This baby mobile from Klippan just makes me smile.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE DESIGNTORGET WEBSHOP
There is something particularly interesting about seeing old images of places one has loved or lived. Johannes Flintsoe (1787-1870) has decorated one of the most famous parlours in the Royal palace in Oslo, fugleværelset. (Her Majesty the queen gives a short presentation of the parlour if you click here.)
Perstorp AB is a Swedish business group producing industrial chemicals. In the 1950s one of the founders designed a shopper in plastic. His grandchild put them back in production in 2006 and the Hinza bags are now considered a modern classic. I was hesitant about getting our family new plastic items, until I learned that the bags are extremely durable, and the plastic is recyclable.
At first I wanted one to store and transport all the library books that we are reading at the speed of light during home isolation. After trying to sort our recycling storage today, I think we might need more than a book carrier. It takes me 15 minutes to walk to the nearest glass and metal recycling container. Perhaps a couple of these in the kitchen nook is the perfect solution?
Available in several sizes and a wide range of colours, covers sold separately.
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Have you noticed the potted small wispy trees that are ubiquitous in the highly stylized, all white Scandi winter interiors (one example)? Karoline and Bjørnstjerene Bjørnson apparently had a fine specimen as well, as seen here in a photo from their living room at Aulestad in 1908.
IMAGE: BY PHOTOGRAPHER ANDERS BEER WILSE, FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF NORWAY
So for two years I have been trying to construct a situation where this basket is moved from the want-list to the need-list. Perhaps my last resort is to misplace our current breadbasket. If you invite me to a pot luck in the near future, please ask me to bring bread rolls...
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Have you come across the hashtag novent lately? It´s a term coined by the mother of Alexandra Malmqvist Olsson for christmas and advent preparations and celebrations in November. The term captured a modern day practice so aptly that it has been submitted to the official Swedish word book.
In the US, there is a different rhythm to the season, with Halloween; Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations about one month apart from each other. Three different celebrations, each with rather specific characteristics.
In Sweden, All Saints Eve is a big family dinner or gathering, in connection with lighting candles on the graves of loved ones who have passed. So there is a natural progression from the lighting of candles in the dark night, via gray skies, fog, frost, the first snow (depending on where in the country you live), to the advent season in late november. Over the past twentyfive years the advent season, along with its supposed accoutrements, has gained in significance. No longer a mere count down to the Christmas holidays, it is now considered the official start of the Holiday season, with the consequence that November now is a season of holiday preparation. A form of count down to the original countdown...
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I have been waiting for this collection to drop since I first heard about it three years ago. IKEA has teamed up with the founder of BYREDO, Ben Gorham, to launch a collection of scented candles aptly named osynlig, which means invisible in Swedish. Birch and juniper, fig and cypress, apricot blossom and bamboo, are among the many combinations available in IKEA stores from the 12th of November.
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Millions of families are forced to leave their homes around the globe, and girls are especially vulnerable when on the move. Much like Pippi, they have to navigate new neighbourhoods and rely on their own strength to create a home, a family, and a future for themselves.
Elinzfotografi is the creator behind the wonderful print above called "Girl Power", available in three sizes from the webshop. Parts of the proceeds support the campaign.
IMAGE: ELINZFOTOGRAFI, USED WITH PERMISSION