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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.

Donnerstag, 14. August 2014

Instalove

For a long time I didn't get Instagram. iPhone users seemed to share their totally random pictures. But when I read up on blogging everybody unanimously agreed that you had to have Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, the lot. I drew the line at Twitter and I have yet to set up a wonky Facebook account but once I tried it I fell in love with Instagram.
For all of you who don't know Instagram, it's a photo app for your smartphone which allows you to tamper with your photos, gives you filters and borders and a lot of other stuff.






Then you can upload them to your profile and share them with the world. Like Twitter you use hashtags so people can find them. The more hashtags the better. On your wall they show you the posts of the people you follow and  suggest other pictures that might interest you. 
I follow crafts people and photographers in NZ and OZ. Now I see a lot of photos of dream beaches, kangaroos and interiour design.
My friend, the Lady K, gets fitness tipps and follows her favourite bands.

I found that it makes me notice my surroundings more in case there is a photo opportunity. I take interesting pictures and am pleased as punch when strangers like them.





Of course, I also wanted to drum up interest for this amazing blog. It's a bit like a mini-blog on the go that appeals to another audience. 



 
What I still don't get is the bikini-mirror-selfies but hey, if I had a thigh gap I'd probably want to show it!