11.10.2012

I'm back & feeling inspired

I'm back from my adventures in Berlin and then Dublin/Galway. What an AMAZING 2 weeks away... Next I'm off to Portland for a few days with friends. Planning some treks in the next while and hoping for another big trip in the spring.

Berlin is stunning and full of kewl craftiness. So much to see and do whether during the day or night, you'll never get bored. The one thing that really inspired me in Berlin was how people naturally reused old items. Not because it's trendy or the thing to do but just because people are used to not throwing stuff out. Love it!

Crafty Highlights

My first full day in Berlin I took a city tour so I could get my bearings then did some cruising around, met people, went for dinner, etc. Then on my second day in Berlin, I took a street art tour. On my way to the tour, I came across this store full of beads and jewelry making supplies.



Lots to check out...



I was tempted by these...



I then happened upon the Hackescher Market by Alexanderplatz.



Lots of goodies at the market but I resisted!



And tons of crafty inspiration...



I found this stand with items made from cutlery. Pretty kewl!



This was amazing! Just gorgeous how this guy made a candelabra out of cutlery!



And then I came across these - I think they are garden sculptures.



So this was about the time I lost my bearings, got lost and took an hour trek to find the starting point for the street art tour. Turns out I was super close to it back at Hackescher Market. Oops!

Now this is one of the things I love about Berlin - markets... Everywhere! I found this flea market outside the Bode Museum along the River Spree. It went on and on and on...



And then it turned into an art market. This area is Museum Island. Very funky part of Berlin!



Found this swanky lamp on the street art tour - a lampshade from old light bulbs!



Then this sculpture made from scrap metal was nifty.



The following day, I hit Mauerpark in the Prenzlauer Berg district. If ever in Berlin - you have to check out the flea market here. It's endless and filled with loads of funky stuff. Lots of repurposed items. Yup - a DIY girl's dream place!



Upcycled records...



Upcycled bike tires and cutlery... Loved this idea! The cutlery for the buckles is pretty clever.



Loads of drawer pulls...



Upcycled cutlery into jewelry...



Here's the danger zone - furniture EVERYWHERE...



Upcycled burlap into hats...



On my way back to the hostel from Mauerpark, I came across this store. They had some tempting items!



Like this Berlin dish towel...



I found this store one day when I got lost - this happened a few times! Unfortunately the store was closed. Definitely need to go back to Aannex!



It's a bad photo but they had furniture made from salvaged wood. You can find more info and photos on Shopikon Berlin.



That's it for my crafty/upcycling finds in Berlin. Feel super inspired and ready to make funky things... And to plan another trip. 2013 is going to be even better than 2012!

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