Oh my goodness I’m so excited! I just found out that today Etsy posted my article in their Featured Buyer column. Weeeeeeeee!
I’m soooo happy. Click here to view it. I have to go see what comments have been left, I can’t wait to see what Etsy readers have to say about my article on shopping handmade. This is really exciting for me, I’ve been shopping Etsy since Feb. 2006 and never expected they’d ask me to participate in this series. Thank you, Etsy!
(screenshot from the etsy storque)
Just a few moments ago I came across web shop Inspire Company quite by accident… one click, two clicks, three clicks, four and there I was at the Inspire Company blog authored by founder and shop owner Amy. I think I’ve seen Inspire Company (the shop) before but I’ve definitely not noticed the Inspired Ideas online magazine and the Inspired Friends page. I love this idea. It’s fresh and it is exciting to see imaginative shop owners sharing information about their sellers in such interesting and creative ways, Inspired Ideas reminds me of a scrapbook/mood board and each collage is pulled together so nicely. You really get a sense of who is selling there in her store and just how special these people really are.
The current issue spotlights the life and work of Canadian blogger and violin teacher Lilli Beck of Make Mine Blissful (she also has an etsy shop) and Lilli demonstrates a free DIY project for Inspired Ideas readers to enjoy.
I adore the mouse egg box tutorial. Squeak!
You can also visit some of the Inspire Company’s past Inspired Friends by clicking here and scrolling down. So many good little bites to chew on including a jewelry designer that I really like, Kristen Townsend of Mood Swing Studio.
You can also find a past issue highlighting Hope Wallace, I’ve long been a fan (and customer) of her paper goods. More here on Miss Hope.
I hope that you enjoy visiting the Inspire Company today!
(images from the inspire company)
I’m always so inspired when I come across a web shop that feels special, you know like you’ve just stepped into someone else’s personal space and you must tip toe and quietly look around so as to not make too much noise. A very special little boutique on the web that I discovered recently is such a place and it’s called Tas-ka, a Dutch company based in Den Haag created by Jantien Baas and Hester Worst (they ship worldwide).
I really enjoy the large beautiful photos that welcome you as the page opens, it’s quite unique I think as a lot of websites do not use such large photos… I rather like it. I think that is what we are all looking for nowadays don’t you? Originality. We want to find things or places that are new to us or that do not feel like all of the other places we’ve seen or visited before.
What does Tas-ka offer? For one, books! They have several of the Jeu de Paume books and they even stock Lula magazine, a favorite of mine that I buy at Barnes & Noble in the states. It’s expensive, but so many of the pages are frame-worthy and the paper quality is outstanding so you can use a lot of the pages as art or to pin to your inspiration board. I highly suggest checkout out Lula, it’s devoted to fashion but contains gorgeous articles, swirly feminine fonts, and fantastic layouts so it stimulates lots of ideas and never fails to put me into a good mood.
In addition to books and magazines, you can also shop Tas-ka for their signature pendant light constructed entirely of paper cranes. Some are in white, others in color, all are completely affordable at 160-Euro (when you consider the amount of work involved in creating one).
You can also find vintage furniture, pillows, bedding, fabrics (by the meter designed by Tas-ka), stationery, things for kids, ceramics, etc. Completely lovely selection, I can’t stop clicking around their shop. I love these 3 vintage pots for instance.
(images from tas-ka)
Working from home here in Germany has been a real nice experience since back in New Hampshire I live in the country and do not have easy access to a city there. Here I live in the city so I can take quick breaks throughout the day (without the hassle of a car) to grab tea with friends, walk through the forest (2 blocks from my house, it’s about 10x the size of Central Park), or go find inspiration by roaming a museum or visiting a small shop. A few minutes ago I needed a break, I was feeling sort of crabby and instead of giving into the bad mood I decided to shut off my laptop and visit a new design/kids store one block away. I thought that maybe this new store was feeling the same way because her shop had its grand opening today but the weather is gray and a bit draining. I imagined that maybe this shop owner, a lady I’d never met before today by the way, was sitting in her shop waiting to meet those in our little neighborhood here. I thought maybe this lady was alone and wondering if anyone would support her shop today. Then I imagined how I would feel if in her shoes. That thought motivated me to get out of my house and go welcome her to our hood. I live here now, I should treat this as my home and be a good neighbor. And not to sound like Little Miss Goody Two Shoes, but I remember my mom always taught me that when I’m in a bad mood the best thing to do is imagine someone else out there who may also be feeling bad or lonely and actively seek them out and do something kind for them.
When I walked in to Lillehus (located at De Ha?n Platz 10 in Hannover List), the owner Susan was sitting at a little desk writing (seated as I imagined! too funny!) and I was the only customer so immediately I introduced myself (in English) and she started speaking to me in English (always a treat!) and soon we were chatting and laughing and having a really nice time. She thanked me many times for coming in and seeing her, she said it was a wonderful welcome to the neighborhood.
I think I can say that mom is always right because once again, her advice taught to me as a child worked. And it worked in another way too…
See this light…
It was designed by Hannover-based textile artist Orike Muth. She is someone I really look up to, I think her aesthetic is gorgeous and so original, she screenprints by hand all of the papers that she uses for her lamps and lampions, and all of the textiles she incorporates into her potholders, pillows, etc. I’ve been looking for a table lamp from her for the entire 8 weeks that I’ve been here and could not find the one that I was looking for. I saw the perfect light on her website but she sold out and she is currently working on her new line so there was a good chance that I would not find one before I leave here in December.
The lamp I spotted on Orike’s website… I think I will add some trim to the bottom of mine with beads to dress it up a little.
When I walked into Lillehus today and saw THE light sitting on a table I nearly passed out. It was perfect! It was what I’d been roaming this city for, one design shop after another, hoping to find and never could find. And now it was sitting before me on a pretty white table. Not only did I buy it but Susan (the store owner) took 20% off of the price as a grand opening day present to her customers. Just another way that doing good to others always results in something good – not always a material object, often just a good feeling — but today I received both a happy mood and a pretty light. Not only am I back to myself again, but I met a nice small business owner and found the lamp I’ve been desiring for quite awhile. What you put out into the world comes back to you. Always. Don’t you believe that too?
As corny as it sounds, whenever I look at this lamp I will remember today and the happy memories along with it. And please, if you live in or around Hannover pay Susan at Lillehus a visit. She is so, so sweet and a bonus for expats is that she speaks great English. The shop is mostly for kids; she stocks lots of Maileg products from Denmark (my mushroom is above on my kitchen cabinet only 5,- Euros each!) and cute stuff from a few indie designers in Berlin. She is soon to expand into clothing for women and cute rain boots too.
(images from holly becker for decor8)