Sunday, October 30, 2011

sunday cake - mini me

A whole cake for me! Since starting sunday cake, I gained weight. I like cake and sometimes ate half the cake I baked myself - greedy me! So now I bought children's cake form. Two, to be exact: A bundt cake from (as seen in the chocolate cake above) and a spring form pan. This was my first try with the new smaller forms and I'm delighted how small the cakes are. The fork is a cake fork for reference!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Quilt idea - Patience training

Since a long time I thought about making a quilt/patchwork blanket. I like the look, I adore some of the quilting fabrics, but I'm afraid my patience might not be enough to finish what I started. Last weeked I talked to my aunt - a passionate quilter herself- and she recommended trying. I should choose not the most expensive fabrics, cut out the handsewing (which I hate) to a minimum and just get started!

She even helped me design the blanket, what do you think?
I will order my fabrics from, because from what I found on the internet this is the cheapest source for the fabrics I fell in love with (trick or treat design, Moda fabric 2011 Halloween collection). All in all I will need 5 fat quarters from the fancy fabrics. I still have plenty of black cotton at home, so this should be no problem.

Do you have any ideas for the back side of my blanket?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Burda style 11/2011

Burda times again! This time I'm actually tempted to buy this issue... Why? Because of the amazing clothes that were designed for Barbara Schöneberger (I honestly can't believe that she designed this herself. Just as much as Jennifer Lopez designs her perfumes... ;) )! See it yourselves:

I love the jacket on the left (only thing in my top three which is not from Miss Schöneberger's collection); nice colour, interesting neck detail and I have this thing for jackets and coats - just in case nobody noticed until now! ^^
But look at these two other beauties: The (P)leather dress is really nice. Great flattering pattern, even if you ate a smitch too much. Nice lines and I love the sleeves, this form looks flattering on almost everyone!
But the best dress is even better! Ruching in the middle to hide a belly, straps wide enough to hide a bra, cut on the right point to show off your assets but not be sassy - For this dress alone I will buy the issue!

Of course there are also hideous patterns. I never liked parkas, even when they were in during the nineties. The might be warm, but you can be warm in style! Just make a nice woolen coat - part cashmere if you like luxuries- and you can have a cozy winter without looking like an army runaway!
I don't get these pants. I know that all fashion bloggers go crazy about chinos and Burda might be really trendy with this pattern, but they only look good when you are really skinny. Otherwise the look like diapers. And tapering the leg always makes your butt look bigger - not a look I prefer!
Another trend I will never sew (except for halloween or mardi gras maybe) is overalls. I like overalls on workers. They protect your normal clothes and look very practical. If I ever see a plumber in this golden lame number I know to take my business elsewhere! The only overall I like looks like this:

Monday, October 24, 2011

Just married - but not me!

When Natron (founder of my favourite German sewing page and forum) announced that Redred asked her to marry him, I was happy for them. I wanted to congratulate them although I will probably not be invited to the wedding myself... As soon as it was announced in the forum, it was decided that we will collect decorated pages to bind into a book. Of course I had to participate!

original sketch
After a short trip to my favourite art and decoratives shop with *wollmaus* - who gave god advice and was as nice as always- I gathered some supplies. Originally I planned to add a drying line with mixed clothes from Redred (metal shirts and baggies, maybe even one of those jeansvests with patches) and the stuff that Natron posted on her blog. But when I started working, my sketch turned into:

Sorry but the text is german, as both gifters and gifted are...
I kept the text and the tattoo motive with swallows, but skipped the drying line due to space. I somehow overestimated the format... Oooopsi! So I tried again, making both text and band a bit smaller:

Much better, don't you think? I even used pictures from Natron's selfmade clothes for the drying line! I hope they like it and I wish them all the best for their life as husband and wife...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween SWAP

Since halloween is drawing near, I would like to present you the results of the Halloween Swap in the best forum ever. I was gifting Neisella this goodies when I visited her:

In return I recieved a lot of cool costumes from gisoh (who also organised this swap, thanks again!):
  1. dwarf
  2. little red riding hood
  3. zebra(man)
  4. a vampire
  5. medusa
  6. evil witch
  7. plus a lot of sweets and goodies!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Am I still gothic?

I still love the "underdog humor"
Currently I feel rather strange about life in general. I don't dare to be different (or lets say too different) at my work. Because most of my collegues - at least my supervisors and the doctors I work with- are rather narrow minded. So I mixed my black clothes with coloured ones, don't wear gothic jewelry and called it a day. I even chose a more "natural" haircolour, if you count darkred as natural.

But right now I don't feel like myself. I miss black clothes. I miss my bat earrings (thanks again, wollmaus! ^^), I miss skullprints. Why can't I wear my EKG trousers in the clinic? Where else would they be more fitting? Maybe I should just introduce my goth personality into my wardrobe besides the weekend again. Maybe noone will notice? What do you think?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Burda Style 10/2011

Honestly somehow skimming through this issue when visiting Neisella two weeks ago left me believing I already reviewed it. Shame on my mindtwists!

 Again, a blazer pattern I like. Who is surprised? Me not! ^^ This time I like the  low buttons and the huge collar. Somehow I imagine myself in this sewn from berry coloured corduroy...I will ask Neisi if I can copy this next time when I visit her!
The second best pattern would be best if - oh only if- it was not in small person sizes! I like the lace detail in the neckline, still it doesn't look too naked because of the scarf part. Well done, Burda!
This issue's winner is the dress with whtie details on black. I really like Peter Pan collars. And the rest is clean, black and flattering - always a winner!

Does this vest remind you of something? Well, if you skip the collar and the fake pockets, this vest is exactly the vest I showed you last week. Which is exactly the pattern, that Burda released in 2005 (!!!) in the first ever easy fashion magazine. Shame on you to sell off an old pattern!
The coat is big. Well, let me correct this: Huge! The fabric does it's best to hide any detail, but it is just a plain, boring big coat. I bet the last 5-7 issues have more than 3 of them. How original! Similar to the originality of using boheme/hippie/alternativ as THE trend for fall. Who would have expected this? ^^
In this view, the trouser pattern on very last place doesn't look half bad. But if you would check the pattern line drawing, you can see that there are lacings on the side. How very 90 gothic chic. Or 90s cowboy chic. Depending on the way you dressed in the 90s.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm blue dabbadee-dabbady

Okay, I'm done with stupid song references for this month, I swear! Today I want to show you another masterpiece: My hippie dress!

Front - do you like my mustard leggins?
Back view - the binding straps are hard to see
 As I said, the fabric was bought at the Stoffmarkt in Oberhausen. It's teal with sewn on lace flowers and embroidered flowers as a kind of border "print".  I bought a mere 2m, so I thought I could only sqeeze out a skirt and a bag. But going trough my pattern stash, I found the following:

I made view E with the longer length and decreased sleeve width. Otherwise the dress would look even more hippie and be horribly impractical.  The dress is fully lined to make it fit to colder weather.

Only one more fabric is left from my Stoffmarkt shopping with the lovely MarySew and it's waiting to become a cardigan...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Graphology (sorry, German only)

Saw this on *wollmaus*' blog and remebered, that I took it before. Didn't remember the result and decided to take it again! ^^ Here we go:

Die Deutung der Handschrift brachte folgendes Ergebnis:

MindLess ist selbstbewusst und bereit,
ihre Stärken auch anderen zu zeigen.
Sie ist locker und großzügig.

MindLess gibt sich sehr beherrscht bzw. diszipliniert
und besitzt einen ausgeprägten Ordnungssinn.

Sie ist von sich überzeugt und hat eine eigene Meinung.
Sie lässt sich von anderen nicht so leicht beeinflussen,
auch nicht von einem "Das gehört sich aber so."

Sie ist sinnlich, warmherzig, gemütlich und phantasievoll.
Im Großen und Ganzen wirkt sie gelassen bis uninteressiert,
wenn sie aber von einer Sache überzeugt ist, überrascht sie
ihre Umwelt durch ihr überschwängliches und begeisterungsfähiges Auftreten.

MindLess ist überdurchschnittlich intelligent.
Nüchtern und zweckmäßig bewältigt sie ihre Aufgaben.

MindLess wirkt oft etwas nervös und wenig entspannt.

MindLess legt sehr viel Wert darauf, dass sie von der Umwelt ernst genommen wird.
Privat- und Berufsleben trennt sie sehr stark voneinander.

Diese Deutung wurde auf den Seiten von erstellt.

I don't feel that nervous, but the rest is more or less fitting. Might be like those horoscopes, were the statements are foggy enough to fit more or less everyone! ^^

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday cake - unsexy Whities

What is a blogger to do if all pictures fail? If the food never quite looks as yummi as it tastes? Please believe me that this whities (made from an weight watchers recipe which I got on last weeks Meeting of the German obesity society) with lemon taste great. But the title makes me snicker!
I added some creamcheese topping sinde I had good experience with it for the brownies two weeks ago. Delicious!

In other unsexy food news, on friday BF and I prepared fish curry. Also not pretty, but very tasty with zucchini/squash onions and monkfish. Whole bowl gone in 45 minutes, we both took seconds!

Fishcurry with stargazer fish/monkfish

Friday, October 14, 2011

We like short shorts!

Next step for autumn sewing, still the same problem: I finished some corduroy shorts matching my vest presented yesterday, but still no buttons. Maybe I should order some new? Or do you have any idea which buttons match?

front with side pockets and waistband lining

Back with lined flaps and pockets
By the way, the pattern is from a Burda Easy style, but this issue is not available any longer. By accident I cut the waistband for the longer pants, so it is a bit too wide. At least wider than planned, but I have to admit I like that my shirts stay tucked, so I will keep this "mistake"!

Here is a picture of my button box, any suggestions?

Thursday, October 13, 2011

See my vest, see my vest, made from real gorilla's chest!

Actually, my vest is cotton corduroy with acetate lining, but one should include every Simpson's refence possible! (if you don't keep on humming "See my vest.." for the rest of the day after watching the video, I'm in awe of your mindpower!)

front with partial collar

adorable dotted lining - got this one in a bulk auction by Ebay

And now we come to the interactive part: I still have no buttons sewn in to close the vest. I picked some options, but I still have no idea how to decide! Will you help me?

This are the options:
  1. fly buttons - cool, but I think they are too small!
  2. metal buttons - unfortunately, I have only 4 left and five would look better
  3. big black plastic - kind of boring, huh?
  4. glittery green gold buttons - I like the size but am not sure if the colours clash too much
  5. white pearl buttons - they really stand out. I feel the white is too harsh for the purple/berry corduroy!
  6. or order new buttons. But which?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Google knows everything

I saw this blogging game on Nihrida's blog: My life according to Google - Type in the following and choose from the first description found.

1: Type in "[name] needs" in the Google search:
Sita and Lene needs a master. (oh, okay... Didn't know that...)

2: Type in "[name] looks like" in Google search:
Lily Cole Totally Looks Like Lena (wow, I'm flattered)

3: Type in "[name] hates" in Google search:
7 Things Lena hates about Mason (an anime video... I don't know any Mason)

4: Type in "[name] goes" OR "[name] has gone" in Google search:
Lene goes crazy (I agree, most of the time ^^)

5: Type in "[name] loves" in Google search: 
Lene loves her boy (most of the time, right now he feeds me apples >.<)

6: Type in "[name] eats" in Google search:
Just Eats: Bok Lene - a good thing (seems to be a chinese restaurant in Brazil)

7: Type in "[name] has" in Google search:
Manager Haglund: Lene Has Been In Studio This Summer (Wow, I'm a singer? seemingly a pretty good one, actually)

8: Type in "[name] works" in Google search: 
Lene Pienaar | Art Online | Superb Quality Original Art (didn't know I was an artist?! ;) )

9: Type in"[name] lives" in Google search:
Lene Lives in Copenhagen, Denmark (In my free time - besides singing and painting- I also seem to be an motivational speaker)

10: Type in "[name] died" in Google search:
Lene dies. Lene is alive. Hmm. Sounds like she's immortal, so you pray that Duncan MacLeod doesn't try to behead her. (Yep! ^^)

11.Type in "[name] does" in Google search: 
I see Lene does indeed hire herself out - will filthy lucre do for those of us who are weak in the "wear" part of knitwear? *g* (as a motivational speaker, I HAVE to hire myself out. But I don't get the rest...)

12: Type in "[name] will" in Google search:
According to the latest news, Lene Marlin will also appear at the "Dalane Kulturfestival". (A, my singer personality...)

13.Type in "[name] is" in Google search:
Lene is one of the TOP TEN UNTER 30. (wow, thank you!)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sunday cake - Tarte au citron

Sorry for being late, but I spent my weekend working and was sick, so I slept whenever I got home. So I did my baking today instead of yesterday. I hope you don't mind!

The pie (Tarte au citron is only fancy french for lemon pie ^^) is kinda failed, the custard is not nearly as high as in the picture of the recipe I used... I think I will try again and whip it a bit more!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Teaser - autumn sewing continued

Seems like I'm in a sewing rut...^^ Unfortunately, sewing has to rest a bit: I'm on two conferences from thursday to sunday! So, I'll leave you with a small teaser of yet unfinished projects:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

autumn colors and some sewing

This autumn I would like to sew a lot of clothes myself. When I went fabric shopping with the lovely trisha from, I bought some meters of corduroy, knits and special fabrics. At home I realised that I tend to fall back on the same colour sceme every fall. This year I would like to add some punch by using additional mustard accents (I don't know what got into me, and I will wear this colour seperated from my face as it kills my complexion!):

So, I proudly present the first results from my wardrope sewing: A teal pullover!

The fabric - according to the burn test, I had no information from the seller- is at least partially wool with some synthetics. Sewing was pretty quick since I only used my serger. The pattern was drafted myself! The leftovers were sewn into a twisted cowl:

just layed around the shoulders
double twist
The pattern is just a rectangle, sewn together at one side after twisting the fabric once... What do you plan to sew for colder weather?
In combination - very fluffy collar

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sunday cake - brownies with cheesecake topping

Today I officially cheat. I made those brownies yesterday and brought them with me while visiting the beautiful Neisella. But as long as I eat some of the cake on sunday, I think it counts. Right?

The recipie I used was taken from this webpage, I used only 70g of butter though. Was still enough! ^^

And to proof I'm not on a "cake only" diet: Here is my dinner for today!