Tomorrow is 'Nikolaus', I am not sure but I think, here in the UK it isn't such a big thing but growing up in Germany this was almost as important as Christmas. On the evening of the 5th of December we cleaned and spit polished our shoes. Put them out nicely in a row and hoped for 'Nikolaus' to put something in. If not for anything else I am keeping this tradition alive for the cleaned shoes, haha. Anyhow, it is still 18 days until Christmas and I have featured 18 amazing designer makers and their stunning creations in the past months who could just make the perfect gift for you and your loved ones!
Meet them all in an Advent Calendar kind of way to the left and of course in my Christmas stories ...
Is there anything more exciting than wrapping a gift in anticipation of happy smiles and bright eyes, warm hugs and wonderful memories? Nothing right?!
This year is especially exciting to me as my new concrete ornament series is available and new gift wrapping designs can be
created but also because of the ever growing Furoshiki trend [where you use reusable fabric to wrap your amazing gifts]. So I decided all the presents for the adults will be gift wrapped in linen
scarfs and kitchen towels - haha guess who gets which?! Right, men have to help with the dishes!
However, for my nieces and nephews I will stick to recycled paper so that they can rip it apart and enjoy that moment to the fullest.
October is here time to get the baking gear!
Alright, I wont lie - I can't bake. I guess I have two choices, learn a new craft and get the rolling pin from Rose, and my grandma's secret recipe from my face purse from Nelle. Well, I would need an Elf or Elfie herself to keep the strong black coming from Jinny's twig espresso mug and hope not only tears and sweat end up in Laras beautiful kitchen towel .... Or, I could cheekily light a candle, enjoy my espresso calmly and buy those stunning undoubtedly delicious cookies from Sylvia and ask her to even personalise a few for my friends and family. Tadahh, excited, beautiful, and no one has to bite on eggshells, happy, done!
The choice is yours but if you are one to feel guilty for a bit of cheekiness let me ease your doubt by telling you the stories of the artisans and about the care that goes in every single work I carefully chose to present to you in this little Xmas series [Intro, Part 1, Part 2] ...
The Christmas shipping timetable to have the gift happiness arrive just in time!
The following dates are based on my timeframe of crafting, finishing and wrapping as well as the shippers recommendation for the busy period of the year.
Services to the UK
Order Date - 12 Dec - standard shipping
Order Date - 18 Dec - first class shipping upgrade will be listed
Order Date - 20 Dec - Special delivery services upon request*
Services to the EU
Order Date - 08 Dec - standard international shipping
Order Date - 15 Dec - Special delivery services upon request*
Services to the USA / Canada
Order Date - 03 Dec - standard international shipping
Order Date - 12 Dec -Special delivery services upon request*
I took the upmost care in calculating these times but the shippers do not guarantee their services.
Yes indeed, it's time to make some lists. Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner and yes, the thought of Christmas shortly after is hanging in the air. But fear not, I've got some inspiration for all those events while enjoying a good read about some lovely designer-makers and artisan crafters who would love to help us make all those festivities cherished moments!
Well, let's think of autumn and winter, well all those occasions can use a good candle. And these scented soy candles by Rebecca smell so good they can make the mood in the room unforgettable! But let's not forget the beauty side of things, to ease the stress and treat yourself her hydrating beauty balm could be just the thing!?.
< Pencil case by YolaWalaszek, Candle & Beauty Balm by [M]BOTANICALS, Bauble Fist Knot by AllAboutTheMonkey, Pencils by DirtyWorks, Jewellery by PinkMushroom, Mittens by ValentinaKarellas; Twig Espresso Mug by JinnyNguiDesign, Notebooks, styling & photography by PASiNGA
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow ... the gifting season is coming but let's get in the mood first - over the coming weeks slowly but surely the excitement is starting to grow and even the adult of the totally grown ups is starting to get into the mood that the festivities are around the corner. I promise I wont hit you with just all the 'jingle bells', well not just yet but to share three stories of three wonderful designer-makers with you, who create items you will be able to enjoy before Christmas as well as during and after, so treat yourself to get in the gifting mood, well everyone does it, no? just me? ok, well go on than give it as a thoughtful gift. Personalised, handmade unique and quality work takes time but can give endless happiness!
< Wooden baubles & banner ByPryorArrangement ; Enamel Heart Mug by smaltumfunenamelware; Mittens by ValentinaKarellas; Geometric ring by EniJewellery; styling & photography by PASiNGA
Bright as summer - a gift wrapping mix of some garden flowers with a mix of different geometric concrete pendants. Maybe just the right way to say thanks!
I love the gift wrap above, which I found on Pinterest, it looks so delicate. While I am not sure where to get the printed Pergament paper - I am already starting to dry some flowers!
A minimal almost masculine way to wrap presents offers the combination of recycled grey or brown paper, dark baker twine and hexagon ornaments.
I think everyone loves a beautiful table setting. It's inviting, thoughtful and a joy to set up, isn't it?
So many stunning ideas created by such amazing talented people. I felt so inspired and decided to share my favorites with you. After all it's part of our Advent Calendar to help us get ready for Christmas and I might have a little voucher for you.
Just a small collection of gift wrap ideas as it is early. However next Sunday the 6th is the time to gift the first small present!
I have found all these wonderful simple clean and earthy ideas on Pinterest and the original pin is to find here!
These are just my favourites but find many more over on their blog and of course don't forget to browse their lovely bags!
Happy Christmas Shopping!
Let's get ready for the real Advent Calendar 2015!
I found so many wonderful DiY Calendars online that it was hard to choose as all are having their own magic twist. So here is my selection for you!
<<< On the left a classic vintage style canvas calendar. If you click the image you will find a step by step guide, including the free printables!
> > > > > > > > > > Fancy different tags or do you have larger gifts to wrap? These should be industrial trendy typography vintage perfect.
Or how about those two below! Aren't they stunning and I can't believe that they are so easy to recreate. I am working a lot with copper right now so I will be following the instructions by
Heather and use all my copper tube left overs. Yay!
Etsy Treasury Collection 'Scandinavian
Nursery' by Elisa from elisagabi
Etsy Treasury Collection 'Natural
Selection' by Marina from NarimCrafts
Etsy Treasury Collection 'September
14' by Olga from TomToy
Etsy Treasury Collection 'Today's Faves' by OAOA studio from OAOAstudio
It’s been a fantastic year 2013
and I am thankful for every minute you
allowed me to photograph, create, design and make for you.
As many of you already know I start every year with a little self-reinvention.
I am planning a shop revamp for 2014. It'll be more industrial and even more obsessed with black and white. I am looking forward to add new lines like posters next to photographic prints as well
as concrete sculptures, living and lifestyle accessoires. I will go ahead with designing more minimal art cards and ‘smart xxx’ typographic prints. And some surprises are coming up as well and
you're welcome to follow so you'll be the first to know.
I am looking forward to work closely with old and new clients to finish as well as start new design and photo projects.
I wish you all
and may 2014 be a fantastic year for all of us!