Sunday, 20 July 2014


You can never really have enough clutch bags, can you? This is one of those projects I've had in my head for ages, yet somehow never found the time to make. It's my first time sewing a bag, so I think part of the reason I kept putting it off was because I was worried I was going to mess it up. But I'm so glad I finally got around to it last weekend, as I'm really happy with the end result. Here's how I made it:

Supplies: you will need fabric, clip buttons, and a strap. For my fabric, I used leftover charcoal wool as well as a red polka dot cotton for the lining. I recommend using a thick fabric here if you can, so that your clutch bag gets a bit of structure and doesn't end up being too floppy. For the strap, I used a chain from an old bag I no longer use. A belt would be really cool to use here (and I reckon a brown leather belt would have worked really well will my charcoal wool here actually). 

First, cut out two squares from your fabric, measuring 45 x 45 cm. Pin right sides together, and sew around, leaving a gap of around 5 cm. Cut off the corners, turn it inside out and hand stitch the gap. You should end up with what basically looks like an empty pillow cover. Now for the folding bit. I struggled to take pictures of this, as the contrast between my fabrics made everything go all white if I focused on the wool, or made the wool go super dark if I focused on the inner lining (clearly I need to go out and practice with my SLR more). So instead, I made a diagram in Illustrator to show how to fold the bag (clearly I also need to practice my Illustrator skills moreI swore like a sailor while drawing this, and had to stop halfway through for a cake and ice cream break).

(A) Start with the inner lining facing upwards.  (B) Fold diagonally in half, though make sure you can see a couple cm of the bottom half to prevent the inner lining from showing when the clutch bag is closed (in other words: not quite half). (C) Fold in the sides, so that the top and bottom halves are of equal length. (D) Stitch along the top of the fold, to make sure it stays in place. (E) Fold down the top fold, pin in place and stitch it up. (F) Attach the strap and sew in place the clip buttons. Yay, clutch bag done!

Have you sewed a clutch before? I love adding homemade items to my wardrobe. Let me know if you try making one of these!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


I'm in Spain! We left early in the morning yesterday and flew to Alicante, where we're staying in a sailboat for a night before we're meeting some friends at the train station and going up to Benicassim for the Benicssim Festival! After the festival, we plan on hiring a car and spending a week at my parents summer house near Murcia. So I am well and truly in holiday mode today! I still have a few blog posts that I'll be posting while I'm away though, and I figured I'd start with this lovely cocktail I've been enjoying this summer.

I've pretty much decided that this is my summer cocktail of 2014 (with rhubarb and strawberry gin smash being a close second!). I've never been much of a gin drinker before, perhaps because I once as a teenager sneaked a bit of my parents' Beefeater and mixed it with orange juice and was pretty horrified at the result. But recently I was in a bar in Oslo and got served a Kyoto and my perspective on gin changed completely. I'd never had one of these before, but I loved it immediately. It's fruity and fresh, but not overly sweet like some fruity cocktails can be. It's light and summery, and the taste of gin isn't too overpowering. So when a friend of mine came over from London to visit for the weekend, I put in an order of a bottle of Hendricks from the duty free.

Basil & Lime Kyoto (is this the easier recipe to remember or what?):
10 ml simple syrup
20 ml passion fruit syrup
30 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
40 ml gin
Soda water
Basil leaves

Directions: Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and all ingredients bar the soda water. Shake for a good 10 seconds, then pour into a long glass. Top with soda water, and throw in a lime wedge. Enjoy!

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Hi, remember me? I've been on a bit of a blogging hiatus this summer. It wasn't really intentional. It started out with a pretty busy schedule with work and weekends away and other stuff going on, and then with all this amazing weather we've been having, it was nice to not think about trying to fit blogging in as well. Because let's be honest, this whole blogging thing can be pretty time consuming. And who wants to sit inside on their laptop when it's so gorgeous and sunny outside? I live on the west coast of Norway, and we don't really get a whole lot of days like this over here after all. But then after a while it kind of dawned on me that it's been forever since I had any projects on the go. As Graeme's here now (he came and surprised me on my front door a week early... with no return ticket to the UK! :D), so we've been on a few photo adventures recently.

The film is currently being developed, so I'm hoping to be able to share of those photos soon. In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few photos from a roll of film that has been sitting in my fridge for a while and I recently got developed. So flashback to last summer, when Graeme's friend came to visit and we headed to my parents' cottage at the south of Norway for a bit of fishing. These were all taken with the Lomography La Sardinia, with regular 35mm film. It's been a while since we've been there now, so we'll have to make a trip down soon!

On a completely different note, Graeme is currently working on a new design for my blog! So stay tuned!

Sunday, 4 May 2014


When I was in the first grade, I remember in particular two embroidery projects we did. One was an embroidered cover for our recorder flutes, and the other was an embroidered book cover. The book cover had my name on the front, and for the rest of the cover I made a stripy pattern where I practiced all the different stiches I knew in various pastel colors. (I actually still have both of these projects!)

I can't say I've done a whole lot of embroidery projects since then, though. I've made a couple of constellation embroidery projects that I've given away as gifts to friends, but that's about it. I wanted to take the constellation embroidery concept a bit further though, so I decided to make an embroider a book cover (yay for recycling primary school project ideas!). I'm no embroidery expert by far, but this is pretty much as simple as it gets. It's a pretty cute gift idea, and it can easily be personalized for someone's birthday with their constellation.

As this was a project for a friend who likes to both draw and write, I decided to make my cover for a plain moleskin sketchbook. I used navy fabric and white embroidery thread, as well as scissors, an embroidery needle, and a regular needle and navy thread to stitch it up. An embroidery hoop probably also would have been helpful, but I didn't have one around. 

1. Measure your book and cut the fabric to size. Make sure your fabric wraps all around the book (inside and outside the cover), and is about 5 cm taller than your book. for my 12.5 by 21 cm notebook, I cut a piece of fabric measuring 50 by 26 cm.
2. Hem the shorter edges of your book. You won't need to hem the longer edges, as they'll be folded in and hidden by the book.

3. Fold the fabric (with the right side in) using the book as a guide, and pin up the top and bottom. Stitch in place, and turn it inside out.
4. Place your design at the front, and embroider away! If you're doing a more complicated one, you might want to do this step before you stitch up the cover. I got my virgo constellation from wikipedia, and used a simple running stitch to link the stars in the constellation. Once you've finished embroidering, place your book inside and you're done!

I decided to also add a "this book belongs to" tag on the inside, where I used some white fabric scraps and some black thread (which I think might have ended up being my favorite bit of this project, actually).

Friday, 2 May 2014


Whenever I make these Instagram re-caps of the month passed, I always start off wondering how another month has passed so quickly. I mean, how is it May already? And what the hell did I do this past month? Then I have a bit of an a-ha moment as I look through my Instagrams and get reminded of the stuff I did. I was fortunate enough to have Graeme visiting for a whole 3 weeks this month (!), and it was so great having him around. Can't wait til he's finished with his course and moves here permanently! I had a few days off for Easter as well, so we got to go on a hike to Preikestolen and spent a couple days at my parents’ cabin. The weather was fantastic, and I’m pretty sure I got a hint of a tan. I also had a quick visit to London last weekend, where I met up with a few friends and did a bit of shopping. Wish it had been longer!