Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday cake - Lemon cake, say what!?

Lemon cake again.Well, the boyfriend asked for it. It's not like I can't bake other cakes anymore, but I'm happy to sometimes bake what he likes...

And it looks gorgeous, right?!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Week in Review 39/2012


Star Trek title - Because I'm currently running/using the elliptical with Star Trek audio books!

"The Zombie survival guide" by Max Brooks. I don't believe in actual Zombies, but the book is an interesting read. You know, just in case...

A lot of protein. I never realised how low my protein intake was before I started a nutrition diary. Now I eat a lot of eggs, Valess Schnitzels and fish...

At least I'm somehow making progress. Everyday a bit of work and the PhD Thesis grows...

Not at all.

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...of the week!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Burda Style 10/2012

I'm sorry I'm late, but better late than never. Right? So let's jump right in by telling you that the fall and winter Burda issues are usually my favourite ones. Not only do they contain a lot of patterns for jackets and coats - and everyone by now should have noticed how I love sewing jackets and coats- but I do like the colour choices much better around this time, too. But Burda, oh Burda, why have you failed me this time?!

Not one of your over wear patterns excited me! The patterns I liked best were two dresses and a shirt, all grey in grey to fit my depressed mood after seeing such horrible jackets!
I like the faux-wrap shirt pattern because it looks rather comfy and wearable. If you consider sewing it, keep in mind that usually Burda patterns tend to be low in neck and make a muslin first. Wrap closures tend to be even lower cut and you might want to leave some surprises...
The dress on the right was the pattern I liked second best. I like the contrast of the flowy pleated skirt and the straight bodice in this pattern. Also I'd like to thank Burda that they finally figured out that fall and winter are cold and sleeves can (and should) be longer in fall patterns!
My favourite of the bunch was the comfy looking dress in the middle. While I would line it if the fabric is as scratchy as it looks, this drees looks great in the Burda fabric choice. Warm, comfortable, but fancy enough for business outings. Great pattern, though maybe not THAT innovative.
But what about the outerwear? I'm sorry to announce that this isue had the worst jackets and coats I've seen for many Burda issues!
The shoulder wrap in brown (at least faux-) fur is too warm to wear inside, to cold for the outside since the front has no closure and reminds me horribly of my grandma's unstylish girlfriends. At least the faux-fur looks nice...
The pattern on the right might even work if sewn from another fabric and not this donkey blanket, but the hanging shoulders under the wide collar look sad and their is not waistline whatsoever. Burda, adding a belt to your baggy clothes doesn't make a pattern fit!
The only thing that is worse than a baggy fitting blanket coat is a baggy fitting blanket coat with fur applications. Seriously, anyone going for the chest and belly hair look?!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday cake - Lembas

Yesterday was September 22ndwhich -obvious for Tolkien fans around the globe- is Bilbo Beggins birthday. We celebrated this with watching the special extended version of all three movies. Yes, this means about 12 fun hours of sitting on our butts and watching New Zealands beautiful landscapes and hobbits, dwarf, elves, wizzards and humans running around getting rid of a ring. No, I'm not crazy, thankyouverymuch! ^^

Well, the title might be a bit misleading since I didn't recreate the famous elvish bread. Nevertheless my interpretation tastes great and fills you up with copious amounts of real butter and almonds!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Week in Review 38/2012


Demons and wizzards - Fiddler on the green

Stephen King's Carrie

Yummi oven vegetables with feta cheese and fresh herbs!

Sorry for the radio silence but with eery day without posting it get's harder to get back into the saddle... I'll try to be more regular again!

Nothing much.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Week in Review 37/2012


Subway to Sally- Müde. I'm a bit tired of doing my job, working overtime every day, spending my weekends on conferences, writing papers and thesis... I usually like my job, it's just some annoying bits that really get on my nerves!

Nothing. I did almost nothing this week. And I enjoyed every second of that nothing!

Today I had some conference food, but it was mixed. The mousse au chocolate wwas great, the fish horrible!

How comes that time on holidays is never enough, but workdays stretch for what feels like weeks?

Something stripey! Used up my jersey leftovers...

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Week in Review 36/2012


Soulfly - Refuse/resist. I saw them live on Saturday and partied hard!

I finished reading "Sewer, Gas & Electrics. The Public Works Trilogy" by Matt Ruff. Plus two more interesting books "Marco Polo - Finland" and "Xenophobe's guide to the Finns- guess where I spent my week?!

Karjalan Piirakka, Salmon and Chocolate fondant.

I'm in love with Helsinki!

Nothing. But I walked around Helsinki for 6 days and enjoyed my life!

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...of the week!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Does this mean I'm a hermaphrodite?

Your Brain is 47% Female, 53% Male

Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female

You are both sensitive and savvy

Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed

But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve


Monday, September 3, 2012

Fabric balance sheet 8/2012

Again, I'm quite happy with the amount of sewing happening. While I could always do more, I do have other hobbies besides sewing. I'm currently starting to live my life according to flylady, which really improved the condition of my apartment. I do more sports than ever. I take time of the sewing table to walk around with the boyfriend. So, I regret nothing even if I spent some lazy evenings on the couch!

  • 2.6m red stretchy lace
  • 2m woolen stretch fabric from *Wollmaus*
  • 1.5 m pink flowery jersey from *Wollmaus*
total damage: 6.1 m fabric
Outgoing (only counting finished projects):
  • 2m baroque printed taffeta - skirt
  • 1m baroque printed taffeta - pillow cases
  • 1m baroque printed taffeta - pin board
  • 2.6m red stretchy lace - a dress, a bolero and underpants
  • 1.5m pink flowery jersey from *Wollmaus* - underpants and sportswear  
  • 1m pink stash fabric - sportswear
  • 1m purple lace given as a gift to Trisha
to the rescue: 10.1m fabric

6.1m - 10.1m =  4m fabric reduced from my stash this month

Keeping the stash reduction going! But I will need some of the IKEA fabric for the boyfriend (so he doesn't have to go naked to the medieval marriage in October) and the some more meters will go into historical underwear. Now I only need to get to the sewing machine in the same amount as the last months, which will be hard since I'm on holidays now! But don't be afraid, I have some posts scheduled while I'm away...

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Zombie Saturday - The Walking Dead

If you have not yet heard of the TV series "The Walking Dead" you must have lived under a rock for the past year (or at least not be a regular visitor of 9gag)! The series is about a cop who got shot right before a zombie apocalypse and sleeps through the major changes in his surroundings in coma. He wakes up to find the hospital deserted and stumbles around looking for help... It's not like we haven't had that beginning before *cough 28dayslater cough*, but the story takes a different turn from that on.

I don't want to spoil too much in case you still want to watch it yourself - and you really should- but rest assured that the series is really good with a nice story, great special effects makeup and even some love story for the girls. Highly recommended!