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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

back from copenhagen

well, as always: back physically, but not mentally;)
i was there with three friends (former colleagues)
and we had the best Hotel EVER!! (ever means: since we are making our annual City travels (2010) 
 
 
we arrived on monday (stayed until friday) and the first day we took part in a "free Walking tour" (well, free means: you hopefully give a tip at the end!), which guided us to some touristic places to get an overview... good idea, i think, as we could cancel some places from our list (which we decided not to amplify)...
 
 
our guide lucinda started the tour at the City hall (quite near our Hotel)

 
we came across nytorv, Caritas well, christiansborg Palace, nikolai church, Højbro Plads (with the absalon statue, founder of the city), nyhavn... and the final place was amalienborg castle
 
one of the daily highlights was our breakfast in the hotel:
(you may think we are hoggish... and you are right;))
a feast for the eyes and for every palate...
going downstairs:
 

 
copenhagen is the world´s leading capital concerning the consumption of organic and sustainably produced Food - the percentage increases year by year.
 
 

 we had a breakfast buffet that was incredible.
the photos Show just a part of it...
i left out the cheese and dairy products, the ham/Salami department, and the bread (we could watch them baking in the Background...)
the sheer enormity blew us away.
not to speak of the well designed surroundings (another typical danish Feature)
 
 
of course copenhagen is the town of Hans Christian Andersen and his "Little mermaid"...
 
 
his grave may not be the most beautiful or spectacular one in the assistants graveyard - but we had to go and have a look.
the graveyard is somewhat a park (People exercising yoga, Young mothers having a walk with their prams), a beautiful atmosphere.
i had printed out the Long Version of the mermaid fairytale at home (as actually i would not remember the Details any more) and brought it with me. we sat in the grass there and read the 14 pages (!) rotationally.
do you remember it? go and read it when you have leisure time.
 
when we walked on we came across another cemetery, the old jewish one.
you know i could not pass by.
 
 
i did not have the Feeling that there are so many Dogs in copenhagen,
but...
i made this mosaic for my travelling Buddy Brigitte, whose daughter has a dog
 
 
that´s for today, but making a photo book some Pictures might follow next week.
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back home i wanted to take Advantage of a sunny day for trying to gelli print onto fabric.
first efforts:
 
 
fabric paint, brayer, stencil, sponge...
 
 
and the "negative" print on the right part of the fabric
 
 
and: surprise, surprise... another pouch:)
i stitched around the red printed stars with red variegated yarn
and sew it together, forming this A4+ sized bag
 
front, back, Detail of back side

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

family time

whitsun means an additional Holiday, so both sons came home for a Long Weekend.
time for baking:)
on friday:
 

 
the whole Family loves this streusel (=crumble) cake and it is made fast and easy:
 
 recipe:

for the dough melt (and cool down) 250g butter and add
200g sugar
1 pkg vanilla sugar
1 egg
1 pinch of salt
1 pkg baking powder
500g flour
mix all that with the dough hook to get streusel, spread and press down ¾ of it on a baking tray (with baking parchment) - save the rest for the finishing streusel (crumble).

for the filling:
mix 1kg curd (Quark)
1 pkg Custard powder/ powder for vanilla pudding (38g)
150g sugar
1 egg
Juice of  ½ Lemon
spread this on the dough and put the left over streusel (crumble) dough on top.
 
bake at 160° (circulating air) for 40 min
(half of the recipe makes a round cake pan;
in this case the eggs stay 1 for the dough and 1 for the filling)
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remember that scrap-stitching from last week?
i made another one, much smaller, which i will use as Cloth for my Drinks.
it will get stained with coffee mug rings, but that is what i´m looking for;)
 

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and i saw a Long tear in the trousers of son#2.
i asked him if i should repair - and he agreed.
first i wanted to make a really contrasting patch under it with some boro stitching, but he is always a Little contrarian ("I want to have it on top")... and then i stumbled over a fabric Piece from tim holtz in my stash (i normally would not buy this expensive stuff, but it had begged to me when i found it to my surprise in a shop in Augsburg, where i never would have expected to get this; i loved the pattern and bought half a meter)
well, that is what i did:


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next week there will be a break here again, as i am on a trip to copenhagen with 3 girlfriends.
we make a travel to a City each year, and i hope the weather will become better. it was cold and rainy the last days, but we had the "ice saints":
in some parts of europe we have a meterological effect in mid-may with increased likelihood of night frost, falling on the feast days of certain Saints thus jointly nicknamed "frost Saints" or the "ice Saints" (german: die eisheiligen)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

back To normal

 
when we visited my brother-in-law in california quite some years ago (1998), i remember we often went to Star*bucks to get some good coffee. actually he made us familiar with this brand as we often got not so tasty one elsewhere.
i´m sure that has changed meanwhile
and my opinion about this Company also has, if i exceptionally may get political here... there are some critical voices about their tax-avoiding manners, esp here in europe - and in General i like to Support smaller Shops... but who am i to spoil the wish of my BIL... 
 
my brother-in-law got married in seattle recently, and when we asked what they would like to be gifted with, they wished for a subscription of Star*bucks coffee.
 
 
i found this cross-stitch pattern at pinterest
and thought it might make a matching greeting Card.

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last week i was brewing a big pot of dandelions to dye some Cotton.
with not much of result, the fabric stayed quite pale yellow.
after all the Action i did an Internet search and learned that dyeing of fibers is more effective with animal stuff (silk, wool) than with botanical fabrics (Cotton, linen...). maybe i could improve the result a bit with mordants (alum etc), but i´m not sure i really want to dig in deeper. not at the Moment.

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and i came across a box of blue patterned fabric scraps.
i basted them onto a White Background...

 
 
and started to embroider with ochre yarn
 
 
 
this works esp fine for keeping the edges/Meeting Points down.
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and timmy enjoys the warm and sunny weather as i do...
the lilies of the valley are in full Bloom.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

barcelona (3)

 
i´m still working on my book of Barcelona,
so the current theme at ajj is just perfect for me...
of course i edited two of my photos to make them more apt "Journal style",
and the above one is the first.
not only the catalan flag has stripes, even the clouds were matching;)
texture: shadowhouse, font: draft brush
 
most of the following pictures are the way i put them into my book,
amongst others a selection of graveyard photos:
 



 
i altered one of these photos for ajj:
poppy seeds are a Symbol of death, as they are bringing sleep...
textures from pink lotty, font: Dirt2SoulStalker
 
 
in Museums you often are not allowed to photograph,
so i made an Internet Research to recall some for reminding...
thus i made the following two pages for the book:
 
 
we visited the fran daurel Museum in the poble espanyol,
exhibited are local artists of this and the last century.

 
i was very impressed by picasso´s first years´ creations and actually was not Aware how Young he started painting in such huge Quality!

 
one of the colorful painted roller blinds -
making my contribution to TsfT
(chupito translates: dram, nip; dt: Schlückchen)
 
and i think i will come to an end with two "gothic" photos:
the cathedral - with a unicorn gargoyle
(the dove did not want to leave the horn...)

 
and this bat, a Detail from the arc de triomf...