Sweet Summer

14 05 2018 DIY

How are you doing? Are you enjoying summer's bounties?

Looks like this fabric yarn i showed you the last couple weeks will become my special summer project. The company that sells it was wondering if I would be interested in a bag full of left overs and remains of this material. In exchange I would share my creative ideas with them. Well - since I love to share creative ideas anyway I did not say no. Plus -  I love surprises - so I hauled the heavy blue plastic surprise bag inside and excitedly opened it to see, what colors I got.

Mostly black and white and a few little scraps of beautiful soft prints. How wonderful because I really like the scandinavian style of black and whites with natural wood. So I had ideas popping up immediately: The first I am showing you today is a small but long crocheted seat cushion for a small bench. There is a special outdoor furniture set called "Biergartengarnitur" in Germany: it will cover the bench of that classic German beer garden set - an easy way to seat a crowd.

I crocheted the simplest pattern of a granny square and just like a true granny blanket these squares crocheted together can grow in any direction, i.e. 8 of them make a nice little rug you could take out to the doorsteps to watch the sun set.

This is one of my favorite childhood memories: Sitting on the front steps of the house watching garden and street winding down and getting quiet for the night while the birds sing their evening songs...

So sweet...

Did you do that, too? 

Next DIY post will be jewelry again - made of fabric yarn...of course :)

Sunny days, Anette 

On Days Like These...

18 12 2013

...I am working from morning to night and the only thing I want to and actually can do in the evenings is sitting back in my sheepskin covered chair and relax.

Still so many jewelry orders need to be shipped for Christmas and time is running like crazy...

I have always loved sheepskins.

We have a few from our local organic farm and also some long haired grey ones I brought home from the north coast of Germany.

Long before they got stylish.

Nowadays I can look into my Pinterest boards and for sure there are some pictures with a sheepskin on a chair, bed or floor.

Did you noticed that trend, too?

Not everybody feels comfortable with animal fur. And I can totally understand and respect that.

And of course, I am absolutely against fur farming. NO QUESTION!!!

But sheep are foremost raised for milk and meat - at least here in Germany.

It's always a good idea to know, where things you buy and use are coming from, so you don't end up with unethical products.

I am aware, that even at our local organic farm they won't pet their animals to death but I also now, that they are treated as respectful as possible.

In buying the sheepskin I feel like I can honor the animals amazing beauty and natural perfection and I am deeply thankful for the warmth and comfort it provides every single day.

I feel, humans won't stop eating animals but at least I can honestly love what they leave for us.

Does that make sense to you?

Another thought: After the war, in the fifties and sixties, many people in Germany raised rabbits for food in their backyards.

Nowadays it's trending again, because people do not want to support the cruel inhumanely meat industry and the bad quality of their products.

I recently met someone who raises rabbits just for his own family but he told me, that it is so sad, that nobody wants the beautiful rabbit fur anymore and that it often gets thrown away.

Well - I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on this topic! 

Sheepskin photographed by lebenslustiger.com, Schaffell

Meanwhile I like to share some of my favorite Etsy shops who work with natural fibers:

Inner Wild - wonderful knits

Linen for the bathroom - from Lithuania

Beautiful linen throws - from another Lithuanian shop

Big knits - un-dyed

My favorite shop from Poland

Happy Day,