When I was a child, I remember I used to sneak into my parents’ bedroom to steal my mother’s edition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. They’d been given to her to improve her German, but I don’t think she read them all that much. I did. I’d sit on the floor of the bedroom… Read More A fairy-tale capelet
It has been rather quiet here! The reason for my silence is that I moved in together with my boyfriend back in November. We spent the past few months renovating, furnishing and decorating our new apartment. It’s a lot of work and we’re not even done yet! Our kitchen will be delivered only at the… Read More Casual in teal
Boy. That was some knitting project. I started the Tangled Yoke Cardigan in March of this year and worked on it on and off until now. It’s a great pattern, don’t get me wrong! It’s challenging, but I loved the little technical details. I can truly say I learnt much knitting this cardigan. It just… Read More Tangled Yoke, Confused Knitting
Last week in Vienna, my friend Ena and I visited the Africa festival on Danube Island. I ate yummy Ethiopian food, and then we spent the entire evening looking at the jewelry, clothes and other beautiful things that were on display in tents all over the island. We discovered waxprints for 8€/m at one of… Read More African waxprint
Remember when I wanted to sew the dress for my graduation ceremony? Yeah that didn’t work out so well. Good news though, I finally finished it today – about eight months after the fact. I learnt a lesson about hybris there! The original pattern had these horribly puffy sleeves, if you remember, which is why… Read More Finally, the Lena Hoschek graduation dress saga comes to an end!
Yesterday we visited the Baroque garden at Ludwigsburg castle. We couldn’t go into the castle, but we took a walk through the beautiful gardens! They have a Fairy Tale garden there with speaking puppets in little huts enacting various Grimm fairy tales (and 1001 Nights!). It was so much fun, although admittedly it’s targeted at… Read More Walk like a Roman
Today’s photoshoot was my first outing after a couple of days spent in bed! I’m recovering from pyelitis, followed by a nasty inflammation at the arm because of negligence with the cannula they had inserted at the hospital. I’m still weak, but I couldn’t stand staring at the same walls anymore! I had finished this… Read More A first outing, a giant scarf and DUCKLINGS!
I’ve been thinking for years about sewing my own nightwear. Only recently though I seriously felt the need to wear something other than a t-shirt and sweatpants at night. So I searched through my collection of Burda Style magazines to find a pattern that ideally would be quick and easy. This chemise can be put together in… Read More Good night, sleep tight
It’s been slow in the crafting department the past couple of months. I did start a few projects, but I’ve been having a somewhat unlucky streak – every time I started something new, I’d run into difficulties soon enough. This coat is a prime example. I started it back in November last year, and only… Read More A coat of errors
For a couple of years now, I’ve prided myself in knitting or sewing most of my Christmas presents. My late grandmother, my mother, my uncle: they’d all receive something handmade from me. My father is the only exception, because I usually give him books. This Christmas, though? I just didn’t have the energy, to be… Read More It wasn’t a handmade Christmas