Colors of fall and almost frozen fingers – photos

For weeks I wanted to take photos of fall, but somehow I didn’t get there. No time, no camera, it’s raining and so on. Everybody knows that when you make plans and always something comes in between.

Yesterday I didn’t have to work and because I had an appointment to play outside and then had to go through a park, I took photos with my mobile phone instead of my camera.

Because I like to walk – on average more than 5 miles a day after work – I didn’t realize at the beginning how cold it got outside after hours.

Only when my mobile phone was shaking while taking photos because my hands wereΒ  so cold did I go home.
I could save my almost frozen finger with a big cup of tea with lemon hihi

Here a few photos with the wonderful colors from the park.

Fall 2019-5

Fall 2019-6

Fall 2019-7

Fall 2019-4

Fall 2019-1

Fall 2019-3

If I look at the photos like this, I don’t even need my camera for landscape shots anymore. My new mobile phone takes great photos.

DIY – Nostalgia, my very first application

Two years ago I sewed a table runner (my first) as a present. It was then that I made applications for the first time and noticed how much fun it was for me.

Today I just wanted to show what I had done this year with the rest of the fabric from the table runner. And yes, it went to the same person as the table runner hihi

I noticed that I hadn’t posted the table runner at all, like many things I had sewn myself.

OK, here it is. I found the idea of sewing birds with fabric printed with birds funny.

DIY new lining for baskets 00

Here’s a pair of birds. I had found something similar on the internet and used it for my own good.
The black seam, which is not very even, I made extra like this. I thought it looked better that way.

The only things I don’t like anymore are the eyes and the beak. Today I would no longer sew them with the machine, but with my hand.

DIY table runner 02

It was not only my first application, but also the first time that I sewed such a corner. Thanks to Youtube πŸ˜€

DIY table runner 03

And now for the table runner. There are some things I sewed that I don’t like anymore, but I still like the table runner ❀

DIY table runner 01

But now to the part I wanted to post today.

I still had some fabric in my closet and was thinking about what I could do with it. It should go to the same person as the table runner, so it wouldn’t be bad if I found something that fits.

It was the time before Easter where you can buy Easter decorations in all shops. There I saw a basket in white and I got the right idea what I could sew.

DIY new lining for baskets 01

DIY new lining for baskets 02

The basket is big enough that you can put flowers in it in spring or a rabbit at Easter πŸ™‚

Maybe I should learn how to sew stuffed animals? Hihi

DIY Shopping bag – Vintage fabric

Who doesn’t know this after shopping? Paper bags are too weak for heavy shopping and plastic bags are harmful to nature.
So you sew a shopping bag as a gift πŸ™‚
I made the bag with two handles. You can carry it over your shoulder and with the short handles in your hand. Just how you like it.

You can’t see it in the pictures, but to prevent the bag from sagging when you have heavy shopping in it, I sewed extra protection into the bottom of the bag.

One side with long handles

DIY Shopping bag 02

Side with short handle

DIY Shopping bag 03

Backside, even if you can carry the bag as you like

DIY Shopping bag 04

I sewed another little bag inside. For mobile phone or also purse

DIY Shopping bag 01

I just hope she likes the bag. I know that she, unlike me, likes vintage style πŸ™‚

My wish sweater

Do you like knitted warm sweaters? Yes? Me too.

But my problem is that when I knit it myself it doesn’t look nice. I already tried to improve it by using different needles for right and left rows. Nevertheless, I didn’t like the result very much.

For a long time I was looking for someone to knit me sweaters according to my patterns. On the internet I found people who knit sweaters as an order. But I was looking for someone nearby to discuss wool, patterns and so on.

And then I was in a shop that sold homemade things for someone. There were sewn bags and pillows AND knitted stockings.
Of course, I immediately asked if she accepted orders. That’s how I met Hanna. She lives in my city which was important for me.

Today I want to show you the fourth sweater – my favourite so far.

Anyone who has read other postings from me knows that I love applications and nautical motifs.
OK, I didn’t want applications on my sweater. So I thought, why not embroider the sweater?

I found a site on the internet where you can buy embroidery designs. https://www.lesbrodeusesparisiennes.com/en/les-/660-le-grand-abc-rivages-a-broder-au-point-de-croix.html (no, I don’t advertise them or get anything from them)

Actually it should say “LA MER” on the sweater, but Hanne said it would be much too big.

That’s why I chose the embroidery pictures WITHOUT the letters.

FRONT

Knitted and embroidered sweater 01

BACK

Knitted and embroidered sweater 03

Here are the embroideries on the sweater

Knitted and embroidered sweater 02

Knitted and embroidered sweater 04

Knitted and embroidered sweater 05

Knitted and embroidered sweater 06

I love this sweater ❀ ❀ ❀
Since this week Hanna is embroidering an advent calendar for me. So for each day a Christmas motif. Then I want to sew bags out of it. Unfortunately she won’t be able to finish it this year. Too much to embroider and I still have to sew afterwards.

2019 – At my Happy Place. Photos

Like every year I was of course at my beach again this year.
And as always I took photos.
My holiday has been over for some time now. But I didn’t get to choose the photos (almost 1000) for my blog. At the moment I’m lying at home with a cold and it’s so boring that I used the time to sort my photos.

This photo was taken right on the first day. We didn’t even unpack the suitcases but went directly to the beach. ❀ ❀ ❀
Luckily the pockets of my shorts were empty, because the shorts were sprayed wet almost up to my butt πŸ˜€

At the Beach 2019-01

Sunshine, waves, sand and the very special smell of the sea. What more could you ask for?

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If you are interested in maritime decoration like me, you have probably already seen pictures of handicrafts or furniture made of driftwood on the Internet.
Somehow I never paid attention to driftwood during the last years or it had already been taken away by collectors. I read that they are looking for driftwood on the beach very early in the morning.
Anyway, this year it was right in front of my feet.

At the Beach 2019-08

A little further away, I saw those two logs. I was wondering which way they had gone. Are they coming from far away or just a few miles from the beach?

At the Beach 2019-07

I’ve noticed the little sticks before, when I was on vacation. I always thought they put sticks in the sand to protect the sea grass and the sand during storms. I once pulled on one, and no, they weren’t put in. I think they are roots of a plant.
Don’t ask which one. I don’t know anything about plants hehe

At the Beach 2019-05

See that stone in the middle? These stones from the sea do not only look beautiful, they also feel totally good. They are wonderfully smooth and come in great colours.

At the Beach 2019-09

The next photo looks like I arranged it. No, I didn’t. I found it just like that on the beach and found the combination perfect πŸ™‚

At the Beach 2019-10

There is no sandy beach without tens of tracks. Footprints, or those of seagulls walking on the beach, or traces of the huge number of dogs walking there.
The dog that made this footprint was huge!!! I once put my shoe next to it to show what giant paws it had hihi So you can see the ratio, I have UK size 6.5 πŸ˜€

At the Beach 2019-06

No, it wasn’t that dog. That day it was soooo hot outside. The dog was sitting in a bus stop and I had to photograph him. He was a bit shy if you came too close. So I stood in the heat instead of in the shadow at the bus stop. After all I don’t have any fur that makes you feel the temperature even more.

At the Beach 2019-04

Our last night of vacation. Shortly after sunset. See how calm the sea is? Quite the opposite to the photos during the day. The sound of the waves was very soft. Really relaxing. We passed people who recorded the sound. It looked very professional. Maybe they make a relaxing CD out of the recordings.

The colors in the photo are the same as in reality. Simply beautiful ❀

At the Beach 2019-02

My 5th year sewing anniversary and a new machine

Soon I will have my 5th anniversary.
5 years ago I found my new hobby: Sewing.
And I still love it. ❀ ❀ ❀

That’s not something I take for granted. I had often found a new hobby before, spent a lot of money on it and then after a few months or even a year no longer feel like it.

Now the time had come to invest a little more money in my hobby.

I had bought my first sewing machine BEFORE my first course day. I didn’t know what to look for as a beginner. I don’t even remember why I bought this model. I didn’t know any better.

But don’t get me wrong. This machine has accompanied me 5 years wonderfully from my beginnings until today!

My first sewing maschine

Over the years, however, I have missed more and more functions on my machine, such as the machines in my course.

That’s why I’ve been looking for my favourite sewing machines for the last few months. Used because new machines are too expensive for me.

Friday was the day. I found one of the machines I liked and the price was OK for me.

Yesterday I had my new baby.

My new Bernina

I haven’t sewed anything with it yet. Just trying to get familiar with it, because the new machine is very different from my old one. Just sewed a few seams and tried the stitches.
But I love it already.

And as a goodbye to my old machine, today I post the last piece I sewed with it.
It becomes part of a dress that I want to sew in class and also finished with my new machine.
Up to now I had always sewed things with applications for others. But this project will be for me πŸ™‚

I love everything that has to do with the sea. That’s why I have a compass in almost all my badges.
Cutting out every single part cost me a lot of time even if the compass has 10 inches including the letters.

I could have simply ironed the compass after cutting, but I was afraid that it would come off at some point. That’s why I always sew ALL applications to the contours after ironing.

Compass application 01

Compass application 02

Compass application 03

Compass application 04

The funny thing now is that my new machine has an embroidery module and I could have stitched the compass with it hehe

DIY My first polo shirt

I love polo shirts. I guess I have at least 40-50. Long sleeve, short sleeve, in all colors.

A few months ago a colleague came to work with a shirt. It looked like a normal shirt but was as long as a mini dress and had a ribbon on the sides. I was blown away.

Unfortunately I couldn’t buy the shirt anymore.

But hey, I can sew hehe

And because I have a liking for polo shirts, I changed my shirt accordingly.
Look at it!

Front

DIY Polo shirt 01

Back

DIY Polo shirt 02

A closer look at the collar

DIY Polo shirt 04

I used a twin needle with 2 colours and triple stitch on the arm and bottom of the cuff. I love the result ❀ ❀ ❀

DIY Polo shirt 03

This won’t be the only polo shirt I sew. Only next time I have to change the pattern because the neckline is too big for me.