Our last day in Bremen

Tomorrow we fly out of Bremen with a six hour layover in Amsterdam then on to Toronto. Today we had one last walk around the Schnoor.

Sign from the Schnoor

Low and behold, I finally found a small fabric shop, the smallest shop on the Schnoor stocked with goodies that made my heart sing!



The store is called “Feine Stoffe” and is located at Wustestatte 3, if you’re ever in the area, Releana has some wonderful goodies in store! Sadly she does not have an online store, not many do here, it seems…

And these are the goodies I’m bringing home!

Gnome Ribbon

The red check is woven linen and yes, those are gnomes you see below that and ibex on the bottom.



Can’t wait to use my new goodies in various projects!

I’m sorry I missed the Sew Mamma Sew giveaway, I wanted to participate this year but it just didn’t work out. My favorite part of this trip was driving to the top of Austria’s tallest mountain, Grossglockner. It was absolutely breathtaking!


Not to mention the view from our suite in Hallstatt.



Gifts from der Schnoor, Bremen, DE

Although the weather was horrible today — rain, wind, hail and a tiny bit of sun, we ventured out to the Schnoor again to look for gifts.

A cute little wooden, hand made girl holding a flower.

I had to go back and get these crazy critters, also handmade.


And a pop art mug for myself, what I love most is all these things are made in Germany!

Tomorrow is a holiday here, we plan to rent bicycles and ride along the Weser river. Let’s hope the weather is better!!


Bremen: The Crafting Edition

Bremen Sewing Store

Hurrah, I stopped in at the Bremen sewing shop, they had many different brands of sewing machines including Singer, Pfaff, Janome and Bernina. Lots of thread, needles and wool but no fabric! I haven’t been able to find any fabric stores here, makes me wonder what they sew?

There are tons of arts and crafts on the Schnoor (a very old part of Bremen), this cute little mouse is a hard boiled egg warmer.
Crafts on the Schnoor

I think I’m going to go back and get one of these little guys, so cute!!

After shopping today I had a big long nap and feel like I finally passed jet lag. After dinner tonight we’re going to meet friends for drinks.

All photos in this post courtesy of my darling husband.

Sun and Sea in a Bucket Bag

I finally cut into my cherished Tula Pink Poseidon stash to make this bag. This is another fun pattern by Michelle (previously Keyka Lou) I bought last weekend. It goes together very quickly once you have all the pieces cut out. I really like using plain cotton instead of fusible interfacing, it allows the fabric to remain soft but still gives it enough structure to stand on its own.

After making the bag, DH and I spent three + hours planting four new cedar trees in the front yard and spreading top soil on the lawn. It’s been awhile since I did that much yard work and my entire body is aching, even my finger nails!

This is the last really productive weekend for awhile, next weekend my son is coming to visit then we’re off to Germany the following Friday. I’ll be blogging on the road during our vacation and will try to get as much sewing related info as I can.

I hope you all had a wonderful and  productive weekend too!

Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate?

Flea Market Fancy Dresden Plate

Who doesn’t love a Dresden Plate pillow created with Flea Market Fancy? I love the Dresden Plate, it’s so easy to whip up and the results are satisfying. I’m working on a blue version to go with our new duvet cover from Ikea. The pillow above is backed with the same blue floral print as is in the centre of the plate with a simple envelope closure for easy washing. The feather cushion was purchased at Ikea for $6 and measures 20″ square.

Dresden Plate

New hair cut, sorry about the crappy pic.

Hand Quilting Sunday

Hand Stitching Tula Pink's Parisville

Yesterday I decided to make something for myself, DH ordered a Touch Pad for me when HP had a fire sale, it arrived last Thursday and it’s all mine, I don’t have to share! 😛  Tula Pink’s Parisville is one of my very favorite prints, especially Cameo in Sky so I cut out a vignette and put some cotton batting behind, secured it with my cheap wooden hoop and drew a design directly on the fabric with pencil. The fabric design itself is just too detailed and intricate to trace each and every element. I didn’t quilt over the lady’s face but instead outlined it, as well as the ship and her mask.

After quilting around the woman, I turned the hoop around, cut a small slit in the batting and stuffed her face with tiny pieces of batting. It doesn’t really show up well in the photo and it is subtle but I had fun and like it nonetheless.

Keeping it girly, I’m using Melissa Averinos’ Swoon Waves in Cherry {love} on the back and am going to scatter a few of my favorite Parisville Damask Dot in Pomegranate fleurs (an odd number of couse). I have a light pink 14″ zipper I can use, not sure if I’m going to insert the zipper by hand or machine. I love the control I have when I do things by hand.

Another hand sewing project I’m working on is a Dresden Plate table runner for my Mother-in-Law who lives in Bremen, Germany.

Dresden Plate table runner

Because today was so lovely, DH wanted to go for a drive to take photos of the changing leaves so I prepared this project to bring with me. I cut the yellow centers, pressed and pinned them down then sewed them by hand as we drove. I attempted to quilt by hand on either side of each blade but I wasn’t happy with the back. Although my stitches appeared to be straight and even on the top, they were tiny and scattered on the back. Unhappy with the results, I cut the knot and tried again. After a second unsuccessful try, I drew lines on one of  the blades  and attempted to hoop it but my cheap wooden hoop was too small to accomodate the quilt sandwich. For now, this project is on hold until I can make it to our local fabric shop.

Yesterday we met Emily for the first time and gave her the quilt I finished last week. I was able to embroider a circular label and hand stitch it to the quilt in time. Mom and Dad were over the moon and we couldn’t be happier! Emily is absolutely adorable and what a good little girl! She came to the Royal Tea House with us for some delicious dim sum and was an absolute angel. Dad is going to send me a photo of Emily with her quilt for my blog. 😀