I always enjoy spending time at the House of Sweden (aka the Swedish Embassy) and this past Saturday was no exception. The annual Christmas bazaar took place there, with a record number of people visiting it, and my holiday cards went flying off the stationery rack. I made some new wonderful friends and had a great time!

My mom, sisters and nieces stopped by and my aunt and uncle from Sweden got to see me as well. It was wonderful to have them in town and we miss them already (my aunt who took the photo above).

The show was so crowded at times that some people didn’t even notice the paintings behind me (too busy looking down at all the stuff) and was surprised to see them when I said my stationery are reproductions of them (pointing behind me). I thought it was odd but it kept happening!

I had several visitors asking if I had “Skyline II” in stationery form! Since I didn’t, I promised to have it within a couple of weeks. Better get going on those. 🙂 It’s always nice to see what is popular, I just wish I had them ready to be bought of course.

At four o’clock, the Lucia procession started and though I couldn’t leave my booth (I was also too busy playing with my two nieces at that point), my dear friend Ann took this lovely photo for me so I could share how gorgeous the event was, and is every year. I’ve participated in numerous of these growing up and it’s definitely something special. Check out last year’s Lucia procession that aired live on Swedish Television. It always gives me goose bumps.

A big thank you to Casey who helped me set up, take down, unload and load. Sorry for spilling the venti chai latte that you so thoughtfully bought me to surprise me with. 🙁

Thank you Ann for the delicious Swedish waffle you bought me for lunch! So yummy.

Have a good day everyone!