Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Feature No. 33 -- Featuring Jenny Karlsson

Well, it's late, and I have a toddler, who just got up from his nap crying, sitting in my arms. Please forgive me if there are typos that I don't catch.

You might have noticed that we have not had a Friday Feature for the past two weeks. This is much my fault because I sent out my reminder emails a little too late...like the day before! I have been sick, and so has our little guy, so things aren't getting done as well as I had hoped.

Today, we are featuring Jenny of Jenny Karlsson Design. Jenny lives in Sweden, and is one of a very few featured guests who live outside of the USA! Jenny's shop is a delightful display of cozy items, such as crocheted flower brooches, unique (and numbered) handbags, and more.

Here is a little interview with Jenny:

TDB: When did you first get into crafting, and who taught you to craft?
Jenny: I think it must have been my mother at some time. She used to make some of our clothes when we were younger, and also some soft toys. I remember getting a simple little loom that you could weave scarfs & such in.. At least I know that now - back then I made mats for my dolls' house :) But I have always been interested in making things, the creativity have always needed to come out somehow. I am mainly self-taught I guess..



TDB: From where do you get your inspiration for your crafting?
Jenny: A lot of it comes from nature, flora and fauna. Some times it's things that I see that inspires me, most times though I think it is that the things that brings me energy is the things that I get inspiration from. The will to make something must be there. Then I also love beautiful magazines, children's books, art, history, times past. I like a lot of old things. They have feeling to them.


TDB: What is your favorite thing to create?
Jenny: I like variation. Simple and complicated. I do love to do embroidery and such and would like to have time to make more intricate things. It is easy to get caught up in the 'must make & sell'- circle.. Then again one of the best things with handicrafts is that it must take its time, and then it turn out best. When I have made something it has filled its purpose for me somehow. It's the making that I like, and I don't have trouble parting with my work. I rarely keep something for myself.


TDB: Please tell us a little about your family.
Jenny: There's my beloved one, mom, dad, two brothers and Lilly the dog. I live on my own but I talk to my parents really often and one of my brothers lives in the next door house :) I talk even more often with my beloved one, we live about 300 kilometres apart at the moment..

TDB: If you had 3 wishes granted to you, what would you wish for?
Jenny: Tricky question.. Hm.. I think I would have to be a bit materialistic and ask for 1. 'never have to worry about money', you know - so you have enough to get by and a little more. 2. For my loved ones to be happy and live well. 3. Being able to teleport myself all over the place (would be very practical).Hm, that last one might change a bit, but the other two will stay the same. :)Then again, you gather wisdom all your life by living & learning.



TDB: If you could travel back to any time period in history, where would you go, and why?
Jenny: I have thought about this sometimes.. and there are a few options.. victorian England, 1920's, beginning of the 19th century and perhaps Egypt. These are a few of the time periods that fascinates me and I find a lot of inspiration in. I guess it is also down to The Pre-Raphaelite movement, Arts & Crafts, Arthur Rackham-Edmund Dulac-Walter Crane ( illustrators), The House of Eliott (series) & Jane Austen.. Oh and Charles Dickens.. I do like times past. I can get quite nostalgic about periods in time that I haven't even lived, but am longing for somehow.

TDB: Please share 3 random, little known facts about you
Jenny:
* I was in a youth circus when I was younger. Doing simple acrobatics dressed up as a native american (in a shirt & pants made out of brown flanell that my mother had made, and with red & white stripes in my face).
* I really like playing computer games, especially where you get to chop around with swords and such..Guns works too :) .. There must be a plot though, adventure and excitement. My favorites are Monkey Island x 4, Morrowind, Fable, Half-Life and NoOneLivesForever.. Those are the ones I've played the most. I think...
* I have never smoked a single cigarette. Er.. Oh well, I couldn't come up with any other fact just now.. :)


Thanks Jenny! It was great to find out a little more about the woman behind the designs!
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The Giveaway: A $15.00 "Gift Certificate" to Jenny's shop on Etsy.com.

To Enter: Please visit Jenny Karlsson Design, then come back here and leave a comment about either your favorite item in Jenny's shop or what you would spend this gift certificate on, if you are the winner. Please be sure to have a VALID email address attached to either your comment (like this: downtownboutique (at) sbcglobal (dot) ne), or your Blogger account. You do not have to have a Blogger account to enter, as long as you have an email made available to us.

For one extra entry: Please blog about this giveaway and leave a separate comment with the link to your post.

For another entry: We'd love to have you follow our blog! You will get updates in Blogger with each new post. Yes, you must have a Blogger account for this one. No, it doesn't count if you are already following.

Deadline to enter: Thursday, November 27th at Midnight PST. Giveaway is open worldwide.


Have a great weekend!
Angie

58 comments:

Sandy said...

the handmade cards are all beautiful as well as the totebags

windycindy said...

Hi, I love Jenny's "Pink Trees Reversible Tote!" Please enter my name in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Annie said...

I love the Lavendar-filled Cushions!! I used to make these when I was young. My parents had and still have a huge lavendar bush in the back yard!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

cdziuba said...

I like the Lavendar-filled Cushions - with lace/ribbon and stamp. cdziuba@aol.com

mverno said...

i like the flowery blossoms bag

reb said...

I also love the Flowery Blossoms Bag (no 175)

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

elaine said...

I think the Lavender Filled Cushions are a lovely idea-would make a nice gift also!

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

pms3237 said...

I like the looks of bag # 165..great items

kim* said...

wow you wrote a lot for having a child in your arms lol

this is a great feature. i love everything about it. i especially love how she creates a variety of items in her shop. the gift certificate is so pretty i want to buy it lol

kdkdkd said...

I like the Set of 5 Cards with Stamps ANIMALS and NATURE

Kelly F said...

I really like the Puffy Fern Bag No. 192. It is cute and unique.

Cherie J said...

I like the Smartbag - Blue tulip with stamp. Thanks for the contest!

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shelley said...

Flower Brooches pastel coloured is my favorite.

Thanks for the giveaway.

tskrush (at) cox (dot) net

drming said...

My wife would love the Lavendar-filled Cushions.

Christina said...

My favorite is the Smartbag - Calendar!

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

Emily said...

The puffy fernbag #192 is awesome!

ecibelli(at)wellesley(dot)edu

vmkids said...

Smartbag - Calendar

littlelatina said...

bag 165 OOAK

Kirby McCauley said...

I am loving ALL of the cards!

Kasey P said...

I throughly enjoyed looking around her shope, but I really liked the Flowery Blossoms Bag.
beausdorei at gmail dot com

Smooshy said...

i like the lavender filled cushions!

Distressing Delilah said...

I love it all! But especially the brown flowered brooches! Beautiful!

Tanya W. said...

I like the Cuff / Wristband Black and White

AllieOop said...

All of the five card sets are beautiful.
aghendrick@aol.com

klp1965 said...

i love the Bag no. 165 OOAK

vboackle said...

i like the pink trees tote.

Kitty said...

I really like all her cuffs, especially Cuff / Wrist band with stamp OOAK

cam said...

I'd spend it on the Red Cuff / Wrist band OOAK with the doggies on it.

dryshape@yahoo.com

yellowlabs said...

I like the Flowers on Turqoise, Bag no. 194. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Kt said...

cute wristbands! i like the cuff/wristband with stamp OOAK

thanks!!!
kmsst19@gmail.com

wwe11 said...

I love the Lavendar-filled Cushions!! Thanks for the chance to win.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

This was a really hard choice but I like the Do Not be afraid of growing slowly bag. All of the pieces are really pieces of art!





Bshaw75015@aol.com

sarah said...

i'd love the smartbag with stamp. :)

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

Sherry R said...

My favorite is Bag no. 165 OOAK!

Candie said...

I like the "Be not afraid of growing slowly" bag. Very profound

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Samantha P said...

the Puffy Fern Bag No. 192 is really pretty!

Sharon said...

Puffy Fern Bag no 102 for sure...love it. THANKS

purango said...

The Lavender-filled cushions-with lace/ ribbon amd stamp is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

cdrury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Puffy Fern Bag no 102

NesieBird said...

Lavender is my fave.

rosannepm said...

Bag no. 167 OOAK is my favrotie
rosans4@comcast.net

Qwill said...

I like the puffy fern bag.

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I love all the Tote Bags!
Wish I had them all!

elsmarlouamrman said...

MY favorite item on the site is the Bag no. 164 OOAK. Thanks so much for this chance.

blueviolet said...

I like the Bag no. 164 OOAK!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the Lavender Filled Cushions!

Taylor said...

... since I'm a card person I'm saying the Cards.
skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

Helen said...

I really like the Pink Trees Reversable Tote (Bag no. 107).

donna444444 said...

I like the One of A Kind Christmas card with stamp
donna444444@yahoo.com

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Smartbag - Platypus and Spiny Ant-Eater.So cute and useful.
Plese enter me and thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Gianna said...

I love the Smartbag - Blue tulip with stamp :)

lilyk said...

I love the Flowery Blossoms Bag (no. 175)!

tesslon said...

I would spend the gift certificate on the flowers and skulls bag...very fun!

bndraldy said...

My favorite is the Bag no. 167 OOAK. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I would spend my gift certificate on Bag no. 167 OOAK. Thanks for the contest.
Kathy
kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

Nina said...

I am a great fan of Jenny's work! She is soooo very creative and you can just tell that all her designs are made with love.
I consider myself to be a "1920's girl", so it would have to be one of her gorgous bags with a 1920's chick on them.
Nina

Couture de Papier said...

I love the knit jester hats do they come in adult size?