Do you ever thrift and feel that you are just five minutes behind everything fabulous? Or maybe 30 minutes? My thrift intuition seems to be turned off at the moment. My first hour on Saturday was simply a waste of time. I went to search for an estate sale in a neighborhood sale boasting 45 sales but I found next to nothing. Eventually I made it to a charity sale and found some book inventory and a few mid century modern items before driving another 15 minutes to go to an estate sale in a retirement community. I was pretty frustrated at that point but that disappeared when I walked in the door and found a Swedish paradise.
When I was 16 I spent a year in Norway as an exchange student. I also traveled to Sweden, Finland and Russia during that year and really fell in love with the Scandinavian culture. I even have a 1/4 Norwegian blood in me. When Cerys was 9 months old we took a trip to Sweden. I was hooked by then but it was only when I started getting interested in Mid Century Modern and Danish Modern that I began to collect everything Swedish.
This is a Lisa Larson gnome.
Santa Lucia. Most Waldorf Schools have a Santa Lucia celebration in 2nd grade. It was beautiful to watch the girls in their white gowns and candles sing the song as they wandered from classroom to classroom.
These were in a bag that said "Tomtes for the Christmas dinner table." Tomtes are very mischievousness little beings causing mayhem wherever they are. Tomten is the star of Jan Brett's book Hedgie's Surprise.
It's funny but during the morning with my frustrations I felt rather tired. When I arrived home and began to show Dave my finds, I forgot all about the dreadful sales. These little gifts from Sweden are going to be in our lives for years. Every year we'll bring them out at Christmas and careful decorate our mantel, shelves and displays. Dave actually showed quite a bit of emotion as I showed him each piece. He told me me that his Grandmother in the north of England also had many of these in her home for Christmas. And so begins a tradition for our own family; A taste of Sweden in our California home.
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