Sunday, 20 September 2015

Happy Post

On Friday I got happy post. The best happy post I could have imagined. Getting fabrics in the post is always exciting for me anyway. I love the crisp feel of new fabrics. They are so beuatiful and bright and simply happy. This time I got a whole lot of fabrics from a German fabric shop called Sonntagshase. You can find them on Facebook here and their online shop here. The shop is owned by the lovely Doreen, who is always very nice and helpful.

When I opened the box, I was greeted by tissue paper. To me it make sit more exciting as it is like opening presents :)

In the box were also lots of surprises. I literally squealed and kept finding more and more. This really was like Christmas come early.

There were German biscuits...

A ribbon that says lots of different things on it and can be cut up to be used as sew in tags...

A tiny box of tiny pins...

A beautiful card and a horse iron on do you call these in English anyway?

Some coffee sweets, which I will have to either keep until the baby is here or give to my husband ;)....

But then there were the fabrics. Of course I knew which ones I ordered, but fabrics are always nicer in reality than on the computer screen. 
These are beautiful pink jerseys. One is for a custom order next month, the others are for upcoming projects. 

There will be new items joining my little range. For starters it will be clothes based but later on hopefully also some new toys. But for now I am very excited about the new clothes. All these fabrics are super comfy and soft jersey. Perfect for little ones, especially babies ;)

As I don't know yet, what I am having, I thought I would also stock up on some boys fabrics. usually I make dresses and they really are not suitable for boys haha. Although I have a little tomboy, who loved her dresses but also loves lots of boys things. She already has claimed the dragons, the cats with the fish and the cats on the clouds lol. 

And at the bottom of the box were even some free patterns :)

So beautiful happy post indeed. I am looking forward to getting stuck into these fabrics. 

Friday, 18 September 2015

Confessions of a German Girl

I have been thinking about this type of post all morning and I think I would like to try to turn it into something more regular. In these posts I will tell you things about me and my life  abroad.

Living in a foreign country is sometimes very lonely. I have left my entire family behind in Germany. On top of that I have always found it extremely difficult to make friends. After 14 years in Ireland I have come to the conclusion that this has several reasons. One: I am very different as I grew up in a different culture. I have often different views and I am possibly more outspoken. Germans tend to speak their mind more and often I have offended people when I did not mean to. Two: the local people here have either got siblings or lots of friends form their school time. Or even both. They are not in need of new friends. Unlike me. Because without friends, life is dull and lonely. So when a person takes their time to get to know me and maybe considers me as a friend, it is usually very special to me. To date I have only found four people who managed to remain my friends over the years. And three of them are foreign like myself. They know who they are, so I don't need to mention names :) I am grateful for those two people in my life, whom I can tell things. I love to meet up with my friends as well and usually it is a great deal for me. All four have their own busy life with children and a husband and meeting up is not always easy. I live in the country, which in Ireland means you have literally almost no neighbours. I don't live in a village but right bang in the country. I also have a husband who is super busy. He is a farmer and works inhumane hours. So again that adds to me being alone a lot.

So, I am grateful for the friends I have. Thank you for being in my life...

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Back to blogging

For a while now I have been thinking of going back into blogging. I can't believe it has been almost two years since my last post..oops. Mia then just turned three and now, in only a matter of weeks, she will be already a big five!

Lots has changed since. We are now expecting our third addition to our little family ;), which in Germany would now be classed as a big family. This is all very exciting but it also is taking a lot out of me. Pregnancy certainly does not get easier the older you get. I also am one of those women, who is sick a couple of times a week right until the end of the pregnancy. This happened with Lucy and Mia and it seems to be the case this time round as well. It makes me tired and admittedly grumpy. Plus looking after two children, who have a very demanding week with school and several after school activities, it is a lot harder than when I was pregnant with Mia and only had a small two year old Lucy to look after. On top of all that I suffer from a constant pain in my back. It's a muscle that wraps around the side of your back to your rips and it is literally constantly sore unless I lie in bed. But enough of the moaning! I am also very excited and happy and feel eternally blessed to be bale to have another baby. Children are a blessing and with so many women being unable to have children, I think we are super lucky.

Another thing that has happened is that Mia has just started school. Way too early in my opinion. In Germany you don't start school until you are six. Even the second time it feels strange for me to let her go into such a long school day. Though in a way I am enjoying the fact that i have more time to myself, which allows me to rest more and once the baby is here it will give me more quiet time with the baby. But Mia is a very innocent young child. In her mind she is still like a baby sometimes. Don't get me wrong, she is super smart (I know, I am bias) and capable of going away for that length of time. She is really enjoying it so far, so that is great. I guess it is the Mummy in me who wants to keep her close and not let her grow up. She is still my baby right now. But does that ever change? Probably not :)

Anyway, I will try to blog more again and this will be more like a behind the scene of Lena and the Hedgehog. More personal life and what is happening behind the scenes when I get to sew.