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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!

Samstag, 9. August 2014

Mad about the book - Bridget Jones 3

I have to confess I was very reluctant to read the latest installment of the Bridget Jones series. I just couldn't imagine Bridget in the 21st century coping with smartphones, twitter and SPOILER ALERT ... without Mark Darcy.



But bargain hunter that I am I couldn't resist a good deal for the e-book and here I am laughing my head of at her latest exploits.
I expected to hate it and am surprised how moved I was by the 51-year old single-mother of two, struggling to get on with her live after her soulmate Mark dies in an accident.

Bridget has grown up - as have I during the last 18 years. The book is funny, poignant and very well-written. Helen Fielding is and stays the queen of chick-lit and this might well be one of my top 5 reads this year!

Dienstag, 5. August 2014

Sewer's block - not about plumbing!

I have just realized that I haven't done any sewing in weeks. I'm afraid my new job that I started at the end of May kinda killed off my creativity.
I only work 35 hours/week but still by the time I get home I'm only capable of ingesting food and  telly programmes. On good days I make it to the gym but some days, like last Sunday, I can't move from the sofa at all.
Totally normal I reckon, it takes all of my middle-aged brain cells to understand and remember everything (and everyone)  at the new office so that I can't muster any creative energy after-hours. There's so much to learn and get used to....

But hey, there's a holiday coming up next week and I promised myself some quality time with Sissi, my sewing machine. There are birthdays, weddings and babys coming up so I need to get the creative juices flowing again and clear the way to my work station.


 Sissi holding up the hat.


On the upside I can now recommend the following programmes:

Fleming - The man who would be Bond
The Bletchley Circle
Doctor's Diary (German programme)

There are some more book reviews in the pipeline as well, as I can use the tube journey for reading.

Enjoy your summer and stay tuned for more exciting posts!!

Mittwoch, 30. Juli 2014

Isabel Allende, Ripper

I have read quite a few books by Isabel Allende but was intrigued by the blurb of "Ripper" which sounded very unlike any of her other books.


Amanda, a teenager living in San Francisco initiates an online roleplay called  Ripper where she and a handful of youngsters from all-over-the-world (and secretly her grandfather) investigate the latest of the citys murders. With her father being a policeman she is naturally interested in crimes and even gets her Dad to listen to their theories. The group finds out that the murders are related and when her mother vanishes they better hurry finding the culprit!
I had an inkling early on who could have done it but had no idea why or how and it didn't lessen my enjoyment one bit! If you like young adult fiction don't miss Allendes trilogy starting with "City of the beasts".

Sonntag, 27. Juli 2014

The half-bald aries!



There's an inside joke between my brother and myself that I don't like reading manuals or instrctions. Hate them. Most of the time you can't make head or tail of them anyway!
But this time, when my brother gave me this fabulous diy gift I longed for instructions.



A clay aries for growing cress!

My brother only relayed to me that I had to soak the aries (which is incidentally my star sign) in water for a few hours and then put the seeds on it. Through the hole in the head I was to fill in water.




Soak. Done.







Attach seeds to animal. Not quite so easy. Maybe will try rolling the thingy in seed next time.

Wait and watch it growing!

 But how often am I to fill it up with water? And why is it getting moldy on top? Does it need direct sunlight?

I need answers! And before you ask, of course I consulted google. Google thinks it's more important to know how to throw a clay cress animal by yourself than how to use it. Probably to do with the searches for "Ghost" (OMG that was 1990!).




So this is how it looks a week later: a half-bald aries. I will shear it off later to get some home-grown cress for my baguette. Then I'll probably scrub it all off and start anew!

Sonntag, 20. Juli 2014

Val McDermid, Northanger Abbey

What could be better than one of my my favourite authors rewriting a Jane Austen classic? I have to confess, I couldn't remember all that much of the original but the idea of the story being set in 21st century Edinburgh during the Fringe festival made me curious. 

Bookworm and country bumpkin Catherine "Cat" Morland gets invited do Edinburgh by her wealthy neighbours. She loves vampire novels instead of gothic novels, has facebook and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who lives in Northanger Abbey and might be a vampire!

She enjoys the festival with her new BFF Isabella Thorpe who turns out to be engaged to her brother.
But when Bella drops Cats brother for the wealthy older brother of Henry, she feels she has to leave Edinburgh immediately.
Luckily Henrys father invites her to join them in Northanger Abbey and here things turn mysterious....

'Val McDermid’s brilliant re-working of Jane Austen’s original shows that innocent, bookish girls in thrall to the supernatural have changed surprisingly little in two centuries. Witty and shrewd, full of romance and skulduggery – I loved it.' J.K. ROWLING - See more at: http://theaustenproject.com/books/#sthash.ojrYjr1d.dpuf
 I was hoping for more installements by McDermid but it turns out that Northanger Abbey is one in a series of six novels called the Austen Project by different authors: http://theaustenproject.com/books/


'Val McDermid’s brilliant re-working of Jane Austen’s original shows that innocent, bookish girls in thrall to the supernatural have changed surprisingly little in two centuries. Witty and shrewd, full of romance and skulduggery – I loved it.' J.K. ROWLING - See more at: http://theaustenproject.com/books/#sthash.ojrYjr1d.dpuf


'Val McDermid’s brilliant re-working of Jane Austen’s original shows that innocent, bookish girls in thrall to the supernatural have changed surprisingly little in two centuries. Witty and shrewd, full of romance and skulduggery – I loved it.' J.K. ROWLING - See more at: http://theaustenproject.com/books/#sthash.ojrYjr1d.dpuf
'Val McDermid’s brilliant re-working of Jane Austen’s original shows that innocent, bookish girls in thrall to the supernatural have changed surprisingly little in two centuries. Witty and shrewd, full of romance and skulduggery – I loved it.' J.K. ROWLING - See more at: http://theaustenproject.com/books/#sthash.ojrYjr1d.dpuf