Thursday, December 13, 2012

välkommen!

     Hello there, and welcome to the first, shiny new post here at the Scandinavian Folk blog! I'm so happy that you've stopped by! This is a new endeavor for me, and I hope that you'll enjoy! Scandinavian Folk is something that has been rolling around in my brain for a bit, but then just sporadically came into being. Here I would love to share with you my love and interest in Scandinavian art, culture, folk lore, decorating, history, traditions and much more.
    My first introduction to Scandinavia and its people was really in the form of pioneers--- I live in the middle of the United States, in the prairie 'where the wind comes sweeping down the plain.' Many Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and other Scandinavian people came to this country as pioneers-- living in sod houses, braving the harsh elements-- to build prosperous lives for themselves. These stories were favorites of mine growing up as a child, and later I developed a love for their folk tales (especially St. Lucia) traditions, food, and as an artist now-- their folk art.
     It seems only fitting then that today, St. Lucia Day, this blog will official come into being!


     I don't claim to be an expert on 'things Scandinavian' by any stretch of the imagination--- but I do have a love of learning about other cultures, languages, quirky facts, beautiful art, and food traditions. This blog will be like a little adventure for me-- and for you! It is my hope that it will be as interactive as possible, and I've even set up a facebook page for us to chat on as well.
   I'd love to hear from you-- What your interests in Scandinavia are, if you have any family stories or traditions going back to Sweden, Norway, or the like, if you have any favorite Scandinavian books or stories, all that. 


  This first post is also a stop in the St. Lucia Blog Procession, which starts at my art blog, Audrey Eclectic! Please visit there to see a link to all the other blogs participating in the procession and see all their wonderful posts!

   Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again very soon!~
God Jul,
Heather

14 comments:

  1. Velkommen, gjor vel og sit! (Norwegian for welcome and come in and sit down). Your new site is so beautiful today with photos of the Dala horse and St. Lucia celebration. I have been reading a book about Norwegian Christmas celebrations and Norwegians love to have guests who visit, come and sit down and enjoy some coffee and perhaps a bit of pastry while they chat! I am here with my coffee and St. Lucia Bun. Looking forward to hearing from other people who are scandinavian and who will share some of their family traditions!

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    1. Thanks so much, Winnie! Hope you're having a wonderful St Lucia day!~

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  2. Congrats on your new project! I guess I'll actually have to get on facebook now. I started a page for my blog but just started updating it (through buffer app, not even really on facebook!) this week. I'm trying to get better at the whole social media thing.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lauren. Yes, we will suck you into the dark side of Facebook ;) I like it for business endeavors. You meet lots of nice people!

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  3. this Dala horse is amazing.God Jul!

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    1. Thank you! It's outside a shop in Lindsborg, Kansas. It's beautiful!

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  4. Thanks for this great processional idea. I've gotten a lot of ideas from the other blogs and maybe an impending heart attack from some Tosca squares. Congrats on your new blog, good luck :)

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    1. thank you so very much, and welcome!

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  5. Fabulous idea Heather! I have a feeling it will be a very popular blog and a wonderful source of photos and information. It will also be a great tribute to the Nordic culture. Of course I'm adding it to my blog roll list and will be looking forward to read each post.
    Good luck with your blog and keep up the good work. Just liked your FB page.x x

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    1. Thanks so much, Martha! I'm hoping so! :D

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  6. you might be interested about old Karelia, which we lost to Russia. my grandmorher was from there. they had their own wonderful folk style of dresses and scarfs. beautiful simple wooden houses.

    i cannot wait to send your little parcel and be more part of being active on your blogs.

    wondrous Christmas Heather or hyvää Joulua in Finnish.

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    1. I would love that Delila! Love hearing from you. I will look up old Karelia, it sounds fascinating. I just adore the old style dress. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying England!

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