Wednesday, February 29, 2012

great greenies: malin westberg spongecloths


need a little eco-friendly pick-me-up in your kitchen, cuties?

over the past few years i've bought a gorgeous array of these beautiful malin westberg spongecloths - you just wet them, clean yucky wthings up, dry them, & reuse.

gorgeous. & green.
with dozens of bold, graphic scandinavian designs.
you can purchase them online here. try this lovely shop not-so-far from me - stockholm inside

happy cleaning!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

patterns & shapes : new york city

all images by me: kristal davis / rikrak 2012
 {or my supercute hubby!}

well we're back from a fabulous little triparoo to one of my fave cities: nyc. mesmerizing shapes captivated me most of all this time around. 

what a linear lovers dream.
(& a weekend away with my darlin', seeing dear friends, cafe hopping, gallery wandering, park playing, & holdin' hands just strolling sure made it absolutely fantastic, too! ) 

there's bliss in those polygon shadows.

{ps: this is my 1st foray into the crazy world of instagram. no SLR? eek! okay - i'll admit it  = so fun! are you an instagram fan, nicies?} 


all images by me: kristal davis / rikrak 2012 
{or my supercute hubby!}

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Monday, February 27, 2012



did you watch the oscars, nicies? fingers crossed for your fave stars?

well we have our own happiness to dole out here today: congrats to the winner of the beautiful vadjutka necklace giveaway -'s #177 - Gorgeous Heart {such a beautiful blog - check it out!)

i'm feeling oh-so-fortunate about things of late: including a fabulous fabulous trip we're just back from - more on that tomorrow, cuties!

how about you? feeling lucky?
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Friday, February 24, 2012

the friday checklist

love checklists?
good golly i SURE do!
(but i haven't been able to move to electronic lists, yet. pen & paper for me. how about you? 

here's a fun one for you today, sweeties ....



3. the handmade olympics are coming soon, nicies!


have a great weekend, sweeties! {and be sure to pat yourself on the back for a great week of getting stuff on your to-do lists DONE!}

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

YOUR academy awards looks REVEALED!

mrunmayee delights in ...


ariza looks gorgeous in...


the shimmer story shines in...


moira charms in ... 


mrunmayee delights in ...


good heavens ... you beauties look gorgeous!
so move over hollywood starlets!
zillion-dollar designer outfits have nothing on our amazing handmaking community!

last week i challenged you to show me your 2-piece handmade & vintage ensembles that you'll be wearing to the academy awards sunday - and i just LOVE that you came up with. your responses were overwhelmingly fabulous!

stunning, aren't they?
gosh i love that handmade can do.

see you on the red carpet, sweeties!
and have a glamorous, megawatt-smile weekend, nicies, whether your strutting your stuff on the red carpet or dancing in your kitchen doing dishes!

have any faves at the OSCARS this year?  


hope wows in ... 


isn't erin gorgeous in... 


kourtney r. amazes in ... 


do not faint sparkles in...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

the 2012 handmade olympics: call for PRIZES!



it's that time of year again at the rikrak studio + i'm looking for a few fun folks who might like to join the FUN!

the 2012 EDITION of the 3rd ANNUAL  rikrak studio handmade olympics launches soon, and  i'm putting together some FABULOUS prize packs. i'm looking for a few more folks who are willing to:

---> offer ONE $50.00 gift certificate to their handmade OR vintage OR supply shop (or handmade blog) as a prize. <--- 
i already have quite a few lined up and would love to have a couple more.
the inaugural handmade olympics (and last year's chart-topping 2011 edition) was, i'm thrilled to say, a supergreat success, with 1000s of nominations of amazing handmade works, AND over 27000 individual votes cast in the final rounds of the fun! yay to great exposure for your lovely shop!

:: if you're interested :: please apply via email as soon as possible at with the email title: 
---> 2012 sponsor for the handmade olympics - so i can finalize the prize packs and launch the FUN FUN event in march!  

please include a link to your shop (or blog) in the email.

the application deadline is tuesday, february 28th.
---> *PLEASE NOTE* : event sponsors, once chosen, will receive:
:: a 150 x 150 promo spot FREE with all event-related promotion.

:: mention in all event-related sponsorship

:: this prize-sponsorship IS NOT an ad-spot on the rikrak studio blog sponsors column. this is a separate entity! (info on monthly sponsorship for march here.) 

:: PLUS: becoming a sponsor for this SPECIAL event + donating your prize of a $50.00 shopping spree in your shop WILL NOT COST YOU any other monies. you must just be willing to let the winner redeem the prize in your shop once won! + i'm happily including you in all of the promotion, for FREE as a thanks!

:: don't worry - you can still WIN if you're a sponsor: prize sponsors are eligible for nomination/ are eligible to win in any category except the one they are sponsoring!

:: the event will run for approx. 5 weeks! yay!


so hey - it's a winwin situation! great promotion for your lovely handmade shop + then just let a happy winner have a little shopping spree in your lovely shop!


i will notify all successful applicants on wednesday, february 29th (or sooner!)
thanks so much!
and get ready for something funFUNfun, lovelies!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

come advertise with the rikrak studio blog in march!

i just love my sponsors! i'm so thankful for their kind and artistic support each month! and i'm just delighted with how things are going, growing here on the blog with you lovelies. thank you!

so i'm very happy to be offering a few new ad spots as of today for MARCH.

with march comes  a great time to continue building your wonderful indie business! AND... the 3rd annual Handmade Olympics will be starting in march! (i.e. lotsa great traffic to the blog!) woohoo!  i hope it might be the perfect opportunity to showcase your beautiful shops & blogs for all of those handmade-loving shoppers & bloggers & media out there! it's  such a great time for fresh starts, and i'm offering a few new ad spots, all at GREAT prices!

if you feel that your shop, group, Etsy Team,  or blog would be a good fit with the rikrak studio blog feel & focus, and are interested in rates, please email me at 
---> rikrakmail @ <---

there's lots of continued fun coming up on the blog: funfun guests, little inspirations, more fabulous giveaways you're not going to want to miss, great games, fantastic features,  and, as always, a few extra fun surprises, too. being part of the fun is a great way to boost sales, increase exposure and build your little business in the handmade community, too!

i'm a handmaker & mommy and know it's a challenging economic time out there... so i try to keep the rates nice & reasonable and promote your wonderful businesses as best i can all month!

i also love designing ads for folks that need them, too.
so just let me know if i can help!

so come & be part of the fun!
thanks so much, lovelies!
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Monday, February 20, 2012

family day: DIY + handmade family tree ideas

DIY + handmade family tree ideas 
{ clockwise from top left }


happy family day, wonderful ones.
here in ontario we're celebrating family.

in honour - here are some of my fave DIY & handmade family tree projects from last year (thought they might inspire again today!) 

so cheers to family: the ones we begin with & the ones we surround ourselves with as we grow; the ones we are given & the ones we seek out and gather.

hugs cuties.


DIY + handmade family tree ideas 
{ clockwise from top left }

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

city mouse or country mouse?

 chicago & rotterdam by eva galesloot

thought you might, too, sweetie!

is it a city mouse or a country mouse weekend for you, nicies? 

hope it's bright & beautiful, sweeties.


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Thursday, February 16, 2012

a gorgeous necklace giveaway with vadjutka

woohoo! today we're visiting again with one of my all-time favourite artists, the brilliant textile superstar vadjutka.

as you might recall,  judit masterfully weaves together oh-so-many of my favourite things: gorgeous vintage textiles, beautiful colourful dangly jewelry and an eco-forward, always brilliantly friendly approach to creating.

it's my great pleasure to invite you to tour around the beautiful vadjutka shop today: gorgeous bracelets, rings, necklaces, brooches and more with vivid personality! i love it!(& read on to see how you can WIN one of gorgeous spring-forward pieces!)


if you're ever lucky enough to be in beautiful budapest, be sure to visit judit in-person at her amazing new brick & mortar shop, too! 

and now... one lucky rikrak studio reader will WIN
---> this beautiful mixed media necklace <----
valued at $41 USD 
1. visit the beautiful vadjutka shop.
tell us what your favourite piece of jewelry is.
=   1 entry
...  & tell us.
=   1 entry
3. become a friend/ like vadjutka on facebook.
...  & tell us.
=   1 entry

4.  post about this giveaway {with a link here} on YOUR facebook page.
...  & tell us.
=   1 entry

5. subscribe to the vadjutka newsletter. 
= 1 entry
6. inspired by judit's beautiful shop, what's something you're looking forward to about SPRINGTIME?
= 1 entry

7. follow BOTH vadjutka { she's @vadjutka } AND the rikrak shop (that's me! @therikrakshop )  on twitter
... & tell us.
= 1 entry

... & tell us.
you can become a google friend connect *follower* by clicking "follow" on the top left of the blog home page OR subscribe via email or *reader* on the left hand column.
= 1 entry

9. tweet on twitter
... about this giveaway and come back here and tell us! be sure to include @therikrakshop so i can find you! 
= 1 entry

10. blog about this giveaway
... come back and tell us.
= 1 entry

11. grab one of my rikrak studio buttons,
like this one from the left hand sidebar, for YOUR BLOG!

the rikrak studio

the rikrak studio

and add it to your blog!
{ ... just copy & paste the text in the box above  onto your blog sidebar! thanks!}

12. :: PLEASE NOTE ::
each entry must be its own comment.
thanks! ::

:: RULES ::
a) it is possible to have a maximum of 11 entries total per person.
b) please make sure to leave each entry as its own comment. thanks!

c) using, 1 winner of the vadjutka  giveaway will be chosen on 
friday, february 24th @ 11pm EST.
d) open to contestants worldwide.
e) please be sure to leave me an email where i can reach you if your account doesn't link to one. thanks.
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