17 Jun 2017

Impressions of my birthday parties

A wonderful day - so we could celebrate it - a bit belated - in the garden
starting from left: Sister - brother - sister in law - me - sister in law
missing is the eldest brother because of very serious illness 
and the husband of sister who sadly passed away last year
The empty chair - you know of course - its the photographer's one


DH is always present
here preparing 80 candles - who would get 80 candles ....
Last year he made it for himself - now for me
He is special!


One week earlier my patchwork friends were with us for my anniversary
We had so much fun and weather was as fine as the Sunday with the family
(see above)

A wonderful stuffed bird - my friend Angelika made it
she is making the most wonderful things and offering 
them to me


And now this rose and cinnia arrangement of friend Edith
with a table rocket in the middle in pink - how lovely


The birthday rocket is burning (Edith and me)


There were also Watraud and Theresia with lovely gifts
so sorry no photos - maybe at a later date

And now in France:

I have again time - this UFO will be finished I swear it
 - English paper piecing
It is nice to do in the garden - in our French garden
The colours are very strange - but they are as they are....finito!


It was probably in a special mood when I chose the fabrics - 
one year ago.


I love everything in this French garden



We will give it up - and sell the house


While stitching in the afternoon I have such lovely sights


The farmhouse in France


Many roofs - barns for elephants (we made our jokes about it)


5 Jun 2017

Our village -


Not very far from summer 


rye - for our bread












27 May 2017

Karlsruhe is celebrating its son - the inventor of the first bike

Karl Freiherr von Drais - the inventor of the first bicycle, the very first
where men sat on a wheel but had to push themselves with their own feet
like the bikes of very small children today
named for his inventor: Draisine



This was in. the year 1817 - This gentleman lived from 29 Aprl 1785 - till 1851
in Karlsruhe but also in Mannheim where he worked,
a town ca. 60 km north of Karlsruhe. 

Karlsruhe is celebrating the 200 years of bicycles for a few days 
and installed two "Big Wheels"
(as I read in my dictionary also called Ferris wheels) representing a bike.



We did not ride it - it is a long and slow affair - stopping and going
good for young people in love.

We saw wonderful  bikes exposed in the park
This one - you see the petals on the front wheel


or this with two large wheels - it could have been for elderly ladies


Wooden wheels and spokes -  The owner posed the wheels himself as a replica
and he carved the seat from wood


He has a museum near Magdeburg (Germany).
and loved to pose for my photo


Another oldfashion-dressed lady


Many people were dressed in the fashion of old times 
It must have been difficult to ride with a long skirt on




Those dressed up people were nice to see



An expert explaining things - also men had old-timer cloths on them





They are on their "walking machines"


A group from France
(Three last photos from Karlsruhe Newspaper).


There was a parade through the town with many people watching

two bikers from Indonesia, Djakarta and Java
About 20 nations took part


People watching the start of the parade - we thought they were waiting 
for something - tickets or entrance - and we came a little late to watch


A bike as high as me ...


Are you biking? We are.....







25 May 2017

Making small things

I am preparing to sew hearts and dotee dolls
smalll things - to have something to give away

I was looking in my scrap basket and found enough to make
about a hundred dotee dolls and up to two hundred hearts
Probably i will stop long before....


The mess is growing when I am searching for embellishments
beads rings sequins threads ribbons felt quilting-thread



Karoline came to life leaning on a big pin pillow 



Then there are red-haired Jabuka (the name means apple in Croatian,
chosen because of the apple fabric)
and the blue-eyed Specky (named for her spectacles)

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The peonies from the garden 
they lasted about one week -
now at the slightest bump they drop their petals











16 May 2017

Street sale also known as vide-grenier in France

I did not sell much - a few old silver bracelets
which I wore as a.girl
I decided to separate from those little quilts -
nobody was interested

I thought that people overlooked them and so I hang them up
on the gate - with the second cloudburst they got draining wet 
- and today they are still mine
Quite a disorder on the tables - but this is a fleamarket
A lady was interested in my fabric bundles - she returned once more 
and took another one - a bundle was for 2€ - very bon marché
But I admit I didn't like the fabrics anymore - 

DH is keeping me company - sitting under the sunshade
See the puddle near our table? The rain was so heavy  -  we ran with
plastic foils to cover things up
And used the parasol as an umbrella

Sun came up again  and we were happy to have the sunshade 
in its proper use

DH is playing the piano behind the fence - and what do you think
He earned 1€ - yes 1 Euro -
The potholder grew during those 8 hours in the street ---
and is finished now. - The tablecloth is from - who do I know???
Could be from an aunt - cousin of my mother


8 May 2017

Making a collage from scraps



I am not very happy with it - so I am showing now just part of it
I am adding bit and again cutting off scraps which I don't like
anymore. 
But more in another post.




Originally it was a little stitched picture which I made in Sharon Boggons class
"Studio Journal" several years ago. I like to use things again and change them.




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The flamingo fabric was too strong in colour 
so it was cut into pieces - and like that the flamingo enjoys
the water, the lake and the pond



It is this motiv of Vincent Van Gogh which I used also for another embroidery
(below). I liked the swirls of the wind and suns - or are they stars 
and possibly a moon in the dark sky?



I used many stitches from Sharon's "Take a Stitch Tuesday" - which is still running