Spotlight Friday: Japanese Craft

I am still a little  lost in space at the moment. First I had a few sick people around me and now inherited their sharing and then there was this ominous Election day.  I am trying to find my place. Feathers where ruffled the last year and a half. The nation has decided, and we will move on.

Life goes on, for many of us there are things we are looking forward to, things we have planned for  a while and are excited about.

Friends of ours are getting ready for a 4 month stay in Japan. I am sure they are excited, anxious and looking forward to learning new things.


I don’t know where exactly they will be staying. It does sound like a wonderful opportunity though. Even though it will be Winter the whole time they will be staying.

I read it can snow quite a bit and quite an amount. But doesn’t this look beautiful!


And I am pretty sure it is a blast to go snowboarding or skiing in Japan. I am sure you heard about the snow monkeys as well.


(source: National Geographic Expeditions)

To learn about a different Country, their customs, their way of life, sounds like a wonderful adventure to me.

I would search for all the amazing fabric stores. I would need an extra container to bring all those pretties back home.

But there is Shodo – the Japanese art of calligraphy,japanese-calligraphy

Ukiyo-e, literally “pictures of the floating world”During the Edo Period (1615-1868), a uniquely Japanese art from developed known as ukiyoe, or “pictures of the floating world.” A Buddhist concept, ukiyo originally suggested the sadness (uki) of life (yo). , Japanese Architecture, Manga – the japanese comic books, Origami – the craft of paper folding, Japanese fans, Kirigami – similar to origami, but you can use scissors, amigurumi – crocheting or knitting miniature animals, chochin – paper lanterns , Temari– Temari, literally “hand ball”, are a Japanese folk craft that were historically created with old silk kimono as a toy for children. The outside of the ball are covered in a detailed embroidery, Irezumi – heavily tattooing, Byobu – Byobu are Japanese folding screens that are primarily used to partition a room for privacy.There are so many more.  And I would love to learn quite a few of them.

I hope my friend gets the time to dabble in quite a few new arts and bring home some new skills.

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Just searching all these arts and crafts that are originated in Japan make me want to take a trip and explore.


Spotlight Friday: scarves

It is starting to get a little nippy in the morning. So now is the time to pull out my knitting needles to start working on scarves and gloves and all this warm winter stuff.

So the other day I found some nice soft yarn and I couldn’t resist and bought it. I didn’t just buy it I had a project in mind. One of my friends had asked me to make a scarf.

Digging through my books and magazines I found a nice pattern for this beautifully colored yarn.

While I was going through my patterns some thoughts crossed my mind, about how long are people wearing scarfs, or did they have a different meaning, who was the first one to wear a scarf. Did they have a different function?

A scarf, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion, or religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors.

This is what I found:



I can’t recall when I knitted my first scarf, but it has been many since. Some just plain in pattern or color and some with luxurious yarn. Some with a intricate pattern. Short ones, super long ones, cowl and triangle ones. So many options. Often quite a “quick” project, the thicker the yarn the faster it grows. Every year there is a new trend in knitting scarves. I usually don’t follow those, I like doing my own thing.

This is how far I got with my scarf, in one day:


Had a tough time getting the colors photographed.  But you get the idea.

This is how the shape will look like when finished: snapshot_2010-02-02_10-55-21_small2 The pattern is from Debbie O’Neill from the book “60 Quick Knits”.

I like trying something new. It took me a few unravelings (if that is even a word) to get the pattern down pat. The unraveling wasn’t easy because it is a fuzzy yarn,  once you knit it it likes clinging to itself. And taking those stitches out without getting frustrated is a little challenging.

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What kind of scarf do you wear?

I like mine warm and long, so I can wrap them around my neck at least two times. I am a cold nature and always have cold feet and hands. I can’t stand having cold air sneaking down my neck.

Spotlight Friday: compositions

I don’t do Halloween, I don’t like dressing up at all. I never liked it, even as a kid.I did participate in some Christmas plays in Elementary School, but only because I had to.

Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing other people getting all dressed up. For myself, it just makes me feel hm…don’t even know how to describe it…..not me!  I wouldn’t say uncomfortable, it’s just not me, not something I desire. I don’t like slipping in other rolls. I like doing me!  I love watching Theater plays or Opera, how people slip into rolls, and do it so believable. As a Teenager my friends and I had a Theater group, I was always in the background, organizing stuff, creating stuff etc. I didn’t want to stand on the stage and play someone else.

What I loved all my life and really miss living here is going to the Theater, a musical or a classical concert and here and there an Opera.

While I was living with my Grandparents in Munich, my Grandma and I went to the Muenchner Residez Theater at least 2-4 times a year.

It’s a beautiful place.


I still remember the first time we went there. It was an late afternoon play, because it was also for kids.It was cold, close to Christmas and it was snowing on the way there. The Opera was “Haensel und Gretel”, the music was written by Engelbert Humperdinck.

Just a little sneak peek.

The opera premiered in Weimar on 23 December 1893, under the baton of Richard Strauss. With its highly original synthesis of Wagnerian techniques and traditional German folk songs, Hansel and Gretel was an instant and overwhelming success.[1]

Hansel and Gretel has always been Humperdinck’s most popular work. In 1923 the Royal Opera House (London) chose it for their first complete radio opera broadcast. Eight years later, it was the first opera transmitted live from the Metropolitan Opera (New York)

I felt all grown up, I must of been 12 years old. My grandma had sewed me a new black skirt and a white blouse just for this occasion. I really enjoyed sitting in those fancy old seats in the bottom.


I remember when it was intermission, everyone went into the halls outside to grab a drink or a snack. My grandma usually got me a glass of orange juice while she had a glass of champagne.

In my early twenties when I moved back to Munich to finish my degree and then started to work there I picked up this habit again. I found some like minded friends to go watch plays or musicals.

Getting dressed up and being excited about what we are about to watch.  Usually we went to the Deutsches Theater downtown Munich. I remember my first Musical there was “West side Story”. Most of the times you could buy a CD on the way out, which I mostly did. So I can relive some of these wonderful evenings.

In later years I also traveled to other big cities in Germany like Frankfurt and Hamburg to go and see Musicals there.

I think I need to do some digging into our Musical scene her and expose my kids to this kind of environment as well.

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One of my favorite Musicals is still Phantom of the Opera. I read the book, saw the movie and saw the musical twice.

This is one of my favorite songs

Andrew Lloyd Webber did a wonderful job on all his Musicals.

I might just have to dig out my cds and start listening to them.

What is your favorite memories about going to a play, musical or opera?

Spotlight Friday: pineapple

I write my posts during the week, so they can post early Friday morning. Usually I sit down on a Thursday after dropping kids off in School and after making my breakfast and put a load of laundry in the machine. This week I was hoping to spend Thursday morning/ lunch time with a friend, so I will have to move my writing to a different day. But after this unexpected half week off ( due to Hurricane Matthew ) I am off my game. Plus my ITP decided to show it’s face again. I am so fatigued today that I can’t even get off my couch, my brain slightly foggy. Pondering all morning on what I could write about. I have an idea, than poke at it for a little while and then disregard……not interesting enough…. yeah, no… can’t find enough research material on it….. Still have not decided what to do about Etsy canceling it’s treasuries.

After finishing my Santa wreath, I kind of hit a crafters hole as well. Not enough creative juices flowing. So I just keep knitting away on my Stethoscope cozies.  Some with just one button as closure (picture on the left) and some with the two little legs that snap around the Stethoscope tubing ( picture on the right). I have to reinforce the snaps with felt, so they hold up longer. Knit doesn’t like to be poked and tends to slip. In order to get those snaps in I have to pull out my trusted hammer.

But that is just endless knitting in the round, without massive thinking, it’s just automatic knitting. Which is good while watching TV.

I guess my body tried to give me a warning sign about this massive energy plummet before hand by pulling my creative juice and I didn’t realize it….

I already did a post about knitting and how long mankind has been knitting etc. so I didn’t want to bore you with it again.  There are a lot of talented people that can work quite a magic with some thread and needles.

And then all of a sudden, while I was raking my brain…. I was like “oh my gosh, I totally forgot my pineapple plant.”

We love eating fresh pineapples and this summer I decided to try to plant one from the store bought pineapple that I had gotten.  I did not research on how to do it the best way, I didn’t find a quite minute that day. So all I did was cut the top off like I always did and  jut put the “disc” with  all the leaves still attached into a flower pot. And wow this plant took off. The first few days I watered it, because it was sitting right next to my rain barrel, but over time it got less and less water. It still thrived.  After the Hurricane I decided it needed a bigger pot. I knew I had to take it inside over the winter, because we do get frost quite a bit even though we live in South Carolina, and pineapples don’t like frost.

I don’t know what I was thinking when I put my plant in to this big pot. We live in a small house and every inch of this house is taken. Plus I only have two windows that are facing south and getting good sun exposure. And they are in my bedroom. I made it work. But if I want to plant more, so there will be a bit more pineapples to eat in 2 – 3 years, then I need a better solution. For right now we will see what this plant does and go from there.

If you have ever visited the South you might have noticed that pineapples get displayed in all kind of variations.  At the front entrance you can either see a flower arrangement with pineapples, on doormats or doorknobs.  When we first moved here I had no clue what it meant but I noticed a lot of pineapples everywhere, even some out of concrete on top of a fence post.

Throughout the Southeastern seaboard the pineapple expresses the “welcome”  to ones home. The fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.

There are several histories recorded regarding the pineapple as a symbol of status, the most popular being that of Christopher Columbus. According to historical document, Christopher Columbus discovered the pineapple on his second trip to the Caribbean (most specifically Guadeloupe) in 1493. Preferring the sweet taste of the pineapple and several other tropical island fruits to cannibalism, Columbus and his men embraced the fruit. They returned to Europe, where the pineapples became a symbol of great wealth, as European gardeners were not able to grow the fruits in the correct conditions until well into the 1600s (first recorded in the Duchess of Cleveland’s hot house in 1642). Honored and distinguished guests were gifted the extremely fashionable pineapples by royalty.

The Colonial pineapple trade in the late 1600s and early 1700s solidified the pineapple as a status symbol. Pineapples were not only expensive, they were fragile! The sea voyage from the Caribbean to the colonies rotted most of the fruit during the hot and humid voyage. Hostesses scrambled to have the expensive, prickly fruit adorning their tables, and the trend grew. Pineapples have graced tables ever since — even continuing through the 1950s in America, where pineapple upside-down cakes and gelatin molds abounded. Their popularity eventually gave life to the host of architectural or ornamental pieces that you see today (i.e. door knockers).                                     (source:

ok so I just watched this video…. I guess I didn’t do it the “right” way. But it still started growing. What I heard the first time is how to get it to grow an actual fruit. Guess I will have to dig more into that.

My other project I have standing in my kitchen are three avocado seeds that I am hoping to turn into trees. Our house is slowly turning into a jungle…hahaha… don’t know if hubby is realizing this.

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If you have ever visited Charleston South Carolina, you might have seen the beautiful pineapple fountain that is located in the Waterfront Park. Beautiful place to hang out.


I just found a Canadian on Youtube who grows pineapples a different way. I might have to try that one the next time. Sadly the pineapple season is over and I will have to wait.


Let me know about your pineapple growing experience. I’d love to learn a few new tricks.


Spotlight Friday: …. my thoughts are somewhere else….

I am sitting here debating what I should write about. It doesn’t seem right to enjoy this still relatively nice weather at the moment. A light breeze, a few clouds and some sunshine, while the people at the coast line are evacuating their homes, to get out of Hurricane Matthews path. The kids got out of School on Tuesday and shortly after High School got out I heard the first rumors of School being canceled for the rest of the week. I went on the internet and found our Governors address to the people and she had mentioned all the school counties that are closing, Lexington was one of them.


Shortly after, I got the call from the School district, yes no School for the rest of the week. They need the buses and Schools for the evacuees. Our High School is one of the Shelters from the Red Cross. Over 1 Million people are estimated to evacuate from the SC coast. They have to go somewhere, at least 100 miles away.  So the Midlands it is. But the hotels are booked for a Gamecock football game this Saturday.

Wednesday morning when I went to go grocery shopping the traffic got stopped for the School buses, so they could all get on the highway the same time. It was a weird feeling to see this long line of yellow buses, all empty getting on the highway. On one side it was , “yes, they are going to go help those poor people that don’t have cars, living in old folks homes, hospitals etc.”  On the other hand it was “oh my, all those poor people have to pack up just a few things and leave, hoping their home will still be there when they get back” And as well this thought has crossed my mind “boy, am I glad we are not any closer to the coast”


Our buses arriving in Charleston. A big thank you to all those drivers that put their life on hold to transport all those people and bring them to a safer place.

So many mixed emotions. The stores are stocking up for all the extra folks that will be here for the next few days. You read comments on the internet like “why are we already evacuating when the storm is still so far out and we don’t even know what will happen?”

“why are the kids getting out of School for this?” etc.  But I think this was a wise decision, to get out of harms way. You can’t evacuate this many people in only a few hours. A trip that usually takes about 1 1/2 hours took many people 6-7 hours, even with highways being reversed.

This makes me feel kind of guilty. Knowing a lot of friends down in Florida facing a very hard situation and a lot of friends along the SC Coastline are in the same boat.

There was this picture of the storm on the internet that was really scary. A picture from October 4th.


My hubby has been very busy the last few days. He works for the VA Hospital and they are getting all the patients from the VA in Charleston. Wednesday he left home about 8:30 am and didn’t come home until after 10 pm. And he said he was not the last one to leave, some still stayed behind because some patients where still on the road. Thursday he left at 9 am to go to work telling me ” don’t know if I am coming home tonight late or at all. I’ll give you a call” And out the door he went.

You can feel that everyone is waiting to see what is going to happen. A lot of people are on the edge, still recovering and rebuilding from the flood that just happened a year ago, the first week in October. I know of a few people that decided to ride the storm out and stayed put.

While writing I got to the conclusion that I will not do a spotlight. My thoughts are all over the place.

It feels so eerie, so surreal. Even my cats seem to know that something is going on. One is constantly coming to the window and crying.

I wish it was all just a bad dream and I will wake up soon. So my thoughts are with all those people that have to make that hard decision to leave their home , with the ones that decided to stay put and with all the people that are going to go out and help, rescue, fix and save.

While I am thinking of all those people, I am keeping my fingers crossed. Hoping they will stay safe.




Spotlight Friday: Post office

Well, this week we had a half a day at School. That meant we could finally get the passports done for our kids. We had to take the trip to down town Post Office, because they where open until 4 and had walk ins, meaning we didn’t need to make an appointment. So after I had filled out all the paperwork I was sitting there watching all the people coming in to mail their packages and letters. How much it changed since the internet, I was thinking.

I remember when I lived in boarding school, every Sunday we where supposed to write letters to our family. I still have a few of those, ones that I had written to my Grandparents in Germany.They where not very long, usually just talking about the weather in a very scraggly cursive hand writing.Not that it is any better now.

During my teenage years I used to write to my friends that lived further away, pages over pages about what is going on, how I was mad at my parents and all that important teenager stuff. My envelopes where either created out of old calendar pages or posters or sometimes just a page out of a catalog. And usually had a ton of stickers on them.

Nowadays I hardly ever sit down anymore to write. Sadly. I do get the urge to write a letter here and there but not as often as I want it to be. I enjoy receiving letters, so I should put in more effort to return the favor.

I had to interrupt here because I felt guilty for not sending any sign of life to one of my friends for a while. So I went off to drop a few lines.

A post office is a customer service facility forming part of a national postal system. Post offices offer mail-related services such as acceptance of letters and parcels; provision of post office boxes; and sale of postage stamps, packaging, and stationery. In addition, many post offices offer additional services: providing and accepting government forms (such as passport applications), processing government services and fees (such as road tax), and banking services (such as savings accounts and money orders). The chief administrator of a post office is a postmaster.

The term “post office” or “post-office” has been in use since the 1650’s, shortly after the legalization of private mail service in England in 1635. In early Modern England, post ridersmounted couriers – were placed (“posted”) every few hours along post roads at “posting houses” or “post houses” between major cities (“post towns“). These stables or inns permitted important correspondence to travel without delay. In early America, post offices were also known as “stations“. This term and “post house” fell from use as horse and coach service was replaced by railways, aircraft, and automobiles.

Today, “post office” usually refers to postal facilities providing customer service. The term “General Post Office” is sometimes used for the national headquarters of a postal service, even if it does not provide customer service within the building. A postal facility used exclusively for processing mail is instead known as sorting office or delivery office, which may have a large central area known as a “sorting” or “postal hall”. Integrated facilities combining mail processing with railway stations or airports are known as mail exchanges.

This is a picture of a mail sorting place in Germany, I am pretty sure they look very similar all over the world.73775888-p-590_450

Amazing how most of the mail makes it to its intended destination.

Today mail gets to it’s final point pretty quick. Sometimes it puzzles me how it got there that fast.

While in boarding school I remember using air mail paper and envelopes. They where really thin paper, so they wouldn’t weigh as much. I really liked the red and white pattern around the envelope.

Sometimes I would have one of those pages that you write on and then when you where done you would fold them up into a envelope. The recipient had to be very careful opening those letters, so it wouldn’t rip into pieces.  They where called aerogramme, a sheet of lightweight paper, bearing an official postal stamp imprint,that is folded to form its own envelope and can be sent via airmail at special, low rate because of its standard size, light weight, and lack of enclosures.

It looked something like this, I guess every country has it’s own designs.


This paper is as thin as tissue paper. (see all the info here,_outer_view.jpg)

Yes, I could drop my letters in my mailbox, put the flag up and then have our mail lady bring it to the post office.


(If the red flag on your mailbox is up, the carrier should pick up the mail, according to Valerie Welsch, public affairs and communications spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service’s Gateway District in St. Louis. If the flag is not up, the carrier is not required to check every box for outgoing mail.May 22, 2014)

I still prefer to bring my mail to our Post Office. Like that I know it will go out the intended date (sometimes the mail car gets here really late, like after dark late) and like that I get to see the people that work there,if they have a minute to chitchat. They know that my packages are usually all ready, all I want is the print out for proof. Sometimes I get a comment about that my customs form is not readable, and that I should take writing lessons or any joke along those lines. We chitchat about their new grand babies and so on. It feels good to get some human interaction, in this world that seams to get more unpersonal every day.


This is the Etsy Treasury that I put together with some Postal items: post-office

I learned the other day that Etsy made this decision :On October 5, we will be removing links to the Treasuries page from buyer access points, including the homepage, Favorites page and user profile. Existing Treasuries will still be accessible, and we do not have current plans to remove these from the site. External links to Treasury pages will continue to function, and buyers can still purchase available items from these Treasuries.

I don’t quite know yet how I will do my  Spotlights from now on, but I am sure I will figure out something.  I guess it’s time for a overhaul, a change.


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Funny Post Office sign by AndTheSignSays

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I am planning on writing some letters this weekend, long overdue. And then hopefully I will get some letters in return.

Got to keep our Post Office busy.

I wish you a wonderful Friday and a relaxing weekend.


Spotlight Friday: Motorcycle and mice.

We are invited to a birthday party in about 2 weeks, some German friends from us. They are only here until retirement and then will go back. In their free time the enjoy riding through the country sides on their motorcycle.

So it wasn’t really hard for me to figure out what I could make as a present.

Can you guess?

Yes, a mouse couple riding a motorcycle.

So I went online to see if there would be any motorcycle in the right size for my mice. It took  me a few hours to find the right one. The other day I went to see if the store where I found it at had one on hand. Sadly they where sold out, but I was promised that it should be in in a few days. In the mean time I am getting the mouse couple ready.


In Germany the bikers wear a full leather outfit. Leather pants, jacket , gloves and a helmet.

motorradbekleidung All out of security reasons.  You don’t have any metal around you if you happen to end up on the street.The so called crunch zone.  So the leather is a little bit of protection.

When I see bike riders driver around here in the USA, at least here in South Carolina,  on their bikes I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to protect themselves a little. Often they are on their motorcycles with short pants, no helmet, just a tank top and I have even seen them riding in flip flops.

Since 2014 you have to have all these items if you are on a bike in Germany :

  • passendem Motorradhelm,   /  fitted helmed
  • Motorradhandschuhen,          /   gloves
  • eng anliegender Motorradjacke, / tight fitting motorcycle jacket
  • Rückenprotektor, falls nicht in Motorradjacke integriert,  /  back protection if it’s not integrated in the jacked
  • Motorradhose,   / motorcycle pants
  • Motorradstiefeln mit ausreichendem Knöchelschutz / motorcycle boots with enough ankle protection

Since 1976 there is a helmet obligation for anything that moves with a motor on two wheels over 20 km/h = 12.43 mph, in Germany.

 Even though there was clearly proof that helmets saved lives, and it was emphasized to wear them there was no law passed anywhere in the world to make it mandatory before 1961. People didn’t wear them because they thought they looked uncool.  Australia did introduce a helmet mandatory law in 1961.
In 1966 the US introduced the Highway safety act. The Act required the Secretary of Transportation to set uniform standards for state highway safety programs. One of these standards, issued in 1967, dealt with motorcycle safety. It included the requirement that states adopt universal helmet use laws — laws that mandate helmet use by all motorcycle riders. States that failed to comply would lose a portion of their federal-aid highway construction funds.
By 1975, 47 States had introduced this helmet law.  But after this law was revoked, more than half removed the mandatory law.
Over the last years the use of helmets has declined.  Sadly the deaths have increased.
I got my mice ready and tried to figure out how I could make a tight fitting “leather” pants. It was quite tight in some places…..  I ran out of needles….needl
but I think they turned out quite good. Oh just noticed, one mouse still needs whiskers. I guess I got to wrapped up in the pants.
My next knitting task will be figuring out how to make a “leather” jacket for the couple.
In the mean time I am also working on the helmets.
This is what I have so far       helm
It will take a few days until I can start cutting it into shape. The glue water mixture will have to fully dry first.
 This is my motorcycle collection that I put together from Artyah and Zibbet shops. Click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding shops.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Paper Motorcycle Die Cut Set of 12
by TheHoppeShoppe

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Dirt Bike Word Art, Personalized Child Art, Gift for Boy
by bymyword

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Motorcycle Puzzle – Motorbike – for Shelf or Tabletop – Home Decor – Transportation Decor
by WoodNCreations

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Harley Motorcycle Lover Sign ‘ Ride It Like You Stole It ‘ – Primitive, Folk Art, Country
by AndTheSignSays

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AVANT GARDE Cropped Leather Motorcycle Biker Chic Jacket xs s
by thecatmeows

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Black leather motorcycle tool bag / small saddle bag
by RobertiCustoms

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Cece Rider Motorcycle Rocker
by customwoodshack

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Knitting Cloth Pattern – MOTORCYCLE – PDF
by ezcareknits

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Rustic Motorcycle Racer Steel Heart Ornament
by becreations


and here is my motorcycle treasury from Etsy



I hope I will get my mice motorcycle this week so I can show you the finished product of my biking mouse couple.


Have a wonderful day!