Monday, December 28, 2015

Avocado Quesadilla


Fladen halb befüllt mit:
1/2 Avocado
5 Cherry Tomaten
Käse
Gomasio

zuklappen, in der Pfanne so ca. drei Minuten von jeder Seite backen


Friday, December 18, 2015

Eisbär-Kleid

Stoff über Dawanda
Schnitt abgepaust von ihrem Lieblingskleid
Knöpfe: alle Fake ;)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Furoshiki

My perfect birthday gift this year came from my friend Sascha who brought me a Furoshiki from Japan, where he spent the last three years.
I love it and use it a lot, e.g. for picnic. It carries drinks and food and serves also as blanket to sit on. I just throw it into the laundry afterwards where it is thin enough not to use up much space.


 




Quickly sewn a few more for me and as gifts for two of my friends.
Ways to use it on www.furoshiki.com





Monday, August 3, 2015

wrap skirt metamorphosis

I don't like wearing wrap skirts. But who can resist a 0.50€ offer at a flea market?!

What I did:
take off some length by cutting from the top
close open edge and insert pocket cut from cut away fabric
sew upper hem and insert elastic cord

Cardigan: Hitofude

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pants


Pattern: Nähen im Japanischen Stil, Lange Hose
Modification: +2cm on outside of legs, +1,5 cm on inside of legs, pocket, elastic cord in leg hem
fabric: Stoffmarkt
Cardigan: Goodale 
Belly: 23 weeks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sweaters for me


Pattern: Shelly (I can recommend!)
Left / Blue Fabric: Robert Kaufmann via Etsy 
Right / Red Fabric: Hamburger Liebe via MaLu Design

Monday, July 20, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Easy Door Silencer

no more squeezed fingers
no more banging doors
 fabric: mostly from malu-design.de

cut fabric and straps: total length from one door knob to the far end of the handle on the other side, plus seam allowance, plus a little allowance for easy sliding over the handles



fold right sides together, sew in first strap and close two sides



turn right side out



batting (not too generous because it would become too stiff)



fold raw edge to the inside



attach second strap and close from the right side


This project used up half of the batting I bought six years ago just "because it is always good to have some batting in the house".  I will make more door silencers for my friends so by the end of the weekend all my batting will be used up and for this reason I call this project as #4 project done of my get-rid-of-it challenge.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Easy Baby & Toddler Blanket


Quick and easy toddler blanket, using 2 fabric leftovers and a fleece leftover





cut 4 stripes, sew together right sides facing


center cut & rotate


sew together right sides facing


with right sides facing attach to fleece


trim fleece to right size



trim edges


sew together right sides facing, turn inside out


add a pretty seam to the edge on the right side. looks pretty and keeps both layers in place


done



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Maternity Tie Dye Project



based on a white t-shirt
1st dye: teal
2nd dye: blue

belly band from malu-design

21 weeks pregnant

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Polymer Clay is not my kind of thing


I wanted to try polymer clay for a long time. I did it when I was a child and there was a huge hype about it in Germany. Everybody did it at that time, about 25 years ago I guess. 
Now a few years ago I have seen it in a store and thought it would be nice to try. So I bought it and did not to more than hoarding it in my craft room. I do not know what made me curious again a few days ago and with my get-rid-of-it challenge I thought it would be a good time now to give it a chance. I browsed Pinterest for ideas and tutorials. I did not want to make beads, neither buttons. Both are nice but they would again just blow up my stash of not used craft material. So I decided to go for little ring trays. They are cute and easy to make, a good beginner project. 
Unfortunately I must say, for me it is going to stay with this beginner project. I did not enjoy it. I love the colors but did not like the clay. It was not fun working with it and it took pretty long for a not so spectacular result. 
But hey, that is okay. If I will ever want to use polymer clay beads or buttons or whatever there are great options to buy some on etsy. It is incredible what some people can make from polymer clay!!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

T-Shirt to Tote Bag


 
My friend gave me a t-shirt for my birthday and I managed to have stains on it that I am not able to remove within not more than two months. :-(

Fortunately I came across this tutorial to make a tote bag from an old t-shirt and I decided to give it a second live. :-)
Other than on the original one I did not knot the bottom but sew it  (I did not want the "bulk" of all the knots.)  and sew in a little bottom.

This gives some extra room. It did take some length off it but that doesn't matter in my case as I am short. 

The bag is huge and I can easily fit my daily grocery shopping (and more) into it and in the meantime it folds up tiny and takes up no room sitting in my handbag when not in use.

Making the bag took only a few minutes and the bag comes quite handy. It is for sure worth doing it again with future messed up shirts. Probably even from my daughter's small t-shirts, she could use the little bags for collecting things outdoors etc. 


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Handmade Beads from Rose Blossoms


Unbelievable. It was so much work to make the beads. I had to collect roses, chop the blossoms, add a little water and let them simmer for hours and hours until it was a dense and sticky material. Then let it cool off a little, roll it into tiny balls and put them onto toothpicks to let them dry.
I did all that, enjoyed it and was so proud when I could take my rose blossom beads of the toothpicks. …and put them into tupperware where they were sleeping beauties for the last five years now. Really. It is a shame, I know. But I never forgot them and I climbed onto the attic this morning to dig them out, finally, and made two necklaces from them. The smell of the rose blossom beads is still amazing, even after such a long time and I hope it will stay for a long time. It is wonderful, not too strong. I really enjoy it. 

I can remember I used dark red roses and the color of the beads turned out to be a very dark brownish something. I think this will vary depending on what color the blossoms are. Maybe, if I will ever do this again (what would be totally worth it), I should try to mix pink and dark red roses for a little lighter result. 

I consider this a one project done for my personal get-rid-of-it challenge, as both, the rose blossom beads and the pink and orange beads in between were sitting around the house unused for five years (the pink and orange ones even for 8 years). 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

another tunic

another tunic from my new japanese sewing book. I had to make major changes because for whatever reason size xs appeared to be way too large, even now being 20 weeks pregnant. So I almost ruined it with a quick and dirty try to make it fit and in the end I could magically (really magically, because I do not even know myself how I did it) save it from going to the trash can instead of the wardrobe. Now it fits perfectly and I like it a lot.
Next time I will try to adjust the raglan shoulder seams. They were too long and so the armholes came out too big.
And, at last, I should learn that it makes sense to take some time when trying to adjust something and when redoing  seams.

I consider it as part of my get-rid-of-it challenge as it is sewn from old bedsheets that I kept for several years now because I always wanted to sew a tunic from it. One project down. :)


Friday, June 26, 2015

Starflower Potholder


Fabric and bias band from MaLu Design
Using this free tutorial for the starflower pattern


When I make something for a friend, I usually do not like to tell them exactly what fabric and pattern I am using and I especially try to avoid to show pictures of the work in progress. In this case I was so excited that I did it. What was kind of a mistake because it all worked out (more or less) pretty fine for a first try of a tiny version of the starflower pattern. But when attaching the bias band I almost ruined it completely. It is a 1.8mm bias band and I really never thought that the difference of 0.2cm to a "normal" bias band would make such a difference. In this case with four different layers it really did, and a close up look on the potholder is something I really hope not too many people are going to take. I made it for a friend and as I used tiny scraps of fabric (she really likes any star pattern on fabric) I cannot make a second one with a proper attachment of the bias band. If I would not have shown it to her while in progress, I would remake it with other fabrics. But maybe that is an option for a new occasion to sew her something. ;) and after all, she has a not too bright kitchen so maybe I am lucky and it will be not so noticeable...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Doors & Door Knobs at Gruissan









I love evening walks through old cobblestone streets of little mediterranean towns. The air is warm and calm and everything seems to be so relaxed. I love the different doors of each house, wondering what individual world is behind each one while they all share the same world on the outside of the door.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

trial run

My Mom brought back a fabric from France that we both love and want. She is willing to give it to me
for a raglan style tunic and as I don't want to ruin it (my conscious would take a tough time on me knowing how much my mother desires the fabric). I did a trial run with a fabric leftover today.
The pattern is pretty easy and sewn up in no time. The finished tunic is a perfect piece for airy summer days (at least with the fabric I used).
I sew size XS, adding no extra seam allowance.
The tunic is shorter than it is supposed to be, because today I had to deal with a limited amount of fabric. Still it is long enough to wear. So this is okay. It actually came out even shorter than expected because I cut the bottom hem according to pattern and it looked kind of pointy and weird so I straightened it afterwards what of course meant that I had to cut of length. In my next version I will cut the bottom hem straight right away. Also I will hopefully remember that the neck band is too long for the neck opening. I should measure the neck opening after assembling front, back and sleeves and then cut the neck band.  Besides these two points it is a perfect pattern. :) I love it.



Pattern: 2a
from:
Nähen im japanischen Stil

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Card Trick is my favorite...

…quilt pattern. At least at the moment (and this moment now lasts for several years). And as these two finished blocks have been waiting 7+ years in a box for a purpose, I decided now to turn them into sofa cushions. We never have enough cushions so this comes handy and I can see them all the time now.

I think the pattern would show much better on a cushion if I would have also sewn a contrasting colored frame around the block, I should keep that in mind in case I feel the urge to make more card trick cushions. ;)

If you like the pattern, too, you can find a lot of brilliant tutorials for free on the web. For example here!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Italian Style Lentil & Sausage Soup

We already had a few really hot and summer promising days this month. So when I went food shopping all I could think about was summer time and barbecue. I bought some really yummy Bratwurst. But as it is May it is not so uncommon to have also cold and rainy weather the next day and this was exactly what happened this time. So of course nobody felt like a barbecue. All we wanted was a soul heating meal inside our snuggly home. So I came up with this recipe, using the ingredients that were supposed to be barbecued.


You will need:

3 sausages
1 onion

1 zucchini
3 mushrooms
4 tomatoes
(all diced)

majoran
rosemary
thyme
1-2 cloves garlic
(chopped)

1cup (yellow) lentils
2 cups vegetable stock

optional pepper / salt
olive oil


Heat up olive oil in a large pot and gently start to roast chopped onion and sausages cut into small pieces. Cut vegetables.
When gently roasted add vegetables and stir often enough to avoid burning. Chop herbs and garlic and add to pot.
Let it simmer for 3 minutes before you add lentils and vegetable stock. Close pot and let it cook at least until lentils are done. (Check every now and then if there is still enough liquid to cover the lentils, if not add a little water.) If you are in a hurry you can serve it now, but if you have the time let it cook a little longer so that the taste will really develop and texture will get very smooth.
If you like you can add salt and pepper to it but I recommend not to or at least to be very careful with it as the sausages often are salty enough to spice up the entire dish.

Serve hot, enjoy and please let me know how you liked it. :)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

writing blog posts again

I think I need to come back to writing blog posts again. After two years (of being a mother, still creating things and still cooking, also remodeling a home, and) not writing a single post, I feel the need of coming back to this "place".