December was such a lovely month, it was great to spend time at home in Norway charging my batteries. Here are some things to look back at & cherish from this winter;
I turned 30, which was not as bad as I thought it would be!
I got those cool balloons from Søstrene Grene btw, they have a great selection of part supplies but also just other random bits & bobs to brigthen your life.
Walking around beautiful Stavanger and looking at all the cute & colourful doll-houses along the harbour. If you haven’t been there I highly recommend it, especially the old town located right next to the city centre with a collection of 18th- and 19th-century white wooden houses. A very idyllic place!
Spent many evenings cozying up on the couch watching Netflix & eating Christmassy treats…
Speaking of treats, I made these super delicious gluten & dairyfree gingerbread bisquits! It was my first time trying to make them from scratch and I’m so proud that they turned out so great, especially since it’s quite hard doing glutenfree baking.. I used this recipe which unfortunately is in Norwegian but there are probably similar ones in English out there.
I received these prints from my dear Instagram friend @oh_corrin which I can’t wait to hang up on the wall.
And I was so lucky to win this super cute DONUT WORRY pin made by the talented Jesiiii on a giveaway hosted by my sweet friend Sprinkledlife.
As it has been very cold I have basically been living in these soft knitted slippers from H&M & woollen jumpers like this one from Oysho..
Other than that I much enjoyed spending some quality time with family & friends, eating good food, exchanging gifts and being merry! Oh and I have been obsessed with pinecones lately..anyone else?
Last weekend I went to check out NUART with two of my fellow graphic design friends. It’s an annual independent international contemporary street & urban art festival located in Stavanger and it was the first time I have been able to go so I was very excited.
We went to see the indoor installation at Tou Scene, the perfect setting for this type of event. Tou Scene is a vast converted Victorian brewery, and the exhibition itself was located inside the old beer halls. It featured the works of 16 different international artists, a great mix of styles and emotions. As it was in these dark halls the lighting was not so iPhone friendly, but here are some of my snaps from the day.
Art by BORTUSK LEER
Art by OUTINGS PROJECT
Art by BORDALO II
Art by JAMIE REID
Art by MARTIN WHATSON
Art by ELLA & PITR WITH ISAAC CORDAL
Art by ISAAC CORDAL
If you want to see more photos from the exhibition just click through to the official website. And if you are in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit!
The NUART Festival is happening not just indoors, but all over Stavanger. Our original plan was to wander around and discover some of the amazing outdoor street art that has popped up but that had to be postponed because of quite heavy rain.. We did however have a quick little look at what was around Tou Scene itself while running to the nearest café for shelter.
Art by TREF
Planning on going for a wander around Stavanger? You can download a detailed map or the app which helps you locate all of the street art around town.
Last week I went to Oslo for the first time in many years, and something I was very excited to finally see was the Opera House. I have read and seen so many photos of the beautiful building, so it was about time I got to experience it myself.
The Opera House is located in the Bjørvika neighbourhood in central Oslo, right at the head of the Oslofjord. It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and completed in 2007, and has since then won the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in October 2008 as well as the 2009 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture.
The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with Italian marble from Carrara and white granite, and the design makes it appear to be rising from the water. This is such a clever way to join the surrounding nature, fjord and city together as one. Snøhetta wanted to make the roof of the building a public space, a centre point that would be available for everyone in Oslo which they have achieved.
The interior is also very spectacular with a lot of oak, aluminium and large glass facades. They are open every day, and even have guided tours around inside the building if you are interested in seeing more. Or you can simply go there for a lovely lunch on the harbour side like we did!