Friday, April 05, 2013

Well, hello there! A Liebster and a meet n' greet!

A while ago, I was awarded a Liebster by the very first person who joined my blog and left a comment- the very lovely Pippa from Ouch Flower!I'm so thrilled!! And feel bad that I haven't acted on it yet... If you don't know Pippa's blog, be sure to head on over! She's a thrifter AND a crafter, and it's been so great to see her business head for the stars. She's also a regular matchmaker, I'm sure many of you agree:-)

As I'm about to reveal some truths about myself, I thought it was time for a meet n' greet! Last night as my sons and I were goofing around, and the youngest one took my picture with his mobile, I thought 'what the heck, I'll just do it!' I hate having my picture taken, and I'm very reserved out there in cyberspace. I'm not even on Facebook... But I really do enjoy how some of you have put a face to your name, and thought I'd do the same, although it might happen just this once...

Moving on. The blogging virgin I am, I had to turn to Google to find out what a Liebster is....
"The Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 300 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever awarded them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It's a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow."

What a great idea, getting some help spreading the word and doing that very same thing for someone else! So here goes:

11 random facts about me:

I'm a coastal girl, I grew up on the edge of the North sea and could never live far from the ocean. I love watching large waves crash into a rough shore.

I'm 45 years old (or young? whatever!)

I'm the mother of two beautiful boys, 11 and 13.

I love fresh seafood! My other favorite is thai, the spicier the better!

I used to be a stewardess for Scandinavian airlines in my 20s. Before I quit, I married a pilot!

I dream of going on a tour of the Orkneys, the Hebrides, Lindisfarne, the Arran islands... I'm starting by taking my dad to the Orkneys, hopefully this spring! My husband and sons think it's too boring...

I moved from my home town 20 years ago and still miss it like crazy.

I wish I was more interested in clothes, I'm not very adventurous in that field. There are a few things I can't live without, though, like bluejeans, black sweaters, Converse, a great pair of boots and a chunky ring.

If I wasn't an architect, I'd want to be an archaeologist or art historian.

I'm the type of person who never gets around to renew my driver's licence even though they come in a handy credit card size now. I carry around my prehistoric one...

When I'm REALLY interested in something, it very easily turns into an obsession.

The 11 questions that Pippa asked:

Name your favourite city in the world?
Hard to choose one... Lots of great memories from Brussels, I lived there for a period of time in my teens, Chicago has amazing architecture, Barcelona, London, I could go on and on.... But I'd trade a city for a great landscape any time, I'm not a very urban type.

Best design purchase?
I love my vintage Ekornes Combina daybeds, and my Westnofa chair.

What are the colors in your home?
Teak, grey, black, white and a bit of olive green, white walls except for the bedrooms, which are a nice grey. My splashes of color are mainly my pottery.

How do you have your tea/ coffee?
I'm not a big tea drinker. If I do have a cuppa, it's an earl grey, no sugar, no milk. I take my coffee strong and black, americano in the morning, espresso after dinner.

Manuel or automatic?
Manuel can stop by anytime... Just kidding, I drive a manual. I actually like it, too!

What was the last thing you made and when?
I'm ashamed to say I haven't really made anything crafty for a long time.  I used to make small cardboard "sketches" for buildings, but even that's mostly virtual in cyberspace now... I'd love to take up macrame now, inspired by Pippa! I do make the occasional necklace out of stones or chunky pearls if I need one for an outfit, or some graphics.

Favorite quote or saying?
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger! We used to tell eachother that when I studied architecture...

Black and white or color?
I'd have to say black and white. With a splash of color! Or brown!

What was the last thrifted item you bought?
Meet major Salt and sargent Pepper! Love the flower power typeface, got them yesterday:-) In the same store I found a WG planter that I already have but couldn't leave behind... You can never have too many planters, right?

Vintage or retro?
Both, please?

Vegemite or Marmite?
I've never been Down Under, so I haven't tasted either of them! I'm very curious, though, I have absolutely NO idea of what they taste like!

My 11 questions are the following:

Do you have a favorite art piece? Which one?
What's your dream vacation?
Your favorite thrifted piece?
What's the one thing you want to do most in life?
What's your favorite dish?
Is what you do for a living the same thing you planned to do when you went to school?
Do you have a favorite song, past or present?
Which book is on your nightstand?
What's the craziest thing you've done?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
What's your favorite room in your house/ apartment, and why?
50s, 60s or 70s design?
If you could travel in time, to which period would you like to go? Why?

And now to the hard part! There are SO many great blogs out there, it's hard to pick only 11. Some of my favorites have already passed the 300 mark (you know who you are!), so even though you're not on the list, you know I love your blogs, right? Ok, here goes, my list of amazing blogs with less than 300 followers. (I can't figure out the Bloglovin' thing, and I'm not on facebook, so bear with me if I've missed something...) Some of you are pretty close to 300, and might have been awarded before, but a good thing can't be repeated often enough, right? Oops, I ended up with 14, oh well...

Lucy Violet Vintage
Retro Pottery Net
Retro Scandinavian
The Creekhouse
Hot Cool Vintage
Mid Mod Mom
Vintage Design Cologne
The Little Black House
50 år för sent
Arctic Mum Blog
A Goode House (Can't find your stats, Stacey, but I'll take my chances:-)


  1. Wow, look at you! You gorgeous Nordic beauty you! Thank you for picking my blog Tove, I am notorious for putting-off and subsequently forgetting to do these linky things, but this time I'm going to. Promise!

    The bloglovin thing is easy (if I can do it, you most certainly can, and you can still follow all your google blogs with just a click of a button) x

    p.s. Can I have your address please, I want to send you a jar of Vegemite (vastly superior in EVERY way to Marmite! Ha!)

    1. You're too sweet, Kylie! And you're so very welcome- it was a pleasure to pick your blog, I hope you've noticed how much I enjoy reading it!
      Gosh, I'm such an illiterate when it comes to social media, I have to figure out that Bloglivin thing before it's getting embarrassing:-)
      Are you sure about the Vegemite, Kylie?!? It sure would be a lot of fun, I'm so curious:-) I'll email you!

      Ps. No worries- when it comes to putting off things like that, you've met your match:-) It's a loooong time since Pippa awarded me.... I do however, really look forward to learning more about you:-)

  2. Hello Tove! So fantastic to have a face to go with the name! And I agree with Kylie on the Nordic beauty bit! I'm 45 too and that's definitely not old at least IMO. Thank you for picking my blog. This is a really fun thing to do and I'm looking forward to it. Though not so much on the photo thing. That might take a while to find one I don't hate! I'm a Marmite fan (my bf is a Brit) though it is an acquired taste.

    1. Wow, thank you, sweet Francine! It's funny, I had a feeling we were the same age:-) Life begins at 40, right?
      As for picking your blog, Francine, the pleasure is all mine, I'm so glad you're out there, I enjoy reading it so much:-) I'm so glad you think it's gonna be fun, I sure look forward to learning more about you! The photo thing is no obligation, do it if you feel like it. I'm not used to putting my photo out there either, it's actually the first time EVER!

      Ps. I sense there's pride and feelings involved in the Vegemite/ Marmite field:-)

  3. Great to know more about you Tove ...what a talented person you are. ...thanks for supporting my blog too:)

    1. Don't know about talented, Ray, but I AM passionate about what I do:-) It's a pleasure to spread the word about that great blog of yours! It's such a great resource on pottery and I admire your knowledge. I'm so looking forward to learning some more about you, I hope you'll play along:)

  4. Hej Tove, vad trevligt att "träffas" =). Jag hatar också att vara på bild. Vad vacker du är!
    Tack för att du valde min blogg, det kan ta ett tag för mej att föra den vidare dock, man jag skall göra det. Jättefina salt o pepparkar!

    1. Takk det samme:-) Ja, jeg tror generasjonen etter oss er langt mer komfortable med å legge sine ansikter ut på nettet!
      Jeg falt for din blogg da jeg oppdaget den, du skriver så hyggelig og finner så mye fint! Ta den tid du behøver, jeg gleder meg iallefall til å lære mer om deg:-) Så gøy at du likte mitt seneste funn!!

  5. Hei på deg! Nå ble jeg inspirert, mulig dukker opp ansikt hos meg også snart:) Og takk for nominasjon, plutselig kommer innlegget!

    1. Hei!! Så gøy, gleder meg veldig til å se deg! Kjempehyggelig å kunne anbefale din blogg, den er sånn en fin miks av flotte gamle ting, familie og livet i nord. Ser frem til å lese mer om deg:-) Ha en herlig helg!

  6. Well hello Nordic Beauty!
    So lovely to see your smiling face and even better one of your boys is to thank! I'm glad Kylie offered up the vegemite as I would have too but your in for a greater surprise, cause we love a Kylie post package!
    When you said simple clothes jeans and converse, I knew you were a kindred! I'm currently sporting a yellow pair! I love your latest thrifts and no you can't have too many planters!

  7. ...all I'm so pleased to have met you! xx

  8. Hi lovely Pippa! The gorgeous photo of yourself that you posted recently really made me see how great it is to have a better idea of who's in the other end:-)
    I'm so excited about the Vegemite, it's so sweet that you both were thinking of sending me a sample half across the world:-) I've really got myself some great "penpals"!!!
    Thank you so much, Pippa, for all you've done to spread the word about my humble blog, and for being such a great gal! I'm so happy to have met you! xx

    1. Ps. Pippa, I've been secretly wanting to wear my son's bright yellow jeans, but mom is... ahem...slightly wider in certain areas:-) I might get my own now, if you can, so can I!!

  9. Hvor skønt at få et ansigt på! - Nu skal jeg så bare have visket det ud jeg selv havde dannet mig ;-). Jeg kan sagtens se dig som stewardessen, der løb med den flotte pilot :-). Og, tak fordi du valgte min blog. Jeg tager tråden op i den nærmeste fremtid!


    1. Hehe, ja det er nesten litt pinlig, som en legeroman- bare i luften! Det var morsomt å reise i noen år, men det var ikke et blivende sted for meg. Jeg var faktisk basert i København:-)
      Selvsagt skulle din blogg være på min liste, Birgitte, den er så fin og jeg er så glad jeg fant den! Masser av lekker keramikk og flotte lamper, pluss dine kunnskaper!!
      Så hyggelig at du vil "leke med", det er en morsom måte å bli bedre kjent:-)

  10. hey there

    we got the same hair and a lot more in comen

    enjoy your weekend full of vintage

  11. Really?? How fun, I'd love to hear more about that:-)
    Love your blog, Kay!

  12. So nice to see a picture of you, Tove! You are a beauty! And fun to learn more about you with your answers! :)

    1. Oh, don't know about the beauty part, Anathalia, but you certainly made my day:-) Thanks!

  13. It is great to see your beautiful smiling face! It is also great to find out more about you. I am 46 and I my outfit of choice is very similar to yours - down to the chunky ring part!
    Thank you for thinking of my blog, I am going to try and do this, but I will have to think twice about the photo :)

  14. Thank you so much, you're very sweet:-) I'm so glad you wanna play along, the photo part is no obligation! I guess like- minded people have a tendency of finding eachother, clothes, taste, age- everything:-) I enjoy your blog so much, it had a safe spot on my list all along!


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