Monday, December 20, 2010

wishing you peaceful days!

some flowers on a studio wall would be nice, I think.

These 3 vintage wallpapers I like very much, but can´t decide which one to choose.
What´s your favorite?

Have you already seen this incredible studio miniature? [made by Evangelione]

Tomorrow I´m driving home.

I wish you a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 17, 2010

white is the color of my day

Snow, snow, snow. Chances are good for a white Christmas

I stayed at home and spent the day with shoveling snow, feeding birds and making some spun cotton mushrooms.

Martha Stewart is sharing a video tutorial. I learned that making spun cotton Christmas ornaments is
an old German technique from the 19th century.

Like it! A fun and quick craft project and the expenses are almost zero.

Monday, December 13, 2010

weekend pleasures

yesterday at the "Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Gruenwald"
the rain washed away the snow and romance.

Laikonik - beautiful handmade products with a Polish folkloristic touch

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

my non-Christmas-like-early-Christmas-gift for you

as Christmas is on the way I have a little gift for you. It´s a jumping Jack, or better say jumping Jack Jack?
This Jack might not be a typical Christmas theme and gift, and probably not suitable for everybody,
but I hope that some of you [those with black humour ;)],will have fun with this bad ass Jack.

Please click on the pic above to find a high resolution picture, which you can safe to your computer and
print out. The size of the picture is 10x15cm, best printed on heavyweight paper 300g
(I used Hahnemühle Fineart Inkjet Photo Cards, which are exactly that size) or on normal paper,
that you should glue to cardboard before cutting out the pieces.

Below is the instruction (click on picture for higher resolution)

Materials you need: scissors, a hole puncher (or any other tool to make the holes),
strong thread, 4 pearls or 2 split pins, sticky tape

This is the back of my Jack to give you a better idea of the "how to", in combination
with the instruction picture.

Feel free to make as many Jacks as you like, for yourself or for a handmade Christmas gifts for hard-boiled
friends or family  :)

Have fun!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I´m working on a little gift for you

surprise, surprise :)

Check back tomorrow or so......

In the meantime here comes another nice gift wrapping idea, with Furoshiki,
the japanese wrapping cloth. German company Kiree has some very nice in the shop
[found via "textile ideen"]

Sunday, December 05, 2010

magical places - Miss Clara

Miss Clara, a french paper artist  [found via annekata]

After watching this video, all I want is being locked up in Miss Claras studio for a weekend or so
and diving into her magical wonderland. This is her blog

Friday, December 03, 2010

special christmas offer

Today arrived the probably last melamine plate delivery for this year. Right in time to open
the herzensart Christmas sale.

I´m offering special prices for all small edition items, also for the brand new cowboy plate,
and for the guardian angel sewing pattern, in case you like to handmake your gifts. 

The offer is only available as long as items are in stock.

Handstamped paper bags will be my Christmas packaging this year.

Have a nice weekend!

ripp-off update

Throughout the last 2 days many ripp-offs (from exact to modified copies) that happened to other designers came to my notice (thanks to you, dear readers telling me about other cases), that I almost can´t believe how hard-boiled some companies are, when stealing designs and claiming them as their own. "Hide and seek" called it they "suck the blood of a small independent artist" and I think that´s exactly what they do.

I want to give some update to the DPAM viking prints:

It´s more than 2 weeks ago that I wrote my first email to DPAM (Svea told me, they are really big and have worldwide shops), asking for some statement. I also sent a second note, but I have not recieved any response yet.
So I talked to a lawyer, asking what I could do in this case and his résumé is kind of frustrating. For some legal action I would have to take lots of money. Although designs are protected by intellectual property rights (copyright), it gets difficult if somebody steals it and makes some modifications, like DPMA did.
The lawyers advice was better to ignore this case, than taking the risk of paying high court bills .....

I asked him what I could do, to protect my designs better from being ripped off.

Something I might think about for the future (and this is maybe something interesting for some of you as well),  is:
registered design (eingetragenes Geschmacksmuster).
Snag: this is only possible for new designs, if you use your design since years, it´s no option,
and it is also no real protection for being copied.
Unique items, which differ from one to another seem to be difficult to register, as description of a registered design needs to be exact and does not allow much variation.

Alltogether not a very satisfying answer.
After much debating and mulling over, at the moment it seems there is nothing I can do.

If somebody still has an idea, I´d be very grateful to hear. THANK YOU!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

where does influence end and plagiarism begin?

finished another one today.

Some days back I got an email prompting me to a french company, called "du pareil au meme",
which is offering kids clothes with viking prints.
The sender of the email wondered if I had designed these viking prints for this company,
as they are very close to my viking design.

But I did not and I wonder where does influence end and plagiarism begin?

Keri´s article about plagiarism, does not have an answer to that question,
but is giving at least some comfort.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Julie Arkell

To me Julie Arkell is the queen of paper maché, which she uses to create a magical world of her own.

I just grabbed a copy of "HOME", Julie´s book

Since MANY years I haven´t played with paper maché, but now I SO would love to start right away.

Look at this amazing collection and display of little treasures!

Have a nice Sunday in Advent!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

back I am

back to work
back to finishing orders
back to the merfolk

Thank you for all the kind comments and emails with well wishes for my family I recieved!
They were really appreciated!

Talk more soon.

Friday, November 19, 2010

viking door hangers

I´m writing from my familys place, but wanted to show you my newest viking item, which arrived
already last week.

Due to some health problems within my family I´m staying here more often for the next
months. This means some reorganization of my time, especially my studio time.
For a while I won´t be able to make new customized orders and therefore I had to remove my
"made-to-order" offer from my webshop again.

Orders I had already accepted of course I´m going to finish, but new orders are not possible for the moment.

I´m a bit worrying about the monthly studio rent, but on the other hand,
this will also allow more spontaneously "free" working again.

Talk more soon, when I´m back at home next week.

Have a nice weekend, lovelies!

P.S.: Thank you for the nice feedback for the guardian angel pattern. I already recieved a first angel picture
from Irene. She made the angel the same day she purchased the pattern, so sweet :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

little guardian angel - DIY

Many of you my dear readers love making things by hand and many of you love sewing.

If you also have a heart for angels, you can now find the original pattern and instructions
for my little guardian angel for download, in my webshop.

There´s an English and a German version available.

I´m sure this little angel also makes a nice handmade Christmas gift.

Have fun!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

crafty come together

yesterday evening some crafty ladies met for sewing, embroidering, rubber stamping, eating and chatting.
It was very nice.


Steffis vintage sewing machine.... one of the things I could kill for
Wishing you a nice weekend!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

back in Bloggerland with some new bits

 Thank you so much for all your viking plate orders. A new bunch of plates is already on the way :)

Good news... the 1st German edition of ANORAK, the happy mag for kids,
will soon be released and can already be ordered here.

ANORAK asked me to share an item from my childhood, which you can see
on the German ANORAK blog if you scroll down a bit
German ANORAK website 

Babiekinsmag is a new children magazine

What to do about plagiarism? by Keri Smith
a helpful reading if you have to deal with this topic from time to time

More coming soon.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I´m happy you like the new plates :)

I just added the 2 new viking plates to the shop. At them moment I only have a small number of each available.

If they are gone, I will reorder them, but this will take a few days until I get them.

Spent a while in front of the cereal shelf in the supermarket today and had a hard time
deciding what to choose for some plate decoration.
Oat whealmeal honey flowers were a good choice and sesame hedghoges are yummy too :)

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 05, 2010

new plates arrived

not in the webshop yet, but I already wanted to show you.

Xmas orders are keeping me busy. Next week I will be away for some days, so working
in advance was the motto of this week.

Have a nice weekend!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

where the beautiful ribbons live

My weekend trip led me again to Baenderei Kafka, an old traditional ribbon weaving mill in Wuppertal.
Some weeks ago they moved all these hughe 19th century looms and everything to a new address,
again of course packed with lots of charm and history

Stepping into their atomspherical shop feels like stepping into a parlor, I even was served coffee and cookies :)

I took home some beautiful ribbons from new designs to some old rarities.

Until Christmas the Baenderei is open for visitors
every Saturday from 10.00 a.m. – 16.00 p.m.
and Wednesday from 14.00 p.m. – 17.00 p.m.

More visual impression here

their website

Friday, October 29, 2010

I´m working on custom orders, like Knut Graubartsson.

Hope the sun is shining in your home too

Now off to the studio. Lots of love to you

Sunday, October 24, 2010

a paper dedicated weekend

+ yesterday I visited a former paper mill, which is now a museum.
Don´t these paper maché doll  heads look kind of spooky? {some more pics on my flickr account}

+ found this link to generate free online Graph Paper / Grid Paper PDFs, very useful I think

+ there´s a short article about 3 designers for children toys in the current issue of  
Burda Style magazine. Happily one of them is me

+ have you seen the beautiful papers in Camillas picture set "paper trade"

+ off to dig into some paper containers, before they are emptied tomorrow ;)