Has it really been a year since the world stood still?
That people had to stay at home on Easter? That life was no longer as we knew it?
I see pictures from Israel or the United States or even England, where people can come together again, where life is getting back to normal and I am happy.
I can’t wait to get an OK for the vaccination. After an allergy shock during a flu shot, I first have to be tested to see if I can tolerate the vaccine and get it. Unfortunately, this takes time.
My Easter greetings come today from home. I actually wanted to go out to the meadow and take pictures like last year. But unfortunately, the warm days, where the daisies are everywhere to see, came only a few days ago. No daisies to see. Yesterday I passed my park and saw some sporadically. But by then I had already taken the photos.
If you like the photos, you are welcome to use them as Easter greetings ❤ ❤ ❤ (Of course only for non-commercial use)
The first Easter I celebrate without friends. But safety first. I don’t want to be infected with the virus or vice versa.
I hope that these bad days are soon over.
So despite everything, have a nice Easter. Stay healthy.
I took these photos in the park.
I know that there are areas where you are not allowed to leave the house to go to the park or somewhere else.
For all those who could not buy Easter cards or why ever, if you like one or the other photo, you are welcome to use it
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Yes, yes, I know. Christmas is long gone 😀
But if you have to stay at home almost all the time, you get the idea to sort out the photos from your mobile phone. And then you can also see the photos of things you sewed for Christmas presents.
Maybe some of you like my idea for the next christmas 🙂
I am writing my tutorial for a Christmas present while I am already sewing Easter presents.
Even though I don’t think I can meet my friends before Easter to give them the presents.
I love the colours red, green and gold for Christmas decorations. So often I have decided to decorate differently, but I always come back to this colour combination 😀
That’s why I have chosen these colours for this present. I have found a similar Christmas tree skirt on the Internet. But it looked so cheap that it would have been guaranteed to last only one Christmas.
In my fabric shop I found this very special fabric. On top it looks like satin, but it is thicker and has a black “coating” on the back. No idea what this kind of fabric is called.
But the colors looked so great that I had to buy it even though the price was so high.
Here my tutorial:
First I downloaded a beautiful free Christmas font from the internet.
Then I wrote Merry Christmas in very big letters, mirrored and printed it.
Now paint the whole thing on Bondaweb and iron it on the fabric. Here I had to be very careful with the iron, because I didn’t want to risk the fabric. Then cut out your motifs.
Actually I had planned to sew the letters directly onto the red fabric. But after I put them on the fabric and walked a little further away, I could hardly see what was written there.
So I decided to buy the same fabric in white for a better contrast.
Here you can easily see how much the fabric shines.
I don’t think I’ve ever cursed as much when sewing as I have with this fabric. I had so much trouble applying it because the fabric was so slippery.
You can see it especially on the red berries. With any other fabric the circle or the outlines would have been perfect.
As always when I apply, I do not rely on the bondaweb, but always sew on each piece for safety. Otherwise it would be annoying if a piece got lost in the washing machine later.
It has taken ages to remove the Bondaweb on the back of the white fabric so that I can iron it onto the red
Now the motif can be ironed onto the red fabric. Then sew the outline again as usual
My Christmas tree skirt has a diameter of 35 inches.
So you can calculate how long the ribbon for the edging must be. I used the same fabric for the backside.
Here are photos how to extend such a ribbon! Lay the ribbon like on the photo and sew as you can see the pin.
I wanted the border more three-dimensional. Therefore I have a cord (it is a coincidence that this is gold. It just had the thickness I wanted) and sewed it into the ribbon.
I sewed it with red thread so that I could see better later where to sew it on my Christmas tree skirt.
Now sew the ribbon onto the red fabric. Then cut around the edges. IMPORTANT: only cut the golden ribbon, not the red fabric
Now pin the back of the Christmas tree skirt with pins. But sew on the red side, because you can see the seam where I sewed the ribbon on. You have to leave a piece open, so that you can turn the whole thing around afterwards!
Close there after turning. It doesn’t look so good here, because I wanted to have the skirt ready that day and it’s just faster with a sewing machine than doing invisible stitches with my hand.
Here you can see how the ribbon looks like at the end. I definitely like it better as if it was flat
And now the finished Christmas tree skirt. I like it. Maybe that would be an idea for myself, too. But I still don’t have very good memories of it because of the slippery fabric. Although the result is worth it hihi
In retrospect, I would set the motif a little further towards the edge.
But whatever. Mrs. H. can decide which side she wants, the one with the motif or the plain gold side.
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I don’t know when I can take pictures in the park again.
Normally I walk at least 5 miles every day after work. On weekends up to 20 miles a day.
This won’t work for a while and is something I will miss very much.
But today I show you some photos I took in my favourite park
I love daisies ❤ ❤ ❤
Duckling, duckling, duckling ❤ ❤ ❤
In times like the lockdown all over the world, there are still beautiful things out there.
Be it the video from Italy, which shows “we stick together. We care and take care of others” or video church services for all those who have to stay at home or also the offers to old people to go shopping for them, to chat with them via Skype so that they are not so lonely.
It shows again and again that even in bad times humanity counts, how important it is for each other. That fear must not take that away from us!
I can’t help much, but I can show that there is a new beginning out there. Everywhere, even on my way to the supermarket, the signs of spring appear.
With my pictures I hope to bring nature into the home of those who cannot go outside
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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 😀
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.
Here the ONLY bush in the whole park that already had blossoms.
A few more hours or maybe days with sunshine and the daffodils are in full bloom
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.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂
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.
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?
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 were 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.
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.