Today marks the launch of the new Taste Test tool on the Etsy site where you click on the stuff that you like and then they curate a taste map for you. While it’s not 100%, and certainly not as personal as round ups curated by your favorite bloggers, it certainly is a valuable new tool that I found to be fun and helpful. There is a lot on Etsy to see, and that can be a problem for some who don’t have the time to spends hours a week on their site clicking through sites and merchandise. Etsy is trying to deal with this needle in a haystack problem, but I think they’re definitely on the right path and overall, Taste Test is a great leap in the right direction. Here are some things that it discovered for me, not bad, eh!?
1 / Groundwork 2 / Seal Maiden 3 / Groundwork 4 / Ele Handmade 5 / Groundwork 6 / Irena Sophia 7 / Alicia Bock
A / Groundwork B / Bucktoothed Bunny C / Lucy Snowe Photography D / Visual Musings
E / Amber Alexander F / Lucy Snowe Photography G / Irene Suchocki Photography H / Prunella Soap
It is all very warm and cozy, which is how I’m feeling lately as we’ve had a lot of snow here, I have the candles on at home all day, watching the birds play in the snow outside of my window… And I’ve been listening to lots of tunes by Coralie Clement, Ayo, A Fine Frenzy and Lenka while drinking a lot of Kusmi tea since I got a little sick this morning. It’s funny how my mood is reflected so perfectly in what I selected through Taste Test — that’s a pretty good little tool!
If you have time, give Taste Test a try and tell me what you think!
(images: linked to their sources above.)
Love rubber stamps? Into forest themes? Do you like to find unique cards to give to your friends? Yes, yes, yes! I do! So then, it’s time to meet Marga Marina who really is the talented Tine Pagenberg, an illustrator who lives nearby in Bielefeld, Germany which is a lovely town located between the northern and southern Teutoburg forest. I’m guessing Tine finds her inspiration from her town and all of the natural beauty around her, it’s hard to not dream of pastel bears and foxes with picnic baskets when you live near a German forest, the place where fairy tales and magic come to life. She makes rubber stamps, postcards, brooches, pillows and many other crafty things available in her cute DaWanda shop.
I was so excited when my package arrived today and I pulled out three sets of rubber stamps: “Nachteule” which means Night Owl, “Hörnchen” and on the package there are chipmunks which we don’t have in Germany, but they from the Hörnchen family but would technically be called Streifenhörnchen, and “Igel” which are hedgehogs. In the package I found some lovely cards and tags too. Now I have to use my stamps for some crafty projects. :)
I can really see Tine’s work being licensed and sold on products, can’t you? I’d love to see her work in stores, she is so talented and has a very cohesive collection and her style is very unique and special. I’m a big fan of Marga Marina and hope that you like her work too. There are so many talented German illustrators over here, and designers in general — it’s fun to be able to share some of them with you from time to time. :)
(images: photographs taken by holly becker, all others from marga marina)
Want to peek in on a very creative lady? I feel so stuck on gift wrap and paper products lately which is quite obvious over the past few days, right!? Well my cute friends, I promise to branch out so let’s switch gears and look at this super amazing textile designer, Karen Barbé (it sounds like saying Barbie in a thick French accent I imagine) who lives in Santiago, Chile. She creates beautiful bed linens, fabric squares, pillows and all sorts of crafty things that are available for sale in her online shop. Look at all of this fantastic pattern and color! Eep!
In her shop you can find pretty scarves too (see above).
And you must check out her tree! She used bottle caps from things around her home that she has been collecting, cut them into circles, and decorated her pretty fab tree. Amazing!
What a cool, crafty lady Karen is! I love her blog and the glimpses of her home and handmade work, it’s so inspiring, definitely a new favorite blog of mine!
(images: karen barbe)
Oh Cactus and Quail — I am in love with everything on this gorgeous paper goods website — Just everything. And now I will introduce to you to paper product beauty that I know you’ll be equally enamored with… But first, their limited edition ornaments. Swoon! I want the one in the center for all year round to simply hang on the wall in my office — so pretty!
Owner and designer Jamie, who lives and works in sunny San Diego, was trained as an architect but decided to launch a paper products company using her modern illustrations, mainly for brides, though some things in her shop are available to purchase (like the ornaments above) or as a readymade item which means that the design is already done for you, you simply choose your colors and give her the information that you need on the card. You know, the deets.
About her work Jamie says, “I have found that I am happiest while making pretty graphics and getting messy with cutting, gluing and folding paper (instead of fussing about with beams & columns). After making invitations for my own wedding in 2008, I began designing bits of stationery goods for friends, and then friends of friends, and then friends of friends of friends, and so I have been inspired to launch Cactus and Quail.”
Cheers to following your heart!
(images: cactus and quail)
I have this thing you see. Whenever it snows, I must go outside for a walk at night after everyone is tucked away in their cozy homes. I live in a city but after 10 p.m. in my district it becomes a sleepy village and so one can wander around and find inspiration in the silence. While wandering a few nights ago, I walked by one of my favorite shops nearby which happens to be owned by my friends Berit and Kerstin called Snug and I loved what I saw. Here is a shot of what I saw taken during the day as it was too dark to photograph it at night…
A coat hanger tree. It’s impressive, right? I thought so. That is one cute Chrissy tree, the ornaments are their own products, their pretty brooches made from painted wood. It’s a tree for all of your hang ups! :)
Have you found an impressive, unusual tree in your neighborhood? Or do you have one at home? Perhaps you can post it and link it here in the comments section. We could take a winter blog stroll together to see the trees all over the world. Whether you are into Christmas or not, it’s just nice to see the creative things that people can do and how imaginative people can be with a single tree.
P.S. If you are in Hannover this weekend, don’t miss Designachten where you can meet the Snug girls in person along with several other indie artists from Hannover and the local area. I’ll be there as a visitor on both days so maybe you will spot me, too! :)
Happy Home is truly my happy place. What am I talking about? The Happy Home online shop! It is a divine little nook on the web that I just want to jump inside of and live. It’s so sweet! Owned by two French girls who also have a pretty blog called Beauty Everyday…. just look at these things, don’t they just make you want to drool rainbows!?
1 / Plate: marine and white plaid 2 / Round tray natural 3 / Pear notepad 4 / Masking tape 5 / Cake stand (from House Doctor) 6 / Small dog in linen 7 / Crocodile in linen 8 / Paumes books 9 / Owl candlestick holder (also from House Doctor) 10 / Navy and white gingham Plate 11 / Linen napkins 12 / Coasters in linen.
1 / Photo album 2 / Book 3 / 2011 event planner 4 / Porcelain bowl (from House Doctor) 5 / Small wooden bowl 6 / Trivet in linen 7 / Zipped pocket in linen 8 / Wire flower holder 9 / Wooden box of rubber stamps 10 / Dish 11 / Knife 12 / Decorating Book
I have this and now I want to order more — they are from Korea. Beautiful! I use them each day as my To Do list.
I can never tire of this paper and cute Japanese/Zakka stuff! I should lay out all of my crafting supplies and stationery and show you sometime, I love all of it – my rubber stamps, tapes, journals, books… and sometimes I feel like I’m 12 years old again asking my mother to drag me to the Sanrio shop — but I’m soooo okay with that, I will love paper goods forever + ever + ever!
(images: happy home)