #14

The challenge from 2 daughters, 1 mother, 3 cameras this week is Hobby.
My true passion, even over photography, is making jewelry. 
I call myself a derailed kindergarden teacher, who in 1996 found my true calling as a silver smith/jewelry artist/designer. My training comes from many silver smithing summer classes in Norway and Ireland, and for the rest I am self taught. My jewelry style varies from traditional filigree work to modern style, and a combination of the two. I work mostly in silver, with the occational addition of stones and beads, and I work in my own home studio. I make all the parts from wire and plate, and solder them together. The only pre made elements I use are some locks, but in many cases I make those too.

These pictures are not good, I have to make it my next project to take better pictures of my jewelry, but they show samples of the kind of pieces I make. (I did not make the diamond stud :-)

This cuff bracelet is made of silver and Merlin's gold, a brass alloy.

This next piece is the main broach for my daughter's norwegian national costume.

My sister-in-law Liv has done all the embroidery. Unfortunately it doesn't show here, but the shirt has a lot of beautiful white on white embroidery on the collar and down the front. Some of it shows under the broach above.
This picture of my daughter was taken 10 years ago on her confirmation day. Most girls here get a national costume for their confirmation. This gives you an idea of the top part of the costume. 

Then of course there is photography. Earlier this summer I got sick of the black and yellow camera strap, so I sewed a new one, in my own style. I really love sewing too, and when my kids were small, I made a lot of clothes for them. Now a days I make mostly stuff like this and other accessories.

I am not a big knitter, and haven't done any for years,  but with our first grandchild on the way, I have  taken it up again. Also, as winter started to close in a couple of weeks ago, the need for hand protection came up. Those of you who live in cold climates know how painful it can be to just have to take that picture even if it's snowing and storming. And I find it hard to handle my camera with gloves on. I need to be really "hands on". So my solution is these gloves. 

The finger part has a little hood that can be folded back to expose the fingers, and the thumb can be pulled back. Very practical and very nice and warm. The design is not mine, I bought the pattern. The same kind of gloves are also used by hunters. Feel free to grab the idea :-)

Sorry about posting so many pictures, I get carried away :-)

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Himmelsk #11 & Guest Heart Thursday #33

Himmelsk fra Petunia.

En ettermiddag denne uka dukket et hjertet opp på himmelen.
Riktig hjertevarmende var det :-)

Guest Heart Thursday comes from Random Hearts.

A heart appeared in the sky one afternoon this week. 
Quite heart warming, actually :-)

Klikk her for flere himmelske bilder.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Challenge #7: Signs, and Signs Signs #4

The 2 daughters, 1 mother, 3 cameras challenge this week is Signs.
Go here for a tutorial.

The first one is from a village in the south of France.
Bimbo fitness??

One from Malta. It's the fist time I have ever heard of a Cat Café :-)

The top point of the highest mountain road in Europe (also in France).

And finally a sign in the ladies' in a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.
For this one you really need to enlarge and then enlarge again, 
so you can read the comments under each picture :-)
My favorite is the one that says: 
avoid "washing vegetables in the toilet basin"!!

Click here to see more signs from 2 daughters, 1 mother, 3 cameras.

Go here for more signs from Lesley. 

Spindelmaker's Goody Give-Away

I have written before about my friend Janne Robberstad at Spindelmaker.

She's the costume designer and textile/multimedia artist 
that I did the graphics workshop with last week. 

Every month Janne does a goody give-away of some of her art work. 
This month she's giving away this beautiful hand made book.

Go here to see her post for November's give-away. 

 I really recommend that you explore her blog!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Himmelsk #8

Himmelsk er den norske versjonen av Sky Watch Friday, hos Petunia.

Himmelsk is the norwegian word for heavenly, 
but it can also mean delightful and devine.
This is a challenge from Petunia.

I disse dager har det vært snakk om vulkanutbrudd, og mulig kommende utbrudd (Island). Det fikk meg til å tenke på dette bildet  fra en biltur i de sveitsiske alpene. Det som ser ut som en glødende fjelltopp, er solens siste stråler som akkurat treffer toppen. Utrolig effekt!

These days we've heard about erupting volcanoes, and possible new eruptions (Iceland). It made me remember this picture from driving through the swiss alps. What looks like glowing rock, is actually the setting sun's last rays hitting the mountain top, and the effect is amazing.

Klikk her for flere av ukens himmelske bilder.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mandagstema: Halloween

 Mandagstema denne uken er Halloween
og kommer fra Petunia.
 This week's Monday's theme from 
Petunia is Halloween.

Dette var det nærmeste jeg kom noe i nærheten av Halloween:
en edderkopp jeg fotograferte i Australia.
Er den giftig? Ingen anelse! :-)

This was the closest I got to anything remotely Halloweenish;
a spider I once photographed in Australia.
Is it venomous? No idea! :-)

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Mandagstema ny logo

Ruby Tuesday 2.11

Ruby Tuesday is hosted by Work of the Poet

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Blue Monday 1.11

Blue Monday is a challenge from Smiling Sally.

I love the blue light of nordic summer nights. 
This was taken on June 23, 2010, at 1 am.

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Moody Monday: Vacant

The Moody Monday challenge this week is Vacant.

These are  Middle Age church ruins on Øland island,
off the east coast of Sweden. 

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Photo Time: Moon

The Photo Time challenge Moon is hosted by Day One.

This picture was taken on June 27. 2010, at 10.10 pm. from our deck :-)

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