Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tiny wooden easter eggs

Tiny wooden easter eggs, originally uploaded by lille-ursus.

..from my dear little friend Oskar - aged 7 - who lives just a few steps down the road.

I hung each and every one of the eggs carefully on some branches, which I picked the other day on a walk with our dog, Otto.

Those beautiful eggs and Oskar's sweet voice saying "happy Easter, Ulla" truely made my day....

I miss. . . . .

I miss this shop.....

I miss the super service, the thoroughness, the quality, the products, the ideas, the professionalisme.....

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It took me some time!

Do you remember me mentioning the apron dress, which my mother in law was going to give to a dear friend's baby??

Well, I don't blame you if you don't, because it sure took me a fair amount of time to get it made. But now my mother in law has it, and she was pleased about the way it turned out.

I used a fabric with tiny teacups on one side, and some "mælkedrenge stribet" ("milkboy stripes" if you translate it word by word - I just love that word: mælkedrenge striber....) fabric on the other side.

I'm not proud of the fact that I didn't get to iron the little apron dress, before the photo was taken....I always iron the things I sew. But at least I managed to do it, before I gave it away....

I hope that I'm back in my usual sewing mojo now (a while ago I also got the 5 pair of trousers for Anne-Sophie ready for her trip to Norway).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

D and U

I definitely don't mind "learning" the alphabet all over once more, when it looks as brilliant as this.....

So far I have the patterns for E, D and U and I know that I will have to get more letters right here!! I had better go check out F and A again....

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Back home...

It's so wonderful to have Anne-Sophie back home after a week in Norway with her upper secondary school. So, so wonderful....

Emma in The Middleages

The other day Christian and I went to see my niece Emma in a play and we saw it at her school. Sadly Emil and Anne-Sophie couldn't join us beacause Emil was at school, and Anne-Sophie is in Norway with her class.

The play was about some pupils, who were going to take a test about the Middle Ages. And by using a certain time machine, some of the pupils ended up in the that age and learned a whole lot about life in those days. Emma was a salesperson at a market and in the picture you can see her in her booth selling jewellery.

Lots of beautiful songs and funny lines were performed by the children, and I really think they did a wonderful job. I just love to hear children sing, and all the time I could hear Emma's sweet voice.

It was a pleasure to see Emma in the play - and to see how much work they all had done to make it look and sound great......

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oh, Marimekko....

....you make me smile :0) I will look forward to wear something in this fabric!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

lille-ursus = little bear

When I was a child my mother often called me Ursus instead of Ulla.

It wasn't untill my first child was born, that I found out what my name meant. Looking in name books for beautiful girls' names, I discovered that Ulla means the little she bear. And knowing that in latin bear is translated into ursus, I found it rather amusing that my mother had called me ursus during my childhood! Even without knowing that she was right about the bear thing!! So when I started blogging I thought that I would use something from my name. Lille means little in Danish, so lille-ursus it was!

For a long time I have been looking for a wonderful little bear stamp to use in my snail mail for friends, but I haven't been able to find the right one. I wanted it to fit the lille-ursus part.

BUT recently I saw this gorgeous little fellow in Craft Pudding's shop, and I knew that he was the perfect lille-ursus bear.

So next time I write a letter, he will be stamped next to my signatur...

Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Unforgetable Ulla"

My oh my!! I would love to have this dress for summer. It's called "Unforgetable Ulla" from the Danish "Du milde". It's meant for me don't you think?? Otherwise it wouldn't have my name - well, at least the "Ulla" part ;0)

These shoes however, don't have my name, but instead they have a number 3 5 0 3 - I love them anyway!!

They are from the Danish shoe firm Angulus, which always manages to make shoes or boots just the way I like them....

Friday, March 13, 2009


Pelargonium, originally uploaded by lille-ursus.

I'm giving my old Pelargoniums new pots and soil, so they will be prepared to be put in my window sills.

During winter they have been standing in a dark place. Now they are getting ready to meet the sunlight, and make their gorgeous, pale pink flowers bloom.

I can hardly wait....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A family who enjoys somersaults

Sunday afternoon we had the pleasure of seing Emil at his gymnastic show. He just started this kind of sport in the fall and he really loves it...he looks forward to every single hour of practice, which they have once a week.

My parents came to see him at the show as well as my sister and her family. So Emil was surrounded by family and you have no idea how much he appriciated that. Whenever he looked our way he couldn't help smiling.

My family has always been extremely caring and good at supporting our children at sports, school events....well all kind of events! At times like those I feel so lucky on behalf of my children.

My niece Ida had her camera with her, and thank God for that, because the photos I took were lousy and dark. She caught some precious moments with that camera of her's, and Emil was thrilled about the photos when they arrived in a mail. (And so were we!)

Everything went well for Emil at the show, and at the picture above he is doing a somersault.

Gymnastics are over for the season, but there is no doubt in Emil's mind about starting again after the summer holidays. We will definitely be there when he does his next gymnastic show....

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A bit of this and that

Not much is going on around here...apart from eggs being eaten, trousers being sewn and the little dress being knitted - or should I say a few rows are being knitted....

I'm taking it easy these days - things go better for me, when I listen to my body. Eventhough I hate it......lots of breaks are the best for me and my back.
For that reason I have my sewing machine in the kitchen for a while, and my serger in my sewing room. Then I walk backwards and forwards between the two rooms whenever a new kind of sewing is needed! Then I don't sit in the same position too long.
Sewing in the kitchen is nice for many reasons - today Emil sat at the table with me while he did his homework for his next English lesson. That's very cozy and remind of my own childhood...

Monday, March 09, 2009


Even more wonderful patterns to get tempted by.....
This time from Navia.
(if you want to see more then go have a look at netgarn.dk)

And now I know that one of the little nephews in our family will get elephants on his tommy for Christmas ;0) The yarn and the gorgeous pattern books are on their way....

Friday, March 06, 2009

Fabrics = 5 pair of trousers

Yesterday I - finally - cut out the last fabric for the trousers I promised Anne-Sophie.

All of a sudden it has become a few more pairs than the one it started out with, but that's my own fault. I got carried away when Anne-Sophie picked out the 3rd, the 4th and the 5th piece of fabric from my stash, which she found suitable for trousers. (And I do feel a bit bad about not having made them yet, so.....)

They are all going to be done for Sunday next week - cross my heart! Then Anne-Sophie is going on a trip with her school.

Tomorrow must be a sewing day...today I will be lazy and enjoy my pink buds!

Thursday, March 05, 2009



Have you seen this gorgeous new pattern for children from Designclub.dk ???

Hearts and lemonade

I'm almost embarrased about all that sweetness I get these days, but at the same time I'm extremly happy and proud too...

Petit Détails has given me this award...I love the little lemonade bar! And from Marie I recieved this friends award:

Thank you both for your kindness towards me...I really appriciate it. I feel so lucky to have met so many wonderful people through blogging. You 2 are definitely some of them!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Which one??

After looking in these wonderful catalogues again and again, I finally decided what to buy from Stof og Stil.

Never before has it been SO hard to decide which fabrics to choose. There were far too many wonderful pieces of fabrics!! And the way the catalogues were designed made it even harder, because the materials were presented in such an amazing way. The best way ever, if you ask me.

Thanks to this inspirering and creative woman for giving us readers such a wonderful experience, while reading the catalogues from Stof og Stil.

I ended up buying several things and this pattern is so nice, that I really hope my crocheting skills will be good enough to make the cakes!

If not I will have to practice and sew a bit instead - maybe in some of this fabric.

Doesn't such beautiful prints give you loads of ideas?

Monday, March 02, 2009

5 things I couldn't live without

I recently recieved this award from Gitte - thanks a million Gitte for thinking about me. I love your blog too, but you already know that ;0) The award also comes with a little job to do for the reciever. You have to mention 5 things which you couldn't live without - family and friends are not to be chosen, because they always come first anyway....
  1. My sewing machine which I most certainly couldn't be without. Not even if I didn't want to sew...I just had to know it was there!
  2. Lots of potatoes so I could peel them and eat them raw. Nothing like a raw potatoe. (And I know that you might think that I'm crazy on this point.)
  3. All of my favourite music because I couldn't live without hearing music every day. It makes my day better...
  4. Pen and paper so words and ideas could leave my head. I always have to get things through my hand.
  5. Each and every one of my books because they bring me joy and inspiration - and sometimes take me into other worlds.

    It needs to be passed on to 2 people. So Rosanna and Astrid I would love to hear the 5 things you can't live without....And of course you both get it for having fabulous blogs.