Welcome! Glad you have found your way to my new place! Before I jump into the new year I have to talk a little about what's been. Baby F was born in October 2014 and I had decided to use my maternity leave to recharge my batteries, so I was happy to put Syko on low steam for a while. I needed the time off, I really enjoyed to have my main focus on a baby again <3
I thought I would continue with my fairly low profile during Fall 2015, but little did I know! In September I got an e-mail from a very unexcpected sender: Would I like to go to Japan in December? Would I like to sell my crafts in a pop-up shop at a Nordic Christmas market in a huge department store in Osaka? Well, yes! Which is how I found myself on this busy street in Osaka looking up at my tomte dolls on December 8th! Amazing!
Before that I had a very busy Autumn with some serious nap-time tomte/tonttu doll making. My only concern about going to Japan for 10 days was leaving my baby. So I decided to take her and her daddy with me. So while I was busy teaching at my bird-making workshop baby F and Daddy explored Osaka. A very brave duo! (p.s. my DH is the good-looking dude in a beard on the picture above, he is talking to Tom, a very nice Norweigan guy who worked as the Christmas market. He studies Japanese and did a good job as an interpretor.)
This is Aiano, she also worked at the Christmas market and fell in love with this tomte doll and was very kind to give him a new home. It was an intense week at the market and I miss all the new friends I made there!
The Christmas market was like a mini Scandinavia inside of a big department store. The small red huts looked pretty much like they do at Christmas markets at home. But the surroundings were very different! The weather was springlike (we were hot all the time) and the city was huge, a big contrast to the small town (or village) life we are used to!
One thing I learned is that Japanese people like things wrapped. So Aiano was busy packing these small sets and they sold so well I called her "setto sensei" (which I hope is Japanese for set master).
A little information about me in Japanese, those of you who don't speak Japanese can see that the aim with my work is to make people happy :)
I was very excited when I was asked to make a quilt to fit the back of the market stand and decided to go with a Christmas in the forest theme. I finished it in the last minute and did not have time to take a proper picture of it so this will have to do for now!
*edit* How could I forget??? I was on TV too! With knitting gurus Arne and Carlos! Look here!