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Samstag, 22. November 2014

presents, regalos, Geschenke!


 Between those two pictures lie at least 5 months. At first I wanted to make a stuffed cockerel for my little niece but somehow it didn't work out. So I put it aside and finally decided to make it into a cushion. What looked like a failure at first is actually a winner!


 


 This one's a "I'm sorry I forgot about our lunch date" token for my colleague.





This one's for me, a side-sleper pillow in my two favourite colors.

Dienstag, 4. November 2014

Christmas - dream or nightmare?

So Halloween's gone and it seems like we're on the express train to christmas. 

The past two months have been extremely busy at work and my full-on trip to England hasn't brought me any respite at all. As lovely as it was to see my friends again I squeezed too much into the one week and could have used another at home to relax.

I feel, like I should have opened up Santas workshop already but last weekend I had a case of 24-hour paralysis. As soon as I've stepped into my apartment on Friday it came over me and didn't let go until Monday morning. Apart from loading the washing machine twice and watching the complete second season of "Borgen" (excellent Scandi polit drama) I couldn't move a finger let alone brain cells. At the same time feeling rotten for not getting up and  producing tons of  unique presents on my sewing machine.

Don't get me wrong, I adore christmas and making gifts for the special people in my life but when I'm so caught-up in my office dramas it seems impossible to get into the right mood and creative mindset.



But maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way round? Maybe I should use my creativity to ease my work tension. 

Maybe the christmas Vorfreude/anticipation will lighten my heart? Maybe I should embrace decorating my castle like my friend N. using as much tinsel and candles as possible?










Drowning my sorrows in mulled wine every night at the local christmas markets with my colleagues? Placing mistletoe in strategic places e.g. over my desk?



Luckily Munich excels in christmas markets. Every neighbourhood has its own, there's an arty market, a gay (pink) market, a medieval market, an alternative market and lot's of traditional ones.
So here's to a busy, marvellous, special and sometimes quiet run-up to christmas.



Mittwoch, 29. Oktober 2014

My top 10 UK trip pictures

Number 1 arty-farty shot for Instagram: Waiting for the opening of the National Portrait Gallery in the morning.




A wet and windy visit to the seaside.



Blink and you'll miss it, catching a rare ray of autumnly sunshine!




Tower Bridge reflected in Boris Johnsons City Hall.





Most atmospheric, goosebump-giving shot: The installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" by artist Paul Cummins. Red ceramic poppies marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.





Number 2 arty-farty, I'll try everything to get an unusual piccie-shot of the wrought-iron fence of the Houses of Parliament.




You can never take too many pictures of the Tower Bridge!




The Royal Pavilion Brighton, amazingly silly and extravagant.



The double Shard shot! I was too stingy to pay 25 Pounds for the viewing platform. Somebody invite me for dinner at the Shard restaurant please!



The old versus new architecture shot. I got the Shard from every possible angle!


Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

Sew special - handmade gifts!

At last I managed to hand-over the latest batch of gifts so that I can proudly show them to you:

1. Apron with a very fitting detail, the cookery pocket:


2. The wedding gift, personalized sequinned pillow cases (made from scratch). Ideal for lovely friends with short names or whose names you can shorten.



 3. The  gift for the expecting mother, who can't have too many thingies to wipe off any kind of spill.






4. Handy make-up zipper bags for the already mentioned lover of toadstools and UK fan.



5. Very versatile, personalized bags to carry everything from knickers to toys.






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?