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Whenever I go to art or craft fairs, the things I have the hardest time resisting are the things that are embroidered or tapestry or have certain animals like lizards (goodness knows why), moose, horses, dragons, cats and roosters. I don't have ANY rooster stuff and I don't have a lot of horse stuff either, but I'm drawn to them nonetheless. I'm not allowed to buy moose anymore, but they find their way to me regardless; it's not my fault, I swear.

The art/craft fair that we went to last weekend had over 70 exhibitors showing items in every imaginable medium: ceramic, basketry, watercolor, iron, pewter, wood, textiles, lace, felt, crystal, stone, paper, clay, glass, and dried flowers. We went first through the entire fair, looking at everything and mentally marking which ones we wanted to return to. Mom found a glass star that she really liked but ended up not getting it because she was afraid it was too wide for the window she had been envisioning it in. The kids didn't find anything they really wanted, except for a little gift Karin picked up for my mom (a frog on a rock that says "World's Best Grandma" in Swedish), but I found several things, and had a hard time not buying everything that I liked.

The horse vase that I mentioned in an earlier post was one of the things I returned to several times, at a table full of other ceramic items that I was completely indifferent to. She had 2 horse vases, one black and one white, and they were fairly simple things, a foot-high oblong vase with a horse's head at the top on one side and the indication of a tail opposite. They were 600 kronor each, which is about $100: not that much in the grand scheme of things but by the time I got back there, I had already purchased some other things and was thinking that I needed to rein in the wild spending. Now, a week later, I'm still regretting it...but I do have her card and her studio is only a couple of towns over so maybe I'll throw some Christmas hints my husband's way.

But I thought I'd share the items I did pick up, because each of them was beautiful and drew me in somehow. Fine craftsmanship and a sense of color is always welcomed in the things I decorate my home with and each of these has found a place and become a part of my surroundings.

This woman had embroidered items done in a very traditional Scandinavian style on felt with more modern colors. I had the hardest time choosing something and ended up coming away with 2 things: a square pin embroidered with flowers and a small evening bag. She also had pillows and small cases for things like mobile phones, pencils, cosmetics and eyeglasses, all beautifully done. (Close-up)

This was the simplest and the smallest of the carved wooden candlesticks at this booth. Most of them had horses, and several were many-tiered elaborate confections with hanging baubles and flowered candle rings. I liked this one for the colors and the simplicity. Plus, with a pretty red candle and a holiday ring it will look great at Christmas.

The ceramics at this booth were wonderful, in lovely rich tones and each was decorated with a small animal: a ladybug or a little frog or a tiny green inchworm or a lizard. She also had a pitcher in a beautiful robin's egg blue where the handle was actually a larger lizard that coiled up the side and over the top. I wanted that one badly (what a great conversation piece!) but it was much too pricey alas, so I bought a small oval plate instead. (Whole plate, Different angle)

What have you bought lately that made you happy?

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LOVE the lizard bowl!!!

Isn't it great?! She had the little lizards on several pieces, but sadly, I couldn't buy them all :)

They are all beautiful purchases, Liz. I really love the embroidered bag - it's something that I'd like to get for a special friend's 50th in Australia. I always try and find hand crafted Swedish things to send. And I'm racking my brains for a 100th birthday gift for my great grandmother, if you can think of something.

The lizard plate is beautiful. I am very fond of blue and that is a rich colour, with the little lizard being just perfect. It can be really hard to find something nice at some of the fairs I've been to here. They seem to becoming more and more just generic, cheap and nasty crap, with genuine handcrafts few and far between. Even the Christmas markets can be rather underwhelming, unless you find a really good one.

And sadly, I haven't bought anything lately. Though we are going to paper and furnish our hallway, so I will be looking for a lamp and some bits and pieces for there at some stage soonish.

I was amazed at how much really good quality stuff there was at this fair...usually it's the tomtes and starving artist paintings, but this was consistently excellent. 100th birthday? Goodness! I think I'd get dinner cert or theater tickets or something.

That plate is, without a doubt, fabulous. I'm sorry you couldn't get the pitcher; it sounds equally fabulous!
As for happy things I've bought lately? Several pretty summer shirts on a ridiculous sale yesterday. I'll have a positively giddy time pulling them out next year.

That's awesome! I bought a new sweater a couple of weeks ago and it makes me happy every time I put it on.


I, of course, love the embroidery. And the lizard bowl glaze colors are great.

Yesterday I bought a new pair of shoes that I've been looking at forever, so that made me happy - they're brown with green apples on the toes - one shoe has the whole apple on it and the other shows the apple sliced in half. They make me smile!

- Heather

photos! They sound adorable!

Great choices!

My mom and grandma were at that fair last Sunday. I wish I could have tagged along but I was cuddling Newborn Cousin.

I remember those lizard plates from year before last when I was there.

And I agree with you on how hard it is to not spend too much money there. Good thing they don't take cradit cards or I would have been done for.

I hope I can get to go next year.

We probably walked past them! :) It was really great. I'll be keeping an eye out for the flyer again next year.

Oooh very pretty pretty purchases! Love the lizard plate!
I love fairs like this, not the typical generic stuff but unique creations that take your breath away.

That's what it all was: really unique and beautiful stuff! :)

Like em all!

What great stuff you got at the fair! You'll have to tell me about it next year BEFORE it starts.

Recent purchases? After my spending spree in Dalarna I'm not allowing myself to buy anything until....the Christmas markets start! lol

Carol in Sweden

Re: Like em all!

It was the last weekend of September, and from what one of my other LJ friends said, it must be an annual event. This is the first time I remember getting a flyer for it in the mail, though. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for it, for next year!

one more thing....

We regretted not getting something at a market once so we went to their home studio later. The artist had a bigger selection at home and gave us a better price since he didn't have to pay the market participation fee.

so maybe that vase is still waiting for you (or Anders) to take it home!

C i Swe

Re: one more thing....

That's good advice, I will definitely keep it in mind! :)


The new house, a couch, and the awesome table I am ordering today. :)
Then my house just needs some little things like a new bed for us, a new car for the garage, new flooring in the whole house, and some paint in various rooms.

By the way, what did you call and hang up for? I had just made it to my phone when you hung up.


We thought you'd left for work already.


It was 6:30 am!!!! I was just up and out of bed. I do no work until 11:30, (or 6:30pm) your time. But you still did not say why called?? Did you by chance get me something pretty at the fair???? :)

haha! no. I can't remember exactly why we called. I think it was because we needed to know Bryce's size...but it's bought anyway (Xmas present). And Rachel's b-day present as well. Mom's bringing them both. :)


:( no gift for me??????


Well, mom is bringing kinder eggs and she's hoping to find gummi cokes at the airport...we couldn't find any :( They're hard to find around here for some reason.


I am crushed! Just crushed I tell ya!

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