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Home and Delicious Issue 2

Home and Delicious Issue 2 Cover

The second issue of Icelandic magazine Home & Delicious is now out, and it’s just as beautiful as the first one. Go take a look – you won’t be sorry.

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Simple Modern Sewing

Simple Modern Sewing

I stumbled  across this beautiful book (“Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments”) at the bookstore recently and took a photo of it, because I wanted to remember it. I have only basic (very basic) sewing skills, but if I were to take lessons, like my daughters do, I’d want to learn by using these 8 patterns.

If you want to see some of the inside pages, take a look at Sister Diane’s very glowing review of this book here. The book is published by Interweave Press.

On a totally unrelated note, Catherine from Nordic Design posted a link to these live webcams of Iceland, and I am mesmerized by them – especially since  I first looked at them when the sun was rising and the views were stunning (although not all of the cameras seem to work, unfortunately). I would love to go back to Iceland sometime soon.

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My top ten eleven favorite photos from last week’s trip to Iceland.

Reykjavík as seen from the top of Hallgrímskirkj, an enormous church. I love the colorful houses and buildings, the sea, the fact that the city is small:

photos of Reykjavik Iceland

The interior of the aforementioned Hallgrímskirkja, which I thought was stunning in its total lack of color:

Interior of Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik Iceland

Þingvellir (the Þ is pronounced like a th), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 930, the Icelandic Parliament was established here and remained here until 1789 before it was moved to Reykjavik. I loved the idyllic setting in the countryside:

Thingvellir National Park

Rosa and Elena in front of Gullfoss, a giant, double decker waterfall. I just love the looks on their faces, which I think are true to them both: Rosa and her devil-may-care laugh, and Elena with her slightly hesitant, we’re-a-little-too-close-to-the-edge nervous grin:

Girls in front of Gullfoss in Iceland

We had just finished exploring a small waterfall and decided to take a right turn down the road, instead of a left turn back to the highway, and we were rewarded with this magnificent church, in the shadow of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that disrupted European travel earlier this year. I was struck by the wide variety of church architecture we saw during this trip:

rural church in Iceland

This waterfall is called Skogafoss. We climbed the 350+ steps up the side of the waterfall to see it from the top. When we got there, the view was pretty spectacular, but even better, we were able to climb a small ladder over a fence and hike along a ridge between Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Myrdalsjökull glacier. We were the only people up there, exploring the twists and turns of the river and the beautiful mountainside shrouded in clouds.:

Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland

It was my favorite thing we did on this trip, so here’s one more photo of the view from the top, looking back at the waterfall (the waterfall is where the clouds are rising up in the middle of the photo, and below it, you can follow the river as it winds its way out to the sea):

View from the top of Skogafoss in Iceland

Back in Reykjavík, this, I think, wins the contest for the scariest looking cemetery I’ve ever seen. The trees looked like they would close in on you and swallow you up:

Cemetery in Reykjavik

We visited the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik, and the girls had a blast dressing up in a room filled with costumes. These are just two of many silly photos we took:

Elena dressed up in a costume at the National Museum of Iceland Rosa dressed up in a costume at the National Museum of Iceland

And finally, a visit to Iceland would not be complete with a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a  geothermal spa with milky blue, hot water. The picture below is not the Lagoon itself, but some springs on the way out of the complex – I just loved how blue the water looked at that moment; it captures the color better than the photos I took of the spa:

Milky blue hot springs near Blue Lagoon in Iceland

I didn’t include any pictures of it, but the Reykjavik 871±2 Settlement Exhibit of the Reykjavik City Museum is fabulous too.  It’s built around the archaeological remains of a Viking house, and it uses technology to explain Icelandic history in such a creative and unique way. The name of the exhibit refers to the Settlement Age of Iceland, which they can date very specifically based on the unique ash and rocks from a volcanic eruption. If you are planning a trip to Iceland sometime in your future, I would say this is a must see.

My one disappointment on this trip: it was never clear at night to even try to see the northern lights. I guess that just means we’ll have to go back some day, right?

It was a wonderful trip, and Iceland is so full of natural beauty. I feel lucky to have been able to go there, and hope to make it back there and see more.

I know it’s only October, but the holidays will be here before you know it. I’m going to be featuring handmade holiday gift ideas in early November and want to know if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see – gifts for kids? For him? For her? If you have requests, leave me a comment or email me!

Hope you all have a great weekend – I’m spending mine with family in town!

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