April 26, 2017

Crafting Projects Show & Tell

Hello everyone,

Today I've got a short video for you in which I show you three crafting projects I finished just recently - enjoy!


And as mentioned in the video...
Debi's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Debiyorstonf
Debi's Blog: http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com

Happy Crafting!

Yours
Uta

April 24, 2017

Giving Stuff away FOR FREE

Hello my friends,

as mentioned earlier, I am currently decluttering my crafting supplies. I already found quite a lot of things I either no longer use or have never used and probably never will. Most of these things are too good to throw them away so I thought maybe one of you might know how to put them to a good use. Therefore I am giving them away FOR FREE!

You will find an up to date list of all the goodies right 
> HERE
(or via the top menu bar under Giveways)

Chances are I will be adding stuff over the course of the next weeks/months so make sure to check back every once in a while to not miss out on anything!

So in case you are interested in any of the listed packages, please leave me a comment or send me an email (see email address in the menu bar on the right). I'll be giving away these goodies on a "first come, first served" bases and am willing to ship them internationally.

Happy Crafting!

Yours
Uta

April 19, 2017

Self-made Moon Journal [Tutorial]

Hello everyone,

lately I've been into making journals myself. Inspired by my first one which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, I now made another: A Moon Phase Journal!



In case you're interested in making one yourself, check out this video:


Thanks for stopping by & happy crafting!

Yours
Uta

April 12, 2017

Happy (belated) Full Moon!

Hello everyone,

yesterday was the day of the April Full Moon, the Seed Moon!

Fun Fact: The moon was in Libra, which is my zodiac sign. So of course I had to do something special that day!


I hope you had a great week so far. The Easter holidays are coming up and with that a long weekend for most of us. In Germany, Good Friday and Easter Monday are public holidays so I don't have to work on both. Same in your country?

Thanks for stopping by!

Yours,
Uta

PS: The stencil for the coaster can be found HERE. I will post a tutorial for that in about a week or two.

April 5, 2017

Quick & Easy Vintage Sewing Pattern inspired Stickers

Hello everyone,

my cold is almost gone so I'm back with some light blog content :)

Today I'd like to share with you some quick and easy DIY stickers I created just recently:


To create those little lovelies I did a quick search for vintage sewing pattern pictures online with the help of uncle google. After cropping the images using Gimp I then pasted the ladies into Microsoft Word. Afterwards I simply printed them out on a sticker sheet and cut them into the desired shape using some sharp scissors.

Alright, that's it for today!

Yours
Uta


April 2, 2017

April 2017 Planner Setup

Hello everyone,

first of all I'm sorry for not posting regularly lately. I once again caught a bad cold :(

Today I am sharing with you my April 2017 planner setup.

First things first, here's the video of the setup process:


And here's how the final result looks like:


In case you're interested in my former setups, just have a look through my Planner Posts :)

Yours
Uta

March 22, 2017

New Planner Spreads - Zodiac Signs & Moon Phases

Hello everyone!

I just recently added two new spreads to my planner and with that filled the last empty pages.

The first one is an overview of the zodiac signs:


And the second one is an overview of the moon phases throughout 2017:


And that's it for today :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Yours
Uta

March 19, 2017

Phenology Wheels for Moon Cycles [Tutorial + Templates]

Hello everyone,

I am totally into phenology wheels lately! I figured they are perfect for tracking all sorts of cycles, especially moon cycles. In the video below I show you how you can create such a wheel yourself.


And this is how the finished result might look like:


Don't feel like drawing your own but still interested in giving phenology wheels a try? No problem, I got you covered!

Feel free to use some of mine - they should fit on an A4-sized sheet of paper just perfectly.

Download them right here....

Phenology Wheel
blank, 29 days
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Phenology Wheel
blank, 30 days
DOWNLOAD
Phenology Wheel
with moon, 29 days
DOWNLOAD
Phenology Wheel
with moon, 30 days
DOWNLOAD


Interested in more downloads? What topics would you like me to cover? Let me know in the comments below!

Yours
Uta

March 15, 2017

Tissue Paper Butterflies [Tutorial]

Hello everyone,

you might remember the colorful butterflies that were part of my March 2017 planner setup. Here's how to make them :)


In the video I show you how to create those butterflies with just paint. In my March 2017 planner setup I used a silver ballpoint pen instead of golden paint for the contours:


Thanks for stopping by!

Yours
Uta

March 12, 2017

Crafting Paper Haul

Hello everyone,

today I'd like to share with you the crafting paper I bought from Tedi recently:


For those of you not knowing what Tedi is: It's one of those low-budget stores where you can get cheep stuff of all sorts. They do have a really nice crafting aisle so I stop by there every once in a while.

Thanks for watching!

Yours
Uta

March 8, 2017

"Frosted" Salt Mason Jar Candle Holder [Tutorial]

Hello everyone,

I got the idea for this project out of a magazine called Landlust which offers quite a lot of rustic DIY ideas.

You basically create a "frosted" candle holder by pouring salt and water into a mason jar. While the water evaporates, salt crystals start to build up on the sides making the glass look frosted.

Let me show you how to get started and how my frosted mason jar evolved:


And this is a picture of the finished candle holder:


Pretty cool, right? :)

Yours
Uta

March 5, 2017

March 2017 Planner Setup

Hello everyone,

today, I've got yet another video to share with you :)

At the end of February I took care of my planner setup for March. The theme this time was clearly butterflies!


Here's a picture of the final setup:


Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make those cute colourful tissue paper butterflies coming your way pretty soon!

In case you're interested, here you can find my February setup.

Thanks for watching!

Yours
Uta

February 28, 2017

Tea stained Paper [Tutorial]

Hello everyone,

guess who's having her internet connection up and running again :) Finally, after weeks of feeling like being thrown back to the stone age I got my new hardware in the mail today. So here I am, first things first, with some new content for you!

I have quite a lot of great videos to share with you so stay tuned for more to watch over the next few weeks!

And today I am sharing a tea staining technique with you. Enjoy...


This is how the paper turned out. I'm quite happy with the result:


Thanks for stopping by!

Yours
Uta

February 15, 2017

Buttinette Spring/Summer 2017 Catalogue Highlights

Hello everyone,

if you live in Germany, chances are high you heard about Buttinette. Buttinette is one of the biggest craft supply online retailer over here. Needles to say, I'm a customer :)

Just recently, I received the new Spring/Summer 2017 catalogue in the mail. Just a few of my personal highlights....

The catalogue...

Ain't that cute? Pattern (in German) can be found at buttinette.de!

Eggs made of modelling clay

Various ribbon packages - tempting :)

These doilies are sooo adorable!


Yours
Uta


February 12, 2017

So sorry!

Hi everyone,

thank you all for stopping by.
I am so sorry but unfortunately life has been a bit chaotic lately. Just yesterday, my whole phone and internet equipment decided to shut down. Today, it was my car that refused to work. All that kept me from recording a proper video for you as nothing really worked out as planned.
Therefore until next week, my friends....!

Yours
Uta

February 8, 2017

Handmade gifts for a little person :)

Hello everyone,

today I'd like to share with you some goodies I made for my lovely little god-daughter not too long ago :)

Here's what I made for her for Christmas - a super cute shirt:


And this is was my present for her name consecration, a tunic dress:


Both gifts were hooked with a bamboo cotton blend by Schachenmayr.


Alright, that's it for today - thanks for stopping by!

Yours
Uta

February 4, 2017

Febraury 2017 Planner Setup

Hello everyone,

it's February and therefore time for an update on my planner. So here's my setup for the current month!

First, check out the actual setup process in this short video:


And here's how the finished setup looks like. As you can see, I went for roses this month:


What's your approach when it comes to decorating and personalizing your planner? Are you more of an artsy and crafty person or do you have a more minimalist approach?

Yours
Uta

February 1, 2017

Small & Simple Crochet Flower [Pattern - DE & EN]

Hello everyone,

today I've got a simple pattern to share with you for a small and simple crochet flower :)

Here's the German version to start with. The English version is right beneath it...


GERMAN 

R1:  12 fM in einen magischen Ring, mit 1 Km schließen
R2:  3 Lm (1. Stb), 1 Stb in nächste Masche, 2 Lm, * 2 Stb, 2 Lm * wiederholen bis zum Ende der Runde, mit 1 Km schließen [12 Stb]
R3:  1 Km zwischen 3 Lm und 1. Stb der vorherigen Runde, 1 Lm, 1 fM ebenfalls dazwischen, 3 Stb um 2 Lm der vorherigen Runde, 1 Lm, erneut 3 Stb um die 2 Lm der vorherigen Runde, *1 fM zwischen die nächsten beiden Stb der vorherigen Runde, 3 Stb um 2 Lm der vorherigen Runde, 1 Lm, erneut 3 Stb um die 2 Lm der vorherigen Runde * wiederholen bis zum Ende der Runde, mit 1 Km schließen, Fäden vernähen


ENGLISH (US terminology)

R1:  12 sc into magical ring, close with a ss
R2:  3 ch (1st dc), 1 dc into next sc, 2 ch, * 2 dc, 2 ch * repeat until end of row, close with a ss [12 dc]
R3:  1 ss between first two dc, 1 ch, 1 sc between same two dc, 3 dc around 2 ch of the round before, 1 ch, 3 dc around same 2 ch, * 1 sc between next 2 dc of round before, 3 dc around 2 ch of the round before, 1 ch, 3 dc around same 2 ch * repeat until end of row, close with ss and sew in ends


And this is how that little cute flower looks like when finished:


Let me know what you think!!

Yours
Uta

January 28, 2017

Outgoing Happy Mail

Hello everyone,

a few weeks ago I sent some happy mail to the USA. It's my first artsy happy mail creation and therefore I would like to share it with you :)

First of all, here's a quick flip through:


After binding the pages and crafting the envelop, it looked like this:


I already have so many other ideas in my head for more artsy happy mail creations - can't wait to start working on those :)

What kind of happy mail have you sent lately?

Thanks for stopping by!

Yours
Uta

January 25, 2017

Martha's Poppy Seed Torte

Hi everyone,

I figured I didn't post anything food related lately so I thought I could bother you with something yummy today :)

Last weekend I felt like baking. Recipe of choice was Martha Stewart's Poppy Seed Torte!

I made a few tweaks to the recipe but all in all stuck close to the original version:
  • less sugar
  • whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour
  • ground almonds instead of ground walnuts
  • no almond extract
  • no confectioner's sugar for dusting

And that's how the result looked like:

Fresh out of the springform!

Super fluffy inside :)

Totally yummy, I tell you, it was all gone within a blink of an eye ;)

What did you bake lately? Maybe you also tried out a Martha Stewart recipe?

Yours
Uta

January 22, 2017

Pen Tips

Hello everyone,

a little while ago, I was gifted six pen tips from my friend Dena. Today, I want to show them to you in more detail....

The names of the nibs where NOT written with the nibs on the right!

As you can see above, three of the pen tips where made by Esterbrook. According to Wikipedia, Esterbrook once was the largest pen manufacturer in the USA founded in 1858 by Richard Esterbrook. They produced dip pens until approximately 1967, the year in which the company was acquired by Venus Pencils.

While looking up the Esterbrook company online, I stumbled upon The Esterbrook Project, a great website with lots of information about the company and the nibs. And according to The Esterbrook Project...
...the R. Esterbrook & Co. Radio Pen #942 was produced in the 1930s (more information)
...the R. Esterbrook & Co'S Falcon Pen #048 was one of the most popular Esterbrook nibs, listed in the company's catalogue over decades from 1876 on (more information)
...the Esterbrook School medium Firm #556 was for example listed in ads from 1918 (more information)

The Barion Pen Co. is unfortunately hard to find online. I could not find any proper website about them despite lots of auctioning platforms offering some of their vintage nibs. If anyone of you has some information about the company and/or their nibs, please share it with us in the comment section.

According the the Pittsburgh Digital Library the J.R. Weldin & Co was founded in 1852 as the J.R. Weldin Book and Stationary Store. The company operates under the name Weldins today. Unfortunately, I could not find any information about the Falcon Pen tip. Again, if you know more, please let us know.

The School Nib #53 by Electric is yet another mystery. There are a couple of nib listings online but it is hard to come across some information about the company. So yet again: If you have some information, please be so kind and share it with us.

Alright, that's it so far for today.

Here's a quick video where you can see the nibs "in action" :)


And here's a close-up of the writing from the video...


Thanks for stopping by!

Yours
Uta


January 18, 2017

Vintage-Inspired Poetry Pictures

Hello everyone,

not too long ago I ordered a package of vintage-inspired poetry pictures at Amazon and I thought they would be worth sharing :)

Here we go...




















Thanks for stopping by!

Yours
Uta

January 14, 2017

My new Harry Potter inspired Journal for 2017

Hello everyone,

I just recently moved into a new journal and I thought I should share my new journal with you before I actually start writing in it :)

So my journal of choice this time is The Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Journal by insights!


As you can see in the video, I already own The Harry Potter Hogwarts Journal by insights about which I already wrote a short blog post a couple of months ago.

Does anyone of you also own a Harry Potter journal or plan do buy one?

Thanks for watching!

Yours
Uta

January 11, 2017

Simple Booklet [Tutorial]

Hello everyone,

today I want to share with you a simple A5 booklet I made just recently:


I used the following materials to craft it:
  • Scrapbooking paper for the cover
  • D-C-Fix foil for the cover
  • 5 sheets of simple printer paper for the pages
  • Thread for the binding
  • A drop of glue

I had all these things already lying around so I did not have to by anything for this project.

So here're the instructions:

1. Take some scrapbooking paper in the size of the sheets of paper you intent to use for the pages. This will become the cover. Fold it in half. Also fold the sheets of paper in half.


2. Cut out a piece of d-c-fix foil which should be slightly bigger in size than the cover. Then put the foil onto the cover.


4. Cut the foil around the edges and the spine as shown in the picture below.


5. Then fold the foil over all around. It might be a bit hard to properly fold it, a ruler or bone folder might help.


6. Use a needle or peak to make little holes into the spine of the cover. I used a peak as you can see and I decided to make a tiny hole every cm (2.5 cm are about 1 inch). Afterwards do the same with the sheets of paper.


7. Using thread and a needle, sew along the spine through the cover as well as every sheet of paper. Simply go up and down, up and down,... until the end of the spine....


...then turn around and sew all the way back.


8. Tie a small knot to secure the binding. I also put a small drop of glue onto the knot to make sure it does not unravel.


And that's it!

Let me know what you think about the tutorial! And in case you are actually making some booklets for yourself using it, let me know as well, I'd love to see your results :)

Happy crafting, everyone!

Yours
Uta