#CIJRoadTrip – Netherlands (Holland) : Zoetermeer

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel all the way to Zoetermeer Netherlands (Holland) with Annelies Knijnenburg from LizKnijnenburg

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special? 

Zoetermeer in the Netherlands.
Zoetermeer, which means Sweet Lake, is a town with about 120.000 inhabitants, not so far from the coast of the North Sea. It’s a place with some forests, much “green”spots, leasure companies like “Snowworld” (for skiing) and Dutch Waterdreams (for rafting). I love to ride my bike and walk in my beautiful neighbourhood.

Zoetermeer, my "green" hometown, it is taken near by where I live. I usually walk in this park 2 times a week.

Zoetermeer, my “green” hometown, it is taken near by where I live. I usually walk in this park 2 times a week.

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Of course our capital Amsterdam is a great place to visit: the museums with the famous paintings of Van Gogh and Rembrandt, the canals and canal houses and red light district.

But don’t forget to see Delft, a lovely little town with its Delfts blue pottery and our biggest harbour city Rotterdam with a superb skyline!

Amsterdam by night - a photo from www.facebook.com/TravelingInHolland

Amsterdam by night – a photo from http://www.facebook.com/TravelingInHolland

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

I am selling vintage french postcards and since I live in Europe I sometimes go to French flea markets and I trade with French sellers.

French flea market

French flea market

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

In the Netherlands Etsy is not that known yet, my buyers are most Americans. I purchase many vintage Christmas cards now with angels, trees, snow, etc. to try to get more buyers this fall and winter. I don’t have a Facebookpage yet, but will start with it soon.

Antique Angel Postcard From LizKnijnenburg

Antique Angel Postcard From LizKnijnenburg

Romantic Couple Christmas Card -From LizKnijnenburg

Romantic Couple Christmas Card -From LizKnijnenburg

Antique Angel Photo Postcard From LizKnijnenburg

Antique Angel Photo Postcard From LizKnijnenburg

5. What are your social media sites?
I have a Pinterest page: www.pinterest.com/lizknijnenburg/
And an Instagram page: instagram.com/lizknijnenburg
and will start a Facebook page for my shop soon.

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#CIJRoadTrip – Estonia: Tallinn

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Estonia – Tallinn with Astrida from Nalmandra

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I currently live in Tallinn. Old town of Tallinn is well preserved and with it’s medieval atmosphere is a popular tourist place.
It is also a city, where A. Tarkovsky filmed part of “Stalker”. Part of the factory, where film was shot is still there, near harbor and is recognizable by it’s big chimney.
It’s a beautiful city, where nature meets civilization. It’s located at the Baltic Sea. Sometimes closeness of sea is felt through harsh winds, other times it’s a nice refuge in hot summer days.

View On Tallinn From Tabasalu In Early Spring - Estonia

View On Tallinn From Tabasalu In Early Spring – Estonia

Tallinn - Flooded Promenade In Early Spring - Estonia

Tallinn – Flooded Promenade In Early Spring – Estonia

Tallinn – Different Parts Of The Sea Shore - Estonia

Tallinn – Different Parts Of The Sea Shore – Estonia

Tallinn - Part of Factory – One Of Locations Where Tarkovsky's “Stalker” Was Filmed - Estonia

Tallinn – Part of Factory – One Of Locations Where Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” Was Filmed – Estonia

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Everyone should visit main cities – capital Tallinn with it’s beautiful and well preserved old town, student and science city Tartu, folk music city Viljandi, where every summer, there is a high level international folk music festival and Haapsalu – with it’s beautiful wooden architecture, seaside promenade and railway museum.

Tallinn Old Town From Port Side - Estonia

Tallinn Old Town From Port Side – Estonia

Another part, that is interesting to visit in Estonia, are islands – both – bigger ones like Saaremaa and Hiiumaa and small ones like Kihnu and Muhu. Each island is like a separate mini-world with it’s own people and customs and colorful national costumes. If you happen to be in Kihnu in Midsummer evening, it might be a surprise, that Midsummer fireplace is built inside a boat.

Midsummer Night On Kihnu Island – Average Small Wooden Fishing Boat With Fireplace Made In It

Midsummer Night On Kihnu Island – Average Small Wooden Fishing Boat With Fireplace Made In It

If you are interested in a history, Estonia has a lot to offer. Several medieval Livonian Order castles are open for visitors. There are festivals with re-enactment of historical events, like fight for the city in 18th century in Narva or permanent exhibitions with medieval life overview in Rakvere castle.

Narva Castle. Historical Reenactment And View On Nearby Castle In Ivangorod - Russia

Narva Castle. Historical Reenactment And View On Nearby Castle In Ivangorod – Russia

Narva Castle - Estonia

Narva Castle – Estonia

If, however, you’re more interested in technology, industry and recent history, consider visiting Sea Museum in Lennusadam, Tallinn. There you can explore a submarine “Lembit” as well as enjoy some other interesting hands-on experiences connected to the sea, ships and navigation. There are also plenty of abandoned former Soviet Army bases all around the country to explore, most popular of them being in Keila-Joa. In Rummu sunken remains of former Soviet jail makes it a well known and popular diving place.

Former Soviet Missile Bases

Former Soviet Missile Bases

Rummu Quarry

Rummu Quarry

Artificial Coal Mountains In Ida-Virumaa

Artificial Coal Mountains In Ida-Virumaa

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Colors of some of my designs are directly inspired by national costumes.

Dark Blue Bead Embroidered Statement Earrings From Nalamandra

Dark Blue Bead Embroidered Statement Earrings From Nalamandra

Some are inspired by ancient Livonian and Semigall folk costumes.

Blue Soutache Earrings with Metal Filigree From Nalamandra

Blue Soutache Earrings with Metal Filigree From Nalamandra

Some are inspired by Estonian folk art with cornflower motives. Others are indirectly inspired by nature – such as warm yellow and green tones of summer meadows, bright orange and red colors of autumn leaves and deep blue shades of the sea.

Fire Agate Earrings From Nalamandra

Fire Agate Earrings From Nalamandra

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

This fall I plan to keep reaching out in Etsy community and establish the new connections. Other than that – wearing my own creations is the best advertisement I can get, as it draws attention and people wish to find out more about my works.

5. What are your social media sites?

Nalamandra: www.facebook.com/Nalamandra
Photos by Aethel Wulf – aethel-wulf.blogspot.com/

#CIJRoadTrip – Bulgaria: Veliko Tarnovo

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Bulgaria – Veliko Tarnovo with Rositza from ElegantJewelryRMM

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

Veliko Tarnovo is a town situated in North Bulgaria. Has a rich historical past.
Tarnovo is a major administrative, industrial and educational center of the region. Here are the National Military University, the Cathedral Nativity of the Virgin, Tsarevets and Trapezitsa strongholds , numerous museums and cultural attractions.

Photo collage Veliko Tarnovo - Bulgaria

Photo collage Veliko Tarnovo – Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo - Tsarevets - Sound And Light - Bulgaria

Veliko Tarnovo – Tsarevets – Sound And Light – Bulgaria

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Situated at the crossroads of the East and West, Bulgaria has been home to many civilizations – Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Proto-Bulgarians and Ottomans. The emergence of a unified Bulgarian state dates back to the establishment of the First Bulgarian Empire in 681 CE . The country is rich in tourist sights and historical artifacts, scattered through a relatively small and easily accessible territory. Bulgaria is internationally known for its seaside and winter resorts.
My Bulgaria began the beautiful sunrise in the Danube shore and the cry of seagulls over the Black Sea. This sunrise glides gently over high mountains and even fields to become a purple sunset. Bulgaria is very small, but very beautiful. One time costs you in Rila mountain, can not forget the cool Rila water, majestic forests, the beauty of the Rila lakes, gently caressed by the warm sun.

Rila Monastery - Bulgaria

Rila Monastery – Bulgaria

Rila - 7 Lakes - Bulgaria

Rila – 7 Lakes – Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country whose beauty words are not enough. Is it because as a whole it is a “Garden of Eden” or viewed separately because beauties are endless.
Besides Bulgarian towns are rich in history, they are also very, very beautiful. These are Plovdiv, Pleven, Kazanlak, Vidin, Varna, and my home town Veliko Tarnovo, Borovets, Pamporovo and many others. They are radically different from one another, but form a whole – Bulgaria.

Plovdiv City - Roman Theatre - Bulgaria

Plovdiv City – Roman Theatre – Bulgaria

Tryavna City - Bulgaria

Tryavna City – Bulgaria

Each place has its own charm and charm.
For small size of our country, it holds so much natural beauty that makes every Bulgarian to be proud of it.
In many countries Bulgaria is famous for its wines and rose oil, because planted with vines and roses farmland to make quite care.

Belogradchik Fortress - Bulgaria

Belogradchik Fortress – Bulgaria

Nesebar City - Bulgaria

Nesebar City – Bulgaria

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

I love our nature and richness of colors offered, I love the tranquility of the beautiful city in which I live and it inspires me for new ideas to become a reality through my jewelry.

Statiunea Bansko - Bulgaria

Statiunea Bansko – Bulgaria

Todorka Peak Red - Bulgaria

Todorka Peak Red – Bulgaria

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

Right now I sell online on Etsy. ElegantJewelryRMM

White Coral Beaded Bracelet From ElegantJewelryRMM

White Coral Beaded Bracelet From ElegantJewelryRMM

Black Tourmaline Beaded Bracelet From ElegantJewelryRMM

Black Tourmaline Beaded Bracelet From ElegantJewelryRMM

Art Deco Bracelet From ElegantJewelryRMM

Art Deco Bracelet From ElegantJewelryRMM

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Beadwork-jewelry-Rossi-Markova/370085976461935?re…
Twitter: twitter.com/rossi_ross71
Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/rossiross71
Wanelo: http://wanelo.com/rossi_ross71

#CIJRoadTrip – France: Lannilis

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to France – Lannilis with Sandra from SandraOvono

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live in Lannilis, a small village of approximately 6000 inhabitants, nestled in the Pays des Abers aka the Coast of Legends. This is an area of Brittany, France’s westernmost region, known for its fjord-like rocky inlets. The «Abers» (a Celtic word meaning estuary) are in fact old coastal valleys submerged by the sea at high tide. The Abers have a strong cultural identity and their environment, totally unspoilt and preserved, is the home for unique species of birds and flora. They are a fabulous destination to discover.

The Old Customs Officers’ Path Passes Along The Abers’ Coast And Offers You Outstanding Views - France - Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Old Customs Officers’ Path Passes Along The Abers’ Coast And Offers You Outstanding Views – France – Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Phare de l’ile Vierge (Virgin Island Lighthouse) Is The Highest European Dressed-Stone Lighthouse, The Sentinel Of the Abers Coast - France - Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Phare de l’ile Vierge (Virgin Island Lighthouse) Is The Highest European Dressed-Stone Lighthouse, The Sentinel Of the Abers Coast – France – Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Dunes Of Sainte Maguerite Overlook An Ocean Dotted With Rocky Islets - France - Photo By Sandra Ovono

The Dunes Of Sainte Maguerite Overlook An Ocean Dotted With Rocky Islets – France – Photo By Sandra Ovono

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

There are so many amazing places to visit! You will be charmed no matter which part of France you select.

Here are my favorite destinations:

– If you plan a romantic getaway, Paris, the City of Love, is the perfect destination
– If you are a nature lover, Brittany’s unique natural splendours are guaranteed to take your breath away
– If you’re a gourmet, you can escape to the Wine Routes or discover the full range of flavors of Provencal cuisine in the French Riviera
– If you like cultural visits, you will be enchanted by the Châteaux of the Loire Valley

France

France

France

France

France

France

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

The subjects I find inspirational are the sea and the natural world. Brittany is a land of inspiration. I draw inspiration from the beautiful seascapes, the dramatic light of ocean storms, the myriad of tiny treasures found along the seashores. My paintings and illustrations include boats, beaches, misty islands, seaweeds, as well as fauna and flora.

Boat Painting - Original Watercolor - From SandraOvono

Boat Painting – Original Watercolor – From SandraOvono

Watercolor Seascape Card From SandraOvono

Watercolor Seascape Card From SandraOvono

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

As a watercolorist, I’m a member of the “Brittany Watercolor Society”. This fall, we will exhibit our watercolor paintings in the Château de Pont l’Abbé.

As a mother of 3 (my main job!), this fall I would like to learn sewing, because I want to take part on a collective project: with other mothers of my community, we will sew a reading rug for the kids of the nursery!

I’m also a leader of the Etsy Team Bretagne, a community of Etsy sellers based in Brittany. I wish we could see each other more often, but it’s hard to find a time when we can all meet up.

Home Is Where The Heart Is - Printable Wall Art From SandraOvono

Home Is Where The Heart Is – Printable Wall Art From SandraOvono

ACEO - Set Of 3 Original Mini Watercolor Painting From SandraOvono

ACEO – Set Of 3 Original Mini Watercolor Painting From SandraOvono

5. What are your social media sites?

facebook: www.facebook.com/SandraOvonoArt
pinterest: www.pinterest.com/SandraOvono/
instagram: instagram.com/sandraovono
tumblr: sandraovono.tumblr.com
blog: sandraovono.com/blog/

#CIJRoadTrip – Ukraine: Kharkiv

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Ukraine – Kharkiv with Svitlana from 100crochetnecklaces

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

My name is Svitlana. I live in my home city, Kharkiv, with my small daughter. Kharkiv is the second-largest city of Ukraine (after Kiev, the capital). Usually it is called the city of large industrial companies and universities – that’s right, Wiki doesn’t lie! But for me Kharkiv is a very special atmospheric city with an old center, beautiful parks, street art and craft fairs.

Old Center Of Kharkiv At Night - Ukraine - Photo By Wiki

Old Center Of Kharkiv At Night – Ukraine – Photo By Wiki

Kharkiv Cascade - Ukraine - Photo By Svitlana From 100CrochetNecklaces

Kharkiv Cascade – Ukraine – Photo By Svitlana From 100CrochetNecklaces

Kharkiv Street Art - Ukraine - Photo By Svitlana From 100CrochetNecklaces

Kharkiv Street Art – Ukraine – Photo By Svitlana From 100CrochetNecklaces

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Ukraine is a beautiful old country with an ancient history. Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, was founded in the late 9th century. Amazing ancient churches, wild nature parks, folk workshops, various resorts can be found here. If you are looking for a peaceful tranquil place for rest – welcome to Sofiyivsky Park in Uman, near the river Kamianka. Ski lovers can choose one of the ski resorts in gorgeous Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine. If you are interested in military history, you should visit the Khortytsia Island on the Dnieper River, an ancient city of legendary Ukrainian Cossacks.

Kiev Pechersk Lavra - A Historic Orthodox Christian Monastery In Kiev - Ukraine - Photo By Wiki

Kiev Pechersk Lavra – A Historic Orthodox Christian Monastery In Kiev – Ukraine – Photo By Wiki

Sofiyivsky Park - National Arboretum - Ukraine - Photo By Wiki

Sofiyivsky Park – National Arboretum – Ukraine – Photo By Wiki

Bukovel Ski Resort In Carpathian Mountains - Ukraine - Photo By Wiki

Bukovel Ski Resort In Carpathian Mountains – Ukraine – Photo By Wiki

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

I use materials traditional for Slavic cultures, such as linen fibers, wood, and prefer natural palette in my crafts. Also I feel something special about vintage and antique things: books, cloth, tableware, and furniture. Sometimes I create jewelry pieces just because they look good surrounded by these things.

Grey And Blue Rustic Linen Necklace From 100crochetnecklaces

Grey And Blue Rustic Linen Necklace From 100crochetnecklaces

Rose Bud Crochet Earrings From 100crochetnecklaces

Rose Bud Crochet Earrings From 100crochetnecklaces

Ivory Detachable Collar From 100crochetnecklaces

Ivory Detachable Collar From 100crochetnecklaces

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

The most famous craft event in Ukraine, National Sorochynsky Fairyarmarok.in.ua/en/, starts very soon. It is traditionally held in Velyki Sorochyntsi near Poltava. My native Kharkiv also has its own regular craft festival, Artishop, and the closest one will take place on August 29-31.

5. What are your social media sites?

blog: boorashka-etsy.blogspot.com/
facebook: www.facebook.com/svitlana.surenska.7
pinterest: www.pinterest.com/boorashka/
instagram: instagram.com/100crochetnecklaces
twitter: twitter.com/boorashka

Thank you for stopping by.

Svitlana

#CIJRoadTrip – Croatia: Varaždin

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Croatia – Varaždin with Zlatka from Laurelisjewelry

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I live in Varaždin, Croatia. There is a lot special stuff about this little town, these are just a few of them:

Varaždin is a small historical town which first written reference was on 20 August 1181, when King Béla III mentioned it in a legal document.

It was declared a free royal borough in 1209 by the Hungarian King Andrew II. The town became the economic and military centre of northern Croatia. Due to Turkish raids, the town was structured defensively around the old fortress, and acquired the shape of a typical medieval Wasserburg. In 1756, the Ban Francis Nadásdy chose Varaždin as his official residence, and Varaždin became the capital of all of Croatia. It hosted the Croatian Sabor and the Royal Croatian Council founded by Empress Maria Theresa.The fire of 1776 destroyed most of the town, resulting in the administrative institutions moving back to Zagreb.

By the 19th century Varaždin had been completely rebuilt and expanded, with flourishing crafts and trade, and later the manufacture of silk and bricks. The theatre, music school, and fire department were founded.

In the 20th century Varaždin developed into the industrial centre of Northwestern Croatia
Varaždin represents the best preserved and richest urban complex in continental Croatia.

The Old Town (fortress) is an example of medieval defensive buildings. Construction began in the 14th century, and in the following century the rounded towers, typical of Gothic architecture in Croatia, were added. Today it houses the Town Museum.

The Old and Contemporary Masters Gallery is located in the Sermage Palace, built in the rococo style in 1750.

In 1523, Margrave Georg of Brandenburg built the town hall in late baroque style, with the Varaždin coat of arms at the foot of the tower, and it has continued in its function until the present day. There is a guard-changing ceremony every Saturday.

There are many baroque and rococo palaces and houses in the town. Worth particular mention is Varaždin’s Croatian National Theatre, built in 1873
A baroque music festival has been held annually in Varaždin since 1971, and attracts some of the finest musicians and their fans from Croatia and the world. Recommended to visitors is also the historical street festival Špancir fest every September.

The city features its old city guard, named Purgari, in various city ceremonies as well as the weekly ceremony of the ‘change of the guards’ in front of the city hall. Additionally, Varaždin police officers patrol on bicycles in the warmer months.

Varaždin’s cemetery date back to 1773 and it was long time an ordinary place until 1905, when Herman Haller had an idea to make it more beautiful and park-like with large trees and alleys for citizens to stroll through. The reconstruction of the cemetery was done between 1905 and 1947 when it got the form for which it later became one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. It is an outstanding example of landscape architecture and protected cultural and natural park.

Today Varaždin is a popular destination for the summer holidays. The city has numerous areas of interests ranging from cultural areas (reflected by many museums, galleries and theaters in the area), shopping centers in the downtown core, various sports and recreation facilities, also a rich history in cuisine. The close of the tourist season is marked by two annual festivals. he annual ŠpancirFest begins at the end of August and ends in September (lasts for 10 days). At this time. the city welcomes artists, street performers, musicians and vendors for what is called “the street walking festival”.

The city also hosts the Varaždin Baroque Evenings festival, first held in 1971. The festival honours baroque music and culture, both of which hold a special place in Varaždin’s identity.

Varaždin is also the host of the Radar Festival, which hosts concerts at the end of summer. It has already hosted various popular artists as Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, The Animals, Manic Street Preachers, Solomon Burke and many others

Herzer Palace - Varaždin - Croatia

Herzer Palace – Varaždin – Croatia

Varaždin Civil Guard - Croatia

Varaždin Civil Guard – Croatia

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Varaždin!
Zagreb
Zadar
Trakošćan
Plitvica Lakes
Islands

Varaždin Main Square With City Hall - Croatia

Varaždin Main Square With City Hall – Croatia

Varaždin Old Castle - Croatia

Varaždin Old Castle – Croatia

Varaždin Streets - Croatia

Varaždin Streets – Croatia

Varaždin Špancirfest - Festival In Late August - Croatia

Varaždin Špancirfest – Festival In Late August – Croatia

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Not very much. I am mainly inspired by fantasy and Gothic, but sometimes I find inspiration in medieval history of my town.

Varaždin Cemetary - Croatia

Varaždin Cemetary – Croatia

Varaždin Cemetary - Croatia

Varaždin Cemetary – Croatia

Croatian National Theatre In Varaždin - Croatia

Croatian National Theatre In Varaždin – Croatia

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

Not this fall! I usually had a place in Spancirfest, but now, with a little baby and job, I just don’t have time.

Gothic Victorian Earrings From LAURELISjewelery

Gothic Victorian Earrings From LAURELISjewelery

Victorian Gothic pendant From LAURELISjewelery

Victorian Gothic pendant From LAURELISjewelery

Black Punk Rock Faux Leather BraceleFrom LAURELISjewelery

Black Punk Rock Faux Leather BraceleFrom LAURELISjewelery

5. What are your social media sites?

www.facebook.com/LAURELISjewelery
twitter.com/laurelisjewlery
laurelis.deviantart.com/

#CIJRoadTrip – Malaysia: Selangor

Contributor post by Jessica of CrochetNature

Let’s travel to Malaysia – Selangor with Yee Von from whimsywhimsical! I visited friends in Malaysia years ago, so I quickly knew I wanted to write this post when the chance came up. Reminiscent memories of my trip include beautiful tropical surroundings, mouth-watering tastes of food, and a unique blend of cultures. Yee Von expands on these and more from her beautiful country!

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

Hello! I live in Selangor, Malaysia. The place I stay is actually pretty close to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and it is just a 30 minutes drive. Our country is famous for its tropical climate and natural heritage like shoreline mangrove, mountains and beaches. We live in a multi-racial society and get to celebrate different cultures and celebrations like Chinese New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and even Christmas, which make our country one of the highest numbers of public holidays in the world. The part I enjoy the most, thanks to our multi-cultural society, is that we get to enjoy unique blend of cuisine like nasi lemak (rice cooked with coconut milk), satay (beef / chicken skewer to dip into a sweet and spicy peanut sauce), Hainanese chicken rice or Roti Canai (local pancake to eat with Dhall and curries).

Satay And Spicy Peanut Sauce

Satay And Spicy Peanut Sauce

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

We have a good blend of metropolitan cityscape  (Kuala Lumpur), history & heritage trails (Melaka & Penang), jungle trekking and world’s longest canopy walk (National Park in Pahang) and of course an array of exotic islands and beautiful beaches for diving and snorkeling (Langkawi, Pangkor & Redang)!

Taman Negara National Park - Malaysia

Taman Negara National Park – Malaysia

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

Ironically, I didn’t incorporate much of my country’s customs and traditions into the items I created. Most of my artworks are inspired by the nature as I grew up in the mountains when I was very young.

Sipadan Island Resort - Malaysia

Sipadan Island Resort – Malaysia

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

I’m currently working on new collection of invitations for birthdays and baby showers while approaching retailers for my products. Also I’m getting ready for year-end items like calendar 2015 and Christmas collection. There are a lot of monthly craft fairs in the city but I didn’t get to participate much due to the timing and the amount of work!

10 Personalized Invitations - Those Perfect Berry Cupcakes Tea Party From whimsywhimsical

10 Personalized Invitations – Those Perfect Berry Cupcakes Tea Party From whimsywhimsical

Winter Wonderland - Greeting Card From whimsywhimsical

Winter Wonderland – Greeting Card From whimsywhimsical

20 Stickers - Squirrel & Skunk Party From whimsywhimsical

20 Stickers – Squirrel & Skunk Party From whimsywhimsical

5. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest : www.pinterest.com/chanyeevon
Facebook : www.facebook.com/pages/yeevon/125949550760513
Blogspot : chanyeevon.blogspot.com
Instagram : @chanyeevon