Link Love #21

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Hello there!

As you probably noticed, I have some troubles picking up my usual posting schedule again. There’s still a lot to do around the appartement and the weather has been so nice lately! Also I will be starting a new job at the beginning of August. I’m really excited about it, but I will work more hours than I do now, so it will take some time to adjust my daily life and time management. Since I’m blogging for fun, I don’t want to make any excuses. I just want to say that it will be a little bit slow around here for some more time.

Here are some links for the weekend. Enjoy!

  • Elsie painted her patio tiles. It looks great!
  • A clever way to make a beaded statement necklace. I love the idea of using safety pins.
  • I never made flavoured water before, but I want to try one of these.
  • You know how much I love birds. And I guess I told you there’s a little garden coming with the new appartement which we can use by next summer. And I’m totally doing this tea pot bird bath! It would be so great to sit there and watch the little birds taking a bath. I’m already getting excited.
  • Want to know what’s in your average cup of coffee?
  • Since we’re living a tiny little bit less central  than before, I reactivated my bicycle. Although these fabric bike baskets are for children, I would love to make one for my bike.

Have a great and sunny weekend!

Projects: Painted Mug

tasseThere’s still a lot to do around our new appartement, so I didn’t have much time for blogging this week. But at least I wanted to share a project from my archives.

This was a present for my Mum, too. I transferred the image to the mug by cutting the bird from paper and taping it to the mug, than I outlined it with pencil. The inner lines I drew freehand. Afterwards I dotted the lines with porcelain painter and burned it in the oven.

The hardest part was to transfer the picture, but all in all it was really easy! The idea was inspired by this Dot-Painted China. I also made one for my Dad, but since the motive refered to a family joke it doesn’t make sense to share it.

Since than I painted quite a lot of mugs, I think they make great presents since you can personalise them easily and everyone needs a favourite mug (in my opinion). The only problem is that the paint often doesn’t last as long as promised, especially if you put them into the dishwasher.

Have you painted mugs before? Have you any tips for a long-lasting porcelain paint?

Projects: Fabric Baskets

stoffkörbeWhile I was separating out my things during the last days, I thought a lot about ways to organise all the small stuff. What works best for me is gathering small things in boxes, baskets or else – so even if its chaos inside, at least  it looks tidy from the outside.

One of my favourites are these little fabric baskets. I made them for my mom some time ago, but will surely make some for myself as soon as we have moved.
I chose different patterned fabrics in red and white, alternating the patterns between the outside and the inside of one basket and between the baskets.
I sewed a big, a small and a little one, if they aren’t used they can be stacked inside each other or they can be folded together.stoffkörbe5

stoffkörbe2 stoffkörbe4I found the pattern or more specifically instructions how to construct the pattern somewhere on the internet, but I just can’t remember where. But there are lots of tutorial on the internet for these.stoffkörbe3

How do you organize your small stuff to keep the room tidy?

Link Love #20

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This week I started packing and sorting my stuff – I’m kind of proud because I managed to throw away quite a lot! On the other hand it makes me kind of anxious, because now my home doesn’t feel like home any more. I wonder how long it will take until our new appartement feels like home?
Anyway, here are a few links for you. Have fun!

  • Awesome People Reading is a tumblr full of pictures of, well, awesome people reading. There’s always something very peaceful about people totally absorbed by their books.
  • Did you know you can make your own watercolors?
  • I guess it would be easy to find cheap vinyls on the flea market to make this Vintage Vinyl Dessert Stand.
  • This is one of the best cat DIY’s I’ve seen so far.
  • An original way to think of original ideas.
  • How to make your own polka dot glasses. I’m going to ikea tomorrow and I will buy glasses. I wonder if the paint is dishwasher-proof, because, yes! we’re going to have a dishwasher.
  • This is not only true, but also beautiful. It would look great framed.
  • These fabric gift bags are really cute! I also like that they are reusable. You could make a bunch of them to keep on hand.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Home Inspiration Journal

home inspirationWithin the scope of my “moving-series” I’m showing you some pages from my home inspiration journal. I love to browse through magazines for inspiration, but since I will never find a particular image in the magazine again once I put it away, I started to rip out pages and organize them in different journals – DIY and recipes, for example, and, well, home inspiration.

Here I liked the black and white and slightly “used” look.

home inspiration2On this pages I gathered ideas for plants in windows. I also love the wall sticker with the birds.home inspiration5

DSC00294Usually I’m not into pastels, but I like how it gives the whole room a vintage look.home inspiration4I started sorting out and packing my stuff this afternoon and I already feel kind of overwhelmed. I wonder how people who have a whole house manage to move….

Do you have any tips for house moving?

Link Love #19

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This week was quite exciting.We decided to move a few weeks ago and have been looking at appartements ever since. We found one that we absolutely loved by the moment we stepped through the door, so this week we waited to hear if we got it and we actually did (at least we have the verbal promise, but I’m always sceptical). If everything is going well, we will be signing the lease tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed!

Anyway, here are a few links you might enjoy.

Have a sunny weekend!

Projects: Placemats

setsThese placemats were also a present I made for my parents. On the upper side I made a patchwork, it’s slightly different on each placemat.

sets1  The back is all in red and white polka dots. I doubled the back with iron on interfacing (is this the right term?) to make it more sturdy. To create the border I folded the margins of the back piece twice and over the front piece. I remember this to be the hardest part, because the corners just wouldn’t fit exactly and I had to redo it several times.

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This is also another great project to use fabric remnants for, as you can see some of the fabrics I also used for the fabric flower brooch I showed you last week. The dark blue one actually is from a shirt. It was an XXXL shirt I sewed into a dress and there were some scraps left. I still have the dress. Perhaps I will post about it some day.

What do you use fabric remnants for? I would love to hear your ideas!

The Small Things: Red and White Polka Dots

polka dots1As you may have noticed by now, I really like red and white polka dots. At first I thought it was just a crush, but since it has been going on since years by now, I guess it’s rather a deep love. I love them big and small, on everything possible. This makes me a person very easy to give gifts to, by the way. Just find something with red and white polka dots and I will love it, no matter what it is. We even sticked red and white polka dot paper all over our fridge and I’m dreaming of a red and white dotted wall some day and a kitchen with everything dotted in it. My collection of red and white polka dot dishes is actually already quite impressive – but it’s not enough yet. There can never be enough red and white polka dots!

For the picture I gathered some small things from my collection:

  • Washi Tape
  • Sunglasses my boyfriend gave me for my birthday
  • Necklace from Dawanda
  • Fabric Flower I made some time ago (see a tutorial here)
  • Buttons, also a birthday present from my boyfriend as well as the
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Earrings my mother gave me a few years ago
  • Salt Shaker, shaped like a fly agaric.

Perhaps I’ll make a part two (and three, and four….) for this post, since I have a lot more red and white polka dot stuff!

Do you have a pattern you always feel yourself drawn to?

Projects: Fabric Flower Brooch

broscheA lot of the things I made in the past years were gifts for my Mum. So when I last visited my parents, I took the chance to take pictures from all the self-made stuff to share it with you. Among others I  photographed the fabric flower brooch I told you about in this post. In my opinion it was one of the most successful gifts I gave her, I love how the different blue-shaded fabrics match and how the checked red leave adds a little pop of colour.

brooch1I saw something similar in a book, but they sewed the flowers directly on a shirt. But since I wanted to make it a little more practical and flexible, I sewed the individual flowers, stems and leaves onto a piece of fabric, which I adhered to a brooch needle. It took some time to complete it, but I think it was totally worth it. The flowers were made a little bit different from the ones I shared a tutorial for, so if you want to learn how to make this kind of flowers, leave me a comment!

By the way, I finally finished the sixties dress – I’m just waiting for better weather to take some pictures.

Link Love #17

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Image: peregrine blue

Every week I tell myself to directly copy the links of posts and articles I liked into a Link Love List, but I never do it. And every Friday I regret it. Anyway – enjoy the links!

Have a wonderful weekend!