It's Tuesday again- can you believe it? Tuesday means only one thing in the world of Pepperberry & Co.- an interview with an inspiring artist through Tuesday Tales. Today we meet with Daniela, the self-confessed 'crafty girl since forever' who is behind the gorgeous goodies at Italian Craft and Quilt shop Happy Bee.

'I remember being a kid,' Daniela reminisces, 'and every Summer, Nuns would come to our small village and teach us how to sew and embroider.' The first thing that Daniela learned how to do was cross stitch, and since then she has 'always loved all things handmade and unique.'

Her Mother and Grandmothers inspired her to further explore craft, as 'one of my Grandmothers was great at knitting, the other one crocheted wonderful shawls, slippers, and scarves, and my Mom was a dressmaker,' Daniela explains. 'I grew up surrounded by crafty people!'

Years after first gaining some crafty skills, Daniela fell in love with the beautiful quilts that she saw in American movies. 'I particularly loved the oldest ones, so I decided to try to make them too,' she tells me. 'I took a class and learned basic quilt-making skills, and once I started… well, I couldn't stop!' she laughs.

Once she had the skills, Daniela began making quilts, table runners and wall hangings for herself, her family and her friends. It wasn't long until she expanded her repertoire and began sewing small items such as pouches, cases and key chains to give away as gifts on special occasions, and, she exclaims with modest surprise, 'people seemed to appreciate them!'

Once she realised that there was a market for her creativity, Daniela 'finally' decided to try to sell her things. 'When I found Etsy, I thought it was the perfect place for sell my crafts,' she smiles. 'It's so full of wonderful international artists selling their awesome items. So I decided to try this challenge!'

One of the first things Daniela had to do was come up with a name for her store. 'When I was thinking about the perfect name for my shop, my mind immediately went to bees,' she says. 'They are always so busy, doing lots of things in their lives; but they never seem tired and are always so proud and happy in their work,' she smiles. 'They really inspired me!'


Since starting her business, Daniella has found it easy to stay motivated. 'The main thing that motivates me to craft is the fact that I love to create new things,' she explains. 'I love to start with a few pieces of fabric and end up with a quilt!' she grins. 'It’s amazing what you can create with just some fabric and thread… the possibilities are endless. The only thing that limits you is your creativity!'

Daniela dreams of one day owning her ideal craft studio. 'My favourite place in the world is a little wood cottage I found during a trip to Colorado in the United States,' she recalls. 'It looked so amazing, all surrounded by woods and situated in front of a beautiful lake. All around it were mountains,' Daniela sighs happily. 'I immediately fell in love with it and thought that it would be the perfect place for my crafts, and especially to make my quilts, because it was so peaceful and relaxing!'

To follow Daniela's adventures through craft, make sure to check out her blog and Etsy shop. But wait, it's not over yet! The lovely Daniela has generously offered to host a giveaway for readers of Tuesday Tales, and the winner will receive their choice of a 4-in-1 Case from her Etsy Shop. To enter, simply become a follower of Dany's Happy Bee blog and leave a comment here letting me know which 4-in-1 case you would choose and why. Tweet, Facebook or blog about the giveaway and receive an extra entry for each!


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P.S. Sincere apologies for the delay in posting last week's giveaway winner! We fly out of Bangkok and back to Melbourne today after having lived here for 3 months, so as you can imagine, it's been a bit hectic.

Without further ado, the lucky winner of Jennifer's gorgeous
Pink Lily Press giveaway is Monique from Your Cheeky Monkey, who said she would choose to have poppies printed as her custom notecards because it's 'a simple classic design that's just lovely'. Thank you for all of your entries- I was most inspired by some of your wonderful suggestions!
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Comments (65)

On September 29, 2009 at 6:42 PM , carly k said...

oh my! I think I am #1:) such cute stuff! I love the grey/blue/red pouch!

 
On September 29, 2009 at 7:08 PM , djaj said...

Happy Bee creations and blog are lovely, thanks for letting us know !
For the 4-in-1, I just love surprises (and I'm not able to choose but that has to be kept secret !)

 
On September 29, 2009 at 7:48 PM , Happybee said...

Thanks so much Sandra for doing this!!!!
I feel like a tv star today!!!! :O)
Thank you!!!!!
Dany

 
On September 29, 2009 at 8:19 PM , Dina Fragola said...

I like them all really. But if I have to pick, I'd go for the one with blue flower.

 
On September 29, 2009 at 8:24 PM , Melinda @ Here We Go Loopy Lou said...

Following Dany's fab blog. If I had to choose (all cute!), I would choose the Amy Butler Lotus one I think!

 
On September 29, 2009 at 9:17 PM , Simona said...

Hi! I'm Daniela's friend...and she's really an happy bee girl... ;-) She's so nice...a big kiss
Simona

 
On September 29, 2009 at 9:45 PM , PassionArte said...

These items are sooo cute! I love the Panda!

 
On September 29, 2009 at 10:05 PM , tooznie said...

I'm a new follower :) My favourite colour is red, so really there's no question which one!

 
On September 29, 2009 at 10:13 PM , Altered Beauty said...

Hi there! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26338654
I need it too lol. Organization is an area in which I am severely lacking. This would help!
I am a follower :-D
http://alteredbeauty.etsy.com
alteredbeauty@live.com

 
On September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM , Fiona said...

Those 4in1's are soo clever - I like the one with spots and blue background

 
On September 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM , JadeDahlia said...

Thanks for featuring Happy Bee on your blog. It really is fantastic to get to know the crafting community worldwide! My favourite 4-in-1 case is the one with the flowers on it. The colours are gorgeous and it's feminine at the same time. Splendido!

 
On September 29, 2009 at 10:41 PM , silvia said...

hi there ^_^ the 4in1 are sooooo cute, i love too much this:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26338654

and now i follow you and i follow happybee ^_^ congrats for your blogs and things ^_^

 
On September 29, 2009 at 10:54 PM , Loopy said...

Fun giveaway, cause I'm really liking the "It's tea time - Lavender Sachets set of 3" So clever!!

 
On September 29, 2009 at 11:17 PM , clare's craftroom said...

Hi Sandra looking forward to you being back home . Another great interview , thankyou .

 
On September 30, 2009 at 12:35 AM , Gufobardo said...

;O) wonderful energy in the intervies and into happybee's blog, For the 4-in-1, I just love surprises....goodluck! Stef

 
On September 30, 2009 at 12:36 AM , Parkside Harmony said...

Great post! I'm following the Happy Bee Blog and I just love the 4-in-1 case with the flowers. :)

 
On September 30, 2009 at 12:46 AM , Jacky said...

Love it! I'm a follower of the HappyBee blog, and I would choose the zippered pouch that is blue/brown/red/yellow--I think it's an Amy Butler fabric? I have a Carryall Clutch from Sew Fantastic (on Etsy, but I don't know the link off the top of my head) that is the same fabric, so I'd love to match it! =)

onthistimearound.blogspot.com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 1:58 AM , ...fairyland said...

hello!! so lovely cases and clutches and especially the forest one! it is so inspired and in my mood:)
i would pick the red with the butterflies because i love butterflies! so simple! and i will use it as my photograph case since i got a new one in pink colour and i have no case to put it in and my usb as well:)
Thank you for this chance!
neraidodhmiourgies.etsy.com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 3:41 AM , Le Coccole said...

Dani's shop is so cute!! I knew her because we are both member of the Etsy Italia Team, and she is also a very lovely person. :)

 
On September 30, 2009 at 5:50 AM , Egater said...

Hi! I love those but that Black Sheep is just adorable!
Yhankyou, now I followher blog. She is very talented
egateris at gmail dot com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 7:13 AM , Tam said...

I love the one with the flowers (an amy butler print i think)...fab stuff, I'm a follower now. Thanks for that I love finding new blogs to follow.

 
On September 30, 2009 at 8:09 AM , Merry said...

These are so lovely and bright. Thanks for sharing info on such another wonderful talent.

 
On September 30, 2009 at 8:38 AM , Shan said...

hi
i love the one with the flowers
what a great idea!!!
good luck everyone :)

 
On September 30, 2009 at 9:04 AM , marian said...

lovely giveaway my fingers are crossed. I am following and I love the red 4 in 1 case with the butterflies.Thanks for the giveaway.Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM , ange_moore said...

Have just become a follower of Daniella's and love her stuff - you can't go past good Italian crafts(wo)manship!

My favourite 4-in-1 would be the blue, green and cream tree-ish one!

Safe and happy travels back to Melbourne. Bet you can't wait to see your furry friends again.

 
On September 30, 2009 at 11:08 AM , Aestraea said...

hmm..I think I'd choose the brown one with flowers on it, because of the pretty design. And, I'm now following HappyBee's blog!

 
On September 30, 2009 at 11:19 AM , Bec Clarke said...

Wow her work is just lovely, I have become a follower and it was hard to choose but my favourite 4 in 1 is the butterfly one.

 
On September 30, 2009 at 11:31 AM , Silvergirl said...

I am a follower of Dany's blog

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM , Silvergirl said...

Dany's work are cute.. love them all but i really like that: 4 in 1 zippered tissue-lip balm-key chain-business card holder.. i can put everything there.. so they will be intact..

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 12:43 PM , minishoes1 said...

The red is my fav. They are all pretty! Thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM , ZaftigDelights ~ KnitzyBlonde said...

I am a follower of her blog, and I think I would choose this one if I won...
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26004415


Thanks,

Sandie
zaftig2k at yahoo dot com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 5:13 PM , the brown couch said...

I follow the blog.

I like the blue one.

Deborah
comfortjoydesigns AT gmail DOT com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 6:15 PM , Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

The red one !!

the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

 
On September 30, 2009 at 8:05 PM , Lilly said...

What a great shop!!!
I love the grey and blue one. I really like the fabric and colors!
Thanks a lot for the chance ^^

 
On October 1, 2009 at 12:43 AM , Kat C. said...

Hi, I followed the happybee blog.
I think im going for the red and black 4 in 1 zippered tissue-lip balm-key chain-business card holder if i win :)

katch05 at gmail dot com

 
On October 1, 2009 at 1:26 AM , Copper Patch said...

Wow Happy Bee is cool!
It would have to be the Black sheep for me. I was one in my family and I seem to be one at work... and I kinda like it :)
Different is good!
Abbe

 
On October 1, 2009 at 2:24 AM , Linda K said...

I like the brown with flowers

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

 
On October 1, 2009 at 7:28 AM , @}-,'--- said...

I'm following Happybee and really like the red 4 in 1. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29083189

 
On October 1, 2009 at 7:30 AM , @}-,'--- said...

tweet http://twitter.com/QTPieCrafts/status/4507656551

 
On October 1, 2009 at 7:01 PM , fındıkfaresi said...

Just became a follower of her blog and if I win, I'd like http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26338654
findikim[at]gmail[dot]com

 
On October 1, 2009 at 7:41 PM , Ave said...

I follow Dany's Happy Bee blog. I like the one with flowers (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26338654)

avetaar(at)gmail(dot)com

 
On October 1, 2009 at 10:39 PM , f.sarah said...

i follow both of your blogs!
i would love to win this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26338654

 
On October 2, 2009 at 4:37 AM , blueberries in the fields said...

i follow your blog and twitter. i love them all. i would be happy to win any of them :)

 
On October 2, 2009 at 4:44 AM , Soap Scent-sations said...

I love the butterfly! very cute and extremely useful! as I always loose my lip balm in the bottom of my bag!

tweeted here: http://twitter.com/SoapScentsation

 
On October 2, 2009 at 6:47 AM , Corie said...

I love all 3 of them!! :D But because I have to choose, I pick the Butterflies...its just gorgeous!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29083189

corieandnickolas(at)hotmail.com

 
On October 2, 2009 at 6:52 AM , Corie said...

http://twitter.com/sexymamma23/status/4534409466

tweeted :)

i am also following Dany's blog (sexymamma23) (**forgot to mention that in my 1st comment lol**)

 
On October 2, 2009 at 8:44 AM , tanya904 said...

I am now a follower and i would choose the red butterfly four in one case
tanyainjville@yahoo.com

 
On October 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM , Donido said...

I would choose this one http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29083189 because i love the colors and the butterflies.

i'm also following Happybee blog now

 
On October 2, 2009 at 6:52 PM , PassionArte said...

I've already left a comment for this talented artist! I've forgot to nominate my favorite 4-in-1 case: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26004415.
I'm yet a follower of her blog and now, I'm going to post about this give away on my blog!

 
On October 2, 2009 at 8:53 PM , sabrita said...

What a great item! I would choose the fabric with the black background. I signed up as a new follower for Happy Bee Blog. Thanks.

 
On October 3, 2009 at 5:51 AM , Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29083189 this one I love the color red :)

I am a follower of Dana's blog

aunteegem@yahoo.com

 
On October 3, 2009 at 6:30 AM , Stephanie said...

I follow her blog and if I won I would choose this one http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26338654
thegrants(at)live(dot)com

 
On October 3, 2009 at 8:57 AM , Michelle said...

Following her blog. I would choose this one: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26004415. Love the fabric and design! Thanks for the chance to win.

 
On October 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM , Kylie said...

Would love to follow along with a happybee who makes such lovely handmade things! Just wanted to pass on that I love the scarflettes... Two of my favourite things are the colour red and butterflies, so I would definitely choose http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29083189

 
On October 3, 2009 at 2:08 PM , trixpixel said...

They really are clever! I like the pretty butterfly one. Thanks! trixpixel[at]gmail.com

 
On October 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM , remarker/fcffollower said...

I would choose the red butterflies -why? because I really think the print is lovely

 
On October 3, 2009 at 10:30 PM , MaMa said...

I follow Dany's blog & your's too! I really love the last one (red with butterflies) and it is something I desperately need to stay organized! Thanks for hosting.
Lisa
mistyfuji (at) yahoo (d0t) com

 
On October 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM , Pi said...

My favorite is the one with the red zipper. It'd be awesome to win that. I'll keep my eye on Daniela's blog.
My contact: nowhere.else@hotmail.com
Lovely giveaway, thank you!

 
On October 4, 2009 at 1:44 AM , Indie Craft Corner Editor said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29083189


Indie Craft Corner Blog:
http://indiecraftcorner.blogspot.com/

Pieces Of Me Pendants on Etsy
http://www.piecesofmependants.etsy.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/IndieCraftBlog

 
On October 4, 2009 at 7:10 AM , LoveMeKnot Creations said...

I'm following her blog now :)

My fave 4-in-1 would be the one with the amy butler fabric,
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26004415

love it!

 
On October 4, 2009 at 9:35 AM , Tylerpants said...

I'm following your blog & Dany's blog!
My fave is the red butterflies 4-in-1 case =)
tylerpants(at)gmail.com

 
On October 4, 2009 at 9:18 PM , Lilly said...

lovely interview! you two are great :)
I'd love the red one because I'm utterly crazy about butterflies, so it could be wonderful to have such a perfect item!
thank you!!!

 
On October 5, 2009 at 6:20 AM , Digital Misfit said...

Fantastic little pouches! I would choose the lovely 4-in-1 case in the Amy Butler Geisha fabric http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26338654

It would coordinate perfectly with all of my favorite purses!

heidig@gmail.com

 
On October 13, 2009 at 5:57 PM , Kate & Oli said...

They're both super cute, but my favorite would have to be the one with the flowers on a black background!

Katie, kateandoli@gmail.com

 
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