Memories Of A Lifetime – #CIJRoadTrip

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August traveling the world on the first Christmas In July Road Trip! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJRoadTrip right here on our blog!

The Road Trip began on Friday – August 1st, 2014 and concluded on Sunday – August 31st. As I mentioned the team is international and we went to visit many countries along the way!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our itinerary was filled as we traveled all over the world!

Each team member shared with us their country, as well as a little bit about themselves and their shops. I personally made many new friends and the world feels smaller to me now! Please join me to enjoy the memories of a lifetime!

Here was our itinerary:

1. August 1 – Canada / ElizabethLovesGlass – Elizabeth
2. August 2 – Chile / JuguetesEloisa – Valentina
3. August 3 – US / ClaudiaMarieFelt – Claudia Marie
4. August 4 – Australia / ColourscapeStudios – Kel
5. August 5 – UK / DetolaAndGeek – Tola
6. August 6 – Greece / fifirixtra – Ifigeneia
7. August 7 – Singapore / byTheArtBug – Megha And AngsanaSeedsPhoto – Ivy
8. August 8 – New Zealand / TangerineToes – Kaz
9. August 9 – Lithuania / feltinga – Ingrida
10. August 10 – Norway / Vamperstein – Kristin
11. August 11 – Israel / liatib – Liat
12. August 12 – Russia / KittyAprilHandmade – Katya
13. August 13 – Italy / Ghirlandiamo – Lia
14. August 14 – India / byTheCrochetBug – Natasha And bytheArtBug – Megha
15. August 15 – Belgium / cyberwezz – Wezz 
16. August 16 – Indonesia / DonBiuBali – Katrina
17. August 17 – Dominican Republic / TheLarimarShop – Angie
18. August 18 – Ireland / Gigi82Knits – Gigi
19. August 19 – Malaysia / whimsywhimsical – Yee Von
20. August 20 – Croatia / LAURELISjewelry – Zlatka
21. August 21 – Ukraine / 100Crochetnecklaces – Svitlana
22. August 22 – France / Sandra Ovono – Sandra
23. August 23 – Bulgaria / ElegantJewelryRMM – Rositza
24. August 24 – Estonia / Nalmandra – Astrida
25. August 25 – The Netherlands (Holland) / LizKnijnenburg – Anneleis
26. August 26 – Japan / KimonoPonchoCom – Yukiko
27. August 27 – Sweden / ReDesignedandRecycled – Linda
28. August 28 – Bosnia and Herzegovina / DeepSilence – Sonja
29. August 29 – Spain / Divantias – Patricia
30. August 30 – Germany / MermaidsHatBox – Barbara
31. August 31 – Turkey / Bloomed Flower – Zeynep

A special thank you to the blog contributors who escorted us on our travels!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Jessica from CrochetNature
Jennifer from CaffeinatedPapercuts
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJRoadTrip on social media as you visit all the lovely countries we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJRoadTrip!

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#CIJRoadTrip – Turkey: Istanbul

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Turkey – Istanbul with Zeynep from BloomedFlower

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

Türkiye, İstanbul.

I’m in a wonderful city. Istanbul Strait, one of the world’s unique beauty.

Worth seeing Istanbul Bosphorus.

Istanbul - Türkiye

Istanbul – Türkiye

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

Türkiye is a beautiful old country with an ancient history.

It is a country that is lush – celebrating 4 seasons.

Türkiye is a rapidly developing and modern country.

Also depends on tradition and is historic.

My country, the Black Sea, Mediterranean, Marmara and the Aegean Sea coast there are several.

Black Sea

Black Sea

Aegean Sea

Aegean Sea

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

All yarns and fabrics that I use in my products, my country is produced.

I am inspired by the vivid colors of my country. I love the authentic and modern design

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’m new to crochet and knitting products. New scarves and neck warmers made products and doing various gloves.

In my country there is a very nice fall, I miss the smell of rain!

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Mint Hand Crocheted Headband From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

Handmade Wool Gloves From BloomedFlower

5. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/goldscrochet/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zeynep.bloomed
Tweet: twitter.com/bloomedflower1
Wehartit: weheartit.com/zeynep_bloomed
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BloomedFlower

 

#CIJRoadTrip – Germany: Berne

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Germany – Berne with Barbara from MermaidsHatbox

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

My hometown is Berne and is a part of Lower Saxony. Berne is a very little Town near Bremen and Oldenburg. I live with my family a little bit outside near the river Weser. At night I can hear the ferry and this is a homeland sound for me. The ferry connect our region with the City of Bremen. The landscape around Berne is called “Wesermarsch” and characterized by meadows and pastures. The landscape is very flat It called: you can see on Friday, who’s coming to lunch on Sunday! In Berne we have also a Stork Station where injured storks be maintained healthy. There are now so many storks, that everywhere to find them on the meadows. Normally, the storks fly to Africa during the winter months, but now the winter doesn’t get so cold and they find their feed here, most of them spend the winter in the Stork Station.

Weser mit Wesermarsch - Germany

Weser mit Wesermarsch – Germany

Weser - Germany

Weser – Germany

Bremerhaven - Germany

Bremerhaven – Germany

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

Germany has many different landscapes.
The oceans Baltic Sea and the North Sea with the Frisian Islands and the very special Wadden Sea in the North.

Frisian Iland Borkum - Germany

Frisian Iland Borkum – Germany

Borkum - Germany

Borkum – Germany

Borkum - Germany

Borkum – Germany

The mountains (Alpen) in the south and between many highlands, forest areas, rivers, some with wine growing areas. Many nice old Towns with a great tradition.
If you come to Germany spend a few days on the Frisian Islands and the Wadden Sea National Park.
Go to the Harz a Highland in the middeleast region of Germany and visit historical towns like Goslar, Einbeck, Hameln.Goslar

In Bayern you find many cute cityies like Bamberg and don’t forget to spend time on Rhine and Mosel and visit places like Koblenz, and Bingen to taste the wine by the winemaker.

Bamberg - Germany

Bamberg – Germany

Bamberg - Germany

Bamberg – Germany

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

Now here in Northern Germany we have many stormy days with cold winds from the sea. I began to sew accessories for myself, then for family and friends. Now I sell my items at the 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 September my market season begins. Right now I do markets every other weekend. Near Christmas it will be every weekend. I work for the autumn / winter season the whole year.
Most shows are on very nice and historical places and buildings. For example: Burg Blomendahl in Bremén oder ” Gut Varrel” in Stuhr.

Burg Blomendahl Bremen

Burg Blomendahl Bremen

Gut Varrel Stuhr

Gut Varrel Stuhr

Scheunenviertel Harpstedt

Scheunenviertel Harpstedt

Womens Boiled Wool Handmade Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Womens Boiled Wool Handmade Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Girls Crochet Floral Hat From MermaidsHatbox

Girls Crochet Floral Hat From MermaidsHatbox

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FraumitHut
Facebook: www.facebook.com/fraumithut.11
Pinterest: de.pinterest.com/fraumithut/
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/MermaidsHatbox

 

#CIJRoadTrip – Spain: Barcelona

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Spain – Barcelona with Patricia from Divanitas

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

I live in Barcelona, ​​in Catalonia, a region of Spain. And what makes it special is you can watch the sea and mountains at the same time. Also you are able to walk through a modern and cosmopolitan city!

Divanitas - At The Sea

Divanitas – At The Sea

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

Everyone should see the Mediterranean sea, beautiful mountains, great monuments as Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell.

Spain

Spain

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

They are a strong inspiration to me, its forms, people, and what surrounds me made my designs part of the city where I live, cosmopolitan and modern as my city.

Divanitas - Cosmopolitan

Divanitas – Cosmopolitan

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 am part of the group Etsy Bcn and we have created a craft market called Fantàstic Handmade Market, a great event with designers from Barcelona.

Twitter: twitter.com/fantastic_bcn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FantasticBCN?fref=ts

Fantàstic Handmade Market

Fantàstic Handmade Market

Divanitas At Fantàstic Handmade Market

Divanitas At Fantàstic Handmade Market

Camel Clutch From Divanitas

Camel Clutch From Divanitas

Blue Polka Dots Denim Bag From Divanitas

Blue Polka Dots Denim Bag From Divanitas

Deer Cross Body Bag From Divanitas

Deer Cross Body Bag From Divanitas

5. What are your social media sites?

Blog: www.divanitas.blogspot.com.es/
Etsy: www.etsy.com/es/shop/Divanitas
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Divanitas?ref=tn_tnmn
Twitter: twitter.com/DivanitasHandma

 

#CIJRoadTrip – Bosnia And Herzegovina: Banja Luka

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina – Banja Luka with Sonja from DeepSilence

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

I live in the town of Banja Luka, which has a lot of trees. The city is full of greenery and there is one river named Vrbas. Behind the river is an old castle from the Roman period.

Banja Luka - Bosnia And Herzegovina

Banja Luka – Bosnia And Herzegovina

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

Near my town is Andric city. This is very young city. Behind old city Visegrad is the birth place of our Nobel writer Ivo Andric. His novel describes the period from the Turkish empire in our country. Andric city is well known because of the very famous film director Emir Kusturica. His idea is to show many cultural period of our country in one place.

Andric City - Bosnia And Herzegovina

Andric City – Bosnia And Herzegovina

While in my country you should also see the old city Barscarsija in Sarajevo and old bridge in Mostar.

Barscarsija In Sarajevo

Barscarsija In Sarajevo

Old Bridge In Mostar

Old Bridge In Mostar

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

I have a lot of works inspired by our traditions. Some of them are in in the UNESCO book – Traditional Arts And Crafts In BiH.

Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina

Traditional Arts And Crafts In Bosnia And Herzegovina

Photographs By Norbert Heyll

Photographs By Norbert Heyll

Swinging Vases

Swinging Vases

Plesacice

Plesacice

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 have my own place in the spreading center where my work has a permanent exhibition and sale gallery. Here are some pictures.

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Permanent Exhibition And Sale Gallery

Circle Of Love And Life Wreath From DeepSilence

Circle Of Love And Life Wreath From DeepSilence

Dove - Bird Of Peace - Wall Sculpture From DeepSilence

Dove – Bird Of Peace – Wall Sculpture From DeepSilence

Pink Lotus Flower - Ceramic Candle Holder From DeepSilence

Pink Lotus Flower – Ceramic Candle Holder From DeepSilence

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lijepabanjaluka?ref=hl
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Galerija-Sonja-Bikic/309422182538930?ref=hl
Twitter: twitter.com/SonjaBikic

#CIJRoadTrip- Japan: Ōtsu

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Let’s travel to Japan:  Ōtsu with Yukiko Tanaka from KimonoPonchoCom

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?
My name is Yukiko Tanaka , from Japan .
I’m living in Ōtsu . Ōtsu is very near Kyoto .
Ōtsu is located in Shiga Prefecture . Shiga is famous for Lake Biwa . Lake Biwa is the biggest lake in Japan .

Ōtsu - Japan

Ōtsu – Japan

Ōtsu - Japan

Ōtsu – Japan

Saikyoji Temple - Ōtsu - Japan

Saikyoji Temple – Ōtsu – Japan

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?
Kyoto is the best place to sightseeing . Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 1200 years ago to 400 years ago . There are many beautiful traditional old temples , shrines , houses and gardens in Kyoto . My recommendation is Kurama Temple .

Kiyomizu Temple - Kyoto - Japan

Kiyomizu Temple – Kyoto – Japan

Kurama Temple - Kyoto - Japan

Kurama Temple – Kyoto – Japan

Gion Matsuri Festival - Kyoto - Japan

Gion Matsuri Festival – Kyoto – Japan

Nara is also very old town . Many temples and shrines there .
Izumo City is famous for Izumo Shrine . Izumo Shrine is one the oldest Shrines in Japan . Majestic !

Kasuga Taisha Shrine - Nara - Japan

Kasuga Taisha Shrine – Nara – Japan

Izumo Taisha Shrine - Izumo City - Japan

Izumo Taisha Shrine – Izumo City – Japan

3. How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?
Kimono is beautiful . No doubt . Beauty exists in kimono . If you wear a kimono, you will be fascinated by it .
However , wearing kimono is very difficult . So , I created kimono poncho .
Kimono poncho is made of kimono fabrics . You can easily wear it .

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

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 will attend ” Kimono de Jack ” meetup event this fall . ” Kimono de Jack ” is meetup event by kimono lovers .
www.facebook.com/kimonojack
There are several Kimono de Jack groups in the world now .
www.facebook.com/kdj.international
I attended a Kimono de Jack meetup in the Netherlands last month . It was so fun !!

Kids Yukata Poncho And Shorts Set  From KimonoPonchoCom

Kids Yukata Poncho And Shorts Set From KimonoPonchoCom

Yukata Poncho And Short Pants Set  From KimonoPonchoCom

Yukata Poncho And Short Pants Set From KimonoPonchoCom

Silk Indigo Blue Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

Silk Indigo Blue Kimono Poncho From KimonoPonchoCom

5. What are your social media sites?
Facebook : www.facebook.com/kimonoponcho
Tumblr : kimonoponcho.tumblr.com/
Pinterest : www.pinterest.com/kimonoponcho/
Twitter : twitter.com/okinusan
Instagram : instagram.com/kimonoponchocom

#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