Thursday, April 29, 2010

Etsy German Steet Team Sellers: Missus D

Name: Kathleen Dalseno
Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Where are you from: Singapore
Etsy Stores: MissusDPaperie, missusd
Facebook page:

Tell us a little bit about what you make. I turn bits of two dimensional yarn into three dimensional amigurumi (Japanese for plush toys). As it turns out crochet can be very mathematical and I find it very fascinating.

I also illustrate, and turn my illustrations into printables or digital clip art for scrapbooking on Missus D Paperie (

While living in Australia, I worked in an architect's office fiddling with the illustrator and turning flat things into three dimensional architectural models all day long, and I love reliving aspects of what I used to do in that office. Don't miss dealing with the local town council though!

What are some goals for your Etsy store? I have many goals on many levels! Well, I started Etsy in Germany because I didn't know if I wanted or could get a job (that I like) in Germany, and I didn't want to lose that creative part of me so I used Etsy to push and motivate me to improve my skills. Eventually, I would like my stores to provide supplemental income. Finally, I came to Germany without any friends or contacts, but Etsy has opened up social doors and support I never imagined to receive in Germany, so I hope I can also be a source of support to other sellers.

What item has been a best-seller in your Etsy store ? My amigurumi See Slugs have been selling well! They come in the form of toys and keyrings. They have the funniest expression!

How would you describe your style?
Quirky, humorous and out of the box. I like cute, but not saccharine cute, more like cute with a jagged teeth edge for my amigurumi. As for my illustrations, I am not so stylised because there are so many things I like, and they don't always come together easily, I like cuteness, humour, typography and patterns, and it's a challenge putting everything together elegantly, but I will try!

Is this your fulltime work? Yes.

Where do you do your work? In my tiny apartment! I recently finally got myself a worktable which has all my mess so I don't have to clear up the dining table for dinner anymore. But really I can't sit still in one place all the time, having two tables means I can switch and change for a break.
How would you like to see Etsy develop in Germany? I would like it to be a household name.

What do you see as some of the benefits/potential benefits of being part of the German Etsy Street Team? To fulfill the vision of Etsy being a household name, numbers would be our strength. Together, we can generate buzz, for ourselves and for one another. Personally, for me, it is a social space to meet, support and encourage each other. We can create a positive vibe which will attract other people who are curious about us, and begin to appreciate what we do.


  1. Hi Kathleen,
    nice to meet you and learn more about you!

    One of your see slugs watches over my studio and I love it!

  2. What an awesome expat story. Those alien slugs are so creative - I love products that make people smile the second they see them.
    Another awesome interview!

  3. It's great to learn more about you Kathleen! It sounds like your existence in Germany is pretty nice... I love your work! Your tiny workspace is so sweet... my favourite is all of the suitcases that surround you! Is that for a quick getaway?! Just kidding!! Thanks for the post!

  4. dear kathleen,
    it´s nice to see you here, so I have now an imagination of you in my head. thank you for your commitment in the team!
    best wishes, regine

  5. Hey Kath..
    Cute picture of yourself! We all need to improve ourself and our work and products... Great Sucsess for you!

  6. Thanks everyone for the encouragement!! Thanks Eleanor for having me on this feature!