Happy Palm Sunday!

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Easter is my favorite holiday because of the weight it carries for me spiritually. So I always look forward to being creative for this holiday and making the most of this season. Last year I did the traditional painted eggs with a little extra glam. Click here to view. This year I had a little less time at hand, so I took an easier route. But I hope it’s just as “glam.” I simply repurposed some oval shaped Christmas ornaments as eggs and them hung ’em on branches. If your eggs are plain, all you need to make the shine is: glue, glitter and gems. That would be 3G!
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A picture of the gems hanging on Norwegian “troll branches.”
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My favorite egg has a cross, which brings me to the hart of Easter: “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5, ESV)

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With Love,

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Happy Valentines Day

Love is..

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things.” I Corinthians 13:4-7
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I made a cake for my Valentine this year. Thought I’d try one of his favorite cakes: The Red Velvet Delight. 🙂

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A ring holder makes a for special gift idea.
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IMG_6366No time for baking and need a cake for a special occasion? My dear friend Daris, introduced me to the best Red Velvet Cake that money can buy  from Nothing Bunt Cake . You will only want more!

With love,

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New Centerpiece Idea for Dining Room Table

Flowers are spectacular. They’re fun and they add color to any space of your choosing. But I think they look the best when featured as a centerpiece on a dining room table. That’s why I love to fill my tall, cylinder glass vase with an assortment personal favorites such as tulips, classic roses, or spectacular orange lilies like the ones posted above. The downside: the dent they make in my wallet and their short lives (one week tops!). This made me think of other things I could fill my vase with that would be just as eye-catching and fun as my flowers. I think I found something that won’t decay after a few days in the limelight. Hurra!

One Sunday afternoon my hubby and I were enjoying lunch with a couple who just bought a fish tank. As they were telling us about their new roommates (little fishes), one particular roommate somehow managed to swim its way into my memory box. The fish, which now lives in my brain, is not only eye-catching but requires as little maintenance as a beautiful bouquet of flowers. So, who is this little booger? It’s the Japanese Fighting Fish, of course!

The vibrant purple and maroon colors on this fish compliment the glass crystals that my glass cylinder already possesses. And the good news is that I only need one fish to keep it simple and interesting. Besides, if I add another, there will be war! Further, this fish enjoys swimming up and down so it’s a win-win. Think about it: you provide a vertical swimming pool for your dining table “star” and a little entertainment for your guests. Luckily, Norway’s larges fish store is only a five minute walk away from where we live. Let me know what you think. Is this a go or a no-go? (Below is a “bottle” version of what I have in mind. I will be using a tall vase.)

Always with love,

Baby room

When you live in the center of a European city (Oslo in our case), space is a luxury most people can’t afford. When I first discovered that we were expecting a baby I started hunting for something roomier than our little shoebox. Well, turns out there were no contenders that could beat the price and location of our 50 m2, cozy nest. Needless to say, we decided to stay. But we are keeping our eyeballs pealed for something a little more spacious. Our decision to camp here a little while longer presented us with a new challenge: designating a portion of the living room into a baby room without compromising the style of the room as a whole. Unfortunately, to my husband’s dismay, the library had to go in order to attain the goal. This area turned out to be the perfect nook!  To keep within the style of the room, I avoided some popular baby trends (e.g. plastering Winnie the Poo to the wall,  low-hanging  plastic thingies over the crib). I love natural elements because they give the baby room more of an organic feel. I hope that Nova will dig it, too.

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Everyone needs a pink elephant in their living room…

The Casablanca Premiere crib in antique slate brings a vintage charm to the room. It is made of all hand bent wrought iron, and was a gift from dear friends. I think is looks like a gorgeous heirloom crib. It is simplicity and elegance come to life.

The bell formation on this dresser breaks up the overall linear structures.

Accessories that remind me of people I love

As I continue on in week 36 of pregnancy, I rest assured that little Nova now  has a place in our home.

Love,