dieses Jahr aber … / but this year…

In den letzten Jahren ist Weihnachten immer mehr an mir vorbei gegangen, da ich von all den vollen Geschäften und hochglanz Werbung genervt war.  Aber 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 über jedes neues Lichtlein.  🙂


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.  🙂

alle 7 Sachen / all 7 things

Angestiftet von Frau Liebe, gibt es hier ab und an 7 Sachen, welche ich mit meinen eigenen Händen an einem Tag gemacht habe, zu sehen – egal ob nur 5 Minuten oder stundenlang.

Incited by Frau Liebe, from time to time I will show 7 things I have done with my own hands on one day – no matter if for 5 minutes or several hours.



Die 2. Pinnwand angebracht. Jetzt kann mir keine Idee mehr entkommen und das Arbeitszimmer is nun eigentlich so gut wie fertig.

The 2nd pin board mounted. No idea will escape anymore and finally the work room is finished.



Die mini Babywäsche abgenommen und schön gefaltet. Wäsche zusammenlegen grenzt für mich schon fast an Meditation, erst recht, wenn es so kleine niedliche ist.

Took down and folded the baby laundry. Folding laundry is almost like meditation, especially if it is so cute and little.



Ich hab meinen 1. Auftrag angefangen. … und so soll es später mal aussehen.

I started my 1st order. …and that’s how it should look like when it’s finished.



Die letzten Kastanien gesäubert. Damit ist die Kastanienzeit vorbei und der Korb für Lilly voll genug um darin zu baden. Das war das beste Geschenk, welches man zum 1. Geburtstag machen kann.

Cleaned the last few chestnuts. Now the chestnut season is over and the basket for Lilly is full enough to take bath in it. This was the best present ever for her 1st birthday.


Mal wieder Butter selbst gemacht. Selbstgemachte Butter schmeckt doch immer wieder gut. Die Anregung hab ich von hier und die super Anleitung gibt es hier.

Made butter out of double creme once again. Self made butter is soo tasty. The recommandation came from here, but a good tutorial is here.



Abendessen gemacht. Gute Hausmannskost: Kartoffeln und Quark. Mmmmhh!

Prepared dinner. Down-home cooking: Potatoes and quark.


Und zu guter Letz, mein neues Projekt angefangen. Aber dazu später mehr. 🙂

And last but not least, I started my new project. But more of that another time. 🙂

fabric hunting

Last Sunday was the fabric market (Stoffmarkt Holland) in town. It must have been thousands of sewing enthusiast who flocked to Potsdam.

My mom and I got up early and made our way there to be on time for the opening at 11 am. It was soo packed!! You really had to push here and there to get close to a stand. It was like there were no other places than this one in and around Berlin to buy fabrics and sewing supplies.

After about 2 and half hours my wallet was empty and our stomachs were asking for lunch. Also my mom had to catch the bus back to Dresden at 3 pm so we had to leave either way.

Here’s the catch I made:

Fabric catch of the day

Some basics and some new fabrics I haven’t worked with before. Let’s see how these ideas I already have for some of these fabrics will end up. But first of all I have to decide if I wash the loden before starting the project or not. Difficult desicions to make, you see. 🙂

The next fabric market of this kind will probably be in January or maybe even March. But I definitely need to make a list of fabrics and supplies I need to stop myself from spending too much money.

And now, off to the idea board …

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 know she could  reach.

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 lilify.me logo. Awesome! 😉

awesome lilify.me 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 who 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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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  only 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.

a dragon is born

Here comes the first one. Linda made it for Lilly, our baby daughter. In fact, Lilly was the reason why Linda got started with her handcrafting in the first place. The technique is called Amigurumi, or a little less fancy, crochet.

Anyway, Linda found the pattern for the dragon somewhere on the web. She liked it at first sight. It took a while to finish it since it was the first try.

Originally, it’s red or black or pink. But it was just too much. If you have a baby daughter you simply can’t avoid pink. Each and every baby present has some pink in it. So it became orange. I like it better this way.

Oh yea, and it is filled with cherry stones. so I guess you could heat it in the oven and put it around your neck, too. 🙂