Lucky ones/A month of giving!

Lucky ones/A month of giving:

Day 1: Catie.
Day 2: Kristina.
Day 3: Kica.
Day 4: Jenna/hardknitlife.
Day 5: Diane S receives the book "Asking".
Day 5: sassysistersink receives the book "Calm Things".
Day 6: Kristin/sew technicolor.
Day 7: Cindy/hellcat vintage.
Day 8: Ellen/pustolla1.
Day 9: Jennifer C.
Day 10: Patricia A. McGoldrick.
Day 11: Aggeliki.
Day 12: Plain and joyful living.
Day 13: Sandra/the slow catwalk.
Day 14: Margie Oomen.
Day 15: Leigh M.
Day 16: Cally/Forest & Sea.
Day 17: Amanda Rataj.
Day 18: Elizabeth McMurtry.
Day 19: Fine.
Day 20: Caitriona S.
Day 21: Tilly N (hat pattern).
Day 21: Kristen S (shawl pattern).
Day 22: Fjord girl.
Day 23: Valerie/Sea Blue Wool.
Day 24: M+.
Day 25: Ikkinlala.
Day 26: Mousy Brown.

Tuesday

A month of giving, day 31. Given to you by Jillian/The noisy plume.

The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!
 
 

 
Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Jillian: You know, I cannot recall receiving such a gift during my childhood.  My parents were always tremendously pragmatic gift givers — most gifts I received from them were useful, practical or educational.  They did give me a really lovely film camera when I graduated from high school which was developmentally essential for what I do as a living these days.

 

Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given, and who was it from?
Jillian: My wedding ring is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given.  I know how much work my husband put into the design and finding the right goldsmith to craft it for me.  It carries beautiful history, too, since the diamonds are from former rings that belonged to his aunt and his grandmother (who was beloved by all, just an incredible woman).  He is tremendously opinionated when it comes to engagement rings and wedding rings often stating that it’s a piece of jewelry that should reflect who the wearer is as a person.  My ring is utterly one of a kind.  When I wear it and look at it, I get a glimpse of how he sees me, and perhaps the very best things about myself become apparent to me and the terrible things about me are illuminated, too, which is also good because it means I get to work a little harder, every single day, at being the kind of woman he can be proud of.

Robert has given me many, many wonderful gifts from vintage Volkswagen vehicles, to an antique Italian cameo, to a handcrafted walnut bed for our refurbished Airstream trailer.  He, in and of himself, is my very greatest gift I’ve ever been given by God.  My truest best friend and life partner and a daily reminder and reason to rise up out of darkness and into the light.
 

 



Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Jillian: Oh yes.  I was terrible about that as a child.  I still struggle with self-control, as an adult!  I love to sneak peeks.  I used to pick away at the corner of wrapping paper just to get a glimpse of what was inside so I could wager better guesses about the content of a present.  I’m ashamed just thinking about it!  This interview has become a confession!  Robert doesn’t let me see gifts until the moment he gives them to me so I don’t get a chance to snoop on his presents for me!



Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Jillian: I am gifted with kindness on a regular basis.  From wonderful packages that come by mail from people I hardly know to my best friends inviting me to eat dinner with them just across the fence line here where I live in Idaho.  Any time someone acts towards me in the fullness of their love language (touch, listening, gift giving, acts of service, words of affirmation, etc…) I try to recognize the trueness and depth of the act and appreciate it with all my heart.  We all give love in unique ways.  In my opinion, a really cool way to love others is to recognize their love language and GIVE to them in THEIR love language, instead of your own.  This is easiest if you actually know the person fairly well.

A really important gift I like to receive from others is simply acknowledgement that I am human and present — a wave from an oncoming driver when I am on a small highway in the mountains, a smile from a stranger while I’m selecting a cauliflower at the grocery store, eye contact as I pass someone on a sidewalk, a simple hello from a mountain biker when I am out trail running, strangers who are willing to stop and take the time to chat and connect.  I try to always offer that kind of acknowledgement to others and when they offer it to me first, it means the moon to me and really fills my soul with hope and love for humanity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Jillian: Springtime is completely magical.  UTTERLY magical!  It’s beginning to show itself here in Idaho as well.  The light stretches out like a sleepy cat in the evenings, the mornings are bright and warm, the mountain is brimming with bird song.  I’m completely romanced.  

I have to tell you I love and enjoy every single season but winter is my very favorite.  I like to ski, skate and be out in the snow.  I like cold air.  The colder the better.  I am Canadian.  It is in my nature to be at home in the cold. 

The color palate of winter, the white, grey and blue of it, I find cleansing and quiet-ing.  I like to wear layers and layers of clothing — it’s a way I feel I can cover and hide myself, protect myself from too much human stimulation in the world around me.  I’m strong, but I’m quite delicate in a lot of ways, and I feel winter landscapes match me that way.  I like how weak the sky looks in winter and the way the distant sun seems to be the only warm thing in the world and even then, it’s so very far away.  

Winters are a season of freedom for me, a segment of the year when I am able to spend time with my husband because work takes him away from me for six months out of the year.  The white and crystal and silence and wind falling all around feels like it insulates us from the world and we can grow together again after months and months of apartness.  We get to spend winter getting to know each other once more after summer pulls and stretches our relationship to a breaking point, at times.

It’s a season of restoration and recovery for me and for us -- a time of inwardness.  I learn the most about myself and life in the winter months.
 

 



My gift
Sterling silver earrings, rich with texture, featuring long drops of faceted chalcedony in a soft, washed denim hue.  These earrings are 3.5 inches in length, move beautifully and are easy wearing. 
May they go to the girl who needs them most!


If you want to enter in the drawing of Jillian's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of april the 4'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on april the 5'th.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Jillian and me.



You can find Jillan here
www.thenoisyplume.com
and
Instagram: @thenoisyplume


Monday

A month of giving, day 30. Given to you by Ashley/Mountain Home Goods.


                The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
 
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!
 
 


Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Ashley: On my 18th birthday I received a kayak from my parents that I had been dreaming about for years. I grew up canoeing with my family and there has always been something so soothing and gratifying for me while paddling through any body of water, but more specifically on the lakes here in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State where I live. I have used that kayak to go exploring every summer and fall since and it's one of the many ways that I like to slow down and really take solo time out of the day for myself to recenter. It's also a truly  magical experience to go on night paddles when the moon and stars are out and the loons are calling across the water to one another. It makes me smile just thinking about it and it's one of my top 5 favorites things to do...followed up by a nice crackling campfire :). 

 

Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Ashley: I really have to credit my grandparents for instilling their love of nature and the outdoors in me. Each year my parents would take myself and my older brother and sister camping with my grandparents. I will forever cherish the memories that I have of learning how to fish with my grandfather while listening to his stories and my grandmother showing me different kinds of trees and lichen during our trail walks. From a very young age they taught me how to take time to be aware of my surroundings and to notice the little details that nature holds; whether we were in the middle of the woods and they would challenge me to individualize and identify each bird call  or if we were in a more urbanized area where they taught me to find beauty in the sounds of the rattling leaves on the trees. No matter where I have traveled to I could always mentally bring myself into the woods where I grew up camping, which has served me well in my adult life at times because that method seems to keep me grounded. I still use that technique weekly if life seems to be a bit hectic and I'm not able to get outdoors as much as I would have liked to; I just let my mind drift away for a few moments and then it's back to the task at hand.


 





Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Ashley: I never quite had the nerve to do that, even though I was so tempted to at times! :)  
As much as the anticipation used to be torture when I was young, I also really enjoyed surprises (and still do!) and I always tried to guess based on the size, shape and weight and that's about as close as I would let myself get to "peeking". Over the years I think that my parents also learned how to hide gifts better and they would have presents scattered in very creative hiding places throughout our house because my sister was known to peek a time or two (ha! sorry sis, if you're reading this ;) so there weren't very many opportunities even if I had wanted to. 



Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Ashley: Letting go. It's been something that I've had to teach and "give" to myself over the years. Everyone who knows me well would describe me as sure-minded, strong, positive and independent. I feel that I am indeed all of those things, but looking back on the past 10 years or so I've recognized how much of a struggle that's been for me at times. I realized how difficult it was for me to let things go and how challenging it was for me to let bad energy just roll away and to let the past remain in the past. Instead, I tended to internalize those feelings and carry them with me and let them take up unnecessary space in my thoughts. I've had to learn to let go of negative feelings, issues, and unfortunately a couple of unhealthy friendships in the process. I'm in my late 20's now but in my  early to mid-20's I used to think of all of the would have, could have, should have's but now I try to focus on the "will be's and hope-to-be's". At least in my experience, it's very true that you experience a significant amount of change and personal growth during your 20's and I definitely feel that I have come out on the other side of it with the knowledge and power of trying my best to let go of what's holding me back mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Somedays I have to make a genuine effort of reminding myself to do that since it's amazing what our minds are capable of thinking and feeling, but it's up to us to choose what our minds are feeling and thinking about. 




Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light. My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Ashley: I ADORE and can't get enough of the Fall. Everything from the smell of the dirt, the crunching of the leaves, apple cider making, pumpkins, harvesting the last bit of produce from the garden before the snow flies and of course adorning myself in as much wool as I can possibly layer onto myself :)
Some view the Fall as the dreaded season before Winter begins, but to me it has always felt so cozy and inviting. It's a time to me where I can slow down a bit after what always seems to be a busy (but fun!) summer. I enjoy making stews and heartier meals again after the lightness of summer cooking. I start dreaming about what projects I'd like to knit throughout the winter and I like the feeling of being able to "catch up" on projects and ideas that I may not have had the time to devote much attention to. 
Although, there really is something magical about each season for me...winter is the season of nesting and enjoying Saturday afternoons by the wood stove while drinking tea after spending time in the refreshingly cold snow. Spring will always hold a special place in my heart because of the renewal and it's the most dramatic change that takes place here in the North East. Also, my partner and I make maple syrup and by that time we've been waiting all year to see the sap come trickling from the trees and are over the moon happy when we finally see the first signs of Spring. And summer is a time of late night swims, picnics, sunsets and falling asleep to the cicadas. 
But in the end, I'd definitely have to say that Fall is my one true love of a season! 



 


Thank you so much Vibeke for letting me be a part of such extraordinary and talented women and artisans. 
My gift that I am contributing is one of my 100% Pure Beeswax Jar Candles. I help to harvest the wax from an apiary down the road from where I live and it's 100% Pure (no scent, dyes, paraffin, etc.) added. Plus! The best part is that it's "clean" to breathe  unlike some of the more conventional candles and it burns for a minimum of 120 HOURS! Enjoy! 


If you want to enter in the drawing of Ashley's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of april the 3'rd. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on april the 4'th.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Ashley and me.


You can find Ashley here:
Mountain Home Goods homepage and etsy.


Sunday

A month of giving, day 29. Given to you by Camilla/Mountain Girl Yarns.

                  The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Camilla: As a kid I lived in Oslo Norway, in the summertime my grandparents would pick me up and drove to their house in the country in Sweden, where they lived. I would spend my summers with them. One year when I was about 11, my grandmother told me to go out and peek behind the barn we arrived. There...stood two perfectly beautiful little goats- my grandfather knew I had wished for so many summers. I named them "Sotnos" (sweet nose) and Lotta. They followed me around where I went- even in the Kitchen.


Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given, and who was it from?
Camilla: 2 words: My Children.


Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Camilla: Nope, never messed with Santa Claus, I didn't dare too.








Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Camilla: I was grieving at the kitchen table, in shock. I remember just staring out the window- tears rolling down my face. I had just lost my beloved black lab Bernard. He was killed by a logging truck- it was February and winter, I ran outside barefoot screaming in the snow- it was horrible.
I just sat there blank with my three kids and husband. There was a knock at the door and my friend did for me and out family what I couldn't do. She had brought a salad, a chicken, bread and a bottle of red wine. "you have to feed your souls after such a loss Camilla" she said. I will never forget that- I still cry thinking about the loss and the gratitude I felt that day. I love her for that.


Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Camilla:
Summer
Summer
Summer!
No better place in the world then summer in the Flathead valley, swimming, riding my horses, the sunshine, eating fresh cherries, ice-cream, long summer nights...we all come alive in summer around here.






My gift for one of you is a skein of my Mountain Girl Yarns:
"Glacier"
100 % SW Merino,
3.5 oz
438 yds
4 ply sock- fingering weight
 

If you want to enter in the drawing of Camilla's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of april the 2'nd. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on april the 3'rd.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Camilla and me.



You can find Camilla here:

 

Saturday

A month of giving, day 28. Given to you by Juste/Bluebirdlab

 
The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
 
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Juste: I am not a person who is good at remembering or worried too much about the things, so I don’t remember any single particular gift from childhood. The best gifts for me are feelings and good emotions. The most valuable gift from my parents was the ability to grow up surrounded by nature, big backyard and never ending summer (at least it seemed so!). It was my greatest pleasure to spend the whole day in the garden, in a surreal world built by my imagination :)

 
Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Juste: The other most remarkable gift was in my adult life – my (now) husband arranged a secret trip to France, and it was during our first year of dating.  The emotions and the time spent there is unforgettable. It was my first flight by plane and the first time travelling without family or school teachers looking after me. Our destination was a music festival with Sigur Ros, Radiohead and The Killers!
 





Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Juste: Oh yes, I have done it a few times. However, since I am bad with remembering things, I don't recall what exactly have I found, sorry for this :)

 

Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Juste: I feel thankful for my parents who haven’t tried to stop me or convince me otherwise when I have decided to study arts.

And I am very blessed with my husband, he is always supportive and helps me whenever I need him. Whatever it be - going to the post office in the end of the day with huge pile of packages or accompanying me to the other part of the country for a photo session.
 
I have been self-employed for all of my life which means that I work during weekends or late at nights often or don’t put the phone away during a holidays (ok, that I am learning). He has to have a lot of patience with me :)
 
 
 



Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Juste: I love all seasons – each of them helps me think of new ideas and feel new emotions. Maybe the one I like the least is winter, because it is so hard without the sun for so long, days are very short and cold and sometimes it gets quite depressing. The special place in my heart has autumn, I love the colors it brings, the rustic look, and it inspires me so much. Of course spring brings good emotions too, but for me it’s not the visuals but it is all about the smell of spring. And summer... there is nothing I don't like about it, I wish my summers would last five years :)
 





My gift are one of my BlubBirdLab Mixed Media Boho Necklaces. The Green Aventurine Gemstone Necklace
made of brown wooden beads (size 2x3mm) (0.07' x 0.1')
free-form green aventurine gemstone beads

metal beads (colour - antique gold )


If you want to enter in the drawing of Juste's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of april the first. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling...
The winner will be announced in here on april the second.

The best of luck to all of you
from
Juste and me.



You can find Juste here:
instagram, bluebirdlab homepage and etsy.

Friday

A month of giving, day 27. Given to you by Alicia/AEO designs

              The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!

Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Alicia: This wasn’t something that I had wanted for a long time, it was more the unexpectedness of the gift that was such a sweet gesture - I always think of it, the skip-it. It was an odd plastic toy that had a loop for your foot on one end and a weighted ball on the other end. The purpose was to see how many times you could skip the weighted ball. It even had a counter to keep track. I remember watching that commercial of an ecstatic girl with her hot pink skip-it over and over again on tv commercials - each time wanting it more and more. I don’t remember directly telling my mom I wanted it - because I was raised very simply and we didn’t want for much. One day - it wasn’t any special day - my mom picked me up from school and when we pulled into the driveway she pulled the hot pink skip-it from the back seat of the car. I was so shocked/excited/thrilled I still remember the moment.


Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given, and who was it from?
Alicia: I was recently asked this question by a friend - trying to think of a heirloom that had been gifted to me - because that’s what most people seem to mention but I couldn't think of anything. So I thought about something that I was given to me with lots of love and I immediately thought about the kindness of strangers. It is a gift I have received more times that I can count in my lifetime. I am a self-proclaimed nomad, I wander, I explore, I seek - new surrounds - new environments - finding myself in places - lost - unknown - and sure enough when I least expect it and need it the most someone offers me love, support, food, a bed, or a beautiful lesson.






 
 
Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Alicia: I can honestly say I have never opened a gift before I was “allowed”. I LOVE surprises and love the anticipation that builds before the moment of opening the gift. My mom and sister are the exact opposite, they LOVE to offer hints about the gift before a celebration or offer the chance to open a gift early and I am always adamant that I don’t want to break the magic of the moment and the magic that waiting adds to it.



Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Alicia: This bitter freezing blizzard winter of New England has been a fierce and challenging gift. I spent last winter in a mild Texas, so I am out of practice with cold. This year unexpected events have graciously led me to a life in Boston. I was warned about the cold winters but this has been a winter like none other. We have received over 100 inches of snow. The city shut down a few times. We have been stuck inside for days unable to even use public transit. After I few days of being “stuck” I was complaining to a friend who grew up in Boston and they said to me “I know this is hard, this is weather for the development of the soul” It was such an act of kindness in that it gave me so much perspective and truth to what I was experiencing. This winter has forced me to dive into myself/move slower/just be in a way only winter can and I was so grateful to have a friend who helps me learn not from the easy but the challenging.   



Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Alicia: Summer, always and forever, Summer. There is just an essence of being unencumbered that I only find in summer days. Waking up to the already hot baking sunshine, memories of laid back sun drenched days driving to Lake Chelan, reading good books on the beach, swimming until your arms ache, and those quiet nights with luminous stars. Summer is wild and free, something I always want to be.  

 






I am giving away 3 brass bracelets and it is something new I am making and they make me feel so beautiful and sassy and I want other to feel that way as the gloom of winter lifts and the rejuvenation of spring starts to bloom!!


If you want to enter in the drawing of Alicia's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 31'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling..
The winner will be announced in here on april the 1'th.
 

The best of luck to all of you
from
Alicia and me.

 
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Thursday

A month of giving, day 26. Given to you by Patrice (now closed).

The whole month of march will be a month of giving here at my blog!
 Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
 
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
 
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Enjoy!




Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Patrice: I have one brother who is only 18 months older, we were like twins, and I think that was the best 'gift' for me as a child. We were always together and shared a room the first years of our lives. My brother gave me a Barbie-doll when I was about 5 or 6 years old, a plane and simple one, with stiff legs but I loved her. I took her everywhere I went, together with a big black handbag in which I carried all her clothes and stuff. I hand-sewed clothes for her, but also made clothes by sticking and stapling ;^))
The second thing I had to think of was the Singer sewing machine that I got on my 16th birthday. The best gift ever. Now I could make my own clothes, and more. Boy, did I love that machine! But unfortanetly, after 30 years of faithful service, it broke. Presumably by sewing too often too heavy fabrics, such as curtains and upholstery fabrics. I have a new sewing machine, more advanced, but still miss my simple Singer now and then.


 
Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given,
and who was it from?
Patrice: Thirteen years ago we bought the house we still live in. But back than it had to be built and the distance between our house and the new house was over 130 km. My husband already found a job close to our new place. He left every Sunday evening, to arrive on time at work on Monday, and came home on Friday. That where six difficult months. I had my job, the care for children (3 and 1 at that time) and the household. My birthday was just a few weeks before we moved. That day my husband gave me a small compass in a silver box with lid, made by a silversmith, which I can wear as a necklace. So I will always find the north, the right direction. On the back are their three initials engraved. I do not wear it that often, but it's one of my most cherished gifts.
 
 






Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..
Patrice: Hmmm.... I don't think so. What I do remeber is founding unwrapped gifts once, for the Dutch Sinterklaas-celebration, in our family a tradition of drawing lots and presents with poems. And those gifts I found where not even for me, if I remeber correctly ;^))

 

Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Patrice: Every year when the buttercups bloom our Youngest, since he was small, picks a bunch for me, mostly with roots and all. And every time it makes me so so happy ;^))
Over 20 years ago I became ill, I got an acute form of sarcoidosis. Mainly inflammation in my legs so I temporarily could not stand or walk. But cycling I could, only my bike was stolen. My best friend, who lived 35 km away, arranged a bike and had it delivered. I loved her than and I love her now. She is the one who, for someone who has a hard time, makes and brings along meatballs, every week for a year. She is the one who sings psalms in the last hours of the life of her grandmother. Nowadays we live further apart, but our friendship remained.

 
 
Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Patrice: I like every season, I enjoy the changes. But if I have to choose it will be Spring, and Autumn. Spring for it's freshness, the awakeness as you says, which for me begins with the snow bells. Then you see the buds on the trees thicken, the pushing starts. I so enjoy the first bright fresh green buds and leaves on the lime trees for our window.
But, I also like the autumn. My birthday is in August, on some days you can smell Autumn is coming. I like the faded colors of the flowers like dahlias and hydrangea. The discoloration of the leaves, the decay with the promise of a new beginning already in itself.








My gift is a print of a linocut I specially made for this giveaway. I drew five dotted feathers, gushed them out lino and made an imprint on my beloved Korrex Stuutgart proof press. It's the last one of a serie about birds and feathers, about 'finding your wings'. I like to make series where all parts are also strong in itself.
I printed with black printing ink on Charbonnel etching paper, 250 gr off-white and 100% cotton, papersize 300 x 400 mm. It will be handsigned and numbered with pencil on front. It's a limited edition of 20: 12 printed with black ink (one for this give-away) and 8 printed with golden printing ink (see my etsyshop).



If you want to enter in the drawing of Patrice's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 30'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling... The winner will be announced in here on march the 31'th.


The best of luck to all of you
from
Patrice and me.



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