Thursday, December 11, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014


It was YuleFest weekend at the Nordic Heritage Center in Seattle.  We don't do a lot of craft fairs, in fact, we don't really do any at all, as they are a ton of work, but we loved being a part of this one.

This yearly event is a great fundraiser for an institution that works hard to continue the heritage of Scandinavian culture in the Northwest, and besides, it is really, really fun.  Music, shopping, food, and more Nordic sweaters and blonde hair than you could ever imagine.

It really is a great way to kick off the holiday season--and I love that it is the weekend before Thanksgiving, making the holiday season last as long as possible, and a little less busy once December hits.

Disclaimer: The photos below are from my phone.  They're a bit blurry, grainy, and it was beginning to get dark when I finally got a chance to take some pictures.  I was just too busy all weekend to pull out the real camera.  It is fun to get a look at this fantastic old building, though, and take a peek at our booth.

Welcome to the Holiday Season!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rosemal Teapot and Country Living Magazine

Our Rosemal Teapot is being featured in the Country Living holiday gift guide: 12 Perfect Presents Priced Under $50!  Check it out to see our fun teapot in blue, and a host of other unique gifts.

We also carry the Rosemal teapot in black, and matching mugs in both colors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vintage Scandinavian Christmas

We've added a few things to our vintage shop, and if you like Scandinavian, vintage, Christmas or those things combined, you are in luck.

Check out all of our vintage Scandinavian items at Old School Swede!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Yulefest 2014

After taking a few years off, we will again be participating in the Yulefest celebration at the Nordic Heritage Museum in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

We are so excited for the opportunity, and are so looking forward to the food, decorations, holiday spirit, and Nordic camaraderie that this kind of event brings!

At our booth we will be selling our signature dishes, towels, pillows, and a variety of other fun products.  We will also have a limited quantity of all natural, and wonderfully scented Alpine Hills Soap.  They are the most fantastic soaps, and they make great gifts.

We will be located in the new, outside tent area in the parking lot of the Museum.

Stop by on November 22nd or 23rd from 10-5!

Yulefest location:
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

Monday, September 29, 2014

Autumn Picnic

Sources: (all are Swedish Country Table Rosemal in Black)

Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the shop.

Throw pillows with bright and bold free-form designs are now available.  Printed on U.S. made, 100% unbleached cotton canvas.  Our inks are water-based and non-toxic.  And the colors are so fun!

Overstitching around edge is in a complimenting color.

And no two are exactly alike!  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lots of Dots

I'm working on some new fabric designs that will soon be a new selection of pillow inserts and kitchen towels for the shop.  I've been free-form printing them instead of stenciling or screen printing, as I'm really liking the varied, imperfect look.

Lately I've really been into patterns that are geometric and simple, as I think they make a great statement in a room. They can be really nice for pairing with other busier patterns that you might already have in your home, whether of the same color, or a complimenting color.  They also add a nice touch of whimsy to a room, and keep things bright and fun, which can be great addition to a space if the decor is in danger of getting too "serious".

The fabric I'm working with is 100% unbleached cotton, made in the US, and really durable.  It is pretty similar to the fabric from the outdoor canvas pillows we sold last summer, but just a little bit less rigid.  It holds up well to a lot of use, and has a nice industrial touch to it.

Stay tuned--the finished products will be in the shop soon!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Old School Swede Sale

Memorial Day Weekend Sale in our vintage shop!  Now through Monday recieve 30% off everything with code MEMORIAL30.

Enjoy and Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Food52 Spring and Summer Wedding Collection

Our Rosemaling plates are still being featured at Food52 in their Spring and Summer Weddings Collection.

And as such, I though we should take a look at some of the other items in the collection, as there are some absolutely gorgeous things.

First up, the Floral Letterpress Coasters from Sesame Letterpress.

These coasters are (extra heavy beverage) paper, but are anything but your normal paper coaster. They are printed with rubber-based ink which means they don't bleed and are actually reusable.  They come in four gorgeous floral patterns, and would make such an unexpected and fantastic wedding gift.

Next up, the Jadeite Glass Cake Plate by Mosser Glass.

I've always loved jadeite, but this piece is exceptionally pretty with its footed glass bottom and clean lines. I love the vintage-y feel, and the fact that is is handmade.

Next, the Pour la tourtiere d'Annette Stoneware Pie Plate by Art et Manufacture.

A beautiful ceramic tart plate with a fluted edge and unique, one-of-a-kind design.  And I have such an affinity for blue and white.

Last but not least, the Walnut Pizza Peel by Primal Kitchen.

Such a useful tool if you make pizza often (like we do) and goes really well with their walnut pizza cutter if you like the idea of getting a set.  Almost too pretty to use!

So these are some of my favorites from the collection, but there are many more lovely items, perfect for giving as a wedding or anniversary gift this season!  See the whole collection here.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Etsy Wedding Registries

Etsy offers such a unique opportunity for brides and grooms - to create a registry that spans any of their handmade or vintage shops and allows them to register for a million different items, all in one place.

Creating an Etsy registry is incredibly easy, and the real brilliance of it is that items can be pulled from any of the thousands of different sellers, to curate a really unique, well-suited registry that speaks volumes about them and the home they are creating.  And of course, registering this way supports independent artists and small businesses galore.

Swedish Country Interiors has been a part of a few different registries, and each time we've found it such an honor to be a part of the process of helping a couple start their life together, and assisting them in furnishing their home. And it's pretty cool to think about them using our dishes for dinner parties, holidays, and everyday meals for years to come.

This article leads you through the process of building a registry step by step, and this is where you get started, if you're interested in doing so.  It's also easy to access from the Etsy homepage--look for the link in the top, left-hand corner.

For ideas on what other couples are registering for, or to get some creative tips for decor, party favors, themes or how-to's, check out the Etsy wedding blog for a wealth of information.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Art Prints

Did you know we have art prints in our Swedish Country shop?

Printed on slightly textured, white, 210g cardstock with high-quality ink.  Prints are sold in 8x10 size, but can be custom ordered in any additional size you need.  We can also do a custom color for you, if you would prefer something other than black or red, our commonly stocked options.  Let us know if we can help you with a special order.

Currently, we are offering our Rosemaling and Dala Horse designs--both are a great way to add a little Swedish vibe to your home!

These prints also make great gifts.  Think spring weddings, birthdays...and don't forget Mother's Day!