Friday, 20 March 2009

Little Sister, Peeking through the window

Views from windows gives someone a good idea in what kind of place someone lives, I thought it would be nice to see the best views from peoples homes, and funny thing I got 4 views with water views (lucky girls!).



Petronella aka Kraplap who is usually called P8 (Peet) is the button queen of Etsy, you can't believe how much variations she has created with button art. She also makes bags, hats and clothing for plus sized ladies. And tells amazing button histories on her blog. She is originally from Holland but has lived in many other European countries through the years. She lives with her husband and their little doggie, Peggy. in Germany:

'We are living in the most northern part of Germany along the most southern fjord in northern Europe: the Schlei (in german) or the Slien (in danish). It stretches for approximately 20 miles from the Baltic Sea along the small cities of Kappeln and Arnis (the smallest city in Germany with about 300 inhabitants) to the city of Schleswig. We are living just after Arnis. I love to look at the Schlei with its colours always changing, with the many water birds living on it, with the clouds above, with the sails in the summer, with the sun shining on it, but also with the waves when it is storming. Every day it is different. The best view of the Schlei you can get from my house is from the window of the small room behind the kitchen and next to the living room. It's a large window and the outside vegetation is opening in front of it leaving the view of the Schlei free. I have put a very old and ugly sofa in front of it, hiding it with a batik cover, which has become not only my favourite place in the house but that of Peggy too. She has there two pillows, one on the sofa and one in the window-sill. She loves to lie on the one in the window-sill overlooking everything outside and inside, and baking in the morning sun. But when it becomes too warm there and she becomes very sleepy, she moves to the one on the sofa. It is a great life!'


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Ira Grant is the night seamstress on Etsy, in day time she is busy beeing mother for her little daughter and at night time she makes her beautiful bags. She originally came from West Sumatra, part of Sumatra Island in Indonesia and has lived for 5 years in London, England, before she moved, with her husband, to Switzerland, here is her story:

'I live with my kiwi hubby and our little daughter in the beautiful little city of Neuchatel in Switzerland. Six years ago, we almost gave up to find 'the one' before we found this apartment, and this one was the winner on the spot! After trying more than three months and at more than 25 houses or apartments, I have to admit that when the apartment itself is not bad, we choose this one because of the views that we saw once we step into the living room! Who can resist the views of the Beautiful Neuchatel Lake, The Alps and Mont Blanc from your living and dining room everyday, then The Vineyard view once you open your bedroom window in the morning. My favourite room is my work corner or the dining room. Two years ago instead of working in one of our three bedrooms, I picked this room because from here I can see my daughter playing, dancing, singing, watching TV or doing her own things in the living room when I do my work. She is happy too that she can see mummy all the time and help mummy make a mess of her fabrics sometimes! I guess we are both very pleased with this arrangement and my other half is not complaining either, he has to eat his dinner in front of the telly! Most of our friends already moved on to a second or even third house, we are still here and pretty much love this place like the first time we saw it.'


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Isis aka PaperFlowerGirl makes romantic jewelry, and lovely drawings. She has a special kind of way to fotograph her creations and she even took pictures for the online magazine Viva la Moda. Beside her creative work she studies, here is her story:

'My favorite view is from my studio window. Where ever I sit in my studio I can always look outside. My desk with the computer where I sit everyday to edit photo's, list items, sort out administration, write my blog and work hard on my final thesis, is next to the window. My 'creative table' where I do sewing and creating jewelry is in the middle of the room. This is the room where I spend most of my time at home. It is next to my bedroom and it is the first room I drop by when I get up in the morning [the view from my bedroom is rather similar to the studio view, but my bedroom was really really messy, so I decided for now you'd only get to see the creative space]. Then I switch on the computer so that I can start work immediatly after I take a shower. I mostly eat breakfast in this room as well, while working. Trough the window you can see the houses on the other side of the street, that all date back to the late 19th century untill the 1930's. Behind those houses there is a lovely little park where I often go for a walk or a run whenever I feel like it. My house is in a calm street just outside the city center of Gent, a lovely town in Belgium. I moved here one year ago and have loved this place to bits ever since.'


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Liz from TwoLeftHands has a real Etsy family. You can find her mum's shop at OhRuthie, her daughter's shop at HumbleBea and her grandson's shop at DarkSideRules! She makes the sweetest Mossies, pillows and pincushions. She live in a little cottage on a little lake in Michigan, USA, with her husband and two adorable dogs, Muffie and Poker. They have three grown kids and nine beautiful grandkids, five boys and four girls. Here is her window story:

'When we bought our house over 25 years ago we had to replace all the windows, but this window we kept. I loved it's charm, even though it's a pain to clean. A few years ago I felt the need for some color and painted all of my trim torquoise. My family and friends thought I had gone quite mad! So here is the view from my charming old torquoise window.
In the winter time if I look out my window in the evening I can see the icefisherman's lanterns scattered across the lake, as they patiently wait to catch a fish. In a few weeks when the ice thaws the swans will be the first to make an appearance in my window, letting us know that summer is just around the corner. This window has given us a view of some powerful storms, the lake turns dark, with huge waves and the lightening strikes are spectacular. Sometimes at night I can see a sky full of stars through my window. In the late summer I look out my window and see the geese arrive by the hundreds it seems and we know that autumn is coming with all it's gorgeous color! Now you know why I like the view from my window! The little pooch is my sweet little Shitzu, Muffie.'


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Maria aka LeelaBijou lives in the main city of Gran Canaria with her boyfriend. She is finishing her degree in Economics and has been making jewelry for 4 years. Her shop is full of shiny jewelry made with real Swarovski elements. She also works as a mathematics and English teacher. She has a lovely blog too. Here is her story:

Every morning, I wake up and I enjoy a cup of coffee, watching the sun rising above the sea. It´s a very calming view, it gives me energy for the rest of the day. I have a lot of plants in my house, some of them are in the kitchen, as you can see in the second picture. I love taking care of them and seeing them grow.


Next peeks, next week!
Thank you P8, Ira, Isis, Liz and Maria for sharing your photographs and little bits of your lifes!

26 comments:

Dina Fragola said...

Oooh I wish I had a water view too now...

ingermaaike said...

That was a fun tour!

Heli said...

What a great peeks again! It was like visiting all these wonderful people in a few minutes :)

Thanks girls and stars!

P.S Peggy look so comfortable on her own place, Petronella :)

ira said...

wow, aren't we lucky girls?
thank you Star:)

ArtMind said...

All the water I see outside is a puddle from the rain!
Lovely post, Star! :)

kraplap said...

Thanks Star ! This is such a lovely visit. Love your view Ira (your's the winner methinks, water and mountains !)

X by Leina Neima said...

Thanks, very dreamy post...

vadjutka said...

mmm, I'd love to have a view on the sea or to those hills...just amazing!

Star: I love this thematic peek into life series, have I told you?

fleurfatale said...

great views you have girls!

High Desert Diva said...

Oh how I'd love to have a water view!

Kreativlink said...

Ahhh... I don't have to say how much I envy thos water viewers, right? :)

Sigmosaics said...

ooooh wow .. very envious of all those views !!!! they are all so wonderful ...

thank you so much for sharing this .. ah huh! Now I know Lefties real name .. Liz :-D

so wonderful to take a peek into homes (and of course out the windows this time) .. to get to know you all a bit better.

Thanks everyone and thank you star for making these posts!

jealousydesign said...

Beautiful views!!

Meltem said...

So nice homes and beautiful views! I enjoyed to look at that photos and read them! Thank you Star!

twolefthands said...

Wow, spectacular views! Ira is so lucky with that gorgeous view of the mountains and KrapLap, that is a gorgeous garden you have! Thanks for featuring my window Star! I can't wait to see your next feature!

Paperfection said...

I love you Little Sister series, great read for nosey people like me. Little sneak peeks into other Etsians' lives. Thanks, and well done!

Elisa said...

This is such a wonderful post Star! Thank you little sisters for sharing your lovely window views and a glimpse into your workspaces. I am now day dreaming of living in a beautiful house near water. :)

matchstickgirl said...

i wanna waterview tooo...its my dream...

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brilliantly curated Star !!! love the sneaky peeks!!!

LeelaBijou said...

What a wondeful post! Thank you so much for letting me be part of this!

I enjoyed a lot the little bits about everyone and the wonderful views!!

21 said...

That view in Switzerland is gorgeous! I'm so jealous.

humblebea said...

What a nice view into the these beautiful homes! I especially enjoyed seeing the view from twolefthand's window, although I must say, it's even cuter in real life! (-:

Jenn said...

I just stopped by from Liz's blog and I'm delighted to have found you! The peeks through these windows was a lovely treat...and your blog and work are beautiful!!

xox...jenn

l'actrice said...

I love them all! I just love water views:-)

Waterrose said...

Great feature and wonderful views!

Tina said...

What a delightful post!

glasfaden said...

One view better than another!!! I love to stand on the window and look outside - I must be a dog in my past life *lol* Thanks for sharing!