Monday, May 31, 2010

Braidshead revisited.

I apologize for the incredibly bad pun, but I couldn't resist. And the the bad quality of the pictures, but they are actually screen shots from "Ugly Betty".
Becki Newton aka Amanda wore an unbelievably intricate and stunning braided hairstyle in one of the last episodes. I wasn't too crazy about it from the front, but behold the back of her head:

Bild 2

Bild 1

Wow. I'm in awe. Impossible to copy with only two hands and on the back of your own head, but wow.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sewing gifts.

I call last week my "Dickensian week" - I was writing all day every day and sewing gifts all night every night until I dropped into my bed like an erratic boulder.

My big writing assignment is wrapped up for the time being and last weekend I delivered my gifts - so now I'm able to post pictures of them here.

This is a reversible fabric crown for an almost 3-year old, extremely funny little girl who loves to play dress-up. Unfortunately the crown is still a little too big for her and keeps sliding over her eyes. It usually ends up as a pointy scarf around her neck...
If you want to make your own, I used this pattern.

play crown

Her little brother - my godson - is more into grabbing things - especially things that are too large and heavy for him. This tag cloth is made with Japanese pear fabric, the back with plain grey soft and cuddly fleece. I've collected so many trims and ribbons over the years that it took me about an hour to choose the right ones. I made up the pattern and sewing instructions as I went along - well, it is only a square cloth, so that wasn't too hard.


My absolute favourite trim is the one with the little faces.

tag cloth detail

For some reason, sewing these fabric/stash/bread/... baskets was the hardest task of all. I drafted the pattern pretty quickly, but attaching the round bottom part to the tube-like body almost made me cry with frustration. And linen - as beautiful as it looks in combination with other fabrics - is such a pain in the behind to iron. After about 178 rounds, there were still some creases left. As they say - some flaws only add to the charm.

bread baskets

I hope to get around to all the sewing projects I have lined up for this week. It seems that spring has finally arrived over here and there are at least two dress patterns I wanted to try. Fingers crossed...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Berlin street art.


This life-sized stencil art pops up all over the city these days... Not quite legal, but absolutely amazing.

I don't think this really qualifies as street art, but I liked the neon...especially on the metal.
(And it did make me smile.)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

This summer...

...I want to exchange my whole wardrobe for any piece from the Gat Rimon collection...


...and put my hair up in braids...

(So sorry - I don't know where I found these two. If one of them is yours, please contact me so I can give you credit.)

...and wear bracelets designed by Louise Kragh or a necklace from Helena Rohner. (Not at the same time though.)


Sunday, May 02, 2010

alessi "lily pond" sushi set



Remember the beginning of the 90s when every household featured the egg shaped magnetic salt and pepper shakers by alessi? Or the sugar dispenser that looked like a little alien? Shorty after I really grew tired of alessi's designs...each one of their household items was shaped like a character from a comic book and it just became too much. After all - who wants to live in "Beauty and the Beast" (Disney version) every day?
That said, I really adore this "Lily Pond" sushi ridiculously cute is the gold fish chop stick rest?