Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Crafty Bookpile (May Edition)

Welcome to a spring-tastic selection of crafty books!

The Sewing Bible for Clothes Alterations (Judith Turner)

The Needlepoint Book: Third Edition (Jo Ippolito Christensen)

Mason Jar Madness (Ana Araujo)

The Upcycled T-Shirt (Jenelle Montilone)

Knit (Samantha Elliott)

Stringwork (Deena Beverley)

50 Traditional Toys to Make (Petra Boase)

Paper Jewelry (Barbara Baumann)

Which of these books inspires you to get crafty? Any May publications that need to go on your TBR pile? And last but not least - happy crafty reading, y'all!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Austrian Etsy - Retro-Modernista

Retro-Modernista presents a wide collection of vintage and antique jewelry, from stunning Victorian pieces straight to the odd 80s trinket, appealing to those who appreciate quality of materials and fine designs from days gone by.

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Retro-Modernista

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Lucky Dip - tea-bug

Where to go? tea-bug

What to buy? Mystery Bag

What does it cost? £3 plus shipping

What's it all about?
Contains £5.50 worth of goods! Including:
1 x A5 Print, 3 x Postcard Prints, 1 x 25mm Button Badge + matching print set
*** Please note these current mystery bags do not contain bookmarks ***
The contents are a surprise - so please don't request specific items! (That would be missing the point!) However if you have purchased from me previously please let me know in the notes to seller & I'll make sure that your previous purchases aren't duplicated : )

This time I decided to go off the beaten path with these manga flavored grab bags. Filled with various art prints, some of which are even suitable for use as regular postcards, rounded off with cute lil' pins, this has been a bit of an adventurous buying decision for me which I certainly don't regret. I love how different kinds of drawing styles, including some fun cartoons, are represented here, so you get a great idea about the available range of prints. And even more so I am totally taken by the attention to detail as well as the tongue-in-cheek humor. Plus, such a bargain price!
Verdict? A fabulous print selection for friends of art!

Personal Favorite? Evening Breeze Print (Grab Bag I: on the left)

Do you like art that's inspired by anime and manga? Are cartoons something you'd rather just read or maybe also frame and put on the wall?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Austrian Etsy - Claudia Bahn

Claudia Bahn designs and crafts decidedly unique trophies aka wall sculptures composed with vivid colors and plenty of imagination, as well as her collection of "Elsie" dolls which ranges from downright cute to positively extravagant.

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Claudia Bahn

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Adventures in Postcrossing #7

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.

After skipping the presentation of my Postcrossing haul last month I will cut right to the chase with some card-shaped eye candy!

Where did all those pretties come from? Austria, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan, Ukraine, the USA. So many different countries and a whole lot of really amazing postcards to boot.

Apart from my obvious fondness of all those tea time and teddy bear cards which will make me squeal with delight every time, the one from Taiwan is the one that stands out the most this time. It's a sort of see-through card which you can't quite see on the photo (it's the one to the right of the "Smile" card on the first photo in this blog post - it shows a train and scenery), but trust me when I say, this is among the coolest I now have in my collection.

And you should have seen my surprise when, for the very first time, I found a postcard from my own country in my mailbox. You have the option to activate sending/receiving to/from your own country if you wish to do so (not everyone does that, but I thought it'd be fun) and with Austria not having as many participants as eg Germany or Russia it has taken this long to finally happen. Now I wonder when I will be the one sending out a card to a "neighbor", because I dare say it can't be long now. *fingers crossed*

Also super exciting, in my humble opinion, is the fact that among the cards I've sent, one is heading to South Africa which is a pretty rare destination you don't get to write to often. It'd be even neater if I received a card from there myself one of these days. One can only hope.

What's the most unusual card you ever received? Let me know!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy "Butterfly" Mail Giveaway (Open WW)

Inspired by the lovely Suze from Lavender likes, loves, finds and dreams I shall spoil one of you with some HAPPY MAIL every once in a while!

As the surprise factor is already half the fun, you won't know exactly what you'll receive, but I will give you a hint - if you love butterflies and the color blue then you're in for a real treat!

This time the prize will consist of a beautiful set including a butterfly necklace and brooch (purchased by yours truly on Etsy) plus a few lil' extras will find their way into the envelope too!

Congrats to Verena S. from Germany!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Austrian Etsy - Little Print Store

Little Print Store takes you into the wonder-world of Kitty Pirate whose travel tales inspire his owner human to let cuteness abound with utterly adorable, peculiar animal illustrations and curious gifts for the bookishly minded.

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Copyright of all photos belongs to Little Print Store

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Lucky Dip - Hungry Designs

Where to go? Hungry Designs

What to buy? Postcard Lucky Dip

What does it cost? $10 plus shipping

What's it all about?
We are having a big clear out of our studio space and this means great savings for our customers.
Your POSTCARD LUCKY DIP will include:
12 x Postcards
PLUS some extra randomly selected goodies
Your lucky dip box will be put together by hand and will include randomly selected postcards and some now discontinued items. Sadly you cannot request that specific items to be included.
This listing is the perfect gift for a loved one and even more perfect as a gift for yourself! If you have been looking to start a collection of Hungry Designs postcards or you just enjoy writing to friends and family now is your chance to pick up a bargain!

With my newly awakened passion for Postcrossing it's little wonder I simply had to have a grab bag that caters to my need of owning an adequate number of postcards to send. The selection I got is not just a fantastic mix in itself, but also showcases the varied designs the artist offers in her shop. From quirky Disney to adorable Kawaii, with some Steampunk thrown in for good measure, all rounded off by a zombie in love, these will surly make for unique mailbox-food. Lastly, the extras aren't anything I had needed, though they add a sweet touch to the whole set.
Verdict? A post-iliciously awesome illustrated card pack!

Personal Favorite? Alice in Wonderland Selfie Card

Which of these designs appeals to you the most? Do you prefer postcards featuring photography or are you rather drawn to illustrated ones like these?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Austrian Etsy - evArt

evArt offers a collection of handbags and accessories designed with an attention to detail and a focus on quality handcraft, characterized by the use of clean lines and graphic patterns that strikingly epitomize a classy and sophisticated style.

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Copyright of all photos belongs to evArt

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Crafty Bookpile (April Edition)

Welcome to another round of craftily flavored bookish temptations!

The Jewelry Recipe Book (Nancy Soriano)

Finger Knitting Fun (Vickie Howell)

Sweetly Stitched Handmades (Amy Sinibaldi)

How To Make Art (Mel Elliott)

Felt & Fibre Art (Val Hughes)

The Complete Quilter (Jessica Alexandrakis)

Snail Mail (Michelle Mackintosh)

The Creative Colouring Book For Grown-Ups (Michael O'Mara)

Which of these books interests you the most? Any April publications you'd like to recommend? And last but not least - happy crafty reading, y'all!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring Giveaway (Open WW)

Welcome to a delightful springtime giveaway on my blog!

If you love Etsy as much as I do, you will be excited to hear that I will be giving away an €20 or £15 Etsy Gift Card this month.*

Please note that I am only able to send the gift card in these two currencies and not in US-Dollars! You may however use any gift card currency for purchases on Etsy, no matter where you live; to do so you simply need to browse the site in the currency of your gift card.
Find out more about how you can redeem and use a gift card balance on an order here.

*a non-EU winner may alternatively choose an $20 Amazon GC or $20 in Paypal cash

Congrats to Jan S. from the USA!

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