a girl called Ray

Instagram has taken over my life
This is a few photos from lately
Come follow me over there, since I'm rarely here anymore
Too much going on in life
It's just easier with IG where I can just snap on the go

Changed my name over there
To something closer to my real name

So go follow @agirlcalledray 




1. gorgeous light and my workshirt. WhiteOnWhite. Love!
2. inside my latte.
3. I bought myself some jewelry, cause sometimes we girls deserve something nice
4. on rainy days I stay inside and read old magazines
5. garlic garlic garlic
6. white linens in the bedroom
7.  my favorite perfume - NOA-
8. I've been traveling alot lately, and I'm so scared of flying
9. and this is a cake I made recently. The love for baking is getting bigger and bigger...

That's my instagram lately
Wanna follow me? 




Lately I've been changing out some interior at home, and also got some of the pictures I've taken of my daughter up on the wall. I'm out walking - taking pictures of nature, spending time with my daughter at the library a lot or in coffee shops, I'm also making and eating good food. Baked a cake for a friends daughter's birthday and searching for a new job. 

The sun has arrived in Bodø, and life is in general very good!

And my daughter made this cute collage with some of the pictures I've taken of her over time.... 
So I stole it ... 



Knitting and writing grocery lists over a hot cup of tea, is pretty much the only thing I want to do today. 
Lazy Saturday... 

The weather is cold and more snow fell over night,
but we don't mind taking it slow, light some candles and just be! 

I wish you all a good weekend



Testing Testing Testing

I am still practising food photography, without much luck... 
Or better said, I'm not happy with any results yet ... 
But a friend are letting me borrow his flash, I need more props - and of course a few reflectors... 
So I keep going, and learn slowly... 

I tried to shoot my breakfast today... The same breakfast I eat every day...
I LOVE avocado, eggs and bacon, so LCHF suits me very well... 



A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014
Linking up with


Here is a few from the weeks when I didn't post
and more will come.... 



Yesterday I mentioned a magic coffee, and I thought I should share a little about it... 

After being someones girlfriend for several years + 4 failed attempts at IVF I gained more kg's than I'm comfortable with. On top of that I managed to eat healthy during the day, but when the evening came I always wanted some sort of snack. Soda and chocolate was my biggest sin. In the end, I wasn't very happy with what I saw in the mirror.

When I moved North - When I had my whole "starting over" project, I thought why not start over when it comes to my health and the way I see food at the same time?

So I did just that. I stopped with all the candy and soda. I started to eat more healthy, you know, eating "normal". But it didn't work for me. I was hungry all the time, and the craving for candy and soda never went away. So I did a little research, and decided to try LCHF again (I've tried it once before, but it didn't work because I knew too little about it and I didn't eat enough fat). 
It's a decision I haven't regretted. 

Since I stopped with carbs and started eating more fat instead  I've lost over 1 kg pr week. The craving for candy has disappeared, and I feel full all the time. I drink water, lots and lots of water, or tea or -  and here is where the magic coffee comes in. 
It's my kickstart of every day. Full of healthy fat, taste sooo good and gives an energy boost that last out the day! 

How I make it:
3 dl black (hot) coffee
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil

I put everything in a bowl and use a blender to mix it together. This way the texture will be all creamy and delicious! 
Drink up.

Coconut oil is very healthy and can help speed weight loss when consumed daily, it also helps improve digestion, increase the absorption of calcium and magnesium, its high lauric acid and MCFA content help boost metabolism, and it supports healthy thyroid function which is a huge plus for me! 

I've also thrown away all my expensive lotions, and use coconut oil only on my skin and in my hair 

Ok, I probably seem like a total coconut oil crazy! And I can proudly say that, YES I am!
 I love that stuff, and that coffee!!!



I've always categorised myself as a bohemian rock'n roller.... 
But no home can call it self bohemian without a few macrame plantholders, so I was pretty excited when I found 3 of them over at the thrift store... 

The plan was to hang them all in the same corner over the couch, but this pearl flower (can't remember the name) is so beautiful on its own so I have to reconsider and probably hang the other two somewhere else... 

Now it's almost time for my magic coffee! The one with butter and cocosa. 
Butter in coffee? people always ask, does that taste any good? Oh yeah! And I will share all about it a little later

For now I'm enjoying my livingroom, candles, some alonetime, the macrame plantholders, the fact that it's snowing, and - 
that Christmas is right around the corner... 

Simply taking pleasure in everyday life



Not far from my house you can find the biggest thrift store... 
And it's full of beautiful gems... 

My latest buy was the gems in the picture above... I payed 14 dollars, included was 3  g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s  macrame plantholders... 
I just hang one of them, and will show you tomorrow.

The chest which I use as a table (in my previous post), is also from that store.

I love old things, used things, a little worn, a little history ... It fits well in my house, which are slowly coming together... 





I've been away, obviously... Time just flew by so so fast

But we have been shooting, all tho - she's not so into it as she used to be
We will finish this years 52 project, I will upload all the pictures which are cramping my disc, but my hope to continue the project next year might be impossible

You know teenagers, they don't have time... for anything except school and friends
And she's tired of me being a "mamarazzi" 

So, this is a little preview of what's to come. I just have to do some edits +++ 
And then there will be like 12? weeks worth of pictures from the project coming your way

This is her Halloween look for tonight
She did all the make up and lashes herself, and I forced her to pose for me for a couple of shots before running out the door to a Halloween party

So for week 44 - Prettiest dead girl I've ever seen 
The rest will come

Linking up with Jodi and Living Arrows



A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014

Sara is playing around with makeup these days, and really like black lipstick. 
I told her no way she gets to go out the door looking like that, but that I could try to take a couple of cool photographs of her. 
And this is the result

Favs from last week linkup

Linking up with Jodi and Living Arrows



A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014

If you are living with a teen, you know they can be angels one minute, and something else the next.
Lucky for me the angel appears more often in this house
and today I caught her on camera


Linking up with Jodi and Living Arrows as always


Perfect for Two

Just peeking in real fast before I start painting the bedroom.

Sara was sleeping in this morning, and I had my first coffee at our tiny kitchen table by myself. 
We were finally done with that space late last night, and when the sun came through the windows this morning, I just had to snap a shots with my phone. A table perfect for two. 
Or just one, like earlier today.  



It's time

5 months ago I did this list. When I look back on it now, I can see the depression seep through my sentences. 5 months is not a long time, but oh, a lot have happened since then. It almost feels like a lifetime ago. So it's time to do it again

I'm taking stock

Making : a tiny, but cosy home for me and my daughter
Cooking : easy healthy meals
Drinking : coffee, black 
Reading: nothing really, other than blogs ofc
Wanting: a coffee-table
Looking: @ pictures. On interiorblogs, pinterest and IG
Playing: music while painting. Love this one 
Wasting: very little
Sewing: the answer to this will probably always be nothing
Wishing: the summer will hang around for a long time
Enjoying: Life as it is, right now
Waiting: for the paint to dry
Liking: this  b e a u t i f u l  home
Wondering: about everything and nothing
Loving: being single
Hoping: no gorgeous men will cross my path, so I can stay single for a very long time. hahaha.... 
Marvelling: over how much things change in such little time
Needing: nothing at the moment. I'm content! And it feels good.
Smelling: seabutter and warm vanilla
Wearing: oversized black, grey and white - most of the time.
Following: a lot of feeds over at IG
Noticing: everything fall into place
Knowing: him leaving the relationship was the right thing to do
Thinking: I should have had the balls to do it myself a long time ago
Bookmarking: this cute post over at Bohemian Diesel
Opening: my heart to new people
Giggling: several times every day
Feeling: this was the right move for us. Feeling happy... 


A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014

When Sara saw the apartment for the first time, empty - yellow and small, she wasn't feeling too great about it. 
She was more like "this is not going to be cosy"... 
But now we are all moved in, and even tho we don't have much - the rug, plants and couch instantly made the apartment more snug and cute. And for the last two days, we've been painting like crazy, turning this tiny place all white and gorgeous. 

To be honest, Sara hasn't been much help in that area, she's more into painting herself than the wall - 
I just had to laugh when I saw this, and send her on her way... 
But thanks for the tiny bit you did paint  

There is still a lot of work to be done here... But oh boy, it will be so nice when we/well - I am done. 

Linking up with Jodi and Living Arrows



When I was younger I wanted people around me all the time. 
I wanted people to visit me, if they couldn't I would visit them - And if I knew I had a night coming up without Sara, I had to plan something to do - perhaps drink - and figure out who I could socialise with. Because being alone, God damn, how boring was that? 
Alone? No way! 

But something changed in my late 20's. The need to have people around me all the time slowly went away, I started to love my own company, the silence and the calm. I became calm, finally. If I had a weekend without Sara, I started spending it home instead of going out. Just enjoying the easy slow mornings and even more slow evenings. I loved it. 

From then on and out, being alone when I want to, became important to me.

For the last month Sara and I have been refuges, or nicely told: on a very long summer vacation.
We've been living with friends, family, on hotels, travelling with airplanes, cars and boats. 
We've been social times 10, all day - every day.
I get tired just thinking about it. 

Today we got the keys to our new apartment. And I look forward to move in, to throw my feet on the table and just settle down. Being with friends and family, being social, going on vacations is all fine and dandy - 

but to come home, isn't that the best part of it all?! 



A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014

Overtired at the beach
Laughed until she cried
Time to go home
It was late

Haven't had time to go through all the photos from this weeks link ups, also I've been to busy to comment like I usually do. Later this week I'm sure things will calm down a bit over here, and we can start getting into our normal routines. It will be nice.

Linking up with Jodi and Living Arrows



As some of you know, I recently started sharing some pictures over at instagram. 
But it was the same pictures you could find here on the blog. 

You see, me and Sara have been timesharing one phone for over a year
A broken phone
Or really, A phone with a broken camera

Everyone have been ranting about instagram for years, but I never really got into it
I couldn't. Until now

Yesterday I bought a new phone
And I didn't get much sleep
Because I ended up exploring feeds, and couldn't for my life put my phone down

I'm sooo behind, but oh my - I LOVE instagram! 


And I will from now on, share a lot of pictures over there, which will not be found here
So if you want to see what we are up to outside of the blog, or maybe you are wondering what the story is behind the picture above? 
Then - head over to my feed  @sagabysteinsdotter

If you know of some beautiful feeds I SHOULD follow, let me know

PS. And how great is it, that I don't NEED to always have my big camera with me everywhere



my new shoes. I travelled up here with my winter boots only. Bad idea! So needed something light for these hot days. And in the second photo, Sara is wearing my kimono, from H&M. 

I could see why you would be fooled... But this is not Greece, it's Lofoten, Norway 


The most beautiful sunny day transformed into the most beautiful foggy night

the smell. the silence. the softness.

and this is love too