I went home and had a quick style up, I put on «Pink Purses», before heading over to Tangen Media and Communication to shoot a new video toturial for SchimJolie showing «Love Is All Around» as a skirt.
Amazing things continue to happen in the «Silk Cocoon» (read Le Petit Country Shop). And I’m going to tell you one of the stories.
Last month I was contacted by a woman, I did not know her at all, but she had seen my beautiful Ltd #artscarf collection on the web and she wondered if it was possible to see them «live»? I told her to come at Le Petit Country Shop on Sunday and she agreed, but told me to give a hint if there was any chance to come by earlier.
And as it happened I had an appointment for thursday, to help two other ladies to pick their silk scarf, so I told her to come at 18:00, if she could.
I tell you, she was so happy about it, and five to six she arrived in the Country Shop at Strai. She entered the «cocoon», stopped half way in and just gazed. She was totally amazed by the atmosphere and all the silky babies hanging around smiling and flirting with us.
«Oh my god! They are gorgeous», she cried with a low voice filled with enthusiasm.
This one of a kind woman, she really made me feel like I’m doing something right.
She was an angel sent.
Because at times it is hard to keep up the phase and make everything work all by yourself. Sometimes the doubt comes sneaking and you wonder if you are just making a fool of your self…
But she made it all soooo worth while.
She gave me the strength to carry on!
We selected two scarves, and as we did, she winked at me and said:
«These are just the two first ones, I’ll be back for more.»
I’m crying of happiness as I’m retelling this story, because it is so important and it means the world to me to get this kind of credit after all the hard work and effort put in.
Though I have a saying that keeps me going because it is true..
«If it means it doesn’t mean anything to anyone else in the world but me – that’s enough! Have faith and believe in your self!» -Ingrid Himberg
…doesn’t change the fact of the good feeling when what I create means something to others, too!
And when it is appreciated with genuine words, a body language not to be mistaken, I’m filled with pure plain wonderful complete happiness!
This absolutely stunning, beautiful woman also described to me, with passion, how she would lay them out over her sofa when she came home, and how she would pour a glass of red wine and just enjoy admiring them. I can’t tell you how home she had come.
I have the exact same feelings about the silk scarves, every single one of them, means so much to me! And the feeling just keeps growing as I work with them. Working with their pictuers, telling their story.
I never get tired of putting them on, ironing them up, packing them down, with love, to go to new homes. It’s an amazing experience. And meeting up with a silkysoulmate like her, just made my day, week, month, year!
As she left with the scarves, she whispered to me with a happy voice «I’m so filled with joy and I’m over excited about these scarves, right now I have heart beats!»
I told her I know the feeling!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION
Have a wonderful day, and remember to embrace life with gratitude and grace….preferably in a SchimJolie #artscarf design made out of 100% passion for life, travel, honest photography, true love, all transferred on to high quality 16mm Satin Silk!
It’s getting really cold outside. The colorful leaves, that made this autumn a true firework, have left most of the trees, but yet again we are entering a beautiful season up north!
Winter! Frost! Snow! Christmas! Candles! Dark! Cosy! Cakes! Hot-drinks! Music! And I could go on with key word, but I will not!
I just want to welcome you to Strai and to Le Petite Country Shop! We have the atmosphere and the most amazing surroundings here. It’s less than a 10 min. drive from Kristiansand center!
We are next to Drømmehaven, a flower and interior shop making the most gorgeous decorations for x-mas right now! They also have evening courses! Check it out!
In Le Petite Country Shop we have the gorgeous multi use designer Ltd #artscarf form www.schimjolie.com.
We co-operate with local hand crafters and have gotten hold of Mille’s handmade meditation candles.
The candles are made from the best raw materials, they are 100% natural consisting of bi wax and pure essential oils. You can massage the oil and wax on to your skin leaving it soft and smooth with a fresh scent!
In the knitted wool department, Karina has left some of her hand knitted hats for kids! They are super cute and absolutely one of a kind!
It’s really working out. At first I was not sure if it would be a good idea, but now I have no doubts anymore!
Mobile photo shoots, as in driving home to the motive, is the new thing for me! I love coming home to my friends and clients and save them the time and hassle it takes for the lot to pack, collect them selves and get going to a photo studio or location.
Every setting is individual and unique! And all they have to do is get dressed and be ready when we have agreed. Then I use only like 30 minutes of their time. And I must say, the results, so far, has turned out amazing!
Look at this!! Isn’t she great! This is my wonderful niece Lisa Anna: I got a phone call from my brother last week. He asked if I was available for an assignment because he had this brilliant idea for a picture he wanted in his new house!
And you know what?
As it happens, and as I told you in an earlier blog post, I will say YES when friends and acquaintances ask me to do a photo-job!
So here Lisa Anna and I are kind of cooking.… She is holding a crab to the left and a crayfish to the right! I’m holding my Leica M8, and the two of us are at least cooking together a picture…!!
I think the photo came out fantastic!
Bring them on these all these untraditional and fun assignments!
I might also take up my commercial photography and do some children and family portraits if anybody is interested?
Next to SchimJolie – Petite Country Shop I already have the most amazing flower and garden outlet «Drømmehaven» run by the sweetest and so friendly Kristin. She came with coffee to me as I was way down in all the crap and rubbish stored over many years in these three garages we cleared today!
Tomorrow I will paint the joint and then I will start decorating! Come and visit if you have the chance. I’ll bring the coffee machine tomorrow and there is always time for a chat!
The place will not be perfect at first but, but I need to get going and to get started, so I don’t worry, we’ll work it out as we move!
Life is too short to care about trifles JUST DO IT!
So see you at Strai and at SchimJolie – Petite Country Shop – Studio & Gallery!
WELCOME – BIENVENUE – 歓迎
It’s only 10min by car from the center! Just saying!
On thursday we met with Alpakka Lista. Alpacas have fascinated me for a long time, and I started to google and try to find out more about them this summer. Therefore when I found out about the livestock farm at Lista I just knew I had to go!
We got a really nice meeting with Cecilie Nilsen who is the «mother» of over 45 alpacas.
She imported her first stock from New Zealand in 2009 and has never looked back. She told us that the process has been long and challenging, but well worth it, when coming this far.
She gets lots of attention from tourists and from the people in the little communities of the ares around Lista.
And you don’t have to wonder why…really!
The Cutest Alpaca Girl Ever
Alpacas are used in therapy and mindfulness. And just to sit and observe a flock of alpaca is very tranquilizing and interesting.
Cecilie tells us that their attitude resembles of a cat’s. They are very independent, curious, a bit shy. They are elegant and graceful. And they are beautiful, funny and friendly.
But not like the cat, you can train an alpaca, they are super intelligent and responsive to training. Left alone you can pet them but:
The alpacas do not like to be cuddled when they are in their flock on the field, they are not that kind of animal. They totally ignore you and pull away if you try to stoke them.
That’s why in the pictures I’m walking around in the flock, when I came too close they just pulled away!
Cecilie also told us that if you cuddle an alpaca when it’s a baby and use it as a pet, they can go crazy and you have to put it down.
But if you treat them with respect and let them live their own life on a big field, in a flock, minimum 2, under your care; which is limited down to cutting their nails, trimming their wool once a year, checking their teeth, giving them the possibility of shelter during rough weather and some concentrated feed and D vitamins in the winter month, the alpaca is surviving and living a happy life.
We have to admire Cecile and her husband for their work at the farm. And all the things they have accomplished! Check out their web shop with the fantastic products made of alpaca wool.
Thursday was a wonderful day, sunny and warm, so we moved over to the Light House where the alpaca boys were grassing and decided to make a photo shoot with them in Ltd #artscarf from SchimJolie.