Monday, May 30, 2011

Exams Ending at the Hospital

It started last night. 

I was watching TV and was about to go to bed. But I turned in my seat and managed to hit my hand (while it was bent) into my knee!!! You should have heard the three massive cracks. 

It hurt SO much. 

I didn't know what to do because I had an exam today. 

My last and most important one. 

So I didn't go to the hospital straightaway although I was 110% positive it was broken.

I fell asleep after a while and when I woke up this morning it was swollen and blue. I took a really strong pain killer which (in addition to my allergy pills) made me really drowsy. It didn't work either. 

So I pushed myself to go to school. 
We got to use computers which made it worse for me today as it hurts to use my hand :(. 

I got through the exam (even though I was really drowsy and in a LOT of pain) and went straight to the emergency room afterwards.

I waited 1 hour to see the doctor and was sent to get an x-ray.

I went to see the doctor again and she said that it wasn't broken. 

I didn't understand. It hurts so much, I was certain it was broken. 

So I left the hospital after being there for 3 hours. 

I was relieved. But I was also extremely tired and confused. I didn't want it to be broken but I was so certain. 

But it wasn't over...

In the car I got a phone call. The hospital asked me to come back.

Another specialist had seen my x-rays and wanted to take a CT scan of my hand. 

I went back. 
And I thought to myself, "I knew it!"

I took the CT and got the results again.
It wasn't broken this time round either. 

They put an elastic bandage on it and said that it'll get better. (Btw look at my blue fingers... The nurse wrapped it reeaaally tight!!)

So I spent 4 hours in the hospital to learn that my excruciatingly painful wrist is not broken. Twice.

I know I should believe them. 
I just don't. 

I've broken so many bones and this is what it feels like. Plus it takes 5 days for some bone injuries to show up on the x-rays. 

But I'm grateful.
I can practice driving. 
I can go swimming when we go to Italy. 
I can shower without a bag. 
I can make jewelry. (!!!!!)

I can't continue as normal straight away as I'm still in too much pain... 
But I'm not going to be stuck for 6-13 weeks (I take a looong time to heal). 

Aaaand I don't have any more exams left!!!! :D

Plus! I've reached 50 followers! You guys have made my day!! 


Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lime Green Rosette Necklace

Blogger, Safari and my computer aren't liking me today!!
Safari keeps quitting, blogger won't upload my photos and my computer won't save my photos :( ARRRRGH!

Just a quick update:
I've made a Lime Green Rosette Necklace today! (It's just like the pink one above, but in lime green instead.)

It will be up as soon as the technology wants to agree with me again!!

It turned out really pretty!
I hope you'll like it too :)

If you'd like to order it - send me an e-mail and I'll send it to you! It costs 250 NOK which is 45.90 USD (including postage and packaging)

Also, if you'd like to pre-order a rosette necklace in another colour - e-mail me and it'll be arranged at the same price.

Ps. you can check out some preview pics on my twitter (@thegentleflower) as I'm able to upload through an app on my phone :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Most Popular Products by Yours Truly + Linky Partaaay

This is a collection of the most viewed products in my Epla shop!
Click on the picture to make it larger.

Here are the links to the above:

Now add your blog to the linky party below!!
I LOVE checking out your blogs!
I've discovered two super and beautiful blogs from the last blog hop:

These ladies are ta-len-ted!!

The Gentle Flower

Show me what you've made, what's happened to you this week, a picture, an outfit - whatever! Just show me!! :D (scroll down for linky partaaay)

AND remember to comment or just be active on the blog to get entries for the giveaway! (Yes, you can comment on any post -- ALL activity including linking to me + writing about me & the sponsors + commenting.. etc. give you entries!)

ALSO contact me if you'd like to sponsor! I want all you lovelies to win lots of goodies - so hurry up and sponsor ;)

The lovely Emily from Sweet Serendipity was the first sponsor and is giving away these FAB-U-LOUS "Blueberry Delight" cake slices
Be kind and show her some love over at her blog please ;)

AND it's Friday, Friday, Friday (sorry if you just got Rebecca Black's song stuck in your head) ... but (try to) have a great Friday (despite her horrible song probably already ruining it)!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wanna know more about me? + Another giveaway? Keep reading!

I've answered a few questions about myself for this post for an entry to the Pretty in Purple Blog Party! (sorry about all the spacing.. it won't go away!! :( )


  • Favorite thing about summer? The sun and swimming in the ocean! AND just relaxing on the beach.. in a warm place.. far far away from home!

  • Twilight fan? Nope! I haven't even opened any of the books or watched the movies!

  • Favorite quote? I have toooo many!!! I will post a list of some of my faves. soon ;)

  • Best thing that has ever happened to you? That's tricky... I don't know really.. getting the family that I have is a huge blessing!

  • Think of every place in the world possible... which of those places would you go to? ALL over the world! I'd love to go to Argentina, Los Angeles again, South Africa, Lebanon, Canada, South America, Spain, Dubai ++

  • Favorite food? My Mum's Spaghetti Bolognese

  • What type of music do you like? A lot! Pop, rock, some RnB, indie rock, some punk... I like happy music that's not too slow ;)

  • Flipflops, bare feet, heels, or flats? Flats.. however it depends where I am! If I'm on the beach I'd go barefoot!

  • Skirts or jeans? Skirt

  • Fresh or saltwater? Saltwater.. I prefer the ocean!

  • Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms

  • Are you a morning person or more of a night person? NIGHT PERSON!!!!

  • So, your best friend is talking to a new girl in school... the new girl asks who you are... what do you think your best friend says? She'd say that's Katrine, she's the girl with the super blog and fab jewelry (haha yeah right ;).. I can't think of anything better!)

  • Gotta tic? ya know, biting your nails, scrunching your nose, etc? Chewing on my tongue!! It's horrible!

  • Pen or pencil? Pen!

  • Paper or plastic? Hmm that's tricky! I love writing on paper... but I like laminating stuff too haha.. it's a tie! But if I HAD to choose I guess I'd choose paper!

  • Read more:

    Fresh From the Oven Made for Your Fingers or Ears?

    It is SUCH relief to be DONE with math for the year (and maybe for the rest of my life!?) :D


    I made some jewelry a couple of days ago, and I thought I'd show it to you!

    I've made a new kind of necklace! It's super-cool! I haven't finished it yet, as I need to make the necklace part, but it'll be strung like the picture above.

    What do you think?

    I'm planning on making lots of them in lots of different colours!
    Do you have any colour preferences?
    Let me know - your wish is my command! ;)

    I also made some new doughnuts.
    I haven't decided if I'm making them into rings or earrings yet.

    These earrings(?) match these rings

    These match these rings

    What do you think?
    Do you prefer them as doughnuts or as earrings? Or both?

    Maybe I should make these into rings as I have
    a similar pair of earrings here? They'd match ;)

    I think I'll make them into a ring or earrings when I get orders, so that I have whatever you want ready.

    And which sprinkles do you like the best?
    Are there any other colour-combos you'd like for the sprinkles?
    Let me know! -You'll make my day! :D

    So just order up - they're ready to be shipped..
    FRESH from the oven ;)

    (And go ahead and pre-order the funky necklace - there will be lots to come!)

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    A Different Giveaway starting Today

    Today, a new giveaway is starting. And it's a bit different.
    Mayi Carles from Heartmade (CHECK OUT HER BLOG [after you've finished reading;)]!) gave me the idea...

    The giveaway starts today, and all you have to do is (one or more of the following as many times as you wish until the giveaway closes!):

    a) Comment on my posts
    b) ReTweet my tweets [@thegentleflower]
    d) Enter the weekly Friday Blog Hop linky parties
    e) Follow my blog via GFC
    f) Link to my blog
    g) Spread the word about my blog & shop (through Twitter [include @thegentleflower], through your blog, through Facebook, etc.. basically spread the word through WHATEVER! - Just let me know you did ;) )
    h) Follow me on Twitter @thegentleflower

    PLEASE show the sponsors some love!!!

    i) Follow all the sponsors via GFC
    j) Buy something from the sponsors
    k) Comment on the sponsors' blogs
    l) Grab the sponsors' buttons
    m) Follow the sponsors via Twitter

    So basically, whenever you do one of the above, you get an entry. For example if you comment 70 times, follow me, ReTweet my tweets 4 times, you get 75 entries! (WOWZA)

    Just remember to let me know if you write about me and the blog or link to me so that I can count your entries :)

    The more active you are - the higher your chances are of winning! WOOHOO :D

    The winners will be chosen randomly on June 18th.

    Onto the prizes...

    1. Emily from Sweet Serendipity is giving these beautiful "Blueberry Delight" cake slices away:

    Aren't they the cutest?!
    Please follow her super-cute blog as well!
    (only US participants can win these)

    If you would like to sponsor the giveaway by donating a prize, e-mail me! I will be extremely grateful (as will the winner).
    PLUS you will get lots of publicity! :D I will constantly post about you!

    So e-mail me if you're interested in sponsoring and start commenting and spreading the word! :D


    Exams = busy bee
    I'm sorry for not having posted in a few days.. I have a math exam tomorrow and an English exam on Monday plus I'm jam-packed with huge assignments! BUT after next week (hopefully) I will have lots of free time! WOOHOO!

    I have a plan. I'm going to be making LOTS and LOTS of jewelry the next weeks (after all the exams and work is done). I have lots of ideas and plans, so there will be lots of new jewelry out soon!

    Then there will be major local marketing going on!
    However, I'm also hoping for some more online customers!
    Every order will get a surprise as a thanks :)

    I'm saving up for a new MacBook Pro. And I aiming for getting it before summer vacation. My current one is old, slow, has no memory left and is losing buttons. So I'm hoping to work hard to make some money! But, I need you to spread the word about my jewelry as well so that I can get some more customers! (Let me know if you do - there are perks! [read the post that will be posted right after this one])

    Weekly Blog Hop
    I've started a weekly Friday Blog Hop, so please join in and link up your blog! It would mean the world to me- and I LOVE looking at your blogs!! :D

    Today, a new giveaway is starting. And it's a bit different.
    Mayi Carles from Heartmade (CHECK OUT HER BLOG [after you've finished reading;)]!) gave me the idea.

    Read the next post, that I will be posting straight after this one, for more info. on the giveaway!

    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Grab a Button!

    I'm made buttons for my blog and for the Blog Hop!
    Go to the page above (next to home) to grab them!

    The Gentle Flower

    While you're here, go and buy yourself something using the deal of the week! 20% off all food-themed jewelry!
    AND enter the linky-party to share your blog! WOOHOO!

    Friday, May 20, 2011

    Laminate It! + Linky Party!

    BIG NEWS: First of all, I'm starting a weekly Blog Hop linky party! A new one will start every Friday and will last until the next Friday. Join in and find some friends :D

    I got a laminator from my grandparents for Christmas a couple of years ago. It was the biggest surprise and I LOVE it!!! :D

    I'm a stationary and office supply addict so I was thrilled :D

    I found this video to inspire you to get a laminator or to laminate more!

    It's super fun to laminate + this movie is funny ;)

    ALSO remember the deal of the week! 20% off all food-themed jewelry! WHOOP! Head on over to the shop or buy directly from me!


    The Gentle Flower

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    What does Katrine mean?

    I found this on a website (I can't remember where) a couple of years ago, and I thought I'd share it with you!

    I've commented on the meaning below.

    What Katrine Means

    You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.
    You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.
    People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

    You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection. 
    You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. 
    You have the classic "Type A" personality.

    You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
    You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
    You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

    You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
    You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
    You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

    You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
    You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
    You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

    You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
    You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
    You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

    You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
    You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
    At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.


    I kind of agree with most of this. However, I'm not a perfectionist, though I strive to do my best and I don't hand anything in until I know I've done my best on it. My impulses do not get me into trouble (haha). I am definitely not a huge rebel. I get mad and stick up for someone when they're treated poorly, but who doesn't? Also, I'm not tightly wound - I'm pretty crazy ;)

    It's very easy to get me happy, energetic, excited and hyper ;D It's very true that my biggest problem is finishing the projects I start. It's really funny, because I reaaaally go overboard in interpreting signals!!-Haha, this is quite spot on!

    What does your name mean? :)

    Ps. My name is pronounced Katrina because in Norwegian you pronounce the e, so Katrina is closer to my name than Katrin :) I prefer the way my name is spelled to Katrina :)

    (Sorry the font is huge, I'm having some technical issues. Bear with me!!)

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    Click to Give!

    Click to Help. Shop to Do More
    Today's clicks (May 17th) have funded the value of 43,284 cups of food for the hungry.* 
    Thank you!
    When you click, we display ads from our site sponsors. 100% of the money from
    these advertisers goes to our charity partners, who fund programs to provide food
    for the hungry at home and around the world. Our store gives a portion of every
    purchase to our charity partners. 

    *Click total updates hourly.

    (Taken from here)

    Today I'd like to encourage all of you to head on over to The Hunger Site.

    We can make a difference together by only clicking a button (per cause)!

    You don't have to buy anything or send any money, all you have to do is click! It couldn't be easier.

    You can click to give free food, a woman a mammogram, give free food and care to animals, provide a child with free healthcare, etc.

    Click here to go to the site and browse through the different tabs to support the other causes as well.

    They also have some great products on sale that you can buy to support the causes - but it's not obligatory.

    I have the site as my home page so I remember to click daily - you should too!

    Now go go go and support the causes---->

    Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Deal of the Week! [FOOD]

    Every food-themed piece of jewelry is 20% off!

    These are the items you can buy on sale:

    Red and Yellow Doughnut Earrings

    Pink and Purple Doughnut Earrings

    Yellow, Dark Purple and Light Purple Doughnut Earrings

    Cookie Earrings

    Yellow, Dark Purple and Light Purple Doughnut Ring

    Pink, Purple and Yellow Doughnut Ring

    The code of the week is: FOOD

    In order to claim your discount, e-mail me the code of the week after your purchase and I will refund the money you have saved to you! :) SIMPLE!

    E-mail me the code here after purchasing your flower product(s) on sale!


    (NOTE: The sale does not apply to postage and packaging costs - they remain the same!)

    (PS. If you'd like to purchase the item(s) directly from me, e-mail me and it will be arranged + all food-themed items will be on discount for you as well of course ;) )


    City of Blinding Lights by U2

    The more you see, the less you know
    The less you find out as you go
    I knew much more then than I do now

    Neon heart day-glow eyes
    A city lit by fireflies
    They're advertising in the skies
    For people like us

    And I miss you when you're not around
    I'm getting ready to leave the ground

    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    In the city of blinding lights

    Don't look before you laugh
    Look ugly in a photograph
    Flash bulbs purple irises
    The camera can't see

    I've seen you walk unafraid
    I've seen you in the clothes you made
    Can you see the beauty inside of me?
    What happened to the beauty I had inside of me?


    And I miss you when you're not around
    I'm getting ready to leave the ground

    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    In the city of blinding lights

    Won't leave me as I am
    But time won't take the boy out of this man

    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    Oh you look so beautiful tonight
    In the city of blinding lights

    The more you know the less you feel
    Some pray for others steal
    Blessings are not just for the ones who kneel... luckily

    This is one of my favourite songs.
    I love the band U2.

    I think of Dubai whenever I listen to this song.
    I love the lyrics and melody.

    I've written an analysis of this song, and I'll be posting it soon :) 

    Do you like it?
    What do you like to listen to?
    When you listen to music, do you listen to the lyrics or the music - or both (like me)?

    Monday, May 16, 2011

    Crocheting a House

    I want to crochet a whole house someday!
    One that's big enough to stand inside.

    Wouldn't that be cool? 
    But until that someday.. I've made this: 

    I crocheted this little house last autumn as a present for my friend.

    She was going to England for a year, and I made this house to tell her that she would be missed.

    I put a heart chocolate inside to say that home is where the heart is.

    The "roof" can be taken off so that she can store her nick-nacks in it.

    I hoped this house could act as a friend for her when I wasn't around and that she would remember that I would always be here at home when she comes back.

    Do you like the house? :)
    This could also be the perfect home warming present or going away gift.
    Would you buy a house like this?

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