Thursday, December 27, 2007

latest finds

just a few pics/links I want to share with you today.

new studio of Karin Eriksson.

this bead bulb lamp by Hella Jongerius makes me........................nuts!!! I want it.... so badly...........stop me from robbing a bank (found through Debi)

if I don´t end up in prison I´m buying this lamp as well (photograph and home of Camilla Engman)

Thinking a lot about clothing, style & art in the last days and how bringing these together to a good mixture, like Danny Mansmith does so very well

Last but not least, gifts from Graça

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry X-mas to you!

X-mas time is family timeX-mas 1971... S. and her two cousins at the grandmothers house... if you click on the picture to enlarge, you can see the chocolate leaves around the mouth... some things never change

so we will light the 4th candle in Bavaria ...

crocheted wreath from mein herzblut

Wishing you all a joyfull Christmas time!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

ok you asked for it, here it comes

recipe for Mohnstrudel - poppy seed strudel ..........without any guarantee, because I´ve googled the stuffing. So please tell me if it works, if not, try to find out who made it public and give him/her a punch :)

gleicher Teig wie Haselnusskranz (siehe letzter Post) / same dough as Hazelnut ring (see last below)

Mohnfuellung / poppy seed stuffing :

200g geriebener Mohn / 200 g grounded poppy seed
nicht ganz 3 EL Milch / nearly 3 tablespoons milk
6 EL Zucker / 6 tablespoons sugar
geriebene Schale einer halben Zitrone / lemon zest of a half lemon
eine Prise Zimt / a dash cinnamon
50g Butter / 50 grammes butter
80g Rosinen / 80 grammes raisins
2 EL Honig / 2 tablespoons honey
1 großes Stamperl (haha, hoffentlich versteht ihr das) Rum / 1 jigger rum

Die Milch mit dem Honig und dem Zucker aufkochen und dann den Mohn einrühren. Alles noch einmal aufkochen lassen und die restlichen Zutaten beifuegen, vom Herd nehmen und erkalten lassen.

Bring the milk with honey and sugar to a boil and stir in the poppy seeds. Bring to a short boil again and add the remaining ingredients. Remove from the oven and let cool down.

The Cologne Newspaper (Koelnische Rundschau vom 04.12.2007) wrote an articel about the "Kaufen und Kaffee 2007" show and published a pic of our herzensart stall.

KITSUNE NOIR made a nice post about our vikings yesterday.
Happy baking and don´t forget to send me a pic of your Mohnstrudel :)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

baking season declared open...

... I started with my beloved Haselnusskranz (hazelnut ring). It´s in a Haselnusskranz´s nature that it is best consumed before X-mas :o)

Here comes the recipe:
aus folgenden Zutaten einen Teig kneten/ use your hooves (or hands) to make a dough out of these ingredients:
300 g Mehl / 300 grammes flour
2 gestrichene TL Backpulver / 2 teaspoons baking powder
100g Zucker / 100 grammes sugar
1 Paeckchen Vanillezucker / 1 tablespoon Vanilla (if you have a small package vanilla sugar better use this)
1 Ei / 1 egg
2 EL Milch oder Wasser / 2 tablespoons milk or water
125 g kalte Butter / 125 grammes cold butter
fuer die Fuellung/ for the stuffing
200g gemahlene Haselnuesse / 200 grammes grounded hazelnuts
100 g Zucker / 100 grammes sugar
4-5 Tropfen Bittermandeloel / 4-5 drops oil of bitter almonds
1/2 Eigelb / 1/2 egg yolk
1 Eiweiss / 1 egg white
3-4 EL Wasser / 3-4 Tablespoons water
Ei-Anstrich / Egg paint (so to say....)
1/2 Eigelb + 1 EL Milch verquirlen / whisk 1/2 egg yolk with 1 tablespoon milk
Den Teig zu einem Rechteck (ca. 35x45cm) ausrollen. und mit der Haselnussfuellung bestreichen. Den Teig nun aufrollen und zu einem Kranz formen, auf ein gefettes Backblech (oder mit Backpapier ausgelegtes Backblech) legen und mit dem Ei-Milch-Gemisch bestreichen. Kranz sternfoermig einschneiden und im vorgeheizten Ofen bei 175 Grad (Umfluft) oder 200 Grad Ober-Unterhitze etwa 45 Minuten backen.
On a floured surface roll out the dough to a rectangle (size about 35x45 cm or 13,8 inch x 17,8 inch). Evenly lay on the hazelnut stuffing. Roll up the dough and form a circle/ring.
Line a baking sheet with parchement paper and brush the ring with the egg paint. Then take a knife to make small starry cuts into the dough (wohooooo my English..... better take a look at the photograph) . Preheat oven to 175 degrees C / 350 Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minutes.

The gorgeous Small Magazine has featured our herzensart angels. That makes us superduperhappy! Take a look here

Friday, December 07, 2007

six years dreaming

I´m dreaming - occassionally. Probably I´m dreaming every night, but it is not that often that I wake up and remember what I had dreamed about. I´ve read that a human spends a total of about six years dreaming, which is about 2 hours each night. Five minutes after the end of a dream, we have forgotten 50 percent of the dream's content. Ten minutes later, we've forgotten 90 percent of its content.
Unfortunately it is the "bad" dreams that stay in mind, those leaving you with a really bad feeling and making your heart beat faster when remembering them, while you´re hardly trying to forget them. But it will be exactly these dreams that you will be able to recall for years.
Blessed who´s got a dream guardian.... six years nice dreaming :o)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

weekend impressions - Kaufen und Kaffee 2007

herzensart booth in the ambience of the old church
the kids loved the angels and vikings. A few more pics here
Last weekend was the first fair we participated in person. It was a real gain in experience and gave me new ideas and impulses for the future and my artist way. Now, that the effort of the last weeks dropped off, my body signalized unambiguously that it´s time for a little rest.
So I´m looking forward to finish some open orders, take the time for reading and decorating the house, baking cookies and enjoying the pre-Christmas-period.
We´ve updated the herzensart shop for the last time this year

Thursday, November 29, 2007

thank you!

thank you so much for all your comments on my last post. Each of you has taken time to write down her/his opinion and experiences. I´m very grateful, as it gave me the chance to think about this topic from different angles.
My first impuls was to limit my uploads of my pictures on flickr and blog etc.
But I love these tools. Besides finding new customers, they also allow us to get in contact with so many wonderful, creative souls like you, being inspired and sharing also our experiences. Thank you for reading this blog, being interested in what a blue sheep and a blond girl come up with and for commenting, motivating and giving us a glimpse of your "worlds".

Tomorrow, 2 shows are opening:

this is an newspaper article of the Toy show in Troy/ NY We are very excited about it and hope that our vikings will find new homes(ARTICLE FROM TROY NEWSPAPER)
Second: Talk more soon!
Yours, F! & S.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

open letter

the Internet is a great arena for artists, crafters, designers and all kinds of creative people showing and sharing their wonderful creations with the world and finding their customers from around the globe. It´s also a wonderful source for finding inspiration. I really love to watch the works and work spaces of others and feeling being part of a hughe creative movement, embracing the world and trying to be an antipol to the mass produced and mass marketed. One can see an explosively rise of an indie craft scene. Many creatives found not only the chance to do what they really love, but also a way of making a tiny business out of it. I think this is an amazing development.

I started using textiles about three years ago, after I found the wonderful designs of artists like Rosa Pomar on the web. Being a painter at this stage of my artist way, I felt so inspired and I wanted to make tactile 3 dimensional art. My first creations came out a bit odd as I had nearly no experience in sewing (only had sewn a so called babydoll (nightshirt) at the age of about 9 in school which I never finished as I hated to work with the sewing machine and also hated that ten of the 15 girls had bought the same fabric like me, with a Sarah Kay dolls print for their first sewing project. So this was the tentative end of my sewing career, which should last for the next 27 years)

An old lady was living next to my door who was a seamstress, so I asked her what was wrong with my creations and she showed me that I had to clip curved seems, to make them smooth when turned right side out and stuffed. I made many drawings of possible creatures, that I wanted to transform into sewing projects.
It was all about drawing, designing and learning by doing. It took a while until I had found my own, personal style. Dolls with a simple shape, sleepy eyes and thick thumbs.
I can honestly say that I love my creatures every single one and there is nearly none of them after being finished that was not sitting with me in front of the TV, or even sitting in front of my bed so that I could look at it a while before falling into sleep (ask my husband). We are having a real deep relationship, my dolls and I :-)
In the last 2 weeks I got 2 emails from people telling me that they have seen my designs being used by others and SOLD. One email told me about a person selling on a German marketplace for handmade goods (that I also use to show my works) and one in a shop in Barcelona. (Please note: I´m not talking of these people who have bought the Softies book, where I have published the pattern of my guardian angel for PRIVATE use.)
Like I´ve said in the beginning of this post, the internet is a fantastic source for inspiration and I don´t want to miss it. But I think it makes a difference being inspired or to imitate.
I´m not the only one being copied, I know as I´ve read from other designers as well that they were imitated and other people and companies made profit out of their works. Do these people really identify with the piece of work, does it give satisfaction themselves? I don´t think so. There are unlimited ways for example to sew an angel and I really appreciate looking at variations of angels. It is the variety and the uniqueness that comes along with the handmade movement and that makes the world richer. I really don´t like to look at copies of my designs.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

from angels and signs

I´m telling you a secret. Did you know that it exists??? You wonder what?
I´m speaking of an angel manufactory!
It is located in a tiny studio, best hidden on the country side. As long as this studio exists, it´s for sure that angels never will be expelled from this planet. Isn´t that comfortable to know? I thought it would be nice to have a handpainted wooden sign that I could hang above my fair booth next week, but now I´m in doubt. Shouldn´t I better make a trip to the copyshop? Otherwise I liked the idea to have a handmade sign....What do you think? oh I so adore Kiki Smith

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Friday, November 16, 2007

handmade gifts and x-mas

"There is a life to the objects made by hand, that a man made object could not possibly reproduce" Keri Smith

"toy making came as a reaction to mass production - in a world where everything is mass made, mass marketed and consumed, the attraction of the unique and hand made is compelling, especially for the artists but also for shops and consumers" Penny Craswell

with this in mind, happy x-mas shopping!

for the holiday season we have updated our site of handmade, original art toys. Please take a look by clicking on the picture. You will find a few new items, such as our trees and little wolfs, which we are making by order and furthermore 2 little vikings from the new series. We are also giving a discount from today until December 24th, please check out the new prices. Thank you!
yours Friederike!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

about mathematics, cookies and a children´s book...

a lesson in mathematics:
small rectangle + large rectangle + triangle =
Soon it´s baking "Weihnachtsplaetzchen" / cookies time again. These cute cookies are little masterpieces of edable art.

If I had children the edible art box would be on my shopping list. The cookie cutters in the package are based on art by American Folk artists.... a good inspiration for this years Weihnachtsplaetzchen (cookies) baking. Why not trying a more creative, crazy, unconventional way of decorating style? We´ll see...
Talking of children... besides cookies, children need books! Here comes a hot book tipp for my German readers, therefore I´m continuing writing in German:
hier kommt ein heisser Buchtipp von Eurem blauen Lieblingsschaf, fuer alle meine lieben Leser, die selbst kleine Leseratten zuhause haben, oder ebensolche kennen, denen Sie ab und an gerne eine Freude machen:
das 2. Kinderbuch "Emmy und die Grabraeuber", ein spannender Abentteuerroman ab 9 Jahre, meiner liebsten Freundin Cornelia Rose wird in Kuerze erscheinen. Das Buch kann zum Vorverkaufspreis von 12,60 EUR bestellt werden. Naehere Informationen, sowie eine Leseprobe gibt es HIER

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Today I needed a break from sewing and instead was looking for some inspiration. So we decided to visit the picture book museum Burg Wissem in Troisdorf , who offers a broad collection of picturebook illustrations, old and modern picture books and artist books. The nice thing is that one can spend there hours and hours, grabbing one book after the other. I found a lot of picture books I had as a child. It was really nice and now I know where to go when I´m facing my next creating blockade :)

So now you know where to go if you need some inspiration too or just take a look at a blog about modern bohemian modern style written by a sweet San Francisco girl, where you will also find a short interview with me.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

with eyes wide open

my life in the last days would have made a good example of Murphys law. But who wants to hear my complains?
Playing with fabrics led me to a new version of vikings that I´d like to share with you... It´s been interesting to see, how changing litttle details can have a significant effect and give a new meaning to a doll.
I´m sending some of these new vikings to this show don´t miss this:
art with polymer clay by Meredith Dittmar
and felted objects by Blyth

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

soft worlds

after the viking army got some female support last week, this week the first child came to life...
I love to expand on this viking idea and my soft creatures in general...
I´m thrilled of the idea to create scenarios, settings, whole worlds, soft worlds! So this is the beginning....

Thursday, October 18, 2007

handmade is better!

chaos in the studio.... not to say in the whole house. It´s a balancing act to pass the way through without slipping on fabric pieces or stepping into needles lying on the floor. I feel the urge need of order and some neatness and that I must clean the studio before I can continue to create new "viking froeken" and viking . But instead of cleaning the studio I find myself sitting here, writing a new post.... hmmm

I´m in love with Diana Fayts cups, so I´ve ordered some for next year... (MICHAEL don´t read any further!!!! :o) ......obviously I´m in a consuming-handmade-goods-mood. A beautiful brooche from Vera João (I´m a big fan of her work) is also on the way and already arrived has Maxfield, worlds cutest art thieve, made by the gorgeous snoot maker Sweetnellie (Trish Millener). Trishs creations are one of a kind, they have this kind of nostalgia and make me feel living in a good world. Maxfield lived up to his name and stashed that little peep, as he wanted some company on his long journey. Thanks so much Trish!
This site made me smile.
I´d like to watch the Tomi Ungerer film "die drei Raeuber"

Monday, October 15, 2007

weekend fragments

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

oops, we did it again

this is another "oops, we did it again" post, our last is a while ago now. But we thought this is the right time for a revival. Abough you see our brandnew herzensart jewellery :)

Little linoprints on organic cotton (no.1,3,4) and linnen (no.2&5), stuffed with Kapok, and woolen strings. (price: 10 EUR plus shipping/please send an email with the number, if you are interested in one. First come first serve!)

Thank you! x Friederike!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007

a few, new bits

due to a public holiday in Germany yesterday my Biorythmus reacts with confusion and makes me believe that we have Monday (dear native English speakers, I haven´t found any English word for "Biorythmus". Is it really true that there is no equivalent in the English language? You don´t want to make me believe, that you are not slaves of your Biorythmus, don´t you?)

But enough on a few, new bits which is located in Berlin offers a tasteful selection of fabrics and wrote about herzensart . Thank you so much Linda!

Thanks to a dear sponsor I´m taking my Rooibosh-Caramel-Cream-tea now from my very own cup, which is a good thing, because there is no chance that S. mixes up mine with hers anymore and avoids any further discussions on that. Thank you Bogi!
We are working hard on a new series of vikings for a little show we participating end of November and at the same time on new organic dolls, all made from organic fabrics and stuffed with Kapok. I must admit that Kapok is not my favorite stuffing material to work with. One can say it is breathtaking, it goes into the air and you breathe it in, after you have finished working with it you will find it everywhere and when I say everywhere, I really mean everywhere...
is this a spectacular studio view? Have a look at the website of Jenny Kostecki as well!
Now back to tea and sewing machine...

Sunday, September 30, 2007