Thursday, November 27, 2008

:: featured on bliss ::

Exciting news! Elizabeth from Dawanda contacted me because my sock elephant has been featured on Mrs French's blog, among a lot of truly gorgeous things - I am really flattered!

I hadn't come across that blog before and I must say it's very inspiring. Go, check it out!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

:: cast on, girls! ::

gerade habe ich im Brigitte newsletter einen Artikel gelesen, der mich sehr berührt hat.

Viele Neugeborene in Entwicklungsländern sterben u.a. deshalb, weil sie auskühlen. Eine Mütze würde dies verhindern.

Eine Mütze ist schnell gestrickt und wenn man sie mit einem Begleitschreiben an Frau Merkel an Save the Children sendet, kann man gleichzeitig auch noch die Politiker an ihre evtl. voreilig gegebenen Versprechen erinnern (Bis zum Jahr 2015 soll demnach die Sterblichkeit von Kindern unter fünf Jahren um zwei Drittel gesenkt werden.)!

Meine Mütze ist schon fertig. Dauert eine knappe Stunde und macht auch noch Spaß, los geht's !

Und dann hab' ich noch ein wip:

Sobald die Filzkugeln trocken sind, geht's weiter. Ein schönes Wochenende!

Monday, November 03, 2008

:: no title ::

I can't seem to come up with a title for this post. I just wanted to show you Alisha, the elephant I recently finished. She will come to Niebuell with me unless she's sold before!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

:: SchnippSchnapp Luebeck ::

As I mentioned a couple of posts back, I went to the SchnippSchnapp fair here in Luebeck.

It was very interesting seeing so many like-minded people.

There was a very small quilt exhibition and a couple of workshops (not very interesting) but as I was mainly interested in the stalls there, that was OK.
We found many interesting fabrics there but didn't buy any because they were terribly expensive. I was very surprised to find that one seller even offered Japanese craft books, most of them on patchworking / quilting.

My two little helpers and I spread some Dawanda love (buttons and postcards) and we hope to find some of the sellers on Dawanda soon.

:: sock frog ::

I finished another little something for the christmas fair in Niebuell, my first sock frog.

The elephant is still waiting for his second ear, then it will also be ready to be sold.

Last weekend I also embellished a couple of calendars, I'm quite pleased with the final result. They are for sale on DaWanda.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

:: standard time ::

this weekend we switched to standard time - so it was time for a new wall clock!

I got a cheap clock, some buttons and fabric and here it is. I got the idea from a book. I don't remember which one and only remember that the clock was embellished with fabric and buttons.
I am so, so pleased - every time I look at it, the cheeriness makes me very happy! Maybe I will make some more for the shop as well.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

:: time for socks ::

... the days are getting shorter - and colder - and it's time for socks again.

It's been a while since I made sock animals, so the other day I bought some striped socks for the monkey above. His name is Mr Svensson.

It takes a lot of time but it's also very satisfying to sew everything by hand.

And here is a wip - you can probably guess what it's going to be ;-)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

:: SchnippSchnapp ::

That's the name of a crafts fair that will be held in Luebeck Oct. 17-19. You can find more information here.

I understand that there will be quite a lot of workshops and crafters there. I really look forward to going there! I will definitely take my camera to show some pix afterwards!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

:: little linen sailing boats ::

I found some old linen in my stash and made some sailing boats, very simple but cute even if I say so myself.

I also made a little cosmetics bag from a fabric that looks like the one that was used ages ago to make mattresses, I like the look a lot! It will be available on Dawanda soon!

Friday, October 03, 2008

no, the curtains

aren't ready yet although the weather is awful
and I do have enough time...
I wish there were little fairies who came at night
and made them for me ;-)

Well, I spent it sewing a couple more bags for the

and in the morning we made an apple cake - really easy:

just mix the dough (125g butter, 125g sugar, 3-4 eggs,
200g flour, 2tsp baking powder),
put it into a greased pan.

Find someone to peel 4-6 apples for you, cut them into quarters
and put them on top of the dough,
sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon - we use a lot of cinnamon!

Bake approx 45 min. at 180° C. Relish the smell!
Remove from oven and let it cool,
whip some cream if you like and enjoy!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

This scary pile of fabric

needs to be turned into curtains - it's been around for a few weeks and we desperately need the curtains because I cannot work on the computer when the sun is shining. BUT it really scares me - it's just too much fabric for my taste. I prefer to sew little things, much easier and quicker, too!
I wanted to show some things I recently made. They are more bags for the shop.
I also want to alert you to a christmas fair at the NIC in Niebuell, that's a small town near the Danish border. If you are close by or feel like spending some days at the sea, drop in and meet some of the nicest sellers from Dawanda (I will also be there ;-))! This is where the fair will be held: click . Hope to see you there on November 15!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Thank God ...

... the summer break is finally over! I've been going out of my mind with the twins constantly teasing one another and fighting nearly all the time!

We moved to Luebeck a few weeks ago and settling in quite well. The weather has been alright, it's still quite warm and mostly dry, so it's great fun to explore the little lanes and alleys of the old city.

I am still looking for a job and do have an appointment with the job agency tomorrow, keep your fingers crossed!

I did some sewing recently but didn't take any pictures yet. I will post them next time!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

:: some crafting ::

Very little going on here.

I would like to plan our move to Luebeck but I recently applied for a job in Kiel and I am still waiting for the result. Moving to Luebeck without having a job there is kind of tricky, so the whole situation is very depressing and paralyzing!

I made a couple of purses and bags for the shop to distract myself.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

:: dawanda fabric swap ::

While in Hamburg I had the opportunity to swap some fabric with other fabric lovers from dawanda. A huge parcel full of fabric and other goodies was waiting for me at Steffi's.

Here is what I took from the parcel:

And this is some fabric from my stash that I put into the parcel:

:: on vacation ::

Last week we made a little trip to Lower Saxony to visit my sister and in between we went to Hamburg to visit Steffi. I met her through dawanda where she also has a shop.

Although Steffi did not know me she replied to a post of mine asking for information on Luebeck where we plan to move and she then very generously invited us to come to Hamburg. Her husband is from Luebeck so she knows the town quite well and wanted to take us there. Only then we got to know each other via mails and telephone.

As expected, we got along very well and had a marvellous time! The minute we arrived we took off again to drive to the North Sea. We visited the multimar wattforum in Toenning which was very interesting. Even my daughter who initially didn't want to go enjoyed the exhibition. They show an enormous skeleton of a whale but I liked the seahorses best!

Afterwards we went for some sandblasting on the beach (it was a tad windy) and of course the kids enjoyed the beach a lot! Our kids got along very well - as if they'd been friends for ages - which made it very easy for us.

And of course we went to Luebeck. It's a lovely town and we would really love to move there this summer. Keep your fingers crossed!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

:: giraffe ::

It's a bit sad. I made a giraffe for a friend, using a pattern from my favorite Japanese craft book.
Unfortunately, she doesn't seem to like it very much so I am going to sell it on Dawanda.
She wanted it to have a bow but it can be taken off easily.
Recently I made a couple of gamaguchi purses. The one with the cats has already been sold.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

:: 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 or more, please drop me a line at ckebel at! Again, I am sorry for the crappy pix but I had to use the flash. Please, see more books on sale here.

The first book on sale has 71 p of the cutest crochet amigurumi. It's unused. It will cost you 17,80 Eur plus shipping.

This book is a marvellous book for those of you who are interested in needle felting. There are loads of very cute zakka to felt (47 p, shipping in FRG would be 1,30 EUR, the book itself will go for 7,80 EUR). SOLD, thank you!!

This next book has a lot of very nice felting projects (bags, purses, containers). 48 p. I am selling it for 7,80 EUR plus shipping cost. SOLD, thank you!!

The last book on sale is also one of the Ondori handicraft series. 48 p of cute crochet amigurumi. Again, it's unused. It will go for 7,80 Eur plus shipping. SOLD, thank you!!