The people from my stake travelled by hired bus to Stockholm, took the over-night boat to Helsinki and then took another bus to Lohja, where we where to be quartered in two schools, one for the men and one for the women. We were some 500 participants, besides the leaders and chaperons. Over the week we had spiritual and secular classes, football (soccer) tournaments which the Swedish men and Norwegian ladies won, the Festinord Amazing Race with fun, silly, tiring, and slightly dangerous tasks to accomplish along the way, dances with different themes every night (Casual, Nordic Midsummer Night, Jungle, and Jazz, which was formal dress), diverse service projects in the community, Festinord’s Got Talent, which mixed brilliant talents with great sense of humour, and meeting a lot of old and new friends. Much as I like all of my friends, and not that I mind sharing my faith at all, there is still something restful about being with my friends in the church; I don’t need to explain certain aspects of how I think, feel and how I live my life, for they know, having the same point of view and the same goals and priorities in life. They are also a great example to me on how to live a good life as a Latter Day Saint. Love and hugs to you all!
Many, many things happened, and I doubt anyone but my family would be interested in it all, so I won’t go into details. This being mostly a sewing blog, I will however share pictures of the “I-need-something-to-wear-and-quick dress” I made the week before Festinord, for the formal Jazz party. I made it from red chiffon, with a black satin lining.
I had all the materials I needed, even the zipper, in my stash, and I made the pattern myself. I wanted it to have a sort of 1930’s-ish look to it, and I tried to put up my hair in a matching way. Someone said I looked like I came from an old movie, which was nice.