Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Roses are Red...

Above is a beautiful bunch of ribbon roses I came across while surfing the net. I came across this fantastic tutorial on Burda Style the other day and was thinking wouldn´t it be great if my bridesmaids actually had a posy of silky red ribbion roses instead of more maroon dark red real roses? This way I can match the red of the roses to our red satin shoes!

I bought some ribbion from the 1 € shop the other day and gave it a go. Above is a single flower and below is a bunch of them which I really like. They would work better if I had the florist wire and tape and could fix them properly. At the moment I´ve just tied them with a bit of yarn which means they move around and undo a bit when I arrange them in a bunch.

I will continue to experiment with the ribbion roses, making some with wider ribbion like in the first photo.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

It's All About the Cookie!

Yes we've been busy baking! Axel bought a cookie cook book a week ago and since then we have been making yummy little treats for our friends and of course ourselves. Axel actually surprised me and made the bottom batch all by himself. He burnt a few but I forgave him. Hehehehe! I was actually impressed by the way he dribbled the citrus icing on the cookies, so artistic!

These cookies above actually have white chocolate in the middle. Again Axel impressed me by melting the cooking chocolate in a double boiler, this is the same guy that eats can food or microwave heated meals when I am not around. I guess when the end product is something so yummy anyone could be motivated to cook!

There are 50 different recipes in this book so I'm sure I'll be posting a few more pictures of cookies in the near future. The only problem is I can feel my pants getting a bit tighter around the waist. Ahhhhhh

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Patterns for Bridesmaid Dresses

Sorry to do a random wedding blog entry but I was looking at some patterns for the bridesmaid dresses which I´m considering making myself. I´m loving the fun nature of this yellow number so cute but not sure how it will go for all the girls one is quite large up the top and would probably not feel comfortable in it. I am thinking of having different dresses and same colour though. Hmmm that´s where this pattern or batch of patterns would be good.

Front left, back right tickle my fancy but then they are such typical bridesmaid dresses. I want something that´s formal but not typical.

So far this black number, which we would make in navy blue with red accessories is the one my sister and mum are cheering for. I like it but maybe it´s too typically bridesmaidesque. It is classy and could be worn by all the bridesmaids... hmmmm we shall continue to look as there is plenty of time. Anyone got some pics of really cool bridesmaid dresses that are perhaps navy blue?

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Lack of money has got me trying to convince Axel we should stay in and cook more often. Don´t know what he thinks of that because he does like eating out. I think it´s a single guy thing.
Anyhow we planned a weekend menu and made a big batch of my not so famous vegie soup with meatballs. This should feed us for 3 days hehehehe. Above you can see the small space I have to work in. The kitchen is literally about 1.5 meters by 2 meters. I´m used to mum´s huge kitchen with all the fancy appliances.

Hope you are all well and enjoying some nice weather, I know we are! Mild and sunny just the way I like it!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Berlin I Have Arrived!

So here I am again in that beautiful city called Berlin. It's great to see Axel again and the appartment feels like a home away from home. I've already done some sight seeing visiting the Brandenburg gate and Jewish memorial. I've also started the horrifying task of finding work in a foreign city. It seems there are millions of others like myself looking for 'teaching english' jobs. I'm not quite sure how things will go because most of the jobs start next semester which starts in August and I leave at the end of August. I've also started reading for uni and gathering information for my first assignment. The weather has been so nice though that it's hard to stay inside reading, all I want to do is wander around and go exploring.

20 years since the wall came down, it mark the event you can get your photo taken with an East side soldier and get a passport (fake of course) with the original passport stamps from the different areas of Berlin, American, Russian etc. Only 2 Euros what a touristy bargan!

Jewish memorial

Infront of the Brandenburg Gate

Anyhow I will try and keep this blog updated although with uni work and job searching and a bit of sight seeing, there is really not much time for anything else! Ah but who's complaining. I love this city!!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Up Date on Block Swap

Finally Kathy the terrible block swap partner has finished the last of her blocks she owes. I am so sorry to the January partner who's been waiting 2 months for her block. I hope it's worth it.

P.S That's the first time I've made a maple leaf block with an applique stem.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

New Handmade Felted Bead Necklaces

I've been busy making a batch of felt bead necklaces. I'm hoping to take them with me to Germany where I hope sell them at one of the craft markets in Berlin. I'm really happy with these necklaces mainly because I feel I've done the best I could with the materials I've used and I believe they are of great quality, no corners cut. Thick tiger wire, metal beads and clasps, fittings and chain, none of that cheaper plastic stuff that looks like metal, and of course tightly felted beads made carefully by hand and quality wooden beads.

Some of the necklaces are adjustable and finished off with a wooden bead.

These beads are actually made with wool that I've washed, carded and dyed by my very own hands. Wool supplied from my uncle's farm in Toolernvale, Victoria.

I thought these hot pink beads deserved to be glammed up with some gorgeous silver metal beads.

Hopefully I will be able to establish an Etsy shop as well but I have a few things to work out before I do that, like how extra income (if things go well) will affect my taxes etc. and if I need to register it all as a business with business name and ABN number. Anyhow it's been a dream of mine to sell stuff at a craft market so I hope I can live out that dream. Also how cool would it be to live that out in Berlin?!

Wish me luck!