Velkommen til SigvatDesigns!
The jewelry artist's are Kim and Kris Lerohl. sisters and third generation Norwegian Americans. Their family roots are in Valdres, a region in Norway of diverse landscape that stretches from the deep, green forests of Vassfaret to the barren, exposed mountain plateaus of the Valdresflya to Filefjell. THe Lerohl roots, in fact, history and legend, can be traced back to the 1300’s and to Ridder Sigvat of Leirhol – Knight to the King of Norway and his representative in Valdres and Hallingdal from approximately 1295-1319. It is here, where variations of style, expression, and color flourish; and, where folklore and legends enter into history, that the impulse for SigvatDesigns began.
Modeled after images found throughout Scandinavia dating from the Viking era to the present, the sisters have hand designed gifts for everyday use. Each image is artistically crafted and unique in its artistic expression.
Above is the Northern knot necklace (on the left) available in either pewter or in Sterling on a 18" American pewter chain or on an 17" black Greek cord. The ear rings on the left in the same design are hypoallergennic and feature a unique lever back. These are two of our customer's favorite pieces of Sigvat jewelry found at Lena and Ole's Gifts at great prices.
You can view more of their jewelry on their website at www.sigvat.com. We carry many of their ear ring and necklace designs.
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.
If you love to collect dolls, you should consider this wonderful collection created by Danish designer, Birgitte Frigast. Birgitte Frigast designs every face herself and, with the help of a doll sculptor, creates the final look. The personality and clothes of the pixie are also designed by Birgitte Frigast, down to the very last detail. There is nothing left to chance in the production process. Birgitte Frigast checks everything from the initial stages until the pixie is finished and has "come to life".
The porcelain, which the head, hands and feet are made of, is of a quality normally only used by the likes of Royal Copenhagen. The porcelain mould is only used 30 times, after which time it is discarded and replaced by a new one. This means that our pixies always have 100% perfect features. The faces are different, giving each doll a different personality. After glazing the porcelain is fired three times to ensure colour-fastness and prevent fading.
The clothes, which are pretty much tailor-made. are fantastic with a lot of handiwork obvious in every single figure. All of the figures come in a beautiful gift box which is not only attractive packaging but also provides the pixies with a good resting place if they are not to be displayed all year round.
On top is Bedstefar (Grandpa) Rasmus. These dolls are a fabulous gift that can be handed down over the generations. they must be seen to be really appreciated. If you are interested in availability, just e-mail us or call 414-745-4362.
He is $69.95 and includes a stand. Shipping and insurance is extra.
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.
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 (7 light designs in natural as pictured. It can also be shipped immediately. We also have the special replacement lights (package of 3)bvavailable for the 5 and 7 light for $5.00 including shipping.
Please call 414-745-4362 to order.
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.
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.
Hello to past and present customers and friends of Lena and Ole’s Gifts! We miss seeing you after leaving Woodville, Wisconsin. We want to let you know “where in the world” Lena and Ole are going to be. We will share information on the festival or show so that you can come and say hello if you are in the area. If you need a product that we carry, simply call or e-mail.
We will have our favorite new product with us — the Swedish Dish Cloth — hard to believe this could be so wonderful. But it’s an amazing cloth that is ODORLESS and not only does a great job on dishes but cleans granite, stainless steel, laminates and glass top stoves without streaks!! It is made of eco-friendly natural cellulose and cotton fibers. You’ll throw all your other dish clothes away once you’ve used it.
Sunday, September 9: Visit us at the 33rd Annual Scandinavian Day Festival at Vasa Park, Route 31, South Elgin, Illinois, just 7 miles south of I-90 Northwest Tollway. Enjoy Scandinavian entertainment, food, vendors, crafts, games celebrating all five Nordic cultures and heritage from 9 am to 5 pm. Check out their website at www.scandinaviandayil.com
Saturday, November 10, Scan Fest of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina (more information to follow)
Saturday, December 1, Nordic Fair at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, Tucson, Arizona (more information to follow).