Spotlight Friday: Summer is here

A few days ago Summer officially started. And the temperatures now prove it. Oh my it has gotten hot the last few days here in South Carolina.

I usually take a bottle of water with me when I drive somewhere, but my last few trips to the stores, one wasn’t enough.

To go swimming in our backyard pool we have to go either very early or late afternoon. During the daytime it just gets too hot and the UV is very high as well.

Wow you run out of indoor ideas for kids pretty quick if you are stuck in the house and the heat just drags you down. Luckily we have fans that run pretty much all day to cool us a little. Our AC is  usually set to 10 – 12 F cooler then what the temperature it is outside. That made for a 86 F in the house the last few days, and even then it was running quite often. We shed clothing pretty quick, close all the curtains and blinds in the house, live off cold drinks and fruits, to stay cool. I don’t know how people did it when there was no AC.

Well I guess trying to cool down during a hot Summer has been around quite a while:

Evaporative cooling

Since prehistoric times, snow and ice were used for cooling. The business of harvesting ice during winter and storing for use in summer became popular towards the late 19th century.[3] This practice was replaced by mechanical ice-making machines.

The basic concept behind air conditioning is said to have been applied in ancient Egypt, where reeds were hung in windows and were moistened with trickling water. The evaporation of water cooled the air blowing through the window. This process also made the air more humid, which can be beneficial in a dry desert climate. In Ancient Rome, water from aqueducts was circulated through the walls of certain houses to cool them. Other techniques in medieval Persia involved the use of cisterns and wind towers to cool buildings during the hot season.[4]

The 2nd-century Chinese inventor Ding Huan (fl 180) of the Han Dynasty invented a rotary fan for air conditioning, with seven wheels 3 m (9.8 ft) in diameter and manually powered.[5] In 747, Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712–762) of the Tang Dynasty (618–907) had the Cool Hall (Liang Tian) built in the imperial palace, which the Tang Yulin describes as having water-powered fan wheels for air conditioning as well as rising jet streams of water from fountains. During the subsequent Song Dynasty (960–1279), written sources mentioned the air conditioning rotary fan as even more widely used.[6]

In the 17th century, Cornelis Drebbel demonstrated “Turning Summer into Winter” for James I of England by adding salt to water.[7] (

Modern air conditioning emerged from advances in chemistry during the 19th century, and the first large-scale electrical air conditioning was invented and used in 1902 by American inventor Willis Carrier. The introduction of residential air conditioning in the 1920s helped enable the great migration to the Sun Belt in the United States.

I love the mornings though, when I get out to water all my plants with rainwater. I see and hear all the birds out, the bees humming and getting busy. Early as well, because they retreat as soon as it gets blistering hot. The other day I got mocked by a blue jay. We “talked” back and forth and he got pretty close being nosy of what I was doing. Then it sounded like he as laughing at me, a few times. Then the bird took off. I enjoy those interactions with nature, while everyone in the house is still sleeping and the neighborhood is just starting to awake.

We spent a few hours at the lake here and maybe we might get a trip in to the beach. But actually I love having a stay-cation. The kids not so much, because then there is not a lot of “action”. I understand that,being stuck in one place as a teen is not too much fun. There are quite a few possibilities for day trips around here which I am sure we will get checked off our list.


Don’t these wonderful items from this Etsy Treasury just want to grab your bathing suit and go find a beach?

There is a new online site for Handmade items, that I joined, so i thought it would be fun to see what I can find there for summer items. It is called ArtYah. (click on the picture and it will take you to the shop) This is where you can find me on ArtYah, my shop there

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Starfish pillows, nautical decor, blue starfish pillow, minky starfish pillow by Fleeceofnature

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Summer Eve at the Jetty, Scituate, Massachusetts by JoeParskeyGallery

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beach vibes, Hand Embroidered Mini Banner, Customizable by ArtandAroma

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apple body scrub, bath, beauty, scrub, gifts, body scrub by normasbathandbody

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Sun door hanger, sunshine sign, summer sign
by Angela815

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Dichroic Surfboard Pendant – Dragonflies – “Mountain Meanderings” by Crystal CaveGlassArt

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20 Thank You Tag Beach Wedding Tag Beach Bridal Shower Beach Baby Shower by Autumnslilshop

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Been There Done That Arrows Cotton Canvas Tote Bag by Jafnmac

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Red Poppies Meadow Original Oil Painting Impasto Flower Landscape Europe Artist by ArtistsUnion

And I also checked out Zibbet, what kind of Summer treasures they have:


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Butterfly Photo, Summer Wall Art, summer decor by SeeLifeShine

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Summer Nights Tealight Candles

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Watermelon slice summer fashion tote bag by My Apopsis World

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Nature Mini Photograph Print by AmeliaKayPhotography

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BLOOMFIELD Summer Socks Hand Knit by PEIsocks

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Lemon and Lime. Handmade Yarn Wreath Spring Summer by ItzFitz

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Summer day Citrine and MOP earrings
by perhapsturquoise

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Petunia – A Summer Knitted Doll – Toy Knitting Pattern
by Joanna Marshall

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Handmade Cold Process Soap – Summer Citrus
by Simpson Soap Company


Now if that wasn’t enough Summer inspiration for you.

I wish you a wonderful Friday and a super relaxing weekend!




Sorry if you missed last weeks Spotlight. I got sidetracked and then left town. But therefor I will share something fun with you.

A few weeks ago I got a request from a friend. She wanted to know if I could make some owls for her. So I started to make one and got a branch and sat it on. This was the final result. mjeule

I made a Mama and son owl pair for her on a branch as well. You might of seen the picture if you follow me on FB.

I am part of a Bartering Group on FB called Creative Bartering. Go have a look, there is a lot of talent to be found there. And all of them love to barter.

gerund or present participle: bartering
exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money.
“he often bartered a meal for drawings”
There was a message in my inbox the next day from KraftyMax if I would be interested in a trade. She would like two branches with an owl each.  I have traded with her before and love her bead work. And  I know a few of my friends and kids would like to be gifted to as well. So off I went to get some more branches.
She wanted one in the Fall colors like in the first picture and one in purple.
During our conversation she asked me if I could make a bird as well. I had to hunt for a pattern first. I found one that I thought would work and tried it out. My first bird I made I was not happy with. ohbird
Her tail was too big and through the knitting you could see the stuffing. I didn’t like that. So I wanted to rework it and come up with something that I would hang on my wall as well. It worked, I found a little nest with eggs in it and attached it all to a branch. nestc
I packed them all up and sent them off.
A few days later I had some goodies in my mailbox from KraftyMax. One was for my friend, her birthday is coming up beginning July. But I couldn’t wait to give it to her , as soon as I opened the package I had to bring it over. See for yourself.
My friend loves it. Put a big smile on both of our faces. Thank you, KraftyMax.
There where more treasures in my package!
See for yourself. I already wore the blue earrings. They are so light.
It was fun bartering with you again, thank you for the opportunity.
If you would like to find your bartering partner there are many options through the internet. My favorite spot is the Creative Bartering Group on FB  . Go take a look. Beverly posts a lot of pictures of the trades that have happened. And there is such a variety of talents, and constantly growing.
Happy Bartering and a wonderful week!


Spotlight Friday: Library

I got so sidetracked today. I had an idea in my head last night before I went to bed what I wanted to write about. But I didn’t write it down and now I have know clue what it was. My poor little brain is scattered all over the place with getting adjusted to the “Summer break schedule”  Trying to find our rhythm for the next 10 weeks.

Nothing big planned here for this Summer, due to hubbies new job. We put our above ground pool up last weekend and I searched the internet for healthy home made lactose free ice cream and other snacks that we are planning to make.

The girls will be more involved again in doing house hold chores like washing and hanging clothes, vacuuming and mopping. Cooking and gardening. My youngest picked up her drawing and painting that she had put on sleep mode over the last few months.

Yesterday we went to the Library and found quite a few “how to” books for her to draw cats and other animals. Stocked up on her sketch books, graphite pencils and canvases as well as paint.


I brought some books home for myself as well to get some inspiration for my crafting. I still love reading other books in German. I don’t know why, but it is more relaxing for me. Luckily my Dad had sent me quite a bit of my Grandmas book stack after she had passed. I don’t have the amount of time I used to, before I was married and had kids, to curl up and read a book. But in the Summer break I make it a “must” to get at least a few pages in a day. Usually I try to get a few minutes in when the kids are swimming and I can keep an eye on them while chilling in the hammock with a book in my hand.

I still love going to the Library. Even though we have a lot of books at home, there are online books and so on. I love the smell and the memories that are connected to it.

Reading for me in the Summer often means to escape the real world for a little bit and live through the characters of the book.

Spinning my imagination and get sparked on new creations is what I get out of holding a real book in my hand, turning the pages and getting immersed in the story.

Do you have a special spot in the Library where you like to start reading your book? Here are my Etsy finds:


What is your favorite book?

This is the Zibbet Library collection:

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200 library cards / authentic white by schoollocker

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Bring a Book INSTANT DOWNLOAD item 1445 insert enclosure card build a library by Katiedid Designs

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Personalized Set of 24 Book Plates For Your Little Pirates Library by ThreeFrenchHens

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Library Tote Bag | Cotton Print Tote Bag | Multi-Colored Tote Bag
by Bags and Purses by Beth

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Superior Nebraska Vintage Town View Postcard Public Library by SandyCreekCollectables

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Sterling Silver book pendant The Raven
by Silver Frog Studio

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GRADUATION CARD – Share the Memories Collection by tornpaperco

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Librarian the Original Google Bing Search Engine 2 by gigglebot

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Burned Book Necklace: Post Apocalyptic, Book Lovers Necklace, Bookish
by RheasRenditions


I hope you find a few minutes today to dive into a book and get captured.


Spotlight Friday: swimming

On Memorial Day we got to hang out with some friends at their community pool. It was cloudy at times, but balmy 87 F (about 30 C). The water was quite fresh, which didn’t bother our kids much.

After catching up and discussing the latest news we grown ups decided to go in as well. It took a bit of moving around to get used to the water temperature.

We played a few tag games and then my oldest challenged me to some races. So we moved over to the deeper part of the pool and started racing. She knows that I was on the swim  and diving team in PNG as well as in Germany.bulolo

I always loved swimming and really miss it here. Our backyard pool, which we put up over the Summer break is not meant for real swimming, just splashing and relaxing floating.


My kids a “Wasserratten” ( water rats) as we call them in German. Hard to get out of the water. They could stay in all day if I’d let them , freely translated it would mean “water lover”.

A lot of times in Boarding School we went on outings to either hot springs or rivers to go swimming. That was always a lot of fun. river

That’s me, facing the camera, with short blondish hair.

I did win quite a few races and diving competitions we had against other Schools.

But that was about 35 years ago and I don’t have the stamina to swim that fast anymore. I do have to say I still beat my oldest on every lap we raced. Quite a few times it was very close. It was fun and reminded me of my active swimming time. I really wish we had a public pool closer where I could swim some laps on a regular base.  Maybe if I ever win the Lottery I will have my own Olympic size pool in the back yard. (Dreaming is allowed )

These are the wonderful items that I found on Etsy:


and here are the items that I found on Zibbet:

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Swim Mom (double line) Shirt with rhinestones
by PreciousCargoBoutique

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Personalized Wooden Sign Swim Swimmer by swirlytwirlydesigns

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bow bandeau beach swimming set tanga by magneti

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BIKINI GIRL Greeting Card Bathing Suit by MoxyFoxDesigns

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swimming by mikexu1975

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Abstract Swim Shorts by modlove

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Swimming with Koi by victoriaholmanart

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Shades of Green Princess Swimsuit
by MrMikeTV

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Wet Feet photographic art print by texaseagle


I can’t wait for the Olympic Games to start this year. I love watching the Summer games.

I don’t think it is hard to guess what my favorite competitions are that I like to watch. It has to do with water.


Have a wonderful Friday and an amazing weekend!