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■ sweet chestnuts 29.11.2013 - 12:45 uhr

in october i had to stay a weekend in my childhood home to take care of parents dog. i took the opportunity to gather chestnuts on sunday early morning. glad to know those two old sweet chestnuts trees are still there.

bastisRIKE heimat oct13

bastisRIKE heimat oct13

bastisRIKE heimat oct13

wearing a pair of sandra’s famous wristworms. optimal with a dog and a camera beside.

bastisRIKE heimat oct13

to stay outside without seeing anybody is the best comfort to me. i love those quiet minutes. no cars, no people, no noise. just the flattering of leaves and thuds of chestnuts falling off the trees.

bastisRIKE heimat oct13

bastisRIKE heimat oct13

have a nice weekend

8 Kommentare zu ■ sweet chestnuts kategorien: nikon fe2, outandabout, photography

■ time off 27.11.2013 - 16:01 uhr

through those busy weeks of the holiday shopping season i’m longing to do things beside packing, bookkeeping and order handling. not complaining (!) but i think it’s really important to take time off and to do something you enjoy.

bastisRIKE handprinted EYE SWEATER

so yesterday i started to print this sweater. planned a long time, intended to wear on craftfairs. reminded by elisabeth’s. now it’s just going to be my new favourite sweater. the back and some plain pyjamas are waiting for the next ‚time off‘.

[schlichte naturtextilien findet ihr zum beispiel hier]

bastisRIKE objekt.01 packaging

in between, (more than) fine-tuning of objekt.01’s packaging design … improving, a matter of the heart …


finally treated myself with this one to make my reading chair more cozy. i adore matti pikkujämsä’s work . he doesn’t have a homepage, but great pinterest boards (one with his works) you can spend hours looking through …

7 Kommentare zu ■ time off kategorien: carvingstamps, fabricprinting, handmade, home, stamp-printing, textile design

■ bells bells bells 22.11.2013 - 13:07 uhr

bastisRIKE vintage bells

since i came across this on pinterest (sadly i couldn’t find the original source thank you a.!) i watch out for old metal bells. so every now and then i take time to visit the local thrift store … and today i was lucky to find those beauties.

i brought them home together with an old wooden filing box (i will use to store my gifttags) and a coffee filter from white porcelain (i broke the old one). all together for less then 8 euro. happy me.

bells by mquan
– irona bells and windchimes
– mudpuppy’s disc bells
crotal bells by jo
– broken bells holding on for life

have a nice day

10 Kommentare zu ■ bells bells bells kategorien: home

■ fresh start 20.11.2013 - 17:36 uhr

bastisRIKE MONSTERA fresh start

repotting my beloved monstera wearing new woolen socks made by my grandma.

i like the idea of a fresh start … even if the timing is bad …
give yourself some treats and start new


picking songs for a ‚fresh start‘ playlist … 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 […]
any suggestions?

8 Kommentare zu ■ fresh start kategorien: green, music

■ rocking horse, an angel and a star 11.11.2013 - 16:58 uhr


bastisRIKE rocking horse stamp

just a quick post to let you know the new christmas stamps moved into the shops …

etsy | dawanda

thank you

3 Kommentare zu ■ rocking horse, an angel and a star kategorien: products, stamps

■ small things 9.11.2013 - 15:56 uhr

bastisRIKE ginger
i love to order big amounts of ginger with our organic box. not just because i really love ginger tea (with lemon juice and honey) but because i love those gorgeous shapes

bastisRIKE gingko
before yesterday i didn’t knew there’s a ginko tree in our front yard … until those beauties felt at my feet


i’m off to prepare the yeast dough for those pumpkin buns. have a nice weekend!

2 Kommentare zu ■ small things kategorien: food, home

■ objekt.01 5.11.2013 - 14:31 uhr

this product launch was planned to take place on the hello handmade market last weekend. but i’m happy to have this place to show you what i’ve been working on through the last weeks.

since i designed this rubber stamp more than a year ago, that string of beads is one of my favorite motifs. it captivated and attracted me ever since. it showed up on my gift tags and last years holiday cards. so i thought it was time to transfer it into one of my favorite materials: wood.

bastisRIKE objekt.01

i found a local master carpenter to work with and after weeks of glimpses on instagram, it’s finally done.

bastisRIKE Objekt.01


welcome: objekt.01
[ beechwood from sustainable forests + vegetable tanned leather // 60*500mm ]


bastisRIKE objekt.01

at that time „objekt.01“ is only available on email request, but it will move in the shop soon. can be found exclusively in bastisRIKE’s etsy shop.


so, i’m terribly curious … do you like what you see?

30 Kommentare zu ■ objekt.01 kategorien: blog, products

■ repeating 3.11.2013 - 17:00 uhr

bastisRIKE lehre

nearly a year ago i wrote about it and the same scenario is repeating itself. it seems like i didn’t learn my lesson and need dedention.

so, right now i should stand behind my stall at the hello handmade market in hamburg. i’m not. yesterday i finally made the decission to use of the emergency brake: i cancelled.
my head is still hurting, it’s full and empty at the same time. but nevertheless i felt better in the moment i spoke out.

i’m sorry if my absence disappointed some of you.

but this decission was well needed even if the timing is awful and kind of rude. but i hope it’s not the last one i make to feel better again. i have need to learn to listen to my body and to my gut feeling and to stop ignoring the signals.

i whish you all a nice sunday and a good start into a new week.




danke c.



thank you all for your comments, emails, messages … it means a lot to me. more than words could say.

14 Kommentare zu ■ repeating kategorien: blog, outside the studio

■ brick on brick 16.10.2013 - 17:33 uhr

bastisRIKE farbauswahl

decisions want to be made




mounting stamps all day


read instead …

7 Kommentare zu ■ brick on brick kategorien: products

■ latest press 15.10.2013 - 14:03 uhr


bastisRIKE galleria Messe Frankfurt Magazin 03/2013

two recent press publications:

– a republication of my portrait in the new living at home special handmade issue

– a nice article in the messe frankfurt magazine galleria. hier zum download & nachlesen.

3 Kommentare zu ■ latest press kategorien: business, press

■ alles ist 10.10.2013 - 16:57 uhr

one of the reasons for the blog silence: preparing for the HELLO HANDMADE market (03 november – kampnagel – hamburg) … come by and say hello!

my newest tranquilizer: another beautiful custom made pendant by dear anna from wsake: ALLES IST (gosh, i couldn’t make up the words to translate this roughly appropriate, sorry!)

have a nice day!

10 Kommentare zu ■ alles ist kategorien: business, outside the studio, swap

■ send the monster home 4.10.2013 - 10:59 uhr

bastisRIKE A ROOM WITH A VIEW (denmark)

thinking a lot about how i want to live and how our home should support this ideas. a second water damage in our home (remember this?) has been another kick-off. so boxes filled with clutter will move to the thrift store soon. i cleaned my working place and sorted out a lot of crafting materials i didn’t use in months.
so much perfection out there (thanks anna for sharing), a warm invitation to the well known green-eyed monster.

but you know what? i think it’s good and important to know about this omnipresent system of self-promotion. to know how it works and to know there’s another truth behind. it offers you the chance to send the monster home. to find your own way in this game, to prevent getting lost, to set limits and to remember that this online life is  some kind of a bubble you can leave with a klick if you want. (erinnert ihr euch an peter lustig?)

it’s a matter of moderation. as in many other situations in life, too much is unhealthy. and, if this monster knocks on my door every know and then, it’s ok. i’m the one to throw it out again, or to use its energy in a positiv and/or productive way.
i’m not perfect. and in the end, i think there’s no perfection at all.
how reassuring.

happy friday!

20 Kommentare zu ■ send the monster home kategorien: nikon fe2, outside the studio, photography

■ missing the sea 1.10.2013 - 16:08 uhr

bastisRIKE missing the sea

bastisRIKE missing the sea

bastisRIKE missing the sea
(and the wind who knows how to blow away any bad thoughts)

12 Kommentare zu ■ missing the sea kategorien: blog, nikon fe2, outandabout, photography

■ three stamps, two books and some more 26.09.2013 - 17:28 uhr

i couldn’t resist to transfer some handmade bobbin lace christmas pendants into rubber stamps

bastisRIKE flea market find
beautiful pages in a beautiful book i found at the flea market. look at its cover pattern!

my reading those days. (for now only in german, sorry)
was arbeit ist, entscheidest du!


it’s not easy to get rid of your bad routines. there are days i think everything i do is wrong and/or stupid. it scares me to get aware of those high demands i set myself. how fast i get impressed and intimidated by others. by those success stories out there.
losing myself.

so, i decided that i have to find out what makes me happy more satisfied. perhaps i just forgot?
the best thing: i am the one behind that wheel.
simple as that.

for now i’ll get some tea and watch my pizza dough growing.

9 Kommentare zu ■ three stamps, two books and some more kategorien: books, outside the studio, products, stamps