December 25, 2011
The elder generation of the Hansen Family brought us the little christmas-gnomes from denmark this year. They are made by Asa Gotander. She made her first "Skaggtomte", ie bearded gnome in the late 1980's. In 1993 she built a small workshop next to her house on the Swedish countryside and called it Asas Tomtebod, Asa's Gnome Workshop. Her charming wool gnomes gained more popularity locally every year until they became a huge gnome hit nationwide after Asa presented them at a Stockholm fair 2000. Now she makes over 55.000 a year, each one handicrafted and an individual personality. Asa Gotander tells she got the inspiration from "a walk in the forest or just out of nowhere".
December 23, 2011
some last minute must haves :
Richard Babcock, the father of Pat Babcock Sorensen, was an architect who built furniture in his spare time. Tired of finding, hauling, displaying, watering and disposing of the bulky, needle-dropping, space-guzzling evergreen every Christmas, he came up with a simple and non-messy alternative to real Christmas trees. He designed two wooden trees - a life-size version that stands at 6 feet and suspends from the ceiling with a thin wire and a 3 foot tabletop version which uses a base stand for support. Both were designed to be easy to set up, take down and store compactly, making the trees are a smart and stylish alternative. Get your tree here
In the early 1900s, a Danish postal clerk came up with the idea of selling Christmas seals to raise money for children with tuberculosis. Over 100 years later, these “cinderella” (unofficial postage) stamps have become a worldwide holiday tradition. In 1962, Erik Petersen designed this sheet of Christmas seals, depicting the gamle håndværk (”old trades”) of Denmark.
We love the Nativity Set by house industries, an homage based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his son’s house. Made in the USA. Printed with child-safe non-toxic inks.
... and a modern gingerbread house. Glaedelig Jul to everybody!