Spotlight Friday: tea

Sometimes when I go and meet new people and they ask me what I would like to drink and I answer “tea, please” , I get a funny look. No, I don’t drink soda, there is just way too much sugar in there for me. No, I don’t want juice, yes if it is freshly made from real fruits. No thank you, I don’t want any coffee. On a rare occasion I do, but than just black please.

I know it might sound weird, but I usually drink tea throughout the whole day. In the morning I prefer a hot cup of tea to start my day and in the evening a warm cup to wind down and get ready for bed time. In between specially right now, when it is so hot, it can be a tea over ice.  I don’t do sugar in my tea either, and my kids think I am weird. They don’t like drinking tea at all. At home growing up, my parents only drank tea for every day, but when we had visitors the coffee was brewed from fresh beans. I loved that smell. The taste of the coffee is not so much mine.

I do love me a good cappuccino, but only once or twice  a year, because the milk in there will send me into a different realm and I will certainly always regret drinking one.

So in Germany when I met up with friends at the corner street coffee, 

to catch up or just hang out and enjoy their company, then I ordered tea. I miss those times, just to be able to walk down town to sit there on the street watching people go by, listening to the street noises or just to watch what is happening. Or to go to the coffee place in the park, enjoying all the green and the birds. You can find a little Cafe pretty much anywhere, oh and often they had a really good cake section too.

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On a trip to Vienna with some friends we stopped by the “Hundertwasserhaus”

and they have this cute little Cafe in there. We spent there quite a bit of time sipping on coffee and tea and talking.

Where is your favorite place to enjoy a cup of something warm?

Here are my tea finds from Zibbet:


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Tea Pot Earrings with Orange & Black Tiger Stripe Bead by Yvonne’s Jewel Box

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Bears country Welcome to our Cabin Primitive Rustic Sign Bears Tea lakehouse kitchen signs
by SleepyHollowPrims

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FRECKLES ORIGINALS TEA COSYS
by frecklesoriginals

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Hot Cranberry Tea
by chewyscandleco

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Tea for Two Black Teapot Set
by VintageIntent

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Tea-party – Counted Cross Stitch Kit with Color Symbolic Scheme bst:676
by crossstitchpro

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Bath Tea Soap – Natural Tea Soap
by TheSoakingTub

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Tea Wallet – Red Asian Fans
by UnexpectedTreasure

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A Cup of Tea – Tea Party Invitation – Friendship Card – Thinking of you Card by tornpaperco

and here are my Etsy finds:

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Go and enjoy your cup and relax!

Spotlight Friday: Backpack

I started School in the 70’s, in Germany. And probably had a book back something like this one. 

I can’t really remember what color it was. All I vividly have in memory are those yellow itchy hats with a big pompom on the top. They called them “school beginners hats” and they where for every First Grader, so they would be more visible for the   traffic. A lot of kids walked to School, all by themselves. Like I did as well, with my big book bag on the back, the yellow itchy thing on my head and my little brother on my hand. I dropped him off in Kindergarten and then went to School.

Later the book bag style change a little, although I did have another leather book bag in the late 80’s.It had the colors dark blue and beige. I was not allowed to get one of the backpacks that started to come out. “They are not good for your back” my grandma always said and there was no further discussion.

As soon as I hit 8th grade I ditched that thing and finally got me a backpack.

My kids did get a German book bag from their Grandpa and used it proud for the first 2 years of School. 

It is still in our closet. They loved it because nobody else had one like this. Well, until rolling book bags where allowed in School.  A few years ago, my youngest wanted a Hello Kitty book bag. That was just not in the budget. So we picked a plain purple colored backpack and painted some Hello Kitty on  it ourselves.

What kind of bag did you have, when you went to School?


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Happy backpack – toddler size by CreativePlay

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Cat Angel Backpack Bag, Purse, Sack
by sewraedesigns

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Knitted drawstring backpack. Size small for kids! Handmade. Fully lined.
by Classically Twisted

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Mask / Face Print Backpack with Ribbon and multi-pockets by PlumroseFern

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Lined Zippered Backpack PDF Sewing Pattern – Amy by ChrisW Designs by ChrisWDesigns

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4 colors canvas backpack & school bag & laptop bag by LoveRonnie

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Hand crochet purse/backpack
by Christycutecreations

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Nautical Backpack Tote with Embroidery (Both Sides)
by Beachside Eclectibles

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original denim shoulder bag with applique “good luck”. Bag, hand bag, backpack
by CREATIVICKY

If you click on the picture, it will take you to the individual shop on Zibbet.

So many fun bags.

Did you keep your School bag?

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If you click on the treasury, it will take you to the Etsy Treasury and you can have a better look at each item.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks picks.

Have a wonderful day!!

Spotlight Friday: sewing

This Summer I got quite a few of my Stethoscope cozies done. I do still have to take pictures and list them.

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For some reason though I did less knitting during this time of year than in others. I rekindled the love to my sewing machine.  It started during  Spring, when I started building a cloth stash for my daughter. Later I joined a few sewing groups on Facebook. I was just following. I had sewn a few clothing pieces during my teenager years, a blazer a few skirts and some other things. I was still a little bit intimidated to sew anything else but straight lines again. It has been a long time that I had touched my machine. I had a sewing machine but mostly just used it for mending when I lived on my own. I rediscovered sewing after my first kid. I stared with a pair of shorts and worked myself up to some outfits. Then packed the sewing machine away for a few years again.  I made 3 t shirt quilts, they are a hot item specially in the summer time to cover up with. Still working on my 4th, so everyone will have one.

This summer was very hot, so we had a lot of indoor time to kill. So I was browsing the internet for ideas. I found a few things and ran them by the kids. In the library we stumbled over a book about how to sew t shirt into something else. And that is what we did. We raided our closets and our friends for unused unwanted t shirts and got to work. I would love to show you some pictures, but most of the items are in the laundry pile at the moment. I am happy that they get worn a lot and it is a joy to see our summer project on my kids.


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VINTAGE CLOISONNE THIMBLE W/ FLOWERS
by nanasopentrunk

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Misses’ Pants, Shorts, Vest Top, Unlined Jacket, Go Everywhere Summer Wardrobe Simplicity 7181 Pattern UNCUT Sizes 6-14 by ecoQuilter

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PINS AND NEEDLES BASKET plastic canvas PATTERN by PatternsAndSuch

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Bernina Sewing Bobbins For Art Sewing Assemblage Set of 15 by ThreeFrenchHens

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6 sets of (Black)Tim Holtz Sewing Room Chipboard Die Cut
by SimplyPaveena

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Tea Cup Sewing Kit by GiftsfromtheHart

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Sew much fun by bellaboutiqueinvitations

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Butterfly Wooden Heart Shaped Buttons-10
by Chayestamp

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Antique 1901 Singer Sphinx Treadle Sewing Machine-Heavy Duty
by FadedFlea

(Click on the single picture and it will take you to the Zibbet shop.)I learned to sew on a old Singer machine like that. I remember sewing a white bunny with wire in the ears, when I was about 10 years old in Boarding School. I know  I gave this bunny to some kid that was very sad and was crying about something. I still see the bunny right in front of me. I can’t for some reason remember who that little kid was I gave the bunny to. I loved sewing on that machine though, I spent a lot of time in that sewing room peddling away and creating.

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Click on the picture, and it will take you to the Etsy treasury.

The other day I found some fabric for $1 a yard, so I got quite a bit and hope to find some time to get to sew something out of it  in the near future.

Do you sew? What are your projects?

Spotlight Friday: Military

Some of you might wonder how I ended up in the US.

I lived in Ansbach,  in Bavaria.

Ansbach (/ˈænzbæk/; German pronunciation: [ˈansbax]) is a city in the German state of Bavaria. It is the capital of theadministrative region of Middle Franconia. Ansbach is situated 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Nuremberg and 90 miles (140 km) north of Munich, on the Fränkische Rezat (Rezat River), a tributary of the Main river. As of 2004, its population was 40,723.

Developed in the 8th century as a Benedictine monastery, it became the seat of the Hohenzollern family in 1331. In 1460, the Margraves of Branderberg–Anspach lived here. The city has a castle known as Margrafen–Schloss, built between 1704-1738. It was not badly damaged during the World Wars and hence retains its original historical baroque sheen. Ansbach is now home to a US military base and to the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansbach)

When I moved there, you could still see a lot of Americans where ever you went,going shopping, biking, to the parks, to the public pool. Well you get the idea. Now not so much.

Fast Facts

Location:  Ansbach is located in the northern part of Bavaria, approximately 117 miles southeast of Frankfurt and 26 miles southwest of Nuernberg. U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Ansbach consists of three separate U.S. installations and one satellite installation. Barton Barracks in Ansbach is the Headquarters Kaserne. Katterbach and Bismarck Kasernes are located in the village of Katterbach, three miles from Ansbach. Shipton Kaserne is the post’s training area and URLAS (right next to Shipton) is an on-going project – housing area, temporary lodging and also the new home of our Commissary and PX. Storck Barracks, located just outside the village of Illesheim is a sub-community of USAG Ansbach.

I lived down town. A stone throw away from the fresh Market and the Orangerie  a beautiful place to walk, sit on a bench and relax or read a book. I didn’t really needed a car, I could get anywhere by bike or foot. Except to work, that was about a  35 min drive away.

But also there was this Pils pub right next to my apartment complex. Their beer garden  ,( it wasn’t that big,just a few benches and tables, just so you get the idea) merged with our entrance to the apartment complex. I had a day off from my work, I worked in a Foster Home, and was chilling, had my windows of my apartment open in the 4th floor. It was a warm sunny day. All I heard was loud laughter. What got me nosy. I “knew” a lot of the people that came to the pub because I had to walk through the beer garden to get to my front door. But I have never heard that laughter before.  I couldn’t see anything from my windows. So I decided to go downstairs and be a little nosy. I took my trash and left.

Well, the rest is history, we married about 3 years later  and after another 3 years we moved to the US.

Yesterday, our oldest started NJROTC Orientation, and came home feeling good about making the decision to do this instead of PE.

Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. A program, focused on the U.S. Navy, that helps students become better citizens and give them knowledge about the government and world. People commonly mistake cadets as “losers” or “nazis” but in reality it is a fun program that does NOT force and/or encourage you to join the military. Some kids in the program end up joining the military but it is not a recruiting program. NJROTC is like a family where all cadets stick together. It allows students to gain higher ranks in the program and gives them power over each other like in the military. It builds you physically, emotionally, and mentally.
 Let’s go ahead and see what Zibbet has in store for us, when we search anything military.

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Single Ladies (ARMY) fingertip towel by Sewlicitations

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Tissue Toppers in plastic canvas by RoxysRoost

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JET FIGHTER Money Origami by Vincent-the-Artist

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United States Navy Seal Team Plaque by Huebysscrollsawart

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Mens US Military Deluxe Trifold Wallet by americancraftsman10

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The Navy Hand Puppet by kidnaroundcreations

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ammo can with an airbrushed flag by inkwear99

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Green Camo Baby Shower Invitation Diaper Shaped by Kards by Kaylee

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Vintage USA Buckle, Double Flag Emblem Inlay by AngelasDecorAccents

Searching through all those pages triggered a lot of memories.  My hubby still works for the Army , he is retired now, so no more deployments. He keeps contact with  a lot of his Comrades over FB. Out of the blue he gets a call here and there and then you hear a lot of old stories.

Here are the Etsy finds:

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Spotlight Friday: clothes

This time of the year, during the Summer break, I usually go through the kids clothes, to get them ready for the change of Season. Not so much as a Back to School thing,because here it will not get cold until late October, sometimes November.

I know it makes them feel better on their first day off School to wear something they really like and just got new, so we try to find something that is within our budget. We watch the online sales and sometimes happen to run into a sale at a store.

Both my kids had a major growth spurt this summer. So we decided to push out the clothes picking as far back as possible.

So now we are getting closer to the first day off School. Time to clean out those closets and try on every piece of clothing that is in there, to see if it will last another season of if it will be turned into something “new”, passed on the the younger sibling, handed over to some friends or donated.

The older one knows the drill and is pretty sufficient doing it herself. My younger one does not like this chore and needs constant encouragement to get through this task. By the time we are done with it we are both pooped.

So to get myself mentally ready for this, planning for it either this weekend or during the next few days after, while big kid is in orientation, I was going to do some cloth searching in the handmade market. Maybe to get some ideas of what we could do with the clothes that don’t fit anymore.

This Summer we made a few “new” items out of T shirts, some skirts and a dress.

How do you attack your closet, or how many times a year? And what do you do with the stuff that doesn’t fit anymore?

Let’s go look at Zibbets clothes section:

(if you click on the picture, it will take you to the individual shops)


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Patchwork/Upcycled hand made Applique Dress by zayade

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Footed Pajamas, SMALL by brightrosecreations

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Eco Fashion reconstruction upcycled clothing Black Lime lingerie OOAK by RunzwithScissors

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Children’s fabric activity book by remainewicked

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Upcycled Pink Embellished Skirt
by Pearl’s Homespun

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Back to School Fabric Folder with Pockets by PlainjaneB2B

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GreenTech — Netbook Sleeve from Recycled Shirt in Floral Pattern
by OrganicPlanet

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Joseph’s ReJeans by artlife

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Upcycled Pixie Top or Tunique in mauve-multicolor Boho Fashion Hippie Style
by Boutique Living Dreams

It is interesting and inspiring, what other creators made from materials that had a different life before. Sometimes I get stuck and can’t see beyond what that item is at the moment.  Does that happen to you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

upcycled-clother

(click on the picture and it will take you to the treasury on etsy and you can look at the individual items)

What is your coolest up cycling of clothes that you have done  so far?

Or as is it also called refashioned, what did you refashion?

AmySalon

The other day I had a Spotlight about lotions. That is how Amy and I came in contact for the first time. I had sent her a message about her item being featured on my blog.

You can find Amy here on Zibbet, in the Meet the seller section you can read this about her:

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I loves me some beauty products!!!! But after reading the labels, I was becoming horrified at the ingredients!!!!! So through much trial and error, I created my own! I am very proud to say that they are 100% natural and made with love and care just for you!!!

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My crafting is a home based business, in my kitchen. The heart of my home!
I started crafting about 2 years ago. My now 4 year old son was diagnosed with autism. And of course like all parents when you hear this news, you start researching like crazy. One of the theories in autism research is the chemicals that are absorbed through our skin could be the cause.20150314_211150

So I started reading and reading and reading. And came to find that everything we use has mass amounts of chemicals and potential toxins. And I thought…… I can make soap for my kids…… why not? So I did. Then that morphed into learning about essential oils and carrier oils. I was amazed. And then my body butter was born. But I needed to have a lotion in my purse, right? Who doesn’t! And since I’m constantly wiping my kids off I started using my Stick it to Me on their lil hands and face. It became indispensable.


I draw a lot of inspiration from friends. Other mom’s complaints basically. “I spent $75.00 on an eye cream and I swear it doesn’t work!” “My skin is so dry, what can I do?” So I got to work! I make products for them and in turn they are my lab rats. They give me honest feedback and I tweak away! Turn the radio on and do work! I love it! I am currently working on an eczema cream for my friend who is an iron worker and his skin is under the harshest conditions.

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My most favorite medium to work with is shea butter. I get the best and get the best results! It’s just so amazing. It helps with everything from wrinkles to itching, allergies, sunburns and blemishes. Because it is so versatile I use it in as many products as possible.  It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. And is chock full of the essential fatty acids needed to boost collagen production! It really is awesome!
Remember it only takes 26 seconds for our skin to absorb what we put on it, so why not use products that are natural and without chemicals!

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And who would not want to dive into this yummy looking cream and do something good for yourself?

Spotlight Friday: Lotion

In the Summer break I really don’t have my priorities on my blog or my shop. My priority is my family, spending time with my kids. So when I woke up this morning it puzzled me how it could be the end of the week again without me noticing. I tend to loose track of days during the Summer.

We had a few surprise visitors over the past few weeks that made me loose track even easier. It was so much fun to catch up with these friends I have not seen in ages.

So this morning I was sitting in front of my blank screen staring at it, lost in the sauce, listening to my favorite radio station (they where playing songs from the 80’s), got me lost even more after I all those songs kicked off memories about growing up.

With a teenager in the house at the moment , I get bombarded with a lot of questions about health and beauty. The people who know me, have hardly ever seen me with make up or fancy hairstyles. So often I am at a loss and we do research online together.

One thing I do put my foot down is on the ingredients that my kids put on their skin. Our skin is our biggest organ and what ever you put on your skin will soon be in your system.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. That is quite big, a lot of area to take care of. The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. So we need to make sure we take care of our skin as best as we can, support it, not clog it up with chemicals.

My little one reacts on quite a few different things with a bad rash, so we have to make sure we minimize the ingredients.

Just the other day I saw that we where running low on lotion. I had found KisKis Kreations a little while back and my kids love the different smells she creates with her goat milk lotion. So off I go to get some more.

That made me go look on Zibbet, what kind of lotions can I find there? Let’s go take a look:


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Solid Lotion Moisturizing Body Bars, lip balm, stretch marks
by meadowmuffin2010

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Lotion 16oz.
by EarthNaturalEssentials

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Cocoa Body Butter
by NaturalSerenity

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STICK IT TO ME – hard lotion!
by amysalon

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Lucky Girl–Pure Body delights–SMOOTH CREAMY WHIPPED BODY YOGURT FROSTING–Blueberry Lemon–Yummy
by LuckyGirlBoutique

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Organic Lavender Solid Lotion Bar, all natural, preservative free. 3.0 oz

by HappyKamperSoaps


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Creamy Sugar Scrub with shea and cocoa butters
by tenthavenuesoapworks

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Mustache and Lip Lotion Bars
by Willy and Nilly’s

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Men’s shaving soap and Body Butter gift set – You pick the fragrance – one each body butter and one each whipped shaving soap
by kuhlwhip

and as well I searched for lotions on Etsy. Here is what I found there.

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I guess, we could always make our own. There are plenty diy videos on youTube, like this one

But I think I have enough projects going on in our house, which seems to bust out of it seams everywhere at the moment. My hubby would probably start protesting if I take up another corner with yet another project. So I like discovering new lotion creaters and try out their products.

What is your favorite lotion?