February 29, 2012

Pattern give away

Sometimes I suspect my house has been bewitched with a spell like "Drop that junk you are carrying. Drop it NOW and never touch it again!!!" The wastebin has been talked into playing a merry "Catch me if you can" Leonardo di Caprio style and is quite talented at it.

For months now Beauty and I have been clearing stuff away, most of it directly into the nearest wastebin, but it hasn't made a dent in the amount of things still piling up on every available surface.

Now, you don't want to read about the disgraceful state of my home, but to know about the give away. Understandable. Not only have I thrown tons of things away, but I've also sifted through my patterns and decided to give 5 of them away.

1. The first one is a book by Tone Finnanger. There are a lot of cute things in it, but nothing I really need, so away it goes with my best wishes. I ordered it on internet and got on Tuesday, so it is brand new.

2. The second one is pattern for a pillow case. It is part of a kit, but I'm afraid the fabrics have been used for other things. Sorry.

3. The third pattern is for a lovely bag by Janelle Wind.

4. The fourth is pattern for a table topper from the Fresh and Fancy pattern line.

5. The last one is a pattern for a quilt from Henry Glass & Co. It is quite a cute one. I hope it will find a good home.

All you have to do is to leave a comment which one you want. I must say, though, that I will only give the book away to someone who reads (and writes in German). It would be such a shame if this book wasn't used like it should be. I hope you understand my reasoning. If more than one person wants a pattern I'll throw a dice and I'll tell you on Sunday who the winners are. The give away closes at 10 o'clock GMT+1 on the 4th of March. Good luck!

I'm off again doing some necessary household work. I've even put the Martha Stewart cleaning list in front of my bed, just to inspire me in my daily duties. :-)

How do you manage your cleaning? I'd love to hear how you do it; I'm convinced that you live in spotless home...

February 28, 2012

5 minute project

Are you up for a real fast project? Something to brighten up your day? I found this adorable Kleenex pouch on Pinterest and just had to make one myself.

I promise it took me 5 minutes, including the cutting. Great fun. Thank you Tisha for the tutorial.

February 24, 2012


Is there something like a cosmic consciousness? You know, someone tells you about the absolutely fascinating love life of giant fire ants and everywhere you look stuff about giant fire ants keep popping up? (I don’t know if there are any giant fire ants, but you get what I mean)
Speeding along like a spider in treacle this last week I’ve been thinking deep thoughts instead of doing anything useful. Just laying around in my favourite chair and musing about the state of the world (and next dinner).

One of my passions in life is travelling. There are so many white blobs on my world map and I just can’t wait to go everywhere. Well almost everywhere. As far as I recall I haven’t told anyone on my blog where I’m going before I set out, but you know what?
As I went to Istanbul I got visitors from Turkey just before I posted my pictures. I didn’t have any from there before. The same happened with Czechia and Egypt around the time I was there.

Something like this happened as BeeCee went shopping for these absolutely fabulous goodies and sent them to me as a surprise gift.

She told me as she looked at my blog afterwards that she saw my post about the world map and had a good laugh. Coincidence? Perhaps, but I like to think otherwise. I like to believe that you get what you give. Not 1:1, but something from somewhere else.

This parcel was waiting for me as I got home from Egypt a week ago. I can’t make up my mind what to make out of them. I really hate the thought of cutting them and maybe messing up. It has to be something special to make me dare the first cut. Perhaps I should take the cosmic hint and get on a plane to New York for some inspiration?

BeeCee, I cannot thank you enough for your gift; it truly made my day!

February 5, 2012

Dobry den Praha

I just have to get a couple of things off my chest; I'm not a happy bunny at the moment.
Our central heating shuts itself down at night and goes on again some hours before we even dream about opening our eyes. When we do wake up everything is warm and cosy with lots of hot water for the morning shower. Not so for the time being. It shuts itself down, but it doesn't go back to work in the morning. This is something I can understand as I don't feel like going to work myself everyday. But even with my compassion it sure is annoying when the temperature outside is -20° C and 14° C inside the house. It takes 2 hours before we can move without wrapping and white clouds around the face.

This was the first thing buggering me. The second is that I'm working really hard on a tutorial and I don't seem to be able to explain in simple words what I mean. Urrrrgh!

The third thing annoing me is I that signed up for a quilting bee. I just got the right book and thought it might be fun to make something together with equal minded persons. I signed up as No. 8 on the blog and signed up on Flickr for this 12 person bee. I was rejected because the bee was full, or so I was told. Some time later Momma Bee wrote on her blog that she had a couple of slots still open and she even started on a second one. No, I don't mind being rejected, because I live in Europe and the shipping might be a bit more expensive, but I do mind being lied to!!!

So here am I sitting in front of my pc wrapped in a bedcover and shaking an icy fist at a cruel world. I'd better show you some pictures from a wonderful trip instead of raving on. Here it goes:

Before really being conscious Beauty and I headed out for the nearest airport one Saturday morning about a month ago. We took the first train at 5 o’clock in the morning, still trying to keep the eyes open, with more or less success.

The nearest airport is only 20 kilometres away, but we must take three (!!) different trains to get there. That makes a total of one hour. By car it is 15 minutes, but you have to pay about the same amount for the parking as for the flight, so the train wins everytime.

This time we headed to Prague, on of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The flight was short and painless.

Not so the check in at the hotel, because they had somehow missed out that we wanted a room for three persons. They charted us off in a taxi to another hotel and there we were well compensated. Actually they were very sweet and we hit it of well. The receptionist asked if we were angry and Beauty answered “No, not yet!”. This got to be a joke between us and we were given an extra room (for 4 persons) in case we should get angry after all and need some space... We called it the “angry room”. Our room was spacious and warm as they got the old East European style of thermostat. Full power on and open windows to cool the temperature down again.

After the check in we went to the railway station to collect Princess. She came by train from Berlin, moderately pleased with the trip. Well, she had to get up early as well and suffer some 5 hours of travel; not a favourite!

Do you see the stairs move, ot it is just my imagination?

If you haven’t been to Prague yet, you should go. It is really worth a visit. Lots of things to see and do and most of it within a walking distance. The food is good as well, but best of all is the beer. I don’t usually drink much of it, but here I just had to have a pint or two.

We stayed four days here and had a great time in spite of the weather. It rained and was cold most of the time. Please show some charity with the pics; our hands were shaking with cold and the light wasn't the best possible.

Meet princess Aishe; she wouldn't be caught dead with a scarf on her head if it wasn't freezing and here is her loving Mum showing the picture to the whole world...I hope she doesn't catch up with this one.

Lots of gold around the town.

Nice houses and streets.

We gave the holy Nepomuk his due.

Good coffee.

The changing of the guards.

Street name in German as well as in Czech.

This is a picture of the old Jewish cementary. There are some 6 generations buried on top of each other. There is an impressive synagogue as well, but we weren't allowed to take any pictures. I'd have loved to show you all the names on the walls. It made us go quiet and think about all the evil in the world.

It is funny how some things have changed and others haven't. We went to the famous Laterna Magica, but that wasn't good. It was the same program as some 30 years ago, but without the magic. If you ask me, a complete waste of money. So this was a change.
We also tried to buy tickets for the Swan Lake at the Opera, but a redfaced woman kept shouting at us "No, English, no English!" Actually we tried to talk with her in French and German as well. Just the way it used to be some 40 years ago.

Please don't get the wrong impression from what I've said; the people are very kind and there are heaps of good things to do. Prague is one of our favorites!