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26/52 Summer hand-crafted funky neon earrings

In this post I will present another one of my creative summer crafts. Before summer I started making earrings first from foamy clay and after that with a Fimo clay copy. I decided I wanted to try the original Fimo clay and my first impression was that is has a different texture and is a harder clay. I found it a bit harder to work with in the beginning but at the same time more possibilities to create more things. I might try to buy clay softener to make the clay easier do form. Fimo needs to be baked 30 min in the oven after done. I also bought long pins in different thicknesses from Fimo for creating your own beads. It was fun to try on these neon colored clays which I bought as a contrast to all the pastel colors I had made prior to these. Here is a few examples of what I made this summer och have bought more colors here in Düsseldorf so I will keep coming up with new designs and create more.  I will shortly show you more and I will bring my earrings to the markets I will do here in

25/52 Summer weekly update Creativity

This summer I did have a lot of creative ideas but looking back I was mainly knitting and created hair-bands out of my knitted strips. Inspired by a friend of mine I bought recycled t-shirt yarn in Panduro as soon as I arrived to Sweden. They had a pack of 10 differenet colors in small rolls of yarn, barely enough for one hairband - but I managed to stretch the strips to make them fit to cover the whole hairband. During the summer late evenings I was up knitting to relax. T-shirt yarn was fun to knit with it goes fast because it's pretty thick. I keep it simple knitting garter stitch because thats I all I can at the moment.  At the end of the summer I attached the colors I liked the most with a hot glue gun onto the hard hairband I had brought with me from Düsseldorf bought on Amazon.  I asked my dad in the beginning of the summer if he could help me - to build a rustic cool stand for my hairbands. In the garage I found branch from a Juniper bush that my dad had collected and it wa

Weekly update what happened?!

 I was doing so well doing my weekly update about my creative work. And then schools summer-break happened. We left as soon as the school was out here in Germany to Sweden and stayed there all six weeks of vacation. We had a great vacation. Both warm sunny summer days spent on the beach but also cooler and cloudy summer days spent in the forrest. We managed to spend good time with family and friends. Travelled down south and also had time just chilling home at Lundsätter our country house.  Apart from swimming and fixing around the house I did manage some creative project so - I will catch up on that over the next posts and then hopefully be back on track doing my weekly update. 

24/52 Weekly update A stand at Kiwifalter Summerfest

I got asked if I wanted to have a stand at Kiwifalter Summer fest this week. Kiwifalter here in Düsseldorf is a family center which organizes gymnastic, dance, art classes and many other courses for all ages. I was happy to be asked and decided that even with super short notice I think I can get my stuff together.    It was a super super warm day +33 degrees but all went well and most popular was my hairbands Happy to bring my new earrings and Mila was a great helper  Some time ago me and a friend was planning a better display for my hats and found this pegboard in Ikea and together with a easel to hold it upright. I am very happy with this display so much nicer to see the hats then having them laying down. 

23/52 Weekly update Kaiserwerth history tour

This weekly update is going back to when my dad came and finally could visit us again after two year of  covid restrictions on and off here in Germany. Kristihimmelsfärd a bank-holiday weekend end of May. We had a very nice and relaxing time week together. The weather was good but not too hot. We went biking a lot to our stable, to Kalkum castle park and Kaiserwerth our small historical centrum only 10 minutes bike ride away. In Kaiserwerth we checked out the old imperial castle Kaiserpfalz  which dates back to before year 1016 and was once owned by holy roman Emporer Frederick Barbarossa. Strategical great position at the Rhein riverside to defend and protect the city from invaders. King Barbarossa during the 12th century introduced taxes for using the river waterways for transporting gods and could keep good track of the traffic of the river from the castle. Nearly all the ruins which can be seen today is from Barbarossas time.  Over the following centuries many groups were fighting

22/52 Weekly update Foamy clay makes earring production

It started with a big pack of foamy clay in mnay bright colors that I had bought for the kids. One day Mila had made a big pink round thing with different colors and shapes on top of it and I thought it looked super cool. That night I was laying thinking that maybe I could copy Mila's idea just to make it a bit smaller and make earrings. I used to make earrings many years ago so I still have all the equipment and some earring hooks left so next morning I started working with kids foamy clay  These earrings below are the first earrings I made. The foam clay dries in the air and are super super light. Actually that light that when I used mine and it was windy outside they nearly flew out of my ears. So I figured out that it would be better to fasten these typ of material on a stud instead of hanging down. What I also come to think of was to add a layer of lack gloss to protect them from from melting in water ( I always shower with my earrings so they need to resist water)  I started

21/52 Weekly update Studio view and hairbands

Ever so often I need to reorganize all my stuff, thoroughly clean and move furnitures around before I get a peace and inspiration to create. Thats all been done downstairs and upstairs. Now my tall working table is facing out to the balcony and the Grüne Mitte park it looks cute and great view. I have filled my table with parts for creating new hairbands. Cutting fabric strips, sewing, braiding and then mounting them on a satin headband. Very satisfying work and yes I do like the result. What do you think of my new braided bands? - I will try to get some pictures to update of when they are worn. 

20/52 Weekly update How about Covid-19 these days

So how is it going with Covid- 19 in Germany - North rhine-westphalia ?  To be honest I am not following things that much as in I have no clue about the amount of infected or treated in the hospitals for a very long time. Maybe it is not even being reportered anymore now when we have the war to report about.  When it comes to restrictions in our everyday lives the restrictions have been easing up more and more during the spring and mainly after Easter. When we came back from Easter-break in Sweden we didn't need to show proof of vaccination or quarantine to enter the country.  Also during April the mandatory face-masks in supermarkets was lifted ( the rule started I would say April 2020 and been constant through the pandemic)  First time I entered the shop without mask here in Germany was end of April and I felt like a rebellious anarchist and I was sure someone would tell me off for not wearing a mask because honestly 98% of the people wore masks and also they do like to tell peop

25/52 Weekly update Colorful summer gifts

 I prepared for Lorens trip to Canada and US some colorful summer gifts to hie relatives and close colleauges family 

18-19/52 Weekly update Düsseldorf Summer weather in May

Düsseldorf has had summer weather with nice warm temperatures  When the weather is better I do have less time to write my weekly blog updates and also less time to work on my creative projects. More time to enjoy outside and our days are getting longer and longer and kids has been staying up way too late the past two weeks. Picknicks with friends outside in a park, going to the stable late and afternoon at the swimming pool in Kaiserswerth tend to always be a longer event then I plan. But hey soon summer-break right so better to get use to staying up late.  One weekend we went to Eindhoven for the day. We like to go to the Netherlands - people are friendly and even if it is only an hour away you can feel it is a different country with an other spirit. A spirit which is more open and more friendly. It is also good to go on a Sunday when most things are closed here in Germany. Here is a few pictures of a graffiti wall right next to PSV Eindhoven football arena. On the other side of the w