Jahn Ekenæs (1847-1920)

Women doing Laundry, 1891

Family in Norwegian Fiord Landscape, 1908

Little Girl with yellow Headscarf

Fishing with 'ruse'

Emma Zorn (1860-1942)

Anders and Emma Zorn, ca. 1885

In January 1881 the swedish painter Anders Zorn met his wife to be; 
Emma Lamm (1860-1942). She who came from a distinguished Jewish family 
from Dalarö near Stockholm. They got engaged secretly same year and married on 
the 16th of October 1885. In 1886, Anders Zorn and his wife Emma, had bought 
land close to Mora church and here they moved a cottage from his maternal 
grandfather's farm. When Anders and Emma Zorn decided to return to 
Sweden after several years abroad, they began to enlarge the
 cottage. Zorngården was completed in 1910

Anders and Emma Zorn. 

 Anders and Emma Zorn in Paris, 1889

 'Emma Zorn, Reading', 1887
by Anders Zorn ( 1860-1920)

Winter - in front of Zorngården. In the doorway is 'Mona' (Anders Zorn's mother)
 with Oscar Björck. In the first sleigh is Emma Zorn, next to Carl Larsson. 
Behind it is Anders Zorn in a wolf skin coat and Prince Eugene on skis 
and in the sleigh behind them is Karin Larsson (hard to see...)

Nordiska museet

Etching by Anders Zorn - self portrait with Emma Zorn

Emma and Anders Zorn, n.d.

Emma with Shepherd Hat, 1883
painted by Anders Zorn 

 Again in front of  Zorngården; this time in 1910. Emma and Anders Zorn.
Next to Anders Zorn is his mother 'Mona' - Grudd Anna Andersdotter.
The statue in front is called  'Morgonbad' - The Morning Bath.
It is designed by Anders Zorn

Emma Zorn

Anders Zorn, Emma Zorn and Emilie

Anders Zorn: 'Portrait of Emma in the Paris Studio', 1894

60s Swedish mid-century table runner for Christmas

 This Christmas retro vintage table runner is adorable with Swedish 
pattern; with candle lights in orange, yellow and red. The colours 
are still bright, and it is really nice to look at. Jute cloth.
It is 35 x 98 cm /13.8" x 38.5"

Purchase it here: Inspiria, Etsy

The Danish brand 'Aiayu'

The Danish brand 'Aiayu' is rooted in love for quality and sustainability, 
with a mission to create rich and durable products with an extraordinary story.
Everything is carefully crafted at its origin, where the expertise  to handle it, is 
the greatest. In Bolivia Aiayu found a previously unknown llama wool quality that 
 undergoes a manual de-hairing process, which is not used anywhere else. The quality 
is unique in its softness and is less prone to pill due to the long fibers of the llama. In 
2006 Aiayu became the first brand to introduce this kind of processed llama wool 
to the fashion industry. Aiayu means soul in the native tongue of the 
indigenous people in Bolivia, and was a name carefully picked 
by the workers, making it even more special

 Aiayu's website is here

Thea is a rich hand knitted beanie, in an oversize kable stitch and a rib border.
A beautiful and stylish handcrafted style. 100% Babyllama wool

Yoko is soft and warm mitts with a lovely mix of stripes
 and checkered pearl knitpoint. 100% Llama wool

Cosy blankets and pillows in 100% Llama wool


'Love at First Sight'

by Bianca Ramone in Lapland, Finland

Wooden candel holder from Sweden

A four-armed wooden candel holder from Sweden.
On the bottom it reads Gunnar, Sigrid, Kalle and the town Dala-Järna
It is huge: 37 cm/14 1/2" in height and the width is 35 cm/13 3/4".
It can be yours! Go shop here: Scandi Moda, Etsy

Carl Larsson (1859-1928): 'A Miner's Home'

Storehouses in Sweden... härbre, ájtte and njalla

Carl Larsson: 'Härbre in Winter Sun', 1917

'Härbre' or 'stolpbod' is a Swedish small storehouse/barn for storage of food, clothing 
and miscellaneous gear. It is like the Norwegian 'stabbur'. It is not uncommon 
with a härbre that has two, or even three floors; the top floor - especially in 
the summer time - was used as sleeping space, but also in 
winter when a wood stove was installed...

 ...oh, take a look at this modernized härbre -
one can't but love it!

Two photos of Mas-Olle's härbre in Siljansnäs, Sweden
The photos are by Jan Ainali and Einarspetz

I'm sure I've posted this one before...but...
Carl Larsson: 'Rättvik Girl by Wooden Storehouse'

Saami man in front of a traditional Sami storehouse
on pillars, Åsele in Västerbotten, Sweden

Saami store house - Ájtte, in Ammarnäs kyrkstad
photo by Skogsfrun

 The Saami had two kinds of storehouses they uses
in the summer and winter period; one was called 'ájtte'; it
is a store house on four pillars - where all sorts of equipment was stored. 
The other type of store house was a 'njalla' - known in English as a 'bear cache'; 
a place designed to store food outdoors and prevent wolverines and other animals 
from accessing it. The reindeer herding Saami stored reindeer meat from the autumn 
 slaughter until they returned in the early spring - but storehouses like these were
 used by other  Saami groups as well.  The Njalla often stands on only one pillar.
A tree trunk with carved steps ladder was used for both the types of store 
houses. This was removed when the site was left...

 photo by Skogsfrun

Two old Sami men from Västerbotten, Sweden in front of an ájtte.
The reindeer herding Saami are many and most are well off and wealthy. 
The Saami from Västerbotten often moves the herds to the Gulf of 
Bothnia  and during summers partly to Norway

from the wonderful Saamiblog

 Saami storehouses for food in Malå, Västerbotten Sweden
Storehouses were built in places where herding Saami used to stay
 for somewhat longer time during the reindeer migration...

 Drawing of Saami tent and njalla
from Scheffer's 'History of Lapland', n.d.

Ájtte at Samernas utbildningscentrum in Jokkmokk

Traditional raised Saami storehouse, displayed at Skansen, Stockholm
A similar structure, the izbushka, is mentioned in Russian fairy 
tales as a 'house with chicken legs

Folkloric Swedish embroidery skirt

'Santa Lucia' embroidered skirt by Hanna Andersson
Supersoft corduroy meets up with a whole party of folkloric Swedish 
embroidery in the cutest red Christmas skirt ever...

Purchase it here: Hanna Andersson

John Johansson (Lapp John)

Violinist and author John Johansson (Lapp John) 
painted by Carl Larsson, 1910. His body stature was nearly 2 meters
If you read Swedish, please learn more about Lapp John here

A detail from Carl Larsson's 'Breakfast in the Open', 1913