Monday, August 11, 2014

Charming Norsk Town, Shop and Needlework

While traveling through Norway, in May, we happened across 
the most charming town called Elnesvågen with the most charming second-hand store
 with the most charming staff and stuff. :-) 
That's where I found this:
I found a few other items but those will be for future posts.
This favorite of mine, deserves a post of it's own, you see...
this little storehouse is called a "stabbur".
I love them, I can't get enough of them.
In fact, a "stabbur" has been incorporated into my banner as a birdhouse. :-)

Elnesvågen is not far from where my mother lives in Bud.
We patronized this shop in Elnesvågen together, where
the staff was absolutely delightful.
It is a warm and wonderful memory of our trip!

Somebody spent countless hours making this and I am so happy that I could give it a second home.
The stabbur needlepoint did not come in this frame.
The needlepoint was in a mid-century wood frame, that would not fit in my suitcase,
so we removed it and rolled it up for the flight back home.
Upon our return to the States, the NVO and I framed it with
a $9 frame from Taipan Trading and a little decorative wood moulding.
Gotta' love those bargains!

Now it hangs front and center above our fireplace:
and coordinates with our decor:

Oh and here it is with a blue orchid:

Yes, I know this was random, but I love this blue orchid
and believe it or not, it's real!

Ha en fin dag!!!


  1. So typical Norwegian, this Stabbur. I am glad you had a nice time in Elnesvågen, someday we might live there.
    This blue Orchid of yours will be blue just the first time, when it comes with flowers the next time, they will be white.
    Have a nice day.

    1. Perhaps we will both live there. ;-) Oh yes, that is what I understand...only blue until it blossoms again. (I hope I can keep it alive that long. ;-) )

  2. I love the colors of your house - so bright and cheerful.

  3. It's charming Astri, I love tapestry and this looks so lovely in your beautiful home. The orchid is amazing what a fabulous colour. :)

  4. Hi Astri - the tapestry looks perfect over the fire and what an incredible orchid. I had no idea they came in that colour. Your house colours are lovely; so fresh and cheerful. xxx

  5. Fabulous Astri, I really love that and your house is beautiful too, and oh my that Orchid is amazing ♥

  6. It is awesome. And that color of that orchid is pretty awesome, too. Love how everything goes together beautifully. Best wishes, Tammy

  7. Nice pick!! It looks great in your room. The orchids look very pretty:)

  8. What a lovely find on your trip to Norway. I can hear how thrilled you are. The tapestry is set off so well against the blue where you have it hanging.

  9. Gorgeous Astri. You and hubby did a great job of framing it.


  10. Wow such neat work. Is the blue orchid a rare one? Love your house pics.
    Have a nice day.

    1. It's not particularly rare, I think they feed it blue water or something. Monica is right the new blossoms will be white. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Of course you had to buy it , the needle work picture is amazing.

  12. Your home is so beautiful Astri!!! Really, I mean that, it is just beautiful. The tapestry is beautiful as well, I have a book about all sorts of wooden houses and some of those shown are similar to those in this tapestry and I have always been fascinated by them, so I would definitely have bought this too if I had happened upon it. A wonderful find that is right at home in your beautiful home! xx

  13. Astri! hi!

    Ah wonderful spin on your blog!

    Beautiful orchid! Here in Brazil the orchids are full of flowers! Never seen blue! Our very beautiful!

    I'm finishing their Tildas! Already have two ready! uhuuuu not wait to send to you!

    Norway is pretty much the same right? like it so much I want to live there!

    Immense Kiss Pri