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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / vacation pictures on: August 28, 2014 02:03:26 AM
Going home from vacation this summer, I realized I had taken exactly zero pictures. What to do? I pulled out my sketchbook and drew the important parts instead.

I've been away from drawing for a long time due to University and work and lots of things going on. It felt really good to get started again!

Running a muddy trail at Knalleleden, Sweden.

Visiting a castle, with my sister and nephew as self-appointed guides.

Me on the bike, being very helpful while the boyfriend trains for skiing season

"Running hard or hardly running?"

Sorry about the poor photo quality.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding pillow on: September 09, 2012 03:52:38 AM
Having trouble uploading the close up of the birds, but you can get a pretty good look at them in the first picture.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wedding pillow on: September 09, 2012 03:48:41 AM
I wanted to learn oldfashioned Swedish wool embroidery, and at the same time I suspected my dear friend S was about to get married. Why start with something easy? I bought black wool and drew the pattern with inspiration from old wedding pillows from southern Sweden. The wreath is the size of a regular dinner plate (I know because I used one to draw it) I was about halfway done  when i got the wedding invitation! Sewing the pillow together was scary but it worked out nicely. The wonky-looing corner in thes picture is actually straight. I made an opening in the back in case they need to take the pillow out, but i forgot to take a picture of the back.

The pillow was a huge hit at the wedding!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Melisandre of Asshai on: May 02, 2012 04:07:11 AM
Well done, I recognized her immediately! Her eyes are scary Shocked The night is dark, and full of terrors....
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Roadkill Goose on: April 02, 2012 04:42:39 AM
My dad called me one day earlier this winter and asked me if I could get him an actual roadkill bird for an art project of his (why he thought I was the person to fix that, I have no idea!). I wasn't really feeling like going for a bird-smushing trip looking for capercaillies or geese, but being a good daughter I offered to crochet him one. The Roadkill Goose was born:

It's about the size of a hen, and the only stuffing is the intestine, which is about 12 feet long. It's made from acrylic and I freestyled everything.

Image from the local newspaper, Photo by Robert Svensson, published at http://www.folkbladet.se/kultur/default.aspx?articleid=5979207, March 29 2012)

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Had to share my giggle for the day...Tusken Raider (Sand People) hat on: January 07, 2012 08:16:27 AM
This could be the most awesome thing I've ever seen on craftster!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Ongoing Altered Journal-a-long on: January 05, 2012 01:21:40 AM
I've been way too busy lately, with uni and work and everything, but I'd love to see what you come up with!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My Mum's gift of a hand made quilt to me for Xmas on: December 29, 2011 03:55:00 AM
Wow, that is a work of love! I really like the way she combined so many different patterns to look good together. What a great gift!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Latvian Garden Blanket on: December 20, 2011 03:05:06 AM
A dear friend of mine had her first baby in November. I wanted to make a present for the boy, but didn't figure out what to make until early December. I chose the Latvian Garden Baby blanket (can be found for free on ravelry), bought some Regia sock yarn and started knitting. That week I went to visit a friend and spent ten hours on a bus to get there, which worked wonders for the progress.

I chose the green colours because they looked nice and not too gender specific. I found the rubberboot fabric at a craft store and knew my friend would love it.

Yesterday I finished the blanket by cutting the steek and sewing the back. The edges are not entirely even, but not wonky enough to be a problem. It was hard matching the woven backing to the knit front. This is the largest item I have ever knit, as I usually make socks and mittens.

Sorry about the poor picture quality. I had to use my cell phone because my camera stubbornly refuses to work.

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dala Horse Stuffy. on: December 01, 2011 12:18:03 AM
I think it's pretty, and you got the shape of the head and neck just right! It looks cuddly, and I love the detail!
How large is the horse?

I live in Sweden near the little factory where they make the original ones Smiley I've been on a school field trip to the place. Did you know the carving is done by people in their homes, and then they hand the horses in to the factory for painting. People who work with carving the horses get a bag of sawed out horse shapes to carve from, and I think they get paid per horse. The red colour is made by dipping the horses in colour. The ladies doing the decor painting are awesome! They put two colours at once in their paintbrush to achieve the curly shapes, and they can paint super fast!
You can buy uncarved horses, carved but unpainted ones and the finished painted ones in different sizes.
I've never tried carving one myself but I bought a wonderful carving knife there for my wooden spoon carving.

I love hearing about peeople in the US who are Swedish related. I have some distant relatives living in Minnesota because my grandmother's uncles emigrated back in the 1800's.
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