19. Jan 2010

Paper Shopping in Amsterdam: Cortina Paper

Cortina Paper Amsterdam
Cortina Paper Amsterdam
Cortina Paper Amsterdam

We started the new year in the Netherlands and also had a wonderful (but much too short) afternoon in Amsterdam. On Reestraat I found a lovely little stationary shop called Cortina Paper with a nice selection of fine papers ideal for bookbinding – mostly italian Carta Varese and my favorite german “Buntpapiere” from Bindewerk.


Cortina Paper
Reestraat 22
1016 DN Amsterdam
Netherlands
On the Map

www.cortinapapier.nl

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19. Jan 2010

New year, new craft: Crochet-o-rama

Sunburst Flower Granny Squares blanket

Looks like I (re)discovered crocheting. After seeing all these amazing granny square blanket projects e.g. by Sandra Juto and Sarah Goldschadt
I decided to give it a try too.

My goal is to make at least 64 squares using this Sunburst Flower Granny Squares pattern and turn them into a tiny blanket (ca. 80 x 80 cm). I’ve been working on it a lot the first 2 weeks and finished 32 sqaures so far, but I notice how I’ve been slowing down since starting to sew the threads away (is that correct english?).

What crafts are you planning to (re)try this year?
Any big projects planned?

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18. Jan 2010

New year, new tools. And an interview.

foot-operated wired camera remote controller

Guess who took this picture? Yes, it was me. And not with the auto-timer, but with my supercool new foot-operated wired camera remote controller thingy that the boyfriend build me. Yeay! (Some might note, that I am a huge Gilmore Girls fan ;-)).




foot-operated wired camera remote controller

Thank you Mr. S, you’re absolutely amazing! And I’m sure there are some people out there, who will really enjoy the instructable you’re working on. No pressure, though ;-)




foot-operated wired camera remote controller
foot-operated wired camera remote controller

I guess I still need some practice, holding things into the camera and getting them in focus. But I’m really excited and hope to be able to use this awesome new tool to take step-by-step craft-tutorial pictures all by myself with my hands “actively crafting” in the photos.

The wonderful anchor ribbon and the toadstool (parts) you can see in the pictures, are just a tiny selection of the many lovely things that the wonderful mlle. A. of handmade2.0 sent me in trade for some fabrics.

Plus: I’m very excited that she invited me to take part in her handmade.Interview series, you can find it here (german only).
Thank you, mlle. A.!

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17. Jan 2010

Hello 2010

Patterns of Amsterdam
Patterns of Amsterdam

Slowly it’s time to wake up the blog from its winter sleep. I spent the whole friday evening and most of saturday going through piles of photos from 2009. I uploaded almost 400 of them to flickr and even though there’s still quite a pile left, it feels very good to be finally catching up.

We started the new year in the Netherlands with a group of friends, which was absolutely wonderful. We also spent an afternoon in Amsterdam and since I don’t have any new craft projcts to share yet, I thought I could just show you some of the lovely patterns I found there.

What are your new year resolutions for 2010? One of mine is to try and take less photos.

Wishing you all a happy new year and a lovely week!

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24. Dec 2009

Merry christmas and happy holidays

Schnee
Schnee
Schnee und Schlangen
Presents
Presents

A little bit sad that all of last weekends snow has melted and while the sun was shining beautifully yesterday, the weather has decided to give us rain for christmas.

But I’m very happy that everything is ready and packed and we’re enjoying a quiet christmas afternoon, preparing some yummie sauces for the family dinner tonight.

I hope you are having a wonderful christmas time too.
Happy holidays & take care!

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19. Dec 2009

Weekend pleasures: A day on the sofa

birds
Crochet snake

While the city outside was covered in snow & freezing cold today, I spent the day on the sofa, drinking tea, watching all the little birds that discovered the nut-feast that I hung outside the door and crocheting on my little snake after a little drawing from my colleague.

And now the lovely boyfriend just came over with lots of grocery bags and the idea to make us some yummie Cinnamon Roasted Almonds from this instructables recipe while I do some more crocheting…

How are you spending the weekend?

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17. Dec 2009

Sewing treasures and sewing plans

Sewing treasures
Sewing treasures
Sewing treasures
Sewing treasures
Sewing treasures
Sewing treasures
Sewing treasures

A few weeks back when I saw my grandparents for my grandma’s birthday I also visited their lovely neighbour. I call her “Tante Marie” but she’s not really my aunt, though as long as I can remember she has always lived next door to my grandparents. When I was little I used to play in her garden. She’s really nice and sweet with her long grey hair and I think her whole house is filled with sewing and knitting treasures, that she collected in her life. She insisted to give me some of her amazing fabric and ribbon treasures and also a hand full of beautiful buttons.

Last monday I had a day off and turned the living room into a sewing room to finally sew some gifts using her amazing materials. Sometimes I think I just have too many fabrics too. It’s giving me a hard time to decide what to actually make and which materials to use… Do you know what I mean?

So I’m very excited to start taking a weekly sewing class in January and hopefully convert the fabric piles into some nice things to wear…

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14. Dec 2009

Just a little sneakpeek while life’s keeping me busy

Sneakpeek Notes
Sneakpeek Notes

I thought I could show and tell you some more things by now, but life’s keeping me busy – in a positive way: Making christmas presents, meeting friends, eating yummie cookies, crafting with the girls and enjoying some fabulous concerts.

Wishing you all a lovely week…

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7. Dec 2009

New Airmail postcards – We have winners

Drawing a winner
Drawing a winner

Thanks to everyone for making my day with so many wonderful comments and tweets. And yeay – we have 3 winners:
- iamampersand
- ben
- randyhate

Congratulations! I’ll contact you in a sec to get your adresses.

And for everyone who didn’t win or was too late to participate – I have the feeling there might be another little giveaway soon for some little journals I’m currently working on…

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6. Dec 2009

New Airmail postcards – Giveaway

Airmail postcard: Moustache
Airmail postcards photo frame
Blank Airmail postcards pack
Airmail postcard: Rain drops and clouds
Airmail postcards pack packaging
Airmail postcard: Hello

I’m so excited to finally post about my airmail postcards. They’re the first thing I ever had printed and I’m superhappy with how they turned out.

Some of you probably know that I’m a bit obsessed with everything airmail (you’re invited to join my airmail flickr group, if you feel the same). A while back I cut out a striped airmail frame and it’s been sitting on my desk waiting to be made into something – until one day I looked at it and thought how fabulous it would be to have a simple airmail framed postcard that you can draw on or cut out or or or…

There are so many things you can do with them, so I’m pretty sure you’ll come up with a lot more creative uses… Last night I had lots of fun making little postcard packs to put in the shops – you can find them here or hier.

Or win one of two airmail postcard packs with 5 cards by doing one of the following until Monday (Dec 7th) 10 a.m. german time (that’s 4 a.m. New York time / EST) :
- leaving a comment with a valid e-mail-adress
- or (re)tweeting the link http://tinyurl.com/airmail-postcard

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