Tuesday, September 10

New fabric line, Handmade, Life lately & more fabric!

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Hello lovelies!

true to my new motto of "blogging without obligation" this happens to be only my second blog post this year. I admit it feels kind of weird after blogging three times per week for years. If you follow my business account on Instagram you'll find that I have been working on several projects which I'm excited to share here on the blog.
US fabric designer Tanya Whelan, who switched to a different manufacturer last year released a new collection - Janey. These fabrics have such a happy vibe and feature her signature nostalgic rose bouquets in fresh aqua, vibrant pink and red plus fun rose cameos on gingham. It took a while for these to arrive over here in Germany, but when they did I couldn't resist making a little something.


I honestly wish I could sew more, but since I'm still experiencing pain almost every day in varying intensity I can only do as much as my body will allow. As you can imagine I have seen one doctor after the other, sat for hours in stuffy waiting rooms and argued with (at least) one of them. It's frustrating, but I've vowed not to let this, whatever *this* is, become the focus of my attention. Nope.
We've had a weird summer, alternating between relatively cool, rainy days and exceptionally hot days. And two weeks in July were absolutely scorching. Every day I had to fill those water bowls that I had placed in shadow-y areas in the garden for the thirsty birds. Speaking of garden. Earlier this year we decided to turn ours into a low-maintenance one. Right now it's a pretty muddy mess - Leo loves it :) Ever seen a cat roll around in mud?
Also our upper balcony is getting a make-over! I know I mentioned this around three years ago, but you wouldn't believe how difficult it is to find and coordinate contractors. So far we've had a new balcony door and the electrical stuff installed, but the big part, the actual renovation is only going to start early next year. Still, I'm so glad we've made progress and finalized our design.



Over the summer my illustrator friend Siobhan and I collaborated on a cute new post card range!Check out these vintage style numbers cards. Coincidentally, I turned fabulous fifty this summer and I spent my birthday weekend in my favorite city Amsterdam. Too bad it was raining, but I enjoyed the scenery, the flower market and the food none the less...and how cute is that hotel kitty?



In additional fabric news, I don't know how I could have missed out on these whimsical fabrics by German company acufactum for so long. Particularly as the company headquarters is only about an hours drive from my home! These are selling really well in my shop. The delicate motifs featuring dainty girls, pretty flowers, birds, magical fairies and little mice are original illustrations by Daniela Drescher. There's also a matching range of satin ribbons. It's all so cute! I made a little zip pouch and tried my hand at stitching letters by hand.


Coming soon, hopefully beginning of October is another new fabric range, which has gained a huge following in Europe in the last ten years or so - the popular Tilda fabrics designed by Norwegian Tone Finnanger. She has published a number of craft books and is known for her sewing patterns for soft toys, home decoration and colorful quilts. Super excited to be receiving "Old Rose" this Fall.


There's some other items coming this Fall as well, but I'll keep that under wraps for now :) Take care everyone and thank you for reading along! Till next time...


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Saturday, April 6

Hello again!

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Amberley by Brenda Riddle
We're four months into 2019, so I guess it's a bit late to wish my dear readers a happy new year, assuming you are still reading my blog! I have an excuse for neglecting my blog all these months. Early January I had a major set back healthwise and ended up in hospital, not once but twice. I'm still not feeling all that great, so blogging is really the last thing on my mind right now. I apologize. 

Also, ever since the implementation of all these new rules and regulations effectively censoring online activity, it's become a lot less fun to blog. I remember back in 2008 (!) blogging was a mix of creative writing, journaling, sharing and exchanging information, the occasional promotion and link building. It was casual, easy, and fun! These days I have to weigh each word carefully and linking is a tricky business. Frankly, it's not worth the risk being fined. There are people out there being paid to scan (German) blogs for even the tiniest of "mistakes". And the fines are hefty. It sucks.
I have been a little more active on Instagram. But even on there I have to be careful what to post and how I formulate the description.


This year I didn't get around to sewing much, even though my fingers are itching to complete a couple of projects. I do still have a few of my foldable shopping bags available at Etsy. Heads up - international shipping has gone up this year, so it pays to buy more as it's a fixed price up to 1 kg.


In between hospital stays and work commitments I have collaborated with my illustrator friend Siobhan on a wonderful design project for my main shop. Check out this gorgeous collection of postcards with vintage/shabby chic illustrations. There are 10 happy designs to choose from. Printed in UK on high quality, matte finish card. New in are also lovely "Thank You" and "Birthday" greeting cards with envelopes included. Below are some of my favorites.


Last weekend I managed to visit the trade fair in Cologne after all. This fair is important in my line of work, and although it was quite exhausting I was glad I got to meet up with some colleagues and preview the latest fabric collections. Here's a sneak peek of Tanya Whelan's latest "Janey" due to arrive in May. So pretty!


Easter is only two weeks away, can you believe? I'm hoping for some milder weather. It's been quite chilly and rainy these past few weeks. I generally feel better physically and emotionally in warmer weather. A bit of sunshine can do wonders. 
Wishing you a wonderful weekend, take care and enjoy every moment. Love,



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Friday, December 14

Paper Stocking Garland - Easy Craft

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Hello lovelies! 💗 Hallo ihr Lieben!

Here's a fun little paper craft project just in time for the holidays. It's been really dark these past few days, so the pics aren't the best quality. 

Hier zeige ich euch eine einfache und schnelle Deko-Idee. Leider war es in den letzten Tagen so dunkel, dass die BildqualitÀt nicht die Beste ist.


You will need // Ihr braucht

Assortment of Christmas-themed cardstock // Scrapbook Papier mit weihnachtlichen Motiven
Various bits of trims // kleine StĂŒcke Spitze, Zackenlitze etc. zum Verzieren
Thin double-sided tape // DĂŒnnes doppelseitiges Klebeband
Twine // Bastelgarn
Scissors // Schere
Needle with large eye // Nadel mit großem Öhr
Pencil // Bleistift
Awl // Ahle





Download mini stocking template (see link above) and print. Cut out the shape. Use this template to trace as many stockings as you wish your garland length to be. Then cut them out. Since I don't have a lot of space for hanging mine is a small one with just five stockings. 


Die Vorlage downloaden (siehe Link oben) und ausdrucken. Entlang der schwarzen Linie ausschneiden. Diese Vorlage mit Hilfe des Bleistifts auf das Papier ĂŒbertragen und soviel Socken ausschneiden wie die Girlande lang sein soll. Da ich nicht viel Platz zum AufhĂ€ngen habe, habe ich eine Mini-Girlande mit nur fĂŒnf Socken gebastelt.



Step One
Mark the holes on each stocking. Then use the awl to gently punch the two holes.

Step Two
About 1 cm beneath the holes stick a strip of double-sided tape. Peel off the backing. Attach a bit of trim to it and press well. 

Step Three
You can customize your stocking as you wish, for example, add one or two more rows of trim.

Step Four
Thread the needle with a long piece of twine. Starting from one end, thread needle through the first hole from the back and down through the second hole. Up through the back of the next stocking and down again through the second hole until you have threaded all stockings. Space them apart equally.


Schritt Eins
Die Position der Löcher markieren. Dann mit der Ahle je zwei Löcher pro Socke machen.

Schritt Zwei
Circa 1 cm unter den Löcher ein StĂŒck doppelseitiges Klebeband befestigen. Dann ein gleich langes StĂŒck Borte, Spitze etc. abschneiden und fest andrĂŒcken. 

Schritt Drei
Je nach Wunsch könnt Ihr die Socken mit weiteren Borten verzieren.

Schritt Vier
Das Bastelgarn in die Nadel einfĂ€deln und von einer Seite beginnend von hinten durch das erste Loch fĂŒhren, dann von vorne durch das zweite Loch, dann in das erste Loch von hinten von der zweiten Socke und wieder von vorne durch das nĂ€chste Loch...bis alle Socken aufgefĂ€delt sind. Die Socken gleichmĂ€ĂŸig auf der Schnur verteilen.


And now the garland is ready for hanging in your favorite place!
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Und nun ist die Papiergirlande fertig zum AufhÀngen!

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Saturday, November 10

Hello (again) Etsy! Life lately and Christmas Special

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Hello lovelies!

I'm coming up for air after three intense weeks of technical issues with my online shop. You know how my online shop is my "baby"? Well, I received an email from my hosting service that they would be carrying out a PHP update. I didn't think this would affect my website adversely, but on the day they implemented it my website was gone, like entirely. One call to an independent software developer later it turns out I required a completely new database that supported this new PHP version. I didn't have an option other than to employ said developer to restore and install a new database. Finally my website is up, but I find it doesn't run properly. And as of two days ago I'm unable to log in to my own site!! The tech guy is trying to fix the issue as I write. Update: I can log in again!


Hallo, ihr Lieben!

ich dachte ich melde mich mal wieder auf dem Blog! Vor einem Monat erhielt ich eine Nachricht von meinem Webanbieter, dass eine PHP Umstellung ansteht. Dies hatte leider zur Folge, dass mein Online Shop mehrere Tage komplett verschwunden war und nur mit Hilfe eines PHP Entwicklers konnte diese wieder hergestellt werden - aber leider nicht so wie sie vorher war! Es mussten u.a. viele Fehler behoben und meine fast vierhundert Artikel ĂŒberarbeitet werden - ich habe dafĂŒr ein paar Nachtschichten eingelegt. Soweit so gut, nur leider kann ich mich seit zwei Tagen nicht mehr einloggen und somit auch nichts verkaufen/bearbeiten!! Seufz. Nach so viel Arbeit ist es irgendwie  deprimierend. Nun heißt es fĂŒr mich abwarten und Geduld ĂŒben. Denn das Problem kann nur ein Programmierer lösen. Update: es klappt wieder mit dem Einloggen!


Meanwhile I have reopened my Etsy shop! I'm offering my best selling fabrics on here as well as a limited edition of handmade items. There are quite a few changes on Etsy since I was last active on there in 2016. I had to get legal advice because of all the new laws that have been passed over here this year. I am glad I had the foresight to transfer my reviews to Etsy before Dawanda shut down. My stats have gone up since I've begun listing again, so at least I know my shop is being seen :)


Unterdessen habe ich mich entschieden bei Etsy wieder aktiv zu werden. Es hat sich dort viel verĂ€ndert und ich habe ein paar Tage gebraucht, um mich da wieder zurechtzufinden. Etsy ist eines der bekanntesten MarktplĂ€tze in der Branche und zieht weltweit massiv viele Kunden an. Außerdem bietet Etsy viele hilfreiche Shop-Funktionen fĂŒr den VerkĂ€ufer. Nachdem ich dort Artikel eingestellt habe sind meine Besucherzahlen in die Höhe geschossen. Was bin ich froh, dass ich damals die Weitsicht hatte meine (Dawanda)-Bewertungen rechtzeitig noch bei Etsy zu sichern :) 


To distract from all the technical issues and also to calm my mind I have been busy making stuff :) I hand stamped the above lavender pillows with cute folksy motifs.

Um mich von den technischen Problemen abzulenken habe ich mich meinem liebsten Hobby gewidmet. Die obigen Lavendel Kissen zum AufhĂ€ngen sind mit sĂŒĂŸen Motiven bestempelt.

And now for the Christmas Special. I received some lovely, limited edition Christmas-themed items and cards for my shop. Check out them out below:


Stationery / Papeterie Krima & Isa


Und nun zeige ich euch die Neuheiten fĂŒr Weihnachten im Shop. Es gibt sĂŒĂŸe Postkarten, GeschenktĂŒten, wunderschöne Kartensets mit sĂŒĂŸen Motiven im Vintage Stil sowie feines Porzellan!


Cute card sets (8 pcs/ two designs) ❤ SĂŒĂŸe Kartensets (8 St. /zwei Designs)
more designs available in the shop / es gibt noch weitere Kartendesigns im Shop :


*Home for Christmas* Limited Edition


Thank you for reading along. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. And please don't hesitate to contact me via email info@dunistudio.de if you are interested in any of the products above. Happy weekend!

Vielen Dank fĂŒrs Lesen und Schauen! Ich wĂŒnsche euch ein schönes und gemĂŒtliches Herbstwochenende!

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Sunday, October 28

Sew an Advent calendar

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Hello everybody!

for the longest time this fabric Advent calendar was on my sewing to-do-list! I finally got around to completed it in time for writing this tutorial. After all, the 1st of December isn't far off!
Last year I shared a last minute Advent calendar idea, that could be done a day ahead. This one takes a little longer, therefore I'm posting it now, so that anyone interested still has a whole month to complete it. This sewing project is intermediate level or ambitious beginner.

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Hallo ihr Lieben!

dieser genĂ€hte Adventskalender war schon sehr lange auf meiner To-Do-Liste. Umso glĂŒcklicher bin ich, dass ich nun endlich die Anleitung hier zeigen kann. 
Letztes Jahr hatte ich fĂŒr Kurzentschlossene diese einfache Idee; fĂŒr diesen genĂ€hten, wieder verwendbaren Adventskalender sollte man etwas Zeit einplanen. Dieses NĂ€hprojekt stufe ich als mittelschwer ein. 


You will need // Ihr benötigt


assorted Xmas themed cotton fabrics // Baumwollstoffe, weihnachtliche Motive
trims // Borten
buttons with numbers on them // Knöpfe mit Zahlen
medium weight fusable interfacing // BĂŒgelvlies z.B. Freudenberg H630 
bias tape / SchrÀgband
matching thread // NĂ€hgarn
sewing machine // NĂ€hmaschine
basic sewing kit // Basic NĂ€hutensilien


Step One

cut 24 pieces of 10 x 10 cm squares from cotton fabrics. I chose gingham, stars, snowflakes and polka dots. Fold three sides 0.5 cm to the wrong side and press. Fold top 0.5 cm to the wrong side and then again. Press.

Schritt Eins
aus den Baumwollstoffen 24 Quadrate Ă  10 x 10 cm schneiden. Ich habe mich fĂŒr Vichy, Sterne, Schneeflocken und Punkte entschieden. Drei Seiten 0,5 cm nach innen einschlagen und bĂŒgeln. Die letzte Seite zunĂ€chst 0,5 cm und dann weitere 0,5 cm nach innen einschlagen. BĂŒgeln.

Step Two

cut small pieces of trim to fit the top edge of pockets. Leave some overhang on each side - you will fold this under, once you attach the pockets to the backing fabric.
Topstitch the trim about 1 cm from the top edge of the pockets. I left some pockets without trim, as I felt it would be too overwhelming. But it's up to you :)

Schritt Zwei
von den Borten kleine StĂŒcke etwas lĂ€nger als die FĂ€cher abschneiden. Der Überhang wird nachher beim Befestigen auf den Hintergrund eingeschlagen. Die Borten ca. 1 cm von oben feststecken und steppen. 




Step Three

once you have finished trimming all 24 pockets you can start laying them out in the order you would like them to appear on the backing fabric. 6 rows / 4 pockets each row. It's a good idea to  mark them with a number on the back. Now sew on the button numbers by hand. Instead of consecutive order I mixed them up - this way it's more fun later on when you count down :)

Schritt Drei
alle 24 FĂ€cher wie in Schritt Zwei beschrieben fertigen. Das Layout fĂŒr die FĂ€cher planen, so wie es spĂ€ter auf dem Hintergrund aufgenĂ€ht wird. 6 Reihen / je 4 FĂ€cher. Damit man spĂ€ter nicht durcheinander kommt eventuell die RĂŒckseite mit einer Zahl markieren. Nun die Knöpfe auf jeden Fach annĂ€hen. Ich habe sie natĂŒrlich absichtlich nicht der Reihenfolge angenĂ€ht :)


Step Four

For the wall hanging, cut a large piece 80 cm x 54 cm from main fabric (I chose hearts), interfacing and lining fabric (mine is plain white). Iron the interfacing to the main fabric according to manufacturers instructions. Lay wrong side on top of wrong side of lining fabric, so that you have a quilt sandwich. Smooth out the fabrics and pin along the edges.

Schritt Vier
FĂŒr den Hintergrund jeweils ein großes StĂŒck Hauptstoff (bei mir Herzen), Vlies und RĂŒckseitenstoff (bei mir uni Weiß) in der GrĂ¶ĂŸe 80 cm x 54 cm schneiden. Das BĂŒgelvlies auf die RĂŒckseite des Hauptstoffes nach Herstelleranweisung bĂŒgeln. Links auf links auf den RĂŒckseitenstoff legen und glatt streichen. Das "Quilt-Sandwich" mit Nadeln feststecken.


Step Five

now start pinning the fabric pockets to the quilt sandwich. From the left side start 7 cm down and 6 cm in. Space each pocket 2 cm apart. It's best to do this row by row. Keep each row 4 cm apart. Edgestitch the pockets on three sides (not the top opening) through all layers. Once you're done with all six rows you might need to square off the corners a little bit.

Schritt FĂŒnf
nun die FĂ€cher in der gewĂŒnschten Reihenfolge auf das Quilt Sandwich feststecken. Das erste Fach 6 cm von der linken Seite und 7 cm von oben feststecken. Zwischen den FĂ€chern jeweils einen 2 cm Spalt lassen. Die FĂ€cher knappkantig durch alle Stofflagen steppen. Am besten gelingt dies wenn man Reihe fĂŒr Reihe vorgeht, dabei zwischen den Reihen einen 4 cm Spalt lassen.


Step Six

cut a 2.75 meter length of bias tape. Plus an additional 3 x 10 cm pieces. There are several ways to attach the binding, however, I find this machine binding tutorial the easiest. Thanks Jera :) You basically attach the binding from the wrong side, flip it over and topstitch it from the right side. Makes perfect corners too! When you get to topstitching the right side, fold the 3 small bias tape pieces in half and insert at the top 2 cm from each corner and one in the middle. This is so you can put a wooden stick through the loops, which keeps the Advent calendar from drooping when you fill it with goodies. You can then attach some cord to hang it up later.



Schritt Sechs
nun ein 2,75 m langes StĂŒck SchrĂ€gband abschneiden. Sowie 3 weitere StĂŒcke Ă  10 cm. Es gibt einige Wege das Quilt Sandwich einzufassen - ich bevorzuge die Methode mit der NĂ€hmaschine, so wie Jera es in ihrem machine binding tutorial wunderbar erklĂ€rt. Es ist leider nur auf Englisch, aber gut bebildert, so dass man es leicht versteht. Im Prinzip nĂ€ht man das SchrĂ€gband zuerst auf die linke Seite, dann schlĂ€gt man es auf die rechte Seite um und steppt es knappkantig ab. Nicht vergessen: vor dem Steppen die 3 kleinen StĂŒcke zur Schlaufe legen und oben befestigen. Jeweils 2 cm von jeder Ecke und eins in der Mitte. So kann man in die Schlaufen spĂ€ter einen dĂŒnnen Stab stecken, damit der Adventskalender sich nicht wölbt beim FĂŒllen. An den Stab kann man eine Kordel befestigen zum AufhĂ€ngen.


Now you're ready to fill the pockets with goodies and surprise your loved ones on December 1st!
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Nun könnt ihr den Adventskalender mit SĂŒĂŸigkeiten oder anderen Kleinigkeiten befĂŒllen!



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