Tuesday, September 10

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


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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  1. What a treat to see a post from you today. Happy belated Birthday. I'm glad you were able to do something fun. Loving all those fabrics.
    It can get frustrating dealing with doctors. For all the schooling they get you have to wonder why they seem to know so little sometimes.

    1. Ugh...doctors. It's all just speculation.

  2. Guten Morgen, liebste Duni,
    wie schön, von Dir zu lesen!
    Der Rotkehlchenstoff ist ja bezaubernd, aber auch die anderen neuen Stoffe sind mit viel Liebe ausgesucht *Lächel*
    Ich wünsche Dir einen wunderschönen und freundlichen Wochenteiler!
    ♥️ Allerliebste Grüße, Claudia ♥️

  3. Duni! so wonderful to see you here .... I have taken a bit of a bloggy break as well. I just posted for the 2nd time this year. I must admit it is a bit freeing to not think 'I really have to write a post!' and change to 'I feel like writing a post' .. I am sorry to hear that you are still having pain -which one of those doctors could figure that out. I do love all these fabrics ... so whimsical and fun! and that hotel kitty is the best - he looks a bit put out, but I bet he would purr up a storm if he got a cuddle ;) nice to catch up!!

    1. Yes! I like blogging if it doesn't end up being "work" :)
      I believe this kitty was looking for the other kitty, also living at the hotel!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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