Flea market finds

The local flea market, at Fjerdingby Skole, was this weekend. I decided to join the madness by being there when they opened on saturday. There were at least 500 people there already. I came into the glass/porcelain/etc room as they were still unpacking some items, namely a box of animal figurines. The chance probably won’t offer itself again (unless I really start flea-hunting) so I got quite a few. They’re all chipped and/or worn, but they make nice, quirky additions to a shelf display, for instance.

I also got two wall shelves that look like hell (I’m going to paint them), and 4 identical pink doilies made painstakingly from ridiculously thin thread, and 11 identical napkins which might turn out nice after some washing and ironing.

Ribbon!

I saw a picture in Mollie Makes magazine of some amazing ribbon and I went right ahead and ordered some, from clothkits.co.uk.
The ribbon is gorgeous but I didn’t have much of an idea what to use it for until I saw the exact same type of ribbon used for lanyards, being sold in a local store. I made some key chains (long enough to fit around the wrist) for myself and some friends.

"Mollie Makes": Fresh new crafts magazine

I had a few minutes to spare this morning at the train station in Lillestrøm. As usual, I went into Narvesen to browse the magazines. Today a real gem revealed itself: “Mollie Makes” magazine. Never seen it before. It’s like a wonderful crafts blog in the shape of a magazine, with lots of fresh eye candy and tempting projects. Yummy.

I didn’t get a copy because magazine shopping gets really expensive once it takes hold of me, but I think I’ll have to make an exception for this one!

Childbirth a-la-carte

I have a friend who is familiar with the services provided to pregnant women in Norway and in the U.S. She’s compared the two and I think she says some pretty interesting things:

Most of the care [in the U.S.] is very good, and very very thorough. I miss having a midwife though, like I did in Norway. But one thing that was weird was when I went in for my very first checkup. I was asked a bunch of family history questions, which is normal, but then I was asked what I wanted for my birth. Like an a-la-carte menu of things such as, “Would you like a c-section or vaginal birth, Would you like an epidural, would you like blah blah blah”. It’s for insurance billing, of course, but the fact that you can just order a c-section or other procedures just like that? Crazy!

Then I ran into this lady at Ikea who just had a baby and wanted to chit chat, as Americans do. She told me she had her doctor induce all her kids at 38 weeks because she was tired of being pregnant. No medical reason whatsoever. WTF?! That’s an option? That is so wrong on so many levels! They do so many procedures here just for convenience, rather than what is good for the baby.

Bookbinding

I just spent two entire evenings binding my own journal. Why, in heaven’s name, why??? Well.. I’ve had trouble finding a watercolor journal that I like. This way I get to choose the paper, size and orientation. I’ll use it to draw and paint in after I finish my current one. It’s full of lucious, cream colored 300 g Fabriano Artistico smooth watercolor paper. For variation, I’ve thrown in a few sheets of colored paper and white drawing paper. Here are the instructions I used: http://www.cat-sidh.net/Tutorials/Binding.html . I’m not sure they’re 100% waterproof, but it’s a start.

The ragged edges on the left at the edges of the watercolor paper. I decided to keep them and I think it looks sort of nice.