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When I worked in Falköping and did decor painting, I came into contact with Spångsjö Libergs' painting. They had started renovating Slöta church and needed someone who could gild the orbs that sit on the roof. And isn't it great that I work with gilding now as well? So I joined them and had a look at the church. Luckily I could take the globes off and bring them home with me.

This is how they looked before.

There wasn't much gold left.

Once at home, I cleaned them and primed with järnmönja (Because that's how they were treated before). Then I painted a layer of yellow linseed oil paint before it was time to add the gold leaf.

And this is how they turned out afterwards. Think what a little gold can brighten everyday life?

They look so tiny up there!

Beautiful church! Thank you for this time!

As you may know, I illustrate some for Nordens Ark. For the fifth year in a row now, I illustrate limited edition motifs every year that are printed on lots of different products in their own store in the park. I am so very proud, happy and grateful to be a small, small part in their hard work to save endangered animals! This year I also illustrated pictures for their large information sign outside the turtle ark and last Thursday it was finally time for the inauguration! And what a lovely day we had! The sun was shining and they had arranged everything so incredibly nicely for this big day! The Crown Princess Victoria, the postcode lottery, radio and television and everyone who has been involved in some way were there.

This is what the invitation looked like that went out to everyone involved. A snake-necked turtle that I drew for Nordens Ark.

The day started with a lovely lunch outdoors with live music.

Then we walked over to the ark.

A little speech before the opening (with Ellen Ljungqvist's fantastic mosaic turtles in the foreground).

Mats Höggren (CEO), Crown Princess Victoria, Jimmy Helgesson (tortoise expert) and a Greek country tortoise ensured that the ribbon was cut and the ark was inaugurated.

Our daughter Ebba thought it was very exciting with the turtles.