To help you out this holiday gift giving season, we wanted to share with you our favorite gifts to give (and to receive!). To start off this series, we are partnering with Courtney from Swedish Country Interiors to giveaway a set of their amazing plates!
Swedish Country Interiors is a modern-meets-traditional dinnerware and home accessories store with a Scandinavian theme. The dinnerware are food-safe and durable. This means they are dishwasher safe and microwaveable! Here's the details of where to find gifts: website, etsy site and blog.
Be sure to check out some of the best selling items:
I've always loved Scandinavian culture and art, but found that a lot of things out there on the market were either really traditional or really modern. I wanted to produce something that was somewhere in the middle--with clean lines, and fun designs, but I also wanted to give a little nod to the past and incorporate some of the historical elements.
My process started with the basics--a sketch book and a pencil. I thumbed through a lot of Scandinavian art books and looked for things that characterized the culture, and then used some of those concepts and techniques to give some framework to the designs. I wanted them to convey some of the flowery attributes that are often found in Scandinavian art, but also wanted to keep things lighthearted and a little whimsical.
I then edited my rough drawings in Photoshop, and put them into a format that was able to be produced and replicated well.
I had to edit down the designs I'd come up with to those that fit together in a collection well, or those that I thought people would identify with, or simply find likable. I next had to decide what items to make, ie: mugs, plates, servingware, and then decide what the placement of the designs should be on the pieces. That was the hardest decision for me to make for some reason!
The last step in the process was finding a company that would print and produce them for me, and organizing the production. They put the images on the whiteware for me, and produce them right here in the USA.
It's been a really rewarding process to see my ideas come to life. I've enjoyed every minute of it, and learned a lot along the way!
Be sure to check out the website, etsy site and blog.
And, for the giveaway, Courtney is giving one lucky reader a set of the Rosemaling plates (the number one seller!). These are the same plates used in the photos above.
Here's how you can enter to win (and the rules):
- Leave a comment on this post below. Anonymous comments will not qualify - sorry!
- In that comment, include your name and how you would use the plates from Swedish Country Interiors this holiday season. Examples include: holiday dinner, give to my mother, etc. For instance, I would put in Ellen and for our Christmas morning breakfast casserole.
- We will pick a random commenter using random.org.
- Cut off for entry is midnight on Friday, November 30, 2012.
- You can only enter once - sorry!
- Check back in one week! On Monday, December 3, as we will announce the lucky winner.
- The winner will need to contact us via email and the plates will be mailed to you. Please send us an email by Tuesday, December 4.
- It's so simple to enter! Please share with your friends.
Ellen and Jamie
This post is a partnership with Swedish Country Interiors. Plates were provided by Courtney of Swedish Country Interiors.