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Soon now…

I think we have seen the last of snow for now. We had a few centimeters early this week. It is all gone now. I had been a bit too optimistic, and planted out some green plants already. Sigh.  Yeah.  Might need to replant that.

The Castle Park in Oslo. Just so I remember how green looks like.  Photo – tomicrafts

I have been working on posting a few more items in my Etsy shop, but my day job has been my primary focus these past months. I am looking forward to getting back to the bench soon.

First, it’s all about celebrating 17th of May, our National Day this coming week.

Hygge

I read about it last year. That the norwegian word “hygge”, and what it represents had become a trend.  The sources I have read, all mentions it’s a danish word, some mentions it as scandinavian. It is also that, but norwegians have this perfected.  We have in addition the verb “kose” – which is what you activally are doing when you are in a state of “hygge”. There is however, a distinction between the two.  When a norwegian tells you that your last dinner with them was “hyggelig” , it’s more formal than when the same person tells you it was “koselig”. There is a distance in the choice of words.

The winter finally came to this old country of mine. It’s been a strange winter. Not even white on christmas eve.  But with the winter and cold outside the door, it’s even more necessary to make sure you have some “kos. “

Merry Christmas

 

My jewelry display at Norwegian Folk Museum Christmas Fair 2016

I so enjoyed my two days outside at the Norwegian Folk Museum last weekend. Loved being part of it all, loved meeting people I usually don’t meet. And I wasn’t feeling the cold, much.

I only had half of a small table. One I shared with Frøydis, who sew tote bags of lovely fabric. She also sell knitted Selbu mittens. The combination of our things, worked well I think.  I was rather happy with the sale that weekend.

My Etsy shop has been doing better than what I expected. I have not been able to list as many items as I would like, but people still find something of interest there, which I am grateful for.  I expect everything to dwindle down now, and tomorrow is the day of baking “Krumkaker” ! I wonder how long they will last this year.

Getting ready

It’s that time.

That time of the year when I need to wrap myself in 3 layers of wool, and head out in the snow to sell my jewelry.

This year I have 2 days at Norsk Folkemuséeum annual Christmas fair, at Bygdøy.  I have tested out various venues now over the last few years, and found a few I know I can do well at. This year I wanted to just go for the one at Bygdøy. I had a wonderful time there last year, so this is the one I am focusing on. It is much work these fairs, and I am not getting any younger.  I am so looking forward to it, even though the weather report says it will be -5 celsius. (23 fahrenheit) Hope people will still buy though, although I may have more success selling hot cocoa… Hoping!

 

Christmas fair at Norsk Folkemuseum Foto: Hakon Harris
Christmas fair at Norsk Folkemuseum Foto: Hakon Harris

 

 

Rose quartz

Genuine rose quartz  and sterling silver earrings 

After a few years as an aspiring artisan, I notice I am getting even more picky choosing what I want to work with. I am happy that I went into this thinking I needed to know where the gemstones originated.  I am also always looking for trustworthy sellers of gemstones, that can offer me variations my usual suppliers can not.

Fast forward to my newly bought strand of rose quartz from Madagascar.  These are oh so delicate and lovely. While the pink colour is not so saturated, it is natural after all, the quality of these are just stunning.

Rose quartz should always be stored in a dark place, as it can lose it’s colour very fast if  exposed to direct sunlight.