Thursday, 30 April 2009

Green and white is one of my favourite colour combos and this week I want to show you some amazing green and white items found on Etsy.

Adorable kiwi green felt mini purse by lespetiteschoses:

All in white! Cat and the mouse by LivaRutmane:

Stunning meadow bowl by chocolatefrog:

Lovely bird brooch in white perspex by NaomiMurrell:

I begun window shopping series with featuring three items every week, but as you can see I can't stop myself from featuring four :)


Thursday, 23 April 2009

I'm still working on my master thesis, but that doesn't keep me away from the treat of my weekly window shopping on Etsy. Ever since I learned about lomography, I've become more and more fond of it - the approach (or philosophy?) and even more the look. Here's what I've found searching the term 'lomography' on Etsy.

Tulips in the sun by Kristybee. It will take some time until they bloom in my backyard. What about yours?

Can't stop thinking about going somewhere this summer. Why not Lisbon? This photo is so inspiring. Seven Hills by eleanors:

Remember the bicycles from last week? Here's one one more from DripStick:

This is so familiar. That girl in the photo could be me. Cat on back by TheDizzyPixie:

Want more? Here's the link to history and 10 rules of lomography:
And for those who read in Latvian:

Sand in my shoes

Saturday, 18 April 2009

While I'm taking a small break from treasury making (still working on my master thesis), my happy butterfly brooch has been featured in this lovely treasury by XauXau. Thank you! Paldies! Wish I was by the sea right now!

I want to ride my bicycle

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Are you ready for a ride? It's time for some window shopping on Etsy. Usually I'm featuring three great finds, but this week I just couldn't decide on three. I want them all.

These lovely magnets can be great inspiration. Don't they make you long for a careless bike ride? Bicycle boys from SayHiBeth:

Safety first. Green apple bike reflector from yabettasupadont:

Free-falling, large elegant bag with adjustable strap would be perfect for your careless bike ride. From LaTouchables:

Can't get enough of bikes? Fun and cute pink bicycle chain bracelet from becktesch:

Lightness of being

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

New treasury:

Featured shops: fleurfatale, byMarianneS, SylviesWhimsies, Springjuste, slinkymalinkicat, allencompanyinc, kimisew, JenniferMorrisPhoto, munieca, marieflyfly, BetaBoutique, almapottery

Easter eggs

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter! Today I was documenting something I'm doing every Easter morning. In fact most of the families I know dye the Easter eggs similar way. Although everyone has his/her own tricks and preferences, I think we can say that these are the eggs Latvian style.

Step 1: Put the pot with water and onion skins (I've collected them the whole winter) on the stove. Let it boil until the water turns reddish brown.

Step 2: Take some rice, corn and different kinds of seeds. Gather some leaves, weed and tiny branches (mine were from the Christmas tree which is still waiting in the corner of the backyard to be reused or burned).

Step 3: Tear an old sheet into stripes and use them to wrap the eggs. Don't forget to put the branches, rice etc. in between.

These eggs are ready for a dive!

Step 3: Putt the eggs into the brown water and let them boil for 12-15 minutes. Since they are wrapped it may take a little longer than usually.

Step 4: Take the eggs out and put them into cold water for some minutes. Ready for a surprise!?

Here's the result. I rubbed the eggs with very little olive oil to let the hue look deeper. Voila! How did you dye your Easter eggs?

Ninja in training

Friday, 10 April 2009

New treasury again! I was just about to take a small break from treasury making, but then saw the red ninja from thelittlereddoor and got inspired:

Featured shops: thelittlereddoor, thePhotoZoo, liaison, MadeByOlga, bewakeful, iragrant, larimeloom, karlita, alibli, vadjutka, WhitneyPotter, NaomiMurrell

It's in an egg!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

The window shopping doesn't need much explanation this week - I've been searching for some beautiful eggs on Etsy. Happy Easter!

Ceramic nest egg savings bank from mudpuppy:

Mixed pinks mosaic egg from Sigmocaics:

Soft knit Easter eggs from sticktoyourknittin:


Wednesday, 8 April 2009

I was pondering about the first things I usually say or write when I’m telling about Latvia and realized that the Baltic Sea comes up in a first or second sentence. It’s not just a location, but something that has formed who we are. There’s a long history of seafaring. And fishery has been an important economical factor. But there’s a poetic side too. The sea is often called the Amber Sea. Amber is widely used in local craft and this fossil tree resin can be gathered on the shores especially after storm. Just imagine the woods it has come from! There are no amber mines in Latvia, so the local amber is truly brought by the sea, which makes it even more precious. And not to forget the lovely sandy beaches and the wild stony beaches, so several weekends by the sea every summer is an absolute must. This photo is from summer 2006:


Tuesday, 7 April 2009

My computer is playing jokes on me from time to time. The poor old one! Yesterday evening I grabbed a treasury, but wasn't able to access it - my treasury wasn't on the list. At least from my computer. This wasn't happening for the first time, so I was sure to check back again the first thing this morning. And guess what! This morning I woke up with a convo from simplysuzula and knew right away that my lost one has been found! The last time my computer was playing jokes like that it was also her who kindly pointed me to my abandoned and empty treasury instead of leaving silly comments under it. Thank you! This cutie is from her nice vintage shop:

And here's the treasury. This time I've put together some items from my want-to-put-on-my-treasury-someday list:

Featured shops: thevintagesupplyco, rafya, stepanka, UnderTheStairStudios, vanillabug, giantdwarf, PrinceDesignUK, TIGimagery, binkaminka, atelierangelique, whiteapple, Kreativlink

Once upon a time

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Getting ready for Easter:

Featured shops: JessicaDoyle, ZsBcreations, kellyisnice, katieburley, CarolAnnBerry, Ravenhill, lillalotta, yellowgoat, bridgetdavies, SewFragrant, bikudesigns, BetaBoutique

Update on snowdrops

Friday, 3 April 2009

You may be wondering what's happening to those snowdrops from March 4 and February 10? They are in full bloom! Here's the picture I took yesterday:

However winter isn't giving up and we still got some snow! Not enough for skiing, but snow is snow. Here's another picture from my backyard:


Thursday, 2 April 2009

Etsy Team Latvia is the new addition to Etsy Teams family. This baby was born last week and since then we've been quite busy getting to know each other and figuring out what to do next. There are so many amazing artists from Latvia and this is why I'm window shopping at home this week. Enjoy!

I'm fond of the lovely mix of beads in this cat's eye purple brooch by YLOjewelry:

This beautiful choker by magdalinen is made from organic linen:

I just had to show you these cute flower buds from rokdarbi:


Wednesday, 1 April 2009

New treasury! Inspired by the lovely necklace from YLOjewelry.

Featured shops: YLOjewelry, ArtMind, vadjutka, janeheller, malam, artisanlook, lottahelleberg, pinkpapalote, watanwatan, staroftheeast, lorikoop, econica