Mittwoch, 24. Februar 2010

Toddler + Scissors = Bad

What happens when you hand over (supposedly „appropriate for children“) scissors to your toddler?

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Right. A neat cut in her favourite jumper.

I probably should have given her a scold, but how could I when she was giving me the puppy-eye treatment and said full of trust: “Mama richten?” (which would translate to something like “Mommy fix”).

So mama fixed it :-)

jumper repair 2

Montag, 22. Februar 2010

Wardrobe Refashion - Refashionista for life!




8 months ago I signed up for the first time at Wardrobe Refashion, and since then I have not looked back. This is the pledge you make by signing up:

“I pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 / 4 / 6 months. I pledge that i shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!”

I'm proud to say that I have not bought a new garment for my self since I took the pledge. The only time I had to go shopping was because I miscalculated how tall my daughter would be this winter – so I had to buy a new coat for her instead of purchasing one at the second-hand bazaars I usually patronize for her clothes. And I probably would not have bought the coat if it wasn't half prize, so that's not too bad, either!

Anyway, I love the concept of refashion, because there is enough fabric on this planet to last us a long while. Seeing that I had not the least inclination to buy new clothes I think I'm ready for the life long pledge.

If you are interested in refashion, head over to WR and take a look what amazing things people do with used clothes!

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Vor 8 Monaten habe ich mich zum ersten Mal bei “Wardrobe Refashion” angemeldet. Bei der Anmeldung “verpflichtet” man sich, keine neuen Kleidungsstücke mehr für sich zu kaufen sondern bereits vorhandene Kleider umzunähen, bzw. Second Hand einzukaufen. Seine Stücke kann man dann auf dem Blog zur Schau stellen.

Stolz kann ich nun verkünden, dass ich kein einziges neues Kleidungsstück für mich gekauft habe, seit ich dabei bin. Das einzig neue Teil, das ich ins Haus gebracht habe, ist ein Wintermantel für Finja, weil ich nicht gedacht hätte, dass sie so groß wird diesen Winter. Darum habe ich keinen Mantel auf den Kinderkleider-Basaren gekauft, wo ich sonst alles für meine Tochter hole. Aber wenn der Mantel nicht so putzig und dazu auch noch um die Hälfte reduziert gewesen wäre, hätte ich wahrscheinlich schon einen selbst gemacht...

Wie auch immer, ich liebe das Konzept „refashion“, weil es wirklich schon mehr als genug Stoff auf dieser Welt gibt. Und da ich in den letzten 8 Monaten nicht mal das Bedürfnis hatte, mir was neues zum Anziehen zu kaufen, habe ich mich nun „lebenslang“ bei Wardrobe Refashion angemeldet!

Schaut doch mal rein bei WR, es ist erstaunlich was dort aus alten Kleidern gemacht wird!


Refashion - Hat and Scarf Pillow case to apple dress skulltop2c Refashion - skull & Polka dot top Refashion – School dance dress Maximo Park shirt refashion Refashion – Blouse to girls dress Pyjama RefashionPony Refashion refashion-striped top 4 shirt - refashion after


Sonntag, 21. Februar 2010

Notebooks, Notebooks and more Notebooks!

...because I can never get enough of them!

Flames notebook cover

Skull & Polka Dot notebook cover

Stripey pirate notebook cover

Fab 50ies notebook cover

Donnerstag, 18. Februar 2010

30 / 2

Birthday cake


So I'm finally back from my short hiatus - now that the birthday madness is over...
Birthday madness? Well, it happens that I celebrated the big one last Saturday, (30, in case you where wondering), and the day after my little one tuned 2. How the time flies when you have fun! Actually I'm quite OK with being thirty, I just feel for my parents. Sometimes I can't believe that my baby has been already in this world for two years, so I really can't imagine what it must feel like when your youngest child is thirty years old... Poor mom ;-)

I've had a lovely party with my family and close friends. My best friend Tina gave me a present that made me cry a little so blown away I was by it. She drew me a hand-bound comic book featuring every milestone of our friendship. How awesome is that?! This is the best present I ever got, seriously. I love it how much thought and work she put into it, and the fact that we cherish exactly the same moments in our friendship. It is a blessing to have such creative and thoughtful friends...

My brother also flexed his crafty muscles and made me a wooden board to put my laptop on, on which he engraved crossed pirate swords and flames with some kind of wood burning device. I have no idea how this is called in German, let alone in English! I really adore handmade gifts, even more so because I know how busy my brother is...

Sonntag, 7. Februar 2010

Notebook holder / Notizbuch - Hüllen

sewing,handmade,pirates skulls

You know they say you should do what you love most to have success, and it seems to be true. Have no fear, I'm not going philosophical on you, this is just a introduction for today's item.
Well, I have a thing for stationary. Back when I was still slaving away in the corporate machine, shuffling paper and doing mindless tasks in the office, the more or less unlimited access to stationary was one of my few (work-related) delights. And although I'm not a big shopper (understatement of the year, I mostly hate shopping) I could literally spent a whole paycheck at the stationer's. I own more notebooks, note pads, pens and other stuff than any sane person should.
So it probably comes as no surprise then that sewing pretty covers for notebooks is one of my favorite pastimes. And what makes it even sweeter is that people love them, too! I've already sold a few in my Shop and so it was time to restock. (what a PITY!:-)


So, be prepared for polka dots, skulls and stripes! (I've actually made a few today because my daughter dearest spent the day at her grandparents house. Uninterrupted sewing time! Heaven...)
I did not manage to make pictures of all of them before the light faded, though. Stay tuned for more pirate-y goodness :-)

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Man hört ja oft, dass man Erfolg hat, wenn man das tut, was man liebt. Und das scheint auch zu stimmen... Keine Angst, ich werde jetzt nicht philosophisch, das ist nur eine Einleitung für das heutige Schaustück.
Man könnte über mich sagen, dass ich ein kleines Schreibwaren-Problem habe. Damals als ich noch in kreativitäts-mordenden Bürojobs mein Dasein fristete war der (mehr oder weniger) unbeschränkte Zugang zu Büromaterial eine meiner wenigen (beruflichen) Freuden. Und obwohl ich Einkaufen eigentlich gar nicht so gern mag, könnte ich ohne weiteres einen Monatslohn in meinem Schreibwarengeschäft auf den Kopf hauen. Ich besitze mehr Notizbücher, Blöcke, Stifte und andere Schreibwaren als ein zurechnungsfähiger Mensch vermutlich haben sollte. Da kommt es wohl nicht als Überraschung daher, dass das Nähen von hübschen Notizbuch-Hüllen eine meiner Lieblingsbeschäftigung ist. Und wenn andere Leute die dann auch noch so toll finden, dass sie gutes Geld dafür bezahlen, dann ist das doch noch das Sahnehäubchen auf dem Erdbeerbecher! Da ich nun wie gesagt ein paar von den Hüllen verkauft habe, ist es Zeit geworden für Nachschub zu sorgen (so ein UNGLÜCK aber auch!)

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Also macht Euch bereit für Tupfen, Streifen und natürlich Totenköpfe! (Ich habe in der Tat einen ganzen Schwung gemacht, weil mein liebes Kindlein einen ganzen Tag bei der Oma verbracht hat. Soll heißen, Nähen ohne Unterbrechungen! Himmlisch....)
Es gibt noch keine Fotos von allen Hüllen, darum werde ich sie auf mehrere Posts verteilen.

sewing,handmade,pirates skulls

Mittwoch, 3. Februar 2010

Orange Cat Shirt



Finja needs a few new shirts but I never seemed to get around to make some. Until yesterday the blog MADE inspired me (as they often do!) with their tutorial for a shirt based on a onsie.



It is not the first time that I have taken apart some of Finja's clothing to trace a pattern, but for some reason I never made one from a onsie. Somehow I had the feeling it would be bothersome to make the collar, but instead it is ridiculously easy! Thank you Dana for pointing this out and ridding me of a silly misconception!


This shirt is a complete departure (more like a day-trip, actually) from my usual color scheme! I usually don't like orange at all but I was given an used men's shirt and the fabric had a very comfortable feel about it, which is more important for me than colors when it comes to clothes for my daughter.

My little devil goes through shirts really fast, so I opted against an applique (as much as I love them, they are a lot of work). Instead I simply used fabric marker to draw a little cat and the name of my label on the shirt. Much faster so I will probably not get teary-eyed when the shirt is stained beyond recognition in a few weeks...

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