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The Figurative and Literal Strings of My Life


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Yoga Photo Documentation

Seeing this makes me want to start a folder of my yoga life. Dedicating a pose to every city I visit documenting it with a great photo. Normally I would shy away from anything to do with pics of me – but how can you avoid this combo – yoga, travel and view.
Going to Berlin in a few days – and I can’t wait. Perhaps I’ll start there. But first of all I’m going to visit the Jivamukti Yoga Centre there. I’m so excited and a little nerveous. My yoga teachers have recommended two of their teachers – but that leaves my with a choice. Do I go for the classes held in English or German. I can follow the asanas – but how much of the philosofy will I loose if I choose the class in Germen – which is also the teacher recommended as the best…

But it is still a choice between good and good – so really I can’t go wrong.

Looking forward to seeing Berlin again and expanding my yoga experience and mind.

Lilla Lykke

 

Jeg synes, at det her er et enormt smukt billede. Det er meget drømmeagtigt og imponerende akrobatik-yoga. Og solskin og skyline. Det er godt til at fodre drømmene sådan en søndag aften i sofaen i regnfulde København.

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Baby Patch

In my family it has always been a tradition to make things for any kind of occation…big or small.

David – 3 years – loves Cars

And three years ago my sister had her first baby – georgeous little boy – and I of course wanted to make something special. As it so often happen with me and my crafts need one idea sort of expanded into several.

I ended up making a patchwork baby blanket – hand sewn from one end to the other – perfect for going home from the hospital wearing new garb. The blanket is also a perfect fit for the baby carriage. It actually didn’t take as much time as I would have thought. I made it in a wind mill 3D pattern in blue tones with a triangular quilting pattern. Very cute.

My inspiration for Davids blanket

I knitted a carriage suit, a matching hat, several pairs of booties and a sweater. I also made an embroidered keep sake with his facts. Lastly I made a very simple double layred fleece comfy blanket with a hand stitched edge. My nephew still uses it – perfect for those hot summer nights where a duvet is just too much.

Windmill

Well, three years on and another baby on it way – new plans. Actually, I going to do much the same again – with a few variations. No need to make the same – the items are fine and can be used again. But still, she… (yes, my perfect sister, doing everything the perfect way is now having a girl :-)…no love that gives me opportunity for variation in my creativity)…she needs to get something new, that’ll be just hers.

The finished blanket – patch, quilt and all

So firstly I made her a patchwork baby blanket matching the first one. The patterns are sort of similar – but then again not. This one is also made with a 3D windmill pattern – looks very much like the plastic windmills on a stick you can get children at the carnival.

The four different blocks assembled

Even though it is for a girl and made more girly than the first one I made – I really didn’t want to go all in on girlyness – so I was carefull to tone it down.

I had the three in front (yeah) – the fabric for the back side I bought

I chose four different kinds of cotton fabrics. For the back layer I chose  pink fish on a white background. The front I cose to compose of a classic candy striped, one with tiny roses on green and then a sort of kitchen things/flower theme print on white. It was a bit of a gamble whether they would work – but you got to live a little on the dangerous side sometimes.

Quilting pattern consists of circles and half circles

I’ve started a mutli-coloured cardigan – and I’ll make a hat and some booties again. The booties mostly beacause I’va found two great vintage magazines with some cute suggestions. But I not as pressed for time with these things  as I was with the blanket – she needed to get that before she had her little girl.

Other than these things I have only got one more set plan – the baby fact embroidery (klokkestreng – still not sure what it is called in English or if even is something used outside Scandinavia).


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Life vs. My World

I really am an uneven match for competing with life and events taking place. somehow you would think this really could not be new to me or anyone for that mattter. But in spite of my 31 years of full on living I still at times have a hard time accepting that I am not always in control of what is going on with me or around me.

Not that I am an anal control freak…that much…well at least only when it comes to myself and the things I do – not with other people (saying this in the hope of it making it a bit more alright…)… No I just really like being on top of things – I am one of those people who makes endless lists and have an all time updated calendar. There is just something compelling about being able to cross things of a list – the feeling you get when physically seeing your achievements is important.

Lalalalalalala…experimenting with diversion of thought

But I do know there are things beyond my control and beyond my grasp – I can accept that fact – I can live with that fact…but when life crashes on my personal space of need and freedom – I reserve the right to protest…

My comuter crashed….oh, the horror!

NOT acceptable – AT ALL. How dare the darned thing break down on my – going into it’s own little happy circle of neverending start-up. I really do not do well with technical thingies not working. I forces me to realize that I am not as independent from those machines as I’d like to think I am. I have no problem going days without turning it on – not a problem…no addiction tic sets in. But when you know your access is not possible the frustration sets in.

And worse – there is NO room in my budget for a new pc at the moment – don’t know what to do…but for the time being I’ve borrowed and old pc from a friend. It really is so very sweet of him but wow sooo slow – you have time to make coffee while it goes through start up.

I could choose to look on the bright side – as I at the same time have had to set aside everything else in the sewing department. For a long time I’ve been pushing a few planned or sort of planned projects in front of me with the excuse of having enough time. Then suddenly not so much time – so not having to spend time in front of the pc might be a good thing.

First project – clothes for the next Grotesque Burlesque Copenhagen – also I had to wait and see if the theme of the night could be worked  in and also other wishes for the nights dress up.  As it happened the theme will not influence my clothes – Palace of Forbidden Acrobatics…all very well and opening up to fun and games…but I just can not picture myself in a full body leotard not even with a corset to match and make up the finish – an idea I’ve been flirting a bit with. I don’t think I can forget myself enough – and not being stick thin – I am not really sure I could pull it off without looking like a plump little bulging ball in spandex…so next idea…

Dusty pink with tiny roses – will make up the main feature of doll

The idea with the most votes ended up being all in on dollification. And here I still have to take not just some but a lot of deap breaths…I like simple, sophisticated, 50s style clothing. This is not even near simple and sophisticated. I’m trying to ease my mind a bit with the period I’ve chosen as inspiration – the 1880 porcelain dolls. But still I love feminine – but the girly and lacy and very cutesy…no not so much. But on the onther hand – why do it if not doing it well and all the way…

So in the near future I will be seen in dusty rose, with roses, all over frilly and lacy – not to mention puffy and curly. Oh my…don’t think too much…or you’ll scare yourself…

So…

Fabric choice for baby blanket

Second project – or more correctly projects. My sister is pregnant with her second child. And her being the perfect being that she is – she is having a girl this time (first one was a boy…just turned 3 last week).

Well, in my family we always make things for the new babies. My give here is a baby blanket – patchwork – hand sewn. It is not that big – so it doesn’t take that long to make. Meant for going home from the hospital – and fits perfectly for the baby carriage. I also make another blanket – more simple – two layered fleese hand stitched along the edges. Just at comfy kind. My nephew is still using his – perfect for those summer nights too warm for regular duvets.

And then the last fixed item – klokkestreng. Don’t know what it’s called in English – or if this even is something used outside Scandinavia. They are a bit like a baby book – with just that facts – date of birth, weight, length, time….

Embroidery – klokkestrenge…no English name comes til mind

After that it is just whatever I feel like making…not being made by others…like my mother making a ‘pakkekalender‘. I’ll be knitting for sure – I’ve been missing just sitting and relaxing with some knitting.

Baby multi colour knit

Teddy bears have been collected, a basket found and now I just have to fill it with usefull and fun stuff.

If I can find/take the time…there is also a trip to Berlin coming up…can’t wait…love that city.

Also I really need to finish a project soon – looking back most of my post for a while have been start up posts…hmm, well one project should be meetings it’s end very soon (just as soon as I pick it up – forgot it at my parents house last time I was there). But I know it’ll be finished soon – as I now have found the perfect buttons for the Candyfloss Bundle...


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Promises vs. Fact

So far so good – and I was doing so good – on the verge of being proud of myself. But no sunshine without tons of rain to spice things up.

The plan was as follows: One in and one out – at least…better would be: Two out to one in…making up for and getting on top of projects backing up…

And I raelly was sticking to the plan…but then evil took over – something possesed me…my resolve dissolved faster than and SunLolly.

Yup – I had a go at my overly sweet and girly fabric again.

Evil girlyness

Don’t let the shyness and soft pastel blue fool you – once it gets you – it gets you good. And wins the battle in even faster than Russell Rees vs. Des Sowden.  It all began with me trying to se hhow far there was to go with one of my storage spaces – the bridal chest of 1841. I began…and found it really was possible…

The amazing…

See…all empty…

C’est fini

Or not – nope – I am not even close to being close to finished. And also the chest is not exactly my only fabric-hide away. This is where it went during my empty-out the darned thing frenzy…

Once there was a bed

But even though it is a huge ordeal to empty the chest and fill it again – it helps me ship the fabrics around – so when I open the cest it is not always the same inspirations that stare back at me. And this time – even though it is not that far back it just started yelling at me again.

The extreme behavior payed off. It started out with a plan to make another skirt. That got me thinking – I’ve made so many skirts and not that many tops. Admittingly I had my reservations about this fabric and it’s ability to morph into a suitable and nicelooking top. But…no risk no gain…or something.

Flower – hope for power

Next I’ve been missing a pair of simple and basic shorts. So I dug out a Vogue patterns featuring a set with jacket and long shorts. A little bit of adaption – and the shorts got shorter – the other length’ll just make me shorter anyway.

But still – more cloth…(be ware of offers that gives you 6 meters for a very low price…them seem to procreate whenever left alone. So following the girly-girl trail the last of the fabric was spent on a short pleated skirt – very school-girl like – just hoping I can find something to tone it down…Or I’ll just have to sell it of…

So more work ahead…and there is a promised project hanging over my head – a fitted corset pattern….I really just need to jump and finish it…it is not as if it is that hard…just…not exceiting right now…where most of my creative attention is divided between kimonos and the Copenhagen Gotesque Burlesque party in August.

Can’t wait…right now I’m debating with myself if I can overcome my fears and arrive in a spandex one-piece with just a corset to adorne the thing – but can I rock that…even though it would be perfect as the theme is ‘Palace of Forbidden Acrobatics’.

Uh – nasty flashes back to the days of show gymnastics…

Is this scary business me

Or is it just a no go…

Or go for the hooded kind and hide the awfull truth

Still undecided.


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B-day in style

A friend of mine had decided to go all in on her birthday – no arguements here. Her her husband and some friends of his had ‘burger night’ and sat the kids – making it possible for her to go out and paint the town…something she haven’t done in years. A shame she is really good at it :-).

Well,  she invited me and some other girls to a very good sushi restaurant and later we went for fancy drinks. Already here – good evening recipe. The restaurant is situated on top of Copenhagen – so to speak. It is on the top of a very tall building housing the Tivoli Hotel – so very nice view all around.  We said in the ‘asian’-side – meaning no shoes – but to accomodate that no everybody can sit on the floor and eat properly – they’ve mades holes in the floor for the tables and backs, a pillow and arm rests long side the tables making it up for chairs.

A little part of the selection of the evening

We had the best table possible – about 3-4 feet from the window making the view and later the sunset fill up all the way through dinner. Very nice. Decision was we had to come back just to try and sit out on the terrace – to enjoy the view with more sushi and cool white wine.

It wasn’t just dinner we went all out on – also dress up. All in means all in all the way. My friend had bought a fantastisk 50s style dress from a little local shop. This gorgeous  thing the pattern and colour made up of dark red velvet like roses on a black setting. Looked so good on her.

Pretty Woman

I of course decided to make my dress for the evening myself – need to…and this was a Perfect excuse. I went for an old Butterick pattern. I originally made one of these years ago. I was a great dress – but it being a bit poopy and me being poofy back then – it just added up to a little too much poof. But with the extra weight gone I decided to give the pattern a go again.

Butterick poof in both ends

The fabric chosen is a satin weaved cotton – weaved in stripes of shine and dull – in a lovely dark red tone. Very fancy. It is actually a pretty simple dress.  Single layered 4-part skirt – just your basis all round, skirt lining with a gathered 30-35 cm tulle band set a little over halft way up the skirt lining.

Tulle lining

And more tulle – I think the ruffle is made up of about 8 or 10 panels 35cm x 100cm – give or take.

Tulle close up

A doubled up top front part – that you just fold in over a strap from the back top part after the dress has been put together and you’ve finished setting the zipper – stitch lightly in place. And there you go – a dress.

Back view

I think the thing that took the longest was to gather the tulle and set it on the lining. So all in all a very easy dress. Also I hardly had to adjyst anything. Only the waist to chest ratio is never quite right – I always have to take it in. It’s not that I’m small in the chest-department – but loosing weight have taken of some substantial weight there also – a thing that never happened before when loosing weight.

Front view

So my “perfect” 1950s measurement ratio is gone. Bye bye…well at least for the top part. The bottom part is still perfect ratio – meaning no pants will fit me in todays fashion. And going for the 40s and 50s fashion with the hight waist – that I absolutely adore – is just a ‘No Go’ – high waisted pants just make me even shorter than I am. And I really can’t afford that….being  only 5,2…

And hopefully this will be the last horrible show the clothes pics – I’ve finally found a dressform living up to my picky standarts. Just need to find the time to pick it up…so maybe there’ll be a few more horrible pics…but I hope not.


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Baking the day

A good day went by filled up with tastes and smells of nice things.

First – sweaty morning yoga. Admitted – not smelling too nice going in – but once in you forget and loose yourself in Jivamukti – coming out smelling like a peach…(or something)…never mind – not the point here at all. Starting out my day with yoga – what could be better. Perfect way to wake up body and tune in the mind for a brand new day.

Which turned out to be very much needed today. Going on a trip this weekend I needed an air mattress. Which might seem like a simple and very easily accomplishable task. Which it really should have been – and would have been had it been and other time of year than this particular time…the day before the opening of Denmarks biggest festival – Roskilde Festival. And Abracadabra..alakazaam…no more air mattresses…

Took a while – but I finally got one…so much work for such a little thing…so I decided to work actively on the second smell of the day…I had some recipies I wanted to test…

Second – fresh baked homemade cookies with white chocolate and cranberries. A short hunt for cranberries – which for some reason are not alway easy to find …without strawberry-taske. What is with this world – why on earth would you add strawberry-taste to a perfectly able-tasting berrry…do not get it. If you want strawberry-taste – eat strawberries…

But I settled for the strawberry-tasting ones not being in the mood for more shops…Not that bad – just a little too sweet for my taste and for my purpose. They were supposed to add some tartness to the sweetness of the white chokolate.

Cookies in a box

But what-e… the cookies turned out great. I so love the combination og the super sweet white chokolate and the more tart cranberries.

Hunting for cranberries lead me to the next smell of the day…or planned smell for later.

Third – warm dough – sublte but nice. I like to knead dough – to really work it, to smooth it – make it nice an flyffy…clear. And working pizza dough – working good olive oil and air into it have er very homy smell. And you just know the more you work it – the better it gets…

Then cover in more oil…back in the bowl…cover and let rest until it has doubled it’s size…making time for the next smell of the day…

Fourth – lemon and poppyseed muffins with lemonsyrop. Lemons are great – and I’ve had some perfect eco ones lying there from last weekends elder flower syrup project just screaming to be used for something lovely.

Almost never too much

And what could be better – a simple muffin recipe – with added lemon zest and poppyseeds. Some call for the poppyseeds to soak in boiled water for an hour – but I’ve seen the need to do that – I usually add a little bit more milk or yoghurt to the mix for the seeds to soak up.

Also having looked at other peoples recipies for the same muff – I add more zest – nothing like the taste of lemon, and I mix the sugar half and half dark brown and non-refined sugar – I like how it caramelises with the heat from the oven. And with the smell of fresh baked muffins on to the next smell to fill up the apartment.

Finish product straight up – no nonsense

To just give them the extra lemon infusion I made a lemon syrup – and poured one tablespoon over each muffin fresh out from the oven. The syrup and zest plays well together – gives a deeper lemon taste. Very good.

Fifth – homemade pizza. Just a simple veggie kind. Tomato sauce…went for the lazy kind – a fresh tomato base with just salt, pepper and oregano sprinkled over it and not cooked together. Then some cheese, fresh onion, cherry tomatoes chopped in half and to finish it of – fresh mozzarella.  BUT…

…what do I find – I am OUT OF garlic – how is that possible. How could that happen. I am NEVER out of garlic. It is just one of those things you usually can always find i my kitchen.

Before

It is not that the pizza is no good without it. It is  – really good. Guess I’m just in a weird state of chok – something like this has never happend to me before. Fair if you are else where using other peoples kitchens – you can’t account for their sanity – but you should be able to manage your own…

But here it goes – a simple italian pizza…

Being served