29. Apr 2010

Das goldene 1×1 – a new old photo album

Das goldene 1x1 - Caroly Reich
Das goldene 1x1 - Caroly Reich

Walking through Kreuzberg I found this kids book with lovely illustrations by Caroly Reich in a thrift store. And I knew immediately what I wanted to use it for…


Das goldene 1x1 - Caroly Reich
Das goldene 1x1 - Caroly Reich

They are the first things I made since I got back from Berlin. And just like the little kid who must have owned the book, I also used to draw and write on everything around me when I was little…

 

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Filed under: Bookbinding
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27. Apr 2010

and suddenly you meet all these people

Berlin

Wow. So I’m back from Berlin. And after a week has passed now, everything is slowly getting back to normal. The most amazing thing about Berlin was meeting all these wonderful people. Mostly people I’ve only "known" virtually before, from reading their blogs or tweets, communicating through blog comments, mails or virtual labs – and sometimes not even that.

But also one very special old friend from school who I hadn’t seen for almost 10 years – and her sweet little newborn daughter. There we sat on swinging chairs in the sun, talking, eating and drinking. Catching up.
Has it really been that long?


Berlin

We take the tube and just half an hour later I sit in Etsy’s new Berlin office – chatting with Benedikta, Matt and Marie. Thinking that it’s been about 4 years since I registered my first account on etsy and discovered this whole new craft world from there – sometimes visiting the virtual labs – but never really expecting to meet anyone in person. And now they’re in Berlin, putting together a handmade office, getting to know the german community – and I sooo can’t wait for etsy.com to finally "speak" german.


Berlin

Wednesday the re:publica starts. We oversleep. We meet friends from Cologne and have yummie red wine for lunch on crocheted pillow in a cozy italian restaurant.


Berlin

On thursday we watch Bre talking and later demonstrating the MakerBot. Wow, would someone buy me one? And maybe a laser cutter too?

Later at the beautiful Café Fleury I enjoy a lovely "Kaffeekränzchen" with Nadja a.k.a. Smil, who makes really cool screenprinted t-shirts and bags (Ahoikatze rocks! Oh and don’t miss her screenprinting-workshop at the Etsy Lab) and Sabrina of Small Caps, who designs and prints the most beautiful letterpress cards and journals. I wish I had had more time…


Berlin

Friday I’m very very happy that Tatiana a.k.a. Fräulein Herz is back in town and between two intersting re:publica talks we sit in her lovely new shop talking and eating yummie cookies surrounded by wonderful bags, pillows and ribbons.

Somewhere in between I visit Frau Tulpe, discover some other lovely things and places (I might tell you about later), take tons of photos, we move from one hostel to another and suddenly we’re on a train back home…

Overwhelmed with impressions. And a bit sorry about some people I didn’t meet – and about being too shy to say Hi to some others…

 

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Filed under: Etsy, Events
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14. Apr 2010

Paper Shopping Berlin: R.S.V.P.

R.S.V.P. Paper Shop in Berlin-Mitte
R.S.V.P. Paper Shop in Berlin-Mitte
R.S.V.P. Paper Shop in Berlin-Mitte

On my second day in Berlin I went to this lovely little shop called R.S.V.P. – a french abbreviation (Répondez s’il vous plaît) often used in formal invitations to ask for someones reply. I’ve had their website and webshop bookmarked for quite a while and was very happy to finally pay them a short visit.

The shop is really sweet and tiny, with beautiful wooden shelfs filled with the most delightful paper products: kraft paper journals, letterpress cards, labels and stickers as well as pens – and even a small but fine selection of masking tapes. Definitely a must-see-place for any paperloving Berlin visitor.


R.S.V.P. – Papier in Mitte
Mulackstrasse 14
10119 Berlin-Mitte

Mo-Sa 12.00-19.00 Uhr
On the Map

www.rsvp-berlin.de

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Filed under: Paper, Paper Shopping
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10. Apr 2010

Packing for Berlin

paperama cards

I’m in the middle of packing and off to Berlin tomorrow – looking forward to meet some old friends, listen to some interesting talks and meet some people at the re:publica conference, take tons of photos and eat lots of yummie food.

I finally ordered some cards to take with me to Berlin but looks like they won’t arrive until monday, so I made some myself last night – well, at least they’re handmade now.

Unfortuanetly I missed the great Etsy Party by just a few days, but who knows, maybe I’ll be able to stop by and at least say Hi. I’m also hoping to be able to visit Fräulein Herz when she gets back to her shop on the 16th – doesn’t it look lovely? And there are some more wonderful things on my list: like visiting Paul Knopf and Frau Tulpe, having a coffee at Café Fleury and a piece of cake at Barcomis. And maybe some Berlin paper-shopping at RSVP, Leporello and Schwesterherz.

And maybe you have some more tipps for me? Any wonderful Papeterie I shouldn’t miss? Or a fleamarket? I’d love to hear from you.

 

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