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.


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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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:


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

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?


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.

butterfly cozy

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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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.


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. (

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: