Saturday, January 31, 2009

weekend

good morning friends, it´s weekend and it feels like weekend for the first time since long. It makes a difference not to have the tools and fabrics around, but at another place, separated from home. We still need getting used to the new situation.
Some shots from this week.... before we´re wishing you a pleasant weekend!
Friederike! & Sandra



a last shot of Knoerre, before he left ....

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

softies book - new edition

hip hip hooray, we have good news to share.

The first of the 2 wonderful and successful Softies books, published by Penguin Australia will be available in a new edition on Feb.3rd, entitled: Softies only a mother could love

Since then the Australian "Softies" and "More Softies" books were so hard to get hold of outside of Australia. The new edition will also be available via Amazon.com and Amazon.de

We feel so honored, that the "mad dog", one of our tow patterns that were published in the book, made it on the cover. Thank you Elisa for sending the good news!

2 more "mad dogs" ;)

Monday, January 26, 2009

back to routine


today was my first official working day in the studio. While I was making some viking tools, also one for Knoerre Lambruscosson, who is now complete (sold)

....Bogi was doing some cathartic, ritual distructions of old art works...

....and taking a few pics....


Now there´s life in the studio....

Saturday, January 24, 2009

studio guests


[good friends don´t care about paper plates and tetrapack..... I hope :)]

the work space is almost done. Everything feels new and exciting. We had a first little come together with friends this afternoon in the studio.
The "upper" room (2 steps higher) is waiting to be prepared next.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

evening


we turned off the big light on the ceiling and enjoyed the dimmed light for a while before we left for today. We are conquering our new space bit by bit, but it feels like home already :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

we´re in


just a short update to let you know we moved our studio to the new location on Monday. Most of the packs are unpacked.... but there´s still something to do. Will share few new pics soon. So long...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

finally....

to give you an idea what we did yesterday.... all day long. That stone floor was INCREDIBLE dirty. Luckily we had great help from Bogis mom, bringing some professional cleaning machines with her.

But now the studio is prepared .... will move our stuff tomorrow...

Margie Oomen did an interview with me on her blog

Friday, January 16, 2009

the last viking...

I´ve been tagged. 16 random facts about me


the last viking born in the "old" studio. "Knoerre Lambruscosson", Italy lover and unbeatable champion of the famous red-wine-slurping-contest.
He´s not too shy demonstrating his Italy fable even with his clothes (Knoerres shirt is made from a recycled tea towel, which was a gift from a Canadian friend)

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Friederike! and me are packing for the move on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

white

white walls, white tiles, white ceiling



and two happy girls

next thing on the to-do-list: cleaning the floor
more pics here and here

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

S like Softies and Studio


I´m still recieving kind emails from people asking about the 2 softies books, that were published by Penguin Australia in 2007 and 2008, entitled "softies" and "more softies", which also include 3 herzensart patterns. I thought it would be a good idea to make a post about it.

Unfortunately the books are only available in Australia. I have no clue why they can´t be ordered via Amazon, that would be a good thing, I think.
The publisher offered me to order books for resale at authors discount, but the shipping costs to Europe are so incredible high and besides the freight, customs have also to be paid. So the price I´d had to sell them for would be ridiculous high. That makes currently no sense to me.

But I found an online bookstore on the publishers website, which is also delivering worlwide. Both books are available there. I sent them an email and asked about shipping costs to Europe, will let you know about this...

Speaking about books: those of you who had also written because of the wonderful MAJA book: I wrote an email to Mari Savio, one of the authors and she answered:

"I asked from the publisher about this and we hope you´ll get the books soon !
The book will probably be translated and we are working now on the sample translation. Then we will try to find a foreign publisher who likes the book too...
We will tell you as soon as we know where and how to get them.
(maybe amazon.com...)"

That sounds good to me. Will keep you posted...

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news from the renovation front:
a whiter shade of pale.... at least compared with the former yellow of the tiles


Monday, January 12, 2009

new week

is good...

... and the sun makes it even better.
I will miss my 2 true studio companions

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Blues ...


and Yellows...


taken on a walk today, just to have a good reason to warm up by coffee and cake afterwards ;)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

studio renovation - day 2



Today the boys came with us and helped with some "male stuff" like checking electricity, serving coffee, etc.
and this is our first studio investment....

and this is dirt on my back....

I wonder where it still comes from???

this goat really cracks me up, it´s such a human expression, don´t you think?

Friday, January 09, 2009

studio renovation - day 1



yesterday Bogi and I began our 2009 collaboration project: the renovation of our new studio, that we will be sharing soon.

We have cleaned all the tiles from dust and dirt. The former artist who worked here was a wood carver, so everything was covered in grit wood powder. But with the help of a steam cleaner we managed the first step very well.
The next is to give the ceiling and tiles a fresh, white paint. Hopefully this brings more light into the room in the back and makes it look more like a studio than a slaughter house (thankgod it never has been one). Will share more pics with you soon

I made a new photo set on flickr, where you can find some more pics

Monday, January 05, 2009

the first in 2009


viking no.92 (made on customer request)

after 2 weeks of sewing abstinence, we started with this little guy today. He´s the first of a new viking tribe. It was not that easy making this one, as he was required to be very similar to that viking, who was my second viking ever, which I had made about 2 years ago.

The light is kind of blue today, coming from all the snow that´s covering the garden. We woke up to a little winter wonderland.