Sunday, November 11, 2012

Long Time No See

It has been a long winter... and much work and a trip overseas and and and.
With a spring clean attitude and many ideas up my sleeve, this space will not be vacant any longer!
Happy reading!



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Keep calm and read on

Have you come across these great little posters lately? Very decorative and easily adaptable. I cant decide which one is my favourite...

 

 

Having had a sneak on google images and Pinterest, there is one for every animal fan and every vehicle...

I think I'll go with the furry friend for my diary cover!

Naturally, Anke

Friday, April 13, 2012

12 von 12


 Good morning, said Chrystal Carrington to me...



Meanwhile, outside on the balcony, on a fine Bondi autumn morning, ...
In Marrickville, the Seniors' workshop for Digital Storytelling takes some unexpected turns, old ladies from Chile, Spain and Australia share their interesting, shocking, moving and legally challenging stories!

A walk through Marrickville in search of a printing company to copy some last minute workshop booklets leaves lasting impressions, too! 
Not necessarily an activity, you might choose to do for lunch... Where is the next Vietnamese restaurant???

Back home for dinner, some awesome autumny Sweet Potato Gnocchi fill the bowl and our tummies. 




A few nighttime thoughts on new projects do attempt over the weekend, colour schemes, autumn and winter themes, book titles and etsy shop adventures.












 

And off to bed with an exciting Saturday morning ahead, off to look at a new home!
Naturally, Anke


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hommage to Anja


One afternoon in early December 2010, Miss T and her class friends prepared some crafty goodies for the annual Christmas bazaar at her school. Little did I know at the time, that I was to meet another mum who was to become the inspiration for this blog and other related adventures.
Anja's daughter had already made me look at her twice on the first day of the school year: a beautiful open face, with a wide cheeky smile, a gorgeous toothy gap and a blonde bob haircut - she was the nordic face of all nordic faces!


Anja and I spend many hours in the months to follow, enjoying each other's company: drawing parallels between the local "Stilbruch" and Sydney opp-shops, walking through Hamburg's flee-markets where we had met by sheer coincidence (and then spending the rest of the afternoon chatting away), showing each other latest finds, hearing about her blogging adventures and sharing concerns regarding children, men, family and life.



Anja can understand the adversities that life throws at us, health issues that temporarily put you on the periphery of society and anguish over where one is heading with all these experiences. Do you know the feeling when somebody comes into your life and it is the perfect moment? Rarely have I felt with such intensity that a period in my life has been made much more special and meaningful because of the presence of one individual!

Anja has been a gregarious, giving friend and an enormous inspiration - and I hope that with this blog being on the verge of hitting 1000 views, she will be happy to be the ONE that will get me across this milestone! ;-)

Naturally, Anke


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Makrame

Makrame - the word that led me to Morocco and to Sweden and back to Germany 30 years ago... Not quite yet physically travelling, but a journey of the very young creative mind.

With a sailor in the family and much water around and grandma's small farm operation to enjoy, rope was everywhere: boats, horses, ornaments - they all depended on these natural threads.

It is not only a pleasure to see them reemerge, it seems that the longevity and versatility of rope has made a comeback for reasons of sustainability - we have come to understand that it is a much superior material to plastic!

Thank you, DS, for inspiring me again to assemble and braid some strings!!! With Easter holidays looming, Miss T will have to show some enthusiasm and may hop to school with a little makrame bag of her own soon...
Have you tried it? Please share your creations!!!

Naturally, Anke


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Make An Entrance!

The girls from Nordic Fusion in Manly, Sydney, have done some great work bringing Nordic Design to Australia - they shared this beautiful home shot today on FB - a rare find!!!











It looks like it could be a weekend project!
And don't you love the wide entrance door with the glass panel? Practical yet stylish and visually pleasing! All shown materials could easily be sourced second-hand - particularly the glasswares and ceramics...
And that thought makes me want to go to Varmland this Australian winter and check out more loppis! ;-)

Naturally, Anke




Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jams & Pickles

We are heading towards that time of the year again: The kitchen smells of cinnamon, brown sugar syrup and stone fruits and there are never enough glasses to put all those cooked delights into. The tip of the iceberg are labelling issues, BUT: Here is a little help to take that one of worry away, beautiful botanical labels to use for your jams & pickles, free to download! Thank you, Packagery!


I came across these on How About Orange, a great resource by blogger Jessica Jones! Thank you Jessica!

Naturally, Anke
















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