The 17th of May, commemorating the signing of the constitution on that date in 1814. In Norway, the Constitution Day is huge. Its a celebration, a party for everyone, and especially the children. Marching bands, traditional costumes, parades, people waving flags and shouting “hurra!” and yummy food. To mark this traditional occasion I wanted to bring a little taste of Norway to Staplehurst, Kent once again and share some makes and bakes from my heritage. I am fortunate to be part of a makers shop in the main high street which has the most wonderful collection of Kent home grown talent “Made by Kent”, I am luckily enough to be able to do a feature week, show casing some Norwegian favourites which I often sell at Christmas but also some new items created especially for this event.
This year saw the opening of a little pop up shop in Staplehurst which has been a much spoken about wish by all the crafters living in the village and this February saw Katie from the Village take a huge leap and open “Made by Kent”, a wonderful and ever growing collection of crafters and makers from Kent.
Its right on the high street and offers a massive array of handmade makes, its a true reflection of the talent right on our door steps. I was lucky enough to be included in this great venture and look forward to the exciting year ahead.
Being a working mother at Christmas is not always easy…
Its sometimes a hard balance to strike between running a small business (especially at that time of year) and being a mother, and often its a constant juggling act to ensure I have that life balance. I do like being busy and theres always something on the list of things i need or would like to do, but at Christmas time these all get put on hold whilst I’m in full swing for fairs (read about my scandi market fair) and etsy shop set ups in time for the busy period. But i also don’t want to be all work and no play and know I can have some creative fun with my daughter and share some special moments sharing my love of art, design and handmade with her, even at the young age of 2 and half.
Its that time of year when us “creative-types” start thinking about Christmas (yes, it’s August!). I’m relatively new to the craft-fair scene and in 2016, for the first time I undertook a local craft fair in my village, Staplehurst with fellow crafters. It was a perfect time to test the water and try out the beginnings of what I now refer to as “my little taste of Norway”.
Although I do both graphic design and baking, it’s sometimes hard to take my design work to fairs as a lot of work I produce is bespoke. and so I usually turn to the bakery to create some delicious treats for the festive season. But as you can image cupcakes and sliced cakes aren’t the normal choice around this year. So I turned to my heritage for inspiration for what i would bring to the festive season in 2017.