Sonntag, 25. Mai 2014

My desert island list

Inspired by the great Radio 4 interview show "Desert Island Discs" (check out the amazing podcasts here I now bring you my desert island list:

  • my sewing machine
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Ciabatta 
  • all the books in the world
  • my trusted steed (bicycle)
  • paper & pen for that book inside me 

to be continued....

What would you take on your desert island?

Dienstag, 20. Mai 2014

And now for something completely different...

Yesterday I had really good news. After five months of desperate jobhunting, setbacks and rejections I finally received an offer. Now that I can sit back and relax I just want to tell you how important it is to believe in yourself!

Believe me, I'm the last person to read self-help books and I don't usually go in for that self-affirmative crap or wise words but the only thing that kept me going through these stressful times was the thought that I will get there eventually because... (drum rolls please): 

I can do it!

I received good advice and well-meant advice and neverending support from friends, family and my super siblings and that was important too (thank you!!). But in the end it's only yourself and mainly your gut feeling that you can trust. (And blame, if things go pear-shaped despite everything.) Because only you know your innermost secrets, dreams and longings and what you can put up with. 

So please: go your own way!

If you are in need of inspirational reading, try these:

Anita Roddick, Business as unusual
Sheryl Sandberg, Lean in
Paul Newman, In pursuit of the common good

Dienstag, 13. Mai 2014

Getting to know me... Part 2

Six or seven years ago I learned how to sew. It started with lack of money and getting ideas from magazines. So my auntie and I progressed from fixing favourite jeans to making little make-up cases, shopping bags (I hate plastic bags!) and cushion covers.
We would spent whole weekends crouching over her sewing machine, swearing (me), undoing wonky seams (her) and crowing about our results (together)! She taught me everything she knows about sewing. Happy days!

As I always had only tiny living spaces I abhor dust collecting presents and my main goal for a perfect handmade present is that it is practical und useful. Then of course comes pretty!

At first my friends and family were a bit "ookayy???" about the flood of handmade gifts but now after years of wearing them down they are very happy and I even get the occasional request. 

People keep nagging me about selling my stuff on etsy or Dawanda but I'm reluctant to do so because it takes a lot of inspiration to create something and I take that from my knowledge about and feelings for the presentee. I expect that to get lost while doing assembly line production.

 If you have any experience with starting up an online shop via these channels please let me know.

Sonntag, 11. Mai 2014

Getting to know me... Part 1

I thought, it's time that my faithful readers learn more about me.

The craftiness is of course down to a long line of creative, female ancestors.

1. My greatgrandmother  who used to embroider and crochet lace.

2. My lovely grandmother  who would crochet, knit and sew like a machine. One christmas my doll got a whole new woollen wardrobe and every year we would get handknitted wooly socks (in our badly insulated house they were very welcome!). On top of that she had a very modern taste and a lot of her dishes and  glasses made it into my cupboards after she passed away far too early.

please notice the crochet blanket that I still have in use

she also made this coat

3. My mother or Mami who made me an awesome dress for my Holy Communion because I couldn't squeeze into any off-the-shelf stuff. And Dirndls and a lot more because money was tight.

4. My auntie, who was there when I was ready to learn how to sew. She can also knit like the devil.

Sonntag, 4. Mai 2014

Celebration give-away!!

To celebrate the first thousand clicks on my blog I am giving away this lovely, unique, handmade shopper.

Just write a comment on your favourite post until midnight of the 10th of May 14 and I'll draw the lucky winner on the next morning. So get writing and good luck!!!