Bye bye 2014!

It is normally the beginning of the year the most exiting one concerning the projects and goals to reach in the following year.

But I want to stop by and think about the great 2014.

It is maybe the snow that doesn’t stop to fall here in Zurich, or maybe the Roman Christmas vacations that left such warming feelings, or maybe just that we didn’t catch the flight to Malaga but remained at home because our little boy has been sick. So plenty of time for boredom! J

…Which anyway helps sometimes to focus on the memories and thinkings.

Processed with MoldivIn 15 February 2014 our Blog was born. During this 10 months and half of life  of our “Craftosphere Explorers” experience we had 2300 views and this post is the 90th one.

In Christmas we had a fantastic present: 101 views!

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Antje and I enjoy blogging but most of all we have been enjoying the fact that we see the life with a different prospective. We see more creative things around and every little material or tool make us want to make something new out of it!

I have always thought that creativity is an important part to keep in my life and I wish that everybody had a bit more space for creativity too.

This new Blog experience is really keeping us motivated with DIY, experimenting new technics and doing the things we have always wanted to do but we never gave a try. I.e. for me, that means crocheting, learning embroidery, using fimo, watching interesting creative social medias or other crafters blogs.

It also give us space to thing that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

And last but not least, we start to feel in a warm environment of bloggers-crafters that we enjoy so much!

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One special thanks to our followers.

Enjoy the NYE and see you next year!

Ale

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Happy And Colorful Christmas!

Merry Christmas also from me!!!

christmas1As always, I have been busy with traveling till the last minute. My train ride from London to Edinburgh was perfect to prepare some instructions for the origami from my last post. Here you go…
christmas21. start from a square, fold it corner to corner to become a triangle and two corners to two corners to look like a rectangle
2. unfold it and create a diamond square that opens on one side
3. on the closed side fold the corners inwards on both sides that it becomes a dragon shape
4. cut the little triangles on the open side off
5. reorder the paper that the triangle has an open and a closed side again
6. on the open end fold all corners inwards that it becomes a diamond shape again (it should be eight corners you have to fold inwards.
7. unfold the whole structure and start forming the paper to become one part of your origami diamond later
8. create two of those and join them together with glue.
Done!
If anything is unclear, a more detailed instruction can be found here.
I really like those, as they can be used hanging or lying.
christmas3By choosing special colors, you can make  them look christmassy. Otherwise, I think they just look happy and colorful.

Thus, carry on celebrating happy and colorful Christmas!

Happy X’mas! with Embroidered Iphone Case

The days before Christmas are always so full excitement and happiness for the family and friends gatherings! And the creativity concerning making presents or decorating the house spread out in everyday life more than every other period of the year. It is in these moments that I have some kind of obsessing idea to make everything around me looks more Christmas-like.

This week I made a present to myself, a white Iphone5 case already perforated for embroidery. You can find them in a hobby shop (i.e. Migros in Switzerland) or in internet.

I made a very classic winter embroidery which can fit well with this period of the year.

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I used the basic stitches for embroidery, like cross stitch, satin and french knot. I took inspiration from those pattern from the japanese craft book “500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery” (Design Original).

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Hope you can get some design ideas from that as well.

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And Happy Christmas!

Ale

Japan Tips

This is my Christmas post for Ale and for all crafty readers that fancy a trip to Japan …

Japan0During the last years, I visited Japan several times. I have traveled from the far south (Mijakojima) to the far north (Rishiri & Rebun) and spent three month in Tokyo for work. In fact it was during these three month that Ale and me got to know each other via internet.
Now Ale is about to travel to Japan and I though I prepare a little post summarizing some of my insider tips.
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My absolute favorite parts of Tokyo are Shimokitazawa and Koenji. Shimokitazawa is great to forage for second hand cloth, cute accessorise and Japanese craftiness. Koenji is perfect to enjoy some yakitori (see food section) and a beer in one of the many street shops and just watch the people. A very nice music club can be found in Ropongi, which is however a bit touristy otherwise. In general, just drift trough the city and speak with the locals!
Japan2Of course you can always find a hotel (this one is a really nicely located one in Tokyo). If you want to treat yourself with a comfortable but more traditional accommodation choose a RYOKAN (this one is the nicest I know, close to Mt Aso with private onsen and an amazing japanese bbq for dinner). If you travel with children book a MISHUKU. These are budget versions of ryokans and often you will be treated just as part of the family of your host. The cheapest option are youth hostels. And I have to say, I have never experienced so nice youth hostels elsewhere. Often they also offer double rooms and they are the best location for travel advice (a very nice youth hostel chain that can be found in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka,… is J-Hopper).
Japan3Oh well, food in Japan is amazing!!! I will restrict myself here to my top five:
RAMEN – japanese noddle soup (if you ask yourself, what can be special about a noodle soup watch the “ramen-western” tampopo!!!)
SUSHI – sushi in japan are not comparable with sushi elsewhere!
OKONOMIYAKI – japanese cabbage pancake; the best food at a cold day or after a long hike!!!
YAKITORI – chicken (or other meat/vegetables) on a skewer prepared on the bbq. Perfect match with a japanese beer.
A Japanese food speciality for the crafty souls among us are BENTO boxes. Check out the blogs littlemissbento or kawaiifood and you will find amazing works of art!!!

Japan4Japan has to offer a lot and in fact the north is a whole different world than the south. If you have time, travel to the north and hike on the remote islands of Hokaiido, Rishiri & Rebun. Afterwards fly to the far southern islands of Okinawa like Mijakojima and enjoy the crystal clear and warm ocean. You wont belive it is the same country! Whil visitin Japan, you have to see at least one volcano. Fuji is the obvious one, which is however usually very crowded. A good alternative is Mt Aso (and there you can then also check out the best ryokan I know, which I mentioned above). If you just want to escape Tokyo for a day, rent a car and drive along the west coast of the peninsula Izu. On a clear day you will have a stunning view of Fuji from there.
All right I guess I could go on forever, but this is no travelers blog. Here one and two more links to crafty blogs with some more tips. And maybe also our readers have some more tips for Ale?

I am already looking forward to read Ale’s post, about her Japanese discoveries!!!

P.S. Instructions for the origami ornaments will follow in the next post :-)

Let’s Have some Happy Cookies!

I am proud to announce that along this weekend we reached out… 2000 views!!!

I know that for most of you it may sound a bit ridiculous – I speak for whom have a blog and probably are laughing hearing that number eh eh eh – but it is so exiting to get to reach that point and see that we are still blogging and we kind of enjoy that!

Today our Blog it is exactly 10 months old and I long to see what it will happen in other 10 or more…

This event deserves of course some cookies. And here I made my “happy cookies”!

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I used a little man shape and I model them to make them look like they jump of happiness.

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Hope it makes you smile a bit.

Have a nice week!

Ale

DIY Easy Tablecloth Crochet Edge

Time of Christmas gifts and small presents…And I guess you can have some lack of ideas…

But if you dare to make something nice out of a simple square tablecloth, I give you some tips for an easy crochet edge!Processed with Moldiv

 

You just need a tablecloth and a small ball of cotton (50gr is already too much), a 3.5 crochet hook, a weaving needle and you can start! Easy easy easy DIY, even for beginners! Look at the pictures above to see how I’ve started.
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It is made in 3 easy steps: 1) first round with the stitch above (that stitch can also be nice left alone with a “pile” blanket); 2) second round make a chain of single crochet (more or less twice every small part); 3) third round with: *slip two stitches, make 5 double crochet in the same stitch and than slip another two stitches and make a single stitch. Repeat * until the end.Processed with MoldivAnd voilà!!

crochet edge 4 For the corner make 4/5 double crochet more!
crochet edge 5Happy weekend!

xo

Ale