Category Archives: Etsy European Street Team Weekly Challenge

‘Touch and Textures’ Choker

Another wonderful Etsy European Street Team challenge, this week hosted by Sabine of La Marquise des Anges.  She chose … SENSE OF TOUCH and TEXTURES.

So much fun with this one!

I immediately thought of beads in different finishes, materials, sizes and shapes of course … 

  • a central bead, completely handmade,  beadwoven out of the tiniest 15/0 Miyuki beads … coarse
  • cube beads, matte …  angular
  • silver plated oval spacer beads … smooth
  • wooden beads … warm
  • ridged acrylic ‘antique look’ spacer beads … rough

but wait …. not only beads certainly!

  • gunmetal chain … cold, sleek
  • feathers … so soft, light, sensual … irresistible!


To complete the picture, a supple leather cord around the neck  …

The TOUCH and TEXTURES Choker, now available in my Etsy shop.

Visit Sabine’s blog to see all the entries from other team members.

Self Portrait


The theme for this week’s EST challenge is Self Portrait.  A difficult, but also wonderful theme chosen by this week’s host Dawn of LaTouchables.  We could be as realistic or as abstract as we wished, we could even translate our love for our favourite materials or colours into our ‘selves’.  In Dawn’s own words:

“You may interpret this any way you like, as abstract or realistic as you wish. For example, you could be your favorite stone, your favorite colours, your favorite materials, the things that are closest to your soul, what you think is the core of who you are…with a twist…make it really YOU!”

My starting point was my favourite materials, which are beads, and my favourite colours, black and green.  I wanted something I would be happy to wear myself and which also portrayed a bit of the real me. 

Lots of beads and some experiments later …


… a clear idea for a pendant and coordinating cuff started to form. 

I wanted matte beads to form the basis of my set, because I am primarily a non-glitzy person, however I love contrasts and the occasional surprise so a few iridiscent Czech glass beads were included.   I love high quality materials and the occasional touch of luxury, so an edging of small Swarovski crystals finished off the pendant and cuff.

The seemingly haphazard form of the pendant belies its precise nature and was worked in odd-count peyote, which is slightly trickier to work than even-count but gives the symmetry I was looking for.   

At first glance the cuff is plain, almost austere, but look more closely and on the inside you will find a weave of softer, looser beadwork finished with a re-purposed flower bead from a bracelet I used to wear and love.   This bead represents my love of antique objects, beautiful in my eyes not necessarily because they are perfect but full of character. 

Visit Dawn’s blog to see all the entries from other team members.

Sea Dreaming – Monday Moodboard 01.Mar.10


The sea is getting more inviting as each day passes. 

An inspiration to many, here a few marvels from Etsy’s European Street Team below:

Big Fish, Notebook, Journal, Diary, Leather by Kreativlink

Green Sea Flower Pyramid Pouch by P8Accessories

Nature Friendly Authentic Baltic Sea Glass – Blue – S to M – DISCOUNTS by alatsupplies

Felted Handbag medium – Aquarium by galafilc

Boat in Portugal – Signed Fine Art Photograph by starrybluesky

Little boats silver studs by mariastudio

Vintage Brass Sea Urchin Candle Holder by GiftsandStars

For you – Textile Sea Urchin Brooch by BlueTerracotta

only the sea by enchantedpond

Hand Drawn OOAK Large Squared Moleskine Journal-Octopus by gufobardo

DEEP SEA – collar/neckwarmer by ixela

Nuno felt bracelet with glass from the Baltic Sea by ing00te

Hand Embroidered Fabric Picture…Thread Painting…The Lighthouse by Lamercerie

The Library Bag… French Tapestry Fabric Lighthouse and Sailing Theme READY TO SHIP by ikabags

More Monday Moodboards created by the Etsy European Street Team members may be found on FleurFatale’s blog

A Secret Santa gift for me! :)

I arrived home on Saturday afternoon to a wonderful surprise …. a big white envelope with the magic words SECRET SANTA written on it!

I just had to open it immediately!  My secret santa turned out to be Nancy Falkow .  She totally spoiled me with not one, but four gifts! 

Each package was numbered and the card gave clues as to what was inside.   I found:

  • an ingenious holder for my beading needles
  • really cute pins for my notice board
  • a wonderful sleeve for my mobile
  • and finally … Nancy’s own CD!   I settled down to hear the CD at once and I was really impressed hearing Nancy sing, beautiful voice!!

Thank you Nancy for your wonderful and thoughtful gifts.  I love them all, and especially the case for my beading needles, hopefully I won’t lose them any more! :)

Special thanks also to Mitsy for organising this game!

At World’s End – European Street Team Weekly Challenge

Happy Monday!!! :)  I have been picked to host this week’s EST Challenge.  Every week the members of the European Street Team on Etsy create something in keeping with the current challenge theme.  Last week Inger of Ingermaaike was the host and chose the theme Mythology.  All entries may be viewed on Inger’s blog.

My challenge entry Calypso’s Captive was inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, specifically the tale where Calpyso falls in love with Odysseus and holds him on her island for seven years until she was made to release him. 

The theme I have chosen for this week’s challenge is

“At World’s End”

and can be interpreted as either of the following:

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  • Armageddon or your idea of what the end of the world will be like;or
  • inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.


I look forward to all the wonderful creations by the EST members!

This challenge is open until Monday 30th November 2009.  The new winner will be picked at 9pm CET.


Find more news on the European Street Team on our team blog.



The entries:



Molten metal felted wrap by Ingermaaike



Globes on Fire Earrings by DeerLola



At World’s End Ring by Evihan



Worry-Wart Monster by Swiedebie



Pirates of the Caribbean At World’s End – Key/Bag Ring by GiftsandStars



Here There Be Pirates Knit Banner by suislefil



Buddy, the compact messenger by ThongbaiTatong


At World’s End, Leather Journal, Notebook by Kreativlink




Armageddon – Wall Decoration by kraplap




Calipso Necklace by LeelaBijou