They are here! And I’m ready to pack and roll!

This is the day when my store is open! So please go ahead and make an order 🙂

I started with this small batch to see which products are popular and next order will be placed straight away to the factory when something finishes.

Tray information:

Material is finnish birch veneer and its covered with ecological melamine which makes these machine washable even at 95 celsius degrees and these are alcohol and grease resistant.

Peony 35cm diameter


Catbun 35cm diameter


Cat polkadot white 35cm diameter


Cat polkadot black 20cm x 27cm


Cat polkadot red 20cm x 27cm


How is it going?

It’s going really well! Because yesterday I got my first test tray in to my hands 🙂 Picture needs some touch up and I realised that I want it to have a bit more white around as “frame”.


We are going to have another sunday at the boyfriends office to finalise rest of the designs. Well he’s doing the job and I comment and entertain our baby while he is at it. My 3D wizard man is the best ❤ Again I couldn’t do this without him! But it really looks like I’m really getting to launch these in this month.

I have already checked some outdoor market happenings to attend to and first one is going to be in April at Hakaniemen tori. Hopefully people will find my products and I could attend to these on some other weekends too. At least I’ll go to my childhood home town to sell in legendary Toijalan markkinat in June. Oh so grown up, last time I was there I propably just bought some cotton candy.


Greetings from Thailand!

I’m so inspired in here and trying to figure out which themes to release and when. And I also assured myself of getting some living green plants at home after years since we are moving to a twice bigger apartment. Not to even talk about our own yard (and a 1 year old toddler by spring goofying around)!

Enjoying it here but coming home head full of ideas and a new home waiting us to move in. Spring is going to be hectic hopefully! 🙂




These are the first ready designs!

Cat and peony are going to be printed on round plywood trays and deer is going to be on a plywood cutting board that is hangable. So excited! I got these scanned just now before christmas and they look still just like I want them to. Soft, fragile, cute and lovable. Now I can’t wait to get them printed on actual products. But before that our family is going on an vacation, month in Thailand starts tomorrow. So I wish you all a magical christmas and a adventurous new year!!!


Vision is getting clearer

I think I have decided what I’m going to do. For starters some cutting boards and square and round breakfast trays. If its possible to have different pics on both sides of the cutting boards they will have this summer/winter theme with finnish wild animals as I’m fascinated of these color changing animals. And for round breakfast trays I was visualizing a perfect puffed blush peony and a sleeping cat bun for example. Square trays are also getting something pretty and nature related.

Later propably closer to next fall I’ll turn these color shifter animals into reflectors.

I’ve been sketching to a small note book mostly when my boy has been sleeping in my lap same time so I got better drive on yesterday evening when I sat by table with bigger paper. Aah! No cramps or wrist ache:D And now that I have mostly decided what I’m doing I feel more effective regarding this actual drawing.dsc_0858dsc_0859img_20161112_210655dsc_0898img_20161110_101650

Lets start with animals

Manatees those lovable sea buns.
Black&white animals are an interesting option
Sloth getting the christmas feeling
Lark and other spring birds on my mind

I started doodling. I’m quite an animal lover and its the easiest subject for me to start drawing. And I’m mostly inspired by nature also on its other forms. Also old things like rusty iron and abadoned buildings are awesome but they are not cute. And I’m all about cute at the moment maybe because of the baby hormons:D But also logically thinking what would people like look in their breakfast tables or at the terrace of a summer cottage. I would also like to write something short on some products but how to avoid being cheesy, sarcastic or like those aforism photos on facebook? I’m also thinking about colors how to do them.. Propably hand drawn and painted is the style I’m going with to keep it personal. Watercolors might feel fresh enough or marker to keep it sharp? Or both styles soft and clear?

And are photos interesting enough for example for a cutting board?





About Norteva

cropped-img_20161004_084815.jpgThis blog is for my future trademark. I’m 27 years old creative woman on maternity leave who’s tossing around ideas of products to make for sale. I think I’ll mostly update some sketches or other things that have something to do with future products but its possible that I’ll just slip to full on diary with this blog. I live in Helsinki, Finland.

History of me.

Always drawing as a child and then always on art class in school. When I turned 18 I started working in restaurants and anyone who has knows its quite intense especially if you’re new and motivated to learn. So it happens that I finally gratuade from high school when I’m almost 22.. Oops. But I also worked in one of the most hip and awarded restaurant chains in Helsinki as a shift manager. And all that without any gastronomy education. But I was longing for something more creative. Friend of an friend was a dressmaker who was working in a small fabric shop and this shop owner was always talking about selling the shop. As I was already helping there to sew simple stuff to help this new acquaintance on her overdose off orders we thought what the hell why not.

So I and her started our own company 2012 (me only 23 years old). It took about 2,5 years for me to admit that it was really a too heavy priced hobby. There was a lot of things that led me to almost a total melt down. Not to point anything but entrepreneurs please remember yourselves! But I’ve moved on now, no grudges. And I learned a lot about running a business, making contacts, sewing, interior design, materials and processes.

So I was broke, shaky, unsure of myself and pissed off. Went back to my old work place and after a week I was already smiling! People who appreciate your work and laugh at your stupid jokes can make a huge difference in ones life. And biggest thanks goes to my boyfriend who stood there on my side all the time and didn’t go away even I lived on his expence and I wasn’t always such a sweetheart on those stress levels.

After I got back on my feet it was time to think about future again. I applied to school to study furniture design and I was invited to audition exams. I didn’t get in. But after this shock came another. I made an positive pregnancy test! We had no intentions to make babies at that point but it felt like a sign and we decided that it was actually a perfect timing. So here I am writing this and thinking again about future while my baby boy is napping in my lap.

Yours truly Karolina Norteva