lørdag 27. november 2010

Crafting with children for Christmas

My daughter has finally come in the age when she wants us to make things for Christmas! Yea!
I think the most important thing when crafting with children, is that it should be so easy that they can manage mostly on their own. If it gets too difficult and you need to help out too much, they will soon lose interest.
We used the good, old potato print technique to make bags for gifts. They can be filled with a bag of candy, coffe, nuts or homebaked cookies and given to gran or auntie. (Auntie Tone, in this case.)  Hopefully it will be passed on next Christmas as an eco friendly gift wrap for someone else.

I had some leftover linen which we printed with textile color. We used cookie cutters and a knife to make the stamps. Be sure that you have a damp cloth to wipe off the excess color from the stamp so the print retains its sharpness and you don't get blurry outlines. (Or at least less of it.)

A piece of an old terry cloth towel is perfect for applying the color to the potato.

When the print is dry, heat set the color after the instructions and sew bags!
(Don't ask me what the boat has to do with Christmas. I had a rare moment when I managed not to interfere when she chose the boat shape.)

fredag 26. november 2010

This weeks Friday favorites from Epla

I'm approaching "reindeer-week", but had to share three favorites from Epla.
Have a lovely weekend!


Puslespill, by Borge i Norge.

Vintage skjørt, Ridley.

torsdag 25. november 2010

News, bragging and a great tip

I'm very busy preparing for DEJM. (Designers Christmas Market in Oslo, DogA, December 4.-5.)
But I'm trying to stay calm and enjoy my preparations. My Reindeer Teatowels have become quite popular. This makes me so happy, but it's a bit difficult to keep up with the demand and make some for the Christmas market at the same time.

Yesterday, I found my teatowel at Bloesem! Take a look here for the post.

Elisa, with the eco friendly internet shop, Lin & Papir, had this great tip to share yesterday. How to make your own labels. The post is in Norwegian, but you can use Google Translator to read it in English. (At least sort of English.) You can buy the organic cotton twill tape she uses in her shop.
And, by the way, in case you have missed it, she sells some of my hand screen printed fabrics too.

And, there's more news! I'm Featured Seller on Epla this week. Click here if you want to read the interview.

fredag 19. november 2010

Friday Favorites from Epla

Some of my current favorites from Epla.no
I wish you a lovely weekend!

  1. Kjærlighetsbenken from Hedelunds snekkeri.
  2. Miljøvennlig klut from Rundt & Rundt Redesign.
  3. Trekantsjal i børstet alpakka from smaahjerter.
  4. Sommerveske from Fine Ting.
  5. Lekkert sjal from Studio Inger S.
  6. iPhoneetui from Sting & Ting tekstildesign.
  7. LP Hjertebilde from ReVinyl.

torsdag 11. november 2010


Jeg skal være med på Designernes Eget Julemarked i Oslo, helgen 4.-5.desember.

I'm attending the Designer's Christmas Market in Oslo, the weekend December 4.-5.
Time: 10.00-18.00
Place: DogA, http://www.doga.no/,  Hausmanns gt. 16, Oslo.

I hope I see you there!

mandag 8. november 2010

Giveaway winner!

The most popular colour suggestion from you was, as the sharpest of you out there might have understood, RED. I have printed a couple of teatowels in this colour. You can find them in my shops as soon as they are finished.

I have used random.org, as usual and drawn the winner. The winner is Elisa!

Thank you everyone for participating and for your helpful suggestions and thoughts about my new designs!
Have a lovely week!

lørdag 6. november 2010

Wednesday morning

On my way to work, I stopped to look for driftwood for my students' annual Christmas decoration/exhibition in the library at school. Every year, we try to make it better than last year. I feel strongly that driftwood should play a major part in this one.

Maybe a walk like this before work, once a week, when I start late, could save me this winter?

torsdag 4. november 2010