Its that time of year again, my favourite time, not just because of the baked treats but also because of the ‘magic’, yes now we have children in the house the magic of Christmas is so alive. I am one for traditions and keeping these alive for my children as my parents did for me. So when I was planning for this years Scandi Market I wanted to add some new items to my ‘little taste of Norway’ collection, so I turned to ‘traditions’ as my inspiration.
The biggest tradition we keep is the Norwegian (Scandinavian) Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve (instead of Christmas Day) and this is still always spent at my mum and dads house all together, with a large pork roast and present opening before the stockings are hung out for Christmas Day morning. The focal point of these family celebrations still revolves around the Christmas tree as it has always done, it’s always a real tree with that wonderful christmassy smell and the decorations that adored my mum and dads house and the tree had been collected over the years and all have a little story attached to them, a large majority are Norwegian and now over 40 years old. To this day these same decorations come out year after year and my siblings and me always want to be there to help put them up the same way we remember from our childhood.
SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET – SKANDINAVISK JULEMARKED I LONDON
23rd -25th November | Albion Street SE16 | Rotherhithe
In September i did a post about my summer Christmas making marathon due to the soon arrival of my second child, well here is a photo which should sum up how i got on!
Baby Baker number two arrived 2 days late and I kept busy that final few weeks with more making. i had managed to get 428 julenisse completed before hand, but only down to planning and being strict with myself with time management >read my blog post about the making.
I thought this year as well as being a seller at the Scandi Market id share my personal experience from both sides of the Makers Table, so you can see what it was like to visit the fair and what delights unfortunately you missed this year!!
Having had a great year last year at the Christmas Scandi Market in London and selling out on day two I wanted to get ahead of my self for 2018, not only to be able to physically make more stock but I would have another little Baker arriving in late September, so my hands would be fuller >read blog post about my christmas fair . I gained a lot of knowledge and insight into the designing, trial and error, making process and quantities but also of what people liked and what sold out from last year and thus I set about planning in June, yes the start of summer and the hottest weather we’d had in many years.
The whole process of being a maker is like making dinner it can take you hours to cook and then you eat it in an a fraction of the time, making ‘handmade’ items is exactly the same. Often the time you take designing, testing and perfecting your products isn’t truly appreciated or understood and having done a lot of hard work last year to get my designs, packaging and story set, meant this year would be more about the planning, time management and determination.
Those who know me would say I’m a pretty organised person but with the arrival of number two less than two months before the fair, we all know that a newborn and starting anything to do with Christmas would be a struggle for even the best multi-tasked. Starting so early in the year was a little weird and humming Christmas songs as i sewed each night might have made people think I was a little crazy, but most thought I was anyway wanting to tackle such a big fair with a new baby. But I like a challenge and wanted to do another year off the back of last years success.
The whole making process has been much more enjoyable in fact because i’ve planned out making everything in bulk, unlike last years small batch trial and test approach, it has seemed never ending at times but progress was visible as the studio slowly got taken over!!
In recent years baby showers have become a popular way to celebrate the soon arrival of a little one and a nice way for the mum-to-be to see all her friends an family before her due date. I know that i have had alot over the past few years and often we’ve shared games, gift ideas and present from one shower to the next.
But these types of events can be overwhelming and Im sure im not alone in feeling, that events like this, where you are the centre of attention are not something i particular enjoy, but i do love the gathering and the party type feel of it. With the soon arrival of baby Baker number two, i was faced with wanting to see friends and family but in a more relaxed way. With the gorgeous sunshine we have been having, i crossed my fingers that if i was to have a garden party it wouldn’t rain!! but as always i never make it straight forward, i like things with a taste of Norwegian, so heres how i did a DIY, budget baby shower with a scandi feel.