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DaWanda – Feeling Etsy-ish in Europe!

May 22, 2007

Have you heard of DaWanda? They recently launched online out of Berlin mitte (my favorite place in Berlin for shopping), and offer a free store to newbies that sign up before May 31st. After 5/31, a standard rate will apply, so try to sneak in during this special offer. DaWanda is somewhat of an Etsy operation, they offer storefronts to sellers on one condition, that you make whatever it is that you’re selling. Even a great big table like the one below, which I love.

“Dawanda is a new online marketplace for artists, designers and artisans across Europe to set up their own shop to sell their handmade products.”

DaWanda - Feeling Etsy-ish in Europe!
The site just launched, so it’s not jam packed with sellers yet, but I’m hoping I can start a bit of a trend and get other bloggers to talk about it and spread the word.

The site is in English (British), French, and German, you select the language by clicking on your flag of choice in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. You can browse by color, tag, technique, materials, or category. You can even create and organize wish lists and vote for your favorites.

Why does the world need DaWanda if Etsy is already out there? I think that for most Germans without credit cards (not the norm in Germany), they prefer using their bank account to pay for things and DaWanda gives sellers that ability so it makes things a lot easier. Most of my German friends and family do not even have (or want) Paypal accounts, so I think DaWanda offers them the chance to engage in a little e-commerce in the way they are most comfortable with, via their bank account. Plus, unlike Etsy, the site is in 3 languages, including German.

Check out DaWanda and let me know what you think. I’m interested in hearing what my pals in Europe have to say about this site.

Psst: Bridget Davis has some great pillows!






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms, Small Business

Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)

May 22, 2007

Jasna Janekovic is a very talented lady that lives in K?ln, Germany and has some of the most gorgeous images on Flickr that I’ve seen in awhile. Very relaxed, uncomplicated, simple. I love the lighting, softness, there’s just this vintage beauty about her photos that makes me want to spend a weekend on my grandparents farm drinking peach iced tea and collecting wildflowers in a basket. Jasna has her own little store online selling beautiful homemade delights created by her own hands. Everything in her store is completely Jasna, step inside, you’ll see. Completely charming.

Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)Jasna Janekovic (+ her little store)
(images by jasna janekovic)






Arts + Crafts, Events + Markets

Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)

May 21, 2007

Jennifer Davis wrote in about a solo show she’s having at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis, Out On a Limb, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 2nd from 7-10pm.

Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)
Her work is so beautiful (oh, the colors!), I couldn’t resist using this as an excuse to share her talent with you. I think Mississippi (below) is my favorite, as I’ve always loved steamboats and paddle wheelers (the southerner in me)  and you don’t usually see these boats in a fresh, modern color palette like this one. Beautiful job, Jennifer!

Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)Jennifer Davis + Gallery 360 (Minneapolis)Her show runs from June 2 – July 22, so if you live in the Minneapolis area, hop on over to Gallery 360, located at 3011 W 50th Street and tell me how gorgeous her work is in person and make me jealous because I can’t be there myself. ;)

Thank you Jennifer for writing in!

(images from jennifer davis)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Small Business

Adorn magazine: Summer ’07

May 21, 2007

Do you read Adorn magazine (published quarterly)? It’s growing up all the time, and I enjoy watching it evolve. It’s fun to see who they’ll feature next, so many great finds in this super cute ‘n crafty magazine. Adorn truly support indie artists and bloggers like crazy, which is refreshing. Not just a slight nod either, the entire issue speaks of them and to them and their cult of followers.

Adorn magazine: Summer '07
The evolution of Adorn is interesting to watch because it somewhat mirrors how blogs gain popularity. Not through expensive advertising, knowing the “right” people, and fancy events, but through indie craft fairs and web chatter, which is how I found out about them back when they first launched. And so far, word on the street is very much in favor of this “Crafty girls guide to embellishing life.”

Adorn magazine: Summer '07
Psst: I’m eagerly awaiting their Summer issue since a few of my favorite artists are featured in it (Lisa Congdon comes to mind). In case you aren’t that familiar with Adorn, look for it in the craft section at your local bookstore, like Borders (where I find mine). You can also subscribe to it, which I suggest because Borders seems to sell out of them quickly.

(images from adorn magazine)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Aussie Patches on Etsy

May 19, 2007

In addition to the Etsy roundup of affordable prints I wrote for Domino magazine, I have many others that I wish I could have included because there are so many amazing prints and original works of art to be unearthed over on Etsy. What a treasure chest of finds! Take this Australian illustrator, Ali J, that I found just recently. I adore her stylish girls, don’t you?

Aussie Patches on Etsy
Ali is the talent behind Aussie Patches, an etsy store that features her girls, dozens of dazzling illustrations with a distinct fashion feel and a modern, punchy color palette. Both prints and originals range in price from $5 – $30 (including originals!) and $100 for a large painting of a winter scene. Her work is charming, affordable, and I think you’ll really like it. Imagine these arranged over a white sofa with bright pillows in sunny yellow and pink?

Aussie Patches on Etsy
FYI: Ali is also a fellow blogger, so you can learn more about Miss Aussie Patches right here.

(images from ali j)






Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Rooms

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love

May 18, 2007

I selected the decor8 book of the week, Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love, based on a personal need. Like you, I have billions of digital images and although I enjoy uploading them to my Flickr account and sharing them with others, I haven’t dedicated the time to actually print them out and do something with them. Relate?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
My husband Thorsten took this photo in the apple orchard behind our home where there’s this tiny patch of green with what seems like thousands of dandelions. Most of us have long admired these delicate white puffs because as children, we’d blow them just to watch the seeds dance in the blue sky and drift off into the horizon. Looks like this one was about to take that same journey. I’d like to turn it into a huge canvas for my dining room wall. What do you think? Where do you go to turn a photo into a large canvas? I’ve seen a ton of places online offering this service, but I’d love to hear from someone that has actually tried one with good results. Anyone?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
As we mature, and time is no longer spent running through fields amongst flowers, capturing a moment is key because we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to repeat the magic. Outside of desktop wallpaper, photos in frames, or the latest craze, photos clipped on DIY lines, I haven’t explored alternate creative ways to display photos as much as I should. So I started to look into this a bit and fell upon Photocraft displayed proudly at Barnes and Noble last week. I grabbed it, scanned every page, and quickly found 1, 2, 3…6 projects that I totally imagined taking on. And they’re amazingly easy, any idiot can do it. Big plus.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You LoveOne of the projects in the book, creating jewel box photo art, is actually demonstrated by Photojojo on their website in a quick and easy video how to. I love this project because you can purchase brand new jewel cases in bulk (my husband swears by eBay as the best source. Search: jewel cases. Or shop Circuit City or Best Buy, but they’ll cost a lot more). You can find cases that are as thick as your typical music CDs, or you can find the slim ones, meant for CDR’s. You don’t have to take apart your music CDs, in fact I don’t suggest it because more likely than not, your cases will have scratches and you want only those that are in perfect shape.

Hop on over to Photojojo and watch how it’s done.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
Now you can take your photos to the next level — off of your computer and onto your walls — in a less traditional, and totally modern, way. For more cool projects from Photocraft, purchase the book here on Amazon for only $13. Photojojo sells lots of neat things that will help you use your photos as art, so browse their website while you’re at it, like their photo block kit shown above.

Have fun!

(images from amazon + photojojo)






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