Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Fight Consumerism!

Have I shared this piece of wisdom with you lately? :)

Found on google.de - From "Fightclub" (Film)

Monday, 4 February 2019

Seasonal table February 2019

Seasonal table February 2019

So, I did manage to get the table set in time, despite having a nasty cold (including cough...), which was a present to me and the rest of th efamily from our little one. They grow the BEST colds in kindergarden. I'm rather done in.

Anyway, as you can see, not much changed compared to the january table, but I added a bit of green - I SO long for spring. Although we've had a lovely 2 days of winter fun (sledging, skiing) this past weekend.
I meant to search for snowdrops and put them in the little vase... I'm positive I will finish that project in February. :)

Elsa Beskow Postcard

Friday, 18 January 2019

New Year Resolutions 2018 -> 2019

Andrew Ridley from unsplash.com

We are well into 2019 already and apart from quite a lot of driving around and working, I have come to the conclusion, that I actually HAVE a few New Year resolutions. Usually my resolution is not to have any resolutions, because if you have to many plans, you just get frustrated because you didn't manage to "be good" that year.

Risking that frustration, I am going to try anyway.

Looking back at 2018 I think it's been quite good. Very busy, very ... undulating ... but good nevertheless.

I did however spend too much time online - reading, researching or just wasting time. Some of it was good, some of it was interesting, a lot of it just plain waste of time. So my resolution for htis year is, to use my computer time more wisely and thus use the time in the day more wisely. Because a lot of that internet time is literally virtually wasted.

So, I'm off!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Seasonal table January 2019 (2)




After the 6th of January, when the 3 Holy Kings have reached the nativity scene, it is time to change to winter decoration. And that's what it is. Simple winter.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

2019 Sewing Plans




Of course I have plans for 2019!

Mostly "Leftover" wishes and plans from 2018, but also a few new plans. :)

- Another 2 pairs of jeans (I want to try out the Morgan pattern, but with flares...) - this would be a priority... I'm running out of jeans... that fit... and I've still got some lovely non-stretch jeans fabric here. I might make another pair of black wide corduroy.

- I also am keen on making another Jade Skirt  by Paprika Pattern. So wonderfully asymmetrical! Not a priority, but I'd love to make a black one... and I've still got some black satin jersey...

- Maybe (still) a Dirndl for myself, using the same traditional techniques. Although that's not really a priority. Really not. Might still take a few years. :)

- A woolen winter coat to replace the one that is falling apart... an "everyday winter coat" (that is actually a priority...)

- I could do with a proper swimsuit and/or bikini that fits... I have the Closet Case Bombshell pattern here, and I only have 1 Bikini that fits... (but at least I have one...)

- make a pillow cover from an old (favourite) t-shirt (that shrunk (?)...) and fabric from stash (fun "leftovers project...) - I "just" have to do it...

- I also plan on making a hoodie for the natural minimalist in this household, who could absolutely do with a new pullover.

- also I would like to make a shirt with a massive cowl collar (check out gaiaconceptions.com's super cowl shirt; I ALSO really like their "love me 2 times sari simplicity" thingy ... would be nice to make that and dye it with natural dyes... some day...) - certainly all optional, not a priority

- I am really eyeing up that Wrapped Cardigan by Seamly - that could be an Autumn Project. Or maybe I take the pattern from a cardigan I've got, which I really really like.

- I still need to make some black t-shirts... long and short sleeved - mine are slowly gowing thin from washing... or maybe something like the Bethioua Shirt... maybe self drafted... I made a simple toile already... just need to make another toile with bust darts... because "fit" and "you don't see darts on black and it looks better"...?!

- I am thinking about making leggings, I could so with some pyjama bottoms for winter though, so maybe I can combine that... 

- I've got the fabric and all other material for another Satsuki Tunic and a Vogue 8728 dress... in black - still...

- and I have this idea about a 1908 day dress... yes, after 5 years of not doing anything historical, I've got the itch again. I will have to start with the foundation work though. 

Comfy suit for Little Miss No 1 - still in progress, zipper still needed.


2019 Good (sewing) resolutions 

...still... using stash material up...




Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Seasonal table January 2019



Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you've had a good start into the year 2019. We were at neighbours and it was a nice relaxed and joyful start into the new year with nice food, nice wine, sparklers, watching the fireworks, singing and the kids were in a really good mood and managed to stay up until midnight! We all collapsed into our beds right after, though. :)
Our seasonal table this january is still occupied by the nativity scene, because the three kings haven't quite arrived yet, the christmassy green has gone though and enter this years monthly postcards by Elsa Beskow. I'm curious if I will manage to post the table every month this year (I think from 2018 only  3 months were missing..., not too bad?!)

I wish you all a good, peaceful und fulfilling Year 2019. May some wishes come true and may some stay something to reach for.




Friday, 14 December 2018

How I messed up the Ishihara Birthday cake...



So this year I even managed to make a cake for the best husband of all. And because he has a red-green-colourblindness and I am just a little bit mean, I wanted to make an Ishihara cake for him. Like this - with smarties...



Only I ran out of orange and green so I made it all colourful and even people with normal colourvision can't see the number. Brilliant, eh? :)

Here's the recipe though, the cake was delicious:
Original Recipe in German on Chefkoch.de: https://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/1030221208238044/Schwarzer-Kirschkuchen.html

English translation

Black Cherry Cake
Recipe for 26-28cm round baking tray

Zutaten

250 ggranulated or caster sugar
125 gflour
125 gground hazelnuts
150 gchocolate chips
2 TLbaking powder
1 TLcinnamon
eggs
ca 500gdark cherries from glass
125 gbutter

Butterfor the tray if needed

Preheat the oven to 180°C
Mix soft butter and sugar und whisk "fluffy". Add the eggs and whisk in.
Add the rest of the ingredients, bake for about 1 hrs. If necessary, cover the cake with some tin foil.


Sunday, 9 December 2018

Seasonal table December 2018



Yaaayy, it only took me a week to publish the seasonal able, which also underwent quite a lot of changes in that time. We have our Mini-nativity scene (including 3 kings) on it already, and through the desert of stones and candles they find heir way to the crib - each Sunday of Advent a little closer. The candle holders are swedish traditional wooden ones called "kulljusstakar" and it just makes me feel really christmassy, when I see them. One day, I will also find myself a nice Dalahorse, but that's for another Christmas.

The Eugene Grasse "Belle Jardinière" Postcard for December


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and ... Modern Slavery

From Guardian

So, Black Friday, Cyber Monday are over of sorts and we are ready to enter the mad Christmas shopping time. Hunting for the best price and all that.

Have you ever wondered, how it is possible, that goods that were luxury only twenty years ago are now available for a good, cheap price? (Because it seems only cheap is good , if you listen to the ads...). How can we get giant shrimps from all the way across the globe to next to nothing? Because the price is paid for you by the workers on the fishing trailers. By the men and women who are sewing you cheap jeans, harvest the cheap cotton. In other words - we are taking it out of the poor. We (the Western industrial countries) are responsible for the effect or our consumerism.

If you want to know more about it, have a look around the web - there is plenty of information around. Or have a look here: https://www.walkfreefoundation.org/

And what about Christmas? How about giving less in numbers but more in quality. Maybe homemade? Or made in your own country? You can get lovely second hand items. Or just ask your partner, if they have a wish and help them fulfill it. We all don't need this stuff, that's just standing around, cluttering our space and minds.



Monday, 26 November 2018

November 2018 seasonal table

October goes November...


OK, I know, this is the October table picture - BUT November looks nearly the same.
Only 1. no dahlia 2. no lavender 3. the novembre grasset card. I ust so much liked those little girls, that I couldn't remove them. :) I promise some change for christmas, though! :)