My name is Titti (pronounced Tee-Tee) and I was born in Sweden some 30 years ago.
My husband, with some help from the internet, is responsible for "importing" me to the States in 2004 which is the same year we got married.
Because we met on the internet. Yep. And neither one of us is an axe murderer, much to our friends' and families' great surprise :) I was in Sweden, he was in Texas. We did the long distance thing for about 3 years (oh, the heart ache every time one of us had to get on a plane after one of our few and far between IRL meets) before he finally asked me to marry him. And we did. In Stockholm, Sweden. Outdoors, one morning in May, down by the water.
The joy to finally be his forever :) But bureaucracy demanded that I stay behind in Sweden for 3 months before my immigration papers were final. And then I packed my two bags and took a plane to my new life in Texas.
We lived happily ever after. When the first kid came along I became a stay at home mom and after everything settled down again about 6 months later I started feeling like I wanted to do something for me, something I enjoyed. Reading books was virtually impossible, I couldn't keep up with the story line with the constant baby interruptions every 2 pages so I started reading crafting and decorating books I got at the library instead, or magazines. I was much more likely to get to finish an article or a project idea because of the shorter format with lots of pictures.
I got hooked. Addicted to the crafting bug, the decorating high. I'd always been handy, creative and interested in thrift store shopping and now all those elements came together. Further fuel on the fire came when we bought our first house - my own blank canvas to play with!
Needless to say I don't fit any standard molds and I like being different. I've always been fascinated by India - the colors, the exoticism of it. Which led me to the Moroccan style as well. That's why this Swede isn't doing a lot of the mainstream American (or Swedish for that matter) decorating and crafting, but it all has to have my own little exotic twist to it. If this Indian/Moroccan thing is just a fling or something I'll do for the rest of my life I don't know. I'm just running with it :)
I love having you with me on this journey of documenting all my crazy projects on my way to making our little home a perfect oasis, our Shoestring Pavilion.