Wednesday, 17 April 2013

garden tools

On Friday it was suddenly spring in Heidelberg. There was a big rain shower and when I walked out of my office at 3 in the afternoon everything was shiny, green, full of flowers and warm. I've never seen spring arrive so suddenly. Since then it has been warm and sunny and on Sunday we spent all afternoon on the balcony. With bare feet!

Last week's contest on spoonflower had the theme garden tools. When we stay at my parents-in-law's house, we sleep in the garden room full of books about gardening, which is where I got the inspiration for these garden tools. 

I tried a few different designs with different colours. Which do you like better?

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

hot water bottle cover

Its almost almost time for no more hot water bottles. So before its too late, here's my new hot water bottle cover. I bought a hot water bottle years ago with a soft red cover. Over the years the polyester covering bothered me more and more so I decided to knit a new cover. I used this pattern I found on ravelry. I had some blue wool from an unfortunate glove adventure as well as some red white and grey from other projects.

Sew it together, fill it with hot water and life is much better.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Jane Austen chairs

Did you notice the new header? I recently painted these chairs and thought they would look nice here. They were done for a contest on spoonflower, the topic is "living in a Jane Austen novel". They made beautiful chairs in those days! And the nice thing about the computer is that its easy to reupholster a chair just by changing the colour of the fabric. I painted four chairs in different colours but decided the whole design looks better in one colour.

postcards from heidelberg

You can see the other designs from the contest and vote for your favourite until tomorrow! 
update: this fabric is now for sale here.