Saturday, March 2, 2013


Introducing the new banner:
I am so excited I can hardly stand it.
(Insert happy, happy, happy dance!)

I have been wanting to update my banner for a very long time,
but I didn't even know where to start...
...then along came Stephanie.

Sometimes in life you just serendipitously run into people that are extraordinary.
 Such is the case with this charming young illustrator.

Stephanie's wonderful mother and I are colleagues and we have connected in so many interesting ways. 
We met just a few years ago, but came to find out that our lives had crossed paths 
in the most unusual ways throughout our lives. Too many to list;
 but one that I find particularly interesting is that we discovered 
we attended the same grammar school and had the same kindergarten teacher; 
one of us attended in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
That was in 1966!
Connections continued to repeat but we didn't actually "meet" until a few years ago.

So naturally I would connect with Stephanie, as well.
She is an amazing multi-talented artist and I am so fortunate to know her. 

Stephanie designed the banner and captured every element that I requested.
I mentioned I would like her to include the USA and Norwegian flag, yarn,
knitting needles and a crochet hook.
I also requested apple blossoms, of course.
A stabbur and a vimpel, were on the list, too,
which are well-known by Norwegians,
 but probably not many others.
She did not question what these things were,
she just simply researched and incorporated everything that I asked.
She came up with the birdhouse concept and I absolutely love it.
Oh, I admire this creative talent.

And all of this via email.
We did not chat about the banner once.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Stephanie.
(Oh and BTW the heart on the front door of the stabbur was her mom's idea -
she knows me well.)

In the event that you ever find yourself in need of an awesome illustration,
Stephanie can be contacted at the following email address:

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on our Family Tree that she painted, as well.
It's spectacular!!!


  1. Your new header is absolutely lovely and does reflect all your requests. A very talented lady indeed. It is always great to have a New Look. Hugs Judy

    1. Thank Judy. :-) ALWAYS good to have you visit!

  2. Lovely lovely lovely! She's certainly a gifted artist!

  3. Thank you Mamadoggie. Your sweet comments are always a welcome treat.

  4. Yes, it looks very nice - perfect for your blog. :)

  5. It's lovely Astri simple but perfect although I loved the other one too it's nice to have a change. I am useless at doing that sort of thing but I'm going to change mine too when I have a lot of time to try and figure it out haha

  6. Flott header du har fått deg! Så enkel, stilrein og fin:) Og tenk å få med så mange detaljar - eg er imponert over kreativiteten til den unge veninna di:)

  7. Your new banner is so pretty! It looks fabulous with your blog.

  8. Det nye banneret er fint, men jeg likte også veldig godt de heklede epleblomstene. Gøy med forandring, selvfølgelig. Klem, D

  9. This looks so fresh and clean! What a lovely find! Take care. Chel

  10. Your new banner is beautiful! Congratulatiosn to Stephanie...

  11. Ouahouuuuuuuuuu !!! Génail !
    J'aime la changement, mais là je suis servie ! C'est très réussi et cette bannière reflète bien ta vie, tes origines et tes activités. Belle bannière, bravo Stéphanie !!
    En arrivant ici, j'ai eu peur, je me suis dit que le blog n'existait plus ! Mais non, seulement un renouveau. Très original !!!
    Bonne continuation sous cette nouvelle bannière Astri !!
    Bon dimanche ;-)

  12. I loved it ! Very delicate and sooo you. Have a great Sunday Astri!

  13. I love your new banner!! It is adorable and very nicely done!! Congrats! It looks very, very nice.

  14. Such wonderful comments. You all are so supportive and it is so thoughtful for you to leave these kinds words. :-)

  15. Wow, wow wow! It's perfect. She's very talented.

    How amazing to connect up with your friend like that and find all those ties from your past. :)