My grandfather left his home country of Norway and came to the U.S. by himself at the age of 17.
His last name was Dannevig but he changed it upon arriving in the states. Years later, when I was in high school, family members still in Norway asked my Dad if he would find an outlet in which to sell their handmade Norwegian sweaters. So my parents opened an import store themselves in which to sell their sweaters as well as other Scandinavian items. They named the shop Dannevig Imports. I worked there part time when I was a senior in high school and it was great fun! Of course, I was also able to take home many Norwegian sweaters to wear. I still have some and they are still like new!
I took home so many items from the store I wonder how my Mom and Dad made any money! They knew everything I was taking, of course, so it wasn't stealing! Come to think of it I don't remember getting paid so maybe all the stuff I was taking was my "pay"! Anyway, I really enjoyed all the new things arriving, displaying them, and then meeting all kinds of interesting people that came into the store!
Our store was right across the street from the Mayo Clinic, a world famous clinic where people from all over the world as well as THE FAMOUS would come and get treated. After college I was a nurse at one of their hospitals and recall a FEW brushes with fame. Stories for another day! It has even been the clinic of choice for all the Presidents. So people from all over the world would come into the store and would share their stories with us (of their illness and then being treated) and then they would buy some things to take back to their country.Yes, they were in the U.S. and buying Scandinavian.
So my tea cup and saucer today came from our little import shop. It's a Lotte Turi Design as seen here:
This pattern was made in the 1960's. It was 1996 when we opened the store so it was the newest pattern they made when we purchased them.
This is part of the cup opposite the handle.
I love the blue and green colors.
I also still have these 1960's Norwegian candle holders.
We had some Rosemaling also but not as much as the more expensive glassware. This is a miniature wooden bowl.
And, of course, we carried the traditional Scandinavian goods.
I have a lot more Norwegian things but I'm just sharing some of the "blue" here. I'm beginning to love Scandinavian decor as well. You might want to check out my PINTEREST boards, Scandinavian Style and Scandinavian Christmas and also my Tea Time board.
I'm joining the following parties:
Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations