Category: on my desk lately

Dot Oddity calendar

your free dot oddity wall calendar “this will make my day” is ready for you

  Over the past week I had tons of fun creating a little gift for you! Something I thought I needed as well… Something to help me remember giving myself quality time for things I enjoy, or little treats – like a book I’ve wanted for some time, that drawing pad, or just an inexpensive seasonal flower bouquet… …

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Swedish sill (herring) by Maria Larsson

no swedish christmas without sill

Different kinds of pickled herring, inlagd sill, are just mandatory on the table for Midsummer and Christmas in Sweden! We love all varieties of this spicy and sweet herring – with onions, mustard, garlic, dill, etc. There are hundreds of recipes, some very specific to each family. It’s not so complicated to prepare it yourself, but you can also visit the famous Swedish …

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Saffron, watercolour Maria Larsson

swedish lucia saffron bread

In medieval times when the Julian calendar was still used in Sweden and Finland, the night of the 13 December was the longest of the year, the winter solstice. This is when the pagan Scandinavian and Germanic peoples celebrated a midwinter holiday called Yule, which is the word we even now use in my part of the …

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Swedish Cups 1952-1962 by Maria Larsson

design favourites of the swedish 50’s

  Speaking of Nordic design traditions, here are four of my 50’s favourites from Sweden! Over the recent years the interest for vintage design, especially from the 40’s and the 50’s, has exploded in my little country! As a former potter I’m ridiculously smitten with kitchen ware, especially cups, and I cannot help being as nostalgic as everyone …

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a pattern in progress

I thought I would share what a pattern might look like in the different stages from initial idea to a finished pattern repeat. Designing patterns is something I wanted to do for a very long time before I actually dived into it and took several courses learning the digital programs Illustrator and Photoshop. For me, loving to get …

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