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Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes

Snowflakes in Bozeman that stayed on my nose and eye lashes. A trip to the mountains last week for my sisters wedding. Owen had her wearing the most beautiful smile I’ve seen, she dressed in her hand made traditional Norwegian dress and set the scene in Western Montana.

It was more picturesque than Julie Andrews making the hills come alive with her sound of music.
She made our silver white winter hearts melt into spring and Kacie Q Photography captured the moment perfectly.

The Bunad is the traditional Norwegian dress. Women have theirs, men have theirs. Today it’s worn for celebrations and special occasions. The style details are different for each region-so if you’re from Gudbrandsdalen like our family, your bunad may look just like my sister’s.
Gudbrandsdalen is a valley and traditional district in the Norwegian county of Oppland. The valley is oriented in a north-westerly direction from Lillehammer and the lake of Mjøsa, extending 230 kilometers toward Romsdalen. (thx wiki)

Heres the short of how it happened:
The first choice: A person can buy a custom made bunad made in Norway in exchange for their first child or opt for a kit that costs a mere small fortune that you can take home and sew yourself. The first decision: My sister flexed her I-can-do-this muscles in Olso and bought the “Bunad kit”
Sister and mother spend 1.5 years of every moment of free time in a rocking chair hand embroidering
iGina@HGM video called Montana for measurements across states, custom re-sized the dress form, draped and made the pattern, constructed the wool (fully lined with linen) bodice, and while my mother topstitched the bodice, I draped and constructed the skirt.

Our mother nailed the finishing details of applying the 125 inch embroidered hem, and 20 hooks&eyes and snaps.

50 hours of work on top of full time obligations over 8 days later, we’re two high-fiving proud loopy seamstresses. We all do crazy things for our families, right?
Along with successfully finishing an insane project that was just as challenging as it was rewarding…

Here are a few more of my favorite things : Mars bars | alliteration | chips, of any kind | snowboarding with my nephew | 4-wheeling & jet skiing | baths | memorizing lyrics and poetry | 6am hot yoga | wearing a bun on top of my head and calling the bun a “pug” | popcorn | tea | new perfume | buying coffee for a friend | new experiences | laughing so hard it hurts | singing loud in the car with a friend | fresh air | warm sunshine |

Until next week, ha en god dag! ha det!

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