Friday, June 21, 2013

Preparing to say 'I Do'

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After 15 months of planning, pinning, crafting and restraining myself from banging on about wedding stuff here on my blog, our big day is very nearly here. It seems your thoughts really do become consumed by all things wedding in the last few weeks, so I'm sorry, but here it is; an all singing, all dancing wedding post! I doubt that even if you are not interested in wedding blogs or wedding ideas, you can't fail to be inspired by these pretty pictures! I must say, I'm not sure how anyone ever planned a wedding before Pinterest. Obviously it was a case of the good old scrapbook of magazine cuttings, but Pinterest really is so convenient, inspiring and easy to organise that it has been my lifeline with planning the 'look' for our day. Still, my biggest fear is that all these themes and details that I've been gathering and making over the last few months don't actually 'go' when all brought together on the day. You don't get a dry run with these things, so fingers crossed it all works...

Of course, weddings are not just about the styling, the pretty decorations and 'the dress'! It's about celebrating your love for one another and the future you have planned together. It's about having the people who are most dear to you in your life witness you declare your commitment and share in your happiness. But most importantly its about the two of you as a couple.  I'm looking forward to that moment when we see each other for the first time on the day in all our finery, letting all the stress fade away and just saying 'I Do'.

But, we must get back to those pretty things I mentioned before! Firstly I thought I'd share a little peek at our wedding invites and save the dates. I commissioned Charlotte Love to created the illustrations of us, which I adore. I then printed them myself on watercolour paper from Crafty Computer Paper, and added various ribbons and tapes! I love how Charlotte included our little cat Claude in the basket of the bicycle!

And here is a little of the inspiration (believe me there was a lot!) I've been gathering over the past 12 months or so, which gives an idea of how I at least hope our day might look! I've felt a little bit of pressure as so many people have said that they are sure my wedding will look amazing, But the fact is, I'm not a stylist, I'm a blogger and an editor, so I doubt it will be anywhere near as styled and perfect as my Pinterest boards, but fingers crossed the French countryside will make it spectacular no matter what!

I don't have many of the photo credits unfortunately as most were via Pinterest, but the ones I know are also blogs or websites which I referred to regularly while researching for our wedding, although there were MANY more! Style Me Pretty, Love my Dress, Lucy Says I Do, Wedding Chicks, Laure de Sagazan, Delphine Maniviet, BHLDN, Ellie Grover Photography to mention a few.

Anyway, I shall leave you with that and I will see you on the other side when I will be Mrs Rowland!

Au Revoir! 


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Patchwork with The Amazings

Inevitably a lot of people arrive at my blog after googling 'patchwork blog'. There must be many a disappointed patchwork fan out there who find that in actual fact it's not a regular topic here at Patchwork Harmony. But today is the exception! As this week I have been immersing myself in the art of patchwork quilting by following an online class with The Amazings.

If you haven't heard of The Amazings, they are a crafting community of folk over 50 who share their lifetime experience and skills in a multitude of disciplines, from bike maintenance to dressmaking to how to market your musical talent! It really is a diverse range of skills which can be learnt at either their London based classes or their recently launched online classes. 

As I am pretty busy most of the time, and generally resent paying the inflated train fare to travel into London, an online class seemed like a perfect solution for me. You can even take the class in your pyjamas if you so wish!

So I decided it was time to get a little crafty and chose their 'Make a Heirloom Patchwork Quilt' class. The great thing about making a patchwork quilt is that all you need is some scraps of fabric, even old shirts or old pillowcases will do the job. All of those little bits and bobs of fabric that you thought you'd never use can now be given a new life in the form of a beautiful quilt.

The class is separated into manageable chunks and what I really enjoyed about it was that it wasn't too rushed. It had a really relaxed and friendly feel to it as if you were just crafting alongside Virginia (the teacher) and Jen (her student in the video). It's almost as if you are there with them in the room having a chat about flea markets and the best places to buy fabric. I even nearly joined in the conversation a few times! (mmm... perhaps I do spend too much time on my own...)

You really got a sense of the knowledge and experience Virginia had about her craft, as she chatted about the history of quilting as well as giving helpful hints and ideas for other designs to try out.

I think, like my new crochet hobby, I really have caught the patchwork bug and can't wait to see how my quilt progresses over the next few months. (yes, it probably will take me months!) This is where I am at so far, but I will give you an update once I get further on with it.

Make sure to take a little peek at the range of online classes The Amazings have to offer. Especially as the guys there have very kindly given me a special offer for Patchwork Harmony readers to take their first online class for FREE! Just sign up here to access your chosen class free of charge. So why not join me at creating a beautiful patchwork quilt so we can compare class notes, or check out the other fab classes currently available.

Photos either via The Amazings or taken by Patchwork Harmony

This post was sponsored by The Amazings - thank you guys! x

Monday, June 17, 2013

A home named Fjeldborg

You know there are some people who just ooze style and talent? When you wish you could just step into their blog, live in their house, do their job, even have their cat?! Well Ingrid Aune Westrum is one of those people for me. I came across her blog a while back while sourcing images for the last issue of 91 Magazine - we featured her home in a piece about creative workspaces. Ever since I have been drooling over her beautiful home, stunning photography and cooler than cool shop! So needless to say I'm thrilled to have a lovely interview and peek inside Ingrid's home on the blog today...

Hi Ingrid! Where do you live and can you describe the type of house you live in?
I live in Sandefjord, a medium sized town in Norway, about 1.5 hours from Oslo. The house is a typical Norwegian house made of wood and painted white both inside and outside. The house is not very big, only 110 sqm, and it´s quite old (built in 1925).
It´s actually the house which is named "Fjeldborg", from old times (Fjeld= mountain and borg= castle!). We do have a very nice "mountain" on our land, so "Mountaincastle" is a nice name for our small, quirky home!

Who do you share your home with?  
My husband, Vidar and our cat, Madicken. 

Can you tell me a little about your work as a freelance writer/photographer/stylist? Who do you work for and what kind of projects do you usually work on?  
I combine working as a freelancer for a local newspaper, a Norwegian women's magazine (Kamille) and blogging for Jotun (Norway's biggest paint company). I also work with an excellent photographer these days, making "at home" features of Norwegian homes for a range of different interior magazines.

What is your background? Did you always want to be a writer/photographer?  
Yes, I always wanted to be a writer. I was determined to write even as a small child, and I did for many years. Then I had a "break" working as a store manager in a shop selling kitchen utensils and interior accessories (, before I returned to my "calling". :) I've also worked in a photo shop for many years, and that's where my love for photography grew. My husband is also very interested in photography, he is the gadget freak in the home, so he keeps me up to date.
I have a bachelors degree in "Culture and Communication" from the University of Oslo, with media as my major.

We are huge fans of your style at Patchwork Harmony! What influences your interiors? Where do you find inspiration?  
Hmmm, I guess inspiration comes in many shapes. Sometimes it´s something I seek, through magazines, blogs, pinterest, instagram and in other peoples homes. But most of the time I have an idea of a colour or a colour combination that I need to "have" in my home. I could not live without colour!
I also love being outdoors in my garden, at the sea or in the woods. That gives me a lot of inspiration as well.

Where do you shop for your home?  
At! Haha! I also shop a lot at flea markets and in thrift stores. And on occasion I shop at Hay, a Danish shop, at their store in Oslo, or from a local store called Nr 9.

You also run online shop - can you tell me a little bit about this? When did you open the shop? Where do you source the lovely products you stock?  
I opened my shop in October 2012. It was the result of all the questions I got by e-mail and comments on my blog, asking where my readers could buy the stuff I show on my blog. I got tired of advertising for others and getting next to nothing in return (except more work answering e-mails!), so I decided I would sell the stuff myself! Also after joining 13Tretten, I found it practical to sell my products online as well as in the store.
I source the products everywhere! It´s a fun, but sometimes exhausting job, always being on "the hunt". But magazines, blogs and Pinterest are good for inspiration!

Do you ship internationally?  
I only ship within Norway for the time being. Mostly because the shipping and customs from Norway is really difficult. But customers are more than welcome to e-mail me their wishes from the shop, so I can make an estimate on freight (e-mail:

Could you tell me a little about 13Tretten?  
13Tretten is an unusual shop, containing four different businesses. We are four girls with the same interests and the shop sums up things we like, things we make and a lot of retro treasures, mostly from the 60s and 70s. We split the week in five, where we each keep the shop open during the week (my day for instance is Tuesdays), so I seldom stay in the shop more than one day of the week. That´s perfect, as I have a lot of other projects going on, and at the same time being able to keep the dream alive of having my own shop!

Do you have any favourite blogs or magazines that you love to read?  
My favorite magazines are Danish Rum, BoligMagasinet and BoligLiv. I also love reading Nowegian Elle Decoration, and of course Kamille (especially Kamille Ideer, which is a lovely magazine filled with DIY ideas). 
My favorite blogs at the moment are: Marsipan og smilefjes, Mokkasin, Ledansia, Hilde Mork, Weekday Carnival and surely many more! :)

Have you got any exciting plans coming up this year for Fjeldborg? Either your blog, home or shop/s? Well, as my shop is still young I´m working on making it known. It´s a long process, and I have so many plans! I will continue to look for good products and hopefully I will be able to make the choice bigger and better.

As for our house Fjeldborg, we are renovating more this autumn, changing one of the biggest walls from the outside and changing a huge window.  I'm also planning to give the living room a big makeover, which will be shown on the blog. Really looking forward to that! :)

Thanks for inviting us into your colourful and inspiring home Ingrid! I can't wait to see your home renovations and how your shop develops!

Follow Ingrid's blog Fjeldbord, you can also find her on Instagram and Pinterest.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

DIY: Glitter cake topper

Today I'm sharing the second of the projects which I contributed to Crafty Fox Box. Again it's a really simple (but slightly messier!) idea, but one I think is really cute. I plan to use the one I made for my wedding cake table in a few weeks, but hopefully in a slightly more impressive cake than this one! ;) 

So what you will need is:

•    A card template of the word you wish to top your cake with.
(You can download this Congrats one and a Happy Birthday one here)
•    Craft knife and cutting board
•    Spray mount
•    Glitter
•    Wooden skewers
•    Sellotape or washi tape

1. Feel free to use the downloadable template provided above or you can create your own to suit your occasion.  If making your own, make sure to choose the thickest card you can get for your printer. I printed on 200gsm card, and then, using spray mount, glued another piece of card to the printed one to make it doubly thick.(the font I used here is called QumpellkaNo12)

2. Using a craft knife and cutting mat, cut out the words carefully. It is best to cut slightly outside the lines of your template to make the lettering bigger. 

3. Next, apply spray mount all over your cut out word/s, and sprinkle liberally with glitter. Leave for around 30-60secs, and then shake off the excess glitter. Make sure you have a good coverage of glitter.

4. Turn your word/s over and tape your wooden skewers to the back. If you want to be extra neat, or know people will see the back of the cake topper, then you will have to cut out another template and stick this over the back to cover where you have stuck the skewers.

Ta da! Now just place atop your cake!

Extra tips: If you aren’t keen on the plain wooden skewers, then you could spray paint the sticks, but leave the ends which will go into the cake bare. Or you could wrap a pretty washi tape around the whole skewer for extra colour.

I'd love to hear if you have a go at making one! xxx

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Current obsession: Crochet

If you follow me on Instagram you may have spotted my recent attempts at mastering crochet. It's kinda become my latest obsession, after I had an introduction to it with Mollie Makes editor Lara while at the Cybher blogging event the other week. I found it really tricky at first, especially as I am left handed and most tutorials online are shown by right handed people! But I persisted and finally managed to get the hang of it... to an extent! At the weekend I whipped up this little beauty, and yes, I have obscured it a little so you can't see the faults in it! ha!

Since then I've been fantasising about what I might be able to make in a few months time, and at the same time getting inspired by ways of incorporating crochet into your interior in a stylish and up to date way. The art of crochet has definitely seen a resurgence over recent years with the likes of Emma Lamb, Ilaria from IDA Interior Lifestyle, and the lovely Granny Chic ladies Rachelle and Tif putting the cool back into to crochet!

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I love the subtle crochet detail on these cushions by Rosehip too. So pretty...

I'd love to hear if you're a crochet fan and if you've got any tips for the best resources for learning etc. Share that crochet love! ;)

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