Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring is here!

Spring is here!
The snowdrops have come and gone, primroses from previous years have come back and I've planted lots of pretty things that are thriving in pots by the house door.
It's spring in my sewing studio too and I have lots of new decorative heart ornament sets and garlands available in both my etsy and dawanda shop.Lots of pastel turquoise, pink, gingham and retro florals, so perfect for this time of year!
 
Spring starts with a birthday in our house. For my youngest son's 9th birthday in March I made him this very decadent ricotta and whipped cream torte with candies and chocolate cream "kisses", he loved it! A recipe and a video for this cake (in German!) is here!
Adorable little bunnies with fluffy tails have also appeared in my studio and looking forward to going to their new homes!
 They are the perfect match for my cute hand-made tote bags for girls.
 
Who can resist all these lovely colors? In the fall we planted a hundred or more bulbs in our lawn, which is more like a meadow, and now all the little spring flowers are popping up and looking so festive.I don't think flowers must be confined to the flower bed but should just be everywhere!
I hope you are enjoying lovely spring days 
(or fall, if you're on the other side of the world!) 
xoxo 
Karen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

a soft place to rest your head and dream......

Lots of new pillows & softies up in both of my shops!
I've been busy sewing AND taking photos for you! And having fun dreaming up cloud pillows in different color variations.

I just love the idea of dreams.

Dreams are, on the one hand, those bits and pieces of another world you remember when you wake up in the morning. My little brother and I would always share our dreams with each other at breakfast. I miss that now that we are grown-up and live so far apart. Now and then we still e-mail each other our dreams. Sometimes I know exactly what the symbols in my dreams mean, but not always. If I ever feel I have my head in the clouds, I think of the stories in the Old Testament where dreams are interpreted and am reminded that dreams really are important. 

"To dream is to transcend time." 
-Anthony J. W. Benson 
 
On the other hand, there is the meaning of dream as in a grand vision, a meaningful goal, a yearning and desire to make something change or happen.

 "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined." --Thoreau 

While making these pillows, I thought how lovely for a child to have this not only this little reminder to dream big and shoot for the stars, but also the reminder to be still and to look within.

"Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity." 
-Kahil Gibran  

Dreams are important!
 xoxo
Karen

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Valentine's Day crafts

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! This weekend I am going to spend some time with my children making some Valentine's crafts. Here are some ideas that have caught me eye.

For toddlers:
Aren't these melted crayon hearts a fun idea?We have so many crayon pieces! My kids aren't toddlers anymore but I think this project is fun for all ages. In fact this might actually get them coloring again and I believe crayons aren't just for little kids!
Another pretty idea are these Valentine's hearts made with melted crayons and waxed paper.
Potato stamps are great project for children of all sizes. My children love stamping anything! 

For older children:
My sons would love getting these lollypop butterflies.They might enjoy making them, too!


For teens: 
These Valentine Straw Toppers are so cute, I think any teen girl would have fun making them. 
I know my daughter would love making these cute salt-dough magnets, too. What a great little gift for her girlfriends (or mom!)! 
Check out my pin board for more lovely Valentine's Day inspiration!
xoxo 
Karen