Sunday, June 21, 2015

June Light

It's the end of June allready. Can you belive it? It no longer gets dark here, just a slight dusk... I love June, with it's lushness and all the wild flowers... the promise of long eveings on the porch, tanned skin, bbq's and easy living...

It's been the coldest June in 49 years here in Norway, or so they say. Loads of people are complaining, but really I am just enjoying any week spent without snow. Ha ha... I dont mind wearing sweaters to keep warm. Its still summer to me.

Life at the cottage rolls on, quietly without much change. I am still not working full time due to this bipolar brain of mine. I am struggeling lately with feeling guilty for taking care of my self. Feeling like I should work full time, even if it kills me, like I'm being lazy, or that I'm not trying hard enough. It doesnt help that my family, my boyfriend or my theraphist are telling me that THIS is what I need right now... Time off... 

Still...everytime I feel happy, or just blissfully alive one day, I feel that guilt creeping back in. Not allowing me to enjoy the moment for long. If I feel fine today, doesnt that mean I'm well enough to work? Except I know it doesnt. I know that I am allowed to have moments of happiness and joy, which is, lets face it, the only really good thing about bipolarity. Those bursts of sudden happiness... 

Even if I have these little moments of happiness and creativity, it wears me out as well. For days now it feels like a herd of cows just stampeded over me. Every mucsle, every bone, hurts. 

Well, lets talk about the good stuff again, like creativity... I've had burst lately... illustrating and selling art. I'm even gonna set up a stand in the beginning of August. Which puts alittle pressure on me to get art done! It clears my head when I draw, so I try to do it as much as I can. 

I've been inspired by Norwegian mid centuary designs on tableware. Like the cute yellow calf you see in the photo above. My favorite is Figgjo designs. I have always loved Figgjo. All my pastel green tableware is vintage Figgjo from the late 40's and up to the early 60's. I collect a few different patterns now. And I've adorned my wall with some really cute plates.

I think my cottage is slowely becomming more and more scandinavian vintage. More personal, with bursts of other colors than my beloved green :) I should really borrow my sister's camera again and take some real photos.

Utill that happens, I urge you all to follow me on Instagram. Where I mostly resides these days. I've become quite the hashtagger ;)

Have a good late June everyone.

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Life Awakens

I'm not gonna deny it... it has been forever, and a half, since my last post... With the oncoming of spring and new life, maybe my blog can resurface from the slumber... maybe... 

I'm struggeling a bit these days, trying to fight through a bipolar dip. I'll get my sunshine back soon. I know it... just trying to stay positive though it all. And learning that putting the breaks on when your body tells you "enough" isnt a bad thing to do. Even if it feels like a personal fight lost.

Anyway I wanted to show you some of my instagram photos from the cottage, its the only camera available to me at the moment. 

I got this when I was little, and mom recently cleaned out the kitchen cabinets, it resufaced. I find it heart warmingly nostaligic.

We went thrifting at the local thrift shop and fleamarkets this weekend  and I found an addition to my mint green figgjo collection. A gorgeous serving plate. It was a little steeper in price than what I usually like to give, but I indulged.

And mum found me this old thermos in my favorite colour. I'm using it as a vase. Absolutely LOVE the beaten up patina.

it's very much spring at the cottage these days, even if it has barely started outside. Easter has been sneeking into my home for weeks allready. I'm camoflaging it as "spring" decor, rather than "easter" :)

There has been some huge changes to my life since I last posted. Pixie had a colt foal, well he is allready turning a year this May. I gave him to my sister for her birthday last year. We named him Faerydae Elf Lord (First from his mothers name, and Elf Lord from a NCIS pun). He's a rascall and we adore him. So much fun seeing him grow up, and hopefully grow alittle taller than his mum. 

I also found myself a male companion. We've been together for over a year now and he is pretty great (and anoying, but what male isnt? ha ha). He is also a majour reason I don't have as much time to just goof around online anymore, obvioulsy. 
We're planning a trip to Key West and Miami in September, which I am insanly excited about. I havent been to the states in 13 years or so. I'm trilled to be going back over the pond.

I'll try to have more post from Vinnord in the comming weeks and months. Hopefully.


Monday, May 13, 2013

eShakti'ed (dressed in thirty... v.3)

Have you beed eShaktied yet? I first discovered this amazing online shop on pinterest. They have the cutest dresses, AND they customize them just for you. Sizes are custom, and you can add length, shorten them, add sleeves... well anything Your heart desires really...
so obvioulsy I had to try it out, just one problem though: they don't ship overseas! So being in Norway issued a bit of a Challenge, but thanks to my US Family in New Jersey we did still get Our dresses.
I was so worried that it wouldnt fit me, as I had done the measurements and sent them in, but no need to worry! It fit like a glove! I LOVE my dress! It has Pockets! It's navy and green! And ever so comfy!!! I will recomend this shop to anyone! And it has left me thinking; why buy frocks anywhere else? Ever?!??
I got this dress, but added long sleeves to it for a warmer look.... (click photo to og to eShakti site)

and this is me wearing it. I feel so classy in it :)

Loving it!!!

My sister got the hot air Balloon dress as seen here:

Isnt it just lovely as well???

Well done eShakti, WELL DONE! Please add international shipping soon!
And please , PLEASE get this back in Stock... I have a serious NEED for it this summer...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Dressed in Thirty... v.2

I promised you I would post some more fashion post here at Vinnord. I have recently become a lover of reading plus-sized fashion blogs. So many inspiring girls out there! Truly! And they look fantastic too! My favorites at the moment are babble + bloom and frocks & frou frou. Their style is fantastic!

oh and have you read the Militiant Baker??? You should... any woman should! She rocks your socks off. My promise!

So I wanted to show you what I wore for entertaining coffee guests on sunday...

Skirt: ebay treasure
top & cardi: H&M
Shoes: Deichman
Belt: Levis
Glasses: Carerra

I swear I didnt actually plan on dressing to match my cottage decor o.O But I do love these colours, anywhere!!!

My god the hair on my head is giving me headaches these days. It's neither this or that. I only like the colour! I hope it grows out to a more do-able length soon!

My friend Monica took all of these photos and manged a few cute snaps of two of the furries as well. Here is Hokus with his nochalant stroll through the Kitchen!

And Hulder watching for birds at the atlier upstairs :)

Hope you had a good weekend as well :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Feelin' Blue

Not really... actually I find myself serioulsy happy these days! I catch myself singing at odd times, and I savour the lighter, longer days. I found crocuses in the garden earlier this week! FINALLY!
What I mean is... I am addicted to blue! Bluberries! Yum! They are my New Comfort Food. Sweet, tasty, FULL of antioxidants and other good Things... Whenever I crave a sweet (which I still do post-OP) I go for blueberries!

American blueberries, as I call these, or rather large berries that are more white on the inside, has become cheap here in Norway. To my everlasting delight!
Norwegian Wild blueberries are much smaller, much more intens in colour and very VERY expensive once they are in season.
I am also wearing alot of blue. Navy became a favorite last summer, and it has stuck With me! It is now my absolute base colour in my wardrobe. Navy goes so well With any green, teal, red, white, mustard... And it's such a fresh and calm colour. More outfit/fashion posts to follow ;)
Weeks fly by now, and I hardly have time to sit down and breathe. Spring has arrived and flowers are blooming finally. The trees are still naked, but not for long I am sure.

May is soon upon us, and it will be crazy busy with the invation of friends and Family from Germany and Australia! Cant wait to see everyone, and to have alot of fun :)

Oh and I am pretty sure this saying will explain it ALL when my Australian guests arrive

 Have a GREAT sunday everyone

Monday, April 22, 2013

Coffee & Rasberries

It's muffins time!
I made the most delicious muffins!

Coffee and rasberries... with whipped mocca cream!
need I say more? Really??? Instant success to everyone who tasted them.
No I didnt use the old black stove :) I want to though, some day... that would be fun!

It was a sunny day, promise of spring in the air... sigh! And it has been much longed for! Really!
Nothing better than a cup o' jo and a freshly baked muffin to soothe the soul eh?

And if you want to try these yourself, here is the recipie!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Norwegian Pony Stallion Grading Show

This weekend was a very important one.
It was the weekend of the grading for pony Stallions. All Norwegian bred Stallions have to og though this to be approved for breeding. This year the O-man's Three year old colt Jahrs Flashjack was attending, and I was scared shitless.
Because this gorgeous Stallion was born on my watch Three years ago. I had to help it into the world, and I was a drama Queen about it too. From then on I loved him With all my heart. And he is, by far, one of the most stunning Welsh sec. D's I have ever seen. And what if he didnt pass?
He did by the way, and I cried happy tears when I realized he was granted approval With flying colours! Yepp I did... I cried!
I wish Pixie can have a date With him one day...
But I just like to show you some Pictures I took really...
Look at him, and tell me he is not gorgeous?!?? It was a foggy day which delighted my photographing self. I love photographing in dimmed light like this.
But I took more stunning photos too!

Two more of Jahrs Flashjack. A Welsh Cob Stallion. He is a sooty buckskin by the way.

This is Ponnyhaugens Mike, a Welsh Mountain Stallion. He is a strawberry roan (or red roan?)
This is a Welsh Part Bred Stallion named Winterswijk's Fürst Aureus. He is Pixie's paternal Brother!!! They share the same father.

This is Menai Percival, a Welsh Cob Stallion. He has the kindest eyes I have ever seen. And he is massive! Huge, but such a teddy bear.
This is a Connemara Stallion, he was awarded 1st grade (meaning he's as good as it gets really)
His name is Engenes Lucky Joker.
I only did headshots outside. It was the lens I had at the time, I couldnt be bothered to change it back and forth.
I love these photos though!
Did you have a great weekend?