Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Burda style 10/2010

Another month, another burda style sewing magazine... This time I'm torn whether to buy the issue or not. Both loves and hates are strong!

Loves: I love the cut of the shirt with the rushing around the neck and the comfortable and forgiving form around the tummy. (Might be because I gained a few punds from the fatty irish food and a lack of exercsie there! ;) ) The fabric looks a little pleathery to my eye, so I would go for a simple jersey... The second best pattern might be the vest of thousand buttons. I seriously consider buying this issue for this pattern alone. Although I know that my ample breast will need some adaptations and I'm not quite sure if this style looks good on my curvy frame. Hmmpf! And the very best pattern in my opinion is the simple leather jacket. No seams disturbing from the cut, matte leather and fur... I need one! *sigh*

What I seriously don't need is a sequin skirt with leopard print. I know the cut is not that bad, but the fabric kills me. The pattern might look nice in something drapey, otherwise the skirt would get worst palce ever! Second worst is this nice little grandma skirt. Even a teenage girl would look old in patchwork wool fabric with no fit at all!
And although I can understand that many women over 40 (the main target group for Burda, at least some years ago) want to hide their floppy upper arms, I really don't think that this dress is the way to go. And in case you don't have floppy arms, you should also stay away from a garment that would give everyone a totally different idea...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday money

Weekly Money Check-Up is a fill-in-the blank post I do once a week. The first four questions are always the same each week and the fifth is always different. Care to participate? Fill in the blanks in the comments section or post it on your blog and link back to here! Here’s to a happy week to you all.

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on my Ireland vacation. And it was worth every cent!

2. Today I feel pretty comfortable towards money.

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free/inexpensive thing I did last week that made me happy was snuggling all weekend with my boyfriend.

4. I will consider this week a success if I manage to get a grip on my workload.

5. One of my most memorable birthdays was my eighteenst, because it was horrible and stressy.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Back from my holidays!

Hey everyone, I'm back from Ireland! It was wonderfull! We saw some great old buildings (one older than 5000 years, older than the pyramids!), beautiful scenery and nice towns. I shopped a lot, but still have money for the rest of the month... Tomorrow I might do a little sewing, but I'm still doing chores and enjoying the two little monsters!

Relaxing in a street cafe in Dublin (how exactly my boyfriend got the pic so strangely coloured is beyond me.)

Newgrange, a building from the bronze age. Restored to it's former glory and really impressive! On the winter equinox a light reaches the grave chamber which lies 19m deep and is decorated with carvings. The poor builders gathered stones from places about 80 km away from the facility and had to bring them there without wheels! Amazing! (Still strangely tinted, once the cam was back in my hands the pics look normal *shrug*)

A huge bookstore in Galway. All in all it was 6 times the size of this room. Could have spent hours there!

Galway is a very beautiful town, I can only recommend visiting it. From it's friendly and small look you would never guess it is the third largest city in Ireland.

Cliffs of Moher. 200 m until the sea, right beneath you. Nature never felt so powerful to me!

We also visited Quin Abbey, were still people are buried inside the ruin. They had a list open until the 1960s and those people on it have the right t be burried there. But nevertheless you are allowed to walk around freely if you "mind the tombstones, especially the scripts on them".

Another place I actually visited a second time was the Galarus oratory. ~2000 years old this little church and still doesn't let water in. No restoration done here. They shurely knew their craftmanship back then!

We even were at the beach (nevermind the cold and stormy weather! ;) )!