Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's all about me bloghop

Today is the second last day of the 

blog hop. And it is "my day"

all these wonderful blogs are on the schedule today:

The German Mom  <------- here you are

Marlene and Madame Samm did a wonderful job keeping us all together. Thanks so much!

So, what did I do?

First of all, I have to admit that it was pretty difficult for me to come up with an idea for what I wanted to make out of it.
And so the bloghop did start and I was still thinking about what to do....

And then, finally, I knew where I wanted to go....

Think of Marilyn Monroe, Tomato soup and Andy Warhol - do you know what I mean?

My daughter recognized it, so you might too :-)

And here are all the four lovely ladies one by one:

  Miss blue: 

Miss Orange: 

Miss Green:

and Miss Red:

and guess who came up with the slogan?

My hubby!

Who would have thought he could be such a genius?

This piece - all made of material I already had in my stash , I didn't buy anything new at all for it! - found a place over my sewing table

(Yes, I had to clean up my sewing table before I could take the picture, you bet!)

It is a little wonky, and I made some serious bad faults (I won't put my finger on it in case you missed them *g*), but it was to late to do it over, and I am pretty happy how it turned out in the end.

Thanks so much for stopping by, don't forget to hop over to the next blog

Spoilt Dog Quilts

and come back soon!

Have a great week - we will celebrate my son's sixth birthday today and the arriving of my good friend from Germany today.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ups, I am late...

... yesterday started the "It's all about me - bloghop.

So head over to Madame Sam to see what all the super bloghoppers made yesterday and today -
and don't forget to come back next Monday (25th) to see what I made :-)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Downton Abbey, tea and

English paper piecing.
First time ever.

Downton abbey over.
So sad. Not the final I have hoped for.

First hexie flower: finished.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy valentines day! Hugs and kisses

too all of you, my lovely readers!

So, today is the second last day of the hugs and kisses blog hop

and it's my turn today, together with these fellow bloggers:

Dachsies with Moxie

From This to That
Sew at Home Mummy
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
A Geeky Crafty Life
Charlottes Creations
The german Mom    <-------- you are here
Debby Kravotil Quilts

 First of all, let us blow some air kisses to Madame Samm  and Jane for the organization of this blog hop. Thank you so much!

As for valentines day, I have two "problems" with this day:

First of all, it is the day before my husbands birthday - isn't that mean? So I have to find two meaning full gifts for two following days. Not easy sometimes.

Second, I have to tell you: In Germany we celebrate this day differently. It is not a day where everybody tells everybody how much she loves him, it is a day that is reserved for romantic lovers - boyfriend and girlfriend, fiancee and husband to be, if she is lucky enough, husband and wife - and that's it. No parties at school, no teacher appreciation valentines edition lunch at school, no balloons, no treats :-) So last year, my poor son was the only child who brought nothing to preschool - because we just didn't knew what we were supposed to do for this day :-) But this year, we got it!

So, what did I make?

As a mom of four, I do have a problem with tablecloths, they are full of stains after 10 minutes on the table (which is a fraction of the time one needs for ironing it), and it is dangerous for young children. But a naked table doesn't look good either. That is why I love table runners.  

For the valentines theme, I choose hearts:

and, of course, it does lay on my table, not in the garden :-) but the light is better outside.

So for valentines day, I can imaging having a nice coffee & cake (Kaffee und Kuchen) time in the afternoon, with a nice set up table like this:

The table runner is pretty easy made, just one charm pack of valentines day fabric
Flirt by Sandy Garvais for moda
some neutral linen and thats it.

I used 4 charms of each color to make one big square and cut out a heart shape, which I ironed with heat and bond on the fabric.
I've sewn nearly the rest of the fabric together and cut in half for the border, and here we go.

I think I will even put this table runner on the table when valentines day is over, it will be pretty for every day too.

I wish you all a wonderful day, have a great time or even a party with your kids, husbands and friends, hope to see you all back soon, thank you so much for stopping by


and dont forget to hop over to the next blog

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Don't forget!

Today is the start of the hugs & kisses blog hop!

If you have the time, visit all participants, and see the amazing range of creativity, once again spanning the world from the States to Australia to Germany today alone!

If you can't make them all, pop at least over to Madame Samm who will present you the best of the day :-)

And don't forget that Valentines day will be on Thursday - do you already have your present for your loved one(s)?

And, oh, by the way: please come back on Valentines day to see my work for the blog hop :-)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

same same - but different

A little friend of my daughter is celebrating her third birthday this weekend.
Her mother didn't want me to sew her a birthday dress, but she thought that her daughter would like to have a little purse.

As I knew that my daughter would through at least one major tantrum if she would have to give away something like this without having one of her own, I decided to just make two. I wanted to make one for my daughter for months anyway.

This is a german bag pattern, which I really love. I made an adult bag of this pattern too, it already comes in two sizes, but for the Mini-Ladies I made a 70% version of the smaller one.

It is easy to make, but this petal flap makes it look so cute:

 my daughter's

her friend's 

On the inside of the flaps, I embroidered the girl's names, and for my daughter, my cell number too.

And this is the adult version I made last year:

If you would like to check out the pattern, go ahead! There are so many pictures, I think you can even use it not understanding a single word german. And if you have any difficulties or questions, feel free to contact me with your questions :-)

pattern: Josipa

Friday, February 1, 2013


It took me quite a while to figure out how to find the winner of the give away.

You want to know how I made it?

I asked each of my kids to say a number from 1 to 99, wrote this four numbers down on small papers, and my oldest son made me draw one.

The winner is:

number 75 :

Congratulations, Terry! I will send you an email to ask for your wishes for the panel.

Meanwhile, I was sick (and it took me 10 days to really feel better, but my voice is still elsewhere),  I had to make a pillowcase for my sons Kindergarten teacher, who had to take a longterm medical leave until April ( I hope you will feel better real soon, Mrs. S!)
This is the basket we put together for her, you can see parts of the pillow in the back:

(I thought I would make the pillowcase in a hour. It took me four. The embroidery alone was about 2 hours. I must be crazy. And who has the ugliest pillowcases around? me. I need to make us some nice ones too. )

I got a request to make an elephant for a newborn baby

(it took me one week to finish it. That is a new negative record)

and I finished my Downton Abbey sew along cowl. I got quite obsessed with it. I started over about 10 times, but in the end, I finally had a feeling for the pattern. The pattern was great, I was just too unexperienced to do it right. Now that I know how it works, I will have to make something else with it. Another cowl. Or a shawl.
I really enjoyed knitting.

Meanwhile, I started working on my hugs & kisses project. On one of my hugs & kisses project. Not sure if the other 1-4 projects will make it this year *lol*

sneak peak:

Have a great weekend!