I have an
interesting heritage when it comes to the family name. I was told my Great
Grandfather was originally Martin August Sallstrom but as the story goes he had
to change his name. He was on a ship with the Swedish Navy and there was a
higher ranking officer who also had the name Sallstrom so to avoid confusion they
made him change his surname, strange how they did things back then. He chose Ljunggren.
Then how did I end up a Youngren, the story continues...
the story as I have been told is that my Grandmother
Palma probably misunderstood how to spell my Grandfather's last name and spelled it phonetically, on all 7 of her children`s
birth certificates so that's how I was born a Youngren when really I'm a Ljunggren, well actually Sallstrom, WHO THE HECK AM I REALLY???
Being such a follower of Swedish design/decor and to be true to my roots I wanted to honour my heritage and tell our story. Someday I hope to travel to Sweden and learn of all the family intrigues & mysteries.
I have included a
few historical family pics, of my Grandpa Birger & his family in Sweden. I
collect & love historical pics and ephemera but these old family photos are extra special. Also included a shot of me from almost 20 years ago when I was
still young & perky, side by side with my cousin Carl Johan (on the left)
visiting from Sweden. Him & a friend rode across Canada on bikes that year. Those
crazy athletic Swedes! I unfortunately
didn't get those special genes :)
I found some vintage wood letters on a buying trip and have
finally finished using them in my latest art work. Because I found an M and two
O's I immediately realized I must paint a cow. I ended up with two cows, my
rustic MOO cow on barn wood and my FANCY cow complete with a hairbow, polka
dots and a vintage frame. They are available at la TaDa! and I will be adding
to my Etsy shop soon. I will also be offering prints of Fancy Cow.
Glad I found an M, who knows what would have happened if I had found a P :)