Thursday, 12 September 2019

Live your life virtuously!

Photo by Ahmad Odeh on Unsplash

I'm interested in what factors contribute to a happy or content life. I think I've established quite well, that I don't believe in shopping to be a safe and reliant source for happiness. A couple of days ago I stumbled across the "Six-factor Model of Psychological Wellbeing" by Carol Ryff. So thought I'd share it with you.

a quick overview (also other interesting stuff, food for thought and inspiration for further reading)
Further reading:

Original articles:


Monday, 2 September 2019

Seasonal table September 2019

September has begun, this time the meteorological beginning of autumn is also on the 1st of September and I managed to put up the table in time AND get it online in the beginning of September, too. :) Yes, I know, there are no flowers in that little vase, but I am waiting for the children to find some.

The nights are certainly becoming  a little chillier, even if daytime temperature can still be up to 32°C. I am looking forward to "Zwetschgenkuchen", which is one of my favourite (it's a special kind of plum, but basically it is plum cake with crumble...). In fact there is one in the oven as I am writing this. :)

The Else Beskow card for this month reminds me of our little apple tree, which is already (despite being quite a young tree) growing a few apples. We've been cutting the hedge and everywhere you find little hints at autumn coming. But for the moment, we are enjoying a warm and pleasant late summer.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Seasonal Table August 2019

Wow, this took a looong time to go online! Although I had even managed to put it up on the 2nd of August. Anyhow, that's what out August table looked like. :)

And isn't the Elsa Beskow monthly card most adorable?

Monday, 12 August 2019

Cocoon cardigan pattern


I am a big fan of cardigans/shrugs that are easy to wear and easy to make. So here is a pattern for a crochet cocoon cardigan, of you want to go all the way.

BUT you can also take a shortcut and just take and kind of fabric that you seem suitable to be used/seen from both sides. E.g. a wool knit or a punto di roma jersey or a heavier wool knit  - whatever works for you. Just keep in mind that the inside will be seen and the weight of the fabric will determine the drape of the cardigang. Anything goes though.

You need a rectangle. The instructions call for 91x101cm (37"x40") but you can see what you like best. And you need some fabric for the cuffs. you can make them longer or thin, you can omit them completely and leave a wider opening (just add some bias tape to finish the edge). Anything goes.

And then put the fabric together the same way the cochetes rectangle would be put together.

That's it!

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Fast Fashion, Consumerism and Costumes

In Germany, people buy 60 items of clothing each year and 20% aren't worn once.

If you understand German, here is an interesting discussion about fast fashion.

And what does this have to do with costumes... well, I am in a bit of a crisis with my costume sewing - while I would very much like to do some historical sewing ("Project 1908"), I wonder, whether it is not a pure waste of resources. On the other hand I learn so many new techniques and about fitting from it, that it probably does help me and maybe one IS allowed to have a little bit of a hobby...? But: Make it count! Good quality fabrics, no rushing over a project, no shortcuts.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Seasonal table July 2019

This month I really tried putting everything out in time (both the table and the picture online). :) 
The Spring Flower girl now really went to bed, with temperatures near to 40°Celsius it was not really refreshing anymore. Like in the postcard picture the hay is being brought in and the poppies and lilies are flowering. Elsewhere... the poppy in our garde  decided to vanish entirely... ah well... some other plants are suffering from ... "something" like our Deutzia, which was growing perfectly well until ... the day before yesterday. Maybe it's just the heat... 

Isn't Elsa Beskow's July "garden helper" painting cute??

Monday, 17 June 2019

Seasonal table June 2019

 So, as surprisingly as always, June is already more than half way over... and despite being in time with putting up the table, I didn't take a picture ...

We had quite a heavy wind these past few days and my lovely roses were bent under the rain and the storm.... so I cut them and now we have them in the flat. (the same actually happened to my peonies, so we had a wonderful peony bouquet on the dining table for about a week... it was beautiful, although they would have been beautful outside, too). One side effect of garden flowers is, that lots of ants seems to live in them and the children keep finding them crawing on the table (and "rescue" them... some even make it...)

Although the little flower child is a spring child really, we wanted her to be on the table still, because she is sooo cute!

In the background a postcard with Elsa Beskow's "June". It couldn't be more apt.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Challenge yourself - embrace sports!

One of the things I am enjoying more and more, is yoga. I can't emphasize enough, how wonderful moving around and keeping active is. For me personally, Yoga is a form of sports, that suits me best.

I used to feel sports was more like something you "have to do" and a bit too time consuming. It wasn't something I thoroughly enjoyed. I am grateful I have made the experience, that physical activity is a wonderful thing and keeps you happy and feeling warm and well inside. For me, it is Yoga, for others walking or running or climbing or dancing or cycling or any other way of moving around. I hope for everybody out there, that you find your way of being active and enjoy being in motion. Outside, inside, wherever.

So, if you understand German and enjoy Yoga, this Youtube Channel might be intersting for you, I think she does great videos and has very precise instructions. There is something for every energy level!

I am currently joining this Challenge, but there is lots more to discover

PS: I don't get paid or anything for saying this, I just really like her Channel and what she's doing.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The year after "The Make and Mend Challenge"

So the last 12 months (3 June 2018 - 3rd June 2019) I did not consciously follow the "Make and Mend" Challenge. In fact, i had decided to actively NOT be too strict with myself like I had been while on the challenge, especially the first year. Nevertheless, I thought it might be good to keep a list of what I bought (just what was for my own pleasure, not counting household and kids stuff), out of curiosity. And here it is:

What I bought  in the last 12 months:
- fabric for Vogue dress and satsuki dress*
- fabric for 4x corduroy Ginger trousers (2x black, 2x mustard) (2x black done, also 1x mustard done, looks horrible on me, disposed of...)
- fabric for 2x jeans Ginger trousers (stretch indigo) (2x done)
- fabric for 1x Morgan/Ginger Jeans amalgamation (non-stretch broken twill)
- fabric for Jade skirts (1x teal, 1x purple) (both done)*
- fabric for star otari hoodie (done)*
- fabric for Dirndl for Child no 1 (done)
- fabric for Linen/Cotton summer trousers (done)
- crazy patterned knit fabric to test shirts and leggings (1 shirt roughly done, if they fit well, they can double as pyjamas...)
- black knit fabric for Jade skirt (done)*
- fabric for pattern testing for Scroop patterns - lovely wool mohair knit (done!)
- dress pattern (burda)

- 2 skin moisturiser
- 1 shampoo soap
- 1 make up base
- 5x make up that works (still have a lot leftover, it was a bulk buy...)
- 5x lipstick
- 3x mascara
- 3x eye shadow*
- 2 make-up remover

- 1 pashmina shawl*
- tights (pack of two, opaque black)
- 1 pair yellow tights*
- 2 black bikini
- 1 teal bikini*
- undies (ok, it was just easier to buy them than making more myself... lazy me...)
- 5 bras*
- 2 Fasnacht Costumes (Cookie Monster and Cheshire Cat onesies...)*
- 2 oversized scarves in white/yellow and white/berry shades*
- 1 pair earrings (for Christmas)
- 2 sets of bracelets (earthy glass beads and chakra ribbons)*
- 1 ring bracelet green*
- 1 red glass bead bracelet*
- little spring doll for seasonal table*
- 1 second hand black wool coat
- 1 new wool coat with fake fur collar*
- 5 black t-shirts
- 4 black tank tops
- 1 black shawl jacket (wool)
- 1 black wool formal dress (second hand)
- 1 black cotton summer dress (second hand)*
- 1 pair dancing shoes (second hand)*

What I made in the last 12 months:
- Ginger Jeans (3x indigo stretch jeans)
- Ginger Corduroy (2x black, low waist)
- jade skirt mini purple
- Jade skirt midi teal
- Jade Skirt black satin (from stash fabric yay!!)
- jade skirt black knit (punto di roma)
- Vroni Dirndl for Child No 1
- Mini Dirndl for Nora Doll
- Remake of favourite linen trousers (2x)
- high waist ginger trousers in mustard - gosh, those looked awful! :)
- Otari Hoodie with stars
- bendable waldorf doll
- dress for Alina doll
- Black Twister Dress
- Circle Wool knit Cardigan (Scroop Patterns) and Rectangular Mahina (Scroop Patterns)

What I mended in the last 12 months:
- 3 jeans (zipper teeth fell out, very very very annoying, because - well fitted self made jeans!!)
- childs dress (zipper broke, replaced)
- 1 glove (some stitches had become undone, easy fix)
- wooly pullover (moths or cabinet bugs had a go at it, I think and hope in our old flat. mending was no problem, only small holes)

A neighbour moved house and sorted through her clothing and she allowed me to have a rummage through that, and I found a lovely wool cardigan that fit (I will try and publish the pattern at some point) and a couple of pullovers that are of nice material only a bit big and a bit much "bat style" for me. So I upcycled. Again, trying to put pictures of that online asap. :)

What went out 
 - a lot of my clothes seemed to just fall apart this year...- 
- 7 t-shirts-  holes, washed thin and they seem to get these "deodorant bobbles" under the arms after some years...?
- 3 tops (washed thin, fabric "breaking", holes, lace trim ripped apart everywhere)
- 1 pyjama (holes)
- 3 jeans (holes, 1 JUST DOESN'T FIT and hasn't for years...)
- 1 lamp (given to friend)
- children's chair (just collapsed, with the child on it! 😲)
- 1 pair yoga/sports pants (holes beyond mending)
- 1 black coat (really sad, one of my favourites, but now the fabric is thin at the shoulders, holes at the sleeves and some seams are opening - in short - it is really beyond saving... it's starting to look really shabby)
- 2 knit dresses (didn't wear it..., went to charity)
- 1 woolen cardigan (big holes in a very very fine transparent knit, impossible to mend)
- 1 pencil skirt (too high waisted, doesn't fit properly)

* I marked items that were not absolutely necessary with this star *
Can you see, how many stars there are?!? Nearly all of it is marked as "unnecessary"! I'm a little upset about this...