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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17 comments:

  1. So wonderful to see a post from you. Sorry to hear you haven't been well. I was actually just thinking of you the other day. I've always enjoyed seeing what you make. Love those cards.
    Being closely monitored would make blogging a hassle.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and you kind words, Ann! Yes, the censorship sucks the fun right out of blogging.

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  2. Visiting your blog is always a joy - It is always so light and airy, just lifts my spirits. Sorry to hear of your health problems and good to know you are getting better!

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    1. Thank you so much, Grace! I do miss blogging...

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  3. It is great to see a post from you Duni! I am sorry to hear of your health set back. Sending well wishes your way. :) The warmer, sunnier weather can do wonders. Your new items are beautiful. The shopping bags would be great to have handy at the farmer's market. Siobhan's work is so pretty and a perfect complement to your shop.

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    1. Thank you, Val! Much appreciated!

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  4. Liebste Duni,
    wie schön, wieder von Dir zu lesen! Es tut mir leid, was ich da lesen muss und ich wünsche Dir von ganzem Herzen, daß es bald wieder aufwärts geht!
    Ich wünsche Dir einen guten Start in eine schöne neue Woche!
    ♥ Allerliebste Grüße, Claudia ♥
    ... ich melde mich später per Mail wieder, die letzten Wochen waren so vollgepackt ...

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  5. Hi Duni! It's so great to hear from you. I hope you are feeling much better as we move into the year.
    I wonder if this is an opportunity to explore creative writing through traditional journalling? Then when it feels right you could publish the pieces you choose to (and that are safe to)? All the best x

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    1. Hi Chelsey, thank you for stopping by. That is a great suggestion! Thank you :-*

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  6. Hey Duni!Sorry to hear about your health, hope you feel better soon. I really missed your lovely blog and all the other ones that I frequented! so much has changed!! only a few of them are still blogging! Well I am making a come back with my blog and shop too, fingers crossed.

    All your new items are Gorgeous! Hope to see u around.

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  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your health Duni! I hope you are feeling better. The blog world has definitely changed. I love seeing your new work and hope you’re able to most more frequently. 💛

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  8. bags look pretty...
    have a great day

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  9. I wish you the very best in your healing. I hope you feel better soon. Take good care of yourself. I have always loved your beautiful blog :)

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    1. Thank you Dori :) I feel so bad about not blogging regularly. Sigh. Take care

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  10. I am sorry to hear of your health set back.
    Hope, everything goes well with you

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