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Postcard From Europe # 3

Mar 5, 2010

by matt handmade and vintage goods

March 2, 2010
Berlin, Germany

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Berlin. I’m back at Etsy HQ after Benedikta and I spent the weekend diving head first into Finland and splashing vowels everywhere. On Thursday night we had the great honor of spending a few hours with a talented group of Finnish makers. We gathered in a lovely little cafe on the Bulevardi and were thrilled as the number of Etsy artists grew and grew. All said and done, about 40 people gathered. (That’s more Finns than they have in an aquarium.)

I started the evening by discussing our efforts to internationalize the site. As the case has been in the other cities we’ve visited, the biggest stumbling blocks for our European community are currency, shipping and payments — all issues we will address as we work to make Etsy more global. Thankfully for us, the Finns speak English better than the Queen herself, as I do not immediately envision a Finnish translation of the site.

I was soon upstaged by a round of show and tell, during which these Nordic masters shared their creations with one another. I’ve posted a bunch of photos from the event on Flickr, but here is my favorite:

Surely, the best part of working at Etsy is almost always being surrounded by so many talented women.

I encourage you all to check out these great artists from Finland:

TooBerry, marjanetti, kukkilintuannielina, Toyboxarts, Miaudesign, MurDesign, Garbagebagstellakim, OutsaPopTrashion, Barbaershop, kristakeltanen, Ninnukka MOIMOIbarcelona, bykatealexandra, tiiart, SunFlowerWoolart, karuski, ioulia, Tuuni, yaoyaozy, Accessorius, vaisto, BambiRiot,  ullamaariaMuusa, Succaplokki, syko, Artfreakz, Vietto

Bis Bald,



About Postcards from Europe:
Berlin-based Etsy Admin, Matt and Benedikta send postcards back to the Etsy offices in Brooklyn updating us all on Etsy’s European operations. We never know from where they will be sent, what they’ll say, or how they’ll say it (video, song, photos, interpretive dance).

Egg and sausage - perfect breakfast
Egg and sausage - perfect breakfast
RESERVED FOR HILARY SUMMER SALE Hunny Belly Vintage Style Bear 15 in OOAK Mohair Toy
RESERVED FOR HILARY SUMMER SALE Hunny Belly Vintage Style Bear 15 in OOAK Mohair Toy
Tea cozy  - tea cosy - teapot cozy - teapot cosy - with roses, needle felted
Tea cozy - tea cosy - teapot cozy - teapot cosy - with roses, needle felted
Cumbiambera light pendant
Cumbiambera light pendant
GUELL Vest 1.0
GUELL Vest 1.0
Silmuccamerkki-Stitch markers
Silmuccamerkki-Stitch markers
Helsinki - zippered pouch with applique
Helsinki - zippered pouch with applique


  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 10 years ago

    Great picture! Can't wait to hear more (and see and even participate).

  • SpacejamHandmade

    SpacejamHandmade said 10 years ago

    that is great!!

  • ScienceKitty

    ScienceKitty said 10 years ago

    Hei Suomalainen Etsians!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the update.

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 10 years ago

    wonderful country, fabulous people. PS love the pillow cover!

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 10 years ago

    How fun an evening it must have been!

  • PhatGrrl

    PhatGrrl said 10 years ago

    Looks like I missed a good night! :D

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 10 years ago

    nice fin pun, haha!

  • gasometri

    gasometri said 10 years ago

    please, come to italy soon! ;-)

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    wow, fun!!

  • missindie

    missindie said 10 years ago

    haha sounds like you guys are having fun :] I love these posts!

  • rexandpoppy

    rexandpoppy said 10 years ago


  • Leocardia

    Leocardia said 10 years ago

    What a nice photo of you all. I´m looking forward to visit you in Berlin in a few weeks.

  • nauli

    nauli said 10 years ago

    Must have been fun... Just back from Paris, guess i missed the meeting yesterday in Munich?

  • nomoi

    nomoi said 10 years ago

    Looks like you had fun! Maybe I'll make it next time.

  • jurgitahandmade

    jurgitahandmade said 10 years ago

    gorgeous picture! Greetings from Europe to everyone!

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper said 10 years ago

    This is great, nice photo of everyone.

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 10 years ago

    great!!greetings from Italy too!!

  • Accessorius

    Accessorius said 10 years ago

    I'm so happy Matt and Benedikta came to Helsinki! What an unexpected and wonderful visit! I'm specially thankful I got to personally meet my fellow Finland-based Etsyans! ...Cool Etsyans!

  • birribe

    birribe said 10 years ago

    It´s so great to read about your days in Europe.I really hope you will visit more places further on.

  • thelightningbolts

    thelightningbolts said 10 years ago

    Looks like you had fun! one of my favourite people on etsy is from Finland! Check out andyeatsonlycandy - she's lovely!

  • RedFenyxJewels

    RedFenyxJewels said 10 years ago

    Seems You all had great fun! ^^

  • monocotoleydon

    monocotoleydon said 10 years ago

    Now if someone could just invent a teleportation machine ...

  • justmejewelry

    justmejewelry said 10 years ago

    wow this is a great collection! :)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    It's really great that so many got together!

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 10 years ago

    So cool! I am sure you had a wonderful time.

  • stellakim

    stellakim said 10 years ago

    Thank you for visiting Finland!! It was also great to meet other Etsy artists!!=D

  • lillalotta

    lillalotta said 10 years ago

    It all looks ever so wonderful! I hope there will be a visit to the South of France (perhaps) (hopefully) (maybe) :)

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 10 years ago

    Oh wow! It looks awesome! The photos on flickr are great :)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 10 years ago

    The update is really appreciated! So glad to see kukkilintu's Folk Bag featured here. It's truly beautiful.

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great. Nice finds

  • ginaregina

    ginaregina said 10 years ago

    I visited Helsinki before 20 years. Realy beautiful town.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 10 years ago

    Great photo(s)! Thanks for the update:)

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 10 years ago

    Wish I could have been there and visited some of my dad's family at the same time! : )

  • helenaCRAFTS

    helenaCRAFTS said 10 years ago

    I miss Finland, my home and I loved to read this story. I wish to have this kind of meeting too, so WANTED all ASHEVILLE(WNC)area ETSY friends..............greets helena

  • helenaCRAFTS

    helenaCRAFTS said 10 years ago

    I miss my home Finland, nice to hear that everyone had fun by the meeting. I would love to have this kind of Etsy meeting here in my area, so Friends !!!! WANTED Etsy Meeting in ASHEVILLE area WNC..............greets,helena

  • Barbaershop

    Barbaershop said 10 years ago

    It was such a fun meeting—if there's ever a meet-up anywhere near you, you should definitely go! <3 Etsy <3

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 10 years ago

    great love the pillow!

  • helenaCRAFTS

    helenaCRAFTS said 10 years ago

    well.........laughing here, double my comment wasn't the whole idea, anyway for the next time I know that the text take a lil time to show up. So we really never complete learning.....smiling helena!!!!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    Really great collection!

  • vaisto

    vaisto said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the meeting & this article, it was super fun to meet everyone :D Hope you had a cool weekend in Lapland...

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    Too cool. I love kukkilintu's bags.

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 10 years ago

    Great story Matt and Benedikta! Wonderful to hear that there are so many enthusiastic Finn makers out there.

  • Vietto

    Vietto said 10 years ago

    Thanks for visiting Finland! It was fun! And wellcome back again anytime... ;)

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 10 years ago

    I always enjoy the colors, patterns and uncluttered designs from Finland. The global Etsy community is so diverse and interesting.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 10 years ago

    Super...looks like a fun get together!

  • heatbria

    heatbria said 10 years ago

    So jealous of your trip! Lots of talent there in Finland. I always love to see new countries on my site through Google Analytics.

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 10 years ago

    Fun, fun, fun...

  • Kooby

    Kooby said 10 years ago

    That was a great article! I enjoyed looking at the Flickr album and visiting the artists' shops. I hope there will be more meet-ups around the world, and that we'll be able to read about them here on The Storque. :)

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 10 years ago

    How fun! It's neat to see what people are making in other parts of the world.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 10 years ago


  • mia09

    mia09 said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring!!! Love to know about other artists form other countries! Thanks

  • mia09

    mia09 said 10 years ago

    Very Ispiring! I loved to see the creations of artists from different parts of the world. THANKS

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    It's so cool to connect with other artists and designers from around the world!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    oh, looks like so much fun!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago


  • tomokotahara

    tomokotahara said 10 years ago

    Looks like fun..I wish I was there.I love Scandinavia.I've never been in Helsinki, but one day!

  • kukkilintu

    kukkilintu said 10 years ago

    It was great to have you in Helsinki! Thanks for the inspiring evening!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Looks as tho you and benedikta had a grand time~! Like the green vest. Awesome you are connecting with artists-designers from around the world.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 10 years ago

    Although they probably don't have quite the same appeal for Matt, a lot of talented Etsy artists are actually men! LOL Could it be that they don't show up to events like this because they feel they'd be overwhelmed by the girls...?

  • VeryCarey

    VeryCarey said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the update and hello Finland.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    I'm sure it's a lot of fun to meet and visit people from all of the world as you travel meeting other Etsyians from near and far.

  • karuski

    karuski said 10 years ago

    What a lovely evening we had together, thanks for your visit! Here's my post with a few pictures if you like to see: Hope to see you soon again:)

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 10 years ago

    The photos look great! Looked like it was a fun time.

  • fleurfatale

    fleurfatale said 10 years ago

    I already saw the pictures on flickr and some on Karuskis blog, seems like big fun to be surrounded by all these finnish Etsy women! :-)

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 10 years ago

    Helsinki (and Finland) will always hold a big piece of my heart! Hope to be back soon!

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 10 years ago

    Looks like an awesome get together. Maybe we'll see you guys in Ireland sometime soon? ;)

  • Tuuni

    Tuuni said 10 years ago

    Thank you Matt and Benedikta for visiting the "outskirt" of Europe, we had such a lovely evening! This raises the team spirit and it was really nice to meet you :)

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 10 years ago

    How fun, looks like everyone had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ninnukka

    Ninnukka said 10 years ago

    it was so great to meet all of you, I really enjoyed myself! thanks to Matt and Benedikta for visiting! <3

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

    internationalizing the site is welcome! thanks for the update!

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome said 10 years ago

    Yay for Europe, yay for Finland, yay for Benedikta and Matt!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 10 years ago

    Just went to check the Flickr Photos and it looks you really had some Fun, so great!!! Can`t to meet you all somewhere in Europe:)

  • ayawedding

    ayawedding said 10 years ago

    looks amazing:) thank you

  • MeadowbelleMarket

    MeadowbelleMarket said 10 years ago

    It sounds like so much fun - not to mention, a grand success. Enjoy Berlin. My husband is German and his family still lives in Berlin, so I guarantee you we'll be stalking etsy hq when we finally make it out to visit!

  • Succaplokki

    Succaplokki said 10 years ago

    Great fun, nice people! :) Thank you all. Especially Matt and Benedikta! :)

  • Urbanknit

    Urbanknit said 10 years ago

    fun items showcased

  • merryroseberry

    merryroseberry said 10 years ago

    Thanks for this post, it was really wonderful to see all those photos of the meeting (since I couldn´t come myself...) It really looks like everyone had such a great time :) Thank you for visiting Finland, hope you enjoyed your time in Helsinki!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    Etsy Europe! yaaay! (go Hungary!)

  • HouseOfMirth

    HouseOfMirth said 10 years ago

    wow, 40 people, that is a great turnout.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago


  • AlinaandT

    AlinaandT said 10 years ago

    Go Etsy Europe go!

  • nicedaydesigns

    nicedaydesigns said 10 years ago

    Oh that looks so fun.....let us know if you pop to Ireland at any point...the team would love to meet you

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 10 years ago

    Hello Finland! Great crafts - love the teacosy...please Etsy, come to Limoges, France!

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 10 years ago

    great stuff!

  • SiuTing1108

    SiuTing1108 said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharing

  • litapsilverj

    litapsilverj said 10 years ago

    What a fun trip and fun artisans! Howdie Finland Artists! Cool stuff Barbareshop!

  • Omwoods

    Omwoods said 10 years ago

    Yay Finland :D I'm originally from there. I was wondering how to check out some Finnish Etsy people, and here they are. Cool!

  • HeliDesigns

    HeliDesigns said 10 years ago

    was thinking exactly the same, Omwoods, as am originally from Finland as well...- cool stuff!

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 10 years ago

    Viel Glueck mit Dem Europaischen Etsy! (Sind my Endungen richtig)? :) Sincerely, Jeanne Haegele RainyPengiunVintage

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 10 years ago

    Viel glueck mit dem Europäischen Etsy! (I hope those endings are right) Translation: Good luck with the European Etsy! All the Best, Jeanne

  • NoniBam

    NoniBam said 10 years ago

    Any chance of you coming to visit Romania? ;-) Though I'm not Romanian, I do speak the language and I promise to show you some of the nicest places in Bucharest... What do you say???

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed looking at the photos and what a great team the Euros are! Some much versitality!

  • DragonsThreads

    DragonsThreads said 10 years ago

    A European Etsy? Yes! I'm all for it. The sooner, the nicer. :) Then I don't have to try to convert my EURO costs into $$s anymore... ^___^ Looking forward to more postcards.

  • Toacarving

    Toacarving said 10 years ago

    A European Etsy! Nice! you've got my vote, the sooner the better:)

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