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!