Here are a few photos from our winter celebrations, sales and classes. Thanks for joining us in 2019
The Shortest Day...
Please join us on the winter solstice, Saturday December 21st from 12:00-6:00pm. We will be selling our wooden ware along with eight other makers and artist. You can get all your last minute items checked off your list. There will be pottery, wooden wine boxes ( hide the shame) , zipper pouches, knit goods, wooden spoons, wall art, calendars, earrings, paintings, prints and albums for purchase. We will be collecting non perishable food and pet food to donate to the Little Kitchen Food Shelf in NE Mpls.
Starting at 6:00 we will pack up our pop-up shop and take time off to relax with our friends and family in the back yard with a bonfire, a game of bingo, and finish the night with live music by Noise Quean Ant. The Solstice celebration is open to everyone who wants to join in celebrating The Shortest Day.
Hope to see you this weekend, Michele & Erik
Summer Solstice Celebration 2019
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the beginning of summer. We were able to raise $250 for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness ) with the help of our fabulous bingo callers Liz and Janna , our donors, Grumpy’s NE, Ingebretsen’s and Fjallreaven. And thanks to the fine folks who donated money to play bingo. The early evening started out with some music from a local group of teens the Untitled Tracks. Indoors we had hand crafted pieces, art and jewelry for sale, along with yummy Scandinavian snacks . Our son Anders made fresh heart waffles for visitors to enjoy, and our daughter collected flowers from the neighborhood and made bouquets to set around, Erik worked his demonstrating magic and showed how we make our spoons. Then Liz and Janna took the stage for bingo calling and funny banter between the two of them. As the sun went down, Noise Quean Ant played a chill set while images of Norway illuminated the wall of the Hollywood theatre. And of course, the night ended with as big a bonfire as one can have in the middle of the city.
It seems like spring is here, at least today as I write this. Which means it is time for the biggest art crawl in America right here in NE Mpls. Our studio doors will be open for folks to swing by and buy our goods along with a few of our friends. Thursday May 16th we will be open 4:00-9:00pm and Friday 5:00-10:00pm. Check out the NEMAA website to see all the art and activities going on this weekend. We look forward to seeing you!
We met Phil and Else last year at Nork Hostfest. Our booth was next to theirs and as soon as we saw them setting up, we knew our booth was ....well let's just say we felt a bit out of our league. We became fast friends when they saw we brought our electric tea kettle and French press for fresh coffee at a moment's notice. So our booth sucked, but we had had coffee. Priorities.
Anyhow... They lead a tour in Norway, not your average tour, but a tour of all the cool spots they like to visit and homes and meals with their friends. And folk art!!! The American dollar is still strong, so it's a great time to go visit Norway. Do it. You won't regret it. And you'll be in good hands.
In January we applied to be a part of the self-guided Spring Fresh Art Tour in Pepin County, and we were accepted in! We are so excited to be apart of this great opportunity. Swing by and check out our work at our Wisconsin studio June 7,8 &9 10:00-5:00pm.
Spoon Carving Classes
If you have been to our website lately or seen us on AirBnB Experiences you know that spoon carving classes have become one of the most important activities around VevangMPLS. Classes were not on our radar when we began to ramp up our carving. But it turns out that sharing what you love with like minded folks is a lot of fun. Not only do we teach out of our studio, but we’ve been holding classes at Ingebretsens Scandinavian Market. At the end of March we will be teaching at a new folk school, Marine Mills, at Marine on the St Croix. This past fall we also did a gig at Target Corp. In recent months we’ve been teaching about two classes a month with an average of eight students in each class. We hope to see you in a class soon or let us know if you’d like us to teach at your space.
December in a Nutshell...
Happy New Year!! December was a busy fun month. Maybe too busy. New this year, we attempted having regualr Friday retail hours, which seemed to go over very well. So you can count on us doing that again. Then to celebrate the start of winter, we closed out the month with a Winter Solstice party where we had our friend Liz call out some bingo in our back yard by the bonfires, and our musical friends Noise Quean Ant played a chill mellow sound scape by one of the other bone fires... it was cold out, but we did it and had fun.
2019 will bring more classes with guest instructors and more ways to pass the time in a meaningful way. Soap making, crop art, sewing, kids camps and rug punching to name a few. Thank you for all your support. We appriciate our community and feel lucky to live and work in such a wonderful city. Skol to 2019.
Norsk Hostfest in Photos....
Michele & Erik
-little tid bits from our daily life