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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

 

 

Custom order – Larvikite pendant

Larvikite pendant
Wrapping a larvikite pendant with copper

I find these difficult to do. Not technically, people are usually asking about something I already do. But timewise. Communication can be challenging, even more so online. The whole process can be time consuming. At this point in life, I am not always sure I have the free time needed to ensure that we are in agreement, so custom orders are not something I do often.

However , when a woman from south of Norway contacted me asking if I could make a larvikite pendant like this for her, I said yes at once. She had already seen the product, knew what to expect, had time to wait for me to finish weaving, and last but not least – was going to use them almost exactly as I had. Gifts for family and friends. We set a date, I got some extra supplies imported – and could start a bit before I had said I could. It was slow at first. I had to start over on the first one (she ordered several) seeing as I was a bit out of practice. I entered a certain flow, and worked on them when I had the time, finishing them all before my own deadline. Yay!

I had sent off some photos of the work in progress. The reaction was good, and she was happy. She had ordered a few more of these, but I had no stones left in stock. I was able to buy a few more from my supplier, and made a video for her to see so she could pick one she wanted. I sent off the pendants I already I had made, and the video of the new stones I had acquired.

I never heard back from her alas. Maybe life got busy, or her plans changed. That means however that I have a few pendants to wrap closing in on christmas. If you would like these specially made for you, I can do that. Check out the video linked and let me know which one you would want wrapped. The cost is 300NOK +shipping.

I will post these eventually on Etsy. This is just an opportunity to order beforehand.