Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Woodland Wonder

One of my prerequisites for anywhere I live is GREENERY.

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Even if it's in the midst of the city, I need to be close to expansive parklands, or wooded areas. Anywhere to go on a quiet daytrip with a picnic blanket and book in hand. Last night some friends and I were talking about "sacred moments" - moments where we feel at peace and connected. We agreed that being out in nature is when we feel closest to God.

I have recently fallen in love with the store Pilli Pilli. What I love most about Katrien's charming store is that it reminds me of an enchanted forest with all it's lovely nature-inspired pieces.
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Katrien eloquently describes her inspiration as anything from "a leaf falling from a tree, the bobbing poppies in a field, and a winter evening at home, with a fire crackling and the lights in the Christmas tree shining bright." Her love for sewing and sketching branched out to become her store, and you'll often find her creating in her studio or making time for mountain hikes on weekends.

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As you can see in her darling store, her favorite colors are happy colors - bright red and lime green specifically, she loves how they wake her up and stimulate her to do something. Those colors definitely bring a pep to your step!

Katrien's Etsy store started out when she was in a long-distance relationship. She moved to Italy to live closer to her beau, and worked part time in a museum. With the extra time she had on her hands, she did a lot of creating, so much that she didn't know what to do with all her pieces. So she decided to open up an Etsy store to share her handmade lovelies to the world.
Photobucket Katrien is generously giving away a prize to one lucky winner. To enter, leave a comment here telling me which pouch you would choose from her store if you won, and where you find your "sacred moments". I will announce the winner next week.

76 comments:

Melanie's Randomness said...

I too have to live somewhere where there is alot of nature! I love taking walks. This is the most darling lil shop! I love the lil red fox! It's too cute!! =) I would love to win the one with that lil guy on it! =)

There is a mountain with a trail that my bf & i go all the time. It's always a sacred moment to me! =)

Nicole said...

What a cute shop! Thanks for featuring it! If I were to win, I would choose the forest party pouch. It is just too darling!

I find my sacred moments in the early mornings when I am awake before my husband. I spend them either reading my Bible and sipping on some tea or I spend them outdoors on early morning walks before the rest of the world is awake. Well, with the exception of the birds and squirrels.

Kaye Prince said...

Hmmm, this is a hard choice but I think I'd pick the Forest Party pouch. I saw the embroidery hoop of this design in her Flickr stream awhile ago and feel in love with it! I also love the On a Sea of Lace pouch too though.

I think I feel at peace most when I'm working with my hands. Whether it's hand sewing, quilting, or knitting I feel so perfect doing it. Of course there are moments when I want to tear my hair out (like when my thread knots up) but it's usaully easy to get back to that centred feeling.

K said...

Aww, the fox one is so cute!

Jingle said...

I would choose the truly fox pouch! I find my moments in many places - my studio comes to mind first. It is a place filled with happy and inspiration!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is one of the most adorable shops ever! I am totally crazy about Mr.Foxy:)
Kisses,sweetie

Ps: I am hosting a beautiful GIVEAWAY today...I hope you will join in:)

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love the go GREEN garland pouch :)
I find the most precious spot to me is sitting on our dock on the river watching the little ducks swim by and occasionally our beaver neighbour (we've named him Justin Beaver). I can almost feel my worries lifting away. :)

Sophia Almada said...

If I won this, I would choose the "on a sea of lace" linen pouch. They are all adorable but I can't resist a little lace!

I find my sacred moments at a hidden little hill overlooking the beach in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is my "happy place" and when I am secluded, backed up by beautiful trees, and facing the huge ocean with the sound of waves, I am at peace.

I love this blog and have been following for months!

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Julia said...

I love to have the truly foxy pouch. I love toadstools, and Mr. Fox's expression is perfect. My favourite places to take a moment are usually mossy woodland hollows, especially if the air is damp. It always takes me back to when I was young and still believed in magic. There's also a beach trail near my parents, where sometimes I'll stop for a moment and realize all I can hear is the waves lapping at the rocks. I love that feeling, its like stepping out of time.

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Caroline said...

If I were to win, I would choose on a sea of lace. Thanks for introducing me to her work!
My sacred place would have to be the trail I bike by my home. It is so peaceful and is a place where I can always go and reflect.

shealennon said...

My favorite pouch is the unique linen pouch in happy garlands. And my sacred moments are anywhere when I'm immersed in a book. It's my favorite place to be.
shealennon@gmail.com

Nupur said...

Oh my, what lovely work. The first thing I did was to favorite her Etsy shop so I can go back and gaze at those cute things.

I love this pouch: three seedlings. So adorable!

k. davis said...

I'm LOVING the unique linen pouch- Go GREEN garland it's tooooo cute!

Sandy a la Mode said...

oh my i just LOVE her shop!!! the
unique linen pouch - happy garlands is soo cute! my sacred moments are when i am blogging!! :D

sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

mar said...

I would love the Truly Foxy linen pouch :)

My sacred moments are when I go to libraries or bookstores alone. I love being surrounded by books!

cemel@live.com

Tali Schiffer said...

Her items are so precious! I've seen her store before and liked it instantly!

GloamingDesigns said...

these are so sweet! i think i love the happy garlands design the most.

i'm like you, too, neeeeeed to have wild green somewhere or i get a sort of 'detached' feeling.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Oh, Truly Foxy, is my favorite! Reminds me of the cute fox I saw in my backyard recently.

My favorite sacred moments place remains my in-laws house on a lake - a large open patio stepping down to an expance of lawn, and then the lake. It was so peaceful -- I wish I could go there again.

Julie said...

I love her work! I would choose Hedgie Takes a stroll.

And I find my sacred moment when I'm outside with my sheep.

Crunchy Diva said...

she does great work & i also follow her blog. love the sea of lace pouch.

Christine said...

soo pretty! I really like the hedgehog pouch. darling!

I find my sacred moment in the quiet stillness when its just me and God- all the distractions are laid aside (rare moment!) and I can just come and sit at His feet.

five stones said...

This nautical pouch is my abso-absolute fav!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/51134923/small-linen-pouch-on-a-sea-of-lace

My sacred moment comes when I am driving all alone.

Anonymous said...

I like http://www.etsy.com/listing/51134923/small-linen-pouch-on-a-sea-of-lace best.

It is so sweet and I know someone who will love it :)

My sacred moment is when I am underwater.

Anonymous said...

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evelyne said...

her creations are sooo cute & poetic; I really love them ! Hedgie is my favorite... if I have to choose !

And gardening, putting my hands in the soil, planting flowers & vegetables, watching butterflies & insects are my sacred moments; I'm really happy then

chapulines69@hotmail.com

{Marianna} said...

I like so much "Forest Party Linen Pouch" but it was hard to choose.
Hugs!

cupcakes for clara said...

Oh I love love love the forest party pouch. But I love all of the others too! What a beautiful shop.

There are so many sacred moments, but my absolute favourite has to be curled up by the fire, in December, with the christmas tree lights twinkling, and watching old films with my babies.

Amanda said...

The Happy Garlands one is my favorite! So many choices....

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noga said...

Hi! I love all of them, but I would choose the "on a sea of lace" pouch! It makes me feel like a child!
My sacred moments are still to be found. Soon,I hope!

Mami Made It said...

I love the "three seedlings".

I love my garden and that's the place where I find peace and silence.

Kelly J. R. said...

I love the 3 seedlings pouch - fitting for me because I find peace when I play among the vegetables and flowers in my garden.

Barbara said...

I did so much cross stitch years ago that it was fun to see the hoops are now considered wall frames!
These are adorable, Dionne. You always find such gems.

I really am in love with the "sea of lace" linen pouch!

I've had several sacred moments over the years and yes, always in nature. There is a lovely place in Georgian Bay that I will never forget.

aPearantly sew said...

The pouch with the Hedgehog is adorable! I also really like the one with the bird cage. Cute stuff!
Anywhere in the mountains is sacred for me. I love the relaxed, at home feeling I get when we visit our favorite little mountain town.

VivatRegina said...

My favorite is the forest party pouch with the squirrell, nut, and banner. CUTE!!

My sacred moments are definitely moments out in nature where I have room to breathe. I love going to the mountains, an open field, a lake, and sometimes, even my own backyard. I'd love to transform my backyard into more of an oasis for me and my family to enjoy. But sometimes, those sacred moments aren't about being in nature for me, sometimes it's about being with the right person. When my heart feels so full that it might just burst with joy. Those are good moments too. :)

Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

Great work! So glad I found your blog!!

Bakarasz said...

Katrien's shop is my favourite on Etsy. I would be happy to have any of her woodland fellows. Hard decision! If I were to win, I would choose Mr. Fox. Thanks for the opportunity! Crossing fingers! :))
Agnes from Hungary

TastyTeenies said...

I absolutely love everything on this page and in your shop. Everything is so detailed and so adorable.

Claremellows said...

I absolutely love this stuff; I've only just started to do some applique work and have been so inspired by these cute pices especially the woodland party!

Julie said...

What a Beautiful post and such an Wonderful shop. I would choose the Forest Party with Mr. Squirrel. My sacred moments are when I take a walk in the forest, right in my backyard. I am surrounded by the Beauty of Nature. It is So quiet, calming and peaceful there.

Little Tesoro said...

Gorgeous shop. Tough choice - but I love the Hedgie pouch. So darn cute.

My sacred moments are every morning when I drink a great cup of coffee and take a few moments to relax before I start the day :)

va said...

I like the sea of lace pouch .
http://www.etsy.com/listing/51134923/small-linen-pouch-on-a-sea-of-lace

I find sacred moments within my prayers and remembering God anytime I can .

tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Those are so cute! I love the cage one!

Kellie said...

I must have a squirrel pouch - the expression on his wee face is too cute!

I find my sacred moments when I am watching my son sleep and when I am crafting.

Tender Branson said...

I find my best moments are when running. Unfortunately it can't be nature all the time because that doesn't really exist around here.

Emily said...

Oh my goodness, these are too cute!

I would choose Hedgie takes a stroll.

Sacred moments come upon me unexpectedly - sometimes during a beautiful hymn in church, sometimes on a walk somewhere breathtaking, or sometimes just glancing out my window in the late afternoon when the light is suddenly just right and everything glows for a moment.

+Eva+ said...

I'd love to win a pouch with a garland, anyone, they're all so lovely!

Jen said...

i adore both your blogs!

my sacred moments are making messy art listening to beautiful music in a dimly lit room in the run up to christmas with hot chocolate and ink that smells of mulled wine. i want these moments every day!

Xx

p.s. i just love the forest party pouch!

amberlife said...

Have follwed Katrien's blog for a long time and admire her work greatly. Would love Birdie got Out - fab!

Duck said...

What a lovely and generous idea!
I really like the happy garland pouch, but also the three seedlings one: they're so cute and bright and funny.
My quiet moment of the day is in the early morning, when I sip my cup of tea, in my studio, with my two cats near me and my husband still sleeping in our bedroom. I look outside my window and enjoy the moment!

Grace @ Front Porch Yoga said...

I would definitely use the unique linen pencil case-clutch! Her reminder that "EVERY DAY
should be celebrated" resonates deeply with me. I find my zen on my yoga mat- pretty much anywhere- but my most favorite place to practice is outside.

Allison said...

Thanks for hosting this great giveaway! I would choose the "happy garlands" pouch, since I can't imagine anything cuter than a celebration for pencils.
I find my sacred moment in a relaxed evening of knitting next to a friend on the couch. Company and creativity together bring such peace :)

gill said...

What a great giveaway!!
I would choose the bird got out pouch - gorgeous!!
Gill

Samantha said...

Aw I adore the On a Sea of Lace pouch. Too cute!

-Samantha
http://sincerelysamantha.com

katie said...

there is something special about being the first steps in freshly fallen snow on the hills of my family's farm in ohio. and for me, that's about once a year--when i'm home for christmas. tender and sacred.

i'm smitten with mr. fox.

domestikate said...

Oh how exciting - I love her work! It's so hard to pick a favourite pouch, but I think I would either have to go for Hedgie or Happy Garlands - if I'm lucky enough to win I'll let you choose!

And sacred moments for me are found at breakfast time in my garden, or at the dinner table with my husband - a daily chance to connect and share with each other.

Maureen said...

I think the garland pouches are extra cute. And I find my sacred time at church during worship.

Lene said...

I so love the squirrel and the fox. I love my daily walks in the forest. It would be so nice to win one of Katriens work. She makes lovely things.

The Fam said...

unique linen pouch - happy garlands is my favorite; and I have sacred moments in the shower, pretty much the only thing that's sacred anymore these days.

shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

Andrea T said...

I would choose the GREEN garlands pouch. It was the first work of hers I ever saw and it reminds me of my birthstone -the peridot. I live on the coast, so my "sacred moments" usually happen watching the sun set over the ocean.

andrea_thibideau@yahoo.com

**We BLOG ARTISTS** said...

I am a HUGE fan of K.
AND I choose...Birdie got out pouch...beautiful.
HUGS
Char.x

Nanou said...

I am a fan. My favorite is the hedgie pouch. Very autumln-like.

Reading a book in front of a nice crackling fire in the chimney or in the garden at springtime are sacred moments for me.

Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Nanou

Melissa Blake said...

oh, what a great store! I'd choose her linen pouch with ths ship on it. too cute!

my moment? Sitting on my patio on the warm summer!

Merylu said...

What a beautiful blog! And I love Pilli Pilli's craft :)
I like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/57271337/unique-linen-pouch-hedgie-takes-a-stroll most of all!
I have my "sacred moments" on the seaside, enjoying a charming summer sunset in front of the sea :)

wiredlinda said...

I would happy with anything that "Pilli Pilli" makes. I read her blog everytime she posts, sometimes over and over. Her little fox is cute, cute. Everything she does is cute, cute.
Her photos of where she lives are beautiful.

Linda

Sydney said...

I would choose the empty bird cage with the bird zipper because i love the bird cage look right now and i feel it is expressed freedom in an artsty way. I find my sacred moments when i am outside in the fall surrounded but trees od differnent colors and the air is brisk. there is probably a little bit of fog too. it would have to take place a sunrise or sunset! thanks!

Lee said...

I love the fox pouch - to give to my college daughter! :)
sacred time is any time I take to do my meditation. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Alejandra said...

This is extremely hard, all of them are soooo cute! I love the forest party linen pouch.

I'm a christian, nature makes me feel more connected to God but also when I'm in a quiet place, closing my eyes and just trying to listen to God, it's amazing.

Hilary said...

Seriously cute! thanks for sharing these.

Suzi said...

I love Katrien's work. Her Pilli Pilli shop is full of exquisite handmade items. When you visit her shop or Flickr stream you feel you are stepping into another world. My sacred moment would be when I'm out walking with John and our dogs, camera in hand, living in the moment and appreciating the nature around us. My favourite pouch is the Go Green Garlands. I wish Katrien all the success in the world, she has an amazing imagination.

Dionne said...

Thanks for your entries, this giveaway is now closed.

Mona said...

Beautiful blog. So sad i'm to late to enter :0(

Have a nice day!

buttercup caren said...

Hope I'm not too late to enter! I do so love pilli pilli's art (and blog!). I love the ones with critters on them, so the Forest Party pops out to me!

Pamela said...

those items are adorable! she is a true artist!

Anonymous said...

I love the squirrel pouch :) My sacred moments happen with my husband, son and daughter at out cottage - we just can't seem to get family time at home like we can at the cottage :)
Jen J

Evie said...

I love that forest party linen clutch! Just stumbled on your blog!

Barbara Photography said...

very nice!!!