Self Employment Means...

19 11 2014

- in my case - I basically work ALWAYS!

It's very hard for me to find the discipline to keep a good work-life balance and I am still not really good at it.

Even though I have been self employed my whole work life. 

And that's been a while.

Because I am not in my twenties anymore - actually not even in my thirties...ups, I almost finished the forties! 

All this got clear to me when I was interviewed by a german newspaper who printed this DIY together with their questions and my answers.

And one of those questions was about the history of my employment. 

I had opened a little jewelry workshop and studio right after I finished my desgin studies back in the beginning of the nineties.

I went on fairs and exhibitions, sold to galleries and to my own customers for many years.

Materials were ordered from catalogs and my invoices were written by hand.

That was all BEFORE the internet and smart phones became widely available!

I had nothing to do with computers and would have never guessed, that this would change some day...

Then I became a mother to two beautiful children and we relocated to California for about ten years.

After returning back to Germany I had to made a decision what to do professionally.

I had many interests besides design and wasn't sure, if I wanted to pick up where I had left.

Everything had changed and designers were now online.

I had no clue about computers and online market places at all. 

A friend of mine had already a Shop at DaWanda and took me to Berlin for a workshop.

I still remember the train trip back home that evening when I thought: OK - sounds interesting - I could give it a try...

Fast forward and LOTS of learning and new experiences later - I now have three online shops: DaWanda, Etsy and on NOTHS.

I have this blog and do a lot styling and photography for clients.

Life is good.

I just need to learn that balance thing...

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Happy Day,

Anette 


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What Is Going On?

05 07 2014

It's been a little quiet here on lebenslustiger.com because I had so much work to do the last weeks.

The special sale where I got featured on DaWanda was a huge success for my shop with many sales.

Slowly life is back to normal and we look forward to summer break.

It's been a very long school year this year with summer break starting at the end of July in lower saxony.

Most states start their 6 week school break on different times in Germany. Some years it's as early as mid of June but sometimes it's late like this year for us.

We won't do our usual summer travel to California this year because we don't want to leave the cats alone with a caregiver for such a long time so soon after our big move to the city. Do you remember this post from back in February?

The cats have been adjusted to the new situation amazingly well - we are extremely happy with this and therefore don't want to take any chances to confuse them with a long absence.

They now use a special 5meter zick-zack cat ladder from our balcony to get down to the garden - I have to show you pictures sometime - because it's so amazing how they do it.

To the amusement of our neighbors we practiced for weeks until they were all able to do it and now they are free to come and go as they want.

If it's quit around here on my blog but you like to participate a little more in our days please consider following me on my Instagram because I post almost daily there even in busy times :-)

Next week I will post a fun tutorial on the crochet dishcloths you see here in the second row!!! 

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Happy Weekend,

Anette 


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All New - Online Interior Shops

16 01 2014

This weeks BIWYFI theme is "All New" and that fits our current situation perfectly.

In just a mere 6weeks we will move to the city loft!

Sometimes I can't believe we are really doing this - it's so exciting but at the same time also a bit frightening.

So much needs to be organized and planned while the apartment is still undergoing major renovations and is not finished yet.

I had so many jewelry orders and other design work to do in the last couple month that there was basically no time left to plan the interior.

Since we live in a half furnished space right now we will need a lot new furniture.

For example our old apartment has build in cabinets - which is a rare thing in Germany - but the new one hasn't. So I am looking at different cabinets right now to store our stuff.

Maybe we will end up with a sort of camping in the new place for the first weeks because I found it difficult to decide on so many important things all at once without even having a chance to develop a feeling for the new space.

At least we decided on who gets what room. It has been my priority that the kids are happy with their choice because the relocation makes them feel anxious.

Especially my ten year old daughter is afraid of the changes and feels quite insecure about how life in the city will be.

I am trying to comfort her by painting a positive outlook (which I truly believe in) and It's only 15miles away from the old village but still it will be a major change and she is old enough to know that. 

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In the midst of crazy planning for the things we "need" I do like to search for the pretty things - also for the sake of relaxation.

It's so nice to dream up the time when finally everything is done and in place and you get to decorate and personalize the new rooms.

Those are anyway the more important things, don't you agree :-)

So here are my inspirations and findings from last week. 

(In case you missed my last online finds you can look them up here, here, here und here.)

- Restored - from the Netherlands: "Restored is all about beauty, balance and originality. We keep having faith in a revived world, where all fits together."

- &-designshop  - "Design is in our nature" - embracing young designers and fresh brands.

- Indoors/Outdoors - beautiful Tumblr!

- "Everyday Needs" - fantastic shop collection - located in New Zealand

- Jelanie - great home tours and lots of other inspirations around living. Also a shop.

- Matraskussens - custom order!

- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 

- The Goodhood Store  - free worldwide shipping!

Happy Day,

Anette 



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12 01 2014

SUNDAY!!!

I... 

- slept in

- melted white vanilla chocolate

- thought about extreme knitting - more soon...

- knitted

- thought again - this time about the rugs we looked at yesterday ...

- visited the new to be apartment to check on the progress - oh my - only 6 weeks until the move....

- dreamed about Austrian cake 

- lost my place on the sofa to the kitty boys :) 

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Happy Sunday - more 12 from 12 @ Frau Kännchen,

Anette