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Fresh Shop: Misako Mimoko

May 7, 2009

by misakomimoko handmade and vintage goods

I’m a girl called Eva, a.k.a. misakomimoko, who lives, works and dreams in Barcelona, a crowded, small Spanish city near the sea. Luckily, my neighborhood is very quiet, with a lot of green. It’s much like a little Mediterranean village. My workplace is at home, and sometimes I like to take a break and handcraft a little. I sew while sitting down on my old chair near a balcony surrounded by flowers, green trees and birds singing, or while watching TV. When it’s sunny, I go sewing by the little hill that is close to my place.

My personal handcraft history starts while studying Fine Arts. I was very interested in crafts and naïve art, and I used to work with recycled materials and fabrics. I began sewing again, as I did during my early school days.

I had been working as a multimedia designer for almost ten years, until a year ago when I participated in an amigurumi workshop arranged by a lovely little shop called Duduá. I just needed to take a break from computers and go back to my old likings. Then I got in touch with handmade craft blogs and the DIY movement, and I met other crafters who shared the same interests as me — Emedermarta, La Aranya Tecla, Delolast, La Ballena Elena…it was fantastic!

I have completely fallen for vintage toys and illustrations, so I create my little rag dolls, trying my best to retrieve all the happiness, humor and good vibes from that time. My boyfriend Gabriel Corbera is an illustrator who loves old comics, and he’s constantly introducing all kind of cute and funny classic characters that always inspire me a lot. I think my love for vintage culture has grown as a reaction to a city terribly mad about design and new technologies, which is losing its own identity and roots.

It was my friend Emedemarta who introduced me to this gorgeous handmade marketplace on Etsy, and she drove me to start my own shop. This amazing community is constantly surprising me — there are a lot of promotional opportunities and facilities available to showcase your work worldwide without spending money. I think it’s important help to small crafters avoiding middlemen.

How can be Etsy a more international site? Maybe giving the option to choose other country currencies, translating the site into other languages and perhaps adding Europe, and the rest of the continents, as an option in the shipping list menu. I don’t know if it’s a great solution, but certainly it could help.

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  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 12 years ago

    Sounds like you have a beautiful environment. Your doli's are absolutely adorable and unique. Thank you for the highly interesting article!

  • TeenAngster

    TeenAngster said 12 years ago

    I love your work! Soooo cute!

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 12 years ago

    very cute!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 12 years ago


  • DuBuhDuDesigns

    DuBuhDuDesigns said 12 years ago

    Very charming dolls! Love your photography as well!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 12 years ago

    Oh, yes!

  • JessicaPoundstone

    JessicaPoundstone said 12 years ago

    Cute work, cute lady!

  • seedknits

    seedknits said 12 years ago

    So cute!

  • dottylotty

    dottylotty said 12 years ago

    Ohhh! Your work is wonderful! Good luck with your shop, i hope you sell loads!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 12 years ago

    I love your work and your photos!

  • freakylittlethings

    freakylittlethings said 12 years ago

    I love your creatures, very sweet, your work space sounds/looks idyllic. I'm sad you think Barcelona is losing it's identity, my father was from there and I love the city. I haven't been back for about a decade but it always seemed so vibrant and unique - I'm sure you and your crafty friends will fight to keep it's spirit!

  • peoplescouture

    peoplescouture said 12 years ago

    cool stuff! go barcelona go....

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 12 years ago

    Your work is wonderful, such sweet little faces. Best to you!

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 12 years ago

    Welcome Eva! I just love your dolls - what personality they have! xo Danielle

  • RivasStudios

    RivasStudios said 12 years ago

    I love your work! Spain sounds fabulous!

  • ElviesBoutique

    ElviesBoutique said 12 years ago

    What wonderful dolls!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 12 years ago

    aren't you the cutest ever.

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 12 years ago

    super duper cute!!! love the ideas on how etsy can be more global. let's reach out to our crafty friends across the sea!

  • elloh

    elloh said 12 years ago

    Me encanta with your dolls Eva! The water, Gaudi's architecture...Barcelona is such a lovely place to live.

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 12 years ago

    Viva Barcelona!!! Glad to see international sellers featured here! Lovely dolls and nice story. Elena

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 12 years ago

    Your dolls are so cute! Welcome to Etsy, Eva!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 12 years ago

    Cute dolls. Barcelona sounds like a lovely place.

  • MercuryOrchid

    MercuryOrchid said 12 years ago

    What adorable dolls, beautiful work. I love Barcelona, I'm longing to go back!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 12 years ago

    Love the dolls! Thanks for the article.

  • miriam

    miriam said 12 years ago

    ohhhh I love duduá! :D and I love your items as well ;) I'm a barcelona fan, I will be back, for the 4th time, in october ;)

  • TianaCHE

    TianaCHE said 12 years ago

    Great creations! I love it!

  • ModernNest

    ModernNest said 12 years ago

    Your dolls are great little characters! Thanks for introducing us to your designs and the creations of your fellow crafters!

  • ButtonsAndSocks

    ButtonsAndSocks said 12 years ago

    Your dolls are very appealing and original.

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 12 years ago

    Your dolls are adorable!

  • florabond

    florabond said 12 years ago

    Oh, so cute! Love the dolls! So vintage and fun!

  • travellingcircus

    travellingcircus said 12 years ago

    Great article and wonderful dolls! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 12 years ago

    creative dolls ~ fantastic craftsmanship thanks for sharing

  • DollyPopDolls

    DollyPopDolls said 12 years ago

    Wonderful sweet dolls!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 12 years ago

    Your dolls are absolutely adorable. :)

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 12 years ago

    LOOOVE your yellow dress! and I want to give your little dolls a hug!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 12 years ago

    Very cute!! Good luck!

  • vintageitville

    vintageitville said 12 years ago

    The cloud sweater pics are just too cute!!!!

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 12 years ago

    love it!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 12 years ago

    Best wishes to you. Your work is wonderful! Want!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 12 years ago

    The fresh shops feature is wonderful. Would like to see more of these.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 12 years ago

    So nostalgic, these little dolls! They bring a big smile.

  • mpaperarts

    mpaperarts said 12 years ago

    I'm clickin' all over the place on this one! Thanks for providing!

  • pengpengs

    pengpengs said 12 years ago

    i love misakomimoko shop for a while now.. so cute. Thanks for sharing your story and showing us a little of your home ;)

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 12 years ago

    I love the shop! I really love the sweet dolls.

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 12 years ago

    Your work rocks!!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 12 years ago

    love the dolls, so sweet and adorable!

  • budpnq

    budpnq said 12 years ago

    Thanks for inviting us in! I was only recently introduced to your adorable dolls via theconstantgatherer blog. Nice to see you featured! :D

  • BlkSwn

    BlkSwn said 12 years ago

    we wish we were barcelona of course. LOVELY

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 12 years ago

    OH my goodness your dolls they are incredible, love them all~ Your very talented. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • littlepapoose

    littlepapoose said 12 years ago

    very nice.. very very nice :)

  • strawberryanarchy

    strawberryanarchy said 12 years ago

    very cute stuff! I like :D

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 12 years ago

    I'm in love with these dolls! Congrats on your success!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 12 years ago

    Cute dolls!

  • PsychoticReaction

    PsychoticReaction said 12 years ago

    Hooray Eva! I'm so excited about this fresh new shop and also to hear where you got that amazing yellow dress!! I love it.

  • thedryingrack

    thedryingrack said 12 years ago

    what adorable dolls! Just made it to barcelona in December....what a fabulous inspirational city! You're a lucky girl!

  • VintageTwenty

    VintageTwenty said 12 years ago

    Oh, your Barcelona neighborhood sounds lovely! Etsy never ceases to amaze me and all of the handcrafted items make me want to try my hand at crafting again as well.

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 12 years ago

    I like your dolls! You really love what you are doing!

  • chalinns

    chalinns said 12 years ago

    lovely work!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 12 years ago


  • ageratum

    ageratum said 12 years ago

    Some interesting things! But, then again, isn't ETSY interesting!? Love it here!! :) Donna ps - running a sale on earrings this month - check them out - and enjoy!! :)

  • amandapandawalker

    amandapandawalker said 12 years ago

    All of this is absolutely adorable. i only dream that i could create such cute things. so amazing and creative.

  • shikab18

    shikab18 said 12 years ago

    These remind me of my childhood, I love them! Very creative. Great idea, I'm wondering where you got your inspiration from?

  • CoraDesigns

    CoraDesigns said 12 years ago

    Lovely beautiful dolls. Thank you for sharing some of yourself with us..Cora


    STELLAandHODGE said 12 years ago

    I loved reading about your creations and what inspires you! I visited Barcelona for the first time last summer and fell in love with the city. I am so envious of the beautiful environment that surrounds you. Your work is very interesting and lovely.

  • Ravenhill

    Ravenhill said 12 years ago

    her work is just delightful!

  • Kiie

    Kiie said 12 years ago

    Very interesting story :)

  • crafitti

    crafitti said 12 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring and your dolls are so cute.

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational said 12 years ago

    Pretty cool story and ideas. Ren

  • misakomimoko

    misakomimoko said 12 years ago

    Hello!! and thank you so much for all these nice words, your interest in my work and your support. You're fantastic!! Etsy is the perfect place, makes me feel at home :) You asked me about where I get inspired of, I love going to secondhand fleamarkets and shops looking for a fabric, a plush, an old book, housewares... and I'm always checking my boyfriend's vintage cartoons and characters foundings. You'll find more info about me and my work on my Profile and blog. By the way, my yellow blouse is from H&M, I bought it two years ago. I'm very pleased you like it ;) have a very nice day and thank you again!! eva

  • babook

    babook said 12 years ago

    it`s true lovely and retro the doll ****** Misako Mimoko

  • TheFeltElf

    TheFeltElf said 12 years ago

    I never manage to find such cute things in H&M!!! I loved reading your story, thanks for sharing it.

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 12 years ago

    Hi, Eva~ Noce to know you.

  • stephist

    stephist said 12 years ago

    Hi Eva, cute dolls and I was envious of your peacful green balcony in my office surrounded by humming computers! Great article and I liked the ideas about how Etsy could become more global- especially displaying different currencies; that would be fantastic. Enjoy your balcony :)

  • lassandaliasdeana

    lassandaliasdeana said 12 years ago

    ohh, sí, son tan diferentes!!! vamos, cute,cute, recute!!! ;)

  • mozui

    mozui said 12 years ago

    i love your city, it's very inspirational and i thought really seriously about living there for a while! i agree with the prices in different currencies and the shipping option of selecting different continents instead of being able to select just for different countries. these are problems i've had since i started on etsy. welcome to etsy!

  • frcreation

    frcreation said 12 years ago

    Great job!!! I like your dolls.

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter said 12 years ago

    very cute!

  • themagicalbean

    themagicalbean said 12 years ago

    Your dolls are so inpsiring!! I love them all! Keep up the good work.

  • MonjioCreations

    MonjioCreations said 12 years ago

    Eva, So nice to meet you! Great work! Wonderful unique dolls! Etsy is a wonderful place, but also as an international seller, it has been difficult. So surprised you have only had four sales. Good luck! (I am a fan!!) Ciao!

  • nooshka

    nooshka said 12 years ago

    Hi Eva,I just love your dolls and the fact that you have really captured a true vintage look,so classic and timeless.

  • sheenajewellery

    sheenajewellery said 12 years ago

    Great dolls! I love Barcelona too, what an inspiring place to live and create. Good luck with your shop!

  • HazelnutDesigns

    HazelnutDesigns said 12 years ago

    Lovely items! Barcelona sounds amazing... *sigh* someday!

  • shabbyvintagemom

    shabbyvintagemom said 12 years ago

    Her work is so sweet. Sounds like the perfect work environment :) Loved reading her story!!!

  • babook

    babook said 12 years ago

    Yes ,there are so perfect for work as vacation *o* !

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 12 years ago

    welcome to etsy, eva! you and your work (and your city) are so beautiful! xo

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 12 years ago

    Those dolls are the cutest!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 12 years ago

    Sigh. Everything about this article is beautiful. Love that yellow dress!

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 12 years ago

    super sweet! xxxx what lovely dolls! nice to meet you!

  • bibiche74

    bibiche74 said 12 years ago

    I love your cuuuuute dolls!! And I was wondering your shop name sounds like Japanese girl's name!?!? :)

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 12 years ago

    Lovely work,I love it! <3

  • bungalowmarketplace

    bungalowmarketplace said 12 years ago

    What an appealing lifestyle!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 12 years ago

    Love it!

  • lillyhiggins

    lillyhiggins said 12 years ago

    So Beautiful, Well done! Love your stuff!

  • benjrs

    benjrs said 12 years ago

    wow :) truly inspirational. I'm so jealous. Great story :)

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 12 years ago

    Really wonderful!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 12 years ago

    Your dolls are really sweet -- love the vintage look. Thank you for sharing your story. :)

  • SilverSynergy

    SilverSynergy said 12 years ago


  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 12 years ago

    Such pretty items!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 12 years ago


  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 12 years ago

    Love it! And I miss Barcelona terribly!

  • primaryjane

    primaryjane said 12 years ago

    Your work environment looks so serene, you've found a great place to work and create, and your adorable dolls look like the product of your love.

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 12 years ago

    lovely pictures!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 12 years ago


  • vivilian

    vivilian said 12 years ago

    so sweet babe! 愛愛愛      愛愛愛   愛愛愛愛愛    愛愛愛愛愛  愛愛愛愛愛愛愛  愛愛愛愛愛愛愛  愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛   愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛    愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛     愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛      愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛愛       愛愛愛愛愛愛愛        愛愛愛愛愛         愛愛愛          愛

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 12 years ago

    Totally cute!

  • jesophi

    jesophi said 12 years ago

    ;) lovly

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 12 years ago

    i love every single creation...reminds me of being little again.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 12 years ago

    i think you should produce your own childrens books with your dolls. they would also make great greeting cards and posters! please make cards! i would love a set of them.

  • noraaoyagi

    noraaoyagi said 12 years ago

    Lovely creatures!

  • sandali

    sandali said 12 years ago

    ADORABLE -- love your handmade blog -- always great to hear what was the inspiration behind other Etsians stories -- Happy Days ;)

  • CeliaChow

    CeliaChow said 12 years ago

    Looks you have a greet place to live in. it's always good to do something you really like.

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 12 years ago


  • TaoistWood

    TaoistWood said 12 years ago

    Beautiful, Beautiful, and yet again most Beautiful

  • edieart

    edieart said 12 years ago

    Incredibly cute dolls!!!! Love them


    CARAPAPA said 12 years ago

    I love your work, bravo !

  • neraidodhmiourgies

    neraidodhmiourgies said 12 years ago

    all the best to your shop!!!

  • sugarcookie

    sugarcookie said 12 years ago

    I love Eva's little characters! They are adorable.

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 12 years ago

    Ah! I love the whimsy of these designs! Beautiful work! thea. xx

  • Navare

    Navare said 11 years ago

    You have a beautiful life and wonderful work that you obviously enjoy!

  • metrostation

    metrostation said 11 years ago

    Very nice work!

  • yourcreativeoutlet

    yourcreativeoutlet said 11 years ago

    First, your dolls are great! Second, you've really made me think about opening up to the international market. Thanks!

  • Tepuisjewelrys

    Tepuisjewelrys said 11 years ago

    Very sweet..

  • KGsKreations

    KGsKreations said 11 years ago

    so cute!! :)

  • kathiroussel

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    GRACEFULPAST said 11 years ago

    Your dolls are truly adorable and interesting. I just keep looking at them and noticing more detail. We love old toys and dolls and our shop is dedicated to just that. Have a look at this darling 1940s baby doll.

  • handmadecharlotte

    handmadecharlotte said 11 years ago

    congrats, eva! you rock!

  • lilipadcreations

    lilipadcreations said 11 years ago

    Very very cool article! Love the delicate-ness and fine handwork of the dolls! Gorgeous!

  • mondobugi

    mondobugi said 11 years ago

    I love love love your works!!! Your softies are unique! congrats from Italy! Bugi

  • thingsbuilt

    thingsbuilt said 11 years ago


  • blueberryfields

    blueberryfields said 11 years ago

    your dolls are really unique and lovely. congrats !

  • Intres

    Intres said 11 years ago

    Your works are fantastic, i love them! Fantásticos trabajos, me encantan. Felicidades!

  • terichung

    terichung said 11 years ago


  • SparrowsNest1

    SparrowsNest1 said 11 years ago!

  • ladylotus

    ladylotus said 11 years ago

    great work

  • scrappysewsweet

    scrappysewsweet said 11 years ago

    super work! Sounds like wonderful surrondings.

  • jessicaschuler

    jessicaschuler said 11 years ago

    An article like this really makes someone's shop seem way more personal. Glad we got to know you Eva! Happiness in Barcelona!

  • denimee

    denimee said 11 years ago

    i love your dolls... they bring back memories of childhood..

  • inodaknit

    inodaknit said 11 years ago

    very cute!

  • monograft

    monograft said 11 years ago

    unique toys! One of the nicer toys i've seen so far!

  • etsystreet

    etsystreet said 11 years ago

    cool! Plz check me out!

  • blythelove

    blythelove said 11 years ago

    welcome!! please do check this out. Thanks

  • divergentlayers

    divergentlayers said 11 years ago

    you and your work is the epitome of cuteness!! very charming indeed!

  • SassysWackdOutGifts

    SassysWackdOutGifts said 11 years ago

    I live the paper mask they are absolutly amazing my daughter the teenager and her friend will all want them

  • PLJohnsonGlassArt

    PLJohnsonGlassArt said 11 years ago

    I love the dolls...they remind me of old cartoon characters..with spunk

  • Flyk

    Flyk said 11 years ago

    wonderful work.... I love it~

  • replikas09

    replikas09 said 11 years ago

    Cute dolls and Cool things ! Well done and all the best ..

  • retroattack

    retroattack said 11 years ago

    Love your work!

  • TuscanBlooms

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  • Lucyface

    Lucyface said 11 years ago

    LOVE your work. Very inspirational. Lucyface in USA.

  • PreciousTrifles

    PreciousTrifles said 11 years ago

    Lovely whimsical dolls and prints. Show us more.

  • PreciousTrifles

    PreciousTrifles said 11 years ago

    Lovely whimsical dolls and prints. Show us more.

  • emcee

    emcee said 11 years ago

    super inspiring...

  • Harem6

    Harem6 said 11 years ago

    Beautiful !!!!

  • jaimevicente

    jaimevicente said 11 years ago

    ¡A tope!

  • WigglinWasabi

    WigglinWasabi said 10 years ago

    I love how vintage your animals look. Reminds me of depression era toys, scraps used in original and beautiful new ways. Just great!

  • destinyofthings

    Kennedy Miranda from thedestinyofthings said 8 years ago

    Hi Eva, a.k.a. misakomimoko! Thank you for the inspiring interview! It was so joyful taking a peek into your life of creating and how your studio extends out into your environment. I wish I could see more! I'll have to check out your blog for that! As a hoarder, one of my dreams is to stop spending so much time and money that hoarding takes up and move on to using what's left over to make creations and grow into my own style too! No more hoarding style! Thank you again for being yourself and showing me future possibilities beyond hoarding!

  • Nanoadri

    Adriana Bon from BowtiesFezzes said 6 years ago

    Me encanta tu blog. Soc una Barcelonina who lives in the US since 2008. Por cierto... Barcelona is not a small city! LOL. Thanks for the inspiration

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