THREE´S A CHARM



Cajsa Stina Åkerström is my queen in the singer-songwriter genre. Worth a listen even if you speak no Swedish at all. Vreden och stormen. Silje Nergaard rules the jazzpop genre. Chain of Days. Ingebjørg Bratland reminds me of Cajsa Stina but with less perfectionism and more folksy vocal ornamentation. Månesinn.
IMAGE: ITUNES.COM

DECEMBER BLUES

We are entering the second week in advent and Christmas is just a few weeks away, but I am not ready for the bright reds just yet. It seems as if I keep returning to a muted blue and green colour scheme this time of year. 
Throw pillows from Åhlens, Lexington and Svenskt Tenn. Glass jar from Iittala, Coasters from Svensk Tenn, Wooden teddy from Rosendahl, Brass napkin rings from Skultuna, Tea cup from Design House Stockholm, Plant from Plantasjen, Glass vase from Lyngby Porcelæn. 
IMAGE: PRESS OR PRODUCT IMAGES FROM ÅHLENS, LEXINGTON, SVENSKT TENN, IITTALA, ROSENDAHL, SKULTUNA, DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM, PLANTASJEN, LYNGBY PORSELÆN. 

THE NORTH SEA

Laurits Tuxen - The North Sea in stormy weather. After sunset. Højen - Google Art Project

"The North Sea in Stormy Weather. After Sunset. Højen." by Danish painter Laurits Tuxen in 1909.
IMAGE: PUBLIC DOMAIN VIA GOOGLE ART PROJECT 

LET THERE BE LIGHT


For someone who loudly laments always throwing away those few last centimeters of a candle, this is a dream come true! A ceramic burner where you place remaining bits of candles and reuse them! Genius! One small step towards a more environmental friendly christmas and winter season. Available both in an indoor and outdoor version!

This is a German product, not Scandinavian, but it immediately received GiftOfTheYear status for me. Read more at Vinnaljus. Available at Norrgavel.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE NORRGAVEL 

WISH UPON A STAR



Some christmas wishes are extravagant and some are plain and cheap. This is the latter kind, but on my most wanted list all the same. Pot pads a.k.a protective mats in felt to pare stacked pots and pans from abrasion and noise. Available at Ica Hemma.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE ICA HEMMA

OCTOBER PLAYLIST

Listen to our October playlist on Spotify. You find it in the sidebar to the right, or just click here.

IF YOU HAVE IT - USE IT

PEM-LTH-00090 Høyrekvinners Landsmøte i Trondhjem i 1930

Photo of the Women's Association in the Norwegian Conservative Party of Tromsø in 1930. Women had been eligible to vote as equals to men in 1913 after thirty years of suffrage.

"That we have the vote means nothing. That we use it in the right way means everything."
 Lou Henry Hoover

IMAGE: PERSPEKTIVET MUSEUM, TROMSØ

OCTOBER

Yellow throw pillow from Åhlens, moss green pillow Svenskt Tenn, Plate from Rorstrand, Vase Iittala, Wooden bowls IKEA, Stuffed animal IKEA, Crassula plant IKEA.
IMAGES: PRODUCT IMAGES ÅHLENS, SVENSKT TENN, DESIGNONLINE, IKEA

SWEDISH MEATBALLS Á LA IKEA

There are probably as many recipes for Swedish meatballs as there are Swedes. I usually free style mine with ground beef, garlic, paprika, some cut oats and a dash of cream.

This weekend I am trying out the IKEA recipe that is taking over the world. I live 17 minutes away from IKEA, so it makes little sense, but who doesn't prefer homemade?

MEATBALLS:
250 gm minced beef
250 gm minced pork
1 egg
200 ml cream and water
2,5 tbs onion, finely chopped
50 ml unsweetened rusk flour (or breadcrumbs)
2 potatoes, boiled and cold
4-5 tbs butter or margarine
salt
white pepper
allspice

CREAM SAUCE:
100 ml cream (half and half)
200 ml water or beef stock
chinese soy sauce
1 tbs white flour
salt
white pepper

If you want a step-by-step instead of a ingredient list, check out the excellent instructions from I am a food blog at IKEA Swedish meatball recipe.

I LOVE MY HOMETOWN

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I miss hurrying along the winding cobbled streets of Old Town in fall.
IMAGE:  OLD TOWN BY SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS

ITCHING TO STITCH


Korsstygnsbolaget gathers and publishes old embroidery patterns. I've been on the look out for a pattern that could be used on holiday pillows, and this is the latest candidate. I might need to change the colours to make it a better fit in our home but it's too bad because I quite like the folkloristic use of yellow, red and pastels in this one.
IMAGE: KORSSTYGNSBOLAGET, USED WITH PERMISSION 

POT LUCK


Few objects can blend well in a range of interior design styles and time periods, When I'm lucky enough to find one that would look great in rustic, classic and modern settings it goes straight to my wish list as well as my secret gift-list. This new favorite might host a small skinny fir tree this winter, then flowering bulbs in spring, and herbs during summer.

Ceramic urn in three sizes by Ernst Kirchsteiger available from Åhlens, Inreda.com, royaldesign.no and many other retailers.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE INREDA.COM