Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Petronella: A Treasure Trove in Germany
I don't usually tell folks that I was born in a tiny town in Northern Germany, called Soegel, near Bremen. I don't like mentioning it because it's not as exotic as it sounds & I don't want to disappoint. Because my dad was stationed there with the U.S. Army at the time, I was a U.S. citizen born abroad. I don't have German descent, nor do I speak the language, nor do I remember the experience (we moved back to the states when I was 10 months old).
What does this have to do with Petronella Luiting of P8 Button Art?
I was introduced to Petronella when I happened upon her absolutely outstanding treasury of slate colored items. I really hope her Slate treasury makes Etsy's front page, as it's classy, distinquished, sophisticated & stands out from the rest with its clean, grey lines. Besides, *wink*, she included my brand new Man Scarf, Slate Silver Grey and Blue-Grey Boucle, Handknit with Hints of Walnut and Caramel Browns!
When I clicked to her store, I read with excitement that her location is listed as, "A tiny village of 20 homes in the most northern part of Germany, Europe." She's living in the same part of the country where I was born!
So, what does P8 mean and what is Petronella all about? I've included images from her shop in this post, and here is an explanation from her Profile on Etsy (your place to buy and sell all things handmade):
"My name is Petronella Luiting and my shop is called P8 Button Art. "P8" is "peight" and that is exactly the Dutch way of pronouncing the first syllable of "Petronella". I am from Holland and live at the moment with my husband and a little dog in the North German countryside."
Where else to find P8:
Her funky accessory line with bags & hats: P8 Accessories
Her unique clothing line for brave & plus size women: Petronella Fashion