Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Old meets new

I'm a knitter and crocheter (anyone else on ravelry??), but I also want to learn to sew, embroider, and eventually quilt. I got a bit closer to sewing with my aunt :)

A pattern my aunt or mom bought back in the day (I really should look at the dates listed...)
The green one is my goal

(Because posting is probably a better idea than torturing myself at ModCloth, Tulle, and other online stores not even within the continent :P )

Paying attention to the fabric's weave and arranging everything on the fabric... left over from my Oma, no less!

The cut out main pieces

Marking the sewing lines

After many steps, lots of pinning and sewing... I don't know what this is called in English (heften), but this is a guideline that's better than pins so that nothing shifts during sewing

The blouse's current state. I'm not sure when I'll do the sleeves and bottom, but I'm nearly done :)

Farm life and fun

I love my family here. Without their help, I would've have no clue about the tons of paperwork and red tape that come with moving to a new country. Plus the stereotype about German bureaucracy is no joke, it's really terrible. Usually I'm too busy studying to visit, but I love it every time I'm here. Here was our lunch yesterday!

Eggs from my cousin's chickens

Making pfannkuchen, the German crepe. So tasty!

Frying, one minute, and lunch!

With Nutella (if you don't know it, try it! a hazelnut-chocolate spread) and coconut flakes

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Welcoming in the Spring

 The weekend was lovely! The boy and I visited his parents for a family type celebration (the last egg leaving the nest), which was the perfect event for a dress that I love but barely wear. It's spaghetti strapped so I paired it with a new shrug. I have almost no shoes so my black boots had to be my footwear :P

We explored a nearby city, plus I snagged some finds in an outlet store, including my first non-jeans shorts! I can't wait to wear them out.


We also spent the first day of Spring in a butterfly garden! For Bones fans, I felt a bit like Hodgins, trying to convince my man why certain bugs (in addition to the butterflies) were awesome.

Just emerging
from their cocoons

I love frogs!

It's hard to see, but there's a huge iguana on top of a mountain kingdom, and he's not plastic


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Well hello there!

One year ago I stepped onto a plane and bid my dusty, warm homeland adieu.

A day later, I was welcomed into my new, green, lush and cold home halfway across the globe.

I've been playing with the idea of making a fashion blog and blogging to an open audience for a while now (I've been blogging for years but only for friends), and I decided to just give it a go!

So a bit about me:
I'm 25 years old, from the southwestern US, now living in central Germany, I studied German and Biology at home and am studying to become a teacher here, and I have a fantastic boyfriend. I'll post more about my fashion tastes and hopefully some photos soon. One thing is, as an ex-pat who free-lances, I have almost no money and a very limited wardrobe. We'll see what I can make out of it.

Since I'm still playing with my idea of what this blog should be, I may add science links and videos, and I'd love to connect with other EFL teachers.