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Dienstag, 21. Oktober 2014

Viennese Waltzes in Covent Garden

Despite the horribly wet and windy weather I had a lovely morning when I came across some jaunty tunes  at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden during my trip to the UK. The little garden of the church is an old favourite of mine where I've been before to sit down and admire the roses. 


This time sitting down was out of the question but when I went inside to have a look at the charity christmas card sale I discovered the London Firebird Orchestra rehearsing for their concert "A Viennese Whirl - A magnificent selection of Viennese favourites by Johann Strauss II, reminiscent of the famous  Vienna new years day concerts, performed alongside other Austrian classics by Haydn and Mozart." 


I just couldn't resist sitting down on the church benches and listening for a good thirty minutes, my feet bobbing in tact to these amazing waltzes. How uplifting and inspiring! I instantly felt myself being transported back to the middle of the 19th century when the waltz was still considered "risque" by the London Society, because couples actually touched while dancing.  

"The waltz arrived in England in 1815, after the Napoleonic Wars when Wellington's officers brought it back from Continental Europe.  Influential dance master and author of instruction manuals, Thomas Wilson published A Description of the Correct Method of Waltzing in 1816. Almack's, the most exclusive club in London, permitted the waltz though the entry in the Oxford English Dictionary shows that it was considered "riotous and indecent" as late as 1825. The waltz, and especially its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Subsequently, new types of waltz have developed, including many folk and several ballroom dances." (Wikipedia).

The Waltz has always been one of my favourite dances and I'm now longing to get whirled around the ballroom by a handsome beau to some Strauss Waltzes....


Donnerstag, 9. Oktober 2014

Packing

Only two more sleeps until I leave for the UK! Tonight I started packing as I'll spent the night before the flight with my aunt and uncle who live closer to the airport. 
It turns out all the presents won't fit into my suitcase. Unfortunately it's too late to borrow a bigger one so I'll have to make-do with an old fake-leather bag I found in the basement. Or should I leave the gifts behind?! :-)



I won't be able to post from the trip as I don't use the Blogger App but watch out for my Instagram posts. I'll be able to upload impressions on the go.

As you know, I love Instagram, which is where I discovered the Australian "Hundred & Thousands Magazine. A handmade magazine, celebrating handmade" - just my cuppa tea! 

http://hundredsandthousands.storenvy.com/


Samstag, 4. Oktober 2014

Preparing for the big trip!

I'm getting very excited about my forthcoming trip to the UK. Only seven more sleeps until I board the flight.

And because anticipation is half the fun I prepare my trips like a strategic battle plan.
I bought new Nikes and muslibars for hours of sightseeing, a travel plug, a complete wedding outfit, travel-sized cosmetics ...






After spending the morning in the city centre getting stuff I'm now glued to the sewing machine rattling off countless gifts for my lucky friends. 

What's it gonna be?


Mittwoch, 24. September 2014

Guess who's going to England?!

National Gallery  



 In less then three weeks I'll be packing my bags for a long overdue visit to England. I can't wait to attend the wedding of the lovely Lady M and Mr A and to visit some old friends. I'm looking forward to experience the delights of Stevenage, Basingstoke, Croydon and of course LONDON!

I'm hoping to take lot's of awesome pictures for Instagram, get inspired creatively and maybe buy some bits and bobs for my craft cupboard. On top of that I'll have countless cups of tea and coffee and lovely chats. I have heard that Dame Judi Dench's portrait is finally out of storage and back on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery!

Any tips for sightseeing and must-do's, craft shops and cafès? Please let me know!


Trafalgar Square

Mittwoch, 17. September 2014

Chick-lit by Lucy Diamond

I have been reading my way through Lucy Diamond's books recently and I've got to tell you how much I love them!
My first one was "The Beach Café" about Evie, the youngest of three sisters who inherits her dear aunties beloved café in Cornwall. 
Now, I have loved Cornwall ever since I read my first Rosamunde Pilcher book and enjoyed this book very much! In fact, I have read it several times since then and allowed myself to dream about running my very own café in Cornwall. If it weren't for the customers that is.
Luckily Lucy Diamond  returned to Evie in a short story called "Christmas at the Beach Café", which I will reread just before christmas to get me into the mood!

This summer I bought "Summer with my sister" without noticing it was by the same author only realising it when the writing sounded rather familiar.
Now I'm in the middle of "One night in Italy" and can't wait to finish it to get the next one.
Unfortunately the Kindle doesn't make nice cover pictures, so here's a rather grainy one of my laptop screen:

Go out and buy Lucy Diamond's fab books!

http://www.lucydiamond.co.uk/index.htm

Sonntag, 7. September 2014

The muscle called creativity

Creativity is like a muscle, it needs exercising. If I haven't designed or sewn anything in a while it takes me longer to get the creative juices flowing again. Even tiny projects like this easy-peasy dishtowel tote takes a lot of thinking!



 I like using dishtowels, especially Tchibo has lovely designs. They usually come in sets-of-threes and are not expensive. The quality is excellent and they come in handy for small projects.
So now I have to keep sewing to build up some creative muscle again. After all there's a wedding coming up, two babies slowly getting ready to emerge, countless birthdays and  less then four months till christmas.




Here's some more projects from earlier this year:







 











Samstag, 30. August 2014

P.S. Instalove News

It's been a bit quiet here, because I can't share my latest sewing project just yet. It's a gift to an avid reader and it's got to be a surprise!! Here is a small upcycling project I did for myself though:






But have I got news for you?!!! I follow Claire (http://claireabellemakes.com/) on Instagram as I love her Cambridge pictures and cycle jewellery and this week she posted buying a ticket for next years Blogtacular event. (http://blogtacular.com/)
Nosy cow that I am I checked it out and in no time I had bought myself a ticket. I have read on other lovely blogs about bloggers meetings and conferences but until now hadn't found the right one.
It will take place in London (yeah!) in June 2015 and I have no idea what to expect. 

Well, here's some impressions from this years event (credit: Will Ireland, photographer, made available by Mollie Makes):




So next year it'll be Wonky Heidi queuing up for drinks in London! If any of you fellow bloggers are going I'm very much looking forward to meet up. Please do get in touch.