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11 Jan 2018


Two days ago people in our French village woke up 
to this surprise. Our young friendly neighbor sent us 
the photos - as we are not able to be there because of health issues.

The village road -
and behind the house - the last flooding seems
to have been 30 years ago.

We deposited our furniture from the farmhouse in the barn
ajoining the house - we hope the damage will be not too bad. 
There are boxes and boxes full stuff gathered during lovely
summer stays in the Vosges - also many books - dictionaries and
non-fiction - about nature and wild animals and the region.

We got these absolutely charming New Year whishes from
the future proprietors of the farm house. Their 3 year old son
built the snowman. He is a love of a boy and the snowman tells
it all. We are happy that our so well cared of farmhouse will
be in good hands in a few weeks.

Meanwhile I am using the recovering time of DH
to work on a combined fabric-paper book.

Teapot and cup made by pulled stitches, but helas -
the fabric did not give itself to be pulled - so it looks
like stitched

Stitches everywhere

I love to do some needle lace

31 Dec 2017

A little bit of everything

Every year something new on the tree - a perfectly
sewn fabric star of dear friend Angelika

The 4th tree of Mary Corbet‘s 12 Christmas trees
Goodness, how tiny, I should have made spiderweb
flowers, but it was too small for me. So I left it like
this. Find it at NeedlnThread Christmas trees

Making pages for a book - as I am interested in 
bookbinding - but I need something to fill the covers.
I am using stitcheries and things of the past years.

Daugter D. gave me this writing paper with envelopes
many years ago. She printed the leaves and I kept
it and loved it and looked at it many times.
Finally I found that I should bind it into a may-be
book  - here with a machine stitched lace from the 
class of Karen Ruane - with a little crossstitch rose
A link to Karen‘s Blog 
Karen Ruane

The back still needs some handling - this future book
can be altered whenever inspiration strikes

What about quilting lines depicting a house - 
in the Black Forest in Germany.

Or sewn with thread -
I didn‘t make it - it is the result of my endeavors and
the help of the Superphoto App.

A lovely Christmas gift landed under the real tree

....and I will get seven more of this most wonderful
magazine full of inspiration - a gift that will last two years
and still afterwards - if you want to know more about it.

Now about those scribbles (sorry I am not a talented
Another dear friend D. mentioned a few days ago
-  not quite in serious -
what it could probably look like if one quilted the never-
ending talk of some people, the flood of words and I
thought speech bubbles connected to one another could 
show best the clouds of words, the gush of words - 
I made a big bubble.....
My advice:
practice it on your machine while keeping your cell phone
jammed between shoulder and ear - the practicing piece
may not be too large because you have to turn it round and round.

If you are in want of some very interesting quilting
ideas you could have a look at 
Gefilte Quilt
you will laugh and love it

Without many more words:
A happy healthy creative new year to you my dear readers.

13 Dec 2017

Notebooklet - Christmas trees

Time to do some bookbinding. Well bookbinding might be 
slightly exagerated. It is a notebook DIN A5 for some
notes with very thin paper. I want to take it with me always
and it may neither be thick nor heavy.


The style of binding is called Schmetterlingsbindung
(in English butterfly binding - there exists certainly a better and
more professional name for it)

You do it with 4 needles for four holes - I bought a awl to
make the holes and it works very well - instead of using
a thick sharp needle 

I took magazine papers and reinforced the double page with 
„wonder-under“ - paper-backed fusible web.
The back cover is showing frozen berries.
I stitched through all signatures and through the front cover

The front cover and below the backcover

I left the binding threads hanging out - because I like it !
You might have seen it on Instagram - if not so
here is a fantastic design (I used another stitch) for „Trees for Christmas“ 
of Mary Corbet. Go to visit her blog                      
and you will see eleven more lovely designs for Christmas trees. 
You can download the e-book for very little and get a perfect 
description of it.
I like to support Mary because she had a very hard time the two last years.
But read yourself and follow her on her blog. Lots of hints and
book reviews and how-to stitch videos.

I used stem stitch and wrapped it

When grandsons were still children, I made this calendar to
count the days from Dec 1st till the 24th.

A calendar withouth sweets, but with stars to be buttoned on till the
Holy Night - 24th December (In German we all it Adventskalender)

15 Nov 2017


Its my corner in our garden - herbs, rhubarb but also sedum
because it is so easy to grow and has a lovely colour till late in the year 

Kapuzinerkresse, Tropaeolum majus 

a little bit of colour at the entrance

31 Oct 2017

Good-bye farmhouse

Shutters closed, things packed during many days and transported
with the trailor to another house where they will wait till we 
get a new place nearer to our home in Germany.We drove
twelve times - (just for me to remember)

This is the farewell - last bundles of waste, my two bags. Below: A look into
the inside - the grange - with a quilt of nine hens

The rocking horse - DH-made

The hens - (ok, no good photo)

The view from one of the windows downhill

at times with neighbour‘s  pasturing cows

Treasure box of our barefoot-guys - when they -
the  grandchildren were a few years younger
containing two beautiful stones and a bottle with some cash and other
They dug it into the earth - but the following year they undug it again
to see if it was still there....

This is the family from whose descendants we bought the farmhouse 22 years ago.
We made the acquaintance of the two youngest ones. They visited us
and wrote their names into our guestbook.

The tree house constructed by DH of course, with the help of grandsons 

The farmhouse situated in the hills

With good eyes one could even make it out on the photo below - in 800 m altitude

We had a lovely time up there mostly with the family - very often
also with friends - in summer and in winter - and it was comfortable
due to the renovation skills of DH

We are happy that a very nice family will now be living in the house
named GHUERRAFOLLET on an old map in the books of the townhall. 

8 Oct 2017

Bookbinding - an update

Bookbinding online class - oh what did I start! 
I am courageous and started something quite new for me
Although while experimenting I long for fabric and thread
I can‘t deny it.

At least I made a front and back cover with a little
fabric, liberty scraps, and held it down with tulle and
then going over it with the sewing machine

Also a litte handstitching
embroidering the title with backstitches - Bunte Bücher 
(coloured books)
It is an online class with Anne Lange at

After folding the pages and binding them with
an easy technique - the side edge binding

I started to think about the next steps ...
the actual binding of the book.
I have to combine two methods and it is not solved yet.
I didn‘t follow the instructions ------ now, readers, please excuse,
I chose the wrong expression. Of course, teacher never gives any
instructions but merely advices or suggestions. However, I am a complete newbie
in this craft and therefore very dependent of - lets call it now "recommendations".

And - a celebration - one piece for two
with coffee on an outing into the Black Forest/Schwarzwald

Fifty-five years together - two children - three grandchildren
A move from one French farmhouse into another French 
house will soon happen, soon? Maybe in two or three months
we started to move mentally. 

We enjoyed this cake - the calm before the storm -
but wait - the storm hasn‘t begun yet.

24 Sep 2017

New new in our house

Three boys and a cooking and cake baking grandma

Each day one scrap

Three scraps - some stitches - oh, a house came out and maybe
a lake. A French-knot-cloud and some rain.
This ist to test the new blog-app.

11 Sep 2017


Lots of thinking and what came out?

This. There is even a spine. Inside I fixed very narrow strips
which are drawn through a kind of crocheted eyelets and knotted loosely -
I could easily add more pages. There are six at the moment.

Beads at the end of the strips to give some weight

Turning over a page it looks like this - 

Detail of a page - I love the tunnel

.... and the toggles

.... and the bullion knots over a length of gimp.
     It was a wonderful class.