Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Weihnachten *** Christmas

Ich hoffe Ihr hattet ein Frohes Weihnachtsfest
I hope you had a Merry Christmas with your family and friends,
bei uns war es sehr ruhig und ich habe die Ruhe genossen
we had a quiet Christmas and I enjoyed it
nach dem ganzen Vorweihnachtsstress.
after all the stress getting ready for Christmas

hier ist ein Bild von einem kleinen Besucher, der es sich heute morgen auf unserer Terrasse gemuetlich gemacht hat.

this morning we had a little visitor

nach dem Weihnachtsbasteln hatte ich mal wieder Lust auf andere Farben und so sind einige

after all the christmas crafts I was looking forward to using other colors topflatten entstanden

and I made these potholders

you can find the free pattern at drops design





Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Monday, December 13, 2010

This keeps little ladies warm in style...

I bought some rather boaring hat and glove sets.
An added chrochet scarf and some embellishments later
they make cute little Sets to keep little ladies warm.

Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Polar bear bag

I promised one of my co-workers a polar bear bag and finally had time to sew it.

She wanted just a regular bag, but I wanted to make something special.

I hope she likes it.
Ich habe einer Kollegin einen Eisbaerbeutel versprochen, eigentlich wollte sie einen ganz normalen Beutel, aber ich wollte etwas besonderes machen, ich h0ffe er gefaellt ihr.
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Monday, December 6, 2010

Happy St. Nikolaus day

Wir wuenschen Euch allen einen schoenen Niklolaustag.

Diese kleinen Stiefel haben wir heute an unseren Nachbarskinder und Freunde verteilt.
we wish you a Happy St. Nick's day, we gave these little boots to our neighbors and friends to celebrate St. Nikolaus day.
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Sunday, December 5, 2010

another christmas present idea

I saw similar Grocery bag organizers at a store

and thought what a great idea

but instead of spending about 10 $ each

I made my own. The Fabric I had in my stash was a perfect fit.

The bag is about 7 in wide and 16 in long (plus a few inches for the hanger)
It has elastic sewn in at top and bottom.
These are easy to make and are very useful. I used to have an entire shelf in my pantry filled up with all kinds of grocery bags, now I have this organizer.
I like that it limits the amount of bags to keep, when it is full the bags go in the recycling bin.
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Happy 2nd Advent

es sind wieder einige Geschenke fertig geworden.
meine Ausbeute von heute
Ich wuensche Euch einen schoenen 2. Advent
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More Ornaments.....

... are finished

we were working hard last night
to finish another batch of ornaments,
these are a donation to the german Christkindl Market,
they are being sold for Charity.
I love Christmas

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Es muss nicht immer ein Stiefel sein...

gerade fertig geworden ist meine Version, eine Weihnachtstuete.
it does not always have to be a christmas stocking, here is my version...
...a chtistmas cone.
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Vor Weihnachten.....

.......gibt bei uns immer vieeeeeeeeeel zu tun, wir basteln und werkeln.
Meine Jungs machen ihre Origami- Sterne in allen moeglichen Variationen.
Sie werden als Baumschmuck und Geschenkdekorationen verwendet und ich naehe und stricke. Ein handgemachtes Geschenk ist fuer mich viel schoener als etwas gekauftes.
we are always very busy before christmas, the boys are making lots of origami stars and I'm knitting and sewing. A handmade present is a lot more special.

Rechts ist ein Schal aus Microfaser mit Blaetterrand und links ist ein genaehtes Set mit Kalender/Notizbuch, Schluesselanhaenger und Kosmetiktasche.
The present on the left is a cosmetic bag a key chain and a planner, on the right is a scarf with leaf border.
Ganz liebe Vorweihnachtsgruesse

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Layered felt star tutorial

This is a tutorial for a layered felt star using sizzix cut outs.
(it can be modified to use any star pattern to be cut out by scissors)
You need:

*fabric scraps (red)

*fusable interfacing

*white felt

*red buttons
*string or twine to attach botton and for hanger
*sizzix die for Stars or scissors to cut out star

*sewing machine or needle and thread

1. iron fusable interfacing onto the red fabric

2. cut out stars (larger white felt, smaller red fabric) using sizzix machine

3. layer stars and sew along the edge of red fabric star

4. attach button using twine, make a double knot

5. lay star onto another layer of white felt and sew along the edge of wite felt star

6. Cut out star - leave about 1/8 inch edge

7. attach twine as hanger using a needle

you are done ** enjoy this ornament and share it with friends and family, we love to send these ornaments along with our chirstmas presents.
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Monday, November 22, 2010

Star Ornaments

To the kids they are Ninja stars,
to me they are this years handmade ornaments by the kids.
die Kinder nennen sie Ninja-sterne, fuer mich ist es der selbergebastelte Baumschmuck fuer dieses Jahr.

These 4-pointed stars are easy and fun to make.
sie sind einfach nachzuarbeiten .
Here are the instructions how to make the star:
Hier gibts die Anleitung, wir haben ein Loch in eine der Zacken gestanzt ein eyelet befestigt und ein rotes Band durchgezogen:
We punched a hole in one of the points, added an eyelet and a red ribbon
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Every year we are making Ormanents to give along the christmas presents or send in our Christmas cards.

This weekend we made the first Ornaments for this year.

Jedes Jahr machen wir kleine Anhaenger, die wir in unseren Weihnachtskarten verschicken, oder an den Geschenken als Deko gefestigen. Hier sind die ersten fuer dieses Jahr.
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Friday, November 12, 2010

Planning for next year

The first prototyp for next year's calendars/planners is ready, I have to adjust a few things, but so far it is looking good.

Der erste Prototyp fuer die Kalender fuer das naechste Jahr ist fertig, ich muss noch ein bischen daran feilen, aber soweit gefaellt es mir ganz gut.

The first one is for JAN, a special person I work with, today is her last day with us.

Good luck Jan, we'll miss you!!!!!

Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The last couple of weeks have been very busy, the first orders for Christmas are coming in and I have a lot of sewing to do.

Here are a some Halloween goody-bags that I made for the kids in the neighborhood. They loved them.
Hope you had a good weekend.
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Sunday, October 17, 2010

We had a busy weekend, we had a Malik's Birthday party with his friends. They had a lot of fun especially with the shark piniata.

This is a last minute birthday present for one of my son's friends, you know how they come the night before, "mom I need a present for tomorrow". I was lucky I picked her favorite color and she loved it.

My bag project is moving along nicely, I made changes to the pattern twice, but now it is big enough and looks better, I've had some orders already. It is so rewarding if people want to buy the things I make.

Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Monday, October 11, 2010

another pencil case is finished,

this one is for Tarik's German teacher. I used the colors of the german Flag.

I hope she likes it.

Ganz liebe Gruesse


Friday, October 8, 2010

More sewing

Diese Woche sind wieder ein paar Maeppchen fertig geworden unter anderem diese fuer eine
kleine Nachbarin, sie liebt orange.
This week I finished some more pencil cases, this one is for one of our neighbors,
can you tell she likes orange?

Ich bastel im Moment an einem guten Schnitt fuer eine Kosmetiktasche, das ist einer
der Prototypen. Die Tasche ist etwas zu klein, daran muss ich noch arbeiten.

I'm working on an pattern for a cosmetic bag. It is not bad so far, but a little small, but I'm working on it.

Have a great weekend
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Friday, October 1, 2010

More knitting

Just finished this week are these little baby sets.

I made one of the pink sets as a present for the granddaughter of a nice lady at work and it turned into 3 more sets.
I love knitting baby hats, they are cute and fast to knit. You can find this pattern on "ravelry".
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Getting ready for Fall

Today we had 90*F , but Fall is coming soon.

I just finished the first Fall cardigan for the season. The pattern is fairly simple, just the raglan pattern for the shoulders was a little tricky. The cardigan was knitted from the bottom up in 1 piece.
I hope you have a great week
Ganz liebe Gruesse Sabine