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    Yuma Scandinavian Show

    Come and visit us in our booth in Yuma Arizona at the Yuma Civic and Convention Center for the 12th Annual Scandinavian Festival on:

    Saturday February15th 2014,
    9a.m. to 3p.m.Yuma Civic Center
    1440 W. Desert Hills Drive, off Avenue A & 36th Street

    *Food, music and arts from the five Scandinavian Countries will be featured.:

    The Yuma Accordion Band and the String Ambassadors provide entertainment. While musicians play, you will have many opportunities to dance.
    Demonstrations and seminars present opportunities to learn Scandinavian Dances.

    The Sola Lodge of the Sons of Norway will be preparing and selling Lefse, rommegrot, abelskivers and Swedish waffles. Booths offer coffee and cookies. A Scandinavian luncheon plate is served from 1:00 to 1:30 by the Civic Center’s catering staff with music in buffet room. There is also a raffle with great gifts from the many vendors.

    Throughout the day, Nordic arts and crafts will available for sale from Scandinavian businesses and artists.

    If you like the Norwegian flag soccer shirt that the MC is wearing in the picture – that’s one of our items for sale. We also have Swedish flag soccer shirts available.

    When you are done with the fair, remember that Yuma is a great place to get fresh vegetables — the entire area is filled with farms of tomatoes, lettuce and many more vegetables …. I know that many of my Midwestern customers would love to experience the weather in Arizona right now.
    Mark your calendar for the next Scandinavian show in Mesa, Arizona on March 1 that we will have a booth. Questions about either fair — just e-mail me at jewelsdi@yahoo.com.

    Comments (0) 7:11 pm |

    Beautiful electric Wooden Candelabra available from Lena and Ole’s Gifts

    7-light natural electric candelebra

    Add this traditional Scandinavian electric wooden candelebra to your windows to create a welcome to your home. It has a long cord with a switch so also work well on the fireplace mantel or on a buffet.

    The candelebra is available for $42.50 plus shipping (7 light designs in natural as pictured). It can also be shipped immediately. The wooden light is also available with 5 lights in white for $34.50 plus shippping We also have the special replacement lights (package of 3) available for the 5 and 7 light for $5.00 including shipping.

    Please call 414-745-4362 to order.

    Comments (0) 11:48 am |

    Lena and Ole are on the road west to new festivals

    Lena and Ole have loaded the wagon (actually the RV coach) and are heading west. The first stop is on Saturday, October 5 at the 12th Annual Nordic Heritage Festival in Lawrence, Kansas. The festival will be in Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 21st and Harper from noon to 8 pm. Lawrence is west of Kansas City on KS-10. We will be part of the exhibitors and will feature our booth full of Scandinavian jewelry, books, flags, children’s toys, t-shirts, caps, Swedish dish cloths, Scandinavian almond pans and trays, windsocks, and so much more… The festival will have Scandinavian foods (to eat) and being demonstrated, door prizes, outdoor Viking history demonstrations, children’s activities, Scandinavian dancers and more. Their website is www.nsnordicfest. We aren’t aware of any customers in the area but if you have friends or relatives near these festivals, please forward the e-mail to them.

    Our next stop is Flagstaff, Arizona for the 7th Annual free Scandinavian Fair on Saturday, October 12 from 9 am. to 3 pm. It will be at the San Francisco de Asis School on 320 N. Humphreys street. There will be a Swedish Meatball lunch, Scandinavian Booths (we will add Scandinavian Christmas decorations to ours), foods and crafts for sale, live music, and much more. The festival is located just north of the famous Route 66.

    Then we will head south to our new residence in Apache Junction, Arizona. Our final fair in 2013 will be in Tucson on Saturday, December 7. We will send additional information later regarding that great Scandinavian Festival and others coming up in 2014.

    Check our website as you develop your Christmas lists — to use for “gift” suggestions for your list or to shop for others. If there’s something you need, but don’t see it, just call and ask and if we have it, we will be happy to ship it to you. We only have a small portion of our items shown on line.at this time.

    Comments (0) 8:00 pm |

    Buy Scandinavian flags and windsocks from Lena and Ole’s Gifts

    Pictured above is our booth at the Scandinavian Fair near Charlotte, NC in early November. Note the Norwegian vimple — the large traditional Norwegian “flag” flying above our booth. We have the vimple available for $49.00 plus shipping — a traditional way that Norwegians fly their colors and let everyone know when they are at home during non-flag days. It is a great Christmas gift. We also have Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, and Danish flags in most of the following sizes: 4″ x 6″, 2 feet by 3 feet and 3 feet by 5 feet. One of our favorite items is a windsock — available with Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish flag designs as welll as the US flag. We even have a German windsock since Lane (also known as Ole) has German roots. They are only $19.95 plus shipping and are high quality, stitched nylon pieces (not printed) and will hold up well outside.

    Call 414-745-4362 to have it sent to you or your gift recipient.

    Comments (0) 5:19 pm |

    Pocket Farcal is a Game for the Whole Family

    A game that is new to many but actually has been around for a long time is Pocket Farcal.  For those of you that still remember (ha!) when we actually put film in cameras from little round canisters (before digital) and for those of us who still have a camera that uses film, you will find this new game to be an interesting addition to your family entertainment.  The Pocket Farcal game is actually 6 dice in a little canister that are used to roll for points.  As long as you can keep scoring points (according to the game's simple rules), you will keep rolling.  However, if you don't score points, it's a FARCAL.  I think kids (of all ages) love this simple game because FARCAL sounds like something your mother said you shouldn't say. 

    Lena and Ole's carries Farcal in various colors including one with yellow dice called "Cheesehead" Farcal (of course since we are in Wisconsin and Ole is a die hard Packer Fan), and Uffda Farcal — blue dice (I have no clue as to why the dice are blue).  The game is great because it fits in your pocket, your purse, and travels well on a plane or in the car.  It's available at for only $7.50 including shipping. Call me at 414-745-4362 to order. It can be played by your family from age 5 to 105 and together — no age gets bored or frustrated because it's too difficult.

    Comments (0) 9:23 pm |

    Gudbrandsdal bunad figurine

    Gudbrandsdal bunad figurine for sale from Lena and Ole's Gifts  width=The Gudbrandsdal bunad was designed in 1923 by a team of a painter, his seamstress wife, and Hulda Garborg, who was, apart from being married to the famous author, Arne Garborg, a pioneer in rekindling the use of bunads and traditional culture. The Gudbrandsdal bunad is today made of blue or black material, but the deign was based upon a blue-green skirt with a polychrome flower motif. The original design is on display at the Norsk Folkemuseum. The apron is either in silk or wool with floral embroidery. The bunad can be worn with or without the apron. The silk apron is black, while the woolen apron is the same color as the skirt. The original bunads always had silk aprons, but this material became harder to obtain during and after World War II, which led to the use of woolen fabric as well. The Gudbrandsdal bunad is worn with two silver brooches and button cufflinks for the blouse.

    This is one of a collection of many bunad figurines available for $22.95 plus shipping.

    Comments Off 10:42 pm |


    Interested in merchandise described in the Log — just e-mail or call Lena at 414-745-4362. You can order by credit card (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express).  We charge actual postage with no sales tax for out-of-Wisconsin orders. 

    We have lots of merchandise (or can get it for you) that isn't on-line — just call or e-mail your questions. No extra charge for gift wrapping — we can mail the gift right to the receiver.

    Some merchandise may not be immediately available for shipping if we are on the road!

    Comments (0) 8:51 pm |

    Lena and Ole’s Gifts has closed in Woodville and Lena’s Gifts is Open!

    Yes, it’s true, we closed our shop on August 6, 2011 We are on the road — taking our wares to Scandinavian shows, festivals, RV rallys. It is giving us an opportunity for additional travel across the country (before we get any older). Yes, our bucket list is growing and we need to get a start on it.

    So, part of the business (not our name or logo) has been sold and our building at 130 Main Street has been rented in Woodville. We are very excited that “Lena’s Gifts”, proprietor Juli Lorenz has opened her store at 130 Main. Call 715-698-4111 or visit Monday through Saturday. She will continue to carry Scandinavian items as well as many other interesting gifts from around the world. Limited items will be available directly from Lena and Ole, but Juli will also be offering many items through her website. Please visit her store — we all have to make an effort to save our “Main street” businesses or soon all gift items will be the same around the world!

    Comments (0) 7:44 am |