tirsdag 11. desember 2012

Putetrekk i Kamille

Det var hyggelig å finne putetrekkene mine i ukens Kamille!
Takk til Line Dammen som valgte ut og Marcela Recondo som harstylet og tatt bildene.
Marcela's blogg finner du HER.
-Og putene kan du kjøpe i eplabutikken min, STRAND. (Fru Ku er dessverre utsolgt for tiden.)

mandag 3. desember 2012

Tote giveaway

There's an advent calendar giveaway over at the A butterfly in my hair blog.
Today you have the chance to win a gorgeous pair of copper bird earrings made by Joanne from England (with the Etsy shop: JOY pure and simple) and a hand painted watercolour tote made by me.

I'm having a calm day in front of the stove today. It's cold and freezing outside and I'm on a part time sick leave from work because of problems with my body during my pregnancy.
Mr Handsome is covering the Christmas markets for me this season, so you will still be able to buy my designs at DEJM in Oslo next weekend.

lørdag 24. november 2012

Linen pillows with animal prints

I have found myself a new retailer and have received kitchen towels, pillow covers and aprons from Kardelen in Sweden.
I am very pleased with the high quality.
These are now available in my Epla shop. So if you are still looking for some high quality, eco friendly gifts for Christmas, suitable for both men and women, these could be your choice!
I am trying with a small amount of pillow covers as a start and will add more later if they turn out to be popular.
It is a quiet day in the house. I should have been attending a Christmas market i Oslo today, but with my body not working properly in this pregnancy, I have to take care and stay calm this weekend.
Hopefully I will be able to be at the local market here in Mjøndalen next Saturday.

We have a beautiful, frosty day here today. I hope your Saturday is a good one too!

What print and colour is your favorite? Or is there other colurs you would prefer?

fredag 16. november 2012


I'm happy to have a new stockist!
The Dutch web shop Eigenwijzekamer now sells my teatowels.

I hope you will have a lovely weekend!
(Mine will consist of meeting family and some swinning.)

lørdag 3. november 2012

Mollie Makes Feature

I'm happy to have my typography pouches featured in the last issue of Mollie Makes UK!

Here's what the people behind Mollie Makes say about their magazine:
"Mollie Makes is published thirteen times a year. We curate the best craft from around the world into a tactile, collectable and totally irresistible magazine.
We love to make – handmade is more than just a hobby for us, it’s in everything we do.
We can’t resist hunting down treasures in thrift stores, then customising, re-covering and embellishing our finds with our endless stash of ribbons, buttons, fabrics and felt.
We’re forever on the lookout for new inspiration. Whatever we do, we’re living and loving handmade."

♡ Making ♡ Thrifting ♡ Collecting ♡ Crafting
Subsciption here.
Download iPad version here.
Follow Mollie Makes on Facebook.

torsdag 1. november 2012

Wishlist #1

Oh, there's so many wonderful handmade and vintage items on Etsy that I'd just love for Christmas...
Here's a collection in grey.

onsdag 31. oktober 2012


Hi there!
I had to share this. I just love the "Superpappa!"-list on the frontpage of Epla. A great list of gift ideas for the Norwegian Father's Day November 11.
And, of course, even more, I love that they have used my necktie image for the banner.
Thanks again to Håvard Martinsen who was kind and said yes to model with my neckties last winter.

fredag 19. oktober 2012

Sheep teatowel

This is the first test print.
You might have seen my sheep design before. Now I've made a version for teatowels.
I can see lots of possibilities with this pattern. Colour choices are almost endless. But I have to decide on some...  I have ordered some teatowels and can't wait to print them!

What's your favorite colour combinations?

onsdag 17. oktober 2012

Julemarked i Hyggen

Den 8.november blir det koselig juemarkedskveld i Hyggen!
Sted: Gjerdal velhus, Grimsrudveien 132, 3442 Hyggen.
Tid: 17.00-21.00.
Du vil kunne finne julegaver fra følgende damer: (Husk kontanter.)
Frk Bay (Tone Mette Bay)
God som Grønn (Guro Grønn)
Anne Moe -Diverse håndarbeid
Ellen Østenstad Auke -Rosemaling
Grønn Såpe (Kathrin Sunde)
Gunnlaug Moen Hembery
Strand (Unni Strand)

Her kan du følge arrangementet på facebook: Julemarked i Hyggen.

Det hadde vært skikkelig hyggelig å se deg der!


søndag 14. oktober 2012

New stockists

You can now find my teatowels in the following shops & towns:

Norsk Flid, Husfliden Bergen.

Husfliden Stavanger.

Norsk Flid, Husfliden Trondheim.
Have you been to any of these shops? I think I have been visiting all of them during the years.

lørdag 13. oktober 2012


Gilhuus. Photo by Per Martin Nordli.
I have some beautiful, new Norwegian music for you on this Saturday morning.
It's from the EP "Dead of Winter" recorded 2012 at Subsonic Society, Oslo
Words & music by Knut Eirik Gilhuus.

søndag 7. oktober 2012

Custom order for nursery

This week we've had Autumn Holiday. I have completed some orders. One of them was these bibs for a nursery. I love the thought about all the cute children around the table wearing my bibs.

tirsdag 18. september 2012

Kamille Ideer

Det nye magasinet Kamille IDEER er kjempespennende, friskt og fullt av ideer!
Mange gode tips til ting man kan lage eller gjøre om selv.
Du kan også lese portrett om meg og det jeg lager.
Du finner magasinet i bladbutikken nå.


søndag 16. september 2012


My autumn collection of teatowels. Photo and styling by Marcela Recondo.

There's no doubt anymore. Autumn is here.
I have a busy day ahead of me. There's sewing to be done and tasks in the garden.
Sunday is a lovely, long day!

torsdag 13. september 2012


Teatowel with hand printed feather from Strand tekstildesign.
I will have news for you on Monday...
In the meantime, -take care!

Cool couple

Linn with the quirky and fun blog Linnosaurus has been to a wedding with her husband. -Isn't this a stylish couple, or what?
(And I hope you have noticed the bicycle necktie from Strand? So far the one and only made with this design.)

onsdag 12. september 2012

Official Strand web page

I have gotten myself an official web page for my business!
This is a goal I have been having for a while and I am so happy that I finally have achieved it.
The page is primary for retailers, but also has some basic information about Strand tekstildesign.
Private customers can find my designs in my Epla shop, Strand and my Etsy shop, Strand Redesign as before.
The web page is the great work of Gunnlaug Moen Hembery and the opening photo is by the talented Marcela Recondo.

How do you like my new page?

torsdag 6. september 2012


Jeg nærmer meg 500 salg i Eplabutikken min, STRAND!
Den som kjøper produkt nummer 500 vil få med et valgfritt kjøkkenhåndkle.

Over ser du sauepapiret mitt. Det er papir som jeg har fått trykket opp med mitt eget sauedesign. Mange har spurt om det er til salgs, så jeg har lagt det ut for salg i butikken min. Papir med koselige sauer får du HER.

torsdag 23. august 2012

Fru Ku med steinovnsbakte brød

Else "Sprossa" Rønnevig har sendt meg dette fine bildet med hennes steinovnsbakte brød og håndkle med fru Ku.
hjemmesiden hennes kan du lese om alle hennes prosjekter; bygningsvern, bakerovner, bøker, oppussing, rådgivning, kurs og mye mer!

onsdag 22. august 2012

Natural Etsy Faves

Here's my Etsy faves of today for you.
Click here to see the whole list.
I love this colour scheme today.

Take care!

onsdag 15. august 2012

Fall news preview

Photo and styling: Marcela Recondo.
Just a sneak peak on one of my new pillow covers. They will be in my shop in September.

Photo and styling: Marcela Recondo

In the meantime, have fun and do good!

søndag 12. august 2012

My flower addiction (again)

I went to the Farmers Market in Oslo yesterday and bought home these wonderful flowers from Blomsterhagen på Abildsø. Locally and organically grown cut flowers.
(Why on earth shoud we buy airborne, imported flowers in summer???)

If you live in the Oslo area, you can order the cut flowers online or subscribe to bouquet of flowers (organic!) delivered on your door. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

Here's Anja working in her garden.

torsdag 9. august 2012

Working hard

"Hei Pus", dusty pink pillow case with cat print.

I have a couple of days left of my holidays and I'm working hard with my business. I want as much as possible to be ready before the next couple of super-busy months at the start of the new school year.
Today I will be off to have some interior photos with my products taken. Then there will be preparations for Saturday.
Saturday will be a really exciting day. Epla is teaming up with IKEA and are having a mini-workshop day. I am asked to talk about my business and how I'm planning and working to make my business grow.
IKEA is arranging an event during two weeks to promote the launch of their new catalogue. They have opened a (work)shop called Tekstileriet in Oslo where you can drop by and get inspiration and advice regarding upcycling and redesigning your furniture.
A lot of workshops are held during this period, here's the schedule.
Epla's day will be Saturday August 11.
Program follows in Norwegian:

Program for dagen:
12.00: Dørene åpner!
13.00: Anita fra zndesign viser deg hvordan hun lager kule oppbevaringsposer med snøring.
15.00: Guro fra God som Grønn lager 'trengerikkeposer' - kule og praktiske bærenett for de miljøvennlige.
17.00: Gunn fra Maganda viser hvordan hun lager flotte toalettmapper som passer perfekt til badet eller reisen.
19.00: "Vi leiker ikke butikk, gjør vi vel?" - Unni Strand deler sine erfaringer med å drive minitrykkeriet STRAND tekstildesign.
20.00: Lett servering og masse skravling oss Epla-elskere imellom.
22.00: Vi tar turen ut i sommernatten for å fortsette selskapelighetene enda en stund!

Er du heldig, kan det være plasser igjen på workshops, foredrag eller festlighetene etterpå. Gå inn på bloggen til Epla og meld deg på!

30 eplaere har vært bedt om å lage ting av IKEA-stoffer. Dette vil være utstilt i lokalene.
Stikk innom og ta en titt og en prat!

Her er min IKEA-hack:

mandag 23. juli 2012

More teatowels

I'm happily adding more teatowels to my shops. (Epla shop, Etsy shop.)
I am so thrilled with the fantastic quality of these towels.
Here's some new colours on existing designs.
The ethnic feather in white and charcoal peony drawing in pink, brown and periwinkle blue.