To All!

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I just wanted to swing by and wish you all a wonderful and peaceful Christmas with your family and friends. I hope you can spend it at home.

Everyone that has to go to work , thank you for being there and holding up the fort. We celebrate Christmas Eve in our family. So usually hubby goes back to work on the 25th. This year he has early shift, has to get up around 2:30 am, so we will start celebrating a little earlier so we can spend the time together.

After the next two Fridays are falling on the Holidays this year, I decided to take a break from my blog and enjoy the time with my loved ones and some friends.

 

So I will be back in 2016!

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Spotlight Friday: The Fog

No, I am not talking about the fog, that has settled in my brain the last few weeks. The time is just slipping through my fingers and I wanted to slow down for the time during Advent. But guess what, it didn’t happen. I don’t know what went wrong this year.

I am talking about the weather. This year it has been unseasonable warm on the East coast. It does not feel like Winter at all, nor does it look like it around here.

In the Mornings though I love the mystical feeling when you walk out and can’t see nothing but the empty trees poking holes into the fog. Here and there a light from a car slicing through the thick puffy air.

This is the stuff that inspired great novels. This is the weather to read a good book, curl up on your couch and dive into the thick fog of mystery.

This morning when I was in the car with my oldest, she said “wow, look at this fog, it looks like the world just got swallowed over there. You can’t even see my School” And indeed it was so dense, that you barely saw your own hands in front of you. The cars coming towards us first looked like   creatures appearing out of nothing and the ones in front of us got swallowed by the big gray puff. It’s fun to let your imagination go wild and spin all kind of fun stories of what is going on in this foggy mist.

I love how fog swallows all the noise and makes the world a little bit more silent.

The Fog – Poem by Walterrean Salley

The fog is an illusion—
A master of disguise,
Which hides the tangible
Before our very eyes.

But when the fog has lifted
Everything’s still there,
And the tangible
Only seemed to’ve disappeared.

In the early morning
Or late at night,
The fog descends
Upon various sites.

It gives an air of mystery
That has long prevailed.
Dangerously intriguing
Is the fog’s foggy veil.


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fog grey cotton sailor knot rope bracelet by WhatKnotShop

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“Morning Fog”
by WillClarkArt

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Forest Fog Tote Bag
by DisturbinglyAdorable

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“Clamdiggers In The Fog” Giclee Paper Print by carolthompson

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Pines at Sunrise Grayton Beach State Park on the Florida Gulf Coast
by JohnHarmonGallery

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CLOUD 9 baby shoes in all-natural leather (grey)
by CadeandCo

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Silent Sentinel Porthole Vinyl Wall Decal
by WilsonGraphics

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Ghosts of Fisheries Past F8
by Whimsy

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I feel the flow towards the low I have to go – Moody and haunting foggy scene by shashamane

If you’d like to visit the individual Zibbet shop, then all you have to do is click on the item you like and it will take you there.

What does fog inspire in you?

 https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjQ2Mzk2MXwyNzI4MTAyNjMy/the-fog

to get to the Etsy Treasury , (<- click here)

Spotlight Friday: backpacks

Ok, I have to share this one with you. The last few weeks I have been getting so many compliments about my miniature backpack, that I carry around with me everywhere. “This is the cutest bag ever, where did you get it” is what I hear most of the time. I usually see a disappointing face after I tell them that I brought this bag with me from Germany. It is one of the few pieces I had gotten in the 90’s and used nearly daily ever since. I am not a person who has a lot to carry around with me, just the essentials. My wallet, my keys, my phone and a little pouch with band aids etc.  So my purse really doesn’t need to be big. Plus I like to have my hands free and have nothing constricting me while I have to tend to kids. That was my main reason why I was looking for a backpack at the time. Working with kids and going on trips with them, specially in Munich when we usually took the U-Bahn    u-bahn_muenchen_freimann_zugtyp_a

to get to either the ice skating rink or the Zoo, trying to keep about 30 kids in check with only 2-3 grown ups, I couldn’t bother having a bag that constantly slipped off my shoulders.

And then I found thisgreen

It is about 5 inches x 7 inches x 3.5 inches. And it has seen a lot of places, but it’s showing it’s age now. The zippers keep coming off and the color is starting to fade. This is my go to bag. I do have a few other purses, but I grab this one all the time. So I have started to look if I could find a replacement mini backpack. This one surely has a bit more life in it, but just in case. If you find one let me know.

 

A backpack — also called bookbag, knapsack, packsack, pack, or bergen — is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one’s back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders, but there can be variations. Lightweight types of backpacks are sometimes worn on only one shoulder strap.

Backpacks are commonly used by hikers and students, and are often preferred to other bags for carrying heavy loads or carrying any sort of equipment, because of the limited capacity to carry heavy weights for long periods of time in the hands or one shoulder.

In ancient times, the backpack was used as a means to carry the hunter’s larger game and other types of prey and as a way of easier transport for other materials. In the cases of larger hunts, the hunters would dismember their prey and distribute the pieces of the animal around, each one packing the meat into many wrappings and then into bags which they placed on to their backs. The bag itself would be made up of animal hide and skin and sewn together by animal intestines, which would be woven together tightly to make a sturdy thread-like material.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backpack)

In Germany we call a backpack a rucksack. And I just read that there is a difference in the English Language between those two :

From what I can find, Rucksack is derived from Germany. ‘Ruecken’ meaning back in German and ‘Sack’ (meaning bag) obviously means a sack. So, a bag for your back.

If we look at Backpack, well there isn’t a whole lot of difference now is there, except it being in English, it is obviously a sack, bag, for your back too. The word backpack seemed to originate in the US.

As far as I know the word rucksack isn’t used in the US at all. All packs are called backpacks with a distinction made for day packs, a smaller pack for a day. Rucksack is however more common in the UK and Europe.

It seems that both the words rucksack and backpack are used in the UK.

The question then becomes, what is the difference? I saw  someone mentioning that a rucksack is a mid sized pack used for multi day camping hikes. A backpack however is different in terms of size and use in that it is bigger than a rucksack and is used for very long treks and trips into the wilderness, so for weeks to months.

But what ever you call your “back sack” I hope you have fun using it.

In the mean time I will be searching the handmade pages and see if I can find some back pack beauties.
This is what I found on Zibbet:

click on the picture you like and it will take you to the individual shop.


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navy blue and sky blue combination – Handmade Leather Backpack by Artisanworkshop2014

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Handmade Backpack ( Made by Rug Pieces ) by marlarugs

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Nude Leather Messenger Backpack by KiliKili

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Backpack Card by ScrapPantry

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man applique handmade backpack by DovilesDizainas

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Diaper Backpack by SewSewed

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Hand crochet purse/backpack
by Christycutecreations

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Lego Inspired Backpack by MiniatureMonkeyCreations

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

 

And the treasures I found on Etsy: Click on the Etsy Treasury  picture and it will take you to the Treasury page. You can find the individual shop from there.

backpack

What is your favorite to go bag?

Spotlight Friday: headgear

In German you call it a “Kopfbedeckung”. (some examples for headgear can be found here: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/thesaurus-category/american/hats-and-other-things-worn-on-the-head)

In my teens and early adulthood I used to wear something on my head nearly year round.  In the Winter time I don’t leave the house without something covering my ears, now, still. But I don’t wear hats as often as I did. While living in CA, I had a wide brimmed hat, made from straw, so my face wouldn’t get burnt.

I might have to change that habit and find me some cute headgear again. I like how I looked with something on my head.

hats

Hats are worn for various reasons. For ceremonies and rituals, for protection or fashion. Everyone wears them, from baby to grandparents. They were markings of a class to which a wearer belonged and are used to differentiate nationalities, branches and ranks in military.

While there are not many official records of hats before 3,000 BC, they probably were commonplace before that. Archaeologists think that the Venus of Brassempouy from 26,000 years ago may depict a hat. One of the earliest known confirmed hats was worn by a bronze age man (nicknamed Ötzi) whose body (including his hat) was found frozen in a mountain between Austria and Italy. He is thought to have lived in around 3,300 BC. His hat was a bearskin cap with a chin strap, made of several hides stitched together, essentially resembling a Russian fur hat without the flaps. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat)

Elvis Pompilio and Fabienne Delvigne are best known due to  the European Royalty wearing their hats.

Members of the royal family leave Westminster Abbey in central London

 

In North America, the well-known cowboy-hat manufacturer Stetson made the headgear for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Texas Rangers.[18]

1860

 


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Green-red hat,striped hat by piqi

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mad hatter top hat alice in wonderland by WildRoseAndSparrow

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Viking baby hat PDF crochet pattern by lovinghandscrochet

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VALENTINE girl gorgeous in big picture hat. digital download by shopname

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Boys Linen Suit by FancyFlax

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Royal Blue Hat with Black Ostrich Plumes by AStepIntoThePast

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Lisu Style/ Hat fancy/ by ningnet

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Roulette Beaded Hatband, Handmade
by CCCreations

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PERSONALIZED Whistle Engineer Set with Engineer Hat and Bandana
by AllAboardWhistle

those are some wonderful creations, just click on the picture you like and it will take you to the individual Zibbet shop.

Let’s see what fun and fancy headgear I can find on Etsy, to see the single item you will have to click on the picture and it will take you to the treasury on Etsy.

headgear

So what is your favorite headgear to wear? Let’s see some pictures.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.