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, 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...

Happy Day,


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What Is Going On?

05 07 2014

It's been a little quiet here on 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!!!

Happy Weekend,


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