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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

"mixed cake" and christmas markets

 i stitched one more patched circle and decided to call these "mixed cakes"
(as "Color wheels" normally follow certain rules - and these do not;))

it is a fun leisure time play and meanwhile on my "WIP" Cloth are two of them:

on thursday i was in munich and the weather was chilly cold, but dry and so i went to two markets.
i thought i would only walk around (because most of the booth are there every year),
but then i bought some little things anyway,
as these canoinha pods (colored in)
... maybe good for presenting some nuts etc ...

and i couldn´t resist these fabric stamps:
very tasty: various (organic) spice - some apt to mix with creme fraiche for yummy Dips:
funny: old Vinyl Albums with matching laser cuts,
provided with clockwork (not bought)

this Festival always gives a lot of impulse for recycling -
and so does some artwork here and there...

i had time enough to also attend the Christmas market in Schwabing,
which is an art fair actually - People are only allowed to offer handmade things.
lots of ceramics, glass, Wood, felted things, toys, jewelry and much more.
the next pic Shows some "Paravents"/ garden fences, optical dividers - made of various materials held together with wire. i really regret i do not have space for them;)

this year is the 40th anniversary of this market,
and each year they bring out a new motif mug.
i collected them for quite some years (but missed the last few)
and this is the new one:
and finally one of my absolute favorite booth there,
the man who is selling copper kaleidoscopes
on his Website i found a Little Video (2 min - highly recommended).
i did not know that this year was the 200th anniversary of the kaleidoscope
(well, forerunners were known to the ancient Greeks
[thus the word, which translates "look to beautiful shapes"])
over the years i spoilt myself with three of them:
now i thought i could try to photograph through the lenses...

and making a clipping of one of the views i got this "icy" Piece:
i played with this one, added a layer from holliewood, a Silhouette from my collection and a final framing layer from shadowhouse
(and i learned a new Feature in PS this week... - but don´t yet have a perfect command of it)
so i created These two pics...
you know that game - i loved to play it in my childhood:
and played with another one... inverting it...
and then added filters: liquify and ripple
then stopped playing,
because this could become endless;))


  1. Lots to read and see in your post today and all really interesting

    Have a happy T day

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Wow, I love that you used your kaleidoscope to photograph these pictures. That's amazing. And I actually know how to use those filters you mentioned, so I'm not as PS illiterate as I thought.

    I love your "mixed cakes." They are fabulous, and I like the name better than color wheels, too. But my heart went pitter patter when I saw those wood stamps for fabric. They must have cost you a FORTUNE.

    I really like that new mug and it will have such special meaning when you look back on that day you spent at the market.

    Thanks for sharing your stitching, your visits to the two very different markets, those amazing stamps, and your new mug with us for T this Tuesday. BTW, I adore those copper kaleidoscopes, too.

  3. Johannas Dienstags-Post, hier merke ich immer, wie schnell doch die Zeit vergeht - na, du hattest eine tolle Woche!
    Schön, eine neue 'Torte'ist entstanden - wird bestimmt eine Decke...
    Am meisten begeistern mich natürlich die Kaleidoskope, bin auch ein Fan dieser Wunderwerke. Aber wie hast du es nur geschafft, Fotos von den Durchblicken zu machen?
    Heute fällt hier gerade der erste feine Schnee... ich glaub, der Winter wird hart!
    Liebe Grüße von Ulrike

  4. Wow.. na da hast Du mal wieder genialen Stoff für die T-Gang zusammengestellt!
    Einfach toll!
    Ich wünsche Dir weiterhin eine schöne Adventzeit und
    Happy T-Day Johanna!
    oxo Susi

  5. I think these Christmas markets are fascinating. I think someday I need to come to Germany to visit them. And I love your mixed cakes, who cares if they follow the rules. I think they look like you had a lot of fun making them. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  6. I love your title of 'Mixed Cakes' . I think its perfect for the piece... Loved going to the markets with you... and the idea of taking a photo through your kaleidoscope was a brilliant idea and came out really beautiful...Happy happy Tday! Hugs! deb

  7. Such a fun post today!!! Love the copper kaleidoscopes!!!! I used to have one but it has disappeared over the years :( I would love to have some of the creative fencing too. WOW♥♥♥ Your "mixed cakes" are adorable. YOu do stay busy ♥

  8. An interesting post to read and the photos of your visit to the markets were great. It must be good to walk around them and see the exciting wares for sale. We have nothing that I know of, like them here in the UK.
    Loved your sewn cake circles.
    happy T day

  9. So many interesgin things in your post today! Love the stitching you are doing. You are an inspiration.

  10. Happy T-day!
    What a great post, love the mixed cake title....perfect for your pieces of fabric art.
    I was overly fascinated with the photos you took through your kaleidoscopes and how you "played" with the photos. Such a creative idea and the photos turned out great. Yes, I would have sat and played with them for hours and hours too.

  11. I like having a variety of mugs, so the idea of a series of annual editions really appeals to me :) Happy T Tuesday!

  12. Your post is fantastic, there is so much to see and read about :-). I'm loving you mixed cake art work - beautiful! It looks like you had so much fun at the market too, the copper kaleidoscopes and your artwork are amazing! Happy T Day! J :-)

  13. I love your "mixed cakes." It is fun to play when we have leisure time by doing something we really enjoy. The Christmas market fence is stunning. If I had it in my yard, I'd have to invite people over just to see it. I've always enjoyed looking through kaleidoscopes, even the little ones for children. The handmade copper collection you have is so so beautiful. I would not be able to resist getting one.

  14. I love how you photoographed through the kaleidoscope lens with wonderful results. Icy indeed. Beautiful.

    Thanks for the tour through the Christmas market. Such interesting and intriguing things.

    Happy T-Day, Johanna!

  15. Whata fabulous post! Love your mixed cakes! Belated Happy T Day! Hugs, Chrisx

  16. Thanks for sharing the fairs. Love your mind cakes, what a cute way of thnk g of your stitching. I like that fence art too!

  17. How clever to photograph the kaleidoscope images, when I played with these in my youth (and much later too) I was always wanting to preserve some of the designs but never could. The icy piece you made is terrific.
    Love your fabric "cakes", colour wheels are boring, these are fun.
    Lots of fascinating things at the fairs and yes, who could resist these stamps.

  18. You have been so busy since I was last here (sorry it's been a while!). Your mixed cakes look wonderful and are definitely more creative than colour wheels! Your kaleidoscope pieces remind me of my childhood - they always fascinated me. I haven't seen such elegant kaleidoscopes before, though.
    Thanks for sharing your trips, they are always so interesting. I love the recycled tyre sculpture.


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