Friday, 8 March 2019

Seasonal table March 2019

I even managed to get the table done ont he 1st of March - only putting the picture online took aaages. As usual. :)

And yes, that's an incense holder you can see there. We do love our nag champa, it's Goloka and Super Hit (Satya) that we like best at the moment. Strong stuff though, we need to air the place a bit while lighting it. :)

The postcard is from Elsa Beskow, depicting "March". Nature here is a bit more advanced that in Scandinavia, so it seems a bit late. On the other hand - we still get cold nights and Father Frost is still sort of here. And up in the hills, there is still snow, too!

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Jeans zipper issues!!!

picture is from, but mine looked similar... teeth just came out... but it was an "opti" zipper

I've made 5 Ginger Jeans/trousers in the past 12 months (which I will try to share soon, I promise...), and you wouldn't believe it - but in 2 of those pairs, the zipper broke (like pictured above) - some teeth just came out of the zipper band. Suuuuper annoying, especially as I don't have other jeans anymore and they fit really well and so so much work went into it...

So I had to fix the jeans (with ykk zipper, I hope that will last a while...). I basically just ripped the old zipper out and squeezed the new zipper in place and attached it.

I HATE mending zippers (in sort of brand new jeans...), but it was totally worth the hassle. I still love the fit of my Ginger Jeans!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Fight Consumerism!

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

Found on - 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

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'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.