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!!

- 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. :)

- Another pair 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. 

- 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

- 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 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...)

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

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


 Good resolutions 

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



New Projects

Comfy suit for Little Miss No 1 - still in progress

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! :)



Wednesday, 21 November 2018

In the flow...

I found this on google search, no idea who made it... 


Something I've been doing for years (on and off) which I've never really blogged about is Yoga. I've done a few Yoga classes when I was travelling in Asia in 2007 and am mainly doing yoga at home. I enjoy the meditative flow of a good yoga program (I am using DVD's mainly) and sometimes have a look on Youtube for more inspiration or for more information on technique.

I am quite busy with working full time and 2 kids and a husband who I like to spend time with. And a few other hobbies... So I found I usually manage 15-20mins Yoga nearly every day, but 30 mins and more is a bit complicated. I usually manage that only once a week on a day off (if I don't have any other appointments or plans...). I dare say that for a lot of people that work full time, finding the actual time after a full days work, is the biggest problem.


So, after trying out a few DVD's, I thought, I'd share my experiences.

My main "go-to" DVD is Ursula Karven "Yoga Everday". It contains 7 practises, one for each day of the week. They are all about 15mins long and address a different topic (twisting, forward bends, balance etc) which I enjoy. I really like the diversity and the fact, that I can usually fit 15 mins yoga  into my day. Sometimes I do 2 practises. I have a DVD in German, the explanations are good, as far as I can see they show the Asanas quite well. I think this DVD is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced beginners as a nice "quickie".

Another DVD I really like is the Kino MacGregor "Ashtanga for Beginners". She offers a tutorial with details on the most important asanas, 3 Practises, each about 20mins long. And a "core practise" that is really challenging (feels like mixture between pilates and yoga). The 3 practises are made to built up on each other, so Practise one is for advanced beginners and if you've mastered that one you can continue. It looks a bit like a "best of" of the Ashtanga yoga primary series. She's talking a lot, but she's also giving an abundance of information to guide you through the practise and help you perform the asanas correctly. She gives examples for simplifying the asanas but builts up throughout the practise to show the "proper" positions. I personally like the abundance of information she gives, but it's a lot of talking.

I also started the "Yoga Del Mar" by Ursula Karven, I find it good, but it is a little longer than the above mentionned DVDs, so I hardly find the time to do it. But if you like a aprox. 45min power yoga session, this is good. there are two versions, one for beginners, one for advanced.

Another DVD by Ursula Karven "Core Yoga" is a very very gentle program. It's also several 20mins sessions and focusses on the core, it also includes a soft pilates practise. In my opinion, this is good for complete beginners, it is really gentle, but does built up. If you feel very stiff and have never done yoga, I'd say this is good and if you feel comfortable and at ease with this programm, continue to the "Yoga Everyday".

Pure beauty and strenght and more of a "wow, this is possible?!" than a DVD I could actually every follow as a practise, is David Swenson's "Ashtanga Primary Series". Just wow.

I strongly recommend Kino McGregors Youtube Channel, you can watch her perform the 1-4th Ashtanga series beautifully, strong and graceful and she offers great tutorials and yoga flows for all levels. https://www.youtube.com/user/KinoYoga/

And now a DVD I didn't enjoy, because for my taste the flow was much too fast. Ursula Karven and Ralph Bauer "Power Yoga". The DVD itself is good, the music is nice, there are several people performing the yoga, from beginner to expert so you can see different levels and find your own way to get through the power yoga session. My main point of criticism is the incredible speed with which they go through the asanas. Explanations are short but precise but even on the lowest level of difficulty I felt rushed through the program (and strained my shoulder...). So maybe if you play it on half speed, it's ok, otherwise I find it too fast. But maybe that's just me. The choice of asanas is good.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018