Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Wedding craft projects

Here’s a quick update for you! I’m wading through wedding related craft projects, things I really can’t show you yet. Like the things in the photos or the cake toppers which make me giggle a bit. There are headbands for the bridesmaids and me on top of organising a lot of people back in Sweden. In between things I’m baking cakes for the fun of it and working slowly on a hand stitched patchwork. It works as a break from all the wedding hysteria and who’s ever said no to cake? James work colleges sure never have and I think they quite like the idea of me making cakes for them.

James birthday is coming up soon too and for once I’m a little lost for gift ideas. Anyone got good tips? He got everything he needs, the worst kind you know, to think up gifts for. I’ll make him a cake for sure but there must be something else out there that would be a great gift too.  

Right, I need to tend to the cake in the oven... See you soon!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Another jubilee and I'm home

Paper work - kind of a traditional party decoration
I’ve been back in London for some days now getting used to the big city craziness. After my two weeks in Sweden with very little sound pollution and even less people it was a bit of a shock landing at Gatwick Airport late Wednesday evening last week.

Woven and/or embroidered mostly in wool
Sweden was good. My wedding dress is to the essentials made, even if it was tight time wise! Most of the big things regarding the wedding have been set in motion and we’re drowning in to do lists. Feels a bit crazy and stressful actually but we’re working through it.

Wood work bowl with teeth
Even if most of my time was spent sewing or preparing and planning for the wedding I did have time for some other things. The opening of a jubilee craft exhibition in Falun was one thing I went to with my Mom and her friend. It was great seeing some contemporary Swedish crafts developed from all the craft traditions that are still very much alive in Sweden.

Pillowcases made from old, probably handwoven, linnen towels
It was also wonderful to see how an environmental friendly approach has become more prominent and important to many crafters there. Which I kind of miss here in design crazy London actually. There seem to be more happiness and playfulness in the Swedish craft scene too. Local amateur based ones as well as the professional ones. I have a theory about that though much to do with society, culture, politics and mindsets. Maybe more about that some other time.

More funny paper work
I’ll show you some more photos from Sweden soon. First here are some photos from the exhibition. 

Embroidered bags in wool