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A new bag has been born.

I guess somebody had a picture of full-blown spring or summer on her mind while making it.

Can you feel the sunshine?

And the sweet smell of flowers in bloom?

Mmm…

 
 

Of course, there’s an inside pocket.

 

Actually, what would life be like if there were no cute pockets inside our bags?

Not a life for me, I’m sure.

Definitely.

 
 

There’s a cheerful yellow lining inside.

 
 

And the bag also has a removable adornment.

Just to make things a bit more fun.

 
 

A bag to brighten up your days.

 
 

I’ve created an online shop yesterday.

From now on, I’ll be placing there some of the thingies I make.

To get inside the shop, just click the banner named ‘My Shop’ placed in the right column of this page.

 
 

When you click the banner, you will get here – into my super-secret, super-small shop.

 

Enjoy!

 

Love,

Petra

 

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Here they are.

The crocheted purses.

This is what I’ve been working on recently.

 

 

This one is gray and has four big happy flowers.

Hm, which is exactly what the picture shows.

 

 

The side view.

 

 


It has a lining.

For the things inside to stay perfectly safe.

 

 

And it also has an inside pocket.

 
 

I love making these purses so much.

 
 

The purse number two.

 

 

This one has a tassel.

 

 

It has a lining and a pocket too.

 

 

The third one.

 

 

I love the shape.

 

 

And I adore the flowers.

They are so much fun to make.

 

 

The lining.
 

 

The pink pocket inside.

 

 

And the tassel.

 

 

All three of them, side by side.

 

There’s also a lovely orange one that I am finishing just now. It’s ultra happy and positive. I’ll be posting the pictures as soon as I take them.

 

And probably there will be an online shop soon so I can share these babies with the world.

 

Have a wonderful day, dear friends!

 

Love,

Petra
 

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I’ve prepared a little picture story for you.

It documents the past weeks of my life when I was feeling a little under the weather.

 

The sickness arrived vigorously, it ate almost all my energy and left me chewed up, dumbstruck and confused. As a result, I was spending all my time lying in bed, staring at the ceiling or at the wall alternately. Just as I was considering to learn some voodoo to make my zombie life perfect, luckily, another idea came to my mind.

I grabbed some yarn…

 
 

… and crocheted, and crocheted, and crocheted.

I had just enough energy to do that. That and watching stand-up comedians for hours on end.

 
 

I was making purses.

And purses, and purses, and more purses.

Purses overload.

I loved it.

 

 

Actually, I loved it so much that I bought this ‘toy’ called ‘Ota’.

Me and my toy Ota are trying to make nice linings for the purses.

 

I’ll show you the whole purses as soon as I make nice pictures of them.

Which will be soon.

 
 

And then there’s another thing.

I also got this yarn.

This yarn, with a little help from above, should turn into cute, little teddy-bears.

 

 

Look, they are almost alive.

That’s their little eyes and noses inside the box.

I can’t wait to start.

 

So, as you can see the story of my sick days wasn’t that sad after all.

And, fortunately, I am starting to feel much better which means that I have enough energy to cook and will post a yummy recipe soon.

 

I hope you are doing fine, dear friends.

Have a wonderful day!

 

Love,

Petra

 

 

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Days like the one I’ve had today are both great and terrible.

Great because I’ve found the most amazing and cute creatures in the whole wide universe.

And terrible… because I’ve found the most amazing and cute creatures in the whole wide universe… and I need them right now… and don’t have them right now.

 
 

Please, meet Momo.

 
 

And Happy Pinu.

 
 

They are totally, completely, undoubtedly alive.

And so lovable.

 
 

Hello Bibu!

Aren’t you just adorable?

 
 

Hi Miku!

You are super, super, super cute.

 

These heart-melting babies are handmade and produced by the very talented Aintzi.

This amazingly crafty artist runs an Etsy shop called Knitting Dreams.

That place is astonishing.

 

What do you think, my friends?

Don’t you just love those guys?

 

I am seriously considering getting one of them into my life somehow.

Either I buy one, or I make one.

 

Hm, making one would definitely be a challenge, but so worth the effort.

But then, I really love to craft.

And I’ve happened to learn that the lovely fuzzy hair, the secret of those guys’ look, is made of mohair.

I am already thinking about where to get that… so I’m getting a slight clue where this all leads…

Will keep you posted!

 

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I am an addict.

An addict for crochet slippers.

 

It all began when I saw slippers similar to these on craftgawker.

I loved them so much I couldn’t get their tempting image out of my head.

All I needed was a pattern.

But because I am terribly, terribly impatient, I found creating my own pattern quicker than looking for an official one on the web.

And since I’m no crochet guru, the pattern turned out to be really simple.

Actually, these slippers might be the simplest slippers in the universe.

Or not.

But they might.

 

This is what I did…

 
 

Round 1: 5 ch (chain stitch);  join into ring with sl st (slip stitch)

 

Round 2: 3 ch;  7 dc (double crochet stitch) into the center of the ring;  join with sl st

 
 

Round 3: 3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch;  2 dc into each next stitch; join with sl st

 
 

Round 4: 3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch;  2 dc into each next stitch

 
 

Round 5 – 13: (continue crocheting in spiral);  1 dc into each dc

 
 

Row 14: turn (!);  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  make 20 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 
 

Row 15 – 21: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  continue 20 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 
 

Row 22: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch from hook;  continue 21 dc (1 dc into each next dc);  another 1 dc into last stitch

 
 

Row 23 – 25: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  continue 22 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 

Row 26: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into first stitch from hook;  continue 23 dc (1 dc into each next dc); another 1 dc into last stitch

 

Row 27 – 28: turn;  3 ch;  1 dc into second stitch from hook;  continue 24 dc (1 dc into each next dc)

 
 

Finish off.

 
 

Fold the end in half and sew it together.

Make sure it’s turned like shown in the picture  – with the seam finally facing inward.

 
 

Done.

 

Now for the edging:

Tie a yarn of the same or different color to the edge of the slipper.

 
 

That will make our first ‘stitch’.

 
 

Make 2 chain stitches.

Then make 1 single crochet into the next bigger (as I call it) ‘hole’. (Sorry. I’ve warned you that I’m no guru of crochet.)

Then make 1 chain stitch.

 
 

Continue this pattern (1 single crochet stitch; 1 chain stitch) along the edge of your slipper.

Finally, make 1 slip stitch to join with the first stitch.

Finish off.

 
 

And this is it.

 

You can adorn these slippers with colorful buttons, flowers or even crochet swirls.

I really hope you’ll find as much passion in making them as I have.

(Psst…I am already making cute pink ones. Of course, I’ll show them to you as soon as they are finished.)

 

Enjoy, dear friends.

See you soon.

 

Love,

Petra

 

(Oh, one important thing! These slippers were made to fit my feet, which are size 40 – Europe / 6.5 – UK / 9 – US. To adjust the size of these slippers to your feet you may need to change the number of rounds between the round 5 and 13 and the number or rows between the row 15 – 21 of this post. AND… I always use bulky yarn to make my slippers.)

 

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We visited Vienna on Sunday.

The point was just to wander around a little.

 

Oh, how I love that place.

It’s simply stunning!

Frankly, there are two reasons why visiting Vienna is always a pleasure for me – the buildings are unique, magnificent and so full of history and the ice-cream is just lovely.

I hope you didn’t expect any more sophisticated reasons.
 
 

The folks over there seem to take pride in their deep and colorful history.

Don’t they look nice?
 
 

I also found these girls.

They are undergoing construction and look all excited about it.

I had never thought I’d ever find this much beauty under scaffolding.
 
 

Oh, and look what I found!

The Christmas Market has already started.

There’s punch, mulled wine and gingerbread overload.

Holy yum!

 
 

And then there was this cat.

I just had to show it to you.
 
 

And this inspirational felted bag.
 
 

And this crafty happy birdie.

Love it!

 

Dear Vienna,

I am really glad that you exist.

Hope to see you soon.

 

Petra

Your devoted and maniacal visitor.

 

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This is artificial mistletoe that shines at night.

Isn’t that fun?

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I love it when fall strikes and days get colder.

The reason why I love this time of year so much might have something to do with the fact that I suddenly have all the good reasons to indulge myself with sweet mulled wine or hot chocolate.

The best hot beverages ever!

Oh, how I love them!

They are true soul soothers!

 

The following recipe is just delicious.

The taste vastly depends on the kind of chocolate you use. So get the one you really like.

Also, there are different types of chocolate when it comes to its fat content. So remember – the higher the fat content, the more creamy and rich your hot chocolate will be.

So let’s experiment!
 
 

These are the ingredients you will need.

Just this few.
 
 

1. To prepare your own soothing drink, first break the chocolate into smaller chunks.

 

2. Place the chocolate chunks into a heatproof bowl.
 
 

3. Add the sugar.
 
 

4. Add the milk.
 
 

5. And place the bowl over a pot of boiling and steaming water.

 

6. Stir until the chocolate melts. Then keep stirring until the mixture gets hot, almost boiling.
 
 

7. Pour the chocolate into two cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and some grated chocolate or a dusting of cocoa powder, if desired.
 
 

And in case someone comes and steals your chocolate shamelessly be really thankful that this recipe yields two mugs.

Enjoy, dear friends!

(This lovely recipe was adapted from Joyofbaking.com.)
 

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