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Wednesday 30 September 2009

Fresh and vintage ornaments


New ornaments are added to the shop

I have so much fun creating them and wanted to try to do something with those white solid ones, that are not selling as good as the doily printed ones.


I especially love this cute duo: bambi and deer

bambi and deer lace

And well, all of the papier mache ornaments. I have used the Herman Hesse "Stepenwolf" book from 1973. and those yellow pages gave the great effect.

deer in my hand

Also, I'm doing some arrangements to get my doily ornaments be screen printed and laser cut directly in the US, in way to get the customers save on shipping from Europe to US, so if you have a shop in US (either on-line or real shop) and are interested in handling my ornaments, please don't hesitate to contact me at:

deer, snowflake and bird

I hope that they will do great for Xmas and still can't believe that Holidays are just behind the corner;)

xo, Katarina

Monday 28 September 2009




How cool is this doily? I bought it on the market a few weeks ago and I just needed to make some large fabric buttons with it;)


Here are the buttons, freshly listed in the IwannaBE etsy shop


Unfortunately, those beautiful edges couldn't be kept in making the buttons, but I will make pics of some other doily inspired things I made during the weekend, hopefully tomorrow.

Here is one of my doily treasuries on etsy, made in July, I just love doily stuff!!!!


Have a great week, Katarina

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Garden party girly set

garden party

You can find it HERE

garden party

I'm so in love with this gorgeous Anna Maria line and keep buying more and more prints;). They are combining perfectly well and the colors are so strong and beautiful.
I think that she has a perfect sense for selecting colours, obtaining a great colourway balance and therefore you just can go wrong working with her fabrics:)
I think that she achieves in textiles that "colour feeling" or "feeling for colour" that I'm searching in my prints. It is so important to get the right colour if you are doing the linocuts in more colours, which are 4 in my case.

garden party

Of course, I had to add a few fabrics from other fantastic designers, such as Laura Gunn and Amy Butler for this little set.

xo, Katarina

Tuesday 22 September 2009

First day of autumn


It is always so hard to say goodbye to summer. Just the fact that sometimes, we will be forced to stay in the house with kids, instead of playing outside all day long is bringing a sadness. But on the other hand, maybe I will have more time to finally finish some ideas, projects and must do's that I wanted and started a few years ago.

first day of school

Of course, Marta has started with her school full time, she is in the 2nd grade now. This photo above is from the last year. And this under same day, in the classroom. The school is just 100 metres far away from our home, so she will be able to go by her own this year too. She is so mature and the thing that now she is totally autonomous is making me both happy and scarred-knowing that she is such a big girl now.

first day of school 2008

I don't have this years photo of her in front of the school, but have the pics of what she have chosen to sew (of course, I did that task, but maybe she will be able to sew by herself soon too:) and wear.

garden party

I will upload some more pics of this set and maybe will be offering it as a custom too, so stay tuned and have a wonderful fall:)

Thursday 17 September 2009

Thank you ETSY

rabbit lacy

Last week, a got the message from a friend that I was on the etsy's FP. But, as last week was too crazy to blog, with many things happening around and me being involved in many different things, I'm bringing it to light only now;)

rabbit treasury

It was one of those "found through etsy categories" treasuries and I was delighted to be part of that.

birds duo

Someone loved my ornaments and I was so happy to sell a few and also got many inquires and compliments:)
Actually, a few weeks ago, after we got home from Holidays, I have found the request to send the samples of them for the Country Living magazine , as they took them in consideration for theirs December/January -Holiday issue. It still sounds pretty "too good to be truth", but will see;)

bird white

xo, Katarina

Wednesday 16 September 2009


Can hardly believe that the autumn is just behind the corner...like next week already!!!
I'm slowly getting back into the swing of the things after summer Holidays, trying to catch on each day life's insanity "normality".
I have started sewing some fall clothes, mainly for Marta and some of her friends.

I made some nice peach homemade juice and jam.

We have celebrated 10 years of marriage and yesterday, we have been at the opening of my mom's exhibition(she is a ceramic artist;)


She did a great work, combining ceramic and melting glass. If you live in Belgrade, you might want to visit Mala Galerija ULUPUDS-a , it will be opened till 29. September. I have uploaded some pics of her work, that I used while making the catalog for the ehxibition and you can see them HERE


xo, Katarina

Tuesday 8 September 2009

Marie Antoinette regency costume


After a long break and summer vacation, I have finally listed something new on eBay


Our launch theme is Venice Carnival-Carnevale di Venezia. I had so much designing this costume and I was mainly inspired by all the costumes from the Marie Antoinette film .


Unfortunately, Marta wasn't very impressed about my choice of the place for shooting pics of it and wasn't cooperative at all:(. She didn't wanted to put the wig I prepared on the hair and felt shy about some visitors coming to the Kare saloon, where I thought to get some nice pics....

You can check all our Carnevale di Venezia listings here


xo, Katarina

Sunday 6 September 2009


brioni view to mali brijuni

The Brijuni (also known as the Brionian Islands; Italian: Brioni) are a group of fourteen small islands in the Croatian part of the northern Adriatic Sea, separated from the west coast of the Istrian peninsula by the narrow Fažana Strait.

brioni approaching

After taking the boat and some 10 min. of ride, we arrived at the Veli Brijuni island, where the small trains are expecting the visitors for the organized tour around the island.


brioni train

The largest island of the archipelago, Veli Brijun (5.6 km²), was cultivated into a harmonious landscape of meadows and parks, has along with the rich remnants of architectural heritage also the preserved vegetation types typical for the western Istrian climate. It is important to underline that the sea forms 80% of the protected area of the National Park and has almost all the elements of the marine eco-system of the Adriatic.
Famous for their scenic beauty, the islands are a holiday resort and a Croatian National Park. The main characteristic of the Brijuni archipelago is the extraordinary biological diversity given thanks to its geographical location, its geological base and geomorphology, its diversity of the habitat and its island isolation. The natural biological diversity was enriched by men’s traditional husbandry.


Another characteristic that makes Brijuni even more valuable in relation to other areas of this climate is its vegetation. On Veliki Brijun an extraordinary unity of natural elements and anthropogenesis has been achieved. By taking up the farmlands and by clearing the forests and transforming them into landscape parks with vast meadows, a unique landscape on the Croatian Adriatic coast has been created.

brioni plantes

The ancient olive is one of the oldest trees in the Mediterranean, a fact that has been proved by research carried out on samples of this ancient olive tree. The ancient olive is an integral part of Brijuni's fascinating landscape and owing to its lush and rich crown, as well as impressive size of trunk, the tree adds to the beauty of this unique micro location.

brioni old olive tree

There are also two main alleys of old Holm Oaks and rare high Pine trees, just beside the tennis courts.

brioni pine trees

Brijuni Islands had some Ancient Roman settlements, but up to the late 19th century the islands were mainly used for their quarries, which have been worked on for centuries. The islands belonged to Venice from the Middle Ages, and stone from the islands was used to build the palaces and bridges of the city. The islands were part of the Illyrian Provinces after Napoleon's brief annexation.

brioni verige

In 1945 after World War II the Brijuni became part of Yugoslavia and President Marshal Josip Broz Tito made the Brijuni Islands his personal State Summer Residence. Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik designed a pavilion for Tito. Almost 100 foreign heads of state visited Tito on his islands, along with film stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Carlo Ponti, and Gina Lollobrigida. Tito died in 1980, and by 1983 the islands were declared a National Park of Yugoslavia. In 1991 Croatia gained independence and made the Brijuni Islands an International Conference Center. Four hotels on Veli Brijun were re-opened, as well as a Safari Park, which holds animals given to Tito, such as Sony and Lanka, two Indian elephants donated by Indira Gandhi.

brioni road

brioni walk

On the Brijuni there are several archaeological and cultural sites. There is the 13th century AD St. Mary's Church which was built by the Knights Templar. There are also two ancient Roman villa remains, from the 2nd Century BC and remains of a Byzantine palace.

brioni old house

brioni bianka

Brijuni seems to be very suitable for different sports. You can play golf, tennis, see how good you are at archery, you can ride a bike... Polo used to be very popular in the '20s. The Polo tournament which was first held in Brijuni in 1924 wasn’t held there for almost 80 years, and finally came back to the archipelago in 2004.

brioni polo fields

On the island there is also a Safari Park, it is home to a variety of animals which were given to the park as gifts from diplomatic partners. Tito was regularly presented with exotic animals by political leaders. The park is the habitat of many exotic plant eaters: Indian elephants Sony and Lanka (Indira Gandhi's elephants), llamas - South American camels which according to the Indian legend were domesticated in the very beginnings of human existence, zebras, nilgais and kob antelopes, Somalian sheep, Indian holy cows and autochthonous donkeys.

brioni safari park

brioni safari park

brioni bianka safari park

The animals who died were stuffed and placed in Brijuni's Natural History Museum, part of a three-museum complex near the harbour.

brioni animals museum giraffes

brioni animals museum

There's a Tito exhibition next door.

tito museum

brioni tito museum brioni tito museum verige

In front of the museum, there is exhibited President Tito's car, The Cadillac Eldorado, one of the most luxurious and state-of-the-art vehicles of its time, the car that he was driving while at Brijuni.

brioni Tito's car

brioni Tito's car

While taking the walk on the island, you may see herds of wild deer and peacocks roaming around, squirrels and hares and other animals freely loose, which will be an incredible adventure for the kids.

brioni deer

brioni deer


Brijuni have always been an attractive destination for members of European and world aristocracy. Already at the beginning of the 20th century many crowned heads, as well as world famous personalities visited this fashionable seaside and health resort. On Brijuni islands is possible to organize thematic evenings and events on various locations… such as weddings as well;)

I have really enjoyed our stay and I'm highly recommending this beautiful island for a visit, or even for a longer stay and you may check the prices here

xo, Katarina