We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
The excitement is building: Tröskö will have a booth at the SEA Art on the Hill Holiday fair in Portland this weekend! The opening hours are: Friday, Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 10-5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, 11-4. The address is: East End Community School, 195 North Street, Portland, Maine. There will be about 80 artisans selling their amazing products. Hope to see you there!
The excitement is over-flowing over here! To be chosen as one of the Martha Stewart American Made Finalists is such an incredible honor and I’m so thankful and excited to be part of it!
Public voting starts on Monday, September 21, 2015 – your vote would be most appreciated:)
Here’s the link to Tröskö’s profile: Trosko’s profile page at Martha Stewart American Made
24 things to find on the 2015 Yarmouth Clam poster!
If you like the game “Where is Waldo?”, you might enjoy finding these 24 things on the Yarmouth Clam Festival poster:
1. The paddling race
2. The clam diggers
3. The number 50 in two places
4. The letter Y in five places
5. The heart with an H for “Herbie” carved on a tree
6. “Wilby”, the tree mascot for Yarmouth Recycling and his side-kick
7. The bicycle race
8. “Steamer”, the Yarmouth Clam Festival’s Clam mascot
9. The police officer representing Yarmouth Police Department, which keeps us all safe:)
10. The drummer boys representing Yarmouth High and Middle School bands -Drum roll, please!!!!
11. The bucket with lupines (Maine’s state flower!) representing good old Mr. Bucket- may he rest in peace!!!
12. The firemen involved in an extra-ordinary fireman’s muster
13. The Moose on the Loose
14. The musician of all talented musicians
15. The infamous/famous Lime-ricky!!! Which might be served with a song!
16. The fire-truck for all those awesome fire-trucks in the parade
17. The one church as a symbol for all the churches (regardless of denomination) that pull together for this event
18. The Ferris wheel for the Carnival with fried dough and “Bracelet night”
19. The lawn chair on a pile of snow- because in Yarmouth we have a sense of humor even in the dead of winter when we dream of the Clam Festival:)
21. The Diaper Derby
22. The Shriners in their cars and their pens in pockets!
23. The Clown for all clowns – official or not:)
24. Blue-berry pie- because it’s the Best!
Bonus points: how many volunteers, Festival visitors, and dogs can you find?
Come enjoy the Yarmouth Clam Festival on July 17, 18, and 19. You can’t miss it!
To buy a tea towel with the art work: Clam Festival Tea Towel
It was an honor to be asked to draw the art work for Yarmouth Clam Festival’s 50th poster! I had such a good time making it- my intent was to capture the spirit of the festival which is such a community event. The YCF staff is always doing such a wonderful job making it run smoothly and coordinating all the community volunteers and everything else that goes into it. School kids, parents, and neighbors all pull together for this yearly occasion. All the food booths and parking lots are run by non-profits including school sports teams. The arts and crafts shows are juried and offer high quality goods. The festival is really catering to just about anyone with kayak, bicycle, and running races, The Carnival with rides and fried dough, music of different genres, clam shucking contest and more. I’ve enjoyed the festival both as a volunteer, an artisan, a neighbor, and now poster designer- all of them have been fun. I can’t wait for the festival this year in July – and I know a lot of other people have been waiting too; I love that the residents of Yarmouth have a good sense of humor: in January with snow piled high along all streets, someone put a lawn chair up on a pile on Main street with a sign saying: Come on, Clam Festival! Priceless:)
During the festival I will be in booth # 84 in the craft section- Welcome!
Mother’s Day is coming up next Sunday, May 10! Here is a free printable Mother’s Day Card. I drew it with red outlines- no fill, because I think you should pick the colors of the flowers and birds. The text says: “Happy Mother’s Day to my …..Mom!” The idea is that you write in a describing word (adjective) on the dotted line. Your choice; maybe it’s for your COLORFUL mom, your FUNNY mom, your CARING mom, your SUPER mom or whatever you choose. Click on the link at the bottom of this post to get to the printable pdf. Print it out. Color it as you please. Fill in the descriptive word. Fold the card over, so the picture is on one side. Open it up and write a note to your Mother. Have fun and enjoy the day with your mom/grandmom/stepmom/imaginary mom/fairytale mom…..:)
(Here you can see how the card looks when it’s printed up, before you fold it over)
Click on this link to get to the printable pdf. Free printable Mother’s Day card
This week I submitted a new pattern design to Spoonflower’s contest “Flowers for Mom Border Print”. I was thinking about moms and how we care so much about our kids, sometimes maybe too much (?) so that we hover over them like a mother hen. But I think that by showing how much we care, we sow seeds of love which our kids will bring and spread on their travels in the world. So my design started out with a mother hen and her 3 little chicks- all different colors, because Mother Love does not discriminate! Next came the flower with a heart in the middle, the heart shaped seeds below the ground, and lastly all the heart shaped pollen in the air. If you’d like to see it and the other submission and pitch a vote for your favorite, here is the link: Spoonflower fabric of the week contest
The design is turned 90 degrees so that it can be printed as a longer piece for a skirt or curtain – the edge on the left side would be hanging down.
Today, all day long until midnight EST, Tröskö is having a 20% off flash sale. 20% off all items – even sale items. Use coupon code SPRING2015 at check-out. We also have three brand new zippies with Scandinavian Bird pattern (you can use the 20% off coupon for those too:) ) See you on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TroskoDesign
Enjoy your Sunday!
As I’m sure you all know by now, I love playing with colors and making patterns! The digital printing company “Spoonflower” run competitions throughout the year. I’ve entered a couple of times in the past and keep meaning to enter more for the fun of it. If only there were more hours in the day:) This week the theme was Bees, so I just couldn’t resist drawing a pattern to enter into the competition. I love bees for all the work they do for us! If it wasn’t for them, there would not be any fruit or berries and a lot of other things. we don’t always remember that the fruit trees and berry bushes need to be pollinated in order to bear fruits- that is what the bees do for us: pollinate! Of course their honey is pretty sweet too:)
Here is my Bee pattern. If you’d like to vote for it or for someone else’s pattern this week, follow the link. Thank you:)
Make your own Danish Easter Letter!
Danish Easter Letters or Gækkebreve – which originally contained a Snowdrop (Vintergæk) but which also was a Letter intended to Fool the recipient (drive gæk med). The first gækkebreve were sent between young people as a way to flirt, but has since become common among kids and adults. The idea is to write a letter without giving away who it is from. It is signed with dots the same number as there are letters in the sender’s name. Often a poem is included in the letter. The letter itself is a piece of paper folded up and cut in a symmetrical pattern. The recipient is supposed to try to guess who the letter is from by Easter Sunday. If he/she can’t, then he/she owes the sender an Easter egg. If the recipient guesses correctly, then the sender has to pay up an Easter egg. (for more see http://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gækkebrev)
Here is how you can make your own Danish Easter Letter:
1. Take a regular 8 1/2″x11″ piece of paper in any color and fold one corner across to meet the opposite side.
2. Cut off the end piece, so you now have a square piece of paper.
3. Fold the paper to form a triangle, fold it as many times as possible ( I folded it 4 times)
4. Cut off small pieces along the folds
5. Unfold the paper- now you have a beautiful doily. Now that you know how it works, you can experiment with the folding, cutting and different kinds of paper.
6. Write your poem and sign your name with dots instead of letters.
Here is an example of a Danish poem for Easter letters:
en fugl foruden vinger,
en lille ven,
som har dig kær,
en kærlig hilsen bringer. Mit navn det står med prikker pas på det ikke stikker.
A snowdrop, a summer fool, a bird without wings, a little friend, who has you dear, sends you a greeting of love. My name is written with dots watch out so they don’t sting.
(for some silly rhymes in Danish see: http://www.jemelv.dk/Undersider/psp/gaekkevers/gaekkevers.html
7. Secretly give your letter to a friend – you might have to include a note saying that, if your friend does not guess that you sent it, then he/she owes you an Easter egg. You could also tell a whole bunch of friends about the idea and you could all send each other letters. You can also make up your own rules as to how soon you all have to guess who sent you the letter.
Read more about the Danish snowdrop here: http://www.denstoredanske.dk/Natur_og_miljø/Botanik/Liljeordenen_(Liliales)/vintergæk#