Monday, June 30, 2008

Show n Tell June 30th

This week will I show n tell some about my trip to Sweden in May. Some of you already know that I’m Swedish and that all of our families still live over there.

In May did I go home for two weddings in ten days, first weekend home my brother got married and the weekend after my cousin, it was 10 very hectic but fun days.
My brother and his fiancée got married in beautiful church next to the ocean, after the ceremony all of us walked to the little harbor for an hour boat trip to the reception.

We passed several charming cottages on the way to the reception
One of the centerpieces that I made for the reception, I brought the crowns from over here and the Trolls are made by Solkatter & Dammråttor

I also had some time to visit Vimmerby were we used to live before we moved to US, Vimmerby is one of the oldest towns in Sweden.

The historical park

Views from the old cobblestone Main Street


My cousins wedding

The days between the weddings did I spend at my parents, they still live there I grow up. As a kid did you not see the beauty but now…..that’s a whole different story, anyway it was a beautiful week!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Have you heard?

What, what, what?
We are going to the Beach!
Who is going to the Beach?
Sisters Gift Company and the Make Mine Pink Boutiques

Wanna come?
This Friday, June 27th are the
Sisters Gift Company and the Make Mine Pink Boutiques going to the Beach. Please, come and join us for one day specials and an unique shopping experience. We will meet you at the Beach!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Show & Tell June 23

First of all, thank you all sweet Pinkies that left so many sweet comments on my first Show & Tell last week, I should have thanked you all one by one but this last week just went by in a flash!! This was my first Pink Friday and then I have set up shop at Granny’s Attic in Temecula, so my week has been packed to say the least. The pictures are from my booth, I just got started and need to bring in so much more stuff and do all the fluffing but it’s a good start, I think!

I thought I would tell you how I got all my “stuff”, I worked for a Gourmet Coffee & Tea company from 1996 until last march last year, at the most did we have 9 locations around the Los Angeles area. I started as an extra Christmas help doing gift baskets and more or less run the company behind the scenes last couple of years. The stores all sold as the owner got some health problems and wanted to retire and I took over the remaining “stuff”.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Glad Midsommar! Happy Midsummer!

by Po Tidholm
Summer in Sweden is short. It starts showing its face in May and explodes into life in June. The summer has to hurry to get things done before the nights turn cold in September and everything stops growing. At Midsummer, the Swedish summer is a lush green and bursting with chlorophyll, and the nights are scarcely dark at all. In the north, the sun never sets.
The start of summer holidays
Swedes are fairly well attuned to the rhythms of nature. At Midsummer, many begin their five-week annual holidays and they, too, are in a hurry to get things done. Midsummer Eve is celebrated in the countryside – as always – and on the day before, everyone leaves town, everything closes and the streets are suddenly spookily deserted.
The country’s main thoroughfares, on the other hand, are packed. Queues of cars stretch away into the distance, and at the end of the road, family and friends wait among silver birches in full, shimmering bloom.

Maypoles and dancing
Midsummer is an occasion of large gatherings – and to be honest, many Swedes take advantage of it to fulfil their social obligations so that they can enjoy the rest of their holiday in peace. In many cases, whole families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer.
Swedes like the world to be well-ordered, so Midsummer Eve is always a Friday. People often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole, which is a key component in the celebrations.
The maypole is raised in an open spot and traditional ring-dances ensue, to the delight of the children and some of the adults. Teenagers tend to stay out of it and wait for the evening’s more riotous entertainment.

Herring and boiled new potatoes
A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and raw red onion. This is often followed by a grilled dish of some kind, such as spare rib or salmon, and for dessert the first strawberries of summer, with cream.
The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced. Every time the glasses are refilled, singing breaks out anew. Swedes like drinkingsongs, and the racier the better.
Midsummer is an occasion invested with a certain nostalgia. Deep inside, Swedes are all agreed on what it should look like and how it should proceed. So after dinner, many people still want to go out dancing, just like in the old days. Preferably on an outdoor dance floor beside a lake as the evening mist settles and the sound of the orchestra echoes back from the rocky hills on the opposite shore.
Mysterious Midsummer
On their way home, girls and young women are supposed to pick seven different species of flowers and lay them under their pillows. At night, their future husbands appear to them in a dream.
Legend has it that the night before Midsummer’s Day is a magical time for love. It still is, in a way. During this night many a relationship is put to the test. Under the influence of alcohol, the truth will out, which can lead both to marriage and to divorce.
Like Whitsun, Midsummer is a popular time of year for weddings and christening ceremonies. Despite their poor showing as churchgoers, Swedes still like to wed in a country church with a flower-bedecked, arched entrance and beautiful hymns.
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Po Tidholm is a freelance journalist and a critic with the Stockholm daily, Dagens Nyheter. Po Tidholm wrote the main sections about how we celebrate in Sweden today.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Show and tell June 16th

Today will I show you some “behind the scenes” pictures of my corner in the world. I started Sisters Gift Company in April last year and work from a 900 sqf warehouse just outside Los Angeles. As you can tell I have a lot of "stuff" and I need to get it moving!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! Never in a million years did I think I would have a blog but as the girls says over at MMP "go ugly" and this is not going to be pretty, I will promise that!!