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Playing with metal

 

Bronze and copper disc earrings
Bronze and copper disc earrings     photo: tomi

It has been a busy summer. At least it feels like I have been busy all the time. One of the things I have focused on during this well deserved vacation , is playing with metal and combinations. One of the simpler results of that , is these lightweight textured and domed discs. They look great on everybody.  In these I have textured using both the rolling mill, and some new hammers I got but have not had the chance to use until now.  In addition I have used steel wool.  As all my pieces, these have had their time in the tumbler as well.

The summer vacation of my dreams

At the moment, my vacation consists of this:

Improvised soldering station

Where I am hovering over even more tiny things I can hardly see, thus the magnifier there.  I am working with paste soldering at the moment, but I need some wire soldering too I found. There are times when cut up wire would be easier to apply.  This is pure training, and it takes time. A lot of time.  Which is why I feel it is so important for me to spend parts of my vacation on this. When work start up again in august, my head will be filled with other things.  I have had a few chats and talks with people who want me to travel. “You need to get out and see other things!”  Why, I reply – when I happier where I am ? Because!, they say. Well, not quite, but you get the idea….  I do understand where they are coming from, and I appreciate their concern. Maybe I will, maybe I will not. I still have a few weeks.

Do not let anyone tell you how you have to spend your vacation. It is you that need to relax, and it is you who know how.

Results of my vacation will hopefully be visible in my Etsy-shop, or during a market. Or maybe not. Maybe I have to scrap everything. But I am persistent! Enjoy your summer, and do not forget to spend time here:

Your bare feet need to walk on this, do not forget! Or , don’t bother with it 🙂

 

 

Soon now…

I think we have seen the last of snow for now. We had a few centimeters early this week. It is all gone now. I had been a bit too optimistic, and planted out some green plants already. Sigh.  Yeah.  Might need to replant that.

The Castle Park in Oslo. Just so I remember how green looks like.  Photo – tomicrafts

I have been working on posting a few more items in my Etsy shop, but my day job has been my primary focus these past months. I am looking forward to getting back to the bench soon.

First, it’s all about celebrating 17th of May, our National Day this coming week.

Trip to my neighbours

A narrow cosy street in the City of Copenhagen. photo: tomi

I went with my colleagues to another seminar, this time not to Paris, but to Gothenburg.  Last time I was there,  I was applying to get into an actor school. Ended up making a mess and got rescued by Pippi Longstockings. No, I am not kidding now  – and yes there is a story there. Maybe later…

Feeling courageous, I drove  down to Gothenburg, and felt so brave I drove down even further to Lund, to meet up with family after the work seminar was done.  My former sister in law lives there.  Did not get to see my lovely nephews and niece sadly.  Parked my car, and took the train over to Copenhagen to meet up with a long time friend of mine.  She married a danish guy, a very good choice. We have known eachother for  almost 50 years now.  We were really close during our teen years, and hang together all the time.

I was not travelling for a long period of time, only a few days – but when I came home it felt like I had been travelling for much longer.  The long drive back might have had something to do with that.

I of course had to get a picture of the bridge between Denmark and Sweden on my way back home.  So into the TV-series “Broen” , I just love that story.

Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, this from the Danish side. photo: tomi

Hygge

I read about it last year. That the norwegian word “hygge”, and what it represents had become a trend.  The sources I have read, all mentions it’s a danish word, some mentions it as scandinavian. It is also that, but norwegians have this perfected.  We have in addition the verb “kose” – which is what you activally are doing when you are in a state of “hygge”. There is however, a distinction between the two.  When a norwegian tells you that your last dinner with them was “hyggelig” , it’s more formal than when the same person tells you it was “koselig”. There is a distance in the choice of words.

The winter finally came to this old country of mine. It’s been a strange winter. Not even white on christmas eve.  But with the winter and cold outside the door, it’s even more necessary to make sure you have some “kos. “