Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Crafty Bookpile (June Edition)

Time to get started with some crafty summer reading!

Adorable Felted Animals (Gakken Handmade Series)

Geek Knits (Joan of Dark)

Manga Drawing Class (Christopher Hart)

Secret Garden Embroidery (Sophie Simpson)

Boutique Bags (Sue Kim)

Sew Over It Vintage (Lisa Comfort)

Jewelry Making 1-2-3 (Karin van Voorhees)

Deep Relief Wood Carving (Kevin Walker)

Which of these books do you find most appealing? Any June publications you've been waiting to add to your TBR pile? And last but not least - happy crafty reading, y'all!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Austrian Etsy - Flussdesign

Flussdesign creates an exclusive living environment with handmade rugs that look like cold river stones while actually being made of soft felted wool pebbles, bringing a touch of nature into your home and turning it into a calming wellness oasis.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Austrian Etsy - Wollelfe

Wollelfe offers luxurious yarns made from finest merino and cashmere wool as well as silk, hand died in beautiful and often unique gradient color combinations that will inspire you to wield your knitting needles with wild abandon.

Copyright of all photos belongs to Wollelfe

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy "Beauty" Mail Giveaway (Open WW)

Inspired by the lovely Suze from Lavender likes, loves, finds and dreams I will now spoil one of you with some HAPPY MAIL for the last time! Not to worry - I've got a slightly different giveaway concept in mind for the future! *wink*

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 beauty accessories and the color green you should go ahead and enter!

This time the prize will consist of a cute make-up bag and a lace headband (purchased by yours truly on Etsy) and maybe I'll pop in another lil' something too!

Congrats to Irina G. from Russia!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Adventures in Postcrossing #8

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.

As there haven't been that many new postcards arriving recently, I decided to present you a big haul next time. I think we're definitely developing a pattern here, but that's fine and really goes quite well with my actual card writing mojo too.

I previously mentioned that Sunday is my dedicated Postcrossing day and this is still the case. Yet I have now started switching between writing my postcards on a weekly and two-weekly basis. If I don't reach my personal five-card-threshold on any given Sunday, I will wait until next week when I will (most likely) be able to send quite a few more. This system may seem a bit odd, but we all have our little quirks, right?

Since taking up Postcrossing again last October I have been really lucky when it comes to my postcards getting registered and having none expire so far (which happens when it doesn't get registered within 60 days - sometimes mail takes ages and sometimes things get lost). Yet I have found myself in a bit of a card-sending slump lately. Some of my postcards have been travelling for an unusually long time and the respective recipients haven't been online for several weeks. Of course this doesn't mean those cards will never reach their destination, but it's a sad fact that some people loose interest in this hobby fast and simply don't log in anymore to register any incoming postcards. Of course I won't let this dampen the overall fun, but I am not happy with the downside of having to wait for 60 days to be able to send another card.

Either way, how about a quick look at some new stamps on the Austrian postal horizon? I seem to have developed quite a soft spot for stamps now too and can't wait to find out about new ones becoming available each month.

With the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Vienna this year there was a special stamp issued last month - I'm neither an ESC fan nor overly thrilled by the design, but obviously I had to stock up on a few just the same. The picture doesn't really capture this, but it's got this iridescent shimmer to it which makes it quite pretty after all!
Being fond of anything vintage and retro, however, I was instantly won over by another special issue stamp that is going to be released this month. It features an old-time favorite toy of kids in Austria (and other European countries too) - the Matador kit!

Do you have a dedicated time or day for writing cards and letters or do you simply write when inspiration strikes? Let me know!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Austrian Etsy - JF Design

JF Design indulges stationary lovers with paper goods for everyday use and festive occasions where old Scandinavian designs mingle with fresh modern illustrations, adding a delightfully charming touch to your correspondence and notebook stash.

Copyright of all photos belongs to JF Design

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Austrian Etsy - BagUP

BagUP is the place to be for any bag-a-holic who favours an eco-friendly production on top of bold and cheerful colors and the use of robust materials when it comes to carrying everything from makeup to groceries with style.

Copyright of all photos belongs to BagUP

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy "Stationary" Mail Giveaway (Open WW)

Inspired by the lovely Suze from Lavender likes, loves, finds and dreams I am going to spoil one of you with some HAPPY MAIL on a regular basis!

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 sending letters and cards then you won't be disappointed!

This time the prize will consist of a mix of greeting cards and stickers (purchased by yours truly on Etsy) and I might just add an additional surprise too!

Congrats to Michelle W. from the USA!

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