Saturday, December 27, 2014

Here's to a crafty New Year!

Now that the year is soon coming to an end, it's time to quiet down a bit, digest those Christmas treats, and get ready for some new crafty endeavors in 2015. Of course I have been secretly planning ahead and I can already promise that next year will be filled with lots of crafty fun on my blog. Want to find out a bit more? Here we go.

Austrian Etsy has developed to one of my favorite features since I started it last spring and while it was a bit of an on-off kind of schedule in which I posted, this series will now get its spotlight every Tuesday.

Picture Perfect is an all new photography feature taking pride of place each Saturday and loosely linking to my failed Project 365 which I broke off during fall as posting a photo a day had become too much of a chore instead of a fun adventure.

There will also be a handful of other features mingling on Thursdays. Once a month I'll be giving you updates about my Adventures in Postcrossing as well as taking a look at what's new on the book horizon in The Crafty Bookpile. Strewn in for good measure I will be showing off my Etsy hauls in The Lucky Dip.

The monthly giveaways also received a bit of an overhaul though I won't give away too much now regarding the goodies you may win. Not yet anyway.

Excited much? I sure hope so. See you all in 2015!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Lucky Dip - The Yearning Robot

Where to go? The Yearning Robot


What does it cost? $1 plus shipping

What's it all about?
What will you get? It's a mystery! At a dollar, what do you have to lose?
Any item sold or once sold in the shop may be included in this order. This item can be purchased on its own or in addition to other purchases.


Call me a skeptic, but I'm usually a bit weary when it comes to $1 bargains. Yet the worst that can happen is loosing out on a buck, right? I ordered five of these mystery items, due to curiosity and to make the most out of the shipping cost. Lo and behold the bounty I found in the envelope! Two greeting cards and three art prints all of which are adorable and, as it goes without saying, offer such great value. This is not just a fantastic way to get to know different stuff from the shop, but perfect for stocking up on stocking stuffers too (Christmas card already included)!

Personal Favorite? Umbrella Greeting Card

Would you be able to resist a 1-Dollar bargain? Are you like me, already stocking up on lil' gifts throughout the year to be given at Christmas? And which of the shown cards/prints is your favorite?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Adventures in Postcrossing #3

The goal of Postcrossing is to connect the world via real mail, by allowing you to exchange postcards with other random members around the world.

Time for a little confession. This time I scheduled the monthly post as, for a change, it's not a whole lotta postcards travelling but yours truly. Obviously this means I won't be able to present you all the cards that arrived during the past few weeks, but I'll catch up next time. As not to bore you and knowing fully well how everyone likes to feast their eyes on pretty pictures I thought I'd share with you the second most important thing of sending postcards. It goes without saying, but first you need the card. Then you need the stamp. All followed by some not-to-be-bragged-about aka bloody awful penmanship. Plus a trip to the nearest mailbox.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves now and enjoy some of the stamps I recently purchased. Most are special issue stamps and while I've been wondering at first why there only seem to be such stamps available for Europe I only found the ones for sending mail overseas after sending off the order. *drops head on desk*. Well, there is always a next time!

The pink ones showing St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Viennese Ferris Wheel are standard issue stamps for Europe and International. Personally I'm not too happy about the modern depiction of these famous sites, but oh well. And then there are several special issue stamps, which traditionally seem to be commemorating various historical events or simply present something typical Austrian (yes, I own a Dirndl too, more of a modern style though). My personal favorite is probably the one showcasing Josef Madersperger, one of the inventors of the sewing machine. Crafty much? I think so too.

How do you like these stamps from Austria? Are stamps something you care about or notice when receiving a postcard or letter? Let me know!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Lucky Dip - Idlewild Co.

Where to go? Idlewild Co.


What does it cost? $5+ plus shipping

What's it all about?
Get (5) or (10) of our hand-painted assorted greeting cards & envelopes in our black and white striped grab bags!
Each grab bag is unique and contains current and discontinued Idlewild Co., or Rocket Ink designs. Design themes include but are not limited to: Birthday, Seasonal, Wedding & Baby, Hello, Thank You, and Sympathy/Support. All grab bags are pre-assembled, but will include a varied assortment of categories. Please note that in order to meet this discounted pricing, these cards are contained in our Black and White grab bags–not individually wrapped. 


Apparently I'm in the mood to fill up my greeting card drawer and evidently Etsy is a treasure trove for doing that. The first thing I noticed when I opened my grab bag was the amazing quality of the cards. Thick card-stock, vivid colors, and a great mix of different designs. Yet there was one downside too, namely finding a duplicate in the lot. That wouldn't be so bad if it were, say, a birthday card, but as you can see it's the one for Mother's Day. Bit of a bummer, really. Despite that, I'm more than pleased with my paper goodies!

Personal Favorite? Happy Birthday Candles Card

Are you keeping your card drawer stocked too or do you usually buy cards only when you need them? Do you prefer to send/give different cards to people or will you resort to the same design for everyone for eg Christmas? And which of the cards above do you like best?

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Crafty Reader - December Giveaway (Open WW)


Let's bring this year to an end with some reading material that sparks the crafty imagination. Those of you who've entered previous giveaways since September may skip the following lines in which I will once again repeat that I'm also book blogging over at The Book Garden which explains my sharing of these bookishly crafty prizes.

In this month's giveaway you can get your hands on 365: A Daily Creativity Journal: Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life! by Noah Scalin!

Please note: This giveaway is open worldwide, but only for countries TBD offers free shipping to - please check here.

Congrats to Penny L. from Canada!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Crafty Bookpile (December Edition)


Welcome to the December edition filled with crafty reading material!

(Margaret Hubert)
(Kristen TenDyke)

(Emily Chen)
(Beate Schmitz)

(Debbie Shore)
(Choly Knight)

(Marion Elliot)
(Lucy Painter)

Which of these books have caught your attention? Any particular December publications on your crafty radar? And last but not least - happy crafty reading, y'all!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Made by Vezsuzsi

Pretty as a picture!

Made by Vezsuzsi specializes in unique hand-stitched felt and leather accessories. From chic wallets and pouches straight to whimsical animal necklaces and plush toys this is an absolute insider tip for Dad's and husbands to spoil their ladies!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Made by Vezsuzsi

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Eleanor's Photography

Unique female art prints for unusual girls.

Eleanor's Photography puts mannequins in the spotlight, conveying a serene beauty as well as a surprising vulnerability of these eerily human-like figures. Welcome to a world of artistically powerful photos and collages that let your eyes and thoughts linger!

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Flickr

Copyright of all photos belongs to Eleanor's Photography

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Lucky Dip - Joelles Emporium

Where to go? Joelles Emporium


What does it cost? £1,50+ plus shipping

What's it all about?
Here I have a huge selection of my art/sketches/illustrations available as custom stickers! Some completely exclusive and not found anywhere else - I have a lot more available designs than pictured. You will either receive a random selection of 10 stickers or 5. The stickers vary in size but the largest ones are around 4x4".


I've always been fond of using stickers to spruce up letters or even to hide scratches on the front of a shelf. Here I couldn't resist the lovely drawings and the obvious surprise factor always lures me in anyway. I am really pleased with the variety of stickers in my two grab bags, coming in all different shapes and sizes, with designs that range from cute to enchanting, making it a great way of discovering the artist behind them. Not just perfect for personalizing cards, some will be used in my plans to dabble with journaling too. A lucky glue-tastic dip!

Personal Favorite? Eyes in Blue (left side, middle)

Are stickers something you generally like to use? If so, what are your preferred places to put them on? And would you agree that they lend a nice touch on cards or in DIY projects?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Austrian Etsy - atamayka

Look who's hiding behind the doodles!

atamayka makes an art out of finding people by staring at serendipitous lines and bringing them to life through watercolor paintings and ceramic sculptures. This intriguing game of discovery makes these pieces truly unique decorations for your home!

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Website / Shop
Pinterest

Copyright of all photos belongs to atamayka

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Limabaum

Take a look into a sew-tastic treasure trove!

Limabaum is the place where you will find one-of-a-kind handbags, purses, pouches and book-covers. Made from cotton or linen fabrics, with adorable designs and patterns, they certainly appeal to people of all ages. Cuteness factor? Super high.

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Limabaum

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Adventures in Postcrossing #2

The goal of Postcrossing is to connect the world via real mail, by allowing you to exchange postcards with other random members around the world.

Let it be said that getting back to Postcrossing has been one of the best decisions I recently made. Why? Happy mailbox equals a happy me! I stocked up on postcards and stamps. I bookmarked pages with quotes on writing letters and sending mail. I even established a pattern, or maybe you could call it a schedule, because there's no harm in a bit of a routine. Sunday is now my dedicated Postcrossing day when I will request new addresses in the afternoon, sip some hot tea while thinking about brilliant things to write on the cards, and sending them on their merry way on Monday morning. Depending on how many of my previously sent postcards got registered during the week I usually send out between three and five new cards each week. On the receiving end it has been a bit more quiet than last month, then again some countries still use donkeys to transport mail, so it might take a bit longer for them to arrive or, as a wonderful alternative, they are being shipped in from far off exotic lands like, say, Christmas Island. 

And it's time to take a look at the postcards that sat in my mailbox this past month. They rolled in from Belarus, Germany, India, Russia, Spain, and the USA. So, obviously, the first place in the category "far-off and exotic lands" goes to India and extra bonus points for *let me take a deep breath* the motive showing Mount Everest. I mean, how cool is that? Though my personal favorite is, without a doubt, the vintage Disney World card. *sigh*


Have you heard about Postcrossing before? Or maybe you already are a happy Postcrosser? Let me know!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Austrian Etsy - [ka:nt]

One of a kind leisure & pleasure!

[ka:nt] fills your dresser drawers with strictly unique panties and other gorgeous underthings. From cozy cashmere knickers to retro style high waist pants you'll find OOAK pieces for every taste and *pssst* you may not just spoil yourself but your boyfriend too!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to [ka:nt]

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Boundless Bookbindery

Zero calories bookish treats anyone?

Boundless Bookbindery brings a delicious selection of beautiful hand-bound books onto your shelf. These cake-shaped triangular books are inspired by Viennese (and other) delicacies catering to the taste of every notebook loving gourmet. Yummy indeed!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Boundless Bookbindery

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Lucky Dip - La Papierre

Where to go? La Papierre


What does it cost? $10 plus shipping

What's it all about?
Order this grab bag and you will receive 20 different postcards! A fun surprise for anyone who likes snail mail. Send a few to your penpals and keep a few ... Only $0.50 each!
These postcards are professionally printed on premium, 215 gsm glossy cardstock, have rounded corners and measure 4.25" x 5.5" (139mm x 107mm). You will get a mix of English (postcard) and French (carte postale) backs. This kit comes nicely packaged in a clear resealable cello bag.


What happens when you take up card writing again and you're blessed with a soft spot for surprises? A postcard-sized shopping splurge, of course. Not only are the cards in this pack wonderfully different compared to your run-of-the-mill shop bought ones, I love the whole cuteness factor and the vintage feel of the designs. Admittedly they aren't as thick as normal postcards, but I've sent similar cardstock before and it survived the trip through the mail just fine. Both pretty and such a steal I can recommend these to card-lover's near and far!

Personal Favorite? Edgar Allen Poe Card

Are you a fan of snail mail or do you prefer the convenience of sending e-mails? When was the last time you actually sent someone a postcard and what was the occasion? And if these cards get you all excited - have you checked out my recent Postcrossing post yet?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Mostlikely Design

Unusual decorative objects? Welcome home!

Mostlikely Design started out by cutting a hole in a donkey mask and putting a light through. These days their first design, the unique animal DIY lampshades, have been joined by eye-catching silver pendants and elegant figurines manufactured by renowned Augarten Porcelain!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Mostlikely Design

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Linen and Wood

Old-fashioned? I don't think so.

Linen and Wood is all about the love for antique linen, reclaimed wood and other vintage things. From linen cushions made of antique grain-sacks straight to traditional vintage dresses these textile treasures spruce up your home (and you) in styles reminiscent of yesteryear!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Linen and Wood

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Crafty Bookpile (November Edition)


Welcome to the November edition of bookishly crafty goodness!

(Jade Gedeon)
(Ellie Baker and Susan Goldstine)

(Dirk Von Manteuffel)
(Emma Hardy)

(France Belleville-Van Stone)
(Gabriel Campanario)

(Sandu Cultural Media, Ed.)
(Jane Means)

Will any of these books make it onto your wishlist? Any November publications that you're particularly looking forward to? And last but not least - happy crafty reading, y'all!

The Crafty Reader - November Giveaway (Open WW)


Welcome back to another edition of sharing some litera(l)y crafty inspiration. If you ask me, you can never go wrong with the classics, especially if you throw some craft projects into the mix. So in case you were unaware of this, I'm also book blogging over at The Book Garden and have devoted these giveaways to my passion for books and crafting.

In this month's giveaway you can get your hands on Jane Austen's Sewing Box: Craft Projects & Stories from Jane Austen's Novels by Jennifer Forest!

Please note: This giveaway is open worldwide, but only for countries TBD offers free shipping to - please check here.

Congrats to Amber C. from Australia!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Austrian Etsy - CW Photography

Small worlds. Big pictures.

CW Photography is all about the passion for macro photography and diorama art. What do you get when inspiration meets the love for model building, all captured with a camera? Enchantingly quirky art prints that reflect life's small (and big) moments, of course.

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Website

Copyright of all photos belongs to CW Photography

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Cornelia Lentze

Glass? Classy!

Cornelia Lentze specializes in designing and creating beautiful lampwork beads in her artist's studio. From the ever popular beads for charm bracelets straight to cute flower dangles, the love for intricate detail is evident in each piece of the collection. Charmingly charming indeed!

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Flickr
Twitter

Copyright of all photos belongs to Cornelia Lentze

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Lucky Dip - Charming Charms UK

Where to go? Charming Charms UK


What does it cost? £14.99 plus shipping

What's it all about? This listing is for a surprise grab bag of my old stock. By old I mean made sometime last year and has already been re-listed once or twice. [...] Everything is in perfect condition, no faulty chains or clasps, and will come packaged as carefully and as lovely as all my other items I currently have listed. You will receive a minimum of 10 items [...]. Considering I rarely list anything for less than £4.99 you stand to make an absolute minimum of a £34.99 saving.
I may also include, as free extras on top of your minimum amount of items, any jewellery or bits and bobs that didn't make the grade for my shop. [...]
I've got pin badges, charm key-rings, picture key-rings, glass key-rings, glass stud earrings, charm earrings, resin frame necklaces, charm necklaces, glass tile necklaces, rings, magnets, faux druzy jewellery, star-sign jewellery, brooches, hair pins, scrabble tile jewellery, bottle cap jewellery and more. Please note I have more necklaces than anything else so you may recieve more than one, though the design will differ. I've got jewellery inspired by Harry Potter, Sherlock (BBC), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lord of the Rings, Disney, Disney Princesses, Disney Villains, Creepy Disney Princesses, Game of Thrones, Halloween Jewellery, Supernatural, Dr.Who, Tru Blood, Avatar: the last Airbender, and the legend of Korra. If it matters to you please let me know in the 'notes to seller' section which 3 of the list above you'd prefer.


Long listing text. Making choices. Let's cut right to the chase. I picked Buffy, Lord of the Rings, and Supernatural. I chose the latter randomly and in hindsight I should have gone for Sherlock instead, but never mind. The important thing is that I'm real pleased with my haul which included lots of keepers and a handful of pieces for gifting purposes too. To round things off, each item came individually wrapped which added to the Christmas morning feeling and there was even a list included, explaining what is what. Happy much? Super (naturally).

Personal Favorite? "Bilbo Baggins" Bag Charm

Would you proudly wear jewelry inspired by books/movies or do you find them a bit cheesy? Which of the options available would have been your own choices? And don't the Vampire necklace and earrings make for a great Halloween getup?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Frau Klarer

Dare to be different and pave the road with for concrete in your home.

Frau Klarer specializes in items made out of quite an unexpected material for home decor and accessories. Raw and minimalist concrete diamond decor serves as paper weights or bracelet/ring holders while geometric marbled necklaces adorn your neck!


Copyright of all photos belongs to Frau Klarer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Foz's world of rainbow madness

Somewhere over the rainbow things might be a little mad.

Foz's world of rainbow madness is where colorful yarns are knotted into snazzy bracelets, trendy bookmarks and the likes. You might not find a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but wearable rainbows are certainly the next best thing!

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Facebook

Copyright of all photos belongs to Foz's world of rainbow madness

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adventures in Postcrossing #1

The goal of Postcrossing is to connect the world via real mail, by allowing you to exchange postcards with other random members around the world.

Once upon a time aka four years ago I first signed up on Postcrossing and after taking a bit of a rather long break I've decided to finally reactivate my account. Now that I've decided to join the card-sending fun again, I figured why take baby steps when I can just the same go all the way aka I sent out the maximum of cards I'm currently able to send. Let me explain: When you first sign up you can have up to 5 postcards traveling at any single time. That number goes up the more cards you send. I am already up to 9 postcards as I already sent more than 35 cards. Once I've sent a total of 50 postcards I will be allowed to have up to 10 travelling at the same time.

For more information check out the Guidelines and the FAQ.
Last but not least, some general stats can be found here.

And so it begins. I kicked off the fun with 9 postcards (see explanation above) and seeing how mail service for once didn't leave something to be desired aka several cards already made it to their destination, I have in the meantime been able to request some more addresses. So where are the cards from my first post-break batch traveling to? Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, China, Finland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and USA. All in all I've sent out a total of 19 cards so far while at the same time receiving 13 cards myself. Where from? Czech Republic, France, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, and United Kingdom. And just look at this fabulous mix of postcards! *sigh*


Were you familiar with Postcrossing? Maybe you are a member yourself or you're now playing with the idea of signing up? Let me know!

*rubs hands in anticipation of receiving lots of postcards from far away places*

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Frogitta

Have you sent a card today?

Frogitta offers colorful greeting cards, prints, invitations and other paper products for all occasions. These cute paper goods are all based on unique hand-drawn designs which will bring a smile on every face and make for lovely nursery decorations too!

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Facebook

Copyright of all photos belongs to Frogitta

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Austrian Etsy - TraLaLand

Wearing felt has never felt *wink* so good!

TraLaLand offers a lovely range of handmade felt jewelry! Colorful and playful these designs are wonderfully lightweight too and spruce up any outfit. Best of all, while you can only wear your wool sweater in winter, these pieces will cheer you up all year round!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to TraLaLand

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Lucky Dip - DyfalDonc

Where to go? DyfalDonc


What does it cost? £5 plus shipping

What's it all about? In each mystery bag there is 3 pieces of ephemera jewellery
You could get a large necklace or small necklace or earrings or large brooch or small brooch
Any combination possible and any style, it's a mystery!! That's why it's a Lucky Dip and all for £5.00!! Each piece of jewellery may come from our: floral, 60's wallpaper, black and white photography, birds, sea life or postage stamp collections!


Guess who couldn't escape the old-fashioned flair of ephemera? Commonly used for scrapbooking, it obviously makes for stylish pieces to wear too. Before anyone starts wondering why there are six and not three pieces shown - two grab bags, one box (the theory being that each of the lucky dips consists of one necklace and two brooches). As much as I'm happy with the designs I did receive, it is a bit of a shame that no piece with 60s wallpaper has been included, because those patterns rock. Still, a lovely variety of delightfully nostalgic accessories!

Personal Favorite? Vintage Photo Heart Necklace

Do vintage designs and retro patterns make your heart beat faster too? Have you ever seen ephemera being used to create jewelry? And would you agree that the brooches make for cute lapel pins?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Austrian Etsy - Der Fesche Ferdl

Hey there little sailor girls and boys!

Der Fesche Ferdl lets your kids set sail in the most darling little sailor suits. Creating costumes for drama, film, dance and opera productions was soon followed by dressing the little ones in these vintage inspired suits and dresses sewn from the finest linen. Ship ahoy, wee sailors!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Der Fesche Ferdl

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Austrian Etsy - delusions.at

Traditionally old-fashioned family photos? Guess again.

delusions.at centers around manipulation, destruction and recreation bringing a different kind of art onto your walls. These art prints show a curious and unearthly spectrum of photo-montages, perfectly shown off in vintage frames which add just that extra touch of "good old days"!

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Copyright of all photos belongs to delusions.at