I'm Krisha - a Scandinavian mama and physician, a crafter, and an avid coffee drinker - trying to nudge my family towards a greener lifestyle!


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New pencases for a new school year!  


Did you know that the second busiest shopping season of the year is the back-to-school season?  I used to think of this time of year as a simple rite – refreshing our supply of pens and other school supplies.  Rather, not surprisingly, it turns out that late summer is another season of shipping state-sized quantities of plastic around the world that we all know will only consume available land-fill space by Christmas. 

Since I am not immune to the same urges to give me kids bright supplies for the new year, I found an alternative.- these wonderful pen cases from elQulitero on Etsy.   elQulitero is truly a cottage industry for up- and recycling on a small and sustainable scale.

It was also such a pleasant shopping experience – they made one custom for Lini- Bean exactly the same as the one they had in the shop which I orderd for B- Boy – and they added some elastics for the erases and sharpener in such a cool way.


The pen cases proved to be very functional!  The kids and I love them . Lini Bean even pointed out that the material does not schmutz up as easily as the plastic / nylons kinds she used to have.

I also really enjoyed the little dialogue Andrea and I had going while shopping. It was very nice and a bit surprising – my very first time shopping on ETSY was with a blog friend and I did not expect the same kind of friendly banter from a ”stranger”   This made me want to explore their background a little bit which generated this little interview:

How did reuse and recycling become important to you?

-for us recycling and reusing is a thing of common sense, in the way that there´s a lot a excellent material that becomes waste too soon!. For example, the carpet of which the pencil cases are made was used only 3 days in a craft market, after that it was junk (the organizers kindly gave it to us instead of throwing it to trash)... the resources are not unlimited, so we should used them several times if it's possible (as we say in spanish hay que sacarle el jugo!!)

How did you come up with this business idea?

-we have had the idea of doing "something"  for a long time, at first we did a diary and with that we "discovered" the carpet as material and began to explore with it. But I think that our primary idea was to do something that we commonly used such as notebooks and cases. I'm a painter and printmaker, so I think that our next step is a case or bag toward that end.

How does blogging work out for you and your business?

- we are very aware of the importance of the internet and social media; nowadays it's an amazing time in which we are able to connect with almost everywhere.  Blogging is a huge window to visit the house of others and to let the others visit your house. The best thing for me is to realize how different people from different places share a lot of things in common, that really gives you the sense of "belonging" even, though you've never seen them.

What are your future hopes for elQuiltro?

-we feel that we're still evolving and we have a lot of things to learn and materials to try. We both  (Felipe and I, cousins and quiltro team mates) have our jobs (Felipe is a printer, I'm a mom- housewife-artist) and  wedream of the day that we can merge our daily jobs with elQuiltro, that day we'll be awesome!!

I agree with Andrea about blogging! - And don’t you just LOVE the wrapping they used? What a nifty way to reuse paper! 

I really want to provide the homemade experience for my kids and I really want to make environmentally sound consumer decisions  as often as  possible.  Being in a full time job though makes it hard to find the time to make all your stuff yourself.  This, I think, is where ETSY fits in.  It is not only a very inspiring site for us crafters - it also makes it possible to buy hand made responsible products . In other words, it’s ideal for the urban handmade homestead!    And that’s why I have decided to share with you my favorite ETSY experiences and to post a link to their ETSY shops on my sidebar for a month at the time – endorsed by recyclingmama! So today I add elQuiltero! Please take the time to visit their shop and their blog - they make the most wonderful things!




this moment


- A Friday ritual.

A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by soule mama

I would love it if you shared your moment with me in the comments section aswell!

  Happy weekend!



Oh what a weekend! We got the bikes out, had sleep overs and served big, sweet breakfasts to lots of kids! We cleared away the heaviest of the winter gear, made Sushi and enjoyed Vigeland Sculpturegarden.  

On the bike ride we happened to come across an American football match at Frogner Stadion.  So strange to see all the quintessentially American-style, big padded players with commentary on the loudspeakers in Norwegian.

This was an ice rink just a few weeks ago, though, as you can see, there are still heeps of snow left unmelted.

In the Vigeland park I came over this wrought iron gate that I have never noticed before. Maybe it caught  my attention because I have been thinking a lot about parenthood this weekend. The intensity and the unconditional love that are expressed in this image moved me. Seeing this gate I was reminded that I am only borrowing my children for a short period of time.  I am so greatful that I truly like them. I like seeing them growing into personalities. I hope I can cotinue to love them unconditionally and that they may always feel my love for them. 


baby vest with room to grow!

This autumn we spent a long weekend in NYC with our American cousin (and her parents of course) and I had  the great pleasure to visit the purl bee in person. 

It was as beautiful and inspiring as you can imagine. And to be honest a wee bit overwhelming. Bringing my entire entourage with me I experienced a bit of a "knitters" block. But their service and patience with my raindripping peeps gave me enough time to make away with 2 skeins of the super soft Mano Maxima a super soft, hand dyed, 100% merino wool in a faboulus color combo. 


Half an hour after I left the store I remembered that I really wanted to shop yarn for a baby vest and so the rest of the trip I imagined the most super vest to grow in for Baby A. I really do find that children's clothes should be designed with a room to grow, especially home made ones. You put so much time and effort into them  (and the really beautiful yarns are not cheap either)  

I whipped up this baby vest in a short weekend with one of those skeins, and have been meaning to share it for the longest time. But then there was the shortage of daylight for beautiful photoes  as well as my ambition to write down and share the pattern. Writing this pattern took a long time - and made it very clear that I do not quite know how to write knitting patterns - yet!    Let me tell you though - this vest has been the missing link in her wardrobe this winter. It is perfect for layering and I expect we will be using a lot over lighter blouses this spring.  I reckon it's a size 18mo. through 3 years as you only have to move the button along the suspenders, since I find that toddlers tend to grow considerably more in lenght than width.

The only drawback with these super soft lightly spun yarns is that they tend to get small fleece lumps all over after use- but I have a remedy for that - which I will share with you in the near future!

You can find the pattern and more photos below.

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home economics


Last week my B-Boy took it upon himself to cook shabbes/his daddy´s birthday dinner.  This is a boy who has shown a growing interest in cooking for quite a while, and then, this autumn, his school started teaching home economics clases. He came home from the first class with a new cookbook and a whole lot of gumption. Home economics do not get a lot of the budget in schools anymore, so I am really glad that our schooldistrict has decided to teach it to our 6th grader, albeit only every other week, and only cooking. I truly believe that teaching our kids the rudimentary tasks of life will not only make them more capable in general, but I also think it will prevent stress and anxiety. You are a lot less likely to become anxious if your world seems understandable and managable.  Incidently, a few weeks back Ecokaren wrote about homeeconomics  in her blog  She makes a good point - or rather she askes the question - won´t kids be more likely to live greener lives if they knew more about homec - like cooking their own food and mending clothes? I think so! The next thing I will do is have him patch up his jeans!


This weekend.....

  • I baked muffins in the colors of B Boys soccer club and pondered at how busy it gets around here when spring comes. The soccer season starts in spring, which means practices, matches, tournaments and the occassional early Sunday morning muffin-baking to support the tournament's refreshment stand sales. 


  • I took some time to enjoy the the spring forest floor and the forest paths.

  • I picked up this great sign that I bought from BRINJA after she showed it in one of her blog posts. She runs that business so well - I sent her an e-mail and she shipped it right over. It really was a very pleasant shopping experience. I highly recomend visiting her blog. She has the cutest store in Copenhagen (which I really hope to visit one day!)



  • I was really moved to tears and laughter when Lini Bean verified message from that sign by pointing out sticky jelly stains on the floor from breakfast, burnt muffin batter stuck to the sides of the oven and then she shouted : AND I AM REALLY HAPPY!! She has got such a great sense of timing and humor!




  • It was a really busy but good weekend , how was yours?