Showing posts with label domestic goddess. Show all posts
Showing posts with label domestic goddess. Show all posts

Monday, June 06, 2016

Mrs Egeland Confesses: I'd Make A Lousy Fifties Housewife

Yes, readers it's true. I've come to accepted that I would have made an absolute pigs-ear of being a good housewife in the 1950's.

As much as I would love to live the lifestyle others have so bravely and dedicatedly taken on, living to as far as possible to the standards and social norms of that era I do not. As much as I admire the ways of life, the traditional stay at home wife role, the domestic goddess who always looked her best and kept her husband happy, in an age of patience and good manners, in a simpler time, I have come to accept that had I been born, had my personality been as it is today, I would have made a horrible housewife.

I am at heart an artist, a creative who will quite happily sit and paint rather than wash the floor. I can easily get zoned- out whilst writing or drawing and completely ignore the war zone of dirty dishes in the sink and the hoovering left undone.

A Woman Of My Era

 
I like my home to be tidy and clean, as do we all, but so long as there are plates to eat off and clothes to wear I can and will leave the chores until later to do something more enjoyable, more creative. I have more self-will than self-control and as much as I dream of the day when I will be able to stay on top of my laundry, ironing, cleaning schedule in a zen-like state, with perfectly coiffured hair, and manicured nails I know that in reality, that day, is far off and quite possibly will never arrive.

I am, it has to be said, a woman of my era. I work part-time, I find entertainment online and via my iPhone, I like using my free time to pamper myself and indulge in my passions. I am not as organized as I could be, not always on top of my chores, I expect my husband to do half of them, I don't bake as much as I'd like, although I cook daily, and as much as my little heart yearns for the pastimes of past times I find my knitting is always half done and my sewing is always waiting to be finished. Even this blog has, as you will have noticed, fallen by the wayside.

Without the modern conveniences of a dishwasher, a tumble dryer and a washing machine would I have to spend more time washing dishes and doing my laundry? No doubt I would, and that would require my spending more of my free time doing those things, but I doubt that it would make me more organized. Because at my core I am a creative, go-with-the-flow, spontaneous sprite who revels in writing fantasy novels and painting pictures of Vespas whilst listening to big band music and RPG soundtracks.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Domestic Divines: Ms Ester’s Handbag Tutorial

So I am back for a while and look what a gift we’ve been given. Aren’t you a lucky lot! The fabulous Ms Ester, whom I interviewed here, has kindly given me and therefore you a wonderful tutorial. Translated by me, Mrs Egeland.
Sometimes we have to take little things from home to one place or another, and we can never find how to do that. This project is especially made for those situations, when you have to transport all those little things we need to hand in a cute and fun little bag, that allows to enjoy moments of entertainment and leisure time.
Its so easy that you can make in a moment and enjoy it for longer. You will find that once you’ve made one, you won’t be able to stop. It makes for an original gift for friends, and surely you won’t only enjoy making it but by giving it as a gift you’ll also be making others happy. 
 

Here’s The How To

Materials:
  • Cardboard
  • 2 fabrics for the exterior 30x22 cm and for the handles 4x33
  • 2 fabrics for the interior 30x22 cm
  • Fabric for the applique decoration
  • 2 waddings 30x22 cm
Step 1: We cut the fabric and the handles.
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Step 2: We draw two shapes on the cardboard. 
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Step 3: We cut out the pattern with paper scissors and then use it to cut out the same shapes from Visofix paper that is sticks on one side.
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Step 4: Next we cut the pattern out of a different fabric from the exterior fabric. We sew this to the exterior fabric to decorate it. I used a blanket stitch so that the heart wouldn’t fray.
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Step 5: We sew the straps for the handles. Turn them right way around and iron them.
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Step 6: Now we start assembling our little bag. To do that we put the wadding, next the exterior fabric the right way up and one of the handles, on top of that the lining fabric the wrong way up. We sew the top. We do the same with other part of the bag.
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Step 7: Now we open the two parts, right with right, so that the linings are together in one half, and we sew the edge leaving a part of the lining open, in this way we can use it to turn the little bag the right way around. We sew a triangle in the four corners and cut the rest of the fabric, to make the shape of the bag more squared off. 
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Step 8: Turn the little bag the right way around, and sew with opening in the lining with invisible stitch.
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And now the adorable little bag is finished. I hope you enjoy it and that you enjoy sewing it.
 

Mrs Egeland’s Final Thank You

That is a wonderful tutorial and I’m sure that everyone will enjoy making it. Thank you so very much Ms Ester!
Don’t forget, dear readers, to subscribe and comment. We’d love to see photos of your bags.
Until next time,
Davita









Thursday, June 05, 2014

Domestic Divines: Ester Montoya

Its that about time that I introduced you to another inspirationally creative person. This person’s name is Ester Montoya, and she’s originally from Barcelona, the place celebrated for Gaudi and awe-inspiring architecture, including the mind-blowing Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

Perhaps that’s why Ms. Ester is such a crafter, and when I say crafter I really mean artist. She makes toys, book covers, anything and everything, and the only thing she won’t make is clothing. She’s a creative ideas machine, pumping out gifts, and beautiful things for her home and friends.

She is inspiration all by herself, so I am very lucky that she consented to give me an interview.

Mrs Egeland’s Note: This was written by Ms. Ester, however I translated it.

IMG-20140604-WA0020[1]Hola, my name is Ester. I was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, in a beautiful neighbourhood very close to the tallest mountain of the city. Right now I live in Norway with my family. It has been a great change that has helped me value the dearest people that I have left behind, and to get lots of new friendships, some of them have become family so far away from my home.

  • How would you describe your style?

IMG-20140604-WA0018[1]I’ve always loved Vintage style, because I’m drawn to objects and clothes from other eras, and as has been seen through time, fashions always return. Also I find Rustic style quite attractive, even to the furniture of the houses of that period. On the other hand, I’m passionate about country style, and I think its my favourite, perhaps because it brings me lots of happy memories of my childhood. IMG-20140604-WA0017[1]But since I arrived in to live in Norway, the Nordic style has grown in me in an impressive way and its reflected in the way I decorate my home and all the things I design for it. Therefore, I consider that my own style is a combination of the various aspects of what I have mentioned. 

 

I Love Vintage Style

  • How would you describe your interior design style?

Well as I have said, I love the Nordic style. In fact, the colour white predominates in my home because it gives me the sensation of space and light. I try to not overwhelm it too much, because I dream of one day having a minimalist home, but I still haven’t quite managed it….. Hehehe. IMG-20140604-WA0022[1]I love to decorate my home with little things that I have made as well. I’m always making some fabric decoration, my favourites. I change them out and give them as presents, but I always have a new ideas, things that could be hung from curtains, or ornaments for any room.

 

I’m Immensely Grateful!

  • If someone were to give you a housewarming present what would you hope it would be?

I love presents, and so long as someone has thought about me, it really doesn’t matter to me what it is.. As they say, its the thought that counts. But if I was given the chance to choose, something to do with the world of crafting..  I love everything.. be it fabric, buttons, thread, scrapbooking paper, etc…. Just recently I received, together with other presents a Big Shot machine, to punch patterns into paper for scrapbooking. I love it, and the people that gave it to me know that I’m immensely grateful. And since you asking, today, I would ask for a sewing machine.. Mine is quite small and I would love to take my crafting to the next level.IMG-20140604-WA0021[1]

 

  • In what aspect of your life do you think you were most creative?

This is an easy question to answer. When I had my son.. I always have carried inside a lot of creativity, I remember that since I was little I loved to invent my own stories and poetry.. In fact I have written two story books during my childhood and some poetry in my youth, I still have them and I’ve kept them with a lot of love. But when my son was born, my life changed a lot, everything changed, I think my creativity grew. I love making things for him, and as he’s gotten older, we make things together.. until today. I think he’s inherited my creativity and his father’s, that you could say is the double of mine. That’s why, lots of winter afternoon, we enjoy spending around the table, creating and sharing unique moments together. 

 

An Antique Singer

  • Is their a favourite piece of furniture/art/decoration/clothing in your life, and what is it?

IMG-20140604-WA0024[1]Yes, it’s my husband’s grandmother’s sewing machine. It’s an antique Singer with a treadle case.  It’s inn my parents house, since it still works and my mother gets a lot of use out of it. For me, its not only a beautifully useful machine, but also an ornamental piece for the home, that gives a sense of stateliness and luxury.

 

 

  • If the worst happened and you had to rush out of your home and never return, what is the one thing you wouldn’t be able to leave behind?

There are lots of things in my home that I love, but I believe me when I say that I could leave it all without a problem. If tomorrow I had to abandon my things, I wouldn’t have a problem. Perhaps its because I have had to move  and been obliged to get rid of things that were really important to me, and life has gone on and I haven’t missed anything. IMG-20140604-WA0019[1]However there is something that, saying that I would try to save somehow, if there was a fire for example. Its my wedding album, and all the photo albums that my sister has made me over the years. I have them all in a box, they are my treasures. 

 

  • Would you consider yourself a modern woman or do you love an era of the past, and if so, what era?

Well, although I love retro and Vintage styles, I consider myself quite a modern woman, in as much as I really like the look that we have today and those styles. Besides which, I like combining styles from the past with those of today, I think its a good way of never being bored with a style.

Mrs Egeland’s Note: Ms Ester has just described Modern Vintage, although perhaps she is more modern than vintage. IMG-20140604-WA0023[1]

Love… Always Results in Success

  • What is your latest project?

Right now, I have a few on hand. At the moment I’m working hard on some orders for some brochure folders and some fabric cake carriers. At the same time, I’m making myself a photo album of the photos from my anniversary. I’m doing it little by little, and if for example, when I’m shopping, I see something that I think will go well with the album, well I buy it. So that still I don’t know what the final result will look like, but I’m putting all my love into it and that always results in success. 

 

  • What is your passion?

IMG-20140308-WA0007[1]Well, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, sewing and working with paper are two of my passions, that I love to spend most of my time on. But my life is dedicated to something more important, that’s my God and my family. Everything has its place, and although I’m passionate about these two hobbies, I always put the more important things first, as much for me as for my loved ones.  

 

  • If there was one thing about your life that you could change, what would it be?

When I was younger, I always thought about the things that I should change in my life, but now, looking back, I think that I couldn’t change anything because every one of the experiences that I’ve had, good or bad, have made me into the happy person I am today. That’s why, I can only give thanks for all that I have, including you my friend. 

Thank you for asking me to do this interview Davita. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions, its the first time I’ve ever done something like this. So I hope your readers enjoy it. I’m super happy to be a part of your project and I hope with all my heart that you are successful.  

Mrs Egeland’s Reply: Thank you Ester for doing this interview. We wait eagerly for your tutorial.

If you would like to order anything from Ms Ester’s collection, or you are interested in seeing more of what she makes. Please comment below and I will make sure that your requests are passed on, please remember that there maybe shipping costs outside of Norway.

Subscribe! Don’t miss Ms Ester’s tutorial which we will be bringing you soon!

Until next time

Davita

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Mrs Egeland’s Latest Reads

Dearest Readers,

I should firstly like to apologise for my absence on Monday. Unfortunately ill health prevented my usually inspired brain from writing anything more difficult than a SMS.

Secondly I should like to show you the photograph I was unable to show you on Thursday 1st May, and the completed product modelled, of course, by myself. IMG_1032

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Back To Books

So let’s get back to today’s topic of blog-versation… (yeah, yeah I know, so I made up a word!)

I thought that today I would talk to you lovely people about two books that I have been reading just lately. One of them I have had quite a while and the other I got on Tuesday, as a present from my long suffering hubbie.

So first of all let’s talk about:

WARTIME HOUSEWIFE

A No-Nonsense Handbook for Modern Families. By Biff Raven-Hill

This Is What The Blurb Says: The Wartime Housewife brings old-fashioned values and skills to our very modern world! In this book, she shares recipes and tips on budgeting, repairing things, mending and scavenging; ideas for the school holidays, outings, gardening, DIY, sewing and craft; and anything else that might prove useful in your daily life.

It goes on, but you can read it yourself if you decided to buy this gem of a book. I have to say I bought this book after becoming a fan of Ms Raven-Hill’s blog of the same name and then reading her post about her new book. It is exactly what any sensible woman could want, or in fact any sensible person. It’s funny and witty, but sensible and down-to-earth too. It has even a few home medicine recipes for a variety of irritating but slight conditions. It’s like the very old fashioned book “Enquire within” which I have always wished to have a copy of but will likely never acquire. In fact, Biff Raven-Hill is my inspiration and I just hope that my modest blog will eventually one day be amongst such greats as hers.

I especially enjoyed her anecdotes, the killing machine cat and her insights on good manners are spot on. This is a really useful little book, and I would whole-heartedly recommend anyone buying it, from students or young people starting up home to well-worn homemakers looking for a lift and some good ideas.

Book Two

Save With Jamie

SHOP SMART, COOK CLEVER,WASTE LESS

120 Tasty Money Saving Meals. By Jamie Oliver.

This Is What The Blurb Says: This book will teach you how to cook tasty, nutritious food on a budget. I’m talking big flavours, comfort food that makes you feel happy, and colourful optimistic dishes. Every recipe is great value and cheaper per portion than an average takeaway. Its time to get Kitchen Smart. (You can practically hear Jamie Oliver)

This was a wonderful present that my darling husband bought me, based on the fact that whilst watching Jamie’s Save With Jamie TV show I said I wished I had the cook book. I have always been a fan of Jamie Oliver’s, in 2012 I got the chance to go to Jamie’s Italian in Norwich. The food was more than delicious, it was exquisite. In fact, had they allowed it I would have pitched a tent in the place and eaten like a queen!

This book is right up my alley, its full of inspirational recipes and just like the show it teaches you first how to make a “mother ship” dish. A “mother ship” dish being a slightly more expensive Sunday Lunch or Weekend meal for example… Roast Chicken, Roast Brisket, Roast Pork or Roast Lamb. Really its getting back to the way our great grandparents, and grandparents used to cook. Making a huge Sunday lunch and then eating up the leftovers through the week, and believe me when I say “WOW!” because the leftovers aren’t re-heated sad affairs, oh no! These left overs will knock your socks off! I am dying to do a weeks shopping and try out some of them.

I will admit it, I thought I was the queen of leftovers, but after reading this book I’m an eager amateur in comparison. I will say that reading this book made me homesick, again! For which I don’t know whether I should be grateful or irritated. Whichever I’m thrilled with the book. This is a great book for any family head trying to tighten the budget.

So What’s The Verdict?

These two books are really great if you are struggling with a smaller economy than you have been used to, or you have lived on a small budget a long time and want a few fresh and clever ideas. A useful addition to any home library and I’m really pleased that they are part of mine.

Until next time.

Davita

Monday, April 28, 2014

Domestic Divines: Raquel Gonzalez

Another first for me here at Mrs Egeland’s, I have never ever done an interview! But I have met lots of very interesting people, and since my new mission is to bring you more ideas and creative ways to be inspired I decided it was about time that I introduced you all to some of the very creative people I know.

Avant Garde Cosmopolitan

Facebook RaquelMs. Raquel Gonzalez Setien is originally from Bilbao, Spain. However to stamp her as anything less than a well-travelled European would be to deny her vast amount of life experiences from all over the world. She now lives in Bergen, Norway although she still travels regularly across the wide world, dashing from New York to Dominican Republic without batting her dark eyes.

I met this avant garde cosmopolitan about two or three years ago, although I had heard of her before meeting her whilst I lived in Stockholm and in fact we can boast of knowing quite a few of the same people in that neck of the woods.

We are of the same breed, Ms Raquel and I, two non-conformists in a conformist country. We have neither of us taken the road most travelled, Ms Raquel is a pioneer of the unique, if such things exist in this world anymore.

Tapping For Inspiration

She has created a corner of serenity in her charming, period apartment from IMG_0917where she scales the conformist world. It was whilst sitting on her corduroy sofa that I asked her a few questions:

  • How would you describe your style?

My style… well my style is really, well eclectic. I enjoy taking, what I consider as the best from each place I have visited, country or even era and blending it. Really then, my style doesn’t fit into any definite design aesthetic.

  • If someone were to give you a housewarming present, what would you hope it would be?

To be honest, I love getting presents of food. Here food is always welcome, and welcoming. Otherwise I love getting things from other countries.

  • In what aspect of your life do you think you are most creative?

Food. I don’t always have a lot of energy, but food for me is a way to create something beautiful and delicious without expending a huge amount of energy. In that way, you can create something small.

  • IMG_0928Is there a favourite piece of furniture/art/clothing or decor in your life?

My amber lamp. I have lots of things that I love, but particularly the amber lamp. I bought it with my first pay check about 17 years ago and I just love amber.

  • If the worst happened and you had to rush out of your home and never return what is the one thing you wouldn’t be able to leave behind?

Hehe, I will be brutal and mercenary and say my purse. It has everything that’s important, money, ID and my phone. Its also very pretty.

  • If you could go back in time to a period in your life or history, when would you go?

I would go back to childhood, or maybe my time in Sweden. Those where times of discovery, of growth, when I learnt the most about myself and my surroundings.IMG_0855

  • What is your latest project?

Well, the last month I have been preparing a chocolate course for beginner chocolate connoisseurs. I’d like to take that further, making chocolate, which is something of a passion of mine, into my business.

  • What is your passion?

That’s easy, food and travel.

  • If there was one thing about your life that you could change, what would it be?

Oh, well, if I’m completely honest I’d change two things. I’d have more energy to do the things I love and I wouldn’t live in Norway.

Note From Mrs Egeland: We are in no way saying anything against Norway. Please come and visit this beautiful country and enjoy its dramatic landscape. Not everyone was made to live everywhere, but sometimes we don’t always have the option to move.

Ms Raquel’s apartment, in my own opinion is Modern Vintage in style. Of course she is right that her style is eclectic, and it is that eclecticism that is stamped all over her apartment. From the chalk board painted door, the newspaper-ed  door and the general feeling of cosy chic-ness, the whole place is a testament to her well-travelled life. Her vintage touches don’t overwhelm her home, this isn’t a vintage home, she’s not living in a reproduction of 1940. However they do add a comforting dash to her already welcoming environment. Below are some photographs of her apartment that illustrate the whole style, and I hope they inspire you in your own home as much as they have me.

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These last two photographs came from Ms Raquel’s small but well-appointed bathroom. They are vintage advertisements for Norwegian beauty products. They add that hint of classy luxury in a small and multi-use bathroom.

Well, its time to go. Please comment below, and subscribe in the left hand corner at the top of the page.

Until next time

Davita

Monday, April 14, 2014

Re-Invention: Introducing Myself Anew.

Dear Readers,
Elite lot that you are! I’m writing this to you because I feel that its necessary to re-introduce myself. So much in my life has changed in the 8 years since I started writing here.

So this is me. My name is Davita Egeland, I am a 32 year old, married woman. I am British, in some ways my nationality defines me. I live in Norway, but I have also lived in Spain, Sweden and Belgium. Though, really, that isn’t so unusual these days. I speak three languages, though I only write here in one.
I’ve written creatively in some capacity since I was 7 years old. Writing is my passion, my problem is hardly ever how to write but what to write about. I am quite opinionated, and lots of different things inspire me, which has made this blog rather random. Although, I think it probably reflects my random personality.

Re-Invention?

Why have I suddenly decided to re-invent this blog? I suppose, that in some ways its rather natural, I am 32 years old and I’ve been married for a few years now, things are different for me now than they were. My desires for life have matured.
At 24 years old I was still looking for adventure, and I had lots of adventures, I moved around and travelled and met lovely people.
  • I fell in love with Stockholm.
  • I ate chocolate in Belgium.
  • I met the Man of my Dreams.
My life was as random as my personality and I really enjoyed it. The last four years I’ve been trying to find my roots with my Norwegian husband and struggled to do that. Till the point where I had a nervous crisis and had to take a time out in the UK for a few months. What I realised while I was away, was that after 14 years of living abroad, it is time to go home. 

New Mission

My new mission for my life is to work to live, instead of living to work which has so far been a complete failure. I am just not built to centre my life on a job that I’m not really interested in.
My new mission is to make writing the centre of my work life, so that I can begin to choose when I work instead of grinding away at a job that holds no pleasure for me so I can pay the bills.
My new mission is to write about my domestic life, and the creative things that help me make that domestic life. Perhaps occasionally ranting about something that has gotten under my skin. I want my blog to be a resource of building projects, art projects, sewing and knitting projects, recipes and other things; so that other people can come and read, taking away a smart idea about what they will do in their own life to make their domestic life a little more exceptional. Not that my life is particularly exceptional, rather I hope that my blog can give me the freedom to make my domestic life more exceptional.

So Another Attempt?

Yes, that’s basically what I’m trying to do with this. I’m trying to have one more go at attaining my goal of writing as a means of making a living. I’m trying to be true to the goals I set for myself. So if you can bear with me, or you would like to join me on this journey, as I try and bring a little more creativity into my life and yours. You are more than welcome to leave comments below, subscribe and follow me on Google+ and Twitter.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Old Fashioned Living

I want to live as old fashioned as possible. I am old fashioned in views and in my style. I like the era’s between the World Wars and the post-war era up until the early 60’s. 

Don't get me wrong, I admit that I AM a hypocrite! Why? Because I'm quite happy to enjoy the advances of the modern era, a smartphone, a flat screen TV, a dishwasher, the internet, a tumble dryer and my laptop. I could survive without those things but that's where i am spoiled, because I don't have to. I live in a world of scientific advancement where all these things are part and parcel of our daily lives.

It’s just that don't want to live in a modern style home, or wear modern style clothes. I want the nostalgic version of the 1950’s, the rose coloured glass version we all love, the one without racial oppression, sexual inequality, rationing or the fear of atomic war. I would love to be a housewife, working only from home and in the home. Having my children around me, taking care of them myself instead of shipping them off to a day-care nursery, having the luxury of cooking a home cooked meal and eating that meal with my husband and children.

That's just it though, isn't it? All of those things are luxury. Gone are the days when those were normal desires for a woman, or in fact considered the role of a woman. These days the role of a woman has a more ample definition, and that is good. A woman of the 21st Century is supposed to be able to have everything, a career and a family. Yet, making the decision to stay at home and taking care of your home and family is frowned upon. Some countries more than in others. It's seen as lazy, not wishing to make a contribution to your family's economy, or as a luxury only for women who don’t have to work to help their family, like those women on the Real housewives show.

The media is filled with images of women who have it all, a high flying career, a great figure, a loving relationship with her partner who has an equally high flying career, happy and well rounded, confident and loved children and an immaculate home with healthy, delicious home cooked meals. I know women who manage to pull of this fantastic lifestyle and by god I applaud them heartily, it’s true that sometimes those home cooked meals are frozen lasagne and that the women themselves look a little frazzled. I wish I felt able to live like that, I wish I relished in having a high flying career and a family to come home to.

But I am half that woman, I don't feel able or even willing to live like that. I mean I have to work for a wage, who doesn’t in this day and age, but I’ve never wanted a career, never strived to make lots of money, or felt overwhelmingly passionate about living the corporate life. I want an old fashioned life, I’ve always wanted that in an old fashioned style home.

So it seems I've come full circle, so what's my point in all this? Is it merely a well written (if I do say so myself) rant? Probably! I prefer to think of it as a magnifying glass on society, a comfort to others who feel the way I do.

We are not alone. We can choose to be housewives, if that’s what we want, so long as our partners agree to that. It doesn’t mean that we are not emancipated, or that we believe a woman’s place is in the home and only the home. Rather it is another choice, a choice we have the right to make as women in a more equal society, just like having a career and a family is a choice.

Power to those of us who make that choice! 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Domestic Divinity

I was looking at my laptop today, in my "my documents" and I realised that for I'm actually quite an accomplished woman. Not to blow my own trumpet (although that's what I'm doing) but its not something I've really ever considered. I'm in the process of writing a novel, I work (admittedly only part-time), I keep my and my husband's apartment with spectacular views pretty clean and tidy, I'm a pretty damn good cook, I launder all our clothes, I write this blog, I sew numerous (some of them unfinished) projects, I knit quite a few (also admittedly most of them unfinished) projects, I'm taking a language course to improve my norwegian, I speak spanish and I take an active part in religious and voluntary work. Thinking about it I'm quietly on my way to Domestic divinity, and whereas its true my housecleaning could be improved, I could do with losing a few more kilos and my eyebrows go regularly unchecked and unplucked, this doesn't detract from the fact that, as it goes, I'm succeeding in my goals to be the 21st Century version of the !950's housewife. That doesn’t mean to say that I don’t nag at my husband that he doesn’t always pick up after himself, nor does it mean that I’m always serene and calm, that I never grumble. He wishes! I live in Norway, and as a Brit it feels occasionally like living in an episode of “Real Housewives”. In my opinion (please remember I said that) Norwegians seem obsessed with body beautiful, and domestic perfection. The ideal among some is to be CONSTANTLY at the gym, never eating anything remotely fattening, having the latest and greatest furnishings and technology and wearing everything designer or at least a good quality knock-off. Unfortunately for me, it can be very discouraging when I’m always on some kind of healthy eating plan, struggle to exercise everyday (because basically I have better things to do with my time) and never quite succeeding to keep my flat immaculately clean(see above reason). I love to eat, and do tend to splurge at the weekends with cake or other wickedness. I’m not saying that there aren’t Norwegian fatties just like me, there are, and most of my friends are down-to-earth tubbies like myself who are only complete neat freaks (unlike me). What I’m saying is that I’ve felt kind of inferior to these diet-obsessed, exercising neat freaks, with their perfect figures, perfect hair, outfits and seemingly immaculate and impeccable homes. But now, well at least for the moment, I don’t feel so much of a failure. After listing off my “accomplishments”, I’m doing pretty well for a roaming gypsy with itchy feet, who eats too much and should probably visit the hairdressers more often. Domestic divinity doesn’t seem to be so far off the mark, and thinking about it like that makes me wonder really how many of us aren’t actually domestic goddesses without really being aware of it. After all most women are juggling their lives and kids and careers and looking good whilst doing so. I don’t mean having a fantastic French manicure that never gets chipped or perfect eyebrows, hair and/or waxed legs (things I’d give anything to be able to constantly keep perfectly maintained) but just looking their best and taking pride in their appearance whilst cleaning, working and looking after their families. Only Hollywood starlets these days with an army of maids, cooks, stylists and personal trainers can keep up the kind of looks and lifestyles that we all aspire to. So from now on I’m going to give myself permission to think of myself as a domestic goddess.