It is sometimes said that the calm lives in Ísafjörður. Looking at the mirror calm sea near midnight on a June night, it looks like that might just be true.
I am still alive and very well indeed. Especially now, as I have just arrived in Ísafjörður for a short holiday.
Some photos for now, more tomorrow:
In the words of Mistress Weatherwax: “I ATE’NT DEAD”
I have just been insanely busy, and I still am. I’m on a deadline you see, a bookish one at that. Not a novel though, it’s a literature textbook with all the trimmings; with emphasis on fantasy, for the 6th grade or so.
I have just started working on a brand new embroidery picture, and the big grey one is finally finished – but I have not photographed it properly yet. Or had it framed.
But in the meantime you can enjoy this:
My daugters choir singing Vivaldi’s Gloria last sunday. It really is lovely.
ps: My daughters solo (or duet really) starts at 7:32
I have been travelling to the countryside twice this month. Once for fun, and once for a funeral. So the two very different trips to two very different places. The common denominator was that I had very little time to take pictures. Still, here are some snapshots from winter in Iceland.
It seems I have been working in this forever, but suddenly the grey picture is almost done. This small part (above) is all that is left.
The pink parts, that seem so out of place colour wise, are just base, that has not been covered yet. I bundle up rests of floss, or – as in this case – colours I don’t like and fasten them to the fabric, to raise the embroidery further.
This is a closeup of a very simple but quite nice stitch. I don’t know it if has an “official” name but it is just two single daisy stitches on to of each other, the top one being slightly smaller than the bottom one.
This lovely and talented young lady is celebrating her birthday today:
I realised I had no recent photos of her (must do something about that!) so I stole this one from her Facebook page. I know she will forgive me.
Below are some older ones of this kind hearted, hardworking and intelligent mother, scholar, songbird, violinist and so much more.
Look what I stumbled upon, when browsing the Icelandic database for magazines and newspapers (looking for something completely different):
that has also completely escaped my memory. It was just a random thing, taken in a fabric shop, where I was browsing (at a sale I imagine)
I am talking about how I did not buy clothes in regular shops, I frequented flea-markets and such and I made quite a lot myself. The article is about how young girls are sewing again.
“Why do you spread yourself around so much?”
My husband asked me this a while ago. I have thought a lot about this question since, and the conversation that followed. What do I really want to do, what is important to me?
I am not talking about core values here, like family, caring for my children etc. I am talking about my goals and ambitions, what I want and where I want to go.
The answer is writing and embroidery. I really want to develop my writing further, and my embroidered pictures are close to my heart. So keeping that in mind, here are my goals for 2015:
To finish the grey picture and two other pictures of a similar size.
To finish the NCEM project in good time.
To finish the first draft of a book.
One or two sweaters.
New Years Celebrations
Happy new year! I hope your new years celebrations were enjoyable and safe.
I had a lovely family evening, with good food and even better company. We are not fire-work crazy like many Icelanders are, but we did buy sparklers and such for the sake of the children and to support our excellent voluntary search and rescue teams.
My 2014 Goals
Early last year, I published some quite ambitious goals. Now it’s time to bite the bullet and see how I did:
The Embroidery goal was to finish the grey picture and embroider two more. I soon saw that this was unrealistic so I adjusted it to: finish the grey picture and start another. Still – I did not even finish the grey picture. But on the upside, there is not very much left; and I did finish to smaller embroidery projects:
The Knitting goal was to to knit at least three sweaters. I managed two:
The Sewing goal was to fix at least four dresses and sew four more AND to sew two tops, three skirts and a coat for myself. I failed completely in this department.
I only made this completely pointless top, which I have never worn (and I have now given it away). I adjusted this skirt and some other things, I but that is about it.
Oh yes, I also made a simple choir dress for my younger daughter, but I have never photographed it.
My Reading goal was to read at least 52 books. According to Goodreads, I read 47, but that is not the whole story. I am working on a project for the The National Centre for Educational Materials which includes reading parts of dozens of books.
Translating: to translate at least one book. This I did.
Cooking: to continue the weekday vegetarian experiment I have just started (and perhaps post a few favourite recipes) . Well, yes and no. I do cook quite a lot of vegetarian thing, but I don’t publish recipes. Which is perhaps not strange since I don’t enjoy cooking very much.
And finally my most important goal: to finish the first draft. I failed at this. But I did write a short book for the NCEM and assist in editing two others, so that is something.
Tomorrow: My Goals for 2015. Have you made any resolutions or set yourself some goals for the new year?