Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sorry for the lack of updates...

...but the weather is much too good to stay inside. Every day for the past week I tried to finish my copy text and translating jobs early so I could travel down to the fräulein herz shop to keep my friend Tatiana company. We sit in front of her little gem of a shop, drink coffee and work.
Berlin in summer is full of surprises - you never know what you will find behind the next corner. Friday night there were swing dancers at the urban beach bar next to the Museum Island in Mitte.

And this is a truely amazing stencil I found when we returned from watching a World Cup game at a Brazilian restaurant

stencil art, Berlin Torstrasse

Have a great Sunday - I'm off to a bbq in the park!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania For Melissa


Vivienne Westwood once again collaborated with Melissa Shoes from Brazil to create an outrageous pair of shoes. I like them, even so I'm not sure if I'd actually dare to wear them. Did I mention they are made of rubber, just like this Westwood/Melissa creation which has become quite famous?

Best of Etsy: A Cup of Green Ginger.



(photography: Carissa Gallo for A Cup Of Green Ginger and seller's own)

When I saw the crocheted "Miroslava" earrings by A Cup Of Green Ginger on etsy, it was love at first sight. Doilies for your ears! I knew I had to have a pair. I ordered the light-grey ones and honestly - never before have people complemented me more on my ear-wear. They are quite large, but very light and super-flattering. They instantly lift any outfit from "so so" to "oh lala!". I really wanted another pair and went back for the mustard-yellow ones. And I do have my eye on these... :) They are so pretty, so well made and lovingly packaged...can you tell I'm exited? (And no, they didn't pay me to write all this!)

A Cup Of Green Ginger is the collaboration of Jessica and Natalie from Washington DC, they are sisters-in-law and share a passion for creating and crafting. Jessica, the woman who designed and made the "Miroslava" earings, is a young mommy of three and a musician - she plays the harp, which for me is awe-inspiring in itself (the mommy and the harp part). She likes to unwind while crafting and how lucky for us that she finds the time!
Jessica and Natalie also write a cute and beautiful blog that is well-worth a visit.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pupa Puposka...

...try to say this very fast and do a lot of repetitions. "Puposka" is the name of a Russian nesting doll by Italian make-up company Pupa.
Yes - it IS kitschy and I declared the end of the matroyshka mania last November, but I'm still intrigued. Look what they managed to hide in that dolly! My late grandma once gave me a tiny Pupa make-up kit - oh such a long time ago - and I remember that the quality of their lipgloss was outstanding, but Pupa make-up is not that easy to find over here. For some reason I would really like to play with the Puposka and discover everything that is hidden inside.


And just because... I consulted my stats and took a screen shot of the map that tells me where my (most recent) blog readers came from. It completely blows me away. This internet thingy really makes the world so small.


Sunday, June 06, 2010

Monday morning eye candy: By Nord.


Bild 13


Bild 12

Bild 11

Bild 10

Bild 9

Bild 8

Bild 4

Bild 1

(all: By Nord)

The product range from the Danish company By Nord could turn any city apartment into a (modern) cottage in the woods. Clean, simple, beautiful raw materials, bed spreads with digital animal prints, branches and trees. And it somehow makes you long for evenings by the fire...even so summer finally arrived over here. I was afraid we might grow gills and webs this year, but now people already start to complain that it is too hot. You just can't win...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Cocoon by Moroso





I can so see myself sitting on our balcony in the "Cocoon" hanging chair from Moroso, designed by Patricia Urquiola. It's pricey, but ah...triangles and several beautiful colorways to choose from...did I mention it's a hanging chair? I loved those as a kid. Actually, i still do... And have you noticed the crocheted pillow in the first picture?

Monday, May 31, 2010

Braidshead revisited.

I apologize for the incredibly bad pun, but I couldn't resist. And the the bad quality of the pictures, but they are actually screen shots from "Ugly Betty".
Becki Newton aka Amanda wore an unbelievably intricate and stunning braided hairstyle in one of the last episodes. I wasn't too crazy about it from the front, but behold the back of her head:

Bild 2

Bild 1

Wow. I'm in awe. Impossible to copy with only two hands and on the back of your own head, but wow.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sewing gifts.

I call last week my "Dickensian week" - I was writing all day every day and sewing gifts all night every night until I dropped into my bed like an erratic boulder.

My big writing assignment is wrapped up for the time being and last weekend I delivered my gifts - so now I'm able to post pictures of them here.

This is a reversible fabric crown for an almost 3-year old, extremely funny little girl who loves to play dress-up. Unfortunately the crown is still a little too big for her and keeps sliding over her eyes. It usually ends up as a pointy scarf around her neck...
If you want to make your own, I used this pattern.

play crown

Her little brother - my godson - is more into grabbing things - especially things that are too large and heavy for him. This tag cloth is made with Japanese pear fabric, the back with plain grey soft and cuddly fleece. I've collected so many trims and ribbons over the years that it took me about an hour to choose the right ones. I made up the pattern and sewing instructions as I went along - well, it is only a square cloth, so that wasn't too hard.


My absolute favourite trim is the one with the little faces.

tag cloth detail

For some reason, sewing these fabric/stash/bread/... baskets was the hardest task of all. I drafted the pattern pretty quickly, but attaching the round bottom part to the tube-like body almost made me cry with frustration. And linen - as beautiful as it looks in combination with other fabrics - is such a pain in the behind to iron. After about 178 rounds, there were still some creases left. As they say - some flaws only add to the charm.

bread baskets

I hope to get around to all the sewing projects I have lined up for this week. It seems that spring has finally arrived over here and there are at least two dress patterns I wanted to try. Fingers crossed...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Berlin street art.


This life-sized stencil art pops up all over the city these days... Not quite legal, but absolutely amazing.

I don't think this really qualifies as street art, but I liked the neon...especially on the metal.
(And it did make me smile.)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

This summer...

...I want to exchange my whole wardrobe for any piece from the Gat Rimon collection...


...and put my hair up in braids...

(So sorry - I don't know where I found these two. If one of them is yours, please contact me so I can give you credit.)

...and wear bracelets designed by Louise Kragh or a necklace from Helena Rohner. (Not at the same time though.)


Sunday, May 02, 2010

alessi "lily pond" sushi set



Remember the beginning of the 90s when every household featured the egg shaped magnetic salt and pepper shakers by alessi? Or the sugar dispenser that looked like a little alien? Shorty after I really grew tired of alessi's designs...each one of their household items was shaped like a character from a comic book and it just became too much. After all - who wants to live in "Beauty and the Beast" (Disney version) every day?
That said, I really adore this "Lily Pond" sushi ridiculously cute is the gold fish chop stick rest?

Friday, April 30, 2010


If I had the means, I would redecorate the whole appartment with products by the Danish design brand Muuto (the name Muuto is inspired by the Finnish word "muutos", which means "new perspective"). Every detail is just so very clever and every item on their site oh so stylish.


As an avid Moomin fan, I especially love the "Mhy" lamp, inspired by the character from Tove Janssons books.

See what I mean?

The origami-like "Crushed" bowl isn't too shabby either...

I love Lousie Campbell's designs (remember the Royal Copenhagen china? Or the "Prince Chair"?) and the "The more, the merrier" candlestick is no exception.

"The dots" seem simple, but look stunning on the wall.

Sculpture? Storage? "Oto 100" is both.

(photos: all

Monday, April 26, 2010

I ♥ fräulein herz.

Meet fräulein herz, the cutest shop in Berlin. Ever. Sadly the photos I took don't really do it justice (it was a little dark that day). Trust me - the owner of fräulein herz (Miss Heart), Tatiana, is just as pretty and adorable as her shop. If you tell her I sent you she will probably invite you to stay for a cup of coffee and a cookie.
Apart from her wonderful colorful cosmetic bags, pillows, coasters, buttons and what not, Tatiana also offers sewing supplies and notions that she brought home from her extensive travels. I'm pretty sure that some of them are not available anywhere else in Germany or even Europe.

I ♥ fräulein herz.
(The famous cosmetic every colour or size you can imagine.)

I ♥ fräulein herz.
(Cute buttons, ribbons and notions...I absolutely adore the squirrel trim.)

I ♥ fräulein herz.
(Believe me - everything in this shop is pretty and adorable. A girl's paradise.)

Don't be sad if you can't travel to Berlin to visit Tatiana - she also has an online shop and formidable customer service. If you see something you like in the pictures that you can't find in her online shop, just send her an email and I'm sure she will work something out.


fräulein herz
Krausnickstraße 10 , Berlin-Mitte

Opening hours
Tue - Fri noon - 7PM
Sat noon - 5PM
(The shop is open from the 16th until the end of each month.)

Monday, April 12, 2010

If my inner child would furnish a room...part 2

My inner child would also love to live in a tree house, overlooking a lush green forest. At night, it would count shooting stars lying on the roof.

...and before falling asleep, it would crochet a pink rope ladder, while "Granny" by Pudelskern casts a soft light on its fingers.

It would wake up every day and happily look at the "Daisy Face" ply wood print by Alexander Girard.

If my inner child was an avid ornithologist, it would probably try to figure out what kind of bird left all the tracks on the "Allusions" rug by Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset...

...and after a lot of guess work, it would consult its extensive library of books about birds, stored in the "Tree" shelf by Shawn Soh.