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Shop Local: Belgium, the Land of Beer and Chocolate

Mar 23, 2010

by fleurfatale

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In celebration of Etsy’s Euro Week, Greet, a.k.a. fleurfatale, invites us to explore her homeland of Belgium and its famous tasty and traditional eats. She and her fellow native artists karlita, nevousinstallezpas, dinafragola and kookaboora show off their country with the help of Etsy’s Shop Local tool.

Did you know that the [de facto] European capital of Brussels is surrounded by a very little country that is famous for making the most yummy chocolates and brewing world-renowned beer? It is about the size of the state of Massachusetts, located between Germany and France and has only 11 million inhabitants — and it produces over 900 kinds of beer and 150,000 tons of chocolate a year.Sweet_Belgium.jpg

Yes, I am talking about Belgium!

The most well-known Belgian chocolate maker, Jean Neuhaus, invented the first pralines back in 1912. The big secret of the European chocolate is the use of 100% cocoa butter — no other fat is allowed — and that makes the chocolate incredibly delicious! That must be the reason why every Belgian is eating 9.69 kilos (21.4 lbs) of chocolate a year. Learn more about over 200 sweets from Belgium in Sweet Belgium by Liesbeth Inghelram.

And we haven’t even talked about the beer yet. You really should cross the ocean and visit some nice places like Bruges and Ghent to taste our beers, and find out for yourself what a delectable place Belgium can be!
 
But as you all know, you have to use chocolates and beer sparingly or, before you know it, you become addicted. Don’t worry, Belgium also offers you treats that aren’t bad for your figure or your health (though they may also be addictive): tasteful, delicious jewelry and accessories made by talented Belgian artists.

The ladies below have three things in common: they are born and live in Belgium, have a crush on chocolates and they create fruity, colorful, accessories that they sell on Etsy.

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dinafragola‘s jewelry truly looks yummy! These are her Belgium Waffle Earrings, Fruits on the Loop Earrings, and Ice Cream Cone Ring Kawaii.


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My shop, fleurfatale, includes vibrant, natural colors as shown in these Autumn Dreams Assymetric Earrings, Oromo Tribal Assymetric Earrings, and the Ruby Satin Lady Necklace.


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nevousinstallezpas makes beautiful accessories from crocheted silk. These are wonderful examples of her handicraft: Silk Crocheted Necklace (with assorted ring), Silk Crocheted RIng, Silk Crochet Earrings.


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karlita‘s berrylicious colors look good enough to eat: Orange Felt Pouch With Crochet/Felt Applique, Two-Sided Felt Scarf in Fuchsia and Orange, Sterling Silver Earrings With Moroccan Fabric Bead.


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kookaboora uses bright prints and color combinations for her bags and fruitful pincushion: Blue Apple Pincusion, Pleated Wristlet Pink Owls.

 

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125 comments

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 6 years ago

    I love the purple/red color combo by carlita!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 6 years ago

    hey!! so cool!! congrats girls)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Oh my.. I could use some chocolate right now. Come to think of it.. I could just use a trip to Belgium. Cute stuff, creative sellers.. thank you for sharing!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    These are amazing! Who knew there were so many creatives in Belgium? Love it- keep it up ladies, your work & your country is beautiful:)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I've been to Belgium and I loved it. Great chocolate! Hello to all the Belgian Etsy crafters : D

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 6 years ago

    I'm falling behind in my beer and chocolate quota. I shoulda been born a Belgian. (Etsy- have I told you lately that I love you?)

  • pinipiru

    pinipiru said 6 years ago

    Lots of good things from Belgium!! Love it...

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • Periay

    Periay said 6 years ago

    Amazing..Nice to see all our friends..Congrats girls:))

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 6 years ago

    oh, they are sooo colorful and lovely!!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    Beer and Chocolate...hum? That works for me! Great items, very colorful.

  • monsterbugblankets

    monsterbugblankets said 6 years ago

    Beautiful country to visit (we went to Brugges)! And the chocolate--TO DIE FOR!!!! Lovely, colorful shops in this post! :)

  • martice

    martice said 6 years ago

    HIp hip hooray for Belgium! :)

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 6 years ago

    Belgium has great artists! Bravo!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Great work ! Hi from Istanbul to Belgium :)

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 6 years ago

    Yay!!!! I am so happy to see my friends here!! Thank you Greet for the lovely post!! xo Marianna

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 6 years ago

    WONDERFUL ARTICLE !!

  • loscrignodililly

    loscrignodililly said 6 years ago

    Love Begium! Great post! I will love such a beautiful post also for Italy!! ^_^

  • deusprovidebit

    deusprovidebit said 6 years ago

    woohoo! this is fantastic!

  • teconlene

    teconlene said 6 years ago

    beautiful selection!!

  • PamelaAngus

    PamelaAngus said 6 years ago

    hey girls!! - looking good :) congrats !!

  • yasminbochi

    yasminbochi said 6 years ago

    So cool! Congrats girls!! Greetings from a belgian in the uk ( missing the lovely belgian chocolate!).

  • yoguiana

    yoguiana said 6 years ago

    Craving for some Belgium chocolate now! Lovely post! :)

  • Kreativlink

    Kreativlink said 6 years ago

    So wonderful to see your happy faces! Way to go girls! :)

  • helisengezer

    helisengezer said 6 years ago

    Sweet Belgian girls! :)

  • creamrose

    creamrose said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Belgium and wonderful artists:))

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    Thank you!

  • LeelaBijou

    LeelaBijou said 6 years ago

    Amazing article!!!! These girls are the best! :)

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 6 years ago

    Now I want to go visit Belgium! A country that specializes in beer and chocolate sounds like heaven. And, I love the lovely and colorful products featured.

  • RenatheSchneider

    RenatheSchneider said 6 years ago

    How great. Congrats to all of you :)

  • GILDBookbinders

    GILDBookbinders said 6 years ago

    COOL GIRLS! LATELY BEEN IN BRUSSELS. CHOCOLATE & WAFFELS ...HMMMMM ....

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I have an Etsy seller from Belgium in my newest treasury. So many to choose from.

  • emmapardos

    emmapardos said 6 years ago

    wow!! this is so great!!!

  • ancatautan

    ancatautan said 6 years ago

    wonderful Belgium, I lived in Genk for an year

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    So colorful! Beautiful items!

  • missindie

    missindie said 6 years ago

    Great article!! Beeeeer and chocolate! :]

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery said 6 years ago

    Yay! I lived in brussels for two and a half years and had a great time. I was back there this weekend visiting friends. The chocolate shops looked awesome - such amazing things in the run up to easter! I also love Antwerp - the shops are sooo good!

  • VintageHoneysuckle

    VintageHoneysuckle said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, colorful items ladies! Thank you for sharing! :)

  • vadjutka

    vadjutka said 6 years ago

    wow wow wow - congrats fleur, and everyone!

  • littlellama

    littlellama said 6 years ago

    yay for Belgium, yay for chocolates and beer ;)

  • lacravatteduchien

    lacravatteduchien said 6 years ago

    Wonderful!!!!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 6 years ago

    beautiful shops!!! Congrats ladies!!

  • birribe

    birribe said 6 years ago

    Delicious article and such gorgeous shops from Belgien.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful country and beautiful artisans!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 6 years ago

    Congrats fleur, a gorgeous article!!!

  • syko

    syko said 6 years ago

    Nice to meet you! I've enjoyed both Belgian bier and chocolate, I spent a year in Belgium working as an au-pair some 15 years ago!

  • HeavenAwaits

    HeavenAwaits said 6 years ago

    So colorful!... just love it.. like Popsicle dreams and fairytale things!

  • nevousinstallezpas

    nevousinstallezpas said 6 years ago

    Hi everyone. She , my dear friend Fleurfatale, did a great article, didn't she? And honestly, Belgium (Gent,where I livve) is a really great place to live and create!

  • deepindigo

    deepindigo said 6 years ago

    Love Belgian stores!!

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 6 years ago

    beautiful colours, great items , well done

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 6 years ago

    So happy to see my favorite Belgian Etsy artists here! Waffles for everyone :)

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    Hooray for beer, chocolate & talented design..and people intelligent enough to cultivate more than one language!!!

  • fleurfatale

    fleurfatale said 6 years ago

    oooh, thanks all, I enjoyed writing this and hope to meet you all... in Belgium, once.. LOL! I am bringing the chocolates :)

  • enchantedhue

    enchantedhue said 6 years ago

    Great article! Such wonderful, happy, whimsical jewelry you ladies make!!

  • munieca

    munieca said 6 years ago

    nice to see you all!! Brussels looks like Paris.. beautiful!

  • sabahnur

    sabahnur said 6 years ago

    *waves* hello friends:) you look awesome!

  • sabahnur

    sabahnur said 6 years ago

    *waves* hello friends:) adorable artcle

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 6 years ago

    beautiful!

  • krize

    krize said 6 years ago

    Great artists and so funny to take a short trip to variuos countries this way! Thanks Etsy! :)

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 6 years ago

    Yayy for belgian beer unfortunately hardly available here in Norway :-( Maybe someone wants to come bring me some :-D

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 6 years ago

    Great article.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    That's my idea of a balanced diet... beer in one hand & chocolate in the other! :-D

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome said 6 years ago

    Lovely article, thanks Greet! :)

  • iragrant

    iragrant said 6 years ago

    gorgeous girls with their fantastics designs! I love it:)

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 6 years ago

    great article, congrats everyone

  • iragrant

    iragrant said 6 years ago

    Oh I love Belgium chocolate too fleur especially the one that I can get in the market:)

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    gorgeous collection... such vibrant colors .. I want all ..:) And a great post.....:) www.twitter.com/florealdesigns

  • twiggytree

    twiggytree said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness, that apple pincushion...wow, looks so earthy and quilty almost:) I love it! Great job girls!!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    I would like to visit belgium now!!!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 6 years ago

    Hello to the girls from Belgium! Yummy article!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 6 years ago

    Hello to the girls from Belgium! Yummy article!

  • gr8jewellery

    gr8jewellery said 6 years ago

    Yay for our friends in Belgium! :) Wonderful article and picks!!

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 6 years ago

    Fabulous elephant! Congrats on a great collection! I could go for a belgian waffle now....mmm...with strawberries!!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    love the bright colors. and yes, they look good enough to eat.

  • Rabamata

    Rabamata said 6 years ago

    Great article girls :) My father was working in Belgium for awhile and always brought home tons of choclate on the weekends ;)

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 6 years ago

    Yay for Belgium, that has 3 of my favorite things in the world: beer, chocolate and great artisans :)

  • karuski

    karuski said 6 years ago

    Ooh, their creations look so very yummy but I love Belgian chocolate too:) Congrats on a sweet article!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Such a cheerful collection! I remember visiting Belgium as a child, seeing intricate handmade lace in progress during a festival day. Wonderful experience.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Lots of good things from Belgium!! Love it... love it love it

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 6 years ago

    Beer and Chocolates a weekend treat, lots of nice colors some adorable wearable art treats

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Collection !! Congrats :))

  • meltemsem

    meltemsem said 6 years ago

    Awesome photos! Great article Fleur! Good job. I love all:)

  • SkyBox

    SkyBox said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the mini-tour of Belgium. I'm sold. Have passport, have chocolate love.

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 6 years ago

    Love to see Belgium profiled. I have a good friend who lives and works in Brussels.

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 6 years ago

    Neuhaus chocolates are AMAZING!

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 6 years ago

    I've been lucky enough to visit Belgium and I would recommend to anyone!!! Congrats to these wonderful shops!!!

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 6 years ago

    Aaahhh, my sweet favorite chocolate eating and beer drinking friends! Fab article! Love it! :)

  • tenthousandspoons

    tenthousandspoons said 6 years ago

    hey fijn! een post over de belgen! Dat had ik niet verwacht op Etsy :)

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 6 years ago

    Oh, how great to finally meet you in person :)

  • frombelgiumwithlove

    frombelgiumwithlove said 6 years ago

    Great article ! Love from Belgium :-)

  • amarshall

    amarshall said 6 years ago

    How fun!!!! I loved this article & the pics of each Etsian alongside their work! Also, it makes me even more excited about our trip to this part of the world coming up in May!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 6 years ago

    yum.....beer....yum!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Top stuff, Belgium rocks.

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 6 years ago

    Delicious article!! I loooove the french fries in Belgium *drools* and the chocolate *drools even more* You look all lovely, girls!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 6 years ago

    You can't go wrong with chocolate and waffles :) and now with great designs too! I'm off to check out some of these stores...

  • figurinesbyingrid

    figurinesbyingrid said 6 years ago

    Talented Belgian artists! Congratulations Dina Fragola! Keep up the good work!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Beautiful things!!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    beautiful things!! love the bright colors

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    The land of beer and chocolate?! What could be better! I love these whimsical, colorful finds. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful artists with us.

  • brynnalex

    brynnalex said 6 years ago

    I just bought some Belgian chocolate on my way home from work today! So as I sat and read this great article I ate some wonderful Belgian chocolate, too!

  • byae

    byae said 6 years ago

    mmmm...craving for some belgian chocolate right now...and maybe finish it with some beer!

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 6 years ago

    yay belgium! i just love all of these wonderful etsyans - such vivid and colourful, beautiful and innovative shops! and yay fleurfatale!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 6 years ago

    Oh wow! Such beautiful shops and gorgeous vibrant colours!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    I remember two things in Belgium 1990 during a very quick visit: chocolate and coffee!! Both fantastic! Now I have fantastic artists to remember too!!!

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 6 years ago

    Delighted to see many beautiful stuffs from Belgium

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    did somebody say beer and chocolate?

  • kookaboora

    kookaboora said 6 years ago

    Thank you fleurfatale for your fantastic article!! You have done a great job!!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 6 years ago

    Great article and artists!!! Thank you and Congrats :)

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 6 years ago

    So lovely!

  • AtelierConti

    AtelierConti said 6 years ago

    Great article! You're all so clever...especially to write the article and get it published for Euroweek.

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 6 years ago

    Great article, wonderful selection of goodies! I love Belgium (especially the chocolates, LOL!) and the Belgians too. My aunt moved to Antwerp when she married and her family have live in Belgium ever since, and Bruges is one of my favourite weekend destinations! xxx

  • ireneagh

    ireneagh said 6 years ago

    Lovely! :)

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 6 years ago

    wooww *waves** girls, congratss all :))

  • FebystanDesigns

    FebystanDesigns said 6 years ago

    congrats all! beautiful crafters & items :)

  • mariemoo

    mariemoo said 6 years ago

    I guess I'm a bad belgian, I only love beer :o))))) fantastic fleur en co! thanks for putting our little country in the spotlights! we should show more chauvinism! YEAH!!!!

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 6 years ago

    ah, both my bf and I are drooling :)

  • KittyCityCreations

    KittyCityCreations said 6 years ago

    I'm going to Brussels this summer as part of a larger trip. Can't wait to taste the chocolates! Thanks for the heads up! Cute pics by dinafragola!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 6 years ago

    I loved Brussels when I was there some years ago - must go back very soon. Like very much the red felt bag and the apple pin cushion.

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Love all the bright colors and the cute elephant.

  • lenkamol

    lenkamol said 6 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • nauliknits

    nauliknits said 6 years ago

    Wow... love your photo! Congrats to this lovely article!

  • peonypinkdesire

    peonypinkdesire said 6 years ago

    Great article and wonderful stuff. don't drink beer much but chocolate is wonderful and better than our american counterpart. I thought Antwerp was in the Nederlands (Netherlands to us in the USA)! Dot a third generation dutch-American.

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Great erticle

  • lucietales

    lucietales said 6 years ago

    Wow! Yeah for Belgium and belgian talented artists!!!

  • OmasFarmhouse

    OmasFarmhouse said 6 years ago

    I was in Brussels exactly one year ago. Loved it! I'm diabetic, so unfortunately could not eat the chocolate.

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