Happily my mouth is feeling much better a few days after I had my wisdom teeth out. Thank you all for your sympathy! I was so glad to be better because on Saturday this weekend I got to bring a friend to her very first Norwegian flea market! Melissa had never been to a flea market in Norway before. We met up as downtown and we took the tram up to a primary school in the outskirts of Oslo for this fun event.
We arrived about 10 minutes early but there was already a number of people waiting at the gates. By the time the opened the gates for the mad dash to the goods there was a large crowd.
Our mission was clear: Textiles here we come! We didn't actually take the time to take any photos in the textile room. We were so busy finding treasures.
Afterwards we sat on a bench for our lunch. A nearby stranger had these treats on his plate. The slightly sweetened raisin bun on the right is something Norwegians eat quite frequently.
When I left Melissa off at the bus after going to yet another flea market, she presented me with the nicest parcel of gifts!
These cards are so pretty and will be very useful. I am sure the top one is a gocco print and I wonder who made it?
The colors on these gorgeous cottons are very special, and I really love them.
This is just one of the several pieces of Liberty of London fabric she thoughtfully gave me! I am wild about this pattern! Thank you Melissa!
Actually after shopping for fabrics with someone as crazy about them as I am and talking about sewing and blogging I have had a huge rush of creative energy today! So I will show you some of the wonderful things I bought at the market tomorrow. Here is one of the things I made today.
Happy to be using more of the Japanese cottons I showed you awhile back.
I made one in navy and another in cream. I embroidered the dragonflies to the small bit of woven Japanese fabric freestyle. I just used the dragonflies on the fabric as a guide. Then I hand sewed the embroidered square onto the front of the needle book, before sewing it together.
Seeing Melissa in person, her lovely handmde skirt, handbag, and her beautiful embroidery was so inspiring. It is funny, I get to see her work all the time on her blog but I guess there is nothing like seeing things in person. Thank you so much for taking the time to take the trip to Oslo and joining me for one of my favorite past times!