photo courtesy of Schaufenster

photo courtesy of CuriousKnopf

A few weeks ago I picked up some goodies from a local Etsy Seller, Rebeccah here in Berlin. She has two lovely shops. Check them out if you are so inclined... Schaufenster and CuriousKnopf!

Also, if you're a knitter check out the Etsy Germany Streetteam Giveaway this week.

We're heading off to Switzerland in a few days for a short vacation so you won't hear from me for awhile!

Happy Monday.


Sewing action.

Just getting over being sick and exhausted this past week. This tricky weather has really done me in. It's been a long weekend here in Germany. I've had 4 glorious days off and had hoped to tackle a million things on my to do list. I've got a few done but not nearly enough.

Dress update... I had decided that the yellow dress I've been working on for the upcoming wedding isn't suitable. It'll be a great summer dress but I think it's a bit too casual. Instead I decided to make a dress out of the newest issue of CUT magazine... it was a top but I adjusted the pattern a little. I couldn't find fabric that I liked so I dyed some natural cotton that I had lying around.

Ignore the slip action in the last photo and the fact that I look downright sad. I ended up buying a new one yesterday at good ol' American Apparel. But am still undecided as to whether or not I should wear the belt or go free and flowing. Also M. is giving me an experimental haircut tonight... my hairdresser has been in the process of setting up his own shop and I have to wait until possibly the end of June for an appointment. Waaaa.

In news from last week, M. screened a film on Wednesday, The Face of Another, a 1966 Japanese film. I would highly recommend it. We were invited by Henrik and Brooke to a yummy home cooked, made from scratch spaetzle dinner on Thursday. Mmmmmm. I somehow talked everyone into playing Tabu (in German). And on Friday we were invited to another dinner at my friend Gigi's! She made fresh pasta by hand! We've been spoiled.

I'm heading out the door to see the Olafur Eliasson show at Martin Gropius Bau. And will also try to see Modern Times at the New National Gallery.

Happy Sunday.


Oh beautiful day.

It's a lovely sunny day in Berlin. No sign of volcano ash anywhere... or clouds for that matter. I've been working hard this week getting ready for Trendmafia on Saturday. I've been bogged down working on some projects just for myself though and have not made that much progress for the market. Plus it makes it hard to stay inside when it's so nice outside.

I have time for a quick break this afternoon and will be joining teams of others to go and hang out in the sun somewhere... maybe get some sewing done, before heading back to work. Yesterday I baked some cookies to go with our coffee for an afternoon break. They're from my Grandma's special recipe.

Here's a sneak peak of the dress that I'm working on right now. I found the buttons at Paul Knopf... a gem in the middle of Berlin, he sells an amazing selection of vintage buttons. I could waste hours there.

Happy Wednesday.


Etsy Germany Streetteam May Giveaway!

The Etsy Germany Streetteam, a group of Etsy sellers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria have decided to hold Monthly Giveaways to showcase and spread the word about the amazing work that is coming out of Germany!

This month’s Giveaway is sponsored by Regine of Karla A. She spins and dyes her own beautiful high quality wool out of natural and mainly organic yarns and plant dyes or other natural organic dyes. Karla A. will be giving away five $10 Gift Certificates for her shop. One gift certificate will be given away each Monday so everyone has five chances to win!

It’s easy to enter, just visit Karla A and leave a comment on our facebook fanpage (under the giveaway post) telling us which of her products you would love to get your hands on!

Happy Monday!