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Kleiner Donner and Emmy Unicorn

 

A quick post today (I’m busy updating photos and listing in the Etsy shop!) to introduce you to another nice crochet pattern I tested.

 

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I found it via Pinterest and got to Kristel Droog’s page on Ravelry – have a look, she has really a lot of cute projects! The basic pattern – Horse Piem – is for sale (totally worth it), while you can get for free the instructions to turn it into a Zebra or a Unicorn.

 

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As you can see from the pictures I made Emmy for my daughter, while for my boy I turned the basic horse into one of the main characters of Yakari, a French cartoon really popular here in Germany.

 

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To not make anyone jealous I had to make the two horses at the same time, and it took me a little longer than a week. Totally worth it!

 

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Looking for more crochet patterns? Here’s what you can find on Mammabook:

…nice, I’m starting to have quite a list! 😉

 

Summer Necklaces

 

When I was a child my favourite toys were all sorts of mini worlds that I could wear or put in my pockets. I felt like I had magic powers, being able to turn an open book, a piece of garden, or a simple shoe box into a dollhouse with my tiny objects and dolls. I always had a little secret with me hidden somewhere. There is no wonder I love to paint miniatures.

 

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This is maybe the reason why, when summer came, I though it would be funny to turn my favourite subjects into even smaller things, and make them wearable.

I painted even smaller homes, smaller dragons, smaller dolls. I like them so much.

 

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And talking about pendants, a nice customer even asked me for a wearable version of the Little Prince. Very poetic, isn’t it?

 

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The prince has his fox friend on the back, while the other pendants show their original colour: some stones are naturally dotted, some gray, some beige. One way or another, they all tell a story… even when turned around.

 

Ps: while taking my pictures outside, I found out that an artist is living in the Ancient Graveyard! I’ll let you know if I ever meet him…

 

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Indoor Fairy Garden

 

I’ve been craving a long time for a Fairy Garden.

I paint and sell so many fairy houses, but somehow it was never my turn to make my own miniature garden… until now!

 

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Sometimes we just need some little, weird stuff to be happy!

 

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After months of research I finally found the right pot: low, wide enough, and very simple. I don’t know much about plants, so I just bought what I liked without worrying too much. I am curious to see how it will work out, if I will need to replace something or if I am lucky and everything survives. I am mostly worried about the Bonsai, because I guess it needs not much water, while the plants around it do…

 

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Of course, the house is one of my artworks. It waited so long in the shop, and it was about time for it to find a place to stay. It is a bit sad when things are left unsold, and believe me, it is really not about the money. I feel like what I do it’s just part of the story of the object, and somehow it feels like this story is unnaturally paused when too many months pass and nothing happens…

 

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How do you like it? It is such a simple and inspiring composition to make! And it seems to fit everywhere I place it. Its main location at the moment is on our big table, under a blue picture of the desert. I like it there, because the kids say ‘good morning’ to the fairies, and it puts us in such a good mood…

 

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I’ll let you know how my little experiment goes. And, by the way, I also bough all the plants I mentioned in my spring resolution list, and placed them on the kids’ balcony: now we have strawberries, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomatoes, and sunflowers! Maybe I am starting a new carrier as a gardener?!

 
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DIY easy & elegant Cape

 

I like to organise my kids’ birthdays a lot in advance. This gives me the time to collect ideas, find the right things and even make some gift-costume-decoration by myself without stress.

 

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The theme of my daughter’s first birthday party at home – she’s turning four today, but we still have a few days before the celebration – will be Snow White. We could have picked another princess, of course, but Sophie has short dark hairs, and mum found a beautiful tablecloth with small dwarfs last summer, so…

 

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I always try to make a birthday a happy event for both my kids. That’s why my son also got a little gift today, and that’s why he will also have the chance to dress up at the party. Since I had plenty of time, and I was lucky, and I even felt brave this year, I bought a beautiful yellow fabric left over and tried to make Snow White’s skirt, and a cape for my little prince.

 

What I didn’t consider was that I do not know much about fabric and that, though this yellow satin (is it satin?!) really looks amazing, that *** thing would move and slide and change shape while I was trying to cut it. Somehow I succeed in making the skirt, but I really didn’t feel like going through the cutting process again to make my son’s cape.

 

Of course, I HAD to make it. And I found a really nice way to make my life less complicated… that’s how.

 

How to make a cape

 

First of all, fold the side of the fabric (it does not really matter if the shape is perfectly squared) IRON it well and sew it, like this you won’t need to serge that terribly sliding fabric. Repeat for all four sides.

 

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Now knot two of the angles. This procedure is so COOL because it helps you to shape, shorten up, and change the size of your cape as you like with no effort at all. Play around, choose the right solution for you.

 

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Now get one of these super cool buttons with a chain and fix it on the two sides, over the knots. Like this your prince will be able to open and close his cape. It looks really professional! If you can’t find the buttons, you can just make your own by fixing (and hiding) some rope or chain under one of the buttons.

 

Well, that’s it! My model Dino seems to like it a lot. We’ll see what my son will say…

 

A (new) Header for MammaDilettante

 

A couple of years ago I proudly showed you here on Mammabook the header I designed for a blog I love: MammaDilettante. And I was so happy to know, once Giovanna decided to move her blog here to WordPress, that she wanted to have ME again drawing her new header.

 

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Our guidelines were the same as the last time: red and blue for Cagliari, the beautiful city in the south of Sardinia that I showed you here, and a lot of buildings, one on the other, all different, sometimes broken, all intensively alive, like only Italian cities can be. The laudry is hanging everywhere upon the small streets, because family is such a big part of our culture, and a big part of Giovanna’s life. Her blog is a fascinating journal about motherhood and life, and her dreams of writing. That’s why the other detail we HAD to keep were the words – actually, HER words of the book she’s working on – flying and filling up the sky.

I really love to play around with Photoshop, but for me drawing is, and always will be, a manual thing. I take a pencil and draw some lines, and then draw something smaller, and smaller. I add a detail here and there, and that’s something I feel couldn’t do with a computer. Coloring is different: either I take my pencils, and maybe a little watercolour, and work on every single detail for hours to obtain a really colourful panorama, or – if I want to go more ‘essential’ – I split my image on the screen, distribute it over ten layers and look for the perfect combination. I love to try shadows and add lights in a few seconds, change shade, move spots. I have the feeling that I can really find the best possible equilibrium.

 

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Now MammaDilettante has her new, very personal header, and that’s a great feeling. You should go and visit her. Especially the Italian public should.

Even better, for me, is comparing the old and the new artwork, and see how far I got just by learning alone…

In Giovanna’s dreams there’s a book, and I wish her all the best – she deserves it. In mine there’s a job I always wanted to do. And my next step would be learning from a professional… I think I am old enough to go my way this time. Wish me good luck. And we’ll see what will fill up my sky.

 

Ps: I will contact the winners of the Giveaway this evening, your Paper Toys are coming!

 

Paper Toys Giveaway

My kids are responsible of most of the ideas that come into my mind, they’re truly a endless source of inspiration. I must thank them for the Paper Toys, too.

 

Paper Toys Giveaway

 

To keep my little ones busy on a boring rainy afternoon I drew a little monster and gave each of them an envelope with a door on it, and told them to draw the furniture of the little monster’s house.

 

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We colored and cut paper objects and friends, put them inside the ‘house’ and took them out whenever and wherever we wanted to…

 

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The kids has so much fun with it that I though it might be a good idea to draw some sets to play with. A sort of paper version of the Story Stones, even more creative, that could be printed out every time, as needed.

 

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I have thousand of sets in mind; so far I drew three of them: the Monsters House (of course), the Gnome Home, and a Space Kit for little adventures. They all need just a colored envelope to live in.

We tested them for over a month, and I sent it also to some friends who really liked them. I am also planning on using the gnome set at my daughter’s birthday, in two weeks, for her Snow White party…

 

We love them, and we hope you will share our enthusiasm!

You will be able to find the Paper Toys in my Etsy shop for a fair price soon, but in the meantime, why not trying winning them? Just leave me a comment to this post telling me which set you prefer, and next Tuesday I’ll pick three winners, one for each set. The winners will receive their favourite set via email.

 

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Good luck!

 

Crocheted Unicorns

After speding a whole winter trying to crochet a star cover for my son, I finally decided to give myself a break from the project – I’m SO bored! – and went back crocheting Amigurumi.

 

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Thanks to my daughter’s birthday decorations and the huge amount of birthdays we have to attend in this period (remember my spring resolutions?), I had the chance to test a lot of cute quick patterns that may be interesting for you, too.

 

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Today’s project is taken from Ahooka Amigurumi – save this blog, Ophelie makes a lot of cool stuff! – and, well, I didn’t make any changes to it. With her pattern you may make simple horses, flying horses, unicorns and, for the joy of my mini girl, flying unicorns!

 

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I just don’t know why, but I stitched my wings the other way around, somehow it makes more sense to me… probably because I imagine them flying.

 

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Even if what I make is a gift we always make sure it is well cuddled and met the whole family before giving it, because we like amigurumi to be happy ones. So we had big party with dolls, horses and pirates… (yes, you’ve seen the purple doll before, and the pirate was a variation I made on the same pattern, I love how it came out!)

 

You can find the original unicorn pattern HERE. Enjoy!

Spring Fairies and Resolutions

I know everyone makes a resolution list in January or September, but I find a lot more useful to make mine when sun, flowers and fairies are coming out again. The days are longer, I feel more positive and I have tons of energy, so why not starting now? Give it a try, this is the season when making it real is a lot easier…

 

Spring Fairies and Resolutions

 

  • Make a Fairy Garden: my first and last was the one I made out of egg boxes. Ever since I’ve been wishing for a new one (with one of my fairy houses in it!) but it never seemed important enough to not be done sometimes later.
  • Grow something more than herbs: I do know that’s it is possible to grow a lot on a balcony. So finally I’m getting started with tomatoes and strawberries. If it works I may get braver and grow my own pumpkins by Halloween.
  • Get fitter: I am proud of myself, I’ve been working hard in these months and I’m eating a lot less, so I’m already thinner and I have no back-pains anymore. I just need to keep going…
  • Walk when I can’t train, and go to the local market at least once a week: fruits and veggies simply taste better than in the supermarket, and walking wakes up better than caffeine does.

 

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  • Make gifts myself: of course there are some great things I will keep on buying – but I finally have a list of upcoming birthdays so that I can plan ahead and make something my self IF I want to. An handmade gift is worth a lot more, we all know that.
  • Focus on customer orders and work ahead: I’ve been working hard, and I consider now my Etsy shop full and ready for the upcoming warm season. It perfectly shows what I can do for you and what is my price range, so if you’re looking for something missing, just write me and I will be happy to help you. Now I have time to work ahead for the holidays, and finally bring my Dawanda page on the same level.
  • Blog more: I miss these pages, I miss sharing my experiments with you. I am still fixing my past posts since I moved the blog here to WordPress, and I find most of them so nice and interesting – I realize that it is a real pity that I lost track of some works I did in the past year! I don’t want it to happen again.
  • Say no & let go. All the goals I mentioned so far can be summed up as ‘stop postponing’ and by that I mean ‘stop postponing the things concerning YOU’ (because somehow when it’s not about me I always find time and energy). This last goal goes in the same direction: just keep in mind that you can’t do everything (and stop feeling guilty for that) and learn that you can’t solve (most of) other people problems (and stop feeling guilty for that).

 

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I hope all this will lead me to deal with less stress, and to respect more my working schedule (that I keep on sacrifice for others!). I am convinced that this won’t make me a more-selfish-me, just a happier one – and that at the end this will be better for everyone.

Why writing my resolutions on a blog? Well, because I can find myself in other people’s resolutions, I find them always useful because they help me focusing things I didn’t have quite clear yet… doesn’t it happen to you, too?

And well, it’s also true that having them here makes them a lot more real…

The pictures in this post show my latest fairy house, which will pop up soon in my shops. It is the first time that I paint fairies on it, and I love it so much. A little red haired is flying with her magic wand, while the other one is meditating on a mushroom. In which part of the world will this little house end up to?

I will draw it for you, and you will believe that it’s true

At home we’re all big fans of monsters, vampires, and friends. Despite that, I always told my kids that even if all these things are funny, they do not exist, and that our house is absolutely monster-free.

Until my son came home one day telling me that a friend of him had seen a ghost, a real one. His younger sister was there, so I kept on insisting that no – it wasn’t possible. He felt really sorry.

And then, he found the solution. He said ‘Well, than I’ll draw that ghost for you, and you will see that it is true’.

 

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Sometimes kids leave me breathless. It is amazing how they seem to know and understand some things better than we do. They did not already learn the right answers by heart, they see invisible connections, and find the simplest solutions.

Sometimes they really know how to behave, when most of us old people would be blocked. It made me think about that sad and then wonderful day at the river, three years ago – when we found out that maybe happiness is made of water.

 

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My little one needed to believe, and needed me to be part of it. How could I say no? That’s what I do everyday, draw dragons and paint fairies and claim that they’re real. That no fairy house remains empty. And, well, I’m not lying.

 

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We all need to believe, we need ghosts and gnomes to be true. A part of us knows the truth, and we should never find out which one…

So – yes – I will paint it, and you will believe it’s true. Will you?

March 2016 free Desktop Calendar

Desktop calendar March Cover

 

Even if not all is ready, I believe it is important for me to keep my word, and stick to my monthly appointment, whatever it is: photography, the Art Journal or, like this year, the wallpapers for your devices.

Fixing the blog is taking longer than expected, expecially because I won’t stop painting, I just can’t. I’ve been also through a lot of stress lately, and working on new ideas is really important for me. You should do it to. Have a great month.

 

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