Category Archives: Design

It’s Bolludagur Bun Day!

Bolludagur Bun Day is part of a delicious three day Lenten festival and takes place on the Monday, just before what we call Shrove Tuesday (our Pancake Day). Icelanders traditionally stuff themselves with the estimated sharing of over one million cream-filled choux pastry cream puff buns made in Iceland on this day. The custom dates […]

Culture is all the ways we remember, tell and celebrate our stories.

Culture is all the ways we remember, tell and celebrate our stories. This photo is of a print that was on the wall at Lónkot in Skagafjörður, Iceland (a beautiful Guest House) near where vagabond artist and poet Sölvi Helgason (1820-1895) was born. An interesting character, he called himself ‘Sólon Íslandus’ and believed that he […]

The thing that’s seldom is wonderful.

“An rud is annamh is iontach.” = The thing that’s seldom is wonderful. – Irish Saying Happy St.Patrick’s Day with a nod to our Icelandic – Irish heritage with a beautiful unexpected green Icelandic wool rose patterned historic textile from Norska húsið (the Norwegian House) Stykkishólmur, Iceland Photo: Arden Jackson

Imagine it’s 1875 in your Eldhús Cookhouse (Yes, your Kitchen)

Here’s your Eldhús Cookhouse: How will you cook, wash the wool, hang the lamb to smoke and make the Vínarterta without it? Imagine it’s 1875 in the your Eldhús (Cookhouse = Kitchen) and you’re considering what your new kitchen will be like in North America. At Glaumbaer, Skagafjörður, at the ancestral home of Guðriður Þorbjarnardóttir […]