Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday is my day: colettecolor

This week we will visit Colette in Hungary! I adore the wonderful colours and attention to detail you can see in her Etsy shop, which has bags, pouches, jewelry and more. Enjoy her day!

My name is Nicolette Ludvig. I live in Győr, in Hungary, in the heart of Europe, halfway between Budapest and Vienna. It is 20 years now that I’ve been exploring the secrets of colours. I do sewing, knitting, crocheting... and I’m passionately interested in whatever is made of yarn and textile.

Thank you so much for the invitation to this blog. You know, I started my ETSY shop merely six months ago, and I highly appreciate every support.

Please come with me, as I’m presenting you how I spend my days.

I get up early in the morning, opening my eyes at about 5 or 6 o’clock. The house is all quiet yet, my dear husband and our three sons (16, 13 and 5) are all sound asleep.
I read my e-mail messages and the orders, I review my ETSY shop, and my blog.

By the time my loved ones begin to strech in their beds, I’ve already finished the administration.
While my husband goes to the bakery for some fresh rolls, I make tea and coffee. 8 o’clock – the house is quiet again. The older boys have gone to school, the little one to the nursery, my husband to his workplace.
I’m alone now with my rolls of textile...

Let the creation begin!

That is... wait a minute... some things are missing! I need some zippers, wooden beads, cotton yarn, etc. I must go to the town center! On the way home, I visit my painter friend, Hokata. She’s my partner in planning a summer camp for creative people who make wonderful crafts of all kind. ... I mean, whatever is made of textile! Sipping our tasty tea we chat about the details of our plans.
We are bound together by the joy of life and the love of colours. I’ve decided to recommend her ETSY shop deeply from my heart.

I arrive home at noon. I usually leave out lunch… there’s nobody to prepare it I like eating fruits, so I gulp down an apple, or it’s the season of cherry now, and there’s plenty of it in our garden. If I need any substantial, I prepare a banana-shake.

I peep to my studio... Oh, my! Who on earth did this mess? (No question, that was me...) It would be proper to tidy everything in up, but there are too many orders, I haven’t got time to do that.

I often go to do sewing in the garden, ’cause I’m keen on my garden, plants and flowers around me. I love sunshine and twittering of the birds. My garden means excellent inspiration to me, the work is progressing better in an environment, like this!

Let’s see the orders for bags... well, there are lots of it! I will hardly finish sewing them within the deadlines. I would boldly say that my products are pretty popular in the Hungarian market-place of handicraft.

If only it were true with ETSY too! That’s my secret dream.
In addition to preparing bags, my other passion is making those colourful round purses. I use various techniques to make them: appliquéd trimming, embroidery, yarns, crocheting. Of course I find colours very important, too and my shop’s name also suggests it. COLETTECOLOR the shop’s name is, which expresses that me and the colours are inseparable companions.

Wow, it’s 3 p.m. now, I must go for my youngest son to the nursery school. On the way I drop into the post office to send the parcels. I’m going to make some tasteful pizzas for dinner so we buy the ingredients in the store. FRIDAY is PIZZA DAY in our family.

When we arrive home, the rest of the family have come from school, training or work. It’s family time!

I knead the dough for the pizza and prepare the other ingredients.
The boys’ favourite is pizza Hawaii with bacon and pineapple, my husband and me like it with slices of tomatoes and aubergine. At the dinner table we chat about the events of the day, while we, adults are sipping a glass of good Hungarian wine after the Italian flavours.

In the evening the older boys go to their own programs, the little one, his daddy and me ride our bicycles to the highest point of our neighbourhood. (165 meters :) The scenery is breathtaking.

photo by Zoltan Toth

At home again... We collapse into our beds.

„Good night, sleep tight! Don’t let the bad bugs bite!” :)


  1. Thank you for sharing this colorful-wonderful report! We love you and your works, Colette! :-))
    /Köszönjük ezt a színes-csodás riportot! Szeretünk Téged és munkáidat, Colette! :-))

  2. Hi Colette!
    Wow, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading about your day.
    Is your son having ketchup on his pizza? :O)

    I added your shop as a favorite a while ago. Lovely work.
    Have a good weekend and I wish you all the luck with your Etsy shop!

  3. Thank you Maria for the opportunity!

    Dear Csilla, thank you all!!!:-)))

    Thanks for the kind words Renathe!

  4. Oh, Colette, it was good to see your colourful day! You are my lovely colourful inspiration! :-)))
    (Ó, Colette, Te Drága, nagyon jó volt belelátni egy színes napodba! Te vagy az én szeretett legszínesebb inspirációm!)

  5. But a good heart, I'm glad that I read about you here:))) Quite a bit of everyday life to see it - look around:))
    Virtual hug:) Szaszi-szilvi

    De jó szívből örülök, Colette, hogy a mindennapjaiba is beleláthatunk- leskelődhetünk - de csak egy picit :))


  6. It has been wonderful to read about your work and life! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow Nicolette, What a beautiful surrounding and sweet life. Thank you for sharing this wonderful day...and your amazingly colourful creations.

  8. Győr is very beautiful city, it was a good post Colette :)

  9. Nice to get to know you better :)
    And congrats to the photographer - the scenery is nice and the photos do it justice :)

  10. Your life seems very peaceful, full with beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kedves emlékeim között szerepen Győr, jó volt látni a te szemszögedből pár képet róla.A kerékpárért oda vagyok, mint ahogy a kezed alkotta csodákért is!

  12. Great photos! Thank you for sharing with us))

  13. Lovely to find out more about your day Colette!
    Erika Price Jewelry

  14. what a lovely day!! thank you for sharing!!

  15. What a lovely post! Love your designs! Reyes XXX
    Friday is also pizza day for my family!