Thursday, July 31, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I've been tagged by Rachel at Cornflower Blue Studio Thanks for the tag and here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking to them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged bloggers blogs letting them know they've been tagged

Ok so here are the 6 unspectacular quirks of mine

1. I am facinated by photos of biological mutations

2. I cannot function properly if it is hotter than 25-28 degrees celsius, very sensitive to hot weather

3. I had a crush on Astro boy when I was in kindergarden

4. I once had an imaginary friend living in my head, his name was Pete

5. When I speak to someone who has an accent after a few minutes I start talking in the same accent without meaning to.

6. Since starting preschool at age 4 (now 28) I've only had 1.5 years where I haven't been studying or attending school.

The 6 people I am tagging are ...
Eli Simpson from Eli Simpson's Blog
Carola from My Living Room
Ashley from Kitty Genius
Maizee from Fabric and Yarn Stasher
Emily from Inside A Black Apple
Michelle from Creative life

Hope I don't come across too weird but if I do then I guess that's nothing new! Hope the rest of you enjoy sharing your little quirks with us I know I have. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Visiting Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am see

Finally after 14 years of wishing and hoping I made it to the Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am see! I first came across the artists Franz Marc in 1994 when I was studying art as an elective at highschool, and instantly I fell in love with his work and the artist himself. I must say that I thought the museum would feature photos and artifacts from his life but I was wrong it is a real gallery that feautres his work and that of other modern artists who were his friends or working around the same time. I think the house he had in Reid is actually set up in this fashion. I wish I knew where it was so I could visit it.

Here is the view of the museum from the carpark, the gardens are so beautiful as are the surrounding forrest and mountains.
Here is the view from the other side of the car park, the actual Kochel am see, ´lake Kochel´

And finally here I am standing outside of the Franz Marc museum. Thank you Axel for making my dream come true, driving me all the way across your country to see my beloved Franz Marc.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Swiss Crafts

I believe in my last post I promised some photos of traditional and local crafts that I came across in Switzerland. Here are some of those photos. I came across this bell making workshop and pottery studio when travelling with Regular and her dad through the Swiss mountains near her village.

These photos are of a workshop where bells for stock animals and decorations for horses are made. These bells and decorations would have been used more often in years gone by. Most of these in the photos are made for trophies. In the local villages they hold wrestling contests and the winners get a bell as a trophie. on the bell is inscribed the winners name, the year and event.
People also order these special silver bells as wedding gifts with the names of the couple written on the bell. I thought they were a wonderful idea and would love to get one for my wedding. I made sure Regular knew that hehehehehe! All the leather work and the making of the black and brass bells are done by hand. The wedding ones and others like them are made from casts rather than hammered into shape from a sheet of metal.

Here are some photos from the pottery studio. I loved every pieced in the store but in particular this fondu set that costs 500 euros almost 1000 australian dollars! Considering it is all hand made and painted it´s worth it. You could watch the artists create the different pieces and watch them paint them with the diffrent glazes. It was great to watch. Proof that they were indeed hand made and made locally.

Here I am picking out a small ceramic bunny. I wish I could afford more I would have bought so many more things if I had the cash!

I only have a few more days left in Germany and I am already starting to feel down, I don´t want to go back home. I´m just starting to feel settled and comfortable with the language barrier, different environment etc. I am also enjoying the extra time off work and uni and don´t really want to have to get to reality just yet. I don´t know how I am going to cope not seeing Axel again for 5 months, 4 months this time was hard enough. boooooo hoooooo hooooo!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Hello from Germany

Ok so I thought I´d have a bit more time to write but I have been on the road for two weeks traveling from northern to southern germany, then flying to Switzerland and back again. I must say it has been a very busy and awesome three weeks and I am already sad about having to go back home in a week. The country and it´s people have been wonderful. Axel´s family and friends have been welcoming and helpful which makes it even harder to leave in a week. Anyhow I thought I would just take this opportunity to tell you all that everyone loved their handmade presents and I found out that Axel´s mum was looking for cushions for that room for over 6 months but couldn´t find any she liked! until mine came along hehehehe so I was glad that I chose to make cushions and not table runners. Axel and his brother and his girlfriend loved the quilt for the baby, baby Lena who I have totally fallen in love with.

I am already starting to think about what I could make for everyone´s Christmas presents, more granny blankets, Christmas stockings and some cross stitches I think or some scarfs and hats considering it will be winter. Anyhow I have 5 months to work it all out.

Here are some photos, highlights from the past 3 weeks...

The cushions in the Remy´s lounge room.

Looking at Axel´s baby photos, awwww so cute! hasn´t changed much hehehehe.

Driving on the ´WRONG´side of the road, ok ok ok the right side of the road!

Meeting up with Bernard who was responsible for introducing me to Axel in Melbourne

Meeting up with friends from Contiki Australia, Thomas in Munich and Regular in Lucern Switzerland

Finally visiting the Franz Marc museum in Kochel am see a 14 year dream of mine finally came true also visited Franz Marc´s grave in Kochel.
There are so many other highlight but I´ve just realised how late it is and I have promised to cook lunch tomorrow, Axel´s mum is working night shift so I wanted to cook so she doesn´t have to worry. I will post some more photos later, there are some great photos from Switzerland which show some local craft, awesome stuff I tell ya. Till then I hope everyone is well and enjoying their summer or winter weather.