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Sarah Stover Hannevik
I am a mamma to two flower-faces, work as a consultant for a web firm in Oslo. Zen, for me, is when I can create something - food, collage, felt pieces, paintings, a garden patch or a cozy home.
Interests: collage, yoga, paper crafts, red wine, feng shui, web development, photography, printing, vintage paper, eastern philosophy, vintage children's clothing, good times with family and friends, and norwegian fresh air.
Recent Activity
The Lovely Vivian - an amazingly child who will grow up to be an amazing adult! We love her!
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2011 on Loving who she is at Gogovivi
I have moved my blog to Wordpress - http://sarahsmilesblog.wordpress.com/ Please change your bookmark and visit me at my new fancy blog! Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Sarah Smiles
thank you so much Marit for your lovely comments!
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on February creations... at Sarah Smiles
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I am really into the simple running stitch lately and have incorporated it in a few of my recent pieces. I was doing a little reading about this oddly cool stitch and found that it is used a lot in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Sarah Smiles
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A few pieces recently created - such a great feeling to start to create after the long holiday. Using my lovely bits of fabric from Vietnam, plus pieces of an old obi belt I picked up in Kyoto and other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2011 at Sarah Smiles
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Each Asian country I have been to so far (now, it is up to 7) have their own unique textile traditions. The Vietnamese create heavier fabrics (than for example compared to Japan or China) and they are experts at detailed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2011 at Sarah Smiles
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A Wrinkle in Time, my favorite book of all time. I remember how surprised I was when I learned that other people also loved this book, in true Meg style, I thought I was the only one (ok, my sister,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at Sarah Smiles
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New banner finally up!! What do you think? Thanks again to Nicole Byrkit for designing this for me - I'm so pleased :) Now that Christmas is over it has hit me that we only have 5 months left in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at Sarah Smiles
You know I what to frame some of my favorite Kiley photos and hang them in a really special place in my house. If I choose them before our HK trip, can you put them on a CD for me and bring them along? And again, this post makes me feel very loved - thank you :)
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2011 on Good friends in exotic places at Gogovivi
Beautifully written Kiley! I am glad I was there with you when you got the news of her death, but wish we had talked about her more when we had the moments together. I feel very much the same as you do - living so far from family, I always felt envious of those who lived close to my grandparents and could enjoy those quiet everyday moments. Thanks for sharing this about your grandmother - I think you look very very much like her! Hugs my friend
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2011 on A world away from Gigi. at Gogovivi
Thanks Kiley :) The felt isn't that great, it is kind of plasticy, not as soft as the good quality stuff I find in Norway, but it is much better than the plastic thing we had :)
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2010 on Christmas preparations in Busan... at Sarah Smiles
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The temperature has finally fallen and today it was -1C! So, we are starting to feel quite Christmasy now here in Busan. Cards are actually sent this year as well as the boxes of presents to Norway and now we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at Sarah Smiles
So glad you feel lighter this year, and have let go of some yucky feelings. You know I am not a religious person either, but I think with Christmas we get to form family traditions, nice ones we take from our childhood or cozy new ones we create together! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
I have found out that doing radio is a really lovely experience especially when the interviewer sets the tone as relaxed and inquisitive! The people at e-FM are a talented group, thanks to you guys! 15th_Sarah hannevik Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Sarah Smiles
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Today is the first showing of our little house, a house we have had for 8 years. Both our children had their early years here and the house has been full of happy days. It is hard to say goodbye,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at Sarah Smiles
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My lovely friend Kumjoo Kang invited a group of children to her gallery today to create art inspired by the work of Japanese artist Oyama Tadsahi who is currently exhibiting there. It was a small group, only 7 children, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Sarah Smiles
Thanks so much Candylei! Comments like that give me such encouragement! Have a look at my portfolio - www.sarahsmiles.no
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2010 on loving Japan... at Sarah Smiles
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Teppanyaki: I think my most favorite type of food is teppanyaki! On Friday, the children and I went up to the hotel restaurant and had a lovely teppanyaki dinner - see the amazing view we had from where we sat.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2010 at Sarah Smiles
You know I used to freak out a lot with my children and each time I would feel just like you described - embarrassed, sad and knowing that I could have reacted better. And when I reacted like that Cornelia always got even madder, so it was like putting fuel on the fire. So, I knew that I need to make a conscious decision to try to always control myself and try to react with kindness. I have it in my head all the time and it is like a peaceful low humming, it is weird, it is a kind of peace I can feel running through my body. I have been able to defuse so many volatile situations with this approach. And now we are working on Cornelia, to get her to react more calmly to things, especially her sometimes annoying little brother :) I know exactly what you are feeling, exactly! love you!
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2010 on Stop. Regroup. Breathe. at Gogovivi
Hello my lovely friend, My heart goes out to you, Bruce and Vivian. I can only attempt to imagine what the loss of Miles is/was like. When you talked here about how to remember him for Vivi it made me think of my own experience when growing up (maybe I've told you this before). My father was married before (nearly 20 years to a woman I never met) and they had a son. He died in a car accident the year before we were born, he was only 18. My father rarely spoke of him, his sorrow was so palpable that it kind of scared me and I dared not ask, I didn't want to upset him. My dad always said that if we wanted to know about Bobby, we could always ask, but that was really hard and it was hard to find out what to ask about. I know you had so brutally little time with Miles, but I wonder if, for Vivi's sake, you could talk about not so much the moments you had but how about making up *not-sad* funny stories with Miles as the main character - "The adventures of Miles, the super-baby - he lives on a planet far far away but comes and whispers helpful words to her sister when she is sleeping". Some thing to make Miles part of your family without having to focus on the loss, but rather weave him in somehow through stories. Just an idea. I tell the kids stories of the "Magic fish" sometimes and they love it! And as for how to mark his birthday - (I am full of ideas today). We have a little cupcake candle holder (made of clay) we take out every birthday. Why not find a lovely, but light hearted, candle holder, maybe something that makes you laugh or smile, and just light that for breakfast and dinner. Vivi will always keep that candleholder with her and remember the symbolism. And it is easy to pack so if you travel you can take it with you. I am big into creating family stories and family traditions. Svein-Olav's family have so few stories and it always makes me a bit sad. I adore you and my heart is with you all today! Can't wait for our trip to Hanoi, so freaking cool we are making that happen!! Sarah
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2010 on 6 years come and gone at Gogovivi
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Cornelia and I have started a ceramics class. For the next 4 Saturdays we get to spend 2 hours in a lovely ceramics workshop close to our house with a kind family that makes these beautiful pieces. The mother runs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at Sarah Smiles
I love, love, love it!! You are so cute to compliment me like you did, really makes me feel loved :))! Now you have inspired me to made a runner with embroidery!! So, Thanksgiving...any chance you, Viv, Bruce and your runner can make a trip to Busan??
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2010 on Not just a table runner at Gogovivi
I love this - the last picture of them together is so lovely and such a wonderful glimpse into the cozy relationships kids sometimes have with each other. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2010 on Wednesdays with Vivian at Gogovivi
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After nearly 6 months, lots of confusion due to language problems and change of management at the shop, I am finally selling 4 pieces and some placemats at the art shop @ the Busan Citizens Hall! So many talented artists... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at Sarah Smiles
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A few images of the most recent things I have made, working a lot in preparation for the sale I will have at the next BIWA lunch on Oct. 13th. Working to create a collection of pieces for a sale... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Sarah Smiles