Saturday, 20 November 2010

This Blog is Inactive

Just to let you know - I haven't used this blog since a while, because of my new one:

Ich benutze dieses Blog nicht mehr und habe einen neuen.
http://www.river-grace.com/

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

... and a tiny present

A few days ago I had a rather big DaWanda order - 7 keychains. Four of them were actually sold as pendants, but the customer asked me to change them into keychains. I made them completely anew, and used my last 4 key rings!
The payment came today, and the package is already shipped - seven keychains and a tiny little surprise present:)
It is white, because 3 out of 7 items in the order were made of white/transparent crystals: snow quartz, white agate and frosted rock crystal. That's why I assumed that the customer likes white angels. Hopefully it is really so!

Monday, 8 February 2010

New Gift Bags!

My new gift bags came a few days ago and I really wanted to show them off here:) They are lovely - even nicer than on the picture! I love sending my gemstone angels gift-wrapped, and used to handmake the wrapping myself. The clients loved it, but it was taking too much time and energy, so at the end I decided to look for beautiful gift bags instead. I'm so happy I found those silver and gold ones!

Meine neue Geschenksäckchen sind da!!! Ich bin verliebt - und die sehen viel schöner als auf dem Bild aus! Ich verschicke sehr gerne meine Heilsteinengelchen geschenkverpackt:)

Saturday, 30 January 2010

White Agate Angel

This white agate angel is one of the items I recently listed on DaWanda. I love white crystals and the twisted shape of the bead used for the body of the angel looks so elegant. I actually bought the beads back in November 2009 but had a long struggle with the pictures. Taking photos of smooth white stones turned out to be pretty hard!

White agate is also known as Peace Agate, because it brings calm, inner peace and a feeling of security. It encourages kindness, sincerity and light-heartedness, and also promotes tolerance and understanding. It's good for the eyes, brain, skin, lymph and tissues. It's also known as protective stone in pregnancy.

Ich habe dieser Engel aus weißer Achat letztens auf DaWanda eingestellt. Ich liebe weiße Steine und habe diese noch im November 2009 gekauft. Die weiße Engeln fotografieren ist mir aber schwehr gefallen - und jetzt ist endlich gelungen!

Weißer Achat schafft Ruhe, Frieden, Sicherheit. Er stärkt die innere Sammlung und fördert Toleranz und Nachsicht. Körperlich, is er gut für Augen, Gehirn, Haut, Lymphe und Gewebe. Schwangerschaftsschutzstein.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Something New!

I enjoyed featuring wonderful talanted people so much, that I decided to do more of it. However, it felt that this blog won't be the right place for it, so I created a new one: www.craftdom.com It is in English only. I will continue using "Rainbow River" as a personal crafter's blog.

I already transferred the 5 relevant posts from this blog to "Craftdom". My initial idea was to eraze them from here, but then I kept them because of the German text.

Mir hat's so gefallen über talantierte nette Leute zu erzählen, dass ich mich entschieden habe in einen neuen Blog nur das zu machen: www.craftdom.com "Craftdom" ist nur auf Englisch. Auf diese Blog werde ich weiterhin über meine eigene Schmuckstücke berichten.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Romantic Pur

I found Diana's gorgeous one-of-a-kind bracelets on DaWanda. Lovingly handmade with high-quality materials (gemstones, lampwork, sterling silver), they are an instant eye-catcher. Just an example: "Indian Princess", the beautiful item you see above, features a hand-crafted flower glass bead, carnelian, faceted briolettes and gold-plated 925 sterling silver clasp and beads.

Dianas einzigartige Armbänder habe ich auf DaWanda gefunden. Liebevoll aus hochqualitative Materialen handgefertigt (wie Edelsteine, Künstlerperlen und 925 Sterling Silber), die sind ein echter Hingucker. Einen Beispiel: "Indian Princess", den Armband auf dem oberen Bild, ist mit ( unter anderem) eine Blumenkünstlerperle, Karneol Perlen, facettierte Brioletten und vergoldete 925 silber Verschluss und Ringe handgemacht.
I feel attracted to Diana's creations, because they are romantic (we all love romance, don't we), joyful and sometimes even funny in a really sweet way - look at the fish below and you will understand exactly what I mean :-)

Ich mag Dianas Kreationen, weil die romantisch, freulich und manchmals sogar lüstig sind:-)
What is more - they are full of flowers!

Und außerdem, die sind voller Blumen!
Interested to see more? Click here to visit Diana's DaWanda store.

Wollen Sie mehr sehen? Hier ist Dianas DaWanda Shop.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

All About Etsy

Nowadays there are many online selling venues for handmade goodies, but back in 2005, when Rob Kalin, Chris Maguire, Haim Schoppik and Jared Tarbell founded Etsy, it was a completely new idea. Until then Ebay was the only Internet possibility for crafters, who could not afford (or did not have the knowledge) to build web sites of their own.

Es gibt mittlerweile mehrere Webseiten, wo Kunsthandwerker deren eigene Kreationen verkaufen können. In 2005 gab es aber noch keine - zumindest bis zum dem Tag, auf wem Rob Kalin, Chris Maguire, Haim Schoppik und Jared Tarbell Etsy eingeführt haben. Vorher gab es nur Ebay, der nicht umbedingt für handgemachtes gedacht ist. Etsy ist eine Amerikanische Webseite nur auf Englisch. In weitere blogpostings werde ich mehr über Deutsche Kunsthandwerker Seiten erzählen.

Etsy is great both for buyers and sellers. Buyers could choose from a variety of products in many categories, or have a look at the handpicked items in the Treasury or the Gift Guides.
Multiple options for paying are allowed: credit card, money order, and PayPal. The purchased items tend to come nicely gift-wrapped. And most of all, Etsy is easy to use and navigate.

Sellers benefit from the popularity of the selling venue. Many people go directly to Etsy, whenever they need a gift for a loved one (or themselves). What is more, the site has great resources to help you establish your store and make it a success. The Storque (Etsy's blog) and the Forums are full of useful entries. Joining a session in the Virtual Labs is always good, as you can learn from the experience of others and ask questions in real time.

However, do not expect that money will automatically start rolling into your account
the moment you register. You need good items, great pictures and perseverance. You need to be prepared to list and/or re-list a lot (which costs you 0.20 US Dollars each time). There are many sellers on Etsy, so you need to be active and list in order to show more often on the top of your category. Promoting outside Etsy is a must, as it brings people directly to your site.

I love Etsy, although having a store there did not work well for me. The reason? Being based in Europe, I could not offer any reasonable shipping fees. My products are relatively inexpensive and partly cheaper than the shipping itself! It costs 6 Euro (+ additional 2.05 Euro if you want to register it) to send some of my 5.95 /6.95 /7.95 Euro crystal angel (or fairy) pendants to the US, Australia and everywhere else outside the European Union. Being on DaWanda (another favourite selling venue of mine) proved to be better, especially as it is German/Europe-based.

I don't mean, that if you are in Europe, you should stay away from Etsy. On the contrary, there are many successful European sellers. I guess it depends on the type of your products, their prices and the realistic shipping fee. My Etsy store sold a few items too - even though I listed less then 40 times in total.

In order to buy or sell on Etsy, you need to register. You can do it by clicking on this link - it is free of charge. Setting up and maintaining a shop does not cost anything either. You pay 0.20 US Dollars per listing, as well as 3.5 percent of every sale (sellers only!).

Oh well, surely this is not all about Etsy. Etsy is about participating, experiencing and sharing the love to handmade products.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Earth, Fire and Roses

I actually decided to feature UK artist Rachel Dawes because of her jewellery store on Etsy. Then it turned out that she was also making awesome lampwork beads - and even won in the advanced category of the lampwork bead competiotion in Beads and Beyond magazine! The winning set "Neptunes's Carnival", which you see above the text, is a real piece of art.

Eigentlich habe ich die Britische Künstlerin Rachel Dawes wegen ihren Schmuck Shop auf Etsy gewählt. Tolle Lampwork Perlen macht sie aber auch - und hat sogar den Wettbewerb von den Zeitschrift "Beads and Beyond" gewonnen. Auf dem Bild oben sehen sie der preisgekrönte Kunstwerk.
Rachel's lampwork beads are made with an immense love to detail. I could continue talking and talking about them, forgetting my initial intent to show you her jewellery.

Rachels Lampwork Perlen haben viele interessante kleine Detaile. Ich kann ohne weiteres über denen reden, obwohl ich den Schmuckshop auf Etsy presentieren wollte.
I felt attracted to the "RoseAndRaven" jewellery pieces because they are unusual, playful, romantic and somehow fairytale-like. On top of that, they are full of birds, butterflies, flowers and leaves - what a delight!

Mir sind die Schmuckstücke wegen deren Verspieltheit und romantischer Geschmack gefallen. Außerdem, sind die voller Vögel, Schmeterlinge, Blumen oder Blätter - entzückent!
Rachel's jewellery is in her Etsy Store "RoseAndRaven"
Her beautiful handmade lampwork beads are here: "Earth and Fire Beads"

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Claws Out!

Ich wollte kurz bei Jack Wolfskin anschauen, da ich mich seit einige Zeit überlege endlich eine gute Treckkingjacke anzuschaffen. Wie gewöhnlich, wenn ich die genaue Name von eine Web-Seite nicht kenne, suche ich in Google. Dort war ich aber überrascht! Gleich unter die Ergebnisse für den Online-Shop und die Wikipedia Artikel, gab's einen Link zum Artikel von Spiegel-Online: "Pfoten-Markenrecht: Jack Wolfskin mahnt Bastler wegen Tatzen-Mustern ab" Angeblich hat der großer Outdoor-Konzern in Oktober 2009 einige DaWanda Verkäuferinnen wegen Pfotenabdrücke auf deren Artikeln abgemahnt und sogar Gebühren zwischen 850 und 1000 Euro angefördert!

Looking for a quality winter jacket, I wanted to check "Jack Wolfskin". Not knowing the exact name of their web site, I typed it in Google, and... What a surprise! Just under the links to the company's online shop and the Wikipedia article, there was a link to an article on "Spiegel-Online" ("Der Spiegel", meaning "the mirror", is one of the most respected magazines in Germany) . Apparently, in October 2009 the
outdoor wear producer sent demands for damage payments (between 850 and 1000 Euro) to some DaWanda sellers, who was unlucky enough to use paw designs in their creations!

Look at the paw on the design below:

Schauen Sie mal die Pfote unten:

Sieht es genauso wie diejenige auf Jack Wilfskins Logo?

Does is look like the one on the Jack Wolfskin's logo?
Well, there is one similarity - they are both paws!

The case caused a strong antagonistic reaction in online forums (I didn't have any time for reading the news at that time, and didn't know about it) and as a result the company dropped its demands and issued a press release to indicate they would in future open dialog directly with people, rather than sending damage payment demands as the first contact.

However, something like this gives you a strange feeling about a company, doesn't it? I somehow don't feel like buying Jack Wolfskin products anymore ...
Na ja, es gibt eine Ahnlichkeit - die sind doch Pfoten!

Nach starken Reaktionen in den Medien erklärte der Geschäftsführer Manfred Hell wenige Tage später, dass das Unternehmen die ausgesprochenen Abmahnungen zurücknimmt und in Zukunft die betroffenen Kleinstunternehmer im Fall von Markenrechtsverletzungen durch Tatzen- und Pfotenlogos direkt kontaktieren werde anstatt sie über Anwälte abmahnen zu lassen.

Alles ist gut, wenn es am Ende gut wird - so eine Geschichte lässt aber ein unangenehmes Gehühl, oder? Ich habe irgendwie kein Lust mehr eine Jack Wolfskin Jacke zu tragen...

Carnelian / Karneol

Carnelian is one of my favourite crystals. I just typed "carnelian" in the Search of my DaWanda Store and was astonished to find 29 products containing it (without counting the sold ones)!

Karneol ist ein von meine Lieblingssteine. Ich habe gerade "Karneol" in den Search auf meinem DaWanda Shop eingegeben und hab 29 Artikeln mit dem gefunden (ohne die verkaufte Artikeln)!
Its colour could be amber, orange, bright red, and even dark brown-red.

Die Farbe des Karneols kann Bernsteingelb-orange, orange, rot und sogar dunkel braun-rot sein.
As a healing stone, carnelian has the power to give courage, willpower, vigour, courage, stability and good moods. It encourages idealism, sence of community and pragmatism. On a physical level, it improves the quality of the blood and stimulates the small intestine, metabolism, circulation and blood flow.

Als Heilstein, bringt der Karneol Tatkraft, Mut, Standfestigkeit und gute Laune. Dazu fördert er Idealismus, Gemeinschaftssinn und Pragmatismus. Körperlich verbessert er die Blutqualität, regt Dünndarm, Stoffwechsel, Kreislauf und Durchbluttung an.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Doki-Design - Lebensfreude und Herzlichkeit


Ich war nicht überrascht zu lesen, dass die Doris, die auf DaWanda als "Doki-Design" bekannt ist, von Beruf Kunsttherapeutin ist. Ihre nette, romantische und etwas nostalgische Werken empfandte ich auch selber als irgendwie heilend.

I was not that surprised that Doris, the person behind "Doki-Design" on DaWanda, was a professional Art Therapist. Even without knowing that, I felt some healing energy streaming from her sweet, romantic and slightly nostalgic works.
Ich war besonders froh auch Engelchen bei Doki-Design zu finden (ihr weisst bestimmt alle, dass ich Engel sehr mag:-) Die sehen entweder so...

I was especially delighted to find angels in Doki-Design's store (as you quite likely know, I love angels:-). They look either like this...
... oder so:

... or like that:
Und bevor ihr zum Shop von Doris geht, wollte ich noch etwas sagen: vergesst nicht frech zu sein!

And just before you go to visit Doris' shop, let me tell you one last thing: don't forget to be cheeky! (That's the translation of the text on the handmade greeting card below:-)

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Clara Luna and the Rainbows

I found British designer Clara Luna on Etsy and felt instantly attracted to her rainbows. Look at that love heart above - isn't it adorable?

Ich habe die Britische Desugnerin Clara Luna auf Etsy gefunden und mich in ihre Regenbögen verliebt.
The vibrant colours she is using are a real celebration for the eye. They somehow bring the happy feeling of joy, lightness and vitality.

(Oje, wie übersetze ich das auf Deutsch!) The Farben sind lebhaft und vermitteln ein herrlicher Gefühl - lauter Freude, Leichtigkeit und Vitalität.
"I believe rainbows can make a real difference and a kaleidoscope of colours will keep you on top of the world," writes Clara on her Etsy Profile page. What a nice thought! The connection with Nature and contemplation of its lively colours surely elevate the spirit.

"Ich bin überzeugt, dass Regenbögen können eine richtige Differenz schaffen, und das Farbenkaleidoskop hält man auf dem Top der Welt auf," schreibt Clara auf ihre Etsy Profilseite. Das ist aber ein toller Gedanke! Die innere Beziehung mit der Natur erhebt den Geist.
Visit Clara's Rainbow Room on Etsy for more colourful adventures.

Schaut euch Claras "Rainbow Room" (Regenbogen Zimmer) auf Etsy vorbei um mehr kunterbunte Erlebnise zu sammeln.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Valentine Mood

It is one month before Valentine Day and I am slowly getting into a Valentine mood. For me that means not simply love hearts, but also eys-catchy elegance.

Es ist ein Monat vor Valentinstag und ich bekomme langsam Valentinslaune. Für mich bedeutet das nicht einfach Herzen, sondern auch elegante Hinguckern.
I love faceted gems and felt so happy to find quality faceted beads of some of my favourite crystals: amethyst, rose quartz, carnelian, rock crystal, citrine, jade.

Ich liebe facettierte Edelsteine und war sehr glücklich hochqualitative Perlen aus meine Lieblingssteine zu finden: Amethyst, Rosenquarz, Karneol, Bergkristall, Citrin, Jade.
I also found some gorgeous faceted love heart beads!

Ich habe sogar facettierte Herzen gefunden!
Of course, there are also earrings and jewellery sets.

Ohrringe und Schmucksets gibt's natürlich auch.
You can find this (and more) in the Valentine section of my DaWanda store. I will continue adding new items.

Alles (und mehr) findet Euch in den "Valentine" Kategorie auf meinem DaWanda Shop. Neue Artikeln stelle ich weiter ein.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Lily in a Valley of Beauty

This article was copied (in English only) to my new blog: www.craftdom.com
From now on, I will use "Craftdom" for featuring great artists and artisans, while this blog will continue existing as a personal crafter's blog.
Lily Pang is a China-born, USA-educated and Singapore-based artist and designer. I have been following her elegant and somehow dreamy art on DaWanda, and now would love to share its beauty with you.

Lily Pang ist in China geboren, hat in den USA studiert, lebt aber in Singapur. Ich schaue immer wieder auf ihrer DaWanda-Shop, und jetzt will Euch gerne über alles schönes dort erzählen.
Lily seems to be a nature-lover and you can see it in her illustrations. They are all full of birds, trees, flowers, ponds and romantic valleys. However, her DaWanda shop has much more to offer than prints from original artwork. She also has laptop skins (such a great idea), ...

Lily liebt die Natur und man sieht es auf ihre Illustrationen - dort singen Vögeln, wachsen Blumen und Bäume. Doch, in ihrer Shop gibt's viel mehr als Kunstdrucke, sondern auch Notebook Aufkleber (so eine tolle Idee), ...
... magnets (I love them), ...

... Magnete (bin verliebt), ...
... and some jewellery - pendants and earrings.

... und Schmuck - Anhänger und Ohrringe.
Would you like to see more? Then visit Lily's DaWanda Store.

Wollt Ihr mehr erfahren? Schaut Ihr dann doch Mal auf Lilys DaWanda Shop!