Katie, from Making This Home blog and Gadanke shop has been creating these lovely journals for some time and I have to admit, I have been in love with them since I first laid eyes on them. They are incredibly lovely and now that I am a proud owner of one (the She Journal, which is where our list for today comes from) I have to say, I'm even more in love. Her adorable journals have the most unique and awesome sheets to doodle and journal on. Plus, when you run out of pages to share, she has an expansion pack to buy so you can journal even more. I honestly can't say enough how awesome her journals are. I've thoroughly enjoyed using mine.
And now, the interview with Katie!!!
Q: What got you started in making these awesome journals?
A: A couple of years ago, NPR's StoryCorp was in town. It was also my grandma's 90th
birthday. The two of us decided to hop into the recording studio to capture some pieces of her story. I had all sorts of prompts to help her with her story telling. (I was always the listener, the one who asked question after question.) The only problem?
My grandma couldn't remember. Too much time had passed.
Later, my dad turned to me and said, "Katie, I need you to write down your story." I knew he wished he had his mom's stories. So I started writing.
I started wondering about all of the other women who have stories deep inside of them, and I started thinking about how my tendency to just listen and ask could help put those stories onto paper. Gadanke was born with fabulous writing prompts and recycled papers. I feel so lucky to be living my dream.
Q: How did you come up with the name Gadanke?
A: I was living in Berlin, Germany at the time. The name comes from the German word, Gedanke. It means thought, idea, or mind.
I have a teensy problem in German. Despite hours of studying the language, I still trip up. It's like I'm saying “ball” or “bull” when I'm really trying to say “bowl”. We'll be sitting in a restaurant with a group of Germans, and I'll look at the waitress and announce, “I'd like a ball of soup, please.”
Luckily, Gadanke has a big “thank you” in it. (Danke means thank you.) There's so much to be thankful for in life, and I want us to remember that everyday.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Green. I think it's because winter is so looooong here in the Rocky Mountains (and Berlin!). I snowed on my high school graduation. And my brother's... And my sister's... After a while, you go crazy waiting for green trees and grass. So they're always my favorite.
Q: What supplies are your favorite to work with (either in crafting or in creating for your shop)?
A: My top priority is the source of materials - was it made with recycled or sustainable materials?
Q: What is your favorite thing about summer?
A: Do you remember what summer tasted like as a kid?
For me, it involved a lot of popsicles and marshmallows over the campfire. I think those little moments are still my favs.
Q: What's your favorite craft?
A: I like anything that involves paper, paint, and fabric. I used to adore pottery, but I just don't have the room or the time for such a big hobby. Maybe later!
Q: What is the hobby you most enjoy?
A: Oooh - my favorites are going ice skating, traveling, and reading. To relax or think about new projects, I like to take long walks.
Q: What lies in store next for you and/or Gadanke??
A: Oh gosh! My husband and I are gutting the back of an old airplane hangar. We'll have a little 750 square foot home, and Gadanke will have its very own office right over a couple of airplanes. It'll be really cool. But first there's some serious decluttering to do. There is years and years of clutter that has built up in the place.
Thank you Katie for taking the time to answer these questions and letting us know you and your shop a little better!
Before I get into this week's list, here are some more of her journals......
See an awesome journal you want??
Go to her shop and use the code KELLIST10 and receive a 10% discount (valid for 10 days only)!! Hurry!
And now this week's list (from Katie's She Journal):
Can't wait to see yalls! And don't forget to link up and add your photos to our flickr group!