About justelly1

I work as a chemist, because I love science. My fav TV show is Doctor Who (my profile photo has been made last year, when we went to the 50th Doctor Who Anniversary in London) Another hobby is photography. Unfortunality my time is very limited for hobbies :( No matter what, I'm starting with sewing

The weather can’t decide

Okay, according to the calendar, it’s winter. But while walking in the park at the weekend I already found the first flowers.

It was so cold outside!

Especially because I had forgotten my gloves at home and was wearing the wrong shoes. I should have looked at the thermometer before I went out, but the whole week before it was so warm outside that I didn’t even think about it.

I am actually too old for such stupid mistakes πŸ˜€

As someone with many plant allergies and asthma, I cannot have flowers or plants at home.
But when I find them in nature, I can enjoy them and find them beautiful.

I’m always so happy when I discover the first flowers. There are not many yet, but still a sign that it may not be long before spring comes.

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Here the ONLY bush in the whole park that already had blossoms.

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A few more hours or maybe days with sunshine and the daffodils are in full bloom

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Here you can see how cold it was that weekend. Behind the ducks you can see that there is a layer of ice on the water.

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Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year πŸ™‚

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Last year I made an Advent calendar, which I still like very much.

For this year I had planned to do the same, but unfortunately I remembered too late to see how to do it practically with Photoshop. Above all I did not consider how time-consuming my idea was. Too bad.

I won’t write what I wanted to do now (maybe I’ll like the idea for next year), but for next time I have to remember to to start earlier.

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The last two weeks I was in bed with severe flu. Therefore I could not go shopping or decorate my apartment properly. Too bad, because I didn’t have time to take care of it before. I didn’t even get a tree this year. Didn’t feel good enough to go outside.

But look what the mail brought in yesterday ❀ ❀ ❀

Normally I would have hung the ornaments on the tree, but so I just photographed it as if it was a breakfast table.

The plate is only a little bit bigger than 2 inch. This “doll’s dishes” looks exactly like my real Christmas dishes. Isn’t it cute?

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 ❀

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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.

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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

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Side with short handle

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

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

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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

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BACK

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Here are the embroideries on the sweater

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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˜€

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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™‚

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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˜€

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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.

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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 ❀

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