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Artist Advent Calendar : Karin Eriksson from Stockholm, Sweden

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Today we are lucky to have talented Swedish ceramic artist Karin Eriksson sharing her holiday post from Stockholm. I had the chance to meet Karin in person last year in her shop and she is the most friendly and kind person you can imagine. Enjoy!

Hello Stephanie and everyone out there,

Here’s a greeting from Stockholm with some things I enjoy and appreciate with the month of December!

I love when the snow comes to my beautiful city, it muffles all the noice and brightens the dark days.

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My steps make sounds when walking on the snow, I hope to make lots and lots of walks in the snow this winter, it makes me feel alive and clears my mind.

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I spend a lot of time in my shop which is also my workshop, especially during December and I love decorating my windows for Christmas – lights, beautiful gift ideas and inspiration.

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This year, me and my friend Sara have initiated a project we call afterworkshop. It’s a loosely formed network of creative people that meet and do things together while we talk and get to know each other. Here we are making japanese moss balls and drinking mulled wine. It’s such a nice and important thing to do especially during busy December – meeting and enjoying each others company!

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December is the darkest month here in the north and I light candles. The bone china makes the votives glow beautifully.

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I absolutely loathe being cold so I have lots of woolly accesories and lots of hot chocolate (varm choklad). I wish everyone would have woolly gloves and a hot drink to keep them warm this cold time of the year.

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Finally, music is very important to me and this December I’m listening to: Shelby Lynne (Merry Christmas), Sarah Dawn Finer (Winterland), Nils Landgren (When you wish upon a star), Tracey Thorn (Tinsel and Lights), The Real Group (American Christmas Medley). I hope you will have a very happy December 2013!

Thank you Karin for sharing your lovely post from Stockholm! I'm sure that Sweden is especially beautiful at this time of year! Enjoy your snowy holidays! xo

Connect with Karin on her website, in her manos shop (be sure to visit if you are in Stockholm, it is a gorgeous shop! The address is: manos, Renstiernas gata 22), and on the manos blog, facebook, and instagram.

For a summertime tour of Karin's lovely shop in Stockholm, see my post on Poppytalk here.