Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Picture Post

Here are some more pattern pictures. This time I concentrated on plants/flowers and rocks ...
(The weather didn't leave me a choice...)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Paris Kreativ

My sister's friend's mom told me about an absolutely amazing store in Paris!

Even though I have never been there - I can tell you: It's crazy awesome....

I really want to go to Paris now. It's a store called "La Droguerie" and she described it like this: You come into the store and see a whole row of thread, ribbons and yarn hanging from the ceiling - color coded - leading the way through to the back of the store where there are all kinds of vases and flowers hanging around. There are fabrics and little presents, things you look at and just think "I definitely need this....and I want this....and oh - did you see this one?"

They have stores all over France: Paris, Lilles, Rennes, Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Nice, Lyon, Strasbourg...

(I might just save some time and travel way and just go to the one in Strasbourg...)

 9 et 11 rue du jour, 75001 paris
Opening Hours:
 Mon 2 - 6:45, Tue-Sat 10:30 - 6:45

Another really cool thing I found in Paris: "Sweat Shop"
They say it has "Berlin flair" is a little store - not wanting to belong to the Paris chic. You can rent sewing machines and get professional advice from well-known designers like an assistant from Sonja Rykiel. They also have little craft kits with premade material that you can buy and finish or give someone else as a present.

 13, rue Lucien Sampaix
75010 Paris
Opening Hours:
 Mon closed, Tue & Thu 1-9pm, Wed, Sat, Sun 1-7pm

And for further Paris tips: OutOfPeonies has great ones for a whole trip including a map with the locations!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Berlin Kreativ

My new project is to find out places to get creative and buy everything for all kinds of crafts you can think of...

My first city is BERLIN:

 A pretty much "normal" craft shop called "Korb & Co." they sell:
° everything for jewellery including beads, closures etc
° clay, bast fibre
° brushes, paint
° paper, napkins, origami things
° all kinds of glue
° everything you need to scrapbook or make cards etc

Address: Mehringdamm 84
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri., 9am-6pm, Sat., 10am-2pm

  A bigger craft store called "Edelhoff Kreativkaufhaus" they sell:
° paper, scrapbooking material, cards
° office supplies, scissors and other tools
° window color, play dough
° encaustic stuff (i have no idea what that is!!)
° wood supplies, china decoration things
° paint, acrylic supplies
° mosaic pebbles (is that what you call them?)
° felt, wool, yarn, knitting supplies
° plants etc
Address: Rudolf-Seiffert-Straße 3
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9-8, on Sundays in December 1-6

 A little shop just for beads called "PearlsPlanet" they sell:
° beads beads ... and did I say "beads"???
° all sorts and sizes
° all the extra material you need to make jewellery
° they also have an online shop

Address: Auguststraße 52
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 11-7, Sat 11-6

  A little cute store called "Frau Wolle" where you can buy:
° - obviously - wool and yarn
° beads
° and buttons

Address: Bismarckstraße 76
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10-6, Sat 10-2

 Another "usual" craft store "Hobbyshop Rüther":
° pretty much the same as the Edelhoff Kreativhaus....

Addresses: Breite Strasse 30, 
Berliner Strasse 90/91, 
Kollwitzstrasse 54, 
Goltzstrasse 37
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 10-7, Sat 10-4

 A really awesome fabric and sewing supplies store called "Smilla":
° sewing machines
° fabric
° sewing supplies
° you can try out all kinds of sewing and serger machines
° you can rent a machine from 7€ per hour
° you can have childrens birthday parties there
° they have a "sewing cafe"
° there are some courses you can take

Address: Eisenacher Strasse 64
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-4

 A fabric and accessories store - a little bit like DaWanda and etsy "Frau Tulpe":
° fabric
° handmade accessories
° little things that make a crafters heart beat faster
° ribbons etc

Address: Veteranenstrasse 19
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10-7, Sat 10-4

 Something a little more freaked out "Killerbeast"
° a shop that only produces every single piece of clothing once 
° it's not everyones favorite style but for the ones who like crazy - this is crazy ;)

Address: Schlesische Strasse 31
Opening Hours: Mon 3-7:30, Tue-Fri 12-7.30, Sat 11-5

  Another cute store "Trollinge"
° more kids fabric
° patchwork things
° everything you need for sewing

Address: Varzinerstrasse 5
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10-1:30, Mon+Tue, Thu+Fri 3-6:30

Phew. That was a lot of researching- Hope you like it - more to come!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Picture Project

Since I have been sitting around at the lake a lot I figured I had to do something creative. So I got out my camera - which I always always always have on me - and started taking pictures of patterns.

Elise from eliseblaha kind of inspired me. She takes these "Photo Walks" and ends up having beautiful photos to keep. This post specifically inspired me.

After being a little bit bored from just laying around in the sun all day, this gave me a mood swing and I was all there again.

Friday, July 6, 2012


I found my love for beads again. It was hidden somewhere behind all the fabric and hot glue gun love. And now it's back!

Big beads, little beads, tiny beads....i love them all!

I've been trying out things with different materials. I had this thicker pink thread and some clasp ends (is that what you call them?) you can't see in the picture, then I had plain beads, some glass ones and - well - you can see obviously :)

And then some red white and blue stuff - just had to !

I bought some new ones today - so stay tuned for some more and different bead combinations!

I found this on a blog I follow and figured I'd try to DImyself ! Working on my bead strands....

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Where I want to go

...I definitely want to go there some day!!! On my "to go list": LA Fashion District

(both pictures are taken from

It's amazing how cheap the fabrics are!

...and I want to go here: New York Fashion District

Fashion District, New York 8am

Secret tip from Trash To Couture: The "Mood Fabric" store and from one of the commenters: "Top Trimmings" (she thinks it's on 39th)

Anyone know any good fabric stores or districts? Preferably in one of those cities, or somewhere in Germany. But you can also tell me about fabric stores all over the world. Maybe I'll take a "fabric store trip" all around the world someday. (I might have to pause in between to earn some more money, haha)

Monday, July 2, 2012

So much inspiration

I have found so much DIY Clothing inspiration on Pinterest over the last few weeks...

It's all just waiting to be made.

The only problem is that I have so much fabric that I bought somewhere in the past and planned on making something with it and never got to it. Now I want new fabrics because I have new inspiration.

Here is my new inspiration :)

maybe i'll make this from my other skirts to make them more interesting :)


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Some Pictures...

After being a little non-tutorial-crafty this week due to being sick and addicted to SATC I'll just post some pictures of what I've been doing...

painting my blue and white canvas and pausing for some more color --
watching the dog and being happy he is such a funny dog --
some more color to lighten up sickness... --
breakfast with lots of family --
the nature behind the house --
walking around searching for the documenta --
watching the ducks with the kids --
wondering how THAT can be art --
showing off my little DIY shirt refashion --
finding beauty in the things that aren't supposed to be art --
finding this dog hilarious --
little planted garden on the documenta --
the "fairytale tree" as my little cousins called it --
the "dogumenta" ;) --
walking across the little river on rescue boats

and these are fun and colorful night pictures from the big fare we had here in the "little city"