November 30, 2009

Monday Moodboard

tweed clutch by retrospettive
sailor sweetie hairpins by glamasaurus
fortune earrings by exoticflavour
picture frame by mackenzieframes

Relaxing weekend is behind, a busy week ahead. I'll attend a small Christmas market the upcoming Sunday so this will keep me occupied all week. Besides having fun I also had to do some serious thinking last weekend. It's just something personal I can't share it on web, sorry. It can be that I might not be as much around on my blog and forums as usual, that's all.

For inspiring moodboards visit Greet's blog...
Also, free worldwide shipping still going on in my shop (until Monday night!)

November 28, 2009

Happy Weekend

Yesterday I worked on my price tags. I cut them out of paper stock, stamped and punched, designed and printed the care instructions on stickers and added a piece of fabric ribbon on them. Ribbon is torn out of recycled cotton print fabric. These are quite a lot of work but I'm happy with them now! Also, I tried to stamp the vintage wallpaper. These could become my new visit/business cards. I still need to experiment a bit on different papers and make the decision then. Somehow I'd love to find an alternate for industrially printed ones. The stamped cards could give the feel I'm looking for.

And what else I have here for you? My sales fairy I got from EuropeanStreetTeam's fairy game arrived from Italy yesterday. She is the cutest fairy I've ever seen, thanks Amy! If you haven't seen Amy's jewelry yet, please head over her Etsy shop. She also blogs, have a look here as well.

I'm now going to visit a craft venue at WeeGee in Espoo. From there we continue to Helsinki, Cirque Mechanics play starts at Savoy Theatre at 8 pm. It will be fun! Have a lovely weekend, you too!

November 26, 2009

Free Shipping

I decided to participate on Etsy's Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion. I'm offering free worldwide shipping fro Friday 11/27 through Monday 11/30. It's a good chance to make little holiday shopping for yourself or someone special who likes girly earrings or purses. I probably wont make additional promotions before Christmas so benefit of zero shipping at my expense now! I will refund promptly after the purchase through PayPal.

ps. All Karuski items arrive beautifully giftwrapped at no extra expenses!


Tässä tulee viimeinen Etsy-promoni ennen joulua: Ilmainen toimitus kaikille tilauksille pidennetyn viikonlopun ajan pe-ma 27. -30.11. Tämä on hyvä tilaisuus tehdä pieniä hyvän mielen ostoksia joulua silmällä pitäen. Hyvitän postikulut jälkikäteen maksun tultua PayPalin kautta. Huom. suomalaiset ostajat voivat maksaa halutessaan myös pankkisiirrolla, mutta ota minuun etukäteen yhteyttä.

ps. Kaikki Karuskin tuotteet saapuvat kotiovellesi nätissä lahjapakkauksessa ilman lisäkuluja!

November 24, 2009

Flickr Favorites

1. Holiday Line 2009, 2. pun2, 3. Sales fairy checking Hungary out, 4. For the love of horses II

Thinking about Christmas, it's only one month away. I bought a Christmas themed magazine yesterday, haven't had time to read it yet, just flipped through it and got inspired already! Are you into Christmas ornaments? I might want to make few, just to try something new out. By the way, fresh flowers in a vase with beautiful candles by the side make a nice arrangement too. It doesn't need to be all that much, if you like it simple.

I received a package of holiday cards (was it last week or so...) from modernmotive. The same as you see in my mosaic. They are lovely. Besides that they are printed on 100% post-consumer fiber. I love them!

More inspiration at Mitsy's...

November 23, 2009

Monday Moodboard

flower lariat by ayca
rosa necklace by birribe
sleevy mini by baahar
hair clip by krize

A little bit of pink and magenta on a day like this might help to raise the spirits. Nice gift ideas for girly girls for Christmas too! Are you planning to give handmade goodies for your loved ones this year? My family is very small and we don't give many presents. It's the mutual agreement between us and I like it. Of course a small package here and there is allowed but no need to sweat in a mall and try to find for the sake a buying. Make something by your own hands or support an artist or crafter whose work you like. There's lots of recycled material available so giving a gift doesn't need to mean wasting precious resources. Knit or crochet from a left over yarn, make a piece of jewelry from recycled fabrics, draw a card on a upcycled paper or card stock. You can make a difference!

More moodboards linked at Greet's blog...

November 21, 2009

Little Something New

Phew, what a week! I haven't been able to make a single blog post since Monday. I was (and still am) busy with those wholesale orders I mentioned earlier. Good that people like my stuff, of course but how come so many place their orders at the same time?! Also, I have one custom jewelry request waiting, I hope to find a moment tomorrow to think about that...

Today we had a sunny day up here and I took a chance to take few pictures of these earrings. I also listed few pairs in my Etsy, will continue soon. I have to say white color pair was difficult to photograph, maybe better use darker background next time.

I hope your weekend is not as busy as mine!
ps. I found this new cute online magazine (for children & anyone who wants to read it!)

November 16, 2009

Monday Moodboard

mini clutch by retrospettive
elf hat by vaisto
baltic sea glass by alatsupplies
sahara earrings by ioulia

Hello friends! How was your weekend? I relaxed at home as usual, enjoyed time by the fireplace, sew a bit (I'm actually quite busy with local wholesale orders at the moment), baked bread rolls, had lovely homemade meals and spent little time in garden too (as the snow melted away I could continue with raking leaves!).

If it's chilly where you live these earth toned picks in my moodboard might warm you up. I wish a creative week to all of you!

More moodboards at Greet's...

November 12, 2009

My Creative Space

First of all; sorry about somewhat dark & blurry pictures this time. The light hours are so few right now!

I'm about to complete one of my wholesale orders and the earrings will be send away in their peronalized giftboxes. I will give the final touch to the boxes by adding 'Karuski' stamp on them. Yesterday I was looking for a perfect paper punch in craft stores in Helsinki. I desperately long for one so I could make my own tags for Karuski items (until today I have used some die cuts and my business cards but I want to find a new stable solution for this purpose). Unfortunately I didn't find the one I was looking for so I need to keep on searching. Today I came across with some very nice tag ideas which inspired me even more with my own project. Please see them on Fleurfatale's aka Greet's blog!

And more creative spaces at Kootoyoo's place...

November 10, 2009

Flickr Favorites

1. moss colored field journal, 2. A geada, 3. Horses in a snowstorm, 4. Untitled

Winter is here, can't deny it and it will be several long months until we see lovely green moss again. Somehow I miss those sunny autumn days and walks in the woods. If we only got lots of snow it would be great as the snow really makes everything look so much brighter and beautiful. Right now we have plus celsius degrees so the snow we got last week has mostly melted away. I hope it will change soon. However, the winters are no longer the same as they used to be, probably due to the climate change. But I'm still happy we have four seasons here!

More flickr favorites on Mitsy's place...

November 09, 2009

Monday Moodboard

pdf pattern for crocheted hairclip by mariannes
brass filigree and fabric earrings by vadjutka
wool wrapped bangles by mysticfibers
crochet flower choker by thebroochboutique

It's a little bit foggy Monday, there's still some snow on the ground. A gray day wont let me down today, I got few lovely emails this morning which cheered me up! First, I had won a lovely buntle of lace from pikkuZAKKA's giveaway. Second, I had won a gift certificate worth 45$ to Bebe & Alice's store. This was from a giveaway on ClothPaperStiches' blog. I feel too lucky now. Go, read the article about fantastic Heather of Bebe & Alice, she's just so great.

Also, I want to thank all my latest customers who left me some praising Etsy feedback. You are all so wonderful!

More moodboards on Greet's blog...

November 05, 2009

My Creative Space

I'm making small thank you cards for my Etsy customers. I always like to include a small personal note along the order. I think it's a nice and polite way to show I really care for them.

So I cut, draw and stamp, cut, draw and stamp, cut draw and stamp. Many times! And soon I have a whole bunch of sweet cards waiting for being sent away. Then, I would like to take a nap by the fireplace, just like my lilla katten Ula.

More creative spaces are linked on Kootoyoo's place...

November 04, 2009

New Work !

Last week I got the idea of new purses, I talked about it in my creative space post on Thursday... So here they are now, made from recycled and upcycled linens, embellished with dahlia pin backs, fully lined and reinforced for body and structure. I will start listing them in my Etsy soon, probably on Wednesday evening. I'm pretty happy with this project of mine so far!

How do you like them?

November 02, 2009

Monday Moodboard

tango brooch
by dinafragola
XL felted scarf by karlita
cable knit gloves by afra
crocheted necklace by tombjorndesign

It's going to be somewhat busy week. My new purses are being finished, photographed and listed in my Etsy this week. Also, I'm making a new batch of pouches and jewelry for KUIdesign in Turku. I need a big burst of energy and that's how I ended up searching lime, red and black finds for this Monday. I hope they bring joy to your week too!

More Monday Moodboards on Greet's blog...
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