Montag, 22. April 2013

Paparazzi Bees in Berlin

This weekend we had our wonderful meeting of the Bee Germany in Berlin (How practical, just around the corner from my house). But anyway it was like a short holiday either, as we spend most of the time inside our nice appartement, which Aylin rented for the bees to sleep, eat and sew in. It was a blast meeting most of the nice ladies from the bee and next meetings are already in planning.

I also got some sewing done. I finished two bee blocks first, so that I would have a relaxed mind for the project to come. And hell´ya need a relaxed mind. I chose to make the paparazzi bag by Sara from sew sweetness.

It has a gazillion pattern pieces from fabric, interfaces and foam. And the sewing took ages.
I finished it today and have to add that I am quite inpatience and so don´t worry to much if you want to make one. It is a lot of fun aswell.

The funny thing about the process or lets more say the material,is that I could get a special stuff which should be inside. I was in a hurry and tried to find a replacement. So I went to the hardware store and finally I found something, what I thought could be used. It replaces the "By Annie soft and Stable" and is like a blanket with a rubber side which is  normally  used to put under a tablecloth. I worked awesome! Now the bag has this stable finish what I absolutely love!

The result is really rewarding. I like my paparazzi bag so much already allthough it hasn´t seen the camera yet. She (the camera) is not here at the moment, but tomorrow I will put her in her new home.

Besides the sewing of many projects (see some posts about it here, here and here) there was of course a lot of fun talking, eating and a tiny bit of drinking, too.

I had a fun weekend thanks ladies! I hope yours was also nice. And your week will be,too.
Take Care!

Montag, 1. April 2013

Rock me Baby

A few months ago (nearly a year, to be exact...) I stumbled over the most ugly rocking chair you can imagine in an antique/opshop in my street. I saw this guy and somehow liked it, but couldn´t explain myself why. It had the grosest fabric, but I liked the shape. (Unfortunately I forgot to take a before picture, but do you see the fabric???)

After I passed the shop and the chair a few times I understood why I liked it: It had the shape of a Mid Century Chair and just had been mislead because of the terrible fabric. Somebody must have made this huge mistake in the past to cover the chair with this. Somehow I imagine an old sweet couple, this was her chair, as I found  a crochet hook and a hair needle in it later.

Well back to the week I had found this chair. It was a time where my money situation wasn´t that good and when I asked the seller how much he wanted I was shocked. Unfortunately he knew about it being Mid Mod allthough I tried as much as I could to missguide him. I said what??? You want so much for this ugly chair? No way! And left the shop. But I came back every day, and asked him: How much is the chair today? Well after a few days it was half the price from the beginning, still a lot, but I couldn´t resist. Then it was mine.
I had the plan to upholster it with a patchworked fabric. It took me nearly a year, to finish this project. In this time this ruin of a Rocking Chair laid in my living room, with half of the fabric its inner life off. I was very close from throwing the thing away.
But then last week magic happened. I found the perfect upholstery fabric and started to sew right away.
And you know what? It was finished in two days. This was my easter project. And here it is and i love it so much!!! I can´t wait to sit in it, watch little holes in the air, drink a coffee or read a nice book in it.
I love how my good folks quilt matches the colours.
But let me tell you, upholstering a Rocking Chair is a lot of work. I had thought it was easier. But I think I am rewarded.
What did you do in your free time?
Did you have an easter project? Did you meet with family and friends? Did you enjoy your time?
And have you seen the beauty in something really ugly recently?