I know... you're expecting the Little River Band but that video was too long and the lyrics didn't entirely fit... just the chorus.
So I'll let Fred get this little shindig started...
Happy 10th Anniversary to Gudrun Erla Gisladottir!
To celebrate her 10th Anniversary, Gudrun is giving gifts and prizes... but more on that at the end.
Yes, I asked. Erla is Gudrun's middle name and Gisladottir is her surname - the one she was born with. Erla is her "stage name" - GE Designs. ... and really, while I love the name Gisladottir, Gudrun Erla sounds like she ought to be a Bond Girl. (No, she doesn't know Daniel Craig... I asked.)
I also learned the interesting story behind her name. As Gudrun explained, in Iceland, last names are traditionally determined according to an Old Norse Patronymic system. Her father's first name is Gisli, so Gudrun's last name is Gisla-dottir or "daughter of Gisli". Her brother's last name is Gislason, son of Gisli. So in Iceland, most women's last names end with -dottir and men's names end with -son. She says it's kind of cool and interesting - agreed! - but very confusing to people in the States when her family all has different last names. (Agreed... except to people who live in Hollywood.)
Because this is "get to know Gudrun"... and because I'm a curious sort, I asked Gudrun what she missed most about Iceland and what she would miss about Minnesota.
Icelandic Lobster. Did you know that Iceland is famous for it's lobster? As in, if you travel to Iceland and you don't have lobster at least once... you must be allergic to shellfish. I was curious about the difference so I looked it up - Icelandic Lobster is smaller in size than the Maine Lobster we're most familiar with. It's also known as langoustine, and it is described as being very tender and more like an over-sized prawn or crayfish.
As for what she would miss about Minnesota... she would miss the Minnesota summer and fall seasons, the Minnesota quilt shops and Target! I knew there was a reason I liked Gudrun!
Oh, and she'd miss all of you. Really!
You'd miss her too because her books and patterns are terrific. I particularly like this one - my father's people are Nordic. (They're from Minnesota too.)
It features her most recent collection for Red Rooster Fabrics - Nordic Visions. Isn't it gorgeous?
I know you're going to be surprised to learn which of Gudrun's books caught my eye because its been established that I've only ever made one single lonely little tablerunner... and it was re-designated as a wall-hanging. But I'm determined to try again so I wanted Gudrun's book, Table Talk.
The other book on my radar these days is Big Blocks - Big Style because I keep seeing this Easy Hex quilt...
Patterns and books and fabric and quilts aside, my favorite thing about Gudrun is Gudrun. She's really that cool and funny and nice. While Market has never been overly conducive to really getting to spend time with people and get to know them, there are people you meet and you immediately think... "I wish she didn't live so far away because she'd be great fun to hang out with". No matter what life throws at her and her beautiful family, she's always upbeat, optimistic and genuine. And that's a pretty rare thing.
So... Gudrun - Happy Anniversary and I'm really glad you're here.
I would have missed not knowing you.
(The picture is two years old but seriously, does Gudrun look old enough to have a college-aged son?)
(I also hope you don't mind that I swiped this wonderful picture from your blog.)
If you leave a comment, you could win a copy of Gudrun's Table Talk book and Nordic Christmas pattern.
Just don't leave the party early because there's still plenty to come...
- August 5th - Terry Degenkolb of Whimsicals
- August 6th - Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville
- August 7th - the lovely folks at Quiltmaker Magazine
- August 8th - Rosie
- August 9th - Jodie Davis of It's A Rubber Duckie World
- August 10th - the Fat Quarter Shop
- August 11th - Pat Sloan of... well, everywhere!
- August 12th - Lissa Alexander of Moda Fabrics and ModaLissa fame
- August 13th - Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts
- August 14th - Quilting Gallery