Welcome to my new blog and to my blogiversary celebration! The past year of blogging was much fun. Thanks to all you kind people out there who contributed with comments and supported me with hints and tips.

Some of this joy I want to give back to you. With my blogiversary and the move to this new blog I have two things to celebrate and so there are two give-aways. You can win during this week the stack of materials above and this new green Ritter Sport Mini Books:
Ritter Sport Mini book

And this is what you can find inside the material package:


Three different sheets of my paste paper, a big sheet of a gift wrapping paper with a paisley pattern, a piece of backed cloth, some scraps of other paper, some old photographs I once purchased on a flee market, some post cards with interesting pictures, some beads, some labels that I printed. Furthermore, I added two beautiful sheets of cream white Siam mulberry paper (to give you an impression of how nice this paper it: I used it for the knot book here.). And there are several sheets of the construction paper that I used for my Maxi Book.

And this is what you have to do to enter your name in the hat: Leave a comment to this blog entry and tell me what you think of this new site.  You help me by reporting any problems you encountered, whether it is an icon that your browser doesn’t represent probably, or whether you think the text is too small to read. And I would like to hear your opinion about what header you prefer. On top you see banner 1, this is just one of three that made it into my own final round, now I want to hear which one you like best. Here are the other two:

Banner 2:
banner 2

Banner 3:


Just leave a comment, let me know what you think and whether and in which give-away you want to participate (you may of course enter in both!) and your name will be included in the pull next Wednesday.  I’ll publicly announce the lucky winners on this blog. I’ll then exchange emails with the winners and ask them for shipping details. I’ll happily sent both items to anywhere in the world.

Welcome to my new blog!

25 replies on “Welcome!”

  1. Love the website! I actually like the first banner best – most cohesive and easier to read than no.3.

    I’d love to enter your giveaways. The stuff looks fab. So do your books, by the way. I’d never have thought to use RitterSport wrappers to make a book! Fabulous!


  2. Congratulations on your new website! I’ve been clicking around this morning, and I think it works very well. You have included all of the right information on all of the right pages :). I really like the serif typeface of the second banner option. I like the sketchy lines that run through verzwirnt und zugeleimt. It would be neat to see the paw print in that same sketchy style. I’d love to enter your Ritter Sport book give-away! I really enjoyed your posts about them. Again, congrats! I’ve added the new blog to my Google Reader.

  3. Wonderful new site!
    I didn’t have any issues on a mac using firefox, everything came up great 🙂

    I like the first banner too, best of luck with the give away I’ll keep my fingers crossed for myself 😛

  4. Congratulations on your one year of blogging! All in all I think your new place looks very good. But I think the general font you’ve chosen is hard to read, the letters float together. Maybe it’s too big? I’m not sure, I’m using the computer at work, but I’ll check on my own computer when I go home. 🙂 I prefer banner number 2 – while the two others might be cooler, I think it’s much more important that it’s easy to read. Number two also looks calmer, while the other two scream at me a little bit… 🙂

    As for cool giveways, I would love to get my hands on the material package, but I wouldn’t mind the book, either, of course. 😉

    By the way, I got my smiley oracle! 😀 It’s so beautiful, and fun to play with – my daughter asked questions all evening, and refused to go brush her teeth, haha!

  5. Thanks for all the feedback so far!
    It’s good to hear that it works on a Mac since I have no opportunity to test that here.

    I was a bit worried about the body font, too, but for a start kept the standard option active. Is it now better readable for you? It’s still sans serif but now completely dependent on the choices you made for your browser. I’ll keep on testing tonight…

    And it’s so nice to hear that the smiley oracle was a success in your family 🙂 It’s good that it is being used!

  6. I like this new website!! Ich finde die Seite sehr übersichtlich und gut gelungen. Man kann sich alle Bücher auf den guten Fotos genau anschauen und die Beschreibungen sind sehr ausführlich. Ich finde es auch toll, dass einige Beschreibungen auf Deutsch sind!Deine Bücher sehen echt super schön aus!Ich wünsche dir viel Erfolg mit der neuen Seite!

  7. Ich habe mich noch nicht zu den Bannern geäußert. Mir gefällt das aktuelle, also Banner 1 am besten!

  8. The new blog looks great! Very professional and sleek. The website is nice, too. For the record, I use a Flock browser and everything comes across just fine. I don’t see anything that looks like it’s misrepresented. Easy to read, too.

    I think the banner you have up is nice. 2 looks like it might be a bit harder to read and 3 is maybe a little crowded, so this one is kind of a nice medium.

    I’d enjoy either of the giveaways! 🙂

  9. Great job with the new site! I like banner #2–I think it is most readable and the elements work together rather than compete. 🙂

  10. I like banner 2 best too — more legible! and of course I want one of your packets and little books 🙂 Come over to my place and enter for one of my little books! Viel Spaß, Marguerite

  11. I suppose I should also add — I love your explanation of your names. I love that aspect of German. So many semi-words — I’m pretty fluent in reading/hearing (my writing/speaking is always rusty), but I’m always having to figure out some of your words that are new to me 🙂 And German has so many entertaining little words like schnuppelig.

  12. It’s good to hear that someone likes the little remainders of my once German blog 🙂 I was wondering whether it might scare people off.

    schnuppelig, yes, that’s another fantasy-word that’s nevertheless immediately understood 🙂

  13. I’m almost afraid to say so but I kinda liked your old blog better, I don’t like the menu setop on the left *hides*

    I do however like the banners a lot, I prefer banner 1, 2 would be optional 3 is too crowded and messy.

  14. Thanks Liesan for an honest answer!
    I’m not sure that I understand you correctly: Are you saying you would prefer 2 instead of 3 columns?

    I really want to hear this kind of criticism. I’m not yet sure how I like the whole setup, but I can’t quite figure out what I have to change to make it better…

    Maybe I’ll try deleting the left column and will put the content the right panel next week. Then we’ll see whether it then gets better.

  15. Well yes I would prefer 2 columns & I would prefer the menu to be on the right side & I don’t really like grey blocks before each menu item.

    It’s not a huge deal though, I mean this lay-out doesn’t irritate me or anything 🙂

  16. Thanks, Marguerite 🙂

    You stumbled in here, while I am still editing the style files.
    Sorry if everything looks more or less scrambled.

    Probably I’ll keep the cat in the sidebar – it is my avatar as buechertiger on various other sites.

    You would miss the German? That’s nice to hear, too, actually. I don’t think I will keep the German out of it completely. But I won’t write everything in two languages anymore. I think it looked ugly and – more important – needed at least twice the time to be finished.

    I had the impression that most of my readers read English better than German anyway. But I got some complaints of my sisters, too 🙂

  17. I really like that you are a self taught bookmaker – it is encouraging to find someone with your skill set who is sharing your ideas and “finds”. I have long had you on my Google Reader and I have just changed it to your new address.

    I would love to be in your drawing for the fabulous materials you have offered – or your book would make a fun addition to my “Handmade” only shelf!

    I sure look forward to what you will be doing next! ~ginny

  18. Everything looks good on Mozilla browser, website and blog. Love your work. Leave some German in! It makes you stand out. I prefer the top banner as it’s easier to read.

  19. I came here from Artist Books…great site! Easy to read and with some interesting work. (My cats want to know why I do not have a cat avatar!)

  20. The Give-Away Entry is closed now. The following names are on my list:

    Monica Holtsclaw
    Julia from the Spotted Sparrow
    Maike Reiter
    Robyn Tipton

    I would wish good luck to everyone – but that’s stupid 😉

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