Jewelry in Autumn Hues

{Alster Lake, Außenalster, Hamburg} I’ve been doing A LOT of thinking about this blog lately.  {In part because of a <<FAB>> online blogging course I just finished.  More on that in a future post.}  I’ve realized that I’ve been squandering the opportunity to share one of the coolest things about my Continue Reading

Future in the Stars

Question: What do you think this object is? [Indefinitive] Answer:  Hat Stand.  Or random household decoration.  But it was in the “hat stand” section of the Berlin flea market where I bought it, so…. Ok, but why am I even asking you this question?  [In and of itself a good Continue Reading

PROFILES IN JEWELRY: PICTOFACTUM, A BERLIN ORIGINAL

If you follow the international press, you’ve heard that right now Berlin is the epicenter of artistic creativity in Germany – if not in all of Europe.  (I’ve heard tales of creative geniuses working alone for days in basement cellars of old East Berlin factories.  Maybe you have, too?!)  Full of Continue Reading

Blickfang: Design Shopping in Hamburg

We had seen (well-designed!) signs all over Hamburg for Blickfang, the International Design Shopping Show.  The show began years ago in Stuttgart, Germany, and has been traveling to different cities in Europe over the last couple of years.  We weren’t sure what to expect, but when I see the words shopping and design in the Continue Reading

How to Spend a Weekend in Europe

It’s true that weekends here can be tricky – for the local and visitor alike.  At least in Continental Europe, pretty much everything is closed on Sunday and many small shops close early on Saturday.  (In our neighborhood in Hamburg, everything except the grocery store is closed by 2pm on Continue Reading