Weekend Downtime Knitting Project

28 05 2011 DIY

After last week's excitement i finally sat down to finish a little winter knitting project. A simple creative piece like a loop scarf can bring such a joy and relaxation to a busy life.

And then this moment - you take out the needles and hastily put your treasure around your neck.

There it is: made with busy hands and some wonderful wool. A cozy feeling composed of:

  • happiness and relief  -  because it fits perfectly.
  • proud- ness  -  o. k. it was just a very little project, BUT it looks so beautiful
  • protected- ness  -  I'll be ready for fall's throat bugs and
  • ready- for- new- wool-  ness

I bought this precious wool at loop and leaf in Santa Barbara. Yes, it was ridiculous expensive but think about how many hours of love and creative commitment went into this skein before i even held it in my hands. It's hand-spun and hand-dyed in the most gorgeous colors. I got just one skein planning to make a hat but then got afraid of the outcome. What, if it wouldn't turn out well - would i just wear it anyway because i spent the money and the color is nice ? No, i wanted to make sure i have fun making an wearing it! And -  You can NEVER ever have too many scarfs, right?

Austria - I am coming!

22 05 2011 Happy World

Oh this is AWESOME! I can't believe it! SONNENTOR invites me to come to one of their farms in Austria.

I can't wait to go - and you will go with me, because i will blog every day at www.landluft-schnuppern.at  starting June 6th!

Please read, what they say:

Joyful living at it's best

Here she comes!

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The perfect candidate for a week-long retreat in our beautiful country Austria. The multifaceted, authentic, uncomplicated, travel lover extraordinary and last but not least curious Anette Wetzel- Grolle. After living a true organic lifestyle with loads of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in gorgeous Santa Barbara California for nearly ten years, she, her husband and the two kids recently relocated back to a small village in northern Germany. Anette likes to run - often barefoot (!) - hikes, bikes, reads and does lots of other fun stuff next to her professional life as a product designer, yoga teacher and - fairly new - a successful blogger at lebenslustiger.com. "Why", did we asked Anette, "would you be the perfect candidate for our LANDLUFT SCHNUPPERN PROJECT ?" "Simple answer ", she said, "because i like it colorful and vivacious - i am super curious about the herb farm and it's owners Maria and Andreas. i can't wait to put my feet and hands into the soil and tend to the herbs and flowers - rain or shine - it will be fun! Doesn't matter if you sweat or freeze - important is your inside summer breeze !!!" Anette loves our products and does not want to miss them anymore. "When i open a SONNENTOR treasure", she says, "my heart jumps in joy - it's literally like opening a door and the most wonderful, life giving sunshine is pouring right into your heart or- onto and into your food, so to speak." Everybody is happily invited to take part in Anette adventure. She will start blogging on June 6th at www. landluft-schnuppern.at


19 05 2011 Happy World

So, let's pretend...

You ARE on that journey around our beautiful world.

You ARE happy and grateful but tired from all the wonderful impressions your day offered.

You ARE wanting to rest your head; loaded with uplifting new inspirations.

You ARE wanting to put up those swollen feet because of non stop walking to all these exiting places.

But where ??? - and with whom???

One great way to soothe your budget is to register for couch-surfing.

Couch - surfing is an adventure! It's all about hospitality : I offer you a sleepover - maybe prepare a dinner, maybe show you around. Next time, i will be traveling and then i will have a sleepover at somebody's place. The community offers thousands of FREE stays everywhere!

www. couchsurfing.org  with over two million members is the biggest community.

hospitalityclub.org   has around 600 000 members.

How did i find out about it? Well, my 60+ dear friend Brigitte, who loves to travel, but is on a very tight financial budget, does it. Her face was glowing and her eyes sparkled with joy when she told me about her last couch - surfing adventure. She spent the night with two great Swedish students, a girl from china and a literature professor. She didn't sleep a lot though....

More barefoot stuff - the beginning

13 05 2011 Happy World

It's hard to start.... cold, cold asphalt - stones hurting feet. The six bare-footers did not see that coming on their hike through the HARZ national park....Hiking barefoot, exploring nature with all senses - they had hoped for mud and moss!

"Feel civilization - feel the way man made his paths" says Herman Martens, biologist of the national park. It's all about feeling and sensing your surroundings." Feel the earth under the soles of your feet. Feel, how your toes are pushing the grass blades out of the way, how your skin is getting rosier and starts to prickle." Bare feet slide through shallow puddles, jump into icy-cold streams, dancing joyfully and happy through the mud. Berry thorns poke, roots and twigs push, blueberry bushes scratch.... But then.... finally.... soft, moist, oh so comforting moss - gently soothing this exhilarating adventure.

Barefoot hikes, barefoot trails, barefoot parks are sprouting everywhere. You see people running , getting their groceries or eating out bare feet.

It is an phenomenon of our have-everything society. Only after the experience of all the comfort of a protecting, warm shoe is taken for granted one can decide to liberate oneself of it.

Look here for more inspiration on the topic



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nike free 3.0

This text got its inspiration from the HAZ