On my recent adventure to Norway I was lucky enough to visit The Igloo Hotel in Sorrisniva. This trip was arranged whilst we were docked in Alta and was a journey of about 45 minutes by coach.
The Igloo Hotel was AMAZING. It is possibly the most awesome place I have visited, and I’ve visited a lot of places! The structure is entirely ice and lasts from approximately November until it melts in April. Each year it is rebuilt and has a different theme. This year the theme was (appropriately) Ice Age.
On entering the Igloo Hotel I was struck by the beautiful blue misty light. Which helps to explain the poor quality indoor images-sorry! There was an entrance hall with various spaces or wings off. One wing had 10 bedrooms, including a Bridal suite with a four poster bed. The beds were covered in Reindeer skins for cosines as EVERYTHING was ice.
There were carved animals including a Mammoth, Siber toothed Tiger, Bears and People. There was a beautiful ice chapel and an ice bar. The ice bar was very well attended and I sampled the local blue drink which was very warming whilst sitting on an ice bench at an ice table! They did say that we could take the ice glass home with us…..
Outside in the snow a few Reindeer were waiting patiently to give someone a sleigh ride.
That’s it! Two suitcases packed full to bursting and ready to go. Tomorrow I’m off to meet a cruise ship in Southampton and sail to Norway. It’s not all holiday as I will be working my passage teaching crafts on board. One of the cases is full of the handcrafts that we will be using on board. We have Liberty fabrics, up cycling and re purposing crafts. We have some gorgeous truly vintage fabrics to upcycle.
I am on a steep learning curve and one thing I’ve just learned is not to choose crafts that take up a lot of space. K my crafty friend who is helping out, also has bags of stuff we can’t manage without!
We should have enough free time to explore a little of Norway and if we’re really lucky we will see the Northern Lights. I’m not sure of Internet access but I’ll try to blog in various venues. I’m actually trying to change the way that I take photos. Really I want to move from an old fashioned camera to my phone. The cameras on phones are so good these days but I have to work out how to transfer images from phone to iPad. I’m sure it’s easy but…….. I will take lots of pictures and report back as soon as I can-promise!
Last week I went to Liverpool for a day. It’s not very far from where I live but access is complicated by the Mersey Estuary getting in the way! Friend K and I went by train which was quick and efficient. Oh and ALL DAY parking was 80p. This must be the cheapest parking anywhere!
We called in at Liverpool Central Library which was amazing. It feels as if all the knowledge in the World is there. An exaggeration I know but it is a temple to books and information. The building is a blend of modern architecture at its best and a traditional building containing old and valuable books and documents.
We didn’t have very long to explore as we were on a fabric hunting mission. I will certainly return to this wonderful place and spend much more time absorbing the atmosphere and even reading the books!
If ever I leave Hubs ( which isn’t on the agenda!) I will be found in this lovely library. There is a coffee shop for food and drinks. There are cozy chairs for curling up and reading in. There are computers for surfing the web and it is peaceful and quiet. Well it is a library!
The day got off to a pretty good start today! When I opened my emails I had an invite to a “VIP Bloggers Event, Chester Lush” on Sunday next. Wow! This should be really good and I will report back to you eventually.
The invitation prompted me to sort out my current Lush Stash. I am a fan of Lush products as you can see, and have some gorgeous shower gels and lovely creams. You don’t get this gorgeous without some effort you know! When I was setting up the photo shoot some shells crept into the picture as you can see. I had already been sorting out shells for a future craft project. ( actually looking for ones with holes-strange as it may seem!)
I store these shells in a vintage glass globe on the bathroom window sill. Now what was really strange was when I delved into the shell collection they were all glued together in the bottom of the globe with a dried out gloop! It seems that in the past I put either Lush soap and or bath bombs into the shell collection! These Lush products must have melted with a combination of sun and condensation and sank to the bottom of the glass.
The only way that I could get the shells out was to run hot water into the globe. The smell was GORGEOUS. I couldn’t pick the globe up as it was heavy, slippy and smelling lovely. I had to keep running water into the container until all of the Lush product had dissolved and rinsed away! The shells came out and smell delightful.
The glass globe, complete with shells, is now back in its rightful place in the bathroom. The shells with holes through them have been removed and Lush products returned to the shower. Happy Days!
Yipeeeeee! I’ve won the Premium Bonds! OK just £25 but any money is good money! Next time it may/will have a couple of noughts on the end. WHEN I do win big style I will buy my dream vehicle and tear drop caravan as pictured. I really think that dreams are so important. If you dare to dream you will achieve something of that dream. No dream=no ambition=nothing. Mind you I might make mine a red van and caravan with white flowers.
Today I cut out a pair of cushion covers to cheer up my campervan known as Damnvan1 (or even Darling van!) . The brown cotton in the photograph is my tacking thread. It is at least 50 years old. My Mum bought it for some project when I was very small so I am certain of its age. Isn’t it amazing that after half a century I am using it in a project for myself. I enjoy that sense of continuity. I will report back on the cushions when I have rescued the bobble trim from the dog and worked out how to attach it to the cushions.
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Written by Katherine who is an imaginative seamstress and a wife,Mum and Grandmother rather like myself.
I’d like to add that I am also a sister,step mum, daughter and friend! Girl power!