Monday, 28 February 2011

Postcard from Frankfurt

It was a little bit grey yesterday ...

This is the Rathaus (town hall and registry office)

And it rained a little...

But we had a lovely walk round Frankfurt drinking in the atmosphere - not a strip mall in sight!!

The cathedral has finally shed all the scaffolding on the tower ... don't think we saw the tower once in the 3.5 years we lived here last time!

This is one of the gates to the old city, the Eschersheimer Tor

And this is a building we had never seen before - it was behind hoardings for all the time we lived here last - it's the Thurn und Taxis Palace. Behind it is a new shopping centre / office complex which was still little more than a hole in the ground when we left in 2008!

Frankfurt is a nice mix of old and modern; albeit the old is sometimes relatively new (1980's) reconstruction as the Allies bombed the city extensively in WWII.  

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Packed Up!

Our things are fast disappearing into boxes.

It's not exactly a creative space any more ...!

This all gets loaded into a sea container tomorrow and should get to Bremerhaven in 4 weeks time, if the weather plays ball.

In the meantime, we fly overnight Friday and the house-hunting in Frankfurt starts next Monday!!

For infinitely more creative spaces, hop on over to Kirsty's blog.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Colour Me Happy!

I'm crocheting a rainbow!!

OK - seriously now ... having never crocheted a proper granny square and having many times expressed complete amazement and awe that anyone actually crochets thousands of them to make a blanket (all those ends to sew in - please!), I signed up for a very worthy cause: Crochet a Rainbow.

I'm making granny squares for blankets to go to those who lost their homes in the recent floods in Queensland, Australia.  I would have contributed to Carol's cushion appeal too but with moving looming ever closer that didn't seem all that practical!  I've been able to crochet in between other jobs - it's the sort of thing you can easily pick up and put down.

I'm not 100% convinced by all my colour combos, but it's a learning experience!!  My time for crocheting a square and sewing in all those ends has dropped to about 30 minutes a square and I can crochet quite happily in front of the telly or - more often - while listening to some company's hold music / automated system while changing my address details or cancelling a utility.

So far I've made 20+ grannies ... guess I'll continue till I've used the yarn up, which shouldn't be long now.

I don't see a granny blanket in my future, but I do quite fancy making a ripple blanket like this one.  Less frequent colour changes and fewer ends to sew in are pluses in my book!

For more creative spaces, visit Kirsty.

For those of you looking for my finished crochet necklace ....the procrastinator in me is working really hard.  I might get round to it before we move, but let's be honest - that's highly unlikely!  Only about a week to go now!!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

My Creative Space

I'm trying my hand at crocheting a necklace with some beads... this one's going at snail's pace as I never seem to find time to get back to it.

For other creative spaces, head over to Kirsty's blog.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

My New Work Bag

Ta da!

Last sewing project before the big move finished.  

My new work bag.

I used Nicole Mallalieu's Mod Bag pattern, this time with just one strap, a flap and magnetic snap closures. The fabric is lovely, but it was a bit of a battle getting interfacing to fuse to it and ironing seams flat proved impossible (top stitching was the answer) ... now I know why it was 70% off!!

The last mod bag I made used quite stiff material with heavy interfacing and fusible fleece.  This fabric has more drape - it can hold it's own shape, but when you hang it on your shoulder the fabric folds nicely.  I went with medium weight interfacing and fleece this time and I think I prefer the result.

It's probably the biggest bag I own, but experience tells me that I'm going to need lots of space for all the stuff that I end up carting from one appointment to the other - non-permanent white board markers are the thing that stick in my mind.  Never can you have too many as a teacher ... and you can never find them when you need them!!

I'm hoping that this is practical and smart - at least that's what I was aiming for! What do you think?

Thursday, 3 February 2011

My Creative Space

With going back to work (once we get back to Europe in just 3 weeks), I figured I needed a new work bag and had just enough time to squeeze in one more project before I pack the sewing machine up for its second trans-Atlantic crossing.

As luck would have it, my local fabric shop was having a sale this week and I picked up some suiting fabric at 70% off.  My new Mod Bag is all cut out ready to sew - hope to have it finished by Saturday evening when A gets back from his business trip to Australia (boy, is he in for a temperature shock!).