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A Night shift for my little pixie and mole

I’m knackered and proud at the same time. After a long night shift to get both costumes finished, it was great to see Lilly’s smile and bright shining eyes when she wore her costume the first time.

Pixie Lilly

I think Ari felt Lilly’s excitement the night before carnival and had a very restless night. Therefore we thought it would be better to leave him sleep. I brought Lilly to the kindergarten and I got really sad that he was going to miss this big day.

Back home I was greeted by a very cheerful little man. We called the kindergarten and asked if it was still possible to bring Ari there so he could take part in the festivities.

We had a small breakfast, got dressed and Ari could also ware his little mole dress to the colorful party.

Little Mole Ari

The original idea included a little shovel. But I somehow forget about it while worrying that all ordered fabrics wouldn’t arrive in time.

Vikings and dragons

Carnival is over and here are the costumes.

Since Ari can’t express his wishes yet, he just wore Lilly’s old dragon costume from last year. He didn’t try to get rid of it, so I take it he liked it. ­čÖé It isn’t that easy to find a costume for a one year old. He wouldn’t keep a hat on or any other accessories nor would stay any paint in his face for long.

Lilly on the other hand couldn’t decide between being a clown, a blue ghost (wherever this idea comes from) or Wickie. Wickie won but there were only three days left to make the costume. I got started with making the helmet out of papier m├óch├ę (small paper shavings and wallpaper paste). And while this was drying I cut out the small tiles for the scale armor – a bit more than 100. To take a break from cutting the tiles I started with the shirt below the armor. For that I took the shape from a normal shirt from Lilly and made it longer. Though I didn’t think about the different materials. The sample shirt was made out of stretchy jersey but the final shirt was made of normal cotton, so not stretchy at all. In the end Lilly had to suffer a tiny bit to get in. But once the shirt was on, she could move normally. Next day more layers were needed on the helmet plus the horns, more cutting of tiles for the scale armor and a bit finishing of the shirt. On the last day (night) Basti helped me with getting the horns on the helmet and painting it. I sew all the tiles together to create the scale armor. FINISHED at around 2 o’clock in the mooring.┬áMaking Lilly’s costume took quite a few hours but her smile when she wore it made up for it.


Next year I will have to make two complete new costumes. I definitely have to get started earlier than two days before the big day.


Lilly – scale armor: old sample of a very stiff waterproof fabric; shirt: cotton; helmet: news paper, paper towel, wallpaper paste

Ari – dress: jersey plus cardboard for the wings and stuffing for the tail

A very long break

ÔÇŽ it was. Time to get started again. ­čÖé

Let’s do that with my first project I made with my new sewing machine back in 2010 just a few month after Lilly saw the light of day.
It’s her very own baby blanket:

Baby blanket Lilly

I still quite like the combo of bright blue and orange ┬á– and for my not so girlish girl just the right color.

Materials: cord, blue with orange flowers; fleece, orange
Idea: my own


It’s already a month ago since the last proper post. I really need to get going and post more often here. Though with a newly started business and a very demanding one year old, it’s just more relaxing to read other blogs or watch some videos (while knitting) at the end of the day.


I wanted to start a new ‘tradition’ for this blog by making a monthly recap of all major happenings in our home. Sadly, I just realised I didn’t take that many pictures last month. So the recap will be more text than pix.

First off the start into a new year. We spent our new year together with some friends in Osnabr├╝ck. It’s just so nice and relaxed spending the big day amongst friends at friends. And another big plus side: there is no need ┬áfor a babysitter. Win win. ­čÖé

One week after new year I had a great weekend in Dresden seeing my parents, my sister and her little family and my cousins. We met up for a lovely rustic dinner and had to catch up on all the news from everyone.

The following two weeks brought us two birthdays to celebrate. Best occasion to meet family and friends and have a fantastic time together.

And between all these festivities I completed the tablet sleeve for Basti and even put it into my shop because of the good responses I received.

tablet sleeve for Basti


I even made two more. One which I sold already and one for a very special friend of mine. ­čśë

two more sleeves


Another sewing project was the following cape for Lilly’s group at day nursery. It’s sooo red and really loved by the kids in the group. Mission accomplished! ­čÖé


red cape


One more thing happened this January… there is finally some SNOW. Yeahy!!


ein neues Jahr / a new year

Versp├Ątet aber sicher nicht zu sp├Ąt, w├╝nschen wir euch ein gesundes und kreatives Jahr 2012.

Im Dezember war so viel zu tun, da sind wir leider gar nicht zum Schreiben gekommen, wie man bemerken konnte. Erst hat es unsere kleine Familie komplett ausgenockt, dann lief MadeForRain ├╝berraschend schnell an und dann waren da nat├╝rlich noch die Weihnachtsgeschenke die es zu fertigen galt. Da bin ich doch ganz zufrieden, dass wir in Bastis Familie das Wichteln eingef├╝hrt haben und dadurch jeder nur f├╝r ein Geschenk verantwortlich war.

Von Jahr zu Jahr hab ich immer mehr das Bed├╝rfnis Geschenke zu machen, die nicht einfach k├Ąuflich zu erwerben sind. Daher gab es dieses Jahr nur Geschenke, die mit viel Liebe und Bedacht von mir gen├Ąht wurden.

Und von diesen Weihnachtsgeschenken gibt es nun einen kleinen Einblick:


We wish you a happy and creative year 2012.

As one could see, we didn’t get around to write anything during December since there was soo much going on. At first our small family all got sick , then MadeForRain started surprisingly quick and at last there were all the christmas presents of course. I’m glad we decided to do it the secret Santa way in Basti’s family this year, thus everyone is only responsible for one present.

Year after year more and more a need grew in me, to give presents which cannot just be purchased anywhere. Therefor I only made presents which were sewn by myself with lots of love and thought.

Here a few of them:


Zu allererst die Strick- und H├Ąkelnadeltasche f├╝r die Freundin vom Schwiegerpapa, da Sie das H├Ąkel k├╝rzlich wieder entdeckt hat.

First of all the knit and crochet needle purse for the girlfriend of my pa-in-law. She recently rediscovered crocheting.



Eine Haarspangenb├╝chlein f├╝r meine Nichte. Sie hat mehr Haarspangen als man sich vorstellen kann.

A small book for my nice’s hair clips. She’s got soo many, it’s┬áunbelievable.



Ein Werkzeugg├╝rtel f├╝r meinen kleinen Neffen. Er hat von Oma ein paar super Werkzeuge geschenkt bekommen und diese m├╝ssen nat├╝rlich aufger├Ąumt werden.

A tools belt for my little nephew. His grandma got him some super tools and these have to be put somewhere.



Und zu guter Letzt eine neue H├╝lle f├╝r Bastis neues Nook tablet, worauf er recht stolz ist. Es ist noch nicht ganz fertig. Basti hat sich noch einen verst├Ąrkten Deckel und Gummiz├╝ge an den Ecken gew├╝nscht.

And last but not least a new cover for Basti’s new Nook tablet, of which he is quite proud of. It’s not quite ready yet. Basti suggested a stronger front cover and rubber band in the corners to better fasten the pad.


Ich selber bin sehr zufrieden mit meinen Geschenken, jedoch wird es n├Ąchstes Jahr noch ein paar Ver├Ąnderungen geben. Man konnte doch merken, dass leider nicht jeder selbstgemachte Geschenke sch├Ątzt. Schade eigentlich.

I’m very satisfied with the presents I made, but I think next year will be a bit different. It was┬ánoticeable┬áthat not everyone is as happy as I wished for about┬áself-made┬ápresents. It’s a shame really.

dieses Jahr aber … / but this year…

In den letzten Jahren ist Weihnachten immer mehr an mir vorbei gegangen, da ich von all den vollen Gesch├Ąften und hochglanz Werbung genervt war. ┬áAber nun, mit nem kleinen Zwerg zu hause, hat Weihnachten wieder eine ganz neue Bedeutung bekommen.

Daher mein erster eigener (vereinfachter) Adventskranz:


In the last few years christmas went passed me more and more, because of all the packed shopes and shiny adverts. But this year, with a little one at home, Christmas has a new meaning again.

Thus, my first own (simplified) Advent wreath:

Materialien Adventskranz

Man braucht nicht viel.


That’s all what it takes.


Fertiger Adventskranz

Und das is er. Der wird nun bis zum Jahresende bei uns auf dem Tisch stehen und Lilly freut sich hoffentlich an den folgenden Sonntagen bis Weihnachten┬á├╝ber jedes neues Lichtlein. ┬á­čÖé


And that is the one. It will stand on our table until new year and Lilly is hopefully delighted about each new light every upcoming Sunday until Christmas eve. ┬á­čÖé

full baby body protection

Babies like to eat with hands and feet. The messier the better so it seems. Lilly looks like a prime example managing to smear cheese, cereal and mashed potatoes in places you didn’t even┬áknow she could ┬áreach.

Anyway, the traditional baby bib is somewhat smallish and we certainly need to bring out the bigger guns.

So Linda came up with a totally revolutionary new baby bib design that delivers exactly what was needed: full baby body protection.

full baby body protection shown by lilly

Well, it doesn’t help with the nose. Clever little thing. Anyway, it seems Linda made an instant classic. And, because she liked it so much there is even a variation on the color.

baby bib bright green

And yes, as of today they come fully branded with the logo. Awesome! ­čśë

awesome branding

sunrise bag

If you haven’t noticed, lucky you – but in Pankow it’s getting very autum: dark, cold and rainy. So what could be a better time than to show you some of Linda’s work she did during happier Summer times: the Sunrise Bag.

Originally, it was made for Linda’s mother┬áwho goes to work every day at 4 am! Even worse, she takes a plastic bag to take her lunch box and other survival stuff to work. That obviously is not an option for a loving daughter. ­čÖé

So, Linda designed and sewed the Sunrise Bag so her mother gets started each day with a little sun no matter the time and the weather. Isn’t that a lovely story.

The bag is made from pure cotton. The only thing to make it even more lovable is to fill it with flowers for Mother’s Day.


in chains

Admitted, the title is a bit misleading but hey, baby steps, right?

I’ve been a bit lazy (speak busy with other projects) writing, which doesn’t mean that Linda has. In fact she churns out more nice stuff than I can write about on my weekly schedule. So let me try to catch up starting with another piece of Linda’s manufacture.

Here we have 2 key chains (get it?) she made for the both of us. It’s the first adventure to the art of sewing and it went pretty well. Obviously the blue one is for me. Not!

It’s actually made of two pieces of fabric sewn together and another narrower one sewn on the top as eye catcher. With three layers they are quite sturdy which I like.

I’m wearing mine for 4 or 5 months now and it still looks like new.

dead blue cap

Ok, it’s not really dead. But I liked the spectacular title. Oh yea, and the head it’s me after trying Linda’s deadly work. ­čÖé

While writing the post I just found out that this is actually a double feature. Originally, I was supposed to introduce Linda’s second work a blue cap. I think it was a gift for my birthday in January. Linda really put all her energy behind it and ┬áonly 2 months later I held my cap.

To be fair, it was not quite as easy as it may look. She had to start over 3 times until the point was exactly right. The bobble is huge. I like it a lot.

The skull in fact is an ancient handcrafting by Linda made some 10 years ago during her internship at the theater in Dresden. Scary.