Un Lieu Sur Terre – Enchanting Shop and Art Classes (in Vevey)

Sponsored Post


I’m delighted to be sponsored by Un Lieu Sur Terre, as Celyn Lila Nicholson – the founder/owner, has so many enchanting things to offer that I believe many of you will also love.

First, there is this shop, where she sells über lovely tea towels and cushion covers. Great work, design, and you can feel the personal touch on them. I immediately thought they would make perfect presents for my loved ones when I saw them. The kitchen towels are so lovely that I would hang them as wall arts.

Then, there are her workshops and art classes, which take place in her home studio in Vevey. The ones coming soon are carefully designed to appreciate the “me-time” of trailing spouses (although I’m sure that non-trailing spouses can also enjoy it).


As written on the website:

What about finding yourself all over again?

Remember what is written on the airplane security leaflet ? Put on your oxygen mask first and then onto your children.

Stop expending your energy.

Start expanding it.

Thus, her motto for these Dream Catcher workshops: “From Expat to Expand”

Each workshop cost 250 CHF, which is divided into 2 half-days (part 1 and 2). These workshops take place on a Tuesday (part 1) and on a Thursday (part 2). Each workshop has a different theme and varieties of techniques will be taught. All the creative workshops are aimed to help women to pinpoint special areas of their lives that need to be sparkled again and to trust the deep creative process that will happen over the classes and over time.

The workshop includes:

  • an initiation to mindful meditation on the first morning of every workshop by a certified Yoga and mediation teacher
  • an organic, in-season catered lunch done a woman who has a passion for “holistic” food
  • all art materials except personal items that might be required

The first class start on Tuesday the 1st and Thursday the 3rd of October with Pagan Poetry Workshop. Celyn needs a minimum of 3 participants to do the class. She will also add an extra class in October for this very creative workshop. It will be on Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th.

For more info or FAQ, please see Un Lieu Sur Terre website.


Celyn Nicholson
Un Lieu Sur Terre Studio
1800 Vevey, Switzerland
unlieusurterre (AT) gmail.com
Phone : +41-79-128-06-86
on facebook


*Image courtesy of Un Lieu Sur Terre

This & That Week #27 – July 2013

Hi there,

Huge apology that I haven’t posted for sooo long now. I’ve been mostly busy with my kids (what else), but also very busy re-organizing my/our life. Two years after we moved, our house is still a mess and I still couldn’t find things easily. I found it unacceptable. So after evaluating my/our situation, I realized that: (1) I spent too much time online and (2) we own too many stuff.

The last weeks I’ve been decreasing my online time and de-cluttering our house. In fact I set up a goal: “500 items gone in 100 days” – to trash, donation, hand-down, and sell. Hopefully, by mid September, we’ll own 500 fewer items (which we obviously don’t need). So far I managed to rid 200 items, and it already feel so much better at home!


I know that many of you are expats and used to move around the globe. I bet you are experts on de-cluttering. Let me know, have you done hard core de-cluttering? Do you have any tips to spare?

OK, ’nuff about me.

Now that the school holiday has started and summer is here, we have a lot going on in Lausanne and beyond:

Other things worth mentioning:

  • A new website: Enfance.ch to help parents understand the changes on school system in Vaud (in French)
  • For those leaving home for vacation, please take extra care to secure your home. See this post for some info and link to a useful checklist
  • If you’re flying with small children and have time to kill at the airport, go to the dedicated playrooms (in Geneva or Zurich). I promise you won’t regret it 🙂

And finally, there is Züri Fäscht in Zurich – happening this weekend 5-7 July that sounds awesome and with huge fireworks on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Happy summer!


Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project is Coming to Lausanne!

Do you know the RedBall Project? It was in 2008 when I first saw a photograph of Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project, that time in Chicago. That day, I wished that I would be able to see it personally one day. So that when earlier today I received an email from the social media manager of the project, telling me that they are coming to Lausanne, I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. THE RED BALL IS GOING TO BE SQUEEZED IN LAUSANNE!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a pic of the ball, taken during its exhibition in Toronto:


Isn’t it amazing?

The RedBall Project has been touring the globe since 2001, and after more than a decade, it will finally be in Switzerland – even better, in Lausanne! Ooooh, I’m too excited!

The Lausanne tour will take place on July 3-9, 2013 as part of the Festival de la Cité Lausanne. It will include seven performance locations around to city, which will be announced on their Facebook page and to email subscribers via www.redballproject.com/lausanne.

They also proudly offer the opportunity to one of their followers to win an all-inclusive trip for two to the next tour city in our “RedBall + You” Instagram Contest. For more details, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/redballproject.

So, ready for some RedBall sightings and squeezing? I know I do!


Read more about The RedBall Project and Kurt Perschke here.

*Photograph by Loozrboy, used under Creative Commons

7th edition of aperti – 2013


Art lovers, the annual Aperti is coming! Over the course of a weekend, many many artists open their studio doors. This event brings together the public and the artists.

The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 23-24 March 2013, from noon-6pm. You can check each participating artist on aperti official site to get the idea of their work and style. Btw, one of the participants is Naomi Middelmann who also offers children and adult art classes (see my previous post about her here).

Winners of “Mommy and Me” Art Class Giveaway!

Hiya, how was the start of the week for you? I had a very stressful first half of last week, and then busy with redecorating our guest room until the weekend. This week I hope to be more relaxed, and I think my plan goes well, especially after a massage I had earlier this evening 🙂

So now, just a quick post to announce the  ladies who won the “Mommy and Me” art classes by Naomi Middelmann, as I am getting very sleepy already — obviously the effect of the relaxing massage 🙂

The lucky comments were picked by random.org and the numbers are…

Comments #5 (Susanne), #2 (Kate), #4 (Megan)!

Congratulations, ladies! You will hear from me personally by email soon.

I thank everyone who had participated on this giveaway. For those of you who did not win this time, don’t forget that you can also have a free trial class. And then you can continue if your little ones and you like it. Please contact Naomi directly for more information.

Naomi Middelmann
Rue du Simplon 15
1006 Lausanne
nmiddelmann (AT) gmail.com

The Winners of Art & Craft Classes Giveaway

from “La tête dans les nuages” are… comments number 2 and 7! *picked by random.org*

Congrats, Chris and Cary! I will send personal email to you regarding the prizes. And I thank you all for your comments and Nicole from “La tête dans les nuages” for the possibility to host this giveaway!

Happy crafting!

Art & Craft Class Giveaway from “La tête dans les nuages”

The Lausanne Mom Facebook page just hit 300 fans on the weekend, and I thought it called for a celebration. So let’s start with a children art & craft giveaway!

Nicole from “La tête dans les nuages” contacted me recently. She offers classes for children from 4 to 10 years, which include many kinds of craft, such as paper mache, painting, drawing, clay and even some cooking!

There are 2 classes on Wednesday:

  • 9:30 – 11am for 4-6 y.o.
  • 1:30 – 3pm for 6-10 y.o.

Price: CHF120/month, plus CHF60/year for registration and materials

There is also class on Saturdays (Ateliers du samedi) from 9:30-11am, which is for children from 4 years, accompanied by an adult. Price: CHF100 for 2 classes, all inclusive.

And, now we come to the best part: Nicole has agreed to give 2 lucky readers each a free “Atelier du Samedi” in May. To enter the giveaway contest, you have to leave a comment, letting us know the kind of art & craft your kids like the most! Comments are accepted until Monday, 12 March 2012, 11:59pm.

Good luck!

For more info about the classes:
Nicole Rochat
078 736 90 97
Avenue d’Echallens 4, Lausanne


An Unexpected Giveaway: “San Francisco Hill Houses” Print by Laura Amiss

A few days ago I purchased an illustration print from Laura Amiss’ Etsy shop, and yesterday I received them. I ordered one, but received two in different envelopes. I emailed the seller and this was what she replied:

“Hi Meta – ha ha I thought I might have done that! I had a very busy two days and two poorly children and I doubted that I had actually sent you the print so I thought better safe than sorry.

Oh, my, I can really hear her. I myself had been having an airhead the last few days, after kept so busy and tired by my kids.

Now that I ended up with 2 identical art prints, I suggested to her to give one as giveaway and she was happy with the idea. The print is really lovely, inspired by the hill houses in San Francisco, as you can see in the picture below.

This is the info about it from Laura’s Etsy shop:

This San Fransico inspired art print is an original illustration done by me that I have digitally coloured and tweaked.
I have used Epson archival inks on Epson heavy weight matte paper to produce a vibrant and enduring print.
Print info:
Paper: Matte Epson Archival 182 gram
Paper size: A4
Inks: Epson Archival
Printed image size: 9.8 x 7.1 inches / 25 x 18 cm

There is ONE print to win. It’s without frame, but should fit easily in a frame available in many stores like IKEA, Coop, or Manor. To enter the giveaway contest, you have to leave a comment, letting me know if you had been (or not) in San Francisco. I was there in 2009 for a week on a conference trip and I looooove it, which was the reason I chose this particular illustration. Comments will be accepted until Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 at 23:59. Please comment here on this post (below) and NOT on the facebook page.

Good luck!

— This giveaway contest is now closed —

See other works from Laura here: www.etsy.com/shop/lauraamiss

Art Classes for Children and Adults in Lausanne Center

For those of you looking for an art class for your little ones or yourself, here’s one ran by Naomi Middelmann. Read on!

(FYI, I’m very interested with the “Mommy and Me” class. Let’s see what my 3-y.o. think about it. If she agrees, perhaps I’ll see you there?)


The open-ended art classes provide a friendly and stimulating environment where children and adults can explore various techniques and materials with the guidance and encouragement of a working and trained artist.

These classes are aimed at stimulating creativity and self-expression and not at copying or reproducing artworks.

Located in the centre of Lausanne, limited in size (6-7 participants) and taught in English or in French, the classes allow children and adults to create, paint, draw, print, collage, imagine, and explore their creativity in a personalized and professional atmosphere.
The classes are taught by Naomi Middelmann, who has a degree in both fine arts and in fine arts education from the Visual Art School in Basel and a degree in creative writing and international relations from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Her own artwork is regularly exhibited in galleries throughout Switzerland and abroad.

Open-Ended painting classes

“Mommy and me” classes: ages 30 months to 5 years
Friday 10:30AM (and potentially Wednesday PM if there is interest); CHF 230.- for 10 sessions of one hour each)

We will explore painting and drawing using a variety of techniques and materials. Notions of colour, shape and line will also be introduced through observation. We will also look at an artwork to look at the subject matter and how various artists have treated similar subject matters.

Techniques include: string drop painting (Duchamp), action spatter (Pollock), wax paper prints, collage with paper and textiles (Matisse, Ringgold), and painting using sponges, spatulas, spray bottles, etc….

Classes for children 4 and up
(CHF 350.- for ten sessions or CHF 490.- for 15 sessions)

4-7 year olds: Once or twice a month on Wednesdays 4:30PM-6:00PM.
7-12 year olds: Once or twice a month on Thursdays 4:30PM-6:00PM.

We will look at an artist’s artwork or artworks to discuss an artist’s attitude or choice of subject matter, technique and to introduce the notion of line, shape, material, and colour. Then children are given the chance to explore the technique or subject matter using their own artistic voice and/or explore whichever technique and materials that they feel inspired to use.

Sample subjects and artists introduced in the class: painting music (Kandinsky), collage (Matisse, Ringgold), storytelling through painting (Chagall), line drawings (Picasso, Klee), chalk on cloth drawings (Degas), still life (Cézanne), impasto painting (Van Gogh), action painting (Pollock), and a variety of other techniques (e.g. charcoal drawing, printing, painting with sand, etc.)

4 to 12 year olds:  a once a month (or twice a month) Saturday morning classes from 10AM-12PM (CHF 46.- a Saturday).

Adults Classes
Monday nights 7:30-9:30pm (CHF 500.- for 10 sessions)

We will look at examples of contemporary artists (Rothko, Stael, Joan Mitchell, Morandi, Per Kirkeby, Braque, De Kooning, Baselitz, etc.) to look at their attitudes and choices. But participants are encouraged to explore their own interests (abstract, figurative, drawing or painting) and artistic voice.

First Sunday of the month 9am-1pm (CHF 1000.- for ten Sundays from September to June)
Saturday intensive classes once or twice a month (CHF 75.- a Saturday) from 9AM to 12PM

See description under Monday night. However, these are more intensive classes and therefore allow for more time to really “get into” the work and the process.

Intensive sessions are also offered during school holidays for children of all ages and for adults.

For all information or for a studio visit:
Naomi Middelmann
rue du simplon 15, 1006 Lausanne
078 758 6192
nmiddelmann (AT) gmail.com

Mommy Entrepreneur/Artist: Krishala of Acacias Gallery

Krishala of Acacias Gallery has had a passion for art over the years, which grew when she became a mother to a little boy, who was born in Carouge, Switzerland. Finding herself with time to create in the evenings whilst her newborn was asleep, she developed her skills and experimented with many styles and began also playing with different mediums, finding her preferences is oils although she also uses inks and acrylics. She now resides in Montreux and is looking forward to three gallery exhibitions this year in the regions of Vaud and Geneva.

One of Krishala's many art works

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Creating has always been so much a part of my life, so ingrained, that I honestly have no idea when it began. For as long as I can remember I have been inventing and designing and creating. I’ve gone through phases where I try to pretend that I don’t need to craft, but in the end I always go back to the inevitable truth that making things makes me happy. I’ve always made things. I’ve always been creative. I was always the girl drawing people in class rather than taking notes. The internet site Etsy was really the beginning of my personal quest to make my art seen, and since becoming a part of that community I have learnt so much and discovered a lot about marketing and the business side of art.

How did you start this business?
I quit my job in February of 2008 when I was 3 months pregnant with my little guy. I slowly started to realize that I wanted to be a stay at home mum and not live to work. During my pregnancy I painted with a fever! And my family and friends were big fans of my creations and encouraged me to continue to develop my style. Within two days of signing up to Etsy I sold a $200.00 painting (in my previous shop Krishsw19) and was able to pay my utilities for the month. With that one single sale I realized it was possible to at least ‘fund’ my passion! Following that, I created work for Artfire and Dawanda also, which are similiar to Etsy and just as awesome for opportunities for emerging artists.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy businesses? What’s your best marketing tip?
I can’t stress enough how important it is for business owners to figure out their target audience and promote their businesses directly to them. My number one tip is visibility. Always ensure you are in the public eye so you are never far from their mind. I am a big believer in relisting, renewing, and ensuring the shop is constantly updated and fresh.

I know that as an Etsy shopper I stalk quite a few shops, and some of them only update say, every week or so. I make sure that there’s always something brand new at least every other day, if not daily. I update my customers in my shop announcement every single day about what’s going on. I even put a time on the update. Sometimes I’ll update a few times in a day. I’ve been told by a few customers they really appreciate knowing what’s up — it keeps them coming back daily because there’s always something going on in my shop. It’s not just about enticing new buyers — it’s about keeping loyal patrons coming back for more!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Sticking strictly to Etsy and advertising within “the box.” For me, it’s all about bringing people directly to my shop, and as I mentioned previously, I need to budget my time and energy accordingly into those avenues that will produce the most viable traffic to my shop. This requires stepping away from Etsy and finding new pools of patrons who might not necessarily know about Etsy. This provides a benefit not only to myself, but the community as a whole — as I bring traffic directly to my shop that has been essentially handpicked, they have the opportunity to then browse the website and find all of the other amazing sellers in the community. A fine artist selling work within a certain price point is generally above an “impulse purchase,” I have to work hard at bringing my target audience directly to me.

What do you enjoy most about painting?
I love that if I want to work at 2am then so be it! I love that I can do something creative, something I lose track of time doing, and that I can make things other people want to buy. One less positive note is that art is definitely harder to sell online than other more affordable products, so it’s always in the back of my mind that my next sale could be my last for a while. But often I manage to have the mindset that ultimately I am painting for myself, as a way to express my creativity and that in a way is a much better focus to have than painting to sell or conforming to what I think other people will like.

As a single mother, maintaining that balance between family and personal time is most definitely a challenge. I really need to learn to ask for help when I need it and take a break when it gets to be too much. I am truly thankful to my Aunt Anne, who has helped me immensely in that regard, and is constant with her incredible support and kindness, to which I am eternally grateful.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
You are in charge of your own destiny. Don’t rely on anyone else for your success. Don’t blame anyone else for your failure. Believe in your work, but be realistic. There are millions of people trying the same thing as you — to make their small business work — and you’re in an ocean of individuals as unique as you. You have to think outside the box and be clever to get noticed. Rarely is there a “fast track” to success. You need to be patient and persistent. Know it’s going to take a lot of time, hard work, and personal sacrifice for it to become what you want it to be. You have to be willing to put in the time and effort, otherwise you have no one to blame but yourself.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your art?
I’d really like to expand my inventory and produce new works, ideally daily. I also want to learn more about the history of art, and theory, to really immerse myself in the art world and keep up to date with current up coming artists both locally and globally.

Lastly, I am incredibly grateful to Etsy for the opportunity to feel passionate about what I do for a living.

Thanks, Krishala, for sharing your story! Check out Krishala’s shop and work at: http://www.acaciasgallery.etsy.com

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