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  • Join Lena and Ole in Tucson, Arizona for the Nordic Fair

    Lena and Ole will be in Tucson, Arizona enjoying the 70 degree weather as they get ready for the 32nd annual Nordic Fair on Saturday, December 3 from 9 to 3. The fair will be held at the Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 5360 E. Pima (1 block west of Craycroft). There will be Scandinavian crafts and collectibles representing the Danes, Swedes, Finns, and Norwegians. Enjoy ethnic foods while you are there and purchase typical Norwegian baked goods (come early as they disappear fast). There will be entertainment including authentic dancing and more. It will be inside and outside in the beautiful courtyard. You will find Lena and Ole there ready to help you with your holiday shopping and to say hello. They have lots of new Christmas decorations to help you create a very traditional Scandinavian jul.

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    Swedish Dish Cloths are the #1 seller in Lena and Ole’s Booth

    If you haven’t started using the Swedish dish cloths, only $5.95 each in a huge array of designs, you are missing out. This dry sponge cloth was invented in 1949 in Sweden by engineer Curt Lindqvist. The cloth is printed with environmentally safe and water based colors and is washable in your dishwasher or clothes washer. The amazing cloth removes (due to a texture on the back) those pesky stains on granite and your metal kitchen appliances. It also can absorb 15 times its own weight but then dries in an incredibly short time, eliminating that nasty smell associated with regular washcloths. It is made of natural cellulose and cotton and is 100% biodegradable. If you order 3 or more (call 414-745-4362), shipping is free.

    It makes a great gift (cheaper than many greeting cards) and is useable, unique, and easily mailed.
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    We will add new designs later.

    Comments (0) 6:58 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). 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 |

    Aust Agder bunad figurine available

    Bunad Figurines can be purchased at Lena & Ole's Gifts in Woodville, Wisconsin.
    The Norwegian Bunad Collection is made of authentically replicated regional costumes. Each figurine is sculptured by a master craftsman, cast in the finest materials and hand painted to preserve the smallest details. The Collection has been assembled in collaboration with, and recommended by, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum) Oslo, and the Folk & National Costume Council (Bunad og Folkedraktråder), Fagernes. Each freestanding figurine is approximately 7 inches tall and is on sale for $19.50 plus shipping. Call 414-745-4362at Lena and Ole's Gifts to order. We only have 2 Aust Agder female figures left– don’t wait to order.

    Comments (0) 3:18 pm |

    The bunad from Setesdal

    The bunad from Setesdal The bunad from Setesdal has one of the longest traditions, being one of the oldest folk costumes in the country. The skirt has had the same design since the last part of the 17th Century, and maybe even longer. The women wore a frieze skirt with a leather belt for daily use. For church or festive occasions they would wear a black skirt over this white one. Brides would wear several skirts. The costume used today is the style used for church. This bunad has two skirts, a white skirt under and a black over skirt. Note the “fat” calves this woman has. The story goes that the men were always looking for strong and healthy women to marry, so the young girls would stuff extra socks in their stockings to appear to be of hefty stock.

    The male figure is also available in his traditional clothing.

    About the Bunad Figurine Collection
    The Bunad Figurine Collection is a great gift giving idea and a wonderful way to share the traditions of our heritage with our children and grandchildren. It will be cherished by your family for years and years to come. Each 7 inch tall statuette is sculptured by a master craftsman, cast in a crushed stone and resin compound, and hand painted to preserve even the minutest detail. The collection has been assembled in collaboration with, and is recommended by, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norsk Folkemuseum, located in Oslo and The Folk and National Costume Council, Bunad-og Folkedraktrådet, located in Fagernes.

    Each figurine is now on sale for $19.50 including shipping. Please call 414-745-4362 to order. We only have 1 female Setesdal figurine remaining.

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    Ovre-Hallingdal bunad figurine

    The womanâ??s Hallingdal bunad figurine available at Lena & Ole's GiftsThe woman’s Hallingdal bunad has been in traditional use up until today in Ål in Øvre (upper) Hallingdal, even though the design has changed through the times. There used to be one worn for church and another for festive occasions. Married and unmarried women wore different kinds of hats. A married woman would wear a hat such as this figure has, while young girls would wear a headscarf.

    This figurine is available from Lena and Ole’s Gifts online ON SALE for $19.50 including shipping. We only have 1 female Hallingdal left so order today.

    Comments (0) 9:55 pm |

    Rogaland bunad figurines available at Lena and Ole’s Gifts

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    The authentic replica Rogaland figurines are wonderful reminders of the Rogaland region of Norway. I have no two Rogaland males left. The figurines are ON SALE for only $19.50 including shipping.

    About the Bunad Figurine Collection
    The Bunad Figurine Collection is a great gift giving idea and a wonderful way to share the traditions of our heritage with our children and grandchildren. It will be cherished by your family for years and years to come. Each 7 inch tall statuette is sculptured by a master craftsman, cast in a crushed stone and resin compound, and hand painted to preserve even the minutest detail. The collection has been assembled in collaboration with, and is recommended by, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norsk Folkemuseum, located in Oslo and The Folk and National Costume Council, Bunad-og Folkedraktrådet, located in Fagernes.

    Comments (0) 8:03 pm |

    Nordland Bunad Figurine on Sale from Lena and Ole’s Gifts

    The Nordland bunad figurine. These figurines are authentic reproductions of the bunads traditionally worn by the women of the Nordland region of Norway.
    The Bunad Figurine Collection is a great gift giving idea and a wonderful way to share the traditions of our heritage with our children and grandchildren. It will be cherished by your family for years and years to come. Each 7 inch tall statuette is sculptured by a master craftsman, cast in a crushed stone and resin compound, and hand painted to preserve even the minutest detail. The collection has been assembled in collaboration with, and is recommended by, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Norsk Folkemuseum, located in Oslo and The Folk and National Costume Council, Bunad-og Folkedraktrådet, located in Fagernes.

    We only have 1 female Nordland figurine left– that’s it! It is now on sale for $19.50 including shipping (previously $22.95 and shipping was extra).

    Comments (0) 5:38 pm |

    Scandinavian Almond Cake in the interesting shaped pan!

    Almond cake bottom design

    Almond cake bottom design

    One of the most popular items from Lena and Ole's Gifts is the Scandinavian almond cake pan.  This cake is very popular with my customers because it is easy to make, freezes well, and is very pretty when done.  There are two different recipes posted in our recipe section that work well in this unique pan.  When served on one of the beautiful trays, perhaps with fresh strawberries and whipped cream or your favorite toppings, your guests will be impressed and will love the prominent almond flavor of this outstanding moist cake.            

    The aluminum nonstick pan is available for $12.50 plus shipping from Lena and Ole’s Gifts. Call 414-745-4362 to order.

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