2010/12/27

The day after...

Hey girls! 
I hope you had wonderful christmas holidays! Mine were just perfect with family, games and lots of fabulous food, which I just could not get enough of! 

So today I am going to do a little showcase of my presents. My parents got me the following two books, which I wanted to have for some time already.

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life


Of course, I haven't read the whole book, yet. But even just the photos, illustrations and graphics are worth having it. This woman has just been so amazing and I cannot wait to get to know her better.

Boutique Knits: 20 +

I am a total knitting newbie, but this book is just so inspiring, that I am willing to go through this torture of learning how to knit. I hope that I can understand those instructions soon. Does anybody has some advice on how to learn knitting best? Another book or website?




My boyfriend got me an half year subscription of BurdaStyle and in addition these ergonomically designed Prym sewing tools!
Hopefully these will put an end to my tortured hands. :)






And last but not least I got this chic Fifi Lapin brooch. Do you know her? The most fashionable bunny worldwide? 
Hihi, I just love her!
I am so into brooches, anyway, these days. How come they have been neglected as jewellery for such a long time?



And here comes one more christmas present I made for my boyfriend. A striped, color blocked sweater. Which is just as comfy as it looks! Luckily, I did not have to do any changes and he could wear it immediately. :)


Maybe you remember my wish for a sewing closet? My father has been working hard on it for about 2 months already! I would have never imagined, that it would take so much time and effort to build it! Unfortunately, he was not able to finish it for Christmas Eve. But that just ain't no problem! I can wait and am looking forward to finally get my hands on and my sewing stuff into that closet! :)

2010/12/24

Merry Christmas!

Thank you my dear followers for sharing that queerish moment with me in my last post. I am so glad, that it made some of you smile and that, definitely, made me smile myself! Thank you so much for your nice, nice, nice comments. It is always a big pleasure for me to read a new comment.

So, it is already that day! ♥




I don't know how it is celebrated in your country, but in Germany today is that special night! I will have a wonderful dinner (prepared by my father) with my family (unfortunately not all of them) and afterwards it will be gift giving time.

So I will have to leave you now to get dressed and ready for this day!
I wish you all a merry, merry christmas and a wonderful time with your loved ones!

2010/12/21

Better make it yourself!

I do not think that I will ever win a sewing machine, no matter in how many giveaways I participate! So today I decided to better make it myself, then relying on luck and fate, only.
Tadaaaa! And here it is, my very own sewing machine! ;)



Ok, you got me. It is not the most professional one, but I like its aerodynamic look...haha...
Unfortunately, the control knobs fall of very often and I have to admit, that it does not have any variety of different stitches...also it does not survive any room temperature...sigh...




P.S.:
It has been snowing here in Germany for weeks already. Somehow this weather makes me a little queerish...So forgive me for this post. :)
Anyway, this was a lot of fun and if I could  have made you smile, just a little, I will be highly delighted!

2010/12/19

Christmas is coming to town... Part. I

I was finally able to finish all my self-made christmas presents, yesterday! Yeaheee! No more stress for me! :)
So today I would like to share two of them. I can only show you these before christmas because I am pretty sure that both presentees will not come on my blog to have a look.



































So this little birdcage ornament with a flying bird inside is for my boyfriend's grandmother. She is always such a kind person and I really hope she will like it! 
I made this ornament with the help of a tutorial by 'Pretty Ditty'. She shares wonderful and inspirational things on her blog and also has a very nice online shop.
I, especially, love her pegdolls, they are just too beautiful. I have to admit, that I once tried my hand on one of these and it was no problem to make the doll's cloth...but I cannot show you my pegdoll because I was just nooo good at painting her face. :)

Second present I would like to share is a leathern case for keys. I tried to keep it simple as it is for men. But to make it a little more personalized I stamped and sewed on the presentees initials.


So what about you? I am really curious to see what other people have made. Have you finished all your christmas presents, yet? What did you make?

2010/12/16

♥ Coeur de pirate ♥

Oh, I really want to share this discovery with you. My boyfriend was so kind to find it for me.
I simply love this song, as well as the French language. I wish I was still able to play the piano like I used to when I was in my teens...


Hope you enjoy it as much as I do and have a lovely day!

2010/12/15

"Stricklieseln?!"

Sorry, for not having posted for some time. I have been very busy with 'real' life, but in the end everything turned out just fine and here I am back posting my latest little projects.

I have tried my hand on some knitted wintery accessories that I saw in a German magazine called 'CUT'. The first one is my favorite. It is a flower brooch and was very, very easy to make. I just needed some knitted strings. Then I rolled them to be flowers and hand sew them on a feltbase combined with a safety pin.





The second accessory is this bracelet. 
I used the same knitted strings as for the brooch. 
This is made by braiding four strings and connect both ends.


And last but not least the most easiest of all three is this necklace with 3 knitted strings in different length.

Somehow I do love this red and white color combination. It is wintery and has a christmas holiday touch.

Maybe I will try to make more accessories like these, as I still have some of this wool left.




So you might wonder how I made those strings? In German this tool you see on the last picture is called 'Strickliesel'. 'Strick' means 'knitting' and 'liesel' is an old German name for a girl. Can anybody tell me what this is called in English? I wonder if this tool is known all around the world? 


People told me that many Germans used to play with it in their childhood. Well, I am a little late having found out about this 'Strickliesel' just about a month ago! ;)

2010/12/08

Old school embroidered pillow cases...

Today I would like to show you a little "side"project of mine. My boyfriend was in desperate need of new pillowcases. So I made him the following two with checkered woolen scrap fabric. But somehow they were kind of boring. 
Then I found this amazing and pretty cool book called 'Embroidered Effects' and tried to jazz them up a little. I made two patches. After stitching I sewed them on felt so that they won't fray. This was a pretty easy and fun project! 
The first one reminds me of those old sailor jerry tattoos and the second is a colorful skull inspired by 'Día de los Muertos'. Think I am going to embroider more in the future!


2010/12/04

Little big hedgehog poche & a little surprise

Oh, I have been a total copycat this time. I am so sorry, but I just had to try this sweet hedgehog bag myself! And aren't people saying that to copy is the highest form of flattery?
I have seen this kind of animal bags on etsy some time ago. Then, some weeks ago got reminded about them by a post from crochetie on facebook. They are too cute, but they were also unaffordable for me, so I simply had to make it myself.


I used some soft and thin leather for the body. I wasn't so sure, whether my sewing machine would be able to sew leather, but with a leather needle it was no problem at all.

It is not really a bag and can carry only little things, but that is enough for some money, cards and my mobile phone.

 

P.S.: I got a little parcel, yesterday! I was so surprised and delighted!!! One of my very best friends, Meike, send me some goodies along with this lovely black leather flower brooch, which she made herself! Oh, I love self-made presents!!! ♥


2010/12/01

Nut Roll - My favorite Winter Recipe

Today I would like to share another one of my favorite recipes. This time it is a cake! I love baking and the flavor of fresh baked cakes and cookies (but who does not!). This is a delicious, easy and quickly made cake.

What you need:

For the dough:

150g curd, 6 tablespoons milk, 6 tablespoons oil, 25g baking powder, a pinch of salt, 300g flour, 10g vanilla sugar, 75g sugar

For the filling:
100g sugar, 200g powdered hazelnut, 1/2 egg yolk, 1 egg white, 5 tablespoons water

What to do:
  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dough, until you have a nice and sleak dough. 
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the filling in another bowl.
  3. Roll the dough on your table until you receive a nice rectangle. 
  4. Then use a spoon or a knife to apply the filling all over it.
  5. Roll the whole rectangle into a nice roll and press it a little, so that it won't open in the oven.
  6. Cut the upper side several times.
  7. Apply a mixture of the remaining egg yolk and some milk on the roll, so that it will get this shiny golden surface.
  8. Bake it for about 35-40 minutes in 175 degress celsius.
  9. Enjoy this delicious nut roll!!!
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