Tag Archives: Sweden

Lundby Dolls House

23 Aug

These are the dolls houses that I remember from the 80s! Dating back to the 40s in fact, Swedish Lundby dolls houses are still very hip and happening. They were the first dolls houses to come with lights and their range of accessories is endless and very modern these days to say the least. The most popular type of a house has been the Gothenburg that was discontinued in 2006 and its updated version is known as Smaland nowadays. The other models are called Stockholm and Gotland, Stockholm being very modern and Gotland the country cottage.

Smaland Dolls House

Stockholm dolls house

Gotland dolls house

Lundby’s dolls houses are also ideal for some DIY action, especially if you have an old, a bit tired house, as the wallpapers are quickly updated with some cool wrapping paper or wall paper left overs – every room with a different type of course.

Lundby Bed Room Set

Lundby dolls houses and accessories can be found for example at Kidsen or on ebay!

There is also a downloadable Lundby lifestyle magazine for dolls house inspiration on Lundby’s home page.

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Baby Bjorn Bib

20 Jun

I’ve found our Swedish Baby Bjorn soft bib again! A friend of mine gave me one last summer to try with MiniMoose. Back then, he hated it and furiously wanted to get rid of it, so we forgot about it and left it in Finland. Now, by chance, we tried it again, and have fallen in love with it.

Baby Bjorn Bib in blue

The bib is soft and comfortable (as it says on the Baby Bjorn website). It has an adjustable snap that allows the bib to grow with your child and a place (hole) where you can hang it dry (I just use the strap to hang it).

Baby Bjorn Bib in Green

The bib is ergonomically shaped, easy to clean, and probably the best thing is the spill pocket that stays ‘open’ and collects most of the mess. We still mop the walls, table and floor, but the front of the top stays dry and clean.

Baby Bjorn Bib – our eating scene doesn’t look this calm and collected, but you get the idea of the bib!

The bib is easy to rinse, and unlike traditional bibs, it doesn’t mold in the spill pocket (god knows how I get the bibs to mold in there…)

Lots of colours available and they seem to retail from Amazon etc at around £8-9. Brilliant!

Nordic 80s Children’s Literature

13 Jun

I’ve been back to the flea market and got some children’s books today. I’m clearly addicted to Swedish Astrid Lindgren’s production. Today I got her ‘Pekka Peukaloinen’ (Nils Karsson-Pyssling) to add to my collection! To my surprise this little book contains not just the story about Pekka but 9 other lovely short stories about little people.

I was also more than pleased that I found an old ‘Mikko Mallikas’ (Alfons Aberg) book by Gunilla Bergstrom from the 80’s.  I love Mikko Mallikas stories – Mikko lives alone with his dad and does all sort of little mischief. The illustration is quite basic 80’s style but features real images too!

Both Mikko Mallikas and Astrid Lindgren’s books were my childhood favorites and I cannot wait that I get to read these for MiniMoose.  I’ve already got various books of  ‘Melukylan lapset’ (Swedish, Bullerbyn), Vaahteramaen Eemeli (Swedish, Emil i Lonneberga) and Peppi Pitkatossu (Swedish, Pippi Longstrump/Longstocking), together with Mikko Mallikas (Swedish, Alfons Aberg), Pekka Topohanta (Swedish, Pelle Svanslos/Peter-No-Tail by Gosta Knutsson), Minttu (Finnish, by Maikki Harjanne) and Moomins (Finnish/Swedish, by Tove Jansson) waiting for MiniMoose to be able to sit still for more than 30 seconds.

As you can see from the list, many traditional Finnish children’s books are translated from Swedish. I’ve decided to take Pekka Peukaloinen and Pippi Longstocking to my summer reading list! I keep my eye out for more of these treasures at the flea markets, since many of them are out of print these days.

Moomins and Astrid Lindgren’s production (at least) are also available in English and can be found on eBay or Amazon for instance. I do hope that they have kept the original illustrations by Bjorn Berg, Eva Billow, Ingrid Vang-Nyman and Ilon Wiklund etc. in the Astrid Lindgren’s books, but it seems that at least the covers have been ‘localised’ and changed in some of the English editions, which I personally don’t like.

Peppi illustration by Ingrid Vang-Nyman

Do you remember these books from your childhood too?

H&M Home

19 Apr

Whilst in Finland I finally had a chance to take a quick look at H&M Home collection in a shop. H&M Home mainly covers kitchen, bedroom and bathroom items. Luckily H&M Home collection is also online so no worries if your local H&M doesn’t stock the collection.  True to H&M the style seems to be fresh and this season they also have a pinch of French classiness as well! In addition the prices are affordable to say the least. Me likey.

Linen Cushion Cover £12.99

Storage Basket £9.99

Linen Apron £14.99

Tea Towel £3.99

Linen Throw £34.99

Candle £4.99

Paper Napkins £1.50

 

Nordic Lush Labels: Boob Maternity

22 Feb

Swedish Boob Maternity clothing is one of the premium Nordic Maternity wear makers and famous for fabulous designs, quality and practicality. And that’s no wonder, these clothes are absolutely stunning! The founder, Mia Seipel, set the brand up in 1999 after seeing her sister nurse a baby on a cold windy day in Stockholm. She decided that mothers should have stylish and funky yet practical and warm clothes.

The Boob maternity range includes clothes to wear with the bump and for nursing, there are also some baby clothes in their selection. As a bonus, the clothes are made of organic cotton.

I had their nursing hood for breastfeeding and I absolutely loved it, so cool and easy to use, yet so warm with the fleece inside. I also had their nursing t-shirts.

Boob Nursing Hood £62.99

Before and After Top £56.99

Oh and have look at this wardrobe saver, Boob Maternity Magic Tube, that is pure magic! The tube can be worn as a dress, top, skirt or belly tube!

Boob Maternity Magic Tube £49.99

In the UK one of the best Boob ranges is at Everydaymaternity