Uff da!

When I was growing up, I was quite proud of my heritage. I was one half Norwegian, three-eighths German and one-eighth Danish.

If I were to do the math on my children's heritage, it would be much harder. The melting pot has been stirred up again and again so that I would be dealing in fractions of sixteenths and thirty-seconds.

My dad's mother, Grandma J, was the child of Norwegian immigrants. All of her life, my Grandma spoke in Norwegian with her brothers and sisters. I never met her father, my Great Grandpa, but I did visit with my Great Grandma a few times, and she did not speak much English.

A couple weeks ago I attended an estate sale about a block and a half from my house, and picked up these delightful little wooden figurines for $4.

Nothing says "Norwegian" like Henning hand carved wooden figurines.

Keeping with the Norwegian theme, here is a trivet that was made from a Suzanne Toftey tile, Krum Kake Girl. I bought it at a consignment shop for $4. My Grandma wasn't a big Krum Kake maker, but she made a ton of Fattigman.

Finally, my Mom just gave me this vintage linen that I think is also Norwegian, but of course I can't translate it. Feel free to offer the translation in the comments section.

How many of you are of Norwegian descent, like me?

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  1. I love all of these. The wooden characters are so nice. I love the faces. I love things like this. I am from a melting pot as well.

  2. Not me, but I have a friend who is. And the Christmas cookies they make are great! Such cute figures and embroidery. My friend would love them. There is a nursing home here that puts on a Norwegian festival every year. People go for the beautiful sweaters and delicious cheeses they sell. xo

  3. I really don't know much at all about my heritage. Long story. I know I have French in me. My mother's maiden name is St.Cyr. Other than that, don't know.

  4. I'm Norwegian! Or at least, a part of me is... my grandmother is of Norwegian descent and she loves these little dolls!

  5. Oh Carlene, they are all wonderful! I love every single Norwegian treasure you showed in this post. What a lucky find those wooden figures were, and the tile too, and I love the needlework towel that your Mother gave you. I was adopted, so I know nothing about my heritage, but I am always attracted to anything Norwegian or Dutch. laurie

  6. I'm not Norwegian , but i do love those adorable characters. How fun to have items to represent your heritage !

  7. Wow you found some awesome things! I am 1/4 Norwegian! My Grandpa's parents came from there and he was born shortly after they arrived in the USA. One of my Aunt's went to visit some relatives in Norway once. Pretty cool! I also have French and some other stuff...lol. hugs, Linda

  8. No Norwegian in my lineage -- I have a Polish heritage. Love the trivet -- such a sweet face on the little baker.

    Visiting from You're Gonna Love It Tuesday.

  9. I have some Norwegian in me! And Scottish, and Welsh, and German, and...well get it. I am one big melting pot :-) Which means I get to celebrate any holiday I want lol! Your treasures are just that. And so sweet too. I love the linen the best! Thanks so much for sharing at the party Carlene!

  10. No Norwegian here, but I love that your found these things.

  11. Love what you found, Carlene! No Norwegian - all German! I do ancestry research I find that it fan be fascinating!

  12. Lovely pieces that celebrate your heritage.

  13. Mostly Italian, but I love your characters and that you celebrate your heritage. Great treasures and wonderful vignette. Hugs, Marty

  14. If you go to Google and type in:

    translate vil du koke kaffe skal jeg bare vand vil du vare kjerring skal jeg vare mand

    You will get a loose translation of what those words mean. It gives options of going to each word and possibly an alternate meaning for each.

    It just came up with: you will make the coffee I'll just walk will last a woman should I care Monday.

    I know some of those words can be interchanged with others they have on the site and make more sense. Hope this helps a little.

  15. My husband is 1/4 Norwegian and 3/4 Swedish, so our kids are 1/2 Scandinavian. I'm a huge mix with a tiny bit of Swedish, but no Norwegian. I love all your finds; I collect Swedish items too. I would include Norwegian too, but I have never found any.

  16. Maybe it says, "After I make his darn coffee,I'm going to figure out how to stuff him in the stove.I hate Mondays."
    Of course,I don't speak Norwegian.LOL


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