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16.12.13

An old-fashioned Christmas

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a spinning demo at the Eidem Homestead in Brooklyn Park.  This was during the Arctic blast so it was very cold in the house, but since I was next to the kitchen I could warm my hands by the wood stove and nibble on Norwegian goodies.  I took the photos with my phone when we closed at four o'clock, as I was so busy when the visitors were there.  The rooms of the house had activities for people to try.  I am in many photos and hope to come across one.  Louie Louet was with me and I carded and spun some of the white washed wool on the wheel.  With one of the spindles I spun some of the dyed red Joanne sent me.  I plied the two together to make "candy cane" yarn, which the children loved.
Being in the house was going back in time to my childhood and visiting my Grandma McQueen's farmhouse in Ohio.  Fond memories of happy times I keep in my heart.

The Christmas tree was  adorned with hand-made ornaments.
Fragrant pomanders to make by the Christmas tree.  


The stairway was a perfect spot for hanging the stockings.

Earlier someone was playing Christmas carols.

This photo of an early spin in is a treasure.  

I was in this room on Saturday.  It was very cold!
(Notice the chamber pot--I remember those.)
On Sunday I was just outside this room near the kitchen.

The dolly dishes are set up for a tea party across from me.
My sister would have loved this!  I think I heard her giggling...

Sitting across from this window, I could watch the children playing on the kick sleds.

There was a lot of activity in the kitchen, which was warm from the wood stove.
The aroma of baking was heavenly and included baked rice pudding, Lefse, ginger cookies, Krumkake, and cranberry-apple crumb topped pie!

A fun picture of the Nisser preparing for Christmas.

Pine boughs decorated each doorway and window.

Maybe I will be able to come back when the weather permits to spin or paint on the porch.

In one of the bedrooms, visitors could make paper chains and ornaments. 
Clothes for the little ones.


The well-dressed teddy bear was under the tree.  Such a handsome little fellow.

The barn and out buildings.

I love my doorways.


With some leftover yarn from the Ariana Shell I whipped up the Knitbot Simple Hat (slouchy style) for the shop.



2 comments:

Joanne said...

Ohhh, what a beautiful home to demo in and the scenery just gorgeous. Sounds like fun! The slouch hat looks wonderful too.

Deborah said...

Thank you! The hat is a nice project.