Daydreaming about dala horses

Daydreaming about dala horses

My heritage is mostly German, but I grew up in Paxton, a town with strong Swedish roots.

One thing I grew up seeing - door signs saying "välkommen" and featuring red dala horses.

Blog PhotoI'd forgotten how much I miss seeing those dala horses, now that I live in Champaign, until I saw one on Pinterest and felt compelled to make a whole board of dala horses.

In my house, I only have two old tote bags that used to be my grandma's, from a previous Paxton Swedish Heritage Days celebration. I keep my crochet hooks in one.

But look at all these cute dala-horse items I found online:

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afairc877 wrote on May 09, 2013 at 10:05 am

Swedish Heritage Days still exists in Paxton--it's not very big, but I know Don Peterson is involved! He even has t-shirts! :)

Meg Dickinson wrote on May 09, 2013 at 11:05 am
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Thanks - I replaced "bygone" for "previous." I credit Don with my love of lingonberry and Swedish fiddle music.

afairc877 wrote on May 09, 2013 at 3:05 pm

I credit Don with all of my Scandinavian food love since we went and played at a Scandanavian Festival with him last year. :) He's a great guy (and a great Swede)! 

carolthilmony wrote on May 09, 2013 at 11:05 am

Uninitiated as I was 26 years ago when we moved to town the first time I saw välkommen on someone's door I thought it was their last name.

Meg Dickinson wrote on May 09, 2013 at 11:05 am
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Was your next thought, "Wow, a lot of people have that last name!"?