19.10.08

Tomte 2008

The children have been on holiday since Thursday and my attempt not to work has not worked very well, I've spent far to much time by the sewing machine. We did however visit the old castle and the art museum here in town, which was very nice, so I haven't neglected my family totally. At the art museum I discovered a local artist, Teija Lehto. I love how she pictures everyday scenes in her woodcuts. I couldn't find my favourite pieces online, but I did find a few that I think are representative for her work. Here is a kitchen mess, and another messy kitchen scene :)

What makes it hard to take it easy is the long to-do-list that I have in the back of my head. I need to stock up for Christmas and have a bunch of orders to take care of. So I need my time in the studio! I got a call from a home decor magazine a few days ago, they wanted me to send over some stuff for a photo shoot for their Christmas issue, very exciting and on very short notice! I have had so fun combining fabrics for the new tomte* collection! Since the fairies have girls names I decided these will be boys! Names is one of my "hobbies" so I enjoy naming my tomtar very much! I just love browsing though the name book. Some names I love so much that at times I think we will have to get another baby just to get use for them. Not a very good reason to get children, I know... I will be listing tomtar in the shop over the coming week(s). More fairies are on the go too. And a holiday edition of house ornaments! Oh, and the feet you see above belong to Melker!

*gnome, elf, Santa's little helper...

20 comments:

Toni said...

I love Tomte, I have a book, "The Tomten" from my uncle who was a librarian. It is an old book from the 60's. I made some Tomte also years ago. Here is one -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/toni_s/308962750/

Net said...

They are looking so lovely! I love the selections of fabrics you use, and how these guys are Christmassy but not *too much*. They are perfect!

You made me laugh about names and getting more children to use the names!

Katy said...

They are brilliant!!!

Muddlepud said...

They're really cute. Great use of the different fabrics.

jacquie said...

i want the one with the button fabric...it would match the fashionista quilt i made. these are amazingly cute!!!! congrats on the magazine shoot. that is so exciting.

Akhila's Handblog said...

I love tomtar and yours are just a delight. Being Swedish but now living in UK, I do miss the real Tomte...

agnès said...

I really like your "tomtar", they look so cheerful! Melker is very cute, and I also like the brown one on the right of the photo.
I can't wait to see what you're preparing for Christmas...

Apryl said...

I love the Tomte, they are adorable, espcially the one in the brown fabric on the end, he is a very dapper chap!

The names thing made me smile as I am exactly the same.. I love names too, I have a baby name book that I flip through often for inspiration. Though I must admit I don't write stories as much as I should.

And don't forget you can always name pets.. we only have 2 cats, one named Starbuck (is a vague X Files reference as thats what Scully's father called her. and a battlestar galatica refrence,... end erm the coffee too)

and our other cat is Alys (the Welsh versian of Alice) which I have always liked and its fitting as she came from a tea shop in wales.

Anina said...

I loved these last year and I love them again this year. so cute!

fleurfatale said...

They are so cute, did not know they were called 'Tomte'...

Yummers! said...

I just bought Melker! That was the fabric I loved on a prevous post... lucky, lucky me!! I will give him a good home!
Joni

Ana Salomé said...

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Swirlyarts said...

Gorgeous! I have featured you on Cuteable today. http://cuteable.com/

Stephanie said...

Your Tomte's are darling! Congrats on being asked to use your creations in a Christmas photo shoot. Very exciting.

ruthsplace said...

Tomte's are wonderful!

panyizsuzsi said...

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Lucette said...

Your tomtes are so witty. I like the fellow with the green feet.

Chakra Pennywhistle said...

OH! I love them! Wonderful :):):)

Jen said...

I'm LOVING your blog and your words on parenting (I understand the balance between parenting and creating).

You shop is easily one of my favorite on Etsy. Yours is a unique vision!

Craft on!

Rein said...

These are cute!