Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My European Touch on Handmade Artists Shops

Monika (Drake) owns and operates a fantastic shop that primarily features her repurposed mosaic artistry.  So, I decided to feature some other things that she does well.  First is a quill and ink drawing of the gate house at a manor in Schleswig Holstein, Germany.  Monika did this drawing way back in the '70s when she lived in Germany.  I was drawn to this picture, then when I read the description, I was reminded that part of my family came from that area.  My grandfather Detlefsen's family came from Denmark and Germany across Schleswig Holstein.  Such a small world.  That was my mother's side of my ancestry.  The Rasmussen family came to the USA from Copenhagen, Denmark.  

Next, I was drawn to here only journal in the shop.  This has a pattern named Scarborough Fair, which is
from England.  My grandmother's (Detlefsen nee Atwell) family is from the Devon area in southwest England.  So I found items to remind me of my ancestry from England also.  So much to enjoy, visit My European Touch and look at all of Monika's work.  And while there, feel free to enjoy the work of the other artisans who display their work on Handmade Artists.



  1. Well, John, the world is so small, can you imagining....The border of Denmark is just an hour from my hometown in Germany. How many times have I been there to eat their funny tasting food and vacationed.
    (Yes, the food they cook is totally different and they color it)
    I am so surprised to find these lil tidbits about you and your family.
    In the meantime, I thank you greatly for your sharing of my diverse art. I am humbled and grateful. Monika

  2. Amazing post John! Monika's charcoal drawings are really good work. The journal is beautiful!

  3. what great items you've chosen to share.....