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.

 

 

Sewing in Bavaria

Yesterday we arrived in Oberammergau, Bavaria and while strolling around found these fabulous creations.

Here’s a close view…

 

Love them both! Also found a durndle store, amazing but EXPENSIVE!

 

We’re back in the north of Germany today, I’m looking for a handmade leather bag for myself.

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.

Eight Days and Counting

Eight more days till I see these little guys again.

Sogestrasse, Bremen

The people, the culture, the lifestyle, the FOOD & BEER! Yes, believe it or not, the food in Germany is outstanding. Last time we were there we ate and drank our way from the north sea to the Austrian alps. It was fall, the air was crisp, the food was hearty,  and the beer ran freely. Wild boar, fresh smoked fish and eel, meade, yes, meade, wine made from honey, some mixed with fruit, it was delicious. And if you’ve never had smoked eel before, give it a try if offered, it’s sweet and delicious (such an ugly creature)!

I want to live there but in the mean time, we’ll keep playing the lotto.

House on the Schnoor

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!

Swooning the Cuckoo Clock

Fabrics: Hideaway Cuckoo Clock in sun by Lauren + Jessi Jung for Moda, Kona White, Punctuation Tutor Stripe in yellow by American Jane and Quilter’s Linen in grey by Robert Kaufman.

I’m expecting more Hideaway within the next two weeks and am debating on whether to use this as a mini quilt for my Covert Robin partner or make a full size quilt as a treat for myself. I really, really, really love this fabric, I’ve found an online shop which seems to have a lot of it. My plan is to deplete it’s stock, muhahaha!

DH are planning our second week in Germany, we’re going to rent a car and drive into the alps again, this time to Hallstatt on the Austrian side. The scenery is truly stunning and purported to be the oldest settlement in Europe. Hallstatt is known for it’s salt production and salt mines dating back to 5500 BC. I just know that it’s going to be one of those places so beautiful that I’ll start crying. Yeah, I’m sucky that way.