Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Daughters of Norway

Although I am a little busy lately, I have decided to join the Pauline Fjelde #51 lodge of the Daughters of Norway. The sisterhood, as I like to jokingly refer to it, was formed recently, although Minnesota did have one that disbanded in the 1950s, I believe. In order to be a member you have to know the name of one of your relatives who came over from Norway or be married to someone of Norwegian descent. We meet every third Saturday from 10-12 a.m. at Hope Lutheran church in dinkytown (if anyone is interested). I found out about it because Kelsey helped get it going and was recruiting people to join. Ages of the members range, but most are quite a bit older than us.

I am 50% Norwegian so I thought it would be a fun way to learn more about my family's heritage, get out of the house and see my friends at least once each month, plus meet new people. I particularly enjoy the craft activities, as you may of guessed.

Kelsey, me, Glenda and Kristen making woven Christmas hearts.

Although these hearts originated in Denmark, the Norwegians have taken a liking to them and have adopted them as their own. Here is a little before/after above. I made them out of felt and it was quite a bit easier than paper.

Here is someone demonstrating how to make krumkake, a waffle-like Christmas treat.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Japanese jumper

Probably the last of these posts for quite some time since all the other vintage clothes are much larger. A few silly anecdotes about this one: it was given to me by my godparents Guy and Becki when they were stationed in Japan. It was kind of hard to know what size it was since it was in japanese. Also, despite innovations in many other fields, the japanese didn't seem to think this jumper through. Diaper changes-- not so easy when you have to take the ENTIRE outfit off each time and when you do, you have to untie the knots you make up at the top. Bad design. Form not following function in this particular case. Those applique beings make up in cuteness what the jumper lacks functionally.
update: Well well, look what I found.. a crybaby. Not sure how this is physically possible to be wearing this at 14 months. Also it appears to have lost its buttons after all this time.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snowmageddon 2010

18" of snow in less than 24 hours.

A well deserved beer after 6 hours of snow removal.

The monday morning ride to work wasn't too bad. I had to lock my bike up a bit higher than usual. The ride home was terrible. Hopefully the second consecutive snow emergency will help clean things up.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010