Saturday, April 28, 2007

SALE - Japanese craft books

I want to sell a couple of Japanese craft books that I don't need anymore. I actually didn't use them, so they are brandnew!! If you would like to get one, please drop me a line at ckebel at! I am sorry for the crappy pix, I had to use the flash.

The first book is a marvellous book for those of you who are interested in needle felting. There are loads of very cute dogs (88 p, nearly 500 g, shipping in FRG would be 2,40 EUR, the book itself will be 18,00 EUR).

This next book has a lot of very nice booties in different sizes. 63 p. I am selling it for 18,00 EUR plus shipping cost.

I have got two copies of this little patchwork book, so I am selling one of them. 47 p full with lovely sewing projects with very clear Japanese instructions. This will go for 6 EUR plus postage. Drop me a line if you are interested!

The last book on sale. 88 p of cute knit and crochet goodness. Again, it's hardly used, only made a couple of xeroses. It will also be 18 Eur plus shipping.

Flohmarkt für Kinder- und Babykleidung

Ich habe einen weiteren blog veröffentlicht. Dort kann man gebrauchte Babykleidung und Kinderkleidung kaufen. Es handelt sich überwiegend um sehr gut erhaltene Markenware, oft kaum getragen, in allen erdenklichen Größen! Es gibt auch viele H&M-Artikel, insgesamt alles sehr günstige Teile!
Einige Rubriken sind noch ungefüllt, bei einigen habe ich mit dem Einstellen schon angefangen!
Über die Preise läßt sich natürlich reden, ist ja ein Flohmarkt!


I've crafted a little and made some pouches. They are available on dawanda !

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

because of a ball on the lawn

I had a horrible weekend. You cannot imagine how awful some of our neighbours are (we live in a row of flats)!

The children were playing football on Saturday.

Their football fell over the fence onto the lawn (yes, there is a fence, so that nobody can walk on it. I don't know what they want to protect because the state of the grass is really bad!).

Well, our interfering next door neighbour didn't want my son to climb over the fence to fetch the ball - can you believe it??

When I asked him what the problem was, she complained that everybody would climb the fence and foreigners could climb the fence...

I asked her to stop her racist remarks but she didn't, so I told her that her behaviour was despicable!

When her husband and another neighbour came home she went on the stairs and complained loudly about my bad manners and that I had insulted her. The other neighbour who by the way is a policeman and who wasn't present when I talked to her said that I should get a slap round the face - unbelievable, isn't it?

I really wish we could move, Berlin is so awful. So much dirt, so many aggressive people...

I did a little bit of crafting. I still had some leftover yarn, so I made a pin cushion. I filled it with some chick peas and polyfill.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

craft books

Yesterday I received two craft books that I ordered some time ago.

I really looked forward to Lotta Jansdotter's "Simple Sewing" which got so many good reviews on other blogs. It's a nice book, very good design, excellent pix, practical spiral binding, patterns in a little envelope and one cannot not love the fabrics - but the projects are too simple for my taste. I don't need a pattern to sew a dish cloth, napkins or a tote. On the whole I was a bit disappointed. It's a very inspiring book and probably excellent for a beginner - but not for me, I am afraid.
The second book is "Simple Sewing with a French Twist" by Céline Dupuy. Again, a very nice book, it offers a lot of inspiration but it also has its downsides. Some projects really look simple but I think that more instructions and helpful tips are needed to see them through. A more experiended crafter can manage well but will probably find the projects too simple. This book is very thick and would profit immensely from a spiral binding! I also miss the patterns. There aren't so many to begin with, so they could have been included - there are patterns on only 4 pages at the back of the book that need to be enlarged.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

:: crafting ::

I made a sweet little eyeglasses case from thick industrial felt. It asked for some embellishment, so I added a button and embroidered a little stem and leaves. It was a nice little project and I could actually do it away from home which is always very convenient.
It's available on DaWanda.

Underneath the case there is a WIP. I am quite sure that I won't be able to sew it with my ailing sewing machine but I will try! So far, everything has been sewn by hand.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Lucky coincidence!

I am very pleased! I was able to do a little swap with Simmy and I got the nuigurumi-book that I've wanted for some time now and that isn't available anywhere it seems!

So last weekend I made a little bear. It's quite small and therefore takes quite a long time to make. I think I should enlarge the pattern if I want to make another one...

The opening at the neck was a bit too large and instead of making it smaller (never even occured to me until this morning) I gathered it a bit. It didn't look too great, so he needed a little scarf or something. Well, that's what he looks like now. Any idea for a name?

Friday, April 13, 2007


I don't know if any of you is suffering from it?? It's fear of Friday the 13th. In German and English speaking countries it's considered a day of bad luck and apparently the risk of a traffic accidents seems to be higher on Friday the 13th! I think that's really incredible. So far, I never had bad luck on Friday the 13th (knocking on wood). I hope it stays that way and that it will be a very lucky day for all of you!