Norwegian Sunday: Bridal Crowns – Part I, Facts

For centuries, it has been a tradition for Norwegian Brides to wear a Crown on their wedding day:

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The Bridal Crown Tradition never died, although the wearing of traditional folk costumes called ‘Bunad’ plummeted drastically during the 1800s. Bunad was still worn in rural areas. Hulda Garborg was instrumental in reviving the Bunad tradition in the late 1880s, she was considered a rebell for challenging the elite of the era and thus the union with Sweden. By the culture radicals, wearing the Bunad became a symbol of the true Norwegian identity. Hulda Garborg took elements from old pieces of clothing and designed the first Bunad as we know them today. She was especially inspired by richly embroidered folk garments from Sunnmøre, the region of Western Norway were I currently live.

Wings of Whimsy: Hulda Garborg

Hulda Garborg – Bunad Rebell

Every region of Norway has their own Bunad today, based on elements from local clothing, furniture or building. Most Norwegian women, and many men own a Bunad, and will typically wear them to festive occasions, such as Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day of May 17th) weddings and gala dinners, even at the Royal Castle!

Although most brides in Norway today choose classical white gowns, some are still proudly donning full traditional Bridal Costumes, Crown and all:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Sunnmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Sunnmøre

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Hallingdal

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Hallingdal

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Rogaland

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Rogaland

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Vest Agder

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Vest Agder

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bride - Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bride – Voss

Here are some head shots:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Nordmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Nordmøre

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Voss

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown - Sunnmøre

Traditional Norwegian Bridal Crown – Sunnmøre

I have included the full figure Norwegian Traditional Brides on a collage sheet:

Wings of Whimsy: Traditional Norwegian Brides

Find your high quality copy, free for your personal use and enjoyment in the download folder below 🙂 

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I have plans for several more posts about Norwegian Bridal Crowns, Bunad traditions and other Norwegian traditions. I’ll be sharing these special posts on Sundays, so stay tuned for more Norwegian Sundays to come 😀 Coming up next Sunday is Bridal Crowns Family Experience.

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Bridal Crown

Hulda Garborg – Digitalt Museum

Traditional Brides: Norsk Flid Husfliden

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GOD JUL – Merry Christmas 2016

I would like to wish all my readers:

GOD JUL

Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016I made some new wreaths this season, all very easy with tinsel, cheap ornaments, bells and my glue gun 🙂

With my youngest daughter Torunn I made Chocolate Christmas Houses . The house to the right is made with milk chocolate and the house to the left with dark chocolate. These were great fun to make, and I’m sure it will also be great fun to “harvest” them after Christmas 🙂

Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016 Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016 Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016 Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016We also made real homemade peppermint candy this year, Norwegian Polkagriser:

Wings of Whimsy: GOD JUL 2016These were filled into little jars and milkbottles and gifted to some of my closest colleagues and friends, and Torunn also wrapped a jar to her grandparents.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful & magical Christmastide this year, and may all your wishes come true!

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Norwegian Glædelig Jul iPhone 6 & 6S Covers

I also have a second set of iPhone 6 and 6S Covers, this one with Norwegian Glædelig Jul imagery:

Wings of Whimsy: iPhone 6 Norwegian Glædelig Jul Cases #vintage #ephemera #freebie #pintable #norwegian #jul #christmas

Maybe you can use these to craft a last minute gift to someone with an iPhone? All you need is one of the clear cases/skins to go with it 🙂

Don’t you have an iPhone? I’m sure you can crop the top of these into regular tags also 😉

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I used the elements from the following source for these designs:

Julekort – Nasjonalbiblioteket on Flickr

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Christmas Carols Tape

I had fun creating these sheets of Christmas Carols Tape:

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Carols Tape English #freebie #vintage #ephemera #printable #christmas #carols

Here is the Norwegian version:

Wings of Whimsy: Christmas Carols Tape Norwegian #freebie #vintage #ephemera #printable #christmas #carols

I tried to pick mostly carols which I think they would have sung 100 years ago.

Norwegian has to written forms, and these are made with the form called Nynorsk (literally ‘new Norwegian’), invented by Ivar Aasen in the mid 19th century (the other form is called Bokmål). Nynorsk is based on the Norwegian dialects, and is by many considered a more poetic language. In present day Norway, about 15% of the population uses Nynorsk on a daily basis (including myself), although both forms are taught to all Norwegian school children. 

Print these on a full sheet of sticker paper for one of a kind tape, to use with your gifts, for cards or even decorations. Or print them on regular paper and let your Christmas imagination run wild: attach to gifts as a looong strip next to the gift tag, put one on each plate when decorating the table, or maybe make little circles, to hang on the glas or use as napkin rings?

The color matches my Milk Glass Jar series (click on images below to see wraps, gift wrap, gift bags and gift tags):

Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Milk Glass Jar #thrifted #vintage #norwegian #folklore Wings of Whimsy: Vintage Milk Glass Jar #thrifted #vintage #norwegian #folkloreWings of Whimsy: Vintage Milk Glass Jar #thrifted #vintage #norwegian #folklore

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Impact Label Font – dafont.com

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Norwegian Nisse Milk Cartons & Tags

Since the early 1990ies, the Norwegian milk cartons from our main dairy company Tine has been decorated with Nisse illustrations (or ‘Fjøsnisse’ as they are also called). I realize this does not qualify neither as “vintage” nor as “retro” but it has still become a dear tradition for us. From late November until the New Year, the milk cartons are dressed up for Christmas:

Wings of Whimsy - Norwegian Christmas Milk Cartons #freebie #printable #tags

The Tine Dairy Company tried to skip the traditional Christmas decor for a couple of years in 2011 and 2012. The Norwegian public protested and demanded our beloved Nisse cartons back, and since 2014 they have been back! Luckily for you, Tine released Nisse carton wraps during the two Nisseless years, and the wraps are still available on their site HERE. You can download all four types of Nisse carton wraps, and dress up your own milk cartons the Norwegian way this season!

Download two pages for each of the four cartons. Here is a sample:

Wings of Whimsy - Norwegian Christmas Milk Cartons #freebie #printable #tags

Tine Christmas Milk Carton – Nisse (part 1 of 2)

I normally save every carton with Nisse illustrations, and either cut them into tags, use them as gift boxes for small gifts, or even to make festive carton wallets 🙂

Wings of Whimsy - Norwegian Christmas Milk Cartons #freebie #printable #tagsWings of Whimsy - Norwegian Christmas Milk Cartons #freebie #printable #tagsWings of Whimsy - Norwegian Christmas Milk Cartons #freebie #printable #tags

For you, I therefore applied the Nisse illustrations to gift tags, so you may also add Norwegian Nisse tags to your gifts this year 🙂 
Wings of Whimsy - Norwegian Christmas Milk Cartons #freebie #printable #tags Wings of Whimsy - Norwegian Christmas Milk Cartons #freebie #printable #tags

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Print the tag sheets on cardstock, I use Canon Matte photopaper (170g).
  • Attach the tag sheet to thin cardboard with spray glue, I save all my cereal boxes for this.
  • Cut out the individual tags
  • Punch a hole in each tag and string them with bakers twine.

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