Snow White and the seven dwarfs

The fairest of them all was quite the challenge to make, or rather her collar was. It’s weird how the smallest things turn out to be the most complicated to make. Well, not the smallest, the dwarfs was fairly easy to make, if you pardon the pun.

The dwarfs are obviously not toilet rolls, only Snow White is. For the group picture it felt right to use a filter to make it resemble the vintage poster.

Snow and Dwarfs
Snow White

DwarfsSleepy, Happy, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful and Sneezy.

The Little Mermaid

I loved this movie when I was a kid. No, love is not the right word, I was obsessed. I even made a shoe box diorama with Ariel, Flounder and the statue of Eric. Now I’ve grown up and make toilet roll figurines instead.

Ariel & Eric

Ariel

Eric

Beauty and the Beast

This is my favorite movie of all times. I still collect the old toys from the movie. When I was a kid, I saw it a thousand times, I made my own version into a play AND a different one into a puppet show. Belle and the Beast were both made of socks and it all looked terrible. Hopefully my toilet rolls have a bit more character.

Beauty and the Beast

Belle

Beast

Pocahontas

Suddenly, Pocahontas happened 20 years ago. The Disney film, that is, not…the real one, I do understand that. I still felt old, though. So I needed to process this with toilet rolls. And then I wanted to make more Disney characters.

Pocahontas

John SmithI can’t tell you how pleased I am with his hair!

John Smith & Pocahontas

Easter 2015

A Norwegian tradition is enjoying a murder mystery around Easter. This Easter my Dolokk Holmes was hired by a local music festival in Spydeberg to solve a murder on their website. I wrote a new mystery and created new characters for Dolokk Holmes and his assistant Dr. Fanny to meet. Some of the new characters were locals, and the rest were Norwegian celebrities. Only the poor victim was entirely fictional.

Poster1Promotional poster

På toget“Off to Spydeberg” 

Frida“Oh, the head is over there” 

Caroline“Meeting Caroline, local hero and rock star”

Ordføreren“Meeting Knut, the mayor of Spydeberg”

Solberg“The brothers Solberg. Local heroes and World Championship race car drivers”

Donkeyboy“Donkeyboy, Norwegian pop stars.”

Kongledyr“The cot-animals Donkeyboy made”

Eddy & Kenneth“Local heroes and organizers/creators of the music festival Kenneth and Eddy”

Børre“Last of the creators of the festival, Børre.”

Momarken“Visiting the horse racetrack” 

Kristoffer“Meeting Kristopher Schau, Norwegian comedian”.

Solberg plass“Who’s that?”

OnklP“Meeting OnklP, Norwegian rapper”

   Bautaen“At the memorial monument in Spydeberg”

De mistenkte“The killer is amongst us. The guilty one is…”

Poster2Easter egg: Poster not used.

Christmas 2014

The fifth calendar was a detective novel in 24 chapters. Each day our heroes had to solve a mystery, and finally they had to find the missing Dorullnisse of Toilet Roll City.

Their names were mostly puns that won´t easily translate. Our hero is named Dolokk Holmes, which is an obvious pun on Sherlock Holmes, Dolokk is the Norwegian name for toilet lid. Mind you, Dr. Fanny is named after the British nickname, not the American. Most of the characters contains the word do, as that means toilet. Other puns, like Marie-Ann Toilette, I’m sure you get.
1.desember

December 1st: Dolokk Holmes

2.desember

December 2nd: Dr. Fanny

3.desember

December 3rd: The mayor of Toilet Roll City

4.desember

December 4th: Old Aunt Toa

5.desember

December 5th: Miss Klosetta

6.desember

December 6th: Marie-Ann Toilette

7.desember

December 7th: Little Dorit

8.desember

December 8th: Doris

9.desember

December 9th: Principal Petter Uthe-Dass

10.desember
December 10th: Children´s author WC Andersen

11.desember
December 11th: Local politician Cisterna Solbær

12.desember

December 12th: The Maharaja

13.desember
December 13th: Klorina

14.desember

December 14th: Cousin Sander

15.desember
December  15th: The butler, Donald

16.desember
December 16th: The cook

17.desemberDecember 17th:  Tom Dorull

18.desember

December 18th: Rulle

19.desember

December 19th: Miss Rulla

20.desember

December 20th: Baby brother Anders

21.desember

December 21st: Colonel Dobørsten

22.desember

December 22nd: Miss Hylse

23.desember

December 23rd: The shopkeep at Domus

24.desemberDecember 24th: The missing Dorullnisse

Christmas 2013

The fourth Calendar had a new theme: Christmas songs. Often I used puns for a more fun dorullnisse. Try and guess the song by looking at the picture or reading the vague hints underneath. Click the picture to reveal and listen to the answer.

1. des

December 1st:
English song, but the image is based on a pun in the Norwegian lyrics

2. des

December 2nd:
Should be fairly easy

3. des

December 3rd:
Notice the calendar, and remember this was 2013.

4. des

December 4th:
Too easy.

5. des

December 5th:
This is very literal.

6. des

December 6th:
Again a Norwegian pun, but to the original English lyrics. The Norwegian name for the Hoola Hoop would translate to Rocking Ring.

7. des

December 7th:
This one you’ll get. Easy.

8. des

December 8th:
Again very literal. Much more literal than the lyrics intended. Much more.

9. des

December 9th:
Infant Kris Kringle

10. des December 10th:
A Norwegian classic.

11. desDecember 11th:
Elvis.

12. desDecember 12th:
A funny one.

13. desDecember 13th:
Norwegian. A rude take on a classic.

14. desDecember 14th:
Drunken Irish.

15. desDecember 15th:
This couple is way too young to get wed.

16. desDecember 16th:
This is supposed to be a Norwegian song, but some tell me it will work on a different song with English lyrics.

17. desDecember 17th:
This song is the mathematicians´ favorite.

18. desDecember 18th:
I learned this song from Christmas Vacation.

19. des

December 19th:
The name for this Character is Flode, as he is a Norwegian flodhest. If I told you the English name for this animal, I’d give away too much.

20. desDecember 20th:
A depressing Norwegian song. I hate it. Really.

21. desDecember 21st:
A more cheerful Norwegian song. A bit cryptic here and there in the lyrics, though…

22. des

December 22nd:
A song about what? The weather?

23. desDecember 23rd:
A Norwegian song from a Christmas musical.

24. desDecember 24th:
A Norwegian/Danish classic. With a pun.

Christmas 2012

The theme for the third calendar was Christmas movies. It was a competition, and you should try and guess which movies I have interpreted. Use the vague hints or click the picture to reveal the answer.

1.desDecember 1st:
British…very British!
(I am sorry for the writing error)

2.desDecember 2nd:
Finnish.

3.des
December 3rd:
American.

4.des

December 4th:
American.

5.des

December 5th:
American.

6.des

December 6th:
Norwegian.
Remake.

7.des

December 7th:
Terrible movie.

8.des

December 8th:
American.

9.des

December 9th:
American.

10.des

December 10th:
Animated.

11.des

December 11th:
British.

12.des

December 12th:
Finnish.

13.des

December 13th:
American.

14.des

December 14th:
American.
Juvenile.

15.des
December 15th:
Norwegian.

16. des

December 16th:
Animated.
Swedish.

17. des

December 17th:
British.

18. des

December 18th:
American.

19. des

December 19th:
Animated.

20. des

December 20th:
Swedish.

21. des

December 21st:
American.

22. des

December 22nd:
Animated.

23. desember

December 23rd:
This movie is as terrible as the dorullnisse. No, worse.

24. desDecember 24th:
This is the best version of a classic story.

Christmas 2011

Since the first advent calendar was such a success among my friends, I wanted to make a new one the next year. In 2011 the focus was more on Christmas and traditions than the year before.

1.desember

December 1st: Haslenisse-dorullnisse.
In the myriads of tacky Christmas decorations, we can find the Haslenisse. They are wonderfully detailed and well done, with huge hands and a face that promises to strangle you in your sleep.
I don’t care much for these.

2.desember

December 2nd: Julebord-lady-dorullnisse.
The previous year we took a look at the male dorullnisse going to julebord. This year I made the female one. I use the term “lady” quite loosely here – there should be more boots, heels, hair, cleavage and makeup than dress.

3.desember

December 4th: Writing your name in the snow-dorullnisse.
A dear wintertime tradition.

4.desember

December 4h: Freshly baked gingerbread men-dorullnisse.
Notice the gingerbreadmen… They are toilet rolls too. Get it?

Did you get it?
You got it.

5.desember

December 5th: Snow angels-dorullnisse.
This dorullnisse has just come in after making angels in the snow. Oh no. Poor guy.

6.desember

December 6th: It’s for my friend-dorullnisse.
Christmas tree parties are a tradition. There should also be a Santa there, giving out bags of candy to all the children. Last there is that kid who’ll ask for several bags. They are for his friends. He is going to give them to his friends who are elsewhere right now. Bastard.

7.desember

December 7th: Julekvelden på kjerringa-dorullnisse.
We have a saying that translates to “As surprising as Christmas Eve on the housewife”. It sounds better in Norwegian. No matter how much you prepare, come Christmas Eve you are not ready. This old lady has a Christmas tree riding on her back, strangling her with a chain of Christmas lights. Two gingerbread are stepping on her head and a boxed gift is chewing on her hand as she is reaching for her rolling pin. Guess this Christmas Eve was a bit more surprising than previous ones.

8.desember

December 8th: Sølvguttene-dorullnisse.
Sølvguttene, meaning the Silver Boys, are singing Christmas songs on the TV every Christmas Eve at five in the evening, when it officially becomes Christmas. My family always eat Christmas dinner at five listening to Sølvguttene from the TV in the other room.
I can’t remember why I gave him an iPhone.

9.desember

December 9th: Mariah Carey-dorullnisse.
This is from the year she covered her own All I Want For Christmas is You. With Bieber. The video was totally inappropriate, with aging cougar Carey grinding in front of the poor boy.
Ho ho ho.
Also there was a lot of Nintendos.

10.desember

December 10th: Admiral Von Schneider-dorullnisse.
This one you got! Unless, of course, you are from the UK, where “Dinner for one” is originally from. You can Google it. Here in Norway, it´s been a tradition for ages, and it is ALWAYS broadcast on the day before Christmas Eve. This allows people to make fun of old people with dementia and alcholics. Ah, Christmas spirit.

I myself, like the rest of the world, prefer to watch this at new years eve, because the play takes place on a new years eve and they keep wishing each other a happy new year. But that’s just me (and the rest of the world).

11.desember

December 11th: Tofu-dorullnisse.
Celebrating the traditional hunt for the Christmas tofu.

12.desember

December 12th: Butter crisis-dorullnisse.
Christmas 2011 was troubled by a huge crisis. There was no butter. Everything we make around Christmas consists of butter. What were the people to do? I imagined this was something we’d remember for generations. The Christmas without butter. I wanted to be the first to make Christmas decorations commemorating the shortage.

But where was all the butter? Everybody had bought it. So there was no real crisis.

13.desember

December 13th: DIY-dorullnisse.
You can explain this yourself.

14. desember

December 14th: Doing it himself-dorullnisse.
This one wouldn’t wait one more day, so he started without me.

15. desember

December 15th: Crooked as my tree-dorullnisse.
Family tradition; being satisfied with the tree even before it is 90 degrees. What, it’s difficult! This year the tree was like 60 degrees, but I was done, I wanted to decorate it. The dorullnisse was inspired by the tree.

16.desember

December 16th: Soft gifts-dorullnisse.
This dorullnisse only got soft Christmas gifts. No kids want that.
I don’t want that.

17. desember

December 17th: Grandiosa-dorullnisse.
Norwegians love their frozen pizza and Grandiosa is king. Around Christmas time we eat 2.5 million Grandiosas and on Christmas eve over 200.000 Grandiosas are eaten.

18.desember

December 18th: Julebukk-dorullnisse.
Julebukk means Christmas Goat, and it is an ancient tradition originating in Ireland. The same tradition that later became the well known trick or treat-ing. Norwegians dulled it down and it is now basically kids going caroling and asking for candy. Often dressed up as nisser. This dorullnisse however goes back to the days of yore when they dressed up as real Christmas goats, using remains of real goats. Not too many kids still go julebukk.

Ironically many Norwegians are very anti-trick or treating, wishing kids could go julebukk instead.

19.desember

December 19th: Emotional birthday boy Sebastian-dorullnisse.
This year I was the teacher for a class of fifth graders. They decided to hide in the classroom and surprise me. They brought cake and candy, coffe, lemonade and gifts. I’m not a big cryer, but this had me burst into tears and I had to process it by making a dorullnisse.

20. desember

December 20th: Siw Anita Andersen-dorullnisse.
This is one of my favorite Norwegian comedians. She has starred in two Christmas Calendars on TV. Two mockumentaries, built as a reality gameshow.

21. desember

December 21st: Captured by a lovestorm Carola-dorullnisse.
Carola is a Swedish singer known not only for her many Christmas songs, but also for her entries in Eurovision Song contest and addiction to the wind machine. This dorullnisse is inspired by her routine in Captured by a Lovestorm, which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991.

22. desember

December 22nd: Ugly ornament-dorullnisse.
The ornaments we love to hate. We hate to put them out, but there is no Christmas without them. Mostly because you or somebody else made it as a kid.

23. desember

December 23th: Bambi on Ice-dorullnisse.
One of many cartoons that belongs to Christmas. Everybody loves watching the poor deer trying to skate. Nobody knows the rest of the story. We know the mom dies, we don’t want to see that. We’ll stick to watch his ice dancing routine.

24. desember

December 24th: “We can do it, we can do it”: Merry little helpers-dorullnisse.
Finally revealing how the dorullnisser are made: By my collection of helpful woodland creatures. Sorry to ruin the illusion.

 

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