I’m attending a wedding in August. It’s one of my cousins who are getting married. So I needed a card. Two actually, since my parents are going too and they would like a card as well. Maybe I’ll make three and give one to my sister as well?

Yesterday I went Bikuben, a scrapping store, to buy some new paper and other stuff; mostly wedding things. I was there for almost an hour!

Last week when I was looking at rubber stamps with a wedding theme, I came across a blog and a beautiful wedding card. I bought the rubber stamp she had used on her card. This is the card she had made.

I decided to make one myself, but not the exact same card. I wanted to take the idea and make my own version of it. Just copy it woun’t be fair to her or fun for me. Well… to be honest; I wouldn’t be able to make the exact card either. Her coloring skills are amazing and I wouldn’t be able to do it her way.

Anyway, this is what I ended up with.

I’m getting better in using acceories; the flowers, pearls, butterflies, hearts etc. My cards used to be quite simple and without all that. I’m now trying to use more of it. It’s not easy, but I’m slowly getting there. Looking on blos for inspiration helps.

Now I’m gonna sit down and try to figure out how my next card is going to look like. I think I’ll use the same rubber stamp. Don’t have much options since I’m a little low on wedding stamps.

Look online for new ones? Yes, I think so!

the Speech!

It was New Years Eve. I had just gotten home from a party. It was around 03.30 and I had just fallen to sleep. Then I reccived a message from my sister. It said: I’m getting married this year. My first thought wasn’t ‘hey, Hanne is getting married’, but ‘eeek, I have to hold a speech’.

When your sister (or your brother for that matter)  is getting married, it is common that you hold a speech. You sort of have to. Well, nobody can force you of course, but everybody does it.

I am not a person who speaks up in public. I’m a quiet person and I’ve never held a speech before. When we had oral exames in school, I was always very nervous. My belly always twisted and I never came down before the whole nightmare was over.

In late July I started on the speech to my sister. I was surprisingly calm when I thought about it and when I came home from holiday the 5th I had only the beginning finished. But I did have an idea of what i wanted to say.

The following week I wrote little by little. Still I wasn’t that nervous about the thought of holding the speech – to my big surprise.

At the start of the last week, my speech was sort of ready. I two and a half computer written pages All I now needed to do, was to learn it by heart. I practised in bed, in the shower etc etc. I thought to myself that the real nervousness would kick in the day before or on the wedding day.

When I came home the day before the wedding, I found out my speech would be longer than my fathers. I also found out there were going to be 10 speeches. So i decided to cut down mine a bit. I dropped the least interesting paragraphes. Still, in the middle of the editing the last day, I was very calm.

The wedding day came and my speech were safely tucked in my black purse. I had to wait through the starter, the main course and into the desert before it was my turn. It was like 8 speeches before me. That would normally create a breakdown and my nerves would be sky-high. They weren’t.

I felt slightly twist in my belly when I understood that the next speake was going to be. But that was it.

My time came and within the first paragraph the ‘audience’ were laughing. As I talked to my sister, everybody laughed on the places I had hoped they would laugh. My siste shook her head by some of the things I said. Everybody clapped when I was finished. (they did this for everyone, so I wasn’t the only one)

I was so happy when I was finished. My sister thanked me for a lovely speech.  Standing there and make all those people laugh, made me happy. It was a great feeling.  I didn’t really know I had it in me, but apparently I do :)

After the dessert was over and we were able to strech our legs and walk around, I had so many coming up to me and telling me how great my speech was. Even one of my aunties and one of my uncles, that I don’t like that much, told me I was great :D The complemented on the way was telling the speech. It was almost like I told a story, some said. And that’s true. I did tell a few stories about me and Hanne when we were kids and then I had to tell it a certain way.

This whole experience took me by surprise. When did i became so calm about it? Why wasn’t I nervous like I used to be?  I’m almost in shock. I’m also happy. Now I know, like my friend Gro said, that it wasn’t that scary to hold the speech.

Now i know I can do it again.

YAY for me! :D


It’s Monday and a new week has arrived. I really hope this week will be better than last week – the suicide week. Last week was horrible. I went back to work on Monday, after two weeks in heaven. And I went back to work super tired, with sore throat, aching body, upset belly and what not… The cold and my period came crashing on me at the same time. Hallelujah!


The cold hasn’t let go and I feel like I’m running on 70% energy here. I just hope I’ll feel better at the end of the week, when Hanne is getting married. I will need to be 100 % on Saturday, since I’m going to take a lot of pictures and held a speech for Hanne.


I have a feeling this week will be loaded with things to do. It will be quit busy actually. There are still things that aren’t finished regarding the wedding.


Hanne’s speech, it’s not finished yet. I need to finish it and start practise on it. I should know it by heart. And I’m not nearly there yet. I will have the whole speech written down words by words in case I miss out on something. My nerves haven’t set in yet, saturday is too far away yet I think. But on Friday I think they will kick in!


I promised Hanne to make a chocolate cake for her wedding. The cake is done, but not the decorations. I will decorate it on Friday together with mum. We have some cakes to decorate. But before I can decorate I have to find something to decorate it with. I want to make it spectacular. I’ve been looking at decorating stuff, but haven’t decided what to go for.


I still have no purse and jacket to go with my dress! I’ve asked a friend of mine if she has something to borrow me. I haven’t got her reply yet. If she has something, I will have to go home to Lierfoss one of the days this week to check it out. Not sure when that will be. And if she doesn’t have anything, I have to go look once more. I’ve seen some purses, but I don’t want to pay 300 NOK for a purse I only will use a few times. It is lots of other things I would like to spend my money on.


I have also agreed on going to the cinema with Ellen this week. We’re going to see Once, an Irish movie. We haven’t decided when yet. It has to be before Friday, because my weekend is fully booked.


And in addition to that, I have things to do at home, like clean my whole apartment, take out all my bags full of paper and deliver it for recycling, change my bed, wrap Hanne & and Geir’s present, write the card, laundry x many times and maybe some other things I can’t remember right now.


Oh and I would like to find that last picture I’m going to give mum, that she will hang up in the livingroom next to the four others they have. It would be nice if I could get that developed this week, because she’s been asking about it for a long time now. I have to do that when I come home today; find the picture I want to use, adjust it in PS if needed, and send it to photo-store by email. They’ll have it ready within 24 hours. :)


I have go do some grocery shopping today too. I have to make a list at the end of this work-day and do the shopping today. If I’m smart, I don’t have to go to the grocerystore anymore this week. But then I have to remember all the things I need… fat chance! I always forget something!


Sigh. When I come home I need to have a close look and see if I can find my other memory card, size 1 GB. I need that for the wedding. I already have one, but I need another one. I asked Hanne if she had one I could borrow. She directed me to Geir. He said they had a different kind and didn’t think that would work with my camera. He was right. So now I have to buy myself another one if I can’t find it. Let’s hope I’ll find it. Ahh. I think I know where it is – in the other camera!


It’s time to wrap things up. I shouldn’t be blogging while I’m at work. Got tons of work to do, so need to get going.


Hey ho, let’s go! Good thing I got some music to listen to while working. Now it’s Ulf Lundell. He’s great!



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