Monday, September 29, 2008

Lucky me.

When I wrote about the DaWanda event in Berlin I told you that I made a new friend there - Juliane who is originally from Berlin and still has an appartment here in my neighbourhood, but lives in Sweden most of the time.
She is a puppeteer (!) but also makes Waldorf-style dolls and all kinds of other pretty things. Like this cute little crocheted mushroom she gave to me last week! I was awestruck and still am, it's just so sweet. And I'm very happy that she stays in Berlin for a couple of days longer.


And good news for all of you - she has decided to start blogging and I'm sure we'll find a lot of eyecandy there. So please go and pay "Fröken Skicklig" (Miss Nifty) a visit.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Nie Nie Benefit Sale

(photo: Morgan Moore...sorry, I tried to scale it down in size and now it's a little fuzzy...better visit Morgans blog for the pretty version)

Tuesday Sept. 23rd and Wednesday Sept. 24th Morgan is hosting a Nie Nie Benefit Sale on Etsy. Here is a direct link to the shop, she did fantastic job. The Etsy sale will start at 10:00 a.m PST (I think that's about 7pm CET), Tuesday, Sept. 23rd.
I donated a couple of geisha-inspired hair pins, brooches and other items but wasn't sure if they would arrive in time. They did, as I can see from this picture! Yay! I'm very relieved. And very curious about all the other listings. Judging from the mosaic Morgan made, it will be pretty amazing.

Re-doing the dishes.

Look what I found!
These insanely cute dishwasher safe decals from Kirsch Interior might be a solution for all of you who have a truckload of mismatched white tableware (like me).

Dutch couple kissing...*le sigh*...

...cross stitch...

There are also multicolor animal stickers if "African lodge" or "A day at the zoo" is the look you are going for. They come with a detailed instruction sheet and are very well priced. You have to check out Kirsch Interior's online shop - they get featured a lot in German magazines like living&more, Living at Home and Brigitte and I'm always looking forward to their christmas range (they sell a lot of diy kits, too) - pure eyecandy.

UPDATE: You are totally right, Lisa - they are a bit hard to find. Just click here and scroll down...they are mixed in with the new items they added to the shop.

Longest post ever.

Here a two photos (the only two photos I took - I totally forgot I had the camera in my bag, even so it weighs tons) from the DaWanda "Make it! Shop it! Blog it!" event on Saturday. It was so much fun and so well organized - dear DaWanda team if you should read this - well done, thank you!

Holly spoke first and was very charming, warm, entertaining and inspiring that I'm sure every crafter who didn't have a blog until then went home and started one immediately. (She is so nice and approachable I actually mustered up the courage to go and say "Hi"...right at the end...just before I was leaving...) After a short coffee&cake break (yup - DaWanda even fed us!) cute Nicole was the next one to take the stage - and she took it by storm! I just loved listening to her! - telling us how her blog set so many good things in motion and finally gave her the chance work creatively (and getting paid for it!).

The sweet, talented, generous and very patient bloodybunny and smil showed us how to screenprint bags (they prepared three different motives: a sailor cat, clouds and bees...throwing up a rainbow? It looked pretty cool!). See:



They are hosting a screenprinting workshop soon and I'm very tempted to go.

And I made new friends! Before I even got to the event Juliane (who is probably working on her blog right now!) caught my eye on the street...she was dressed in such a cute and unusual outfit that I just knew she was on her way to "Make it!..." She is a puppeteer (how cool is that?) and makes Waldorf style dolls. Later we met Tatiana who sells the cutest accessories at her DaWanda shop Fräulein Herz. I have never seen such impeccable work - her zippers are perfection. They are both from my neighbourhood so I hope we can get together soon.

Everyone there seemed to have the same biography - they were creative as children, but took a non-creative job either of fear of not being good enough, fear of not earning enough or to please others. I wanted to be a designer, make-up artist, actress (yeah well, not a great idea when you voice fades as soon as people are looking at you), interior designer, graphic designer...(the list goes on) when I was younger. I couldn't decide. And I didn't think I was good enough. So I studied Sociology, PR&Marketing and eventually ended up as a key account manager in an advertising agency. I thought I could be really creative. Boy, was I wrong. As a key account manager you basically get yelled at by the client AND the creative department, while you juggle the budget. I hated (almost) every minute of it. Things got better when I changed to a PR firm and I wrote my own texts. Now I'm working as a freelance copy writer and translator. Much better. Much scarier as well. But I still like to make things.

I realised at the event that what I need is a "profile", a signature style or item so people can recognize it as my work. I make so many different things, I often get distracted. Some items only exist as prototypes. I need to figure out what people might like. so far I know the sock monkeys were the most requested item (I sold custom made ones to people all over the world who contacted me via flickr), but I'm not really into making sock monkeys right now. And I need new labels. A logo, a "corporate design"...even so the key is not to be a cooperation (obviously)...very confusing.

You see - it was a great event and I'm so happy that I was able to go...thanks again DaWanda, Holly, Nicole and everyone involved - you did a great great job!

Saturday, September 20, 2008


I'm almost off to DaWanda's "make it, shop it, blog it!" event with Holly Becker of decor8 fame and a couple of other creative blog "celebrities". How exiting!

my business cards
On Tuesday I realized I still don't have business my horror... My friend Solveig recommended these blank business cards (made by ma blanche) to me and they are perfect. I filled in the blanks on about 10 cards (wish my handwriting was a bit more sophisticated, but that can't be helped) and now I hope people will actually want to take one. :)

Kudos to Holly and all the other speakers for doing're so very brave...I'm so painfully shy I'd rather jump through a burning hoop than adress a group of more than 5 strangers.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, September 19, 2008

I think this household needs a baby...

shake it, baby! - the microphone rattle

...badly. I keep making or thinking up baby things, like this crochet microphone rattle (washable, chewable, rattles softly, perfect for lullabies).

Would parents actually buy something like this? I'm planning to restock my etsy store...I never sold anything...the socktopus and sock monkey I put up on etsy ages ago I gave away as baby gifts before someone could actually buy'm afraid I'm not the most efficient business woman.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Louise Campbell - the Prince Chair


It took me a while to figure out the name and designer of this chair. Louise Campbell designed it in 2001 for a competition to design a chair for His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. The chair didn’t win the competition but was later produced by HAY and seems to be almost a classic now. I love the "doilyness" (is that even a word?) of it, which contrasts beautifully with the modern materials used (the seat is made of laser cut steel and water cut neoprene rubber, laminated with felt and mounted on a powder coated steel frame). Louise Campbell has an awe-inspiring portfolio and is also the mastermind behind the Royal Copenhagen "Elements" tableware series which I crave so much.

Sia | Soon We'll Be Found

You have to watch this...the song is beautiful, but the video is totally mesmerizing...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Orla Kiely: The "Wottle"


Good news - waterfilter company BRITA and designer Orla Kiely have teamed up to bring us "...the world´s first designer reusable water bottle...". Or "Wottle". I'm not really into the SIGG bottles, but the Wottle I like. (Not sure about the name though.) Even better - it's made from 100% recycled materials. Almost as good as having a genuine Orla Kiely handbag...
...kidding. (I'm sure I will cave eventually and buy one. Bag that is.)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sweden, Land of Cute

Look, it's everywhere!

cutest milk packaging ever
Milk...sweet packaging...

tiny milk packages at the hotel
...tiny milk packages at our hotel...

I have no idea what it says, but love the illustration
...I have no idea what this sign says ("No trespassing?"), but the illustration is pretty funny...

a shroom with a view... :)
...a shroom with a view...(waited ages for the right picture to make this pun!)...

"Beware, friendly lions on bike crossing!"
..."Beware, friendly lions on bikes are crossing the road".

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Weekend cuteness.

Baby hedgehog
Ursprünglich hochgeladen von Riude
I can't stand it - how ridiculously cute is this baby hedgehog??? Don't you just want to tickle his little tummy, pudgy paws and feet?
Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Anybody flying to Finland soon?

Moomin cookie cutter
Ursprünglich hochgeladen von Lana Stewart
Hi there, I'm back and currently catching up on jobs and household chores.
We had a wonderful week in Sweden (again!) and staying in a little hut in the woods somehow rekindled my Moomin love (I know they are actually from Finland.) I even managed to buy a Little My mug at the airport which makes me very, very happy.
Now I'm desperately looking for these Moomin stamp cookie cutters (and a Little My one, of course!). I'd love to have these in time for christmas but they can't be found anywhere, not even on ebay. (Note to self: Must learn not to get obsessed by things.)