Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A little red house by the sea....

New home, fresh start


So this is my first blogpost since what feels like forever....
I apologize for my absence here on the blog, but quite frankly I've not had the capacity to share with you all. Getting adjusted to our new life here in Norway has been a rough journey, practically, but even more so on an emotional level...
Leaving life as I knew it in the UK, my husband and our home was never going to be easy....and it's not! 
It is still an ongoing battle with my conscience, and a steep learning curve as I've been trying to get to grips with what's important in my life...I've been working very hard trying to purge my own  negativity and prioritizing life.....the here and now....the moments I share with Little Miss Moo, being present for her and supporting her adjustment into her new life, at the same time as I've been trying to create a life for us here: Getting Mia settled in a new, Norwegian School, starting work, Sorting out finances and medical issues that has not been prioritized over the last few years....and last but not least: Finding a home for the two of us!
I feel like I am having to be super woman..... with a pocket full of cryptonite...Obstacle after obstacle, there always seem to be something that needs sorting before I can truly start living again. But I have no choice but to keep going and keep battling: I am determined to create an easy life for me and Mia....but it's pretty hard work at the moment, and sometimes I just feel like quitting, roll up in a ball and get off the carousel....until I see Little miss Moo's happy face as she comes home from school all excited about finding an ants nest (or something else equally random, but oh so important) and just a hug from her fills me with renewed energy to tackle yet another day...

It does help that we now have found our new home....A quaint, little red cottage with a sea view....just the perfect size for the two of us! It's old, and needed a lot of work in terms of general re-decorating and modernizing, but the rent is cheap....and THAT VIEW!!


So over the last few weeks I've been spending all the time I could spare, in between working, sorting stuff out and being supermum, painting and redecorating the place....It's been exhausting to say the least, and as I write this, every muscle in my body is aching, but I finished the painting today, so bar giving the house a thorough clean it's ready for us to move into.....so I thought I'd celebrate by writing this blogpost! I will share more of my decorating efforts in my next post, I promise, but for now I just thought I'd share this news with you all!

I've very seldom shared too much of my personal life here on the blog in the past (bar the occasional emotional outburst, LOL) but quitting blogging and sharing on social media over the last few months has made me re-evaluate the focus of Nostalgiecat, and I've decided that I will use the blog to share a bit more about the life that we lead, not just interiors stuff....
After all a home is more than bricks and mortar.... it is an essential part of life itself....and the base of who we are. I've also on a more personal level become very interested in the concepts of authentic, minimalist living ....maybe as a product of having to choose what to bring with us when e moved, and living out of a suitcase since December , but maybe also out of a deeper need to simplify things in my life. 
If anything, these last few years have taught me that life does not always turn out as you may expect, or even wish, and I guess it's all about grasping onto the little moments that are in themselves perfectly imperfect.....like the other day when I laughed so hard at Mia's cheating at china-chess that I started crying....

So as far as my plan for the interiors of our new home and the content here on Nostalgiecat, I guess this time around I have a more philosophical approach to creating a authentic living space that hopefully will feed our creativity and happiness as we get settled into our new life here in Norway....

Thank you to everyone of my followers that has patiently been waiting whilst I've been picking up the pieces of my life, and thank you to YOU, for taking the time to read this...now please follow along our new journey in the pursuit of happiness!

Lets begin to live again!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

New beginnings....


Hi all!

Just a quick update!

Having moved back to my native childhood village of Steinsland, Norway about a month ago, we are still just trying to get settled into our new life here!
It is a big change from our life in England, and there is a lot to consider and still to work out, so I am not yet ready to take up blogging again. But I thought I'd give you all a quick update on how we are getting on, as well as share some of my dreams and aspirations for the year ahead:

I have started working in a music shop, selling instruments and sound equipment, and I love it....there is a lot for me to learn, but I truly enjoy having a "real" job again....
Mia has started Norwegian school, and although she struggles a bit with the Norwegian language, she is settling in fine, making friends and enjoying the slightly more free atmosphere of the Norwegian school....She's growing in confidence and getting more independent every day, and most importantly: Seems to be genuinely happy in her new surroundings....
The truth is : I am so proud of her and how she's coping with all the  changes in her life....more so than I have, as I have been finding it all a bit overwhelming, especially on a social level, and bar seeing a couple of friends I have kept myself to myself. 
But things are starting to resolve, and although we are still living with my mum and dad, I have started looking for somewhere to live, and as I write this , all our stuff from England is due for delivery today....Yay!!

So, I am hoping that once me and little miss Moo have our own home, with all our stuff....and all the paperwork and other essentials are sorted, that our everyday life will get a bit less daunting and become easier....

In fact, my goal for this year is to start embracing a simpler life....to find a calmness in the structure of "normality"....I look forward to brighter days as the winter darkness here up north will disperse into spring and want to spend more time outdoors, in the beautiful nature that surrounds us...the woods and the sea.....Making our new home and life here easy and carefree...
I dream of late summer nights filled with music, laughter, good company and good food....embracing a healthy and active lifestyle and fully taking advantage of everything coastal living has to offer...

I guess the blog will evolve a bit with me in these aspects, and hope that you will all follow along in my quest for the simple life, when I'm ready to start blogging again....
I can finally, after what feels like ages spent in darkness, feel my creativity starting to bubble up under the surface again now, and I am sure that this new beginning will bring lots more creative projects for the blog....

So until then,
wish us luck and stay happy people!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Logging off now for the holidays and taking a much needed break!
It may be some time before I'm back, but I will be...

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and want to leave you all with one of my favorite songs for inducing some Christmas spirit:


See you all in 2016 !

Monday, 14 December 2015

My DIY origami and bead decoration kits...


I love origami....not just the way it looks, but also the traditions behind the art form and the therapeutic action of folding. I love creating something tangible out of a flat piece of paper.
As much as I like the vast arrays of shapes you can create with paper folding, I adore the geometric ones the most, so I decided to make some geo-origami decorations for the Christmas tree this year....

Now I know I usually post my tutorials for my various makes here for free, but I also know that a lot of people are slightly apprehensive of Origami....thinking it is going to be very tricky to achieve. And also there is the issue of getting all the stuff together to make these....especially now , so close to christmas...

So, I've actually put together some DIY kits that you can buy from my facebook site, to make it easier for you to make these if you fancy having a go....


For just £10 + postage I'll send you out these pre-assembled kits with templates to make 6 Origami decorations, as pictured above....



The templates are ready to be cut out and simply folded , and will make up to 4 different shapes...
The kits also include The wooden beads and the thread, in your choice of colour (I have loads to choose from, so simply message me with your preference, and I am sure I've got something to suit)



And an easy to follow instruction booklet...


If you would like to try origami for the first time, this is an easy way to start your new love affair with origami!

Visit my facebook page and inbox me if you would like to buy one of these kits, and I will send you out one ASAP....but do hurry if you'd like to make these in time for Christmas....
Although, I think these are nice all year round....



And if you should find yourself in the London area this Thursday, you can catch  an exclusive, free workshop event at the Laura Lea Design boutique  in Leytonstone and learn how to make these with the amazingly talented Stacie of Two for joy:


Due to my personal situation at the moment, I can unfortunately not be there myself, but I am sure the workshop will be loads of fun in the most capable hands of Stacie, and you get to take home your very own Origami decoration free of charge....


Plus, of course, you can purchase my DIY origami and bead kits in store, along with loads of other beautiful design in Laura's shop....perfect for any Last minute Christmas pressies, thus supporting local artists and designers in the making!!


Wednesday, 9 December 2015

DIY Star garland for the Christmas tree


If you, like me , tend to shy away from tinsel and over the top decorations for your Christmas tree....This cute little garland is just the thing: Adding a subtle touch of sparkle with cute little stars, make this easy , minimal garland to drape all over your tree.

This is such an easy DIY , requiring very little in terms of both materials, effort and time:


I used:
rolling pin
superglue
Baking paper


Roll out the polymer clay to approx 2-3 ml thick...
Place the rolled out clay on some baking paper.


Use the star cutters (I used the largest size) to punch out loads of little stars in the clay...
Remove any excess clay
Transfer the stars on the baking paper to a baking sheet and cook in the oven at 150 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes (Or according to the instructions on the packet of polymer clay)
Allow to cool....


Superglue the stars with regular intervals onto the gold string...
This may take some time: Do a section at the time, and allow the glue to dry whilst getting on with , so: do the washing up, take a bath or read a magazine.... Then move on to the next section of string....


Don't make your string garland TOO long, or you risk some serious tangling....
rather make a few 1,5 m long sections....


Pretty, simple and adding a subtle touch of sparkle with the gold string...a far cry from garish tinsel, but non the less decorative on you Christmas tree!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Five of the best Christmas decor DIY's from the web

A guest post by Old Fashioned Susie

Hi!
I've got a treat for you guys today!
Whilst I busy myself sorting out my life at the moment, today's post is a guest post by the lovely Susie from the fabulous blog Old Fashioned Susie, where she's rounded up her favorite Christmas DIY's from the web!
And I must say....it's like I could've picked them out myself!

Anyway, I'll  let Susie introduce herself and the amazing festive DIY's she's picked:


Five of the Best Christmas Decor DIY's

Hi I'm Susie from Old Fashioned Susie and today I'll be sharing with you my favorite crafting ideas for the upcoming festive season. I've found the best ones so you don't have to trawl through Pinterest like some crazed Christmas fiend. My blog is a mix of lifestyle and interiors with vintage thrown in for good measure. Hope you enjoy my Christmas Craft Picks!

Whether you've got kids at home or not, adding the handmade touch to your home at Christmas adds a real personal element, and I especially love the fact that whatever you make can then become a keepsake or mini Christmas tradition.
Image from Country Living
First up are these adorable salt shaker snow scenes! They would make excellent place markers at festive dinner parties or just a cute way to Christmas up a shelf in your kitchen. These are like little snow worlds and you could really let you imagination go wild if you find some miniature characters to add.


Image from Womansday
This straw burst wreath looks really striking but is actually a really simple DIY. I'd try it with multicoloured paper straws too. This one could also be resized to make smaller wreathes perhaps for the tree.

Image from Villa Lisa
Who wouldn't want this Pom Pom wreath in their home at Christmas? I love this because, in theory you could add to it each year, or get the kids to make the pom poms... I think this could be one decoration that could be a heirloom piece too. There are lots of versions of these online so find one you like and can follow- finally a great excuse to buy wool! 

Image from Snug Studio
I seem to have a thing for the cute this year, but this mini critter advent calendar is adorable! And not just for kids... I found loads more here

Image from Make it-Love it
Lastly pine cone decorations, incredibly easy. Don't forget to pop your pine cones in the oven first though to get rid of any insects hiding inside. These could be customized even further with name tape as ribbon, or spray painting the cones really bright (or Christmassy) colours.

Great ideas here, don't you think guys?
Thank you so much Susie for guest posting on Nostalgiecat.
Make sure you all visit Susie's blog to check out more of her festive blog posts!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

When your heart's not in it...


Hi guys!

I've got something to tell you all...

This post has been very difficult for me to write... in fact I've lost count of how many times I've started writing it, only to discard it and start again...
There is no easy way to to say this, so I guess I'm just going to have to say it:

There is a BIG change coming...

For those of you that know me personally, or have been following me for some time on social media, you've probably sensed that something's up in my personal life...
Well....It's a biggie:

The last year and a half has been really tough , and without going in to too much detail, things are not working out for me here in the UK on a personal level.
It's been an accumulation of things...circumstances no one could ever predict, illness, struggles and emotions....it's all been too much. And it's affected my health and happiness to the point where I thought I could not go on...
So I've made a decision...the toughest decision of my life: 
To end my marriage and relocate to Norway!


I've been heartbroken for so long now, that finally making this decision feels like a step towards regaining some control over my downward spiraling life...

I am not going to try to justify my decision, just know that I've got to the point where I could see no other option:
So I am leaving the UK...life as I know it, my marriage, my husband, my best friend for the last 17 years of my life...the life we've had together and the home we've built for our little family...Everything I've worked for....


So this Christmas me and Little Miss Moo is moving back to Norway...to start again!
I'm not going to lie:
I know it's going to be tough on us all:
Living with my mum and Dad again, at the age of 38, a single mum, no job, no house....nothing...I'ts not exactly how I envisaged my life turning out....But I really feel like this is the right thing to do for me....and for Mia , at this point...and I know that with the support of my friends and family back home: I CAN DO THIS!!
Mia will be starting school in Norway in the new year....It's not going to be easy for her: She doesn't speak any Norwegian (One of my biggest regrets) and no doubt she'll miss her old school friends, her home and most importantly: Her dad...her hero!!
But it's going to be toughest of all for my husband....to be on his own, without his little girl greeting him when he comes home after work each day...
After more than 17 years together, it is heartbreaking to think about....and even though the decision has been made, I still think to myself : HOW CAN I DO THIS??


But too much stuff has happened, stuff that's been no-ones fault....a sad set of circumstances,  and it has changed the dynamics of our relationship...to the point where there is no going back...

So as much as I struggle liking myself at the moment, for what I am about to do, at the very least I am true to my feelings, honest and willing to take the fall for my decision... 
And as unfair as this situation is , for everybody, at least I am giving us all a fair chance of something real....a new start and a chance to make it right!
I don't want Mia to ever think it's OK to settle for anything less than Happiness, and by doing this....this HUGE BIG THING....I am hoping to set an example for my daughter: To always follow your heart and go for Happiness!!
(Even when your heart is broken and happiness seems an awful long way away...)


I truly believe that if you don't like what you're doing, how you're feeling or the way you're life's turned out:
MAKE A CHANGE!!
DO SOMETHING!
CHASE THE DREAM!
    BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN!

At least that's what I tell myself....

So...
I don't usually get this personal here on the blog, but I thought you all should know what's going on...
Because, I am going to struggle keeping up with all the blog stuff in amidst all the stuff going on and the things I need to get organised in the next couple of months....with the move to Norway and settling into our new life there.
So please bare with me in this difficult and highly emotional time...I am planning on keeping up with the blog, but posts may be a bit sporadic, and I may have to take some time out over Christmas and the new year....

But here's the exciting bit:
Imagine all the new and wonderful adventures I'm going to be able to tell you all about once I've landed on my feet in Norway....
House-hunting, decorating, Scandinavian decor, furnishings and trends....Exciting new collaborations....Not to mention : Lots of new DIY projects!!


So, please bare with me, and wish us luck in our new adventure in Norway....I will keep blogging, with a little help from some awesome blogger friends of mine.... until the BIG MOVE, but then I may go quiet for a while....Don't forget me....
I'LL BE BACK!!
All images via Pinterest
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