Last Sunday we decided to take a little trip over to Woodstock, Vermont. What a good decision it was. We had a really fine day! First we spent some time at VINS Nature Center, admiring a lot of beautiful birds, three baby ravens among them. The people there really do a wonderful job taking care of injured raptors. It was very educational. While this very knowledgable guy was showing us a barn owl, we could see a wild bald eagle circling high up in the air and a crow harassing him. Fascinating!
Afterwards we stopped at Quechee Gorge which is basically right next to VINS.
With the baby taking a nap and his daddy watching him, I was free to take a little walk through Woodstock, enjoying the sight of historic buildings and peeking into a few very nice shops.
I especially liked Noushka, a fabulous store offering all kinds of Waldorf-style toys, books and art supplies. They also had very beautiful but crazy expensive organic baby clothes. I also could have spent a lot more time in a little store named Who is Sylvia. They offer very beautiful vintage clothes, linens, hats, gloves … I came home with a couple of very sweet hankies and some doilies that will probably decorate pillows or bags someday. The folksy linen towel came from the Antique Mall in Quechee.
A trip to Vermont is probably not complete without a little maple syrup and cheese … We did some sampling at Sugarbush Farm and added this to our pantry. There was more cheese – a very yummy sharp cheddar. Already gone!
I instantly thought this was a GREAT idea! Although it gives me a lot of pleasure to repair things, I have not done it very often in the last years. In the house I grew up in, there was a lot of repairing being done. My dad is very good at this. He had a very messy garage. He fixed appliances, cars, toys, tools, you name it. Even today you find tiny screwdrivers lying around and parts of devices he is taking apart … I was able to bring my sewing machine to him for service. I miss that a lot, now that I live some 3700 miles away.
When I read about Fix-it Friday, I felt the urge to immediately look for something I could repair. Not difficult. A couple of weeks earlier my husband dropped our nice little kitchen scale and not surprisingly, it wasn’t working anymore. I already looked at kitchen scales at the store but didn’t like how they looked and how much they cost! Apart from that I really liked our old one because Christian’s grandparents gave it to us for our wedding 6.5 years ago.
I think it works well enough for my purposes. I am very happy that I don’t have to buy a new one!! Figuring out how to open it up was well worth it.
When I saw this post, I immediately fell in love with these oh so perfect letters. It made me want to do some embroidery right away. So I did. I started spelling out my favorite name. The blue is pretty much the color of his room.
After I was done with the letters, which came out a little more wonky than I had hoped, I wondered what I could do with this. I decided to put a few things on that represent some of Johann’s first words. Since I did not want to embroider all these items, I opted for appliqué. Stitching around those shapes was a lot of fun. I took it up here and there, put it down again and picked it up a couple of days later.
I went on and put in brackets how Johann pronounces his favorite words. How he says things changes so quickly, I figured it would be nice to have something that reminds me of his sweet baby talk. My husband wanted me to include a beaver because our son is kind of obsessed with them. That seemed too hard to appliqué and I did not want to cross stitch it, consistency, you know? So this is what it looks like now:
In case your baby German is rusty: nach = nass (wet), tutu = Auto (car), heich = heiß (hot), duckie = Ente (duckie), wauwi = Hund (dog), moir (my absolute favorite, it always cracked me up because it sounded so French) = Möhre (carot), bo = Boot (boat).
I really enjoyed doing this. I am sure there is some more embroidery in my near future, considering that I’ve won some very cool patterns.
I am still not sure where to hang it, since the room is barely furnished yet …