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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Great weekend............

Not much creativity this weekend, but lots of talking and laughing.
I have been on a great family reunion from Friday to Sunday in Fiskenæs, Gråsten, together with 17 family members.

We were in 2 summer houses and had a really good time together.

I forgot to take a lot of photos - but here is a couple --- or four :-)

Here my youngest daughter Winnie and her little Mila:




Thursday, October 25, 2012

I totally forgot....

I am sorry - so much is happening for the time being, that I totally forgot to say:

HURRAH!

I won my very first give away :-) 4 days ago from http://fiesfjollerier.blogspot.dk/

I won this:


I am looking forward to make this with granddaughter My and we will probably get the chance for that this weekend.

Thank you :-)

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Back to school....

If you have read the very first post in my blog you will know, that from end of March I will be without job after 20 years in the same company.
It has been hard, but slowly I have got used to the thought of leaving the known and step into something unknown.
I have made a plan A = Getting a new job as soon as possible. Plan B = Getting further education - starting with 120 hours of basic pedagogical training and then afterwards study for educator (not a full teacher eduation)




Wish me luck!
Well, plan B was supposed to take place, if plan A failed. But suddenly I found out that my company would pay for the 120 hour basic education and I could even use my working hours for it. I also found out that the next class started the 31 of October - yes this month :-)
I called the school and asked if they had room for one more and guess what - they had just one seat left and I got it.

I guess Lady Fortune had her eyes on me that day :-)

So now I will run plan A and B at the same time, and that means a lot of work, because school is not all week - max. 4 days a week. The other days I am at work and in between I need to do my school homework.

So probably 6 weeks with a very little time for creative fiddling around.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Am I lucky or am I LUCKY?

Today I got a great gift!

Some friends emptied their stores of fabric and gave it all to me :-) Thank you friends!!!

I guarantee that my sewing machine will be used a lot....

This is just some of it:

 
 
 



 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Love under the hats......

My Rainbow hats were a success.

My daughter Janni and granddaughter My put them on immediatlely.
The photos are perhaps not the sharpest, but it doesn't matter, because they are filled with love.


My has turned the rear side of the hat in front :-)



 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Looking back at summer.....


I love sailing and I love taking pictures and these 2 things are a great combination.
Here are some of my favourite shots from a summer long gone....
And yes we had some rain during our 3 weeks summer vacation on the boat, but most days felt like sunny :-)

The trip went from Ringkøbing Fjord, out in the North Sea - up the westcoast of Jutland. Through Limfjorden. Went to Læsø and Sæby and all the way back again.













 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prototype....

I am working on a new bracelet and this is just a prototype.

 
It is made of a leather cord (actually this is rubber cord - but only because I didn't have the right leather). Then it has crocheted bead, made without recipe, and a home made glass bead.


I will work on different combinations - also with smaller crocheted beads and perhaps other kind of beads too.


 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tarte Flambée...

I have got this recipe from one of my colleagues and today it was tested.

"Tarte Flambée" or "Elsässer Flammkuchen"

It is from an area of France at the border to Germany and also known in Germany.
It is simple and easy and taste great :-)


Ingredients:

200 g flour
2 tablespoons oil
125 ml water
1 pinch salt
200 g creme fraiche (or sour cream)
200 g onions, thin slices (I used red onion)
100 g bacon, thin slices
salt and pebber

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to the highest temperature possible
2. Mix flour, oil, water and salt into a dough and roll it out as thins as possible (I do it between 2 pieces of greaseproof paper)
3. If you don't slice the toppings in thin slices, you can sautée it on a pan first in a little butter.
4. Spread creme fraiche on top of the rolled out dough and spread the onions and bacon. Season with salt and pepper
5. Put in the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes. Once the bread looks crispy it is done


Suggestions:
  • You can thin the sour cream with a bit of cream
  • You can add cumin or grated cheese
  • You can try with other toppings like olives, tomatoes and bacon.
  • You can top with spinach, garlic, tomatoes and sheep's cheese
  • You can make a sweet version and top with thinnly sliced apples and cinnamon sugar on the top of the creme fraiche.
Bon appétit!

 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I got inspired...............

It is incredible how many creative people you can find among bloggers.

One that inspired me today is

http://karenklarbaeksverden.blogspot.dk/2010/08/diy-hklet-armring.html

She makes fantastic crochets and a cute little easy one of hers, inspired me to do my own version.

 
crocheted bracelet

Instead of making them as a closed ring, I chose to make them open and use a bright coloured acrylic bead as button.
 
 
 
and a single flower bead


The yarn used is cotton yarn


 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Glass Beads

It has been a while since I made glass beads. I love making them, but I also like to do a lot of other creative things.
Sometimes I wish I could do with only a few creative things - but no - there is a huge urge in me to explore, test and try - there are so many wonderful things to do.
Not all turn out well and sometimes the results are never shown to others :-)

But my glass beads...... they are made with love.

These are some I made earlier:




Each bead is handmade and therefore not totally perfectly shaped.
 
 
In fact you can say that each and one of them is a small piece of art.
 
Made with love :-)
 

Friday, October 12, 2012

More Tatting - more earrings.....

Do you know the feeling?
When you have made 1 good thing, you can't stop making more and more of that  - even you don't know what to do with it afterwards and then one day you have got enough and need to move on to the next thing or you get inspired and need to take a break to try a new thing.

I do that often. That was what happened when I made the shawls - those I told about earlier, you can see them here. I just needed to make more in different colours :-)

Now it is Tatting - so here you see the next Tatting flower that can be used for earrings. These are smaller than the ones made previously

 
 
 
I am not sure if they can be used for Creole earrings also - I guess there must be some kind of stopper so the Tatted flower will not just hang down:

 

 
 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Winter in colours...

I just heard in TV that a region in Denmark had their first night with minus degrees - so you can never start the winter preparations too early :-)

My eldest daughter/granddaughter had a wish for a Rainbow Cap. Mission completed

 
 
Perhaps not a totally correct rainbow and the yarn is pure acrylic :-(
But the colours...............
I am sure my granddaughter will love it


It might not keep her as warm as if it was made of pure wool
But the colours...........

 
 
At least she will be visible from a long distance and brighten up a cold/rainy/snowy winter day

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tatting - more earrings

Yesterday I wrote that the fine yarn could be used for tatting. This inspired me to the next step

Tatted earrings - rainbow colours.

Tatting is an old craft that is almost forgotten and not the easiest thing to do. I have learned it, but never yet had the patience to create bigger works.


The tatting shuttle can be bought for about 35 DKK for a plastic version.






Wikipedia about tatting;
Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops.[1] Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch, or half-hitch knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.
Tatting dates to the early 19th century. The term for tatting in most European languages is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature of the textiles produced by this technique. The technique was developed to imitate point lace