September 20, 2017

When tonsils and sinuses team up...

Hello everyone,

I don't really have a DIY project to share with you today. So I thought I should share my excuse for that instead :)

Tea-time!
Herbal Tea from TeeGschwendner

Some of you might remember that last year at the beginning of December I got knocked out by a pretty bad tonsillitis which sort of ruined all of my Christmas crafting plannes. Well, the tonsillitis came about a week ago. Not as bad as last year, but this time it brought along a friend called sinus infection. Even one of those two without the other can be annoying but as a team they are pretty nasty, I tell you.

A new crochet project - counting rows...

So for about ten days I've been taking Roxi 150 antibiotics every morning and every evening plus Sinupret drops (don't ask, I just can't handle pills) three times per day. My throat started to get better pretty soon but my sinuses had a party for over a week. I am still amazed by the amount of snot they can produce on a single day....well, sorry, too much information, I guess.

When you're moving in about two to three weeks but already
sold almost all of your furniture :) I call it indoor glamping!

Okaaaay, so what did I do during all that time? Well, not that much. I wasn't allowed to do anything exhausting by doctor's order. And when you're as sick as I was, pretty much everything is exhausting - even the few steps to the mailbox and back can feel like a 5k.
So I mostly stuck to activities that can be indulged in while sitting or even lying. I started a crochet Christmas present for a friend, I spent a lot of time online searching for inspiration for my new apartment's interior, I sold some of my old furniture via ebay ads and I drank a lot of tea. Oh, and I also binge watched Harry Potter and Downton Abbey which allows me to successfully tick off one point from my Autumn Bucket List :)

Alright my friends, I hope to be back with some crafty content soon.

Yours
Uta


September 13, 2017

Happy Mail from the USA

Hello everyone,

my friend Dena from the USA sent me some Birthday Happy Mail! Truth to be told, I couldn't wait til my birthday, I had to open it right away :) Here's what I got...



Yours
Uta

September 6, 2017

Autumn Bucket List 2017

Hello everyone,

it's that time of the year again, my favorite season, it's Autumn :) Well, not officially yet, official start would be September 22nd. But I declared it Autumn on the 1st of September so for me it's Autumn!

Like in the years before, I created a Autumn Bucket List which I am presenting you today:


As you can see, I wrote it in my planner this year, right next to the September spread to be exact. This way I have everything in one place.

What have you planned for this year's Autumn?

Yours
Uta

August 23, 2017

Happy Mail from Algérie!!

Hello lovely readers,

today I am sharing with you this gorgeous happy mail my friend Sarra from Algérie sent me!


And I highly recommend you visit Sarra's YouTube channel :)

Until next week, my friends...

Yours
Uta

August 16, 2017

Travel Journal No. 2

Hello everyone,

I hope you all doing fine wherever you are on this wonderful world!

About two weeks ago, I took a trip to Gera to visit my best friend Kristin and her lovely daughter - my goddaughter apparently - for a few weeks. Of course I journaled about that special time in my travel journal afterwards. And with doing so, I filled the last pages of it.

Do you remember the plain Moleskine Cahier I turned into my travel journal in 2015? It looked like this:


Well, it's time for a new one now.
My choice once again fell on a Moleskine Cahier in paper bag brown. This time I decided to go for a more detailed but also quite simple design. So I went for a stack of suitcases I drew on the cover using colored pencils.



I am not a Picasso, I know that. But I love how it turned out :)

Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

Yours
Uta

PS: I am planning a little Autumn special for September - something for the crafty and planner loving people among us. So stay tuned, I'll be posting details soon!

August 9, 2017

NES Controller Pillow

Hey everyone,

every now and then I let my inner Nintendo nerd lead the way when it comes to pick new crafting projects. And that's when things like this happen :)

An NES Controller inspired pillow case made off crafting felt (a gift btw, I did not keep it):


It was quite a challenge to figure out the sizes of the different shapes. Luckily I am not that bad when it comes to math.

See you next week!

Yours
Uta

August 2, 2017

Final Notes on Camp Reset #TRGCampReset

Hi everyone,

as promised last week, here's my last blog post about Camp Reset!

Let's start with the rest of the Listers Gotta List cards:





The first challenge of week four was all about Memory Keeping. We were asked to print out some of the photos we took throughout the past weeks of Camp Reset and create a memory page in our journals. Here's how mine turned out:


The second challenge was to finish one of our WIPs. I chose to finish two projects. One I can show you today (a couple of different cotton pads), the second will be a present and therefore will be kept a secret for now :)


Alright, that's it!

See you all again next week!

Yours
Uta

July 26, 2017

Further Impressions from the Camp #TRGCampReset

Hello everyone,

currently we are in the forth and therefore last week of camp. After this one I will probably share one more blog post with you regarding the last days of Camp Reset. Today I am sharing with you an update of what happened last week and this week so far.

Let's start with some #ListersGottaList impressions. I haven't shared these last week as last week's post focused on the scavenger hunt Cori let us do. So today there are a few more to show you:






A lot of Camp Reset challenges are revolving around healthy eating and movement. In week two we were asked to share healthy recipes with our fellow campers and even try some new ones we found online.
I went for the following. The Frozen Yogurt Bites are a recipe I found at The Balanced Life, same goes for the Infused Water. The porridge is my own creation but at the same time a pretty basic recipe that others will probably cook pretty similarly. I also came up with the simply Iced Tea recipe.

>> FROZEN YOGURT BITES

Combine plain greek yogurt with a bit of honey for sweetness. Use a simple plastic bag or piping bag to make bite sized drops on a sheet of kitchen foil. Pop into the freezer for at least an hour. Enjoy!
>> INFUSED WATER

Put a couple of cucumber slices, lemon slices and ginger slices into a pitcher filled with spring water and let infuse for about 3 hours before drinking.
>> BANANA WALNUT PORRIDGE

Combine 1/2 cup porridge oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 cup water and 1 banana (sliced) in a sauce pan, bring to boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Garnish with about a handful of walnuts (chopped) shortly before serving.


>> NEW YORK CHAI ICED TEA

1l of the Teekanne New York Chai (cooled) combined with a couple of lemon slices and ice cubes.









And that's it for today, my friends!

As I said, stay tuned for another blog about the last days at Camp Reset coming your way soon :)

Happy Craftin' (& Campin')!

Yours
Uta

July 19, 2017

A Scavenger Hunt #TRGCampReset

Hello everyone,

one of the Camp Reset challenges for the current week is a Scavenger Hunt which I completed on Sunday morning walking through my favorite park here in Kassel, the Botanical Garden.

Here's what I found along the way:

1) Picnic 2) Blue
3) Pests 4) Trees
5) Water 6) Leaf
7) Footprint 8) Shade
9) Lovely 10) Rock
11) Birds 12) Yellow
13) So Cute 14) Path
15) Perfect 16) Furry
17) Clouds 18) My Shoes
19) Wings 20) Flowers
21) Bright 22) Selfie
23) Grass Blade 24) Weather
25) Branch 26) What I See
27) My Gear 28) Mindful Moment
29) Above Me


Have a wonderful day!

Yours
Uta