living handmade


Hello there fellow crafter. Welcome!

We are a creative little artist family who loves to make things. A few years ago we took a decision: Enough with the buying! We were tired of of fake trends, of badly made high street clothes and plastic toys that breaks fast without a chance to repair them, horrible work conditions in third world countries for our pleasure with an increasingly poor environment as a result  … We didn’t want to be a part of that costuming rat-race anymore, so instead we started an urban farm (an Edible Garden) in our backyard, ditched the TV with its constant stream of advertising, learned how to bake and cook from scratch, how to make toys and everyday items out of materials we had at hand and with newly learned skills.

These last few years have been the most important in our lives: we have learned to put value on the things we own; we cherish and look after our belongings now, repairing them if they break instead of throwing them away to buy something new. Not only have we learned lots of new skills, but we have also found a real connection to nature, more time to spend doing what we love and with our kids. If we really need to buy something, we shop vintage or support handmade artists or local farmers and shops.

My name is Hanna and I’m the writer of this blog. I’m a Swede living in Belgium with my musician husband and our three kids. I really love to create in paper and textiles, grow and make food, living a zero-waste lifestyle… My wish with this blog is that maybe, I will be able to inspire you to start creating more yourself.

So, feel right at home, have a look around and enjoy the free DIY tutorials and other things that inspire me. Feel free to share my tutorials and ideas on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook if you feel like it. I really hope I can inspire you to create some things for yourself. It’s extremely rewarding and fun to create! To occupy your hands with a small little something is the best medicine for heavy days …

I should also mention that although I write in English, I’m not a native English speaker, so please excuse all the awful writing mistakes I make.. sorry!

I am also the designer and maker of an eco-friendly slow fashion shop on Etsy, called raori. A few blocks away, you can also find my small vintage shop, raori VINTAGE. Please like me on Facebook and you’ll get all the latest news about raori, raori VINTAGE, sales, and especially a chance to win cool handmade and vintage clothes and accessories.

Thanks for reading and good luck in the making!

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  1. Inspiring words. It is so satisfying to cook with food that you have grown, play with toys that you have made, and wear clothes that you have created. Wishing you much success and happiness in your venture and in your beautiful blog.

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